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Season One

    The Blitzkrieg Button 
  • Dottie killing Mr. Mink, particularly her dead-eyed stare when telling him she wants his gun before abruptly snapping his neck before he can retaliate. Ratcheted up by the shot near the end of the episode of his corpse stashed under her bed while she plays with her new pistol in front of her vanity mirror.

    The Iron Ceiling 
  • The Soviet Tyke Bomb project includes shackling the trainees to their beds at night. This goes on for so long that some adult graduates of the program, like Dottie, can't sleep unless they handcuff themselves to their bed.
  • Dottie barely hesitates before snapping the neck of her friend after she beats her in a sparring match.

    A Sin To Err 
  • Dottie murders a dentist with his own drill. Through his eye. And we even see his dead bloodied face. At least he deserved it...
  • Even though it turns out they're allies, not enemies, the scene where Dottie appears to be about to snipe Dr. Ivchenko is a really tense moment. He's just casually talking to Dooley and admiring the city, while the audience is bracing themselves for when his head is going to explode.
  • The reveal of Ivchenko as not just a mere psychiatrist, but a talented hypnotist who's in cahoots with Leviathan. With just several minutes of undisturbed time, he's able to turn Yauch, an SSR agent initially frosty towards him, into his loyal puppet just by identifying what he wants the most through a simple interrogation. Then when he has no more use for him, Ivchenko orders Yauch to act perfectly casual, buy himself a drink, and then walk into traffic.
  • The fact that Dottie came this close to killing Peggy.
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    SNAFU 
  • Dr. Ivchenko's hypnotism. Apart from a few instances of Dooley noticing the slightest flaws for a moment or two, it works perfectly, to the point that Ivchenko nearly destroys the SSR outright by forcing Dooley to put on a failed heating vest prototype of Stark's invention, thus setting it to explode in the midst of the SSR's offices before Dooley pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to narrowly avert mass catastrophe.
  • We are shown that the dentist Dottie killed in the last episode was left to rot at his own office. Seeing Sousa walk into the fly-ridden corpse covered by a sheet (you can only imagine how it smells) is one thing. Remembering Dottie was communicating with Ivchenko in the same room in a previous scene only adds up to it.
  • "Dottie" and Dr. Ivchenko, having successfully and easily stolen Item 017 from the SSR's lab, take it (or a sample thereof) into a crowded movie theatre, release it, and then leave and bar the doors. The people nearby start to cough from the gas, whereupon everyone in the theatre rapidly descends into madness and gleefully mauls each other to death.
  • Doubles as Paranoia Fuel, but how exactly does Leviathan know so much about Stark's inventions? Ivchenko seemed to perfectly know how the vest works, a fact only known to both Jarvis and Stark himself. They also know about Item 017, and even Jarvis doesn't know anything about it.

    Valediction 
  • Turns out there's a very good reason why Fennhoff knew about Item 017. He was there when it was first used during the Battle of Finow.
  • The final scene. Fennhoff with his mouth gagged with an metal mask (i.e. Hannibal Lecter-style) is escorted into his cell and Arnim Zola is his cellmate, and he's more than eager to propose a partnership. After all, "America is a land of opportunities".
    • Even worse when you consider that Zola recruiting Fennhoff, a man with the ability to control minds, essentially marks the beginning of HYDRA's Winter Soldier program.

Season Two

    The Lady in the Lake 
  • The serial killer is not found at the episodes end. Meaning he (or she) is still on the loose, and still able to strike at any time. And because of what happened with the lead detective on the case, who knows if they will ever find the killer.
    • The real killer was actually the Zero Matter - the lady of the lake killer wasn't actually involved in the murder kicking the episode off. The real nightmare fuel was in the Zero Matter-induced deaths. It starts with its victims freezing objects around themselves, then icing over slowly until they die - or are brittle enough to be smashed into crystalline shards when tapped.
    • My apologies on being unclear. I meant the serial killer from a few years ago was still out there, still lurking, not captured, no clues, and with the actual death being something different (and what happened to the lead detective), there is no one looking into what actually happened all those years ago.

    A View in the Dark 
  • We're introduced to Zero Matter, a possibly extraterrestrial or extradimensional substance that sucked a bunch of people and trucks into nothing upon its arrival, and which is set loose at episode's end. Whitney Frost, who's spent the entire first two episodes being completely smug and unflappable, is absolutely horrified when she discovers she's been infected by it.
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    Better Angels 
  • Zero Matter gets even scarier when Whitney accidentally kills a director who's getting fresh with her, with his body turning to black liquid which is then sucked inside her, causing the infection mark to grow larger. And the whole time she's completely panicked about what's happening to her, like someone from a David Cronenberg Body Horror film.

    The Atomic Job 

    Life Of The Party 
  • Another step for Ms. Frost: she didn't even have to touch those five guys from the Council to devour them.
  • After her front row seat to Whitney's powers in the council room, Dottie discovers she's been captured by her. For once, the eternally smug and unflappable Black Widow has no quips, and no confidence, and just stares in horror.

    Monsters 
  • Whitney again: her use of Zero Matter as a form of Cold-Blooded Torture to break ''Dottie'' is alarming on every level.
    • Really, the fact that it took her minutes says a lot about how monstrous she is. Here is a Russian spy - not just any Russian spy, but a Black Widow - who has been subjected and hardened to all forms of torture since she was a little girl. Here is a woman who is a cold-blooded sociopath who has been nothing but poised and confident, even when chained up and surrounded by enemies. And she not only gets broken, she is terrified to the point of tears when Whitney inflicts her powers on her just once.
    • There's also the fact that she's so casual about shooting Ana. Calling her a cold-hearted bitch is letting her off lightly now.

    A Little Song and Dance 
  • Adding onto Whitney's long list of Nightmare Fuel, she really gets in touch with her inner Mad Scientist in this episode when she hooks Jason up to a pump in an attempt to try and suck the Zero Matter out of him; Jason's screams and the fact this is being done in a rather creepy waste treatment plant doesn't help.
    • Jason's body literally cracking and splintering as the zero matter in him finally erupts.

    Hollywood Ending 
  • Jason Wilkes reveals what he saw on the other side of the rift: Zero Matter has utterly consumed everything in its home dimension. Zero Matter is alive, and it wants to get into Earth's dimension so that it can consume everything there.

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