Warning: Spoiler Alert
1943 we find the Russian doctor in a wartime camp. He is asked to help by using his “powers” to convince the wounded mind that they will feel no pain. Maybe a little insight into a further plan for this doctor. It was effective enough that a doctor could take a bone saw to a man’s leg and that man feel literally nothing.
Back at SSR, Sousa and the rest take turns interrogating Carter. They could save themselves a great deal of time by accepting that Carter is much better at this than them. Sousa is particularly cold. Dooley predictably acts like Dooley in this situation. However, Jack Thompson is not himself. Nor should he be. Carter saved his skin and at the same time, proved her metal and than some. He is the only one to accepts that none of this is adding up. Regardless of the evidence they think they have, they are still barking up the wrong tree.
Carter: You think you know me. But I’ve never been more than what each of you have created. To you, I’m a stray kitten left on your doorstep to be protected. The secretary turned damsel in distress. The girl on the pedestal transformed into some daft whore. You’re behaving like children. What’s worse, what’s far worse is that this, is schotty police work.
With Dotty in the wind, a misstep Carter was happy to point out, we find her purchasing a baby stroller. Responding to the store clerk’s presumption that she’s not far along (pregnancy wise) Dotty replies with, “it’s coming sooner than you think”.
Jarvis nonchalantly walks into the entrance to the SSR that is disguised as a telephone company switchboard. He finds the lead lady at the end of the row and asks to see Chief Dooley. She play the ignorance card as she reaches for the revolver fastened under her station. Jarvis tries to convey that he’s been here before and that she should just patch him in on the board. With one significant piece of documentation the entire SSR would be interested in.
Jarvis: I’m looking for Chief Dooley
Operator: I’m sorry, I don’t know who that is.
Jarvis: He runs this operation. The SSR that is. I’ve been here before for questioning.
Operator: Sir, I wish that we could help you but we are very busy here, only authorized personnel are allowed in here.
Jarvis: If you could just punch him up on your board and tell him that Edwin Jarvis is here…With a signed confession of Howard Stark. (everyone in the room abruptly stops)
The ‘confession’ has Stark owning up to everything, even things he could not physically done. The confession was supposed to be enough to get Carter and Jarvis freed. Dooley’s many things but stupid isn’t one of them. Again, something doesn’t add up. Instead, they retain Carter and Jarvis and wait to meet with Stark personally a few hours from now. In the meantime it seems that she will be cleaning out her desk.
This charade, and that’s exactly what it is, was all perpetrated by Jarvis in a moment of panic. Stark is not landing in Teterboro. There isn’t going to be a face to face. And Howard Stark did not sign a confession of any kind. With Carter and Jarvis detained, there is little they can do. The Russian doctor who recently began helping Dooley with his dying marriage is left alone. Like last week, he’s communicating with Dotty from across the street using Morse Code. Only this time Carter sees it. Carter writes in down and Jarvis reads the translation as she does so. It’s a time-table. “Prepare for the evacuation, 90 minutes”. To which Carter says out loud, “Leviathan’s coming”.
Her only play is to come clean on the fake confession in order to give a real one and I assume get people out of there in the next 90 minutes. Of course when the conversation transitions from what she did do and what needs to happen next, her pleas fall on deaf ears. Well, Dooley isn’t buying it. Sousa and Thompson might be. There is one last thing that could tip the scales. They found the sphere that hold Roger’s blood on her person. Something she wasn’t willing to divulge until now.
It worked, at least for now. They send a few men across the street to check out the claims of the communication between the Doctor and the building across the street. Dooley will keep an eye on the Doctor. If the Doctor believes he’s blown, this could end badly for Dooley. The word “Focus” and a few spins of his wedding ring, and Dooley is lost in the trance. Inside the trance, the Doctor suggests that after this they have something to take care of.
Apparently out of the trance, Dooley makes a b-line for Carter and Jarvis. He takes them into a small interrogation room. Then pulls a gun on both of them. He leaves them in there, locks the door, then breaks the key off in the door. Dooley with the Doctor evacuate the lab based on a false claim of negligence. The Doctor is looking for Stark item #17.
Thompson and Sousa are canvassing the building across the street. Dotty spots Sousa and retreats back into the room. She waits. Then re-emerges. She sees Sousa’s shadow and continues. Sousa tells her to freeze when she passes him. He should’ve just shot her like Thompson suggested. She eludes Sousa and Jason Bourne’s it down the stairwell (not once touching the stairs). She lands and a man has a gun on her. She smiles and does nothing.
Before the Doctor leaves with item #17, Dooley’s mind begins to break free. He actually says out loud that he feels like he should hold on to this item. The Doctor ramps up the mojo and things go as he’s planned. Dooley left holding a military grade vest of some kind. Dotty picks the Doctor up outside. She says that they’ve been compromised. He’s not shaken. Something about that vest seems to be enough of an issue that he believes the SSR will soon have their hands full.
Dooley heads home to see his wife and kids, but not really. It was all a dream set up by the Doctor. Dooley wakes to find he’s wearing the vest, except now it’s illuminating. Heat coils pulsating. Jarvis gets the agents up to speed on what it is and its volatile nature. As the coils heat up, as his internal temperature increases, it speeds up the heating process. At some point it will explode. So with no real good ideas, Dooley does the only thing he can to save his men. Steals Thompson’s gun.
Dooley gives his final orders. Thompson is to convey the situation to Dooley’s wife. And Carter is to get the man who did this. The vest begins to pulsate much faster. Dooley takes off running towards the outer wall shooting out the window, then he leaps out of the window. He explodes outside a good 5 stories above the street.
Carter thinks she’s got something, with the blood of Steve Rogers and Brannis set to steal something.
Meanwhile, Dotty takes her baby stroller into a movie theater. Turns on a gas valve of some sort, then locking the doors behind her. Cap’s blood is fine, but they discover item #17 is missing. The worst part is, Jarvis knows nothing about it. The gas released in the theater brings on coughing and eventually violent behavior.
An usher escorts a straggler couple to the theater in question. She sees the door has been closed with a crow bar through the handles. She opens it to reveal the remains of a blood bath. Could be very possible that this is what did all the carnage at the battle of Vinall.