Fitz got out of the lab and into the field as the rest of the team got to know "The Hub" in Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 1 Episode 7.
Below, TV Fanatics Doug Wolfe, Jim Garner and Christine Orlando are joined by Ellyssa from ShieldTV.net to debate if Fitz should do more fieldwork and whether or not Coulson has ever actually been to Tahiti.
Join in the fun and add your answers to ours in the comments below.
What was your favorite scene?
Doug: There were two that really stood out. The more compelling one was the scene between Ward and Fitz, when Fitz said "I'm not going anywhere." Fitz came into his own then, and elevated his own status in the eyes of Ward. I also liked the fact that Coulson told both guys, separately, to watch each other's backs. Up until now, Fitz was just a total geek to me, but in that scene when he told Ward that he was just as much a SHIELD agent as Ward, it was rang true.
The second was when Simmons asked Fitz how he liked the sandwich. If it were me, I'd have said "I never tasted it - wonder if you would make me another? I was really looking forward to it." Instead, Fitz simply told her it was delicious. Great scene.
Ellyssa: My favorite this week would have to be Agent Coulson's conversation with Agent May while she was doing Tai Chi. Ming-Na Wen really sold the part with her facial expressions. This scene says a lot about their past relationship, obviously they knew each other on a deep level before whatever traumatic event she experienced resulted in her withdrawing from the field.
Jim: It's a tie for me. First, I really liked Coulson confronting Victoria Hand about the lack of an extraction plan. He is super protective of his team. Second, I loved him and Skye at the end of the episode, was great to see her with "the walls" down as she hugged him.
Christine: For me it was when Ward told Fitz, "I know you would have jumped out of the plane to save Simmons and she knows that too." It not only confirmed what's been weighing on Fitz since that moment, it also showed that Ward was not only aware of Fitz's feelins but sympathetic as well. I appreciated both characters a lot more after that scene.
Theories on Skye's parents. Heroes? Villains? Someone we've already met?
Doug: Coulson couldn't tell her the truth, which means it sounds as though telling her would bring her too much pain. Therefore I tend to think they were villains. There are too many unknowns at this point to be sure though. Interesting that the phrase "trust the system" was uttered so often in this episode. I think Skye has a relative disgust with "the system," and maybe for good reason, as she proved in this episode by revealing to Coulson that there wasn't an extraction plan. Maybe she comes by this pseudo-anarchist dynamic honestly, and somehow it's related to her parents. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Ellyssa: I doubt it's someone we've already met and I'm sure it's not Agent May and/or Agent Coulson though that seems to be a popular theory.
Jim: The writer in me wants to say "villain," but I'm hoping I'm wrong. As for the second part, I'm torn. Part of me would love to find out that Coulson was her dad, but that would be SOOOOO cliche at the same time.
Christine I'm with you, Jim, in that I'd love it if her father was Coulson but also think it's much too predictable. Having a parent be a villain would give us plenty of conflict. I really can't wait to see what they have in mind for Skye.
Funniest moment: Fitz trying to get through the door, Simmons trying to get past Stillwater or Ward ditching Fitz's sandwich? Or another?
Doug: This show doesn't do funny all that well, at least in my opinion. And when they try, as with the three examples in the question, it just comes off as awkward. That awkwardness is what kept me from appreciating Simmons and Fitz until now. It feels like the writers are just getting their feet with the show - and developing their characters may well mean reducing their attempts at this sort of levity. What the show does do well is drama and action - and I'm board with them for that. In fact, the trailer for next week's episode is full of action and I'm looking forward to seeing it.
Ellyssa: I've always liked Simmons' bubbly, cheerful outlook. The scene with her getting caught hacking into S.H.I.E.L.D. by "Mr Agent Sitwell Sir" was just hilarious, particularly her misplaced delight at admitting to having shot a superior officer.
Jim: I have to go with Simmons stunning Stillwater and then going back to Skye with the "that went pretty well" attitude. I laughed pretty hard at the whole scene.
Christine: I usually don't go for slapstick kind of funny but I loved Fitz trying to get his cart through the door. I think it was his level of frustration that sold it and the thought of him going into the field when he couldn't even make it through a door made me laugh.
How do you think Fitz did in the field? Do you want to see him out there more often?
Doug: Absolutely. He's proven himself to be a key player and a man of action. I enjoyed watching him do his thing with Ward and now believe, as of this episode, that he can hold his own. This op proved his importance in the field.
Ellyssa: I think Fitz was outstanding. He held it together when he needed to showing creativity and courage. I think the qualities he displayed are things Agent Coulson already saw in him before recruiting him to the team and he just needed to be put in a position where those parts of his persona were able to come to the surface.
Jim: I was with Ward when he was surprised that Fitz had EMP'ed the lights to get in good with the Russians. He did really well in the field, I think he could do more.
Christine: I loved him in the field and partnered with Ward. He was funny, and self deprecating, smart and brave. What more could you ask for. Maybe next time he'll know to eat his sandwich ahead of time.
Tahiti's a magical place. Do you think Coulson has ever actually been to Tahiti?
Doug: Seems doubtful now, doesn't it? I think he recognizes that he's been conditioned to repeat that phrase, and that he probably has some false memories of Tahiti as part of the deal. He's too smart for his own good, and is starting to delve a little more deeply into what went on. Makes me wonder why no one's revealed anything to him, and in particular why Fury hasn't said anything. Can't wait to find out.
Ellyssa: I think it's safe to say, "Tahiti" isn't really Tahiti. So whether or not Coulson has been to what we know as Tahiti is irrelevant.
Jim: He may have been to T.A.H.I.T.I. (a SHIELD lab of some sort) but I doubt he's been to the tropical paradise. Anyone else noticing his Pavlovian response of "It's a magical place" when someone mentions it?
Christine: Like you, Jim, I wonder what T.A.H.I.T.I. stands for in SHIELD terms. And Coulson responds with "it's a magical place" as though he's been programmed to do so. Even he's noticed it. Like Doug says, Agent Coulson may be too smart for his own good.