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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' 1x21 'Ragtag': It's what's inside that counts

Simmons: "I can’t handle square one again."
Simmons: "I can’t handle square one again."
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May: “Does your sweater itch?”

May: "Watch out Hydra, here we come."
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Coulson: “A little bit.”

“Ragtag” is the May 6 episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Warning: this article contains spoilers. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode. The season finale of "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." airs next Tuesday night at 7 p.m. central on ABC (KTRK).

Hello young Ward! The flashbacks do help explain why Ward is the way he is, but we never really get to that moment where Ward and Garrett become friendly. We see Ward being upset that Garrett left him for six months, and then they seem to be buds the next round. It would be nice to know what brought that on. Perhaps it is as simple as a survival instinct – don’t upset the man who has decided not to abandon you in the woods. Hopefully the writers also reveal (if not show) when and how Ward became aware of Garrett’s condition.

Garrett is Deathlok 1.0, which is quite a twist. It doesn’t seem like he has the fun feature of someone watching his every move though, lucky him. We are given snippets of backstory. He was hit by an IED. How he joined forces with Hydra, and how the Deathlok program came to be is still a mystery. The Hydra question definitely needs to come out. Do Hydra members just lurk in the shadows and only make a move when they see an unhappy S.H.I.E.L.D. agent? I’m also not entirely sure what mechanics are going on inside of Garrett. Whatever Reina was holding didn’t look like a normal organ.

While everyone else on the team jumps to the evil route, it is nice that Fitz still holds out hope. He represents what some viewers are hoping – that there is a reason why Ward is acting the way he is. Some of us jumped to the evil theory after the Hydra twist came out, and others started to theorize ways that could explain Ward’s action. The writers are also smart to have Fitz be the one who believes this, especially since Simmons is so quick to jump to evil. Simmons’ reaction is shocking.

Surprisingly, our favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. team is doing alright now that they are agents of nothing. It is great to see the old spy gear come back into play, not only does it allow us to see Coulson fangirl, but it is a nice history lesson. There could have been more struggles shown of how not being a part of an agency makes things difficult. I mean how did they get on the plane? I guess they all just bought a plane ticket under their new identities and flew commercial.

Reina is intriguing during this episode. Mike confronts her about why she is there. She ends up telling Grant that she found something out about Skye. Reina believes that she and Skye have something in common “inside.” Maybe this means Reina is also a 084. The line about Skye’s parents being “the monsters” is confusing because it’s vague. They could just be terrible people or maybe they aren’t human. If the writers ended to reveal more about Skye, they didn’t do a good job. We learned a nice tidbit about Reina though.

Buddy and FitzSimmons are alive and no one can tell me otherwise. I need to believe this for my own sanity. I’ve got too many papers to write to have an emotional breakdown over this show. What’s heart breaking great is that we get to see Ward dealing with Buddy in the flashback at the same time that he is dealing with FitzSimmons and their pleas. It is very emotional, and this is one case where cutting back to a flashback doesn’t take away from the pain and suspense.

What did you think of the episode? Ward didn’t really leave FitzSimmons to die, right? Maybe this ties back to the desert island and a box question that Eric asked at Providence. Fitz will get his Simmons in a box, and then the Doctor and the Tardis will appear and save the day! Leave me your thoughts and theories in a comment below.

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