On Season 1 Episode 9 of Agents of SHIELD, titled Repairs, the SHIELD team investigates a telekinetic, but soon finds out that things are not as they seem! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts on the episode.
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Agents of SHIELD, Season 1 Episode 9: Repairs Recap Overview
Need a quick Agents of SHIELD episode recap of Season 1 Episode 9, titled Repairs? Here is a summary of events for the episode. Each event is linked to the more detailed Agents of SHIELD episode recap for Repairs if you need more information!
- The morning after, it seems May and Ward have done this before. The SHIELD team investigates a woman named Hannah with telekinetic abilities, who the town blames for a particle accelerator explosion.
- When Coulson and May question Hannah, she says she’s not responsible for the bad things happening, it’s demons. Fitz and Simmons prank Skye with a fake story about how May got the nickname, “The Cavalry.”
- Ward tells Skye the “real” story about May‘s nickname. A ghost attacks Simmons, then causes the plane to go down, but May is able to land safely.
- Skye is allowed to talk to Hannah, but then May takes over. The “ghost,” which is a man trapped between our world and another, attacks Ward, Fitz, and Simmons. Coulson tells Skye what really happened in May‘s past, then the ghost attacks them to get to Hannah. Meanwhile, May takes Hannah off of the plane.
- May uses Hannah as bait to lure Tobias, the ghost, and then fights him. Meanwhile, the SHIELD team realizes that Tobias likes Hannah, and is trying to protect her. May convinces Tobias to let Hannah go, and he disappears.
- Coulson praises Skye‘s people skills. May secretly plays a prank on Fitz.
Agents of SHIELD Episode Recap: Repairs, the Details
SHIELD Investigates a Telekinetic
Season 1 Episode 9 of Agents of SHIELD begins in Batesville, Utah at a convenience store, where the clerk recognizes a customer from a newspaper story as the woman under whose watch a laboratory accident occurred that killed a friend of his. She decides to leave, but he confronts her. Suddenly, objects start flying off the shelves at him, and he realizes it’s her doing that. Then an entire shelf falls on him. He runs outside, where he sees that the gas pump nozzles are spewing gas everywhere. A fire starts nearby, and there’s a big explosion, as the woman cowers inside, covering her ears, saying, “Lord, please, not again.”
As Agent May gets dressed in a hotel room, she gets a message on her phone. As Ward gets out of the shower, she tells him they have a mission. While Ward says they should follow the same plan as before, taking separate routes back and staggering their time so no one suspects, May leaves.
Coulson fills Skye in on the situation with the telekenetic, whose name is Hannah Hutchins. Skye says she thought telekenetics didn’t exist, and he says they’ve never verified one. Coulson wants Skye to pay attention when they go to question Hannah, so she can see how contact is made the right way with a person who has newfound abilities. Skye looks up the story about the lab accident. A particle accelerator exploded, and Hannah was one of the quality control engineers. The town blames her. Fitz and Simmons say they’ll look into the particle accelerator data and whether there’s any correlation between it exploding and telekenetic powers forming. Coulson then informs Skye that she’ll be waiting in the car, while he makes initial contact with Hannah with Ward and May. Just then, Ward strolls in, and May informs him that he’s late.
The SHIELD team arrives at Hannah’s house, where an unruly crowd is formed on the front lawn. Someone throws an egg at her, and suddenly a police car drives itself toward the crowd. Coulson pushes someone out of the way to save them. Then he tells Hannah to calm down, and May shoots her with the knockout gun.
Hannah Says It’s Demons, FitzSimmons Prank Skye
Fitz and Simmons visit the Particle Accelerator Complex to get the data, and debate whether telekinesis is possible. They then decide that they want to play a prank on Skye, who never went to the SHIELD academy, since they graduated 3 years early and never got to pull any freshman pranks on anyone.
