Last week, Daisy and Simmons were trapped in Aida’s warped alternate reality. With the help of Grant Ward and the Resistance, the SHIELD agents try to find a way out of the Framework and a way to save their team. Yes, even Fitz.
Spoilers ahead…let’s go!
In the Framework, Daisy (Chloe Bennett) and Coulson (Clark Gregg) catch up. Coulson has some crazy conspiracy theories about Hydra and soap. Ward (Brett Dalton) calls Daisy to let her know that a Hydra team is headed to the school to pick up Coulson.
Mack and his daughter, Hope (Jordan Rivera) are working on drone. Hope tells Mack that she found a Hydra drone and took the parts. He tells her that they have to keep their heads down and always do as Hydra says. She apologizes for taking the parts.
The next day, Mack (Henry Simmons) and Hope are waiting for the bus when Hydra agents show up in vans. They ask for everyone’s IDs. Hope tells Mack that she has the Hydra drone in her backpack. She wants to get rid of it so he won’t get in trouble. He holds her close, hoping the agents won’t look in her backpack.
A guy runs out of the lineup and the Hydra agents chase him down. They say he is a possible Inhuman and take him away. Mack and Hope are in the clear.
Daisy takes Coulson to her apartment and tells Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) that they have to go. They don’t want to trust Grant Ward. Ward set up a time and place to meet the Resistance.
Simmons wants to reach out to Fitz (Iain De Caestecker). Daisy doesn’t think that’s a good a idea. Simmons says Fitz is still a good person. Daisy reminds her that Fitz is second in command of Hydra. Simmons says he has resources and access to the Framework. Things they need to get out of “Radcliffe’s Hydra Snowglobe.”
Coulson recognizes the name Dr. Holden Radcliffe (John Hannah). He shows them a newspaper clipping about Dr. Radcliffe and his development of an Inhuman cure. They believe that he can get them out of the Framework. Daisy tells them to meet up with the Resistance. She is going to use the Hydra database to find Radcliffe.
Aida (Mallory Jansen) is talking to an agent about Simmons. Fitz walks in and she dismisses the agent. She hides the intel on Simmons. He asks why she won’t talk to him about the subversive. Aida shows him the intel on Simmons. She says that Simmons is plotting against her and she needs to stop her. Fitz says he will put his team on it.
Aida is happy that Fitz doesn’t recognize Simmons. She asks Fitz if he would do anything for her. Fitz says he would cross the universe for her. She rewards him with a kiss.
Daisy looks up Radcliffe in the Hydra database and finds him in Madame Hydra’s restricted files. Ward warns her that they are onto him. He thinks Daisy has lost her mind for hacking into the files. They leave quickly.
Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) stops them, saying Skye/Daisy needs to go with her. Skye goes and tells Ward to give Radcliffe’s coordinance to Simmons.
Simmons and Coulson go to meet the Resistance. Their contact greets them with some cryptic message. Coulson answers him with some crazy cryptic answer. Their contact handcuffs and hoods them. Now they can meet the Resistance.
Their hoods are removed and Jeffrey Mace (Jason O’Mara) is standing in front of them. Mace welcomes them to S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson is excited to meet Mace and calls him the Patriot. They are in the S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters. Mace tells them that it has been inactive for decades. Billy Koenig gave his life to find the location. Mace shows them the wall of agents who died in the fight against Hydra.
Simmons finds her lab and there are a lot of people in there. Mace says they are potential Inhumans. SHIELD helps these people find a safe place to live away from Hydra eyes. Ward arrives and tells them about Skye.
May and Daisy head for the briefing room. May says Madame Hydra specifically requested Daisy for this mission. Fitz leads the briefing about Simmons. They are to detain her by any means necessary…including death.
Ward wants to know what Simmons is after. He says Skye started acting different when Simmons appeared. Mace says he trusts Ward and that’s the only reason she is safe.
Simmons tells them about her experience at the SHIELD Academy. She says she was shot and put in a mass grave. She shows them her SHIELD badge. Mace apologizes for questioning her.
Simmons knows where Radcliffe is. Ward tells Mace that Radcliffe could destroy Hydra. Simmons says they need to get him quickly. Mace can’t send a team. Coulson volunteers to go. Ward and Simmons agree to go with him. Mace takes them to the quinjets. And they leave to find Radcliffe.
May and Daisy break into Mack’s house. They take Mack and Hope to Hydra headquarters. May tells Mack that he’s in a lot of trouble. Mack insists that they obey the rules. He is very worried about Hope. He says he would do anything to keep Hope safe.
Aida catches Fitz looking at her files. She found out that Simmons is supposed to be dead. Aida thinks Fitz figured out her lies. Fitz says he believes that Simmons is Inhuman. He’s more angry that Aida keeps things from him.
Aida says Simmons crossed over from the other side..the real world. The people from that other side want out to destroy their work in this world. She says that SHIELD won the war and enslaved her in the other world. She says she hoped that they wouldn’t follow her. And they did. This is why Fitz needs to finish his work. He needs to complete Project Looking Glass. Everything Aida has done, she did so she can be with Fitz. Aida is alerted to a problem and leaves.
