Jaiying continues with her SHIELD war plan. It’s disheartening to watch as she stumbles wounded into a courtyard, in Afterlife, shouting about how Gonzales attacked her. Things begin to disintegrate. May gets in touch with Coulson. They discover Bobbi is missing. Simmons rushes in with the Jaiying report. Coulson discourages any overt attacks until they get all the information. I must say, I admire Coulson for taking the time to get proper information. No sense running into a situation and making things worse. Jaiying asks Skye why they trusted SHIELD. Rather pointedly. I don’t quite understand her, but she is villainous, so I may never.
Gordon and cohort hijack a QuinJet, by trouncing in, disabling the guards and taking off. They proceed to head over to Afterlife and fire upon one of their own buildings.May is trying to get to the truth and wants to see Gonzales. Skye stops her and tells her to leave. Skye stands her ground to defend her new friends and Skye and May fight. May holds her own, often dealing with Skye one handed. Defeated, Skye uses her new powers to knock May out.
Back on the ship, reports of Gonzales’s death come in. Mack, who was just planning to leave Shield, realizes he’s still invested, so heads up to the control room to see what’s what. He walks in on Coulson and Weaver discussing possibilities of action. Weaver is quite bent to strike hard and immediately. Coulson wants to hold back still. Surprisingly, Mack agrees with Coulson. Simmons is still trying to comprehend things. I do find scientists often have a hard time not believing evidence they don’t see!
Back in Jaiying’s quarters, Lincoln is quite mad. Jaiying keeps advocating for harsh action. Skye goes to Raina for guidance. Raina talks of destiny. And how their destinies are entwined. And she tells Skye she will lead the InHumans and Jaiying is currently misleading them. She tells Skye that they will never talk again though Raina will be a light in the dark to guide Skye. Honestly with all this cryptic discussion, I barely know if Raina should be believed!
Gordon comes back to Jaiying with a hostage and says the plan worked. Lincoln will fight with them. Skye likely will. Everyone else is safe. Then Jaiying proceeds to literally suck the life out of the hostage so she can heal from the gunshot wound. Ah, so she’s something of an energy vampire. She’s kept that little bit a secret.Cal is very happy. He is in fact singing. This man seems to have similar mental problems to Dottie. Simmons takes his vials to see what he took before his capture. May comes back and reports to Coulson that Skye chose the other side.
Hunter and Fitz figure out Bobbi was with Agent 33. And we see Bobbi with Kara and Ward. The point of Bobbi’s capture seems to be for Kara to get revenge on Bobbi for letting her be brainwashed.
Skye stops in to see Jaiying. Skye whines about it being a bad day. Jaiying advocates for taking the war to SHIELD. And Skye, even on this, her ‘worst day’, hesitates.
SHIELD watches the surveillance video. They realize that Jaiying set it all up. They still don’t know Gonzales is dead, though they suspect. Fitz comes in and reveals their Bobbi info. Hunter and May decide to go to after Bobbi.We watch Bobbi be tortured. Ward is exceedingly creative at this and seems to have access to drugs and implements. Never have I seen someone more suited to Hydra, even down to the addled reasoning and blame. It seems they simply want Bobbi to acknowledge and apologize for Bobbi giving up a SHIELD safehouse when she was undercover at Hydra. Kara was the safe house when Hydra attacked and wound up getting caught, then tortured and brainwashed. Understandably, she’s upset about what Bobbi did. But Bobbi is not, or at least not while she’s busy being tortured. She made a tough call for the greater good and she’d do it all again.
The SHIELD council agrees to 3 hours of intel gathering. Coulson wants to chat with Cal and the ship needs to be battle ready. Mack gets put in charge of security detail. Coulson has Cal in the deep freeze and their chat starts off very pointless.
Bobbi tries to get Kara to turn against Ward, but this doesn’t go well either. Kara seems a perfect match to his evil insanity. The two of them make a decidedly deadly couple.Jaiying invites Raina to a chat. Raina is quite honest about what she’s seen. She says she’ll be a light in the darkness and reveal the truth. Jaiying seems amused before stabbing her. She turns to see Skye watching. Skye confronts her mother who rails on about the need to destroy SHIELD. Skye argues with her and gets conked on the head for her trouble. Jaiying says to lock her up.
