Freshly returned from Russia, our chums... well, our chum at the SSR, plus her various colleagues, now have one deeply untrustworthy Russian psychiatrist at their disposal and the knowledge that the Russians have been brainwashing little girls to be assassins. At no point do they realize that a psychiatrist linked to a school for brainwashing little girls might be untrustworthy or brainwashy. This is why there isn't an SSR any more.
Peggy (Hayley Atwell) makes the natural leap that one of these former school girls might have robbed Howard Stark, because Howard Stark sleeps with a lot of former school girls. That's maybe not the best way to phrase that. She re-recruits Jarvis (James D'Arcy) at the Automat (hooray!) to track down everyone Stark slept with, so these women can (a) be ruled out of their inquiries if they don't have the requisite handcuff wrist scars that are de rigueur for all Russian school girl assassins and (b) so they can slap Jarvis for dumping them by proxy.
How does our intrepid duo find these girls? Stark gives all his dates the same piece of jewelry, so the jeweler has a list. Yes, that's enormously contrived, but I suppose it's more interesting than a little black book.
Peggy and Jarvis find their suspect's last known address, and the marks on the bedpost from where she continued to cuff herself, but the woman herself is long since gone.
Meanwhile, across town, that same woman has killed a sex pest/dentist so she can use his office as a sniper's perch to kill Dooley (Shea Whigham). For, yes, that woman who robbed Stark is none other than Dottie (Bridget Regan), our Moscow-by-way-of-Iowa pseudo-Widow. But the psuspect psychiatrist Dr Ivchenko (Ralph Brown) calls off the hit so he can get his hypnosis hooks into Dooley, who I keep wanting to call Chief Whigham, by the way, so please admire my restraint.
While all this is going on, Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) goes back to a surviving witness from a past episode to show them a picture of Peggy and see if she was the mystery blonde at the nightclub. He says she was, because she was.
So it's curtains for Peggy! At the Automat (hooray) she and Jarvis are cornered by SSR agents. But you know how all the Avengers were trained to fight by Captain America? Well, let this be your reminder that Peggy helped train Captain America. So she gets out of there pretty handily, even taking down Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) in an alley and brazening her way past Sousa so she can go back to her apartment and retrieve Steve's blood.
Two terrible things then happen at the apartment building. First, Angie (Lyndsy Fonseca) does some really intense acting to distract the SSR boys. Second, Dottie corners Peggy, kisses her with her own knockout lipstick (right on the smackeroo), and gets ready to deliver the killing blow. But the SSR boys return in time to save/arrest Peggy and drag her away, while Dottie resumes her innocent "who me?" act. (The attempted murder was the second terrible thing, not the kissing. The kissing was fine, if that's your thing. But I don't remember Bucky tying to kill Cap this way, so what's up with that?)
The episode ends with Peggy in the interrogation room, cuffed to a table, presumably calculating which one of Dooley, Sousa and Thompson she will hit upside the head with the table first.
Also this episode: The tragic ballad of Agent Yauch, a nice young man who only ever wanted to be taken seriously, who gets hypnotized by the Russian psychiatrist into revealing all of the SSR's secrets and then walking into traffic. Goodbye, Yauch. You were too good and pure and insecure for this world. The sad thing is, the show probably won't mourn you half as much as it did that oaf Krzeminski.