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The story of Melinda May's transformation into "The Cavalry" is revealed as she finds herself at a crossroads in the war between Coulson and Gonzales. As Skye learns more about her true ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gregg ... Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen ... Melinda May
Chloe Bennet ... Daisy 'Skye' Johnson
Iain De Caestecker ... Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge ... Jemma Simmons
Nick Blood ... Lance Hunter
Adrianne Palicki ... Bobbi Morse
Kyle MacLachlan ... Calvin Zabo
Henry Simmons ... Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie
Dichen Lachman ... Jiaying
Jamie Harris ... Gordon
Luke Mitchell ... Lincoln Campbell
Ruth Negga ... Raina
Christine Adams ... Agent Weaver
Derek Phillips ... Agent O'Brien


The story of Melinda May's transformation into "The Cavalry" is revealed as she finds herself at a crossroads in the war between Coulson and Gonzales. As Skye learns more about her true heritage from Lincoln, the truth about Inhumans will send her in a new direction.

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Release Date:

14 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Skye's birthday is revealed to be July 2, 1988. At this, Skye realizes that she's 26, setting this episode in late 2014 or early 2015 (likely early 2015, given the airdate). Chloe Bennet was four days shy of 23 when the episode premiered. See more »


Skye mentioned time that she had spent in an orphanage. North American orphanages were phased out after World War II in favor of the foster care system. The last government run orphanages in America was closed in the early 1970s. While names of private / religious run entities have also dropped the name orphanage, the were still sometimes referred to as such by those living there long after the official name change. See more »


Eva Belyakov: I've had their pain. Now give me yours.
Melinda May: Come on. I've got plenty to share.
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Theme Song
Written by Bear McCreary
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24 February 2019 | by noorea-85147See all my reviews

This episode tells the heartbreaking story of the Calvary, that has been teased since the pilot, and it is devastating, knowing the story in advance really puts May's character in context, which is a strange thing about the show because they leave very small details that you can only notice on re-watch ( for example, Theta protocol was first mentioned in ep 9 or 10, before Puerto Rico) ...but the story of May has been consistently written since the pilot, the writers must have planned this episode way in advance or are very good at improvisation, either way, extremely impressive writing! Also I have to give credit to Ming Na, her performance in this episode was Emmy worth IMO. May's story is not the only interesting part of the episode, we have Raina's power being revealed, we see Jiaying more and Daisy's powers. we also get a hint for future events that I missed the first time watching! Only problem I have with this episode, Bahrain looks nothing like this, it's pretty much like Dubai with Skyscrapers and all that, however, they do get the Arabic right in signs and when the translator talks, so they did put some effort into it.

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