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The fifth season of the animated television series Archer, also known as Archer Vice, aired in the United States on the cable network FX from January 14 to April 21, 2014..[1]

Archer (season 5)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13
Release
Original network FX
Original release January 13 – April 21, 2014
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List of Archer episodes

Contents

ProductionEdit

On February 27, 2013, FX renewed Archer for a fifth season.[2]

This season transitions to a new format, moving away from revolving around a spy agency (after it is revealed ISIS was never sanctioned by the U.S. government), to depicting the characters embarking on a life of crime as they attempt to sell cocaine.[3]

EpisodesEdit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
50 1 "White Elephant" Adam Reed January 13, 2014 (2014-01-13) XAR05001 1.65[4]

ISIS is raided and disbanded by the U.S. government when it transpires that the agency was never sanctioned by them. Cyril, Pam, Cheryl, Krieger and Ray promptly spill the beans about all of ISIS's operations, while Lana and Archer creatively break out of custody, only to find that Malory has managed to get everyone off the hook, on the condition that ISIS be dismantled immediately. As the staff discuss what they all plan to do next, Archer reveals a hidden vault containing a ton of cocaine and Lana suggests that they form a cartel.[1]

Special guest stars: Gary Cole as Special Agent Hawley, Fred Armisen as Gustavo Calderon, Thomas Lennon as Charles and Blake Perlman as La Madrina
51 2 "Archer Vice: A Kiss While Dying" Adam Reed January 20, 2014 (2014-01-20) XAR05002 1.17[5]

Disguised as a doctor and nurse, Archer and Lana take twenty kilos of cocaine - hidden in plaster covering Pam's entire body to a deal with an unknown buyer. A nervous and sweaty Pam absorbs cocaine through her skin and ends up addicted - to the point of eating the plaster/cocaine body cast. They then meet with the buyer, who turns out to be Ramon. Ramon is making the buy on behalf of Rudy and Charles, all three last seen in the Season 1 episode "Honeypot." As the deal turns increasingly sour and all three buyers wind up dead, it is revealed in the final scene that it was an elaborate ruse to steal the cocaine from ISIS, pretend to be dead to throw suspicion and to have paid ISIS in counterfeit bills. Meanwhile Cheryl is beginning her goal of becoming a country music star, performing the original song "40 Miles of Mountain Road" in the background of the episode. Her vocals are provided by singer Jessy Lynn Martens. While horrible in rehearsals, it's discovered that when no one is watching her, Cheryl is actually an amazing singer, pushing Malory to become her agent.

Special guest stars: Thomas Lennon as Charles and Ron Perlman as Ramon Limon
52 3 "Archer Vice: A Debt of Honor" Adam Reed January 27, 2014 (2014-01-27) XAR05003 1.13[6]

The gang decides to use the counterfeit money to buy guns but Pam takes it instead to buy amphetamines from the Yakuza. They trace Pam down (as she had left full and detailed listing of living at Cheryl's mansion at her old apartment) as the Yakuza boss, Mr. Moto demands the drugs be returned. He also wants Pam's head and despite Cheryl offering to pay him, he still refuses. Cheryl reveals she has an entire arsenal of old-fashioned weapons the team uses to defend the mansion from Yakuza attackers. They manage to use the tunnels built under the mansion by one of Cheryl's crazy uncles to escape and Archer cuts a deal with Moto to give away 5 million dollars worth of cocaine to even things up. Ron is shot and wounded in the attack and as he's taken to the hospital, refuses to support Malory's criminal lifestyle.

Special guest stars: Ron Leibman as Ron Cadillac and George Takei as Mr. Moto
53 4 "Archer Vice: House Call" Adam Reed February 3, 2014 (2014-02-03) XAR05004 1.13[7]

As the gang discusses their diminishing coke supply and sending Pam to rehab, an FBI agent knocks on the door. Because he was invited in by Woodhouse, the gang fears they will be incriminated by their coke pile under the plain view doctrine. Everyone scrambles to distract the FBI agent. The agent is fooled into leaving, and a computer chip is installed into Cheryl to remove her anxiety and allow her to become a country singer.

Special guest stars: Gary Cole as Special Agent Hawley and Ron Leibman as Ron Cadillac
54 5 "Archer Vice: Southbound and Down" Adam Reed & Ben Hoffman February 24, 2014 (2014-02-24) XAR05005 1.05[8]
With Cherlene on the verge of discovery, Archer pays for an extravagant tour bus to get the gang to Texas for her debut performance. Things go off the rails when he lets slip to Pam that a shipment of cocaine has been smuggled onto the bus for distribution over state lines.
55 6 "Archer Vice: Baby Shower" Adam Reed March 3, 2014 (2014-03-03) XAR05008 0.95[9]

With Krieger operating an online pharmacy to distribute the cocaine to buyers, the gang has the free time to throw a neglected Lana a baby shower. Archer takes Pam along for backup on a trip to the Tuntmore Hotel to secure a very special shower gift: a performance by Kenny Loggins.

