I will say this for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: When it does emotional storytelling, it does it well. “Parting Shot” — which acted as both a vehicle to advance the Inhuman plot and also served as a set-up for the potential Mockingbird-centric spin-off Marvel’s Most Wanted — could have been a convoluted hour filled with loose ends and hastily told stories. Instead, the episode was (in my opinion) a tightly woven tale that culminated in an emotional pay-off that felt both earned and genuine, proving this show does its best storytelling when it focuses on its characters rather than the bigger mythology. (See: “4,722 Hours.”)
Last week’s episode ended with Hunter and Bobbi stowing away on Malick’s jet for an undercover mission in order to find out what he’s planning to do with the Inhumans. This week’s episode finds Bobbi being interrogated and looking worse for the wear. She’s told (and we learn) that three members of the Russian government were murdered in cold blood by former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, so what does she have to say for herself? “I’d like a cheeseburger and curly fries. Crispy.” THAT’S what Bobbi Morse has to say for herself. A spy after my own heart… Marry me. Hunter is being interrogated, as well, though he’s disliked even more than Bobbi is. But that could also be because he’s just telling them they were on holiday, picking mushrooms. Maybe I want Hunter to marry me actually — it’s a toss-up.
What exactly is Bobbi doing here in Siberia? Why did Hunter tell his captors they were attacked and THEY were the victims? Why did they break into a top secret facility to begin with? That takes us back to 34 hours earlier, as Hunter and Bobbi are fleeing from the jet they’ve infiltrated, waiting to track Malick’s convoy. Fitz and Simmons are helping them via a target designator, and they eventually get eyes on the facility, though they’re blocked from seeing it. As they try to figure out how Malick is building his army, Hunter mentions (rather casually) that he wants to assassinate Malick. Yeah, Coulson is unsurprisingly not on board with this and would rather they keep a low profile. But we’re dealing with Bobbi and Hunter, and when have the words “low profile” ever been associated with them? (Spoiler alert: never.) Hunter is making the most of the moment, though, and reminding me of why I love this relationship so much.
Bobbi isn’t sharing Hunter’s sentimentality, being alone in the woods and all, but Hunter is seriously trying to figure out the last time they went away together just for kicks. For a couple that thrives on kicking butt in various countries, it’s kind of depressing that there’s no answer they can come up with. (By the by, things I need background on in this new series includes: “Florence.” “That wasn’t me.” Readers, I give you permission to write this for me.) Bobbi’s curious where this was coming from, and Hunter says he needs a break. Just, you know, something else other than worrying about Carl Creel or hiding things under the rug (a.k.a. probably not assassinating people on a whim.) “Are you talking about a vacation or something else?” Bobbi asks him, but before we get a real answer, they spy a prisoner that they can tell is an Inhuman. Unfortunately, before they can radio the team and do anything, they’re caught in the act…so naturally, they try to talk their way out of it, pretending to play dumb and then beating them up. Because of course they do.
Daisy, Mack and May show up, and Bobbi tells them what she overheard: that Malick is going to have a meeting with cabinet members. That means they need to infiltrate, which is great because no one knows Russian. Especially not Mack. And especially not Daisy, who dated a Russian hacker and only learned the bad words. Bobbi chooses to go in with Mack to find the security hub so they can locate Malick while May and Hunter team up. Coulson wants to keep this low profile, in and out, with no one getting caught…but we know that’s not going to happen.
NEXT: You and I remember Budapest very differently