Previously on Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."...
I have orders to kill him.
Put the gun down now! That's an order.
COULSON: The kid we let live in had come back to haunt us in .
I think S.H.I.E.L.D. has been infiltrated by Hydra.
Say hello to Howard.
- [GUN COCKS]
- COULSON: You were shot after delivering that gadget.
I'm not dead.
We didn't change history. We just... faked your death.
Job is done.
No more prying eyes.
You're alive, but to anyone not on this plane, you were killed at that hotel.
Here we go.
Let me guess... we're not in anymore.
I have been left behind to help you.
S.H.I.E.L.D. will destroy all you have built.
- It is time to prevent that.
By doing exactly what I say.
[' S SPY MUSIC PLAYS]
Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
... Ming-Na Wen...
... Chloe Bennet...
... Elizabeth Henstridge...
... Henry Simmons...
... Natalia Cordova-Buckley...
... Jeff Ward.
Tonight's episode... "A Trout in the Milk".
[' S ROCK MUSIC PLAYS]
Now, this is the New York City I remember.
The honking, the smell of hot dog water.
And these are the clothes the grown-ups wore when we were kids, am I right?
Still not gonna give me anything, huh?
Even copping attitude would be a warm relief.
Hard to care about where we stand when the only emotions I have are the ones other people pass to me.
Like this guy here, who's feeling ticked off and impatient!
Well, that's good that you're learning to label and communicate them.
That's good. Very healthy.
Now that feeling's extended to you.
- COULSON: Hey, looking sharp.
Where's Agent Sousa?
He's still inside, picking out his threads.
How's he handling the transition?
Honestly, the fact that he's not projectile vomiting from the shock is a miracle.
What happened to blending in?
I just don't understand the functional appeal of those... elephant... pants.
- You mean the bell-bottoms?
How do people in your time function with all the extra fabric around their feet?
I got news for you.
This isn't actually our time period.
Well, fortunately, there's unfashionable squares in every decade, so you are... set.
And nobody seems to look you in the eye now.
Hmm. Wait 'til they all get cellphones.
So, I was thinking, how do you guys know I was supposed to die in ?
COULSON: It's in the history books.
Yeah, but... but what if you always plucked me out of time?
Does that mean I always survive?
And if we end up in your present, will we even be in the same timeline?
I'd stop thinking about it. Your brains will spill out.
Simmons can explain... sort of... but maybe you'd feel more comfortable staying back on Zephyr One.
No. No, no, no.
I'm here. No going back.
Might as well dive in and embrace the s.
♪ Freaky deak, freaky deak ♪
I can't believe this old hideout is still running.
Did you ever stop by back in the day?
Once or twice.
Only the top brass knew about it.
Good place to lie low.
I wish I could've seen it back then.
I heard Dooley had a reserved booth with one of those plaque things next to it...
Okay, Dad, let's not keep Enoch waiting any longer.
He's been chilling for like four decades.
[' S ROCK PLAYS]
♪ Put your feet to the sole, my friends ♪
♪ And remember those hobnail boots ♪
- ♪ Jump around in the mud again ♪
- So much for lying low.
I wonder what all this is about.
♪ Ain't it fine gettin' back to the roots ♪
Maybe Enoch will know what's going on.
♪ Take a good walk in the country ♪
♪ Where there ain't no bricks or steel ♪
♪ Take a good walk... ♪
[COMPUTER BEEPING, WHINING]
[RADIO INTERFERENCE WHINING]
Sometimes you punch the bag, sometimes the bag punches you, am I right? [CHUCKLES]
I get that Mack wants me to do combat training before I return to the field, but seriously, I got kidnapped by a Hydra boss one time.
I don't think Freddy will be bothering you anymore, considering his funeral was three years ago.
Not that I was... rooting for his death, but kinda.
Did you hear anything from Bobo?
Bobo... or grandpappy, whatever you want to call him.
