Less than 5 – Skip it, 6 – OK, 7 – Good, 8 – Great, 9 – Phenomenal, 10 – You owe it to yourself to watch this episode!
Archer’s new episode, The Kanes, provides viewers with a rare sight indeed. Lana Kane’s parents!! Her father is a microbiologist and Nobel Prize nominated scientist. Her mother is a professor at Berkeley and both do not like Archer!
Sterling met her parents just once before when they were dating, (with Archer showing up late and thoroughly thrashed, and promptly screaming “Potatoes!!”) before passing out all over the table. So with that in mind Lana, to no end, reminds Archer that he is not her future husband or boyfriend but the father of her child, and spends the whole episode trying to come to terms with the fact that Sterling, like it or not, is her family. All that takes a comedic U-turn when Lana’s parents attempt to join Archer in the hot tub.
When Dr. Kane shows up and begins to talk with Archer and disrobe at the same time. To which Archer voices quite subtly his many qualms with another man naked in the hot tub. Things only get better when Mrs. Kane attempts to join and again disrobes, only now she also demands that Sterling disrobe as well, saying he cannot enjoy it if he isn’t nude. Needless to say the result is some of the funniest misunderstanding, and some of the most hilarious writing since Ben Stiller’s awkward phase.
After the hot tub incident, the doctors Kane are stolen from his home by four men clad in black and balaclavas. They begin to escape after firing a hail of bullets at the window. Archer, understandably freaked out due to his child’s involvement, pulls out his gun and begins to fire verbal barbs and bullets at the burglars and manages to HEADSHOT their driver forcing a swap. This leads into one of the best scenes written in the show thus far. Archer’s obsession with all things McQueen (check out where he stole the tactleneck from) comes to glorious fruition as he gets to drive Lana’s father’s car, the Mustang from the movie Bullitt starring who? Who else? Steve McQueen, with some slight tension at the fact that Archer is driving his car Dr. Kane begins to inquire further about why Archer has a gun, and why his daughter just pulled out twin TEC-9’s when she is supposed to be continuing her doctorate at Columbia University.
She finally admits that she is in fact a spy and contractor to the C.I.A. and clears up some issues that haunted her from her childhood that concern her parents want for her to have been a scientist. After the touching discussion, Archer P.I.T. maneuvers the enemy car after a frantic chase sequence that will give fans of Bullitt a treat as it recreates quite faithfully the downhill chase scene in San Francisco. Learning that it was none other than Slater and the C.I.A the whole time, Lana freaks out. We are given the explanation for why the C.I.A. can’t let her father’s research continue.
Tension is still lingering between the two parties until after Slater has Dr. Kane check his bank account. To which he adds the same amount will be wired directly, every month for the rest of Dr. Kane’s life… to which the Doctor replies, “forget fuel, we can burn money!!” with a lust only the immensely rich and powerful can truly appreciate.
With everything settled the trio of AJ, Archer, and Lana return home, and while still tenuous due to the ‘hot tub’ incident earlier the two seem to grow a little bit closer and end on another Archer moment. While all this is going on we see the rest of the ISIS gang. On their way to a bowling tournament Krieger’s righteous van runs out of gas and it is up to the Incredible Pam to literally pull the van uphill, while Krieger only realizing the brake is still on halfway up, and the other occupants not pushing at all. Hilarity ensues when they are ditching weight in the form of their bowling balls. They force a mean looking muscle car to crash and the occupants whip out their pieces. Pam hearing all of this from the front sighs, “and that’s how they all died.” until she goes back and realizes she used to beat the tar out of one of the car’s occupants named Daryl. The two swap tales and then proceed to the nearest titty bar, Pam’s treat, leaving the gang shanghaied until help arrives.
So far so good from the Archer camp. Nothing truly incredulous and everything with as much unerring sarcasm dripping in every word. The zany antics of the crew are entertaining enough, and add to that the reveal of Lana’s parents, with Dr. Kane being voiced by the ever amazing Keith David, and you have a strong entry in the series with some of my favourite scenes.
Overall an 8.5/10 with a few more episodes like this, Archer may even get seventh season. Here’s hoping.