Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–…): Season 2, Episode 16 - Afterlife - full transcript

As Robert Gonzalez makes his move, Coulson must do whatever it takes to protect the future of S.H.I.E.L.D. Meanwhile Skye's journey to control her powers take a surprising turn when she meets the enigmatic Inhuman named Lincoln.

Previously on "Marvel's
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."...

Hello, Skye. I'm Gordon.

I'll take you to a place

where you can be with people like us.

You can learn about your gift.

Gonzales: We founded the real S.H.I.E.L.D.

On the belief that
leadership should operate

with transparency.

Coulson and his secrets, that's the threat.

And I think it's time
that we remove that threat.

This should get you by for a few days.

Without you, there is no S.H.I.E.L.D.

They know about Skye. Find her.

[Guns cock]

[Breathing heavily]


Gordon, help.

[Electricity crackles]

[Country music playing]

[Vehicle passes]

[Indistinct talking over P.A.]

Eddie: Can I let you in on a little secret?

I've got a genuine, honest
Abe, God-given superpower.

You want to know what it is?

I'm afraid to guess.

I can look at any man

and tell him exactly what kind
of car he should be driving.

Maybe I'll just look around.

Y-you know, I look at you,

and I see a man who's played
it safe his whole life,

but lately feels like he's stuck in a rut.

Life's lost its thrill.

The kids are monsters. The
wife's taken to muumuus.

And now you're thinking,

"it's time to let the tiger loose."

Am I hitting the Mark?


Then this is the car for you.

Actually, I'm interested in this S.U.V.

I'm going off-roading.

I need something that can take a beating.

I'll pay you cash right now.

A man with cash is a man with class.

I'll do you one better...

2010 4-wheel drive
Wrangler Rubicon... came in.

A bit pricier, but she's a beaut.

It's... well, it looks like this one here.

- Get in.
- What are you doing?

Put that back. I'm making a deal.

For that piece of junk?

This is my vehicle.

You know, I need you to
get out of there right now.

We're not criminals. We don't
want to draw any more attention.

If it makes you feel better,
you can send him a check.

Oh, wait.

No, we can't, because our
bank accounts have been frozen.

So just get in. I'll get
you to Skye, I promise.

Hold on a second. You two are in cahoots?

You know what? I-I'm gonna call the police.

See what you did? He's calling the police.

Are you happy? Sorry, Eddie.

- The tiger's been loose for awhile.
- [Gun cocks]


[Engine revs, tires screech]

[electricity crackling]


Gordon: Hey.

Everything's gonna be
okay. You're safe now.

Gordon, where am I?

This is the place I told you about.

You called for me. Do you remember?

How long have I been here?

Two days.

T-t... I need to... I need to go.

They need me. Something bad has happened.

Oh, why can't I move?

[Breathing heavily]
What are you doing to me?

- Lincoln: We're healing you.
- [Door closes]

Leaving now wouldn't
exactly be... [Chuckles]

You ever made microwave popcorn?

Leave it in too long, and it's charcoal.

Take it out too soon,
and it's a bag of kernels.

That might be the worst analogy ever.

Gordo, help me out here.

You are on your own with this one.

I have to go now.

You're in very good hands.

He's smarter than he looks.

How do you know that?

[Electricity crackling]

He's been by your side since
the moment you got here.

Who are you?


I thought... I'm Lincoln,
your transitioner.

Right. I-I keep forgetting you're new to this.

E-everyone who goes through terrigenesis

has, uh, a transitioner to help them.

Please cut to the chase. I...

- [Electricity crackles]
- Right, yeah.

Let me start from the top.

Imagine a thousand years of evolution

taking place instantaneously.

T-that's what happened to you after the mist.

These treatments... we're helping your body

adjust properly to the change,

transitioning you quickly
and painlessly, I hope.

We usually like to start the process

- right after the mist, but as...
- How long?

How long? When can I go?

You got places to be, people to see?

I'm worried about my friends.

I think they're in danger.

You're the one
that's in danger, Skye.

