In San Francisco, Fitz uses Hunter’s tips for losing a tail to make a clean getaway in a QuinJet. Once aboard the craft, he’s surprised to see Mike Peterson in the pilot’s seat. He’s further stunned to hear that Coulson wants to make a deal with former Agent Grant Ward. A meeting takes place in Tijuana. Coulson offers Ward the opportunity for the Tahiti protocol if he can get him inside Hydra.
Plans are made to use a brainwashed Sunil Bakshi to get close to Hydra’s Doctor List. The entire meeting will be monitored through the eye of Mike, who poses as a bodyguard. It quickly appears as though Bakshi and Ward are pulling a double-cross. This leads to an intense showdown aboard the QuinJet. Once everyone calms down, the infiltration plan moves forward.
Bobbi and Mack wonder if Hunter may have been right about his allegiance to Coulson. A question of loyalties also comes into play after its revealed that Fitz has the real toolbox. May informs Bobbi of this. Simmons is then asked to tap into Mike Petersen’s hardware to track down Coulson.
Ethan Johnston, an individual once seen leaving Afterlife for a trip, is dead after experimentation in a Hydra hideout. Speaking of Afterlife residents, Skye admits that she had a nice time at dinner with her parents. She fears the plan to send Cal away will have violent repercussions. She lets her unsuspecting father know that she’d like to go with him on his trip. She hopes to soften the blow of letting him know he can’t return to Afterlife.
Cal and Skye are dropped off by Gordon in Milwaukee. They have an extended father-daughter chat about what their lives could have been like there. Once Skye gets an opening, she contacts May. She wants S.H.I.E.L.D. to come contain Cal before he loses his cool. What Skye doesn’t know is that Lincoln has been keeping an eye on her from afar.
Doctor List speaks of a Quantum Entanglement bridge which basically describes the teleport Gordon uses to whisk people back and forth. Elsewhere, Cal brings Skye to his old office. He shows her his grandfather’s World War II field kit. He used it to put her mother back together. Skye finally has to stop Cal from talking about his desire to turn back the clock. They need to move forward. When Lincoln shows himself, Cal realizes what’s happening. He takes out his anger on arriving Hydra agents.
Mike enters the office building with the Hydra agents. He gets into a battle with Lincoln. Hunter gets shot during the battle. Agent 33 gives him aid. When Simmons finally taps into Mike’s hardware, she and May see that Coulson is working with Ward. Skye sees this, too. Before she can react, she’s whisked away by Gordon with Cal hitching an unplanned portal ride.
A seemingly non-brainwashed Bakshi orders Hydra agents to neutralize Mike and Lincoln. Ward lets Coulson know that they are outmanned and outgunned. He needs to make a call as to what to do next. This leads to Coulson’s unexpected move of surrendering to Bobbi and Mack.