Violet recaps Season 1 Episode 4 of Agent Carter, titled The Blitzkrieg Button, where Howard Stark returns to town, and has Peggy retrieve one of his dangerous inventions from the SSR! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts about the episode.
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Episode Recap of Agent Carter, Season 1 Episode 4: The Blitzkrieg Button
This episode begins with Jarvis meeting with a couple of guys as part of a deal. There’s a disagreement about the denomination of bills that Jarvis gives to the men as payment – they don’t like having fifty $1,000 bills. Outside, Agent Carter takes out the men’s guards. They demand some more cash, and Jarvis reluctantly hands over the briefcase that he has. But when one of the men open it, some steam comes out and knocks the man out. Just then, Peggy walks up behind the remaining man and points her gun at him.
Jarvis and Peggy meet up in a secret spot with Howard Stark. He successfully guesses that Mr. Mink tried to blackmail them. As they drive back to Stark’s place, Peggy recognizes SSR agents hanging around outside, so they head in a different direction. Having nowhere else to hide Stark, she reluctantly offers for him to stay at her place, and sneaks him in. Right after she sends him up in the dumbwaiter, Mrs. Fry walks into the laundry room and is so suspicious of Peggy that she walks her up to her room.
At the SSR, Dooley has learned that the typewriter sends messages back and forth, though doesn’t know to where yet. Dooley goes off to Germany to question a Nazi named Colonel Mueller, who is set to be executed in two days, in hopes that he’ll help him find Howard Stark. He puts Agent Thompson in charge while he’s gone.
Back at the Griffith Hotel, Mrs. Fry insinuates that Peggy is trying to sneak a man in. When she has Peggy open the dumbwaiter to get her laundry, Peggy is both surprised and relieved to see that only Stark’s bag is there, not Stark. After Mrs. Fry leaves, Peggy hears giggling coming from a nearby room, and finds Howard there with a girl. He claims that Peggy is his cousin, and they go into Peggy’s room to discuss “family business.”
Howard asks Peggy how many of his inventions that Peggy has recovered, so that he can know how many more are out there. He also gives Peggy a camera pen.
At the SSR, Thompson has the Agents line up to receive their individual assignments. But Peggy can already guess that hers is the lunch order. However, Sousa has other plans in mind – he wants to try to pull a print off of the phone that called in the anonymous tip about the Stark weapons.
Peggy goes to the lab to get the lunch orders. She sneakily uses the camera pen to take pictures of the Stark inventions that were recovered.
Down at the dock, Sousa starts to sweep the payphone for prints. Then he notices a couple of bums sitting nearby, and tries to question them. One of the guys wasn’t around that night, but the other guy, Frank, was around, but doesn’t want to talk to the cops. He gets tries to punch Sousa, so Sousa arrests him and brings him in.
Mr. Mink is not happy to hear that his deal with Stark didn’t go as planned, so he kills his guys, after hearing about Peggy.
Peggy returns home, and finds Howard in yet another girl’s room. Together, she and Stark start to develop the film from the camera pen. Then Angie knocks on her door, asking if she’s coming down for their communal dinner. Stark tells her to go, and asks her to bring some food back for him.
At the SSR, Sousa questions Frank, the guy he brought in. Sousa tries to get him to talk by trying to relate to him, but the guy still isn’t talking. Thompson is skeptical, but Sousa is sure that this guy saw something.
At dinner, Peggy sneakily tries to take some food, and soon learns that the other girls have their ways of taking food as well. She brings food upstairs to Stark, who tells her that all of his inventions are in the SSR lab, and that he needs her to steal one of them back: the Blitzkrieg Button, which will cause an instant citywide blackout when pressed. The problem is that he couldn’t figure out how to turn the lights back on. Stark says he’s the only one that can deactivate it. Jarvis arrives outside to pick Peggy up, but little do they know that Mr. Mink is watching from his car.
Sousa continues to try to get through to Frank, when Thompson comes in with a bottle of scotch and a hamburger. He offers both to Frank and exchange for him telling them what he saw at the boat yard. He immediately tells them that there was a guy dressed fancily who was with a woman that had dark hair, and they got on and off the boat before the police showed up.
Dooley arrives in Germany and speaks with Colonel Mueller. He shows them pictures of the two Russian men who were said to have died in the Battle of Fennel – but that we knew as Leet Brannis, and the Leviathan employee that was killed in the premiere. Dooley tells Mueller that if he tells him what happened in the Battle of Fennel, he’ll help him escape.
As Jarvis drives Peggy over to SSR, Peggy asks him questions about the item, and notices that Jarvis is acting suspicious. Meanwhile, Mr. Mink continues to follow them.
Dooley offers Mueller some cyanide in exchange for information about the Battle of Fennel, so that the others don’t have the satisfaction of watching him hang. Mueller says that there was no Battle of Fennel. The Germans found a massacre, Russian bodies piled high, ripped to pieces, and that whoever attacked them was long gone. Dooley is skeptical, but Mueller insists that no one died by German hands at Fennel. Dooley gives the cyanide pill to Mueller, and also gives one to the guard on his way out, saying it’s a breath mint.
At the SSR, Thompson praises Sousa for bringing in the witness, though Sousa is disappointed it didn’t really lead anywhere. Meanwhile, Peggy sneaks into the lab, and switches a fake sphere for the sphere containipng the Blitzkrieg Button. She hits the switch on the sphere, which opens up. Inside, she finds a vial of red liquid. On her way out, she notices some people milling about, so she ducks into the interview room – where Thompson is still inside. He questions why she works there, considering that she only gets to take lunch orders. He goes on to express his sympathies for the fact that as a woman, no man will ever consider her equal. She leaves.