Remember? You're being hunted.

Seven agents down,
Calderon barely hanging on,

and you want to defend that thing?

She's a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, not a thing.

What happened wasn't her fault.

I was there. Calderon fired at her.

She was armed and hostile.

She was scared and defending herself.

I don't care if she
was chasing butterflies.

We can't wear kid gloves around something

with powers of that magnitude.

- She could have killed everyone.
- But she didn't.

Only because that other freak
pulled her from the fight.

Was he one of Coulson's?

We've only recently encountered him.

Coulson's as in the dark as we are.

Are you certain about that?

If Coulson's collecting powered people,

we need to know before they
come knocking on our door.

No one wants a war, Barbara.

That's not gonna happen.
Coulson's reasonable.

Then we need to get into
that box to know for sure.

Well, then you need Fitz.

Fitz: Pure vibranium shell...

no ports, no external power source.

How do you get
inside to retrieve the data?

I suspect advanced biometric access points.

Probably loaded with self-destruct triggers.


Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons,
the ones that got away.

I had my eye on you two
when you were at the academy.

I wanted to recruit you,
but Coulson beat me to it.

I heard he actually bribed
Weaver with cupcakes.

Robert Gonzales.

We know who you are,

and we are quite aware of
your commendable reputation.

Under different circumstances,
we might even be flattered...

Which is why this is so hard to comprehend.

Under different circumstances,

we would have preferred
to be invited guests,

but that forced our hand.

We had to take it out of play.

What's inside that's so important?

All we know is that Coulson
and Fury both believed

it was valuable enough or dangerous enough

to protect with extreme measures.

Maybe it was their favorite recipes.

[Chuckles] Maybe it is.

Then, maybe, we can put all
this behind us and move on.

That's why I'm asking
you for your help, Leo.

And if he refuses, will you lock him up,

like you did Agent May?

There are no prisoners here.
We are all S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

Exit protocols have not changed.

Once you're cleared and debriefed,

you're free to go, if
that's what you really want.


I'll start packing my things.

[Footsteps depart]

[Inhales deeply]

You should have brought cupcakes.


Well... You have to admire their loyalty.

Loyalty to a man and not to S.H.I.E.L.D.

That makes Coulson as dangerous
as whatever's in that box.


[Seat belt clicks]


What the hell happened here?


Did they do this to her,
or did she do it to them?

One way to find out.

My God. Skye's doing that?

Glad she's on our side. She's
still on our side, isn't she?

Coulson: This isn't good.

Well, at least they didn't take her.

That means she's out there,
so we'll find her and...

that's new.

Did she just get abducted by aliens?

What the hell was that?

We don't know what he is. He
took Skye's father and Raina.

Seriously? I was only gone a week.

We don't know where he comes from,

where he goes, or who he works for.

He doesn't leave trails or clues.

I lost her.

How are you feeling?

[Sighs] Kind of normal.


- Normal's good.
- Yeah.

We flushed your lymphatic
and circulatory systems,

so you'll be weak for a few days, but...

I need to give a message to my friends.

Gordon's the only one who can make contact

with the outside world.

We can talk to him when he gets back.

Where exactly are we?

No one really knows.

Uh, the official name
is Chinese, I think...

Lai Shi... doesn't exactly translate.

[Birds chirping]


So we just call it "Afterlife."

You say the name of this place is Chinese.

- Are we in China?
- No idea.

Gordon's the only one
who knows where we are,

and he's the only way in or out.

It keeps us secret and
safe from the outside world.

Or it keeps us prisoners.

You're not very trusting, are you?

[Chuckles] I woke up naked on a table

in a place no one can even
point to on a map, so...

Call me crazy.

You weren't totally naked,

and you asked Gordon to bring you here.

No one's gonna force you to stay.

It's not a bad place. The
night life's a little lacking.

So you live here?

No one lives here, not permanently.

It's more like a way station.

I'm from Cincinnati,
trying to finish Med School.

I'm brought here when I'm needed.

