Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Episode 3
Making Friends and Influencing People
The real Jemma Simmons is preparing for her work day. She seems happy as she walks to her office, coffee in hand. The security guard greets her pleasantly and she takes the elevator upstairs. We soon realize Simmons is working for HYDRA.
It isn't long before Simmons catches a glimpse of Donnie Gill in her supervisor's file. This "gifted" has the ability to freeze objects. HYDRA wants to acquire him.
Back at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, Skye is doing quite well training under Agent May. She tells her S.O. she pictures Ward whenever she shoots.
Lance Hunter asks if she's ever taken anyone out. Skye replies no she hasn't. Hunter apologizes to May for knocking them out and May tells him "don't be sorry. Just wait." She can hold a grudge alright.
In Morocco, HYDRA attempts once again to recruit Donnie. He freezes several agents solid and learns there's a base at Maribel del Mar.
Simmons arrives home to find Coulson preparing to cook for her. While he does so, he asks for her debrief. She is not HYDRA, she's undercover. The two talk of Donnie Gill and HYDRA's plans for him. Coulson takes a moment to assure her Fitz is hanging in there.
Meanwhile, Skye has another uncomfortable reunion with Ward who tells her he was never loyal to HYDRA. He was loyal to Garrett. Ward informs Skye that HYDRA acquisition teams are sent in to convince or capture. If that's not possible, the gifted is taken out.
Donnie Gill arrives at the Maribel del Mar and freezes everything over. He tells the HYDRA agents inside he just wants to be left alone and he's pissed.
Simmons is taken upstairs for questioning. HYDRA agent Sunil Bakshi questions her regarding Donnie Gill. She knew him, yet kept this from her superiors. Simmons assures Bakshi that she is loyal to science, and HYDRA as long as they allow her to do her work.
HYDRA knows where Donnie is and plan to use Simmons' familiar face to convince the young man to turn himself in.
S.H.I.E.L.D. has also caught wind of Donnie's location as freezing over a ship in the Middle East is not subtle. Their mission is to reach Donnie before HYDRA takes him out if they can't recruit him. Fitz and Mac stay behind.
Fitz is upset he was left behind and makes his way to where Coulson is keeping "the asset." Inside, Fitz comes face to face with Ward. The traitor tells Fitz despite everything it's good to see him. He explains Garrett ordered him to kill them, instead he gave them a fighting chance. Fitz responds by cutting the airflow into Ward's cell.
At the ship, Donnie recognizes Simmons and Bakshi tells her to repeat his words. Donnie has been brainwashed by HYDRA and these words will trigger his programming. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents May, Skye and Ward arrive and take their positions.
Lance has a shot at Simmons, but May shoots him instead. Payback is a bitch. Simmons' cover must be maintained. Since Donnie's programming was triggered, Skye is forced to take him out. "Threat's been neutralized" Skye tells Coulson.
We learn Donnie's body was never recovered. Perhaps he's still out there somewhere.
HYDRA thinks S.H.I.E.L.D. is becoming a problem. Simmons can be trusted for now, but if Bakshi is wrong, he'll make her comply.
Skye has another meeting with Ward who informs our favorite hacker that her father is alive and looking for her.