Agent Carter (TV series)

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If I allow people to get close to me, I'm putting them in danger.

Agent Carter is an American television series created for ABC by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, inspired by the films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the Marvel One-Shot short film of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. The series features the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter, with Hayley Atwell reprising her role from the film series, as she must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark while trying to navigate life as a single woman in 1940s America.

Season 1

From what Mr. Stark has told me, Captain Rogers relied heavily on you For courage, strategy, and moral guidance. You were his support. Your desire to help others is noble. But I doubt you'll find much success unless you allow others to help you.
Senator Webster: Did you knowingly sell military-grade technology to enemies of the United States?
Howard Stark: Not knowingly.
Senator Webster: Did you do it unknowingly?
Howard Stark: Now, by definition, that would be impossible to answer.

Jack Thompson: If you don't mind, these surveillance reports need to be filed, and you're really so much better at that kind of thing.
Peggy Carter: What kind of thing is that, Agent Thompson? The alphabet? I can teach you. Let's start with words beginning with "A".

Daniel Sousa: [about Thompson] Poor guy. Heard he got his personality shot off in Iwo Jima.

Peggy Carter: You can't be serious.
Howard Stark: I try not to be, but sometimes it just slips out anyway.

Peggy Carter: You're new to espionage, aren't you?
Edwin Jarvis: Far from it. Last summer, I caught the cook pocketing the good spoons.
Miles Van Ert: You can threaten me all you want, but I'm not talking.
Jack Thompson: I'm not here to make you talk, Miles. I'm here to make you sing.

Peggy Carter: It's so hard getting straight answers out of people nowadays. Whatever happened to a nice cup of tea and a civilized interrogation?

Peggy Carter: Comfortable back there, Mr. Jarvis?
Edwin Jarvis: Perfectly, thank you. These racks of explosives have distracted me from the smell of stale milk.

Roger Dooley: Do I even need to ask?
Sheldon McFee: Ask what?
Roger Dooley: Yeah, I guess you're right. I used to strap a chair to my ass and take long walks around the neighborhood, too.

Edwin Jarvis: Your line of work requires support. People who care about your well-being, who'll be there to stitch up your wounds.
Peggy Carter: If I allow people to get close to me, I'm putting them in danger.
Edwin Jarvis: So your solution is to remove yourself from the world you wish to protect? Where's the sense in that? There is not a man or woman, no matter how fit he or she may be, who is capable of carrying the entire world on their shoulders.
Peggy Carter: Steve was.
Edwin Jarvis: From what Mr. Stark has told me, Captain Rogers relied heavily on you for courage, strategy, and moral guidance. You were his support. Your desire to help others is noble. But I doubt you'll find much success unless you allow others to help you.
Edwin Jarvis: In polite society, one telephones ahead before trespassing.
Peggy Carter: I imagine strange women traipsing through the property isn't a completely unusual occurrence.
Edwin Jarvis: That's a fair point.

Jack Thompson: It's funny. A lot of stuff gets stolen from Howard Stark — cars, bombs, death rays.
Edwin Jarvis: Actually, the death ray's accounted for. It's in Nevada, I believe.

Angie Martinelli: I got a bottle of Schnapps and half a rhubarb pie. Let's see which one makes us sick first.

Edwin Jarvis: Mr. Stark believed the intruder had some advanced technological assistance.
Peggy Carter: Mr. Stark believes brushing your teeth requires advanced technological assistance.

Angie Martinelli: I know how you feel: Blindsided. Like when my cousin Ralphie got hit by a bus. Granted, he did just knock off a newsstand, but still. Big shock.
Daniel Sousa: So, I walk into this diner. This isn't a joke. I walk into this diner, and everybody starts clapping. And I look around at first, confused, and then I realize, oh, they're clapping for me, in my dress uniform, 'cause I served and came back alive, like you.
Frank: You and me ain't nothing alike.
Daniel Sousa: So, I pretended to curtsy. Played it off as a joke, and then I'm working on my meal. I look up. I see another G.I. walk in. So, I put down my fork, put down my knife, get ready to clap. And nobody else does a thing. Silence. That's when I realized they weren't clapping for me. They were clapping for this and this. Clapping because I make them feel guilty, and they want to feel good.

