Less than 5 – Skip it, 6 – OK, 7 – Good, 8 – Great, 9 – Phenomenal, 10 – You owe it to yourself to watch this episode!
More twists than you can shake a stick at, a return of the Peggy/Jarvis dynamic and a Dottie/Carter make-out! Agent Carter continues to impress in its limited run as it nears the end of its inaugural season. Episode 6 builds on the momentum of last week’s fantastic installment proving that nothing is as it seems and everything is indeed connected.
Like last week, episode 6 opens with a flashback revealing a bit of Dottie’s checkered past. Here we witness her “initiating” a group of Russian men into the friendly fraternity that is Leviathan. One man refuses to comply and Dottie kindly escorts him out of the building… or mercilessly stabs him in the throat (semantics). The scene does a lot to emphasise just how dangerous the Leviathan threat is but more importantly situates Dottie as the real menace Peggy will have to contend with. Bridget Regan alternates between clueless NY tourist and bloodthirsty Black Widow with such ease, you sometimes forget how deadly she can be, until she busts out the death stare. By then it’s all too late.
The scene in which she mounts her rifle in the building overlooking the secret SSR base was rife with suspense and led to a twist that I failed to see coming. Knowing now that the man Peggy saved from Russia was actually a Leviathan assassin seems pretty obvious. 20/20 hindsight as they say. I genuinely thought she was going to murder Dooley but when they started throwing out codes things quickly fell in to place.
The Russian therapist was extremely creepy once his true motivations were unveiled. The way he fondled his ring to hypnotize people was straight out of a comic and I ate it up. The scene with him and Dooley in his office was superbly acted and I found myself hoping the chief would make it out ok, despite him being a misogynist jerk up until last week. Kudos to Shea Wigham’s likability.
The new dynamic between Peggy and the agents was immediately put to the test as Sousa let it be known that Carter was involved in all of the cases. Branding her a fugitive, Peggy gets into all sorts of shenanigans that lead to some of the best action the series has to offer. Her diner clearing brawl with the assistance of Edwin Jarvis (dude is handy with a milkshake) featured phenomenal fight choreography that most actioners fail to live up to. The second high octane sequence sees Peggy return to the Griffith to acquire Steve Rogers’ blood. Once there the SSR catches up to her and she must scale the window sills on the outside of her building to avoid detection.
It is here that Lindsey Fonseca does her best work of the season. I always loved Angie but she really solidified herself as my favorite Agent Carter character with what she did. Without hesitation she lies for Peggy, who is standing precariously outside her window ledge a mere few feet from the agents looking for her, and does so in such convincing fashion one would question whether or not she was a spy herself. I guess a bond forged in the fires of Rhubarb pie and Peach Schnapps cannot be broken.
After such epic escapes it was a shame to see Carter so easily taken down. But once again it goes to show just how proficient Dottie is at what she does. Using Peggy’s own “kiss of death” was rather unexpected but worked so well. Dottie was inches away from completing her mission, had it not been for Agent Thompson returning for a second look around Peggy would have been finished. The stage is set for an epic Dottie/Peggy throw down and I for one cannot wait to see them go at it. The inclusion of the Black Widow Program was a stroke of genius on the part of the producers and really injected new life into an already vibrant television series.
Dooley’s final comment at the end of the episode was superb, “don’t go easy on her just because she’s a woman.” Having just come around to trusting Carter in the field, his statement is a thinly veiled insult aimed not necessarily at Carter (though I’m sure some of his resentment is towards her) but to himself. He and the rest of the SSR had been treating her like a typical woman. They now realize they were wrong but to them, for all the wrong reasons. The constant dynamic shifts in the series keep things fresh and exciting. How Peggy will make her escape will surely prove to be a scene to see.
With things beginning to ramp up for the season finale, Agent Carter releases it’s best episode yet. Tons of action, great character interactions and a ton more MCU history is revealed. Please get a second season!
Overall I give this episode a 9.5/10