Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A Hen in the Wolf House (EPISODE REVIEW)


Right off the bat we’re thrown into the action, as a weaponized form of the obelisk that Whitehall is pursuing kills about 75% of the guests at some party. So this is what Hydra wants with the Obelisk? Seems a bit… sinister, and without any reason to be. Interestingly Whitehall, whom we learn is “one” of Hydra’s new heads, isn’t the only megalomaniac in Hydra. Even the Hydra operative that Agent Simmons was doing research with claims it’d be cool to just kill millions. Sick. But that’s Hydra for you.

Skye confronts Coulson about the strange carvings on his desk, and after being shut down, she visits Ward who tells all. Somehow this all has to do with her father, a notion that is confirmed after she confronts Coulson. He drops the bombshell that one of his theories involving Skye is that she’s actually an alien. Excellent. Little lines like this. Gotta love Coulson. But when she is shown the full extent of Coulson’s carving symbol output she suddenly realizes that it’s a map. Of course, this is never expressly confirmed to be the case, but the way the scene ended made it seem like that was the end of the discussion.

This episode actually hits a lot of the open mysteries. The most blatant mystery is Skye’s father, whom we learn is the man working with Raina, the girl in the flower dress. I wish the reveal were played a little better, because it was severely anticlimactic. But long story short, he’s got anger issues, kills without any second thought, and blames Coulson for the way his daughter turned out. Skye has yet to meet him, but it’ll happen in the next few episode undoubtedly. Especially now that he’s given Whitehall the Obelisk.

Back in the Hydra lab we’ve got Simmons entirely out of her depth, sweating bullets, and nearly getting caught for everything and anything. Enter Adrianne Palicki, playing the part of Bobbi Morse (aka Mockingbird), to give her even more of a hard time. But seriously, why was she giving Simmons all that trouble? I’d have been really angry when I eventually found out she was actually on my side. Angry and relieved. It also turns out Bobbi was Agent Lance’s ex she-devil he keeps bringing up. But why is it only now that she gets introduced to Simmons? Wouldn’t it have helped her out tremendously knowing she wasn’t alone in the wolf house?

The wolf house: Hydra. Raina. All the bad guys in this show have really bad antics, and aren’t very efficient at being bad. Menacing yes, but actually getting stuff done? I don’t think so. When Raina sent out that email to all the Hydra operatives with the image of Simmons attached, why did it just pop up on everyone’s screen. Since when is that how email works? And why doesn’t Hydra have better security on their email anyway. That image could’ve been egregiously NSFW. And let’s talk about how that one Hydra dude with the permanent stinkface and black hair (can’t remember his name for the life of me) just fast walked down the corridor in pursuit of Agent Simmons – him and his cronies. They looked like they wanted to run. But they didn’t. Silly. But very menacing.

The day hath arrived early! Simmons and Fitz are reunited! And it’s awkward. After the past two episodes involving Fitz getting over his infatuation (crazy as it is) with Simmons, she’s back, and it’s not just in his head. I really love the two characters. And the scene felt natural. Can’t wait to see what becomes of it. What did you think about this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Which scenes stood out to you?

Current ranked average of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two: 8.48

7 thoughts on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A Hen in the Wolf House (EPISODE REVIEW)

  1. mrmonkey1980

    It was a strong episode but after the incredible episode last week, it seems worse than it was. Perhaps I should say ‘less interesting’. I was a bit disappointed that Bobbie turned out to be a SHIELD agent. It would have been nice to see Simmons actually outwit someone for a change.


  2. I do believe that if Simmons had known about Bobbie she would have caused both their covers to blow.
    We have seen her around her team members before, trying to make conversations and what now. If she had known another SHIELD agent was at the base she would have tried to communicate with her and why would a lab-something talk with a high ranked security officer?

    Apart from that would it have deprived her of the possibility to grow as a person/agent for future undercover missions.
    Now she knows how to get around without trusting anyone.

    As for the bathroom encounter: I do believe this was a test for Simmons, to see if she was capable of withstanding actual questioning, which she obviously isn’t.

    I’m curious if fake-Simmons will still be around, even though the real one is back. She after all seemed to be symbolic for the part of Fitz’s brain that was damaged – and that is seemingly still there somehow.
    And of course it’ll be interesting to see how their relationship moves on from here, but a part of me doesn’t want them to become a couple as I really liked their dynamic the way it was, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be like that again (and would be disappointed if it was)…


    • Geekritique

      I’ve got to admit I cannot disagree with anything you’ve mentioned. She probably would have blown their cover. And it was great character development for her either way. Fake Simmons… Maybe. Could be an interesting story element.

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  3. Overall I really liked the episode. I too was wondering why they didn’t introduce Bobbi to Simmons earlier. It would’ve made things easier for Simmons to know she wasn’t alone, but I think it’s a good thing that Bobbi was giving Simmons a hard time. It made her part more believable for Hydra. But I love that Bobbi is Hunter’s ex! That was just hilarious!
    I was waiting for the reunion of FitzSimmons for what feels like forever and it was depressingly short for me. I’m sure they’re going to address it in later episodes, but I was just hoping for … more. I wonder if Simmons will get jealous that Fitz managed to bond with the guys a little though.

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      • I think you are absolutely right, but that doesn’t mean she won’t feel like he sort of left her behind a little. Which he did and which is a very good thing! Don’t get me wrong, I’m superglad he’s not all isolated anymore, but I just meant that I could see her needing him for change.

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