Agent Carter (2015–2016)
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Smoke & Mirrors 

Peggy and the SSR discover that beautiful Hollywood star Whitney Frost harbors a dangerous secret, and that she's more than just a pretty face.


David Platt


Stan Lee (based on the Marvel comics by), Jack Kirby (based on the Marvel comics by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hayley Atwell ... Peggy Carter
James D'Arcy ... Edwin Jarvis
Enver Gjokaj ... Daniel Sousa
Wynn Everett ... Whitney Frost
Reggie Austin ... Jason Wilkes
Currie Graham ... Calvin Chadwick
Chris Browning ... Rufus
Max Brown ... Michael Carter
Samaire Armstrong ... Wilma Cully
Chris Mulkey ... Uncle Bud
Christopher Grove ... Mr. Edwards
Kevin Changaris ... Fred, Peggy's Fiance
Kurtwood Smith ... Vernon Masters
Rey Valentin ... Agent Vega
Carole Ruggier ... Mrs. Carter


Peggy and the SSR discover that beautiful Hollywood star Whitney Frost harbors a dangerous secret, and that she's more than just a pretty face.

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2 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Jarvis mentions that Hedy Lamarr is about to divorce her third husband. This is most likely a reference to the fact that the character of actress/scientist Whitney Frost is loosely based on Lamarr, an actress who held a patent for a frequency-hopping guidance system for torpedoes. Patented around the time of World War II, the technique was put into use by the US military in the 1960's and variations on this principle remain a critical component of wireless data. See more »


The Hampstead party appears to be in the open air after dark - surely there was a blackout in 1940? See more »


Daniel Sousa: [Peggy is interrogating a suspect about the Arena Club] What did you stick him with?
Peggy Carter: Howard wanted to create a cure for the common cold. He came up with a compound that brings on intense symptoms in minutes.
Daniel Sousa: You gave him a cold?
Peggy Carter: An intense cold.
Rufus: [in pain, off screen] Hey!
Peggy Carter: [nonchalantly] Cup of tea?
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My Baby Loves Everybody (feat. Corey Gemme)
Performed by The City of Los Angeles All Stars & Richard Geere
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That's the beauty of Hollywood. You can be whatever you want
26 July 2017 | by jhudson-11704See all my reviews

The origin story of Margaret Elizabeth Carter, shown in this episode, helped bolster my love for her character as well as the performance by Atwell. It wasn't just the flashbacks that did it as the interrogation scene with Hunt was also very intimidating yet fun.

We see through Carter's early life that she was always one to go against gender norms in the early 20th century. It was also interesting to see that Cap wasn't her first love and what happened to her after her brother died. Truly great range of emotions shown through Atwell's performance in this episode.

We also got an insight into Whitney Frost/Agnes Cully's backstory. WE see that she too was trying to break through gender norms of the time with her intelligence. While she is undoubtedly a genius, she is still a woman, which her mother told her that she needs to focus on her looks, not her brains. While she did do this with her acting career, she was smart enough to do both. Even better for Whitney this episode was her trying to control the zero matter that had joined her. The end with her absorption of Hunt was truly incredible as it was disturbing to hear a man be melted from existence. With this unknown power now somehow controlled by Whitney, she truly is becoming a more formidable force.

I loved Jarvis this episode and the humor he brought along with it. His tranq gun used to bring down Stark's koala was pretty funny. He was also hilarious in his tranqed up stupor.

+ Carter/Whitney's backstory + Atwell's performance + Hunt interrogation + Humor especially with Jarvis + Whitney is horrifying

Final Score: 9.4/10

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