Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–…): Season 1, Episode 5 - Girl in the Flower Dress - full transcript

Centipede kidnaps another gifted man. S.H.I.E.L.D. tries to track them down. Also, secrets about Skye are revealed.


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How did you do that?

A magician never reveals his secrets.

Then I'll have to pierce your shell
and gaze within.

You understood.

Chan Ho Yin.


I would love 10 see that fire trick again.

I don't think that's a good idea.

Of course not.

It's a great idea.


I'm sorry for the clutter.

- I'm in between places.

How long have you been here?

Six years. Beer?


You seem to have an appreciation
for the greats.

I idolized him for many years.

And now?

There is no real magic there.
Just tricks.

And what you do, those aren't tricks?

Show me.

I'm sorry. (CHUCKLES)
I really shouldn't.

Says who? What are you afraid of?

It's not me who's afraid.


That can't be real?

See for yourself.


How long have you been able to...

First time was a few years ago.

A dish towel caught fire in my hands.

I almost burned down
my entire apartment.


And it doesn't hurt?

Not even a little.

You have a gift.

I've never seen anything like it.

Why not show the world?

I ask that same question every day.

There are people who...

Never mind.

It's just...

For years, I did illusions.

Tricks, like the rest.

And then this happens. It's real.

Real magic.

If I believed in such things,
I would say it was a miracle.

That this happened for a reason.

I believe you've been chosen.

You do?

Close your eyes,

and I'll show you.

That'll do.



WARD: Every decision you make
from here on out has consequences.

So be warned.

The kiddie gloves are off.

SKYE: G-7.


Yes! Ha!

So explain to me again
what this has to do with my training.

It's important for every S.O.

to evaluate their student's
thought process.


And I like board games. B-10.

Nope. This isn't thinking.
This is stabbing in the dark.

But it's nice to take a break
from the workouts.


You deserve a break.

I gotta give Coulson credit.

Never would have pegged
an ex-Rising Tide hacker as a good fit,

but you're picking things up pretty fast.

Did you just give me a compliment?

I... No, I made a comment.

A kind one.

Did it physically hurt to do that?

Do you need an ice pack?


Wow. A compliment and a smile.


I don't want to ruin the moment,

but I'm gonna have to respond with...


- Say it, Ward.

Say it.

- You sank my battleship.
-(LAUGHS) Yes!

- All right, best two out of three.
- I beat you!

- Best two out of three.
-Best out of one.

She's fitting in nicely.

MAY: Gloating?
COULSON: A little.

You were up early this morning.

Heard you puttering around
even before I started tai chi.

Having trouble sleeping?

No, I feel great.
Just have a little extra energy to burn.

If you want,
I could lay out the mats downstairs.

We could go a few rounds.
Like the old days.



Saved by the bell.

Chan Ho Yin.
Just a struggling street performer

until a few years ago

when Mr. Chan began to exhibit
moderate pyrokinetic abilities.

So what gave him powers?

COULSON: It's still under investigation,
but Chan did live

near the decommissioned Wan Tai
nuclear plant when it caught fire.

To our knowledge,
no other nearby residents

have exhibited similar traits.

So how did we find out about him?

Informant saw him lighting torches
in a street show.

With his pinky.

Brought it to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s attention.

We told him to keep his abilities
under wraps.

- He's been on the Index ever since.
- The Index?

It's a list S.H.l.E.L.D. keeps
of people and objects with powers.

Wait, what? How many are there?

- Are you saying there more people...
- Not many.

Well, enough to keep a list.

A short list. Meant to protect them.

Though in rare cases,
S.H.l.E.L.D. has had to take action.

Action against objects or people?

Well' that's drastic
with a side of creepy.

How are they monitored?

Tapped phones? Satellite surveillance?

Body probes
in dark, unpleasant places?

FITZ: Body probes?

Now that's ridiculous.
S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't do that.

We don't do that, do we?

The methods vary.

Mr. Chan was low risk.
He was assigned a case agent

who checked in with him
every few days.

That's how we discovered him missing.



Everyone, this is Agent Kwan,
Chan Ho Yin's case agent.

What can you tell us?

Not much, I'm afraid.

Chan is a magician, so, at first,
I thought he'd made himself disappear.

The file says you'd caught him
violating his Index agreement before.

On two separate occasions.

Claimed we were
"hampering his artistic expression."

But late last night,
he was taken by professionals.

The only thing they left behind
was this scrap of aluminized material.

Fire-proof clothing.

So whoever took him
knew about his power.

Yes. We think we know why.

In the last few days,

tech division discovered a crack
into our data stream.

