After the events of last week’s death, things looked a little morbid as the legacy of Captain America is tested. This episode begins with Jarvis in the middle of a shakedown by some thugs he’s dealing with regarding a smuggled package. The bad guys want more cash than originally agreed upon. They have plenty of backup right up until the moment Peggy Carter springs into action. One by one, she takes down the hired guns. The smuggled package Peggy and Jarvis retrieve is none other than Howard Stark.
Peggy lets Howard know that the SSR blames him for the murder of one of its own. There only one place she can think of where he can remain hidden and safe: The Griffith. Howard quickly makes himself at home with the girl next door. He later shows Peggy one of his inventions, a camera pen. Oh if she only saw where we are now.
Chief Dooley heads off to Germany in pursuit of a Nazi colonel named Mueller who is scheduled to be executed. While the Chief is away, Thompson is in charge. That means Peggy is taking lunch orders. She makes use of Howard’s camera pen taking shots in the SSR lab where Stark’s inventions are being kept. Peggy needs to get one of them back. It’s called the Blitzkrieg Button. It can take out the electrical grid for all of New York and beyond. Crazy invention especially for this day in age.
Agent Sousa investigates a lead down by the docks involving the anonymous tip from last week’s episode. He encounters an angry man named Frank, a veteran who doesn’t talk to cops. That doesn’t stop Sousa from believing he saw something. Thompson barges in on the interrogation to get Frank to spill the details that he saw a man and a woman at the crime scene. They can’t be identified though. Sousa tests how the blonde female suspect in the photo they have would look with dark hair.
Chief Dooley meets with Colonel Mueller in Nuremburg Prison. He offers to help him escape in exchange for information. And by escape, he means he’ll provide him with a cyanide pill. Mueller talks about a battle that never took place. There was a massacre of Russian bodies that were found before the Germans ever got there. Dooley turns over the cyanide pill to the colonel, who will have fresh breath when they hang him thanks to the harmless mint he just received. $5 says those were pills to take him out…just saying
Peggy breaks into the SSR lab to find Howard Stark’s invention. Following her instincts, she nervously presses the button on the device. There’s no power failure when she does this, for the only thing inside is a vile. Peggy demands to know what’s in it. Howard eventually confesses that it’s the blood of Steve Rogers. Cue a punch from Peggy. Ow by the way.
The thugs that Peggy took down earlier work for Otto Mink, who shoots dead the men who failed to bring him his smuggling money. He watches Peggy’s place as she enters the Griffith. Mink delivers flowers to the front desk. Upstairs, Howard apologizes for lying to Peggy. He believes that Captain America’s blood holds the key to so many things that will save many lives. I’d like to test that theory considering he was changed from scrawny kid to built up muscle man.
Howard’s explanation doesn’t stop Peggy from being furious at Stark. She’s also ticked at Jarvis, who tells his boss that the way they’ve treated Peggy stinks. Howard digests this as the man sitting next to him, who looks a lot like Stan Lee, asks him for the sports page from the paper he’s reading. Ha!!! Awesome!! As for Peggy, she hides the vile inside her apartment wall behind a painting.
Otto Mink sneaks into the Griffith. He orders bubbly Dottie Underwood, to go back into the room. He’s startled when she recognizes that his gun is an automatic. Mink has no time to react when Dottie springs into action with some high-flying moves that quickly neutralize the intruder.
Chief Dooley returns from his Europe trip. Thompson reveals that Howard Stark flew into the European airfield one day after the supposed battle took place. This has the smell of a conspiracy. While alone in the office, Dooley sees the typing machine they confiscated kick into action with an incoming message. Just what that message is remains to be seen. So who saw Stan Lee in this episode? I’m hoping that he makes a return to another episode of a Marvel series. The series just finished filming the last episode last week so that will premiere late next month so be sure to look for that.
Agent Carter: Valediction (1X08)
What a finale indeed for Agent Carter. Here’s what happened beginning with Dr. Ivchenko and Dottie setting a plan that resulted in a deadly melee in a movie theater. Forty-seven people are dead. Agent Sousa discovers the Howard Stark-labeled canister that released the mysterious gas. He accidentally breathes some in. Sousa attacks Thompson before being knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he realizes that he wanted to kill his fellow agent.Peggy believes Ivchenko has a plan for the other 10 canisters. He has a target in mind. Howard Stark believes it’s him.
