“Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2 episode 4 gave Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) plenty of bonding time on an undercover mission at a fancy party—but Philinda fans couldn’t celebrate for long. The agents were put in serious danger when Hydra crashed the party.
A 500-year-old painting showed up with alien writing on the back, so Coulson and May went on a mission to steal it. Coulson claimed he wanted it because the writing is the same as the obelisk, but he failed to mention that it’s the same language he has been writing in.
Coulson and May had to go to a fancy party with diplomats and other powerful people who hate S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson was excited to be in the field, but May was more irritated. “I will pay you $500 right now for a pair of flats,” May said.
The S.H.I.E.L.D. team helped them from the plane, but Coulson turned off their coms to ask May about a plan for if he went “the way of Garrett.” However, they couldn’t make a plan for if he suddenly turned evil and thought he was invincible because they spotted Talbot (Adrian Pasdar). They wouldn’t be able to keep their cover if he saw them—so obviously Coulson walked right up to him. A slightly drunk Talbot agreed not to rat out Coulson because he knew that he’d be able to take the credit for any good deed.
The S.H.I.E.L.D. team warned them about laser grids. May walked right through since their presence was already known. However, the painting wasn’t already gone. Talbot acquired it in the morning -- he appeared to be working for Hydra. He sent Coulson and May’s picture to Hydra and asked for orders.
Talbot met up with the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as they were fleeing the scene and asked Coulson for his help deciphering the writing. Coulson agreed, but first he headed back to the plane while May figured out Talbot’s intentions.
Agent May went to Talbot’s hotel room to find Agent 33 (Maya Stojan) holding a Hydra file. She attacked Agent 33 and Talbot, and she ripped a computerized mask off of Talbot. It seems that Talbot had been impersonated by Bakshi (Simon Kassianides). However, Agent 33 tasered her before she could do anything. She made a mask of May’s face and turned into the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent -- she was sent to “neutralize Coulson’s team.”
Agent 33 (impersonating May) went to Coulson and told him that Talbot was being honest. She brought him back to the hotel where the real May was tied up while Bakshi questioned her about S.H.I.E.L.D.
Somehow Agent 33 sabotaged the plane in the short time she was there. She put a virus into the computer system that was making the plane shut down and blow up. Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) had to use Hunter’s (Nick Blood) help to rewire parts of the plane. Fitz's verbal skills haven’t been up to par since he nearly died last season, but he managed to save the plane with Hunter. It made him feel like part of the team again.
Coulson had no idea that his team was in danger when he was on his way to Talbot. While in a car with the disguised Agent 33, Coulson talked to her about the plan for if the GH.325 changed him. He told her that she would have to kill him and take over S.H.I.E.L.D. She agreed easily and held his hand, which was a bad choice on her part.
Coulson knew it wasn’t May. He asked her out on a coffee date and she agreed. That tipped him off (though not because May wouldn't date him, but because she hates coffee). He started fighting Agent 33 and May escaped Bakshi just in time to beat up her look alike. The epic throw down involved a lot of insults from Agent 33, but May just used her fists to communicate -- as usual.
“If you were really me, you wouldn’t talk so much,” May said. She electrocuted Agent 33 and ruined her mask with May’s face, but viewers aren’t sure if she was just unconscious or dead.
May went back to Coulson, and they learned that while the painting was 500-years-old, the alien writing was brand new. Someone else is writing in this alien script, which means that someone else may have answers that Coulson needs.
Coulson confronted May about the plan once again. “I will never shoot you in the head,” May said.
She revealed a bag of money and passports. She planned to take care of Coulson no matter what, even if they had to run. She pledged to find a way to save him, but Coulson didn’t think that was the right choice. After a lot of pushing, May agreed that she would kill him if he went off the deep end.
Obviously, “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” couldn’t end on such a final note. For the cliffhanger, fans saw Raina (Ruth Negga) get into her car and plan a trip to Miami for the painting. However, Whitehall (Reed Diamond) and his agents got into her car. He implanted a device into her hand that went into her bloodstream and tracked her. She had 48 hours to give obelisk to him—or else he could kill her with a simple button.
“Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on ABC. Do you think May could ever kill Coulson? Sound off in the comments section below!