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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Finale Recap: Eps. 221 & 222, “S.O.S. Part One & Two”

We’ve got an action-packed two hours of S.H.I.E.L.D. finale goodness today, kids, so hold on to your butts! Onward!

After stumbling out of her office shot, Jiaying lies to everyone at Afterlife that Gonzales said inhumans should be exterminated and, after asking Skye to stay with her and shunning Simmons’ offer for medical attention, orders Lincoln to get everyone to safety while Gordon “takes care” of Gonzales. Skye tells Simmons she should leave and she does as May reports to Coulson, Fitz, and Hunter that Bobbi’s quinjet never arrived at Afterlife so Hunter leaves immediately. Just then Simmons joins May and informs Coulson and Fitz that Jiaying was allegedly shot by Gonzales. They don’t know where Gonzales is and Coulson doesn’t buy that this is Gonzales’ fault. He orders May to find Gonzales and get everyone to clear out in an attempt to deescalate things. May tells the agents to be ready to leave when she returns from recovering Gonzales, and when the order is received by two nearby agents, Gordon and an inhuman crony teleport into the agents’ quinjet. The inhumans attack and when Gordon disappears with one of the agents, his pal takes a seat in the pilot’s chair.

Lincoln comes back to Jiaying to help her – just as the inhuman-piloted quinjet sends three rockets to Jiaying’s office, rocking the area. Jiaying melodramatically asks Skye why she’d let S.H.I.E.L.D. attack them and, as confused as they are about all of this, Skye denies any knowledge that this was going to happen. (She’s saying that a lot, lately.) The red-haired inhuman, Alisha, arrives and she and Lincoln take Jiaying away, but then a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent shoots the other inhuman present. Skye attacks, taking him down, just as May arrives to look for Gonzales. The two have words and then begin a knock-down, drag out fight. I’m loving badass Skye holding her own with May! When May gets the best of her, Skye uses her power to blast May beyond the gates of Afterlife, crossing a clear line.

On the ship, Oliver and Mack talk about what he’ll do once he leaves S.H.I.E.L.D. Mack reiterates that he won’t change his mind about his decision just as alarms go off throughout. Harris tells then that Gonzales is dead and they are to await instructions.

May wakes on the floor of her quinjet while Cal sings as Simmons reports to Coulson that they have no idea on who fired the missiles and were focused on extracting S.H.I.E.L.D. agents immediately. Weaver notes that the inhumans were also running for their lives, indicating a lot of confusion all around – and that something fishy is going on. May asks where Skye is, clearly pissed off at being attacked, and Simmons reminds May that none of this would be happening if Gonzales hadn’t struck them first, and everyone begins to argue about whether or not Gonzales would have (or could have) started the aggression. Weaver deads it by telling them about how she recovered the charm for Jiaying as a peace offering. Coulson agrees that this behavior is sloppy for Gonzales and, after ordering Weaver to assume command of the ship, suggests to May and Simmons that Cal might know why Jiaying would agree to a meeting only to attack S.H.I.E.L.D. and incite a war.

In one of their hospital suites, Jiaying has her bullets removed by a doctor while Skye, Lincoln, and Alisha look on. Lincoln schools Skye on Jiaying’s gift, telling her that yes, even though she heals from everything, Jiaying feels the pain of each injury, every time. He blames Skye for S.H.I.E.L.D. attacking Afterlife because she didn’t heed Jiaying’s warnings about them. Incredulously, Skye insists (again) that she had no idea any of this would happen. (I mean, she’s not Raina.) Jiaying says it’s her fault because she’s seen Hydra S.H.I.E.L.D. behave this way before and encourages Lincoln to understand that Skye is feeling betrayed right now, too. (That’s rich.) Then she kicks everyone out of the room.

Hunter panics because he can’t get in contact with Bobbi and Fitz can’t either, so they come up with the idea to check security footage from before the attack for clues.

Skye visits Raina and wants to know what else she knows about coming events since she knew that Jiaying’s meeting would be a disaster. Raina says even if she were inclined to tell Skye what happened, Skye wouldn’t believe her because of the mistrust between them, but Skye says she doesn’t care about the past anymore. Raina says she’s mistaken there, because the past and present are intertwined just as they are and drops this little bomb: Raina is the thorn that protects Skye’s Daisy rose. She says it’s her destiny to help Skye become what she’s meant to be and, sick of riddles and metaphors, Skye moves to leave. Before Skye goes, Raina tells her that they’ll never speak again, but soon Skye will see that Jiaying is misleading the people of Afterlife, and Skye is destined to be their leader.

Gordon teleports to Jiaying’s hospital suite with the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent he kidnapped from the quinjet, now bound and gagged. He tells her that he’s taken everyone who needed protection back to their homes and everyone else is awaiting her instruction. She says she’s confident that Lincoln will fight with them since he’s convinced S.H.I.E.L.D. is the threat and Gordon congratulates Jiaying on the successful execution of her plan. Jiaying says she’s hopeful that Skye will join them, but first he needs to heal. So Gordon brings the agent to her and, putting her hands on his face and apologizing, Jiaying steals his life force and heals herself.

May and Simmons bring Cal to Coulson and Cal tells him that he’s simply there as a gift from Jiaying, which no one buys, and Coulson sends him on his way. Simmons says she thinks Cal’s a Trojan horse and shows Coulson the nearly empty vials they found on Cal when they got him. She goes to the lab to analyze the liquid inside them and May tells Coulson they didn’t lose Skye to Jiaying, Skye made a choice.

