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17 February 2015 @ 10:30 pm
Agent Carter: Snafu  
The penultimate episode was amazing.


Goodbye, Chief Dooley. The show made me like you just in time to kill you off. I don't know what's wrong with me but for one split second, I thought that perhaps he really had gone home and the Russian doctor was giving him a break. Sadly no.

I was a little anxious about this episode because I didn't want to watch the SSR agents interrogate Peggy in a way that was disrespectful because I was so tired of her having to be on the receiving end of such treatment. But weirdly, this was probably the most respect they all showed her and they actually seemed to listen to her when she told them she managed to do this entire undercover mission because they were so quick to ignore her. It also pleased me that the men of the SSR finally started to work as a team and make some smart calls. Such as Dooley agreeing with Sousa's instincts and sending men across the street and Thompson giving Sousa a legit warning against Dottie because she's dangerous rather than Sousa being weak.

I unexpectedly got rather moved when Peggy handed over Steve's blood. It's all down to Hayley Atwell's great acting but just from her expressions when she said a part of her was trying to protect Steve gave me an intense flashback to the first Cap movie and I was quite sad for them all over again. As much as it's not under ideal circumstances, I'm glad Peggy and Steve got to see each other again in 2013.

Overall, I found this episode to be really well edited and paced. I was so tense, in a good way, for most of it. I'm so set for the final episode!

Stray observations/questions:

1) Oh, Jarvis! I love how your panic apparently has several steps and stages. I love that you tried so hard and sort of succeeded. I also like that you know Morse code. I mean, it makes sense that he could have learned it in the army. I have a weird head canon now that Tony as a little kid tried to send Jarvis an SOS via Morse code after he gets grounded and sent to his room while Howard is like, "Kid, we ALL know Morse code. I know you just tapped out that I'm a jerk."

2) Howard, what the hell? You build some sort of crazy rage/kill gas and a heating suit that doesn't even work properly?! I'm kind of curious what Howard tested the suit on to realize it blows up. I hope it was just a dummy. I'm also kind of curious what Howard intended to do with all his bad inventions. I know he built them just because he could but was he intending on keeping them sealed in his vault indefinitely?

3) I weirdly like the continuity of seeing the dentist's dead body. But...did Dottie call up all his patients and cancel their appointments? Did she tell them all the dentist was going to be gone for several weeks or something?
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 18th, 2015 04:23 am (UTC)
I was completely absorbed in this episode, it was just the right level of intensity, and with some lovely humour with Peggy and Jarvis Britishing their way through an escape. I like the very 1940's romantic comedy banter they have, even if it isn't romantic banter. I love the brief moments when Jarvis gets excited about the action he's in, too. He's having a bit of fun everyone once in a while. And his taking such self-direction in rescuing Peggy is very good form. Good job, Jarvis. It goes along nicely with idea of him risking his life to save Anna, too. Edwin Jarvis will act honourably when he feels it's the right thing to do.

I was watching with my mum and accurately predicted Dooley's death as soon as they started making him sympathetic, but, in an odd twist for us, I was horrified when he seemed to go home because I thought he was going to hurt his family in some way while you were hoping good things were going to happen.


I have a weird head canon now that Tony as a little kid tried to send Jarvis an SOS via Morse code after he gets grounded and sent to his room while Howard is like, "Kid, we ALL know Morse code. I know you just tapped out that I'm a jerk."

LOL! Oh my God, that is perfect headcanon. And I can even see Howard getting more of a kick out of it than being mad.

I can also see Jarvis teaching Tony Morse Code as a sort of desperate busy work activity to keep him occupied for a while.

"Oh, is it Nanny's day off? And we're having a dinner party tonight, how awful she's going to miss that. Master Tony, why don't I teach you something while I polish the silverware?"

I know he built them just because he could but was he intending on keeping them sealed in his vault indefinitely?

If we go by how Tony operates in the future, it seems like maybe Howard comes up with stuff, builds prototypes, and puts them aside to come back to later on. Tony apparently knew how to build a miniature ARC reactor and didn't bother to until he needed one. If Howard has Tony's same level of ADD (or rather, Tony has his), he might just get distracted by something shiny and put it aside until he needs/wants/remembers to work on it again. Jarvis made it sound like the heating vest had been through multiple trials and he couldn't get the thing to work, but that doesn't mean that in a year or two years or ten years, technology won't be discovered make it work, or he won't come up with a better plan for it.