It's the same cyberpunks
who hacked us before.

Somehow they got in again.

It's the Rising Tide.

Hello? It got real quiet.

- You guys still there?

The Rising Tide is a huge organization
of hacktivists from all around the world.

Any of them could've done this.
It wasn't me.

- No one's saying it was.
- But you're thinking it.

I can see your faces thinking it.

We're assessing the situation.

Then I'm sure you're taking into account

that I have been living on a plane
with you this whole time.

It would be impossible
for me to hack S.H.l.E.L.D.

Or easier.
We're gonna need more than that.

Fine. Let me trace the hack,
and I'll prove it.

I believe her, sir.

And if she's telling the truth,

we need to track down
the person responsible.

Dig up something, and fast.

The longer Mr. Chan's missing,
the more danger he's in.

- RAINA: Good morning, Chan.

What the hell?

I apologize for last night.

It was important I bring you in
under the radar.

Oh, S.H.l.E.L.D.

Tell Agent Kwan I don't need
to be read the Power Protocols again.

It was just a street performance.
It's not like I set anyone on fire.

I don't work for S.H.l.E.L.D.
I come as a friend.

English isn't my first language,

but that word means
something different than you think.

I understand your frustration.

But I believe you have a gift.

And if you let me,

I'd like to help you nurture it.

I can increase it.

You'll get people's attention then.

Increase my power?
Why? What's the catch?

I'd like to run some tests.

There it is.

Now, will you let me go,
or must I fight my way out?

Leave now, and I'll forget you.
I promise.

But so will everyone else.

Stay and you can be remembered.

Known the world over.

You want to make
Chan Ho Yin a famous name?

No, you need a simpler name,
a more powerful name.

A name like


"Scorch?" Are you joking?

Have you ever heard of Steve Rogers?

No. But Captain America,
now, he's on the news,

and a lunchbox,
and a poster on the wall.

I don't want to be a superhero.

You want to be recognized for your gift.

And who is more recognizable
than them?

I was given this power for a reason.

I just want people to see what I can do.

They will.

All I want is what you want.

For you to be remembered.

To be seen for what you're meant to be.

A star.


It's growing on me.


- How close are we?
- Almost there.

She's identified
the remote access Trojan

- and the infected endpoint.
- Yeah, and is searching for a TCP

to correlate a hypertext
with signature information,

-and then, voila!
- Bob is your uncle.

- You get any of that?
- Only the uncle part,

We got our origin. Austin, Texas.

You got a name?

Just the café our hacker worked out of,
but I'm in the system.

I'm gonna check to see
if any credit card charges

from that day match up
with any known hackers.

We got a hit.

Miles Lydon. Not Skye.

- That's to all of our relief.
- You know him?

Every hacker in the world knows him.

Not just the hacker world.
He infiltrated the Kremlin.

Yeah, the picture of Putin shirtless
on horseback,

that was his hack.

It was also his hack
that got Chan kidnapped.

May, set a course for Austin.

- Just did.
- What about Chan?

Kwan's got a S.H.l.E.L.D. team
on the ground.

Our best bet is to chase this thing
from the other end.

Find Mr. Lydon, bring him in,
see what he knows.

Just left the café where Miles logged in.

Cashier says she hasn't seen him
in over a week.

WARD: I may have eyes on him.

I've been made.

Heading East on 5th Street.

Target is now in a silver Jetta.

COULSON: I got him.


- All right, suit, you asked for it.

Gridlock Protocol.




I lost him.

Are you sure they're not following you?

Yeah, had to pull out
all the stops though.

Thanks for the text.

Wait, are you mad?

Are you kidding me?

I don't have much time.
Who did you leak those files to?

Wait a second, what?

"Good to see you, too, Miles."

I released them into the world
where they belong.

They'll keep hunting you unless
they have someone else to look for.

And why the hell
would you hack S.H.l.E.L.D.?

Because that's what we do.

Not when I'm on the inside.

You could have ruined everything,
you dumb-ass.

Seems like you handled it.

I've come too far for you to...

Why are looking at me like that?

Did you just call me "dumb-ass"?

Stop smiling. I'm serious.

Because I taught you
everything you know,

-so what does that make you?
- No, you didn't.

I'm sorry. I can't help it.

I've been missing you like crazy.


That's where you keep that, huh?

Better safe than busted.

Making any progress on that?

Digging, but your little stunt
is gonna make it harder.

(SIGHS) Where's my top?

You know, I could be helping you.

If you send me cipher-text,
I can be working on algorithms...

No, I can't contact you.
I never should have.