As Fitz and Hunter review security footage, they see May leaving with Bobbi – and then May leaving again 10 minutes later with Weaver and the rest. They realize it’s Agent 33, aka Kara, and wonder what she’d want with Bobbi.

In a deserted and dilapidated building, Kara and Ward have Bobbi cuffed to a table. They tell her that if Bobbi will admit to betraying Kara by selling her out to Hydra, Kara can have closure and this’ll be over. Bobbi stonewalls him and then Ward pulls out some shoots, reminding her that she doesn’t like needles.

Skye visits Jiaying and marvels (haha) at how mobile and healthy she is. Jiaying reminds her that she has good doctors and a super special gift, so it’s not exactly weird. Skye’s more worried about all of the awful things that have happened and how they don’t make sense, calling it one of the worst days ever. Then she tells Jiaying that she spoke to Raina, who warned that more bad things would happen. Jiaying’s like, “But I thought you didn’t trust Raina?” and Skye says she doesn’t, that it was a mistake to visit her, and that Raina’s full of lies and will never change. Jiaying changes the subject and finally tells Skye that she wants the inhumans to attack S.H.I.E.L.D. Jiaying says if their people will ever be safe, she needs Skye with her and, giving her the charm she recovered from Gonzales, tells Skye to bring it back to her if she decides to join their fight.

Coulson lays out how Jiaying orchestrated the whole attack farce to May and Simmons and they note how it worked, like, really well, when Hunter and Fitz arrive to fill them in on what they now know about Bobbi. They show them footage of Agent 33 leaving with Bobbi and Hunter informs that the quinjet’s transponder went dark around Aranda de Duero in Spain and May offers to be his pilot there. Coulson knows Ward is behind this and both Hunter and May vow to kill Ward if they get the chance.

Meanwhile, Ward begins his torture tactics with Bobbi. He’s injected her with a paralytic and anesthetic to impede feeling and pain – so she can’t feel it when he shoves one of the shoots under a fingernail. He says the drug will wear off in a while and all the pain from the torture will flood in at once, like Kara’s memories eventually did, but reminds her that if Bobbi confesses, this can all stop. Not to be bullied, Bobbi tells her that she had to choose between selling Kara out or getting a dozen other agents killed and she made the tough decision. Not only that, she’d make the same choice again, and lets them know that any begging or pleading they hear while they torture her is a straight up lie.

Weaver and Oliver are upset that the inhumans have destroyed the device that helped them track Gordon and want to strike at them now. Coulson refuses and they clap back, saying that Skye could be over there giving Jiaying all their secret recipes, when Coulson notices Mack creeping up in the background. Mack says that he’s sticking around until this danger is resolved and it looks like he doesn’t know how to quit a job. Coulson asks for three hours to interrogate Cal to find out what Jiaying’s next move will be and Weaver agrees to continue gathering intel for themselves. Weaver tells Mack that she’s got guards on the alien rock in the basement, brushing off his concerns, and asks him, as the former chief engineer, to make the ship battle ready.

Cal is freezing his nips off in one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s cells when Coulson comes to ask him why Jiaying sent him. He tells Coulson that he’ll never understand what a father will do for their child and accuses Coulson of torturing him. Cal rehashes his need for vengeance and Coulson’s like, “Haven’t we moved past this already?” and Cal remembers all the destruction he’s wrought. Coulson wonders how he did it and Cal says, “With style.”

Coulson goes to see Simmons in the lab to see where she is on analyzing the liquid Cal took and so far, it’s a doozy. It’s a mixture of anabolic-androgenic steriods, a liver enzyme blocker, various metabolic enhancers, methamphetamines, gorilla testosterone, and a drop of peppermint. She thinks it’s an ill-conceived attempt at super strength and Coulson agrees that every attempt besides Captain America is ill-conceived. Simmons says one vial would send a normal person to the hospital but since Cal took three, he should be dead.

Bobbi begins to feel the pain of the shoots in her fingers and tries to appeal to Kara by telling her that Ward is trying to mold her just like Bakshi did. Ward says he’s helping Kara heal and Bobbi keeps prodding: she says she knows just how Ward started her off with an easy mark just like he was started off. Kara tells Bobbi that she knows all about Ward’s past because he told her everything and was able to remake himself after his terrible past, which is why she loves him and will always stand with him, no matter what.

Jiaying meets Raina on a bridge, saying she should have heeded Raina’s warning about S.H.I.E.L.D. Raina tells Jiaying that she didn’t foresee her being attacked or she would have said something, and Jiaying says she’s grateful for Raina’s visions anyway as she’ll make a valuable adviser. Raina scoffs at this, saying that even though she isn’t destined to lead the inhumans like she’d always wanted, she knows now that it’s her responsibility to expose Jiaying’s plan to everyone. She tells Jiaying that the inhumans’ salvation lies with Skye, not either of them, and that instead of running away from her fate, she has realized that she’s become the angel her grandmother always said she’d be. Raina says angels are not only guardians but heralds of the truth and stupidly tells Jiaying that she’s about to go rat her nefarious plan out to everyone, so Jiaying stabs her in the throat – as Skye looks on from the treeline.

