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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Season 1 Episode 22

Beginning of the End

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 13, 2014 on ABC
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Coulson and his team--what's left of it--go all-out to stop HYDRA. Meanwhile, Fitz and Simmons try to escape a watery grave, and Grant begins to question Garrett's sanity.

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  • Pretty good episode, for SHIELD.

    Pretty good episode, for SHIELD. The May and Ward fight was good and I was relieved they just didn't forgive Ward and let him back as if nothing had happened, which often happens in shows like this.
  • ahh MAN!!

    Am I the only one who is upset that Ward REALLY was a bad guy??? I think that sucks BIG time! I know many have said they are glad he was not redeemed but I was like Fitz... and hoped there was some explanation other then YA I am bad. I do want to see next year and I have not watched Captain America film so I am behind on the fall of SHIELD. I am still mad that Bones mad one of the squints a serial killer so now this ticks me off too...moreless
  • wrap up

    They really wrapped up the threat from Garret and co fast in one episode. There was a lot of action and a speech from Coulson, which I thought was just a bit too cheesy. About being part of something bigger than oneself and that a few persons can change the world. He had to say that, because otherwise the plot would have been too unbelievable. I thought they could have taken more time with the Garret and Hydra storyline, even though we find out that Hydra is still there and Garret was only part of it, but seemingly not the boss of Hydra. It really would help if we could find out more about Hydra in the next season.

    I mostly thought that there was just too much action and fights in this episode. This fast development made it a bit difficult to really engage and believe that they could defeat Garret that fast ( great scene where he comes back to life, give himself an artificial body and Coulson then comes in and destroys him in an offhand way in a few seconds).

    I liked the slow scenes more, like Fitz and Simmons in their container under the sea and how they used science to get out of there. But even in the face of death Fitz still didn't manage to tell Simmons clearly that he loves her. And the part about Fury saving them from the ocean just seemed a bit "deus ex machina" to me.

    I ask myself what they are planning to do with Ward now, that he is captured ( at least May got to beat him up to get her revenge on him and Skye got to say some awful things about him being born evil, which we know from the flashbacks last episode just isn't right ). I hope that he will still be a regular next season, but I don't know how they will integrate him in the plot. I was hoping that he would escape and be their adversary in the next season.

    And I didn't really like the mental development of Garret in this episode. He seemed more like a panto villain at the end. Flowers seemed to share some of his convictions but wasn't so over the top with it and was more believable. Perhaps they needed that to make Ward doubt his faith in him.

    We also see some glimpses of what the next season will bring. Really, Coulson is now the head of the new Shield? It seemed a bit far fetched that the whole organisation has broken down. It was huge with training facilities, science facilities and so on. So Coulson now has a secret base and has to start Shield all over again and rebuild it. I hope Fury left him also some money to do that.

    We saw a glimpse of one of Skye's parents. Does look frightening.

    And Coulson is seemingly not unaffected by the process which brought him back to life, as he got up in the middle of the night to write a lot of alien looking symbols on the walls.

  • Beginning Of The End

    SHIELD has had its highs and lows in season one, but the first year did end on a high-note. Best episode ever for action, and while some moments bordered on goofy, and some of the jokes were laughably bad, this was a strong hour of TV. This is what the show needs to consistently be.
  • Lots of butt kicking going on!!

    Ya May gets to really go to town on our baddie of great comeuppance is dealt out and one of Skye's parents is (almost) revealed. Awesomeness abounds...

Glenn Morshower

Glenn Morshower

General Jacobs

Guest Star

Josh Daugherty

Josh Daugherty

Kyle Zeller

Guest Star

Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt

Agent Billy Koenig

Guest Star

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton

Agent John Garrett

Recurring Role

J. August Richards

J. August Richards

Mike Peterson

Recurring Role

BJ Britt

BJ Britt

Agent Antoine Triplett

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Coulson: We only get one shot at this, so let's go over the plan one more time to make sure we're clear on exactly what we're doing, okay? Trip and I will crest the ridge, use a noisemaker to grab a three-wheel, maybe something with more fireworks, and open a window for you two. You crawl in, grab the dealer, force his hand. He'll get us our ace in the hole, and then Bob's your uncle.
      Skye: Roger that.
      Trip: Makes it sound easy.

    • Coulson: So what do you say? You ready to change the world?
      Melinda: No. I'm ready to kick some ass.
      Coulson: That works, too.

