“MARVEL’s Agent Carter” Season 1 Episode 4 “The Blitzkrieg Button” aired last Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on ABC. In this episode, Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) came back to America with another mission for Scientific Strategic Reserve (SSR) Agent Peggy Carter. They need to steal a device called “The Blitzkrieg Button” from their laboratory without being seen. However, Peggy learned the real reason for his return and the truth behind the device itself. She abandoned him to his own devices. Meanwhile, Chief Dooley (Shea Whigham) discovered some surprising information regarding the two dead Russian men from a soon to be hung German colonel. More information was discovered by Agent Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) and Agent Daniel Sousa (Enver Gkojak). They interviewed a witness regarding who else had been on the Heartbreak before them. At the Griffith Hotel, it was discovered that one of Peggy’s roommates isn’t who she actually says that she is. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy) haggling with several thugs who worked for a Mr. Mink, for a particular “hostage.” Outside, Scientific Strategic Research (SSR) Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) managed to knock out the lookouts, and snuck in to take a look at how Jarvis was doing, and noticed that he tugged on his ear. He told the thugs who were demanding more money that the rest of the cash was inside. However, he had pressed a button before giving it. When it was opened, a particular gas came out of it which knocked out one of the thugs. The other thug was knocked out by Peggy herself. They then headed up to the container which held their “package.” Upon opening it, they found Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), playing pool. It turned out that he had paid Mr. Mink to smuggle him back into America, and had ended up as his hostage.
In the car, Peggy questioned Howard’s motives for coming back. She snuck him up the dumbwaiter where the women at the Griffith Hotel get their laundry. Howard could not go back to any of his apartments as they were all under the watchful eye of SSR Agents. They had a close run-in with the strict landlady, Miriam Fry (Megan Fay). Howard managed to escape detection by hiding in one of the rooms of one of the women on the floor, whom he quickly romanced, much to Peggy’s dismay.
At the SSR, Chief Dooley informed Agent Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) that he was going over to Germany, to the Nuremberg Prison, so that he could follow up “a lead in the Stark case.” Apparently, their two dead Russians were part of a regiment that saw action in a particular battle in Europe. However, the Russians had lost as they had been overrun by a “Nazi regiment led by Colonel Mueller (Jack Conley).” He was due to be executed in two days’ time for various war crimes. He then placed him in charge of the SSR while he was gone.
Inside Peggy’s room, Howard gave her a camera pen. He told her to use it to find out how many inventions and what inventions the SSR now has with them.
At work, Thompson handed out assignments to everyone and ordered Peggy to take “lunch orders.” Meanwhile, Agent Daniel Sousa (Enver Gkojak) decided to head back to the docks in order to try to “lift a print” from the pay phone from which the anonymous caller had phoned in the tip.
On the pretense of getting lunch orders, Peggy entered the laboratory and took pictures using the camera pen of what was inside.
At the docks, Sousa noticed two old men playing cards and brought one in, Frank (John Bishop), for questioning, as he refused to tell him anything, and tried to punch him.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mink was not happy at all with his goons. They had failed to collect all the ransom money for Howard’s release. He then killed both of them with his automatic pistol and got the names of Jarvis and Peggy, so that he could “take care of them” as well.
Back at the Griffith, after collecting Howard from another woman’s apartment on her floor, he confirmed that she had taken the right pictures. He then forced her to go downstairs to eat dinner with the other girls. He told her to sneak up some food for him, as he would develop the other pictures that contained his inventions.
Downstairs, much to her surprise, Peggy learned from Angie Martinelli (Lyndsy Fonseca), and the other girls, that everyone usually stole food from the buffet that was prepared for their “communal meals.” Back upstairs, after Howard and Peggy ate dinner together, he told her that she had to get one of the devices that the SSR had- a device that he called “The Blitzkrieg Button.” According to him, once that button was pressed, the entire city would be plunged into darkness. He had created it for London. She had been scared that Germany could bomb them all of a sudden. If they used that device, then if ever it did happen, the Germans would not know where to “unload” the bombs. However, he needed it back because he did not know how “to turn it off.” It meant that if anyone activated it, they would have no power for a very long time.
