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** Donnie is the ''second'' potential supervillain the team has unintentionally had some responsibility in creating due to a scientific mishap (the first being Franklin Hall in "The Asset").

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** Donnie is the ''second'' potential supervillain the team has unintentionally had some responsibility in creating due to a scientific mishap (the first being Franklin Hall in "The Asset"). [[spoiler: Ironically, neither Hall nor Donnie really get the chance to actually become a supervillain, as we find out later.]]

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** Also towards the end of the episode during Coulson's monologue. As he says world is filled with "evil and lies and pain, and death...", the camera pans over to Ward.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Fitz bonds with Donnie, he only mentions his mother not understanding him as a kid. We don't learn about [[DisappearedDad his father or lack thereof]] until season 4.
* HarmlessFreezing: Averted; Donnie could have likely frozen to death if Fitz-Simmons hadn't acted quickly to thaw him out.


* CaliforniaDoubling: Los Angeles City Hall can be seen in the skyline from the S.H.I.E.L.D. Science/Tech Academy.


* ArtisticLicensePhysics: "A battery that carries a terawatt of energy". The Watt is a unit of power. The appropriate unit would be the Joule. Both Fitz (who says this) and Donnie (who he's talking to) are nerdy scientists and should not make this mistake. [[CriticalResearchFailure The writers]] on the other hand...



* YouFailPhysicsForever: "A battery that carries a terawatt of energy". The Watt is a unit of power. The appropriate unit would be the Joule. Both Fitz (who says this) and Donnie (who he's talking to) are nerdy scientists and should not make this mistake. [[CriticalResearchFailure The writers]] on the other hand...

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* YouFailPhysicsForever: "A battery that carries a terawatt of energy". The Watt is a unit of power. The appropriate unit would be the Joule. Both Fitz (who says this) and Donnie (who he's talking to) are nerdy scientists and should not make this mistake. [[CriticalResearchFailure The writers]] on the other hand...


* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
-->'''May:''' What's in that file - it's the truth.\\
'''Coulson:''' Says who?\\
'''May:''' Director Fury.\\
'''Coulson:''' If I hadn't asked, he'd have kept it from me. Kept me from knowing.\\
'''May:''' And now that you know, you feel better?



* CallBack: Every academy has a wall of valor to honor agents who died in the line of duty. [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Bucky Barnes]] is listed there.

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* CallBack: Every academy Academy has a wall of valor to honor agents who died in the line of duty. [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Bucky Barnes]] is listed there.





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* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: Ward says "I can get there." to Coulson, opens the door and sees the super-storm outside, closes the door. "Yeah, I can't get there."



* InterserviceRivalry: We see there's a friendly one between the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academies, as Fitzsimmons compare the Science/Tech Academy to Ward's time in Operations (essentially nerds vs jocks). A Communications Academy is also mentioned, but the rivalry doesn't extend to it because a) it's their job to monitor communications from the other two and b) it's the easiest of the three to get into and graduate from.

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* InterserviceRivalry: We see there's a friendly one between the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academies, as Fitzsimmons Fitz-Simmons compare the Science/Tech Academy to Ward's time in Operations (essentially nerds vs vs. jocks). A Communications Academy is also mentioned, but the rivalry doesn't extend to it because a) it's their job to monitor communications from the other two and b) it's the easiest of the three to get into and graduate from.



--> '''Skye:''' Huh. Look at them. The cool kids.

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--> '''Skye:''' -->'''Skye:''' Huh. Look at them. The cool kids.



** A S.H.I.E.L.D. computer genius by the name of Callie Hannigan is mentioned. In another Whedon project, ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', [=ALY=]sonHannigan played Willow Rosenberg, whose original role was as the resident computer whiz of the main cast.

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** A S.H.I.E.L.D. computer genius by the name of Callie Hannigan is mentioned. In another Whedon project, ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', [=ALY=]sonHannigan [=ALY=]son Hannigan played Willow Rosenberg, whose original role was as the resident computer whiz of the main cast.



** Agent Weaver notes that this trope applied to [=FitzSimmons=] when they were at the Academy: Donnie is one of the youngest recruits ''since'' they joined (implying they were the same age or younger), and they both had [=PhDs=] ''before'' joining.

