The Magical Place
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Season 1
Episode 11
Airdate January 7, 2014
Written by Paul Zbyszewski & Brent Fletcher
Directed by Kevin Hooks
Previous "The Bridge"
Next "Seeds"

"The Magical Place" is the eleventh episode of Season 1 in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the mid-season premiere. The episode was aired on January 7, 2014 on ABC.


Coulson will uncover vital information about the mystery of his death, but, with Centipede out for blood, this knowledge may come at the cost of one of the team.


When we last saw Phil Coulson 36 hours ago in “The Bridge,” he had been kidnapped by Raina. His team busts in on a meeting being held with a man called Vanchat. The guy tries and fails to escape their pursuit. Victoria Hand lets the captive know that they need his help finding a friend. They want him to lead them to Centipede. Once that happens, they’ll find Coulson. Regarding the other casualty of the kidnapping, agent-in-training Mike Peterson appears to have died in the explosion. Skye wants to hack into Vanchat's financials, but Hand wants her booted off the bus. May agrees with this decision. With a little nudge from Ward, Fitz, and Simmons, Skye sets off to investigate things on her own. She poses as Agent Melinda May to get information on Vanchat's financials.

Back on the bus, Ward tricks Agent Hand’s interrogator so he can apply his own intense brand of questioning to Vanchat. He gets results that lead to active strikes all over the world. Agent Hand can’t help but wonder why Agent Coulson is so important. Coulson lets Po know that he’ll die before giving any information. He says that the clairvoyant is a fraud. Po disagrees, but he does admit that his friend can’t see how Coulson was brought back from the dead. Po will torture him until he finds the answer to this. Coulson manages to escape from his bindings, but he’s trapped in a forgotten town that’s surrounded by nothing but desert. Po continues his torture until a phone call from the Clairvoyant puts an end to it. It also puts an end to Po, as he’s killed via a remote death blow. Raina is asked to take over where Po left off with Coulson. She wants to know how the super soldiers they are creating can be brought back to life. She offers to help uncover the secret S.H.I.E.L.D. has been keeping. Raina brings up the past love of Coulson’s life. Her heart was broken when S.H.I.E.L.D. told her he was dead. Coulson realizes that he keeps saying that Tahiti is a magical place. He tells Raina to turn on her machine so he can finally find out why. Ward is caught off guard when he realizes May got Skye kicked off the bus so she’d have more freedom to do her thing. This works out well.

Skye gets a sketchy financial guy named Lloyd to access crooked accounts in the Caymans. She’s quite proud of herself when she single-handedly overtakes her patsy’s security guards. She heads out in Lloyd’s sports car once she has the info she needs. She calls the team to tell them where Coulson is being held. Ward tells Agent Hand that he’s taking his team to get him with or without backup. In the desert town, Raina asks Coulson to think back to his first memory after he died. He was on a sandy beach where Director Fury ordered something done to him.

Outside, Skye reunites with the rest of the team as soldiers swarm. Raina desperately tries to get Coulson to describe what he sees. It’s dark. Coulson asked that they let him die back when the doctors were working on him. Skye storms into the room and promptly decks Raina. May pulls the plug on the machine hooked up to Coulson, who is in bad shape but able to recover. Agent Hand lets Coulson know that Centipede operations have been taken down across the globe.

The Clairvoyant is still in the wind though. Coulson thanks Agent Hand for all that was done. He also thanks his team before telling them to get back to work. For Skye, that begins with a removal of the bracelet that’s been limiting her computer hacking abilities. She asks Coulson if he learned anything. Her boss says what was done to him wasn't real. They were just messing with his head.

A short time later, Coulson pays a visit to the doctor who was part of his visions. He says he knows about Tahiti. The doctor says Coulson was dead for days after the Battle of New York. Under orders from Director Fury, a team of scientists worked to revive him even there was catastrophic neurological damage. Coulson had wanted to die. He had lost his will to live. The scientists tried to give that back to him. They gave him pleasant memories. The doctor says he’s truly sorry, but Coulson leaves before he can say much more.


Mike Peterson is alive. His substantial injuries from the blast on “The Bridge” include burns as well as the loss of much of his right leg. Mike is being held in a secret cell. He has no idea where he is. The only thing he does know is that he is deep trouble. A message like the ones that plagued Akela Amador in "Eye Spy" appears. A camera has been built into his eye along with a fail-safe measure that will kill him if he disobeys orders. Mike is devastated as he is now helplessly, mercilessly under someone else’s control.


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Marvel's Agents of SHIELD Season 1 Episode 11 Promo

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD Season 1 Episode 11 Promo


Memorable quotesEdit

May: "Skye's no use to us on this plane."
Ward: "How can you say that?"
May: "She's not. Not with all these agents here, over her shoulder, monitoring her every move."
Ward: "You wanted her off the plane."
May: "Outside the system. That's how Skye works best."

Skye: "You're in a lot of trouble, Mr. Rathman."
Rathman: "Who the hell are you?"
Skye: "Agent Melinda May, with S.H.I.E.L.D."

Coulson: "I just want to say... thank you. Now get back to work."




  • Los Angeles, California
  • Forgotten Nuclear Test Site
  • Mohave Desert



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Episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Season 1:   Pilot0-8-4The AssetEye-SpyGirl in the Flower DressFZZTThe HubThe WellRepairsThe BridgeThe Magical PlaceSeedsT.R.A.C.K.S.T.A.H.I.T.I.Yes MenEnd Of The BeginningTurn, Turn, TurnProvidenceThe Only Light in the DarknessNothing PersonalRagtagBeginning of the End
Season 2:   ShadowsHeavy is the HeadMaking Friends and Influencing PeopleFace My EnemyA Hen in the Wolf HouseA Fractured HouseThe Writing on the WallThe Things We BuryYe Who Enter HereWhat They BecomeAftershocksWho You Really AreOne of UsLove in the Time of HydraOne Door ClosesAfterlifeMelindaThe Frenemy of My EnemyThe Dirty Half DozenScarsS.O.S. Part OneS.O.S. Part Two
Season 3:   Laws of NaturePurpose in the MachineA Wanted (Inhu)manDevils You Know4,722 HoursAmong Us Hide...Chaos TheoryMany Heads, One TaleClosureMavethBouncing BackThe Inside ManParting ShotWatchdogsSpacetimeParadise LostThe TeamThe SingularityFailed ExperimentsEmancipationAbsolutionAscension
Season 4:   The GhostMeet the New BossUprisingLet Me Stand Next to Your FireLockupThe Good SamaritanDeals with Our DevilsThe Laws of Inferno DynamicsBroken PromisesThe PatriotWake UpHot Potato SoupBOOMThe Man Behind the ShieldSelf ControlWhat If...Identity and ChangeNo RegretsAll The Madame’s MenFarewell, Cruel World!The ReturnWorld's End
Season 5:   Orientation: Part 1Orientation: Part 2A Life SpentA Life EarnedRewindFun & GamesTogether or Not at AllThe Last DayBest Laid PlansPast LifeAll the Comforts of HomeThe Real DealPrincipiaThe Devil ComplexRise and ShineInside VoicesThe Honeymoon