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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: Ep. 218, “Frenemy of My Enemy”

In San Francisco, Fitz breaks into a sprint after seeing two men trailing him. He runs to the top of a building and disappears from sight immediately – because Coulson’s helijet was invisible. Deathlok lifts them out of there as Fitz hands Fury’s toolbox over to Coulson while marveling at his short stint as a field agent once more. Coulson plans to find out what the new heads of Hydra, Strucker and List, know about the powered man who took Skye – and he needs to make a deal with Ward to do it.

And at Hydra’s secret base, the body of Ethan Johnston is taken to the lab for testing as it is determined that he is not Gordon. Back on Lai Shi, Jiaying meets with Cal in his bunker of captivity and he’s on cloud 9. He’s so happy to have his family back but knows that his being there when he doesn’t possess the genetic marker for abilities puts Jiaying in a tough spot. He promises to stay in his bunker and keep quiet until his family meets again, and she offers to let Cal travel with Gordon to retrieve some of his belongings to bring back to Lai Shi, but there’s something she isn’t saying to him.

Skye and Lincoln are playing backgammon but she’s still preoccupied with dinner with her parents. She’s still taken aback that there was no nasty surprise from Cal but she’s worried that Jiaying plans to send Cal away, permanently. Luke suggests she speak to Jiaying about her concerns.

Bobbi and Mack train together and she’s going hard. She’s very strong and giving him fighting tips and after one last flip to the mat, Mack taps out. Bobbi begins to express some concerns about their pursuit of Coulson, putting a tail on Fitz, etc. She knows Hydra is still out there and, despite his secrets, Coulson isn’t the enemy. Mack thinks she’s sounding like Hunter, but he agrees, saying they simply need to get the toolbox open.

With knowledge of the impending arrival of a laser to cut the toolbox open, Simmons confesses her plot with Fitz to May, saying May is the only one she can trust anymore. May says she’ll handle it.

In Tijuana, Agent 33 speaks to her mother on the phone in a restaurant, thanking her for a photo of 33, presumably so that she can realistically imitate (and wear) her original face. Her mother says something about some men who called, causing 33 to panic – just as Coulson and Deathlok approach her. And in his car, Ward gets a call from 33, but it’s really Coulson asking for a meetup.

(Can I just take a moment to say how much I love bad-guy Ward? He’s so much more interesting and complex than Ward from Season 1 and drives the story in really compelling ways.)

As they wait for Ward to arrive, Deathlok asks 33 if she has any more masks like the one she’s wearing and she gives him a short negative. Just then Ward makes it to the restaurant and tells her to calm down, that if he were going to be killed Deathlok would have handled that already. But he hasn’t, which means that Coulson needs him for something. Perceptive! Deathlok tells Ward to submit to a search and scans his whole body, spotting with his technological vision a number of weapons stashed on Ward’s person. Ward is instructed to get rid of them and, in an amusing little cutaway, Ward piles all six of his hidden weapons on the table before being pointed in Coulson’s direction.

Smugly, Ward takes a seat in Coulson’s booth and Coulson gets right to it. He tells Ward that he’s after Strucker and List, and Ward reminds Coulson that he’s not Hydra anymore. Coulson’s convinced that Ward still might “know someone who knows someone” and he’s like, “But didn’t you call me ‘a deluded son of a bitch’ the last time I tried to help you?” Coulson says if Ward helps him he’ll let him walk after being put through the Tahiti protocol. Ward says the Tahiti protocol – in which his memory would be wiped – sounds more like a threat but Coulson says Tahiti would only remove the bad parts of Ward, allowing him to start over free and clear with Agent 33. So Ward says he might know a guy.

Simmons gives us an Oscar-winning performance as she continues to try to trick Bobbi into thinking she’s working on the real toolbox but May spills that she already told Bobbi everything: Fitz made a duplicate and stole the real box when he left and Simmons has been covering for him. Simmons clearly feels betrayed as Bobbi explains that unless they find another way to find Coulson, she might have to rat on her to Gonzales. May suggests that Simmons tap into Mike Peterson’s feed to find Coulson, and Simmons makes it clear that she’ll do it so that she can exonerate Coulson and Fitz. Coolly, she tells May she’ll keep her updated.

