Agents of SHIELD Coulson: Nothing Personal
2 episodes left in the season and it is safe to say just like many Joss Whedon shows it is finally making its way into greatness after making such a slow start. “Nothing Personal” starts off with Agent May finding Agent Maria Hill while Hill is talking to Pepper Potts on the phone walking in New York. Hill played by Colby Smulders drops some names from the Marvel Universe like Man-Thing mainly as Easter Eggs for fans of the show.
May enlists Hill to help Coulson and reveals he is up at Fury’s secret base in Canada because it is feared the Alexander Pierce is responsible for TAHITI and Coulson may be inadvertently Hydra without knowing or wanting to be.
Back at Providence Coulson, Fitz, Simmons, and Agent Tripp are struggling to find out answers about where everyone went. While looking around Fitz stumbles upon a note left by Skye that reveals that Ward is Hydra just as Simmons find Koenig’s dead body bleeding from the ceiling. With Fitz freaking out and Simmons doing the autopsy on the body, it is determined that Ward is the killer and Fitz starts throwing and crashing around not wanting to believe Ward could do this. It was a very heavy scene and one great proof that this show has come a long way.
While sending Hill with Talbot to Providence to get Coulson, May is seen digging up a grave and retrieving a USB device from it and returning to her car. She plugs it in to her laptop and the scene fades back to the grave and it is revealed that it is Coulson’s grave that she dug up. Pans back to her laptop and shows “CLASSIFIED for Fury’s Eyes Only” She presses play and is startled.
Skye and Ward are seen in the original diner from episode 1 where they all first met Mike Peterson, and she starts stalling while sending information to local police about Ward while cops are in the building. She gives Ward a long speech about loyalty and being a good person, finally the cops make Ward and start to take him, he breaks free and chases Skye into the street. Deathlok (Mike Peterson) is there waiting on her, they are get onto the bus and fly away. On the plane Skye berates Ward again calling him a Nazi, and spitting at him. But as Deathlok shoots Ward with a device that stops his heart, Skye agrees to help if Ward can live.
Coulson sneaks onto the plane to try to save Skye while Hill and Tripp try to stop Ward from flying the plane. As the plane takes off Coulson finds Skye and gets her into the Cargo, they jump into Lola the red convertible and drop out of the plane to safety. A couple of missed shots by both Ward and Deathlok allow Coulson and Skye to escape easily.
Coulson starts to realize that SHIELD is no more, and is never coming back. They are sitting around a motel telling stories and swapping notes. All Coulson can think of is his team. He goes to his room and May is there waiting for him. He tries to apologize and May stops him. She says, “You’ve got to see this.”
May pops the USB into a computer and it is the Classified item from earlier. She presses play and it is Coulson. It is revealed that Coulson was Fury’s lead on TAHITI, and the message was from Coulson to Fury saying to abandon the project because even though the Alien’s blood cures the victim, the side effects are not worth living. Madness, psychosis, and violence is the side effects and the only way to get around it is to erase and replace the patient’s memory.