SHIELD investigates a new dig site containing Norse relics in Canada, ironically near a Mt. Thor, which turns out to be a wild goose chase. Skye is following the Norse Pagan Hate Group online, searching through forums full of angry people looking to cause destruction, leading her to conclude that “people suck”. (Hilariously, one of the posts in the forum that is shown is, “I rode a horse today :)”.) The group discovers a crypt in Seville which seems to fit the description, and Coulson suggests they go check it out and “see what we can dig up… you see what I did there?”
At the crypt, Ward and Skye search for anything Asgardian while Coulson and Fitz monitor from the car. Ward is surprised to run into Randolph, who has the second piece of the staff. Ward grabs at the staff, and when he touches it it glows red and he is knocked out. He wakes up disoriented and having flashes of a boy at the bottom of a well. Randolph runs into Jacob, Petra and their group as he tries to get into his car. Coulson searches for him, but the search gets easy when he sees a car fly through the air. He finds Randolph unharmed, but without the staff, as Randolph tells him, “I screwed up.”
Back aboard the Bus, Ward is getting a physical from Simmons while Coulson tries to interrogate Randolph. Ward is still seeing flashes of the well, and becoming agitated with Skye, Fitz and Simmons. His anger boils over when Simmons offers him a sedative, and he criticizes Skye and Simmons for talking too much and Fitz for not saving Simmons when she jumped from the plane before he storms out of the lab. Randolph tells Coulson that he just wanted to study the staff, as something that was sent from heaven by the gods. Coulson tells him that Asgardians are not gods, they’re aliens from space, and leaves Randolph alone in the interrogation room.
Ward is taking his anger out at the punching bag, getting more intense as he experiences more flashbacks of the event at the well. May sneaks up on him and when he sees her he throws a punch her way, which she easily dodges. He tells her not to sneak up on him, but she’s not concerned about that and is more concerned by his mental state. “The last thing you need is to punch things,” she says. We get a glimpse of the group, now calling itself the New Order, who believe they have to become gods in order to take the world back from gods. Jacob uses the two pieces of the staff to imbue more of his followers with enhanced strength and the power of rage.
Ward goes to Coulson and says that he thinks he’s compromised, as he’s seeing things from his past that he previously buried, a key part of his training. He is reliving his worst memory, the first time he ever felt hate, and it won’t go away. Coulson understands, but realizes that the fact that Ward is worried about his behavior and is being honest means that he is still trustworthy. Frustrated with Randolph’s lack of cooperation, he decides to set Ward and his rage loose on him. Ward goes into the interrogation room and attacks Randolph with a knife, but Randolph simply grabs the blade and bends it in half. Ward tells Coulson that he was right, Randolph is an Asgardian! Coulson says that’s a good thing, because “otherwise that would have been really embarrassing.”
Randolph rips his handcuffs off as Coulson correctly guesses that he is the Berserker warrior who remained on Earth. Simmons, who is watching in the lab with May, Skye and Fitz, wants to “cut him open a little bit” in order to get some tissue samples and bodily fluids, while Skye says that this is “better than the History Channel”. May locks Ward and Coulson in the room with Randolph, on Coulson’s orders, and Ward tells Randolph that the walls are made of Vibranium (the same material which makes up Captain America’s shield).
Coulson asks why Randolph would tell his own story, and therefore the locations of the staff pieces, and Ward speculates that Randolph was tortured or interrogated for the information. However, the truth is that he was just horny, and told his story to a French girl in 1546 in order to get in good with her. Randolph laughs when asked if he knows Thor, and says that his occupation as a mason didn’t lend itself to hanging out with the future King of Asgard. He broke rocks for a living, and used his desire for travel as a reason to join the Berserkers, but he hated it. He tells them that the staff shines a light into the darkest places of whoever touches it, but that the people will calm down eventually, if they don’t die out first. He says that the great thing about Earth is that it is constantly changing. Coulson tells him that he knows Thor, and if Randolph doesn’t help him then he will tell Thor about him, doing away with the anonymity he has been enjoying, so Randolph reveals that he has been enjoying. The third piece of the staff is revealed to be in an Irish monastery where Randolph spent some of his earliest days.
As they prepare to head out, Ward asks Randolph how long it will take for the effects of the staff to wear off, and Randolph assures him that soon he will physically crash and feel exhausted as the power leaves him, but that the psychological effects will take a few decades to disappear. At the monastery the group comes across an ancient book with an illustration of Randolph, who they viewed as a saint, though Ward says that means that they were idiots. Randolph looks for the final staff piece, but is stabbed by Jacob, who already has it and who says that if they want to defeat a god they must become one. Ward grabs the staff piece and is infused with its power, before tackling Jacob off the balcony.