Welcome to the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap for Season 3, Episode 20, "Emancipation" (original airdate May 10, 2016) where you can catch up on the all of the highlights that you may have missed. Check out our favorite moments and let us know yours in the comments below. And don't miss the two-hour Season 3 finale (Episodes 21 "Absolution" & 22 "Ascension") on Tuesday, May 17 at 9|8c.
While in a bar, Coulson (Clark Gregg) reads S.H.I.E.L.D. founder Peggy Carter's (Hayley Atwell) obituary while listening to a TV reporter discuss the ratification of the Sokovia Accords and the ensuing events of Captain America: Civil War. Coulson tells May (Ming-Na Wen) they need to do whatever it takes to take down Hive (Brett Dalton). General Talbot arrives to talk to Coulson about his mission to register any Inhumans S.H.I.E.L.D. has, per the Sokovia Accords.
Watch Coulson & May react to news of the Civil War between Captain America & Iron Man
Meanwhile, in an abandoned mall, Daisy's (Chloe Bennet) blood is taken for Hive's experiment as she hacks into S.H.I.E.L.D. In his containment room, Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) quietly asks if Daisy's listening, and the television ticker begins to read: "I'm here." A live-feed of Daisy appears on the television, and Lincoln says he just wants to be with her, no Hive, no S.H.I.E.L.D.
At a Watchdog training camp, a Lieutenant says the ATCU gave them a name off the List. The Watchdogs follow their lead and corner the powered person they found from the ATCU leak, but the person takes off his hood revealing that it's James. It's a trap! James grabs a chain that blazes with fire and attacks them as they try to escape, but Hive has them cornered.
Watch James & Hive Trap the Watchdogs:
At S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ, Talbot comes face to face with Lash in the containment module. He's incredulous that May and Coulson see Lash as a possible asset and demands to know where Daisy is. May lies and Talbot calls her out on it. He has pictures of Daisy with Grant Ward, a dead man. Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Coulson then give Talbot the latest on Hive. Fitz and Simmons have figured out Hive's endgame: to turn a human into a swayed Inhuman with one chemical cocktail, creating a ready made army for Hive out of normal humans.
In the abandoned mall, Dr. Radcliffe uses the chemical cocktail on the captured Watchdogs, which turns them into five abominations he calls Primitives. Radcliffe pleads for his life after the failed experiment, but to everyone's surprise, Hive actually wants Radcliffe to make more of them.
Watch the Reveal of the Primitives:
With Daisy as his guide, Lincoln "MacGyver's" his way out of the containment room and sneaks through the S.H.I.E.L.D. base, dodging May. Fitz learns that Daisy has hacked the system and is helping Lincoln escape. He starts working to kick Daisy out while the rest of the team looks for Lincoln. Mack (Henry Simmons) realizes that Daisy could auto-pilot a Quinjet with Lincoln on it. He heads towards the hangar to stop him. Lincoln takes out a defiant Mack to get into the hangar where he gets into a Quinjet. Hive then tells Daisy that he will meet Lincoln upon his arrival and sway him, but he also needs all of Daisy's blood to make more Primitives.
Just as the Quinjet takes off, Coulson and team get into the hangar. Talbot is about to call the president to tell him everything when May shows up just as Lincoln walks out of another Quinjet! Lincoln and May explain their plan to the team. Daisy had to really believe Lincoln, which means everyone else had to believe Lincoln, too.
The Quinjet arrives at Hive's abandoned mall, where he's expecting Lincoln... but it's Lash! An epic battle begins and Hive attempts to use his particulates, but Lash's energy in his hand dissolves Hive before it reaches him. Then Lash blasts a hole in Hive's chest. Hive looks genuinely scared for the first time. He calls on the Primitives to take down Lash.
Watch Hive & Lash Battle:
Still weak from her blood donation, Daisy hits Lash with everything she has. Lash readies his blue energy, but instead of killing her, he pulls the Hive particulate out of her and dissolves it in his hand. After carrying her to the Quinjet, James' powered chain pierces through Lash and kills him. Daisy quakes James and the oncoming Primitives back. She closes the ramp door on the Quinjet and returns to S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ.
Watch Lash Save Daisy:
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