Archer 5.03 Review: “Archer Vice: A Debt of Honor”

Archer Vice picks up after last week’s botched attempt to turn product into cash. If viewers thought a little bit of Pam on a little bit of drugs made for a few laughs, then “A Debt of Honor” effortlessly proves that a lot of Pam on a lot of drugs make for a lot of laughs. Where most straight-up comedies would drop Pam in a scene and let the character do all the work, Archer Vice is doing nothing if not making each member of the team accountable for his or her actions. So, when Pam’s addiction gets the better of her, she ends up bringing a whole lot of conflict to the Tunt mansion, which creates more opportunities for more laughs, sure. But it also reinforces how unfamiliar the territory of being an ex-ISIS agent is and how the transition is a necessarily rough one.

Some of the non-agents, though, have the worst of it. There’s certainly a question of how much the writers can get out of the There Will Be Woodhouse gag, but given the track record of running gags on Archer, that question becomes less and less relevant. One of the shining moments of “A Debt of Honor” actually goes to Woodhouse as he has to endure ringing telephones and doorbells, which is any good butler’s worst nightmare. Woodhouse, who also has a history with drugs, certainly isn’t the best of butlers, but even without a medicine ball weighing down his chest, it’s easy to feel his pain. Ron Cadillac is the other man-out-of-place who gets the short stick, catching a stray bullet in a fight he wants no part in. Based on the preview to Archer Vice, Ron’s life was in question, so it’s a huge relief in “A Debt of Honor” to see that scene play out and for Ron to still be alive. He is one of the series’ most important characters going forward because of the untapped potential he possesses, especially as a father figure to Sterling.



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