|Face My Enemy|
|Gallery||Face My Enemy|
|Airdate||14 October 2014|
|Written by||Drew Greenberg|
|Directed by||Kevin Tancharoen|
|Previous||"Making Friends and Influencing People"|
|Next||"A Hen in the Wolf House"|
Face My Enemy is the fourth episode of Season 2. The episode aired on October 14, 2014 on ABC.
Agents Phil and May go undercover to retrieve a painting that has the writing on it,but Phil gets attacked by the only person he can trust,May! Meanwhile,the rest of the team is caught on a plane when it's about to explode,and Fitz is the only one who can save them.
After the church Santa Maria de las Flores in Miami, Florida, was burnt down, the only remaining intact object, a 500-year-old painting, is discovered to have strange markings engraved on its back. The "Miracle Painting" is later set to be unveiled at a fundraising event for the church, which S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Phil Coulson and Agent Melinda May infiltrate with the help of Agents Lance Hunter, Skye, and Mack. While undercover in the event, Coulson attempts to start a discussion with May about a contingency plan in case Coulson loses his mind after previously being injected with an alien substance, though May avoids the topic. When they realize that Brigadier General Glenn Talbot is also at the event, Coulson attempts to negotiate with him before their cover is blown. Though Talbot seems to be willing to cooperate, Coulson decides to speed up the mission, going after the painting immediately.
After finding that Talbot had already confiscated the painting, Coulson agrees to meet with him after debriefing his team. Meanwhile, May follows Talbot, who is actually Hydra agent Sunil Bakshi using S.H.I.E.L.D. technology to take on Talbot's voice and appearance. May is attacked by Agent 33, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent brainwashed into Hydra's service, who knocks May unconscious and uses the same S.H.I.E.L.D. device to take on her voice and appearance. Agent 33 goes to the Bus, a S.H.I.E.L.D. plane being used as a mobile command center, where she secretly plants a computer virus before taking Coulson, who believes her to be May. After a conversation with Agent 33, including a discussion about the contingency plan, in which May would become Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson deduces that she is not actually May, turning on her, and drawing the attention of Bakshi, who was ready to torture May to gain S.H.I.E.L.D. secrets.
Bakshi flees with the painting, with Coulson in pursuit, while May grapples with Agent 33. On the Bus, the virus starts destroying the plane's electrical systems, and it takes the mentally and socially impaired Agent Leo Fitz, along with Hunter, to stop it. Coulson knocks Bakshi unconscious and takes the painting while May defeats Agent 33. Afterwards, May reveals her own contingency plan – to take Coulson into the Australian Outback to hide away from civilization, though he orders her to follow through with his plan instead.
- 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
- Henry Simmons as Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie
- Adrian Pasdar as Glenn Talbot
- Simon Kassianides as Sunil Bakshi
- Ruth Negga as Raina
- Maya Stojan as Agent 33
- Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall
- Diego Serrano as Gabriel Soto
- Lance Irwin as Guard
- Isaac Montgomery as Guard #2
- Alyce Tawil as Bridget
- Roberto Medina as Bishop
- Christian Barillas as Priest
- This is the second time in the second season that we have not seen Ward at all in an episode, although he does get an oblique mention from Skye.
- Agent 33
- Sunil Bakshi
- Phil Coulson
- Leo Fitz
- Lance Hunter
- Alphonso Mackenzie
- Melinda May
- Jemma Simmons
- Glenn Talbot
- Antoine Triplett
- Gabriel Soto
- Daniel Whitehall