The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Ep 5 Recap: Sam Wilson trains with the shield; Big star makes her MCU debut

Updated on Apr 17, 2021 11:45 AM IST  |  388K
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Ep 5 Recap: Sam Wilson trains with the shield; Big star makes her MCU debut

*SPOILERS ALERT* The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Ep 5 kickstarts where the previous episode left us with John Walker (Wyatt Russell) running away alongside the bloodied shield after brutally murdering Karli Morgenthau's (Erin Kellyman) associate and Flag Smashers member Nico (Noah Mills). John is cornered by Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan); at an empty warehouse, who demand Walker hand over the shield. Sam is hell-bent on no one else getting hurt.

As expected, a big fight ensues as John uses all his might to fight off both Falcon and Winter Soldier and is even able to cut off Sam's wings, almost in the process of killing him with the shield like he did Nico. However, Bucky saves the day as he and Sam team up and take out John, breaking his arm. Later, Sam has a conversation with Joaquin Torres (Danny Ramirez) as the latter informs Wilson that Captain America killing a foreign national in public has become an 'international incident' big deal which means that the higher up on the payroll are all over it which Sam understands as "taking jurisdiction." Joaquin also reveals that Karli is laying low as the Global Repatriation Council (GRC) have cordoned off the Flag Smashers' whole base camp. While Sam wants to find Karli himself, Joaquin reminds him of her reach across the globe and how they need to just wait this out till they get a strong lead on her whereabouts. Sam takes possession of the shield while leaving behind his Falcon wings for Joaquin. This hints at Joaquin becoming the next Falcon while Sam finally adheres to Steve Rogers' (Chris Evans) wishes, which was for him to take the shield.

Due to his heinous actions, John has been stripped off of not just the moniker of Captain America (with the demand to return the shield) but also has to let go of his military titles. An agitated John bursts out claiming they made him like this and storms off while being consoled by his wife Olivia Walker (Gabrielle Byndloss). The couple encounters a mysterious woman, who we find out is Valentina Allegra de Fontaine aka Madame Hydra (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who flamboyantly supports John's actions and promises to keep in touch.

Karli returns to the Flag Smashers' base camp only to find it raided by the GRC and has a massive outburst, now even more motivated to set her big plan in motion. We see Zemo (Daniel Brühl) visit the Sokovia memorial, paying his respects (as alluded by him, mocking Sam and Bucky for being insensitive, in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Ep 4) before Bucky finds him. Zemo relays to Bucky that there is only one way to stop Karli and that's to kill her because she's been radicalised beyond salvation. While it looks like Bucky plans to shoot Zemo, it turns out Barnes took out the bullets beforehand and fired at Zemo with an unarmed gun. The Dora Milaje then capture Zemo with Ayo (Florence Kasumba) revealing that they will take him to the raft where he will live out his days. Ayo tells Bucky that it would be better for him to be away from Wakanda for the time being, referring to him as the White Wolf. Bucky asks Ayo for one more favour.

Sam heads to Baltimore, Maryland with the shield safely guarded by his side to visit Isaiah Bradley (Carl Lumbly) but not before encountering the latter's grandson Eli Bradley (Elijah Richardson). During their tense conversation, Isaiah reveals to Sam how he had tried to save his comrades and was punished for it with 30 years worth of experiments conducted upon him to figure out why he didn't die like the others, who were injected with the super soldier serum just like him. Isaiah was able to escape thanks to a nurse who took pity on him and conjured up some fake reports declaring him dead while also giving him the letters his dead wife had written to him. She, unfortunately, died while he was still in prison being told that her husband was dead, when in fact he was not. While Sam tries to convince Isaiah to let his story be known, the latter wishes to be considered dead because he was erased off of history once and they could do it once again. "They will never let a Black man be Captain America," Isaiah stated.

A downtrodden Sam decides to return home to his sister Sarah Wilson (Adepero Oduye) and her two sons to help her out with selling their family boat after finding out that it was too ruined to be sold. This includes calling in favours from neighbours, who his late parents were very helpful towards and the community bands together to assist in any way they can. Sam is also joined by Bucky, who comes bearing a Wakandian gift in a box for him. We're treated to many bromance moments between Sam and Bucky as Barnes even casually flirts with Sarah, angering Wilson. The two get to work on the boat as Bucky's metal arm proves to be a big helper much to Sam's chagrin.

