Yowzah! Well, those episodes were bracing indeed. Us fans are treated to two fine episodes where the plot careers forward into surprising and emotional narratives.
The return of Dottie was immensely exciting, her role in Life of the Party brought a unique and conflicted relationship between her and Peggy. She seems to confidently tell Peggy that she likes her a lot but also retains a sense of self-indulgence.
Her task is to retrieve some of Whitney Frost's blood so the team can make Wilkes corporeal again.
Dottie thoroughly thrives on teasing Peggy and flirting with her as she knows how good she is. Her presence provides all sorts of comedy slices for Jarvis as he mimes an action plan to Peggy and quietly 'Aborts' the mission into his glasses.
There is much to explore with Peggy's private life as she desperately wants to help Wilkes but finds herself becoming further drawn to Sousa once he tells her that Violet calls off the engagement. But she doesn't respond in disrespect to Violet, she wholeheartedly feels responsible for their relationship breakdown.
With the return of Thompson, he is becoming ever more infuriating. He literally has no idea who he's working for anymore and is easily played by Vernon Masters. He needed to be there to show how unstable the SSR leadership is becoming but I find him quite dull. He's always thinking of himself and lying to be the hero when he doesn't deserve to have the gratification.
Whitney seems to have stirred into the ultimate villainous path as she kills her husband and most of the Council. Her motivations are clear but ever more twisted. It will be interesting to see her plans come to fruition.
Another development I thought was very clever was having Peggy physically restricted from her usual kick-ass qualms because it meant that she had to sit on the sidelines which conflicts with her need to be among the action.
Monsters is a striking and thrilling ride as Wilkes is made corporeal again providing a funny scene where he kisses Peggy and then on the way to rescuing Dottie, Jarvis brings up Peggy's love conundrum which was quite frankly a hilarious hoot of a scene. Lines like, "He was excited and I indulged him" and Sousa's beautiful eye remarks were simply great fun.
Running parallel to these scenes were Whitney's interrogation of Dottie. What was valuable about this scene was the expression of Dottie's humanity. All the time we have seen her she has been dynamic, efficient and confident, rarely has she shown any emotion.
The Council and SSR are now at Whitney's mercy and it seems valid, she certainly adds her addiction to zero matter and this fantasy of controlling the world to the danger spectrum. This comes to a tense conclusion as Ana confronts her after she kidnaps Wilkes, Frost shoots Ana in the stomach after implying that she wasn't a "monster".
The event allows Jarvis's character to develop as his sudden change from comedian to terrified husband is astonishing and heartwarming. I felt a sense of guilt from Peggy as she seemed lost, dazed at what plan of action to take.
Sousa is also put into a difficult situation as Vernon Masters launches an attack on him after he reluctantly is instructed to recover the rods from Roxxon.
The strength of this conclusion is Peggy's friendly gesture of holding Jarvis's hand as he waits to see if his wife lives or dies. They don't need to say anything to express their affection and admiration for one another.
With all the people around her broken or near to dying, I hope that Peggy uses her pain and anxious as a strength in finally bringing down Frost and saving the world.