Since 2010 we’ve witnessed the power and the ferocity of Black Widow as she became a member of the Avengers by joining SHIELD. In this episode we will get the back story of the Black Widow program. We start in 1937 Russia, with young girls are handcuffed to their beds at night. When they awaken, they are shown films, taught lessons and trained in lethal combat. We jump back to 1946, where we see that Dottie Underwood was one of the young girls kept at this brutal boarding school. She gets advice from Peggy on how to best experience New York, not to mention America. This is just before Dottie steals Peggy’s room key. So this answers how Dottie had the capability of taking down a gunman inside the Griffith.
After the events of last week’s episode, Jarvis tries to make things right with Peggy but got no where in convincing her. Back at the SSR offices, the typewriter that was recently acquired gave a message encoded in numbers connected to Leviathan, a covert Russian organization. Peggy manages to decipher the message as it is connected to a facility in Russia. The rest of the message suggests Howard Stark is selling weapons to the Russians. Dooley sends Thompson but Peggy ensures him they need her as well. She suggests that they enlist the help of the Howling Commandos as they came through for her and will meet them at the boarder.
Thompson, Peggy and the rest of the team do a night jump to meet up with the Howling Commandos. They are Dum-Dum Dugan, Happy Sam Sawyer, Junior Juniper and Pinky Pinkerton. Peggy gives Dugan a bottle of bourbon from her own private stash back in the States. She reveals her feeling that Leviathan is drawing them in for a trap. Of course, that’s why they have guns. Later that night, Thompson tells the tale of how he earned his Navy cross. His story earns him the respect of the Howling Commandos.
The team splits in two and infiltrate the boarding school that was used back when Dottie was a young girl. The films they watched there were filled with subliminal messages like instill fear. A child’s cry is heard in the distance. Dum-Dum approaches the little girl. She seems innocent enough until she stabs him in the chest. Most of the knife caught Dum-Dum’s protective vest. Agent Li isn’t so lucky as he died from the gunshot the young girl fired with Dum-Dum’s gun. The little girl escapes. Peggy is pretty sure Leviathan has been alerted to their presence.
The team finds two prisoners in a cell. One of the men being held captive is a brilliant engineer. The other is a psychiatrist who keeps him grounded and sane. The weapon Leviathan wants him to build alters the behavior of light waves. The prisoners are released. Escape is going to be tricky, as the team is pinned down. There are several casualties and fatalities. The genius engineer is shot dead by his shrink when he tries to negotiate an escape with the bad guys. Peggy calls for an exit plan from Dum-Dum as Thompson freezes under pressure.
BAM! A side wall is leveled. Looks like Dum-Dum came through with that exit plan. Peggy orders everyone out. Thompson is still frozen in fear. Peggy snaps him out of it. She’s a force to be reckoned with gunning down the bad guys as the rest of the team files into the escape truck. Peggy is right behind them. She leaps into the back of the truck as it speeds away. Later, Peggy bids adieu to her Howling Commando pals. She’s taking the psychiatrist back to the States. Much to Dum-Dum’s dismay, the doc is taking the bourbon along for the ride. Sorry Dugan, someone else wants that bourbon.
On the plane, Thompson is feeling bad for freezing under pressure. He admits to Peggy that his Navy cross came because he killed a team of enemy soldiers who were coming to surrender. He didn’t realize it until it was too late. Everyone believes he’s something he isn’t. Thompson says he’s been trying to tell the truth since he returned home from the war. Peggy offers him some comfort by letting him know that he just did.
Dooley continues to dig for answers on the Russian massacre from a battle that never took place. He learns that Howard Stark was there for the cleanup. He took a swing at a recently-deceased general. Stark then walked away from big contract with the army. There’s more to the story, but whoever knows the rest is keeping it to secret. Dooley seeks some answers from Jarvis. He’s just looking to get to the truth. Of course he won’t get that right away just checking up on him.
Sousa notices small marks on Peggy’s shoulder. They look like healed gunshot wounds. They look like the mark on the shoulder of the mystery blonde he’s been trying to identify in a photo. In other news, Dottie breaks into Peggy’s place. She finds hidden photos of Howard Stark’s inventions. She swipes one photo and takes note of another. It’s of Steve Rogers. Dottie sets it in front of a mirror as she does her best Peggy Carter impersonation. She then leaves the apartment making sure that it won’t look like anyone was ever there. Back in her place, Dottie handcuffs herself to her bed just like she had to do as a child. Weird way to sleep at night I will give her that.
Back at the SSR offices, Thompson briefs Dooley on Agent Li’s death and the acquirement of intel as to Leviathan’s end game. The doctor they brought back with them doesn’t believe Howard Stark is a traitor. Neither does Peggy. Thompson still believes Stark is involved. As for Peggy, she’s actually invited out for drinks with the boys. Sousa stays behind. He’s still wondering what to make out of the connection between the blonde in the photo and Agent Peggy Carter. So it looks like Sousa is close to figuring out the puzzle behind Peggy. But so is Dottie if she keeps up this game of her’s We are 2 episodes to go till the finale. Don’t miss a minute.
Photo Credit: ABC/Agent Carter
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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