"The Tiger's Cave" is the first episode of Season Two of The Man in the High Castle, and the eleventh 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.
When Julianna allows Joe to flee from the hands of the Resistance, she is questioned on her loyalty, Obergruppenführer John Smith returns with news on the event that almost led to his death and Trade Minister Tagomi is overwhelmed by the vision of life if the Nazis had failed to win World War 2.
Thomas Smith attends school at Fritz Julius Kuhn High School at Long Island, New York. He prepares to sit in class, but his classmate, Parker asks help from him on his homework, Thomas reluctantly tells him the answers on how many slaves George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had. As he sits, he briefly glances at a beautiful girl next to him with interest and unbeknownst to him she also casts a glance at Thomas. Thomas's teacher assigns him to lead the pledge for today, and the class begins reciting the issued Nazi Oath for the Führer.
In the Pacific Ocean, about 200 miles from San Francisco, Joe Blake goes around the boat and asks the Captain's crew (most of which are African-Americans) if their radio is working, and is told to wait. Later, however, they discover Joe is a Nazi and is threatened to hand over the film, he offers 200,000 yen each to the crew if they let him go.
Meanwhile, Juliana is locked up somewhere by the Resistance after betraying them of letting Joe Blake escape. Karen informs her that "the guy they answer to" is about to arrive, Karen begs for Juliana to come up with a justification for her actions but Juliana plainly replies that she couldn't let anyone get killed. Gary, a local resistance leader, arrives and meets Juliana. He is about to punish her until Juliana explains that she watched the film they needed and pleads that she can offer help to the Man in the High Castle if they let her see him. Gary, however, pulls the trigger on Juliana. A series of flashbacks of Juliana's life is shown via a film projector, showing her childhood years with her father and sister, her father's funeral while a soldier carrying his coffin glances at her, the Japanese invasion of San Francisco, and also revealing her suicide attempt by being hit by a bus.
At the Kempeitai headquarters, Frank desperately begs for Chief Inspector Kido to release Ed McCarthy by confessing his true intentions to kill the Crown Prince. Kido however knows he didn't shoot the Crown Prince, Frank's statement rendered pointless as it is revealed that Ed "confessed" of being the assassin. Frank grabs Kido as he believes he must die, not Ed, but Kido leaves him be. When Kido returns to his office, he finds that General Onoda has arrived and is proud of Kido's successful apprehension of a suspect to the shooting of the Crown Prince. The investigation will be disclosed to Japanese authorities tomorrow, and he suggests a celebration must be held.
Helen is helping one of her daughters bake, but is informed that an unknown car has arrived at their residence. Fearing the worst, she grabs the pistol her husband gave her and watches from the door if Heydrich is the man visiting. To her relief, John arrives and embraces his wife. John explains that Reinhard is now in prison, but his subordinates remain at large. Nonetheless, Helen and John are assured that their children are safe from harm, and Helen hands over the pistol.
Japanese officials are attending at a meeting being held by General Onada. Kido finds Kotomichi near the room and asks for Tagomi's whereabouts, but is informed that there has been no contact from Tagomi since the morning. Suddenly, Tagomi arrives, assuring Kotomichi of his health after he asks him so. The meeting commences, Onada discussing the imminent threat of the Nazis if Hitler dies. During this, Tagomi begins to hear sounds from the alternate America he was brought to during his meditation. When it dies out, Onada unveils their plan to use a Heisenberg Device on North American Nazi targets, including New York City. The Science Minister used the smuggled microfilm containing the instructions of how to make one from the Reich Research Council in Berlin. After the meeting, Kido confronts Tagomi, though not to arrest him, but to voice his concern to Tagomi after Onada's firm decision to wage war. Tagomi only wishes to balance the power between the two, and has little hope that a war with nuclear weapons can be won by either side.
A Nazi aircraft drops a case loaded with money to the crew of the boat Joe is held in. The crew joyfully scavenge the lavish offered to them and decides to let Joe Blake go with the film. An crew member gives his thanks to Joe as he rows back to the aircraft. As the crew finishes emptying the case, the Captain notices a hatch, and as he opens it, it reveals a bomb is attached. It detonates, killing the entire crew, to Joe's horror. When he arrives back at Obergruppenführer Smith's headquarters, John expresses how proud he is of Joe's success of the mission. Joe expresses his complaint on why they chose to kill the crew, but John justifies that they were criminals. He also claims that Juliana is dead since 24 hours have passed and that there is no word of her since. Joe refuses John's lecture of keeping his feelings in check, and states that he wishes to resign. John does not comply though and grabs the film to deliver it to Berlin in an hour, dismissing Joe.
Kotomichi arrives at Tagomi's office as requested, and is asked his reasons for motivating him to continue meditating, to which he replies that it would bring them both peace. Tagomi then asks if there is another reason, but Kotomichi does not reply. Tagomi then discusses what happened when he meditated - instead of him bringing peace, it brought him to an alternate world where Americans ruled the continent. Kotomichi claims he just had a dream of a past, but Tagomi believes that it wasn't.
Arnold arrives at Frank's homestead to look for Juliana, and Frank informs him that Juliana fled, accusing Arnold by telling him he knows that he works for the Japanese in the Neppal building. Arnold tries to justify that it was to protect his family and keep Trudy safe, but Frank mocks him as a pawn to the Japanese. Arnold deduces Frank's anger is about Ed McCarthy, and when Frank asks help to get him out, he tells him that no one can help him. He suggests that Frank finds someone else who is a pawn to prevent Ed's execution. Frank travels to the Antique store of Robert Childan and explains the situation. He closes the store and is horrified of the possibility of them being caught if they are not able to free Ed McCarthy.