Back at the SSR, Sousa tried his best to relate to Frank, who was a former veteran like Sousa. However, Frank only started talking after Thompson showed up with a cheeseburger and a bottle of scotch. After being promised the scotch and the food, Frank informed them that he had seen a man “dressed up fancy” and a woman with dark hair. They went on the boat and had left the boat before they arrived. Sousa though was disappointed by the fact that Frank had cracked because of the wine. He thought that a former veteran would have more principles than that. Before Sousa left Thompson in the room after Frank had left, Thompson inquired as to where “he had gotten the lead.” Thompson started guessing several European countries, but Sousa informed him that it was “in the femur, actually.”
Meanwhile, in the car with Jarvis. It was after asking several pointed questions about the Blitzkrieg Button. She realized that there was more to the device than Howard had let on. Jarvis kept on tugging on his earlobe, something that she noticed that he did when he was lying. She then managed to make the switch in the laboratory. She opened the device, only to find a vial of blood inside. In order to escape detection, she hid in the nearest room, only to find Thompson in it. He told her that no matter what she did, since she was a woman, “no man would treat her like an equal”.
Meanwhile, at Nuremberg Prison, Chief Dooley discovered from Colonel Mueller. It was after offering him a quicker and more painless death via a cyanide pill. The battle in which Leet Brannis (James Frain) and The Man in the Green Suit (James Landry Hebert) had supposedly died had never happened. According to Mueller, the Nazi forces had gotten to that particular area. They discovered that all the Russians’ bodies had been “ripped apart” by something or someone, who was “long gone” by the time that they had gotten there.
Back at the Griffith, Mr. Mink managed to learn the address of Peggy after pretending to deliver flowers to her at the front desk, since Miriam wrote down her room number.
Inside Peggy’s room, after learning from Howard that the vial contained Captain America’s blood, she hit him hard. She then shouted at him. She was visibly shaken as she couldn’t believe that Howard had “used” her to get the blood back. Howard then apologized for lying to her as it was a “bad habit” that he had picked up in order to “climb the American ladder,” since his parents and family were poor. He then explained to her that the government had eleven vials, and he had one as he had been one of the “lead scientists for Project Rebirth.” If the government knew that he still had his vial, they would most probably try to take it away from him, which he did not want, because he believed that Steve’s blood contained cures for many sicknesses, such as the common cold. However, Peggy only believed that all Howard wanted was the money that he would gain for creating such things. She thanked him for reminding her that she had joined the SSR because she wanted to “uphold democracy” and to help America. She then told him to leave her apartment and told him that she was not going to be his “corporate spy” anymore.
After she left, Mr. Mink came up to kill Peggy. However, he was seen by Dottie Underwood (Bridget Regan). She turned out to be more than just a dancer as she killed him so that she could get his automatic pistol.
The next day, on the way back from her “lunch run.” Jarvis apologized for himself and for Howard, and told her that both of them respect her a lot. He then went to Howard, who was hiding behind a newspaper, and was having his shoes shined at a shoe shiner bench. Jarvis then informed his employer that lying to Peggy “stinks.” He told him that he had taken her for granted. As Howard sat, sulking, his seatmate, an old man (Stan Lee), asked him for the Sports section of the newspaper.
Back at the SSR, Sousa took down the picture of the blonde woman that had been turning up in every scene related to Howard’s inventions. He colored it in with a pencil to see if he could figure out who this blonde or dark haired woman really was.
Chief Dooley then returned to the office. He told Thompson what he had learned. However, they could not figure out how their dead Russians managed to stay alive during the massacre, or how they had obtained the names of the soldiers who were supposedly dead. The chief then proclaimed that they “had a conspiracy” on their hands. It was after learning from Thompson that the day after the “supposed” battle. Then, Howard Stark had landed on a plane on that place’s airfield.
Back at the Griffith, Peggy discovered that Howard was indeed gone, and hid the device with Steve’s blood in it inside one of her bedroom walls.
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