Well, you guys called it.
“Making Friends and Influencing People” catches us up with Jemma Simmons, who sat out the first two episodes (give or take a HeadSimmons). The promos for this week’s episode played up the fact that she had defected for Hydra, and while that would’ve been interesting, the show went for the obvious choice and—well, let’s not skip over the beginning, because damn.
The cold open starts with Daniel Whitehall fawning over some liquor he got early on in his inexplicably long life, which is now especially priceless and tasty. He’s breaking it out for a special occasion—it’s his go-to drink for brainwashing people, A Clockwork Orange style. His victim is a woman whom we only know as Agent 33.
We’ve not met Agent 33 before. Even in the comics, she’s extremely obscure—she’s only appeared in three issues. Agent 33 from the comics is an expert in Greek mythology and is tasked with recruiting Hercules to S.H.I.E.L.D. when Ares starts causing trouble (yeah, Marvel has versions of those guys, too.)
Does this mean that we’ll be seeing Hercules on AoS sometime soon? Probably not, but go ahead and add him to the wish list if you like. Can’t hurt.
With that bit of creepy out of the way, we finally drop in to see Simmons for the first time this season by way of cheery montage set to ‘God Help the Girl.‘ This montage, of course, ends with the confirmation of what we saw in last week’s promo: Simmons is now working for Hydra. We know this because Hydra hilariously has it’s insignia plastered over the wall in their labs—it might as well say: WELCOME TO BAD GUYS, INCORPORATED. ENJOY YOUR STAY.
Meanwhile, at HQ, Skye is at the firing range for training with May. They talk a bit about how Skye needs to keep a clear and level head at all times, but really the whole point of the scene seems to be the introduction of this week’s Special Guest Star: Skye’s Fitbit™.
Also in this scene: some tension between Skye and that charming rogue Lance Hunter, but May has to be all like “leave enough room for Jesus” and is a total buzzkill. Or maybe not. I’m going to need your help on this, shippers. I am bad at shipping. Like, I don’t even return things to Amazon. Just won’t do it.
But enough of that. Back at the Hydra Cave, Simmons is being harangued by her boss to do all the science things she’s been doing, but faster. There’s a strict timetable they have to adhere to, with Avengers 2 coming out this May and all.
Turns out, the science stuff that Simmons is doing is related to someone she knows—Donnie Gill, the S.H.I.E.L.D. recruit she had saved with Fitz during the (pretty good) season 1 episode “Seeds.” If you saw that episode, you’ll know that it left Donnie Gill in a very interesting place…
NEXT: Donnie and Queen Elsa should talk.