Fitz is having trouble wrapping his head around making a deal with the devil to find Skye. Hunter says that this is part of the job, but when Fitz asks if he’d work with Bobbi again “for the job” he’s like, “Hell, no!” He goes on to tell Fitz that this situation is a little different in that they have really limited options to carry out their mission, so they just need to stay one step ahead of Ward to make sure things don’t go belly up.

On Lai Shi, Jiaying and Gordon discuss the possible scope and utilization of Raina’s possible precognition. Gordon is excited that Raina might be the first of her kind, as he was. He thinks that with Raina’s power, they might be able to know ahead of time when there might be a threat to Lai Shi but Jiaying is quick to remind him that they still don’t know the nature of Raina’s ability yet. Skye arrives to discuss Cal when Gordon leaves. Skye tells Jiaying that just leaving Cal won’t be safe for civilians because they both know he’ll flip out and start wrecking things if they toss him like a bag of garbage. Jiaying says those people aren’t her concern and Skye’s like, “Well, they’re mine. I’m a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.” Jiaying knows that the longer Cal stays the more attention he will attract and says that sometimes being in charge means making the tough decisions.

Deathlok brings Ward and Agent 33 to Coulson, telling him that he got the package just as they said, but both Deathlok and Coulson express distrust for them regardless. Inside the car, Ward and 33 express similar sentiments as Ward realizes Coulson’s hiding something due to the very conspicuous absence of his right hand, May. Ward ignores this, though, promising Agent 33 that Coulson’s end game is irrelevant as he will help them achieve theirs. He says that soon they’ll be able to build a life together again and Deathlok breaks up their reverie to get the mission started. The four move to the car’s trunk and open it, revealing a bound and brainwashed Bakshi. Ward tells him that he is to obey Coulson’s orders and Bakshi says he’s more than happy to comply.

Skye pays Cal a visit in his bunker. He says he’d planned to visit her but didn’t want to overdo it and mentions that he’ll be visiting the mainland, offering to bring her back some of her favorite things. Skye asks if “home” is China and Cal’s like, “God, no!”, going on to say that he was only in China as part of Doctors Without Borders. He only stayed in China because he met her mother, but he’s really from Milwaukee. He tells Skye that he and Jiaying had wanted to raise her there so Skye offers to accompany him on his trip home tomorrow and Cal is pumped!

Skye then goes to see Jiaying once more, trying to convince her that to simply abandon Cal in Milwaukee would be a cruel thing to do, adding that he will most certainly lash out in dangerous ways. She says she empathizes with Cal after the dinner Jiaying convinced her to attend, saying that she just wants Jiaying to let her go with Cal to soften the blow and let him know that he hasn’t lost them forever.

On the helijet, Fitz has his hand on his gun and we find out that Bakshi has a meeting with List. Hunter’s not so sure they should trust “Stepford Bakshi” but Ward insists that Bakshi has been instructed to act exactly as he would have before he’d been brainwashed. Hunter reaches out to quell Fitz’s tension just as Ward decides to catch up with him. Fitz blows, leaping out of his chair toward Ward but is restrained by Coulson and Hunter. Fitz is certain that Bakshi will betray them when he’s back with Hydra but Deathlok will accompany him to stamp out any funny ideas. Ward is concerned that Bakshi was instructed to come alone, but Bakshi is very adept at talking his way out of sticky situations.

As she views the construction of Mike’s eye, Simmons is approached by May for a status update but Simmons is not feeling her. May says they were going to find out anyway but Simmons is mad that 1) she didn’t even get credit for the plan she made which Fitz merely executed, and 2) May so casually threw Fitz under the bus. She accuses May of siding with them but May says she only did it to protect her. She says that they have to get into the box to get to the bottom of the colossal lies Coulson’s been telling, but Simmons still isn’t good with treating him like a criminal because he was trying to protect Skye.

