|A Fractured House|
|Gallery||A Fractured House|
|Airdate||28 October 2014|
|Written by|| Rafe Judkins|
|Directed by||Ron Underwood|
|Previous||"A Hen in the Wolf House"|
|Next||"The Writing on the Wall"|
A Fractured House is the sixth episode of Season 2. The episode aired on October 28, 2014 on ABC.
A team of HYDRA operatives disguised as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents attacks the United Nations while General Glenn Talbot is delivering a speech about the danger S.H.I.E.L.D. poses to the world. In the wake of the attack, the rest of the world turns against S.H.I.E.L.D. and Senator Christian Ward, the older brother of Grant Ward, takes over the mission to take them down.
At the Playground, Coulson checks in on his agents in the Netherlands and prepares to deal with this new situation. Simmons recognizes the splinter bomb the Hydra agents used in the attack as something created by Toshiro Mori based in Okinawa, so Coulson sends Hunter, May and Morse to Japan. Hunter is at first reluctant to go on a mission with his ex-wife, but eventually agrees. Once they get there, the plan is for Morse, who knows Mori from working undercover at HYDRA, to deceive him into giving up Hydra's plans while May and Hunter wait on the plane. Mori reveals Hydra's next target is Julien Beckers, a Belgian foreign minister who spoke against Senator Ward's crusade against S.H.I.E.L.D. While this information is being revealed, Hunter notices a Hydra agent coming up behind Morse and intervenes to stop him. Hunter and May kill the rest of Mori's men and Morse herself kills Mori, after which reminds her ex-husband she doesn't need saving and accuses him of "peacocking," much to May's annoyance.
Coulson goes to Washington to speak to Senator Ward in his office. Coulson reminds him that they have a common enemy in Hydra, and warns him that he will reveal his younger brother as a Hydra agent to the public if he does not call off the hunt for S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. If he does, Coulson promises to hand over Ward into his custody. Senator Ward shows a genuine interest in his brother's treatment. This surprises Coulson, who as heard Ward's stories about how his older brother abused him and forced him into abusing his younger brother. Senator Ward reveals that he never abused Grant and that all of those stories were lies. Meanwhile, Skye starts talking to Ward, trying to get all of the information about her father. He reveals that all the horrible things her father did was to protect her. The village he wiped out in the Hunan Province wasn't a village, it was a squad of Hydra agents trying to retrieve Skye; her mother died in the process. Now that Ward had revealed all he knew about her father, Skye tells him that she no longer needs him, and that he will soon be transferred into his brother's custody.
Meanwhile, Fitz, Simmons and Mack are trying to figure out why Hydra would target Beckers. They discover the splinter bombs were first created by a Hydra scientist in the 1940s - who was Julien Beckers' grandfather. Realizing that Hunter, May and Morse are heading into a trap, Coulson tries to send word to the S.H.I.E.L.D. safe house, but is too late. Hunter barges into the safe house, carrying a case of beer and starts acting friendly towards the Hydra agents inside. This distraction gives Morse and May enough time for the two of them to crash through a window and start fighting Hydra. During the fight, Hunter saves Morse's life yet again, only this time she thanks him for it. Talbot and the military arrive soon after to take the surviving Hydra agents into custody, and reveals that Beckers was arrested trying to cross the border.
Back at the Playground, Senator Ward's men have arrived to take away Grant Ward. Coulson tells them not to give him an inch, or he will use it to escape. While being taken away by his brother's men, his former teammates watch in disgust and silence. Ward attempts to reach out to Skye when he passes her on the way out, but ignores him and is interrupted by Simmons, who threatens to kill him if she ever sees him again. Meanwhile, Senator Ward holds a press conference to reveal his brother's affiliation with Hydra and that he will continue the hunt for Hydra, an organization which he says is a threat to the world. Ward meanwhile is able to slide the cuffs off his wrists by dislocating his thumb, and kills the envoy transporting him to his brother.
Elsewhere, a man walks into a tattoo parlor to finish a series of tattoos he's been getting. The man takes off his shirt, revealing he has tattooed the alien glyphs all over his body.
- Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson
- Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May
- Brett Dalton as Grant Douglas Ward
- Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz
- Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons
- Chloe Bennet as Skye
- Nick Blood as Lance Hunter
- B.J. Britt as Antoine Triplett
- Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse
- Henry Simmons as Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie
- Adrian Pasdar as Glenn Talbot
- Tim DeKay as Christian Ward
- The title appears designed to evoke the Biblical "house divided against itself" image, reflecting the condition of S.H.I.E.L.D. post the HYDRA betrayal, and the inability of the Ward clan to get on the same page.
- Julian Beckers
- Phil Coulson
- Sebastian Derik
- Adamo Dioli
- Leo Fitz
- Lance Hunter
- Alphonso Mackenzie
- Melinda May
- Toshiro Mori
- Barbara "Bobbi" Morse
- Jemma Simmons
- Glenn Talbot
- Antoine Triplett
- Agent Walters
- Christian Ward
- Grant Douglas Ward
- The Playground
- New York City
- Okinawa, Japan
- Bruges, Belgium