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Agents of SHIELD: SHIELD Falls. Again.

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

Tonight’s episode begins with a flashback to the day SHIELD fell. Mack is on his knees along with others in a destroyed room. A Hydra soldier is demanding to know who the engineer is, that would be Mack. One of (I assume) Mack’s guys tried to fall on the grenade, figuratively speaking, but Mack wouldn’t allow it. The other SHIELD agent was killed immediately Then Bobbi kicks in the door and takes everyone out, except the guy who starting this to begin with. He’s taken out by Hartley. Mack is clearly affected by the smaller guy that the Hydra agent took out. Maybe that’s some insight into his relationship with Fitz. Then Hartley says something that changes the attitude towards Mack and Bobbi (for the moment).

Mack: What’s the plan? What are you even doing here?
Hartley: Fury left us orders.
Mack: To do what?
Bobbi: To save SHIELD.

On the bus, Coulson lets Mack look under Lola’s hood. Supervised of course. Bobbi shows up with a lazy “no sign of Hunter” comment. This would all be fine and good except, Coulson started suspecting them of something treacherous long before now. After leaving the belly of the bus, Bobbi eludes the security cameras to insert a usb drive into what looks like the inner workings of a main frame computer.

While under the hood, Coulson gradually and verbally walks Mack into a corner. Coulson wants Mack to come clean on who he’s working for. The problem is, that Coulson is phrasing the questions wrong. So when Coulson asks, “Who are you working for” Mack isn’t lying when he says, “SHIELD”. In Coulson’s eyes, Mack prefers the hard way. Then everyone else in the belly of the bus pulls a gun and points it on Mack.

Meanwhile, Bobbi is in Coulson’s office stealing Fury’s ‘toolbox’ from within Coulson’s desk. Before she can get away, May pulls a gun on Bobbi. I sense a big fight sequence. Bobbi tries to explain that she works for SHIELD but May does not. Bobbi even gets away, but May catches up. Bobbi triggers some sort of EMP which allows her and Mack to escape.

Another flashback reveals that Fury’s prime objective with their ‘orders’ was to get Gonzalez (Edward James Olmos) out.

At the cabin, Skye decides to test drive Simmons’ glove prototypes. The internet connection seems to be lost, but Skye is able to leave Simmons a voice mail asking if the gloves are supposed to be as tight as they are. Then troubleshooting the connection issue Skye stumbles upon something. Behind the wood paneling is that honeycomb stuff that lines the bus’ holding cell. She peels away another plank to see what looks like the imprint of the Hulk’s fist. Then she hears the sound of an intruder. After she sees nothing, there is a knock at the door. It’s Gordon. The eyeless man.
She lets him in and he begins to put her at ease with his conversational tone and body language that suggests he’s not there to harm her. He even starts in on his own story. Conveniently leaving out that his ‘guide’ was her mother before asking what the first thing was that SHIELD did upon learning she was different. He eventually offers her a safe place to learn how to manage her powers with others like her. He leaves it as an open invitation before he leaves.

On the bus, Simmons is arming herself when Bobbi appears. They both lie to each other, not to incite anything further. Simmons tries feverishly to find something she’s looking for while Bobbi gets more and more anxious. Simmons puts a small item in her hand. Then finds what she’s looking for and presses it. Sending a signal to the small thing in Bobbi’s hand, knocking her out instantly.

Fitz tries to figure out what is preventing the bus from regaining its power. He discovers the usb drive just as Mack shows up. Mack approaches slowly and claims he has no intention of hurting Fitz. And only asks that Fitz trust him right then. Meanwhile, May goes through Bobbi’s locker and discovers a secret compartment. Inside is a gas mask. Which is precisely the moment the smoke begins to billow in from the air ducts. As the smoke moves through the bus, Fitz backs up. Knowing what comes next Mack pleads with Fitz to get away from the wall. When he doesn’t, Mack charges and tackles Fitz to the floor just before the wall explodes.

Following the explosion, Gonzalez and the ‘real SHIELD’ descend quickly. Everyone is restrained, including Coulson. The next move is to hopefully, retrieve Skye. In the cabin, Skye begins to slowly see the truth in Gordon’s claim that everything vibrates and she could learn to channel that. Baby steps. She’s manipulating the water running out of the faucet in a zig zag sort of way.

Coulson is escorted to his own office where Agent Gonzalez is waiting to question him. Coulson’s resurrection is the beginning of this questioning. The bigger issue is that this SHIELD doesn’t believe they should operate in the shadows. And they want to find all that do to ascertain whether or not they are a threat. That starts with Gonzalez asking Coulson to open the ‘toolbox’.

May calls Skye to warn her. Tells her how to disable the laser fence, but the power is cut before she can do so.

In another beautifully shot flashback, Bobbi decides to reject Fury’s orders and take back the ship. Regardless of the sensitive cargo it may have. Gonzalez, Hartley, Bobbi, Mack and another unidentified agent fought valiantly against steep odds to in fact, take back the ship.

Gonzalez continues his questioning but to no avail. Coulson insists that all he had to do was come talk. Gonzalez endangered Coulson’s team. Gonzalez hopes that Fitz or Simmons might figure out how to open the toolbox. Coulson questions why his team would help their captors. Gonzalez claims they as SHIELD agents can decide for themselves who to side with. Then a guard falls before May shoots Gonzalez with an icer.

May cuts Coulson free and rushes him to a corner of the room. A couple of hand movements and the brick wall opens. May pushes Coulson in it suggesting he should be safe for a few days.

