Interesting developments in light of the discovery of the Hydra cabal within SHIELD. I got the sense that Coulson was fairly senior within SHIELD. But for him to be one of the most senior agents remaining in the organization? It sounds like Garrett and his cohorts may have done far more damage than was first thought.
True to form, Talbot seemed like a tremendous prick. And it seems like he's gunning to take SHIELD apart. But I wonder if he's involved if we may eventually see "Thunderbolt" Ross work his way into the show, too? I think William Hurt did a great job with Ross in The Incredible Hulk, but I know that he's currently working on a Broadway play.
Ward's turn is seeming more and more legit as thing progress. I had initially thought that he was attempting to go into deep cover in an effort to infiltrate Hydra. But now I'm not so sure about that theory.
The one thing that I got a real kick from in last night's episode? It was actually a callback to the first Captain America & Falcon comic I ever got. In the comic Cap & Falcon went into a barber shop and got into chairs. From there, the chairs lowered into a secret SHIELD facility. And when "Flowers" got lowered into the Hydra base the same way I just loved it!