Archer Review: The Dork Knight Returns

ARCHER -- "Bel Panto: Part II" -- Episode 706 (Airs Thursday, May 5, 10:00pm e/p) Pictured: (l-r) Rompers (voice of Randy Havens), Oingo (voice of Eric Sims), Alan Shapiro (voice of Patton Oswalt), Boingo (voice of Neal Holman). CR: FX

It feels appropriate that on the eve of Free Comic Book day, that the second part of “Bel Panto” of Archer‘s two part arc would devolve into a straight homage to the Batman epic The Dark Knight.

Despite already devoting an episode that was a straight tribute to Fletch, this time around it show you all the cards but still managed to spring the trap before you even knew you were surrounded.

It’s a tribute to how well we know these characters and how well they know each other. After hours of being held hostage by the gang of menacing clowns, there was still no sign of Sterling, Veronica Deane or her priceless necklace.

While on a bathroom break, everyone guesses correctly that Sterling overwhelmed one of the clowns and has infiltrated their ranks. The question is which one?

There’s the normal amount of bickering as Cheryl refreshes her makeup so that she starts looking like the object of her desire. As Pam breaks off from the group and overwhelms the yellow clown, Lana and Malory decide Mr. Giggles is Archer because he started slapping Cyril around for no particular reason.

When in the hallway, Lana unloads on the green clown about Archer’s flirting with Veronica before she realizes that isn’t Archer under that mask. Lana has to assume that clown’s identity because the struggle ripped her dress in half.

Finally frustrated to no end, the clowns decide to enact Plan X, which is the finale to The Dark Knight – the hostages are dressed like evil clowns with weapons taped in their hands while the real bad guys get away disguised as the wait staff. Cheryl needed no extra work because by the end of the episode she’d made herself to look like Heath Ledger’s Joker – completing the joke.

The episode reaches its crescendo as everyone is pelted by shotgun fired bean bags (how are they a kids toy?). Shapiro gets the worst of it, taking a bean bag to the … bean bag in defense of his beloved Veronica.

Loose ends

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*No “phrasing” this week but Cheryl was in rare form coming up with variations on “sploosh.” The best was probably “I’m so turned on, I think I’m getting dehydrated.”

*After Oingo, Boingo and Pinky Brewster last week, we learn the purple clown’s name was Mr. Nurple. The green clown was Mr. Giggles, keeping with the alliterative naming scheme.

*J.K. Simmons and Keegan-Michael Key continue their brilliant in their roles as the hapless police detectives who bullied their way on to the hostage situation. Their lunatic behavior was a perfect distraction.

*If this was Cheryl’s third best birthday, I’m not sure I want to see the two that were better.

*Where does one buy ammunition for a lawn dart rifle these days?

*One day I want to be rich enough to keep a half-million in krugerrands in what looks to be a Crown Royal bag in my desk drawer.

Craig Wack

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