    • Jemma: That means that every bit of energy inside us, every particle will go on to be a part of something else, maybe live as a dragonfish, a microbe, maybe burn in a supernova ten billion years from now. And every part of us now was once a part of some other thing. I mean, a storm cloud, a mammoth...
      Fitz: A monkey.
      Jemma: A monkey. Thousands and thousands of other beautiful things that were just as terrified to die as we are. We gave them new life--a good one, I hope. It's fitting we're down here together, Fitz. This is where all life began on our planet, anyway.

    • Coulson: You bring a noisemaker?
      Trip: Sir, I bring the noise and the funk wherever I go.

    • General Jacobs: I want full disclosure right now, or our boys will come in and shut you down. Why do I hear gunfire?
      Garrett: You hear the dying breath of an old world, general, and a new world is coming. I've tasted it on my tongue.
      General Jacobs: This is your strategy consultant?
      Quinn: He's... part time.

    • Garrett: I've seen the future. I've glimpsed it through the eyes of every creature--dead, living, or yet to be. This is the beginning.
      Grant: The beginning of what, John?
      Garrett: The end.

    • Garrett: You don't need to be set to default. You haven't let me alone all day.
      Deathlok: I was told to never leave your side, sir.
      Garrett: I love you, too.

    • Jemma: (as Fitz sacrifices himself for her) Why? Why would you make me do this? You're my best friend in the world!
      Fitz: Yeah, and you're more than that, Jemma. I couldn't find the courage to tell you. So, please... let me show you.

    • Skye: I have a weapon much better than a bomb that will absolutely destroy you.
      Grant: Why's that?
      Skye: Because you slept with her, and she's really pissed off.

    • Garrett: Fury. Well, hell, when was the last time anyone saw a tag-team wrestling match with four dead guys?
      Coulson: I only see one dead guy in here.

    • Coulson: Sir?
      Fury: You don't have to call me "sir," Coulson. Look at me. I look like I live under a bridge.

    • Garrett: Of course, I don't blame you, Nick. You haven't seen the big picture, the big bang, the timeless frozen ocean, but Phil here has. We share a bond. We're blood brothers.
      Fury: You didn't tell me he's gone this crazy.
      Coulson: He's really stepped it up a notch.

    • Garrett: You remember that speech you used to give us, Nick, about how one man accomplish anything once he realizes he can be something bigger? Well, now I am.
      Fury: A part--a part of something bigger.
      Garrett: Is that how it went?
      Coulson: Not a great listener.
      Fury: If you tell me this whole HYDRA path thing you took is because you misheard my damn "one man speech...
      Garrett: I am the key to the future of the universe. I'm the origin of all things.
      Fury: You got it, right?
      Coulson: Totally. Loud and clear.

    • Coulson: You get a chance to express all your feelings?
      Melinda: Is (Ward) still breathing?
      Coulson: Guess she kept some of it to herself.
      Melinda: He's having trouble speaking. I think I fractured his larynx.
      Coulson: Oh, good.

    • Coulson: Your attempt to cross off Fitz and Simmons failed. But Fitz may never be the same again. So I'm going to invent new ways to ruin the rest of your life. And we'll do whatever's necessary to get HYDRA intel from you, but your torture--that's gonna be internal.
      Melinda: And a little bit external.
      Coulson: Sure.Some of that.

    • Garrett: There's a reason why they say "cut off the head." Now I'll be unstop... Coulson: (decapitates him with the missing 0-8-4) Hey, guys! I found it. Told you it'd be in here.

    • Melinda: And you, sir--where are you heading now?
      Fury: Well, I'm trading in my bird's-eye view for two solid feet on the ground. This is the last time you'll be seeing me for a stretch.
      Coulson: You're gonna disappear, nowhere to be found.
      Fury: Nowhere? You know me better than that, Phil. I'll be everywhere.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Due to MLB baseball, the episode was preempted 12:05 a.m.central in the Midwest.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: May 13, 2014 on CTV
      Australia: May 14, 2014 on Seven
      The Netherlands: May 25th, 2014 on Veronica
      Denmark: May 26, 2014 on Kanal 5
      UK: May 30, 2014 on Channel 4
      Ireland: June 1, 2014 on RTE2
      Finland: September 28, 2014 on FOX