Some people come here when
they need a safe place to stay.

Why do I feel like the new
kid in school right now?

Everyone is staring at me.

Gordon didn't explain?

No, I thought you said that
everyone here is like me

and that this happens all the... Time.

[Chuckles] Are you kidding?

[Chuckles] T-this has never happened.

Things here have always
been done a certain way.

These people are descendants, yes,

but most of them are waiting to be chosen.

They carry the genetic marker

and have been brought here
to be evaluated, cultured,

and prepared for the change
should they be selected,

but that only happens to
one person every few years.

They actually want to go through?

This tradition has been passed down

through countless generations.

And I jumped the line.

And not only did you go through
without permission or prep,

but you did it old-school,
with a diviner in a kree temple.

Uh, that hasn't happened
for thousands of years.

You can see why some of these people

might be a little envious. [Chuckles]

I'd gladly change
places with any of them.

I didn't want this.

I understand.

Uh, the woman who changed with me, Raina...

Gordon took her and my father.

Are they here?

Gordon takes people everywhere.

It's his job to keep us safe.

I promise, there is no
one here who will harm you.

You're protected.

Is it true that Fury
asked you to spy on Coulson

because of these GH-325 transfusions?

Is it also true that
Coulson himself asked you

to put a bullet in his head because of it?

That's the man that you helped escape,

a man that Fury didn't trust,

a man that you yourself didn't trust,

a man that didn't even trust himself.

There's loyalty, and there's stubbornness.

Tell me, Agent May...

Are you loyal to Coulson
or to S.H.I.E.L.D.?

They're the same.

Coulson's powered pet

tried to kill seven of our agents...

Dedicated S.H.I.E.L.D.
agents with families,

and you're gonna say that they're the same?

Coulson had nothing to
do with Skye's powers.

They were caused by a
weapon in Hydra's possession.

That you were chasing

because of some voices in Coulson's head.

We were pursuing Hydra
because that's our job.

It's what we should all be doing right now

instead of wasting our
time on some witch hunt!

What are you doing in here by yourself?

[Beep] There's too much
bad blood out there.

They think we're traitors.

How you holding up?

Uh... [sighs]

We always knew this wasn't
gonna end in a big group hug.

Coulson's a good man, Mack.

Yeah. He's a good man
who's been compromised.

Coulson should be in the
index with Agent Skye.

You of all people know what happens

when powered people lose control.

[Folder thuds]

You had to put one down.

Isn't that why they call you the Cavalry?

So you want to put down Coulson and Skye?

I want to avoid it.

His actions are leading
us to a deadly showdown.

Help me find him, and we'll stop it.

Don't worry. When he's
ready, he'll find you.

Coulson is the one man...
You can never put down.

[Both sigh]

You always travel with
whiskey and shot glasses?

Never know when you're gonna need something

to keep you warm on a cold night.

- Two glasses?
- The other one's for the person keeping me warm.


But in your case, I'll make an exception.

I need to keep my head clear.

S.H.I.E.L.D. and Skye gone in one day...

how could I let that happen?

There's no way you could have known.

They fooled all of us.

Bobbi and Mack are
conniving liars and thieves.

And the next time I see either of them...

They're good agents. Try
to see it from their side.

Screw their side.

There are very few people in this world

that I'd throw down with,
but you're one of them.

Gonzales, the "Love Boat" Captain?

[Inhales deeply] Not if hell froze over.

He's a brilliant tactician

who's dedicated his life to S.H.I.E.L.D.

I ran into him a couple
of times at the Triskelion.

He's not a bad guy.

Good guys don't usually
stab you in the back.

Maybe he's got a point.

I was dead, after
all. I shouldn't even be here.

We all have our bad days.


Well, maybe we should forget
all this, head down to Mexico.

We can lay low, enjoy the quiet life.

That's not an option.

The problem is, there are no good options.

Well, maybe it's time for the bad ones.

[Glass clinks]

Are you really going to let
Fitz just walk out of here?

He's already cleared and free to go.

