“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 hasn’t been light on the “Captain America: Civil War” foreshadowing. They’ve been hinting at it in different ways throughout the Inhumans arc, but episode 14 made it glaringly obvious that the divide between pro- and anti-superhumans is huge. However, Daisy (Chloe Bennet) didn’t really give anyone a reason to trust Inhumans. The agent worked around the law to get the information she wanted this week, and Mack (Henry Simmons) didn’t approve.
Mack is at home visiting his brother Ruben (Gaius Charles), who thinks Mack is an insurance salesman. Mack admits his job has been tougher since a couple of his best friends left. When they turn on the news, a terrorist group called the Watchdogs is shown blowing up a government facility, a building the ATCU was using.
“The government’s keeping secrets, things we don’t know until cities fall out of the sky. The Avengers? More like them every day: protected, hidden. Not anymore,” a man in a mask says. The terrorist demands a list of Inhumans.
When Mack and his brother see it, Ruben says it’s awesome. He is anti-Inhuman, but Mack doesn’t have time to reason with him. The secret agent has to take a break from his family time because he is closest to the scene of the crime.
Daisy mentions that the Watchdogs have been around since the Battle of New York and got even stronger after Sokovia. When she and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) meet up with Mack, Fitz finds Nitramine at the crime scene. That makes Coulson (Clark Gregg) think that it’s Felix Blake (Titus Welliver), a former agent who used to want that substance to be a major part of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s weapons arsenal.
Lincoln’s (Luke Mitchell) evaluation didn’t go wonderfully, but Coulson still wants his help finding Blake. He still wants to see the Inhuman in action, so he takes Lincoln to one of Blake’s safe houses.
As they leave, Daisy decides to interrogate someone from an online message board. They don’t have a legal reason to bring him in, and Daisy plans to use her powers to scare him. Mack considers it a shakedown, and he doesn’t want to be involved. However, Daisy doesn’t need his permission.
Mack goes home and finds Ruben drunk. He discovers that his brother is in trouble. He can’t pay the mortgage, he got laid off and he is angry with the government. Mack realizes that Ruben supports the Watchdogs and has been reading their propaganda.
Meanwhile, Daisy scares one of the users from a Watchdog message board in real life. She talks to him in his car and uses her powers to blow out his windows and scare him into sharing information. The man asks her not to hurt him. “I won’t have to if you tell me what I want to know,” Daisy says. Fitz looks extremely uncomfortable with Daisy’s interrogation tactics.
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He gives the information that she wants, so Mack decides he’ll go with her to stake out the Watchdogs’ meeting place. They use a drone to see inside the facility and confirm they can hear Blake’s voice but can’t see him. While Daisy, Fitz and Mack observe, Ruben comes up on his motorcycle. He follows Mack to show him that he put the bike together. The bike brings out a few Watchdogs that Mack has to use the ICER gun on while Daisy throws them back with her powers.
Ruben freaks out and drives away, so Mack follows him. Daisy tries to get visual confirmation of Blake, but Fitz gets attacked by one of the terrorists first. They put an orange substance on his neck that Fitz says is a bomb.
The reason Daisy couldn’t get visual confirmation of Blake is because he seems to be in his basement, where Lincoln and Coulson are looking. The older men point their guns at each other.
Blake says S.H.I.E.L.D. never existed. It was only Hydra. The government was responsible for too much bad stuff: the Chitauri invasion, Ultron. Coulson realizes Blake is stalling.
Coulson suddenly orders Lincoln to kill Blake, despite a conversation earlier where Coulson worried that Lincoln couldn’t control himself. “Sometimes we do the wrong thing for the right reason. Now take him out,” Coulson says. Lincoln objects at first, but eventually he electrocutes Blake.
However, Blake is revealed to be a hologram. Coulson knows Lincoln didn’t send out a kill shot. The electrical jolt he sent out wouldn’t have been lethal. He approves of the move, even if it was against orders.
Back at S.H.I.E.L.D., Daisy uses liquid nitrogen to save Fitz, but that isn’t the end of their problems. They arrested one of the terrorists, and he says they didn’t know an Inhuman would be “a tiny, unassuming little girl.” They thought Mack was the one with powers, and they sent Watchdogs after him.
Mack is in the middle of a fight with his brother when the Watchdogs light the motorcycles on fire. They have to escape from their house without getting killed by the terrorists. They manage to take on a few, but there are more to come. Mack attaches a butcher knife (a “shotgun ax,” he says) to his father’s old shotgun to take out the last of the terrorists.
Unfortunately, the mechanic gets shot in the process. His brother is obviously scared. “This is why I didn’t tell you,” Mack says before losing consciousness. Luckily, he doesn’t have any fatal wounds. Daisy sends him off in an ambulance and gets to know Ruben a little before giving him a ride to follow his brother.
Daisy finds out that Malick (Powers Boothe) had a company car at the ATCU building that went down just an hour before the Watchdogs attacked. Hydra is controlling the terrorists, even if the Watchdogs don’t realize it. Blake, who is actually in a wheelchair, believes they are going to help get rid of the Inhumans. Apparently, that plan includes a massive missile from the ATCU.
Elsewhere in episode 14, Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and May (Ming-Na Wen) become partners. Simmons is practicing at the gun range, and she tells May she is frustrated with not being able to save herself. She let all those Inhumans die when she set Lash (Blair Underwood) free, but May assures her it wasn’t her fault. She did what she had to do.
May brings in Simmons to her search for Andrew. Simmons thinks May is looking in the wrong place. Andrew was a doctor, so May should stop thinking like a spy.
Simmons asks May what she’ll do when she finally finds her ex. May believes she has to kill him, but Simmons thinks she might be able to make a cure for Inhumans. “Don’t give me hope, Jemma. I don’t want hope,” May says.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.