Gordon drops Skye and Cal off in Milwaukee, telling Skye that he’ll return when she’s ready. Cal reveals that he didn’t actually live in Milwaukee but had his medical office there, saying that he just wants to get pastries and get to know Skye. As Cal realizes the city has changed in the several years since he’s been there, Skye asks him about Jiaying. He says that she was a doctor as well and wanted to finish medical school there in Milwaukee, and they planned to send Skye to the charter school nearby. Cal gets swept up in memories of Skye’s childhood that never came to pass then snaps out of it, saying that memory lane isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be.

On a jet belonging to Echidna Capital Management, Bakshi and Deathlok meet with List. Coulson, Fitz, Hunter, Ward, and Agent 33 keep a watchful eye on the meeting via Deathlok’s video feed. List asks Bakshi how he managed to survive the widespread assassinations of the heads of Hydra, and he says he assumed it was List or Strucker as they both still have their wealth and power. Bakshi tells List that he was captured by the U.S. government and Deathlok broke him out and offers him to List as a sign of good faith. Ward insists that Bakshi is doing what he has to in order to gain access to Strucker but Hunter thinks they’re being sold out, leading to a standoff in which everyone has a gun (or knife) trained on someone in the helijet. Not a good time for this, guys!

They yell at each other but Ward tries to get through to Coulson, saying that as a powered person, Deathlok is the only way to get to Strucker. Fitz and Hunter notices that Deathlok’s weapons targeting system is gearing up to kill everyone on the jet. Coulson tells 33 – whose name is Kara, thankyouverymuch – to stand down and she’s like, “I don’t work for you anymore.” As Deathlok’s systems prepare to fire, they call a truce and Fitz is able to instruct him to play along in the nick of time. List’s assistant informs him that another incident involving the energy signature they have been tracking has been discovered and he plans to put Bakshi’s loyalty to the test. Coulson and the rest decide to tail them.

Back in Milwaukee, Cal laments all the things killed by the Internet: bookstores, video stores, old fashioned ice cream shops… Skye says the Internet didn’t kill ice cream and suggest they get a couple of 40s, and Cal realizes his daughter a quippy quipster. In front of a liquor store, Skye bumps into a guy causing a Cal flare up, but she apologizes to the guy and sends Cal into the store for some ice cream. We then see that she stole the guy’s phone – which she uses to call May. She tells May that they need to send S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to her location immediately because Cal will be dangerous when she leaves him. May has a lot of questions but Skye has no time to answer them. Skye dumps the phone, line open, into a garbage can, allowing it to still be tracked and as Cal offers her a choice of ice cream flavors, Mack and Bobbi realize that Skye isn’t being held hostage but is playing along. They offer to take a team to retrieve Cal. And on the street Cal, thinking that Skye is growing bored with him, offers to take her to see his office. That’s when we see Lincoln watching them from a short distance away.

Jiaying asks Gordon if he’s heard anything from Lincoln about Skye which he has not, but he says there’s a more pressing issue to address: Ethan is missing. He and Jiaying think he might have been taken and while Gordon is fixated on the “how,” Jiaying is more concerned with the “who.”

On the Echidna jet, Bakshi wonders why they’re landing already if Strucker is in Eastern Europe. List reveals that Hydra has been tracking several incidents of quantum entanglement (in which particles can exist in two places across great distances). He says that they have discovered a quantum entanglement bridge and have been tracking the powered person who created it, who Coulson and Co. realize must be the same guy who took Skye and who we know to be Gordon. It’s then that they piece together that they must be after Skye, but only half of them know why.

Cal and Skye arrive at his office building which is quite shabby and has a pest problem. Skye notices on his office door that Cal’s last name is Johnson, meaning that her name would have been Daisy Johnson in another life. Inside, Cal’s office has remained slightly dated but mostly intact, and Skye wonders how it can all still be there. Cal tells her that he owns the building, saying that he wasn’t rich but she would have had a nice life. He says that he’s only been back to the office a few times over the years to hide or retrieve things and Skye calls it a “stash pad.” Cal shows Skye his grandfather’s toolkit from WWII that he used to reassemble Jiaying and he begins to express his hopes for them to be a family again. Skye cuts him off, saying that Jiaying is a different person who is responsible for lots of people and she herself is an adult now so it does him no good to fantasize about this life that can never be. Just as Skye tells him that she’ll still visit him and Cal asks her where she’s going, they hear a noise out in the hallway. Cal grabs a knife from the toolkit and they go into the hall and find Lincoln.