What about you? Are you staying?

I keep hoping this will all be resolved

and things can get back to normal.


The fastest way to make that happen

is to help us open that box.

Aren't you curious what's inside?

Of course I am, but not
enough to betray Coulson.

If he isn't hiding something,
then opening it will prove that.

If he is... Don't you think we should know?

Once it's opened, you'll all leave?

Once we know we're all on the same side.

But we need Fitz to get it open.

Not really.

You've been looking at it all wrong.

It's not a tech solution,
it's a lab solution.

Well, this is yours
for as long as you want.

Gordon brought your bag from the cabin,

so, you know, take some time, try to relax.

Relax? [Scoffs]

This will be like my
fourth bed in the past week,

and I've been locked up,
quarantined, psychoanalyzed.

Let me guess. To protect you from yourself.

The inhibitors these released

seriously compromised
the transition process.

It's one of the reasons,
uh, you were out for so long.

My friend... she was
just... trying to help.

I mean, she thought she was
dealing with human biology,

but you graduated from that class.

I'm gonna take a closer look at these.

Uh, meanwhile, try to get some rest.

Tomorrow, maybe we'll see
what gift you've been given.

It's more like a curse.

A lot of us feel that way at first,

but you'll learn to control it.

I don't want to control it,
I want to get rid of it.

That's... why I called Gordon.

I thought that he'd be able to fix me.

I'm sorry. I-I thought you knew.


The transition is irreversible.

You'll feel better in
a few days... trust me.

At least, hang here until
things calm down on the outside.

See what happens.

Plus, it's, uh, pizza night tomorrow night.


Deep dish... Gordon brings
them in from Chicago.

Uh, you can't miss it.

Nice to see his gifts aren't being wasted.

Seriously, rest. I'll
see you in the morning.

[Door creaks]

[Doors close]

[Birds chirping]

[Engine roars]

What's happening?

S.H.I.E.L.D.'s here.

- Ours or theirs?
- Theirs.

Damn it. How did they find us?

I invited them.

Why did you trigger the
alarm? Are you surrendering?

Last time I checked, there were two of us,

which means two votes.

- We're not surrendering.
- What, then?

You want to go out guns
blazing, like Butch and Sundance?

That didn't end so well.

I was thinking about
what you said last night,

about bad options.

I meant have another drink.

I'm not going down without a fight.

We're gonna find Skye and I'm
gonna take back S.H.I.E.L.D.,

and we're gonna need more than
honest Eddie's jeep to do it.

You want to take their quinjet...

the two us, while we're
trapped in here, surrounded?

- Brilliant.
- I have reinforcements on the way.

We just have to hold down
the fort until they get here.

Yeah, well, I have
reinforcements of my own.

[Gun cocks]

Icers only.

Oh, you can't be serious.

Those are S.H.I.E.L.D. agents out
there. We're not gonna hurt them.

I somehow doubt they
feel the same about us.

It won't come to that.
It may not look like it,

but this place was built to
withstand a hulk-size force.



On the other hand, let's just
hope they didn't bring a...

- [crash]
- ... battering ram,

'cause then we've only got about an hour.


Man: Confirmed, sir, Coulson is inside.

It'll take some time to
break through that door,

but he's not going anywhere.

Let me know when it's done.

Yes sir.

Any more good news?

Agent Simmons may be on board,

but I came to talk to you about Agent May.

- I think your approach...
- It's irrelevant.

We got Coulson at the safe
house where we found Skye.

He triggered the alarm.

That wasn't an accident.
Coulson's too smart for that.

He sent for us.

The question is why.

Where are we going?

You'll see.

What's over there?

Oh, another transition room.
We don't use it anymore.

Come on. Keep up.

[Birds chirping]

This is it... best view in the house.

It's beautiful.

Good place to clear your head,

figure things out,
smoke a little something.



But today, we're here to figure out you.

Tell me about your gift.

Is that why you brought me up here?

Yeah, so you can let loose.

Whatever it is, you don't
have to be afraid of it.

