‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Recap and Review: “The Real Deal”
In one of the best episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the team deals with the impact of YoYo’s injury and the beacon’s explosion. Here’s a recap of “The Real Deal”.
While YoYo is in recovery, Fitz and the others discover an open breach to another dimension bleeding into their world caused by the beacon exploding near a monolith. This brings relief that Daisy isn’t the one to end the world, but fear that something else has already begun.
Mack contemplates leaving with YoYo while Deke and Daisy go looking for medical supplies. They’re surprised when a Kree suddenly attacks them. When Daisy shoots him and he turns into smoke.
The dimension breach is actually a fear dimension that brings their deepest fears to life. To close the dimension, Fitz comes up with a plan but someone has to risk themselves to get the device near the opening. Coulson volunteers but Daisy and the others argue against it until Coulson suddenly collapses. Jemma’s examination reveals that tissue in his lung and heart are dead. Coulson confesses that Ghost Rider burned out the chemical used in T.a.h.i.t.i. to heal him from Loki’s attack in The Avengers.
The others are distraught when he tells them that he can’t be saved and he doesn’t want them to try. They’re also angry that he didn’t tell them about his condition. Daisy takes it especially hard. The team has to move forward with their plans when YoYo’s fears materialize in the form of Jemma telling her to spare Mack because he’s been through enough. Mack and the others run into the room just as the fear tries to smother YoYo with a pillow.
While all this is going on, Deke goes out for supplies. Also in town, General Hale visits the station where the tip about Daisy came from. She’s curious about Deke since he doesn’t have any records or identification. She gets the cell examined to find his DNA.
Back in the Lighthouse, we get an emotional Philinda moment as May asks Phil if his condition is why their relationship took a step back. Teary-eyed, she helps him prep. Before he goes down the lift, he tells Fitz that he has to go ahead with his plans to give people hope. As Coulson descends, his camera goes out making everyone even more nervous. The first person he runs into is Mike Peterson.
The apparition tries to convince Coulson that he’s still in an operating room after Loki’s attack and that everything he thinks happened is a figment of his imagination created out of his fear of death and everything he hasn’t done yet.
We see flashbacks of the team throughout the seasons as the fear tries to convince Coulson that it’s okay to let go because none of what happened is real. Upstairs, the others are surprised when Deke, Mike Peterson, and several other people arrive on a quinjet.
As the fear apparition tries to pull Coulson into the portal, the real Deathlok destroys it. He also destroys an apparition of Lash and works with Coulson to destroy an apparition of Hive. The pair ends up awkwardly on the ground together in a funny moment. When everything calms down, Fitz goes ahead with the plan Coulson mentioned earlier.
That plan is his wedding with Jemma. As they exchange vows, Deke and Deathlok awkwardly chat in the back. It turns out that Deke is the one who bought everything for the ceremony; Jemma’s vintage second-hand dress, the rings, and Fitz’s suit. When Deke mentions Jemma’s ring, he says that it reminds him of the ring his mother used to wear which belonged to his grandmother.
As everyone sheds happy tears, Hale finally gets the results from the DNA Deke left behind in his cell. It reveals that he’s a genetic match for Jemma and Fitz. GRANDSON!
Review of last week’s 100th episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
It’s safe to say this episode ranks among the best of the series, which is fitting since it’s the landmark 100th episode. From the team finding out about Coulson’s condition to the flashbacks, the wedding, and finding out Deke’s identity, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writing team worked hard to make sure fans at least got teary eyed. With all its great characters and the growth of the Marvel Universe, this episode reminded us of how essential Coulson is to the team, to S.H.I.E.L.D., and the MCU Universe. He’s the catalyst.
That makes it even harder to imagine it without him. With future YoYo’s words lingering in the back of my mind, I’m hesitant to think that Coulson makes it out of this season alive. Strong performances all around, but Ming-Na, Chloe, and Clark really stood out in this one. Now, I’m just left to wonder if Fitzsimmons and Deke will find out about their relation.
I’m giving the 100th episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a 10/10.
Congrats to the cast and crew on their achievement! ABC, please renew the show!
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