Stingers are a recurring staple in the television series of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where a clip is shown during and before or after the ending credits. The clip usually foreshadows future episodes, resolves a plotline from the film, or provides comic relief.
Raina visits an unidentified man in prison, to inform him of the S.H.I.E.L.D. group's tendency to trespass on their project. The man declares his limitations, with being in prison, but Raina tells him to 'get in touch with the clairvoyant", to which he responds that "the clairvoyant doesn't like to be touched". Having made her point, and added a provocative rider, Raina departs.
Agent Blake is waiting for Coulson at the Sandbox. He tells Coulson that if he keeps disobeying direct orders, someone may just take away his "little dream team". Coulson says, “I’d like to see them try.” Blake indicates that this isn't the same man he used to know. Coulson agrees. He suggests Blake get used to it.
Coulson tries to use his Level 8 clearance to access a restricted file. He’s looking for a death and recovery report on a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. He’s mostly interested in the recovery part. It took place in Tahiti. Coulson is denied access to that particular file. The agent he speaks with on the phone asks if he’d like to make a formal request to Director Fury. Coulson pauses for a moment before letting him know that won’t be necessary. It seems some secrets truly are meant to stay secret.
Fitz interrupts a game of Upwords between Simmons, Ward, Skye and Coulson in the living area of the bus, demanding to know who pulled the shaving cream prank on him, while May eavesdrops and smirks from the cockpit.
Mike Peterson is alive. His substantial injuries from the blast on “The Bridge” include burns as well as the loss of much of his right leg. Mike is being held in a secret cell. He has no idea where he is. The only thing he does know is that he is deep trouble. A message like the ones that plagued Akela Amador in "Eye Spy" appears. A camera has been built into his eye along with a fail-safe measure that will kill him if he disobeys orders. Mike is devastated as he is now helplessly, mercilessly under someone else’s control.
Ian Quinn is on his phone when Coulson gives him an unexpected call. Coulson tells Quinn that he and his team are coming after him which is the plot of the next episode. In return Ian Quinn tells Coulson that The Clairvoyant said hello.
Mike Peterson is hidden in the bushes around a children's playground. He writes on a pad of paper, "CAN I PLEASE SEE MY SON?" The reply is "NOT YET" and in frustration, Mike rips the piece of paper out, crumples it up and drops it to ground. The camera zooms in on a label on the knee section of his robotic leg. It reads "Cybertek Technologies - Project Deathlok".
a newly wed couple arriving at a Death Valley motel. As the woman checks in, the man remains outside by the car, where a mysterious redhead approaches. Taking a sip from the man's water, she asks if "it's always this hot in Midgard" and then seduces him by questioning how the man could prefer his wife to herself. When the wife comes out of the hotel, the car has left. As it drives away, the man says that he does not even know the redhead's name, making her introduce herself as Lorelei.
A repeat of the previous scene is shown, but Coulson's voice is being recorded. There is a listening device hidden in the wall of the medical bay, with May on the other end. She uses an encrypted line to update a log and says, "He knows. I repeat, Coulson knows".
Still on the plane, Agent Hand lays dead while Garrett tells Ward the same old battle story he told Coulson earlier. Ward isn't paying attention, apparently lost in thought before he dramatically looks up in Garrett's direction.
May’s mother picks her up by the side of an Ontario highway, handing over an envelope May requested. The mother questions if May intends to kill the target, though May only wants to talk with them, as the mother admits to always having liked Maria.
May returns with the harddrive she recovered from Coulson's grave. On it is a video of Coulson, discussing the T.A.H.I.T.I program that was developed to save a critically injured Avenger. Coulson discusses the negative outcomes of the program and recommends it be shut down.
Ian Quinn is in Washington talking to two leaders of the US Military, offering to sell them a thousand super soldiers just like Deathlok, while mentioning that the South American drug lord's assassination was part of the Deathlok 'road test'.
That night, Coulson finds himself with trouble sleeping, before venturing into base storage and finding the equation Garrett carved out earlier. Seemingly in a daze, Coulson carves out an even larger equation on one of the walls.