We were designed to be weapons.

I got that directly
from the big blue source.

Take my hand.

I know it's so awkward, but you strike me

as someone who's generally
more curious than afraid.

[Electricity crackles] [Exhales sharply]

[Chuckling] Whoa.

Are you doing that?

When I came out of the mist,

every cell in my body had a
different electrical charge.

I felt like I was burning
from the inside out.

But I learned to manipulate them,

concentrate them, even transfer
them onto something else,

like static electricity.

I can feel it moving through my body.

It's so weird.

It took awhile to get control.

Uh, when I first got here,

I almost burned the place
down [Chuckles] literally.

But now... sky's the limit.

[Electricity crackles]


No pun intended, I guess.



This is crazy.

Our gifts don't have to be terrifying.

They're a part of us.

I felt lost before I came here, too.


Looking for answers in
the all the wrong places.

But we're connected to something
bigger and older than...

than we could have ever imagined,

something extraordinary.

Don't walk away from it.


[Birds chirping]

I hate to see you leave, Turbo.

Only my friend Mack calls me that.

I'll always be your friend, Fitz.

Hopefully, someday, you'll understand

why I had to do what I did.

If you're here to convince
me to open the box,

you're wasting...

No, I'm here because I
don't want you to leave, man.

I believe in what we're
doing. I want you on board.

I mean, the damn box is taken care of.

What do you mean, it's taken care of?

Well, Simmons, uh, she
found a way in using...

Genetic markers or something.

If she can see we're on the
same team, why can't you?


She's scanning the surface dimensions

and routing the data through...

Why would she do that, unless...

It's just a matter of time
before she breaks through,

and this will all be over.

[Beep] How much time?

About three minutes.

Where are the reinforcements?

I don't know. Stuck in traffic?

Are they traveling by clown car?

How many are there?

Actually, there's one.


That's not reinforcements,
that's a gravedigger.

Well, there's not many
agents I can trust right now.

One? Have you lost your bloody mind?

What is that?

It's a 21st-century Howling Commandos kit.

Trip and Fitz built it for me.

Hey, do you play cards?



I can't believe that worked.

We had the better hand.

How many of us are there?

We don't know.

Not every descendant is found,

and not everyone who is chooses to come.

- Mm.
- Gordon!

I hope we're still on for pizza tonight.

Truthfully, I think that's what sold her.

[Chuckles] Not tonight.

I have to see to some pressing matters,

but I'm glad you're feeling better, Skye.

I need you to give a message to my friends,

let them know I'm okay.

I can ask permission, but
they'll advise against it.

It's better we stay
quiet for the time being.

Uh... Wait.

My father and Raina...
where did you take them?

I can't divulge their location,
just as I can't divulge yours.

But you don't need to worry about them.

What does he mean, "ask permission"?

- Ask permission from who?
- The Elders.

You've made a lot of people afraid, Skye...

afraid our secret won't
be safe for much longer.

Come on.

- [Grunting]
- [Pounding on door]

[Breathing heavily]

[Electricity crackles]

Where have you been?!

After all I've done, this
is how you treat me...

locking me up, feeding
me like some animal?!

[Plate clatters]

I can't have a... a window?!

I don't even know what day it is anymore!

You're lucky we've kept you alive.


You found her, didn't you?

That's why you're here.

You found her, and she's here.

[Sighs] Okay.

Uh, I forgive you.

You must have had your reasons.
Now take me to my Daisy.

You will not!

I want my daughter!

[Electricity crackles]

Don't you leave me!

No! Where are you?!

[Electricity crackles]



[Breathing heavily] This is silly.

You clearly have an unfair advantage,

and we clearly don't see eye to eye.

So [Sniffs] let's just...
just take a moment and...


[Electricity crackles] Aah!



Why? Why can't I see her?

Because you have no self-control.

Your lack of discipline

has risked everything that we have built.

You have not only sealed your fate,

but the fate of your daughter, as well.

Hunter: [Breathing heavily]

This would have been a piece of cake

if you'd let us use these big-boy guns.

