YOUR FACE! YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACE!
Rin says: LOOK AT HIM. HE’S ADORABLE.
Oh Scorchy. Why did you have to go all crazy, you could have stuck around and continued to be a goofball.
Also, “You almost got scorched!” I can’t.
Sophy says: OH GOD HE WAS SO CUTE. BOTH IN THE SENSE OF BEING NICE TO LOOK AT AND ALSO IN THE SENSE OF BEING ADORABLE. WHY COULDN’T HE STAY, SHOW, WHY? I guess because he turned out to be a psychopathic asshole who would have wound up burning the whole planet to a crisp whilst cackling maniacally and telling it it got scorched. But.
WHY COULDN’T HE STAY?
Rin says: SO WE WENT QUITE LITERAL WITH THIS WEEKS CHOICE. IT COULD NOT BE HELPED.
I like to imagine May was standing there at the door waiting for ages just so she could have this moment.
Sophy says: I’m pretty sure there is nothing more humiliating than being naked in front of May. All her lovers probably cower slightly under her steely gaze.
Best Reminder that Joss is back :’)
“Maybe I can help.”
Rin says: There were real actual tears in my eyes. You guys. And I like that they’re doing this relatively early and they didn’t drag out the Skye/Secrets/Loyalty thing. Now they’ve told us, now we know. Plus there is still plenty of mystery to be had with more unanswered questions. Who are her parents and what does Shield have to do with it? Anything redacted can’t be good.
After the previous episode about second chances, the bonding that Skye and Coulson had, and earlier in this episode, “You can’t save someone from themselves, sir.” “You can if you get to them early enough.” I’m starting to get real Angel/Faith vibes from these two. Which I am over the moon about because that was one of my favourite arcs from that universe.
Sure the similarities between Faith and Skye are minimal in the way in which they are very differently traumatised, but they have both spent their lives feeling lost and alone. They’ve had nobody that truly trusted or believed in them. And then they suddenly find themselves amongst a group of people who are all very nice and normal and accommodating and maybe there’s a place for them. And then bam, things go very wrong and nobody knows if they can be trusted again and they get given a choice of two paths. Skye is taking the olive branch straightaway — she needs these people and they are her new family. Faith took the scenic route.
I love that Coulson isn’t just someone who coddles. When it comes to his team and their safety he won’t sugar coat anything. He is completely within his right to confront Skye with his ultimatum. And Skye chooses to reveal everything she knows because even though it’s a SHIELD document, which could mean SHIELD did something evil, she knows Coulson is her ally and can be trusted.
AND HE WANTS TO HELP.
AND HE MAKES HER PUT ON HER OWN BRACELET. Genius.
Sophy says: OH GOD YES, THE FACT THAT HE TRUSTED HER TO PUT HER OWN BRACELET ON WAS JUST BEAUTIFUL.
But you know what killed me about this scene? What straight up made me want to cry myself to sleep about it?
The fact that it was simply Coulson speaking sternly to Skye and telling her not to lie to him that made her cave and give up the contents of her soul all of a sudden. Why was it that easy? Because she wants someone to yell at her and slap her with a wrist monitor when she’s done something really, really crappy. Because she wants someone to believe in her and to demand better of her because of it – to not just give up the moment she falls down but to not just give in either.
She wants a dad. And there’s no denying that Coulson was harsh and serious in this scene, but at the same time, if I felt he may as well have stuck ‘Young lady’ on the end of a couple of his sentences then I can only imagine how potent the overall impression was for Skye. She needs this. She needs to feel like she’s worth telling off. She needs boundaries and expectations. She needs hope and a hand to hold.
As someone who lost their father, who barely remembers what it’s supposed to feel like to have one… this hit me pretty hard.
And it was meant to. The whole set-up was a sucker punch and it had to be. If Coulson hadn’t given Skye an ultimatum and delivered in such a way she actually believed he meant it, he’s done with her, she might never have told him the truth. She might never have told anyone the truth. And that probably would have meant that she never got past “a single document, redacted“, because she may be smart and resourceful and determined, but she is only one girl, and if there’s one thing she’s beginning to understand is that at Shield a group can be greater than the sum of its parts. But it also would have meant she never felt close to any of them – not really – not even Coulson – no matter how safe or how wanted they made her feel. You can’t be close to someone when they don’t know what it is that gets you up in the morning and slips into your dreams again at night. Skye’s search for her parents is fundamental to her. Without that on the table she was always going to be an isolate at Shield, no matter how well she managed to fit in over time – no matter how much she seemed to belong.
It’s like Skye said. This quest is everything she has. And she gave it up to Coulson because it was worth getting to stay. It was worth having him believe in her again like he said he had before.
