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The Only Light in the Darkness 

Agent Koenig puts the team through the ultimate lie detector test and Coulson races to protect an old flame from an old enemy.


Vincent Misiano


Stan Lee (based on the Marvel comics by), Jack Kirby (based on the Marvel comics by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Clark Gregg ... Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen ... Melinda May
Brett Dalton ... Grant Ward
Chloe Bennet ... Skye
Iain De Caestecker ... Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge ... Jemma Simmons
Patrick Brennan ... Marcus Daniels
Amy Acker ... Audrey Nathan
B.J. Britt ... Antoine Triplett
Patton Oswalt ... Eric Koenig
Tsai Chin ... Lian May
Potsch Boyd ... Fisherman


Agent Koenig puts the team through the ultimate lie detector test and Coulson races to protect an old flame from an old enemy.

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22 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Coulson can be seen loading a Smith & Wesson M&P "Shield" model carry pistol. See more »


At the 10 minute mark Antoine Triplett is putting his gun in his right side at his waist, the camera cuts and he is instantly holding his gun in his right hand, when there was virtually no time for him to take out his gun.and puts it back on his waist. See more »


Agent Eric Koenig: You wash up on a deserted island alone. Sitting on the sand is a box. What is in that box?
Grant Ward: It would depend on the island. Where it is, how big, what's the terrain? Is there fresh water?
Agent Eric Koenig: Just say the first thing that comes into your head.
Grant Ward: A pistol.
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Referenced in Captain Marvel (2019) See more »


Cello Concerto
Written by Bear McCreary
Performance Eric Bryers
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Going too far
12 February 2019 | by zoran_kamenSee all my reviews

My rating is not for Shield in general, cause that would be 9! Why such low rating then ? Action good, camera great all fantastic but they want too far with stupidity of agents. Until that episode (actually it started already by end of 18th) somehow I thought high about our team and like them all (not Ward i would like him in cold cell not seeing the day again and I would not miss him) but they are little too weak in intuition.First serious flaw ; none called agent Hand to check how it went with Fridge and Garret, even normal agents are often in contact but top agents and in such wartime situation ?! Come on give me a break! Another flaw: Agent Hand was very clear about it that Fridge is well protected against attack and none is suspicious about Ward how he could return all alone! He had blood all over his face- they knew ward well enough that he would NEvER leave his face bloody, he was person that under ANY situation first clean himself, he would never come to date with blood on his face, even myself who is not agent would found this an act! Ward killed in cold blood fake clairvoyant and such top agent should never never do such mistake and they trusted him again so soon, cmon ! He pulled trigger against May after Lady Sif already stopped evil asgardian queen! I could go on and on; for example every agent should have past examined and Garret saved life of Ward, so they should think that he is devoted to him and now suddenly he will find personal pleasure in locking his cell ??! Cmon, thats another great flaw, he would feel bad about Garret and he would of course distance himself from that situation, he owe his life to Garret and now he would enjoy to lock him up! This clearly shows either he is psychopath or something else and none suspected nothing ! I truly quite enjoyed the show until that Turn turn turn episode! After that one I cannot respect those agents anymore, even Coulson was outsmarted by Ward, sad sad sad! I still watched it after but Shiled agents and specially Coulson team, lost much of my respect, I know that strong villain makes things more interesting but Shield was crushed too much, they were fooled up too much and after that episode I still like Shield but I could no more adore Coulson and his team and before I did. So Whedon family are little bit immature here. You destroy somehow heroes so they can become stronger but writers completely crushed our heroes power, confidence and even their intelligence. I think Whedons went too far, you need to know the line. But this was probably mistake of younger whedon and his wife, the older seems to be more mature. Shame they destroyed shield in first season already! Still have those super great episodes before Turn turn turn, for nice memo!

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