There's a S.H.l.E.L.D. team looking
for you right now.

My team. And if they suspect
something, I'm screwed.

There's a joke here.

That I'm resisting.
That involves the word "screwed."

Shut up. There's a guy in trouble
because of you,

and I got to get back.

So if you want to help me,
help me find my clothes.


I'm sorry, Skye. Really, I am,
if I messed anything up.

I've missed you.

Me, too.

But we talked about this
when I left for L.A.

I've got a chance here.

So S.H.I.E.L.D. is off limits.

- Okay?
- Okay.

At least tell me what it's like.

Come on, the belly of the beast.

Surprisingly un-beastly.

I've got good people I'm working with.

Some good stories though, I hope.

(CHUCKLES) Miles. You have no idea.

But that's classified.

- You did not just say that to me.

Come on, you got to tell me something.


Well, if they ever let you go on leave
or whatever,

let me know,
and I'll get us a suite at the...

Fancy hotel that has suites.

And you can regale me with stories
while naked.

A suite? You? That's funny.

But they're never gonna let me go
on anything

if I don't find my stupid...


Get dressed.


I know how this looks...

How long have
you two been in contact?

I contacted him once the day I joined
to tell him I was okay

and once earlier today.

When you tipped off an active suspect?

No, it's not like that.

Miles and I, we met
when we were both a little screwed up.

Scratch that. He was a little screwed up.
I was a lot.

But we looked after one another.
That's why I warned him.

Not because
we're working together on this,

but because were friends.

I'm really sorry.

Noted. If not you,
then who is Mr. Lydon working with?

No one. He's an idealist.

Believes in freedom of information.

That information
cost a man his freedom,

and you sabotaged our attempts
to remedy that.

No, I came here to find out
what Miles knows about Chan.

- And?
- Nothing.

Miles is a dead end. He's harmless.

We'll see.

Really. I was gonna find out
everything I could to try to help.

I felt like I couldn't
tell you guys everything.

I know.
That's why I asked May to follow you.

Seems that wasn't a dead end.

Why would Skye do this to us for him?
I thought she was our friend.

I think she is, Fitz.
He's just obviously more than that.

Yeah, but we've been through
so much together,

and she didn't even tell us
that she has a guy.

Well, who knows what
they've been through together?

MAY: The classified information
you stole from us,

who did you give it to?

It's information. It has a life of its own.

What happened to Mr. Chan?

I don't know who that is.
So why don't you tell me?


So are you guys just gonna destroy
all my stuff?



I don't have to talk to...

Take him in.

Gather all the evidence
and secure the prisoners.

We got what we were looking for here.

We're going to Hung Kong.

I'm so sorry, Ward.
This is not what it looks like...


Now get up.


Uh, you missed a button. I'm sorry.

What is this big place, Raina?

And who are these guys?

They'll assist you
with anything you need.

We're hereto monitor your vitals
while we observe your powers.

And it's big
because we'll need the space.

This serum strengthens
the cytoskeleton

within each cell of your body.

One dose, and you'll feel incredible

until it wears off.

- And it will wear off?
- Yes.

But the effects in average subjects
has been impressive.

In you, I'm excited to see.

What do you think
of the name "Scorch"?




RAINA: Feel it?

Now let's see what you can do.


(CHUCKLING) Oh, sorry,
you almost got scorched.

This is incredible!


You are a beautiful angel,
you know that?

Your power is an amazing gift.

And S.H.l.E.L.D. wouldn't let me use it.

But thanks to you, the whole world
can finally see what I can do.

From now on, nobody holds me back.



So I guess due process
isn't really S.H.I.E.L.D. protocol.

They don't have time for it.

Whoa, are you defending them?

These people are denying
our basic rights!

This isn't about us!

They're trying to save someone's life.

Listen to yourself.

That's what they always say
to justify invading privacy, Skye.

These people stand
for everything we despise.

Secrets, censorship...

Enough with the manifesto, Miles!

We can't let them get away with it!

Manning, Snowden, Aaron Swartz,
these are modern day revolutionaries.

SKYE: This has nothing to do with that.
You leak...

- The guy's hiding behind platitudes.

He's dirty. I can feel it.

(SIGHING) Scrubbed clean, actually.
Nothing much on him.

He's got no family records.
His apartment's under an alias.

And he plays a lot of Minecraft
where he runs a rather nasty mob.

What, as a zombie?

Zombie pigman.

Keep looking.

Go ahead. Say it.

I don't do petty.

But you called it.

I trusted my gut
even though you said she was a risk.

When someone breaks into my house,
I usually don't invite them to stay.

- But that's me.
- That was me, too.

