This is the episode that the first half of the season has been leading up to. Not only do we have the return of Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) from the pilot (now a trainee superpowered S.H.I.E.L.D. agent), but also the villainous organisation Centipede and its recruiter Raina (Ruth Negga), from Girl In The Flower Dress, as well as the eye implants from Eye Spy.
The episode kicked off with three Extremis-fuelled soldiers of Centipede busting Edison Po (Cullen Douglas) out of prison. Po was the mysterious character that Raina visited in prison at the end of Girl In The Flower Dress.
This led to Coulson's crew being assigned Mike Peterson to help them track down Po and Centipede. After some brutal fisticuffs at a warehouse, Centipede realise that Mike is working for S.H.I.E.L.D. and so kidnap his son, Ace (Ajani Wrighster) and blackmail Mike into a hostage exchange.
Unfortunately what Mike doesn't let on is that it isn't him that his former employers are interested in now .
The main fault I have with the episode is the fact that the double cross on the bridge comes as such a surprise to Coulson's team. Surely S.H.I.E.L.D. would have been monitoring the communication between Mike and Centipede - as it did take place on the team's Bus?
The episode also addressed the status of Coulson's relationship with "the cellist" - as mentioned in The Avengers - as well as highlighting Agent May's fractious relationship with Ward and her general inability to handle "touchy-feely" emotions (as demonstrated in her scene with Skye about Skye's understandable obsession with trying to locate her mother).
On top of all this there were frequent mentions - primarily on the Centipede side of things - about their mysterious "Clairvoyant" (who only Po appears to liaise with and Raina has never met). Coulson is adamant that this person can't be a real clairvoyant, but that's a mystery for another day.
It was great to see Mike being equipped with a (kind of) superhero costume - well, an all-over bullet-proof outfit, anyway - which is a step in the right direction on that particular score. I think they should have given him a code name or something, though.
The central fight sequence was less than stellar, it must be said; being primarily just strong people whaling on each other and, except for throwing some cargo containers around, it wasn't really a fight that would have looked out of place in a score of other action shows.
Hopefully in the back half of the season, now plots are coming together and Centipede is being set up as the Big Bad, we might get to see some real "superpowered" fights involving people with powers more visually interesting than low-key superstrength (those Extremis boys aren't exactly Superman).