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"We are not agents of nothing, we are agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and that still carries weight! That has to carry weight. After everything we've been through, that carries weight!"
Phil Coulson[src]

Providence is the eighteenth episode of the first season of the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


With Colonel Glenn Talbot now on their trail, Coulson and his team seek refuge in the last place anyone would look, where they begin to uncover S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most dangerous secrets. Secrets that could destroy them all.


Grant Ward frees Raina from her confinement and introduces John Garrett to her as the Clairvoyant. Despite her initial disappointment that Garrett is not an actual clairvoyant, Garrett tasks her with conducting research on the Guest House drugs for Project Centipede, which is secretly backed by HYDRA.

Meanwhile, Colonel Glenn Talbot contacts Phil Coulson and informs him that a military team is en route to the Hub.

Glenn Talbot

Not trusting Talbot, Coulson leaves with the team and Antoine Triplett. He orders Skye to erase the identities of all the team members, including Ward.

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However, after Coulson collected the team's badges, he discovers a hidden message with coordinates to the Canadian wilderness. There they discover the hidden S.H.I.E.L.D. base, Providence, run by Eric Koenig.

Coulson learns from Koenig that Director Fury is alive after all, but he is told to keep the information secret. Coulson also learns from Melinda May that Fury did not oversee the T.A.H.I.T.I. project.

Elsewhere, Ward and Garrett infiltrate the Fridge, freeing its prisoners and stealing weapons including the Berserker Staff and the 0-8-4 from Peru. At the HYDRA base, Raina informs Garrett that the hard drive containing all of Fitz and Simmons' research is locked with a password only Skye knows, prompting Garrett to send Ward to Providence to obtain it.

Later, Ian Quinn, who is angry at Garrett for his lies, is brought to the HYDRA base to reclaim his Gravitonium, which had been retrieved from the Fridge.


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Guest Stars:






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  • John Garrett mentions Johnny Horton, a criminal who gave himself lion paws for hands. In the comics, Johnny Horton is the supervillain Griffin.
  • The Barbershop Headquarters that HYDRA uses is a reference to S.H.I.E.L.D. secret headquarters in the comics.
  • The coordinates sent to Agent Coulson's badge point to a nameless road in eastern Ontario, Canada, less than 20 miles away from the border of Quebec.
  • The repeated phrase "Agents of Nothing" in dialogue is a reference to the "Secret Warriors Vol. 1: Nick Fury, Agent of Nothing" collector's edition that contains the story arc written by Jonathan Hickman, originally published in six parts in 2009. In this story arc also, HYDRA is revealed to have infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. after World War II.




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