For an episode where Skye's father assembles a team of "supervillains" to take on Coulson & Co, One Of Us was depressingly mediocre - despite a few interesting moments.
S.H.I.E.L.D. wants to put Skye on its "Index of Gifted People", but needs an impartial psychological evaluation of her first and so Coulson asks May to approach her ex-husband, Dr. Andrew Garner (Blair Underwood), who worked with S.H.I.E.L.D. in this capacity a long time ago.
Meanwhile, Calvin Zabo's gang turns out to be a bottom-of-the-barrel assemblage of enhanced individuals with only David Angar (Jeff Daniel Phillips) having any sort of ability that resembled a superpower (his voice caused people to pass out).
What makes them extra useless is how easily they are eventually taken out by a handful of unpowered S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
The terrorists headed for Coulson's hometown in Wisconsin and, kind of, held the football team and cheerleaders hostage until Coulson showed up.
While Bobbi Morse traveled with Coulson, Mack - having KO-ed Hunter at the end of the last episode - slipped away to a safehouse with Hunter as his prisoner. After some hurried discussion between Bobbi and Mack, they agreed to let Hunter in on who they have been secretly working for.
That revelation (although it has been slightly spoiled by da Internetz as we're several weeks behind the States) was one of the highlights of the episode, another being the unexpected appearance of the mysterious, sightless Inhuman teleporter at a key moment in the stand-off between Cal and Coulson.
I was pleased to see the iciness between Simmons and Fitz appearing to melt slightly in One Of Us as they bonded (re-bonded?) gossiping about May and her ex. I hope this distance between them is soon patched up as too much internal angst doesn't make for an interesting team.
The final stand-out moment was the discovery of the unfortunate complication caused by Skye internalising her powers, so they didn't shake The Bus and S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters to pieces.
Following Skye's development as she learns to cope with her powers should be an engaging sub-plot - as long as it reaches a satisfactory conclusion (possibly involving a superhero costume and a codename!)
When I learned there was going to be a "supervillain gang" in this episode, it rather got my hopes up, which is probably why large portions of the story felt so drab. Part of me realises that the show is trying to demonstrate that not all "gifted" people can go toe-to-toe with Thor, but this bunch were a major disappointment.
And one thing I didn't really get: why had S.H.I.E.L.D. technicians crafted elaborate metal gauntlets for Karla Faye Gideon (Drea de Matteo) when all they needed to do, to neutralise her 'enhancements', was surgically remove the knives that had been grafted into her fingers?