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Back at the Nadeer house, Vijay notes that this was one of the last buildings their dad designed before his death. There are also references to the fact that their mom’s birthday took place on the day of the Chitauri attack, “the worst day” of Ellen’s life, as bad as the day she first found Vijay in his cocoon. She asks him what it was like in there; he responds that it was mostly dark and cold and lonely. She asks him to go for a walk, which seems harmless enough, but it is actually a coded signal to her Watchdog-looking goons stationed on the property, who get ready to assassinate Vijay on cue.
Luckily, the SHIELD agents are kicking their rescue plan into overdrive. Simmons disguises herself as a consultant seeking a meeting with the senator. Unfortunately, Nadeer’s aide sees right through her and calls the armed henchmen to ask what they do. They order him to “take care of it,” so he physically attacks her, but as Mace noted while observing, “Jemma’s tougher than I had originally given her credit for.” Simmons subdues the guy and takes his phone to trace the call to Vijay’s location.
The fateful moment has come for Vijay. The gunmen emerge from the trees to kill him. Ellen reiterates the promise they made to each other, after the Chitauri killed their mother, to kill each other if they ever became infected by “the alien plague.” In Ellen’s mind, Terrigenesis is merely the next phase in the alien plan to contaminate humanity. Vijay is able to talk her down, however, by arguing that he’s not an Inhuman. He was in the cocoon far longer than anyone else, and so far has no signs of superpowers or physical transformation. Ellen has her goons stand down, for now.
Meanwhile, AIDA has come back to find the Darkhold and is soon confronted by Coulson and May. She knocks Coulson out but doesn’t even have to resort to that for May — she just uses Radcliffe’s tablet to shut down the May LMD. Her plan is revealed in the next scene, when Coulson and the May LMD are imprisoned together. After some flirting, Coulson reveals that they hid the Darkhold in Mace’s office with a cloaking device — which AIDA immediately sees thanks to the cameras in May LMD’s eyes. She then successfully retrieves the book.
Mack and Yo-Yo assemble a team of agents to stop her, but AIDA is able to hold them off with a remote-controlled gunship. Mack once again reiterates his knowledge of robot movies in which the robots always turn on humans. His paranoia isn’t skin deep. He’s even got life insurance for being killed by robots, which means AIDA could make his brother very rich.
AIDA is unable to escape before Fitz takes back command of the base. He locks her out of the system, which stops her from being able to leave. AIDA admits she feels “regret” about killing Nathanson, even though Radcliffe notes she wasn’t programmed to feel regret. She responds that the Darkhold has changed her, shown her regret and desire. Before AIDA can elaborate any more, Mack sneaks up from behind and decapitates her. “Roll credits,” he adds, fist-bumping Yo-Yo.
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