Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s fourth episode was the first one of the Marvel-inspired series to move on from simply setting up the show as a whole, and to delve into the meat of the agency and what it’s going to be doing week after week.

"Eye-Spy" begins with a group of masked men boarding a subway train after stealing through a Stockholm mall. No one appears to notice them, save one woman who manages to free them of both the suitcases their hands were handcuffed to and the hands themselves.

The agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are starting to sense that Skye (Chloe Bennet) may be of less use than previously believed. Coulson (Clark Gregg), however, thinks it prudent to have her remain amongst them to tap into her unique criminal perspective. He has her and May (Ming-Na Wen) go with him to the Stockholm subway track to see if they can figure out what exactly went on. They quickly note that the masked men were probably a distraction for something else – diamonds, and that the thief is likely a mind reader.

The woman who appeared to have telekinetic powers turns out to be former S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Akela Amadour (Pascale Armand). Apparently Amadour was last seen on an MIA mission and had a personal relationship with Coulson, who’d served as a mentor to her. May is enraged by the idea that one of their own had gone bad and is eager to take her out. Coulson urges her and the rest of the team that using some restraint will be preferable.

Amadour, meanwhile, has traded the diamonds over for a keycard.

When the S.H.I.E.L.D team gets close to capturing Amadour, she evades them by knocking Skye, Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) down a hill in their van. Thankfully, the crash wasn’t too terrible and Skye is able to recover and track Amadour’s signal. She soon realizes that Amadour has a camera implanted within her eyeball, which can not only penetrate opaque objects, but sends its footage to an unknown third party. That third party can then send Amadour orders.

The revelation of the technology Amadour is sporting unnerves the agents. However, with a little bit of time, they’re able to hack into the feed and see everything Amadour’s third party can see. Despite Coulson and Skye’s shared belief that they should put their efforts into saving Amadour from what looks like some kind of indentured servitude, May still wants to off her. Instead of accepting defeat, May takes off and decides to finish her herself.

What May didn’t take into account is that those controlling Amadour will see her and consequently realize that S.H.I.E.L.D knows what’s going on. The mystery third party is about to flick a kill switch that will kill Amadour; Amador, realizing it’s her life or May’s, is about to kill the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. But before any of that can happen, Coulson arrives on the scene and shoots a tranquilizer gun to put May under.

The S.H.I.E.L.D. team has then bought itself enough time to reroute the video feed from Amadour’s eye-camera to a pair of glasses. Ward (Brett Dalton) puts them on, and with Skye’s help, goes about finishing Amadour’s mission. After passing through some security obstacles, the video feed on his glasses reads “Mission Accomplished.” Yet, in glimpsing himself in a reflection, the third party realizes it’s not Amadour who finished the job.

Thankfully, Coulson manages to locate the guy who was sending Amadour orders. When Coulson shows the guy his badge, he drops dead of the same kill switch that could have ended Amadour. Amadour, meanwhile, helps Fitz and Simmons save her life by jabbing a needle into her eye.

In the end, Amadour is hauled off to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s headquarters, where Coulson tries to assuage her fears by telling her he’ll make sure she receives a fair trial. In a tease for next week’s danger, it’s revealed that a villainous individual applied some advanced technology to get something S.H.I.E.L.D. had desperately been trying to acquire.

– Chelsea Regan

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