"The Team" is the seventeenth episode of the third season of ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the sixty-first episode of the series overall. It aired on April 19, 2016. It was written by DJ Doyle and directed by Elodie Keene.
The Zephyr is brought to Malick's headquarters, where Coulson, Fitz, Simmons, and Mack evade Hydra troops and try to protect a badly wounded May, while the Secret Warriors (Daisy, Lincoln, Joey, and Elena) attack the base to rescue them. Elena rescues the SHIELD agents, Lincoln captures Malick, Daisy defeats Giyera and Joey kills Lucio. The team escape in the Zephyr, but Hive reveals to Giyera that he has taken control of one of the Secret Warriors during the rescue.
During interrogation Malick reveals to Coulson that Hive murdered his daughter, and warns him that Hive can control Inhumans. Lucio's autopsy proves that Hive's parasites infected his brain, and Coulson, realizing that the same could have happened to any of the Secret Warriors, has the base secretly locked down, informing only Fitz, Simmons, and Mack of the situation. During a power failure Fitz and Simmons find Malick dead in his cell, before a grenade destroys his body, covering up the cause of his death. When Coulson attempts to apprehend the Secret Warriors, they evade him and fight among themselves, accusing each other of being under Hive's control, until Daisy leads the others into a cell to put an end to the fighting.
Mack finds James' Kree artifact in Lincoln's possession rather than in the Playground vaults, and Lincoln is accused of being under Hive's control. He protests his innocence and defends himself, but is subdued by Daisy. Joey and Elena, both of whom have grown distrustful of SHIELD, are allowed to leave the Playground, after submitting to brain scans proving they are not infected. While working on a way to cure those Hive has infected, Fitz and Simmons kiss. Daisy breaks out of her cell and visits an incarcerated Lincoln, revealing that she is under Hive's control, and that she murdered Malick and framed Lincoln. She tries to convince him to leave with her and join Hive, but he refuses. Stealing the Kree artifact and several Terrigen crystals, Daisy uses her powers to destroy much of the Playground, with Coulson, May, Fitz, Simmons, Mack, and Lincoln trapped inside, before escaping in a quinjet.
In an end tag, Hive informs Giyera that Daisy (who he refers to as 'Skye', based on Ward's memories) has killed Malick, and they debate what to do with his vast fortune.
- ↑ "Tuesday final ratings: ‘NCIS’ and ‘The Flash’ adjust up, ‘Containment’ adjusts down". TV By The Numbers. (April 20, 2016)