Also, Daisy got tricked by Mack (whom Hydra blackmailed into helping them using his adorable Framework created daughter) into revealing her as a Hydra agent got beat up and captured at the Triskelion. Holden Radcliffe is also captured in the cell next to her and is being tortured.
In this episode, Evil Fitz tries to interrogate Daisy, who attempts to convince him that he’s not this horrible person that he’s become in the Framework. She tries to convince him that he’s a brilliant, heroic genius that works alongside the love of his life Jemma Simmons...but Evil Fitz still ain’t having it. At this point we have no idea what it’s going to take. After he leaves, Aida/Ophelia gives it a shot and straight-talks it with Daisy. She says that she simply gave back her teammates’ greatest regrets and the Framework’s algorithms did the rest. She explains she could do the same to Daisy and give her Lincoln Campbell back and a normal life, just as long as she tells her where her and Jemma’s bodies are in the real world. Daisy doesn’t buy her crap.
She eventually has a conversation with Radcliffe through the wall (are the cell walls at the Triskelion really that thin?!) and he explains that everyone can become a murderer depending on their life experiences, sometimes one sentence can change a person. He also says that he knows the backdoor out of the Framework...which is super important and he should have said that right away.
We find out that what probably makes Fitz such a baddie is that he is now close to his father, who also seems devoted to Hydra and not that nice of a guy. Leo’s biggest regret is likely not having a close relationship with his pops. But at the same time we get a glimmer of hope when he discusses murdering Agnes and the fact that he possibly didn’t “have to”. Seems Daisy’s words did get to him, at least a little bit. The old Fitz may be still in there after all!
Ophelia and Fitz keep talking about something called “Project Looking Glass”, but we’re not sure what that is. It could mean the Framework personas escaping into their real bodies in the real world or something equally evil...who knows?! It definitely doesn’t sound good.
Back at the S.H.I.E.L.D./Resistance HQ, Mack is there and willing to help out any way he can. Mace has him fixing up a Hydra bus that he and Coulson stole (Mace is full-on Patriot in this world and has actual powers, not fake ones) so they can infiltrate the Triskelion and rescue Daisy. Jemma finally admits the truth to Mace and Ward that their world is simply a computer program and the lives they know are not real. They don’t seem to buy it (even though Mace thinks there may be some truth to it). Jemma at the same time shows sadness when she meets Hope, Mack’s daughter. She realizes that he has the most to lose once they wake up. His life seems genuinely better in the Framework.
Mace’s plan is to have Coulson (“innocent schoolteacher” Coulson) disguise himself as a Hydra agent delivering dead bodies to the Triskelion. Mace and Agent Burrows (Mace’s right hand guy that is alive in the Framework) will hide in the body bags. It works, but Mace still has to crush a badguy’s throat with one hand. Good times. Coulson shows a bit of his badass self coming back too, he gun-butts a guy! Baby steps.
This is when things start to pick up in the episode. Mace’s team free some prisoners and one of them, and this made me very happy, is TRIP! Agent Triplett is back! Or at least, the Framework version of him is alive! I don’t know why, but I genuinely missed this guy! Maybe it’s because his grandfather was a Howling Commando (which one was never revealed, but my best guess is Gabe Jones?!) or he’s just a likable character that was killed off very abruptly and way too soon. Trip said that he had his grandfather’s old spy camera with him and it may have recorded some valuable information. They may have not freed Daisy yet, but the mission was going well...until Coulson spots one of his students being brought to another building. Phil is racked with guilt for spewing Hydra’s propaganda to those kids and turning a blind eye whenever one of his students was a suspected Inhuman and was dragged out of his classroom. This is his opportunity to make things right, so him and Trip go to help the kid.
They soon find out that Hydra is doing their old “compliance” conditioning shtick to a whole room of teenagers, taping their eyes open and showing them subliminal messages, A Clockwork Orange style. They attempt to free the kids and get them back to the bus they came on. Mace finds out what Coulson is up to and angrily goes to help. But on the way he has a big fight! May was given an experimental serum (created by Fitz) that gives her aggression and accelerated strength and she shows up to fight The Patriot! She and Mace have a real slobbernocker of a fight until Ophelia and Fitz order a Quinjet to crash into the building where Coulson is still getting the kids out! Man, they are SO evil!
What comes next brings the viewers hope as well as heartbreak. I won’t spoil it here, but by the end of the episode, but someone most definitely DIES! This is probably the biggest death of the season so far. I didn’t see it coming.
It definitely wasn’t the fastest paced episode ever, but at least by the end there is some change. And we get to see various glimmers of hope in this storyline which has been all about doom and gloom. And Trip is back! I was more excited to see him back than I was Ward, and it’s great to have BJ Britt back on the cast, even if it’s for a few episodes (I assume). Can’t wait to see what happens next week!
That is all for now, kiddos! Bleed out!