The signature sequence of this episode is Bentley’s acid trip that he takes after a chance encounter with a woman named Katya at a bar in Budapest. When he meets Katya, Bentley is at the end of his rope. Not only does he have a nine-month gap in his memory from the time he was in Soviet captivity, but he is now under increased pressure because Kohler, the CIA Station Chief in West Berlin, has threatened him with losing everything if he is not able to find Petra and bring her into the CIA so the Americans can study what exactly was done to Bentley in their new game of mind control.
The significance of LSD in Bentley’s past
Now, Bentley has just learned that he had been turned into a vicious torturer and menace in Budapest during the time he had blacked out. This is a man on the verge of losing hope of recovering what he once was when he met Katya at the end of Episode 5.
When Katya presents the idea of going on a guided LSD trip with her, it reminds Bentley of what he had learned in previous episodes -- that the Soviets had pumped a steady stream of hallucinogenic drugs into his system that helped turned his mind. Therefore, the opportunity to go back to that state under Katya’s guidance could be a chance for him to recover some of his lost memories, and that is exactly what happens.
So what happens on that ‘trip?’
Once the drugs kick in, we journey with Bentley back to the moment when he fell under Soviet captivity, sacrificing himself in order to let his friend Frank Ferguson escape when they were in a bad spot. Then, the really painful memories start to flood in. Under the supervision of Young Petra and Dr. Meisner, the head of the Soviet mind control program who Bentley killed in Episode 1, Bentley is tortured and drugged without mercy as his captors decide whether he is a candidate for their program. In the midst of the torture, however, Bentley recalls something else – that Petra was kind to him, caring -- affectionate even -- and through the course of his hallucination, Bentley recalls growing closer and closer to his captor. As his relationship with Petra intensifies, Bentley excels in his training, and he is just about to recall the murderous moment from the beginning of the first episode when his hallucination is interrupted -- the Soviets have entered the club in Budapest.
A sobering conclusion
What ensues is an escape action sequence unlike any other – Bentley, still tripping heavily and reeling from his recent memories, is forced to fight his way out of the club while still hallucinating. Though he does his best under the circumstances, he eventually gets knocked down in the street. What brings this episode full circle and springs his story forward toward the end of the season is that the last thing he sees is Petra standing over him, the woman he has come to realize may have saved him during his captivity, and that he may have even once been in love with.