Coulson has more enemies than ever. In “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2, episode 14, Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) showed Hunter what the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.” is, and it’s not anything Coulson (Clark Gregg) is leading. They aren’t the only threat, though. Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) also returned to wreak some havoc while Skye (Chloe Bennet) was sidelined.
Last week, Skye learned that she couldn’t actually control her powers. She was just redirecting the energy and injuring herself. She still couldn’t control her emotions. As Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) fought, she started a slight tremor.
May (Ming-Na Wen) wanted Skye off of the team after Andrew’s (Blair Underwood) psych evaluation. She said that they didn’t know what could happen with Skye’s new powers, but Coulson wasn’t so sure. “This isn’t Bahrain,” Coulson said. “We know who we’re dealing with here.”
“Don’t fool yourself. Skye’s changed,” May said. “Maybe not on the surface, but on the inside. She doesn’t know herself anymore.”
Simmons delivered a package to Coulson. She said there would be consequences that came with it, and Coulson claimed he made his mind up. Coulson told Skye to pack a bag but didn’t tell her where she was going.
They ate licorice on a plane and Coulson told her a story about building a car with his father. Essentially, he told her that he loves Lola (his Corvette) because she is still a regular Corvette on the inside, just like the one he built with his dad. Skye realized that he was saying she was the same person even though she had powers.
Coulson dropped Skye at Fury’s old cabin. It was in the middle of nowhere with a laser fence. He showed Skye a pair of gloves that Simmons made. They could potentially lessen her powers or help her control them. He was placing her in the cabin so she could figure out how to use her abilities.
Back at headquarters, Fitz worried that Skye was being kept prisoner, but Coulson wouldn’t say where she was. Fitz asked Simmons what she brought to Coulson, and she decided to be secretive as well. He knew it was something for Skye. “I’m just trying to fix her!” Simmons said.
Fitz said she just feared what she didn’t know. “You know what the scariest change is, Jemma? It’s you,” Fitz said.
Meanwhile, Mack (Henry Simmons) brought Hunter (Nick Blood) to the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.” He was introduced to Gonzales (Edward James Olmos), the “real” leader. “A leadership should operate with transparency and not from the shadows,” Gonzales said.
Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) operated with too many secrets, and they felt Coulson was down the same path. Hunter didn’t believe that Bobbi would go behind Coulson’s back, but she walked into the meeting and proved him wrong. She seemed to be completely on their side.
Gonzales said Isabelle (Lucy Lawless) saved his life, and Coulson let her die. They blamed him for Triplett’s (B.J. Britt) death, Raina’s (Ruth Negga) transformation and Skye’s powers. Coulson’s behavior had changed since he was brought back to life by Kree DNA. “I believe they’re right. Coulson has been compromised,” Bobbi admitted.
Mack returned to S.H.I.E.L.D. after missing for several days. He claimed that he was trying to keep Hunter out of bar fights in Atlanta. He made it seem like Bobbi broke Hunter’s heart, but May was worried that it was something else. Hunter was technically AWOL since he didn’t tell anyone he was leaving. As a mercenary, he could betray them, but Mack said it was just a bad breakup.
Bobbi was indeed breaking Hunter’s heart. Bobbi admitted that she didn’t think Hunter would stay with S.H.I.E.L.D. when he first started. She promised that her feelings were real even if she lied about her loyalties. Bobbi wanted to figure out how to make their relationship work, and Hunter said they could abandon everything. They could be new people, but Bobbi wouldn’t leave. Hunter said he was going back, but he soon realized that he couldn’t run away -- they were on a ship. He stole a submarine pod to get back.
Bobbi wanted to go back to Coulson’s team to follow Hunter. She said that she could fix some things before her cover was blown. She just needed six hours.
Back at the Coulson’s S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson immediately regretted leaving Skye at the cabin. May admitted that the only time she felt that sort of regret was when she left her ex-husband. However, they couldn’t focus on bad choices for too long. May didn’t believe Mack’s story, so they would have to start investigating his illusive behavior.
Ward and Agent 33 were up to their own antics in episode 14. They were having dinner in a diner and caught audiences up on what they’ve been doing. Agent 33 didn’t know what to do after Whitehall’s (Reed Diamond) death, so she helped Ward heal from his gunshot wound. Now it was time to do something for 33. They held up the diner at gunpoint to take a hostage — a scientist who could get the Melinda May mask off of 33’s face.
The damaged mask has been stuck on her face since the beginning of the season when May shoved the doppelganger’s face into some electrical wires. There is still no way to take the mask off, but the scientist did fix the mask. She could scan anyone’s face and become that person. However, May’s voice was stuck there. She could turn the mask off, but her own face was scarred. The doctor suggested that she could scan an old photo of herself to get her old face back, but Ward wasn’t even sure where they could find one.
Ward told her to get ready for another surprise. “I appreciate what you’re doing,” Agent 33 said. “But you have to stop … I have nothing to give to you in return.”
Ward said he had other reasons for doing things for her and left to run an errand. When he returned, 33 came onto him, but she wasn’t wearing May’s face anymore. She looked like Skye.
At first, Ward kissed her back, but he quickly stopped himself. “Whatever I may have thought there was between me and Skye, she made it pretty clear the feeling wasn’t mutual,” Ward said.
There is chance they could be together one day, Ward explained, but she would have to be herself. He couldn’t be with May or Skye. Agent 33 said that she couldn’t be herself. Whitehall stole anything that was left of her.
Ward claimed that his family messed him up and after a confrontation, they finally were able to express their feelings. Of course, he didn't really explain the part where he killed them and made it look like a murder-suicide. However, he encouraged vengeance. He showed her a picture of Bakshi (Simon Kassianides) and said they were going to visit him, even though he was in military custody. As the man who gave her to Whitehall, 33 wanted revenge.
Agent 33 posed as Talbot’s (Adrian Pasdar) wife to get in the door and quickly changed to a guard’s face. When Talbot’s actual wife called the office, Ward and 33’s plan was in danger. Talbot locked down the base, but the two still made it to Bakshi.
The former Hydra higher up was almost relieved to see 33. He thought Hydra might have sent her. After he realized Ward was with her, he tried to bring her hypnosis back. Agent 33 punched him in the face before it could work.
When they returned to their hotel, Agent 33 turned off her mask. She introduced herself with the name Kara (Maya Stojan) to Ward. It was a sweet moment before they turned to Bakshi. They had him tied to a chair with his eyes taped open. They were planning to brainwash him just as he had done to Kara.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on ABC. What do you think of Kara and Ward? Best new duo or do they need to be stopped immediately? Sound off in the comments section below!