Cal learned that teamwork isn’t as easy as it looks in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2, episode 13. As Skye’s father (Kyle MacLachlan) tried to seek revenge on Coulson (Clark Gregg) with a group of villains, he realized that Coulson wasn’t the only man keeping him from Skye (Chloe Bennet).
Cal recruited new gifted individuals. He went to Karla (Drea De Matteo) and offered to free her fingers of their individual shackles. Once they were gone, blades were revealed to be growing out of her fingertips. Cal convinced her that even though she wasn’t powerful on her own, as a team, they could be all powerful if they worked together.
Back at headquarters, Skye was still being monitored, but Coulson was concerned that she thought everything would go back to normal eventually. Coulson asked May (Ming-Na Wen) to bring in Andrew (Blair Underwood), her ex-husband and an old S.H.I.E.L.D. psychologist.
Her ex was shocked to see her. May never even returned his phone calls after S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse. May apologized and promised that S.H.I.E.L.D. was different now. Still, Andrew made sure that May knew he was going to help Skye, not anyone else. “My duty is to her, not S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Andrew said.
Meanwhile, Mack (Henry Simmons) had Hunter (Nick Blood) handcuffed to a pipe in an undisclosed location. Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) told Coulson that she didn’t know where Hunter was, but permanent positions weren’t really on Hunter’s resume. Coulson looked like he didn’t believe her, but he had to send her on a mission. Cal and his new team broke into a psychiatric facility.
Bobbi and Coulson realized that Cal broke out a psychiatric patient named Angar (Jeff Daniel Phillips) who was on the index (meaning he had powers). They discovered his basement cell of the hospital was empty with the phrase “Fight On” written on one of the walls.
While they were waiting to get results on a license plate to track Cal, Coulson decided to get the scoop on Hunter. Bobbi claimed that Hunter bailed after things started to get serious between them romantically.
Before they could get too in depth, Coulson realized where Cal was headed. “Fight On” was the slogan of a high school where Coulson’s father coached the football team. Skye's father was trying to lure Coulson back to his hometown in Wisconsin.
Cal had a major weapon in his latest recruit. With a single roar, Angar was able to make everyone lose on the football field consciousness — even the birds.
Cal’s daughter was busy being observed. During Skye’s psychiatric evaluation, Andrew tried to understand why she shot herself with the ICER gun. She claimed it was to help her team, but Andrew wanted more details. He decided to divulge some of his own personal information: he and May eloped, but not in Las Vegas. Skye revealed that she was scared of the fact that she couldn’t control her powers.
Later, May and Andrew were flirting, but they were interrupted by the plane shaking. Skye was actually asleep and in the middle of a nightmare. Skye was able to stop the quake when she woke up. Her nightmare started with her pointing a rifle at a target. Then she was suddenly on the other end of the gun. She feared S.H.I.E.L.D. abandoning her. However their session was interrupted by May putting the plane in the air. They had to get to Coulson, who needed back up.
On the football field, Cal lured Coulson out onto the dark football field with the threat of hostages. As soon as Coulson went out, he discovered that the kids were already unconscious. A member of Cal’s team took Coulson’s gun and held it to his head, but then May brought out Skye and pretended to be holding her hostage. She said they could either “contain her or put her down.”
Cal knew that he couldn’t reason with S.H.I.E.L.D. “Maybe they’ll listen to you,” he said. He handed the microphone connected to the loudspeaker Angar.
Before Angar could scream, a blue force field appeared and Gordon (Jamie Harris) teleported Cal somewhere. Skye watched the team violently take down Cal’s villains. As she realized how brutal they could be, the earth shook a little bit. She passed out and woke up with bruises all over. It turns out that Skye was never stopping her power. She was directing it inward and hurting herself unintentionally. She didn't know how to control her powers at all.
Andrew didn't know how Skye could control her powers, but he didn't think staying at headquarters was healthy for her. In fact, he didn't think the organization was helping her at all. He recommended that Skye leave S.H.I.E.L.D. completely, but May wouldn’t allow that. “We’re as close to a family as Skye has,” May said. Andrew knew he couldn't change her mind and said he couldn’t work for S.H.I.E.L.D. again.
Meanwhile, Mack showed Hunter exactly what he was up to. He claimed that he and Bobbi were part of “an organization, an outlier that came out of the wreckage that S.H.I.E.L.D. left.” He claimed this new group was “S.H.I.E.L.D. ... the real S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Cal was also in a foreign place. He was in a room with destroyed furniture and told Gordon that he should have taken Skye with them. “Why am I here?” he asked.
“Because you’re making too much noise,” Gordon said.
Cal said he was protecting them, but Gordon said he wasn’t a part of any type of group. He was “a science experiment.”
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on ABC. What do you think the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.” is? Sound off in the comments section below!