ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Tuesday night wrapped its freshman run with a thrilling hour in which Coulson & Co. endeavored to get the drop on HYDRA henchman Garrett, unaware that he is A) powered by Deathlok technology and B) freshly super-charged by a dose of the Centipede serum.
Meanwhile, Fitz and Simmons put their brilliant beans together to craft an escape from their watery grave — though at what price?
Here, a dozen of the best moments from the finale.
AN EPIC LOVERS’ QUARREL | Upon infiltrating Cybertek, Skye comes face to face with a gun-waving Ward, who challenges her to detonate a bomb. “No, I have a weapon much better than a bomb that will absolutely destroy you,” Skye counters. “Because you slept with her. Shes really pissed off.” Cue Ward getting blindsided by May, launching into a tussle that lets bon mots fly as much as fists. “Reminds me of the old days,” Ward says, pinning his onetime FWB. “You were never on top,” May snaps. May in fact comes out on top, nail-gunning Ward’s foot to the floor before crushing his larynx and then delivering the mother of all roundhouse kicks.
FITZ ‘SHOWS’ SIMMONS SOMETHING | Jettisoned by Ward into the ocean, the brainiacs work their noodles to devise a way to implode the capsule window, affording escape. Thing is, the influx of water will literally knock the breath out of them — but Fitz has an oxygen mask thingy that will keep his partner conscious and able to swim to the surface. When Simmons balks at the sacrifice being made by her “best friend,” he explains, “You’re more than that [to me]. I can’t find the courage to tell you, so please… let me show you.”
EVERYTHING NICK FURY | Whether he was fishing Simmons out of the ocean, acknowledging that he owes Coulson a “loud” discussion about bringing his agent back from the dead or offering up a weapon that “packs a pretty good punch” to combat the Centipede soldiers, the former Director’s every moment sparkled. My favorite line:” You don’t have to call me sir, Coulson. Look at me, I’m dressed like I live under a bridge.”
GARRETT BOTCHES FURY’S SPEECH | Confronted by the one-two punch of Coulson and Fury, Garrett defends his betrayal by quoting S.H.I.E.L.D.’s former Director: “One man can accomplish anything once he realizes he’s a part of something bigger.” Fury corrects that interpretation, stressing “a part of.” (“Not a great listener,” Coulson shrugs.) Frankly, Fury is gobsmacked that Garrett went all in with HYDRA because he “misheard my damn ‘one man’ speech”!
MIKE SAVES THE DAY | After Skye finds her way to Cybertek’s “incentives program” — aka the area where they hold prisoner loved ones, to force people to do their bidding — she has Ace Peterson relay a message to his Deathlok’d dad. Learning his son is safe, Mike promptly unleashes his missiles on Garrett.
THE UNSTOPPABLE.. IS STOPPED | Garrett, though, is not down for the count. Instead, we later see his bloody, beaten self clamber onto the Deathlok operating table and outfit himself with full armor. Grinning wide like the mad man he is, he declares, “Now there’s no st–” OOPS, SPOKE TOO SOON, as Coulson pulverizes his adversary with a found weapon. L…M…A…O!
S.H.I.E.L.D.’S HEART BECOMES ITS HEAD | Before heading back off the grid, Fury charges Coulson with rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D. from scratch, handing him the “toolbox” to get the job done. “Guys like you were the heart — now you’ll be the head,” Fury explains. “Take your time and do it right.” (But lest anyone think the MCU has just lost Fury as a character, he promises before exiting, “I’ll be everywhere.”)
TWIN PIQUED | Reunited (minus injured Fitz and the detained rat bastard Ward), Coulson’s team makes camp at another hidden base, this one dubbed “The Playground” by… Eric Koenig, is that you?! No, “Eric passed away, sadly,” his twin/(LMD?) Billy (also played by Patton Oswalt) assures. Now lanyard up, everyone!
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! | In the style of Marvel’s big-screen offerings, the S.H.I.E.L.D. finale serves up not one but two “post-credits” scenes. In one, Raina visits an ooey-gooey unseen man, whom she informs, “I found your daughter,” handing him a photo of Skye. Then, we see Coulson wake up in the middle of the night to take a knife to a wall and begin scrawling the same extraterrestrial-like diagrams that Garrett etched out earlier, as the GH325-enhanced Centipede serum opened up his mind.