Skye wants to know what he’s doing there and Cal goes from zero to 60 in two seconds flat. He wants to know why Jiaying would send him there to make sure everything’s cool, yelling that he is Skye’s father and of course they’d be cool. Downstairs, Bakshi, Deathlok, and some Hydra agents arrive and they want to acquire the teleporter. Apparently, the signature they tracked was from Gordon dropping Cal and Skye off. Then Cal realizes that Skye was planning to leave him and freaks out, throwing Lincoln into a wall and a file cabinet. At that sound, Bakshi sends Deahtlok up to do his work.

Cal continues to spiral down, flipping out at Lincoln who warns Cal to calm down. A Hydra agent rounds the corner and Lincoln uses his ability to stun him. Cal instructs Lincoln to get Skye out of there as three more agents arrive. Skye wants to help but Lincoln advises against it as her ability could bring the whole building down. Deathlok makes it up to the 10th floor and spots Skye so Coulson and Co. head in to find her. Lincoln tries to use his ability on Deathlok, lifting him off the ground, but Deathlok warns him against it as they fight. In the helijet, Fitz reports that someone is trying to hack into Deathlok’s video feed and Coulson and Ward move to find Skye as Hunter is shot. Up on the 10th floor, Coulson and Ward find Deathlok fighting with Lincoln who send them around the corner after Skye. Bakshi arrives, spots the two on the floor in the hall, and throws a device that releases a blue conical energy way and knocks both Deathlok and Lincoln unconscious. Skye finds her way to a roof access door but doubles back, finding Coulson and Ward wrapping up a butt kicking. Just then Gordon arrives to take Skye away and Cal tags along with them and Coulson laments losing Skye again. Kara helps Hunter limp over to Coulson and Ward as Ward recounts how high the deck is stacked against them right now: Deathlok’s down, powered people are on site, Hydra’s storming the building, and their only backup is Fitz. Not a great situation.

A day late and a dollar short, Bobbi and Mack show up at Cal’s office building and survey the wreckage, noting dozens of standard Hydra-issue bullet shells littering the ground. They find Coulson in Cal’s office and he tells them he doubled back after Hydra left, then surrenders to them.

The Questions: What is Ward and Kara’s end game? What is Raina’s actual ability? What will happen to Deathlok and Lincoln in Hydra custody? Will Simmons ever be able to trust May again? And will Fitz try to kill Ward again? (My bet is yes.)

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: Ep. 217, “Melinda”

Looks like we’re going to get the history of Agent Melinda May this episode. Upward and onward!

Seven years ago, Agent May is in the shower getting clean – and her husband, Andrew, is helping her get a little dirtier. They’re planning for a family and they need to continue taking that all-important first step to procreation. (You know what I’m talking about!) May is heading out to a S.H.I.E.L.D. operation so she and Andrew plan to have some quality time when she gets back just as Coulson arrives to pick up May.

On their jet, Coulson and May begin to discuss the subject of their operation but get sidetracked with S.H.I.E.L.D. fund allocations. May thinks the budget has been dedicated to the Triskelion, but Coulson knows that Fury socked some dimes away to fund a new initiative which would form a team from the powered people S.H.I.E.L.D. encounters rather than releasing them. Coulson wonders if May would want to be included since she’s planning to be a mom soon, but she’s like, “Shut up and let’s do this.” The highly powered person they’re tracking is Eva Belyakov. She apparently possesses super strength so destructive as to crush the front end of a Jeep like she was the Hulk. The plan is to intercept her in public before Russian intelligence can in Bahrain.

In the present, May walks in on Bobbi and Agent Weaver talking about the tail they have on Fitz. They think he’ll lead them to Coulson, eventually, but also want to keep an eye on him to make sure his ideas don’t become crazy ideas. They’re also concerned about Coulson’s secret projects and ask May about Project Dethlok and Theta Protocol. May declines to offer any insights on Theta Protocol, so Bobbi and Weaver inform her that, under Coulson, the project has triple the budget of all of S.H.I.E.L.D. May offers to work her magic on Coulson on behalf of “the real S.H.I.E.L.D.” if they give her back control of her base and they’re all in agreement in the name of opening Fury’s toolbox.

