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Sneak Peek 1 Agent Carter 1x01 “Now is Not the End”


The episode opens with the ending of Captain America: The First Avenger, as Captain America speaks to Peggy Carter via radio, while he crashes the Red Skull’s plane in the ocean.

Carter is broken from the daydream by her tea kettle whistling in her dingy apartment. She picks up a newspaper with a story about Howard Stark being in trouble for selling weapons tech. Carter’s morning routine is spliced with flashback clips to The First Avenger. She’s interrupted by her roommate, Colleen, who is returning form an exhausting work shift. Her place of employment is short staffed because they let several women go to make room for untrained, returning soldiers. Carter tries to return a borrowed hat, but Colleen tells her to keep it and teases her about not finding a date. Carter gets read for her real job, while colleen thinks she’ preparing for work at the phone company.

Carter, standing out from the grey male crowd in her bright, red, white and blue outfit, goes to the “phone company.” She greets Rose, who opens the secret door to the office of the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve).

A superior calls all hands on deck. He tells her that means she needs to cover the phone, but she refuses to be left behind. She tells Rose to forward all calls to the briefing room, and goes to the meeting.

A news reel detailing Howard Stark’s recent troubles. A congressional hearing questions him about selling weapons to the enemies of the United States. He handles it in a way similar to how his son, Tony Stark, handled his own hearing in the future.

The SSR head explains that six of Stark’s weapons have been found. Stark didn’t show for his final day of hearings, and has gone missing. He is now a fugitive. The SSR needs to find him. He puts an officer named Thompson in charge, but Carter objects to treating Stark like a criminal. The head dismisses Carter’s complaints out of hand because she’s a woman. A disabled agent named Souza sticks up for Carter when another agent makes some lewd remarks. Carter tells Souza she wishes she wouldn’t do that. Thompson passes off his filing and paperwork to Carter.

Carter is reading a paper in a diner and the waitress, Angie comments on Stark’s good looks. Carter gets snippy, and Angie asks what’s wrong. She says just work. She laments losing the sense of purpose she had during the war (though she still codes it as working for the phone company). Angie relates a story of a bad audition, and says everyone has to pay their dues. One of the diner’s regulars starks complaining loudly at Angie and she leaves. Carter gets up to get a slice of pie, and when she returns there is a note on a napkin telling her to meet someone in the alley in five minutes.

She goes to the alley and an unfamiliar man tells her she’s coming with him. She punches him and runs. A car pulls out from across the street and follows her. She shoots out the tire and finds Stark inside.

In the car, Stark tells Carter he was set up. He had a vault with all of his most dangerous inventions that he kept hidden from everyone, even his friends. Someone tunneled inside and stole those inventions and began selling them on the black market. He can’t tell congress because they’ll think he’s pulling off an elaborate ruse to make money on the inside. He needs Carter to clear his name, and says she’s the only he trusts.

They pull up to a dock and get out of the car. Stark says he’s heading overseas to track down some of his inventions that have already shown up on the market. He needs Carter to look for what is still stateside, including the formula for molecular nitroamien, a substance so powerful that even a small drop could level a city block. He introduces the man Carter punched as his butler, Edwin Jarvis. He says she’ll help and tells her there is only about a dozen fences who would handle his formula. She just has to figure out which one has the formula.

She tells Jarvis to introduce himself next time he approaches a woman in an alley. He gives Carter his card and tells her to call any time before nine. After that, he goes to bed.

Carter goes back to SSR headquarters and notices some photos of Stark on a boat with a woman on Souza’s desk. She tells Souza that Stark can’t swim and hates water. She notices something going on in the office nearby. Souza tells him that Thompson is going after a fence named Spider Raymond who is supposed to be selling a Stark invention.

Carter offers to get Souza a refill to check out what intelligence Thompson has and listen in on his conversation. She fakes “lady things” problems to get a sick day from the boss.

At his club, Raymond is talking to the man who stole the weapons from Stark. He offers more business if the thief tells him what else he got from Stark, but the man says nothing. He gives the man an envelope of cash and he leave, silently.

Meanwhile, Carter is in the club, dressed as a glitzy blonde, having heard Raymond favors them. She notices people going upstairs and heads there, saying she’s looking to sell something to Raymond. She puts on some particular lipstick then enters Raymond’s office. Raymond behaves flirtatiously towards her. She tells him she has some friends that are interested in buying the formula. Raymond kisses her and then passes out. Carter uses a device to crack Raymond’s safe. She pulls out a glowing orb.