Jiaying lies and tells Skye that Raina threatened her and Skye realizes the truth about everything. Jiaying says she started a war with S.H.I.E.L.D. so the inhumans would have an advantage and Skye is outraged that Jiaying would kill a man who came in peace. Jiaying counters that if S.H.I.E.L.D. had left them in their isolated, peaceful seclusion like she intended, this wouldn’t be happening, and says S.H.I.E.L.D. must be destroyed. She tells Skye that she needs her to be on her side so that Skye can one day protect the inhumans like she has. Skye’s like, “You call killing Raina and starting a war protection? They need protection from you!” So Jiaying has one of her lackeys crack Skye over the head, then dispose of Raina.

After inexplicably pouring a glass of water over himself, Cal tells Coulson that Jiaying and her people just want to live in peace. Coulson thinks killing a high ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is a weird way to get people to leave them alone, but Cal refuses to believe that Jiaying could do anything that might hurt Skye. Coulson asks Cal about the vials and he said it was his own experimental concoction to mimic inhuman powers in himself, but he was always missing something. He says the formula made him unstable but it was worth the risk, and that he’s there to take out as many S.H.I.E.L.D. agents he can.

Hunter and May have landed in Spain and inspect the quinjet Bobbi and Kara landed in and note that they didn’t crash. May sees evidence of a fight and they wonder what Ward could want with her, but agree that Bobbi can handle herself until they find her.

And back in their torture room, Bobbi is feeling the excruciating pain emanating from her splintered fingertips when Ward returns. He tells Bobbi that they’re similar because they both keep their real selves buried deep inside. He says it’s why Coulson never suspected she was working with Gonzales behind his back and why she never saw Ward coming after her. Waving another shoot at her, Ward tells Bobbi once again to admit she betrayed Kara and she finally calls him out as a hypocrite who has done the same and worse to his own team. She calls him a coward and with a move I didn’t see coming she jumps up and smashes his head on the table and frees herself.

They have a two-person brawl as they fight out into the hallway, through doors and windows and into other rooms and back into the hallway. Kara catches up to the two of them and the three have bloodied each other good when Ward knocks Bobbi down with one final punch to the head. Then he breaks her leg and tries one more time to get her to admit she betrayed Kara, but, still defiant, Bobbi says she’d do it all again. Ward hands Kara his gun to kill Bobbi, but she says it’s not right because Bobbi doesn’t care if she dies and isn’t sorry. So Ward has another plan for her.

Oliver calls Mack to check his progress and Mack says he’s going to run a systems check. Right after Oliver passes, Gordon, Alisha, and another inhuman teleport into the ship. Alisha asks Gordon where “the others” are and he says, “Already in place.”

Cal is losing it as Coulson tries to convince him not to hurt anyone because Skye won’t be happy with him if he does. Coulson guesses that Jiaying uses Cal to cover up her dirty work and accuses her of being the real monster, not Cal. As he overreacts, Cal goes into cardiac arrest so Simmons has him brought to medical immediately.

She tries to revive him but can’t, so, at Coulson’s insistence, she tries something else: adrenaline. Cal falls off the table and rises as a Mr. Hyde-looking creature and he realizes that adrenaline was the missing factor from his super strength cocktail. He begins breaking things and Fitz suggests they ice him. Simmons, naturally, suggests they could always kill him with real bullets, but Coulson won’t kill Skye’s father. Cal breaks out of the medical room and the icers don’t work so Coulson tells Fitz and Simmons to run. Destroying the lab as he goes, Cal advances on Coulson, telling him that Jiaying loves him because he’s obedient. (Yikes.)

Mack overhears Gordon and the gang talking about locking up an unconscious Skye and decides to follow them after noticing they’ve put power-inhibiting bracelets on her.

Hunter finds a trace on Bobbi’s cell phone and May thinks it may be a trap. Hunter doesn’t care either way and both of them still want to kill Ward so they’re cool with it. They call Bobbi’s number and, sure enough, it’s a setup. Ward and Kara have rigged Bobbi to a chair with a rifle behind her so that she will have to watch as whomever comes through the door of the room next is shot and killed in front of her. They think this is a more appropriate punishment for her and leave, and Bobbi immediately begins to struggle against her bonds.

On the ship, the guards who watch the alien stone are attacked by Gordon. Several of the agents go down and Gordon brings in two friends to take the agents hostage.

Mack and his axe run into Alisha, who divides herself into four identical people, one of whom goes after Mack with a gun.

Lincoln uses his ability against an agent before frying an electrical box and running into one of the Alishas. Another Alisha is in a conference room kicking another agent’s butt and gives herself some backup.

Weaver sends an SOS to Coulson who misses the transmission as he, Fitz, and Simmons play a cat-and-mouse game to capture Cal. Coulson finally gets Cal pinned by his SUV and says they’re going to talk.

Gordon and a couple of Alishas give the all clear and report to Jiaying that they have successfully taken over the ship. Jiaying removes one of the terragen crystals she made, saying now it is time to begin.

Coulson continues to try to convince Cal to help him protect Skye. He tells Cal that he’s not really a monster but a good man with a big heart and his daughter is just like him in that way. Cal says he just wanted his family back together before revealing that after he put Jiaying back together, she was never the same. He says that before Whitehall tortured her she was anguished when taking the life forces from the elders who gave their lives to her, but after that, sacrificing a whole village to her wasn’t even enough. Cal admits that she lost her regard for human life so he tried to show his worth by always protecting Skye. Coulson pounces on this, noting how this whole war puts Skye in huge amounts of danger and, after freeing himself from the pinned SUV, Cal asks to help.

