“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” recap (1.21): A Weakness

Previously on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ward revealed that he is Hydra scum, Skye had the chance to let Ward die but showed mercy, and Team Coulson was forced to go rogue now that they’re Agents of Nothing.

We open in a flashback, where we see Ward, 15 years and a few battle wounds younger. Garrett shows up at the juvenile detention center Ward is in (for setting his house on fire with his brother still in it like some kind of Alison DiLaurentis) and says that he can get him out. He’s part of a secret organization that’s looking for young, angry, corruptible boys. Ward agrees to join him and Garrett starts singing “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” as a bunch of agents swoop in to break him out.

Present-day, Mike is making a scene in a foreign country, killing a well-known drug lord on command. FitzSimmons and Skye are watching this on the news, taking notes and trying to figure out what Hydra is up to. Coulson and May call the kids into the other room to talk out what they know so far. And what they know is that Cybertek is at the center of it all. Luckily, Skye left a Trojan Horse on the hard drive Ward has, so she’ll be able to access anything they access. FitzSimmons are super impressed.

AOS 121-1 I would do anything to get Jemma to smile at me like that.

Unluckily, Skye didn’t have a chance to make it wireless, so they have to plug in a USB drive to one of their computers. Coulson reminds them all that they’re still Agents of Nothing, that they aren’t acting under orders anymore. Fitz excitedly calls them vigilantes and they make a plan to get to a Hydra computer.

On the stolen Bus, Garrett is thrilled that Mike’s mission was successful. So thrilled, he orders an unseen force to give Mike a livestream of his son later today as a reward. Garrett skips into the room where the Girl in the Flower Dress is working, and she tells him she’s close to replicating the Jesus Juice, which just makes his day even better.

Back at the motel, Fitz wonders aloud if Ward is really evil. Fitz doesn’t think he was born that way, though. He can’t believe it. Tripp interrupts the argument by arriving with an old-fashioned suitcase laden with his grandfather’s hold Howling Commando spy gear. Within a one-minute span, Coulson geeks out, Skye blows out all the lights, and Fitz accidentally lights the curtains on fire. May takes a look at this ragtag bunch of misfits and says, “Watch out, Hydra.”

AOS 121-2Agent May is not impressed.