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

Season 1 Episode 12


Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 14, 2014 on ABC
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Episode Summary


While their teammates investigate a problem at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, Coulson and Melinda turn up unexpected information about Skye's parents.

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  • Skye finds out more about her past

    Skye finds out more about her past, but I was hoping it would have been a little more interesting.
  • Seeds

    This was one of the best episodes of the season so far because it had a consistent story and it actually had the whole point of this show on display. A strong show from start to finish.
  • Skye Finds Out About Her Past in a Delightfully Entertaining Episode

    In this episode of SHIELD, the SHIELD team head to the SHIELD Academy to investigate a strange occurrence. While that's going on, Coulson and May head to Mexico to learn more about Skye's backstory, which becomes a shocker to those watching the show.

    I've been a fan of this show since Day 1, and I'm still impressed with how this show is going thus far. I don't think it was as strong as the previous one where Coulson learns his death secret though, as this episode did have some flaws, especially the plot in SHIELD Academy. While it gave a solid development to a possible villain for future episodes, the plot is a little convoluted. But what makes up for it is the development to Skye's past, which was handled really well. Chloe Bennett, who plays Skye, does a remarkable job in the scene where she learns the "truth" of her past. And because of that scene alone, I'm still optimistic about the future of this show. I'm especially excited about the next episode, as Stan Lee is making an appearance in it.moreless
  • Donnie Gill is 'Blizzard' not 'Silver Surfer'

  • For the first time, the show met the high expectations we had with its announce...

    I, for once, thought I was watching a different show... The known and usually skyrocketing convenient writing was at its minimum, the script was very clever and the execution well done. The protagonist (Skye) had a good character development push with a totally unexpected secret about her origin and the adorable nerd duo (Fitz & Simmons) prevailed, once more, despite Fitz's personality seems changed the last couple of episodes.

    The episode highlighted some great lines about the responsibility a scientist must have, or whoever with considerable mental or physical strength and showed us the results we get from improper use of our power.

    I can only hope that this great episode wasn't the exception and from now on, this is what we will be enjoying every week. It's actually incredible the improvement you can see on the same show and on the same characters just with some better writers. Well done, whoever they are, may they keep writing the next episodes, wishful request!moreless
Dylan Minnette

Dylan Minnette

Donnie Gill

Guest Star

Daniel Zovatto

Daniel Zovatto

Seth Dormer

Guest Star

Maiara Walsh

Maiara Walsh

Callie Hannigan

Guest Star

David Conrad

David Conrad

Ian Quinn

Recurring Role

Christine Adams

Christine Adams

Agent Weaver

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Fitz: Is Science & Technology what you imagined, Agent Ward?
      Grant: Yep--no uniforms, no rope course, no defined muscularity on anyone.
      Fitz: No marching in place, no IQs in double digits.

    • Coulson: That's the thing about Skye. What I told her shattered her world. Her lifelong search led to stories of murder, and now it's too difficult to continue. Her search is over. Her story ends here. But you know what she said?
      Melinda: Tell me.
      Coulson: She said no—her story started here. Her whole life, she thought she wasn't wanted, that she didn't belong, that every family that took her in didn't want her to stay, didn't care. But all that time, it was S.H.I.E.L.D. protecting her, looking after her. That's what she took away from the story—not the family she'll never have, but the one she's always had. Here I am, telling her something that could destroy her faith in humanity, and somehow she manages to repair a little piece of mine. The world is full of evil and lies and pain and death, and you can't hide from it—you can only face it. The question is, when you do, how do you respond? Who do you become?

  • NOTES (2)


    • Skye: The Tin Man has a heart after all.
      Referencing L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) and subsequent movie adaptation in 1939. The Tin Man is seeking a heart, and travels to the city of Oz to obtain it from the Wizard. Accompanying him are the Scarecrow (seeking brains) and the Cowardly Lion (seeking courage).