When Phil Coulson interrogated Malick, the HYDRA leader told him about Hive's infection and how Hive could have infected the Secret Warriors. Although Coulson was distrustful of Malick, he decided to lock down the Playground and put the four Secret Warriors into separate Containment Chambers while Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz ran tests to determine whether one of them was infected.
During the blackout, Daisy Johnson went to the room where Malick was interrogated and brutally killed him with her powers. She then left a grenade on his body so that it would be destroyed and no one could tell that she was Hive's spy within the Playground. The blast knocked Fitz and Simmons, who were found by Coulson. Coulson told them to get some rest somewhere safe while he gathered teams to contain the Secret Warriors. Meeting Johnson, Lincoln Campbell and Yo-Yo Rodriguez in a corridor, Coulson told them about Hive's parasitic abilities. An argument erupted and the Secret Warriors locked themselves in the common room.
While Coulson ordered his fellow agents to search for a lead in the Secret Warriors' lockers and rooms, the Secret Warriors kept arguing about who could be infected, suspecting one another without being able to solve the case. Johnson assumed that they had to find out the truth by themselves and suggested to lead them to a secret elevator, to which the other agreed. However, she actually led into a Containment Chamber where Coulson expected them. Coulson locked the room and revealed that they had found the Kree Orb in Campbell's locker. Campbell denied being infected by Hive and attacked the others before being knocked out by Johnson.
All the Secret Warriors were kept in separate Containment Chambers and tested for Hive's infection. Coulson visited Johnson in her Chamber and told her that he had to disband the Secret Warriors. Johnson later broke out of her Chamber went to see Campbell in his, telling him that they should escape to be together. However, Campbell refused as it would grow suspicion towards them and he figured out that his girlfriend was actually the one infected by Hive. Daisy tried to convince Campbell that Hive's sway was the best thing she ever felt, but Campbell rejected her as Johnson had manipulated him.
Disappointed, Johnson left the Containment Chamber and secretly reclaimed the Kree Orb as well as some Terrigen Crystals. After exiting the Playground to the plane's garage, she caused a massive earthquake, dealing severe damage to the whole escape without anyone being able to stop her.
- "Daisy's still one of us. What she did here was not of her own free will. Hive infected her; she's his hostage. We need to remember that. But this... alien creature messed with the wrong team. It thinks if it breaks our legs, we'll stop fighting, but it doesn't know how damn stubborn we are, especially when it comes to protecting our own. Hive is building an Inhuman army, but we're not gonna let that happen. So strap in, because you... might feel a little bit sick after this."
- ―Phil Coulson
Johnson joined Hive and expressed her well-being while experiencing true bonding with another being. She handed over the Kree Orb to Hive, which he would later use to lure the Kree Reapers in an attempt to harvest their blood. Moreover, Gideon Malick's death enabled Hive to tap into the late HYDRA leader's considerable wealth, allowing him to purchase the whole city of Union City. As Hive was following his own agenda and Malick was gone, HYDRA was mostly left leaderless and vulnerable, which ultimately led to its destruction.
Due to the suspicions raised towards the Secret Warriors during the attack, Joey Gutierrez was disillusioned with S.H.I.E.L.D. and this, combined with the shock of having killed Lucio when retaking the Zephyr One, made him leave the agency.