In the lead up to “Melinda,” an episode guaranteed to make us cry, it feels right to explore one of the best relationships on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and indeed anywhere on TV: Philinda. That would be Phil Coulson and Melinda May, in case you’re new at this.
The two partners have always had one another’s backs and their friendship/pseudo-marriage has only gotten stronger as the story has progressed. While they may not be official yet on the show, a true S.H.I.E.L.D. fan knows, deep down in their hearts, that Philinda is legit and here to stay.
Since this ‘ship is so amazing, we decided to countdown the very best of Philinda. Without much further ado, from ten to one, let’s take a look at the top ten Philinda moments.
10. May total gets that Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. are one and the same and defends him to Gonzales.
She’s known this from the beginning (well, season one, episode three anyway). Basically:
9. Skye totally ships it.
Yes, ok, this was a dream but you can’t deny the symbolism here. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. knows what it’s doing too so it isn’t a coincidence these two are Skye’s “dream” parents.
8. Coulson needs backup so May totally takes off to help… without bothering to tell her ex-hubby.
Here’s how it essentially went down.
7. “Lucky her.”
It doesn’t matter if the world is at stake. HYDRA bearing down on you and an alien city? Former S.H.I.E.L.D./current HYDRA agent has your second in command’s face still? Doesn’t matter. There’s always time to flirt. Coulson, you smooth operator.
6. Melinda saves him from Gonzales.
And is a total badass about it too. Then she and Coulson flirt in their own repressed (her) and goofy (him) way and she tells him S.H.I.E.L.D. only exists as long as he does and promises to take care of their science babies so he can focus on their Inhuman baby. And they completely missed a perfect kiss opportunity, but still.
Call it shipper bait or fan service or whatever you like, this scene was adorable, fun, and just a bit tinged with melancholy. But look at those moves!
4. “Take off your shirt.”
…so we can launch a new ship when I press my hand to your Loki scar. Tender and hot at the same time. It’s perfect.
3. “I’ll take care of you.”
This declaration came at the end of essentially a Philinda episode and it was the perfect cap, ruined, perhaps, only by Coulson rejecting this sweet offer and making May promise she’d put him down if necessary.
2. Coulson patches her up in “T.R.A.C.K.S.”
Let’s recall May just got tortured, then beat up her attackers, and saved Coulson and Ward from a baddie. She doesn’t need anyone’s help patching herself up, and even rejects Ward’s offer. But Coulson she allows herself to be vulnerable around because she trusts and loves him. And it’s this look that seals it. #swoon
1. “You mean a lot to me. A lot.”
This scene will never not be relevant. It’s top of list of ways these two have said “I love you” without using those three words and it’s top of our list for a reason. Coulson’s just found out May’s been reporting on his condition to Fury and she set up the team under Fury’s order. But she’s been on Coulson’s side all along.
Bonus: any time Philinda banter with one another.
Nobody ships it better than these two:
May Philinda live on forever! #TeamPhilindaForever
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