FX’s breakout spy-comedy Archer airs its second season’s finale next Thursday. In honor of the occasion, ranging from character catchphrases to running gags to singular bits of awesome, we have collected 10 of our favorite moments from the show’s first two seasons.
10. Sterling’s Burt Reynolds Obsession
Episode: “The Rock” (1.8) and “Pipeline Fever” (2.4)
Sterling Archer has a number of obsessions: booze, women, tactical turtlenecks (see below). But there’s one that shows up again and again: Burt Reynolds. First seen when quoting Deliverance late in Season One, Sterling steps up to full-on Reynolds channeling in Season Two’s “Pipeline Fever.” It’s cool though; he’s got an airboat.
9. The Tactileneck
What is the one item no trained field agent can handle a mission without? If your name is Sterling Archer, it’s a now-famous black turtleneck—err—tactileneck. Form-fitting, lightweight and stealth-assisting, the tactileneck is the go-to top for the agent on the move. Now available in Dark-Black and Slightly-Darker-Black.
8. Pam Snaps on Malory
Episode: “El Secuestro” (2.10)
So it turns out that the glue-eating, name-changing, choking-enthusiast Cheryl/Carol is actually worth something in the vicinity of half a billion dollars. It comes as no surprise then when she’s nearly kidnapped, narrowly avoiding abduction when the kidnappers take Pam instead by accident. Pam’s internment reveals three things: One, Pam is a former bare-knuckle boxing champion who can take a hell of a beating. Two, Malory is only willing to pay $5,000 to have Pam released. Three, Nobody wants a piece of Pam. Nobody.
We couldn’t find a video of the incident, but we think this image will be haunting enough.
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7. There’s No Sink in here!
Episode: “A Going Concern” (2.2)
When engaging in a breaking-and-entering of his mother’s desk, Sterling has a fateful encounter with something that “there’s not enough liquor and therapy in the world to undo.”
6. MWRAR BEAR CLAWS!!
Episode: “Stage Two” (2.8)
A behind-the-scenes look at the voice of Pam shows the hilarity that went into crafting a tender moment between Pam, “the sturdy bisexual,” and her doublefisting of bear claws. Jump to the two-minute mark for the cream-filled pastry action.
5. The Virus
Episode: “Tragical History” (2.6)
Cyril accidental unleashes a seemingly harmless virus on the ISIS computer network, infecting everything—the information hard drives, the satellite uplinks, even my phone (I may or may not have made it my ringtone.) Hilarity ensues.
4. Yuuup! and Nope!
Lana’s catchphrase throughout the show. Voiced by Aisha Tyler, her answers, whether positive or negative, are always hilarious.
3. Your Authority is Not Recognized in Fort Kickass
Episode: “Skorpio” (1.6)
The ISIS team needs help solving a problem (read: is drunk and trying to screw with Cyril’s relationship) but Krieger isn’t having it. This episode is what made Krieger my favorite of the supporting characters. Remember: “The secret ingredient…is phone.”
2. The History of Woodhouse
Episode: “The Double Deuce” (2.5)
Episode Five of Archer’s second season explores the backstory of Sterling’s beleaguered butler Woodhouse, revealing him to have been not only a member of the 22nd division of the Royal Air Force, but also the one responsible for raising Sterling from infancy. While in the “Double Deuce,” as his squadron was called, his—erm—friendship with Captain Reginald was torn asunder with Reggie’s untimely death, sparking a killing rampage from Woodhouse more skillful than Sterling at even his most totally ninja.
1. Call Kenny Loggins Cause You’re in the…
Strangely (and sadly) absent from the second season, Sterling’s catchphrase throughout the first deals with Lana’s apparent obsession with him, and how that puts her in the…DANGA ZONE!