Jiaying has brought Skye to a mountainside and wants to know about her life. Skye reflects on how S.H.I.E.L.D. had become her family in recent years – until she went and got all gifted with innate powers and stuff. She feels guilt about her gift so Jiaying tries to help her understand it.

Jiaying: Everything’s shaking already, vibrating at its own natural frequency. I believe you can learn to sense those frequencies around you and resonate with them so that not everything is shaking, only what you choose.

Skye is in slight disbelief, like, “How am I supposed to hear this stone?” But as she tests out hearing the stone’s frequency, she’s even more shocked: she’s hearing the mountain’s frequency instead. Jiaying encourages her to try to heighten the mountain’s frequency (“You can’t hurt me or that mountain, boo.” – Jiaying) and as she does, Skye causes a small avalanche on the mountainside.

Back in Bahrain seven years ago, Coulson and May meet up with Faisal Ahmed from Bahrain National Security. His people has eyes on Belyakov, who has perched at a cafe in a not-tourist friendly marketplace. Ahmed says that if S.H.I.E.L.D. can’t nab her, his people are going to capture her. Knowing that Fury would be livid if they bungle this operation, they resolve to make the very public setting work, though it has high backfire potential.

Coulson approaches Belyakov and introduces himself. He tells her that he is part of an organization that can help special people like her, but she rightly wants to know why the hell she should trust him. Meanwhile, May spots a little girl playing tag with everyone in the market – and two armed locals closing in. Agent O’Brien is tasked with intercepting them as Coulson asks Belyakov to come with him, but she refuses citing her need for pain. Just then, she gets up and punts a tray, resulting in a chain reaction: the locals pull their guns, all the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the vicinity draw theirs, one of the locals grabs the little girl and shoots Ahmed, and a handful of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are shunted into an unknown doorway leading to…where?

Back in Lai Shi proper, Jiaying tells Skye that she should carb up and take a nap for the next time they practice flexing her gift. She goes to handle something else and tells Skye that she’s proud of the work she’s done, and Lincoln swoops in as she leaves. He tells Skye she must be special if Jiaying is transitioning her personally, because, as the leader of Lai Shi, she doesn’t do that, like, ever. Skye says she likes Jiaying, too, and he gives her some takeout for post-traning nosh.

In a helijet, Bobbi presses May about the extent of her knowledge of Theta Protocol. She doesn’t think Coulson ever told May about it, and declares that can’t sit by and keep getting blindsided by Coulson by things like that again. Bobbi says she doesn’t think Coulson is a bad guy, but his actions need to be public knowledge. May tells her that sometimes the price of doing the right thing is people not understanding why they make the choices they do. But you deal with it.

Flashing back to Bahrain, Coulson calls O’Brien inside the hostage location but all he says is, “Leave us alone.” Agent Hart says he and his team are going in, but May thinks she should be the one going in. Coulson tells her to let them do their thing first so they can get an idea of the kind of powered person they’re dealing with.

And in the present, Gordon is inspecting Raina’s quills and she is still wrapped up in being disgusted by her appearance. Gordon tells her that her gift is yet to be discovered, but she thinks she’s just a monster who is assaulted by nightmares every night. Lincoln appears and tells her she’ll get through it and Gordon’s like, “Shut your mouth and mind your business!” Gordon tells Raina that he’s gone through a physical change, too, and he thinks being at Lai Shi will help her. Raina wants to leave but Gordon says they’ll talk about it later and leaves himself. Raina tells Lincoln about her nightmares: she is being hunted and tangled in thorns, and Skye is happily having dinner with her father and some daisies. Raina thinks Skye got everything and she just got quills, but Lincoln tells her not to give up on herself yet.

Back in Bahrain, Coulson and May watch monitors of the action inside the hostage area and it’s all going to hell. As the agents move in, gunfire beings near the little girl, they undergo some friendly fire, then all communications go down. Twelve agents go down and Coulson and May are suddenly alone on the mission.

