Howie 'The Captain' Archibald is a recurring character of the Gossip Girl TV series of the same name. The Captain is Nate Archibald's overbearing and dismissive father whose issues of drug use and possession get him into trouble. The Captain is arrested on the accounts of fraud and embezzlement and leaves for Dominica during the Bass-van der Woodsen wedding but not without his son hitting him in the face for abandoning them. The Captain is then arrested during the second season. Sam Robards portrays Howie 'The Captain' Archibald.
When Ben Sharp begins to doubt his sister, Juliet over her relationship with Nate, he sends her a message from prison by beating up The Captain. Juliet learns of The Captain getting beaten up from Nate but receives a text from Ben that shows that he is responsible for The Captain's injuries.