On the ship, Mack sneaks up on an Alisha and helps Skye escape. He says its up to the two of them to retake the ship because they’ve been taken over by inhumans. She says, again, that she never meant for any of this to happen and asks Mack to act with caution because a lot of the inhumans there have been manipulated by Jiaying and aren’t bad people. Mack doesn’t care about their intentions and comes to the point: he needs Skye to flex her hacking muscle again.

Jiaying orders an inhuman to take the terragen crystals to a fan room that would distribute the gas from them to every room on the ship. Then Lincoln shows up to inform Jiaying that an emergency beacon was just sent out and she asks Weaver and the others to expand the beacon so that all of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s forces show up and they can take them all down at once. Oliver refuses to take part in her plan so Jiaying has him taken to a room and sealed in with a terragen crystal and two inhumans and everyone watches as he turns to stone. With this, she forces Weaver to expand the beacon and Lincoln is crestfallen.

Mack and Skye immediately catch on to Jiaying’s plan and vow to try to take them down. Simmons monitors Cal and Fitz notices that the distress beacon has spread to all channels. Coulson also catches on to Jiaying’s distraction and wants May and Hunter on board for this but Fitz says they’re still incommunicado.

And May and Hunter break into the building where Bobbi is being held and Kara worries about May’s presence screwing up their plan. He says he’ll take care of May because he owes her.

Hunter comes nearer to the room Bobbi is in and she struggles against her bonds once more. He eases a door open, but it’s a red room, not the one where Bobbi is being held.

Kara and Ward take out a couple of agents when May catches up to Kara and opens fire. May instructs everyone to go to the south corner of the building and tell them not to drop their guard until they see her, giving Kara an idea to play dress up.

Hunter spots blood outside the door to the room Bobbi is in and opens the door. As he does Bobbi hurls herself to the left and catches the bullet in her shoulder. Hunter rushes in and removes her from the chair as May overhears the shot.

May comes around the corner and Ward shoots her three times. It isn’t until she calls him “baby” that he realizes it was Kara and as she dies her face reverts. The real May finds Hunter and Bobbi and they make an escape.

As Lincoln stares at the changeable alien rock, Gordon tells him that it’s better that it be in their possession so that it won’t be lethal to their people. Lincoln calls Jiaying out for murdering Oliver and Gordon says she’ll simply do whatever it takes to protect their people, which Lincoln knows better than most. Gordon reminds Lincoln of his life before she found him and how far she went to save him, and says that S.H.I.E.L.D. would do the same thing.

Skye fills Mack in on Jiaying’s behavior and he likens it to his mother all of a sudden watching Fox News (HAH!). She upsets that she fell for Jiaying’s act and he tells her not to beat herself up over it. She goes to begin hacking and he goes off to find a saw. Just in case.

Fitz tells Coulson that he invented a disrupter that will contain Gordon to a single space and Coulson is happy to have something tangible to show all the rest of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents when they show up to join the fight.

Simmons reports that Bobbi is stable but not very good just as she arrives for surgery and whisk Bobbi off.

Skye makes her way to the control room and is caught by Lincoln, who immediately attacks her. She tries to convince him that he’s on the wrong team and tells him how Jiaying manipulated everyone into this war. Initially he doesn’t believe her but he begins to see the sense in what Skye’s saying when she says Jiaying widened the distress beacon so that she could kill S.H.I.E.L.D. Lincoln gives in and tells Skye that the crystals are in the fan room and Mack knocks his ass out before going after the crystals, saying he’s in a “crack heads first, ask questions later” frame of mind.

After stabilizing Bobbi, Hunter and Simmons stand by her, and May gives her ex-husband, Andrew, a call. He notes that she hasn’t made a call like this since Bahrain. She agrees and tells him that she wants to tell him things she should have said and he tells her to get home safe.

Inspired by Hunter and Bobbi, Simmons goes to Fitz to ask him to be safe and see if he wants to talk about what he said to her at the bottom of the ocean. He rebuffs her slightly, like, “This is completely the wrong time and there’s nothing to discuss.” She says maybe there is and cries a little at his departure.

May disapproves of including Cal on their mission but Coulson is convinced that Cal is simply focused on saving Skye. Just then Fitz notices a communication that must be from Skye saying that the beacon is a trap, so Coulson orders every quinjet but their own to turn around, saying he and his team will sort this out.

Jiaying notices the order and realizes that Skye must have tipped them off and sends someone to check on her. She tells Gordon that if S.H.I.E.L.D.’s not coming they don’t have to wait to break the crystals and kill everyone, they can go ahead and do it now.

Coulson and his crew land on the ship and admonishes them to find and recover all hostages. He tells May to take control of the ship’s functionality just as Fitz uncovers Skye’s last message which reveals Jiaying’s Crystals + Fan Room = Dead Humans plan. Cal offers to go after Jiaying while Coulson and the rest work to recover the crystals and May’s like, “You brought him.”

Gordon teleports into the fan room and finds Mack waiting with his axe.