Howard Stark hands over all the information he has on the Battle of Fennel. He says he unintentionally created a product for the army that leads to psychosis. Midnight Oil as it is known was supposed keep soldiers awake for days at a time. Stark comes up with a plan to put himself out there as bait to catch the bad guys. He’s going to make a press conference.
Ivchenko and Dottie are pulled over by the police. The officer lets them off with a warning until a call comes through on the radio. Soon Dottie has a gun pointed at the cop. She later takes out a guard at an airplane hangar. When she makes her way back to the car, Ivchenko lets her know that their plans have changed. He just found out that Howard Stark is back in town.
An outdoor press conference puts Howard Stark in plain sight until shots are fired at the street. Howard is whisked away to a police car. It takes off leaving Jarvis in the dust. The cop driving the car is the same one who pulled over Dottie. He’s under Ivchenko’s spell. Howard is being taken to meet with the doctor.
Realizing that it’s V-E Day, Peggy and Thompson believe that Ivchenko has a plan to take down Times Square. A hundred thousand people are there. Jarvis thinks the bad guys are likely headed for his boss’s hidden vault of planes. Howard had shown it to Dottie six months earlier before he knew she was a killer. In the present day, Howard learns that Ivchenko’s brother died in the Battle of Fennel. It’s why he’s being made to suffer now.
Howard falls under Ivchenko’s hypnotic spell. He’s brought back to a time when he believes he can find Captain America. A vision of Peggy presents him with his shield. Howard believes he can bring Steve Rogers home. In the present day, the SSR arrives a little too late. Howard Stark has already taken off in one of his planes. Jarvis knows that he’s the only one who can fly a second aircraft with the purpose of shooting him down.
Peggy tracks down Ivchenko. She gets into a fight with Dottie, who takes a baseball bat to her. Nevertheless, Peggy gets the upper hand. She kicks Dottie out a second story window. Ivchenko has fled. Peggy takes to the radio transmitter he was using to try to convince Howard that the fantasy in his head isn’t real. The actual plan is to release the gas over civilians.
Ivchenko gets the drop on Thompson. He knocks him unconscious. He then tries to work his mind games on Sousa. Ivchenko orders him to shoot Thompson. That’s not going to happen. Sousa knocks out Ivchenko. He had put cotton in his ears so he couldn’t hear what the doc was saying. As Stark’s plane is headed for New York City, Jarvis is in pursuit and prepared to shoot him down. But Peggy desperately tries to convince Howard that Steve Rogers is gone. They all have to move on. They have to let him go. Her words finally sink in as he realizes that he was under a spell. Jarvis ultimately leads him home.
Peggy and Howard are reunited in the hangar as Ivchenko is arrested. The doc is gagged as well. As for Dottie, she escapes. Peggy realizes that they’ll be seeing her again someday. She returns to the SSR offices to a steady stream of applause from her colleagues. But at the end of the day, Thompson is the one who gets credit for thwarting the attack on Time Square. Sousa is ticked. Peggy, however, is fine. She knows her own value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t matter. Peggy declines Sousa’s invitation to grab a drink. She has to meet a friend. Angie is shocked when Jarvis lets her know that she and Peggy are free to live in one of Howard Stark’s beautiful homes. She heads off to call her mom.
When they are alone, Jarvis shares a nice moment with Peggy just before he reveals that Howard is destroying all of his weapons. He then turns over the vile of Steve Rogers’ blood. Jarvis is certain that she’s the one person in the world who will know what to do with it. Peggy takes the vile to a bridge. She pours it into the waters below. Then she says goodbye to the love of her life.
In the final scene, Dr. Ivchenko is bound to the mouth and brought into his prison cell. He can’t speak, but his cellmate hopes there’s another way they can communicate, as he is a big fan of his work. Cue Dr. Arnim Zola from the Captain America films as he emerges and tells Ivchenko there’s still hope, for they are in America. And America is the land of opportunity. What does Zola have in store for the SSR now that Ivchenko is working with him? What does the future hold for Peggy now that she doesn’t have to deal with Thompson? Will Daniel and Peggy hook up? We won’t know until Agent Carter gets a renewal. Lets hope the announcement comes soon.
