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

Season 1 Episode 21


Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 06, 2014 on ABC
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Episode Summary


Coulson's team goes undercover against HYDRA to learn their true plans... and Grant's connection to them.

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  • Garrets BIG secret!

    We learn the deep connection between Garret and Ward, and we also find out Garrets BIG secret!
  • motivations

    This is how this series should be. I hope it continues like this.

    We find out about the motivations of some of the guys on the side of Hydra. Flowers is in it for the scientific curiosity, Peterson for the safety of his son, Garrett, because he became disillusioned with Shield and their treatment of their agents ( and he has a point, as some former episodes have shown us, when the leaders had no qualms in sacrificing a few agents. We now know the point of theses episodes, which have also shown us that Coulson is different) and to save his life. The most difficult one is Ward. We are shown some flashbacks of his past and the beginning of his relationship with Garrett. I think these show us the subtle way Garrett began to influence his decisions. Fitz believes Ward is coerced into his actions, the other ones think he is just evil, but I think it is more difficult than that and the flashbacks give us a little insight. We can see just how much Ward loves Garrett when he is almost dying and how much he regards him as a father figure, as someone who actually thinks he is worth something. It might take a lot for Ward to let go of that relationship and make his own decisions and I think that would only be possible if he had someone else who would love him and see the good points in him. I don't think he is beyond redemption. We also see that Garrett hasn't got rid of all of Ward's "weakness" , his empathy for others. Ward doesn't tell him what Flowers found out about Skye, he actually lied about that and I think he choose a method to get rid of Fitz and Simmons ( I think Garrett meant to outright kill them) that might give them a chance.

    We also get some fun scenes in this episode. Coulson and May pretending to be Fitz and Simmons was just hilarious. Great line "large file transfer" and then a metal container came crashing down the building. And the old spy stuff they used was just cool.

    I hope that they don't defeat Hydra in the next episode and go back to normal Shield.moreless
  • Ragtag

    This felt more like an episode of Burn Notice than Agents of SHIELD, but that's fine I suppose. Finally the show has a point and is giving us a lot of action in the field. That's all they ever needed to do from day one to get me hooked.
  • Ragtag

    This show delivered again a fantastic episode with lots of action and development. I'm not quite sure how I feel about Ward's backstory. Yes, he had a troubled and crappy childhood and was on his own but what Garrett did to him was not better and it doesn't explain his loyalty to Garrett. But the set up of this episode has me excited for the finale. And c'mon ABC, renew it already!moreless
Austin Lyon

Austin Lyon

Teenage Ward

Guest Star

Glenn Morshower

Glenn Morshower

General Jacobs

Guest Star

Paul Elia

Paul Elia


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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Garrett: He told me about a pissed-off young cadet with off-the-chart eye-hand eye coordination, went AWOL, stole a car, drove over a thousand miles home only to try and burn the place down. I must say, I find a young man like that intriguing.

    • Coulson: Now Tripp was generous enough to offer up some of his granddad's spytek to help us out. We should systematically take a full inventory of ev... oh my god, is that a handheld hypnobeem?
      Tripplet: One of the original betas. See how it has the switch on the bottom?
      Coulson: The production models moved it to the side. This is amazing! Almost as cool as the...
      Coulson and Tripplet: transistorized blast gun.
      Skye: Ah ha ha, the two of you can get a room later. We have a plane to catch.

    • Coulson: So if you're with me, I'm gonna finish what I started. I'll be damned if I'm gonna let Garrett and Ward get away with murder. And I want my plane back.

    • Fitz: What if Garrett put an exploding eye into him, to control him? Maybe that's why he betrayed us.
      Skye: I'm pretty sure there's a much simpler reason. He's evil.

    • Grant: You were gonna let me die!
      Garrett: Okay. First off, I think we should use our indoor voices.

    • Skye: I should have let Mike finish him when I had the chance. I was stupid and weak.
      Coulson: You weren't weak. You had compassion. That's harder.

    • Skye: So if anyone should be furious...
      Melinda: I am. I'm furious. But I'm sure as hell not gonna waste it on a tantrum. I'm gonna mine it, save it... and when we find Ward, I'm gonna use every bit of it to take him down.
      Skye: Wish I knew how to use that hate-fu.

    • Young Grant: Give me one reason not to blow your head off.
      Garrett: I brought tacos.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: May 6, 2014 on CTV
      Australia: May 7, 2014 on Seven
      Denmark: May 19, 2014 on Kanal 5
      UK: My 23, 2014 on Channel 4
      Ireland: May 25, 2014 on RTE Two
      New Zealand: July 13, 2014 on 2
      Finland: September 21, 2014 on FOX