In the present, Jiaying and Skye reunite in Skye’s cabin for more practice. Jiaying has set up nine glasses and plays a note on the rim of one of them, asking Skye to use her power to hold the note on it and the rest of the glasses. She does and creates a very musical tone – until the glasses all shatter. Jiaying is proud of the progress but Skye is a little shellshocked. She says that things at Lai Shi feel like home, and that’s always a dangerous proposition to her.

Skye: Mistrust of home is my other superpower.
Jiaying: Where is this coming from?
Skye: I broke a crystal decanter once at a foster family’s house, and now the glass –
Jiaying: They sent you back for that?
Skye: Well, I tried some of the scotch, too. But, yes, something bad happens every time I feel settled somewhere. I’m 25 and I’ve never spent more than two years anywhere. The second I made friends at the orphanage – gone. God forbid I called a foster family “home” and it’s, “Pack your bags.” I got the news on my birthday once, which is a complete farce because I don’t even know when I was born. S.H.I.E.L.D. was the closest I ever came to having a family. I belonged there, saw what I could be. Even that ended with agents hunting me through the woods.
Jiaying: We’re not going to turn on you or abandon you. This is a safe place.
Skye: See, you say that but I know you’re not being straight with me. Why do you care if I stay or go? And why –
Jiaying: July 2nd. You were born on July 2nd. It was a hot night, and for some reason I decided to clean the house before I woke your father.
Skye: Oh my god. He said you didn’t age.
Jiaying: Cal, he ran over to the neighbor’s house to borrow their car, but didn’t speak any Chinese, so it was a mess.
Skye: It’s you.
Jiaying: Deep down, I think you knew.
Skye: I was too afraid to hope.

Aw! So Skye knows both her parents now. (We’ll ignore how Jiaying put the onus on Skye to know their relationship to one another without any real reason other than a passing likeness to go on.) But she’s still in shock. Skye is still reconciling the notion that her parents were actually out there looking for her all her life, and Jiaying confirms this. She says Cal put her back together after her brutal dissection and during the time they searched for her, he became an awful man, causing her to leave for Lai Shi. Then Jiaying implores Skye to keep their relationship a secret from anyone else, as they might see it as a threat. (O-kay.)

May returns to HQ and Simmons is overjoyed to see a familiar face. May tells Simmons that she now has control of the base and asks her if she knew that she was working on Dethlok technology and she clearly did not. Looking at the schematics, they both realize Coulson kept more than a few secrets and Simmons is on board with finding out the truth about Coulson’s activities.

Back in Bahrain, Coulson is on the phone trying to convince the authorities to allow May to go in an neutralize the hostage situation. They hear the sirens of local authorities and Coulson sends May in while he heads them off. He feeds them a story about a biological weapon being released while May calls Andrew for a pre-action pep talk. She tells him that she’s going into a hostage situation with a little girl involved, so he gives her tips on how to make her feel safe and reassures her of her badassery. Then, giving us her best Spider-Woman impression, May scales a wall leading to a side door and enters the building. She cracks one guy’s neck and realizes she has no radio support with Coulson, then takes out another guy. Behind another door, she finds Agent Hart who can only tell May that he needs her pain. Sound familiar? She subdues him as he raises his gun to shoot her – and then all the rest of the agents begin saying the same thing from behind her. She tries to get through to Hart verbally to no avail, so she escapes the room and locks the agents inside, realizing that she needs to take out the source.

And in the present, Simmons and May uncover that Coulson was always lying about where he was when he traveled and that he had been funneling money through shell corporations – and consulting with Andrew on the sly. May wonders why Coulson would order 100 bunk beds and Mack joins the discussion to add that he thinks Coulson was trying to build a base for powered people. He thinks that Coulson’s focused on exploring and training powered people and so has been gathering money and bunks and scientists – and psychologists. May is more adamant that they need to open Fury’s toolbox, telling Simmons that underestimating powers is playing with fire, best intentions aside.

Raina wants out, but Gordon won’t take her back to civilization. He says he can take her to secluded places but not public because it’s too dangerous for her right now. She thinks this is unfair, but he urges her to stay because she simply hasn’t discovered the beauty reflected in the true nature of her gift. She agrees to stay, so long as Gordon continues to guide her.