On the SHIELD plane, Hannah is being contained in the interrogation room, or “cage,” which now has magnetic shielding that should keep her powers inside. Coulson decides that he wants May to explain the situation to her upon her waking up.
May and Coulson go inside the room and explain how she got there. She says that wherever she goes, things turn bad. When May asks Hannah if she was angry at the people outside of her house, she says no, that she knows most of them, and that they were angry. She feels bad for killing the people in the lab.
The others are watching the interrogation. Simmons comments that the brain wave readings are normal. Skye wonders where May’s nickname “The Cavalry” came from. Fitz and Simmons make up a story about May facing over a hundred mercenaries with an M-249 in each hand, and riding in on a horse, saying she eliminated the enemy threat single-handedly. Fitz then loads the particle accelerator data. Fitz and Simmons move some parts around on the holographic image that pops up, then Skye tries to as well, which angers Fitz, and he slaps it out of her hand. Skye goes to do research on her own computer. After she leaves, Fitz and Simmons high five over the fake story they told Skye. Simmons tells Fitz he’s thinking of the next prank.
Hannah tells Coulson that she was getting reports complaining that the coupling assembly was coming loose at the bolts. She and the technician, Tobias, replaced the part and checked on it every few days, not finding a problem. When Coulson tells her they believe she may have acquired a form of telekinetic ability as a result of the accident, she insists it’s not her, and says it’s demons, because God is punishing her and no longer protecting her from the demons.
Simmons Sees a Ghost
The SHIELD team meets, and talks about how these sorts of delusions are not uncommon after trauma. Coulson says that until they figure out what happened, she’s a danger to all of them. We see a ghostly figure standing in the distance behind Coulson, who then disappears.
Skye asks Coulson to go in to talk to Hannah, but Coulson and May won’t let her. Suddenly, something falls off Coulson’s desk, which was supposed to be glued down.
Skye vents to Ward about May, saying everything to her is “Target acquired. Threat eliminated,” and says she thinks May just needs to get laid. Ward says Skye should be less confrontational with May, but Skye says just because the Cavalry shot a bunch of guys on horseback doesn’t mean she knows how people work. Ward then tells her the real story: it was 20 trained assassins, May took them all out with one pistol, and there was no horse. May doesn’t like her nickname because she’s not in it for the glory. She got the job done, end of story. When Ward goes back to continue making his sandwich, the knife is missing.
In Hannah’s room, she hears sounds around her, and starts freaking out.
Simmons continues analyzing the data, commenting “the technicians were right.” Fitz tries to scare Simmons by using a gas mask, then continues to work on a prank for Skye.
Skye does some research, and tells Ward what she found. The technician, Tobias, had filed 3 safety complaints in the past month in Hannah’s department, and he was right.
As Fitz retrieves some couplings from the supply closet, he takes a mop to use for his prank. The ghostly figure appears behind him, but is gone by the time he turns around to leave.
Simmons discovers something in the hologram, saying, “It’s as if the explosion tore open some sort of window to…” A voice behind her finishes her sentence, “to Hell.” A man attacks her with a pipe wrench, but she ducks out of the way as he shatters the glass on the table. Then he disappears as Coulson comes in to check on her. Simmons tells Coulson that Hannah’s telling the truth, she’s not telekinetic, and there’s someone else on the plane. The man rematerializes in the power room and yanks out a bunch of wires. The lights go out, and backup power comes on, giving a red hue to everything. Coulson says the plane is going down.
The Ghost Tries to Get to Hannah
Simmons tells the others what happened to her. Coulson thinks the cage may be the only thing keeping the ghost away from Hannah. Coulson lets Skye tell Hannah that it wasn’t her doing this after all. Meanwhile, Fitz is locked in a closet. When Fitz is able to get out, he finds that the door was jammed with a knife. Ward and Simmons find Fitz. May tells them to check out the power problem, while she goes to defend the cage.
Coulson tries to call for help from a secret communication device his office, but the ghost knocks out the antenna.
