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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' recap: 'One Door Closes'

It’s S.H.I.E.L.D. versus S.H.I.E.L.D. as Coulson’s team faces a new foe.

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

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In Season
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Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet

S.H.I.E.L.D is falling. Again. This time, though, it’s S.H.I.E.L.D. taking down S.H.I.E.L.D.

Yeah, it can be a little confusing, but “One Door Closes” shines a light on why exactly there are two separate S.H.I.E.L.D.’s by looking at the organization’s fall, and the seeming demise of its latest incarnation.

“Closes” opens with Bobbi making good on her promise from the end of “Love in the Time of Hydra.” She wastes no time in returning to Coulson’s headquarters to begin the overthrow. Life seems to be as average as it can be on the base. Coulson and Mack are working on Lola, and Simmons is consoling Skye via video chat about her isolation.

Bobbi returns during a quiet moment, and uses the opportunity to plant a chip in the headquarters’ control room and then begins drilling into Coulson’s desk for Nick Fury’s toolbox.

And suddenly, life isn’t quite so average as the base is thrown into upheaval. Coulson is confronting Mack about a bug he found in Lola. Mack explains that he’s working for S.H.I.E.L.D., and though he’s not lying to himself, he is lying in Coulson’s mind. The S.H.I.E.L.D. director also realizes Mack isn’t working alone and warns May, who discovers Bobbi in Coulson’s office. Bobbi escapes, until May catches up with her for an epic showdown in the base’s lower level.

Bobbi sets off an EMP bomb during the brawl, which cuts all the lights and allows Bobbi and Mack a moment to flee their captors. Bobbi runs into Simmons, who pulls a brilliant bait-and-switch, playing dumb about the takeover only to knock Bobbi out. Mack, meanwhile, approaches Fitz, who is investigating the control room for any bugs on Coulson and May’s directive.

While these two talk, a group of “real” S.H.I.E.L.D. agents blast their way into the building. Calderon, Gonzales, and a group of agents take the facility, with a little help from some knockout gas. Only May escapes, and while everyone else may be under guard, the Cavalry is sneaking through the shadows.

The now-captured Coulson and Gonzales argue about the merits of their respective S.H.I.E.L.D.s. Gonzales views Coulson as a puppet put into power so Fury could ensure his legacy. He knows Fury kept secret after secret from his team, and Gonzales is determined to uncover every one to prevent any future secrets from harming the world, and he wants Coulson’s help in understanding the toolbox.

To Gonzales, Fury is the reason S.H.I.E.L.D. fell. Coulson, however, is pretty sure that was all Hydra’s fault. 

Their argument is cut short when May swoops in and ices Gonzales and his guards. She rushes Coulson to a secret elevator, telling him to flee and find Skye while she surrenders to this new group. He needs to be safe because without him, there is no S.H.I.E.L.D. in her eyes. 

And with S.H.I.E.L.D. taken, the “real” S.H.I.E.L.D. has one more immediate goal—capture Skye.

NEXT: Skye’s Cabin in the Woods