Now we have to get close enough to get shot

by their big-boy guns.

By the time they recognize
us, it'll be too late.

Then there's the small matter
of who's gonna fly that thing...

do you even know how?

I've watched May fly.

- I know a little.
- How little?

I can get us off the ground.

You do know there's more to it than that...

like, getting us back
on the ground, for example?

[Birds chirping]

Now we just walk right up and...

Man: Drop your weapons and
put your hands in the air.

We have you surrounded.

We're not surrounded.

Don't move

Your hands up now.

Didn't see that coming.

How's it going?

Uh, well, I'm making progress,

but it's going to take some time.

There are microscopic
pores in the vibranium

that I believe are
calibrated to Coulson's DNA.

It's constantly shifting
like a Rubik's cube.

But if I can isolate them, then there's...

Fitz: I saw everything, Jemma.

Did you really want me
to find out this way?

Well... well, I was hoping you would

so that we can work together on this.

Do you have any idea how valuable

the information inside this could be?

You need to help me get it
out, get things back to normal.

Things can never go back to normal.

Can't you see that?

Can't any of you see what you've done?

You've destroyed a
man's life, and for what?

Fitz, put it down right now.

'Cause of fear, 'cause of fear

of what's inside a little black box.

Well, I don't believe in fear.

I believe in trust, and I'm
shocked that you would do this.

You knew this would drive me away.

You may as well have
packed my bags yourself.

You want me to
leave, don't you, Jemma?

If we work for S.H.I.E.L.D.,

we have a duty to carry
out our responsibilities.

So perhaps it's best if you do.

[Footsteps depart]

[Sighs] Brilliant plan.

There was no backup, was there?

This is Tango Romeo Delta.

Tell Gonzales we have his package.


[Whirring stops]

[Metal creaking]







Agent Hunter, Agent Peterson.

Call me "Mike."

Aah! That's quite a handshake you've got.

Thanks for coming on such short notice.

I see you've taken well to the upgrades.

No complaints here.

You want me to get this bird in the air?


At some point, you might have mentioned

that backup was a lethal cyborg.

Truthfully, I just wanted
to see the look on your face

when he showed up... priceless.

Glad I amuse you.

You know, I can hear you up here.

It's confirmed.

Coulson has another powered
person working with him,

and guess who else.


If they get to Skye, this
is gonna get way out of hand.

They've got one last bargaining chip left.

Bring me the bus and Agent May.

Well, it's not pizza, but
at least it's not kale,

which seems to be the only
food they serve around here.

Can you warm up food with your powers?

Because that would be awesome.

I have never tried, but I
did warm up a small pool once.

Any 5-year-old can warm up a pool.


What about you?

Come on. I showed you
mine. Now you show me yours.

And you'll teach me to control it?

Once I know what we're dealing with,

a guide will be selected
to help you master it.

How long does it take to learn?

That depends on the gift...

how much you've physically changed.

You're a piece of cake,
compared to the other one...

total physical transformation,

and [Chuckles] we still have
no idea what her gift is.

You told me I was the only one.


You said that I was the first person

to transition here in a really long time.


That's not what I meant.

She's here. You lied to me.

I said there's no one
here who will harm you,

and that's true.

She's on her own path, Skye, just like you.

She's having a rough transition
and deserves the same care.

People died because of her.

- Where is she?
- Skye.


We need to protect her,
the same way we protect you.

She is one of us.

I am not what she is.


Get out of my way, Lincoln.

You know I can't control this.

[Door closes]

[Breathing heavily]


Skye, isn't this interesting?

I had a feeling I might see you.

Skye, please, let's just go.

Let her stay. We have
so much to talk about.

What happened to you?

Destiny... Apparently.

I wanted to be set free,

but now I can't even bear the light of day.

I dread being awake,

but my sleep is filled with
such horrible nightmares.

[Inhales sharply]

Children are so afraid of monsters.

They should know it's
worse to be one.

You got what you deserved.

And so did you.