Creel's HYDRA contact enters an operations room. He approaches an unknown man, only his back is visible. The handler informs this man that Creel has recovered the Obelisk. The unknown man turns and is revealed to be Dr. Daniel Whitehall, the same HYDRA officer who lost the Obelisk to Agent Carter in the 1940's. Strangely, Dr. Whitehall shows no sign of aging since the 1940's.
Director Coulson is standing in a field with a white van. General Talbot and his troops arrive in black SUV's. They are presumably picking up Coulson because Lance Hunter has "sold him out." Coulson explains to Talbot that Hunter now works for S.H.I.E.L.D. and that he also has friends in high places. Coulson offers the van, containing Carl Creel in a state of suspended animation, to Talbot as a peace offering. He proposes a deal in which S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to drop off such "gifts" to Talbot and in return he gives them some "breathing room." Coulson tries to persuade Talbot that S.H.I.E.L.D. can be trusted. Talbot refuses the deal based on his belief that S.H.I.E.L.D. lacks the ability or resources to make good on their offer. Coulson surprises Talbot and his crew by having "the Bus" drop out of cloak and aim weapons at the area. In addition, the Quinjet de-cloaks and Coulson steps on board. The S.H.I.E.L.D. craft fly away and Creel is left in custody of Talbot and the army.
Skye goes to see Ward. She asks about the brainwashing. He says it is mostly used on high value targets. She asks if it was used on him. He says he wishes he could say it was, but he promised to never lie to Skye, so he tells her it was never used on him. She says she does not know what he hopes to achieve with all of this. Ward says he knows something and he wants her to believe him when he says it. He tells her that her father is alive, that he is looking for her, and that someday he will take her to him, if she lets him. She says they are done and leaves. Outside, Skye's heart beats out of control.
Sometime later, Raina books a flight to Florida, seeking the painting as well. She is caught by Daniel Whitehall, who says he wants the Obelisk returned to him in forty-eight hours, or he will torture her "cruelly and personally."
Ward looks at his bearded face in a hotel mirror before shaving his face and trimming his hair. Skye is working in Coulson's office to obtain information from Sunil Bakshi's apprehended cell phone when the phone shows an incoming call from an unknown number. Skye answers it warily and is shocked to hear Ward greet her on the other end. He informs her that he will continue to occasionally leave them little presents, like he did with Bakshi. He then tells her that he has some business to attend to, but he will be seeing her soon. He disconnects the call as he tosses a newspaper into his duffel bag. The front page headline shows his Senator Christian Ward and his vow to bring Ward to justice.
Agent 33 reported to Whitehall that Ward was successful in obtaining Raina but he also captured Skye through his promise. Whitehall told her that Ward was not authorized to make such a promise and ordered her to order an attack.
A man enters a study in an unknown location and opens a glowing box to reveal a second Diviner. Putting it down he answers a phone and asks the person on the other end if they are seeing the same thing and "there's someone new". He informs the person to tell the "others" he will handle it and puts the phone down revealing he has no eyes.
Hunter confronts Mack about the hidden agenda he and Bobbi have, reveals that he knows about the flash drive and demands the identity of "Backup". Feeling cornered, Mack chokes Hunter down,, leaving him unconscious. Mack then realizes he's forced to act.
Zabo had a tantrum and destroyed the furniture in the room where Gordon took him. Gordon told Zabo that he was sent for him instead of Skye because he was drawing too much attention to the Inhumans. Zabo adjusted his attire to make himself look more presentable before going to see the one who would decide his fate.
Once back at the hotel room, Agent 33 was able to turn off the mask, revealing her true scarred face. Ward formally introduced himself to her and she, understanding his gesture and hugging him, introduced herself as Kara. She then turned to Bakshi, who was tied to a chair and undergoing the Faustus method to be brainwashed. Bakshi asked her if his compliance would be rewarded; she cruelly told him it would not. Ward and Palamas watched closely as Bakshi succumbed to the method and became blindly loyal to their orders.