Cal finally reveals that he’s there to kill as many SHIELD agents as possible. Coulson rethinks his approach. Maybe he can talk to Cal and convince him to stand down?
May and Hunter find Bobbi’s plane. And see that there’s been a struggle.
Bobbi’s not doing so great. Ward rambles on about Coulson as a talent scout. He tries to talk her into confessing. She escapes instead and fights Ward. Kara wakes up and the two subdue her. Ward hands her the gun and Kara doesn’t shoot her. Apparently Bobbi doesn’t fear death and Kara is too sweet. Or Kara wants to feed on Bobbi’s fear.
On the ship, Gordon is bringing other Inhumans aboard. And Cal isn’t doing good either. He has a heart attack in the middle of his chat with Coulson. The chemical mixture he created to give himself super strength is unstable. He was never able to get the mixture quite right. Simmons revives him with an injection, so he doesn’t die. Whatever was in the injection was the right ingredient to make the chemical mixture stable, so Cal turns into a sort of hulked out version of himself. Coulson Ices him but that hardly works, Cal complians of numb legs, but can still walk! Meanwhile, Mack sees the InHumans aboard the ship (with an unconscious Skye).
Ward and Kara set Bobbi up in a room with a Bobbi trap, that will shoot anyone who walks in the door. Ward figures that Hunter will come to rescue her and him accidentally killing her would be a nice twist when opening the door.
The ship is under attack now, with its crew either dead or captured by Inhumans. Weaver calls Coulson for help.Back at SHIELD base, Coulson is dealing with the enraged Cal. Nothing seems to stop his rampage. Coulson finally traps him by pinning him to a wall with an SUV. Ever the resourceful man!
The InHumans take the control room of the ship. They do so rather easily. Despite all the training agents receive, they’re little match for super-powered people. Then, Jaiying arrives with Terrigen crystals, the same ones used to transform people into InHumans, while killing regular humans. The SHIELD council admirably stand to their code in the face of these.
Cal doesn’t take the talk well, he’s been so angry for so long. But Coulson convinces him Jaiying has been manipulating them. Gradually Cal’s anger subsides at this truth. He explains Jaiying was never the same after Whitehall’s destruction of her. Cal wanted to fix her, but all he did was feed her people to heal from. Coulson finally makes him see Skye is in danger. Cal agrees to help. Despite his crimes, the man truly does care about his daughter.
Mack breaks Skye out of the brig and tells her to hack the ship. They send out a hardwired beacon to attract Coulson’s help. The InHumans discover the signal, realize they can’t stop it and instead come up with a plan to use it. Jaiying wants them to expand the beacon to get all of SHIELD’s attention, to hopefully deal with the agency once and for all.
Cal is calming down. And Coulson sees what’s been happening while they were busy. They try to recall May and Hunter and team but, they are already on the ground. Ward and Kara watch as May’s team come in. A couple of their agents are hit. Hunter snaps the trap and Bobbi adjusts her body to take the bullet, but not in her head, as the trap was designed, but in her chest. Smart and illuminating move. She’ll make the tough calls for the greater good, which aren’t always in black and white. Meanwhile, May tricks Kara into assuming her face and leads her into a part of the building where Ward is. It’s a well done play that works beautifully. Ward winds up shooting the disguised Kara, who dies in his arms as he struggles to save her.
Lincoln and Gordon chat. Lincoln seems to be having doubts. Gordon tries to talk him back to the InHuman side, though Lincoln clearly understands Jaiying is murdering folks. Ah some sense on both sides finally!
Mack and Skye get to the beacon to expand it. They hope this will be enough to stall.
May and Hunter get back with Bobbi; she’s not doing well. Coulson gets his ducks in a row. Fitz has made a ‘Gordon power’ dampening tool. It should prevent him from teleporting out of a room, if they can convince him to come in it.
Skye goes into the mainframe room and is found by Lincoln. Lincoln attacks Skye and Skye starts talking some sense to him and finds out the crystals are in the vent room. Then Mack walks in and knocks him out. Skye is a bit irate. But what’s an agent to do?
