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It was back-story time for Mr. Edwin Jarvis this week. But first, let's talk about Dottie.
Dottie Underwood (played by the always wonderful Bridget Regan) is the new girl at Peggy and Angie's
Now, back to Jarvis. After finding the license plate last week, the S.S.R. brought Jarvis in for interrogation. Seeing as Stark is currently classed as a fugitive from justice, I'm surprised they hadn't done this already. Still, with the exception of the late Agent Krzeminski (may he rest in peace), the boys at the S.S.R. proving to actually be quite good at their jobs. They may still be several steps behind Peggy, but they're catching up fast. They quickly identified Leet Brannis and Green Suit (real name Sasha Demidov) as both being Russian soldiers who were allegedly killed during the war. And they were just as quick to find Jarvis' weakness and use it to get under his skin.
Turns out that before he started handling Howard Stark's dirty laundry, Jarvis was serving as a batman (a type of valet for high ranking officers) for a general in the British army when he met his future wife, Anna, in Budapest. Being Jewish, Anna was not safe there so Jarvis forged the signature of his unwilling superior to get her out, but was caught and arrested for treason. Stark was the one who saved him from being hanged for treason and got Anna safely out of Hungry, hence his unwavering loyalty to Tony's daddy.
Thompson and Dooley didn't know the full story, they knew just enough to put the squeeze on Jarvis to get him to talk. This was James D'Arcy's chance to shine. Jarvis has been a lovable, bumbling and supportive sidekick for Peggy so far, but this is the first time we really got to see him as a fully fleshed out character. As Thompson chinked away at his armour, we saw the rage and frustration in Jarvis slowly build and build. I don't know if he would've talked, but I do think he was close to punching Thompson.
Peggy has been fighting an uphill battle to gain even a smidgen of respect from the "adolescents" in her office from the very first episode. She wants nothing more than for her colleagues to see her as an equal, something all women deserve. So to see her have to throw it all away to save Jarvis (and, by default, herself) by making herself look incompetent in order to sabotage Dooley and Thompson's interrogation, was a pretty big deal.
After that painful humiliation, it was no surprise that Peggy wanted to call it in when she and Jarvis located Stark's stolen weapons. But Jarvis was right. They won't respect her for this. Their egos won't allow them to. They won't see the good work she has done to find these weapons and suddenly accept her as the amazing agent she is. No, they will turn on her, cast her out or worse, lock her up as a traitor. As frustrating as it is, Peggy will have to complete this mission anonymously and allow all the credit to go to one of her male colleagues. Hopefully, it will be Sousa.
Intel and Assets
--Not too keen on the saga sell/recap.
--The fight on the boat between Peggy and Butch was the best yet.
--Dottie saying she's a ballerina might indicate that she is a graduate of the Red Room, a Soviet training programme for assassins, like Black Widow.
--Peggy was looking up the symbol Brannis drew in a big book of symbols. Oh, the days before Google.
--I honestly think I would be happy watching this show if it was just Peggy and Jarvis walking around being very witty and English together.
--How adorable was Jarvis' attempt at an American accent?
Sousa: "Unbelievable, a known fugitive isn't answering his door."
Thompson: "Knock harder."
Sousa: "Sure, can I borrow your forehead?"
Jarvis: "Well this will be novel, I haven't been in the back of a car in years."
Peggy: "Mr Stark would trust a shark not to bite him if it was wearing a short enough skirt."
Three out of four bone breaking massage thingys.
Mark Greig has been writing for Doux Reviews since 2011. More Mark Greig.