Coulson and crew are back again, in an action packed, exciting episode that also shook up our show’s characters all while giving us a healthy dose of humor to go along with it. Also, we got the show’s biggest tie-in to the larger film world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet, with two visitors to Earth from Asgard. Last week’s episode gave us some answers to some of the show’s biggest mysteries, including what actually happened in Tahiti, but raised even more questions in the process. And while we didn’t get any real new revelations, the show still has some major momentum going into the rest of the season and I can’t wait to see what comes next. So without further ado, let’s jump into “Yes Men,” written by Shalisha Francis and directed by John Terlesky.
Tonight’s episode picked up immediately after the post-credits scene from last week’s episode. Asgardian visitor Lorelei has just stolen Jimmy and his car away from his new bride, and the two are cruising in search of trouble. They make a pitstop at “Rosie’s Desert Oasis”, a bar loaded with leather clad bikers. While Jimmy runs inside for something, Lorelei makes friends with Rooster, head of the biker gang “Dogs of Hell.” She’s intrigued by his motorcycle, wondering what kind of beast it is, but she’s more impressed that Rooster is a leader with men at his command. She grabs his shoulder and tells him that he and his men are now serving her. Jimmy returns, full of jealousy, but she doesn’t need him anymore and sends him flying with a gentle backhand.
On board the Bus, Skye is getting restless. She tries to make a sneaky escape from her sickbed, but Simmons is right there knocking on the window and telling her no. “Damn it, every time,” Skye moans under her breath. She points out that the color has returned to her cheeks and she’s feeling good. Simmons objects to her choice of words, insisting that “‘better’ is the more accurate word,” while taking a blood sample from Skye, seemingly a frequent occurrence since her recovery. Skye’s “not sure how I feel about Dr. Simmons. She’s so strict… and pokey.” “Well patient Skye is unruly and stubborn,” Simmons responds.
It’s not all fun and games for Skye, however, as she gets a little serious and reminds Simmons how grateful she is that they saved her life. Simmons doesn’t feel like she can take much of the credit, but that doesn’t change Skye from being the “most gratefulest…est patient alive.” “That’s not even a word,” Simmons replies, but Ward shows up to add some romantic tension to the scene. Simmons leaves, but not before Skye does an impression of her as a Skye’s warden, and Simmons bemoans Skye’s poor accent.
Skye complains that Simmons won’t even let her have a mirror, and Ward promptly digs a hole for himself by saying that he’s seen worse, and then compounding that by clarifying that she looked worse when she was dying. “Swinging and missing, Ward,” she says with a smile. Ward’s happiness at Skye’s recovery is all over his face, though Skye has mixed feelings about the situation she put herself in. Ward reminds her that because of her actions SHIELD knows about Mike Peterson’s resurrection and that James Garrett is on the case, looking into the Deathlok program. Skye is convinced that something has been done to Mike and that he needs help, but Ward is not so forgiving of him for failing to protect Skye when he had a chance. Skye is more interested in doing a better job protecting herself, and wants to train even harder with Ward once she’s cleared for duty.
In the medlab, Simmons is running an analysis on Skye’s blood, looking for any trace of the miracle blue alien drug GH-325. The vial of the drug that Fitz took from the Ghost House doesn’t have enough residue to analyze, so Simmons has been taking as many blood samples as she can from Skye, hoping to find a trace of the drug, but so far there’s nothing. She’s asked Coulson to upload the scans to SHIELD HQ for a more detailed analysis, but he’s refused, saying he wants to keep everything “in house.” Clearly all of the secrets that SHIELD has kept from Coulson has taken a major toll on his trust level.
Coulson, meanwhile, is having secret meetings in parking garages with SHIELD agents. Of course, how secret can they be when he arrives in Lola and the SHIELD agent shows up in a car with the SHIELD logo on the side? It seems he’s been calling in every favor he’s owed with anyone he’s ever worked with in an attempt to find Nick Fury. I guess he’s not buying enough dinners or bottles of wine, because his contacts aren’t particularly forthcoming with the location of their boss. His latest contact tells him that Fury is “off the grid” and that he won’t be found until he wants to be found. The agent reminds Coulson that something similar once happened to him, before asking “how was Tahiti?” “It sucked,” Coulson says, putting on his shades and driving off. I guess the brainwashing mojo they worked on him is officially broken at this point.
On the Bus, while Coulson is gone on “personal time,” new orders have come in. SHIELD’s detected some energy readings in the Nevada-California desert, which match the readings from New Mexico and London that occurred when Thor and company jumped realms. Fitz is super excited that it might be Thor, but May says they don’t know for sure, only that it’s an Asgardian. Fitz still isn’t concerned because Asgardians are allies of SHIELD, but Ward reminds him that Loki sure wasn’t.
The team jumps in their completely non-menacing black SUVs to go “welcome” the new arrival, and along the way Ward questions May on whether Coulson has mentioned anything to her about why he tried to stop them from injecting Skye with GH-325. Before she can do more than tell him no, there’s an energy surge and a beam from the heavens deposits someone right in the middle of the road. Fitz runs facial recognition and finds a match with one of Thor’s companions from New Mexico. The woman, recognizes the SHIELD logo on the side of their vehicles, realizes they’re allies, and introduces herself as Lady Sif of Asgard, oh and by the way, we’re all in danger.