Jiaying and Skye take a walk and run into Ethan who is about to go backpacking in Prague. Jiaying says he’s not gone through the mist yet, but Skye wants to talk about why she can’t tell the world her mom’s alive.

Jiaying: I’m responsible for everyone here. Favoritism undermines trust.
Skye: Don’t you want to tell people?
Jiaying: I don’t get that luxury. My rules must be enforced. People have died when the process for selection and training has been ignored.
Skye: But I already skipped that process.
Jiaying: And I protected you from the swift response that usually brings. It’s happened before.

With Jiaying continuing to tell her story, we flash back to May’s mission in Bahrain. As May kicks and punches her way down a stairwell, Jiaying explains that a woman who had been there didn’t trust her and stole some terragen crystals and fled to Bahrain. May comes across Eva, who is still ranting about needing pain. Eva sends May flying across the room, and in the present Skye puts two and two together and realizes that this is the same story she heard about May, aka the Cavalry.

Skye thinks May going in and killing Eva was the end of it, but we see that Eva wasn’t the source after all – it was the little girl all along. Jiaying recounts that Eva didn’t steal the crystals for herself, but for her daughter, Katya. Jiaying saw darkness in Katya and didn’t think it was wise to allow her to activate her powers, but Eva felt otherwise and absconded with them and her daughter. In the flashbacks, Katya kills the rest of the locals and brings in more as May sits shot and bleeding, trying to convince her to stop. Jiaying explains that Katya went insane with the power to leech pain off people and control them with one touch. Katya kills the latest batch of locals and brings the agents in as she creeps toward May, asking for her hand. May tries again to convince her to stop, implores Katya not to kill her teammates, and outside Coulson hears a gunshot. He runs inside to find Katya dead in May’s arms, and Jiaying feels like it was her responsibility to take care of that problem, not S.H.I.E.L.D.’s. Jiaying tells Skye that the people at Lai Shi have seen first hand what a woman will do for her daughter (what kind of mess…?!) and so they must keep their relationship secret.

As Coulson helps May limp out we can see Gordon and Jiaying watching the aftermath. The other agents are in awe at how May took out roughly 30 guys to save the agents, nicknaming her The Cavalry, but she’s torn up inside about having to kill Katya. Back at home, she showers, but it’s a sad one this time. She’s so haunted by what happened in Bahrain that she begins to pull away from Andrew and submits for a transfer to a desk job. In the present, she finds herself doing the same thing, only this time her friend and her ex-husband are in the files she’s collating.

Jiaying is trying to convince Skye to have dinner with Cal. Skye’s like, “He’s a lunatic!” but Jiaying says that both of them owe this to him for never giving up on finding Skye. Skye agrees and inside his red room, the place has been decked out for dinner. He’s clean and gives Skye a bouquet of daisies as he begins to apologize. Skye cuts him off, telling him that it’s because of him that she now knows, and has learned from, her mother. And Jiaying prompts Cal to tell Skye about the day of her birth.

Cal: July 2nd! It was a gorgeous summer night, beautiful big moon in the sky. 1988. Do you know, your mother – she actually cleaned before she told me? You see, there was only one car in the village, and we didn’t own it. So I had to negotiate with the man. He didn’t speak English and my Chinese was terrible.
Skye: Wait, ’88? I’m 26? That is so messed up! To 26.

They toast to her real age, and Cal continues his recollection of Skye’s birth. Lincoln comes in (for what, exactly?) and realizes that Raina had a dream of this, but it wasn’t really a dream. Raina’s latent power seems to be precognition.

And in a fast food restaurant, two guys have been waiting 20 minutes for the bathroom. Inside, Fitz is running an experiment to open Fury’s toolbox – and it works! A holographic menu pops up and Fitz begins puttering around with it, eventually making contact with Coulson and Hunter via Coulson’s tablet. He tells them that he stole the toolbox but is being followed. Fitz wants to join them but needs some tips on how to escape this sticky situation, so Hunter’s like, “I got you, boo.”

The Questions: What will Raina’s new power mean for her future? Will Skye and her parents be able to be a family now? Has Coulson located Ward yet? Should May and Simmons align with Gonzalez’s S.H.I.E.L.D.? And is Fitz right for helping Coulson?

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