Oh, Fitz. No, I haven't heard.
But, um, even if I had, I couldn't disclose...
Right, because the Chronicoms will probe our brains and blah, blah, blah, and it's very dangerous, no one can know... I get it.
We'll be reunited soon.
Well, I hope so.
Because if you and Fitz don't... bump lemons... so to speak...
You know, my mom is never going to exist, and then I won't be born... again.
But, honestly, I've made so many mistakes in my life,
I wouldn't mind a chance at a little do-over.
Wouldn't it be easier to prevent the mistakes through, say, preparation?
Taking the hint.
Letting you get back to work.
Looks like it always did.
A good place to hole up.
Any year, right?
History says S.H.I.E.L.D. abandoned this place in ' , but...
You had to see it for yourself.
I like the simple pleasures in life... a preserved timeline, an empty base, and good company.
Recon isn't the only reason why we're here.
- You're for real?
- I'm for real.
We left the plane alone.
[INHALES DEEPLY] In, uh... In my book, that constitutes as a date night.
I was wondering why you brought me here.
I'm hardly even fit for recon.
What if we run into complications, Mack?
You're damn fine at what you do, with or without your powers.
They don't define you.
Then why do you call me Yo-Yo?
'Cause you always bounce back.
[DISCO MUSIC PLAYS]
Glad you're enjoying yourself.
Any word on Enoch?
Oh, uh, negative.
[BREATHING HEAVILY] Um, you know, I'm worried that it's more serious than we think.
Also, I might be drunk.
I think you might have discovered
- a new form of Contact High.
They're all three sheets to the wind.
I'm at least one sheet to the wind.
Give me a moment.
I talked to the staff, and, uh, they haven't seen Enoch in at least... over a year.
I'm better now.
Good to know S.H.I.E.L.D. is going strong.
Just wish I knew what they were celebrating.
Whatever it is, it seems to be centered on him.
No. Is that...
If by Little Ricky you mean General Rick Stoner, then yes.
He's top brass at S.H.I.E.L.D. You knew him?
I remember when he was an enlistee.
Poor kid couldn't tell a mag from a clip.
Alright, thank you.
Thank you for coming.
Ladies and gentlemen,
I would like to thank all of you for being here today.
I know that you are all excited to, uh, kick off S.H.I.E.L.D.'s next phase in global security.
So please welcome the man responsible, my boss and our friend, Wilfred Malick.
[WHISPERING] Freddy's still alive.
So good to be here.
I got my start working in this gin joint, long before it was a S.H.I.E.L.D. asset.
Look how far we've come.
From hiding underground, keeping vigilant watch, to having eyes in the sky, ensuring the Earth's safety.
Using targeting satellites and pinpoint laser telemetry,
S.H.I.E.L.D. will now be able to neutralize hostiles anywhere in the world before they pose a threat.
This sound familiar to you?
Sounds like Hydra's years ahead of schedule.
MALICK: I present to you...
[OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS]
So, these folks are secretly squids.
No, just a few at the top are Hydra.
Most are loyal S.H.I.E.L.D., like Stoner.
Seems to me the joint is still pretty jazzed about Insight.
They think it'll keep the world safe.
Nobody figures it's a Hydra plot.
Same happened in my time.
So the past is doomed to repeat the present.
Any idea how Hydra got Insight so early?
I got a feeling it's the Chronicoms.
You sure, or is that just a trout in the milk?
♪ Now, I'm not claiming... ♪
Trout in the milk.
Is that... [GRUMBLES]
Must be old-timey speak.
We call it circumstantial evidence, so yes, but I like it.
The Chronicoms told me if I didn't take their deal, they'd alter the timeline.
Keeping Malick alive past must be the first thread.
You're saying the timeline is already broken.
So I died for nothing.
You look alive to me.
But maybe you should've left me.
I could've stopped Hydra back then.
No telling how that would've played out,
especially with the Chronicoms involved.
