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Recap / Agent Carter S2 E6 "Life of the Party"

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With no options left to her, Peggy frees Dottie Underwood in a dangerous gambit to save Jason.


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  • Almost Kiss: Peggy and Sousa come to realize they both have feelings for each other, but the moment is ruined by Dottie throwing a guard out a window and onto the roof of their truck.
  • Asshole Victim: Chadwick, and the other Council members that Whitney kills. Nobody will miss them.
  • Boxed Crook: Dottie is broken out so that the team will have a woman that Whitney and Chadwick won't recognize to infiltrate Chadwick's fundraiser. Her loyalty is guaranteed by an Explosive Leash disguised as a fancy necklace.
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  • Bullying a Dragon: Chadwick and the Council try to tackle Whitney like they're taking down a dangerous animal. Five people die almost immediately. The survivors bow to her control without hesitation.
  • Call-Back: Jack runs into Hugh Jones at the party. Jones reminds Thompson that he investigated him last season, and he's still bitter over it.
  • Call-Forward: A subtle one through Dottie's ballgown, which is mostly black with triangular red markings around the midriff, like a black widow spider. Dottie is a product of the "Red Room Academy", the Russian training programme that will eventually produce Black Widow.
  • The Chessmaster: Despite how capable Dottie is, Peggy is perfectly prepared to not only break her out, but anticipate what she would do. She disarms the only guard after knocking him out, accurately assuming Dottie would attempt to arm herself after opening her cell. Peggy also tells her to "go right" upon leaving the building, but waits to the left instead since Dottie would likely run away.
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  • Corrupt Cop: If Thompson had any misgivings over Vernon Masters, he doesn't let them bother him anymore.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite his cheating, his belittling of her, and reluctance to get involved in her schemes, Whitney did genuinely love Chadwick and as such is heartbroken to realize he lured her into a trap at the Council. Her sorrow doesn't last long, though, as she immediately overpowers her captors and kills him.
  • Explosive Leash: Dottie is made to wear a necklace with a tracking device, which will inject her with neurotoxin if she tries to take it off.
  • Funny Background Event: Dottie slowly makes her way over to Thompson as he talks with Masters, only for Jarvis to race through and grab her away. Neither of them notice.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Thanks to getting impaled in the previous episode, Peggy is barely capable of walking across a room without suffering extreme pain, which means that the team needs someone else to handle Peggy's share of the fieldwork.
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  • Irony: Masters tells Thompson that letting a woman boss him around (referring to Peggy ignoring his orders) makes him look extremely incompetent. When he next sees Thompson, he and the other Council members have been bullied into becoming stooges for Whitney Frost.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: After Dottie is zapped into unconsciousness by Sousa's electric net, Peggy gives her another zap anyway.
  • Klingon Promotion: Whitney seizes control of the Arena Club's resources by killing half the Council and threatening the other members into submission.
  • Moment Killer: Just as a lady at the party is starting to chat up Thompson, Jarvis pops up in between them.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Dottie meets Frost face to face, she doesn't quip like usual, doesn't even say anything. She just freezes and looks terrified. She has good reason to, though, as previously she spied on the Council just in time to see Whitney slaughter half of them with her powers.
  • Pet the Dog: Thompson is uncomfortable with the idea of killing Peggy or destroying her reputation, so he makes one final push to convince Peggy to drop her crusade against Whitney and go back to New York.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Even a slimeball like Vernon Masters won't kill Peggy, because he knows it will turn her into a martyr. Instead, he wants her reputation destroyed.
  • Product Placement: Dottie wears a Tiffany & Co. necklace with her dress.note 
  • Put on a Bus: Rose is unable to be sent on the mission because she apparently flew home due to her mother falling ill.
  • Reality Ensues: Peggy has suffered a serious injury in the previous episode and should not be out in the field. She reluctantly agrees to stay in the van and act as Mission Control. When things go bad, she tries to rush into action, but the mere act of standing up too quickly pops her stitches and she starts bleeding again.
  • Sycophantic Servant: When Whitney takes control of the Council, Hugh Jones can't kiss up to her fast enough.
  • Underestimating Badassery: The Council members are savvy enough to figure out a way to capture Whitney without her being able to touch anyone. They do not realize that her abilities have advanced beyond that and she kills most of them with ease at range.

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