Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. s06e11 Episode Script

From the Ashes

1 Previously on "Marvel's Agents of S.
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" [GRUNTING.]
- YO-YO: May didn't shoot Sarge.
- DAISY: It was Izel.
She's taking people over, possessing them.
No! No!! I thought for sure he'd bleed out by now, with all those wounds.
SIMMONS: What wounds? They've all healed.
That doesn't make any sense.
DEKE: So, your Gravitonium device contains the energy of three monoliths.
And if Izel gets that power for herself FITZ: Not good.
The only thing powerful enough to defeat me is inside you.
And you're afraid to let it out.
Hello, friends.
She's the perfect way for me to escape this place.
I'm coming with you.
Fine.
Your plane has the room.
[ENGINES RUMBLING.]
[BREATHING HEAVILY.]
What? [GROANS.]
[MACK GROANS.]
- Mack? - [GROANS.]
[BREATHING HEAVILY.]
Mack.
Oh, my God.
No.
No.
[WEAKLY.]
No, it's not it's not you.
It's fine.
It's fine.
I did this to you.
It's Izel.
She [GROANS.]
She possessed your body and took you hostage so she could escape.
I saw her coming for Daisy.
I was trying to protect her.
[WEAKLY.]
You did.
[GRUNTS.]
They're safe.
It's just you and me here.
Why is she keeping us alive? She thinks we have information about a a temple where the monoliths were meant to be taken and [GROANS.]
unleashed.
Izel took the Gravitonium device.
She said it still contains their energies like a bottle.
[BREATHING HEAVILY.]
Her plan is to open it up.
Only, she doesn't know where to go.
I didn't tell her anything.
Well, she can keep hurting us all she wants.
We don't know anything about these temples.
The only one that would know is Benson.
Well, that's a name I haven't heard before.
Let's give this Benson a call.
I'd like to meet him.
Marvel's Agents of S.
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6x11 From the Ashes Hey.
Monitor our encrypted channels, and let me know if there's any back chatter.
You're not listening.
I said re-task all satellites.
Yes, ma'am.
This might as well be Google Maps.
Are you sure you should be up and about? With all due respect, Agent Johnson, if you make me go back to the infirmary, I'll mutiny.
- Understood.
- [SIGHS.]
What do you got? Z1 went dark right after it left the hangar Director's authorization.
I'm just hoping Mack only used radar stealth.
Maybe he didn't reveal its ability to cloak.
And unless we get a visual, there's still nothing to track.
Not even a blip.
Well, May's working on another lead.
And then what? Izel just overwhelms us again? Team Fitz-Simmons is searching for a way to prevent that.
They will come up with something.
Please tell me you have something.
- We're trying.
- Not yet.
[SIGHS DEEPLY.]
Okay, well, walk me through it.
Izel can instantly gain control of a host body's primary motor cortex.
While simultaneously placing the brain into an unconscious state.
It's actually a very complex piece of neurochemistry.
Assuming it's neurochemical at all.
That's a good point.
That paradigm could be limiting.
Yeah, right, we wouldn't want to limit ourselves.
Honestly, maybe it's just tech.
Yeah, it could just be a gadget.
I think that's doubtful, 'cause her powers are so innate.
Yeah, you're probably right.
- Yeah, it's not tech.
- But it could also be All right, I-I don't need to ride the roller coaster that is your thought process.
Please just tell me how to prevent her from wearing a body like a sock puppet.
We'll find something.
We're on top of it.
What about the other problem? The one everyone thought was dead.
When he started healing, I didn't know who I could trust or how it was happening.
Now we may have some idea, but you know as much as I do.
Do you believe what she said? That his body's being inhabited by some being? We've seen it before, with Robbie Reyes.
I hope May studied the footage before she went in there, because she'll have to pry the truth out of him.
He's been hiding it.
Yeah, she watched it a few dozen times.
I've loaded the room with equipment.
I'm running every multi-spectral scan I can think of, trying to understand what's inside him.
She'll get him to tell us.
Yeah.
[SARGE SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY ON MONITOR.]
What aren't you saying? Izel told Sarge that his memories of of loss, of family Heard all about it.
That's the part May watched over and over.
She thinks Daisy, she thinks he's remembering us.
So, you never even questioned where you came from? Why would I? I didn't know I had someone else's face until I got here.
And now that you do? Well, I don't suddenly feel like a different person.
These, um, echoes, as she called them they've gotten clearer the memories? I never used that word.
It's always just been a sense a feeling in my bones.