Then that alien staff
went through my heart.

Sure it didn't go through the brain?

You don't really do comforting either,
do you?

What is your gut telling you now?

That she's still hiding something.

Sir, we found some evidence.

She's been defending you,
saying you're a stand-up guy.

So I'm going to give you a chance.

You want to tell her, or should I?

I don't have to listen to you...

There goes your chance.

Your boyfriend here
made a few deposits

in the days following the leak.

All said,

it's about a million dollars.


- Real stand-up guy.
- I can explain...

Did you sell information?

Miles? Yes or no?

- Did you?
- Yes, but...

Oh! You are so dead!

What the hell were you thinking?

It was a million dollars.

A million dollars.
It would change my life.

Our lives.

And that woman was harmless.
I looked into it.

No one with good intentions
pays that kind of money for information.

Did you ever think about that?

Of course I did.
I never would have done it if I thought...

Who's the woman you referred to?

A fan of the Rising Tide.

Some rich girl in a flower dress.

She knew all about me, said I had a gift.

She thought people like us
deserved more.

Oh, you deserve more.

She pointed me
lo a Chinese S.H.l.E.L.D. feed,

wanted me to crack it.

You thought that was harmless?

I checked the data stream.

It didn't seem like anything you and I
hadn't already put out there, Skye.

And I traced the account
where the money came from

to make sure
it wasn't some evil corporation.

It was just an eco-research lab.
Otherwise, I would never...

Ecological research?

Yeah, insects.
Some study with centipedes.

What's more harmless than that?

It appears the volatility
in the serum has been neutralized.

I'm surprised you got him to cooperate.

He has dreams.

I told him they'd come true.


You gave him a name, didn't you?

Everyone wants to be remembered.

Thank God no one's gonna have
to actually call him that

You were right.
The platelets in his blood

prevent the EXTREMIS in the serum
from combusting.

That's fantastic.
The others will be pleased.

Good work, Raina.

Now drain him.



It appears Centipede is responsible
for Mr. Chan's kidnapping.

First L.A., now Hong Kong.

What kind of organization
are we dealing with?

International, well-financed,
interested in creating a super-soldier.

Let's hope finding Mr. Chan
will provide some answers.

Using the account information
Mr. Lydon gave us,

S.H.l.E.L.D. HQ believes
he's being held here.

Any ideas
what Centipede wants with Chan?

Hard to say, but Simmons thinks
that considering he's pyrokinetic...

There's a good chance his genetics

could stabilize the EXTREMIS element
of the Centipede serum.

- Keep the test subjects from going...
- Boom!

If Mr. Chan is Centipede's lab rat,

we need to get there
before the experiment's over.


This is no test. This is torture.


Thank you for your participation.

Our group really owes you one.

I won't let you...



What have you done?

We don't understand
what gave you this ability.

But the reason you don't burn

is because your blood platelets
are fire-resistant.

Which is why we're removing them.

Take this upstairs.

Raina, you said I have a gift.

And you're giving it.




Agent May and I will be handling
the field work.

You stay and oversee the prisoners.


I was Skye's S.O.
It was my responsibility...

It was my call
to bring Skye onto the plane.

And you warned me against it.

My problem. I fix it.

I'm sorry. I honestly didn't know.

All our talks.

Did you mean none of it?

I risked everything to help you,
and it turns out

every word out of your mouth
since we met is total crap.

- That's not true.
-"Democratization of knowledge."

"The truth will set you free."
The truth sure as hell came out

I believe in all of those things.

I just don't know
why they have to go hand in hand

with barely scraping by.

Come on, Skye.
You lived in your van for the last year...

Now, you're making fun of my van?

I could have funded us for years! Us.

So you wouldn't have
to sacrifice your principles,

joining this corrupt institution
to find what you're looking for.

Whats wrong with me trying to do that?

I'll tell you what's wrong with that.
An innocent guy might die.

For money.

You know
I'd never intentionally hurt anyone.

I'm just trying to get my life together.

At least you know
what you're looking for.

Me? I don't have that.

For a long time, I thought it was you.

I guess I was wrong.

I guess so.

Building has five floors.
The first four are research.

Fifth is listed as maintenance
but uses half the building's energy.

Either they're guarding
the world's largest vacuum...

Or that's where Chan's being held.

Send your B and C teams in through
the tunnels to secure the lower floors.

Warn them that the Centipede serum
is highly explosive.

Understood. Where do we go in?


The roof.

There. Heat signature confirmed.

I love these things.



- Agent Kwan, it's you.

We're here to get you out.


Strike team needs
a security override, stat.

