Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Heavy Is the Head starts with a frustrated May having to let Creel go and Lance Hunter being taken by General Talbot’s men. The two men hammer out a deal where Hunter will sell out Coulson for $2 million and a “proper burial for Hartley.” Fitz is still not right and Phil refuses to let Skye back out into the field. She tells Coulson he needs to loosen up and should take up “yoga, or something.” He responds by saying that he has tried it and he is really not flexible.
Fitz continues to speak to Simmons as if she were there and during one such discussion, she talks him into picking up some research on Creel’s DNA results. The Absorbing Man, under the watchful eyes of May, sits in a roadside diner and when his waitress accidentally touches his arm, it kills her. Creel, despite turning himself to rubber, has been tainted by the Obelisk and cannot get it completely out of his system. May blames herself for the woman’s death but Coulson says it is his fault.
Hunter shows back up to be stopped by Agent Triplett who brings the mercenary in to see Coulson. Hunter relays that Talbot wants him to betray the new director while the other agents, including Fitz, are trying to move forward. Phil shows that being the new head of S.H.I.E.L.D. weighs heavy on him and he is getting stressed out. Lance opens up to Skye about his relationship with Isabelle Hartley. Creel is desperate to get the Obelisk out of his system and he gets a call from Bakshi.
Frustrated at his issues with the deadly artifact, Creel begins to lose it when he is approached by Raina. She tries to get the Obelisk from Creel with a trade of an allotrope of carbide but he will not conisder it, telling the woman that she should leave before HYDRA gets hold of her. He steals the material from her and leaves.
Raina contacts Coulson at S.H.I.E.L.D. and tells him where Creel and the Obelisk can be found via a tracking device that was in the object he stole. She also reveals that she is not working for HYDRA. Agent Coulson assigns Hunter, May, Trip and Skye to cover Creel during the handover of the artifact. Mack works out what Fitz means when he says he “didn’t develop this today.” and the two start going over designs of devices to disrupt Creel’s abilities that were made before Fitz’s brain damage.
Phil tells his agents in the field to let Creel make the handover before they act and once all of them respond, Hunter shoots his fellow team members so that he can kill Creel to take revenge for Hartley’s death. Unfortunately, Hunter is too slow with his armor piercing rounds and Creel survives his attack. He takes on the HYDRA agent in hand to hand combat and loses. As Creel gets ready to kill Hunter with the Obelisk, saying, “I’m not gonna sugarcoat it pal; this is really going to hurt,” Coulson stabs Creel with Fitz’s invention. The device turns Creel into stone.
In all the confusion, Raina grabs the Obelisk. After Hartley has been buried, Phil recruits Hunter to the team. He also tells him that shooting Agent May was a big mistake. Coulson tells the mercenary that he wants him to sell him out to Talbot. Fitz and Mack continue to bond and the two men talk about Simmons who is still in Fitz’s mind, in the lab.
Skye tells May that she knows something is wrong with Phil. May tells Coulson off for entering the field and then tells him to stop fighting another “episode.” He then begins carving the same designs featured in an earlier episode while May documents his progress. Meanwhile Raina’s boss makes her pick up the Obelisk and it does not harm her.
At the end of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Heavy Is the Head Phil lets Talbot “catch him” and delivers the inert Creel to the General. Talbot does not want to make a deal with Coulson and the agent surprises him with not one, but two cloaked jets. Previews of next week’s episode seems to show that Simmons has defected to HYDRA. Just how this may affect Fitz can be guessed at and even his new friendship with Mack may not save him from complete meltdown. Clark Gregg gets two of the best lines in the show this week, the “Yoga” line and at the end of the show, the “Let’s get out of here before the iceberg runs out of fuel,” finish. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays on ABC.
By Michael Smith