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Agent Phil Coulson, mysteriously returned from the dead, puts together an elite squad of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to deal with the unusual, the strange, and the superpowered. On their first case, they befriend a hacker named Skye who knows the location of a super-strong factory worker whose emotions are running out of control.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Tuesday September 24th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Sep 27, 2013
IE (RTÉ TWO) Sep 29, 2013
AU (Seven) Oct 02, 2013


Special Guest Stars
Cobie SmuldersCobie Smulders
As Agent Maria Hill

Guest Stars
J. August RichardsJ. August Richards
As Mike Peterson
Shannon LucioShannon Lucio
As Debbie
Ron GlassRon Glass
As Dr. Streiten
Bob StephensonBob Stephenson
As Gary (as Bob Stephenson)

Co-Guest Stars
Ajani WrighsterAjani Wrighster
As Ace Peterson
Nicole J. ButlerNicole J. Butler
As Aunt Mindy
Aaron BehrAaron Behr
As Angry Man
Sarah DumontSarah Dumont
As Beautiful Woman
Dan SachoffDan Sachoff
As Reporter #1
Arlene SantanaArlene Santana
As Reporter #2
Kevin SifuentesKevin Sifuentes
As Technician
Main Cast
Clark GreggClark Gregg
As Phil Coulson
As Melinda May
Brett DaltonBrett Dalton
As Grant Ward
Chloe BennetChloe Bennet
As Skye / Daisy
Elizabeth HenstridgeElizabeth Henstridge
As Jemma Simmons


In East Los Angeles, a young boy, Ace, looks at a toy store filled with the "Heroes of New York." The boy's father, Mike Peterson, tries to get his attention and finally admits that he's having trouble getting work. As they talk, a nearby building explodes. People run for cover and Mike tells Ace to stay there while he runs to help. Mike goes into an alleyway and hears a woman, Debbie, screaming for help. After making no one is around to see him, Mike pounds his hands into the wall with superstrength and climbs up the wall. Going inside, he dodges the flames and finds Debbie. Seconds later, he jumps out of the window and lands safely on the street several floors before. People take pictures on their cameras and Mike quickly pulls down his hoodie and runs off. A woman looks closely at him for a moment before Mike gets the chance to run off...

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Episode Notes
Special Thanks to: Jim Steranko, Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch, Lou D'Esposito

Episode Quotes
Skye: The secret is out. For decades, your organization stayed in the shadows, hiding the truth, but now we know—they're among us. Heroes... and monsters. The world is full of wonders.

Skye: We can't explain everything we see. But our eyes are open. So what now? There are no more shadows for you to hide in. Something impossible just happened. What are you going to do about it?

Agent Maria Hill: What does SHIELD stand for, Agent Ward?
Grant: Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
Agent Maria Hill: And what does that mean to you?
Grant: It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out SHIELD.

Grant: What changed?
Agent Maria Hill: Everything's changing. A little while ago, most people went to bed thinking that the crazier thing in the world was a billionaire in a flying military suit. Then aliens invaded New York and were beaten back by, among others, a giant green monster, a costumed hero from the 50's, and a god.
Grant: I don't think he's a god.
Agent Maria Hill: Well, you haven't been near his arms.

(stepping out of the shadows)
Coulson: Sorry--that corner was really dark and I couldn't help myself. I think there's a bulb out.

Agent Maria Hill: Well, the death of a common ally is an effective team builder.
Coulson: Plus, it wasn't that much of a stretch. I stopped breathing for about 40 seconds.
Agent Maria Hill: Eight. It gets longer every time you tell it.
Coulson: Yeah, well you get shanked by the Asgardian Mussolini, you can tell it your way. I was looking at the big white light and it felt like a lot longer than eight seconds.

Coulson: Agent Hill did a very detailed assessment of your last three missions. Combat, top grades. Espionage, she gave you the highest marks since Romanoff. Under people skills she drew a... I think it's a little poop with knives sticking out of it.
Grant: What?
Coulson: That's bad, right?

Agent Maria Hill: It was a porcupine. It was not a poop. It just means he...
Coulson: No, I'm pretty sure.

Dr. Streiten: I would've been very happy not to clear you, Phil. I'd love for you to rest up some more.
Coulson: I've had plenty of that. Thanks.
Agent Maria Hill: You sure?
Coulson: You should go sometime.
Agent Maria Hill: Where?
Coulson: Tahiti. It's a magical place.
Agent Maria Hill: Three days in, I'd be begging for an assignment.
Coulson: Exactly.

