Malick is surprised to find that Hive - still wearing Grant Ward's body - has turned up at his home, summoned a meeting of the inner circle of Hydra, and charmed his way into the heart of Malick's lovely daughter Stephanie (Bethany Joy Lenz).
Paradise Lost was cut through with flashbacks to Malick's teenage years, when he (Cameron Palatas) and his brother Nathaniel (Joel Dabney Courtney), came to Hydra after the death of their father.
Meanwhile, Daisy and Lincoln head off to talk to an eccentric off-gridder he knew at Afterlife called James (Axle Whitehead), who might have information about the creature known as Hive, and the rest of the team try to intercept a Hydra raid on an agrochemical plant.
Between Simmons' investigations back at S.H.I.E.L.D., what Daisy learns, and the brief glimpse we get of Hive's "true form", we get more of a taste of Hive's true nature, but still have yet to see the monster in all its glory.
A rollicking episode, full of twists and turns, character growth, and a dash of fisticuffs, Paradise Lost certainly propelled the season's main story arc forward.
Even though the table-turning by Malick's right-hand man, Giyera (Mark Dacascos), was rather fortuitously timed for Hydra, it did pave the way for Daisy and Lincoln to call out The Secret Warriors, Daisy's personal posse of Inhuman agents, which is clearly going to be a major element of the story from here on in.