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- "The steps you take don't need to be big, they just need to take you in the right direction."
- ―Jemma Simmons[src]
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Doctor Jemma Anne Simmons is a genius biochemist and was one of the youngest and most prominent members of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s research division. Along with Leo Fitz, Simmons was recruited to Coulson's Team and worked with them on all of their missions. While on the team, Simmons became friends with Grant Ward and best friends with Skye. During the HYDRA Uprising, Simmons was an active participant in hunting for John Garrett and the rest of the Centipede Project. She was shocked and saddened to learn that Ward had been a member of HYDRA. Despite the events surrounding the Battle at Cybertek and Fitz's severe injury, Simmons stayed with the team to help rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. as Nick Fury requested.
As Coulson began to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D., she became aware that her presence was impeding Fitz's healing and took an undercover assignment to infiltrate HYDRA, but returned to S.H.I.E.L.D. when Raina broke her cover. She aided the team in their search for the Kree City and in other operations. When the Playground was attacked by another S.H.I.E.L.D. faction led by Robert Gonzales, she remained loyal to Coulson. After the War Against the Inhumans, Simmons found herself teleported to Maveth after being swallowed by the Monolith.
In the six months she spent there, Simmons met and fell in love with Will Daniels, until she was brought back to Earth by Fitz and S.H.I.E.L.D.. Simmons then dedicated her time to attempt to reopen the portal, determined to bring back Daniels, only to hear from Fitz that he was killed by Hive who managed to return to Earth. Fitz and Simmons tried to find a cure to Hive's power of controlling Inhumans' minds before S.H.I.E.L.D. eventually managed to kill Hive.
Jeffrey Mace was appointed S.H.I.E.L.D.'s new Director after the signing of the Sokovia Accords. Although she did not trust him, he appointed Simmons as his advisor in science and technology, which led to her becoming one of the superiors in the organization. Simmons investigated the existing of another dimension and helped S.H.I.E.L.D. to defeat Eli Morrow. With Holden Radcliffe's betrayal of S.H.I.E.L.D. and his kidnapping of most of her friends, Simmons and Daisy Johnson entered the Framework in order to rescue them. They succeeded and they all returned to the real world but had to face against the threat of the now living Aida. S.H.I.E.L.D. stopped the crazed Inhuman, but Simmons and others were sent to the year 2091 afterwards.
The team found themselves in a bunker located in the ruins of Earth called the Lighthouse and Simmons ended up becoming a servant of Kasius. She was later freed by Fitz who managed to come from the past to save her and the two engaged. Eventually, she and the others managed to return to the present, where she and Fitz would soon be married by Coulson. They worked to prevent the Destruction of Earth, came into conflict with HYDRA led by Hale and later with the Confederacy. They managed to kill Glenn Talbot, thus saving Earth; however, Fitz lost his life in the battle. Simmons followed Alphonso Mackenzie as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s new Director, searching for the present-day Fitz frozen in space.
The search lasted for a year to no prevail. However, Simmons forced the mission to continue which resulted in them being captured by the Chronicoms and be reunited with Fitz. The Chronicoms used them to help them achieve time travel, but they were able to escape and were recruited by Izel, who helped them get back to Earth. However, they learnt that Izel was intending to unleash her forces upon Earth, and they were rescued by S.H.I.E.L.D.. They continued to fight against Izel, as well as engage in an uneasy alliance with Sarge, who looked exactly like Coulson. While S.H.I.E.L.D stopped Izel and Sarge, Simmons and Fitz were ambushed by the Chronicom Hunters, and were saved by Enoch who helped them achieve time travel as well as create a Phil Coulson LMD to help them fight the Hunters.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Early Life
- 1.2 S.H.I.E.L.D.
- 1.3 Coulson's Team
- 1.3.1 Field Work
- 1.3.2 Chase of Michael Peterson
- 1.3.3 Finding an 0-8-4
- 1.3.4 Gravitonium
- 1.3.5 Searching for Akela Amador
- 1.3.6 Scorch
- 1.3.7 Infected
- 1.3.8 The Hub
- 1.3.9 Encounters with Asgard
- 1.3.10 Portal Discovery
- 1.3.11 The Clairvoyant
- 1.3.12 HYDRA Uprising
- 1.3.13 Grant Ward's Betrayal
- 1.3.14 Leo Fitz's Confession
- 1.4 Rebuilding the Agency
- 1.5 S.H.I.E.L.D. Civil War
- 1.6 War Against the Inhumans
- 1.7 Monolith
- 1.8 Return to Danger
- 1.8.1 Working on a Way Back
- 1.8.2 Therapy
- 1.8.3 Keeping Secrets
- 1.8.4 Telling Leo Fitz About Will Daniels
- 1.8.5 Awaiting Results
- 1.8.6 Watching the Sunrise
- 1.8.7 Discovering an Unlikely Connection
- 1.8.8 Reviewing Grant Ward
- 1.8.9 Ambush at the Distant Star Facility
- 1.8.10 Kidnapped
- 1.8.11 At the HYDRA Castle
- 1.9 Lab Work
- 1.10 Hive's Campaign
- 1.11 New Director
- 1.12 Watchdogs and LMDs
- 1.13 Framework
- 1.14 Trapped in the Future
- 1.15 Return to the Present
- 1.16 The Gravitonium Threat
- 1.17 Searching for Leo Fitz
- 1.18 Unstoppable
- 1.19 Izel's Campaign
- 1.20 War Against the Chronicoms
- 1.20.1 Ambush at the Lighthouse
- 1.20.2 Living a Life
- 1.20.3 One Last Mission
- 1.20.4 Debating HYDRA's Future
- 1.20.5 Infiltration into Area 51
- 1.20.6 Saving Daniel Sousa
- 1.20.7 Problems with D.I.A.N.A.