Skye catches up to Jiaying just as she orders her lackeys to collect any people who live after exposure to her crystals. Skye realizes that Jiaying will murder anyone who gets in her way and Jiaying escapes, leaving Alisha to multiply and keep Skye busy.

Mack and Gordon fight and Gordon senses that Mack has been exposes to something Cree. Before he can reach into the crate containing the crystals, Mack throws his axe at Gordon and he teleports away.

On her escape route, Jiaying is surprised to run into Cal. He tries in vain to convince her to stop what she’s doing, and she says she’s trying to protect Skye. Angry that he would come back on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s side, she has Gordon teleport Cal to a locked room.

Coulson and Fitz make it to the fan room where a relieved Mack tells them that Gordon has been trying to steal the crystals. Fitz immediately goes to work setting up his disrupter and Mack advises Coulson against guns in that room because ricochets are a sucky way to go out.

Skye puts it down against the Alishas but they eventually get the upper hand as May spots Lincoln. As the Alishas kick and pound Skye, May and Lincoln arrive and save her and Lincoln removes Skye’s power inhibiting bracelets. Skye goes after Jiaying and May and Lincoln stay behind to fight the Alishas.

Gordon reappears in the fan room and Fitz catches him as he tries to teleport again. Taking advantage of the situation, Coulson takes a swing at Gordon and he, Mack, and Fitz converge on him with their various blunt instruments.

Skye catches up to Jiaying just as she and her guys are about to board a jet with the crystals. Jiaying tells the guys to load the jet and Skye tries to stop her. They feed each other reasons why the other is wrong, and Skye says Jiaying’s point of view boils down to hate and that she won’t let her do this. So Jiaying uses her ability to begin draining Skye’s life force. Just as her eyes begin to gray and she’s looking very much like a zombie, Skye muster up enough of her ability to force the jet into the ocean.

Lincoln and May keep kicking Alisha butt and realize that they’ll keep coming if they don’t get the alpha. So Lincoln electrocutes her and poof, they’re all down.

Coulson, Mack, and Fitz continue to fight with Gordon, and after disappearing from behind Coulson and reappearing behind Fitz, Gordon is impaled on the pipe Fitz wielded. As he falls, a crystal falls from Gordon’s hand and Coulson dives to catch it. When he does, his hand immediately begins to turn to stone – and Mack uses his axe to sever Coulson’s arm before the stone spreads.

And Skye and Jiaying use their abilities against each other in a beautifully deadly tug of war. Skye is turning into a zombie again and Jiaying’s wounds are all bleeding. Cal approaches them and says they don’t have to fight, then tearfully kills Jiaying.

Coulson meets with Andrew for an update on his team’s after action reports. Andrew says that Bobbi’s heavy morphine regimen gave him a good read on her, and she wakes up to find Hunter at her bedside. He says taking a bullet for him was stupid, but better her shoulder than his head, right? She has a lot of surgeries ahead to get back to 100% and she admits to him that she can’t do this anymore.

Andrew notes that Mack isn’t quitting and Coulson says he basically strong armed him since Mack cut his arm off without asking and all. He’s got a plan for Mack and put him in charge of all of the alien artifacts they have because he maintains a healthy mistrust of them. Simmons and Weaver talk about dropping a probe into the box with the changeable alien rock and Mack is like, “NO ONE IS OPENING THAT BOX OR PUTTING ANYTHING INTO IT, EVER.”

Coulson wonders if May actually asking for time off has anything to do with Andrew and Andrew plays coy. He says that it’s time May rediscover the world outside of S.H.I.E.L.D. and judging from her new red lingerie, I’d say she agrees.

Andrew gives Coulson his recommendations for Coulson’s new project, and Coulson is glad that he thinks Skye is “ready for this.”

Cal and Skye share a goodbye. He’s happy that she’s more interesting than he ever thought she would be and thankful that he got to know her. He says he knows he’s going away for good, but she promises to come visit.

A bartender tries to make chit chat with Ward as he pines over a photo of Kara and is rudely rebuffed. Three guys enter and report that they’ve found no evidence that there’s still any Hydra leadership at all. Ward insists they look for more names, but the mouthpiece is like, “You’re not in charge of me!” so Ward attacks him with his shot glass. Ward tells the other guys they work for him now, who fall right in line, and tell them their mission is closure.

Cal is now Dr. Winslow, veterinarian. It’s apparent that he’s been put through the Tahiti Program as Skye pays him a visit to check that he’s happy in his new life. She goes back to Coulson and they talk about the team of powered people that she’s to head up. Skye says that she thinks their team needs to be kept anonymous and Coulson agrees. But he takes care to remind her to always remember that they’ll never get ahead of the effects of their past actions, and boy do we get a taste of that in the next few shots.

We dive into the ocean and see the crystals that dropped in when Skye pushed the jet off the ship. The case has opened and the crystals melt into the water, where it is absorbed by fish, who are harvested for fish oil supplements, which are put on the shelf for anyone to purchase.

Fitz tries awkwardly to ask Simmons out to dinner as she inspects the changeable alien rock. In his nervousness he hits a lever on the box and tells her that they will make their arrangements when she’s finished before leaving just as awkwardly. Pleased, Simmons notices the door to the box slightly ajar – just as the changeable alien rock liquefies, grabs her, and solidifies once more.

The Questions: I can’t even with questions, there are so many! I’m reeling. While I try to wrap my head around the far reaching consequences of everything that just happened, let us know what you thought about this finale in the comments!

