With each week Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps getting better. Tonight’s episode continued some of the great character-driven storytelling that the show has started doing this season. And as your regular recapper, Andrea Towers, mentioned two weeks ago, this show clearly knows which stories it needs to tell — that’s definitely the case tonight.
“Devils You Know” opens with Alisha — the Inhuman from the season 2 finale who could multiply herself — visiting an Inhuman couple she used to know. This couple has been living a pretty mundane life, but they started worrying about their safety after they saw the news reports about Lincoln. A few days ago, the couple received an email about getting the ol’ Inhuman family back together and thought Alisha sent it (she didn’t). Their conversation is interrupted because Lash, like a murderous Kool-Aid man, bursts in and kills them all.
Well, not everyone. As it turns out, Alisha sent one of her clones into the apartment and Alisha Prime is safely aboard a ship with Coulson. Once all hell breaks loose in the apartment, Coulson sends Daisy and Mack in, but by time they reach the apartment, Lash has fled the scene. The two of them chase after him, but instead of finding him, they run into the Rosalind, a bunch of ATCU agents, and Coulson.
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Yep, this is a team-up episode, between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the ATCU, and Daisy and Mack aren’t too happy about it. I get where Daisy and Mack are coming from, but I’m definitely happy with the team-up because Clark Gregg and Constance Zimmer have amazing chemistry and it’s fun to watch their characters bounce off each other. For example, when Coulson and Rosalind return to the apartment, Coulson asks about where the ATCU is taking the victims it captures, Rosalind responds, “That’s classified. Aw, it’s not fun when it’s you, right? Can’t believe I just said that to the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.” From the evidence in the apartment, Rosalind realizes that this couple didn’t just discover they were Inhumans and that Coulson kept this information from her. It seems as though this team-up has some trust issues they need to work through.
The samples collected at the scene are quickly processed and Team S.H.I.E.L.D. discovers that Lash is also an Inhuman. Daisy examines the email on the couple’s computer and finds out that it was used to track them. Coulson instructs her to share that evidence with ATCU, which she reluctantly agrees to do after making her objections known.
One of the best parts of this season is giving us new character pairings, and May and Hunter are a great example of this. When we catch up with them tonight, May’s rather frustrated with Hunter because he still doesn’t know what his first Hydra job will and doesn’t seem too worried that they might be luring him into a trap. What’s clear is that Hunter is letting his desire for revenge and his emotions cloud his judgment, which is leading him to act rather recklessly. If Hunter knew Ward was planning on using the weapons he gave Hydra, he might be a bit more concerned.
Back at S.H.I.E.L.D.’s headquarters, Simmons has a session with Andrew. It’s a great-looking scene, thanks mostly to the lightning, which helps drive home that Simmons definitely isn’t alright. Andrew tries to get her to open up but fails. If there’s one thing Andrew gleaned from this session, it’s that Simmons isn’t ready for field work, and he makes this very clear to Coulson, while also voicing his annoyance that he wasn’t notified before Coulson sent Alisha, an Inhuman he’s never evaluated, into the field. But this conversation will have to wait because May returns.
NEXT: May and Andrew speak for the first time in months