|End of the Beginning|
|Gallery||End of the Beginning|
|Airdate||April 1, 2014|
|Written by||Paul Zbyszewski|
|Directed by||Bobby Roth|
|Next||"Turn, Turn, Turn"|
While on the hunt for the Clairvoyant, Agents John Garrett and Antoine Triplett arrive at a S.H.I.E.L.D. safe house. Garrett tells Triplett that he believes the Clairvoyant may be one of the thirteen individuals S.H.I.E.L.D. rejected from their gifted individuals index. Suddenly, Mike Peterson - now transformed into a cyborg - bursts into the safe house and attempts to attack the two agents. Despite firing every weapon at their disposal, the two agents barely slow the cyborg down, and he jumps through the ceiling and escapes.
Some time later, the Bus lands on an aircraft carrier, and Agents Hand, Garrett, Triplett, Sitwell, and Blake board the plane for a Level 8 meeting called by Coulson. Coulson brings them up to speed on the hunt for the Clairvoyant. Coulson tells them that they are on the plane, rather than at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Hub, because of the possibility of the Clairvoyant's ability to read minds, and as such they are flying around the area of the Northern lights to shake off any psychic links. They decide that Skye will divide the agents up into teams of two to investigate individuals suspected of being the Clairvoyant. To prevent the Clairvoyant from reading any one agent's mind to find out they're coming for him, one agent will be told the coordinates of the individual's location, while the other will be told the individual's identity. Skye is then made an official S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. After the mission briefing, Simmons heads off to the Hub to help coordinate the teams and, between Fitz and herself, go against Coulson and Skye and test their samples of Skye's blood to determine what the GH.325 drug is.
Meanwhile, at a safe house, the Clairvoyant informs Peterson, via his cyborg eye, of a package being left at his door. Peterson opens it and finds a metal armband, and attaches it to his arm. The Clairvoyant tells him that "S.H.I.E.L.D. is coming" for them and that "it's time they meet".
The S.H.I.E.L.D. agents have narrowed their suspect pool to three possible Clairvoyants: Elijah Fordham, a Milton Keynes Prison inmate; Noriko Sato; and Thomas Nash, a hospital patient in a catatonic state. They then split into three groups of two: Ward and Triplett are sent to the UK to investigate Elijah Fordham; May and Blake go to Georgia to find Thomas Nash; and Coulson and Garrett head to Indiana to investigate Noriko Sato. Hand returns to the Hub in order to coordinate backup and Sitwell is transferred to the Lemurian Star.
All teams soon realize that they were expected. At the prison, Ward and Triplett find the prison ward guard station abandoned, while Coulson and Garrett get delayed by conveniently timed roadblocks. At the hospital where Mash was listed to be, Peterson shows up and and attacks Blake. Blake fires several rounds into his chest, but does not faze the cyborg. As Peterson grabs him by the throat, Blake tries to remind him that he has a son and that S.H.I.E.L.D. can still help him. Despite this, Peterson coldly states that "Michael Peterson is dead," and impales Blake in the stomach with his robotic leg. May soon arrives on the scene and calls for medical attention as Peterson fires at her with his new gift, which is revealed to be an arm-mounted rocket launcher.
Because of Peterson's appearance at the hospital, Thomas Nash now becomes S.H.I.E.L.D.'s prime suspect, and Hand has the Bus and the teams regroup at the Hub. May informs the rest of the team that Nash was never actually in the hospital. Coulson notices that Blake's gun only fired five shots, while May heard six shots, and realizes that Blake was able to shoot a tracer onto Peterson during their fight and thus allowed the team to find the cyborg's location in Pensacola.
Arriving at Peterson's location, multiple squads of heavily armed, SWAT-like S.H.I.E.L.D. units storm the building, with Agents Coulson, Ward, Garrett, Triplett, and May following. Fitz joins the agents with multiple scanning robots that fly throughout the abandoned building to serve as eyes in the dark when locating Peterson, who leads the agents on a chase through a complex, ending with Coulson and Garrett finding Nash in a dark room surrounded by monitors. Nash, using the monitors to talk, reveals himself to be the Clairvoyant as the rest of the team enter the room. In the room, Nash taunts Coulson about apparent secrets surrounding his revival and Skye, and constantly taunts the team with veiled threats against Skye. Succumbing to his threats, Ward shoots Nash in the heart in cold blood, killing him instantly.