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: Ep. 219, “The Dirty Half Dozen”

Raina’s having a dream and sees flashes of Gordon with a cut on his forehead, Lincoln injured, a Hydra bag, Coulson drawing his gun, and Skye. She wakes to find Jiaying watching her sleep. Jiaying asks her about her dream and Raina says Lincoln was in her dream being held and hurt somewhere and it felt real. Just then Gordon, Skye, and Cal arrive back at Lai Shi and Cal is pissed and making a scene. Gordon leaves to track Lincoln and Jiaying convinces Cal to calm down and go have a seat. Skye informs Jiaying Coulson was there just as Gordon comes back – with a cut on his forehead. He says it was Hydra who took Lincoln and he barely escaped. Raina stands nearby and seems to realize what her gift is, finally.

After his surrender, Coulson meets with Gonzalez. He tells Gonzalez that Strucker and List have been doing experiments on powered people – and he’s witnessed it himself via Deathlok. Gonzalez still doesn’t trust him but Coulson presses that this is their best opportunity and knows that they all have their secrets. He says he knows that Gonzalez has a secret in the cargo hold of the plane, and offers to help Gonzalez open Fury’s toolbox if they can work together.

Skye asks Jiaying why Lincoln was even in Milwaukee and she says it was an ill-advised attempt to protect Skye, that she shouldn’t have let her go at all. (Pssh, “let”?) Skye says it was the right thing to do, as sending a Cal who isn’t user-friendly into the world is a dangerous idea. She wants to go rescue Lincoln but Jiaying doesn’t think that’s a good idea, either, because it could expose her people to danger.

Deathlok, aka Mike Peterson, introduces himself to Lincoln as he wakes in Hydra holding cells. They plot to break out but note their limited resources: Mike’s arm has been disabled, so no fiery escape, and no Gordon because Lincoln’s almost certain he’s being tracked. Mike says his S.H.I.E.L.D. are similarly outmatched so they band together to form a plan.

And it turns out their being observed by Bakshi and List, who ends a call with yet another “Hail Hydra.” List says Strucker is pleased with them and Bakshi begins to explain the differences between these two powered people. Deathlok’s been modified by mechanisms where Lincoln’s abilities are natural, and Bakshi and List plan to experiment on them to find out how to duplicate their processes. They enact some knockout gas electrical pulse in the cells and plan to get to work.

Coulson has just detailed his plan to Gonzalez, who has a couple of questions. He wants to know why they wouldn’t just send a full-on assault to Hydra rather than a small infiltration team, and Coulson says he wants to try to recover Mike and Lincoln in one piece, along with all the other prisoners Hydra has. Gonzalez doesn’t want to risk his own people and Coulson’s like, “That’s okay, I brought my own.”

On their jet, Hunter and Fitz bond over a mutual disgust at how happy Ward and Kara seem to be together. Up front, Ward and Kara banter and she tells him that S.H.I.E.L.D. makes her nervous and wants to leave, but Ward says there’s still one thing he needs from Coulson before they can go. Hunter gets the green light and they land on top of the headquarters that Gonzalez has commandeered. Loads are surprised to see Ward, not least of whom May, who sees this as another in a string of bad decisions Coulson’s made recently.

Coulson shows Gonzalez, Bobbi, May, Ward, Weaver, and Oliver video of the last images Deathlok’s eye captured: it shows a surgeon with a surgical instrument removing said eye. Coulson says they have a man inside, who Ward confirms is Bakshi, but May isn’t impressed at the prospect of trusting the mission to two Hydra defects (if they’re even actually defects). Coulson says it’s a successful way to infiltrate, planning to take his small team to rescue the enhanced prisoners then disable the missile defense systems so S.H.I.E.L.D. can fly in and bomb the facility. Everyone present votes yea or nay on this plan, but before May casts the deciding vote, she wants a word in private with Coulson.

Simmons feels sorry for Kara because whatever she and Ward have, it’s not love. Fitz thanks her for the really delicious sandwich she packed for him before he left in a very sweet moment. Simmons is baffled at why Coulson would take a dangerous man like Ward on a mission and Fitz recounts his shining moment: when Hunter had to hold him back from tearing Ward’s face off when they were on the run. Then Simmons shows Fitz a case of splinter bombs, suggesting they use one of Ward because he’s dangerous, and we’ve got a repeat of her Skye paranoia. Yikes.

May is pissed off and finally able to unload on Coulson. She confronts him about the lies he told and the secret missions before they fell and asks him if he wants to tell her about Theta Protocol. He declines because she’s not the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and she’s like, “Well, neither are you, anymore!” He says this secret is no different than her secret line to Fury behind his back once upon a time, but she says it’s really about how he’d been seeing her ex-husband, Andrew, behind her back. They agree they both made bad choices and Coulson wants to go ahead with the mission and save everyone they can from Hydra.

Skye tries to convince Gordon to take her off Lai Shi so she can help S.H.I.E.L.D. go after Lincoln and Raina says she’s seen that Skye can save Lincoln. Raina says Lincoln’s in a dark room with two doctors cutting into him and Skye has to save him. Gordon says he can’t use his ability without leave from Jiaying, and Raina’s like, “You need permission to save your own friend?” He says the last time he used it, Hydra almost captured him, so Raina tells him he doesn’t have to take Skye to Hydra. (Take her to S.H.I.E.L.D., duh.)

