End of Season 2, Peggy leaves New York for Los Angeles.
Season two is set in 1947, approximately six months to a year following the events of the first, with the time jump made to show "people are in a little bit different positions, and things have happened between these seasons that we maybe don't know about." Fazekas noted that "the challenge" for the season was to find a way to reunite Carter with Edwin Jarvis since he is "not an agent....that's a really important relationship, how do we keep them together?...The nice thing about Peggy this season is she's not having to hide her agenda from the SSR. Jarvis is helping her out, just in a different way." Elaborating on the SSR's role in the season, Fazekas explained that when Markus and McFeely created the organisation for Captain America: The First Avenger it was inspired by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which was "somewhat disbanded after the war, because it was created because of World War II. So now that the war is over, things are changing. And in real history, the OSS sort of became the CIA and some of its other functions went under other departments. There's a little bit of change going on within SSR and so Thompson [is now the New York SSR chief, but he] has a boss [in Vernon Masters] that's going to be saying, "Look, things are changing, and you need to look out for yourself."" The season also sees Daniel Sousa promoted to the chief of the Los Angeles SSR office.
Investigation in Los Angeles
Carter is met by Edwin Jarvis in Los Angeles
Landing in Los Angeles she met Edwin Jarvis again. Carter learned that Howard Stark had a defense contract meeting here and, since he liked the scene, had decided that he wanted to create his own movie studio. Jarvis invited Carter to stay with him and his wife on Stark's estate. While driving Carter through Los Angeles, Jarvis also had to transport Stark's newest addition to his menagerie, a flamingo called Bernard Stark. Jarvis told Carter his life was quite boring right now and he would be pleased to drive her around.
Jarvis dropped her off at the Auerbach Theatrical Agency, the cover of the local Strategic Scientific Reserve office, where she was greeted by Rose Roberts. Roberts and Carter discussed Roberts' life in Los Angeles, that Roberts had picked up surfing, and that somehow artists kept showing up for the office, despite their attempts to keep it hidden. Chief Daniel Sousa seemed surprised by her presence but told Carter she was welcome to his team. He introduced her to the police liaison who was skeptical about their odds of capturing the Lady of the Lake Killer.
By 1947, the SSR branched out, opening a facility in Los Angeles, California under the leadership of Daniel Sousa. Using the front of Auerbach Theatrical Agency, Sousa used the alias of "Mr. Auerbach" to cover the reality of the organization. One of the first transfers from the New York Bell Company Office branch was Rose Roberts, who continued her duties as the first line of defense by acting as a secretary. One of the first cases that the new branch received was the murder of Jane Scott, found frozen in a lake in Echo Park on one of the hottest days of the year. Peggy Carter was sent to assist in the matter.
Peggy Carter was sent to assist in the matter, much to her displeasure. When she arrived at the building, two Lookie Loos were attempting to audition. They had managed to find the theatrical agency despite the facts that the agency has no advertising, the sign is barely legible and the address is spelled wrong in the city directory. Peggy Carter is then shown to the secret entrance of the SSR.
The New York Bell Company is a telephone and telegraph company that served as a cover for agents of the Strategic Scientific Reserve New York City office.
Peggy Carter walked into the New York Bell Company wearing a red, white, and blue ensemble. As she passed the phone operators, Rose Roberts told her that the phone lines have been busy with calls from Washington, D.C. Before activating the elevator that lead to the New York Bell Company Office, where the Strategic Scientific Reserve operated, Roberts told Carter that she liked her hat.
The Strategic Scientific Reserve, or SSR, was a top-secret Allied war agency during World War II. It was formed in 1940 to battle the Nazi special weapons division, HYDRA. The Allies won the war thanks to the S.S.R.'s Super Soldier Captain America. After the war, the S.S.R. came in conflict with the Soviet deep science division Leviathan and the corrupt Council of Nine. The S.S.R. was later absorbed by the Strategic Homeland, Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division after its founding.
The Strategic Scientific Reserve continued with its activities, because new threats to the USA arose after the war. Howard Stark was accused of selling arms to the enemy during the war, and then he disappeared without a trace. Chief Roger Dooley of the New York City SSR branch was ordered to find Stark.
Eventually, Dooley and his men discovered that the real mastermind behind the theft was Leviathan, the Soviet spy agency formed after World War I. A team of agents led by Jack Thompson and Peggy Carter agent to Belarus, where they were assisted by the Howling Commandos in liberating Doctor Ivchenko, a prisoner of Leviathan, whom they brought back to the United States of America.
This was a part of Ivchenko's plan to get revenge on Howard Stark for the death of his brother. Stark had created a gas named Midnight Oil that was deployed during World War II causing the man's death; Johann Fennhoff blamed Stark and sought revenge. Peggy Carter, Jack Thompson, and Daniel Sousa thwarted the plot, but not before the death of Roger Dooley. Stark was cleared of all charges and the SSR was recognized by the President for its work with agent Thompson taking much of the credit and being congratulated by Walt Cooper personally.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".