Listening to his wife, John, whose arm is wrapped in a cast, visits his late best friend Lemar Hoskins' (Clé Bennett) parents and lies to them saying that he killed Nico because Nico killed their son which isn't the truth. Lemar's mother reminds John just how much her son held him in high accord, especially when he was made Captain America, leaving Walker even more determined to take revenge as he stares at a 'John Walker Cap is Back' poster. We also get a tiny update on Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) as she offers Georges Batroc (Georges St-Pierre) an offer, revealing that she got him out of Algerian prison and is willing to give him double the money for the assignment.

A sleeping Bucky wakes up to find Sarah's son playing with the shield and when they're caught, they run away, leaving Barnes smiling. Bucky then joins Sam in fixing the boat before the two are kicked off by Sarah to leave the technical work to the experts. While practising with the shield, Sam and Bucky have a heart-to-heart with Barnes apologising for yelling at Wilson for retiring the shield. For Bucky, the shield was the closest thing he's got left to a family and without it, it made him feel like he had nothing left. It made him question everything; Sam, Steve and himself. Bringing out Steve's book, Bucky hoped it would help him too. Sam reminds Bucky that he doesn't need to look elsewhere to find out who he is. Sam asks Bucky if he still has nightmares to which Barnes reveals that he does all the time which means that the Winter Soldier is still part of him. Sam instils some wise words of how Bucky needs to do the work by helping out those he wronged with his service and to make amends rather than avenge. A determined Bucky thanks Sam for the tough love and the two part ways but not before Barnes tells Wilson to inform him if he has any leads on Karli and he'll be there. There's also a witty moment when the two refer to their friendship as "two guys with a common friend" and since the friend is gone, they're just "two guys." There's also a bromance handshake chimed in.

During another heart-to-heart, Sarah states to Sam that they can't sell the boat while the latter is relieved as it's their history. When Sam talks about running away from his family's responsibilities, Sarah corrects him saying that he's taken the fight for the world and the fight for his family head on. When Sarah asks if he's going to let Isaiah's words get to him, Sam responds, "Isaiah has been to hell and back. If I was in his shoes, I'd feel the exact same way. But what would be the point of all the pain and sacrifice if I wasn't willing to stand up and keep fightin'?"

Sam starts formally training with the shield, gearing up to become the next Captain America. The intense workout helps him in getting a grasp of the shield more comfortably as he also plays with his nephews. We're then taken to New York where Karli & Co. meet Batroc; in order to even the odds, who agrees to help them because he wants payback from Sam for screwing him out of a small fortune. Karli plans to make sure that the GRC vote never happens. Batroc states that he's not interested in their movement and just wants to kill Falcon. Karli summons people in favour of the Flag Smashers as they ready to go to battle. As for the GRC vote Karli wants to stomp over, it's about the Patch Act which would move upwards of twenty million refugees back home to their countries of origin.

Sam, who is watching the news about GRC's Patch Act meeting gets a call from Joaquin, who informs him of the results of the scans which revealed that the pings, which are from places just before the Flag Smashers hit, they're all over Europe. However, a recent ping took place in New York. That's all Sam needs to hear to gear up. At the GRC meeting, the members argue with the senator over the Patch Act. However, members of the Flag Smashers posing as officials take the GRC panel hostage, on red alarm.

Sam is seen opening the box given to him by Bucky, which many believe to the Captain America suit made in Wakanda specifically customised for him. In a mid-credits scene, we see John working hard on making his own shield, using his military medal of honour as the emblem, while his hand seems fine now.

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Here's all you NEED to know about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier:

When did The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premiere?
March 19, 2021

How many episodes are there in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?

Who plays the new Captain America in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?
Wyatt Russell as John Walker

Who plays Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?
Julia Louis-Dreyfus


Anonymous : Best episode so far!
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