Also, I mentioned during the LIVE tweet that Agent Carter herself Hayley Atwell will be coming to Chicago for C2E2. I will be there to get you a behind the scenes look at Chicago’s biggest comic con and get you pictures with some of your CraveYou Celebrities.
By: Joachim Jocson
Photo Credit: Agent Carter/ABC
Marvel’s Agent Carter: SNAFU (1X07)
We begin in 1943 Russia, Dr. Ivchenko used his mind games for good as evidenced by how he helped save a young soldier’s life. Three years later, he still uses his trick on members of the SSR. He watches as Peggy is interrogated by Agent Sousa. No matter what she tried from the story of a female assassin, nothing was going to convince them of the truth. The SSR agents turn up the heat. Thompson wants Peggy to give up Howard Stark. But we all know that’s not going to happen. Peggy forcefully informs them that the person they should be after is Dottie, her neighbor.
Jarvis steps into the SSR offices looking for Chief Dooley claiming to have a signed confession from Howard Stark. This is all in part of an attempt to free Peggy, who is promptly terminated from the SSR. Jarvis admits that the confession wasn’t actually written by Stark as he panicked and wrote the thing himself. Chief Dooley attempts to make amends with his wife. Dr. Ivchenko is in the office when he makes this phone call. Dooley doesn’t see him sending a message to Dottie. She now knows that Leviathan is coming.
Peggy admits that the confession is a fake as she comes clean in order to get her former colleagues to believe that Dr. Ivchenko is one of the bad guys. She spills the details of the last remaining sample of Steve Rogers’ blood. Thompson and Sousa believe Peggy’s story. Dooley isn’t sold. He sends a team over to check out the building across the street. He then becomes a victim to the evil doc’s mind games. Dooley locks Peggy and Jarvis in the interrogation room at gunpoint.
Dottie spent the early part of the day shopping for a baby carriage. Once back at her hideout, she catches sight of Sousa doing a search of the premises. Dottie gets the drop on him. Sousa fires his gun, but misses his target. Thompson closes in on the suspect. Dottie looks to be trapped. She’s not. Dottie bounds down the stairwell with a little parkour? Damn…
Dooley shuts down the SSR research lab clearing out all the scientists. Once everyone is gone, Ivchenko tricks him into finding one of Howard Stark’s inventions. He hands him a special vest while warning him to focus. Dr. Ivchenko steps out to the street where Dottie is waiting for him. He assures her that the SSR will be far too busy with what’s coming their way to worry about their escape.
Peggy and Jarvis smash through the window of the locked interrogation room. Of course, escape is still impossible seeing as how they are handcuffed to a table. When Thompson arrives, Peggy demands to know the whereabouts of his boss. Chief Dooley appears to have gone home. He admits to his wife that he screwed up. He just wants to come home now. His wife welcomes him with open arms. Unfortunately, none of this is real. Chief Dooley is actually in his office wearing the vest Ivchenko gave him. Jarvis explains that it’s a prototype for a new system of armor. It overheats with explosive results.
The lead scientist from the lab has no idea what to do about the armor. Chief Dooley’s skin is being seared as the device heats up. He knows what he needs to do. He swipes Thompson’s gun. He asks him to tell his wife that he’s sorry he missed dinner. He makes Peggy promise him they will get the people who did this. Chief Dooley turns the gun on the window. He fires and runs toward it. Dooley leaps through the opening and not that far outside the armor explodes in the air. SSR offices is in shambles, but it was all thanks to the heroic act of Chief Dooley as he took his own life.
Taking inventory of things in the lab Captain America’s blood was not stolen. However, item 17 was taken by Ivchenko which it’s use is unknown. In another part of town, Dottie brings the baby carriage she purchased earlier into a movie theater. She sets off the container that rests inside it to emit some kind of gas. The main door is sealed by Ivchenko as he and Dottie make a hasty exit. Inside the theater, the moviegoers begin coughing. Then they become violent. A brutal melee breaks out. By the time someone arrives to open the theater doors, it’s too late. The lifeless bodies of every single moviegoer are in the aisle in a horrifying scene.
