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This week on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as Hive took another crack at his plan to manufacture In...

S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: The Monster Mash

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This week on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as Hive took another crack at his plan to manufacture Inhumans, an unexpected return was tempered by a bittersweet goodbye.

So, no open letter to ol’ Hive this week. Because as sloppy as his “Plan A” was last week, his second stab at reverse-engineering Inhuman servants at least produced results this time around, as cosmetically challenged as they may be. But hey, as the saying goes — “a face only a mother (or father) could love.”

Besides, Hive draining Daisy of her Kree-tinged blood in the name of siring their “children” was more of a background story this week, where the focus instead was on  Lincoln’s plot to “escape” from the S.H.I.E.L.D. base and reunite with Daisy. This write-up would have read quiiiiiiiite differently if that actually turned out to be “Electro-Boy’s” intent — I for one was screaming things at my iPad when it looked like he was walking into a neon sign-emblazoned trap — but the fake-out eventually unfolded quite nicely, especially since a favorite such as May was masterminding it all. And as much as I was yelling up until that moment, I quite possibly literally clapped when I realized that the QuinnJet arriving at Hive’s lair was not manned by a lovelorn Lincoln but instead the monstrous Lash, who proceeded to maul Hive’s newborn goons.

Hive himself took quite a licking from Lash, but presumably survived, after Andrew’s Inhuman alter ego put a pin in the pummeling to tend to drained Daisy and “pull” out of her the “sway” infection — “Now you’re free” — and place her in the the jet to return to the team. Lash’s journey, however, would end on that noble note, after he was fatally gutted by a “charged” chain whipped through him by nickname-needing James. Live by the Lash, die by the lash. Afterward, the team surmised that Lash wasn’t here to kill Hive but save Daisy — to which Jemma said, “That wasn’t Lash” scoring the big save, but Andrew inside, as a forlorn May sat beside the creature’s lifeless body.

As for Hive’s endgame, FitzSimmons reported that he could infect a huge chunk of the human population in one fell swoop if and only if he had means to disperse it high enough in the atmosphere. Oops, Talbot shares with the gang — a warhead is actually what Team Hive recently stole from the ATCU.

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