Agent Carter Season 1, Episode 5 – The Iron Ceiling

This has been my favorite episode, by far. Peggy really shines here, and I’m hoping that it means work will get a little better for her now. Or… maybe not. We’ll see, won’t we?

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  • Dottie, Peggy’s neighbor at the Griffith, is actually a Russian operative?! She’s been trained since she was a little girl in pigtail braids. She has breakfast with Peggy and steals the keys to her apartment to break in and look for something. She finds what she was looking for – a picture of one of Howard Stark’s inventions. Then she puts everything back where she found it and leaves. And she still sleeps with one of her hands handcuffed to the bed, my goodness.
  • Peggy breaks the code that was sent on the ghost typewriter. She speaks Russian?! She gets coordinates for the SSR and wants to go with on the mission. Chad Michael Murray is, of course, hesitant, and fights with their boss so she can’t go with. But Peggy gets them the 107th Regiment, which is the group that fought alongside Captain America. And then Peggy gets to go with.
  • While Peggy is changing into tactical gear in the men’s locker room – as there ISN’T A WOMEN’S LOCKER ROOM – Souza comes in and sees her in her slip. She turns around for modesty and he sees the two healed bullet wounds that she has on her right shoulder blade. Which look oddly familiar to him.
  • The 107th is wonderful and funny and all-around good-natured. The mission goes poorly, and one of the members of the 107th is killed. However, they find the boarding school where Dottie was trained, and we learned that CMM has a lot of PTSD that he doesn’t know how to deal with other than being a dickhead. Peggy just SHINES. Cap would be so proud of her.
  • On the flight back to the US, we learn more of what happened to CMM while he was in Japan during the war, and it’s easy to see how he has PTSD. Peggy is a good listener, and it seems to be the thing that he needs in order to start respecting her.
  • CMM invites Peggy out of drinks at the end of the episode, but Souza stays behind… he’s too worried about Peggy being the one who is helping Howard Stark, which is what his evidence is showing him.
  • Meanwhile, Jarvis is trying to make Peggy talk to Howard again, and she won’t. And the boss first chases down a random guy (I don’t really care who he was, honestly) and Jarvis asking about a supposed battle that a lot of people are saying didn’t actually happen and how Howard Stark is related to it. No answers are found.

Timeline Progress

Still post-WWII. However! There are still soldiers in Europe, we now know, because the 107th is still over there fighting and defending America.

Connections and Easter Eggs

Ah! The 107th! This is the unit that Bucky Barnes was a part of that was rescued by Captain America and the Howling Commandos in Captain America: The First Avenger. After the rescue, the 107th was reborn as a combination of the Howling Commandos and soldiers that used to be part of the original 107th – including Bucky. Seeing Dum Dum Doogan again was such a treat. I love him and I love how much those men truly respect Peggy. It’s about time someone does!

Likes and Dislikes

Likes: Peggy. The 107th. Chad Michael Murry, by the end.

Dislikes: Boss man. Dottie, wtf. Chad Michael Murry at the beginning. Souza’s discovery.


A reminder of the rating scale:

  • Red = Couldn’t even get through it
  • Orange = Ugh, no thank you
  • Yellow = I mean, I’ve seen worse, but there were problems
  • Green = This was good! 
  • Blue = Oh my gosh, I loved this movie/show!
  • Purple = This is the unicorn of movies/shows and I will be rewatching it until Disney+ starts asking questions and EVERYONE should be watching it!

This episode was so good. I don’t have a lot of extra words about it, but it just warmed by heart to see Peggy so utilized, so in her element, and so loved. I’m giving Season 1, Episode 5 a BLUE rating. More badass Peggy, please!

Higher, further, faster, baby! #MarieMarvels

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