You said that they all felt real.
What's real is the time I spent chasing Izel across the galaxy with my crew, as myself.
Trying to get revenge for something that never happened? It's not like the lies you tell yourself are any more true.
You want me to be someone I'm not.
- I never said that.
- You didn't have to.
I recognized you, yes.
But can you really say that there's no part of you that recognizes us? If you have his memories, can feel what he felt, I'm hoping that you will I'm not the cure for your loneliness! He's being defensive.
That's what you took from the conversation? He almost broke through the table.
Getting through to him is still our best shot, but it's not something we can force.
Maybe we should.
You are Melinda May! You could beat it out of him if you wanted to.
But you won't do that, will you? You're hoping Coulson's in there somewhere.
Fitz says Sarge might've been created from him, and Izel basically confirmed it! We don't know how he was created! O-Our fears manifested in w He was afraid to die, and I was afraid of losing him.
Weren't you? She said that there's another thing inside of him that could defeat her.
We should be focusing on that.
Waking that part of him is exactly what Izel was trying to do.
He should be fighting it.
Who should?! I'm sorry, May, but the person that is in there is not the man that you loved.
Move.
I understand holding out hope that Coulson is somehow back.
I wish he was back.
To remind you of the days I was your S.
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And also, to look for the good, no matter how scared you are to face it.
You want to force it out of him, go ahead.
But if it backfires, it's on you.
We have enough to worry about with Mack and Yo-Yo MIA.
FOSTER: It's this way, Professor Benson.
I wouldn't try anything.
Unless you want me to use these hands to choke the life out of you.
[FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING.]
Good to see you again, Director.
Good to see you.
Agent Rodriguez.
I'm excited to see this plane that you, uh, talked so much about.
Although I expected to see more of the team here.
MACK: The mission is need-to-know.
The, uh, enemy that you've been researching, it's not just theoretical anymore, so we need to be careful about who we trust.
[EXHALES.]
Well, let's get to it.
It's been a bit of an adventure.
Now, these runes are referencing a site where the "Di'Allas", as they're called the the monoliths which could be used to open a doorway between our world and the world where Izel comes from.
Hmm.
Well, does the story say for what purpose? Well, I brought a passage that references "trapped souls, yearning to be free.
" Take from that what you will.
Well, do you have a location? Well, I've narrowed it down to three possible sites, but my money's on the one at the intersection of two lay lines.
It would prove Keller right once again.
I'll make sure to tell him you said that.
He'd be amused.
All right, perfect.
Well, we'll start there, then.
Well, I-I I think it's best if we get some hard evidence.
Let me do some low flyovers of the three sites.
I could always have someone else examine the sites.
I think it best we play this close to the vest until we're sure.
- Of course.
- [TABLET BEEPING.]
Then you can just show me the coordinates on the map.
- - Benson.
Give me the location.
That's an order.
Hm.
[INHALES DEEPLY.]
All right, well [EXHALES.]
if you've made up your mind [GRUNTS, GAGGING.]
S-So, the stories are true.
If you heard the stories, then you know what I'm capable of.
Let's find this temple, shall we? You were giving such an informative presentation before we got interrupted.
Care to continue? I just want the coordinates.
Don't say anything, Benson.
You already made me take one life.
I can take another.
Maybe yours? If I use her body, it'd be quick.
If you want me to help you end the world, I'm gonna have to pass.
So brave.
I won't give you anything.
You believe that now, but will you feel the same when death is closing in? I've already lost everything that matters.
Death doesn't scare me.
Maybe it doesn't.
But there must be something you fear.
So, how'd you do it? I don't know.
Probably best to leave it that way.
Well, I was hoping to, uh dig a little deeper.
If you're here for another walk down memory lane, like Agent May, I'm not interested.
Forget what May said.
The other thing inside of you, it's getting stronger.
The healing, and now this? Izel thinks that you're like her.
Are you? No.
She says that you're the only thing powerful enough to defeat her.
I've been trying to kill her for decades.
And in the past, you failed.
But now now you have a new way to fight back.
It's not worth it.
I can feel the rage churning underneath my skin.
Use it.
Let the anger out.
I don't want to.
I want it gone.
Are you scared? That it's stronger than you are? You're afraid that this is the real you.
So come on.
Just show us what you really are.
You're enjoying this, aren't you? Trying to torture me, working out your own rage.
May said I was like a father to you.
You got some daddy issues? You are nothing to me.
Do you understand? You are nothing.
So if you think that this manipulative crap is gonna work on me, you're wasting your time.