Meanwhile, Juliana awakens in an unknown place while an unknown man accompanies him. He begins speaking in cryptic statements while offering Juliana a drink, and even finds her having an "unnatural mind". When she asks where she is, the man answers angrily, demanding that she answer his questions. The man opens a door, and when Juliana emerges from the room, she finds a huge facility housing thousands of films.
In Berlin, John Smith arrives at the Führer's office and he hands over the film to another Nazi officer, where he delivers it to the Führer himself. John watches as the Führer reaches his shaking hand to grab the film. Hitler opens the film he is given and transforms his office to unveil a projector as he decides to watch it. As the film progresses, he is gradually horrified of what he is seeing as San Francisco is nuked, to which he angrily begins ranting and throwing objects in response.
Juliana looks around and finds films dating all over, she asks if he is the Man in the High Castle. He reveals that he in fact is, his actual name Hawthorne Abendsen, and that his "castle" is actually his mind. Juliana observes a film from 1961 - Abendsen tells her it's a home movie depicting the 4th of July in Phoenix, to Juliana's disbelief. Abendsen interviews Juliana of what she saw in the film and asks if she recognizes anyone from the Resistance or the Nazi executioners.
Juliana is surprised about the question, but she complies and identifies it was Frank Frink and Joe Blake. Abendsen already knows this, however, and asks Juliana if she recognizes anyone else. She turns her attention to the man next to Frank, which Abendsen anticipates, but she is not sure of who he is. Abendsen then tries to set up a film for Juliana to watch to figure out if it is the same man Juliana saw in the previous one. Juliana asks if what she saw is about to happen, but Abendsen vaguely answers that it's just one of those films with many realities, but could not be theirs. He also states that most people in these films are depicted differently from one reality to the next. Juliana deduces that Abendsen's role is to inform the Resistance of what he has seen to prevent or seal events that could happen in their world, and this is also why the Nazis desperately want the films. Abendsen corrects her that only Hitler wants it, due to his paranoia, and he never lets anyone else watch. Abendsen plays the film depicting a Nazi officer dead and being carried by soldiers, and pauses as the film reveals his face. Juliana is now confused as to why he was a Resistance leader in the other film and now a Nazi in this one. Abendsen asks if this is him but Juliana is not certain, much to his disappointment. He explains that this man will be the catalyst of the entire nuclear war that was depicted in the other film, but Juliana cannot recognize him exactly.
John Smith is called in by the Nazi officer telling him the Führer is ready to meet him. As John salutes, Hitler expresses his gratitude of apprehending Heydrich and his loyalty to him. But he reminds him of his assignment to find the Man in the High Castle as his main priority. John tells Hitler they're trying, but Hitler angrily to tells him that they must find him quickly as he claims 'all will be lost' if he and his films are not found. John understands and is dismissed.
Juliana asks Abendsen about Trudy's claim of the films being a way out, and if there is a possibility she is alive somehow. Abendsen listens but does not answer as he angrily reminds her to not ask questions. She asks why is he angry at her, and Abendsen explains that if she saw what he saw, she'd be angry also. Juliana realizes that she is in the films and demands to know what he saw about her. Abendsen begins walking to the door as he answers that they all are made from fear and violence, and is about to tell Juliana how she ends up. Instead, he opens the doors, revealing Gary again, who approaches her as and shoots her again.
Tagomi contacts Rudolph Wegener's divorced wife and ask if it's possible to speak to Wegener himself. His wife tearfully replies that he died, explaining that Wegener took his own life and was declared a traitor. Tagomi assures her that Wegener died trying to make the world a better place, but she asks if it worked, and that 'trying is not enough' before hanging up the phone.
Frank decides that Paul Kasoura is their best chance of getting Ed McCarthy out, despite Robert telling him that they sold him a forged antique. They travel to Kasoura's home and notice a couple of men from the Yakuza on guard nearby. Childan tries to convince Paul Kasoura to be their lawyer to Ed McCarthy, so that once he proves McCarthy is innocent he can garner fame of being the man who delivered justice. Paul, however, denies the offer and orders his butler to escort the two to leave. Frank grabs the forged item they sold to him and reveals he made the antique to fool him. Robert prepares to leave with Frank but Kasoura tells them they cannot.
Juliana awakens inside a car's trunk being driven by Gary with Karen and Lemuel. Gary intends to kill Juliana despite Lem and Karen reminding him that Abendsen told them otherwise. Juliana attempts to escape, trying to knock open the trunk. Just as they begin to pass through a Kempeitai outpost, she manages to get it open and drops down the road. Gary tries to retrieve her but a Kempeitai officer stops him. They are ordered to come out, but Gary responds with force as he shoots the officer and then tries to kill Juliana. A shootout ensues, and Juliana manages to flee the scene while injured. Gary and Lem shoot down another Kempeitai officer, but they realize too late that Karen is mortally wounded. Japanese authorities are about to arrive at the scene, so Gary and Lem leave her body be as they flee.
Alone and injured, Juliana begins to recall the flashback she had earlier during her father's funeral, where the soldier carrying the coffin glances at her and implies to be the man he must find.
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