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I’m undecided about whether I have a couch or a television where my heart is supposed to be. Whichever it is, it beats faster when a new episode of one of my favorite shows comes on.

**SPOILER ALERT**

Classic opening around a campfire telling ghost stories. Sadly, it would have been more appropriate last week than it is this week. I mean, c’mon! Perfect opening for a Halloween show!

Sad ending for the poor Scout leader, apparently eletrocuted and hanging in midair. Then it happens to another guy. Both of them seem to be the proverbial Boy Scouts, but it turns out their connection is that they’re both firefighters and they have cleaned an alien artifact. In doing so, they’ve contracted a virus through electrostatic shock.

Words of wisdom from Coulson about death. It’s moments like these that keep me watching. He was dead for more than 8 seconds, and he knows it. He knows he was somewhere else, and he knows it was beautiful. I am sure they’re going to keep us guessing how S.H.I.E.L.D. resurrected him.

Gemma’s contracted the virus through touching the first body, and we have to watch as she races time to create an anti-serum. My poor little animal-loving, vegetarian heart just shriveled when they zapped the poor rats even though I know they have to test them before they can use them.

If I were more of a geek, I’d know the difference between a vaccine and a serum. I’m thinking that a vaccination is for before you contract a disease, and a serum is for after.

Gemma decides that she’s going to commit suicide to protect the rest of the team from this virus. Ward jumps out after her, after stealing the parachute from Fitz. Coulson reveals to May that he ordered his own physical and that he feels different since he died.

If I had to put my finger on what was missing in the first 4 episodes, I think it is the relationship between the team members. It’s the reason that we watch a lot of the shows that we do. We all hope for coworkers that we like as much as the ensemble casts we see on TV seem to. We all want a group of Friends, a group of geeks to hang out with a la Big Bang Theory. At this point, I feel like they’ve bonded. I mean, both Fitz and Ward were willing to jump off a plane to rescue Gemma.

I was also missing that necessary connection with the characters. I didn’t care about them. I didn’t care if they lived or died, let alone whether they completed their missions. Now, there are a lot of intimate moments. I wonder if Fitz is in love with Gemma or vice versa. I’m glad that Skye likes Gemma. I wonder when Ward is going to trust Skye again. Now that I know about the real reason May and Coulson are so close, I want to hear more about May’s back story, too. Yes, the stories have to be good. If you don’t care about the characters, you’re probably not going to like the show.

One thing I would have liked to have seen in this episode was more background about this helmet. How did it end up in the firefighters’ hands? Is it something from The Avengers or one of the other movies that I’ve missed? An obscure moment that I don’t recall, maybe?