Upon returning to Afterlife, an angry Cal confronts Jaiying and an injured Gordon reports that Hydra has taken Lincoln. This is something Raina has seen in her dreams. Any thoughts of a rescue effort to save Lincoln are put on hold. He’s being held prisoner with Mike Peterson. Doctor List hopes to isolate the genetic component between the two of them.
Coulson lets Gonzalez know that Hydra leaders Strucker and List have been running experiments on enhanced people. They’ve set up a base in the Arctic. Coulson wants to send in a small infiltration unit to rescue Mike. The rest of his team boards the plane. The bullet wound Hunter suffered isn’t as painful as watching Ward and Agent 33 get along like a couple of school kids in love.
Ward claims that Bakshi is still working for him. The plan is to rescue the enhanced prisoners, disable Hydra’s defenses and ultimately bomb the facility. May is the deciding vote on this plan. She asks for a private chat with Coulson. It’s not a pleasant one. May is ticked that Coulson was working with her ex. They push aside their differences for the time being until the rescue mission is over.
Simmons believes Ward is a threat to everyone. It’s best to remain armed with protective measures and, if need be, take the guy out altogether. She convinces Coulson to let her join in the rescue. Bobbi is unable do the same with Gonzalez, who insinuates that this is a suicide mission. At Afterlife, Raina claims that she had a vision of Skye rescuing Lincoln. She’s the only one who can save him. So Skye joins Coulson and the others. Ward exclaims, “This is great. We finally got the team back together!”
Ward is about to bring everyone up to speed on Bakshi’s intel when he pauses to address the “elephant on the plane.” He regrets that his actions destroyed the old team. His speech doesn’t really fly. Coulson orders Ward basically stop talking to people. Elsewhere, Hunter forgives Mack, but he still hasn’t ironed things out with Bobbi, who is keeping an eye on Agent 33.
Doctor List reveals that nobody has made it past a certain level of their testing with the exception of the twins that Strucker has elsewhere. He gives the order to shoot the approaching S.H.I.E.L.D. team out of the sky. That’s exactly what happens. Gonzalez tells everyone back at the base to sit tight. This was always part of the plan. The team lands a smaller plane safely amidst the exploding debris. They easily infiltrate the Hydra base.
Part of the team finds Mike. Skye leaves them to search for Lincoln. She takes down a slew of Hydra agents along the way. Lincoln is close to death. Skye uses her powers to jump start his heart. Elsewhere, Simmons makes her way into the area where Ward is. She attempts to kill him. Bakshi stops her by sacrificing his own life. Ward lets Simmons know that she’s changed. He’s disappointed in her.
May tells a busy Coulson that it’s time to go. The team, minus Ward and Bakshi, brings the wounded prisoners back to headquarters. Mike Peterson will need extensive repair work done. The now-free Ward calls Coulson to ask him to take care of Agent 33. She deserves a second chance and he can’t give it to her. As for the Hydra base, it was destroyed. Doctor List likely escaped.
Gonzalez watches as Skye keeps vigil over Lincoln. He believes she’s still dangerous. Still, he’s glad to have enhanced people on the base. Coulson gives Gonzalez the toolbox. That was their deal. The toolbox is fair game until Fury shows up to reclaim it. Coulson can’t stick around to soak in the shocked look on Gonzalez’s face. He has an incoming call from Maria Hill.
At Afterlife, a calmer Cal lets Jaiying know that Raina is deceitful. She needs to be watched. Raina is in the middle of giving Jaiying a piece of her mind when she has a vision. It’s of Loki’s scepter. She claims that men made of metal will rip our cities apart. The world will be changed forever. Coulson is also discussing the scepter with Agent Hill. He says it has the ability to control minds. He believes List is on his way to find it. It’s time to enact Theta Protocol. It’s time to bring in the Avengers.
Clip Skye's Inhuman Powers Save Lincoln
Clip Coulson Unlocks Nick Fury's Toolbox
Clip Dr. List Experiments with Alien Enhancement
Clip Hydra Shoots Down the S.H.I.E.L.D. Plane
Clip Theta Protocol: Bring in the Avengers
Clip Simmons Tries to Kill Ward
Clip Ward Apologizes for Destroying the Team
Clip Hydra Wants Loki's Scepter
Clip Sneak Peek: The Original S.H.I.E.L.D. Team Reunites
Clip Sneak Peek: Coulson Reveals Hydra's Plan