Everyone needed a little help in “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3, episode 3. After returning from an alien planet last week, Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) needed some support while adjusting to life on Earth. Hunter (Nick Blood) had to get some assistance finding Ward (Brett Dalton), and Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) required a rescue team to escape the ATCU. However, someone didn’t get the help they needed.
Coulson’s Deal: Lincoln is on the run from ATCU. Daisy (Chloe Bennet) wants to help, but she doesn’t know how to find him. It turns out Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Mack (Henry Simmons) had a tracker on him. Once Daisy calls him, Lincoln finds the tracker in his arm and burns it.
However, Lincoln knows he needs someone to assist in his getaway after the ATCU takes their search public and puts his photo on TV. Lincoln calls his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor, John (Daniel Roebuck), for a ride. John takes him into his home and seems to have a lot of affection for the Inhuman, but once he sees Lincoln on TV, he changes his mind.
Lincoln refuses to be captured, so he zaps the baseball bat in John’s hands. However, that triggers a heart attack. Once John dies, Lincoln knows that he is in too deep. He calls Daisy for help.
While Daisy and Mack get Lincoln, Coulson meets with Rosalind (Constance Zimmer) and tells her that she is approaching the Inhuman situation from the wrong angle. He asks her to let them take Lincoln, but Rosalind won’t agree. She needs to show results to the public after the White House made a big speech about the ATCU.
Coulson has another request. He asks what he needs to do to keep Daisy off TV screens. Her safety comes at a price.
When Daisy finds Lincoln, he is feeling guilty. He says John saved his life several times. Daisy promises him he has a purpose, that he can save people. She knows because he taught her this last year, but Lincoln has trouble believing in those ideas after the battle between Inhumans and S.H.I.E.L.D. in Season 2.
“You’re wasting your time caring about me,” Lincoln says.
“I can’t help it,” Daisy says before she kisses him.
He agrees to go into S.H.I.E.L.D. with her, but Mack reveals there has been a change of plans. He brings in the ATCU and tells them Coulson ordered them to take Lincoln. Daisy is shocked, but Lincoln refuses to go quietly. He uses his powers to escape, so the agents try to take Daisy. Coulson quickly figures out a different deal.
When Daisy gets back to the office, she discovers he offered his expertise to Rosalind. He is tired of fighting people who generally just want to keep the world safe. Obviously, Daisy loathes his plans, but Coulson isn’t backing out of the deal.
Simmons’ Trauma: Simmons is experiencing plenty of posttraumatic stress. Small noises, like phones vibrating, startle her. Even taking a shower seems foreign to her. Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) holds Simmons hand while he takes her through the lab to help her readjust, but Simmons doesn’t want to be there. It concerns Fitz because she used to love the lab that she worked so hard to design. Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) tells him to stop worrying about what she used to love and give her something to look forward to.
With that idea in mind, Fitz takes Simmons to dinner. When they get there, the waiter tells her Fitz has been keeping this reservation for months. This is the dinner that he started planning in the “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2 finale, but it’s slightly different. He clears out an entire restaurant to keep her free of things that would startle her. She is grateful that he has done all of this for her, but she gets overwhelmed and starts to cry.
After their dinner, Bobbi finds Simmons in the lab, looking at the debris left from the monolith. Bobbi says Simmons shouldn’t worry about the Kree stone. They’ve run the tests, and she promises that the portal can’t be opened again. However, Simmons doesn’t find that reassuring. “But it has to,” Simmons says. “I have to go back.”
Hunter Goes Undercover: Hunter uses one of his old aliases to get in touch with Spud (Daniel Feuerriegel), who has contacts at Hydra. He and May (Ming-Na Wen) claim they have weapons to sell, and Spud says he could get them to the right people -- but Hunter will have to fight his way in.
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May wants to fight, but Hunter says she’ll cause too much of a stir. He gets into the ring to find that he is fighting his contact. Hunter and Spud face off while a group of guys hit on May. The group tries to corner her, and she decides to go out of the room with them. May easily knocks out all three dudes. After all, there’s a reason they call her the Cavalry. “How about I do you a favor and not tell anyone that a tiny, little, Asian woman kicked your a--?” May tells says.
May returns to the fight and finds Hunter covered in blood. He puts on some brass knuckles and throws a few more punches until Spud is no longer breathing. Hunter looks conflicted about the outcome, but it gets him where he wants to be. Hunter is introduced to Kebo (Daz Crawford), Ward’s new right hand man.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on ABC.