The first couple of episodes of this season's re-energized "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." have been all about getting the fractured team together. And with May (Ming-Na Wen) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) back in the fold, this episode is all about getting Dr. Inhuman, M.D. -- a.k.a., Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) -- on board, too.
Oh, and also May and Hunter (Nick Blood) go to fight club, but first rule, etc.
Here's every big moment from "A Wanted (Inhu)man":
Okay, so let's talk about Lincoln. We've seen the Inhuman-on-the-run use his electrical powers before, but this episode is chock full of cool images, from him making a power line explode electric rain, to charging up a bus just to scare an army dude off his tail. We'll say this for season three: they aren't afraid to push the powers, or action FX.
And though the whole bulk of the A-plot is about him, it's mostly pretty easy to boil down. Lincoln is on the run from Faux-Statham and his A.T.C.U. commandos. He evades them a few times, refuses to work with S.H.I.E.L.D., eventually gets tracked down by the A.T.C.U., and then escapes. That's pretty much it. Oh, and he kills a man -- accidentally.
In the end, we don't know where Lincoln is, but there's a good chance he'll turn up again because...
Lincoln Kissed The Skye
Sorry, I mean Daisy (Chloe Bennet). When Daisy finally manages to track Lincoln down, she's in a room with him alone, and a half season (or so) of simmering romantic tension finally comes to a head.
"You're wasting your time caring about me," Lincoln says, referencing the fact that he killed a dude. "I can't help it," Daisy says, and they smoocheroo.
Unfortunately, then Coulson (Clark Gregg) betrays him to the A.T.C.U. so they'll keep quiet about Daisy's identity -- which probably means the #Daicoln relationship is gonna hit a few more earthquake style bumps before he becomes Ward 2.0.
FITZSIMMONS GOES ON A DATE ALL CAPS
Meanwhile, in the B-plot, Simmons is trying to get re-accustomed to that whole "being back on Earth after being stranded on an alien planet for months" things. She's having auditory hallucinations, generally is scared of interacting with people, and shows all the signs of PTSD.
When asked about said alien planet, and the samples left over from the destroyed portal that sent her there, her only comment is, "my curiosity faded once the fear set in." So it's certainly implied that she's working to get herself better -- "you're self-diagnosing, a sign you're on the mend!" Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) tells her later on -- though of course that's not true, which we'll get to in a second.
But first FITZ AND SIMMONS GO ON A DATE. AHHHHHHH.
But it's even cuter than that, because A) he rents out the whole restaurant so she won't have any distractions, and B) it's the same restaurant Fitz promised he'd take her to before she got sucked into the portal. In fact, he never gave up the reservation, because he always hoped he'd find her. Bonus: they get a free bottle of wine.
So Simmons thanks him, he says it wasn't a big deal to rent out the restaurant, and she quickly answers, "For more than that. For finding me."
"What else was I going to do," Fitz says plainly, and then our hearts exploded into a million pieces.
Except not everything is okay. In fact, it's the opposite: Simmons isn't over her ordeal at all, but not for the reason we think...
The First Rule
But first, let's talk about fight club. Hunter and May are trying to track down Ward (Brett Dalton), so they hit up Hunter's old drinking buddy Spud (Daniel Feuerriegel). Spud explains that the way in to HYDRA, as it is for all super-villain organizations, is a fight club.
Hunter decides to sign up, and then has to fight Spud! Oh no! And he kills him! OH NO. Lots of accidental killing people in this episode, tbh.
The good news is, he meets Ward's second in command, quipping about his boss, "Sounds like an interesting bloke. Look forward to meeting him some day."
...And I guess I wonder what the plan is, exactly? Ward isn't going to meet Hunter OR May without seeing their pictures first, and he knows exactly who they are. Given that Hunter is literally one person away at this point, how do they think they're going to pull this off?
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Coulson and Rosalind (Constance Zimmer) have the most delightful flirty/antagonistic relationship, don't they? This week, we find out she has a black car just like Lola, but with no name -- "I love my car, but it's just my car... And it's a him." -- and many, many ways to get one-up on Coulson.
In fact, we'll probably be seeing a lot more of her, not just because she's in nearly every episode this season; but also because, to save Daisy, Coulson agrees to have Inhuman experts S.H.I.E.L.D. work for the A.T.C.U., rather than let Faux-Statham and his army troops wreck havoc on America.
"I'm done fighting with people about who gets to fight the real fight," Coulson notes. And it's a good point, but hopefully this isn't the end of Rosalind and Coulson constantly one-upping each other, because that has been delightful. Someone get them an Off-Broadway run, and stat.
They Tried To Make Her Go To Rehab
Best line of the episode goes to Fitz, who is helping Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) rehab after getting shot in the leg last season. When she starts to complain how bored she is, Fitz -- who dealt with a case of the Bends that nearly destroyed his brain last season, quips, "Rehab is the antitheses of exciting. I'm well aware. Notice I said antitheses."
Maybe it's in the delivery. Anyway, smart Fitz is the best Fitz.
We Have To Go Baaaaaack
That end credits teaser, tho. Bobbi is rehabbing it up late at night, when she hears a noise. Discovering Simmons playing with the burnt out former portal rocks, she lovingly tells Simmons she's okay, "That portal won't open again."
Panicked, Simmons looks directly at her and says, "But it has to. I have to go back."
We didn't think we were done with The Planet of The Day For Night Shot, and it turns out we're definitely not. But why? What does Simmons need to do on a planet that caused nothing but fear? My guess... She left someone behind.