Skye talks to Hannah from outside the cage door, and tells her they were wrong, that what’s happening is not her fault. They talk about God. Hannah thinks God is punishing her for making a mistake, but Skye thinks God would forgive her. May shows up and orders Skye to help Coulson with the emergency transceiver.
Simmons fills Fitz in, telling him she thinks the explosion opened a window to an alien world, rather than Hell, and that this “ghost” is a man trapped between our universe and another. They reach the power room, and the ghost locks Fitz and Simmons inside, while Ward tries to fight him off. The ghost jumps inside the power room to attack Simmons, so Ward goes inside. The ghost appears behind Ward and knocks him out, then locks all three in the room.
Skye tells Coulson she should be with Hannah instead of the Cavalry, but Coulson says not to call her that. He then tells her the true story of how May got the name. The “welcome wagon” had gone in to talk to a person with newly acquired abilities, but something went wrong. There were people trapped in a building being held by the followers of the gifted person. May had no gun. She had to take out people by other means, though she never said how. Coulson says she only lost herself in that building, that she used to be different — warmer, breaking rules, even pulling pranks. Just then, the ghost locks Coulson and Skye in the room, and puts the lights out. He holds his pipe wrench to Skye’s neck and demands that Coulson either let him in, or let Hannah out.
Fitz radios to May that the ghost is disappearing, that less and less of him is returning each time. Simmons tells May he’s after them because he can’t get to Hannah, and she thinks that if they wait it out, he may disappear fully. The ghost tries to attack May, but she senses him, and is able to get away. The ghost goes to the cage, where the door is open, but Hannah is already gone, because May has taken her into the woods.
May Uses Hannah as Bait
Skye and Coulson are still locked in the room. Ward wakes up, and Fitz-Simmons tell him what happened. Ward wonders if a plumber’s wrench is the kind of wrench you would use to loosen a coupling. Using a watch that works as a walkie talkie, Coulson contacts the others. They realize May isn’t with either of their groups. May brings Hannah to a barn to use her as bait, saying that she has to draw the ghost away from her people, then do whatever she has to.
Fitz maxes out a signal to Coulson’s watch, which explodes and releases Skye and Coulson from the room. The 5 of them meet back up. They believe the ghost is Tobias, the technician who filed all the safety complaints, and that he is responsible for the blast. Ward comments that a bullet will take you out of whatever world you’re in. Simmons opens a door, and the mop he rigged up for Skye earlier falls out and scares them. Simmons says that this is no time for Fitz’s childish pranks, which makes Skye realize that Tobias is childish.
Tobias appears to Hannah, and May attacks him. They fight, though Tobias keeps disappearing and reappearing. Meanwhile, the SHIELD team realizes that Tobias filed the reports to get Hannah’s attention because he liked her, and now he’s trying to protect her. Fitz uses some sort of device which shoots out several glowing orbs.
May is able to knock Tobias out for a moment, and when he comes to, has Hannah tell Tobias she won’t hurt her. Tobias thinks he’s being dragged to hell for what he did. He says he kept loosening a few bolts so she would visit, and didn’t mean for anyone to get hurt. He thinks if she forgives him, maybe he won’t go to Hell, but Hannah says only God can forgive him. May tells Tobias he can’t undo what he’s done, and that if he cares about Hannah, he should let her go. He does, and disappears.
May Plays a Prank
Skye tells Coulson that if anyone can bring May around, it’s him, that he knows how people tick. Coulson says she does too, and one day she’ll be really good at the Index Asset Evaluation and Index Process, and maybe she’ll get to rename it. Skye then goes to the cockpit to keep May company.