May calls Andrew and he tells her to do good. She is concerned that things are worse then ever. Simmons walks in on Fitz getting ready and she wants to talk about love. Now?? Love is most inconvenient, I must say, but it is improper to broach this before a rescue operation. Fitz agrees with me about the timing and then says theres nothing to talk about. Simmons stops him and says maybe there is. Then he wants to talk, but is interrupted by Coulson saying it’s time to go. Honestly, if your’e going to do these sort of things at inappropriate times, just kiss and get it over with.On the QuinJet, Coulson intercepts a message from Skye saying it’s a trap. May voices her dislike of the Cal plan. Coulson tells the rest of the teams to go home, they will try to solve the InHuman problem with minimal human contact.
Mack is hanging around in the fan room, sitting atop the case of blue crystals, holding an axe. Gordon teleports in. Mack introduces himself as the Man who will kill Gordon.
Jaiying pulls back from the control room with a second case of blue crystals. She leaves Skye with the red-haired ninja InHuman, who duplicates herself incessantly.
Cal confronts Jaiying who has Gordon whisk him away into a locked room, so she can carry on with her mad scheme. He bangs on the door. I don’t imagine it will hold him long.
Coulson and Fitz arrive on the ship, and find Mack, who’s managed to keep Gordon away from the crystals, but hasn’t been able to capture or hurt the teleporter. Fitz sets up his devices. The next time he teleports in, he can’t teleport out of room. Coulson, Mack and Fitz attack, as Gordon teleports around the room, fighting all three.
Lincoln comes in and helps Skye and May joins them. They let Skye go after Jaiying. Skye talks to Jaiying, but it’s not good, she’s set on war with the humans. In a final straw of how mad she is, Jaiying grabs Skye and begins sucking the life out of her. Skye struggles with her, but sticks to the mission and topples the jet with the crystals into the ocean.In the control room Lincoln and May are not winning. Lincoln says they need to take out the main ninja. Lincoln comments that they aren’t bad, just mislead and knocks her out before May shoots. Ah initiative! I hope it helps, young Lincoln!
Jaiying and Skye are fighting again when Cal arrives and intervenes. He tells Skye he can kill her so Skye doesn’t have to live with that.Gordon reappears, on a pole and dies; he drops a crystal as he goes down. Coulson dives for the crystal, because if it shatters, they’ll all be exposed to the Terrigen Mist and die (or be transformed). He catches it, but then holding the crystal begins to turn his hand to stone and it starts to spread up his body. Mack makes a wise but painful decision and cuts off Coulson’s hand with the crystal in it! Good lord that was smart, but obviously incredibly painful.
The battle is over and SHIELD has won. But not without some cost. Coulson and Andrew (May’s pyschologist ex-husband) are having a meeting. Coulson’s arm is in a sling as they discuss the teams psyche evaluations. May has decided to take a vacation (she packs lingerie and a gun), Mack has decided to stay and is in charge of alien artifacts, though he still dreads the stuff. Skye and Cal say goodbye as he’s lead away. He asks that Skye visit from time to time, and she says yes. It’s a bittersweet goodbye. Cal did all the wrong things for the right reasons, the safety of his daughter. But still, so many wrong things. Still, Skye says she’ll visit.Ward is drinking at a bar and plotting. He’s looking for a team of Hydra agents. Or leaders. Or peons. He might even run a new branch of Hydra himself, as he searches for some kind of ‘closure’.
Skye goes to a vet’s office with Coulson and it’s being run by Cal, who is now Dr. Winslow. He has no idea who Skye is, as his mind has been wiped and he’s been given a new identity. So Skye has a father who doesn’t remember her at all. But at least now he can the kind and caring doctor he was before. Hopefully he’s a cat person.
Coulson runs the Powered Team idea past Skye. She’s in, but thinks it has to be done in secret. The world doesn’t like enhanced people, they fear and hate them, so best to anonymous with the new team. Coulson says that was always the plan.Back at the lab, Fitz finally and nervously asks Simmons on a date. After realizing his intentions (scientists can be so focused), she agrees and smiles. He leaves and Simmons notices the Big Rock’s door is open. She goes near it and the rock sort of eats her. Well then. I suppose there won’t be a date just yet.
I say, a lot of people seem to be losing hands and arms about SHIELD. Hmm.
So, it seems, Coulson is not InHuman despite alien blood transfusion.
Vacations are best taken after furious battles defeating a goodly number of enemies.
No matter who your boss, it is good to think for yourself. Don’t blindly follow and be mislead!
Don’t leave artifacts around, I expect that wayward box of Terrigan crystals will lead to no good.