Skye: Listen, you cannot walk away from this. With great power comes a... ton of weird crap that you are not prepared to deal with.

Skye: How will you come at us? From the air? From the ground? How will you silence us this time? How can you? The truth is in the wind. It's everywhere. You cannot stop the rising tide. You will not find us. You will never see our faces but rest assures—we will rise against those who shield us from the truth. And nothing--nothing can stop us in the... (Coulson comes in) Hey. What up?

Skye: You guys are making a big mistake.
Grant: You don't look that big.

Grant: Okay, there are two ways we can do this.
Skye: Oh. Is one of them the easy way?
Grant: No.
Skye: Oh.

Grant: She might as well be one of those sweaty cosplay girls, crowding around Stark Tower.
Skye: What? I would... it was one time.

Coulson: She's an asset.
Grant: She is such an… wait, "asset"?

Fitz: And, with a little luck, get some images from before the blast. And by "luck," I mean "unappreciated genius."

Mike: You said if we worked hard, if we did right, we'd have a place. You said it was enough to be a man. But there's better than man. There's gods. And the rest of us... what are we? They're giants. We're what they step on.
Coulson: I know. I've seen giants--up close. And that privilege cost me... nearly everything. But the good ones, the real deal, they're not heroes because of what they have that we don't. It's what they do with it. You're right, Mike. It matters who you are.

Cultural References
Skye: With great power comes a... ton of weird crap that you are not prepared to deal with.

This is a variation on Marvel Comic character Spider-Man's ethical guideline, "With great power comes great responsibility.

Gemma: I'm not Hermione. I can't create instant paralysis with that.

Hermoine Granger is a female student and wizard in the Harry Potter books.

Gemma: So are you excited to be coming on our journey into mystery?

Journey Into Mystery was a horror comic under Atlas Comics. When it switched to Marvel Comics, they eventually used it to debut Thor in 1962.

Skye: Me, not the T-1000 here.

The T-1000 is the liquid-metal Terminator featured in the 1991 movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon  |  Maurissa Tancharoen  |  Jed Whedon
Executive ProducerJeffrey Bell  |  Joe Quesada  |  Stan Lee  |  Alan Fine  |  Joss Whedon  |  Jed Whedon  |  Maurissa Tancharoen  |  Jeph Loeb
ProducerGarry A. Brown  |  Samantha Thomas
Co-ProducerChris Cheramie
Associate ProducerRobert Parigi
Production DesignerGregory Melton
EditorPaul Trejo  |  Joshua Charson
CastingSarah Halley Finn
Unit Production ManagerRichleigh Hz Heagh
First Assistant DirectorMaileen Williams
Second Assistant DirectorKatie Carroll
MusicBear McCreary
Music EditorLodge Worster
Costume DesignerBetsy Heimann
Key GripJ. Patrick Daily
Camera OperatorBrad Grimmett  |  Allen Easton
Set DecoratorMelissa Levander
Location ManagerDonovan Terranova
Transportation CoordinatorTommy Tancharoen
Property MasterScott Bauer
Construction CoordinatorStacey McIntosh
Production Sound MixerKenn Michael Fuller
Script SupervisorDawn Gilliam
Production CoordinatorR. Kyle Hiemenz
Assistant EditorJennifer MacFarlane  |  Jack Colwell  |  Eric Litman
Post Production SupervisorMichelle Trujillo McKibben
Supervising Sound EditorMike Marchain
Re-Recording MixerRichard Weingart  |  Gerry Lentz
Director of PhotographyDavid Boyd
Art DirectorAlex Hajdu
Costume SupervisorAriel Gold
Visual Effects SupervisorMark Kolpack
Production AccountantBarbara Gutman
Chief Lighting TechnicianShane Kelly
Department Head HairSteven R. Soussanna
Visual Effects ProducerSabrina Arnold
Department Head Make-upCheri Montesanto
Assistant Costume DesignerAnn Foley
Production StaffAmy Bridenball  |  David Crisp  |  DJ Doyle  |  Zachary Moss  |  Jonathan Harmon  |  Erin Shade
Video SupervisorMark L. Marcum
Additional EditingJohn Peter Bernardo
Science ConsultantPablos Holman  |  Ricardo Gil Dacosta
Based On The Comic ByStan Lee  |  Jack Kirby
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