Apr 27 2016 1:30pm

I’ll Do My Best to Power Through: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x18 FitzSimmons Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x18 FitzSimmons


Show/Episode: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, Episode 18, “The Singularity”
Ship: Leopold Fitz/Jemma Simmons (FitzSimmons)

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Last night, FitzSimmons went from adorkable adolescence to full-on adulthood, with a bit of suave added for good measure. All it took was looking death squarely in the face, then returning to each other.

They were on a mission, you see, to retrieve one Dr. Radcliffe from Romania. A “transhumanist” and leading researcher in parasitic organisms, he might be able to free Daisy from Hive, who uses his parasites to create massive levels of endorphins in the brains of Inhumans he infects. 

Before they left on their mission, they tried to talk about their make-out session the night before, during “The Team.” They are still at HQ, and for some reason keeping their relationship a secret, even though their feelings for one another are likely the least well-kept secret around. Fitz is worried that a romantic involvement will ruin long years of friendship and camaraderie. At this point, they are definitely adorkable, worried about who might hear their conversation.

Fitz: Uh, Jemma, uh, I know it's not a good time, but can we speak about what happened between us last night — professionally speaking, I mean.

Simmons: Of course, Dr. Fitz. We are colleagues, after all.

Fitz: That we are, Dr. Simmons, and, um … That we are. It's that working relationship which I would like to keep intact.

Simmons: Yes, we wouldn't want anything to interfere with it.

Fitz: Exactly. Um, so, that's why, as, as, as things progress with our, um... We should consider all variables as we move forward, because things are bound to get...complicated.

Simmons: You mean once we have sex?

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Their conversation continues while at a Romanian disco in search of the elusive Dr. Radcliffe.  Because Mack has eyes and ears on them (he is their muscle, their backup), Fitz turns off the mics, pretending there’s feedback. And then launches into a discussion of the singularity as a way to describe where they are in their relationship. Fitz’s caginess—what he thinks is caginess because, in fact, Mack knows precisely what they are up to as Bobbi and Hunter turned off the mics many times when they all worked together—marks the moment after which they agree to move from friend to lover, and when adorkable begins to turn into confidence. Seriously, by the end of the episode, my first thought was, “When did Fitz turn into James Bond?”

TV Recap: Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. 3x18 FitzSimmons holding hands

Currently, their simple, comfortable, and effortless friendship is linear. The singularity, Fitz argues, “the point at which a measurable variable becomes infinite,” is when change “becomes exponential, the point of no return.” Simmons, wanting to be clear, asks, “Are you comparing us sleeping together to crossing the event horizon?” She thinks that’s actually a lovely analogy. They both believe it’s also a terrifying thought, but are in agreement: They should stop thinking and start doing.

While at Dr. Radcliffe’s lab, they are separated. Daisy confronts Fitz, grabbing him telekinetically by the neck and begins to choke him, warning that if he doesn’t stop trying to “save” her, she will kill him. As for Hive, he uses Will’s words in an attempt to disarm Jemma, who is having none of it. Just as he moves in, she shoots him several times in the gut (with the gun May gave her earlier in the episode) and makes her escape.

This is the moment, I think, when Jemma truly comes into her own. In confronting Grant Ward—and Grant Ward as Hive, and Hive as Will—she’s faced her biggest nightmare and survived without anyone rescuing her. No wonder she practically attacks Fitz when he makes it back to the hotel room they’re using as their rendezvous point.

By the time Fitz returns to the hotel, Mack is already aboard the jet, so it’s just the two of them, finally, and he is more than a little exasperated. He’s the last one to return because he stuck around after Daisy let him go, you know, looking for her.

When they begin to hug and kiss and tear at each other’s clothes … yes, that’s what they do … Fitz pulls back and grabs Jemma’s hands.

Fitz: Jemma.

Jemma: Yeah?

Fitz: Your hands are freezing.

Jemma: Are they? They’re like little ice buckets, aren’t they? Do you think they can brave it?

Fitz: I'll do my best to power through.

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“I’ll do my best to power through.” With that line, Fitz is no more Simmons’ adorkable, in-love friend. He’s utterly manly and sure enough about himself to joke about the sex they are about to have. I found him incredibly sexy in that moment. Who doesn’t love a man who can joke and have sex at the same time?

It’s at this point that they fall on the bed, him atop of her, and the scene ends. Although I would like to have seen more, I can honestly say I’ve been waiting for this moment for three years, not nearly as long as the 10 years they’ve been together, but quite long enough.

Charting the Course: FitzSimmons discuss their relationship, Daisy nearly chokes Fitz to death while warning him to leave her alone, Hive tries to disarm Jemma by being Will, Jemma shoots Hive, FitzSimmons have sex.

Next Stop: Season 3, Episode 19, “Failed Experiments”


Laurie Gold has been blabbing online about romance novels for years.  When she’s not reading for three different book clubs, she takes extensive “walkabouts” in Portland, her new hometown. She welcomes visitors to her blog and to follow her at Twitteror on Pinterest


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1. wsl0612
I didn't comprehend why the last scene between them was set at that "time". I mean didn't Gemma just say that Mac was off packing up the Quinjet, which I presume meant that he might be back at any moment or be calling them to get on board? It was just weird to me that they were acting all leisurely and romantic at that point; I would've thought they would have to get back to base asap.
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2. LaurieGold
I also had a brief worry that Mack would show up while they were going at each other. I'd have to watch it again, though, to see if the continuity folks were asleep at the wheel. Part of the romance, I guess, comes from their being incapable of holding back. Less egregious, I think, than needing to stop and have sex while being chased by baddies in a jungle, for instance.
3. englerp
The consencus on the net seems to be that Mack isn't so much "loading the Quinjet" as leaving them alone for a while.
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