Looks like we have some work to do.
Let's make the rounds, get some intel on Project Insight.
Keep an eye out for Enoch.
Oh, and one more thing.
Keep a low profile.
You're kind of famous among S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
You get made, the jig is up.
Got it. I'll stay off the radar.
Is that a thing? Off the radar?
We still have that.
♪ We are all in this together ♪
Want to buy a girl a drink?
Well, pardon me, miss, but as a commanding officer, purchasing you an alcoholic beverage would be a violation of HR guidelines.
However, uh, if you need assistance,
I would be happy to use my privilege
to flag down a server.
Agent Chastity McBride.
Deputy HR Liaison.
And I find your professional decorum refreshing.
Oh, thank you, Agent McBride.
attended a number of seminars.
You're a good man. I can tell.
♪ May not pertain to you ♪
That's why I was thinking about transferring
to your division.
Oh, you should.
I would very much enjoy working with you.
From a professional standpoint.
Professional. Of course.
how close is Insight to completion?
Well, not close enough. I wish we could launch today.
♪ Nobody wants to be... ♪
Uh, we're still three years away, but rest assured,
won't just be the bicentennial.
It will also be a new birth for freedom.
[EXHALING DEEPLY] Hmm.
♪ ... wants to be somebody ♪
♪ Nobody wants to be like everybody ♪
My brother's so miserable at these things.
If Nathaniel had his way, he'd be at home listening to The Carpenters on his hi-fi.
So that must make you Gideon Malick.
Guilty as charged.
You've heard of me. That can't be a bad thing.
Uh, yeah, well, everyone knows you're in line to be the next big thing.
Well, to be clear, it's not nepotism.
Definitely earned my spot.
Definitely. Yeah. [CHUCKLES]
But you must hear all the secrets about S.H.I.E.L.D.
- from your dad.
- Mm, some.
Lately, he's been locked up in his windowless office all day, but, uh, I'm in the loop.
But enough about my dad. Let's talk about us.
Maybe you start by telling me your name.
I actually have to get going, so...
How about you stick around?
Maybe we could share some secrets of our own.
Who's your new friend?
This is Gideon Malick.
Gideon, this is...
Her fiancé. Honey, I think we need to go.
Oh. [CHUCKLES] Excuse us.
You're welcome for the drink.
Don't worry. I'll pay you back later.
What was that about?
Long story, but apparently,
Freddy's son Nathaniel is still alive, and he was also supposed to die in .
Another change in the timeline.
- Get any intel?
But I did get a clue on where we could find some.
SIMMONS: Project Insight?
And Freddy Malick is responsible?
COULSON: We suspect the Chronicoms kept him alive, but we can't be sure 'til we get ahold of Enoch.
And you still haven't found him yet?
I'm sure he'll turn up,
and he knows how to contact us.
You know, if you have his last whereabouts,
I can take point on the search.
I appreciate your concern for a , -year-old robot, but Project Insight is our priority.
I'll see what I can pull from radio chatter.
- Good luck.
- You, too.
Malick's still alive?
So Daisy was right. I should've taken him out.
It's not your fault.
You made the right call to preserve the timeline.
No, to hell with the status quo.
Thousands of lives are at risk.
There's still time.
Insight hasn't even launched yet.
But Insight is just the part that we know about.
The guy's had three extra years.
Who knows what else he's gotten into.
MACK: All of this looks different.
These guys have been busy.
It looks like they're rerouting power to something big.
Probably nothing good.
Let's take the Quinjet and get back.
What, are you worried?
It's still S.H.I.E.L.D., just an active base.
You saw the man in blue.
The Agent in the throwback uni?
Well, hell, I thought he looked pretty tight.
You ever see a James Bond movie, Mack?
An underground base full of men in jumpsuits...always a bad deal.
See? Called it.
He mentioned a windowless office.
Malick must be using this space.
What, have you been here before?
