The end of the last episode, and the previews for this one, made me apprehensive that we were going to have a “Dunham as victim” sequence, with her being strapped to a medical table and experimented on while everybody else runs around trying to save her. (I blame this apprehension-reflex on all the times Scully got victimized in The X-Files.) So I was very pleased by what we got instead: a brief interlude on the medical table, in which Dunham never ceased to think and pay attention and make plans, followed by her very ably manipulating and bad-assing her way out of captivity on her own. And it was a little unrealistic, maybe — those were some dumb minions — but no more than expected for TV; the way in which Dunham took everybody out was well within the range I would expect from any competent FBI field agent.
I’m also pleased by the way they handled her killing Loeb’s wife (whose name I’m too lazy to look up). The default options for female characters in this kind of context are: either they can be all guilt-stricken about having killed someone (especially a fellow woman), or they can be hard-as-nails about it in a way that is not psychologically healthy. Dunham? Handles it sanely. An attempt to avoid having to shoot, a long breath of “wow, that was closer than I would have liked,” and then she moves on, just as a male character might.
Love on Charlie for a) helping Dunham and b) going to Peter for extralegal assistance. I’m always in favor of Peter getting to be useful.
The “audited by the powers that be” plot doesn’t thrill me, mostly because The X-Files milked that one for years, so I feel like we’ve been there, done that. On the other hand, for once the show got me to wake up and wish I’d been paying closer attention to the metaplot. I haven’t attended to the details well enough to sort out for myself what Loeb means, but at least it got my interest. Whether or not the show manages to keep it, remains to be seen.