Early on in the episode, Ivchenko (Ralph Brown), the doctor rescued by the SSR last episode, says something that sets the tone for the entire series. “Women are often overlooked, taken for granted,” he intones. “They can slip easily through a man’s defences.”
That’s exactly what Peggy (Hayley Atwell) and Dottie Underwood (Bridget Regan) have been doing all this while, albeit on different sides of the fence.
Peggy is nothing but full of impassioned resolve as Ivchenko tells the SSR everything he knows about Leviathan. She quickly deduces that a highly trained female operative could’ve gotten close to Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) and broken into his vault to steal his inventions, proving that Stark isn’t a traitor after all.
It’s a good enough hunch that Chief Dooley (Shea Whigham) gives Peggy the go-ahead to pursue that line of questioning on her own. Not that she hasn’t been doing that all this while, but this is the first time Peggy’s gotten direct orders from Dooley to do something other than file documents.
It soon becomes clear that Ivchenko’s got another agenda, ingratiating himself to Dooley before he tries to hypnotise him. He’s interrupted before he succeeds, but has better luck with Agent Yauch (Alexander Carroll), who tells him where Stark’s weapons are kept.
Meanwhile, Peggy and Jarvis (James D’Arcy) are checking up on the list of women Howard has “entertained” over the past six months. The subsequent montage of women taking out their frustrations on Jarvis is one of the best moments in the show so far.
“If any girl did what he did,” one of the women says indignantly, “she’d be called a floozy.” Which is still sadly the case today. Sigh.
It’s at the last place they visit that Peggy realises Howard may have actually been in contact with a graduate of the little girl assassin training ground (a.k.a. the Red Room) that the SSR found. But Peggy and Jarvis then find themselves surrounded by SSR agents, because Agent Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) finally has confirmation that Peggy is more involved in the Stark case than she lets on.
Then again, this is Peggy Carter we’re talking about, so she makes short work of the agents in a thoroughly impressive fight sequence, and manages to evade both Sousa and Agent Thompson (Chad Michael Murray). The SSR finally hunt her down at the Griffith Hotel, but not before Angie (Lyndsy Fonseca) manages to cover for Peggy and help her find a way to escape them.
It’s so heartening to see the trust and friendship between Angie and Peggy. Angie had her suspicions from the very beginning that Peggy wasn’t just working at a phone company, but chose not to pry further.
As much as Jarvis has been essential in helping Peggy so far, it’s Angie who really deserves all the credit for standing by her friend, no questions asked.
But the most enjoyable development this week is seeing Dottie in action, ruthlessly taking out a dentist just because his office has a good view of the SSR HQ. It looks at first like she’s been hired to take out Ivchenko, but in a shocking twist, she receives a new directive from Ivchenko, telling her to kill Peggy.
It’s a sign of how good an assassin she is that she almost succeeds in her assignment, but before she can finish the job, the SSR agents burst back onto the scene to arrest Peggy. So while Peggy finally confirms her suspicions about Dottie, she’s finds herself stuck in an interrogation room with Dooley, Thompson and Sousa.
“Don’t go easy on her just ’cause she’s a girl,” Dooley warns, which brings us back full circle to Ivchenko’s words uttered at the beginning.
With two more episodes to go, there’s still a lot we don’t know about Leviathan. I highly suspect that Ivchenko was planted at the Red Room training grounds to deliberately draw the SSR out. But before we get any answers, Peggy needs to get herself out of this jam first.
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