Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S05E14) "The Devil Complex"

As the fear dimension continues to extend its reach throughout the Lighthouse…most recently by taking the form of the astronaut from Maveth…Fitz becomes more and more desperate to find a way to seal the rift.
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GENERAL DISTRESS

Meanwhile Coulson, May and Piper are on the hunt for General Hale. And thanks to poor encryption on her phone, they finally nab their quarry.
After a few minutes of interrogating her, however, Hale reveals a few important things. First, that she’s trying to prevent the extinction of the human race and secondly, he didn’t catch her after all. She planned the whole thing.
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It’s a bit reminiscent of when Hunter and Coulson “caught” Rosalind on the subway, is it not?
May and Piper soon realize things aren’t as they seem when Hale’s driver turns out to be none other than Carl Creel. And he has C-4 attached to his stomach.
Not long after that, the Superior arrives via Quinjet.
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He demands Hale be released or he and Creel will blow the Zephyr out of the sky. Hale wants Coulson to come with them and Coulson finally agrees, as long as his people leave unscathed. She agrees. May? Not so much.
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She lets him leave but, let’s just say he should be glad her glares don’t leave actual physical wounds.

DOCTOR, DOCTOR

Deke is trying extra special hard to get to know Fitz. So it was more than a surprise when Fitz whacks him over the head, revealing himself to us as The Doctor from the Framework.
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Daisy’s search for Dr. Franklin Hall’s research on gravitonium is a bust, frustrating Fitz even more. And it sure doesn’t help his nerves when cameras go out on a lower level. Daisy takes off to investigate.
Fitz is left to try to work through his problem on how to compress the gravitonium when The Doctor reveals himself to Fitz as well. He’s there to do what Fitz won’t, to do what needs to be done.
Meanwhile, Yo-Yo’s adapting, or rather trying to adapt to life with no arms. Sure, she knows she’ll get robo arms like Coulson…but still. It’s a loss. And it’s also a reminder of the future she saw for herself, one she fears is inevitable. It doesn’t help that a robo murder bot invades her room, shooting Mack in the leg. Fitz arrives and warns them all that the Doctor’s made an appearance and he’s the one who put the robo killer back together.
They’re all horrified, Fitz and Jemma more than most. He’s her greatest fear, unlike the creepy astronaut dude from earlier.
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Jemma surmises The Doctor is here to continue his work on Inhumans, which is why Yo-Yo was targeted and now, Daisy’s at risk too.
None the wiser, Daisy’s not finding any problems with the cameras. It’s a wild goose chase but in this case, she’s the goose, and she’s caught and subdued by another robo ninja.
She awakens to a nightmare: Framework Fitz, The Doctor, has her tied down and drugged and is planning to remove her inhibitor. She panics because she’s terrified that will lead to the end of the earth. But The Doctor is ruthless in doing what needs to be done. She needs her powers in order to compress the gravitonium so it can go into the device and seal the rift once and for all.
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When Fitz shows up and confronts The Doctor, Daisy is lost. Who is he talking to? It all becomes clear when Jemma arrives and we see The Doctor was not a fear dimension anomaly, but rather Fitz having a psychic split. He’s the one operating on Daisy. He’s the one who sent the robot after Yo-Yo and Mack, and who screwed up the cameras so Daisy would check on them as a diversion and as a means of isolating her.
Jemma’s gentle and loving and just wants him to stop so they can work it out but Fitz tells her The Doctor planned for that too. Another robot arrives with a gun and holds Deke and Jemma hostage while Fitz gets to work to remove Daisy’s inhibitor.
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Jemma tries to talk him down, and Daisy tells Fitz she’ll never forgive him; but he moves forward and yanks the inhibitor out of Daisy’s neck as she screams in agony.
With Daisy now powered up he advises her how to compress the gravitonium and put it in the device. Once she does it, the robot powers down and Fitz surrenders himself.

FAMILY TIES

Daisy’s in a haze, totally wrecked by what one of her best friends did to her. Jemma is also a mess, not sure how to help Daisy or Fitz.
Fitz is convinced he did the right thing and Jemma agrees (probably not with how he went about it though). She knows it’s a grey area but they have to be bold and do bold things in order to break the loop.
Deke tries to provide her comfort and figures out just the way to do it by telling her about how he knew Jemma took care of Fitz, knowing very specific things about them as a couple that he’d have no way to know. When she asks how he knows these things, he reveals the truth: he’s her and Fitz’s grandson.
Jemma promptly vomits.
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‘HALE’ HYDRA

General Hale reports in to…someone. It’s dark and hazy but she informs whoever it is that she has the last piece of the puzzle. The man mentions a few things that trigger some concerns, Odium and the Confederacy. She wants a seat at the table of the Confederacy but if she fails in her quest, she’s to drink the Odium and go out in a blaze of murderous glory.
Before he leaves, the man bids her adieu, or rather, a Hail Hydra.
Dun dun duuuuuunnnn!
Crazy Fan Theory
With the Kree writing on the wall behind Hale, the mention of Odium and the Confederacy, what if the man she’s speaking to is none other than Kasius’s father? If you recall, Kasius said S.H.I.E.L.D. had thwarted his father’s Confederacy way back when from taking the earth.
Though how Kasius’s father is specifically connected to Hydra, I don’t know yet. Hale, however, might believe she’s saving the human race when instead she’s merely a pawn of a greater power, much as Gideon Malick was when he helped facilitate Alveus’s return back in Season 3.
Lingering Questions:

  • What is Hale’s game?
  • Will the team forgive Fitz anytime soon?
  • Will someone please give Daisy a hug?
  • How will everyone react to the news that Deke’s a FitzSimmons heir?
  • Is Jemma already pregnant with Deke’s mom?
  • Will May get more than 2 minutes of screen time next week????

Favorite Moments:

  • Hale casually noting she has the Superior’s head in a jar
  • Jemma trying to talk Fitz down
  • Deke telling Jemma who he is

Final Thoughts:
As immensely painful as this episode was, there were quite a few game changing moments: Coulson’s now with Hale. Daisy’s traumatized and broken. The fear rift is no more. Mack and Yo-Yo have a new wound to heal from. Jemma learning the truth about her husband’s state of mind and about Deke. Hale’s Kree and Hydra ties. It almost seems like there was too much here, but as usual, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. dropped all these bombs on us in a way that was cohesive and clever, if not totally heart wrenching.
All the awards to Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge and Chloe Bennet for their performances this week. Seriously. Just start lobbing trophies in their general direction already.
I give “The Devil Complex” 4.75 floating fear dimension rift-sealing spheres out of a possible 5.
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See you next week for an all new episode!