As far as I can see, Ward is a dead man no matter which way he turns. I'm impressed with Skye's cool-headedness at the end there, even remembering to return the penny to its place above the door. I have no doubt that she left a message for Coulson and company, which means that Ward has almost certainly been outed to them as HYDRA. Presumably, Skye is going to give Ward a bogus set of coordinates, allowing Coulson and the others to catch up with them and rescue her.
I think that the situation with Coulson and TAHITI is a bit different, since that particular secret affected Coulson in the most personal manner imaginable. That was his life and his death and his own boss and friend messing with his mind. Fury's survival - well, this is operational security. Coulson shouldn't have any problems keeping *that* secret, for the reasons you've spelled out.
I found Ward's behavior rather strange and inconsistent. I can see a few likely scenarios playing out here:1. Ward is indeed Hydra, Garrett's evil protege.2. Ward is Hydra, but he's not totally buying into the party line.3. Ward is brainwashed or otherwise mentally manipulated.4. Ward is playing a really deep game and is actually undercover trying to find out more about Hydra's plans and infiltration of SHIELD. The episode tag focused on Ward, who seemed very blank and distracted while Garrett was telling his war story. (Of course, that just might be wooden acting on his part...) I'm guessing there's more going on here than Ward simply being an evil Hydra infiltrator. In any case, there is a very good chance he'll get killed by the end of the season.
Fake the baby's death and give her to Renard's mother. The venerable hexenbiest kept her son safe and raised him remarkably well, all things considered. Plus, she kept him *alive*, not a minor thing in the grad scheme of things. I also have to wonder about poor Sebastien. Is it possible that we haven't seen the last of him? Granted, Prince Viktor shot him, but we never saw his corpse. Renard told him previously to "fake his death if he had to" in order to get Adalind and the baby out. And Meisner said he couldn't "imagine" that Sebastien survived. I'm actually kind of hoping it just ain't so, and we'll be seeing Renard's loyal spy again one day...
It occurs to me that Vigilance is going to be ultimately frustrated in their goals - they might have taken down Northern Lights, but they haven't stopped the Machine, which is already diverting primary operations to Root. Hey, if Root needs help, it can retask ol' Hersh, too; just because you shut down the program doesn't mean they shut down the people, and the Machine has specifically spared Hersh's life. I have to ask one more time: how many members of Vigilance are there? Given the rate that they're killed, how can there possibly be anyone left aside from that cockroach Collier?
Even better - they were playing "Go Fish"!
We know very little about the Founder. It's hard to judge how trustworthy to find anything he says. We know far more about Jedikiah - though, to be fair, it's a bit difficult to figure him out, too, given the incredible layers of deception he's woven. On the other hand, it could be that neither Jed nor the Founder is telling the truth. Or, at least, the whole truth. All that being said, I'm far more inclined to believe Jed. Is there an element of jealousy and envy regarding his brother's powers? I'm sure there is, but one thing is clear: Jed is protecting Stephen. Jed also took a Tomorrow Person lover, potentially risking his life. The Founder, meanwhile, as others have pointed out, has demonstrated that he is untrustworthy and doesn't care about human lives. "Saps", indeed. Side note: Has anyone considered that Jed might be a Tomorrow Person, too? Could his abilities simply be turned inwards instead of outwards? We've seen that he's extremely skilled at blocking telepathic probes, for instance, even those of the Founder. Just a thought.
I wanted to laugh out loud when Collier tried to convince Shaw to join his little crusade. It was pretty hilarious, I have to admit. He had no clue that she already works for Finch and the Machine. (Though I have to ask how long it will be before someone just gives up and shoots Collier. The man walks away from way too much, all too easily.) One characteristic I've noticed that Collier shares with Greer is a total and complete disregard for the lives of his minions. It almost makes sense with Greer, since he works for a massive (evil) corporation that can afford to hire an infinite number of goons, but how many violent privacy fanatics can Collier possibly recruit?
The Machine can not take independent action and delete Cyrus's entry privilege. (This is intentional on Finch's part, by the way - recall his conversation with Reese at the end of "4C".) It could have notified the ISA, but they might not have been able to act in time, or the Machine figured that Finch and Root were in a better position to act. Contrived some? Surely. Honestly, I think that the Machine would be completely justified in classifying Greer and Samaritan as Relevant threats to national security and letting slip the ISA dogs of war on them.
Kavan Smith sure looks adorable in that bow tie. It's good to see him on TV again after his tour with Stargate Atlantis!
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