Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Photos from "Purpose in the Machine"

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Fitz's quest to locate Simmons is at an impasse, so he seeks Asgardian assistance.

It makes sense to reach out to someone like Professor Randolph when dealing with alien technology. However, will the machine pictured in these images actually unlock a portal that will lead to Simmons' location? Will the team get the answers they seek?

Elsewhere, Ward works to rebuild HYDRA using intimidation tactics to weed out its weakest leaders. Also, though Andrew is aiding Coulson with the new "Secret Warriors" program, Agent May finds herself at a crossroads. Will she leave S.H.I.E.L.D.?

Tune into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 2 for these answers and more.

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1. Asgardian Assistance - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 2

Asgardian Assistance - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 2
We've seen how determined Fitz is to find Simmons. He reaches out to an Asgardian, Elliot Randolph, for help unlocking the Kree monolith's secrets. Will the Professor give us a clue where Simmons ended up?

2. Rebuilding HYDRA - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 2

Rebuilding HYDRA - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 2
Ward and his new right hand man, Kebo, work to rebuild HYDRA. The first step is to eliminate the weakest leaders of the fractured organization.

3. Andrew Lends A Hand - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 2

Andrew Lends A Hand - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 2
May's ex-husband, Andrew, will be working closely with Daisy and Mack due to the growing population of Inhumans. Meanwhile, Agent May is at a crossroads in her life. Will she return to S.H.I.E.L.D.?

4. The Mystery Machine - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 2

The Mystery Machine - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 2
Professor Randolph leads Fitz and the team to a mysterious bunker. Is this machine Kree or Asgardian? Can they use it to locate Simmons?

5. Coulson At the Ready - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 2

Coulson At the Ready - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 2
Coulson stands at the ready. His plan is to find out once and for all if Simmons is alive. Of course, we know that the Kree Monolith teleported her to another world. The question is, will the team figured that out?

6. A Lighter Moment - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 2

A Lighter Moment - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 2
Coulson and Daisy share a lighter moment. It's essential to have a good sense of humor when dealing with end of the world stuff.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 2 Quotes

Bobbi: This looks a lot like it was made to hold...
Fitz: The monolith! This machine was designed to control the portal. To open and close it at will.
Coulson: Do you know that? Or is that just what you hope it to be?
Fitz: Well there's only one way to find out.

Bobbi: Who is Professor Randolph?
Coulson: This monolith has been studied for centuries. Well, Randolph's actually been on the planet for those centuries. And he's traveled through space in a portal. And he's also an alien, So, he's got a lot going for him.