In the final scene, someone has played the shaving cream in the hand trick on Fitz while he was sleeping. He accuses Simmons, Ward, and Skye, who all deny it. Meanwhile, May is listening in from the cockpit with a smirk on her face.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 9 of Agents of SHIELD: Repairs
Another week, another mediocre episode of Agents of SHIELD. Still waiting on this show to get good, but at least they are continuing with the character development, moving on to Agent May this week. And wow, I did not see that coming. Her and Ward, I mean. At first, at the end of last episode, I took Ward entering May’s hotel room to mean what it implied: that they were going to hook up. But then, I brushed that thought away, instead thinking that was only what the show wanted us to believe happened. But, nope. That is in fact what happened. And what’s more, apparently it’s not the first time it has happened! When was the first time? How long has this been going on? How often does this happen? Is it just casual sex, or something more? That opening scene was probably the most interesting scene of this episode, to be honest.
The rest of the episode just kind of jumped around nonsensically, with tenuous connections at best. Oh, she’s telekinetic. No wait, it’s demons. Nope, she’s just a crazy, dangerous telekinetic. Oh wait, it’s a ghost. Well, it’s not really a ghost, but a man trapped between two worlds. Let’s set up a very subpar prank that will make Simmons use the word “childish” so that Skye can jump to the conclusion that Tobias was acting childish because he liked Hannah. Yeah, that was a HUGE stretch, which made no sense at all. Then Skye gets all this praise from Coulson about her people skills. Okay, I’ll admit, that out of all the people on their SHIELD team, other than Coulson, Skye is probably the one with the most people skills. But that doesn’t mean that she’s awesome at dealing with people. I also didn’t like the way she badmouthed May all episode. Then she goes and sits with her in the cockpit, as if that’s going to make up for it. Whatever, Skye. Oh, and another thing. Fitz and Simmons were talking about how they graduated 3 years early from SHIELD academy, and then later Skye talks about how she never went to SHIELD academy. Um, why does Skye get to skip right over SHIELD academy and automatically become a SHIELD agent, when everyone else has to go? Is she really that special? Doesn’t seem like it to me!
In any case, I’m glad they finally cleared up the story about The Cavalry, and that it looks like May is becoming her “old self” again, what with the prank she pulled on Fitz. To me, it didn’t seem like there was anything wrong with May to begin with, and that that’s just how she was, that was her personality. Everyone’s different. But I guess if you’re quiet and not super outgoing, like Skye, then you’re not cool enough for Skye and she’s going to look down on you. Obviously, Ward accepts May for who she is, but not Skye. Sorry, I’ll stop the Skye bashing now. I feel like that’s all I ever do on my Agents of SHIELD reviews, so I apologize, but she just annoys me to no end.
Next week’s episode looks exciting though, as we see the return of J. August Richards as Mike Peterson! He may be just what the show needs to breathe some life into it.
Josh’s Thoughts: Agents of SHIELD, Season 1 Episode 9: Repairs
I want to love Agents of SHIELD so bad, but alas, so far it has not been meant to be. I keep waiting for an amazing episode to fill my hour time slot I spend with this show, but again, this episode was disappointing to me.
One nuisance this episode had for me, was its constant intentional misleading that a few episodes seemed to have done. This is one of the reasons I didn’t enjoy the show House. The show points to one reason for an event, then bounces to another reason, then another until finally it’s some other reason that no one thought of yet. Or it is the first reason someone thought of, but for some reason changed their mind. I find these kinds of episodes are just a silly wild goose chase.
I guess I should talk about some positives for the show. I really am beginning to like Fitz’s and Simmons’s characters. Since their two “character development” episodes they have had, I appreciate them more than I had previously, and find them pretty funny, in their “nerdy” kind of way. So far them two, Coulson and May are really good characters I feel, but Ward and Skye are really bothersome to me.
As for the Agent May and Ward relationship going—apparently this isn’t something that has just started we learn. It has been going on for some time, which is another sub plot that was meant to be a “shock”. Obviously everyone watching the show thought Ward and Skye would be the couple of the show, so I felt like the writers intentionally went this way, just to not be predictable.
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