Mr. Mink follows her back to the Griffith. When Peggy returns to her room, she asks Howard what’s in the vial. He reluctantly tells her that it’s Steve Rogers’s blood. She punches him in the face. Howard says he was trying to protect her. They get into an argument. He apologizes for lying to her. He explains that he was the lead scientist on Project Rebirth, and 11 vials went to the government, and one to him. He believes that the vial holds to answer to vaccines, medications, and cures. Peggy accuses Howard of being in it for his own gain. She angrily leaves, and tells him to be gone when she gets back.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mink drops off some flowers for Peggy at the front desk, and declares to Mrs. Fry that he loves Peggy. As she writes down a note with Peggy’s room number on it, he leaves before she can question him further. Then he sneaks through the vent up to Peggy’s room. Just as he gets to her door, Peggy’s neighbor, Dottie, comes out of her room. Mr. Mink points his gun at her and tells her to return to her room. She attacks him and breaks his neck.
As Peggy walks down the street, Jarvis walks next to her. She confirms that he knew. He apologizes for the way things went. Then Peggy walks off, and Jarvis sits down next to Howard at a shoe shine booth. Howard is confident that Jarvis can get her back. Jarvis leaves. The guy sitting on the other side of Howard asks to borrow the Sports section of his newspaper – it’s Stan Lee, making his traditional Marvel cameo!
At the SSR, Sousa grabs the picture of the back of the blond’s head at the night club, and colors it in with a black pen. Dooley returns from Germany and tells Thompson what he found out from Mueller. Thompson shows Dooley the log from the Fennel Airfield: one day after the supposed battle, a plane lands – and Howard Stark was on it. Dooley thinks they have a conspiracy.
Peggy returns home, and turns the radio up loud. Then she uses a hammer to break a whole in the wall, and hides the Blitzkrieg Button there. She covers up the hole back up with a large framed picture. Meanwhile, Dottie has hidden Mr. Mink’s body under her bed, and is admiring the gun she took from him. When Angie knocks on Dottie’s door, she acts as if nothing is out of the ordinary.
Over at the SSR, Dooley notices the typewriter typing a message.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 4 of Agent Carter: The Blitzkrieg Button
Continuing to enjoy Agent Carter! Even though there’s not much going on in the supernatural or superpowers department, I didn’t really expect there to be, and I’m just fine with that so far. Peggy herself is a superhero, despite not having super powers, and despite being a woman in the 1940s. At every turn, she is able to turn her disadvantage at being a woman into an advantage. However, it was quite blatant of the show to have Agent Thompson specifically tell her that she’ll never be an equal because she’s a woman. It seemed a little too obvious of a move for the show to make. I think the audience could already pick up from other things that happened on the show that this is what the attitude of the times were toward women, and I don’t think it was necessary to hit us over the head with this notion. On the other hand, maybe children watching would not have been able to pick up on this subtlety, and the show wanted to make sure that audience members of all ages were aware of the situation?
One interesting surprise on this episode was when Dottie quickly and efficiently killed Mr. Mink! I’m pretty sure we all could tell there was something up with her when she moved in, but I wasn’t expecting such quick action, much less the way she took out the villain of the episode in just a couple seconds, with no fuss! Just BOOM, he’s dead. The question is, who is “Dottie”? Is that even her real name (I’m thinking not). Is she a “good guy” or a “bad guy”? Is she aware of Peggy’s employment with the SSR? If not, it seems pretty coincidental that they would be next door neighbors.
Also, as I predicted, these rules about not having men in the Griffith would come into play and put a cramp in Peggy’s style, so to speak. I also believe there was supposed to be a curfew, but that didn’t seem to matter in this episode. It seems like Peggy probably should have found an apartment elsewhere, where she didn’t have someone dictating her comings and goings. Also, she and her friend Angie don’t seem to talk anymore, now that they live in the same place and have communal meals, therefore Peggy doesn’t eat at the diner anymore. I suppose the Griffith was put in place as a plot device, and as another chance to show us how things were for ladies back then, and what kind of standards women were supposed to be held to.
So, the mystery continues, and we are halfway through the season already. Howling Commandos next episode! This should be fun.
Josh’s Thoughts: Agent Carter, Season 1 Episode 4: The Blitzkrieg Button
So we got a lot more Howard Stark this episode, which was pretty good. I am getting a little bored with the attempt to turn Howard Stark into a young Tony Stark. That is the vibe I am kind of getting, the more I see Howard. I am curious to see what is going to happen with Howard’s vial of blood from Steve Rogers. I have a feeling this is going to end up in the wrong hands, and cause some trouble. I am a bit over the silly rules of her living quarters though. It makes the show feel a bit cheesy in my opinion. But as Violet wonders–what is with this Dottie character? She has to be spying on Peggy Carter, but at whose request?
Sousa seems to be getting closer and closer to discovering Carter’s double agent-ness. I have a feeling in the next couple episodes, he will find out, but I also think it will work out for the better for Carter. I think that Sousa, since he seems to have a thing for Carter, might actually help her with her mission rather than turn her in. I could totally be wrong, and he might blame her for the death of a fellow agent, but if I were to put money on it, I think he is going to be an ally.
Unfortunately, I am getting a little bored with the show as it progresses. I honestly am preferring <Em>The Flash</em> and <em>Arrow</em> over <em>Agent Carter</em> at the moment. I am not sure the exact reason for this, as I enjoy period pieces, and also enjoy double agent type premises, but something is feeling bland about the show now. I am more looking forward at getting back to <em>Agents of SHIELD</em> and see where that story takes us.
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