4x09 Broken Promises
First Aired: Jan. 10, 2017 on ABC
Summary: On the heels of their encounter with Ghost Rider, their strangest phenomenon yet, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. suddenly find themselves up against a myriad of new and ongoing threats: The anti-Inhuman Watchdogs are gaining political influence with Senator Nadeer, and uniting behind a …
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Phil Coulson: Huh. Hard to say. First time by a robot, though.
Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie: Even "Salvation"?
Elena 'Yo-Yo' Rodriguez: He brought this onto himself.
Phil Coulson: Once the Zephyr's ready, Agents May and Mackenzie will accompany me. We'll transfer the Darkhold to an agent who specializes in making items like this disappear.
Holden Radcliffe: How's he going to manage that - some sort of magic spell? Right, yeah, probably had your fill of dark-arts jokes, what with that flame-headed demon and all that.
- Simmons refers to the Director's assistant as" the Director's little Smithers" which is a reference to the character from the TV show "The Simpsons" where Smithers is Mr. Burns shady assistant. LC
- When Mack approaches Fitz and asks how Radcliffe is holding up, Fitz's responds "He's taking it pretty hard, actually. Aida was his life's work. She was kind of like a child". Mack comments in return; "Small wonder...". This is a reference to the 1985 TV series Small Wonder, which was based on the premise of a female child robot named VICI, who was created to be a domestic aide.
- Mack references numerous robot and AI-related sci-fi/horror movies and television shows (mainly from the 1980s) through the course of the episode. Those mentioned include Maximum Overdrive, The Lawnmower Man, The Terminator, Short Circuit ("Johnny 5"), Blade Runner ("Roy Batty"), Small Wonder, and Chopping Mall.
- SPOILER: Aida still has the real May locked up and drugged, while the fake May is at SHIELD