Agents of SHIELD: Many Heads, One Tale has Phil and Rosalind finally getting to the crux of their relationship, that pesky lack of trust (on both sides) and whether or not these two really liked one another or not. The subterfuge of Gideon Malick (Powers Boothe) is finally brought out into the open to Phil, Rosalind and to Grant Ward.
Ward, in turn, learns that SHIELD brought someone back out of the monolith portal, although he does not know that it deals with he two former colleagues he attempted to kill, Fitz-Simmons. Andrew Garner meets Ward and after some preliminary verbal sparring, Grant lets mustard gas into the cage for in order to trigger Andrew’s transformation into Lash.
Speaking of Fitz-Simmons, these two hesitant suitors finally lock lips and share a passionate kiss. They kiss not once but twice. It does not appear that this has cemented their relationship as Leo breaks away and repeats his assertion that the two are “cursed.”
Mack finally approaches Phil about the director’s dalliances with Rosalind and whether the ATCU head can be trusted. Coulson takes the intrusion pretty well since, as he tells Mack, he has never trusted Rosalind, even after they did spend some “sack-time” together. Phil also puts his “paramour” in a holding cell on his flying fortress and tells her that it could be her home unless she comes clean.
As the two spar verbally, Price comes to understand that Malick is the spanner in the works and that he actually is HYDRA. The presidential advisor has infiltrated her organization for his own ends. Malick also attempts to take Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) out of the picture but fails and ultimately offers Ward a place at the top of HYDRA.
Fitz tracks down the image/logo that he discovered on the astronaut’s patch and learns that it is the same group who initially studied the monolith and that the logo is the forerunner to HYDRA’s octopus. This then brings up whether Will, Simmons’ is an astronaut in shining armor, or whether he is a willing member or the organization.
Jemma actually believes that Will was a “blood sacrifice” and gets angry at Leo for trying so hard to rescue the man.
Lance and Bobbi go undercover to get into the ATCU computer system, Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) and May team up to follow clues discovered by Daisy and Hunter’s hacking of the system of their competitor.
As Bobbi and Hunter continue their surveillance and accommodate Daisy’s monitoring of the ATCU database, it is revealed that the president’s new agency is not curing Inhumans but exposing normal people to TERRIGEN. Malick speaks with Dr. Garner, still playing both sides against the middle as Banks enters the facility and blows Hunter’s and Morse’s cover.
Price proves to be a “good guy” after all once she realizes that Gideon has been playing both her and the president. She instructs Banks (Andrew Howard) to assist Phil’s two agents in escaping the facility.
Lincoln Campbell and May rescue Lance and Bobbi in the nick of time and Grant Ward begins the process of turning Andrew into Lash. Somewhat disappointingly, Banks is not the big bad he seemed to be and neither is his boss, Rosalind.
Kudos to Powers Boothe for being the ultimate smarmy bad guy and to Brett Dalton for continuing to make Grant Ward a real nasty bit of work that one loves to hate. The Fitz-Simmons triangle is still a good underlying story thread and hopefully Rosalind and Phil can now “kiss and make up” after their search for the truth.
Agents of SHIELD airs Tuesdays on ABC. Tune in and try to keep up with all the twists and turns.