Lincoln is hunted by the A.C.T.U., Coulson and Rosalind have a chat at the beach, and May and Hunter join Fight Club.
S.H.I.E.L.D. H.Q. is thrilled at the return of Simmons, though she takes her time to readjust to the Earth’s gravitational properties. As the new team of Fitz-Morse (Morse-Fitz? Fitz-Bobbi?) explains, spending months on an alien planet has thrown her entire body and system out of tune with her home planet. But, all things considered, she seems to be okay, for now.
Unfortunately, the mood is brought back down from celebration to business when Daisy informs the team that the A.T.C.U. is on a man-hunt for fellow Inhuman and friend, Lincoln. The young doctor has been on the run since the night at the hospital where they encountered a giant monster on the hunt for Inhumans. With his identity as an “alien threat” revealed to the public, Lincoln has been hunted and is quickly running out of places to hide.
Hunter and May have their own target to hunt; the new leader of the new Hydra, Grant Ward. While Ward personally recruits the next generation of Hydra legacies, he is still open to new members of the more brutish and villainous persuasion. This is Hunter and May’s way into getting close to Ward. By reaching out to an old contact that now works with Hydra, they learn that the only way to join Hydra is to prove yourself in a no-rules-anything-goes fight. (The first rule of Hydra is: you do not talk about Hydra.)
While Hunter gets a few punches in (and May gets in a few more), Coulson takes the less aggressive approach and meets with the A.T.C.U.’s leader, the mysterious Rosalind. After ogling her goods (I mean her car.) they cut straight to the chase, laying all of their cards on the table. Coulson knew that Rosalind was holding something back for when she really needed it, and once it’s revealed, he’s left little choice but to play nice.
Much of last season, Coulson lead S.H.I.E.L.D. against potential allies. General Talbot and the U.S. military. The Real S.H.I.E.L.D.. As he says in “A Wanted (Inhu)Man,” he’s tired of fighting over who gets to fight the real fight. His meeting with Rosalind is his way of stopping the infighting and working together for the real fight. The similarities and differences are brought up in their conversation, beginning with Rosalind’s car, paralleling Coulson and Lola. (though Rosalind insists her car as a he.)
One of the strong differences that is brought up is their profile. The A.T.C.U. is front and center in the efforts to contain alien threats, Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. have been flying under the radar. Strange events keep happening that they are involved in, but the public doesn’t know that it’s S.H.I.E.L.D., as said by Rosalind. While it may seem far-fetched that the events S.H.I.E.L.D. has been involved with in the past season could be looked over as not being S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s also plausible that to the public, the difference between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra is nonexistent, which might further explain the reason Coulson is still not involved in the greater events of the M.C.U., aside from the apparent friction between Marvel TV and movies.
During Lincoln’s running from the A.T.C.U., there is an interesting bit of exposition that, while brief, tells much of what Lincoln has been up to since the death of Jiaying. He meets with his sponsor, who immediately asks if he’s been drinking. It’s another strong comparison this season has made between humanity and Inhumanity. In the season premiere, the secret of being Inhuman was compared to hiding Joey’s sexual orientation. Now, with the falling apart of his life with the Inhumans, Lincoln copes with loss and suffering just as anyone else could. Not only that, but he saw his problem and reached out for help, which is one of the best and hardest things one can do. whether you have super powers or not.