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 »




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?


The flashback to Bletchley Park, England is where the enigma machine was cracked by Alan Turing, hence the reference to breaking codes. People from all walks of life that were good at puzzles were recruited See more »


In the engagement party scene, the caption states "Hampstead England - 1940". As the scene opens, a lady gets out of a car and is greeted by a man in uniform wearing a maroon beret. This is the headgear of the Parachute regiment and was not introduced until 1942. 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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Agent Carter Theme
Written by Christopher Lennertz
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Independent Thinker
3 February 2016 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

In what has probably been a weaker season for Agent Carter, Smoke and Mirrors really stepped up its game this week. We got a better look at Whitney Frost, who I have been critical of as a character so far, but this episode cleared all the doubts I had. We also got our first real look at Peggy's backstory and how she got to where she is now, fighting the good fight.

I haven't been all that impressed with the decision to focus on Peggy's love life this season as I think last season worked extremely well avoiding that for the most part. Tonight's episode didn't do a whole lot to sway me one way or another but it did seem to confirm that we haven't seen the last of the Souza-Carter-Wilkes triangle. It also hinted that one or both of them may kick the bucket by seasons end considering Vernon Masters threatened Peggy's friends, and Wilkes talked about 'letting go'.

By far the highlight of the episode came from showing flashbacks to both Peggy and Frost's childhood/young adult life. While I think the Peggy material could have fit in season 1, I loved the balance of going back and forth with young Peggy and young Whitney. Knowing that Peggy accepted the SOE's offer due to her brother's request before he tragically died also gave more depth to Carter's motivations. The Whitney scenes were great to add context to this distraught and tormented character and was the character depth I think Frost needed to win me over.

I guess the one question I still have about this season is how Dottie factors into all of it. Will it turn out that Frost is just a pawn for Dottie's master plan? I'm not even totally sure she's coming back, but I'm even more interested in a Frost vs Peggy vs Dottie story line.

+Great flashback material

+Frost sold me

+That ending though...


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