‘Archer’ Review: “The Honeymooners”
‘Archer’ season 4 runs down the aisle for its ninth episode of the year “The Honeymooners,” as Archer and Lana go undercover as newlyweds to stake out a terrorist selling uranium to North Korea, while Cyril and the others follow in an effort to spy on the pair.
Last week’s ‘Archer’ episode “Coyote Lovely” saw Archer falling for a beautiful smuggler of illegal immigrants (Carla Jimenez), while the ISIS team tried desperately to track his movements and prevent the notorious criminal from striking again, so does “The Honeymooners” have its cake and eat it too? Is ‘Archer’ season 4 engaging in its most classic season yet?
Read on for your in-depth recap of everything you need to know about ‘Archer’ season 4 episode 9, “The Honeymooners!”
Archer and Lana check at the Tuntmore Towers under the guise of husband and wife, but Lana quickly reminds him they’re there to catch a terrorist selling uranium to North Koreans, not exploit Archer’s honeymoon fantasy. Archer whips out Malory’s Black Titanium credit card in order to pay the lavish hotel charge, while elsewhere Malory insults a waiter as she struggles to find her missing card.
Back at ISIS, Pam goads Cyril into believing that Archer and Lana would already have had sex, before Cheryl quickly joins in on the torment. Swayed by their observations however, Cyril shortly thereafter agrees to get a room in the opposite end of the building, and spy from across the way. Meanwhile, Archer spoils himself on room service from the hot tub, while Lana continually accuses him of shirking responsibility.
Having settled into the opposite room, Cyril, Pam and Cheryl watch Archer and Lana arguing from across the way, while Lana leaves to plant Krieger’s Geiger counter and continue on with the mission. Lana scales the side of the building with suction cups, muttering about a personal decision that might succeed in getting back at Archer, while Archer himself sees on this phone that his salary bonus has been drastically cut. Archer races up the side of the building to ask Lana if hers was cut as well, only to find it significantly larger than his. The commotion causes Lana to fall, for which Archer dives after her and narrowly saves Lana’s life, though he still only cares about the bonuses.
Inside, Malory informs Archer over the phone that Lana has been promoted to the agent-in-command, for which a frustrated Archer leaves to confront the arriving Korean terrorists rather than simply surveil. Lana follows, and the pair jointly take down one of the terrorists, but in the scuffle Archer fails to notice a number of others arriving with guns, and forcing them to surrender.
With Archer and Lana tied up in the North Korean’s hotel room, Cyril takes it on himself to rescue the pair, while Cheryl and Pam watch from afar. Before Cyril gets there however, Archer easily undoes his and Lana’s handcuffs and knocks out several of the men, before the duo ends up pinned down in the bathroom with no way out. Lana attempts to signal the outside before noticing Cheryl across the way, at which point Cyril bursts into the hotel room with “suppressing fire…extinguisher.”
Lana and Archer take down all the terrorists in the ensuing smoke-fight, before Lana questions what Cyril was doing there in the first place. Realizing the man didn’t trust her to be alone with Archer, she “unmakes” her decision and storms off, though neither man understands what she meant. Later back at ISIS, Malory confiscates both Archer and Lana’s bonuses to pay for the absurd hotel bill, lamenting that neither stayed to find the traitor selling the uranium to the North Koreans in the first place.
Back at the hotel, Krieger happens upon the sight of the bloodied hotel room in which he intended to sell the uranium, before leading a radioactive Piggly 3 to feast on the corpses.
Whereas the last few 'Archer' episodes have suffered a bit from lacking serialization, "The Honeymooners" acquits itself rather nicely with the help of some excellent action sequences and superb animation. Next week's "Un Chien Tangerine" also features a heavy Archer/Lana pairing, which might suggest that the production order hit more than one speedbump this season, but if nothing else the episode stands on its own rather well. The subtext of Lana's "big decision" plays rather nicely, even if it predictably amounts to little. All in all, if you come for the jokes more than the story, "The Honeymooners" period will never end.
What say you? Did you get your fill of spy-spoofing ‘Archer’ action? What was your favorite gag from “The Honeymooners?” Join us next week for another all-new ‘Archer’ episode recap of “Un Chien Tangerine” on FX!