Kwan, can you arrange...

Chan, what have you done?

I've set myself free.

Coulson's in trouble.


Mr. Chan, I know you're in pain.

This is nothing.

You were the ones killing me,

forcing me to keep
this gift locked up inside.



So we're good, right?

The entire facility's been locked down.

- Are you sure about this?

This is pretty cool.

The alarms disconnected the system
from all exterior sewers.

Can you fix it or not?

Yes, but you've gotta get me on site.

- No way.
- Not a chance.

You're a hacker, Skye.
Not SEAL Team Six.


but he is.


His file say anything
about him being homicidal?

Just said he was kind of a tool.

Mr. Chan, believe it or not,
this could still get worse.

You bend someone long enough,
and they break.

Poor little Chan Ho Yin
may have believed your lies,

but not Scorch.


Oh, crap. They gave him a name.

Give me a clean look.

I'll make sure he wakes up
in a S.H.I.E.L.D. containment facility.

Waking is optional at this point.


I'm out.

Nothing can stop me.

Where are we on the doors?

Almost there.

S.H.l.E.L.D. has infiltrated the building.

No, it's under control.

Didn't want to tell them?

Chan's true nature has revealed itself.

Without his platelets,
the serum will combust.

Wouldn't be the first one
to blow up on you.

I'm beginning to think you're bad luck.

- How long is this gonna take?
- Done.

COULSON: Doors are unlocked.
Where's Chan?

- He's gone.
- Damn it!

That tranquilizer was his last chance.
You know that.

I know.
It's time to minimize the damage.

Simmons, are the building's computers
back online?



Uncuff Miles.
We're going to need his help.

- You!

I wish you all the best.



Look, we can fix you.

Make you stronger.

Take the name "Scorch"
and make it mean something.

It already does.





Mr- Chan, we don't want to hurt you.

But we have to.


We gotta move.


You need to drive the blast
into the main ventilation shaft.

Yeah, and on up to the roof.


Skye managed to extract some files
from the building's mainframe.

It's not much,
but could get us a fix on Centipede.


You can't save someone
from themselves, sir.

You can if you get to them
early enough.

You've got two choices.

Take what's in this box,
or we put you in a slightly bigger one.

You wanna give me a hint?

What's it do?

Whatever we tell it to do.

I'd try to avoid any unlawful activity.

And I think you'll find it hard
lo use electronic devices for a while.

- You can go now.

Cool, but we're still in Hong Kong.


- I live in Austin, Texas.
- I know.

Oh, and Agent Kwan's family thanks you
for the anonymous donation.

My office.

So you planning to stay?

If they let me.

You've changed.


I mean, you're not who you used to be.

And you're not who I thought you were.

I hope you find what you're looking for.

Make it a double.

Is there any other kind?

So I'm going to Coulson's office now.

Figured you might wanna be there,
being my S.0. and all.

I'm off the clock.

Right. Okay then.


I didn't want anything to...

COULSON: Stop lying.

Since the moment
you stepped foot on this plane,

you've been lying.

To my face. To all of us.

- No, I haven't...
- You're lying now.

I stood up for you
to my team down there.

And some of us started
to believe in you.

- Risked our lives for you.
- I...

Why are you here?

You've been keeping something
from us this whole time,

and it wasn't just a boyfriend.

You have a secret, Skye,

and one chance to come outwith it.

That's now. Or I'm done with you.

What is this?

It's everything I have.

On us?

On me.

That's why I learned to crack systems,

why I joined the Rising Tide.

To find any details I could
about my parents.

There's nothing.

No records.

There's no trace of them.

My lifelong search has led
to a single document.


By S.H.l.E.L.D.

No matter what you do,
I'll never stop looking.

You might not like what you find.

It can't be worse
than what I've imagined.


Maybe I can help.


Well, you know
I'm not gonna do the talking.

RAINA: The doctor is dead.

About time.

She did find a solution
to our combustion problem.

We believe
we'll soon have stable subjects.

On to Stage Two.

That mean my situation
is going to improve any?

Well, other problems have surfaced.

Resurfaced, I should say.

The S.H.l.E.L.D. unit in Hong Kong.

We've encountered them before.

They took our subject off the map
in Los Angeles.

Not much I can do about that in here.

So that's not why I'm getting the visit.

We would like you to touch base
with The Clairvoyant.

See if any insights can be given.

On Stage Three.

The Clairvoyant
doesn't like to be touched.

We all have to do things
that make us uncomfortable

if we are ever to get
our toy soldiers off the shelf.

You know that better than any of us.

I like your dress.

I know.
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