Hello and welcome back to another 5 Favourites of Agent Carter! I thoroughly enjoyed this weeks episode and am really excited to see what’s coming next week! MAJOR, MAJOR spoilers involved in this recap, so if you’ve haven’t watched, DON’T READ THIS.
This week’s episode had some funny moments, and also had fantastic drama and character building. I definitely changed my mind about one character in particular.
Some of my favourite parts of the episode were:
1) Peggy’s Origin Story
I’m so happy that we finally got to see Peggy’s origin story! The youngest we’ve ever seen her is when she graced our screens during the lovely days of Captain America: The First Avenger, where she was already the badass we all know and love. But this gave us a very different perspective on her life. As a child she was the tomboy we all expected her to be, but her mother threw traditional gender roles at her (which was very normal at that time–still not cool though) causing her to hide parts of herself as she grew up. She was engaged to be married to a proper sort of man that didn’t want any excitement from life. He also didn’t want a woman that craved excitement. Peggy’s brother (WAIT, PEGGY HAS A BROTHER?!) clearly didn’t like her fiancee and exclaimed that the world had sucked all the adventure out of her and that she clearly grew up wanting more. It took her brother’s death (I SOBBED. ACTUALLY SOBBED. *shakes fist*) for her to realize he was right. That was the turning point in her life, as she moved onto field work. That hurt. It really hurt. Unfortunately it took Peggy’s brother’s death for her to realize that she would never be happy sitting in an office all day, and that field work was where she truly belonged. For quite some time, Peggy played a meek character that was so opposite of who she is now, that she was barely recognizable. Even though her brother died, he lives on in Peggy’s work, as he recommended her to field work in the first place and got her the job that started her on this adventure.
2) Jarvis Accidentally Getting Tranqued
Jarvis has moments of gold during every episode and he once again proved that he’s the comedic humour component (and also wonderful friend) of the show. Instead of getting tranqued and falling ever so graciously to the floor, Jarvis sassily let’s out a “Jarvelous” and proceeds to fall like a sack of potatoes. I’m sensing a new slang word! I will now use Jarvelous EVERY day and it WILL happen. It’s better than fetch. Also, while he was in a dream induced sleep state, his face was pressed against the window in the MOST flattering way, muttering about show horses. I LOVE JARVIS, OK?! I just really love Jarvis.
3) Tricked the Hit Man
Whitney and her husband hired a hit man to take Peggy out last week. Well he obviously failed and Peggy was ready for revenge…or information. Information really, because she’s better than that. And when she kidnapped the hit man (jokes on you dude) and injected him with Stark’s prototype drug, AKA “a really bad cold”, and pretended it was Malaria I thought, man Peggs, you’re so smart. Like so much smarter than all these guys. How are you so smart Peggs? But the amazing thing about Peggy is, she understands her enemy. She knew physical violence wouldn’t get anywhere with Mr. Hit Man and decided it was better to threaten his life quietly. He sang like a bird. Unfortunately he died soon after, as Whitney absorbed him and became even SCARIER than she already was.
4) Whitney Frost’s Origin Story
This was one of the more intriguing parts of the episode for me. In earlier episodes, I HATED Whitney. Thought she was stuck up and annoying and I honestly couldn’t have been more wrong about her. She had a pretty awful childhood, with her mother always telling her to act all “sweet”, always discrediting her apparent smarts and her “uncle” AKA her mom’s sugar daddy always telling her to smile. I hated it. Just watching Whitney as an incredibly smart girl, being told that her brains weren’t the important thing in life, and the only thing she had to offer was her beauty…..it was disgusting. This gave a vastly different perspective than we have seen so far, and I really started to feel sorry for Whitney and everything that has happened to her. She’s still manipulative and an extremely dangerous woman (being a genius and all and sucking up people’s life force or whatever it is) and clearly not a good character, but she isn’t just black and white. She’s VERY complex and I feel for her. At the end of the episode when it showed her first adventure into Hollywood and that model/acting scout told her to smile….I grit my teeth in anger. In anger that it happened to Whitney and I grit my teeth because that STILL HAPPENS TODAY. Almost 70 YEARS LATER. IT STILL HAPPENS. I think there’s a problem here. I really congratulate the writers for bringing forward a very real and current issue through wonderful storytelling. The sad thing is, there are still girls in the world that are treated just like Whitney, and are led to believe that a woman’s worth is only through her beauty. It’s wrong. So wrong. And I have so much more to say about this issue, but I could honestly go on forever, so I just think I’ll stop here.
5) The FBI’s Involvement
The FBI stepped in and shut down the SSR to “audit”. Are these guys really the FBI anyways? We really don’t have all the information yet, but I am extremely curious to see what their involvement is in everything. They’re constantly trying to cover up information the SSR finds. I don’t trust them at all, and I’m even more concerned because they’ve brought Jack on board with all their shenanigans as well. Not good for Peggs and Sousa, not good at all.
As always, I’m super pumped for the next episode! Since it’s a half season, Agent Carter moves very quickly and promises twists and turns. Also, Hey Peggs! P.S. Sousa is still in love with you.
What did you think of this episode of Agent Carter? Love it? Sorta liked it? I won’t say hate it, because if you hated it, you wouldn’t be reading this recap! Please let me know and sound off in the comments below!