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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' recap: 'The Dirty Half Dozen'

The original agents are back together as they fight to take down a Hydra base.

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

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
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Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet

The old gang reunited on “The Dirty Half Dozen,” bringing together the show’s original agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for one major mission. The task at hand has major implications not just for the show, but, unsurprisingly, for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

And while the show jumps through a couple of hoops to ensure it is the original six, and no one else, who set off on the mission to take down a Hydra base, the spectacle of “Dozen” allows for some great and surprising character moments as Coulson and the team ventured into the belly of the many-headed beast.

The mission of course begins with Coulson, back in “real” S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, appealing to Gonzales. They both want the same thing, to take down Hydra, and Coulson wants them to put aside their differences to do just that.

In the fallout of “Frenemy,” Mike Peterson and Lincoln were taken to a Hydra base deep in the arctic. There, List and Bakshi plan to experiment on the two enhanced humans (though it sounds like most previous experiments haven’t gone well). Coulson hopes to save them, and if Gonzales lets him do it his way—he even has a specific team in mind—he’ll open Fury’s toolbox for him.

The opportunity is too good to pass on, but Gonzales, wanting to continue democratizing S.H.I.E.L.D., puts it to a vote. Agents Weaver and Oliver say sending a rescue team in is too risky, Bobbi and Gonzales both vote for Coulson’s plan, which includes a follow-up team to bomb the Hydra facility. That leaves the results to May and she… well, she wants to have a word with Coulson first.

May is UPSET, not just that Coulson has brought Ward back into the fold, but that he lied to her about all of his trips. Oh, and that he was working with her ex-husband and never told her. Coulson reveals he was going to Andrew for counseling (even Clark Gregg can’t take all the cheese out of a line like “alien writing impulses”) and promises her a long, sincere apology… later. For now, he wants them to put their differences aside and free Mike, Lincoln, and whatever other enhanced humans Hydra might have.

She acquiesces, and May, Ward, Fitz, Simmons, and Coulson all board the Bus for one more mission. Of course, the team is missing one member, and Skye shows up to take her place. Raina’s visions have gotten stronger, and they not only showed her Hydra has taken Lincoln hostage, but also that Skye is the only one who can save him. It’s enough to make her work alongside Ward, a prospect no one on the team is especially excited about, even as he makes every attempt to show he’s willing to help.

Lacking that enthusiasm in surprising ways is Simmons, who, while talking to Fitz [Pause here to celebrate Fitz and Simmons talking again] she asks Fitz if he’d like a splinter bomb in case he wants to take out Ward. And she’s not joking. Simmons is willing, or at least intimates she is willing to kill what she sees as a major threat. (It probably doesn’t help his case that he threw her and Fitz into the ocean in a metal box.)

The team ventures into the fray, but List and Bakshi, who are preparing to test Mike and Lincoln, quickly discover the cloaked Bus. They launch a missile strike on the plane and… actually hit it!?

NEXT: Murder, betrayal, and an incredible action sequence