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Episode 1:07 – The Hub

Air Dates: November 12, 2013, January 28, 2014

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Summary: Dangerous secrets are being kept from Coulson’s team, and he works the system to save Ward and Fitz when they are sent on a Level 8 classified mission that may end in tragedy.

Writers: Rafe Judkins, Lauren LeFranc

Director: Bobby Roth

Main Cast:

  • Clark Gregg – Phil Coulson
  • Ming-Na Wen – Melinda May
  • Brett Dalton – Grant Ward
  • Iain De Caestecker – Leo Fitz
  • Elizabeth Henstridge – Jemma Simmons
  • Chloe Bennet – Skye

Other Cast:

  • Maximiliano Hernandez – Agent Sitwell
  • Charles Halford – Agent Shaw
  • Alison White – Marta
  • Ilia Volok – Vladimi

Filming Locations :Los Angeles
Location Setting: Caucasus Mountains, South Ossetia

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Comments

  1. Director E says:

    With a title like “The Sandwich Incident” this has to be one on the humorous side right?

  2. Agent Sullivan says:

    Director E said

    With a title like “The Sandwich Incident” this has to be one on the humorous side right?

    What a title! I’m picturing Simmons fiddling with something the lab. Fitz (who likes to snack) mistakes an experiment for a sandwich ingredient (or isn’t paying attention and grabs the wrong thing). The team then has to rush to save poor Dr. Fitz-y! And if 6 makes us cry then 7 needs to make us laugh. :)

  3. Agent OxygenZero says:

    Agent Sullivan said

    Director E said

    With a title like “The Sandwich Incident” this has to be one on the humorous side right?

    What a title! I’m picturing Simmons fiddling with something the lab. Fitz (who likes to snack) mistakes an experiment for a sandwich ingredient (or isn’t paying attention and grabs the wrong thing). The team then has to rush to save poor Dr. Fitz-y! And if 6 makes us cry then 7 needs to make us laugh. /wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif

    or possibly a strategy or event gone wrong or awkward.

  4. Or one of the several towns or islands called Sandwich is involved. In which case, puns galore will be forthcoming from all team members with the possible exception of Ward.

  5. So if we have a Sandwich Incident, does this mean we’ll be due for *dramatic pause*

    A SHAWARMA SHOWDOWN?

  6. Oh my god oh my god oh my god. Is this the episode they just revealed information about called “The Hub”??? Because … SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Agent Sitwell appears! And the description… oh my god, I’m salivating and I haven’t even seen this week’s episode #5 yet.

  7. I’m still stuck on Level 8…. Thought they were 7?

  8. Agent Sullivan says:

    Agent K said

    I’m still stuck on Level 8…. Thought they were 7?

    Hehehe, exactly! Back in The Consultant Agent Sitwell was Level 6 and unaware that was even a Level 7. Fast forward to now, we’ve got a team of newly Level 7 agents who have been put on a Level 8 mission. Of course, there’s still the question to me whether there is really a Level 8 or if this is a “on a scale of 1 to 10 this is an 11″ type of hyperbole. But I’m leaning towards a real level 8.

  9. So… Coulson was 7 then, is he 8 now? How does that work if half the team are 8 and the rest 7?

    And wonder which dangerous secrets are being kept…. what really happened to Coulson?

    Is there a scientific theory with the word sandwich? Like the way we have ‘string theory’?

  10. Agent Sullivan says:

    Agent K said

    So… Coulson was 7 then, is he 8 now? How does that work if half the team are 8 and the rest 7?

    And wonder which dangerous secrets are being kept…. what really happened to Coulson?

    Is there a scientific theory with the word sandwich? Like the way we have ‘string theory’?

    As big as “Level 7″ was in their marketing for the show I doubt that they’ll make any of the team members Level 8. Sounds like they’ve been put in a need-to-know situation but won’t permanently be needed the higher clearance.

  11. Agent Darque says:

    In Avengers Coulson was either second or third in command of SHIELD. There is a little debate about which but my impression was that he was second. So that means all we have above him would be Fury and the Council. I suppose Fury could be 8 and the Council 9.

  12. Agent Breedwell says:

    Agent Darque said

    In Avengers Coulson was either second or third in command of SHIELD. There is a little debate about which but my impression was that he was second. So that means all we have above him would be Fury and the Council. I suppose Fury could be 8 and the Council 9.

    Was he? He was only one of the people we knew from the past that was involved with SHIELD. We don’t necessarily have a laid out rank structure on it yet. Besides, if anything, Agent Maria Hill probably outranks Coulson, given as she’s the Director’s #1 Assistant.

    We’ll have new situations in Captain America 2 that lay out the real, BIG BUSINESS, side of SHIELD. Much more than we’re seeing now.

    This episode seems entertaining, but my only question is how long are they going to wait until they reveal what happened to Coulson/What he really is?

  13. Agent Darque said

    In Avengers Coulson was either second or third in command of SHIELD. There is a little debate about which but my impression was that he was second. So that means all we have above him would be Fury and the Council. I suppose Fury could be 8 and the Council 9.

    I always thought he was one of Fury’s top agents, his go-to troubleshooter guy, but still just a field agent. Plenty of REMF’s at HQ or on the helicarrier that outrank Coulson. The guy who runs Seal Team Six isn’t second or third in command of the US Navy. Elliot Ness isn’t second or third in command of the FBI. The NYPD’s top homicide detective isn’t second or third in command of the police department. If SHIELD has as much red tape and bureaucracy as seemed to be implied by that scene in the pilot with May and her Moat, Coulson as a top field agent isn’t even in the top half of the org chart.

  14. Agent Darque says:

    In Avengers Hill was acting like a First Officer on the Helicarrier. In an interview with her she said basically that Coulson outranks her but Hill kinda ignores that. There was an element of humor to the whole thing but that is about all the information we have to go by. So from that it seems to me Coulson is or was #2 with Hill #3.

