Howard Stark returns for a final showdown that raises the stakes for everyone
And… cut! That’s a wrap. After 10 episodes, our favorite SSR agent’s L.A. adventures have come to an end. I have to admit, I got a little misty-eyed watching Peggy pack her bags and prepare for her inevitable return to New York — especially given the fact that the jury’s still out on whether we’ll see more of this show. For what it’s worth, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this season, which succeeded in taking a character that was already complex and interesting and making her even more intriguing.
Our finale starts where last week’s episode left off: with Thompson holding his colleagues at gunpoint, threatening them to fix the machine blocking the detonator. (And we all believed Peggy WOULD actually shoot…) Before anything can happen, though, the explosion happens itself via Wilkes. Upon inspecting the damage, Peggy, Sousa and Thompson find out Wilkes is still alive and has expelled all the Zero Matter, which is just hanging out on the floor existing in our space and time. Unfortunately, so is Whitney. Whitney finally gets the Zero Matter she wants (“everything is where it belongs!”) and pursues them, only to be thwarted by Jarvis — and one Mr. Howard Stark, who always needs to make an entrance and who is more concerned that they just hit a two-time Oscar nominee than the fact that they hit a woman at all.
Back at Stark’s mansion, Wilkes is describing what happened when the rift opened and what he saw: nothing except darkness, apparently, with Zero Matter consuming everything. Howard is disappointed that he’s sitting next to living proof of someone who went “above and beyond” and there’s not really anything more exciting. Wilkes says Zero Matter is like a disease, consuming everything, and it’s now looking for a new place to affect. In other words, Zero Matter is supremely dangerous to our world, so everyone make sure you remember this inevitable piece of information this summer when you watch Doctor Strange.
Whitney, meanwhile, has gone full-on Carrie Mathison. She’s holed herself up in her room to work tirelessly and obsessively on formulas and equations so that she can figure out how to open a new rift. Manfredi is actually concerned about her and tries to get her to eat and, you know, be social with more than just her pens and paper. Whitney’s so focused she’s bordering on unhinged, snapping at him not to disturb her while she’s working. Backed into a corner, Manfredi goes to all-knowing Nona, admitting how happy he was when Whitney came back into his life. It was all good, for a while, but now his “ray of sunshine” has turned into “a ray of garbage.” Nona advises he should make a deal with the devil if he loves her… which he does. Who knew Manfredi was just a lovesick puppy who got caught up with Whitney’s schemes?
Back at Stark mansion, Wilkes and Howard and Peggy are discussing fixing the gamma cannon. Well, really, they’re arguing and Howard is hollering for mustard because of course he is. Jarvis is a little slow to bring his master what he wants, because he’s being held hostage by Manfredi. It’s all a ruse, though — apparently Manfredi and Howard are BFFs, and why am I not surprised. (Is there anyone in L.A. or in the world Howard ISN’T friends with?) As with Vernon, Peggy is hesitant to believe Manfredi is there to help, but he’s there because they’ve all got something in common: being concerned about Whitney Frost. Who says evil doesn’t bring people together?
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