[FOOTSTEPS DEPARTING.]
[DOOR OPENS, CLOSES.]
[HUFFS.]
[SIGHS.]
[BREATHES DEEPLY.]
Where are we on the Izel problem? FITZ: Progressing slowly.
But we have analyzed some potential weapons to use against her.
This sword is a more complex version of these other blades.
Which were able to kill her Shrike.
Yep.
Saw that firsthand.
So, Sarge's hypothesis that the sword could be used to kill Izel does have merit.
The metal has a familiar crystalline structure.
- Like the monoliths.
- Exactly.
Yeah, that's what I was gonna say.
So it could be reversed-engineered to manufacture more weapons.
None of this matters unless we can get within stabbing distance.
I gave you a clear objective.
Yeah, we hit a dead end with her powers.
Izel has Mack and Yo-Yo.
What happens if we find her and she's possessed one of them? I'm not gonna stab my friend through the heart.
- Daisy.
- We need to find something right now, because I'm not getting anywhere with this thing that's downstairs.
Maybe because you don't want to listen to what he has to say.
What? [SIGHS.]
There was a reason you rushed off to space last year.
I went with you to find Fitz.
We both know it wasn't just that.
You have a pattern.
It happened after you got your powers.
After Lincoln, you walked away.
That has nothing to do with this.
Everything around here reminded you of Coulson, - so you left.
You didn't want to face it.
- Simmons But now you are literally facing him.
Or someone that looks like him.
I'm fine.
I was recently reminded that it doesn't do any good to keep things bottled up.
All I'm saying is, if you need us, we are here.
We really haven't had a chance to have a, uh heart-to-heart since since the other night.
Uh Look, one thing's for sure.
If we want whatever this is to work, you've got to be willing to put me in danger, Mack.
This whole thing My decision to come along was just tactical.
- Tactical? - Yeah.
Izel can only possess one person at a time.
This way, at least one of us will always be awake.
To get murdered by the one that isn't.
And I knew that getting Izel off the base would buy the team some time.
They'll figure out a way to stop her.
I suppose I can see how that's a smart plan.
Feels good to argue again, doesn't it? [DOOR OPENS.]
When the Di'Allas were destroyed, their energies didn't disappear.
They were contained in this device.
If she opens that Yeah, I don't even want to think about it.
Out of the three, the Di'Alla of Creation was the most powerful.
It reaches into your mind and builds what you see.
Your people have great imaginations but lack the control to create anything other than what you fear.
That seems to me like a good reason to leave it alone.
Mm.
I'd rather see what it finds in you.
[DEVICE WHIRRING.]
[CLICKING.]
Whatever you're seeing, it's not real! Fight it if you have to! Thomas.
How did I get here? I thought I'd never see you again.
- - [PAPER TEARS.]
[SIGHS DEEPLY.]
[CHUCKLES.]
[PAPER RUSTLES.]
[SIGHS.]
So, the powers, the memories they all got stronger after she shot you? I thought you didn't care about my memories.
Please just answer the question.
This is new.
The memories I always felt them, but they started coming into focus when I was lying on that table.
I can see them for what they are now.
For better or for worse.
And one of the people that you can see more clearly is [INHALES SHAKILY.]
is me? It doesn't mean anything.
You were right.
I'm nothing.
I'm not your guy.
I'm not that rage, either.
None of it belongs to me.
I'm nothing.
I think you are something.
[RUMBLING.]
And I want to see it come out.
SIMMONS: Daisy, what did you just do? DAISY: I took your advice.
I stopped running from the problem and I tackled it head-on.
I meant try a little emotional honesty, not murder! [COMPUTER BEEPING.]
You were right that I was avoiding something.
I finally read the letter that Coulson left me, and it's even more clear now that this is not him.
So you decided to snap his neck? What if he doesn't wake up? If it gets us answers, I don't mind taking the risk.
A word of warning would've been good.
- Would you have tried to talk me out of it? - Definitely! - Probably.
- Obviously.
Exactly why I didn't say anything.
If he's strong enough to kill Izel, I want to know what he is.
Check your scanners and tell me what you see.
[COMPUTER BEEPING.]
That's not reassuring.
Holy hell.
And he's alive again.
Daisy, get out of there.
It's not safe.
SIMMONS: He'll be waking up soon.
Good.
I want to hear what he has to say.
I was driving.
Then seeing something in the road.
Then darkness.
An accident.
I sat with you for days, hoping you would wake up.
I know.
What? I heard every word that you said.
