Check out Josh’s recap of Season 2 Episode 3 of Agent Carter, titled Better Angels, as Peggy gets closer to her suspect in the Isodyne incident while trying to deal with her anger with Thompson! Following the recap, both Josh and Violet share their thoughts about the episode.
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Episode Recap of Agent Carter, Season 2 Episode 3: Better Angels
This week’s episode begins with Agent Carter meeting with Sousa, and them looking at Wilkes’ house for evidence. Inside, Carter finds a secret, under-floor storage area. They find a Russian passport, money and plane ticket. Agent Baker comes seems to think Wilkes is a Russian spy, but Carter thinks Isodyne is trying to pin everything on Wilkes to cover their tracks.
Moving to a Western scene, we see Carter and Jarvis visit Stark on the set of a movie he is a part of. He reviews some footage that Carter brought, and he seems amazed by it. Stark then identities the lapel pin that Peggy had found, which matched the one Dottie was after, as part of the “Arena Club” — a social group.
Meanwhile, Frost is dealing with her current odd head wound. Frost’s husband is happy that they were able to pin everything on Wilkes. Frost says she wants to retire from acting, but Frost’s husband says to wait till after the election, so it is not overshadowed.
Jack Thompson shows up in Los Angeles, and Sousa and Carter are shocked to see him. Carter is unhappy with his report about Wilkes, and Jack says that he is helping her stay out of trouble. Carter asks about Dottie, and Thompson says that that investigation is done. Meanwhile, we see some floating objects inside the S.S.R. office….huh?
Carter revisits Stark, and they work on the investigation. Carter wants to plant listening devices, but Stark isn’t excited about it. Back at the office, Thompson is watching the footage that Carter had, and he has a look of concern on his face. Vernon then shows up, asking what is going on with the Isodyne reports. Vernon asks Thompson to recover information that Wilkes had stolen from Isodyne, but Thompson doesn’t seem keen on handing over evidence.
Stark and Jarvis pay a visit to this Arena Club, to investigate. Stark comes off as a difficult patron, and invites some people to join the “party”–a large number of women. This is a cover to sneak Peggy into the place. Carter gets in and plants some listening devices as she wanted to. While in the middle of her planting, Carter has to hide from a couple wandering men.
Then Carter sees a newspaper with tomorrow’s date, the headline reading that a politician resigned from the race because of a scandal, which seems to alarm Peggy. But she has more pressing things to worry about–she might have been discovered due to a listening device malfunctioning. Luckily, she is not discovered, and she makes her escape. She overhears the man warning others about a potential breach in security though.
Walking through a hallway she is caught, but Jarvis shows up and provides cover for Carter though. Jarvis tells Stark it is time to go, and Stark is glad to be getting out of there.
Back at the SSR, Thompson is unhappy with Carter’s investigation of the club. Carter explains that she thinks that Club is trying to rig an election, to get a candidate into office. Carter and Thompson get into a heated argument, and accuses Jack of hiding the truth. Thompson tells Carter she has been reassigned back to New York. Sousa tells Carter she is beating herself up too much and acting like a “lone ranger” too much. While talking, more floating things happen–which alarms Peggy and Sousa, so they head to Stark to see what is going on.
Stark does some investigating, and he discovers the gravity around Carter is being altered. Stark comes up with a solution to look into what is going on with Peggy. After using his concoction, they discover Dr. Wilkes is alive–but unable to speak, and not solid.
Stark is able to get a voice to Wilkes with his spray, and Wilkes has some speaking time–he explains that Frost showed up and wanted the zero matter he was working on. Carter realizes that Frost must have been exposed to the zero matter as well. Unfortunately, Stark ran out of his solution though, and Wilkes fades away again.
Carter and Sousa decide to investigate Frost to see why she is looking for zero matter. Carter pays her a visit, and talks to her about the Isodyne incident. Frost accuses Wilkes of being a communist. She denies knowing anything about the zero matter. She also denies being at the lab, despite there being an eyewitness. Frost is called away though, and Carter is left wondering.
Back at the SSR, Thompson hands over the film reel of zero matter. Vernon commends his work, and Thompson has a concerned look on his face, but seems content with turning over this evidence.