Special guest star: Kenny Loggins as himself
56 7 "Archer Vice: Smugglers' Blues" Adam Reed March 10, 2014 (2014-03-10) XAR05009 0.87[10]

Without Malory's knowledge or permission, Archer takes some of the cocaine to South America, dragging Cyril and Ray along. Archer plans to simply ask around to find a drug lord named La Madrina and give her the cocaine as a sample for more. He ends up in bed with La Madrina only to discover that she's an undercover police officer who sends the trio to jail without backup.

Special guest star: Blake Perlman as La Madrina
57 8 "Archer Vice: The Rules of Extraction" Adam Reed March 17, 2014 (2014-03-17) XAR05006 1.08[11]
When the jeep carrying them crashes, Archer, Cyril and Ray (who has supposedly become paralyzed yet again) have to navigate their way through a jungle river, forcing Archer to confront his fear of crocodiles. Seeing Malory frantic about Archer, Lana tries to give her a "spa day" overseen by Pam and Cherlene.
58 9 "Archer Vice: On the Carpet" Adam Reed March 24, 2014 (2014-03-24) XAR05007 0.91[12]

Archer avoids crash landing in a dangerous swamp only to come face-to-face with a shady arms dealer. They manage to escape back to New York with a slate of illegal arms meant to be sent to a Central American country in civil war and Malory decides to sell the arms for money after discovering Krieger wasted the last of the cocaine on a failed submarine experiment.

Special guest stars: Christian Slater as Slater and Fred Armisen as Gustavo Calderon
59 10 "Archer Vice: Palace Intrigue: Part I" Adam Reed March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31) XAR05010 0.92[13]

Archer and the rest of the ISIS gang are the guests of Gustavo Calderon and his wife Juliana. Calderon is a big fan of Cherlene, but Juliana is a bigger fan of Archer.

Special guest stars: Fred Armisen as Gustavo Calderon and Lauren Cohan as Juliana Calderon
60 11 "Archer Vice: Palace Intrigue: Part II" Adam Reed April 7, 2014 (2014-04-07) XAR05011 0.87[14]

Archer tries to keep his fling with the dictator's wife a secret while Krieger bonds with his clone-brothers.

Special guest stars: Fred Armisen as Gustavo Calderon and Lauren Cohan as Juliana Calderon
61 12 "Archer Vice: Filibuster" Adam Reed April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14) XAR05012 1.07[15]

Cyril becomes the new president of San Marcos, Cherlene becomes the first lady of country music, and Archer becomes a resistance fighter.

Special guest stars: Christian Slater as Slater, Lauren Cohan as Juliana Calderon, Gary Cole as Special Agent Hawley and Fred Armisen as Gustavo Calderon
62 13 "Archer Vice: Arrival/Departure" Adam Reed April 21, 2014 (2014-04-21) XAR05013 0.68[16]

Archer helps Lana with the delivery of her baby, while Krieger and Ray try to prevent the launch of a deadly nerve gas rocket. Cyril is dethroned as 'leader' of San Marcos, Malory negotiates an underhanded deal with the CIA to reactivate ISIS, and the father of Lana's baby is finally revealed.

Special guest stars: Christian Slater as Slater, Lauren Cohan as Juliana Calderon and Gary Cole as Special Agent Hawley

Home releaseEdit

Archer Vice: The Complete Season Five
Set details Special features
  • 13 episodes
  • 2-disc set
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Languages:
    • English
  • Subtitles
    • English
    • Spanish
    • French
  • "Midnight Blues" Music Video by Cheryl Tunt
  • Cheryl Tunt Interview on Wake Up Country
  • Old MacDonald Pam Poovey Had a Farm, The Musical
DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
January 6, 2015 TBA TBA

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Salisbury, Brian (January 12, 2014). "'Archer' Season 5: A Few Secrets Declassified!". One of Us. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ Nicholson, Max (February 27, 2013). "FX Renews Archer for Season 5". Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Frederick, Brittany (January 13, 2014). "'Archer' Season 5 Preview: Big Changes For The Hit FX Comedy". StarPulse. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 14, 2014). "Monday Cable Ratings: 'Monday Night RAW' & 'Love & Hip Hop' Tie for Lead + 'Single Ladies', 'Archer' & More". TV by the Numbers. 
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  10. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 4, 2014). "Monday Cable Ratings: 'WWE Raw' Wins Night, 'Bates Motel', 'Teen Wolf', 'Single Ladies', 'Switched at Birth' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 11, 2014). "Monday Cable Ratings: 'Monday Night RAW' Leads Night + 'Swamp People', 'Bates Motel', 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 18, 2014). "Monday Cable Ratings: 'WWE Raw' Wins Night, 'Fast N Loud', 'Teen Wolf', 'Bates Motel', 'Switched at Birth' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 1, 2014). "Monday Cable Ratings: 'WWE Raw' Wins Night, 'T.I. and Tiny', 'Black Ink Crew', 'Bates Motel', 'Archer', 'Being Human', 'Dallas' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
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  15. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 15, 2014). "Monday Cable Ratings: 'WWE Raw' Wins Night, 'Basketball Wives', 'Bates Motel', 'Archer', 'Dallas' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
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