Is It Better The “Devils You Know” This Week On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

Credit: Kelsey McNeal/ABC
Credit: Kelsey McNeal/ABC

Inhumans are the problem that won’t go away. Kind of like Ward. Both are at the center of the action this week when Lash returns to doll out his special brand of Inhuman “justice” and Hunter and May hope to do the same for Ward. Meanwhile ATCU continue to be a prickly partner. But are the “Devils You Know” really better than the ones you don’t?

A rude houseguest: Felicia, the replicating Inhuman we met last season, drops in on an Inhuman couple in the hopes of recruiting them for S.H.I.E.L.D. She doesn’t even get to her pitch when Lash bursts in and kills all three of them. Thankfully Felicia used one of her doubles so her real body is in shock, but alive. Tracking Lash, Daisy and Mack run into ATCU instead and bristle at the other agency’s Coulson-approved interference. At least Bobbi and Fitz were able to recover a sample of Lash’s “hair” before ATCU barged in. From it S.H.I.E.L.D. learns what we already knew; Lash is an Inhuman. It seems he’s using a computer virus attached to an email to track Inhumans’ locations.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Lash?: The computer virus eventually leads to Dwight Fry, a government employee. In the spirit of cooperation S.H.I.E.L.D. and ATCU arrive at Fry’s place and take him into custody. He’s been helping Lash hunt down Inhumans because his own power, sensing Inhumans around him, is unbearably painful. He thinks Lash is doing a public service. Mack and Daisy accompany ATCU as they take Fry back to their own facility. Along the way Lash attacks and kills Fry but doesn’t go after Daisy. She glimpses his shadow change from his monstrous form to that of a person, hinting he might be hiding in plain sight.

May knows best: It’s same old, same old at HYDRA. Ward’s big plan is to burn S.H.I.E.L.D. to the ground because really what else is HYDRA good at? Unbeknownst to him, the new guy they’ve added to their team is Hunter and his plan is equally as simple: do whatever he has to in order to get to Ward and kill him. May rightfully expresses concern that Hunter will risk the lives of innocent people and himself to carry out his mission. Hunter doesn’t back down, promising only to let her know where to meet him for his HYDRA assignment. Since May always knows best she does the smart thing and drops in to S.H.I.E.L.D. to get Hunter some proper backup. Sliding right past the awkwardness of seeing Coulson and her ex in one shot, she tells Coulson Hunter is acting recklessly. The Director offers their help.

Take the shot: Hunter arrives at HYDRA’s warehouse and as soon as he can, grabs a gun and starts firing at Ward. May shows up soon after, and they close in on Ward, who is trapped in his office with his second in command. He’s got some blackmail up his sleeve though; he tosses out a cell phone showing live video of Andrew cornered by young von Werner and some HYDRA goons. Unless May and Hunter lay down their guns, Andrew is a dead man. With Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. too far out to be any help, May is about to concede when Hunter rushes at Ward, opening fire. Ward gets hit in the shoulder but makes it out the window and away. We return to Andrew, who appears to be unconscious or dead in a convenience store that is then set ablaze by von Werner. May is going to be sooooo pissed at Hunter.

There’s something about Simmons: In the Simmons side plot this week, she tries convincing Andrew she doesn’t have PTSD and is in fact completely fine. He, like us, doesn’t buy it. She does however confess she gave up hope. And when Andrew says she “safe, it’s over,” she replies, “You’re wrong.” Then there’s Fitz, who slowly but surely discovers she has been researching a way to reopen the portal. Simmons finally owns up to needing to return to that planet because something happened to her there. She’s needs Fitz’s help to get back. She’s ready to tell him the truth about her time away.

Field Notes

  • When Daisy balks at ATCU’s involvement, Coulson states the partnership is “a means to an end.”
    “Ours or theirs?” she replies. She’s kind of got a point there, Director.
  • For the record, I am still not here at all for any kind of Coulson/Rosalind romance.
  • Also for the record, I screamed in joy when May walked in and screamed internally during her entire scene with Coulson. PHILINDA LIVES!
  • Coulson, offering to get rid of Andrew if his presence is keeping May from coming back: “I can replace him. You, not so much.”
  • May, commenting on Coulson’s new wardrobe choice: “Hey, no tie.”
    Coulson: (holds up his new hand) “Still practicing.”
    May: “Look better without it.”
    Coulson: “Thanks.”
  • I was surprised S.H.I.E.L.D. and Ward would kill Andrew… which is why I’m pretty sure he’s still alive. We didn’t really see his body after all and would Ward give up that kind of leverage so quickly?
  • Ward: “I was hoping you were dead and Bobbi was coming for me. At least that rematch would’ve been more even.”
    Hunter: “Hardly. I heard it took two of you after hours of torture!”
Stephanie Coats