Back with Stark, Wilkes is visible again, and they are working on a cure. Carter tries to encourage Wilkes that they can solve this problem.
Sousa, meanwhile, is at the SSR and gets a visit from Thompson. They talk some, and Jack offers to buy Sousa a drink. Sousa declines though.
Meanwhile, Frost is complaining to her husband about Carter, and demands that Mr. Hunt “take care” of Carter. He refuses at first, but Frost is able to break him down with some fake crying, and subtle blackmailing.
Back with Carter, she is doing some boxing on a punching bag, while being watched by Mr. Hunt. She gets attacked, and the two wind up in a pool. Luckily, Jarvis overheard the commotion, and between the two of them, they are able to take down Hunt. Hunt, overwhelmed, makes an escape.
The next morning, Jarvis informs Carter of increased security measures. Meanwhile, Stark and Wilkes are still working. Stark needs to head to Peru, where a professor, Brody, can provide some help. Wilkes and Carter talk, and Wilkes says he is leaving, in order to protect Carter. Carter pleads with him, and tells Wilkes they need each other to figure this case out. He resolves to hang around, despite his worries.
Back at the SSR, Carter talks with Sousa, and Frost apparently is a lot smarter than she let on, and is the brains behind Isodyne.
Thompson meets with Vernon again, and they are at the Arena Club–and they meet with Calvin Chadwick, Frost’s husband, who is now running unopposed for Senate. Thompson soon sees that the newspaper headline matches the one Carter reported that she saw the day before.
Frost, meanwhile, gets a visits from her agent. Apparently she was going to be replaced on a TV show, but he tells her that he was able to talk them out of it. But then he gets weird, hitting on her–and then he sees her mark on her head. This causes Frost to activate her powers, and kills the man, sucking him into her as he turns into a black mist-like material.
Josh’s Thoughts: Agent Carter, Season 2 Episode 3: Better Angels
So it looks like Wilkes is hopefully on his way to being exonerated as a “commy” now that Stark has figured out a way to make him corporeal again—sort of. I guess the whole solidifying thing needs to be worked out still.
But Frost seems to be going off the rails as well. One thing that I was curious about—did her absorbing her agent as she did make her more youthful? I thought that might be what was going on, but I am not sure.
I am hoping Thompson turns around here, with his storyline. So far he has seemed to be Vernon’s little pet, but I think he may be wising up soon. Maybe he is playing double agent right now, and will eventually turn on Vernon? At the very least, I hope he wakes up and smells the coffee.
Ether way, I think Frost’s world is about to come crashing down. A lot of deaths and attempted murders are happening around her, and that can only go on for so long. Eventually, someone will catch on, and it seems Carter already has. We will have to see what happens next, given Frost’s new-found powers…
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 2 Episode 3 of Agent Carter: Better Angels
Yay, Howard Stark was on this episode! I quite enjoy it when he’s on the show, as it brings a little “Tony Stark” flavor (though Howard is the OG), which makes things fun! Of course, they always have to come up with some excuse as to why he has to leave, and this episode was no different in the end. I’m guessing we’ll see him again towards the end of the season though.
I don’t know what’s up with this zero matter, which appears to be inside of Whitney Frost for now. It was probably involuntary that she absorbed that guy, but she did feel a little frightened due to his seeing her black mark, which it seemed like it made her act instinctually, protecting herself from being revealed. But I’m also wondering how much of Whitney is really left, and how much of her is actually the zero matter? Also, it’s only a matter of time before she learns to controls these powers.
So now we know that the lapel pin that Dottie was after was for the Arena Club. But we still don’t know exactly why she was after it, what her ultimate goal was. Hopefully that is explained soon.
I’m also hoping that Thompson quits being a jerk, and decides to work with, instead of against, Peggy. We’ve seen that he can be a decent guy, but it seems like he doesn’t usually go that route, preferring to flaunt his power, and trying to get a leg up in the world. Vernon is obviously going to appeal to that side of him, but the question is whether Thompson will start to have a mind of his own.
So far, I’m enjoying the mystery that is unfolding on Agent Carter this season!
Scenes from Agent Carter, Season 2 Episode 4: Smoke & Mirrors
Here are scenes from the next Agent Carter episode, titled Smoke & Mirrors: