Sometime later, Ward is running a disarm-the-opponent drill, but Skye doesn't take it seriously enough for his tastes, so a frustrated Ward tells her she's going to get herself killed along with their mission, then wonders how she got so good at computer science without committing herself to it. Skye tells her it came naturally for her like his physical skills came naturally to him, so he comes clean about his past: he had an older brother who beat the crap out of him and their little brother simply for eating a piece of his birthday cake, so he learned to protect them, "the way I am trying to protect you. That was my moment." If I were Skye, I might wonder if he's putting me on given his smooth lies earlier, but Coulson's remark about Ward's family history in the pilot suggests he's being truthful here, and Skye is suitably chastened as she apologizes for pushing him. They go back to training and he asks, "What's first?"
A solid call-and-response (the show, as usual with Whedon offerings, is generally good at these transitions, if also over-reliant on them) has Coulson telling the team that the operation will begin with Skye walking through the front door. He goes on that the only external access point to Quinn's underground facility is a beach cove (which is very Bond-ian, it occurs to me), and while a two-man extraction team could slip in, it wouldn't be easy. Fitz announces that the place is guarded by a twenty-foot laser grid that would render anyone who touches it a sizzling meal for any local carnivore, and Coulson adds that while cracking the system and triggering a reboot would result in a three-second opening in the grid, Quinn has forbidden any wireless access on his property. Wait, he's blocking all his shareholder guests' data service? How are they going to change their flights to Ibiza if the meeting runs long? Fitz/Simmons give Skye a compact that will pass an X-ray scan and has a hidden wireless computer in it (I guess it also generates a small wireless network; if my phone can do it, I assume S.H.I.E.L.D.'s gizmo can) that will give her a green light if she's in close enough range to a computer, whereupon she can drop it in a safe place and they'll do the rest.
So it doesn't seem like this mission involves any hackery; is it really such a political distinction that Skye is on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s payroll, but isn't a formal agent? If they're worried the other agents might be known to Quinn, that would be a much stronger reason from my point of view. Since the plan is to send a S.H.I.E.L.D. team in any way to rescue Hall, though, I'm not sure it's worth putting Skye into the lion's mouth even with Ward and the show telling us she needs to COMMIT. Speaking of Ward, he reminds Skye to stick to the plan, and then May has an aside with Coulson in which she reminds him that she's already seen way more combat than she signed up for (which, you'll remember, was zero), so Coulson tells her not to worry -- the two-man extraction team will be Ward and… him. "You forget, I saw plenty of action with the Avengers." After he walks away, May replies to the air, "And you died," so it looks like Fury isn't the only one capable of using Coulson's death to bend people to his will.