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Beginning of the End 

Dark secrets are revealed as Coulson and his team put everything on the line to stop Garrett and the forces of HYDRA.


David Straiton


Stan Lee (based on the Marvel comics by), Jack Kirby (based on the Marvel comics by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gregg ... Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen ... Melinda May
Brett Dalton ... Grant Ward
Chloe Bennet ... Skye
Iain De Caestecker ... Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge ... Jemma Simmons
Bill Paxton ... John Garrett
J. August Richards ... Mike Peterson / Deathlok
B.J. Britt ... Antoine Triplett
Ruth Negga ... Raina
David Conrad ... Ian Quinn
Glenn Morshower ... General Jacobs
Josh Daugherty ... Kyle Zeller
Samuel L. Jackson ... Nick Fury
Patton Oswalt ... Billy Koenig


Dark secrets are revealed as Coulson and his team put everything on the line to stop Garrett and the forces of HYDRA.

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13 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The outfit Nick Fury wears in this episode is exactly the same outfit he is seen wearing in the last scene of Captain America: Winter Soldier--sunglasses, a beanie, and a leather jacket and hoodie instead of his usual eye patch and trench coat. See more »


Fitz tells Simmons that he broke his arm in the same place as he did in '2nd grade' , but Fitz is Scottish and in Scotland the schooling system doesn't go up in grades but instead calls each year 'primary one , primary two , etc' ,the Scottish equivalent to '2nd grade' is primary four so he would have never been in 'second grade' and neither would Simmons as she is from England and would have been in 'year three' instead of 'second grade' See more »


Leo Fitz: But I couldn't find the courage to tell you. So, please. Let me show you. It's ok, Jemma. Jemma we have to hurry.
Jemma Simmons: No.
Leo Fitz: Take it. Take it.
[Pushes button]
Jemma Simmons: NO!
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References The Avengers (2012) See more »


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Theme Song
Written by Bear McCreary
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7 February 2019 | by noorea-85147See all my reviews

I love this episode a lot...I think I would rank it fourth or fifth best season finale of the show (out of five) but only because the show keeps outdoing itself each season! The episode starts with one of my favorite openings of the show, just everyday cybertech agents in an office, fun concept! it also has one of my all time favorite TV scenes featuring Jemma talking about the law of thermodynamics, you know the one! it has a great cameo, so much action, that great fakeout near the end and the last shot still gives me chills. amazing all around!

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