|Airdate||November 5, 2013|
|Written by||Paul Zbyszewski|
|Directed by||Vincent Misiano|
|Previous||"Girl in the Flower Dress"|
In Wrigley, Pennsylvania, a group of boy scouts are a bit on edge as ghost stories are told by the campfire. The scout leader hears a humming sound in the distance. He steps deeper into the woods to investigate. Lightning strikes near the campfire. Call it an electrostatic anomaly. The scouts are scared. Screams from their leader are heard in the distance. The scouts step forward to investigate. They see their leader in the distance. His lifeless body hangs suspended in mid-air. Skye is still in the doghouse with Ward. She’s envious of the relationship Fitz and Jemma have with each other. They are so tight. They also have no idea how the scout master is still suspended in mid-air when they arrive in the woods. When Jemma steps up to the scout leader, a spark goes off. She created a shock. The victim falls to the ground. The dead troop leader, Adam Cross, was as good a guy as Captain America as far as Skye can tell. Jemma says the victim’s brain was zapped by something twice as powerful as a lightning bolt. Another electrostatic signal is detected. The race is on to find its source.
The team arrives at a barn where the source of the anomaly occurred. Inside, they find another dead body suspended in mid-air with a burn mark to the head. The first victim also had the mark. They were both friends who worked as volunteer firefighters. Both men were called into action during the Battle of New York. The team believes they were killed by the same person. It could be a mystery individual who is seen polishing a metal mask that emanates a definite electric charge.
Coulson informs the remaining firefighters about their fallen partners. He notices that one of the men seems a little off. The souvenir helmet firefighter Tony Diaz cleaned is the source of an alien infection. He knows he’s going to end up like his friends. Coulson orders everyone out while he talks to the guy. He tells him he doesn't have to be afraid. Coulson says he died once. It was more than eight seconds. He says he wasn't here anymore, but where he went was beautiful. This puts Tony at peace. He tells Coulson to leave the room. He knows what’s about to happen, and he’s okay with it.
With three firefighters down, the others are quarantined. The helmet is flown to a research facility known as The Sandbox. Jemma is ordered to find a cure for the infection in case the other firefighters show signs of illness. When she learns that the virus spreads through electrostatic shock from person to person, Coulson realizes that Jemma has been infected. She’s quarantined inside her lab immediately. Fitz keeps his frightened friend company on the other side of the glass. Jemma is the only one who can find a solution for her problem. If she doesn't, the electric pulse she’ll create will kill her and everyone aboard the bus.
Ward and Skye bond over the fact that they both feel so helpless. Coulson learns from Agent Blake that if he has infected cargo on board, he must dump it. That’s an order. Coulson lets Blake know that he didn't hear that last transmission before signing off. Down in the lab, Fitz bickers with Jemma. It’s an argument spawned by fear, panic and caring. The two agents realize that they can create an anti-serum by scraping cells from inside the helmet. Fitz steps inside the lab to help his partner. They are going to fix this. Together.
The other agents watch from the other side of the glass as Fitz and Jemma work. Despite their best efforts, they seem to have failed in their goal. Jemma knows the protocol for such situations. She asks to have a moment alone with Fitz, who refuses to give up. Jemma knocks Fitz out with a fire extinguisher. Alarms sound. Someone is lowering the cargo hold ramp. It’s Jemma. Fitz watches in horror as his partner stands on the edge. He shouts at her, realizing that the serum just needed time to take effect, but she looks away. She leans back, hovers a moment, and then is thrown down into the sky. Fitz manages to get out of the lab a minute late, with the antiserum. Fitz wants to save Jemma, but Ward grabs the antiserum and the parachute from his hands. He jumps out of the plane to bring back his fellow agent.
Ward catches up to Jemma, injects the antiserum, and saves her life. Back on board the Bus, Coulson reads them both the riot act, but he is actually very glad they are alive. So is Skye. She gives Jemma a big hug. As for Coulson, he lets May know that his health test results indicate that everything is fine. But he doesn't feel fine. He feels different. May checks out the wound on his midsection. She says the point of the scar is to remind him that there’s no going back. There’s only moving forward. As for Jemma, she assures Fitz that he’s a hero for what he did for her before giving him a sweet kiss on the cheek. Fitz appears to be confused and pleased.
Agent Blake is waiting for Coulson at the Sandbox. He tells Coulson that if he keeps disobeying direct orders, someone may just take away his "little dream team". Coulson says, “I’d like to see them try.” Blake indicates that this isn't the same man he used to know. Coulson agrees. He suggests Blake get used to it. (1)
- The weight of the Night-Night Pistol comes into question when Ward decrees that it's an ounce too heavy, deeming that such a factor could be the difference between success and failure.
- This episode contains the fourth and fifth major deaths in the series in the forms of Adam Cross and Frank Whalen
- 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
- Vincent Laresca as Tony Diaz
- Titus Welliver as Agent Blake
- Robert Maffia as Baker
- David Michael Paul as Justin
- Rick Gifford as Adam Cross
- Thomas Robi as Scout #1
- Trevor Larcom as Scout #2
- Caleb Burgess as Scout #3
- Jake Brennan as Scout #4
- Troy Glass as Scout #5
- Tom Crisp as Frank Whalen
While working on a cure for the alien virus
Fitz: "Okay, I've got an idea on how to make the vaccine."
Simmons: "I wish you'd stop saying vaccine. It's more of an antiserum."
Fitz: "I was doing just fine tucked away in a safe, indoor, non-mobile lab at the Academy. Then you had to go drag us into this flying circus! Didn't even pass our field assessments for god's sake."
Simmons: "Oh, please, as if I forced you to follow me anywhere!"
Fitz: "You said, and I quote, 'Oh, Fitz, it's the most perfect opportunity for us to see the world. We'd be fools to pass this one up!'."
Simmons: "I hate it when you use that voice, that's not even how I sound! And you were just afraid of going into the field! And don't you dare act as if these last months have been the highlight of your entire pasty life."
Fitz: "Pasty. Oh, really. Well, when did you become so sun-kissed. 'Cause I'm pretty sure every minute of every day you've been stuck in a lab right beside me. At the Academy, at SciOps, this plane. You've been beside me the whole damn time."
Fitz encouraging Simmons
Fitz: "I'm doing what we always do. We're going to fix this. Together."
Fitz: "I'm Agent Grant Ward and I could shoot the legs off a flea from 500 yards, as long as it's not windy."
Simmons: "I'm Agent Grant Ward and I could rupture your spleen with my left pinky. Blindfolded."
Ward: (mimicking Simmons from earlier) "I'm Agent Grant Ward, and I just jumped out of a plane without a parachute on and saved your life."
- Phil Coulson
- Leo Fitz
- Melinda May
- Jemma Simmons
- Grant Ward
- Adam Cross
- Justin (with several other scouts)
- Frank Whalen
- Tony Diaz
- Agent Blake
- Wrigley, Pennsylvania
- Wrigley Fire Department
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