TV Club: A rescue mission on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. ends with a comics-worthy twist

The world of Melinda May and Phil Coulson has always been tempestuous. And not just because they’re S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, though having to survive perilous missions on a weekly basis probably doesn’t do much for their stability. The flashback adventure that threads throughout “The Man Behind The Shield” is nothing if not a testament to the emotional connection they’ve shared since almost the beginning of their relationship. The combative banter may sound playful, and it is, but it also masks a deeper well of attraction and affinity for one another, something that finally bubbles to the surface during the episode’s stinger, when the implicit flirtation finally turns explicit, and Phil openly says he hopes May’s tentative romance with Andrew fails so that they can try having a date themselves. We all know how that hope went, and May’s need to …

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