- 1.20.8 Repairs
- 1.20.9 Jumping Through Time
- 1.20.10 Stuck in a Time-Loop
- 1.20.11 Fearing the Worst
- 1.20.12 Kidnapped by Nathaniel Malick
- 1.20.13 Struggling with her Memory
- 1.20.14 The Arrival of Leo Fitz
- 1.20.15 Finishing the Mission
- 1.21 Retirement
- 2 Personality
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Facilities
- 6 FitzSimmons Designs
- 7 Relationships
- 8 Appearances
- 9 Trivia
- 10 Behind the Scenes
- 11 References
- 12 External Links
Jemma Simmons was born on Friday, September 11, 1987 in Ashburton, Devon, England. When Simmons was was born, she came out upside-down with her umbilical cord wrapped around her head. During her youth, Simmons was bed-ridden by scoliosis; her father, to relieve her boredom, would place her bed outdoors so they could stargaze together.
From an early age, Simmons developed a passion for science and had her bedroom filled with a lot of items related to Biochemistry. She desired to be a biologist due to her fascination with life and living organisms, including Cuttlefish. Simmons would sometimes find herself kept up at night, overwhelmed with troubles. So, her father told her to put all her troubles in her music box and that they would stay in there.
Simmons started attending the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy of Science and Technology, where she met Leo Fitz. The two were the youngest ever enrolled. Among their instructors were Vaughn and Franklin Hall, who taught chemical kinetics during their second year.
Working with Leo Fitz
Simmons was originally rivals with Leo Fitz, due to both being the smartest in their classes. They would constantly compete with each other, never speaking to each other until they were paired together in chem lab, where they realized that together they were twice as smart. One night, the two planned to meet together in Fitz's room, but on her way there, she got caught up in a conversation with Professor Anne Weaver, which caused her to be twenty-four minutes late. When she arrived, Fitz addressed her lateness, which he feared was because she had blown him off.
The two then awkwardly talked about each other's rooms until Simmons brought up the reason Fitz called her to his room, which was to help out with a problem he had. But due to him trying to play cool, he told her that he really didn't need her help but thought it would be good to bounce ideas off her, which she interpreted as him seeing her as "thick wall". Fitz then tried to correct what he meant by saying she was good at clarifying good ideas and mapping out consequential results. That night, Simmons would put Fitz in the friend zone.
Simmons would have a relationship with Milton during this time, to the dismay of Fitz, but he would be her only boyfriend, as Simmons didn't find anyone interesting, except Fitz. Despite this, Simmons still had a few sexual encounters with others, including a one-night stand with Tad, who she found boring, and never called back. Simmons and Fitz graduated from the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy three years early in 2004. Simmons was top of her class, earning two PhDs.
A 17-year-old biochemistry genius with two PhDs, Simmons, wanting to get answers to millions of questions that she had, joined S.H.I.E.L.D. as an agent. Wanting to see more than the inside of a lab, and against the advice of Professor Vaughn, Simmons convinced Leo Fitz to seek out a field assignment, claiming it would be the perfect opportunity to see the world.
Meeting Phil Coulson
As they walked up to the room, they talked amongst themselves about Coulson and the stories that they heard about him, making them more nervous, despite Simmons trying to stay calm about it. They then introduced themselves to Coulson, who was under the impression that "FitzSimmons" was one person. Coulson then went through the history, being the youngest to graduate, and an unauthorized biofuel experiment they conducted, which resulted in an explosion.
However, not only did their experiment: a new way to power a Quinjet with an algae biofuel hydrogen cell, inspire the superiors to use their design, but to also nominate them for a new S.H.I.E.L.D. operative group. Simmons was excited by the idea, but Fitz was initially against going, being afraid to go into the field, but Simmons was able to convince him. Stationed on the Bus, the pair have designed specialized equipment and compounds on the fly in various emergency situations.
Simmons and Leo Fitz were the first to arrive on the Bus, unloading all their equipment and bickering between each other until they were interrupted by Grant Ward, the next person on their team to arrive. Simmons then obtained a DNA sample from Ward and greeted the agent, excited for their "journey into mystery". Phil Coulson then arrived and the team would soon begin to take off, commencing their soon to be multiple missions together.
