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Recap / Agent Carter S2 E5 "The Atomic Job"

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Peggy, Rose, Sousa, and Jarvis plan a break in at a Roxxon Inc. warehouse to get some uranium to help Dr. Wilkes. Unfortunately, Whitney Frost also has the same idea...


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  • Air-Vent Passageway: Peggy and Jarvis enter the storehouse where the Zero Matter–laced corpse has been taken through the air vents, spying on Whitney and Chadwick examining it too. The vents are large enough for them to not only enter, but to crawl side-by-side.
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  • Artistic License – Nuclear Physics: Pretty much everything about the atomic bombs is completely wrong. They're too heavy for a single person to lift out of a crate, they use plutonium rather than uranium (though earlier bombs did use uranium), and they're not volatile. (Why in the world would someone build a city-destroying weapon that they planned to store somewhere for an indefinite length of time, that was easy to set off by accident?) Making an atom bomb actually go off requires such incredibly delicate engineering that it took massive amounts of research to figure it out; mishandling it would cause contamination at worst, but not a mushroom cloud. Hand waved by Frost; she designed and built them herself, so they're not normal bombs.
  • Booby Trap: The Roxxon vault is filled with them. Every possible method of breaking in has been covered, forcing Peggy to steal Hugh Jones' key.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday:
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    • After having his memory wiped by Peggy multiple times, Hugh Jones wakes up and his secretary asks him if he had a good lunch. Seeing that he's very disheveled and his pants are unzipped, he figures he must have.
    • Sousa doesn't remember that he was the one who recruited Samberly into the SSR.
  • Call-Back: Jones remembers that "Wanda" had introduced herself to him as "Agent" last season. Then she zaps him, and he forgets. Then he remembers again. Twice.
  • Continuity Nod: This is not the first time Power Walk is parodied in a Marvel Cinematic Universe media. Guardians of the Galaxy did it first.
  • The Crime Job: "The Atomic Job"
  • Disproportionate Retribution: To show Chadwick and Whitney that he means business, Manfredi calls over one of his guards and asks if he thinks Whitney is pretty. He leads the guard on, encouraging his claims that Whitney is quite appealing... then smacks him to the ground and beats him bloody with his bare hands, screaming at him for daring to say such things. Manfredi's other guards promptly excuse themselves.
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  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Whitney outright rejects Peggy's offer to help her find a cure since she feels more powerful than she ever has before.
  • Endangered Soufflé: Sousa coaches Jarvis through removing the uranium from a bomb, likening the amount of care needed to that necessary to removing a delicate soufflé from the oven. Jarvis doesn't think the analogy is a very good fit.
  • Eureka Moment: Peggy, searching all over Hugh Jones' office for the key to the Roxxon vault, sees a tacky poster on his wall reading: "The Key to Success Is in You!" and realizes he must be carrying the key somewhere on his person.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Chadwick has been a willing accomplice to a number of criminal actions through his work with the Council, but is utterly appalled at the thought of owing anything to a known criminal, possibly because of the implications to his reputation and political career should anyone find out.
  • Five-Man Band: The team forms one for the Roxxon heist.
    • The Leader: Peggy Carter is the head of the team and the most knowledgeable about their foe Whitney Frost.
    • The Lancer: Sousa, as the head of the LA branch of the SSR, is the second-in-command of the operation, the one recruiting the other members, and who seeks to keep Peggy in line with the agency's standards.
    • The Big Guy: Rose is added as the team's muscle after she shows herself more than capable to take on intruders and thugs.
    • The Smart Guy: Samberly is the SSR's lead scientist and thus breaks Roxxon's security the easiest.
    • The Chick: Jarvis is the most emotional yet professional of the group and looking to make sure everything runs smoothly.
  • Foreshadowing: Sousa and Jarvis notice that the Roxxon guards are wearing shoes and watches they shouldn't be able to afford, which implies that they aren't actually Roxxon guards, but Manfredi's men.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: According to Sousa, nobody at the SSR likes Dr. Samberly, which makes him a great fit for their secret mission because he's the only guy in the office guaranteed to not have been pulled in by the new FBI management.
  • Hidden Badass: Rose gets to show her stuff during the mission.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Peggy gets impaled falling onto some rebar. Luckily she survives.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Samberly's memory device erases the last two minutes of one's memory. There's some risk of brain damage.
    Samberly: We've tested it on Jones multiple times with positive results.
    Jones: No you haven't! [walks into a wall]
  • Lost Wedding Ring: Sousa decides to surprise Violet with a marriage proposal, but it doesn't go as planned. First she has a late shift so he falls asleep on her couch, then he loses the ring in the couch and ends up needing her help to find it while still trying to keep it secret. Fortunately, she doesn't mind and is thrilled to hear him propose.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: When Rose tells Samberly that she baked the pie Peggy and Sousa bribed him with, he starts rambling about pie.
    Rose: Did you like my pie?
    Samberly: That pie was you? Your pie was in me? I like pie. Pie is good.
  • Made of Explodium: The team fears that dropping the stolen nuclear rods will set them off and wipe out the city, so Sousa spends the day before the heist practicing extracting rods (with... questionable results). Unfortunately, his practice comes to naught when he's locked out of the room where the bomb is held and it's up to Jarvis instead to extract the rods.
  • The Mafia: In order to access the Roxxon weapons vault, Whitney and Chadwick meet with Joseph Manfredi of the Maggia.
  • Mythology Gag: The van Peggy and co. use for the Roxxon heist reads "Civil War antiques".
  • No Control Group: Averted. Whitney wants an atomic bomb so she can replicate the results of the original Isodyne Zero Matter test, which were performed at ground zero of a nuclear explosion.
  • Non-Action Guy: Samberly the SSR scientist joins the heist team despite not having any combat experience, but he claims this isn't his fault; Sousa offered him this job with the promise of applying his scientific knowledge in the field, only to leave him behind in the lab all the time.
  • Old Flame: Whitney and Manfredi used to date. He claims he has gotten over her, but then a few minutes later he viciously beats one of his own men to a pulp with his bare hands for staring at her for too long.
  • On the Rebound: Violet has suspicions that she's the rebound girlfriend after she realizes that Sousa's in love with Peggy—and Daniel had proposed to her (Violet) earlier that episode.
  • The Power of Love: Rose uses Samberly's completely unsubtle crush on her to inflate his self-worth so he can unlock the room he accidentally locked Jarvis in.
  • Power Walk: Parodied. Peggy, Sousa, and Jarvis, along with Rose and Samberly, all exit the SSR office in a dramatic slow-mo walk... except that Samberly trips, Jarvis is wiping his face, and then they all realize there was no point to walking out here because Jarvis forgot he parked their car elsewhere.
  • Punctuated Pounding: When Manfredi beats the stuffing out of Clifford.
  • Revealing Cover-Up: Jarvis is certain that he knows where Roxxon Corp keeps nuclear weapons stored, because it's the one Roxxon vault on the West Coast that Howard Stark's spies haven't been able to penetrate.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Sousa is reluctant to recruit Rose for a field op (causing Peggy to claim that the voice is his, but the words are Thompson's) until he sees her bounce an auditioner who didn't take rejection well.
  • Touch of Death: Whitney isn't a physical fighter like Peggy, but she can still hold her own when just a single touch from her hands threatens to kill Peggy with Zero Matter.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Peggy uses Samberly's memory device to give Jones amnesia for two minutes per zap. She has to zap him six times before she finds the key.
  • Trouser Space: Jones keeps the key in his gaudy monogrammed belt buckle. Peggy gets a little squicked out when she realizes she needs to check it.

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