Sep. 24, 2013
Returning Series
60 min.
ABC TV Network

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D » Season 4
Marvel's Agents of  S.H.I.E.L.D - 04x10 The Patriot

4x10 The Patriot

4.05/5 (20 votes)
First Aired: Jan. 17, 2017 on ABC
Summary: Coulson and Mack discover a shocking secret about Mace, which leaves all of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a dangerous position.

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Series Main Characters

Guest Stars

Phil Coulson played by Clark Gregg
Melinda May played by Ming-Na Wen
Daisy 'Skye' Johnson played by Chloe Bennet
Leo Fitz played by Iain De Caestecker
Jemma Simmons played by Elizabeth Henstridge
Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie played by Henry Simmons
Holden Radcliffe played by John Hannah
Glenn Talbot played by Adrian Pasdar

Episode Quotes

Phil Coulson: Really, Glenn?
Glenn Talbot: You should be thanking me. We're in the middle of an arms race. World War III is gonna be decided by whoever has more enhanced assets. You need Inhumans to trust S.H.I.E.L.D.
Phil Coulson: And your plan to earn their trust was to lie to them? If you'd consulted me, I probably would have advised against that.
Glenn Talbot: Which is exactly why I didn't.
Phil Coulson: Keep digging that hole and see how that works out for you.
Phil Coulson: They're about to breach that door. How's your aim?
Jeffrey Mace: Talbot ran me through some basic training when I got this job, but I didn't think I'd did it, with the super strength and all.
Phil Coulson: No better time to practice than when your life depends on it.
Jeffrey Mace: After the explosion, everything was... chaos. People were screaming. I got smoke in my eyes. I wanted to get to safety. And... I tripped. I didn't even know she was there. Someone snapped a picture.
Phil Coulson: So you just went with it.
Jeffrey Mace: I tried to deflect. Everyone thought I was being modest. But they were treating me like the man I always wanted to be. Few months later, Talbot came to me with an offer. I thought I could be the face to end Inhuman prejudice.
Phil Coulson: And you wanted to help.
Jeffrey Mace: I thought I could. I believe... that Inhumans deserve the same rights as anyone else in this country. I'll call a press conference, resign, reinstate you as director.
Phil Coulson: [Mace starts to leave] You're not going anywhere.
Jeffrey Mace: Excuse me?
Phil Coulson: S.H.I.E.L.D. still needs a face. Sure, you lied, but you were good at it. Even with a gun pointed at you, and that's not nothing.
Jeffrey Mace: So... so what do you... what do you want me to do?
Phil Coulson: Same thing you've been doing. Defend S.H.I.E.L.D. to the public, play the hero. Keep the title, handle the politics; I never loved that part, anyway. But when it comes to operations, make no mistake: from now on, I'm calling the shots.


  • Glenn Talbot stated that he was tasked with "finding the next Captain America". This is a reference to Mace taking over the mantle in the comics.
  • The episode's title is a reference to Mace's super hero name "The Patriot".
  • SPOILER: Luke Cage (2016) fans will recognize the bullet the sniper uses as the JUDAS bullet: a bullet specifically designed for use against super-powered individuals.
  • SPOILER: As the Quinjet goes down after being hit, Agent McCafferty dies the same way as Wash does in Joss Whedon's Serenity.
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