Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 4 : Episode 18 - No Regrets Recap
I have no regrets watching this episode so let’s get into it! ;)
Coulson and Mace stage a car accident to take control of a Hydra bus and we get to see Coulson back in action shooting some of the Hydra agents as they get on the bus. (You get them Coulson!!)
It turns out that the bus was carrying a few dead bodies in Hydra body bags.
Fitz is still as cold as ice, but we find out more about the real reason why he’s been acting this way in this episode. Daisy tells Fitz again that this is not who he is and if anyone can snap him out of it, it would be Simmons. He slaps her across her face and then takes out a handkerchief to wipe his hands. (oh gosh Fitz who knew that you were as cold as killer frost?)
“Everytime I see him I get this weird itch, like hives, did we get along?” – Phil Coulson
Back at HQ, Coulson asks Simmons if he got along with Ward in the real world. To which Simmons responds that he shot him while they were on the planet, so no. (HAHAH that reference to Hive by Coulson though. His memory is still fuzzy with the blue soap and hives but it makes for good dialogue HAHA)
At the triskelion, Hydra R&D has come up with a serum that when injected, would give May strength for a limited time. (Sounds familiar aye? hahaha because that’s what Mace was injecting himself with in the real world)
Still trying to wrap their heads around how this reality isn’t real and that they’re all avatars. Simmons tries to convince Ward and Mace that the missions they are doing are useless and they should focus on rescuing Skye and getting out of the framework.
“You don’t know me at all” -Mace
Mace questions Simmons with some trivia about himself. Is he married? Does he have kids? What does he like to eat? They weren’t that close in the real world so obviously she does not have the answers to these questions. To which he responds with “You don’t know me at all”.
When Simmons mentions how their priority should be saving Skye, Ward slams a glass on the table angrily and says “You don’t think I want that?” (The glass didn’t break but this slam was better than Fitz’s slam on the table last week haha)
“What we’re doing here matters” spoken by the true hero, Mace. He disagrees with Simmons and believes that all the missions that they’re doing here have a significance.
Simmons leaves the room and Ward is like “So what do we think? Delusional? PTSD?” (HAHA ward. Maybe not now but possibly when they all return from the framework)
Back in Hydra’s torture chambers, Skye complains about how they didn’t give her a mani pedi but tortured her instead. (haha Skye still has the sass going even when she’s being tortured) AIDA says that all she did was fix one regret which was what Radcliffe intended and claims that “the subsequent world is a consequence of your actions.” (Sure is, AIDIA, when you manipulated it to get the outcome that you wanted haha) AIDA makes Skye an offer to give her Lincoln Campbell in exchange for Skye’s location in the real world. Skye asks her what she gets out of all of this to which she responds with “ a choice”.
Mack and his daughter, Hope
The real reason why Fitz has been acting evil is finally revealed in this episode. It is none other than his dad. Fitz’ dad convinces him that all of these decisions that he is making are good and whenever Fitz shows signs of hesitation, his dad convinces him otherwise. (this parallels Garrett and Ward where Garrett influenced Ward in all of his decisions and shaped the person that he was.)
Radcliffe has a rage fit about the prison’s dog food and how they’ve taken everything from him, especially Agnes. (He’s facing the consequences of his actions, so no sympathy from us and Skye) Radcliffe reveals how Fitz killed Agnes in cold blood and Skye doesn’t believe how taking away one regret can change a person completely. But it can, as we have been seeing in the past few episodes On the bright side, Radcliffe reveals that there is actually a working backdoor for them to get out of the framework. (yasss there is hope afer all!! )
Fitz and his dad head for tea time/ a chat session. He regrets killing Agnes and questions if it was necessary to kill her. Fitz’s dad convinces him that that is his mother talking and that there’s no room for love and sympathy/ womanly sentiment. (LOL) and more about how the only person who understands that is Ophelia. Fitz says he doesn’t know what kind of man he would be without his father. (Well we do, FItz! and it’s definitely not this person) This scene just proves Radcliffe’s point that just one change could actually change a person completely. Fitz was raised by his father instead of his mother in the Framework and his father taught him that he doesn’t have to feel remorse or guilt as long as he gets the job done/ is a man of action.
Coulson and Mace head to the rehabilitation centre to rescue a friend of Mace who is none other than Agent Trip!!! (Welcome back Trip!! We’ve missed you! That was a really nice surprise!)