Coulson is right. Skye might not like what she finds when she finds her parents. I think Skye knows that – I think she’s known for a long time first and foremost that she might never find them, and that even if she does it might be too late, or it might not be too late but they still might not care. And she might not care either. She might not like them. She might not respect them. She might not think they’re worth risking her life for and vice versa.
All of the things she wants out of finding her parents other than the simple satisfaction of knowing the truth… she has them already with Coulson – with Shield. Or she has the potential of them. And I think she understood that unconsciously and instinctively in the moment she chose to hand over the chip rather than be cast out. She chose to let Coulson know her completely, no matter what the cost, because the cost of him not knowing her at all was too great.
I have to say that I love the irony of Skye maybe just maybe finding what she’s looking for in the very thing that took it away. I love the combustibility of it. And above all I love the idea that her secret is now Coulson’s too – that they will share it together and apart from everyone else, for a time at least.
Rin says: I’m so glad we’re recapping this show.
Best Reminder that Joss is LOL
“So we’re good right?”
Rin says: AHAHHAH COULSON.
I love that it’s this extremely epic and dramatic conversation between May and Scorchy, and then he chimes in at the end with his ridiculousness. I think that’s why this show has been working so well, because they really don’t take themselves that seriously.
Sophy says: I can’t decide what’s more adorable: the idea that Coulson is enough of a puppy to hope the sum total of the ranting and flame-throwing might be that Scorchy was chill about things, or the idea that Coulson was fully aware they were screwed and simply seized one last opportunity to be entertaining because that’s what he does.
Cutest of the Scoobies
Rin says: THE 3 KIDS WAVING HELLO TO AGENT KWAN.
They’re such adorable children.
Also, shoutout to Agent Kwan who is played by the guy who plays every asian ever. I’m sad he had to die
Sophy says: If he plays every Asian ever is it okay to say all Asians on TV look the same? Just a thought.
AND THEY ARE CHILDREN. THEY ARE SO RIDICULOUS AND SMALL ABOUT EVERYTHING EVEN SAVING THE WORLD.
Please sir, we’d like some more
Who is The Big Bad??
Rin says: So the episode was named after this girl, and I want to know who she works for! AND IT WAS COMPLETELY CREEPY WHEN SHE WAS ALL ‘I KNOW’ WHEN HE SAID HE LIKED HER DRESS. Is she telepathic? WHY DIDN’T HE LOOK AT HER WHEN HE SAID IT. I don’t know.. so many questions.
It was also a nice turn of events when the doctor exploded in fire and it turns out that this women is the truly evil one. Keep the twists coming, show.
Sophy says: I knew the girl in the flower dress was bad news. I knew it. I mean it’s not as though the show was particularly trying to hide it or anything BUT STILL. I wanted her out of Scorchy’s apartment the moment he let her in.
I was somewhat baffled by this final scene and have decided there is no point in me attempting to predict this show. I’ll just sit quietly and let it unfold.
And man, that scene where the doctor got flambeed was brutal. And a pretty good signposting of just how much of a ruthless bitch from hell flower-girl really is.
Head In Hands
“Make it a double.”
“Is there any other kind?”
Rin says: A woman after our own heart.
I also really enjoy May bonding with people who aren’t Coulson. NOT THAT I DON’T TREASURE AND LOVE EVERY MAY/COULSON SCENE, BUT IT’S ALSO NICE WHEN SHE PLAYS WITH OTHERS.
Sophy says: GAHHHHHHHHH. I WANT TO DRINK DOUBLES WITH HER. And yes, this moment was important because it represented the group knitting together slowly across the board. A lot of shows lack these little moments that Joss has always been so good at getting in there. A lot of shows have an unfortunate tendency to zoom in on an OTP, whether romantic or platonic, and devote nearly all of those characters’ screentime to each other. TVD, for example, sometimes relies on having someone say out loud that someone else is their friend, as if to remind us when the time comes for it to be relevant to a plot. There just isn’t time to keep actually developing said friendship what with all the plot and all the triangle drama, you know? Joss shows never feel lop-sided that way. For a random example, when Fred came into the gang’s life on AtS she became friends with all of them very specifically. She was kind of fixated on Angel in the beginning, but the show still went out of its way to give her memorable relationship-building moments with Gunn, Wes, Lorne and Cordy. It’s nice to see something happening here in that a scene that could so easily have been for May and Coulson or Skye and Grant is actually for May and Grant just because.
I’d like to see more of these kinds of scenes for Fitzsimmons in the near future, particularly separate and individual interactions with the rest of the crew. But I have no doubt that their turn is coming.
And although this was the head in hands stand-out, I’d like to give an honorable mention to Grant and Skye and Battleship.
(Did anyone else flash back to the glory days of Glee when Sue Sylvester told Ron he sunk her battleship and he sunk it hard?)
Rin says: Yes, very much so. And then I quickly cast it from my mind because I HAVE NO TIME FOR YOU GLEE.