|The Only Light in the Darkness|
|Gallery||The Only Light in the Darkness|
|Airdate||April 22, 2014|
|Written by||Monica Owusu-Breen|
|Directed by||Vincent Misiano|
With their world turned upside down, Coulson races to save the life of his one true love as the mystery of "The Cellist," which began in "Marvel's The Avengers," begins to unfold.
Marcus Daniels, recently freed from his imprisonment in the Fridge by John Garrett and Hydra, walks along the docks in an unidentified city, and asks a bystander for a ride to Portland. When he refuses, Daniels shows off his abilities to drain the energy out of anything around him before killing him and stealing his truck.
At Providence, Simmons tends to Ward's wounds while he lies to the rest of the team about the situation at the Fridge and with Garrett. He lets them know that the prisoners stationed at the Fridge escaped, including Marcus Daniels, who Coulson takes a particular interest in. He orders Skye to cross-check the list of inmates at the Fridge with crime reports, and announces he will take teams out to recapture the escaped prisoners. Koenig, who still doesn't trust anyone but Coulson, disagress, and won't let anyone leave until they undergo "orientation," a high-powered lie-detector to test each of their loyalty. May, Skye, Fitz, Simmons, and Triplett pass with flying colors, but Ward nearly fails the test when Koenig asks him about his true purpose at the base. Just as Koenig is about to execute him as a Hydra infiltrator, Ward recovers by telling him he's at Providence for Skye, although he doesn't reveal that Garrett also wants her.
Coulson takes Fitz, Simmons, and Trip to Portland, where he believes Daniels will go after Audrey Nathan, a woman he was obsessed with before he was locked up in the Fridge. Meanwhile, Daniels is chasing Audrey through a park before she's rescued by Coulson's team. Fitz and Coulson attempt to arrest him, but Daniels escapes after knocking them back with a blast of his heightened abilities. The next day, the team hides out with Audrey at the auditorium where she'll have a concert that night, and she tells Triplett and Simmons (Fitz and Coulson are in a separate room tracking Daniels) about her previous history with Daniels. He repeatedly showed up at her cello concerts, which soon evolved into stalking. Daniels was eventually apprehended by a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and Audrey started a relationship with the team's leader: Phil Coulson.
Back at Providence, Skye and Koenig are trying to track down the escaped prisoners. Frustrated with a lack of progress, Skye suggests they hack into the NSA satellites to get footage of the prisoners escaping the prison that S.H.I.E.L.D. satellites couldn't capture. Despite Koenig's objection to hacking into such a powerful organization, Ward pushes Skye into doing it. Meanwhile, Agent May has packed up her things and leaves Providence, tired of Coulson not trusting her. Ward runs into her before she leaves, and then heads to Koenig's office. Koenig updates him on Skye's hack before Ward ominously shuts the door.
Meanwhile, in Portland, Audrey performs her concert to an empty audience to lure out Daniels. The ruse works, and Trip, Simmons and Fitz fire high-energy beams of light at him. Although Daniels puts up a fight and even attacks Audrey, the light is too powerful for him and his body explodes into a cloud of Darkforce (the energy that gave Daniels his powers). Coulson, who has kept himself hidden from Audrey until now, rushes to her side. He comforts her as she wakes up, so the first thing she sees is the boyfriend she thought was dead. He soon withdraws, making Audrey assume she hallucinated Simmons as Coulson. On the plane ride back, Coulson confides in Fitz that he plans on telling Audrey the truth someday, when she's ready to accept it.
At Providence, Skye looks unsuccessfully for Koenig to celebrate her successful hack into the NSA satellites. She finds Ward instead, and the two soon end up making out. Ward freaks out, however, when Skye reaches behind his head and finds blood, and leaves the room. Using a tablet tracking their lanyards, Skye keeps looking for Koenig, and tracks him to a closet, where she finds a penny perched above the door which drops to the floor before finding his corpse stuffed in the vent. Figuring out that Ward must be with Hydra, she gets out of the closet and evades Ward by keeping an eye on his tracker before hiding in the restroom. She panics before looking towards one of the base screens. Ward returns to the closet to find the penny in its rightful place before Skye appears behind him, pretending to be none the wiser about his secret. The two of them leave on the Bus (Ward secretly taking her to Garrett) before Coulson and the team arrive back at Providence. When Ward mentions the hard drive which she backed up all of the technology schematics the team had gathered, she realizes his true mission.
May’s mother picks her up by the side of an Ontario highway, handing over an envelope May requested. The mother questions if May intends to kill the target, though May only wants to talk with them, as the mother admits to always having liked Maria .
- "Yeah, we're safe here. But what about everyone else? People who don't happen to have access to a top-secret underground shelter? What about them? I don't know if it's wise, but it's right. I'm taking a team, and that's the end of it."
- ―Phil Coulson
- "It's also our job to determine right from wrong. Watching someone in agony, searching for the truth, not saying anything ... that's wrong. And don't tell me it's because you care so damn much. Fury's no longer around telling you what to do, so why are you here? You want some orders to follow? Follow mine, or find somewhere else to be."
- ―Phil Coulson, lashing out at Melinda May
- "The NSA. You want to hack the NSA? That's a bad idea, Skye. That's a terrible idea. The NSA's already got S.H.I.E.L.D. on its watch list. Why poke the bear ... the big, scary, waterboarding bear?"
- ―Eric Koenig
- 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
- Patrick Brennan as Marcus Daniels
- Amy Acker as Audrey Nathan
- B.J. Britt as Agent Antoine Triplett
- Patton Oswalt as Agent Eric Koenig
- Tsai Chin as Melinda May's Mother
- Phil Coulson
- Marcus Daniels
- Leo Fitz
- John Garrett (Flashback)
- Eric Koenig
- Melinda May
- Melinda May's mother
- Audrey Nathan
- Jemma Simmons
- Antoine Triplett
- Grant Ward
- Portland, Oregon
- The Fridge (Satellite feed)
- Canadian Wilderness
- Ontario, Canada
- Slingshot (indirect mention only)
Weapons and TechnologyEdit
- The Lie Detector
- Bruce Banner's Gamma Ray Technology
- Coulson's Team Hard Drive
- 0-8-4 (mentioned only)
- Berserker Staff (flashback)