S.H.I.E.L.D. never gives up, though, even as they’re getting zapped by overseers while struggling at indentured labor in a space junkyard. Coulson is determined to uncover what Virgil wanted with them and pores through the dead man’s notes. He finds one number that keeps showing up: 616. According to Tess, this number refers to a specific chunk of the Earth remnants, and so they decide to take a ship out and see if they find anything there. Of course, eagle-eyed Marvel fans will know that “Earth-616” has long been used as the designation for the Marvel Universe’s place in a greater multiverse of parallel worlds. Thank Alan Moore for that.
When they get to 616, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents do find a surprise. Opening Virgil’s old mini-globe (a reminder of the shape of the true Earth), Coulson finds a key. That opens a secret compartment in the ship, revealing a radio. Virgil was communicating with someone, and apparently the signals were coming from the surface of the ruined Earth! The crew doesn’t have much time to process this information, unfortunately. One of the junkyard foremen followed them onto the ship and now attacks them for breaking rules. They’re able to subdue him (never underestimate a Mack punch), but that leaves the question of what to do with him. Tess insists they kill him by dropping him out the airlock and calling it an accident, but Mack and the others still refuse to kill. Even in the twisted morality of the space station, where “a life spent, a life earned” is the motto and death is seen not as a tragedy but an opportunity, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are sticking to their morals. Fortunately, Yo-Yo comes up with an even better solution. With her superspeed, she entraps the foreman, showing the boss Grill that he had a gun. Guns are a big-time no-no here, apparently, and Grill metes out the harshest punishment. In doing so, he shows why Tess thinks no one could possibly be alive on the surface: It’s so dangerous that the Kree send people there for punishment. Within seconds of landing, the foreman gets devoured by roaches.
The station itself is full of dangers, of course. Trying to discover more information, Daisy finds herself caught by Kasius. Deke betrayed her. He justifies it saying he’s playing a long game, but Daisy still swears to kill him. I’d watch out if I was Deke. If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past four seasons, it’s this: Don’t mess with Daisy.