Monica Rambeau, tasked with a special assignment regarding sentient weapons, goes missing.
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The episode opens with a distant voice repeatedly calling out to someone by referring to them as “Lieutenant Trouble”. Then, Monica Rambeau begins to reform from dust caused by Thanos' Snap in a hectic hospital. Monica is then questioned by a doctor as they try to piece together what’s going on. Monica asks about her mother, Maria Rambeau, who she thinks should be recovering from surgery. The doctor informs her that her mother had died three years ago, which was two years after Monica disappeared.
Sometime later at S.W.O.R.D. Headquarters, Rambeau tries unsuccessfully to use her employee ID card to enter a door, but it fails her. When a security guard begins to question her, he is interrupted by someone who Rambeau refers to as "Director Hayward". He corrects her and adds that he is technically only “Acting” director for now. Hayward subsequently catches Rambeau up on everything she’s missed in the past five years. She specifically asks about the “astronaut training program,” alluding to S.W.O.R.D.’s involvement in space travel. Hayward explains that they’ve mostly moved to unmanned missions and shows Rambeau an arsenal of robotics, nanotech and other types of “Sentient Weapons”. Nevertheless, Rambeau passively objects, pointing out that the O and R in S.W.O.R.D. stand for observation and response, not creation. Hayward explains that space is now full of “unexpected threats,” referring to Thanos. Rambeau assures him that it “always was full of threats and allies,” referring to the Kree and Skrulls respectively.
As they arrive at an office, Hayward points out how Rambeau’s mother helped build S.W.O.R.D. from the ground up and that she should have been here to name Maria’s replacement after she died. Rambeau tells Hayward he was the obvious choice and they move on to getting Rambeau her next assignment. Hayward then goes on to tell Rambeau that the FBI needs help on a missing persons case. Rambeau objects, letting Hayward know she’s ready to get back to work. Hayward admits she’s being “grounded” and limited to terrestrial missions per her mother’s protocols. Reluctantly, Rambeau accepts the mission.
Rambeau arrives in New Jersey, just outside the town of Westview. There, she meets Woo, who uses close-up magic to present his business card. Woo explains the peculiar circumstance of this case as their missing person was in the witness protection program, only now all of his known associates and relatives have never heard of him. He also introduces Rambeau to the local sheriff, who claims the town of Westview doesn’t actually exist. Woo explains to Rambeau that he’s tried contacting all of the residents of Westview but has had no luck. He says they are no longer dealing with a case of a missing person, but rather a missing town. When she asks why he has not gone into town to investigate, he explains that the barrier shrouding the town does not want him to.
Rambeau then takes out a S.W.O.R.D. Drone from her truck and starts flying it toward the town as she questions Woo as to why they appear to be aware of Westview while anyone with a personal connection to it is not. Rambeau then notices some interference on the feed from the drone and looks up to see that it has disappeared. As she gets closer to investigate, she notices an energy field around the town. She reaches out to touch it and gets pulled into the town, disappearing in front of Woo’s eyes.
24 hours later, inside a truck is Darcy Lewis, who was previously Jane Foster’s assistant a few years back but has since received her PHD. Lewis is joined by scientists from other fields in the truck and, as she questions them, she learns that S.W.O.R.D. clearly doesn’t know what kind of threat they’re dealing with. They arrive at a S.W.O.R.D. Response Base outside of Westview and an agent leads Lewis to a lab. She watches as a drone gets sent into the town and disappears. She points out that the Army, S.W.O.R.D. and the FBI are all working together on this investigation, thus signifying a potential major threat and jokes that she’s looking forward to the commemorative T-shirt from their response.
Lewis quickly finds radiation readings as well as some other findings. She plugs her equipment into an old Physio-Scope and gets an image from inside Westview. That prompts her to request an old television from a S.W.O.R.D agent named Monti.
Next, an agent suits up in a hazmat suit and then steps down into the sewers as Hayward explains to him that they’ll lead him into the town. Woo warns Hayward that he is worried the energy perimeter will extend into the sewers and that they do not know enough about this threat to send in a second agent when Rambeau has not yet returned.