Daisy meets Hope, Mack’s daughter from the real world. Hope thinks they were taken because she had a Hydra drone. She asks Daisy to help her dad.
Daisy goes to see Mack. He says they need to talk. He calls her Daisy and says they are both SHIELD agents. Daisy is relieved that Mack remembers everything. She tells him that Yo-Yo is safe. Mack looks at her weird. He doesn’t remember Yo-Yo.
Mack apologizes and says they told him to say those things. He uncovers a microphone in his hands. Hydra knows that Skye is not loyal to them. She gets up to leave. May is already in route to take Daisy into custody. Daisy gets really close to escaping Hydra headquarters. May is waiting for her at the door. The Hydra guards beat her up so she won’t escape again.
Simmons, Coulson and Ward arrive on the island. They find and confront Radcliffe. Radcliffe is shocked to see them. Simmons tells him that he is going to help them escape. Radcliffe says there is no escape.
Radcliffe tells Simmons that he didn’t intend for this world to exist. He wanted a quiet place, like a vacation spot where he would live forever. Agnes is with him in this world. Radcliffe says she died and this is only place where she exists. He says Aida killed him, so he only exists in this world too.
Coulson asks if Radcliffe created an escape. He says he did, but he thinks Aida has already found it. He tells them to go back the way they came in. Simmons tells him their way is shut off. Aida knows they are there.
A Hydra ship arrives. Aida and Fitz are aboard with several guards. She tells the guards to find the subversives.
Aida and Radcliffe discuss the world she has created. He says she has gone too far. Aida says she did as he asked. She took away their greatest regret. She will not take responsibility for how their stories played out after that.
Radcliffe says that Aida is manipulating their experiences. She is lying to everyone. Aida says she learned from Radcliffe that it’s okay to lie. He gets frustrated with her and calls her Aida. She tells him to not call her that. The A stands for artificial. She says she felt degraded being kept in a closet and be treated as a thing. Fitz returns with Agnes.
Mack and Hope are reunited. The guards walk, dragging Daisy. Hope is worried about her. Daisy is badly beaten. May thanks Mack for his service and lets them go.
Aida tells Fitz that Radcliffe is from the other side and enslaved her. She say she wants what they have and Radcliffe will replace Aida with Agnes. Radcliffe pleads with Fitz to believe him that Aida is lying. Fitz hold a gun to Agnes’ head and tells Radcliffe to convince him.
Simmons is shocked by Fitz’s actions. She reminds herself that this world isn’t real. Ward prepares to shoot Fitz. Simmons pleads with Ward not to shoot Fitz. She says that Madame Hydra messed with his mind. He’s not evil. Fitz is the man that she loves.
Fitz wonders why Radcliffe acts like he knows him. Radcliffe says Fitz is like a son to him. Aida tries to end the conversation, but they keep talking. Radcliffe talks about how they spent a lot of time together watching real football and building Aida. Fitz asks about Jemma Simmons. Radcliffe describes her as the love of Fitz’s life. Fitz crossed the universe to save Jemma.
Aida tells Fitz that Radcliffe is from the other side and he is trying to tear them apart. She says they are trying to take Fitz away from her. She tells Fitz that she loves him.
Radcliffe tells Fitz this is not him. He is a good man. Fitz says he knows exactly who he is and shoots Agnes.
Simmons calls out to Fitz. He sees her for the first time but leaves with Aida. Ward, Simmons and Coulson barely escape Hydra. Simmons is in shock that Fitz killed Agnes.
At SHIELD headquarters, Mace is angry about the encounter and the missed opportunity to kill the Doctor. They question Simmons saying she owes them answers. Simmons tells them this world isn’t real and walks away.
A SHIELD agent brings in Mack. He tells them that Hydra has Daisy. He feels bad about helping Hydra capture Daisy. He’s there to help them.
Daisy is locked away at Hydra headquarters and she can hear Radcliffe being tortured. Fitz enters her cell. She tells him they are friends and she wants to explain everything to him.. He doesn’t believe her.
Fitz reran Skye’s test results. She is a potential Inhuman. Daisy doesn’t say anything. Fitz says they have other ways of making her talk. She is taken away by Hydra guards. Fitz says she doesn’t know him at all.
- Coulson is such a nerd. It reminds me of how starstruck he was when he met Steve Rogers in the Avengers.
- Aida is obviously in love with Fitz. They’ve always had a special connection. Fitz will be her downfall. She did all of this just to get close to him. Amazing!
- Ok Evil Fitz…what did Aida give him to change him so much? Good thing this is a virtual world, but does Fitz really have it in him to be that evil. That may be something Simmons needs to keep in mind when they get back to the real world.
- Ward…I like good Ward. I’m glad they brought him back to redeem the character…sort of.
- Simmons was pretty awesome when they found Radcliffe. It’s been fun watching her become a stronger character. She has definitely gained confidence and is not afraid to hold a gun anymore. That is until Fitz is involved. That’s her weakness, well..and her loyalty to her friends. I think she learned her lesson with Ward about trust, so she’s not as gullible as she used to be. I enjoy Simmons character.
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