Jack Thompson: Something you learn in war: Not every battle you win is a notch on your belt.
Daniel Sousa: The way I hear you fought, I'm surprised there's any belt left to notch.
Jack Thompson: Just doing what needed to be done.
Daniel Sousa: Didn't we all?

Howard Stark: I grew up on the Lower East Side. My father sold fruit. My mother sewed shirtwaists for a factory. Let me tell you, you don't get to climb the American ladder without picking up some bad habits on the way. There's a ceiling for certain types of people based on how much money your parents have, your social class, your religion, your sex. And the only way to break through that ceiling sometimes is to lie, so that's my natural instinct. To lie. I shouldn't have lied to you. For that, trust me, I am truly sorry.
Peggy Carter: Why did you have Steve's blood in the first place?
Howard Stark: I was one of the lead scientists on Project Rebirth. Eleven vials went to the government, one vial went to me. Does the SSR know they have the vial?
Peggy Carter: Why shouldn't they have it?
Howard Stark: The government's almost through their supply. If they know they have mine, they'll never give it back. Even if you clear my name.
Peggy Carter: That still doesn't mean you deserve to have Steve's blood.
Peggy Carter: You know, I believe that sample SR-53, that blood, Captain America's blood, holds the key to vaccines, medications, possibly even a cure for the common cold. Steve Rogers may not still be with us, but he can still save millions of people.
Peggy Carter: And how many millions of dollars are you set to make?
Howard Stark: What the hell do you think of me?
Peggy Carter: I think you're a man out for his own gain no matter who you're charging. You are constantly finding holes to slither your way into in the hope of finding loose change, only to cry when you're bitten by another snake. You're a man who says, "I love you," whilst looking over a woman's shoulder into the mirror. Steve Rogers dedicated his mind, his body, his life to the SSR and to this country, not to your bank account. I made the same pledge, but I'm not as good as Steve was. I forgot my pledge running around for you like a corporate spy. So thank you, Howard, for reminding me who Steve was and what I aspire to be. For all I know, you did steal your inventions.

Edwin Jarvis: You took her for granted.
Howard Stark: You can get her back.
Edwin Jarvis: Over the last five years, I thought I'd built up a callus apologizing for you. But this stings.
Edwin Jarvis: [about Stark] He can be thoughtless. Inconsiderate. Vain. Childish. Unreliable. Arrogant.
Peggy Carter: You flatter him.

Agent Martinez: You guys are the Howling Commandos!
"Happy" Sam Sawyer: I hate that name.
Junior Juniper: I came up with that name.
"Happy" Sam Sawyer: That you did.

Peggy Carter: Does anyone else feel a chill going up their knickers?
Junior Juniper: I would if I wore knickers.

"Dum Dum" Dugan: What would Cap say if I left his best girl behind?
Peggy Carter: He'd say "Do as Peggy says."

"Dum Dum" Dugan: Wahoo!
Peggy Carter: Stop wahooing and help!
Peggy Carter: You think Ginger Rogers is a Russian assassin?
Edwin Jarvis: You should have seen her eyes when I escorted her from Mr. Stark's villa. The darkest gates to the abyss.

Roger Dooley: I'm off risking my neck, serving my country, she cheats on me with some jerk from Hoboken.
Dr. Ivchenko: You feel that it was more than a betrayal. Overseas, you rose to high-ranking officer and proved yourself again and again. Here, she is just showing you your inadequacies.
Roger Dooley: I am not inadequate. A plumber with flat feet, that's inadequate.

Roger Dooley: [to the SSR] I want every bus stop, train station, dock, airport, every last trolley wallpapered with pictures of Peggy Carter. She is now a fugitive and will be brought to justice, or else every last one of you will be demoted to grade-school hall monitor!

Daniel Sousa: She ever tell you about her work?
Angie Martinelli: At the phone company? Just the usual stuff. Complained about her fathead male co-workers a lot.

Daniel Sousa: [about a crying Angie]] Could you do something here?
Miriam Fry: Oh, actors wear their emotions close to the surface. I could no more stop her than I could Laurence Olivier.
Angie Martinelli [sniffling] What's your grandmother's name?
Jack Thompson: [hesitantly] Gam-Gam.

Snafu [1.07]

Peggy Carter: [to Dooley] You think you know me, but I've never been more than what each of you has created. To you, I'm the 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 just shoddy police work.

