This episode starts us off on the mysterious planet we know as "Maveth". We see Ward and his squad of men along with Fitz discussing their destination. Fitz, seemingly harmlessly, tries to reassure Ward that he knows where they are going based on Simmons' hypothetical research. But we realize it was all an act as Fitz tries to lunge for Ward's gun. Before he can get ahold of the gun, Ward decides he hasn't punched somebody in a while! So as we watch Fitz tumbling down the hill, we can't help but think to ourselves "What planet would that ever be a good idea on Fitz?". Ward tells Fitz that "If he doesn't make it back, Simmons will be killed". Fitz jumps back and exasperatedly lets Ward know "The only reason Malick sent him was because he is expendable". Well played Fitz, well played. The two walk over a hill to find, low and behold:
We cut to see our team on Zephyr One discussing the previous event of Coulson jumping out of a quinjet into the Hydra portal (Because that's possible right?!). Hunter and Bobbi report to their new director Mack, letting him know that hydra took Fitz through the portal. They discuss how they just need to take control of the castle, and open the portal to get their people back. Then we see Daisy has some news for them so they all head upstairs for a team meeting. Unfortunately the news is not good!! They discover hydra has a whole army of sleeping inhumans who are only waiting to be put out of stasis. Joey is a little confused about how S.H.I.E.L.D works so Hunter lets him in on the golden rule.
"Make a plan. Plan turns to rubbish. Make a new plan."
We then see our new friend Gideon Malick talking to his underling Mr. Giyera (who's favorite television show just so happens to be The Iron Chef). Giyera is very anxious to revive all of the inhumans they have on site. Malick explains to him that the inhumans aren't for them, they are presents for their "Friend"! Malick then questions how long they have once the portal opens, to which Giyera answers "73 seconds". Simmons informs them of just how dumb they are by proving their calculations are off by 12 seconds and the correct number is actually 61 seconds. She says "she's not giving this information to help them, she just doesn't want them ruining Fitz's return". Then Malick who takes the cake for the "Biggest jerk of the year" achievement, ask's Simmons if she noticed the Hebrew word "Maveth" carved around the castle walls, and she immediately recognizes the word as "Death". Well Malick informs her that "Death" is the only thing coming back through that portal and that Fitz, was just an offering to show him the door.
Back to Ward and Fitz's adventure! Fitz seems to think he found the ridge they are looking for, and conveniently bumps into Will's secret lair. He finds Will inside, who immediately recognizes Fitz from Jemma's pictures. Ward isn't super happy that Fitz didn't listen to him, so he is going to kill Will. Fitz convinces Ward that he can't kill him, because Will is going to be their guide.
We then see Coulson for the first time in the episode, still passed out from hitting his head in the episode previous. We see a small flashback scene with Rosalind yelling at him to wake up. So when Coulson finally wakes up, he thinks he's on Tatooine! He must have bumped his head harder that we thought. But after he regains his bearings, he's ready to hunt down Ward.
The other members of our team who are on earth are at the Hydra castle and are trying to find Simmons. Everybody is nervous, except for May of course. They want to avoid Giyera being thats he's telekinetic. Probably smart. Lincoln goes to take out their power, which opens the door for Simmons to plan her escape. Simmons cuts herself free and runs like the wind! She finds herself in the same place they are keeping all the inhumans. She recognizes S.H.I.E.L.D.S containment pod and finds Andrew in there, who's getting a little stir crazy! He wants her to let him out, but she's a little hesitant. Ultimately she decided to let him out so she wouldn't get killed.
Now we see Fitz and Will walking, with Ward and his team bringing up the rear. Which btw, who lets their hostages 100 yards ahead of them so they can plan their escape??! Which is exactly what they did! They just need to lose Ward and then Fitz can lead them to the portal. So Will decides to bring them through the No Fly Zone, in which they get caught in a massive sand storm that Ward wanted to wait out. So Will easily takes out the Hydra soldiers who were with them and he and Fitz are on their way! Stupid Ward doesn't suspect a thing! Coulson then shows up and kills all of Ward's soldiers and shoots Ward while he's at it! Ward is in big trouble and now has to take a hike with Coulson.
