In Austria, 1945, the man known in the present day as Daniel Whitehall, orders experimentation done using the obelisk. He is enthusiastic when one woman appears to be unaffected by the obelisk’s deadly lava attack on the flesh. In the present day, the Doctor lets Whitehall know that he has yet to unlock the true power of the object. It needs to be taken to a “special place” by a “special person.” Elsewhere, Coulson believes the obelisk will lead Whitehall and Hydra to the alien city he saw in a design in “The Writing on the Wall.” For more intel, access the Field Report for “The Things We Bury” below.
Connections: The team realizes that Whitehall and Red Skull have some connection even though the latter has been dead for 70 years. Simmons finds the original 0-8-4 report signed by Agent Peggy Carter. It says that the obelisk and a Red Skull commander, Werner Reinhardt (who looks a lot like Daniel Whitehall), were captured. In the past, Reinhardt gives Agent Carter some information on some of the mysteries of what they’ve found. It’s not enough keep her from locking him away for a long time. Reinhardt makes a “special” discovery when he finally gets out.
All Is Not Well: Ward kidnaps his big brother, Senator Christian Ward. They debate about what happened at “The Well.” Ward has him dig up the hole in the woods. He gets Christian to admit that he wanted their brother dead because he was the only one their mother didn’t torture. She loved him so much. Christian wanted her to feel the pain they felt.
Trust Issues: Hunter gives Bobbi the file on Reinhardt/Whitehall. It’s just the leverage she needs to break Bakshi, who tries to kill himself with a cyanide capsule embedded in his cheekbone. Hunter thinks Bobbi may have pushed too hard. Perhaps she was afraid the guy would reveal what she had to do to keep her Hydra cover. This leads to an all-out bicker-fest which then leads to something else.
The Doctor is In: Coulson, Skye, Fitz and Trip are off to the Australian Outback to hack into a satellite feed to find the alien city. The work they did in Hawaii laid the groundwork to make this happen. Even a struggling Fitz comes through in the end. Unfortunately, Hydra arrives at the same time as the team. Trip is shot. It’s bad. A stranger appears out of the darkness. He can help. He’s a doctor. He’s the Doctor.
A Piece of the Puzzle: Werner Reinhardt and former agent Grant Ward have done some horrific things in the past. Tragically, this makes them the perfect team. The Doctor is brought in to meet with Whitehall. He’s intrigued to hear that his new cohort, Ward, was a member of Coulson’s team. He knows all of them—like family. Jumping back 25 years ago, we see the Doctor as he finds a body in the woods. It’s someone we’ve seen before.
Past Field Reports:
Coulson Asks May to Kill Him|Coulson orders May to take him out if he loses control.|Coulson orders May to take him out if he loses control. From Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 episode, "Face My Enemy."