This was a big episode. Lots of backstories were revealed and lots of guns go off, but at the end we’re left with more questions than answers. Let’s dive in.
“The Good Samaritan” opens with a flashback to Eli Morrow’s time at Momentum Lab. Eli is shocked when their project (to develop that miracle machine, capable of creating matter from nothing) takes a huge leap forward. Joseph Bower and his team successfully made carbon in an experiment that shouldn’t have been possible; the experiment ended with more energy than it began, which defies the laws of thermodynamics (and the law of equivalent exchange, for Fullmetal Alchemist fans). Eli’s curious about this breakthrough, and Lucy Bower lets slip that there’s a book involved, but Joseph quickly shuts her up.
Back in the present, the Momentum Lab’s looking a little worse for wear. May arrives with a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and finds the wreckage left by Lucy and Eli. Watching from a monitor, Fitz notices some equipment is missing from the last time he was there. Lucy must be taking the tools she needs to recreate the original experiment and de-ghost herself — but she’ll need a power source that rivals that of Momentum. Fitz sets out to find it.
We haven’t seen Gabriel Reyes in a few episodes, and he’s not happy about it. Like a concerned parent, he’s now calling Robbie’s dealership to see if he’s showed up to work. Luckily, Daisy shows up to fill him in — or at least reunite him with Robbie. On the Zephyr with her and Robbie, Gabe thinks he’s finally figured it out: Robbie must be a secret agent! That would explain his nightly jaunts and the blood on his clothes, and isn’t nearly as “bad” as what Gabe suspected Robbie was up to. Robbie decides to go along with the lie for now, since the main priority is protecting Gabe from Lucy — who, for her part, has apparently found a new lab where she and Eli can go about reconstructing their original experiment. Eli warns her that if things go wrong, thousands could die. Lucy doesn’t care; she just wants to be herself again.
Simmons and Mace are apparently still on awkward terms after their stare down last week. Mace sends her on a top-secret assignment on behalf of non-S.H.I.E.L.D. government people. He won’t tell her what it’s about or where she’s going, just that she has to leave now. He’s also leaving now, boarding a Quinjet on his own mission. We don’t hear from Simmons for the rest of the episode, but it doesn’t take long for us to see what Mace’s mission is.
One thing you can definitely say about S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Jeffrey Mace is he’s proactive. After receiving video of Ghost Rider and Quake working with S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in last week’s prison brouhaha, he’s now coming to the Zephyr to take them in himself. Like Darth Vader boarding the Tantive IV, Mace sends his agents to sweep the plane for the hidden criminals (who are simultaneously being shuffled onto the containment module by Mack). The Star Wars references don’t end there, either.
As Coulson escorts Mace throughout the plane, they get into a conversation about the real hero of Star Wars. Mace knows everyone likes Han, but notes he’s actually a rule-breaking scoundrel (hint: don’t be like that, Coulson). Coulson agrees with Mace’s analysis and, nerd that he is, reveals he always found Admiral Ackbar to be the unsung hero of Star Wars: He’s the military man doing the hard work of actually running battles against the Empire. Mace hopes he doesn’t see S.H.I.E.L.D. as the Empire; they’re all in this together, and if S.H.I.E.L.D. is ever going to get off the ground again, they can’t be caught working with murderers and outlaws.
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