The S.H.I.E.L.D. team is a few members smaller now. In “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” Season 3, episode 13, Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) and Hunter (Nick Blood) are still following Malick (Powers Boothe). Unfortunately, their mission doesn’t go so well.
The episode kicks off with Bobbi being interrogated by an Interpol agent. He accuses her of killing three members of the Russian government, and she’s in serious trouble. Bobbi just gives him an order for a burger. He tells her that no one else can help her. She has to reveal what she was doing in Siberia.
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She flashes back to after Malick’s plane landed. They’re in Russia and they find Malick’s facility. They need to infiltrate and figure out what he is doing, but Coulson (Clark Gregg) says they can’t kill Malick. It’s too much of a risk.
Hunter doesn’t think it’s too awful being on a stakeout with his ex-wife. They never go away together. Hunter says he isn’t sure he likes what they’re doing anymore, though. They’re working with the Absorbing Man (Brian Patrick Wade), who killed some of their close friends, and they can’t even take out Malick, a man that they know is going to cause many people pain. Hunter wants a break, and Bobbi isn’t sure it’s a vacation that he is after. They don’t have time to chat about it though. Soldiers have found them.
The duo beats up the Russian soldiers and get away, but they have to go back in. Bobbi and Hunter heard over the radio that Malick is meeting Russian cabinet members. Unfortunately, Bobbi is the only one who knows Russian.
Hunter and May (Ming-Na Wen) get paired up to search for an Inhuman and find a body of the prime minister’s attaché. Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) say that the body has broken bones, but it doesn’t look like there was any impact outside of his body. They’re dealing with an Inhuman killer.
Meanwhile, Malick is meeting with several Russian officials. He claims that they’re creating a “reservation” for Inhumans. However, the Russian government has a tiny problem: General Androvich (Kristof Konrad) is an Inhuman. In fact, the General killed Krupin because he found the attaché’s views on Inhumans offensive. They’ve restrained him, and they need Malick’s help. Malick decides that they need to let the General out.
While May and Hunter watch Malick from afar, they have a heart-to-heart about working for S.H.I.E.L.D. May thinks Hunter is selfish, but Hunter says he is simply loyal to his teammates. He doesn’t want to die for the organization, but he’d take a bullet for her or anyone on the team. He isn’t so sure that he’s willing to make the same personal sacrifices May has for the job. Their conversation is interrupted when Coulson decides they need to protect the Russian Prime Minister (Endre Hules) from the Inhuman killer. Coulson tells Hunter and May to forget about Malick and focus on the Russian leader.
The Prime Minister is arriving at Malick’s facility. The General wants to kill him, and the team needs to take him down, despite not knowing what he can do. They create a distraction and separate the General and Prime Minister.
While Hunter takes the Prime Minister in one direction, Bobbi, Mack (Henry Simmons) and Daisy (Chloe Bennet) take the General another way. Suddenly, they are attacked by the General’s “sentinent dark force.” Basically, the man can control his shadow. It’s pretty impossible to fight a shadow man that can disappear anytime someone throws a punch. Once the General escapes the trio and takes on Hunter, Bobbi knows that she has to take the Inhuman out before her love gets killed. She shoots the General as soon as she gets the chance. Unfortunately, she has to do it in front of a bunch of military personnel.
That finishes off the flashbacks. Back in the present, Hunter is being interrogated. He claims they were on vacation searching for mushrooms in the woods when they were accosted by soldiers. The agent also reveals that his birth name might not be Lance, as fans previously thought. He states his name as Amadeus Ravenclaw Hunter.
The comic relief doesn’t last long. The Interpol agent decides that when Bobbi says she didn’t kill a man, that means Hunter did. They take him away and plan to give him to the Russian government.
Interpol says they know S.H.I.E.L.D. is still there “in the shadows.” She says Gideon Malick is the only one hiding, and it’s funny that the Hydra leader hasn’t been mentioned yet. The agent ignores the comment and says she’ll have to admit she is working for S.H.I.E.L.D. on behalf of the government in order to save Hunter.
Finally, they let Bobbi and Hunter see each other and leave them in a holding room together. “If there’s a way out of this, I can’t see it. Not where everyone wins,” Hunter admits.
“Maybe not everyone should,” Bobbi says.
The President (William Sadler) is behind the glass watching them. He claims they aren’t his agents, and S.H.I.E.L.D. definitely doesn’t exist. “Someone must pay for what has happened here, and it will not be me,” the Prime Minister says.
Coulson visits as an advisor to the ATCU. He cuts out the sound on the holding cell for 90 seconds. He says he has an escape plan, but they know it won’t work. “The right thing for us to do is take the bullet,” Bobbi says.
Interpol releases them after Coulson says they definitely aren’t working for the government, and the director returns to the plane to tell the team that Bobbi and Hunter are disavowed. They can’t be agents. “It was their choice. After everything they’ve done, they deserve that choice,” Coulson says.
Bobbi and Hunter sit in a bar and try to figure out where to go where they won’t be followed. They receive a couple of shots from anonymous admirers. They look around the booths in the crowded bar and notice Simmons, Fitz and the whole team spread out. “It’s a spy’s goodbye,” Bobbi says.
All the agents raise a glass and quietly toast their teammates at the same time. After they finish their drinks, the agents all walk out. Bobbi is nearly in tears when she looks over and sees Mack still holding his drink. He is the last to toast his good friend.
Luckily, that probably isn’t the end of Bobbi and Hunter’s story. Their solo adventures will be chronicled in “Marvel’s Most Wanted,” if ABC picks up the drama for next season. Read more about the show here.
Unfortunately, Hunter wasn’t able to take out Malick, as he wanted. The Hydra leader is alive and well and shooting rifles with his daughter Stephanie (Bethany Joy Lenz). She asks about Hive, and Malick says she can’t meet him until they’re sure of his plans.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.