Edwin Jarvis: I am truly sorry about all of this. When you didn't meet me, I knew and I panicked.
Peggy Carter: And I suppose the confession portrays me as what? A patsy? A Doe-eyed idiot succumbed to the charms of America's mustachioed Casanova?
Edwin Jarvis: That is the gist, yes. With a bankruptcy side plot sprinkled on top to provide a motive for Mr. Stark's deeds.
Peggy Carter: Nice flourish.

Roger Dooley: [to his wife] I know you're mad at me, and maybe I got that coming. But I think if we're being honest with each other, this mess was a long time in the making. I'm not blaming you. Not anymore. I buried myself deep in this job the day that I started.

Edwin Jarvis: I'm sure we could lure one of them in, get the drop on them, steal a weapon and—
Peggy Carter: "Get the drop on them?" You've been in custody all of an hour, and you're Jimmy Cagney.

Daniel Sousa: Why would you go through all that trouble instead of coming to one of us?
Peggy Carter: I conducted my own investigation because no one listens to me. I got away with it because no one looks at me, because unless I have your reports, your coffee, or your lunch, I'm invisible.
Dr. Johann Fennhoff: This really is an amazing city.
Dottie Underwood: It's like any other.
Dr. Johann Fenhoff: No, no, my dear! This is a testimony to American strength and ingenuity. It is a beacon for all the world to envy.
Dottie Underwoood: And won't it be fun to tear it all down?

Daniel Sousa: How the hell did you get in here?
Howard Stark: You know who designed the SSR security system?
Daniel Sousa: Yeah, the same outfit that sures the White House!
Howard Stark: Exactly. They stink. You should have hired me.

Peggy Carter: Howard, I was angry. That doesn't mean I want you to die.
Howard Stark: Well, that makes two of us.

Johann Fennhoff: The great Howard Stark! I have heard much of your genius. It is a shame that you put your gifts towards creating such horrible weapons.
Howard Stark: Midnight oil was not supposed to be a weapon, Dr. Fennhoff. Should never have been used.
Johann Fennhoff: And yet, it only exists because of you. Do you know what your creation does?
Howard Stark: I saw it afterwards.
Johann Fennhoff: And I saw it while it happened. I was only spared because I had a gas mask to protect myself. My comrades were not so lucky. My brother wasn't so lucky. When I found him, he had no eyes. Pieces of his flesh had been bitten off. Can you imagine this?
Howard Stark: I am sorry. You have no idea how sorry I am.
Johann Fennhoff: Since that day, I have thought of you often. In fact, you have been my singular focus.
Howard Stark: Look, if you're gonna kill me, go ahead. I probably deserve it, but leave innocent people out of it.
Johann Fennhoff: I have no intention of killing you, Mr. Stark. I am going to make you suffer.
Howard Stark: Please. Please don't do this.
Johann Fennhoff: You feel guilt? Remorse?
Howard Stark: Yes, of course, I do.
Johann Fennhoff: I imagine you have done many things in your life that you regret. Hmm. A man such as yourself cannot allow kindness and empathy to cloud his vision.
Howard Stark: I am not a bad person.
Johann Fennhoff: Yes. Yes, you are. It is the only way to achieve such remarkable success. Others have paid the price. You have paid the price, as well. Your guilt eats you, destroys you from the inside out.

Dottie Underwood: [to Carter] I used to be so jealous of girls like you. I would have done anything to walk like you, to talk like you. But now I can be anybody I want.

Arnim Zola: [to Fennhoff] Don't despair, friend. The food here is actually quite good. A minor consolation, I know. You had a vision, and it didn't come to pass. What is the point of anything now? But given time and a bit of quiet, new visions will arise. I am familiar with your work on matters of the mind, Herr Doktor. It would give me great pleasure to hear your thoughts on this. Perhaps there is another way for us to collaborate. I know things seem bleak, but you are, in fact, a fortunate man. You're imprisoned, yes, but it is an American prison. And America is the land of opportunity.

Season 2

Peggy Carter: Um, Mr. Jarvis?
Edwin Jarvis: Yes?
Peggy Carter: I understand Howard came out west for a defense contract.
Edwin Jarvis: He did.
Peggy Carter: And you did say you came out here to arrange his estate.
Edwin Jarvis: I think I see where this is heading.
Peggy Carter: What I don't understand -
Edwin Jarvis: You're puzzled, perhaps.
Peggy Carter: Uh, puzzled, yes, that's the word.
Edwin Jarvis: It's the flamingo, isn't it?
Peggy Carter: It is, indeed, the flamingo.

