As we rapidly approach the season two finale, our Agent Carter cast of characters are going through some major changes–some good, some very not good. Let’s check in with our friends to see how they fared during this week’s two-episode double feature.
Jarvis finds out that even though Ana made it through the gunshot wound inflicted by Whitney Frost, she won’t be able to have children. James D’Arcy’s performance here is really phenomenal. Jarvis normally has such an innocent upbeatness to him, that seeing his reaction to his wife’s injuries is truly sobering. You have to remember that this is taking place in the 1940’s–today, not being able to have children is not such a horrible thing for most. But in the forties, having a family was not just the absolute norm, but the expectation. For Jarvis to find out he and his wife can never have a family of their own, it would be devastating. It made me think of a fatherly Jarvis raising Tony Stark for the absent and eccentric Howard, knowing that he could never have a son of his own. (Yes, I teared up a bit, don’t judge me.)
Our dear sweet Mr. Jarvis becomes obsessed with revenge, to the point that he shoots Whitney Frost point-blank in the chest. Damn Jarv, you straight up murdered Whitney Frost! Or rather, you would have if she wasn’t a space goo filled supervillain. But she is, so instead he gets himself and Peggy captured. Don’t worry, they escape, but they do have a blow out shout fest in the middle of the desert than ends in Peggy dropping some major truth bombs. Later, Jarvis’ other leading lady drops some truth on him, too. Both scenes are really moving, and they both serve to remind Jarvis that Peggy is not actually a butt-kicking machine, as much as she may seem it. She has been through hell and, as Ana asks him, who does she really have on her side? “Only you.” Excuse me as I make BFF bracelets for them and cry.
Jack Thompson, a.k.a. Agent Chad Michael Murray, goes through quite the rollercoaster this week as well. He’s bad–tries to blackmail Peggy like a fool–then he’s okay–turns against his mentor Vernon Masters–then he’s good, I guess–helps Sousa and Samberly out of being killed by Vernon’s goons–then bad, maybe–sacrifices Vernon for his own seat on the Counsel of Nine–then okay again–he was lying, maybe? Like I said, a rollercoaster. I’m really holding out hope that he was serious about wanting Vernon’s seat on the Counsel. This would be a major shift for Thompson, from a simpering lapdog to a conniving, ambitious, actual bad guy. Honestly, I feel like this is the most interesting thing that could happen with this character, and it would allow for the continued threat of corruption within the SSR. Plus Chad Michael Murray makes a mean bad guy. But we’ll see.
Dr. Wilkes contracts a little case of Stockholm Syndrome and, while in the capture of Whitney Frost, decides he needs more zero matter too. He holds a shotgun up to Peggy’s head for goodness sake. Plus, apparently he and Whitney both hear this voice?? From the zero matter rift?? …Which is not crazy or freaky at all. Wilkes also sucks up a whole bunch of new zero matter during the nuclear test that Whitney finally makes happen, which kind of turns him into a walking black goo time bomb. One thing I really appreciated from Wilkes this week was that, when Peggy tried to play off his crazy as just a symptom of the zero matter, he took responsibility for his actions–it wasn’t the zero matter, it was all him. Peggy, the dear, still does everything she can to save him, but he makes his own choice again. Episode nine ends as he walks toward Whitney Frost and explodes. I’m not sure he’ll be able to survive that kamikaze attack on Frost, but I guess we’ll have to see if he returns for the finale next week. If not, at least he tried to redeem himself and take out Whitney before she could cause any more harm (though seeing as there’s one more episode left, I doubt he succeeded).
This week’s episodes saw poor Peggy’s tough exterior slowly breaking and gave us a glimpse at just how
much all of this craziness is affecting her. Her face really showed how much it hurt to have Jarvis remind her that everyone around her dies, and when Wilkes turns his gun on her she can’t hide the feeling of betrayal. Haley Atwell really has a gift for imbuing this strong, stoic lady with vulnerability and emotion when it counts. Also, at the beginning of episode nine, we get to see inside Peggy’s head while she’s knocked out–who would have guessed she’d have a musical number about her love triangle rattling around in there? As fun and flashy as the number is, it serves to show that Peggy is really torn about Wilkes and Sousa, even though she doesn’t show it–mostly because there are more pressing matters to attend to (a supervillain, for example).
Finally, let’s address the rosey pink elephant in the room–and no, I don’t mean Rose, though she was wonderful this week. Peggy and Sousa totally had like three significant, almost-kiss moments this week, and we still got no actual kiss. I’m growing old waiting for this relationship to become a relationship.
Other highlights of this week’s episodes: Ken Marino continuing to steal every scene as Manfredi, the mobster who loves his women beautiful and powerful; Samberly getting on Sousa’s every single last nerve; Peggy trying to corral all of the ridiculous men in her life into not killing themselves; and of course getting to see both Lyndsy Fonseca’s Angie and Peggy’s brother Michael in Peggy’s dream sequence. Also, props to Sousa for summarizing Whitney Frost in one succinct phrase: you know, the “lady that kills people with black space goo.”
Next week is the season two finale so I expect we’ll get resolutions to our major plotlines. I’m hoping to see Whitney Frost go full blown Madame Masque, and there better be a freaking Peggy-Sousa kiss. “Do as Peggy says” and don’t miss the final episode, next Tuesday on ABC!