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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 4 Episode 17 recap: Who is this monster and where is our sweet Fitz?

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Grant shakes hands with Jeffrey Mace as Jemma and Coulson look on

If Jemma wasn’t enough to wake Fitz, what the hell is it going to take to do it?

Last night’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had us diving even further into the Framework.

Daisy managed to make Coulson remember parts of his real life, but that was as far as she and Simmons got to saving their friends.

Ward continues to prove that he is a reliable agent in this virtual world, as he tips Daisy off that Hydra is about to go and snatch Coulson from the school.

She then brings Coulson back to her apartment, where she and Jemma decide that their way out of the Framework is to find Radcliffe.

So — and she is definitely still Daisy for me; I just can’t get used to Skye anymore — tells Jemma and Coulson to go meet up with Ward, while she runs to the Triskelion to try and find Radcliffe’s location, so and they can end this once and for all.

Once there, she quickly finds his coordinates, but when she and Ward are leaving, May pulls her aside for a mission, so she gives Ward the scientist’s location and asks him to give it to Jemma, and that she’ll know what to do.

And here is where things get sketchy. This mission that May wants her to be a part of is to go capture Mack and his daughter Hope, who is a little genius.

When I first watched it, I thought that they had been dragged to the Triskelion because of the drone parts Hope had stolen.

But now, in hindsight, I believe this was only a ploy to get Daisy to incriminate herself, and that this “mission” came from Ada — or Madam Hydra — herself in an attempt to stop her efforts to get out of the Framework.

So May instructs Mack to tell Daisy that he knows she is Daisy Johnson and that they’re both S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

Poor Daisy is relieved for half a second, before she catches on to what is happening, but it’s already too late.

She tries to fight her way out of the Triskelion — and we all know how badass she is — but she’s just completely outnumbered. They catch her and beat her up so badly that it was actually hard to watch.

Meanwhile, Jemma and Coulson meet up with Ward’s contact and are taken to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s secret headquarters.

Once there, they find none other than Jeffrey Mace, who is the leader of the Resistance. He shows them around the base and tells them they have been working on getting it up and running again.

When Ward shows up, it’s clear that he and Mace are on very good terms, so I am willing to give Framework Ward the benefit of the doubt.

Plus, the lowkey Skyeward shipper in me, from back in Season 1, is kind of really enjoying this decent version of Grant Ward.

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Coulson, who gets given a gun and has no idea what to do with it

He gives Jemma Radcliffe’s location and Mace authorizes them to take a quinjet to go and extract the scientist, who is somewhere close to Bermuda.

Coulson goes along, feeling entirely underqualified for this; after all, he is just a teacher in this reality, who doesn’t even know how to hold a gun.

When Jemma gives him one, he doesn’t know what to do with it and the terrified look in his face says it all.

However, even though he is scared, the fanboy in him shines through in this entire episode, and he just thinks this whole secret agent thing is so incredibly cool.

When they confront Radcliffe, he tells them that Ada went nuts on him and killed him back in the real world, so he doesn’t have anything to go back to. That and the fact that Ada has successfully eliminated all exits.

So even though he is willing to help, there isn’t much he can do. Ada has taken over everything and controls the Framework completely, so he is just living his virtual life with his beloved Agnes — the woman he based Ada on — and keeping his head down.

He does tell them where he is keeping everyone’s bodies, so at least the trip there wasn’t for nothing.

Most shocking moment

That’s when Ada herself decides to show up, with Fitz by her side, ready to catch the subversives, as she calls everyone who is against Hydra.

Jemma, Coulson and Ward hide, but what happens next is so shocking that poor Jemma has no idea what to do with herself.

Fitz threatens to kill Agnes if Radcliffe doesn’t give them the subversives, and then just shoots her in cold blood to everyone’s absolute horror.

Then, later, he is ready to torture poor Daisy, especially after he finds out she in an inhuman.

What the hell has Ada done to our sweet, brilliant and awkward Fitz?

If not even seeing Jemma has woken him up, then what is it going to take to do it?

Other things to note

  • Mack is definitely very close to remembering who he is. When he seeks out S.H.I.E.L.D. at the end of the episode, filled with regret that he helped Hydra catch Daisy, he is ready to fight.
  • I never thought I’d say this, but I really like this Grant Ward. Let’s just hope he doesn’t turn out to be a traitor like real Ward was.
  • Ada mentioned that she took away everyone’s biggest regrets, so I wonder what Jemma’s and Daisy’s regrets were. Everyone else’s are pretty obvious, but did Daisy really regret something that happened with Ward? Did she think that she could have saved him back then? What about Simmons? Or did Ada never prepare for her because she wanted Fitz all to herself?
  • And last, but most definitely not least, Fitz and Ada together makes me sick. I absolutely hate what she’s done to him and I really hope we don’t have to endure it much longer.

Check out the promo for next week’s episode, which promises to be just as intense as this one…

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on ABC.


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