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"All Serious Daring" is the sixth episode of Season Four of The Man in the High Castle, and the thirty-sixth episode of the series overall. This episode, along with the rest of the season, was made available for streaming on Amazon Video on November 15th, 2019.
John Smith discovers that one can get lost on the path not taken. Juliana attempts to decode hidden messages from Abendsen. Amid voices of dissent, Bell devises a new strategy for the BCR. Kido must decide where his true loyalties lie, even if it costs him the Empire.
John Smith anxiously waits for Thomas' return home, as he only has hours left before Die Nebenwelt is activated. Thomas shocks his parents when he brings news of his enlistment without their approval and is undeterred to reverse his decision. When the army's recruiter arrives to pick up his son, John pleads to have the officers reconsider to no avail. Thomas asks his father to be proud of him before he walks away, flanked by two officers, reminiscent of how Thomas in the original world was taken away by the Reich to be euthanized. Without any time left to resolve this, Smith has to abandon alt-world Helen behind but promises to her that he'll rescue his son from the war.
Toru Kido awakens from a horrific flashback of his actions in Manchuria where he killed an innocent mother and her baby. As his PTSD worsens, Toru desperately resorts to drugs in an Opium building where he is unable to leave for being broke. Chief Inspector Takeshi Kido delivers an imprisoned Admiral Inokuchi his military attire. Kido questions if there were others who conspired with Inokuchi for his meeting with the BCR. Inokuchi refuses to name the Crown Princess' involvement and calls Kido a puppet for General Yamori.
Kido reports back to Yamori and Saito, strongly urging that Inokuchi be given the proper court-martial trial at the Navy but is denied. The Crown Princess suddenly makes a visit, asking for Inokuchi's release as she confesses that it was her idea to send Inokuchi. Yamori dismisses her claim as lying to protect Inokuchi and orders his loyalists to keep the Crown Princess guarded, threatening her if she interferes with Inokuchi's trial.
At their leadership meeting, Bell leaves the room hopeless to have the BCR listen to her as members have different plans on how to proceed after Equiano Hampton's death. Bell shares a warm drink with Angela and shares her childhood at being in a Nazi concentration camp. She reveals she was sterilized as a child before she escaped, got fatally wounded but fortunately recovers thanks to BCR members. She is thankful for Equiano and saddened that he's gone. Bell musters up the courage to return to the meeting and bring up her new plans. Bell points out BCR cells located all throughout the Crimson Pipeline, Japan's oil supply network that is crucial for their war effort in China. Bell proposes they launch a major sabotage operation of the pipeline in order to notify their followers that the BCR movement is still active after Hampton's death.
Admiral Inokuchi's trial commences, Saito brings Kido as witness, where he opens up about Inokuchi's collusion with the BCR. Inokuchi presses Kido to reveal the true murderer of Tagomi, which Yamori allows. Kido hesitates to either tell the real or false assassin. Yamori instead orders Captain Ijima to reveal that it was Mingus Jones. Eventually, Saito delivers the verdict and finds Inokuchi guilty of high treason and an added charge that he is responsible for Tagomi's murder. Kido protests to Yamori that they both know neither Inokuchi nor the BCR is truly responsible but is struck down. Inokuchi is sentenced to death by firing squad. Saito gives Kido the tasks of arranging Inokuchi's execution.
Inokuchi is tied up into position and refuses to be blindfolded. Yamori and Saito arrive at the executioner yard to witness the execution themselves. Just as the firing squad prepares to fire, Kido orders a halt and points his pistol at General Yamori, declaring his arrest for being the true killer of Tagomi. Ijima tries to shoot him but Kido fires at him first, and orders the firing squad to escort Yamori to his prison cell. Kido watches his own Kempeitai captain, Ijima, bleed to death. As promised, Kido delivers the final report file of Tagomi's murder to the Crown Princess, revealing that Ijima was the motorist who shot Tagomi per Yamori's orders.
John returns to his original family but is confronted with Helen's complaints of hiring Staatspolizei security surveilling her daily life and how John is suddenly unable to be reached during his absence. John offers her a replacement for Martha, but Helen breaks down of how she no longer wishes to be imprisoned in the Reich and wants their life here to end. Unbeknownst to them, Jennifer is eavesdropping their conversation.
Juliana Crain is committed to try and meet Helen in New York to have her help their mission in stopping John Smith. Wyatt reluctantly allows her to travel only on the condition he joins her. While on their way to New York, Juliana continues to decipher Hawthorne Abendsen's lines after watching his appearance in a propaganda broadcast. She manages to find the hidden message that John Smith is traveling via a bullet train to Die Nebenwelt. When Juliana peeks out the van's window, she asks Jeremy to pull over. Juliana exits the van in shock to what she's seeing, Wyatt realizes Juliana was absent during the destruction of the Statue of Liberty and informs her that the Nazis built a replacement. In its place, the famous New York landmark now bears giant statues of an Aryan man and woman proudly holding a swastika staff in commemoration of Jahr Null.
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