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Warning: major spoilers ahead for Episode 6 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5, called "Fun & Games." If you haven't had the chance to watch the episode yet, you may want to check out some of our non-spoilery articles until you get to tune in.
Season 5 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has stuck the good guys into some very difficult situations. Prior to "Fun & Games," most of them were split apart from each other, with Simmons forced into serving Kasius, Daisy captured and on the verge of being auctioned as an Inhuman slave, May injured and taken away by the Kree, Fitz waking up from cryo-freeze, and Coulson, Mack, and Yo-Yo hindered by the metrics in their wrists. Luckily, the episode delivered a reunion between two characters who have been missing each other desperately all season, and the tides may be finally turning in the agents' favor, as this particular duo has pulled off incredible feats together in the past. Fitzsimmons are together again at last, and they're engaged!
It all began when Fitz suddenly appeared as Kasius was preparing to begin the Inhuman auction. Posing as a bounty hunter who has killed a whole lot of people and accumulated a whole lot of money for it, Fitz had to play the scoundrel whenever he was with Kasius and the other prospective buyers. As Simmons was busy playing the meek servant to Kasius, they couldn't exactly run toward each other right off the bat. In fact, the episode spent most of the hour building to when they were finally able to reach out to each other, throwing obstacle after obstacle in their way.
Fitz got off to a dramatic start by approaching Simmons from behind, warning her to be cool despite his unexpected arrival, and then proclaiming that no curse was strong enough to keep them apart forever. Then, in true romantic hero fashion, he proposed. Unfortunately, his big proposal failed due to the fact that Simmons was deafened by the device Kasius had implanted in her ear. She didn't even realize he was present until Kasius approached and she turned around. The Fitzsimmons reunion was delayed, but both Fitz and Simmons deserve credit for not totally giving themselves away as soon as they saw each other.
They had another shot at a big reunion a little later when they spotted each other on opposite ends of a hallway. The soundtrack swelled with an epic version of their theme and they began to walk toward each other... only to be foiled again when another of Kasius' servants came to summon Simmons. Another obstacle was immediately thrown their way when Enoch showed up to tell Fitz that another buyer has arrived at the Lighthouse whose fortune was greater than his, and he might not be able to buy Daisy and Simmons as planned.
Fitz, Simmons, and Daisy had no choice but to improvise to find a way to unleash Daisy on the Kree and the buyers. Their only choice was to make their stand when Daisy's inhibitor was turned off while she was in the pit to fight Sinara. When the big moment came, Fitz drew an icer and started shooting, Simmons did the best she could to slit Kasius' throat with what was basically a butter knife, and they were able to take down the energy shield that separated the spectators from the fighters. Daisy used her powers to rise up and awesomely take aim... and then Kasius' rich and brutal brother turned her inhibitor back on, sending her crashing down to hit her head hard on the floor.
It was too late for Fitzsimmons to go back on their plan, so Simmons leapt down into the pit. Fitz followed, although not without doing the kind of mid-air twist to activate the energy shield again that he could not have even dreamed of pulling off back in the early seasons of the show. FINALLY reunited, Fitz kissed Simmons, Simmons proposed to Fitz, and everything was perfect for them for the two seconds before they had to help Daisy to her feet and walk her out of the pit. Romance, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.-style! Now, things are finally looking up for the good guys.
Whether you love Fitzsimmons as a romance, hate Fitzsimmons as a romance, and don't especially care about the Fitzsimmons romance, it was enormously satisfying to see Fitz and Simmons finally rewarded after a hellish handful of episodes. As somebody who does kind of love Fitzsimmons as a romance... well, it never ceases to amaze me that the adorable little science nerds from Season 1 have built a love story that literally spans space and time. Besides, now that Fitz is in the mix and Simmons is free and able to hear, the core group of characters stand a fighting chance of defeating the Kree. Fitz and Simmons have been the brain trust of the series from the very first episode, and their combined intellect could be the variable that helps Coulson and Co. save everybody.
There are still a few more big reunions that need to happen. May was sent down to Earth without any allies at all, and her injuries mean that she's going to be in rough shape. Fitz, Simmons, and Daisy are undoubtedly going to be hunted all through the Lighthouse, which could complicate their efforts to reach Coulson and Co. Also, Mack has been separated from his beloved shotgun-axe for long enough. They deserve an epic reunion of their own.