As Coulson desperately tries to save a job that defines him, Maria Hill decides to save him from himself. The Tony Stark for Coulson's Pepper Potts, she's clever, resourceful and sets his world ablaze, making Phil question his method, change his course of action and challenge the government itself for the people he cares about. Perhaps not as cute as Pepper, Coulson is every bit as supportive, courageous and slightly uncomfortable with Maria Hill's choices, which helps the two colleagues reach their goal despite their are no longer colleages or pursuing the same goal.
Bonus points go to Leo Fitz and his emotional breakdown, he can't take Ward being Hydra, he couldn't take if Simmons were too. Mostly because he doesn't know what he would do if that were the case, neither one of them wants to find out. Probably because, much like Ward and Garret, and Coulson and Hill, they would figure it out together too.