"The Ghost" is the fourth season premiere of the ABC/Marvel series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the 67th episode overall. It was written by Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen and directed by Drew Z. Greenberg. It aired on September 20, 2016.
In light of the Sokovia Accords, and with H.Y.D.R.A. obliterated, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been legitimatized again and no longer needs to operate in the shadows. Since the world presumes that Coulson is dead, the organization needed a new Director to be the face of the organization. Coulson finds himself back in the role as an agent and teamed with Mack, and together they are tasked with tracking down and confirming the presence of enhanced people, aka Inhumans. Agent May is tasked with training specialist strike teams, and Fitz and Simmons have taken a big step forward in their relationship.
The Aryan Brotherhood steal and deliver a crate containing Lucy Bauer. In their getaway, they are attacked by Daisy, who slows them down.
Suddenly, Robbie Reyes drives up and transforms into Ghost Rider when one of the thugs fires a rocket at him. He brutally murders two of them, then kidnaps another, before getting in his Hell Charger and driving away. Daisy, who could do nothing but watch in horror, is forced to escape when the police arrive.
The next day, Melinda May sends a request out to the Zephyr One to return to the Playground. Coulson and Mack return as May is training a new team of specialist agents. She reveals to them details of the Ghost Rider incident, and in private, tells them Quake was there. She also reveals the officials are tracking Johnson with the intention of killing her.
Meanwhile, Daisy breaks into one of the thug's hospital room to question him about the crate and Ghost Rider, although he passes away. Back at the Playground, Coulson and Mack visit Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons. Fitz gives them new equipment, including an update for Coulson's prosthetic hand.
Fitz meets with Holden Radcliffe to watch the Scottish League Cup finals. However, when Radcliffe steps out the room, Fitz discovers AIDA in her new Life-Model Decoy. Fitz begins to panic because Radcliffe had built her body without permission and could get arrested.
Quake continues research into the Ghost Rider in an attempt to find him. She meets Yo-Yo on a bus to receive pills that she stole from S.H.I.E.L.D.
Coulson and Mack go to Canelo's Auto and Body to investigate. They find bodies brutally murdered. Reyes, suspecting they are here for the Ghost Rider, murders the thug, whom he's been torturing for information, to cover his tracks.
Chen opens the box with Lucy Bauer, allowing her to escape and infect him. The infection causes him to hallucinate his co-workers with demonic faces. May and the STRIKE team arrive to arrest them. Unknown to May, Bauer infects her before fleeing.
Quake, having found Robbie Reyes location, meets him at Canelo's Auto and Body to misdirect information out of him. Reyes attempts to subdue her unsuccessfully, and Johnson reveals her powers. After questioning him, Reyes transforms into Ghost Rider and attempts to kill her. However, Johnson manages to keep herself alive, and the Rider, peeking into her soul, decides to let her live.
The next day, Reyes picks up Gabe Reyes, his crippled brother, to hang out with him for the day. Quake watches from a safe distance.
May discovers her infection caused by Lucy Bauer, hallucinating Phil Coulson with a demonic face.
- Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson
- Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May
- Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson
- Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz
- Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons
- Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso "Mack" MacKenzie
- Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez
- Gabriel Luna as Robbie Reyes
- Mallory Jansen as AIDA
- Lorenzo James Henrie as Gabe
- Briana Venskus as Agent Piper
- Max Osinski as Agent Red
- Ricardo Walker as Agent Prince
- Edward Gelhaus as skinhead
- Ian Hutton as Blondie
- Blaise Miller as lab tech
- Samuel Barajas as Felix
- Bryan Rasmussen as warehouse manager
- Wilson Ramirez as Diego
- Jen Kuo Sung as Chen
- Jerry Ying as thug #1
- Lilli Birdsell as Lucy