Last week HYDRA snatched two soopers and took them to its Arctic Circle lab base; Mike the cyber-agent (J. August Richards) and Lincoln the electro-descendant (Luke Mitchell). "How innnteresting," says Bakshi (Simon Kassianides), "One of them is artifiically enhanced, and the other is a mutan-- uh... is mutate... um... was born this way." (I'm paraphrasing.)
The loss of a sometime-agent means that Coulson, now in NuSHIELD custody, wants to put together a small team to raid the HYDRA base. How small? The numbers will fit comfortably inside the show's budget, but the contrivances will be enormous. Hunter (Nick Blood) has been shot, Morse (Adrianne Palicki) is ordered to stay home by Gonzalez (Edward James Olmos), and Mack (Henry Simmons) is maybe a hallucination I keep having, so it's going to be just original crew-members May (Ming-Na Wen), Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Fitz (Iain DeCaestecker).
Oh, and murderous traitor Ward (Brett Dalton) gets to come, because Bakshi is his hypnotized puppet and he's their entree to HYDRAbase. But Agent 33 (Maya Stojan) can't come, because Ward wants SHIELD to fix her broken head. It's the sort of true love that only a psychopath with a proven track record of obsession and manipulation can offer. Skye (Chloe Bennett) gets to come, to help save Lincoln, but the rest of the Descendants do not get to come, because Jiaying doesn't want to place them in danger. And Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) gets to come because she's a doctor, and also a wannabe murderer. We'll get to that.
And thus we have our original six, reunited once again, no matter how many highly competent agents and Inhumans they have to conspicuously sideline to arrive at this implausible collection of defectors, traitors, and untested field agents, whose only real commonality is that they were all in episode one. It's cheesy as hell. But it's the right kind of cheesy. Contrive away, Agents of SHIELD. This is finest grade-'A' nonsense.
The Original Cast Member Six (to give them the snappy superhero team name they deserve) fly the wingycarrier to the Arctic Circle and let HYDRA blow it out of the sky. But they're actually all on an invisible quinjet, which they land under cover of the wingycarrier's debris. Farewell, SHIELD wingycarrier. You and your awkward bed bunks will be missed.
Bakshi lets the OCM6 into the facility, where they proceed to shoot all the goons. Mike is found in his cell, minus one robot leg, but Lincoln has been taken off for vivisection, so Skye goes solo to quake and shoot her way through the assembled forces of HYDRA, and uses a micro-quake to restart Linc's heart.
Elsewhere, Simmons attempts to exact cold-blooded revenge on Ward with one of the Grey Gargoyle grenades (I have suddenly decided to start calling them that), but Bakshi takes the hit and dies. This is great news, as I no longer need to try and fail to keep track of Bakshi.
Ward takes the opportunity to slip away into the night (which lasts several months in the Arctic Circle, so he has plenty of time), and the rest of the OCM6 return to base with Mike and Linc, and without the Wingycarrier.
Then Avengers: Age of Ultron happens.