As Hayward demands a visual of the town from his agents, he hears laughter in the distance. As he looks for the source of the sound, he discovers Lewis is watching a sitcom on an old TV. Woo questions who is on the screen and Darcy points out that “it looks like her”. Darcy then questions whether or not Vision is supposed to be dead. Hayward subsequently asks where the signal is coming from and Lewis tells him it is coming from inside the town. Woo questions if the universe created a sitcom starring two Avengers but all that Lewis can tell him is that it is a working theory. Hayward orders his team to start analyzing the footage.
Woo eventually starts to put together a board for all the information they can gather on the citizens inside Westview. He points out that they have identified Wanda Maximoff and Vision and puts their photos on the board. Woo mentions in his writing on the white board questions the recurring presence of hexagons in the sitcom, along with asking other questions added by him later, which include: “Why sitcoms?” and “Is Vision alive”?
One by one, they are able to piece together each character's true identity, such as Mr. Hart being revealed as Todd Davis.
As they continue to analyze the sitcoms, Lewis notices Rambeau sitting on a bench during a scene within the sitcom. She tells Woo she has an idea and explains that she might be able to shoot a signal to the radio on Wanda’s kitchen counter and speak with her. An agent brings Woo an image of their drone, which is the helicopter that had landed in Maximoff's bush. They question why the design was changed and why it’s now in color, to which they have no real answers.
Lewis and Woo begin trying to reach Maximoff on the radio when Lewis notices Rambeau has “a speaking part now.” She then sees a radio at Dottie's meeting and they jump on the opportunity to reach Maximoff. Both are watching the TV closely, but much to their disappointment, the sitcom simply jumps to a point where unbeknownst to them Maximoff has corrected things. To Lewis and Woo, their experiment simply seems to have not worked at all.
Elsewhere, the agent in the sewers successfully crosses through the barrier and into Westview. However, his hazmat suit transforms into a beekeeper’s outfit and the tether he was attached to breaks and turns into a jump rope. Lewis and Woo continues to observe the sitcom and both begin questioning why each episode is jumping to another decade. They then hear “Geraldine” mention Ultron after Wanda had sung a Sokovian Lullaby. Woo questions if that is the first reference to their reality, which Lewis does indeed confirm. They then watch as Wanda realizes “Geraldine” is not who she thought she was. The episode of the sitcom then simply jumps to the end credits though, and they can not see what has happened to Rambeau. An alarm alerts the two of a breach, to which they hurried outside to see who had entered their base.
A few minutes before the alarm goes off, inside the Vision Residence, Maximoff questions “Geraldine” about her awareness of Ultron. She tells “Geraldine” that she wants her to leave and uses her powers to launch her through several walls of her house and out of Westview. She then subsequently uses her powers to simply fix the walls and returns to her newborn babies with a sad look on her face. Vision enters and asks Maximoff about "Geraldine's" location.
Outside the barrier, S.W.O.R.D. agents rush to Rambeau’s side as she now lays in the grass at their base.
Back inside Westview, Maximoff tells Vision that their friend “Geraldine” had to rush home. As she turns to face her husband, she is startled by his appearance, due to him appearing with the same look as when Thanos had ripped the Mind Stone from his head and killed him. It is quickly corrected though, when Maximoff turns away and looks back at him again to find that he is back to normal. Vision then tells her they can leave to whatever place they want but she tells him they cannot do such thing. She reassures Vision that she has everything under her control.
As Woo and Lewis get to Rambeau, she struggles to catch her breath while telling the S.W.O.R.D agents that Wanda is actually in control of the anomaly.
Back inside their home, Maximoff picks up one of the twins and casually asks Vision what they should watch tonight. “Voodoo Child” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience starts to play as the couple sits down on their couch with their babies and the episode of this sitcom reality comes to a close.
