It's time for more spying/secret-agent/espionage/CIA adventures, and thank God: Lana and Archer traveled to Buenos Aires to extract an old season-one friend from a
disaster red herring. Conway Stern was the target, a.k.a. the guy who literally stabbed Archer in the back in the "Diversity Hire" episode. Archer used this opportunity to finally get back at Conway, and also, despite the mission, determined that he and Lana should hash out some parenting concerns. Back at not-ISIS HQ, Malory took a turn at babysitting, which, as you might expect, went about as well as Archer's childhood.
The Highlight Reel
Slater kicked off the episode with his dickish attitude, penchant for sports analogies, and a phony mission proposition. His presence gave a lot of people at HQ trouble, especially Cheryl, who couldn't quite grasp the concept of Slater — the name, as well as the man's physical presence:
Cheryl: Also, there’s a Mr. Slater to see you.
Slater: Just Slater. It’s a mononym, like …
Malory: Jesus Christ!
Malory: He’s in here, you ritzy ditz!
[+1 to Slater for the quick-witted wordplay; +1 to Malory for Cheryl's perfect new nickname.]
In toadying up to Slater for the freelance mission, Malory tried to play to her audience by whipping out a sports reference:
Malory: Kick it right through the basket for a home run.
[+1 to Malory for being fearless and trying new things in 2015.]
Slater douche-splained that Conway hadn't betrayed ISIS, but had, in fact, completed a mission for the CIA way back in that season-one episode, and now he needed help in Argentina.
Lana: What operation is the CIA conducting in Argentina?
Slater: Oh, sorry, it’s called Operation Nunya.
Archer: As in beeswax, Lana.
Lana: Yes, I …
Archer: Dr. Kane, report to the burn unit.
Lana: To help a patient who’s been burnt?
Archer: … No.
[+1 to Slater for setting up the burn; +2 to Archer for executing, as well as for disappointing; and +3 to Lana for crushing the joke with literalism.]
When Archer found out it the target was in fact CONWAY STERN, he was not pleased. He used the word literally close to a dozen times, which made him ask a lot of existential questions about the word literally, including if and how he should be using it. Cheryl said he was overusing it, which was uncalled for and probably hurt his self-esteem, but P.S., okay, literally great that CONWAY STERN RETURNED, a spectacular season-six #tbt #blessed: