replied to your post “Flangst: Circus”
I’ve always wondered why the techs in the lab listened to Mack. He’s from a different department, he’s not a field agent. Does he have a higher clearance? if he doesn’t would that make some techs resentful enough to try to pull rank on the mechanic?
Honestly? I think they pulled the fear card on that. Imagine Mack coming at you, angry as hell and protective as a mama bear.
Okay, personal (mean) headcanon time:
At first, they don’t listen to Mack because really, he’s just a mechanic. He obviously isn’t as educated or professional as they are (”Really, have you seen his shirts? He doesn’t even button them!” “Ugh, I know, and he’s positively covered in grease all the time. Don’t they wash down in the Garage?”). It’s only fitting that he’s started to babysit Fitz, since Fitz is broken - more of a mascot than leader at this point. It’s only a matter of time before Coulson takes him out of the Lab completely.
But then… then they start needing things from the Garage, and the turn times slow down to a halt. The techs don’t think anything of it, until they notice that Fitz always gets what he asks for immediately. Well, that just won’t do. The senior tech goes to confront Mack and comes back fuming (”He was sitting there with Fitz playing a video game - with his feet on the table when I went down, and do you know what he said to me? He said he was working on it at the moment and would let me know when everything was ready ASAP. He obviously wasn’t working on it at all!”).
So this mean-spirited relationship between Mack and the techs starts brewing until one day it gets to the point where one of the techs makes a nasty comment just loud enough for Fitz to hear (”Maybe if I got down on my knees for him Mack would be my friend too.”), and Mack gets wind of it… and yeah, he ends up cornering the techs and letting them know that it’s one thing to come after him, but that Fitz is off limits.
And, as we know from Mack’s conversation with Coulson and the team, Mack can be a little intimidating when he’s angry and protective.
I like to think that after he sets them straight, things get better. He starts to get them their supply requests fulfilled quickly, and they start being more respectful of Fitz and Mack. So, yeah. When Mack comes in and tells them to get lost? They go grab coffees and discuss everything except for their betting pool on how long it will take for Mack to man up and ask Fitz out on a date.