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Beginning of the End 

Dark secrets are revealed as Coulson and his team put everything on the line to stop Garrett and the forces of HYDRA.


David Straiton


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Bill Paxton ... John Garrett
J. August Richards ... Mike Peterson / Deathlok
B.J. Britt ... Antoine Triplett
Ruth Negga ... Raina
David Conrad ... Ian Quinn
Glenn Morshower ... General Jacobs
Josh Daugherty ... Kyle Zeller
Samuel L. Jackson ... Nick Fury
Patton Oswalt ... Billy Koenig


Dark secrets are revealed as Coulson and his team put everything on the line to stop Garrett and the forces of HYDRA.

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13 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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According to Ming-Na Wen, it took 17 hours to shoot her fight scene with Brett Dalton. See more »


Fitz tells Simmons that he broke his arm in the same place as he did in '2nd grade' , but Fitz is Scottish and in Scotland the schooling system doesn't go up in grades but instead calls each year 'primary one , primary two , etc' ,the Scottish equivalent to '2nd grade' is primary four so he would have never been in 'second grade' and neither would Simmons as she is from England and would have been in 'year three' instead of 'second grade' See more »


Skye: I feel sorry for you... betraying the only people who gave you a chance at being a decent human being. Fitz was a hero because he still wanted to give you that chance after everything. But some people are just born evil, I guess.
Grant Ward: Yeah. Yeah, maybe they are. I've learned things about you, Skye... history... things you'll want to know. You and I aren't that different.
Skye: [Scoffs] You're not the evil I was referring to. Garrett is evil. You're just... weak, doing anything you're told. I hope Garrett ...
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References The Avengers (2012) See more »


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Theme Song
Written by Bear McCreary
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What the the Whole Series Should have been
24 May 2014 | by TioanbeastSee all my reviews

This episode takes what was best about the Avengers and places it into a lower budget hour. I was hoping for an episode like this, unfortunately to get to it, it required quite a few average episodes that have very little action, excitement, laughs or any real importance to the marvel universe. With a surprise cameo. Some awesome twists at the end, it is possible one of my favorite season finales ever. My only real complaint is that the show took so long to get to this point. I mean, the shows fairly average and for a show with the name marvel that many would expect a show with this much hype to be awesome. But it was just average. So I hope as they go on into the next season they continue the cross overs from the movies and maybe, fingers-crossed, an avenger to cameo in an episode. If they do I think they can get back the fans they lost and create the show it was suppose to be.

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