Episode Summary from en.wikipedia.org:
In order to find the Clairvoyant, the team boards a train in Italy, on which a Cybertek security group led by Carlo Mancini (TJ Ramini) is shipping a package to Ian Quinn. They take over the mission for an Italian police member named Luca Russo (Carlo Rota). The team splits into groups, with Coulson and Simmons posing as a father and daughter while Fitz and Skye work with Ward and May to track down the package. However, the group is exposed, leaving Coulson and Ward to flee the train. May also goes missing, but when Coulson and Ward track her down, they learn the team was sold out by Luca Russo, who is killed by May. The team finds the train and Simmons, but Fitz and Skye are gone, having disembarked to track the package to Quinn's mansion. In the basement, Skye is confronted by Quinn and Mancini, who reveal that Mike Peterson is alive, having been kept in a hyperbaric chamber. Mancini opens the package, which a high-tech prosthetic leg that he fits onto Peterson's severed right leg. To test Peterson's obedience to Centipede, Quinn orders him to kill Skye. He refuses as it is not what the Clairvoyant ordered. Instead, Quinn then shoots Skye twice in the stomach and leaves her for dead stating that he has his own orders. Peterson then executes the Cybertek security team because they led S.H.I.E.L.D. to the mansion. Quinn walks right into a S.H.I.E.L.D. raid on the mansion. Quinn is arrested, but Skye is left near death and Simmons can only sustain her temporarily by placing her into Peterson's hyperbaric chamber. In the final scene, Peterson secretly observes his son at a playground and requests the Clairvoyant to let him see his son by writing on a piece of paper for the Clairvoyant to read. The Clairvoyant says "not yet". The view zooms in on his new prosthetic leg which bears the name "Project Deathlok".
Episode Recap from abc.go.com:
Ian Quinn recently spent $10 million on a purchase from a company called Cybertek. They specialize in advanced technology and research. The mystery product is being transported via train to the Italian countryside under heavy guard. Coulson believes the package is being delivered to Quinn, so the team goes undercover on the train. Ward and May play a couple, as do Skye and Fitz. Simmons gets into her role as a daughter who is angry at her absentee father. That would be Coulson.
The team’s target on the train is Quinn’s head of security, a man named Carlo, although they are ultimately trying to track down the Clairvoyant. Communication goes down. Ward comes barreling into a deserted car to let Coulson know they’ve been made. The two of them jump out the back of the train. The pursuing security agents toss a grenade. It explodes into a blue mist. Moments later, the train is gone. It has vanished into thin air.
We jump back in time to see Ward fend off two Cybertek security agents. He warns Simmons to lock herself in the luggage car with Fitz and Skye while he gets Coulson. This brings us back to the present day. Coulson and Ward fear May is also no longer on the train. Their phones are dead. Armed men are on their trail. Fortunately, they find a running vehicle in the countryside. It’s been hotwired. Once they get back to the bus, Coulson learns that the local law, Luca Russo, has also had his team attacked. Cybertek knew they were at the train station.
Ward is tasked with trying to analyze the grenade that was thrown at them. Too bad he and Coulson have trouble activating the holotable. Their tech issues get put on hold during a discussion of protocol. Ward is currently breaking it by sleeping with May. He’s warned to not let this ever put the team in danger. Moments later, Luca Russo arrives to announce that he’s found the rest of the team. His declaration is cut short when a bloodied and beaten Agent May kills him from behind.
We jump back in time to see what happened as Agent May scaled the roof of the train looking for the package. She is forced to jump when armed men fire on her. She finds Coulson and Ward in a frozen state. She needs to get them somewhere safe. May hotwires a vehicle she finds in a field. It’s the same one Coulson and Ward found running. May is captured and tortured by Luca Russo, who was in cahoots with Cybertek. She’s able to escape and kill the escaped Luca, who was about to take down the other members of her team. Agent Melinda May was never going to let that happen.
As Coulson tends to May’s wound, he lets her know that a toxin froze them. It made it seem as though no time had passed when they woke up. That’s why it looked like the train had vanished. In reality, it stopped suddenly in the Italian countryside. A panicked Simmons is inside, but there’s no sign of Fitz or Skye. We jump back in time to see what happened to them. They were attacked and Simmons was rendered frozen. Fitz and Skye follow the package after the train stops. It leads them to a mansion where Ian Quinn has just arrived.
Skye takes out a guard with a night-night bullet while Fitz disables the cars out front. Inside the mansion, Skye finds something in the basement. It’s a life-size container that holds a person inside. It’s Mike Peterson. Skye is quickly captured by Ian Quinn, who releases Mike from his chamber so that he can be fitted with a bionic leg. This was the $10 million purchase. Mike takes orders only from the Clairvoyant, so he doesn’t follow the one given to him to shoot Skye. So Ian Quinn does it himself. He leaves Skye fighting for her life alone on the basement floor.
Mike lets the Cybertek team know that they have failed. A gunfight erupts inside the mansion as Coulson, Ward and May arrive outside. They storm the place. Mike is ordered to not engage S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson pistol-whips Ian Quinn when he realizes he’s hurt Skye, who is finally found in bad shape in the basement. Simmons orders her to be put in the chamber that held Mike. This action stabilizes Skye, but they need to get her to a medical facility before permanent brain damage sets in. Fitz comforts Simmons while May comforts Ward. As for Coulson, he keeps vigil by Skye’s side.
Mike Peterson makes his way to the outskirts of a school. His request to see his son is denied by whoever is controlling him. Mike’s bionic leg has an inscription on it. There’s a Cybertek logo as well with two words etched by it reading: Project Deathlok.
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