Kara is worried about Ward going into the field with Coulson and the rest and doesn’t feel like she’s a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent anymore. He tells her that being with S.H.I.E.L.D. is a chance to get back the identity that was stolen from her.

Bobbi is miffed that Gonzalez isn’t allowing her to accompany Coulson and he says the only reason he’s allowing it at all is because Coulson’s using his own people. He says the war they’re fighting is against an enemy without honor when she calls him out, saying there have to be casualties. Surprise, Gonzalez isn’t confident in Coulson.

Packing one of the splinter bombs, Simmons approaches Coulson and asks to join the mission. He declines initially, not seeing her use, and she says since she’s familiar with his anatomical structure, she would be instrumental in treating Mike’s injuries. Coulson agrees and tells her to suit up.

As Coulson, Simmons, Fitz, May, and Ward gather in the hangar, they hear a noise, so May draws her gun on Ward immediately. He says it wasn’t him, and it wasn’t: it was Gordon dropping Skye off. Ward’s excited because the gang’s back together!

Fitz and Simmons have a hundred questions for Skye about where she’s been and what she can do with her abilities, but Skye knows the urgency of the situation and wants to focus on the mission. Simmons and Fitz feel (irrationally) slighted but Skye says she just doesn’t want to say anything personal around or near Ward, who appears the next second. Everyone else gathers and Ward begins to outline the plan, but the rest of the team is giving him the stinkiest of stink eyes. He decides to clear the air.

Ward: Can we address the elephant on the plane? I know this is weird. Mistakes were made.
Fitz: By you.
Ward: And people got hurt.
Fitz: By you.
Ward: And I could sit her and explain, again, how my parents left me vulnerable –
May: *sigh* We all had our traumas, Ward. Didn’t turn any of us into psychopaths.
Ward: Well, we all have our own ways of coping, don’t we? For example, I was yours.
Coulson: Watch it, Ward.
Ward: Look, I’m just saying, we all made mistakes. Coulson handed me over to my abuser, thank you. Skye shot me –
Simmons: After you killed how many people?
Fitz: And we were a team and a family and YOU betrayed us.
Ward: I know. It’s what I regret the most. Not the lying, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents I had to put down, and – I’m sorry – not even dropping you two in the ocean. It’s this. My actions destroyed this. For a while there, we were a good team, weren’t we.
Skye: I’m still happy I shot you.

Coulson brings the focus back to the mission. He assigns Skye, Ward, and Simmons to the medical team while he, Fitz, and May break into missile defense to gather intel. He tells everyone to keep their head on straight and focus on what’s at hand, and tells Ward he should just maybe stop talking to people; he seems to really piss people off. (Ha!)

Cal paces in his bunker when Jiaying visits and asks Cal to take a walk with her. He apologizes for coming back so angry and she apologizes for the way she sent him away. She says she felt she had to send him away because of impending danger, but offers to let him stay at Lai Shi for a while until things can be figured out. Cal is excited at the prospect of being together with his family, but Jiaying sees Raina as a possible threat. Cal says Raina is dangerous, manipulative, and deceitful; they had good times, but Jiaying needs to watch her.

Hunter comes upon Mack rigging up a video feed of the mission for everyone back at the base. Hunter gives him a hand and Mack apologizes for everything, saying he did what he thought was right. Hunter says he understands and forgives him, and Mack is stunned. He offers to pay for the next round of drinks, but Hunter’s like, “You choked me out and kidnapped me. A round of drinks is the first thing in a long, long, long list of things you’re gonna do for me.” Mack asks if Hunter’s spoken to Bobbi yet, and Hunter mutters that he hasn’t. Looks like beer won’t fix that one.

Speaking of Bobbi, she goes to visit Kara, who’s getting a checkup. Bobbi wants to know what she remembers from before her Hydra brainwashing, saying they met a few times before. She offers Kara some help if and when she starts to remember things and Kara is happy that someone’s finally treating her like a person. Well, someone other than Grant because she’s googly eyed over him. Bobbi isn’t impressed, but Kara tells her to wait and she’ll see the Grant she does. (Not likely.)

List is disappointed that their test subjects keep failing, saying no one has made it past this level of alien enhancement apart from “the twins” who Strucker is holding in Segovia. (Is that an Age of Ultron link?!) As they wheel Lincoln out of his cell for experimentation, an agent tells List and Bakshi that a cloaked plane is approaching. Bakshi says it must be S.H.I.E.L.D. so List orders the plane shot out of the sky.

May announces they’ve been spotted so everyone makes last-minute preparations and buckles in as they make their approach. The Hydra missiles lock on and shoot toward the jet, blowing it to pieces and knocking it out of the sky.

Weaver informs Gonzalez, Bobbi, and Mack that satellite confirmed Coulson’s plane was shot out of the air and they have had no contact from his team as of yet. Gonzalez says to sit tight, as this was always part of the plan.

The flaming plane falls apart as the smaller plane that had been on top of it rushes downward: everyone is buckled in and riding out the turbulence and May guides them to a comparatively steady landing. Weaver reports this as well and Gonzalez calls it “the easy part.”