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** Agent Weaver notes that this trope applied to [=FitzSimmons=] Fitz-Simmons when they were at the Academy: Donnie is one of the youngest recruits ''since'' they joined (implying they were the same age or younger), and they both had [=PhDs=] ''before'' joining.


* CallBack: Every academy has a wall of valor to honor agents who died in the line of duty. [[CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Bucky Barnes]] is listed there.

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* CallBack: Every academy has a wall of valor to honor agents who died in the line of duty. [[CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Bucky Barnes]] is listed there.


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* OriginStory: For the [[MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] version of Blizzard.

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* OriginStory: For the [[MarvelCinematicUniverse [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] version of Blizzard.


** A S.H.I.E.L.D. computer genius by the name of Aly Hannigan is mentioned. In another Whedon project, ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', AlysonHannigan played Willow Rosenberg, whose original role was as the resident computer whiz of the main cast.

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** A S.H.I.E.L.D. computer genius by the name of Aly Callie Hannigan is mentioned. In another Whedon project, ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', AlysonHannigan [=ALY=]sonHannigan played Willow Rosenberg, whose original role was as the resident computer whiz of the main cast.


* AntiVillain: Both Donnie and Seth are seeking to make a money on their ice machine but the latter is undoubtedly more villainous since he insists on a demonstration despite the danger posed to a lot of people.
* AnIcePerson: The power surge from the ice-making machine seems to have given Donnie the ability to freeze things.

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* AntiVillain: Both Donnie and Seth are seeking to make a money on their ice machine but the latter is undoubtedly more villainous since he insists on a demonstration despite the danger posed to a lot of people. \n* AnIcePerson: The power surge from the ice-making machine seems to have given Donnie the ability to freeze things.



* AnIcePerson: The power surge from the ice-making machine seems to have given Donnie the ability to freeze things.



* MythologyGag:
** A Professor Vaughn is mentioned, who could be Gilbert Vaughn. He's the father of Wendell Vaughn, former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and the Avenger ComicBook/{{Quasar}}.

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* MythologyGag:
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MythologyGag: A Professor Vaughn is mentioned, who could be Gilbert Vaughn. He's the father of Wendell Vaughn, former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and the Avenger ComicBook/{{Quasar}}.


** Agent Weaver notes that this trope applied to [=FitzSimmons=] when they were at the Academy: Donnie is one of the youngest recruits ''since'' they joined (implying they were the same age or younger), and they both had [=PhDs=] ''before'' joining. (The Season 2 episode "Making Friends & Influencing People" confirms that Fitz-Simmons were 17 when they joined the academy.)

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** Agent Weaver notes that this trope applied to [=FitzSimmons=] when they were at the Academy: Donnie is one of the youngest recruits ''since'' they joined (implying they were the same age or younger), and they both had [=PhDs=] ''before'' joining. (The Season 2 episode "Making Friends & Influencing People" confirms that Fitz-Simmons were 17 when they joined the academy.)


** Agent Weaver notes that this trope applied to [=FitzSimmons=] when they were at the Academy: Donnie is one of the youngest recruits ''since'' they joined (implying they were the same age or younger), and they both had [=PhDs=] ''before'' joining.

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** Agent Weaver notes that this trope applied to [=FitzSimmons=] when they were at the Academy: Donnie is one of the youngest recruits ''since'' they joined (implying they were the same age or younger), and they both had [=PhDs=] ''before'' joining. (The Season 2 episode "Making Friends & Influencing People" confirms that Fitz-Simmons were 17 when they joined the academy.)


** A S.H.I.E.L.D. computer genius by the name of Aly Hannigan is mentioned. In another Whedon project, ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Alyson Hannigan played Willow Rosenberg, whose original role was as the resident computer whiz of the main cast.

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** A S.H.I.E.L.D. computer genius by the name of Aly Hannigan is mentioned. In another Whedon project, ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Alyson Hannigan AlysonHannigan played Willow Rosenberg, whose original role was as the resident computer whiz of the main cast.

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