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The Return 

Coulson and the team's victory in the Framework is short-lived, as an even deadlier enemy looms against them all.


Kevin Tancharoen


Stan Lee (based on the Marvel comics by), Jack Kirby (based on the Marvel comics by) | 6 more credits »




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
Henry Simmons ... Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie
John Hannah ... Holden Radcliffe (credit only)
Mallory Jansen ... Aida
Natalia Cordova-Buckley ... Elena 'Yo-Yo' Rodriguez
Zach McGowan ... Anton Ivanov
Adrian Pasdar ... Glenn Talbot
Briana Venskus ... Agent Piper
Maximilian Osinski ... Agent Davis
Ricardo Walker ... Agent Prince
Brennan Feonix ... Airman Whitley


Coulson and the team's victory in the Framework is short-lived, as an even deadlier enemy looms against them all.

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Release Date:

9 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When Anton Ivanov tells AIDA that his Life Model Decoy is "designed only for killing", this is an allusion to Marvel villain M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing). See more »


The SU-27 jet is flying head-on towards the Zephyr when it is destroyed several hundred feet away. The debris from the exploding jet would be sucked into the engines of the Zephyr and cause them to fail, which would result in the plane losing power and crashing. See more »


Aida: [standing in bliss on the shore with the waves washing over her feet] I had no idea. I've only emulated human reactions, but to actually feel! The warm sand, the water rushing over me.
Leo Fitz: I feel like I'm gonna throw up.
Aida: I'm sorry, you must feel overwhelmed. Two lives worth of memories.
Leo Fitz: Only one type of person can do those things.
Aida: You did what you had to do, in order to survive the Framework. But it was a simulation. An illusion created by Radcliffe.
Leo Fitz: You were there, alongside me the whole time, ...
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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13 April 2019 | by noorea-85147See all my reviews

There is a scene in this episode where two character just sit in silence and cry, (while I cry with them) that is the embodiment of why I love this show, because while it has no dialogue it carries so much meaning, the actors and the characters just convey the feelings perfectly. This episode is the aftermath of the framework, and it is quite the messy situation for our agents, Fitz shines as the show's most layered character as he tries to reconcile his two lives and his complex relationship with AIDA is tested to the limits, as does his relationship with Jemma, Speaking of AIDA though, Mallory has been killing this role all season but took to new heights in this episode, portraying AIDA as she discovers new feelings was a joy to watch!

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