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1[[quoteright:300:]]˛[[caption-width-right:300:"[[Film/IronMan Stark]] makes this look so ''easy.''"]]˛˛Coulson learns that Ian Quinn has ordered a very expensive item from a cybernetics company that will be shipped via train. TheTeam gets on the same train in the hopes of tracking the package to Quinn and from there getting a chance to learn something about The Clairvoyant.˛----˛* ApologeticAttacker: Quinn after he shoots Skye, he apologies and shoots her again. ˛* AnachronicOrder: The middle three acts each focus on a particular character during the same timeframe.˛* ArtificialLimbs: The package is a prosthetic leg for Mike Peterson.˛* BadLiar: Simmons, [[RunningGag of course]].˛* BigDamnHeroes: May kills Russo before he can kill Coulson and Ward.˛* BloodierAndGorier: This episodes is noticeably more violent than most previous episodes. Specific examples include May getting captured and tortured by corrupt Italian policemen, her method of escaping (and killing the leader, Russo), and Skye bleeding profusely after being shot. Mike Peterson isn't the prettiest sight either after what happened to him in "[[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS1E10THEBRIDGE The Bridge]]".˛* BloodlessCarnage: Ward mows down a roomful of mooks...with a pair of Night-Night guns.˛* BodyHorror: Mike's new leg isn't a prosthetic that slots onto his stump. It's a cybernetic package that appears to graft itself onto Mike's body, including a piece that drills into his hip, very painfully without any anesthetic.˛* BriefAccentImitation: Skye briefly tries a Scottish accent. It sounds more like a drunkards (bad) attempt at an Australian accent, and Fitz quickly decides he'll simply do an American one.˛* BritishTeeth: {{Inverted}} with Fitz's American accent.˛-->'''Skye:''' Hey, that was really good!\˛'''Fitz:''' I used to watch a lot of American TV growing up. Some of it's quite good, lots of nice teeth.˛* CallBack: ˛** S.H.I.E.L.D. has [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk Emil Blonsky]] on ice in Barrow, Alaska.˛** [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS1E3TheAsset Once again]], Ian Quinn points a gun at Skye. Only this time, he pulls the trigger.˛** At the end of the episode, Coulson's body language demonstrates he's morally conflicted about whether or not to try and revive Skye, given [[UnwantedRevival what he himself went through.]]˛** When Quinn implies that he hurt Skye, Coulson knocks him out without hesitation. This is similar to "[[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS1E11THEMAGICALPLACE The Magical Place]]", when Skye punched Raina's lights out after seeing the horror she was putting Coulson through.˛** May distracts Russo in the same manner that Romanov did with the Russian mobsters in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' when she calls attention to him calling her "sweetheart" in the middle of the torture. ˛** The Deathlok leg engages similar to Iron Man's armor, calling back to where Tony Stark called the armor "a high tech prosthesis."˛* ClarkKenting: The team makes virtually no effort to disguise themselves on the train, aside from wearing glasses and Ward impersonating a conductor.˛* ContinuityNod: When Ward gets the holotable working, it's covered with projections from the investigation in "Repairs."˛* CooldownHug / CryIntoChest: Fitz finds Simmons in tears in a supply room after she temporarily stabilized Skye, and he promptly pulls her close for a comforting hug.˛* CorruptCop: Cybertek pays off Luca Russo and the Italian Police to ensure smooth delivery of their products.˛* CradlingYourKill: Quinn does this to Skye after shooting her. Then he shoots her again, point blank, before gently setting her down and leaving her to bleed out.˛* CrazyPrepared: Simmons learned her lesson from her previous attempt at improvising, and constructs an elaborate backstory for her undercover persona in case she has to answer any questions. Unfortunately, she gets a bit ''too'' into character.˛* CreatorCameo: Creator/StanLee falls for Simmons's act and berates Coulson for being a terrible father.˛* DeliberateInjuryGambit: May goads her captors into stabbing her so that she can then grab the knife and cut herself free.˛* DiesWideOpen: A nonlethal variant; everyone who gets affected by the dendrotoxin grenade falls unconscious with their eyes wide open, making it appear at first glance that they're dead and the trope is being played straight. When it happens to Simmons, Fitz takes a moment to close her eyes, because he can't bear to leave her looking that way, knowing she'd be embarrassed.˛* DownerEnding: Even though the team successfully captures Quinn, Skye is shot during the mission and ends the episode in critical condition and near death. Also, Mike Peterson gets away, ready to perform missions for the Clairvoyant as the cyborg Deathlok.˛* {{Foreshadowing}}: The Kelly/Collins Deathlok[[note]]Their brains were installed in the same cyborg body at different times[[/note]] was built by Cybertek (a division of Roxxon Energy).˛* GilliganCut: Regarding how Coulson "asked very nicely" to take over the episode's op from Italian intelligence.˛* GunsAkimbo: Ward dual-wields Night-Night pistols during the raid on Quinn's villa.˛* HassleFreeHotwire: Played with; Coulson and Ward are evading Quinn's guards in a vineyard when they find a small truck. They prepare to hotwire it, only to find that the ignition wires are already exposed, so they only need to reconnect two wires to get going. It is later revealed in flashback that their partner May had previously hotwired it to facilitate their escape. The trope is still played straight given how it's a hassle-free "connect two wires and go" setup.