She calls Jarvis and tells him that they weaponized the formula. Jarvis grabs some notes left by Stark. He says if the nitroamine is glowing (it is) it’s highly volatile and will explode if not handled properly. He tells her how to disable the nitroamine.

Thompson and some men show up to take a look around. A man at the bar takes notice of something happening and goes on the move. One of Raymond’s men walks in on Carter and she knocks him out. Carter goes down stairs and grabs a dance partner to blend in with. Raymond wakes up and sees his safe is empty. The man from the bar walks into the office, finds him there, and shoots him. Thompson find Raymond’s body and seals the exits, but Carter has already left.

Carter returns to her apartment and is surprised to find Colleen sick in bed. Carter offeres to make her some tea. Colleen notices her dress. Carter grabs certain items that have the chemicals she needs and heads to the bathroom to disable the nitroamine grenade. She succeeds.

She hears a noise and walks out of the bathroom to find Colleen has been shot in the head. She sees the man from the bar behind her and they fight. She burns his hand on the stove, then throws him out the window. He’s not on the ground when she looks out after him. Carter cries over Colleen’s body.

Carter meets, back-to-back, with Jarvis at the diner. She says there’s no way to trace the murder back to her – her name wasn’t on the lease. She’s losing her confidence. Jarvis passes her a tissue, backwards, and reminds her of everything good she’s done in her career. Carter says they need to figure out where the grenade came from, and Jarvis says he may know someone.

Jarvis brings her to see Dr. Anton Vanko. He studies it and points her to a Roxxon Oil refinery. Vanko says the nitroamine is no longer volatile, but it is active. He mentions vita rays, and Carter takes note and leaves.

Carter goes to a storage room and pulls out a box labelled “Project Rebirth,” with documentation on the program that turned Steve Rogers into Captain America. She flashes back to her final conversation with Rogers. Souza walks in on her staring at a photo of Rogers. He bumps into a filing cabinet with his crutch and she sees him. He tells her a joking story to cheer her up, about his missing leg. She tells him he’s one of the lucky ones. He leaves and she pulls out a vita ray tracking device that belonged to Dr. Erskine from the box.

The man from the bar hooks a device to a typewriter and begins using it as a messaging device. He asks for permission to kill Carter, and is told to complete his mission at all costs.

Jarvis and Carter go to the Roxxon facility and find it well guarded for supposedly being inactive. Carter heads inside, leaving a radio with Jarvis. A scientist pulls another Nitroamine grenade out of a machine. Jarvis sees another truck heading into the factory. He radios Carter and alerts the scientists to her presence. The man who sold the first grenade to Raymond make some adjustments to the machine behind the other scientists’ back. Carter uses a device to blind the scientist with light. She shoots at the man from the club, but he opens the back of a truck and shows it is full of Nitroamine grenades. The man has a scar on his throat that looks like a Y. The man who broke into Carter’s apartment had a similar scar. The man says they’re not friends. He says Leviathan is coming. He throws the grenade and leaves on the truck Carter makes her getaway, calling Jarvis for a ride. He drives through the gate. Carter jumps on the roof of the car and crawls inside. The Roxxon refinery implodes on itself.

Thompson goes to see the boss, tells him he hears someone saw Raymond with a blonde before he was killed. The photographer may have gotten a shot of her. Souza gets a call about the refinery.

Jarvis and Carter meet at the diner again. Jarvis says he’ll search Stark’s files for more on Leviathan. He seems electrified by all the adventure and excitement. He leaves, and Carter sees the same regular giving Angie a hard time. She stabs him with a fork and tells him he should probably leave a big tip and find someplace else to eat. She leaves.

Jarvis is on the phone with Stark. He says Carter is an excellent choice and that he doesn’t think she’ll have any suspicions at all.


Agent Peggy Carter S.S.R.
Agent Jack Thompson Levathon
Agent Daniel Sousa Roxxon Oil
Agent Ray Krzeminiski
Howard Stark
Chief Roger Dooley
Edwin Jarvis
Angie Martinelli
Dottie Underwood
Spider Raymond
Colleen O'Brien
Leet Brannis
Madison Avenue Guy
Miriam Fry
Miles Van Ert
Anton Vanko
Green Suit
Agent Yauch
Sentor Webster
Tipsey Guy
Tall Bouncer
Short Bouncer
Captain America