    In the comics SHIELD originally had 8 levels of access. Much later on that was expanded to 10. So hard to guess at what they are using on AoS. However given Joss’ fondness for going with original stuff the 8 levels is not a bad bet.

  15. wordsmith says:

    From the description, I think that this episode will be related to the turmoil within SHIELD that is the focus of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Jasper Sitwell’s involvement is a giveaway since he’s in the movie. Major movie spoiler/speculation follows.

    [spoiler]Rumor from the set of CA:TWS say that Sitwell has turned rogue and is a HYDRA agent. If that is indeed the case, perhaps he or whoever he’s working for gives Coulson’s team a deadly assignment hoping to eliminate them. In the film, turmoil within SHIELD leads to Fury being attacked in an attempted assassination. Coulson is close to Fury and Hill, so he would be considered the enemy by those inside the organization trying to depose Fury. Sitwell seems to be one of the bad guys and I’d assume that Victoria Hand is, as well, from her comic book history. So this episode could provide a tie-in to Captain America and explain how the AoS team fits into SHIELD’s internal war. [/spoiler]

  16. Director E says:

    All I can say is.. there’s definitely a level 8 *points to signature* and that’s all I’m saying :D

    That and.. let’s try and avoid unfounded rumors on this site… we really don’t need to stoop to gossip :)

  17. wordsmith says:

    Sorry. I won’t post here again.

  18. Director E says:

    wordsmith said

    Sorry. I won’t post here again.

    You’re more than welcome here, just making you aware that we don’t indulge in gossip here out of respect for those working on the show. While other sites are happy to post unfounded rumors just to stir up trouble, we don’t.

  19. We have visual confirmation that Coulson is Level 8! http://www.seat42f.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/MARVELS-AGENTS-OF-SHIELD04.jpg

    Check out Coulson’s badge.

    It’s from stills released of The Hub. In retrospect, all we’ve ever had confirmed is that WARD was promoted to Level 7 in the pilot. There’s nothing to say Coulson wasn’t already Level 8 at the time. We’ve all just been assuming because of the now famous phrase making Coulson’s comeback.

  20. Director E says:

    I was all ready to say .. but their ID cards showed they were level 7 from back before the show aired… then I saw.. they never HAD levels on them!! /characters but that doesn’t make sense.. because when I created the ones I do for our contributors, they have the Level number on them… hmm.. now I’m confused!

  21. Is it weird that it makes perfect sense to me? When Marvel were building up to the show’s premiere, “Welcome to Level 7″ was the big marketing catchphrase and I can see why they wouldn’t have wanted to dilute that in any way. The show already had a big stumbling blcok to overcome with people constantly asking “but I thought Coulson was killed” and “are there going to be superheroes in this show” etc. It would have been a very bad marketing decision to introduce any extra confusion into that. Ergo, sidestep the issue by not having anything indicated on Coulson’s ID and the time.

    But since Coulson is leading the team, it makes perfect sense for him to be above Ward and May in pay grade/security clearance. So back in Marvel’s short “The Consultant” we know that Coulson actually actually knows more than Sitwell so he’s *at least* level 7 there. He never actually clarifies for Sitwell whether Sitwell’s assumption about Coulson’s security level access is accurate or not. So let’s say he already was Level 7. I’m guessing dying/nearly dying and then being revived/brought back to life and then being told to pretend to stay dead by Fury probably also came with a promotion. So it is not surprising to me at all to discover if, in retrospect, Coulson’s been Level 8 this whole time from the start of the show. He’s leading the team, he should know more than they do. It would only be appropriate for him to be ranked above Ward and May, with Ward particularly only just having been promoted to level 7.

    Anyway, I’m so freakin’ excited about the secrets finally coming out and things getting serious I’m about to explode. I’m trying to stay away from the new clip of FZZT but frankly, chances of me making it ’till Friday without sneaking a look are slim at this rate.

  22. Agent Sullivan says:

    Well well well, wadda know? Level 8!! Surprised I am so excited for this episode and the next one more than any so far (except for the Pilot of course).

  23. Agent Sullivan says:

    Director E said

    I was all ready to say .. but their ID cards showed they were level 7 from back before the show aired… then I saw.. they never HAD levels on them!! /characters but that doesn’t make sense.. because when I created the ones I do for our contributors, they have the Level number on them… hmm.. now I’m confused!

    We were watching Avengers yesterday, and Coulson’s ID (which looks just like the ones they released prior to the show) does in fact show Level 7, just like Sitwell’s ID in Item 47. Looks like his death gave him the Bus and a new clearance level.

  24. Agent Zaffie says:

    So, why’d the name get changed? Does “The Sandwich Incident” still exist or has the title been replaced rather than moved? Because that was a cool title. I liked that name. :(

  25. Director E says:

    The title was changed

  26. Agent Zaffie says:

    Oh ok. Well, that clears that up, but it’s incredibly depressing. Booooo. :(

  27. Agent Nataku says:

    I THOUGHT that was Sitwell. So excited now, I love that man. They need to use him more. And more. And more.

  28. Agent Zimmer says:

    I think to understand where this show is going.
    Episode 4: Find Akela. Possibly kill her.
    Episode 5: Find Schortch, possibily kill him (done)
    Episode 6: oh…Simmons is in biohazard? hug her warmly and give us in a quarantene blackbag, we don’t care about her, we care about the contagion.
    Episode 7: We need 2 guys. This mission is barely suicidal. Oh! we can’t send a rescue team. Thanks anyway agent Coulson. (snake peak)

    I think that Coulson’s team won’t be no more gladly agents of SHIELD. And the true Villan of the season will be Victoria Hand.