Archer Episode Recap - The Papal Chase - Season 4, Episode 11
Synopsis: Woodhouse looks just like the pope doesn’t he? Well, the last pope anyway – not the new one so much – Archer and newly-minted field agent Pam are sent to the Vatican to prevent an assassination attempt on the old pope that strangely does not include a dissection of the popemobile.
Details: Malory won’t let Krieger make Lana a pair of robot hands nor will she allow Lana to go to the Vatican alongside Archer due to the fact that there are a distinct lack of African-Americans in Popeland and, you know, that might tend to make Lana stick out amongst the bright white lights of the Vatican – so the next logical agent to accompany Archer to the Vatican? Why, the newly minted field agent Pam, of course!
Rather than have Krieger whip up a robot pope, Archer decides to bring along his elderly man-servant Woodhouse who, it just so happens, is the spittin’ image of the old pope, and use him as a decoy while Archer dresses as a Catholic priest and Pam dresses as a nun. In her attempt to determine whether or not the pope is sleeping, Pam wants to see if the pope is still alive [because old people tend to look dead while they are sleeping] and accidentally drops a mirror on the pope and thinks she has killed him but he’s merely stunned and yet it all looks like it might work out fine as long as they can get Woodhouse a fix – seeing as he is, evidently, a heroin junkie.
Archer, the real but old pope, Pam and Woodhouse cram into a one-person BMW Isetta – four people inside an Isetta, this is the joke – and proceed to get in a car chase with the Swiss Guard, who, they have learned, were hired by Cardinal Correlli [Rene Auberjonois] to clear the way for his ascendancy to the papal throne.
Back at ISIS headquarters, Cheryl wants to know why Cyril is not going to the Vatican and he admits that it’s really because he doesn’t like to go on missions with Archer – which is no surprise as he usually gets the short and abusive end of the various sticks.
Back in Italy, the Isetta’s nimble nature fallaciously allows Archer to elude the Swiss Guard [really the Italian mafia organization called the Camorra, posing as the Swiss Guard] and tosses a flare into their gas tank to blow up their car and end the papal chase.
The Poop and Skinny: Top three things to remember from this episode…
How can you have an episode about the pope without at least 45 seconds discussing the curiosity that is the popemobile?
Cyril cannot accompany Archer to the Vatican because he has “a thing about church stuff”.
Lana continues to be demoted – this time due to the color of her animated skin.
As part of his disguise, Archer closely resembles Father Guido Sarducci – a character created by comic Don Novello and who appeared frequently on “Saturday Night Live” in the 1970s and 1980s.
Pope-jamas should be a new product line.
Rene Auberjonois was likely most famous as the snooty Claton Endicott III on television sitcom “Benson”.
The coveted TZ Best Line of the Episode Award goes to Cheryl – “Jesus! Shit!” [when Cheryl is stuck on hold while calling the Vatican]