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"Duck and Cover" is the fifth episode of Season Two of The Man in the High Castle, and the fifteenth episode of the series overall. This episode, along with the rest of the season, was made available for streaming on Amazon Video on December 16th, 2016.
Joe learns a truth about his past that makes him question everything. The rift between Frank and Ed widens as Frank is drawn further into the Resistance. In order to assure her safety, Juliana must betray someone close to her.
Tagomi finally meets his wife, Michiko, but is ashamed to greet her. Before leaving for work, Michiko has Tagomi stay at her home. Tagomi inspects the room and finds divorce papers already signed by his wife, and awaiting his signature. The television broadcasts developing news about the Cuban missile crisis. He tours the streets of alternate San Francisco and enters a bookstore. From a history book, Tagomi learns the defeat of the Axis powers and is horrified seeing the photos of Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuked in order for Japan to surrender.
Juliana Crain manages to arrange a meeting with George Dixon at a park by revealing she was sent by the Man in the High Castle himself. Juliana reveals to George that a film depicted a nuclear detonation of San Francisco and that George is the key reason why it's going to happen. George is confused as he has no motive that could possibly result him nuking his former home. Juliana then pleads mercy as she came here to find him after learning the truth that he's Trudy Walker's father. As disguised resistance members close in on Juliana in retaliation for freeing Joe Blake, George decides to call off her murder only on the condition she becomes a willing associate in the take-down of Obergruppenfuhrer John Smith.
Martin Heusmann takes Joe Blake to an abandoned building before he can return to New York. As they tour the place, Martin shares that the building served the Lebensborn program, state-sponsored birthing centers for Aryan babies that would join the ranks of the SS. Martin reveals that Joe was born here and that a year after his birth, Elsa, Joe's mother kidnapped him and fled to America. Martin initially wanted them returned but later detested the program and realized it was best for Joe to escape Nazi indoctrination. Joe is angered as he refuses to believe his mother lied about him being born an American and leaves his father as he breaks down in tears. Joe later reconsiders his father's pleas to stay in Germany.
After learning that Juliana's asylum is personally sponsored by John Smith, Chief Inspector Kido travels to Smith's headquarters in New York to deliver a request for Juliana's extradition. While privately discussing, Kido takes notice of John's U.S. army medallion for his actions in the Solomon islands campaign as Kido reveals he was also present in the battle. John, sensing that Kido already knew that Juliana's extradition would be refused, questions the true purpose of his arrival. But details aren't revealed as it cuts toward Kido leaving John's office as their meeting concludes. Sturmbannfuhrer Erich Raeder is ordered by John to bury all records of Kido's presence in the Reich.
During a family dinner with Juliana as guest, John receives a phone call at his home office from Joe Blake. Joe has John admit that he knew all along about Joe's history as Lebensborn and never told him. Angered that he kept it hidden, Joe relinquishes his service to John and hangs up.
Lemuel Washington travels to a warehouse at the countryside to pick up Hawthorne Abendsen. Lem picks up several films to be brought in with them and finds the vast remaining storage of films all messily piled up and laced with kerosene. Hawthorne has memorized all the films and decides to burn the entire structure to erase all traces of the films.
Tagomi soon returns to his wife's home and finds his son Noriyuke present, who is angry at his father for accusing him of suddenly abandoning his wife. Tagomi is confused as he claims he never made such an action but nevertheless promises to stay with them. Their argument is interrupted by cries of Noriyuke's infant son, and Tagomi is shocked to learn that it is being cared for by his son's spouse, an alternate Juliana Crain.
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