Fitz was not ready to give up on Simmons yet. In “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3, episode 2, Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) was insistent on finding his love, despite Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) demand to end the search. However, Fitz quickly found a way to convince his friends that he wasn’t chasing a dead end.
The episode kicks off with a flashback to 1839. A group sends a man off “on a journey,” they claim. The man is scared, but they push him into a room. He is with the Kree monolith, and he gets absorbed the same way Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) did. The men who put him in the room say no one has ever returned after coming into contact with the rock.
In the present day, Fitz is still attacking the monolith, just as he was at the end of the premiere. The team gets Fitz away from the rock just a few seconds before it goes to liquid. Fitz says he can’t give up on finding Simmons. Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) wipes sand off his face and Fitz analyzes it. It predates earth by a billion years. He believes the monolith is a portal. With proof that Simmons was transported, the team was ready to support Fitz’s search mission.
Coulson brings in Professor Randolph (Peter McNicol), who was in a Norwegian prison. The Asgardian could easily break out, but he wanted to lay low. After some threats from Coulson, Randolph breaks out of the jail. They show him the monolith, and it intrigues him. Randolph agrees to help them as long as they can destroy the portal after they save Simmons.
Randolph brings them to a castle in England where there are walls that bare the same Hebrew word for death that is on the parchment that was found with the monolith. Randolph notes that the word is often translated as “death by punishment.”
Coulson uncovers a secret passageway that leads to a bunker from the 1800s. They find some sort of contraption that may have held the monolith. Fitz believes it was designed to open the portal.
Mack (Henry Simmons) and Daisy (Chloe Bennet), who no longer wants to be called Skye, bring the monolith to the castle. Fitz puts the device into action, and the rock starts to transform into a portal. However, the process starts to affect Daisy. Her nose starts bleeding and she passes out as the machine breaks down. When she awakens, she reveals that she heard a ringing.
As Fitz is trying to fix the machine, he realizes that the machine works kind of like an amplifier. It’s the frequency of the room that triggers the portal, and Daisy’s powers could send waves that open up the gateway.
“Hold it open as long as you can,” Fitz says. The plan is to send a probe and see where the portal leads, but Fitz can’t give up what might be his only chance to bring Simmons home. He jumps into the portal with a rope around his waist.
Daisy couldn’t control the waves for long and eventually said she couldn’t hold it anymore. They started to reel in Fitz, who had just found Simmons.
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Fitz and Jemma were barely holding hands when Daisy lost control. The monolith exploded. Under the rubble, Fitz emerged … and then Jemma popped up too. Fitz saved Simmons.
They both appear to be physically fine after traveling to another planet. Yet Simmons might have a few mental health issues. She wakes up abruptly holding some sort of shiv, as if she is ready to attack. She realizes that she is home and puts her head on Fitz’s lap.
Of course, saving Simmons wasn’t the only thing happening in this episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” May (Ming-Na Wen) and Ward (Brett Dalton) both returned this week while the development of the Secret Warriors was delayed.
Secret Warriors: Daisy and Mack stay behind at first to start putting the Secret Warriors team together, but that can't happen without any members. Andrew (Blair Underwood) informs her that Joey (Juan Pablo Raba) is not fit to join the team yet, and Daisy gets frustrated. “Desperation leads to mistakes,” Andrew warns her. Daisy just wants to give Inhumans a place to feel like they belong and show that they can help people.
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May’s Vacation: May is not with her ex-husband Andrew, but she is instead in Arizona playing golf. She is with her father (James Hong), who knows that she isn’t there for his health. He says she has been daughter of the year lately, but that means something is off.
May’s dad brings out some of her old figure skating trophies, when May sees a shadow outside of the window. She is ready to attack when she opens the door and sees Hunter (Nick Blood).
The mercenary is off to find Ward, and Coulson said he didn’t need details. Coulson just wants Ward dead, and Hunter wants May’s help killing him. She claims her father needs her after he had a hip replacement. May turns down the offer, but Hunter leaves his contact info anyway.
Andrew calls May to tell her that Simmons is okay. When she hangs up, she tells Hunter. It looks like she changed her mind.
Ward’s Mission: Ward is working with Hydra again. He tracked down a former member, Carmine, to intimidate him. After driving around with Carmine on the hood of his sports car, Ward asks him to prove his worth. “So tell me, where’s the kid?” he asks.
Ward is looking for a young playboy (Spencer Treat Clark) that he claims could help them rebuild Hydra. He and Kebo (Daz Crawford) kidnap him from his yacht.
Ward brings the guy back to Hydra's base and gives Kebo the OK to torture him. Eventually, the young man fights back, and Ward says his father would be proud. The playboy is Werner von Strucker, Baron von Strucker’s son. Ward is actually inviting Werner to join the organization that his father used to help lead.
“It’s your world now,” Ward says. “And when we put these pieces back together, it’ll be stronger than the original.” Werner goes to work right away. He poses as a college student and signs up for Andrew’s college psychology class.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on ABC.