|Airdate||October 15, 2013|
|Written by||Jeffrey Bell|
|Directed by||Roxann Dawson|
|Next||"Girl in the Flower Dress"|
Agent Coulson and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team try to track down a mysterious woman who has single-handedly committed numerous high-stakes heists. But when the woman’s identity is revealed, a troubling secret stands to ruin Coulson.
In Stockholm, a number of identically-dressed men with red masks and briefcases enter a subway station, followed by a mysterious young woman tracking their movement. Upon boarding the train, the men stare at the woman, before she takes advantage of the emergency brake to knock them all unconscious, severing one of their hands to fetch his handcuffed briefcase. Alone in the tunnels, the woman opens the case to reveal a cache of diamonds before disappearing.
Aboard the bus on route to Sweden, Coulson finds Skye taking personal time within one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. cars, and asks for her assistance to learn how someone cracked elaborate security systems in multiple heists. In the case of the masked men, the thief managed to identify which of the 55 briefcases contained the diamonds, having pulled off several other impossible heists with her eyes closed. Skye posits that they can find the woman through civilian social media photos of the bizarre masked men, in which Coulson recognizes his own former trainee, Akela Amador. Coulson identifies the former protégé as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent gone missing and now rogue, though he resists May’s suggestion they update HQ on their findings, and Skye assures him Akela’s turn couldn't be his fault. Meanwhile, Akela meets with her buyer in a Belarus hotel room, closing her eyes to correctly identify several other armed men in the building. Handing the man golf balls that disguise the diamonds, Akela accepts a keycard as payment for the stones.
The ground team of Coulson, Ward, Fitz, Simmons and Skye drive toward the small village, as Coulson and Ward get out on foot to ask around for Akela’s hotel. Meanwhile, the team in the van taps into a mysterious signal broadcasting nearby, quickly realizing it to be Akela’s own video feed approaching the van. Skye tries in vain to use a gun for defense, but not before Akela rams their van off the road and escapes. Skye recovers the data stream, which the team soon realizes originates from an ocular implant within Akela that switches to x-ray when her eyes close. May insists that Akela attacked S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and can’t be redeemed, though a message on the camera’s viewpoint quickly brings the realization that Akela is doing another’s bidding. Later, Skye agrees with Coulson that Akela may deserve a second chance, before Coulson realizes that May found Akela’s hotel from a room service receipt and already left to intercept.
Akela awakens to find May in her hotel room, refusing to look at the agent for fear her handler will order them to fight, or activate a fail safe kill-switch within her eye. Akela opts to protect herself by engaging May, gaining the upper hand by turning out the lights, though Coulson manages to intervene with a tranquilizer before Akela kills May. A while later, Akela awakens in the bus’ holding cell, while Coulson assures her they transferred the ocular feed to a set of glasses worn by Ward, intending to carry out the mission until they can remove Akela’s implant. Having been watched for the last four years since her captivity after the failed mission, Akela expresses relief, and laments that not following Coulson’s last orders got her team killed. Meanwhile, Ward and Skye arrive to Akela’s assigned destination, unable to look at one another to avoid compromising Akela’s cover.
As Ward enters the mysterious plant, Coulson and Akela work out from her handler’s instructions that he’s at least English, older, and heavyset, while Fitz and Simmons prep for surgery to remove Akela’s implant. Ward follows the directions to finally find his target, before the handler instructs that he seduce the guard, still thinking the feed to be from Akela. Ward reluctantly does his best to make bro-mantic smalltalk with the guard, ultimately knocking him out and entering the next room.
Once inside, Ward sees two men working away with equations written all over the walls, the most alien-looking of which causes the implant to take a photograph, completing the mission.The alarm rings when the guard fails to check in, sending Ward running through the installation to flee from gunfire, while Fitz and Simmons continue attempting to remove Akela’s implant. Ward accidentally sees his reflection in a mirror, forcing Fitz and Simmons to sever the implant before the handler triggers a small explosive in Akela’s device, thankfully now removed.
Elsewhere, Coulson manages to track the handler’s location, but when Coulson identifies himself as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, the Englishman’s own implant blows, killing him instantly. The threat over, Coulson assures Akela she’ll receive a fair trial, while Akela points out to May that something seems worryingly different about Coulson since his injury at the Battle of New York.
Coulson returns to Skye’s carside hideaway, as the two agree about the importance of having somewhere peaceful to rest, and Akela finally sleeps without fear of being watched.
Fitz enlists Skye and the glasses to see Ward’s cards in a game of poker, but quickly folds when Skye tells him that she will also see him without clothes. She, however, does not seem to mind and turns them on anyway, seeing Ward naked.
- 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
- Pascale Armand as Akela Amador
- Dominic Burgess as an Englishman
- Michael Klesic as Kropsky
- Julia Emelin as an inn keeper
- Nick Gracer as an armed guard
"Skye: So you asked how she could have cracked the system. I have a pitch, but it's way outside the box.
Phil Coulson: I live outside the box.
Skye: There are people in the world with superpowers, right? What if this woman has ESP or something?
Melinda May: There are no credible studies that support precognition, telepathy, or extrasensory perception.
Skye: But this woman knew impossible things. And why did she close her eyes? That's either random or totally important. Was she listening or...
[Taps her head]
Skye: ... Was she reading minds?"
- This episode introduces the Night-Night Pistol. Modeled with .45 caliber style cartridges, the pistol holds eight therapeutic dendrotoxin rounds in order to deal with multiple assailants.
- The song "Bad Son" by Jed Whedon and the Willing is featured in this episode. Jed was surprised to find out post production placed a song of his into this episode. The song also features Maurissa Tancharoen on backing vocals. 
- Akela Amador
- Phil Coulson
- The Englishman
- Leo Fitz
- Inn keeper
- Melinda May
- Jemma Simmons
- Grant Ward
Weapons and TechnologyEdit
- The Bus
- Night-Night Pistol
- S.H.I.E.L.D. GX
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Sprinter
- Backscatter X-Ray Eye Implant
- Backscatter Glasses (First appearance)