Back on the plane, Fitz sets up his encrypted line with Simmons when the transmission starts receiving some interference. Checking around the comm station, he notices that someone else had tapped into the Bus' communications, and Simmons - who stayed behind at the Hub to use the Hub's superior equipment to analyze Skye's blood - tells him agents are rushing the situation room before being cut off. While this is happening, Coulson confides in Skye that he believes Thomas Nash was not the real Clairvoyant, but was actually a prop, or distraction, used to get S.H.I.E.L.D. off the real Clairvoyant's trail. Skye then tells him that, when looking into their files, she found information on every member of this team, and that all the information that the Clairvoyant knew was conveniently on those files. Adding to this the two realize that Director Fury's mission to bring Coulson back to life was not released on any files, and the details of said mission are something that the Clairvoyant does not know. With this new insight, Coulson realizes that the Clairvoyant isn't a psychic; he's a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent with security clearance. He then heads to the Bus' interrogation room and questions Ward about his decision to kill Nash, accusing him of working for the real Clairvoyant.
Meanwhile, Fitz follows the tapped line he found in the comm station to May's cockpit and is discovered by her. Quickly stammering his way out, Fitz goes to warn Skye of what he found, and Skye quickly tells Fitz to cut the line. Fitz manages to disconnect the line before May can give another report to the unknown party at the other end. May hangs up the phone and grabs an I.C.E.R. she had hidden, and starts searching for Fitz. When May reaches the Bus' loading bay, Fitz closes the lab doors behind him just as she fires May I.C.E.R. at Fitz, hitting the windows of the lab. As May closes in on Fitz, Coulson appears on the upper level, with a gun drawn. May explains she is only carrying an I.C.E.R., but Coulson says he has an actual firearm, saying that "It's real, with real bullets." Coulson angrily questions May about the unknown party that she has been reporting to, and accuses her of working for the real Clairvoyant. May says that she can't say who she's reporting to, and denies working for the real Clairvoyant. Skye emerges from a side door and draws a gun on May as well, forcing May to surrender after Skye says that they may not know what they're doing, but they know that May isn't fast enough to take down both her and Coulson. While Coulson continues to demand answers, the Bus suddenly changes course, knocking everyone off balance.
Back at the Hub, Agent Hand orders her agents to kill all aboard the plane once it lands and to spare Coulson, adding: "He's mine".
- Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson
- Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May
- Brett Dalton as Grant Ward
- Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz
- Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons
- Chloe Bennet as Skye
- Bill Paxton as Agent John Garrett
- B.J. Britt as Agent Antoine "Trip" Triplett
- J. August Richards as Mike Peterson
- Saffron Burrows as Agent Victoria Hand
- Maximiliano Hernández as Agent Jasper Sitwell
- Titus Welliver as Agent Felix Blake
- Brad Dourif as Thomas Nash
- Jemma Simmons: "So, you're saying we should obey the rules."
- Leo Fitz: "Who are you and what have you done with Skye?
- Victoria Hand: "In your hunt for Santa Claus? No. I'm taking a transport jet back to the Hub where I can coordinate with the field teams via satellite. Someone's going to have to pull your asses out of the fire when things go south."
- John Garrett: "Guess it all comes full circle. Ward's your S.O., I was his. Turn, turn, turn. But this S.O. thing goes both ways. You've had a big impact on him."
- Phil Coulson: "The Clairvoyant doesn't have abilities, he has security clearance. He's an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D."
- Victoria Hand: "When that plane touches down, take out everyone on board. Except Agent Coulson...he's mine."
- Phil Coulson
- Leo Fitz
- Melinda May
- Jemma Simmons
- Grant Ward
- John Garrett
- Antoine "Trip" Triplett
- Michael "Mike" Peterson
- Victoria Hand
- Jasper Sitwell
- Felix Blake
- Thomas Nash
- Sydney, Australia
- The Hub
- Pensacola, Florida
Weapons and TechnologyEdit
- Backscatter X-Ray Eye Implant
- Cybertek Prosthetic Leg
- Centipede Device
- Tracker Bullets