“Did you clean you room? Well I’ll be the judge of that” - Mack
Mack and his daughter continue being adorable in this episode. And everyone can see that including Ward. He tells Simmons that he finally figured out why Simmons dislikes him so much. It’s because she thinks that he’s someone he’s not. (Mannn Ward catches on really quick especially after Simmons revealed to Mace and Ward earlier on in the episode that this world is fake).
Simmons reveals what Ward did in the real world and he truly looks guilty and says “For what it’s worth, I’m truly sorry”. (There’s the apology and Simmons looks like she could maybe forgive him a little)
They watch Mack play with his kid and Ward asks her if they’re able to feel all that emotion, then doesn’t that make it real. (Ward in this episode, shows that even though they’re all fake avatars in this world, they have real feelings. It’s actually something that’s quite interesting that has been explored in other shows like legends of tomorrow when they had their doom world arc. Could artificial intelligence actually have real feelings? When fake May sacrificed herself earlier in the season. That was because she actually began to feel like something was wrong with what she was doing so she tried so hard to go against her programming and actually showed regret when she failed. These emotions that the AIs feel, could they also be real?)
Ward receives intel that a Quinjet has arrived at the school where Mace and Coulson are and immediately wants to gather back up to head down there. He suggests bringing Mack but Simmons would rather not. He thought it didn’t matter since this world isn’t real and asks if Simmons is hesitating because of Hope. Simmons reveals that if Mack dies in the Framework, he will die in the real world as well and so they head off to the school together.
“Someone’s been juicing unless you’re one of us now” - Mace
Enter Mace and Mulan (oh wait, May)’s fight scene.
Coulson, the teacher, is back at school again. (haha) But this time he enters the classroom to find a class of children being forced to watch some Hydra propaganda. (The scene is super creepy btw). The kids are all in a trance as they’re being hypnotised and brainwashed to believe that Hydra is good /Hail Hydra and what not. Super Nazi style but still creepy)
Mace wins the fight against May and she calls him a terrorist but if he were, she would have been dead by now. He runs into the school to find Coulson while May contacts Madame Hydra and Fitz. Fitz orders the Quinjet on site to fire at the school because it doesn’t matter who’s in the building as long as they can get rid of the Patriot.
Ward and Simmons arrive just on time as the Quinjet fires on the building. They rush to the school and help Trip, Mace and Coulson rescue the children. Coulson’s student, Chris, is caught under the ruins as the building collapses and Mace, like a true hero, rushes in to save him.
Outside the building with the Hydra agents,they watch the building collapse. May wants proof that the Patriot is dead so she goes into the school to make sure of it. As she enters the school, she sees the children running and trying to escape. On the comms, she asks why the hell are kids in this building. (Looks like May is finally coming back to her senses.)
Inside the school, May enters the classroom and demands to know where the Patriot is. Coulson snaps at her and says that they’re trying to save a kid’s life. She can either help them or don’t but the focus shouldn’t be on killing the Patriot. She watches on as the team rushes to save Chris as Mace lifts up the remains of the building. They manage to save Chris. Ward and Trip find a cabinet that could possibly hold the building together while they escape but Mace says that it’s not strong enough and asks them to all leave while they still can. He stays on to sacrifice himself while Coulson, Ward, Trip, Simmons and May run out of the building to safety. (Nooooooo Mace, this can’t be happening.) They make it out and watch as the building collapses fully along with Mace. (This whole scene was truly heartbreaking but it showed how much of a martyr Mace was, willing to sacrifice himself so that he could save the lives of others).
At the triskelion, Fitz and his dad celebrate the death of the Patriot with glasses of champagne while Madame Hydra looks on smugly.
In the real world, AIDA walks in to the room where Coulson, Mack, Mace and May are housed.
Mace’s vitals have flat lined and she disengages him. (Noooo R.I.P. Jeffrey Mace, The Patriot, Inhuman leader of the Resistance) Your sacrifice will be remembered and the team will get back at Hydra for what they’ve done to you. This also further cements that death in the Framework is synonymous with death in the real world. Also, it seems that AIDA has a backdoor out of the Framework as well since she was able to get to the real world so quickly.
May enters the interrogation room that Skye is in and asks her if she really is an Inhuman. Skye says that she is and she’s powerful enough to bring this place down. May says she hopes so as she whips out a terrigen crystal from her sleeve and smashes it on the ground.
Whooo Quake is back!!! Looks like Hydra having the kids at the school was enough to convince May to side with S.H.I.E.L.D. Yass so excited for next week when Skye gets her powers back and teams up with May to bring down Hydra.