The team enters the Hydra base and come upon Bakshi snapping the neck of a Hydra agent who was following him. Ward reins him in and Bakshi is still as compliant as ever: he tells Coulson that List is in the lab and the mainframe room is down the hall, to the left. Bakshi requests to join Ward’s team and Coulson gives them all a 15-minute deadline as they split up to complete their objectives. Bakshi, Ward, Skye, and Simmons enter the lab and immediately come under fire. Skye flexes her ability a little and Ward thinks she should thank him for that so she’s all, “How about I just don’t try to kill you again?” They find Mike, who has a missing eye and many scars. He tells Skye that Lincoln has just been taken away and she runs off to find him as Simmons comes in to help him.

We see Lincoln being sliced into as Coulson, May, and Fitz make it to the mainframe room. Simmons orders Ward to go find something to wheel Mike out on and Mike expresses curiosity at her getting involved in a mission that included Ward at all. She says she saw an opportunity to do what was right and she took it.

Skye find the operating room and begins an assault. She flips and tumbles her way through at least a dozen Hydra agents, expertly taking them out with a variety of fighting styles and impeccable aim. She gets to Lincoln and he’s flatlining so she focuses her power to give him a jolt to the chest which restarts his heart. Then she realizes that Raina was right.

And as Ward tries to free a gurney for Mike, Simmons sneaks up behind him and activates the splinter grenade. Just as she prepares to throw it at him, Bakshi stops her and it’s thrown at him instead. He disintegrates and Ward draws his gun on Simmons, shocked that she would attack him even though they’re on the same team. She tells him that she made him a promise to kill him, and says if he’s going to kill her now he should just do it. Instead, he tells her that he’s disappointed in how she’s changed and leaves.

Fitz is nearly finished hacking the missile defenses just as May notices Coulson’s missing. Weaver reports that S.H.I.E.L.D. jets are five minutes out but there’s still been no word from Coulson’s team. May finds Coulson in another area of the mainframe stealing some information and realizes that this was his plan all along. She threatens him to leave with her now or else and he does. Simmons comes back to Skye, saying that Ward and Bakshi aren’t coming with them, and they get Lincoln moving as May reports to Gonzalez that they’re preparing to leave Hydra airspace. Gonzalez gives Weaver the order to fire on Hydra’s base when ready.

Back at headquarters, Mike and Lincoln are rushed to medical and Coulson gets a call from Ward. Ward says he thought it’d be a good idea to slip out to avoid being arrested or having his brain erased. He tells Coulson that he knew the team would never forgive him, but Kara does deserve forgiveness. He feels bad that Hydra broke her and he can’t fix her, and thinks leaving her with S.H.I.E.L.D. would be what she deserves.

Fitz and Simmons tell Mike that Hydra dismantled his leg, but they found a facility that can fix it and they’ll be ready for him when they land. Mike asks how they found him and Fitz tells him it was Bakshi, of all people, and Simmons adds that he “didn’t make it.” (That’s one way of putting it.)

Skye watches over Lincoln and Gonzalez watches over her. Bobbi reports to him the attack team is back and the Hydra base is destroyed, but List may have escaped. Gonzalez is still focused on Skye, saying she’s still dangerous, but he’s cool because now they have enhanced people on the base. Bobbi is not cool with this, but Gonzalez says they can at least learn how many might be out there from Skye and Lincoln. Bobbi wants to discuss this and Coulson rolls up like, “Hmm? Discuss what? I want to discuss things.” Gonzalez hands him the toolbox and Coulson opens it and tells him to knock himself out with it – at least until Fury shows up and asks for it back. Coulson gets a phone call from Maria Hill and Gonzalez looks gobsmacked.

Hill remarks on how displeased Gonzalez must have been just then but Coulson is like, “We all live with disappointment.” He tells Hill that they have bigger problems, prompting her to ask, “Does that mean you found it?”

And Jiaying pays Raina a visit so Raina’s like, “I knew you’d come see me again.” Jiaying says she’s spoken to Gordon and thinks they should talk about her visions, specifically how she convinced Skye to run off and rescue Lincoln. Raina says she didn’t “convince” Skye to do anything, only told her what was going to happen. Jiaying isn’t trying to hear this and tells Raina that from now on any decisions based on Raina’s gift will go through her. Raina doesn’t like this and wonders aloud why the hell Jiaying gets final say, who put her in charge? Just then she has a vision of Loki’s scepter.

The information Coulson stole shows that Hydra has Loki’s scepter, and he and Hill note that they might not know that it was the weapon that killed Coulson but they probably know that it can control minds. Hill asks if he knows where it is and he does – Segovia (with “the twins.” This is totally an Age of Ultron connection!).

Jiaying tries to guide Raina through her vision. Raina describes Loki’s scepter and says, “It isn’t finished yet. So much destruction.”

Coulson sends Hill information on Strucker’s location. She asks him why he hadn’t just been honest with Gonzalez about why he wanted to get on the Hydra base and he’s like, “Do you know this fool puts everything to a vote?! I would’ve lost the swing vote so I lied.” Then she asks if Theta Protocol is ready. He says it is, and it’s time to bring in the Avengers.

Raina has an awful prophecy: “Consequences are upon us. Men made of metal will tear our cities apart. And the world will be changed forever.”

The Question: Will Simmons come clean about trying to murder Ward and actually killing Bakshi? So amped for the next couple of episodes and The Avengers: Age of Ultron! Entertainment at its finest!

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