After Simmons ran away from letting Andrew out, she found May outside and they then met up with the rest of the team who are very happy to see her. Mack wants to know if Simmons knows how to activate the portal when the timer runs out, but Simmons says that they don't have to do anything, the rocks are configured in a way that they will open the portal themselves at the designated time.
They finally realize May, who is gone off to find Andrew, is missing. Later May joins them and informs them that Andrew has killed all of the sleeping inhumans. Oh, Lincoln wants to know what happens if the creature comes through the portal instead?
"Can't speak for everyone, but i'll probably run." -Hunter
Director Mack tells them the plan is:
- 1) everybody goes to up to Zephyr One
- 2) get ready to blow this place to smithereens
- 3) get Coulson and Fitz.
Daisy insists on staying though because she and Mack are partners.
Coulson and Ward are on that aforementioned hike, where Ward is trying to get some sympathy, telling Coulson things like: "I never thought anything I did had any meaning" or that "Nothing I said mattered" (The sound you're hearing is my tiny violin!). But that broken down Hydra octopus he saw today, gave his life meaning! He feels joy in a way he never experienced finding closure! Well that was enough to set Coulson off , who replied by shooting him in the arm. Ward lets Coulson know that this place isn't death, its a new beginning, and that this is all meant to be. They keep moving. Coulson wants to know how long they have until the portal opens. Ward has a timer on his watch, so Coulson grabs it. 13 minutes left. Coulson thinks he sees something, which turns out to be Will and Fitz in the distance.
Will and Fitz are almost at the portal destination , but stop for a minute when they see something:
Will says there used to be nine cities on this planet, and that the beings who lived there were fairly advanced. But they feared change so they were easily divided. They warred among themselves and destroyed their entire race. Fitz is kinda interested in how Will knows so much about this race. Well Will knows all this BECAUSE HE WAS THERE. WONDERFUL! So The secret is out, This "death" took over Will's body and wants to get back to earth. He can't have Fitz ruining that, so let the games begin!
Coulson and Ward aren't far behind, so Coulson notices these two fighting and he shoots Will in the back. Ward of course has to act like a 5 year old and attack Coulson at this time, so now those two are fighting! Will gets up, cause that's what dead people do, and walks towards the portal. Fitz runs to get the gun that Ward knocked out of Coulson's hands, but he has to use the whole mag before Will even looks like he feels it. Oh but what is that?! WILL GETS UP AGAIN! So Fitz has to pull out the ole' flare gun and that takes Will down for good. R.I.P. Will. We barely knew thee.
During all of this, Coulson somehow gets the upper hand on Ward. Fitz is telling Coulson they have to go, but Coulson isn't ready yet. He might've contemplated letting Ward go if he hadn't have thought of Rosalind in that moment. So he uses his new fake hand which is apparently made out of adamantium, and CRUSHES Ward's sternum.
Fitz kinda looked a little somethin' like this:
All of this happened in 13 minutes (cause remember Simmons said they only had 61 seconds) so Coulson and Fitz figure they better get going if they wanna make it to the portal, so they leave Ward's body on Maveth and click their heels to get home! Actually they flew up to Zephyr One in that containment pod that Andrew used to be in. The team unites and everybody hugs it out!
So ya know, life is good! Ward is dead, Everybody made it out. Sounds like a success!
Oh but wait we still have the stinger.......
We see Malick casually taking a car ride to who knows where, and all of a sudden the car stops....... AND WHAT DO WE SEE???? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Ward is back from the dead, but with this death dude inside of him!
Well that can ONLY mean bad things are in store for the Agents of Shield. Unfortunately it's a dang shame we only have to wait till March 8th, 2016 to find out what the heck happens next!!!!