“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” Season 4 Episode 19 Recap: “All the Madame’s Men”


“Agents of SHIELD” starts pulling on some threads in this week’s episode, tying itself back into the real world outside the Framework.

Guys, we’re getting close to Agents of SHIELD’s season four finale. And with Skye turning back into Daisy in the Framework, Inhuman powers and all, some stuff is definitely about to go down.

Not-So-Short Summary

Welcome back, Sunil Bakshi! Who now has his own television news report. He lets the world know the Patriot is dead.

May and Skye make a break for it after her Terrigenesis, but they run into Madame Hydra on their way out. Skye uses her powers to shove her out the thirty-story window. That bounce of Madame Hydra as she hit the pavement was extremely satisfying.

Her current medical predicament leaves Fitz as the new head of Hydra, and the rest of SHIELD reeling with the Patriot no longer leading. So what does Fitz do? Cause pandemonium in the public eye via Bakshi putting Skye and May’s faces and names out there as terrorists.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “What If…” – Hail the New World Order! Daisy and Simmons uncover secrets and lies in a world gone mad. With Hydra in control, they are our only hope to save everyone, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, APRIL 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Jennifer Clasen)


Skye and May make it to the SHIELD rendezvous point, but not before being pursued by some Hydra agents.  By the time word gets back to SHIELD, Ward is off trying to find Skye and Triplett and Simmons are off doing their own thing.

Triplett gets a picture of plans for Project Looking Glass, which looks a heck of a lot like Darkhold tech.Thank goodness Simmons knows where: the Baltic Sea. Way down below the ocean is Project Looking Glass. Except it’s not in the Framework, it’s in the real world.

Coulson decides to go check it out with Mack. They find and smuggle out both Skye and May. “To save ourselves, we need to save the world,” Coulson says to Skye in the most Coulson fashion just before SHIELD decides to crash Bakshi’s show.

Ward makes the sacrifice play and offers to stay in the media room to keep the airwaves going while they escape. “For what it’s worth, I didn’t totally understand him until I met you,” Skye tells Ward. There’s some weird beauty to it–this is the Ward we should have had, but not the one we needed.

They reveal the footage from May’s body cam, and with a voiceover and grandiose speech by Phil Coulson, you know the world is going to rebel right along with them.

Post-Credits Stinger

Aida and the Superior work on their half of Project Looking Glass. They have also found where Daisy and Simmons are in their world.

Badass Moment of the Week

From the first two minutes of this episode: May’s super slow motion twirl off the desks shooting at Hydra agents.

Best One-Liner

“Hey, I’m not gonna pretend to get all this, but I’m here to help,” Triplett says. Remember how awesome of a character he is? Can we have him back?

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “All The Madame’s Men” – Daisy finds herself teamed up with an unlikely partner. Meanwhile, Aida prepares to put her ultimate end game into effect, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, APRIL 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Patrick Wymore)


We get a heart-to-heart between Ward and Skye and it’s the most confusing, frustrating thing in a while. Because while I do want Ward to be happy, I also don’t want him to be happy because #NoWardRedemptionArc and also he’s done a lot of messed up stuff and this isn’t the actual Ward. You can see the pain and confusion on Skye’s face, too.

I was also wondering how Radcliffe and Fitz’s father knew each other or if Radcliffe just made that up to get under Fitz’s skin. All we do get from their quick scene is that in the real world Alastor Fitz is a pathetic drunk. Well, at least he has Mad Eye Moody’s name … ?

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Next week’s Agents of SHIELD lays out all the cards on the table as Aida tries her hardest to get herself a new body with free will–and Coulson’s life might be on the line?