I write stories the same way.

But...did Dottie call up all his patients and cancel their appointments? Did she tell them all the dentist was going to be gone for several weeks or something?

Maybe it was a Friday night when he was killed, and they weren't expecting patients over the weekend? He did say he'd sent the staff home so he could interview her 'properly'.

Edited at 2015-02-18 04:28 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 18th, 2015 04:41 am (UTC)
I like the very 1940's romantic comedy banter they have, even if it isn't romantic banter.

Yes! They have a His Girl Friday exchange about them but without the romance.

but, in an odd twist for us, I was horrified when he seemed to go home because I thought he was going to hurt his family in some way while you were hoping good things were going to happen.

I think I was thrown because of the earlier scene where you see the Russian doctor use his powers to help the soldier be in a happy place for his surgery. I thought maybe he was going do something okay for Dooley but I was so wrong. I think watching that Paddington Bear movie has turned me into someone who believes in goodness and light now or something.

And I can even see Howard getting more of a kick out of it than being mad.

Oh, he'd find it hilarious. I imagine Tony having a week where he's sulking and refusing to talk so he decides to communicate in Morse code only and Howard infuriatingly obliges him by tapping straight back until Maria is like, "Both of you stop it right now" while at the breakfast table.

Maybe it was a Friday night when he was killed, and they weren't expecting patients over the weekend? He did say he'd sent the staff home so he could interview her 'properly'.

That's right. He said he sent them home for a long weekend so I guess that answers the lack of staff and patients.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 18th, 2015 04:53 am (UTC)
Yes! They have a His Girl Friday exchange about them but without the romance.

With Jarvis in the traditional female role.

I think watching that Paddington Bear movie has turned me into someone who believes in goodness and light now or something.

I'd like to think I've been wearing you down and Paddington tipped you over the edge.

Here, have a panda.

I imagine Tony having a week where he's sulking and refusing to talk so he decides to communicate in Morse code only and Howard infuriatingly obliges him by tapping straight back until Maria is like, "Both of you stop it right now" while at the breakfast table.

Damnit! Stop giving me fic ideas this instant!



Edited at 2015-02-18 04:53 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 18th, 2015 05:00 am (UTC)
Aw, that panda! I like how he just drapes over the human, like he's too tired to walk so he'll just catch a ride here.

I'd like to think I've been wearing you down and Paddington tipped you over the edge.

He's so cute! I like that as polite as he is, when he's eating he's still very much a bear.

Damnit! Stop giving me fic ideas this instant!

Blame the show! I do like the image of Tony and Howard angrily tapping at each other while Maria just sighs.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 18th, 2015 05:16 am (UTC)
I like how he just drapes over the human, like he's too tired to walk so he'll just catch a ride here.

I'm picturing a really tired Bruce sort of stumbling along with Nemi like that over his shoulder out of the lab, leaving Tony and Mim still sciencing away.

Mim: Wait...they left. It's only 4AM.
Tony: Lightweights.

There is also a goat and his horsey friend being bros.

He's so cute! I like that as polite as he is, when he's eating he's still very much a bear.

Oh, look at him tipping his little hat! He's so polite. Except when he's eating.

Blame the show!

I do. I blame the show very much. I have acres of Maria and Howard just...doing stuff. I don't even know.

And Peggy visiting the hospital after Tony's birth will be posted shortly, once I'm done editing. Apparently I can only try out character voices if there are children involved.

I do like the image of Tony and Howard angrily tapping at each other while Maria just sighs.

I'm picturing it ending when Maria forces them both to say something at the same time, so neither of them can claim to win. A la Carolyn and Douglas in Cabin Pressure.

"On the count of three, say 'sausages'."

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 18th, 2015 05:21 am (UTC)
There is also a goat and his horsey friend being bros.

Goat: Hey! Come out and play!
Horse: But I have work to do.
Goat: You're always working. Come on! Just for an hour!

Oh, look at him tipping his little hat! He's so polite. Except when he's eating.

Like Ben Whishaw, I liked that while Paddington has good manners, he's still a bear and sometimes acts as such.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 18th, 2015 05:38 am (UTC)
Horse: Last time you said an hour, we were gone for three days.
Goat: It was an awesome three days!

Like Ben Whishaw, I liked that while Paddington has good manners, he's still a bear and sometimes acts as such.