Edwin Jarvis: Miss Carter, you have no idea how foreign Los Angeles will seem to a civilized person such as yourself. They eat avocados with everything. The foliage is preposterous. Take the palm tree. Would you trust the structural integrity of such a thing?
Peggy Carter: No, I suppose not.
Edwin Jarvis: They afford no shade. Everybody says it's a very dry heat, but that doesn't mean it isn't unbearably hot. And worst of all, the drivers are both abundant and abundantly irresponsible.
Peggy Carter: While I appreciate your concern, I am certain I can hazard the Los Angeles driving conditions.
Edwin Jarvis: Miss Carter, since our last adventure, my life has consisted of oiling floorboards, cleaning pools, - and - [Flamingo squawking] - transporting exotic livestock. I'm profoundly and exhaustively bored.

Peggy Carter: I'm not one for the cinema.
Edwin Jarvis: What do you do for relaxation? Assemble rifles?
Peggy Carter: I trust you to distract her with your flattery.
Edwin Jarvis: Aside from "Danger," my middle name is "Charm."

Vernon Masters: You need to start playing the long game here. The SSR is a wartime agency, and the war is over.
Jack Thompson: Am I being fired?
Vernon Masters: Worse. You're becoming irrelevant. The entire department of war is being restructured, which means that the SSR is going the way of the dinosaur. It's a different world now. And you've got to ask yourself, "do I want to be the former chief of the SSR or the current muckety-muck of the next big thing?"
Jack Thompson: I want to be in the muck.
Vernon Masters: And that's the kind of attitude that's gonna serve you very well.
Edwin Jarvis: I do wish you'd allow me to drive you, Miss Carter.
Peggy Carter: Your thirst for adventure is appreciated.
Edwin Jarvis: I thought Mr. Stark's leisure car would be appropriate. [Peggy gets into the driver's seat] Couple of things I ought to show you. [Jarvis opens the passenger door] This button here, is in case you find yourself-
[Jarvis presses it, and the glove compartment flips over to reveal a bottle of champagne and two glasses]
Edwin Jarvis: ...Dehydrated.
Peggy Carter: Howard Stark becomes more ridiculous the longer I know him.
Howard Stark: I always thought you should be in pictures, Peg. What do you say? Arlene French called in drunk. You want to play a sassy beer wench?
Peggy Carter: I'd rather be the cowboy.
Howard Stark: I like it. I don't think the audience is ready yet.
Peggy Carter: But they're ready for a movie based on a comic book. Sounds like a dreadful idea.
Edwin Jarvis: On occasion, wrangling Mr. Stark's animal preserve requires a ruthless hand. Not the flamingo. The koala. Its adorable appearance belies a vile temperament.

Peggy Carter: Mr. Jarvis, are you all right?
Edwin Jarvis: Jarvelous!

Peggy Carter: [about the noise from inside the car boot] We caught a possum on this property earlier this morning. Vicious little creature.
Rufus Hunt: [from inside the car] Let me out of here!
Peggy Carter: Or I have a man stashed in the boot.

Vernon Masters: A tidal wave is coming, Agent Carter. And you are going to have to work very hard to stay afloat.
Peggy Carter: I'll manage.
Vernon Masters: Maybe so. But your friends could still drown.

Peggy Carter: What is it that you think I want?
Michael Carter: The same thing you've wanted since you were a little girl: A life of adventure.
Peggy Carter: Well, I've grown up. My dreams changed.
Michael Carter: No, you've just let everyone else drum them out of you. Fred's a nice enough chap, but be honest Is he the love of your life? Is this really how you see your future?
Peggy Carter: This is my engagement party, Michael.
Michael Carter: Not your wedding day. Look, there is still time to change your mind.
Peggy Carter: I don't have to listen to this.
Michael Carter: Don't worry what other people think. You are meant to fight. Stop pretending to be someone that you're not.
Peggy Carter: The SSR can help. We can fix you if you let us.
Calvin Chadwick: You think you can help her?
Whitney Frost: Fix me? Why would I want to be fixed? I've never felt more powerful in my entire life.
Jack Thompson: You weren't really going to shoot me, were you, Peggy?
Peggy Carter: Well...
Jack Thompson: Never mind. I don't want to know.
Peggy Carter: You're a good man, Jack.


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