[BANGS ON GLASS.]
It's a lie, Benson! Don't listen to it! It's not real! When the doctor came in and said I was beyond helping, I heard that.
No.
When my dad and sister begged you to hold on longer, I heard that, too.
You were brain-dead.
I heard you say goodbye.
I felt your hand on mine.
You were so close, I could smell the liquor on your breath.
No, Thomas.
I [INHALES SHAKILY.]
I-I didn't.
How much were you drinking that night? No.
[CRYING.]
No.
No.
[SIGHS SHAKILY.]
[GRUNTS.]
[IZEL CHUCKLES.]
[SIGHS DEEPLY.]
You can create Thomas again and again.
And each time, his death will be your fault.
Care for a second try? A third? Please, no.
Dying would be a relief now, wouldn't it? But it's not an option.
What do you want to know? Uh May? I think we might have a situation downstairs.
[COMPUTER BEEPS.]
Uh, did she quake him to death? I don't think that was the endgame.
W-What is this, some sort of new interrogation tactic? She's trying to wake up what's inside him.
She thinks it knows about Izel.
No, bad idea.
Bad idea.
T-The last thing that we need is another alien-demon-thingy running around the base.
No, this is different.
Izel wore my skin.
She shot me, and then she killed Davis.
Piper, I know this isn't easy, but I don't think Sarge would do that.
- Not after - Is that really a risk you want to take? [INHALES SHARPLY, EXHALES.]
Remember anything new after your second trip to the great beyond? Get out of my way.
What do you know about Izel? Where is she taking Mack and Yo-Yo? I said get out of my way.
I am not going anywhere, so talk.
[DISTANT VOCALIZING.]
I can't stay in this room.
Show me what you are.
You don't know what you're doing.
How many more times do I need to snap your neck? 'Cause I'll do it again.
Just let it out.
I need to find You are not going anywhere! Show me what you are.
[INHALES SHARPLY.]
We're locking down this sector - Did you get that on the scanners? - What? When he really started to wake up, did you record that data? Well, of course, but is that really the most pressing issue? What if he's trying to get back to Izel? That's not gonna happen.
Hey, what exactly is your plan here? Either he tells us what he knows about Izel or we find out if his sword can actually kill someone like him.
What if there's still a way to save what's left of Coulson? Coulson died a year ago.
I'm done pretending like that didn't happen.
[SIGHS.]
Not sure what I would've done in Benson's shoes.
Yeah, me neither.
[SIGHS.]
It wasn't just tactical me being here.
I know.
I would've come for you, too.
[ENGINE RUMBLING.]
We're changing course.
Benson must've given her the coordinates.
We need to make a move.
Well, her plan doesn't work without that.
I'm sorry.
Don't blame yourself.
[KEYPAD BEEPS.]
[WHOOSH.]
[WHOOSH.]
You need this? Be ready, Doctor.
You trying to steal from me? [GRUNTING.]
[GROANS.]
[BREATHING HEAVILY.]
Did you really think that would work? It worked well enough.
You accomplished nothing.
He already told me where to find my temple.
Yeah.
And now he'll tell my team.
We'll need hosts for when the gateway is open.
Let them come.
MAY: Daisy.
Hold your position.
I'm on my way down to you.
No.
Don't.
Daisy! He's tearing the doors off the place, trying to get out.
You said it yourself this is on me.
I have to see this through.
What are you talking about? If Izel can be killed, we have to understand how.
She and Sarge are the same.
You don't have to do this.
You don't have to face him alone.
The fact that you still think that this might be Coulson is exactly why it has to be me.
[ELECTRICITY CRACKLING.]
Looking for this? You wanted to wake me up? I'm awake.
This is what I am.
So I was right.
You and Izel are the same.
Both monsters.
Call me what you want.
Doesn't make any difference.
Give me the sword.
Not a chance.
Do you really think you can beat me? Yes.
This time, I'll actually kill you.
Go ahead.
It'd be easier than doing it myself.
Come on! What are you waiting for?! Do it! Kill me, Skye! If it works on me, it'll work on her.
But you have to do it now, before I get any stronger.
- Wait, wh - You can't wait.
Don't you understand? It's all coming back to me.
The memories, the pain.
Her song ringing through every bone in my body.
- What memories? - It's too late for that.
I'll lose control.
I could kill everyone here.
End it! I can't do it.
You've always been capable of more than you think.
Now do it.
Do it! [BREATHING HEAVILY.]
Do it.
You were gonna sacrifice yourself.
