Counterpart Birds of a Feather Recap Season 1 Episode 2 – Counterpart, “Birds of a Feather” opens with Howard Prime still having the conversation he was having with his estranged wife, Emily Prime. Howard Prime notices a pair of Bulgarian operatives in Emily Prime’s employ enter the bar. She informs him that a rendition order has been issued against him and advises Howard Prime to go quietly. Howard Prime, even though he suspects that he is being taken away to be killed, complies. However, when he gets in the car with the two operatives we see a series of muzzle flashes. Then Howard Prime gets out of the car and calmly walks away.
Counterpart Birds of a Feather Recap Season 1 Episode 2
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Later, having gotten some intelligence on Baldwin, the assassin from his universe who is still in our reality, including her name, Howard Prime meets a man named Pope in a church. Pope informs him that he is in trouble. If what Emily Prime tried to do was a sanctioned rendition Howard Prime is now guilty of murder. If it was an unsanctioned murder attempt, Emily Prime will try again. In any case, Pope gives Howard Prime a 36-hour pass to go to our reality and clean up the Baldwin matter.
Howard Prime meets with a group of operatives, including the original Howard, now working for the analysis section of his organization, and informs them that Baldwin’s original world counterpart is a woman named Nadia, a concert violinist. While most of the team go to toss Nadia’s apartment, Howard Prime accosts Nadia in a bar in the role of the estranged father of one of the other musicians.
Howard Prime learns that Nadia and Baldwin had an abusive and drunken father who died and left both versions of the woman his debts. He also learns that the father had an old house elsewhere in the city. Guessing that is where Baldwin went to ground, Howard Prime calls the team and has them sent there.
Baldwin is indeed at the old house, trying to treat her wounds from the hospital shootout. We see from a flashback that when she and Nadia were 10, she was playing the violin for tips at a subway station. Her father slipped and fell drunkenly on the tracks. Instead of running to get someone, she watched coldly while a train runs over him.
A woman, presumably Baldwin’s control from the other reality, arrives and informs her that Howard Prime’s group has identified her counterpart in the original reality and that she needs to take her out before they can use Nadia against her. Baldwin calls in a police report about a kidnapping and kills some of Howard Prime’s men in a parked car outside the bar as a distraction. However, Baldwin finds herself unable to kill her other self. She tries to drag Nadia away. Nadia escapes and, despite a last-minute intervention by the original Howard, is shot and killed by one of Howard Prime’s men. Baldwin is taken into custody. Someone from the alternate reality is in the custody of law enforcement of the original reality, a disaster,
Back in the alternate reality, Emily Prime is confronted about the events that led to the deaths of her operatives and the disappearance of Howard Prime. It seems that her operation is unsanctioned after all. Later, she meets with Pope in the church and protests that she is being framed for doing her job, to keep the peace. Pope says something about substance abuse and then suggests that there has never been peace, and a reckoning is coming.
Other episodes of Counterpart reviewed on TV Eskimo include:
s1e2 – Birds of a Feather
s1e1 – The Crossing
Counterpart Birds of a Feather Recap Season 1 Episode 2 characters and cast include:
Howard Silk – J. K. Simmons (BoJack Horseman, La La Land, The Accountant, Whiplash, The Words, Juno, Burn After Reading)
Emily Burton Silk – Olivia Williams (The Ghost Writer, An Education, The Sixth Sense, Rushmore, Manhattan)
Peter Quayle – Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything, Marcella, Manhattan, The Show, Wolf Hall, The Fear, Game of Thrones)
Baldwin – Sara Serraiocco (Worldly Girl, Cloro, Salvo)
Aldrich – Ulrich Thomsen (The Blacklist, Banshee, The International, Kingdom of Heaven, Fringe, Mordecai, The World Is Not Enough)
Cyrus – Mido Hamada (American Sniper, Emerald City, 24, State of Mind)
Clare – Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland, How I Met Your Mother, Ben-Hur, Scandal, Iron Man)
Ian Shaw – Nicholas Pinnock (Marcella, Fortitude, Top Boy)
Alexander Pope – Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, V for Vendetta, Dickensian, The Honourable Woman, The Shadow Line, War & Peace)
Bob Dwyer – Kenneth Choi (Bright, The Last Man on Earth, Suicide Squad, American Crime Story, Captain America: The First Avenger)