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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap: Chaos Theory

May confronts Garner about his alter ego, and Rosalind shows her true colors.

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet

Last week, we learned that May’s husband, Andrew Garner was the face behind Lash — the vicious Inhuman monster that’s been killing other Inhumans. This week, we got the story behind how the mild-mannered psychologist got to that point, though we probably still have more to uncover, particularly the specifics behind why and how Garner acts the way he does. Nonetheless, this episode was a nice reminder of how the season is continuing to evolve, giving us questions and then following up with answers fairly quickly. At the beginning of the season, it seemed that the main focus was both Lash and Simmons’ disappearance. Seven episodes in, it’s clear that those stories, which are unraveling quickly, are only part of what is going to make up the bigger picture of season 3.

But let’s backtrack for a moment and take a detour to Maui, where May and Garner are sharing a romantic moment on their break from S.H.I.E.L.D. We finally get more context about the May that we saw in the season premiere, who went off on vacation and then returned to L.A. alone. At this point, May is still seriously contemplating leaving S.H.I.E.L.D., which Garner is surprised about. But May’s just trying to be smart about her priorities — she finally got her ex-husband back, she’s happy again, and she doesn’t want to be the reason they don’t work. Garner assures her that he doesn’t plan on losing her. After all, they’re older now. And that means there can be new beginnings.

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Speaking of new beginnings, Skye is arguing with Coulson about how Rosalind is choosing to treat the Inhumans. She’s defensive about the fact that they’re not getting a chance to “be who they are” and actually doing a pretty good job of pleading her case until Garner steps in with some psychologist rationale (and, uh, personal experience, I guess). What happens if a person is hurting themselves or those around them? What if they can’t stop? I suppose this pretty much confirms that Garner is absolutely aware of what he’s doing when he’s Lash, even if he can’t stop himself. Coulson breaks up the argument by announcing he’s meeting with the president and his advisors in Colorado to talk about the issues of enhanced people. He’ll go under the guise of being a consultant with the ATCU, but Coulson wants Skye to talk to Rosalind before their meeting, in order to show her what a successful Inhuman experience can be like.

Reminder: A successful Inhuman experience is NOT Andrew Garner, and that’s all poor May can think about. Bobbi, of course, has no idea what’s going on, but does let it slip that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been attempting to track Lash. When they return to base, May immediately starts gathering information about Garner’s whereabouts, finding out that he’s at a training facility offsite called “The Cocoon.” Garner has offered to re-assess Joey (remember Joey?) because, well, we kind of forget about him. It’s okay, though, because Joey’s doing great! Somewhere along the line, he’s shed his resentment and learned how to control his powers, and he’s even started to think that he can definitely be an asset to S.H.I.E.L.D. “My fate is in your hands,” he proudly tells Garner, who promptly Hulks out and kills him. (Okay, I’m kidding. He doesn’t. That part is just a vision.) Their session is interrupted by May, who has had enough of her husband’s secrets. She’s going to find out once and for all what’s going on. And when Melinda May shows up unannounced and tells you that you need to talk…you don’t just walk away.

NEXT: Let’s just watch the sun rise