Now it’s a fight to not only clear Stark’s name but to find and stop the people responsible for taking down the SSR. Prepare for the Season Finale of Agent Carter next week and the following week, the return of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD!
Photo: ABC/Marvel Agent Carter
Marvel’s Agent Carter: A Sin to Err (1X06)
The episode begins with Dr. Ivchenko, the prisoner from last week’s episode tells the horrific tale of how he and others were recruited by Leviathan during WWII. Peggy asks about the girls who were trained at the boarding school. She believes that one of them grew up to kill Agent Krzeminski. Much to Peggy’s surprise, Chief Dooley gives her permission to follow up on her hunch. She enlists the help of Jarvis to get her a list of all the ladies Howard Stark has entertained recently. She learns that not only is he interested in Academy Award winning actresses but he gives them diamond bracelet. After A process of elimination, Peggy and Jarvis go on the hunt for someone with scars on her wrists from being handcuffed. Along the way we see Jarvis endures slaps and kicks from many of the scorned women who don’t pan out. Sorry Jarvis but this is the funniest I’ve seen you.
For Dottie, she sets up shop in an office across the street from the SSR offices. Across the street, Dr. Ivchenko deduces that Dooley is having problems with his marriage. He gazes out the window of the chief’s office. Dottie has the doc lined up in the scope of her rifle. She’s not going to shoot him though. She instead sends him a message via flashing lights. Dr. Ivchenko covertly responds. His orders for Dottie are to give him more time to find the item and to kill Peggy Carter. I will admit I did not see that coming from him. I seriously thought he was friendly and helpful. Now he’s a snitch.
Ivchenko attempts to unleash a hypnotic trick for information on Stark’s weapons. Dooley snaps out of it when Sousa interrupts with information about Peggy after he chatted with Sheldon McFee about the night he was detained.
After a search throughout New York, A woman named Ida left a cleaned-out apartment with a bed that indicates handcuffs were used on the post. Peggy believes she’s the one they are looking for. She meets up with Jarvis at the Automat when she notices that she’s being surrounded by SSR agents. Peggy goes into full takedown mode to make an escape. Unfortunately, Thompson is waiting outside for her. Peggy has no choice but to take him down, too. Sousa shows up moments later, but he can’t shoot her. Later, Chief Dooley brands Peggy Carter a fugitive.
Dr. Ivachenko uses his time with Agent Yauch, who is ordered to babysit him, to manipulate him. He employs the hypnotic trick he tried to pull on Dooley earlier. This time is works. Ivachenko gets the agent to tell him where Howard Stark’s inventions are being kept. He learns all the exit routes. Once the doc gets the information he seeks, he convinces Yauch to leave the office, have a drink and step into the path of a moving vehicle. Just like that Agent Yauch is no more.
Peggy races to her apartment. She’s looking to retrieve Steve Rogers’s blood. Thompson, Sousa and a team of agents are in hot pursuit. Peggy steps out onto the building’s ledge to avoid capture. She carefully edges her way over to the next apartment, Angie’s apartment that is. She covers for her by breaking down in tears over the thought of her grandmother. It’s all an act, and it works to perfection. The SSR agents vacate the apartment.
Angie had mentioned plans to give up acting earlier but is reconsidering all that now after all of that. She knew Peggy didn’t work at the phone company and hopes to find out the truth after all of this is over. Things take a turn when Peggy runs into Dottie as she plants an unexpected kiss on her. Peggy becomes woozy realizing that she is not some girl from Iowa is not who she seems just before falling unconscious. Dottie pulls out a switchblade. Before she can act, the SSR arrives. They arrest Peggy and take her back to HQ. Chief Dooley instructs Thompson and Sousa to not go easy on her just because she’s a girl. As Peggy prepares for interrogation what does Leviathan have in store for the SSR? Prepare for the penultimate episode next week followed by the finale in two weeks.
Photo Credit: ABC/ Agent Carter/ Marvel
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