Review Archer Season 5 Episode 2 – Archer Vice: A Kiss While Dying (spoilers ahoy!)

"Kind of like the A-team but we sell drugs"

“Kind of like the A-team but we sell drugs”

This episode was good but sadly not as good as the above line (although that line is from this episode). I’ve watched this episode twice now. Well,l one and a half times and I’m still not quite sure what to make of it. After the previous episode (see review here) really set the stage for the season and was amazingly bold I am left wondering if there was any need for a lot of the stuff in this episode.

The episode begins with Pam bringing in a huge forklift full of cocaine that was last seen at the ISIS office. The rest of the gang Kreiger, Cyril, Lana etc are moving into the “enormous gilded aged mansion” (Archer’s words) that is going to be the HQ from now on. The hook for the rest of the episode is now set up as Archer, Lana and Pam are all going to Miami to sell some of the coke.

Now this is the point where the trailer from the end of the last episode really steps what would have been a great joke. Mallory announces Pam is going to Miami with them to which Pam says “like the three musketeers” to which Mallory replies “kinda”. Que cut to Pam in a full body cast made of cocaine (I know its a visual gag and doesn’t work when I’m writing it here but read generously). I would have laughed if the trailer from the end of s5ep1 had not already shown this and Pam’s ‘snacking’.

This moment kind of explains my ambigous feelings towards this episode. Much of it could have been done better. For a show that trusts its audience so much and is so clever they could have had Archer and co start off in Miami going to see the contact. Then there could have been cuts back to the new HQ to bring in the other characters like Cheryl or it is Carol who remembers. It would have made for a much tighter episode.

Anyway, there are some good moments in the rest of the episode including the laugh out loud line of Archers “Potato, Patreason” and Cryil calling out Mallory

“only if you promise to periodically micromanage it and emascualte me”

Mallory “I thought that went without saying”

I have a sneaking suspicion that the episode will grow on me the next time I watch it, but for now it was not a favourite. A 3.75 stars out of 5 or a B. Still worth watching though.

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