Archer Goes on a ‘Vision Quest’ in “What is this Soviet Russia?”

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Image Courtesy of FX

Image Courtesy of FX

Mallory Archer is tired of fooling around. In this week’s episode of Archer, ‘Vision Quest,’  she has called her CIA freelance team to a morning meeting. Called to a team building activity at 7:00am, the staff sans Mallory gathers in the elevator to prevent “grave consequences” regarding their positions if they don’t show. As the doors close and the elevator starts to ascend, it suddenly stops at the top of the elevator and refuses to let them out.  Krieger has included and RF jammer so that people would stop staring at their cellphones and talk to each other, which doesn’t make the situation easier. Oh, and thanks to Cyril’s knowledge of elevators (“I guess I’ve always just been fascinated by them”) they quickly discover the trapdoor on the top if locked from the outside. Attempts to use the phone in the elevator directs the call right back to them, and the group quickly learns that they have limitations such as food, water, and the need to pee. Of course, this is not what Mallory had in mind.

Cyril’s sweater vest style is confirmed, despite Archer’s critiques. Pam drinking a “40” is hilarious. Cheryl’s pretty pointed look at the faults of each member of the crew in her “attempt to be psychic” helps point out the personalities and failings for folks who may not have seen every episode of Archer.

Favorite line of this episode?  “You’re not my coal mine supervisor!” tied with “What is this Soviet Russia?”

I was a little disappointed in this week’s episode because the trapped in the elevator trope has been done on pretty much every sitcom since the start of situation comedies.

 

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