Season 1 Episode 16
"End of the Beginning"
Agent Garett and Triplett have returned to assist Coulson's team hunt down S.H.I.E.L.D.'s devious nemesis--the Clairvoyant. But will Deathlok kill them all to guard his master's identity? [button color="red" size="small" link="http://abc.go.com/shows/marvels-agents-of-shield" target="blank" ]Official Site[/button]
Agents John Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Antoine Triplett (B.J. Britt) are attacked in their safe house by Deathlok/Mike Peterson (J. August Richards). They almost take Deathlok down, but he flees by blasting a cartoonishly round circle in the ceiling.
Garrett and Triplett later join fellow agents Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows), Felix Blake (Titus Welliver) and Jasper Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernandez) on the wingycarrier. It’s an all-star line-up!
Coulson (Clark Gregg) called the meeting on his plane because he hopes being in the air will put them beyond the Clairvoyant’s reach. They don’t believe in psychics, but they have theories about how their powers work! Coulson believes Garrett and Triplett were attacked because they got too close to the Clairvoyant as they worked through a list of “gifted” rejects; people who SHIELD studied and dismissed as possible psychics.
Skye (Chloe Bennett) is brought in to the meeting to officially receive her SHIELD agent badge. No, she hasn’t been to the academy, but she took all the exams on a correspondence course or something. It’s fine. A wizard did it. Everyone hugs.
Garrett tells Skye that he sees how she’s changed Ward (Brett Dalton); she’s given him something to fight for.
The agents are put into pairs to track down more Clairvoyant candidates from the list. The teams are randomly assigned and each given half the information about their target so that the Clairvoyant can’t glean that information from any one mind.
Ward and Triplett go after a prisoner in the UK and find a strangely abandoned front desk at the prison. Coulson and Garrett go to Indiana in pursuit of a gifted student with Yakuza ties, and run into a suspicious detour.
May (Ming-Na Wen) and Blake have been sent to a care home in Macon, Georgia, on the trail of a comatose patient, Thomas Nash, who used to have a gift for predicting behavior. But Nash isn’t really there, and a newly upgraded Deathlok attacks. He insists that he’s no longer the man he once was, and proves it by putting Blake in the hospital and almost blowing up May.
Back on the plane, Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) packs her bags to go to headquarters to brief SHIELD on Deathlok, and Coulson realizes that Agent Blake managed to tag Deathlok with a tracker before he got pulped. That leads them to an abandoned racetrack in Pensecola, Florida.
Coulson and Garrett track Deathlok to a basement, but instead of finding their cyborg, they find a paralyzed man surrounded by TV screens.
This is Thomas Nash, played by the awesome Brad Dourif, and he is… the Clairvoyant!
Speaking through the TVs, the Clairvoyant surrenders into SHIELD custody. As the other agents flood in to the room, the Clairvoyant/Nash takes the opportunity to goad Coulson about nearly killing Skye, and warns him that something terrible is coming for him and Skye. He says that Skye will die giving the bad guys what they want. Ward shoots Nash in the heart.
Ward didn’t even have proof that this guy was the Clairvoyant, as Coulson later points out, and all his dialogue was delivered by a television.
Ward justifies his actions to Skye by saying he “got angry” and the Clairvoyant “pushed all the right buttons.” He also says he has no regrets.
Because Ward says the Clairvoyant knew which buttons to push, Skye and Coulson realize (a little late) that everything the Clairvoyant knows is information a SHIELD agent could have access to. They conclude that the Clairvoyant is a SHIELD agent. Coulson interrogates Ward.
Meanwhile, Fitz discovers that Agent May installed her own secure line on the plane. He disables it, and May grabs a gun and comes after him. Coulson and Skye draw their own weapons on her. May insists that they don’t understand what’s happening, but she can’t explain.
The Bus then turns itself around. Cut to headquarters, where Agent Hand says she wants everyone on that plane taken out except Coulson. “He’s mine.”
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