My favourite thing in the eating clip was him casually getting up on the table to follow Mr Brown. That seemed a really natural thing for a bear who isn't used to eating at tables to do.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 18th, 2015 05:57 am (UTC)
The horse and goat are reincarnated Bruce and Tony.

My favourite thing in the eating clip was him casually getting up on the table to follow Mr Brown. That seemed a really natural thing for a bear who isn't used to eating at tables to do.

There's also a nice detail later where instead of using the stairs to go up, he climbs/walks up the bannister.

I'm off to bed. Lovely chatting as always!

Edited at 2015-02-18 05:57 am (UTC)
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 18th, 2015 05:58 am (UTC)
You too! Sleep well!
aelfgyfu_mead: Peggy Carteraelfgyfu_mead on February 20th, 2015 03:20 am (UTC)
I was so upset by Dooley's death! I was horribly afraid that the doc had sent him home to die there, possibly taking his family with him, so I was momentarily relieved that it was a dream—but then it was horrible. What a stupid invention! I can only imagine that there was some release that would have worked if they'd had the manual—if a manual had existed. As you said , I think Starks put stuff aside to work on later, but it's really dangerous, obviously. Dooley's death, and some of the others, are Stark's fault.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on February 20th, 2015 03:33 am (UTC)
I was horribly afraid that the doc had sent him home to die there, possibly taking his family with him, so I was momentarily relieved that it was a dream—but then it was horrible.

Yes, that was my entire thought process as well. I was very worried for his family.

Dooley's death, and some of the others, are Stark's fault.

An argument could be made that Howard never intended these inventions to be released as they were, was under the impression they were secure, and SSR had no business with having them in the first place if he didn't give them permission to be studied. That's not his fault, exactly. Even being seduced by Dottie was...well, it's just deserts, but I don't blame him for not immediately wondering if she was a Russian spy.

That said, the fact that he didn't bother to leave instructions for Jarvis on how to counteract all of them is definitely his fault. Unless Jarvis just didn't have his instructions with him. I'm pretty sure he had some sort of notes in the first episode that had 'what to do if...' in them.

In the end, everyone was manipulated, and unfortunately the most costly person to have been manipulated was Howard.
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on February 20th, 2015 03:43 am (UTC)
Howard doesn't bear the full blame, of course; the psychiatrist whose name I am apparently incapable of remembering bears far more. But I had the impression that Stark left notes for Jarvis only on particular items.

I know that Howard never meant for them to get out into the world, but he created them, and he kept them around thinking they were secure but not taking better precautions, and he ran when things got hot instead of going to the SSR and trying to help them secure the inventions safely.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 20th, 2015 03:50 am (UTC)
I think this show more than all the Iron Man movies really illustrate for me Howard's flaws. He's picked up plenty of "bad habits" while climbing the American Dream ladder and seems to default to lying and distrusting others (sometimes with good reason). Which is why I'd like to believe on some level Howard admired Steve because despite all the tough breaks Steve was given in life, he never did the dishonorable thing.
aelfgyfu_mead: Peggy Carteraelfgyfu_mead on February 20th, 2015 03:26 am (UTC)
Peggy finally really got everyone's respect, and it was for fooling them. I wanted them all to work together, but I didn't want anyone to die. I started to like Dooley a little bit last episode, so I suspected he was doomed.

I was relieved the interrogation didn't go worse—as was Thompson, who knew he was supposed to be the heavy and didn't want to do it, as he honestly told her. I sympathized with Sousa's sense of betrayal, even though I know he's wrong: she really didn't have a lot of options here! There were a couple of things she could have done differently, but she's not really trained as that kind of agent.

I too found Peggy handing over Steve's blood moving. She wanted to cry, and I wanted to cry with her! And that's what convinced the men, obviously.

Jarvis's panic was hilarious but also painful. He knows how badly he messed up. Speaking of really stupid things! He honestly thought the SSR was just going to let them walk away and try to catch Stark later. It's amazing how naïve he can be after having been through war. I very much liked that he knew Morse too. I wasn't so impressed that the two Russians were doing Morse code in English. I thought they should have been using Russian.

Peggy and Jarvis busting through the mirror was the happiest part of the episode for me. I loved it.

I also liked the fight between Sousa and Dottie: he couldn't take her, but he was good enough to keep himself alive, and he used the crutch as a weapon.

I want more—and I don't want next week to be the last episode!