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"It doesn't even matter if we die. The movement is strong enough to continue without us. Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. Hold tight. Move fast. One world. One world!"
"One people."
Karli Morgenthau and DeeDee

One World, One People is the sixth and final episode of the first season of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

Synopsis

As The Flag Smashers escalate their actions, Sam and Bucky take action.

Plot

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As the GRC Meeting Hall is placed under lockdown due to a Flag Smasher assault, Sam Wilson-- donning the shield and a new suit with the image of Captain America-- flies into New York City as Bucky Barnes approaches the building on the ground. A pedestrian interrupts Barnes and reveals herself as a disguised Sharon Carter, who had arrived despite her fugitive status.

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Seeing Wilson's arrival, Karli Morgenthau signals her allies to begin rounding up the GRC senators via evacuation. As Wilson infiltrates the building to stop the evacuation, he is attacked by Georges Batroc. A GRC senator hands Barnes a phone on the line with Morgenthau, who boasts that the anti-resettlement movement is large enough to continue after her death. Barnes warns her that she will remember the lives of the innocent killed in her campaign and urges her to abandon her campaign, only for her to terminate the call.

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In the garage, the GRC senators file into armored trucks, where Flag Smasher Lennox uses clamps to unknowingly lock them inside. Barnes hijacks a motorcycle and uses it to pursue the transports, while Carter remains to kill Lennox using mercury vapor. Meanwhile, more senators board a helicopter piloted by Diego, another Flag Smasher. Wilson abandons his fight with Batroc to stop it from escaping.

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As Diego is armed, Wilson uses a restored Redwing to find that Ayla Perez, a GRC member on-board the helicopter, has flight experience. He is momentarily diverted when Diego disables a helicopter piloted by the NYPD, forcing him to rescue the pilots. Wilson then establishes a contact with the senator, coordinating an attack: he pushes Diego out of the aircraft and into the Hudson River while Perez takes over the controls, saving the bird. Elsewhere, Morgenthau announces to her remaining Flag Smashers she plans on killing the hostages if their situation goes south, which they reluctantly go along with.

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The Flag Smashers place blockades to stop the transports, but Barnes arrives to stop them from hijacking. To cause a diversion, one truck is set on fire, forcing Barnes to rescue the senators. John Walker arrives with his crude homemade shield and fights the Flag Smashers, intending to kill Morgenthau. Barnes is thrown into the Hudson, and Walker is pushed aside by Morgenthau, who attempts to drive the remaining transport into the Hudson. Walker attempts to pull the vehicle back, ignoring his opportunity to kill Morgenthau and discarding his shield, but is knocked down as well.

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Wilson arrives in time to bring the truck back to the street and free the senators, to the cheers of onlooking civilians. As he regroups with Barnes and Walker, Batroc fires smoke bombs to cover the Flag Smashers' escape underground, but Wilson uses heat vision to pursue them. Carter lures Morgenthau and confronts her, offering her a chance to work with her again. Batroc deduces Carter as the Power Broker, Morgenthau realizing he was hired as a means for her to be spied upon. Batroc attempts to blackmail Carter with her identity for increased pay; she shoots him dead but is wounded in the process.

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Outside, Walker and Barnes lure Dovich, DeeDee, and Gigi into the hands of authorities. Wilson arrives in a final attempt to negotiate with Morgenthau and refuses to fight her even as she furiously attempts to kill him. As she raises a firearm at Wilson, Carter fatally shoots Morgenthau, who dies in Wilson's arms. Wilson brings Morgenthau's corpse to a medical team outside and chastises the GRC senators regarding their plan to forcefully relocate millions, along with their labeling of her supporters as "terrorists." Recognizing himself as a controversial bearer of the stars and stripes, he urges them to consider the displaced's view of the world, warning them that the next Karli Morgenthau will rise should they fail to represent the people they are dealing with. Among those viewing Wilson on WHiH World News on live television include Joaquín Torres, Sarah Wilson, Isaiah Bradley, and Eli Bradley.

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While Walker walks away from the scene, Carter apologizes to Wilson for killing Morgenthau, who retains his promise to get her pardoned. At the behest of a GRC senator, he rescues Diego from the Hudson to be apprehended alongside his comrades. However, as they are taken to the Raft, they are killed when their transport explodes. Helmut Zemo's butler Oeznik, watching from a distance, secretly planted the explosive. At the Raft, the imprisoned Zemo delights in with the news of the Flag Smashers' demises. In the meanwhile, the GRC formally announces they are leaving their plans of forced resettlement behind.

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Although no one is suspected, Valentina Allegra de Fontaine recognizes the scheme as Zemo's doing. Walker, with a modified suit sans the Captain America branding, is recruited by Fontaine as a U.S. Agent. Back in New York, Barnes visits Yori Nakajima and reveals the truth behind his son's death. He sees Leah the next day while also leaving Dr. Christina Raynor his completed list. Wilson visits the Bradley family in Baltimore, affirming to Isaiah that although those who came before him bled for the country, it doesn't mean he won't stop fighting for it. Taking them to the Smithsonian, he reveals he set up an exhibit to immortalize the Bradley story, bringing Isaiah to tears.

Wilson and Barnes return to Delacroix, where Sarah and the locals hold a celebratory cookout. Watching the sun set on the horizon, the two brothers-in-arms carry on as "Captain America and The Winter Soldier".

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In a mid-credits scene, Carter receives an official pardon from the U.S. Government and regains her former CIA position. Leaving the Capitol, she calls one of her contacts in Madripoor, telling them she now has direct access to government resources that they can sell to the highest bidder.

Cast

Main Cast:

Guest Stars:

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Music

Song title Artist Location(s)
On and On Curtis Harding

Videos

Trivia

  • At the end of the episode, the series title is changed into Captain America and The Winter Soldier.
  • John Walker's last line in the episode after being designated U.S Agent ("I'm back!") is a direct reference to the cover of Captain America #354, where Walker made his first appearance as U.S. Agent after giving back the Captain America mantle to Steve Rogers.
  • Peter Parker/Spider-Man was briefly considered to appear during the New York City fight against the Flag Smashers, although Kevin Feige elected not to move forward with the idea.[1]

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