Couslon: What about FitzSimmons?
May: I’ll take care of them. Without you there is no SHIELD. They know about Skye, Phil. Find her.

Gonzalez’ team including Bobbi set out to the retreat to retrieve Skye. Before she can disable the laser fence, she disposes of an agent in the conventional way. Then when Bobbi and Calderon converge, Bobbi yells out to Skye. Calderon fires a shot. Skye is able to channel her powers to stop the bullet. Instead, she knocks them back a considerable distance and leveled the immediate area of foliage. With a subtle whisper of Gordon’s name, he arrives to whisk her away. “Would you like to go home?” She gestures in the affirmative.

Coulson walks up to a bar on a beach. I’m really hoping it’s not Tahiti. As he’s about to sip from a very feminine drink when Hunter walks up. He apologizes for his tardiness. Then grabs a napkin and signs it.

Coulson: What is that?
Hunter: You offered me a permanent position. Consider that, my contract. So, what’s the plan boss?

Agents of SHIELD: Big Picture Begins To Come Into Focus

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

Agent 33 and Grant Ward sit in a diner. All seems innocent enough, until the duo execute an armed robbery. All so that one patron in particular could be kidnapped to fix Agent 33’s face.

The SHIELD team seems almost completely divided. Coulson and Fitz in favor of keeping Skye in the fold, May and Simmons more interested in keeping people safe and powers in check. May in particular feels this whole situation could go south any minute. Removing Skye from the equation is the best option.

The kidnapped gentleman quickly fixed the nano-mask, restoring Agent 33’s face to the complete image of Melinda May’s.

Mack escorts Hunter into the headquarters of the ‘other SHIELD’. In a conference room, Hunter finds three superiors and Gonzalez (played by Edward James Olmos) to debrief Hunter on what exactly is going on. The belief is that SHIELD was supposed to operate with transparency, not operate from the shadows. With Fury out of the picture (or so they think), Coulson is the problem. A difference of philosophy it seems.

Coulson and Skye get on a large jet headed to an undisclosed location. Coulson tells the story of spending time with his Dad fixing an old junker and the appreciation gained. That junker eventually became Lola.

Agent 33 is reluctant to receive Ward’s help with nothing to offer in return. Ward sits at a table in a large hotel room. Agent 33 emerges, except this time she is borderline seductive and the nano-mask has switched from May to Skye. This starts out as you might expect, but ends abruptly. There is even a nice moment where Ward eludes to the prospect of them being together would have to include whoever Agent 33 is. Not some image of a different woman who Ward is familiar with.

Ward sympathizes with 33 and tells his own story of woe. Culminating to the conclusion that 33 needs closure. Bakshi is closure. He is being held by the Air Force. Ward gives her a ring to wear as a means to convince Talbot that she is whoever she is. This time, it’s Talbot’s wife. Once inside, 33 transforms into the first woman in uniform she sees. They begin to execute their plan when Talbot get a call from the real Mrs. Talbot, who is stuck in traffic. Talbot knows immediately that this is the work of the nano-mask again.

Coulson has taken Skye to an old Nick Fury safe house. A cabin in a secluded area where Skye can safely try to get a grip on her powers. It’s actually just a really pleasant prison, or at least that’s how Skye is perceiving it. Simmons has been working on special gloves that will decrease the intensity of Skye’s powers.

Mack returns to the bus and is greeted unceremoniously by May. There is still this gap of information and time. Mack was supposedly out keeping Hunter from getting himself killed in drunken bar fights as his go to move when his heart is broken is to drink. The assumption being that Bobbi ended things. May is buying it for now.

Talbot has corralled all of the female personnel on the base into one room (this includes Agent 33) and begins questioning each of them to discover which one is the wolf in sheep’s clothing. He gets really close. He’s pegged the correct mole, but the nano-mask is fused to her face. So as he pulls on her cheek, it’s not going anywhere. A couple moves later and they’re in.

Talbot’s wife (the real one) shows up. Talbot immediately pulls his gun on her and gives her the business as if she were the mole they’re looking for. A reference to taquitos and tears come before he even considers that she might actually be his wife.

Bobbi enters the conference room Hunter is confined to. They have a heart to heart on the scenario and the circumstances that brought them here. It gets emotional and Bobbi asks how she can meet him half way and make it work. His answer is one she can’t accept. Walk away, right now. She declines and Hunter tries to make a break for it. Takes out a number of guards before realizing he is on a base that resides on an aircraft carrier.

Mack returns to the lab just in time to overhear an exchange between Fitz and Simmons. Fitz wants to know what was in the case Simmons took to Coulson earlier. That direction is altered and the conversation moves towards Simmons’ new found fear. Fitz insinuating that it is Simmons who has changed.
Coulson and May have a short conversation about a bad feeling Coulson has as part of the treatment of Skye. Then it turns to Mack. Neither Coulson nor May buy his story.

On the other SHIELD base, it is revealed that Hunter was able to escape using one of the ship’s escape pods. They have twelve hours to retrieve him or he’s a free man. In the wind. Bobbi elects to go back in, to remove the threat that is Coulson.

After their little ‘mission’, Agent 33 stands before a full mirror. With one gesture, she reverts her face back to the way it was following the accident. Her real face with damage. Ward walks up and introduces himself as if it were the first time they met. She replies with her real name, “Carol”.

They have Bakshi duct taped to a chair with his eye lids forced open as he watches what looks like an old Windows ’95 screen saver on a massive flat screen.

Bakshi: Will my compliance be rewarded?
Carol: To be honest, it won’t really matter…