The Accords have happened, and everyone is reeling. I mean, everyone. (If you haven’t seen Captain America: Civil War, you should probably do that before reading this recap. But then again, you should’ve probably done that before watching the episode.) In a bar, a newscaster is talking about the Sokovia Accords and Cap’s disappearance following his mission in Siberia. May tells Coulson they knew this day was coming, and she’s probably talking about the government trying to control superheroes, but she’s also referring to the obituary Coulson is reading for Peggy Carter (who passed away in Captain America: Civil War). “They were both my heroes,” Coulson says of Cap and Peggy, and normally I’m lukewarm on Coulson, but I really felt his genuine emotion and sadness during this scene because I know what it means to have people you looked up to, whether you knew them or not, and know that they’re gone not just from your life, but the world, as well. It’s fitting, right? Because Cap and Peggy were both there at the start of S.H.I.E.L.D., and now S.H.I.E.L.D.’s on the verge of falling, and they’re picking up the pieces.
Coulson decides he’ll deal with the government while May will deal with Hive, and Talbot arrives to make his case for registering Inhumans based on the Accords. Coulson refuses to tell Talbot anything, but he does take him down to home base…which is conveniently hidden underneath a bar. This elevator booth thing is AWESOME, and I want one for my apartment. The first person Talbot meets when he gets to base? Elena, who has returned! She shows off her powers to Talbot (who is both impressed and probably a little freaked out). Coulson, obviously, wants to keep people OFF the registered list while Talbot is the Tony Stark of the situation. Elena comes to see Mack, who is NOT happy to see her after their last situation, and while it’s not the best reunion, it’s nice to see them acting cordial.
Daisy, meanwhile, is following through on her promise to help Hive with his experiments. But she’s also attempting to hack into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s files, which Fitz is combating from his end. She sees Lincoln locked up and needs to get him out because “we have a history.” (Dude, you, like, barely know him but whatever.) Hive warns her if her friends interfere again, things won’t end so well, but Daisy’s not worried. Once they get Lincoln, they’re in business. Lincoln, by the way, isn’t so happy about being locked up still and less happy about Talbot being there to take inventory of Inhumans.
But he’s happy that Daisy has managed to hack into the system and talk to him, even if he’s pissed at her. Daisy makes a loop of him sleeping so no one gets suspicious on the security monitors, and he tells her he’s locked up because no one trusts him. Lincoln just wants to be with Daisy: no S.H.I.E.L.D., no government, no Hive. Just them alone, being together and happy. The call is cut short when Talbot arrives with Coulson, trying to sell him on the Accords. Lincoln tells him they sound like hell, but he does say he’ll register if he’ll get him out of here. Coulson, obviously, opposes this and then takes Talbot to see Garner, a.k.a. Lash, in his containment unit. And yeah, if Talbot wasn’t happy before, he definitely is not happy now.
Simmons and Fitz are upset they’ve lost Hive’s potential cure and also that they’re now stuck doing more work to prevent Daisy from hurting the team. May interrupts to ask them if they can get into Hive’s brain, hoping they can figure out some of his hidden motives. Talbot finds out about Hive (“the demon”), and Coulson allows him into the briefing room as they all talk about his powers and dangers. Talbot just sees this as more proof for the Accords, but Simmons and Fitz are smart enough to have a breakthrough: They realize there are two people they know who have Kree blood…Daisy and Coulson. Coupled with what they already know about Hive making Inhumans, it’s not hard to put the pieces together. Talbot wants the government to handle this instead of S.H.I.E.L.D., but that’s a no go.
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