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A Fractured House 

The world turns against S.H.I.E.L.D. when Hydra impersonates them to attack The United Nations, and an unexpected enemy leads the charge to bring about their downfall.


Ron Underwood


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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
Nick Blood ... Lance Hunter
B.J. Britt ... Antoine Triplett
Henry Simmons ... Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie
Adrianne Palicki ... Bobbi Morse
Adrian Pasdar ... Glenn Talbot
Tim DeKay ... Christian Ward
Falk Hentschel ... Marcus Scarlotti
Brian Tee ... Toshiro Mori
Brian Van Holt ... Sebastian Derik


The world turns against S.H.I.E.L.D. when Hydra impersonates them to attack The United Nations, and an unexpected enemy leads the charge to bring about their downfall.

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28 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Senator Christian Ward: What do you want?
Phil Coulson: An opportunity to clear the air. The attack on the U.N. wasn't S.H.I.E.L.D., it was Hydra - specifically a man named Daniel Whitehall.
Senator Christian Ward: You're not hear to clear the air. You need something from me. And all this swaggering simply tells me you have nothing to offer in return. What do you want me to do? Go on record defending S.H.I.E.L.D., condemning HYDRA? The American people are looking for a simple enemy, Mr. Coulson. It's what makes them feel safe.
Phil Coulson: And how do you think they'd ...
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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13 February 2019 | by noorea-85147See all my reviews

"Sometimes we want things simpler than they actually are, but the tough reality is, we are complex creatures." This episode is amazing, sort of an easy to forget with all the amazing episodes this show has, I really love the way the Ward brothers are written, that dual scene gives me chills every time, it was also good to see the team working together if in a dysfunctional way! Bobbi and Hunter bickering was surprisingly fun, I expected it to be annoying (maybe hindsight?I don't remember how I felt about it the first time) but we do get a fighting duo which is something new, and Bobbi has her own fighting style different from May, it's nice to have variety.

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