A few days ago.
It must be his new base of operations.
Hydra won't be needing this, will they?
Good thing about computers in ...no firewalls.
I have no idea what that means.
What are you looking for?
It's a list of targets for Insight.
These are mostly S.H.I.E.L.D. assets.
Never heard of him.
That's 'cause he's just a kid now, but in a few decades, he becomes an Avenger.
Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
It's a good thing.
S-So they'll do a bad thing...pick him off while he's still young.
I'm starting to think you guys made the timeline worse than it was before.
We have no time to speculate.
Speculate? This is more than just a trout in the milk.
There's only one way Hydra could have gotten names from the future.
They're here. Time to go.
Just wanted to thank you for coming in tonight.
It's an honor to serve S.H.I.E.L.D.
I bet it is.
Uh... sorry, what's your name again?
- Patrick Kutik.
And remind me, where did you come from?
It's a little bit of quantitative.
Some days, a lot of qualitative.
Have you ever been up to River's End?
I just bought a house in town.
I can't say that I have.
My friends told me differently.
Did you really think I wouldn't remember you?
Those are Chronicoms? They look...
Subtle, I know.
So, what's our play?
We first met years ago,
in this very room.
I've lived an entire lifetime since then.
What have you been doing?
You should've taken our offer when you had the chance,
Surrender now, and we'll go easy on the rest of you.
Let us go, and the kid walks.
MALICK: You wouldn't.
Nathaniel's got nothing to do with this.
He's a ripple.
Doesn't belong here.
I'd hate to do something we'd all regret.
So what's it gonna be?
This ends now.
Stand down. Stand down!
Sorry, kid. It's nothing personal.
This is strange behavior.
I had no choice. They have my son.
So S.H.I.E.L.D. takes hostages now?
Anything else you aren't telling me?
I'll explain later. Let's go.
We got to find some wheels and get out of here.
[TIRES SQUEALING, HORN HONKING]
Come with me if you want to continue to exist!
Enoch, you're here.
As I have been for the last years.
- Now buckle up.
- [DOOR CLOSES]
Sorry we left you behind, thanks for the lift, and sweet ride.
Consumer Reports gave this vehicle a five-star safety rating, and its fuel economy is best in class.
It's time we change the rules.
So, Hydra's attempting Insight in .
With no Helicarriers.
According to Malick, S.H.I.E.L.D. has a system of satellites and lasers, which, as I say it, sounds really cool, but it's definitely not cool.
And it explains the launch pad at the Lighthouse.
Must be where they're planning to send up the satellite.
Any idea who the targets are?
Well, we found a dossier of mostly S.H.I.E.L.D. assets...
Bruce Banner, Nick Fury.
Picking us off, one by one.
If we move now, we can disable Insight before it's launch capable.
Guys, I think something's wrong.
They know we're coming, so we have to assume the Lighthouse is fortified with a battalion...
Guys! Is it supposed to do that?
Simmons, what's happening?
We're about to jump.
Tell me you can override it.
I'm trying, but something's messed with the algorithm.
How is that possible?
The Chronicoms have changed plans.
- They're jumping early.
- To when?! Where are we going?
I don't know! I can't control it!
This is our only chance to stop Insight.
We can't be on this ship.
There's nothing else you could've done.
How far did we jump?
God bless America.
We have the official green light.
Project Insight is ready for launch.
Well, then let's give them the biggest darn fireworks they've ever seen.
[OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS]
How the hell did we just jump three more years?
I told you, I don't know.
We can't control it.
Well, who does?!
Where have you been?
Here. Where you abandoned me.
Without you, I feel like I've been... slipping.
Was I supposed to know that we would jump?
- I keep forgetting.
- Jemma Simmons, you are forgetting?
And getting confused. I...
- I'm not sure...
- Have you told anyone else?
I'm afraid to.
But why am I afraid to tell these...
Come with me.
