We begin this episode where we left off: Carter in an interrogation room at SSR headquarters. Sousa and Thompson take turns trying to get her to confess, to say anything to indict herself, but she won’t. Peggy Carter is smarter than that.
Jarvis attempts to free Carter with a signed confession from Howard Stark, but it doesn’t work: Dooley won’t let them go until Stark gets there. So now Carter has to figure out what in the world to do with all of this. At this point, she’s caught Dr. Ivchenko signing morse code on the windowsill in Dooley’s office. What does it mean?
Prepare for evacuation. 90 minutes.
Jarvis translates as Carter scribbles. The message leaves them wondering what is happening in 90 minutes, and Carter says, “Leviathan is coming.” We don’t know if that’s truly the case, but we can certainly hope they’ll be ready when and if it does.
Peggy decides at that point to tell all, to reveal the secrets she’s been keeping from her team. Dooley, Thompson, and Sousa all sit in the room with Jarvis and Carter, who reveals that the reason she was able to conduct her own mission without them knowing is because she’s invisible to them. She’s a woman, therefore her worth is coffee, lunch, or reports. Otherwise, she is completely useless to them as an agent.
Though they don’t want to believe her, and indeed have every reason not to trust her, Carter shows them the one thing that should reveal her true intentions: the vial of Steve Rogers’s blood.
Dooley sends five men to investigate the building across the street. Sousa is the unfortunate soul who encounters Dottie first, and she escapes him and the other agents quite easily. She meets up with Dr. Ivchenko, who has stolen one of Stark’s weapons, brainwashing Dooley into letting him go in the process.
Dottie uses the weapon (or what we believe is the weapon) at a movie theater, locking the people inside. What ensues is a chaotic, bloody mess, as the people literally tear each other apart. There’s no telling what that was, considering Jarvis doesn’t even know what item number seventeen does, which is the one missing.
In the end, Dooley realizes the truth a little too late: Ivchenko has been playing him all along, even convinces him to steal two weapons and use one on himself. Dooley is wearing a heating vest, one of Stark’s inventions that wasn’t meant as a weapon, but because its faulty, it has disastrous results. It heats up so much it becomes combustible, and in an attempt to save his agents and guests in the SSR at that moment, he jumps out of the window before he explodes.
At the end of this episode, all we know is the title of the episode, SNAFU, sums up exactly the state things are in: Dottie and Ivchenko are working together, Carter is still tentatively part of this investigation, Jarvis forged Stark’s signature, and Leviathan is coming. Hopefully next week, during the finale, we will have the loose ends tied up enough for this series to have a meaningful end.