SPOILER ALERTS ARE IN PLACE!!Following a mysterious death where a camp counselor is suspended in mid-air, Coulson and his team head to campsite to investigate the anomaly. The counselor’s name is Adam Cross who was a firefighter in New York. Coulson talks to Simmons who tells him that victim’s brain if fried. During the examination, Fitz picks up an electromagnetic pulse. Coulson, Ward, and May arrive at a farm where they find a man killed in the same manner as Adam Cross. Skye tells them that the man’s name is Frank Waylon and that he and Adam Cross were firefighters who responded to the incident in New York. They head the firehouse where Waylon and Cross worked to speak with their comrades. A firefighter named Torres asks about his fellow firefighters which make Coulson suspicious of him. Corned in the kitchen, the static energy begins to build around Torres. Simmons confirms that the static energy is coming from Torres. Coulson clears the firehouse and speaks with Torres. He tells him about his death during the alien invasion to make Torres comfortable in the face of the inevitable. Coulson leaves the firehouse and Torres dies. It is learned that the firefighters were infected with an alien virus when they were cleaning the helmet of the Chitauri. Fitz checks out the team to make sure that the virus hasn’t spread. Sadly, Coulson sees that Simmons is infected when a metal tool floats in midair behind her. With no choice, Simmons is sealed off. Simmons has to find a cure for herself before she meets the same fate as the firefighters in two hours. Fitz waits with her. While arguing, they come up a possible solution. The Chitauri carrier who wore the helmet was immune to the virus. Fitz grabs the helmet and takes it to Simmons. They use the remaining DNA to culture an antiserum. Sadly, it is a failure. Distraught, Simmons asks Coulson to tell her father. Fitz makes another attempt but Simmons knocks him out. She then opens the cargo door and jumps in an attempt to save the team. Fitz manages to get the door to the lab open. Ward arrives, takes the parachute and the antiserum and dives out after Simmons. He catches up to her, gives her the antiserum and opens the parachute. Afterward, Coulson chews Simmons out for her stunt but he is glad that she is safe. Ward commends her for her selfless act. Fitz is also glad she is alright. Later, Agent Blake lays into Coulson for disobeying a direct order. Coulson defends his team when Agent Blake threatens to remove them from his command.
Skye, Ward and May take a back seat for this episode as the spotlight settles on the science team of Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz. While investigating the strange deaths of several firefighters, Simmons is infected with the same alien virus as the dead men. Concern and worry is raised in everyone as they try to cope with the possibility of losing one of their own. Coulson is particularly concerned as he cares greatly for his team and doesn’t want to lose any of them. When he is contacted by Agent Blake who tells him to basically jettison Simmons from the plane as require by protocol, he ignores the order and severs communication. He defends Simmons again when Melinda doubts that she will be able to produce a cure for the virus before her two hours are up. Coulson knows what death is like and he does not want Jemma to experience something like that at a young age. Ward shows his concern in a way suitable for him. He mopes, not about Jemma’s impending doom but that he can’t protect his teammates from something he cannot fight. A virus has no physical form thus Ward cannot fight something that is intangible. As a fighter, he needs something to kill. Luckily, Ward is able to fight the virus after all when Jemma opens the cargo doors and jumps from the plane. Taking the cure, he dives after he and administers the antiserum during free-fall.However, the one person who is worried the most is Leo Fitz. Before joining up with S.H.I.E.L.D., Simmons and Fitz were students at the university. They developed a close relationship as partners thought they don’t always agree on some things especially when it comes to theorizing unusual situations. While Jemma is isolated in the lab, Fitz sits outside to keep her company. She may be headstrong at times but if anything happened to her, he would feel lost without her. She is his partner as well as apparent rival. Fitz’s loyalty to their friendship is illustrated when he returns to the lab with the Chitauri helmet and enters despite Simmons’ warning, and again when he continues to try to work on a cure after their last attempt failed and Simmons lost hope. The final test of his loyalty was when Jemma jumped from the plane. He was seen putting on the parachute with the intention of diving after her before Ward arrived and performed the daring deed himself.
Simmons has been cured of her illness but Coulson is still struggling with what happened with him in New York, however. With May listening, he tells her that he doesn’t not feel fine and begins to suspect that something more happened to him than simply dying. May tries to comfort her superior by telling him that returning from death will change anyone. But how much has Phillip Coulson truly changed after being stabbed through the chest with the scepter of a demigod?
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