Everything will be fine.
Why did we just jump?
Agent Sousa. I'm sorry.
We're... We are working on it,
- but it's complicated.
Then explain it to me. I'm a big boy.
Uh, we don't f-fully understand...
You're in charge, and you don't know how this works?!
Nobody understands the time drive.
- That is by design.
- So you're screwing with time, but you have no idea what you're doing.
Hey. Back off! She's trying.
That's not good enough!
You're playing with matches and burning the house down.
Leave her alone!
Not until I get some answers.
Lives are at stake.
I was taken out of my life for this.
Yeah, we all were!
We all were.
MACK: Listen up!
It's launch day for Project Insight.
Hey, it's better than the day after.
We move fast, we stop that satellite.
How? The base is fortified by now.
And the Zephyr can't open fire. We'd give up our position.
We infiltrate on the ground. May and I can sneak in.
We're gonna blow up the place?
We're gonna flood it.
If we can position the charges right, we can rupture some leaks and fill the base with lake water.
Which would set off evac protocol and shut down the launch.
If we can't tell S.H.I.E.L.D. from Hydra, our best bet is to clear everybody out.
We need the base empty to preserve its state in the timeline.
Hydra could be holding prisoners.
They could get trapped in the flood.
That's where you come in.
I need you to hack into the security system and get us a surveillance feed.
Once we have eyes, we'll scan and make sure no one is left behind.
I'm going with her.
I'd rather be out there working the problem than in here where we disappear at any moment.
What about Malick?
We got a plan for him?
The waves won't stop coming until we remove him from the timeline.
Coulson said Malick has an estate in River's End.
I want you to take the Quinjet and find it.
Malick's kind of my area of expertise now.
Good. Find Malick, and bring him in.
- And do what with him?
- I don't know yet.
We can't keep him locked up forever, Mack.
We'll figure it out.
Just bring him in. The clock's ticking.
Had a feeling you'd be back today.
You know, I have the best view in town for watching the launch.
That is not why I am here.
We need to talk about your transgression in New York.
At the bar?
That was three years ago.
[CHUCKLING] You're still angry about that?
Chronicoms do not get angry.
In fact, you taught us a lesson about human behavior that day.
- Did I?
- You were handed victory and the power to eradicate thousands of your foes.
Yet you would have thrown it away to save one person.
I had no choice.
It only seemed that way.
The fatal flaw in the human condition, which you'll now help us exploit.
Sibyl, our predictor, has seen that S.H.I.E.L.D. will find you here.
And when they do, you will have leverage.
Why not just put these two on the list?
That would not be as effective.
We want S.H.I.E.L.D. to reveal themselves, to give up their position.
You will deliver this message.
Loud and clear.
You do your thing. I got your back.
I'm guessing you don't really carry a piece, do you, seeing as you got that super serum powers.
Yeah, it's not really a super serum thing.
Didn't expect a straight answer out of you.
[GROANS, POUNDS KEYS]
How is there a firewall already?
Seems things just get worse the later in time you go.
I think this is my last stop.
It's okay. This is just a setback.
My software will crack it.
It just needs... a minute to load.
- [COMPUTER BEEPING]
Maybe you need a bigger computer.
That thing's... too small.
This is a phone.
[CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS]
But only old people use it for calls.
How did you do that?
Check it out.
Yeah, you look...you look okay for a guy who just aged years.
Looks like I missed a lot.
This is just so weird and messed up, but the Chronicoms jumped, and we had to dive in after them.
Without us, it's... it's way worse.
I get it.
Just... wish I could've said some goodbyes.
We've got eyes in the base.
The doors are unlocked.
Coulson, May, you're clear for entry.
I'm digging these throwback uniforms.
Covert and fashionable.
Should get us pastthe security perimeter.
We're at the first checkpoint.
- Waiting on access.
- Copy that.
Kinda feels like back in the day.
We were good Agents together,
regardless of what we became later.