I didn't deserve any of this.

- You did this to me!
- Skye.

No, you have brought nothing
but pain into my life...

my father, the mist.

My friend Trip died in
there because of you!

I didn't make you follow
me into that chamber.

You wanted to go.

You needed to go because
we're the same, Skye.

We were the same before,
and we're the same now.

I am on the outside what
you are on the inside.

- No!
- Skye!


So that's what you are.

- [Gasps, grunts]
- You need to stop.

No! Finish this!

End my nightmares!


[Breathing heavily]

[Breathing heavily] Who are you?

My name is Jiaying.

You're both guests in my house.

You don't know her.

You have no idea what she's capable of.

She's capable of beauty and greatness,

just as we all are.

She can't be trusted. She killed people!

From what Gordon tells me,
you could have, as well.

And from what I just saw,
you're certainly capable of it.

Why would you bring her here?

The same reason we brought
you here... she's one of us.

I am not anything like her.

Whatever you two were in the past,

that's not what you are now.

[Breathing heavily]

I can't stay... not if she's here.

We'll leave that choice to you,

but I have chosen to be your guide,

should you remain with us.

All I ask is for a few days.

I'll look after you,
train you, watch you grow.

And if you don't feel

a connection between us
worth exploring, well...

We never have to see each other again.

Let's get you to your room.

[Footsteps depart]


[Electricity crackles]

I was right, wasn't I?

She's here.

I told you I would find her, and I did.

You were right, Cal.

It's Daisy, our daughter.


[Breathes deeply]

Thank you.

Can I see her now?



This belonged to my father
in the second world war.

He used it to kill over a hundred Nazis.

He said it always had a way

of finding the right
target at the right time.

If you think I'm a traitor,

now's your chance to do something about it.

Pick it up. Pull the trigger.

Let's end this right now.

Or you can hear me out.

It's come to my attention

that I'm not handling you properly.

And since...

[Water pours, pitcher thuds]

I must accept the recommendation of others

when I'm outvoted... here we stand.

[Glass thuds]

Assuming you decide not to shoot me,

I would like to offer
you a seat on our board.

What's the catch?

No catch.

We're gonna bring Coulson
in with or without your help.

And when we do,

he should have a strong
advocate on the board.

[Scoffs] And then what?

That's for us to decide.

But right now he's acting
like a fugitive and a threat.

We do not take any threat
against S.H.I.E.L.D. lightly.

Neither do I.

[Gun thuds]

I appreciate the theatrics,

but even you're not stupid
enough to hand me a loaded gun.

This is not about Coulson.

It's not about me.

It's not about anyone on this ship.

It's about S.H.I.E.L.D.

We cannot afford to be
enemies to each other

when there are new threats out there

waiting for the moment
we are at our weakest.

A house built on shifting sand will fall.

And without a strong and united foundation,

S.H.I.E.L.D. will fall again.

I'm asking you to help
us defend her, Agent May.

Take a seat on our board.

Autopilot is set. Cruising at 45,000 feet.

Any destination?

- Mexico.
- Coulson: I'll let you know.

Agent Peterson has been doing
some overseas work for me.

Remember List?

The Hydra head we didn't cut off?

Mike's been trailing him
for the past six months.

Tell him what you found.

Last week, I intercepted a
coded transmission from List

mentioning his interest in powered people.

Yeah, they seem to be trending these days.

He's hunting them down
and experimenting on them.

You think the no-eyed guy
took Skye as one of his?

No, but he's connected to Skye's father

and whatever group of powered
people he's involved with.

Does Hydra know about them?

- Seems likely.
- There's only one man who's connected

to both sides of this equation.

If we're gonna find Skye,
we need to find him first.

And who's that?

Our bad option.

Grant Ward.

I did everything in my
power, but it wouldn't open.

It's way beyond anything
I've ever encountered.

Without Coulson or some miracle,

I'm afraid it's just a
worthless piece of junk.

Airport, please.

Nice work Jemma.

With a hint of Pesto Aioli.