˛* HoistByHisOwnPetard:˛** The Clairvoyant has somehow managed to obtain the team's dendrotoxin formula, aerosolizing it and putting it into a grenade.˛** During an interrogation, when TheMole stabs May with a knife and leaves the knife in her arm, she smiles and says it's exactly what she needed. The instant he turns his back, she pulls the knife out, cuts herself loose and unloads on her captors.˛* HopelessWithTech: Ward and Coulson have ''no'' idea how to use the holographic imaging tool that Fitz-Simmons use so casually. Coulson couldn't even find the on button.˛* HumanPopsicle:˛** Emil Blonsky is being kept in a cryo-cell in Alaska.˛** Mike Peterson is delivered in a hyperbaric chamber. ˛** Later, Skye is put inside the same chamber to keep her stable until she can be properly treated, though it's noted that this will only be good for a few hours or she'll suffer permanent brain damage.˛* JumpingOnAGrenade: Simmons stops a mook from using a grenade by clinging to him with the grenade between them. Fortunately, it's a dendrotoxin grenade and merely knocks them both unconscious.˛* KilledMidSentence: Russo is killed by May in the middle of trying to tell Coulson where the train is. It would have been a lie, of course, but Coulson was more than a little miffed by the lack of context.˛* LeeroyJenkins: Skye insists on trying to capture Quinn alone because she's unwilling to let him escape again. She gets shot by Quinn for it.˛* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: May's day has seen her being forced to jump off a train, getting pistol-whipped, then being stabbed in the shoulder. How does she choose to address this? "I need a shower."˛* MetaCasting: The glasses Coulson and Simmons wear for their disguises appear to be Clark Gregg and Elizabeth Henstridge's actual glasses, or at least similar looking pairs.˛* TheMole: Russo, the Italian policeman, provides information to Cybertek to make sure the other police don't bother them. In exchange, he's "well taken care of."˛* MythologyGag: Deathlok is a cyborg in the Marvel comic, usually a dead human brought back to life with technology. Adding to this, Mike's implant is tagged as "Deathlok Version 5.0", making him the fifth Deathlok. There have been four Deathloks in Marvel Comics: Luther Manning, John Kelly, Michael Collins and Jack Truman.˛* OnceMoreWithClarity: The episode skips back to the viewpoints of different characters, each time clearing up some oddity.˛* OneWordTitle˛* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The normally unflappable, perennially unruffled Coulson is reduced to screaming for help and then just begging Skye to hold on when he discovers that she's been shot twice in the abdomen. Half the words out of his mouth are, "Oh, God. Oh, ''God''." From Coulson, that may as well be a full-on breakdown.˛* PainfulTransformation: Mike is screaming throughout his new leg attaching itself.˛* PetTheDog: Though Mike isn't in a position to save Skye, he refuses to kill her, justifying it as outside his orders. ˛* PistolWhipping: May gets one courtesy of Russo, while Coulson brutally smacks Quinn upon realizing that he's hurt Skye.˛* PyrrhicVictory: The team successfully captures Quinn, but Skye is shot during the mission and ends the episode in critical condition. The package turns out to be a cybernetic leg for Mike, allowing him to perform missions for the Clairvoyant as the cyborg Deathlok.˛* ReassignedToAntarctica: Coulson tells Ward that if he allows his affair with May to interfere with his work and endanger TheTeam, he will spend the rest of his career guarding Blonsky's cryo-cell in Alaska, and on the midnight shift.˛* ReforgedIntoAMinion: Mike, who was previously blown up and crippled by Centipede in "The Bridge", now has an electronic eye, a mechanical leg, and works for the Clairvoyant as his/her latest enforcer.˛* ShipTease: Coulson and May, when Coulson cleans up her stab wound. Ward, May's then-lover, is noticeably taken aback at the tenderness of their interaction.˛* StageWhisper: The crew discusses their plan on the train in public without noticeably lowering their voices. ˛* ThrillerOnTheExpress: The bulk of the episode takes place on a train carrying a pricey package for Ian Quinn. TheTeam goes undercover to find it, plant a tracker, and use it to find Ian Quinn. There's a number of scuffles while they're there.˛* TrainTopBattle: Averted. When May is crawling across the top of the train, Cybertek's goons open fire on her. Rather than fight where she has no cover, she simply bails.˛* UndercoverAsLovers: Ward and May (the fact that they're already lovers made it easier) and Skye and Fitz. Fitz is totally bummed that all he got out of it was a peck on the cheek.˛-->'''Fitz:''' You're the least supportive pretend girlfriend I've ever had.˛* {{Unpaused}}: The dendrotoxin grenade causes instant paralysis and unconsciousness, followed by instant recovery. To the victim, no time seems to have passed.˛* WhamShot: The last shot of the episode shows a close-up of Mike's new cybernetic leg, which has the words "Project: [[MythologyGag Deathlok]]". However, [[LateArrivalSpoiler this had earlier been revealed in promotional material leading up to the episode.]]˛* WhatTheHellHero: An indirect one. Ward seems to blame Coulson for getting Skye hurt, on account of what he said to her motivating her to help. ˛* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Simmons' backstory for her and Coulson casts Coulson as her cold and distant workaholic father.˛* YouHaveFailedMe: Peterson (under orders from the Clairvoyant) kills Cybertek's goons for allowing S.H.I.E.L.D. to track them.˛----


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