In one of the best episodes yet, Agent Carter teams up with the Howling Commandos. Evidence surfaces that might clear Stark—and other evidence implicates Petty Carter.

We also learn Dottie Underwood’s twisted past.

Title: “The Iron Ceiling”

Directed by Peter Leto
Written by Jose Melina

Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
Bridget Regan as Dottie Underwood
James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis
Shea Whigham as Chief Roger Dooley
Chad Michael Murray as Jack Thompson
Enver Gjokaj as Daniel Sousa
Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan
Leonard Roberts as Happy Sam Sawyer
Ralph Brown as Dr. Ivchenko
Greg Serano as Agent Rick Ramirez
Alex Veadov as Nikola
Eddie Shin as Agent Mike Li
Richard Short as Pinky Pinkerton
Veronika Bonell as young Dottie

Full cast and crew available here.

Premise

Peggy and the Howling Commandos embark on a mission that may uncover Leviathan’s plot and clear Howard Stark—or kill them all.

We also learn the truth about Dottie, as Sousa uncovers incriminating evidence against Peggy Carter.

High Points

This episode presents us with some fascinating contrasts. We see the fun side of the Howling Commandos, but also reminders of the brutality of actual warfare. Agent Carter finally achieves acceptance from her male associates—just as her staunchest supporter uncovers her duplicity.

Low Point

I suppose this point amounts to a discussable observation rather than a particularly serious criticism.

Marvel’s movies do not take place in our universe. Here be superheroes. We have to accept, nevertheless, a significant hand-wave when Carter makes one quick call and gets Dum Dum Dugan and associates to help with a secret raid. If they’re still in Europe, they have ongoing missions. They’re not simply waiting around for an old friend to commandeer them. Apparently, we have to accept that the Howling Commandos Mission Statement reads, “hang out in Europe and be awesome, as required.”

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6 The Russian assassin school (presumably, where the Black Widow trained / will train) echoes popular conspiracy theories but remains plausible enough to be believable. It’s also darker than what we typically have seen in Marvel’s productions.

Effects: 5/6

Acting: 5/6 The principals continue to give strong performances, and Neal McDonough , as Dum Dum Dugan, merits special mention for his credible portrayal of a living comic-book character.

Story: 6/6

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 5/6.

In total, “The Iron Ceiling” receives 36/42