Power. Just last week I was wondering whether Agent Carter had finally settled into a thematic angle for this season, and last night’s pair of episodes confirms it; this season is all about power – who has it, who doesn’t, and the lengths people will go to maintain it. Across these two hours of television, virtually every character’s power, or lack thereof, is forced into sharp relief as we get to see how each of them deal with it.
Let’s start with the titular agent herself. After being impaled on a piece of rebar at the conclusion of last week’s episode, Peggy is having to square with the fact that she’s in no physical condition to engage in her usual brand of espionage and fisticuffs. This presents a bit of a problem as James Wilkes’ condition continues to worsen, and the key to saving him is locked away in the blood of Whitney Frost. Peggy’s itching to go after her, but as Sousa rightly points out, Frost will see her coming a mile away, and in her weakened state she’d have no way to deal with the defenses Frost could throw at her. With her own abilities compromised and the loyalty of her fellow SSR agents in question, Peggy finds herself turning to least likely ally imaginable: Dottie Underwood.