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LOVED this episode! In addition to all the awesome WINTER SOLDIER continuity bits, we had great character reveals, some courtesy of the Best Lie Detector in the World. Best answer to the lie detector was Simmons' "The Tardis." Best reveal? For me, second place went to Agent Triplett being the grandson/great-grandson of a Howling Commando. First place went to Melinda May being picked up by her spy mama, being played Tsai Chin, an actress who co-starred w/Ming Na Wen in THE JOY LUCK CLUB decades ago. Oh, their Asian mother-daughter dynamic is hilarious to watch, and I say that as an Asian mother who always seems to be telling her kids to watch their manners, sit up straight. VERY pleased to see Skye pull herself together & fall back on her excellent ability to BS people. Go, girl! BUT...I'm confused about the whole flash drive thing. It's geographically linked? What the heck does that mean? And wouldn't that be really inconvenient if they couldn't decrypt it in the SHIELD's various secret bunkers?

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Ignore the troll...

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Really enjoying these last episodes. Everyone's chemistry is really firing on all cylinders. Just. One. Tiny. Nitpick....Pete's bangs are a no-no. They make him look childish, like a schoolboy from the 80's. I know it's too late for these episodes. But, I hope the actor goes back to his old hairstyle.

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Here is what I don't understand - why is Henry still being lied to by EVERYONE? Just give him back his memories already, for Pete's sake! Everyone in town has them, except for that one year gap. Knowing what secrets and lies have done to generations of their family, you would think these characters should have learned that the truth is the better way to go. But, noooo....they STILL insist on deceiving & lying as their fallback position. And, to a CHILD no less, even though Henry was the reason they all found each other - because he wanted to know the truth. Where is Pinocchio when you need him...

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I agree w/you. It seems like they are trying to rewrite the own history they established. If Leopold was such a good guy, I don't think he'd be open to marrying the daughter of a woman he once jilted. It also bothers me that Zelena has such incredible magical powers. But, the only reason Cora found hers was because Rumple taught her. Where did Zelena's come from if her dad was an itinerant gardener?

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Sometimes this reviewer seems more intent on writing a recap than her opinions on the actual episode. Why no mention about the performances? Clark Gregg is doing fantastic work & had two key scenes that show why he is one of the few that Nick Fury trusts now that Hydra is out in the open. Bill Paxton is so great to watch - good or bad - that I hope he climbs the ranks of Hydra & isn't killed off too early. And, Brett Dalton is showing some real signs of life now that Agent Ward is given the chance to show some depth. There's even a twinkle in his eye...which makes him more threatening. I really liked how Garrett & Raina openly addressed how Ward became attached to everyone at SHIELD and on the bus, and his possible conflict of interest. No, he hasn't been brainwashed, a la the Winter Soldier. There are no chemicals in his system, like the Centipede soldiers. Although, Garrett seems to be sporting more metal parts than previously revealed...what's up with that? With his & Coulson's history, that's not necessarily a surprise to SHIELD. But, what did that hint mean for more knowledgeable Marvel comic fans?

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Ooops - forgot to write that I agreed w/your point about Fury's paranoid tactics being proved right in this episode. Spot on! It's really hard to stay under the radar the more people know you're alive. Again, need to know basis. Coulson better forgive May soon since now the shoe is on the other foot.

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What's interesting is that in WINTER SOLDIER, Fury's policy of "compartmentilization" (is that a word?) is called into question. But, how is that different from putting SHIELD agents at different clearance levels, with each level being on a "need to know" basis? It's the same thing IMO! The entire organization was run that way! So, Coulson needs to put his big boy panties on and stop pouting about being out of the loop. I love Coulson. But, puh-leeeeze....his pride is getting in the way on this issue.

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We don't really know what Ward revealed to the Siren. We just know that Melinda May wasn't the one he loved. He could have said "Hail Hydra" for all we know.

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The more I think about it, the more I realize this is textbook Whedon. He did the exact same thing on BUFFY with Angelus. We should have seen this coming! Because it was action-adventure instead of the horror/supernatural genre, we didn't. But, they've done this before. Ward = Angel/Angelus, right down to his black wardrobe. The only thing Ward is lacking is a better sense of humor. Don't be surprised if Ward goes even darker & starts to toy with Coulson & his team, making them all doubt themselves & each other. Some of the best stuff on BUFFY was when the Scooby Gang was being terrorized by Angelus, scared out of their minds.