- Paul Bettany as Vision
- Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
- Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau
- Randall Park as Jimmy Woo
- Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis
- Kathryn Hahn as "Agnes" (video footage)
- Josh Stamberg as Director Tyler Hayward
- Alan Heckner as Agent Monti
- Selena Anduze as Agent Rodriguez
- Lana Young as Doctor Harley
- Sam Younis as Doctor
- Viviana Chavez as Nurse
- Bobby Hernandez as Security Guard
- Shaun MacLean as Orderly
- Brian Brightman as Sheriff Miller
- Zac Henry as Agent Franklin
- Vince Canlas as Man in Van
- Archith Seshadri as Man in Van
- Michaela Cronan as Woman in Van
- Janet Song as Blip Back Person
- Christopher James as Blip Back Person
- Lloyd Pitts as Man
- Shane Berengue as S.W.O.R.D. Agent (uncredited)
- John Gettier as S.W.O.R.D. Agent (uncredited)
- Unknown Actor as Tommy Maximoff (uncredited)
- Unknown Actor as Billy Maximoff (uncredited)
- Debra Jo Rupp as Sharon Davis/"Mrs. Hart" (video footage; uncredited)
- Fred Melamed as Todd Davis/"Arthur Hart" (video footage; uncredited)
- Asif Ali as Abilash Tandon/"Norm" (video footage; uncredited)
- Emma Caulfield Ford as "Dottie Jones" (video footage; uncredited)
- Jolene Purdy as Isabel Matsueda/"Beverly" (video footage; uncredited)
- Ithamar Enriquez as Commercial Man (video footage; uncredited)
- Victoria Blade as Commercial Woman (video footage; uncredited)
- Piotr Michael as Strücker Watch Ad Narrator (archive voice; uncredited)
- Akira Akbar as Young Monica Rambeau (archive audio; uncredited)
- Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (archive audio; uncredited)
- Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau (archive audio; uncredited)
- S.W.O.R.D. Headquarters, Florida
- Westview, New Jersey
- Eastview, New Jersey (mentioned)
- Oakland, California (mentioned)
- Bakersfield, California (mentioned)
- Quantico, Virginia (mentioned)
- Westview Anomaly
- Snap (mentioned)
- Battle of Sokovia (indirectly mentioned)
- Battle of Wakanda (indirectly mentioned)
- WHiH World News
- Eastview Sheriff's Office
- United States Army
- Computational Services Inc. (footage)
- United States Air Force (mentioned)
- Avengers (mentioned)
- United States Space Command (mentioned)
- American Boy Scouts (mentioned)
- Monica Rambeau's Grandmother
- Abe Brown
- Leonard Hooper
- Pamela Brewster
- Sammy Addison
- Miriam Norton
- Felix Rizzio
- Cathy Collings
- The Pope
- Pietro Maximoff
- Abilash Tandon's Father
- Abilash Tandon's Sister
- Harold Proctor/"Phil Jones" (photo)
- Isabel Matsueda/"Beverly" (photo)
- John Collins/"Herb" (photo)
- Stan Nielson
- Ralph Bohner
- Michael Jordan
- Eliot Ness
- Witness Protection Program
- Big Bang
- Leeann Patrick
- Chikako Suzuki
- Amanda Weir
- The episode title refers to a phrase that is said whenever a show was interrupted in favor of an emergency news bulletin.
- As We Interrupt This Program is not an episode of Wanda Maximoff's in-universe sitcom, it is the first episode of the series not to contain a theme song or a commercial break.
- This episode's events are shown to have unfolded concurrently with the first three episodes. With this, Darcy Lewis is revealed as the woman watching the sitcom in Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience, Jimmy Woo is revealed as the voice on the radio in Don't Touch That Dial, and Agent Franklin is revealed as the mysterious beekeeper seen at the end of the same episode.
- When Jimmy Woo introduces himself to Monica Rambeau, he uses a card trick to show her his business card. This is the same card trick that he wanted to learn from Scott Lang in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
|Help Me, Rhonda||The Beach Boys|
|We Got Something Cooking||Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Elyse Willis, Laura Dickinson, Eric Bradley & Gerald White||
|Voodoo Child (Slight Return)||The Jimi Hendrix Experience|
|Wanda's Theme||Christophe Beck||