It's what Coulson would've done.
I could kill you.
You won't.
[EXHALES SHARPLY.]
[GASPS.]
You okay? [BREATHING HEAVILY.]
I'm just tired of waking up like this.
Benson? We got him out.
He's safe, but I don't know if it's enough.
Still no sign of S.
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? Not yet.
Well, at least his nightmare's over.
What is she doing? Making her dreams come true.
[DEVICE WHIRRING, CLICKING.]
Um maybe we could hyper-stimulate our brains with some sort of chemical, and that way, if she possesses us, she won't be able to put us into an unconscious state.
You're suggesting we all take amphetamines.
Yeah.
Yeah, okay, fine.
I can see how that would be counterproductive.
Yeah, either that or very, very productive.
Will you just Will you both just please shut up for a second? The memories, the pain.
Her song ringing through every bone in my body.
- DAISY: What memories? - There.
Did you hear that? Of course! What? What is it? [TONE RINGS.]
Resonant frequencies.
That's how her powers work.
Just like the monoliths.
It's how Izel can incorporealize and occupy the same space as her host.
Think about it.
Atoms are mostly just empty space, a-a-a-and if they're gonna pass through each other or intertwine She's aligning her atoms through harmonic resonance.
So we just need to disrupt the harmonic frequency, like these do.
That's why they're so effective against the Shrike.
We need to design something compact To send inaudible frequencies that reverberate through our bodies matching the frequency of this alloy, out of phase.
It'll create a sonic barrier.
Yeah, I'm gonna get started on a design.
So, uh, it needs to be wearable.
- Like a belt buckle.
- I like it.
And And And we could build a prototype in a couple of hours, once we have a design.
Let's get started.
[PATS BACK.]
[SIGHS.]
Well, I could barely understand what they were saying, but it sounds like Fitz, Simmons, and Deke found a solve.
Well, I've got good news, too.
We found Benson in a containment pod in the Yucatán.
Benson? Yeah, apparently, Izel is headed to some ancient temple where she can unlock a doorway to a realm of unspeakable evil.
So Well, I guess it's not all good news, but Mack and Yo-Yo? Last Benson saw, they were alive.
[KNOCK ON DOOR.]
Hey.
[SIGHS.]
[CLICKS TONGUE.]
It's good that you finally got through to Sarge.
We're gonna need him.
I'll admit, it was not the side that I expected.
You want to say "I told you so"? Not really.
I don't fully understand it but he is in there.
I-I I didn't want it to be possible.
You needed to see it for yourself.
Yeah.
Yeah, maybe.
And now that you have, do you think he can control these powers of his? DAISY: I think Sarge's powers are very, very dangerous.
But they might be just what we need.
You sure? Not at all.
[CHUCKLES.]
He's looking for somewhere to belong.
And all Coulson wanted All Coulson wanted was for us to take care of each other.
And I think if we do that for Sarge, that he'll do the same for us.
MACK: So far, your doomsday ritual is a bit underwhelming.
This temple was built from the same stone as the Di'Allas.
When they all resonate in harmony, they'll open a gateway to my home.
So you can go back there and never bother us again? [CHUCKLES.]
My family will come through and take over the Shrike hosts spread across the galaxy.
If it were that easy, you would've done it already.
True.
With the Di'Allas destroyed, there isn't a way to complete the ritual.
We must rebuild them.
That sounds like a "you" problem.
And maybe you shouldn't tell us your bad-guy plans.
That always happens right before the bad guy dies.
I'm telling you the problem because you're going to solve it for me.
The three monoliths, as you call them you've seen them intact.
You know what I can do with them.
So your minds are going to create them for me.
Hmm.
But you can't do it yourself.
That's why you need us.
I've already shown you that humans are incapable of controlling their fears.
But we're not afraid of you.
Our worst fears have nothing to do with you or the damn monoliths.
It has to do with losing the people we love.
And we've already faced that fear.
We're still here.
You're not gonna get any help from us.
Then who's that? [GASPS.]
How did I get here? We have learned more than anticipated.
We may yet save Chronyca-2 from its extinction-level event.
I came to a different conclusion.
I recommend reassigning Hunters to establish Chronyca-3.
With your permission, we can begin preparations.
Request denied.
If we can reclaim Chronyca-2, conquest is unnecessary.
The first rule of data is always have a backup.
Without Chronyca-3, Chronyca-2 will be vulnerable.
We cannot be shortsighted.
I see no flaw in our current plan.
That is because you a the flaw.
Aah! You have your new targets.