Just wondering if it'll ever feel that way again.
I'm wondering if I'm ever going to feel anything again.
MAY: We're approaching the hangar.
[RADIO STATIC CRACKLES]
Copy that. I'm working on unlocking the next checkpoint.
Just give me a sec.
Hey, could you help open that panel?
They told me if someone poked around in the system, it would be you.
So happy you came back into my life.
[OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS]
P.A. ANNOUNCER: T-minus minutes to launch.
We're at the second checkpoint.
Daisy, can you get us in?
- Daisy, do you copy?
- [RADIO STATIC]
Simmons, I'm not getting a response.
Her signal has dropped.
Keep trying to reach her. We're running out of time.
[EXHALES SHARPLY] You of all people.
Yeah, I didn't think I'd see you again either, but here we are.
Actually, I had a notion that you'd turn up.
Just like they said you would.
We have a fine view of the launch... moments away.
Well, I hate to interrupt your otherwise leisurely afternoon...
The launch isn't happening.
- S.H.I.E.L.D. is shutting it down.
- MALICK: That so?
Because I can't escape the feeling that you guys have no idea what you're up against.
Well, then you can fill us in 'cause you're coming with us now.
I'm not going anywhere.
MACK: Cell blocks through are clear.
Any word from Daisy and Sousa?
Do you think they've been compromised?
Let's hope not.
We're less than minutes from launch.
We have to get Coulson and May into position.
Is there some other way to bypass the security gates?
- Coulson, May... new plan.
- [COMPUTER BEEPS]
General Stoner! Wait.
Agent McBride, is that you?
I never thought I'd see you again.
General, I can't explain everything I'm about to say, but you have to believe me.
You cannot launch that satellite.
Chastity, who is this man?
Listen to me.
S.H.I.E.L.D. has been infiltrated by a Hydra cell, aided by sentient time-traveling aliens.
Synthetic or organic?
A combination of both, actually.
Well... this could take some doing.
That's why we need you to suspend the launch protocol, and then we can...
Chastity, what are you... [GRUNTS]
I was getting through to him.
He felt otherwise.
P.A. ANNOUNCER: T-minus minutes to launch.
MALICK: If you keep fighting the Chronicoms, things are only going to get messier.
We have something you'll desperately want.
Will you quit talking? Let's go.
It's time you answer for your crimes.
The ones you've committed and the ones you're about to.
The dominos are already falling.
The Chronicoms knew exactly how this was going to unfold.
They let you think that you had a fighting chance...
T-minus minutes to launch.
... but they were always steps ahead.
And even if you figure out what's going on, there's nothing you can do... because the Chronicoms see everything.
They see what you're going to do, and they know exac...
They see that coming?
What did you just do?
He's supposed to be dead, right?
T-minus minute to launch.
- [DEVICE BEEPING]
- , , , ...
- Charge is in position.
- ... ...
- Mack, we're ready to detonate on your signal.
- ... , ...
Waiting on your signal, Mack.
Are those prisoners?
They're my parents.
If Coulson and May flood the base...
... then they'll drown.
We can't let it launch.
, , ...
- MACK: Abort. Abort.
- [COUNTDOWN CONTINUES]
Are you sure?
Mack, this is our only chance.
P.A. ANNOUNCER: ... , ...
- [REMOTE BEEPS]
- ... ...
Get your hands up. Now!
- Initiate countermeasures.
- Mack, are you saying that...
I'm saying arm the damn missiles.
Missiles detonated on impact.
Insight has been destroyed.
But we just gave up our position.
We'll return in a moment.
Round glasses. Total "Mein Kampf" vibe.
You can't miss him.
No, Daniel Whitehall.
Daniel. Cell block D.
No, I don't want to see the old man.
I just want his instructions.
Yes, genius, I want them written down.
He had a theory about transferring enhanced abilities surgically.
I'm gonna find out if it works.