Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Asset

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May begs him to tell her he's got things covered, foreshadowingly adding that she can't do anything from the plane, but Ward, with the ground starting to shake from the effects of the machine, can only reply that he's working on it. Luckily, the tremors also buy Skye some time as Quinn asks her what S.H.I.E.L.D. is doing; when she stays mum, he points the gun at her and tells her S.H.I.E.L.D. sent her in with nothing -- whereupon she grabs his arm and relieves him of his piece with the little spin move Ward taught her. It's a little on the nose, sure, but I'd rather this than have Ward save her. Besides, it's not over yet, as Quinn's security guys have arrived and have her covered and Quinn asks if she's got what it takes to pull the trigger. Skye thinks about it for a moment, but then is like, "Nope!" and runs outside to jump off the balcony and into the pool. Hee.

The security guys move to pursue, but a more violent jolt rocks them to the ground, from which vantage point Quinn can see that gravity is starting to bend. He calls for an evacuation via chopper, stat, while underground, Coulson is still wrestling with the gravity distortions when Hall pulls a gun on him. I'm not sure he's got what it takes to kill a man with a gun either, but he probably hopes to dissuade Coulson from interfering. He talks about how he dropped hints in his communications he knew Quinn would pick up on, as he loves to solve puzzles -- but in the end, he's an addict ("addicted to exploiting opportunities," which seems tenuous at best), and addicts can't be reasoned with. Coulson is like, yeah well your disciples Fitz and Simmons are going to die because of you, and as you can imagine given my lack of shutting up about it I'm not so much a fan of his moral posturing, so I'm kind of glad that Hall spits that S.H.I.E.L.D. is just as guilty as Quinn of experimentation without thought of consequence, as their pursuit of an unlimited power source that led to an alien invasion amply demonstrates. Thankfully, Coulson concedes the point, and a little introspection on his part will go a long way with me; Hall then reiterates his position that gravitonium is far too powerful for anyone to have, as shown by what's happening around them at this very moment. Upstairs, Quinn's chopper takes off with no thought of his panicked guests or his staff, and I hope one consequence of this is that his company's stock price tanks even harder than his complex is about to. Despite their boss having ditched them to die, Quinn's security guys manage to capture Skye, but Ward finally catches them and puts on some extended Ward-fu that knocks all three of them out. Skye understandably comes rushing up to him, but he keeps it all business, saying that if she follows his orders he'll get them out of there. She's shivering with cold and the shock of the near-miss too much to speak, but even if she could I think she'd toe the line for once.

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