This week’s episode of Marvel’s Agent Carter finds Peggy getting to know her new friend Dottie over a cup of tea and a baguette. These two New York City women exchange stories about love, work, and the dating in the Big Apple. Just kidding! This isn’t Sex In the City! What’s more interesting is what they didn’t talk about – their past work as secret agents, how to kill a man, and the challenges of living double lives. Almost their own own ‘iron ceiling’ of sorts. In all fairness, we’re pretty sure some Carrie Bradshaw voice-over could have been amazing from the POV of Dottie as she nefariously conducted her plans, “I started to wonder, in a city as cynical as New York, is it still possible to believe in love at first sight?”
This episode takes place in two primary locations, New York City and a busted evil boarding school in Russia. On the NYC front we see some very cold weather between our man Edwin and Agent Carter, especially given their interaction last week over a certain super soldiers blood and Iron Man’s dad. We really can’t blame Peggy for wanting to slap Jarvis like a British nanny, he knew what was going on the whole time and didn’t help her out. Of course Jarvis trying to make a case for mutual respect compared to her SSR colleagues probably wasn’t the slickest maneuver.
After Peggy decodes some spooky typewriter messages (again, nod to Fringe), they realize that Leviathan, aka the current evil covert organization gunning for world power, is trying to get it’s hands on something called an “Havoc Reactor” – sounds a lot like an Arc Reactor to us! Oh the joys of a fully integrated Marvel Cinematic and TV Universe!
The gang spends no time at all planning a road trip to Russia to put a wrench in Leviathan’s plans, but not before Peggy calls in a few favors to get the Howling Commandos to meet them behind enemy lines! That’s right people, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte are going to Russia!
The team consists of Peggy, Jack Thompson, a few red shirts, and our Howling Commandos led by Dum Dum Dugan (and Happy Sam Sawyer, played by Buffy alum Leonard Roberts). But instead of finding some evil encampment full of standard bad guys, they stumble upon what we’re led to believe is the training grounds for the Black Widow Project.
They even encounter a baby Black Widow who jacks up a few red shirts and stabs Dum Dum Dugan in the chest. Naturally there’s a giant shoot out where they learn that in fact the “Havoc Reactor” was stolen from Howard Stark, not sold to the Russians as they were led to believe. A lot of important stuff happens in Russia, but perhaps most important is that Peggy saves Thompson’s ass and starts to earn his respect, especially after he confides in her that he’s not the war hero everyone thinks he is. Surprise! Fragile masculinity at it’s finest.
While her trip to Russia was a success, New York City was working overtime on our favorite SSR agent. Dottie (played by the brilliant Bridget Regan) slipped into Peggy’s apartment where she riffled through her undergarment drawer only to find secret Stark Industry photos. Then as if that wasn’t Single White Female enough, she pretends to be Carter in the mirror while scoping out a picture of Steve Rogers. Queue one more round of Carrie voiceover, “Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates, and guys are just people to have fun with”.
Meanwhile Sousa has put two-and-two together thanks to his locker room run in with Carter, and realizes that she’s the blonde from the surveillance photos in episode one. Peggy’s double-agent gig is up, but will the SSR believe her story or just assume she’s a Black Widow spy? We can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Next week Agent Carter is back and on the run! Don’t miss it, Tuesday February 10th at 9/8PM central on ABC!