Their first foray into the field involved the case of Michael Peterson, a man in danger of exploding due to his use of the volatile Centipede Serum. Leo Fitz and Simmons investigated the Centipede Device and found that it was a combination of all known causes of superpowers including Chitauri technology, gamma radiation, the Super Soldier Serum, and Extremis. Meanwhile, they reproduced footage from the crime scene using the flash memory of a video camera and the audio recorded by Skye who had bugged the lab.
When Skye was kidnapped by Peterson, the team tracked them down to Union Station, trying to find a way to stop him without killing him. Simmons and Fitz eventually found a way to tranquilize Peterson without killing him and were able to give Grant Ward the Night-Night Gun before Peterson would cause an explosion from the Extremis. Simmons checked on Peterson and confirmed him to still be alive.
Finding an 0-8-4
The team then became aware of an 0-8-4 in Peru. As Simmons, Leo Fitz, and Skye were inspecting the 0-8-4, they soon came under attack, causing them to have to escape with the Peruvian rebels only to face an armed takeover of the Bus.
Being captured and tied up by the rebels, the team worked together to take back the Bus by activating the 0-8-4, causing it to blow a hole in the side of the Bus. The team was successful in retaking the Bus and securing the old HYDRA weapon. They then decided that the 0-8-4 should be taken to the Slingshot to be destroyed. When they arrived, they watched as the rocket took off.
- "Well, Gravitonium distorts gravity fields within itself, causing an undulating, amorphous shape."
"Which causes these, um, wiggly bits here. But when an electric current is applied, the gravitonium solidifies. And those gravity fields erupt, randomly changing the rules of gravity around it."
- ―Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz to Skye[src]
Coulson's Team received a message that a S.H.I.E.L.D. lorry transporting cargo had been attacked by a mysterious and invisible enemy. The team investigated and Simmons discovered that a rare element called Gravitonium was the cause of the attack. The team then learned that it was in fact Leo Fitz and Simmons' former mentor, Franklin Hall, who was the cargo and he had been kidnapped by billionaire Ian Quinn.
The team was sent into rescue Hall from Quinn's island home, with Simmons, Melinda May and Fitz observing Skye as she infiltrated an event held by Quinn. They then discovered that Hall was behind him getting captured in order to destroy Quinn's compound. When Phil Coulson attempted to shut down the machine, he failed, so Simmons told him to then find a catalyst, forcing Coulson to kill him.
Searching for Akela Amador
Phil Coulson, Melinda May, and Skye investigated a robbery where a group of military officers, escorting some diamonds were taken down by one woman who did it with her eyes closed. They soon learned that the assailant was Akela Amador, Coulson's old protege. The team then went to Zloda, Belarus to search for Amador, Simmons, Leo Fitz and Skye being instructed to look for her electronically in the van.
They then began to search for Amador, until they came across a broadcast with an unusual signal containing live surveillance looking at a van, which they then realized was their van. At that moment, they were hit by a truck, knocking them into a ditch. The team then regrouped in the Bus, where they were able to continue to see the surveillance, learning that Amador was being controlled. Simmons and Fitz were able to save Amador, performing surgery on her to remove the Backscatter X-Ray Eye Implant, despite it being a challenge for both of them.
Phil Coulson informed the team of Chan Ho Yin, a man with pyrokinetic abilities was kidnapped. The team then observed as Skye tracked down a Rising Tide hacker responsible for Chan's disappearance in Austin, Texas. The team then learned that Skye was in contact with the hacker and warned him about them. When they confronted Skye, Simmon and Leo Fitz went through some of Lydon's files while discussing Skye lying to them.
Back on the Bus, Simmons, and Fitz continued to look through Lydon's files until they found some evidence on him selling information, which Simmons went to inform Coulson about. They then learned that Chan was taken to a Centipede research base, which Simmons believed they were using him because his abilities would stabilize the Extremis element of the Centipede Serum. The team attempted to rescue Chan, going by "Scorch" now, but were unable to, forcing them to cause him to overheat, killing him.
After helping Phil Coulson with his physical, Simmons joined Skye and Leo Fitz, who informed her of Grant Ward's dissatisfaction with the weight of the Night-Night Gun, causing Simmons to do an impression of Ward, just like what Fitz was doing before she arrived.
While investigating a mysterious death in Wrigley, Pennsylvania, Simmons was unknowingly infected with a lethal alien virus passed along from a Chitauri Helmet. Simmons began an autopsy on the body to find out why it was floating, discovering a powerful electrical charge that had affected the brain. As Simmons inspected the second body, Melinda May showed her a Chitauri Helmet causing Simmons to realize that it was a source for a virus. Simmons was instructed in trying to find a cure, astonished by what she was discovering.
However, Coulson came to realize that Simmons was infected, causing him to put her in quarantine. Simmons continued to try and find a cure, running out of time before she would succumb to the virus completely. With time running out, Simmons and Fitz, overwhelmed by emotions, began to argue with each other until they eventually thought of how to make the cure. Simmons and Fitz, who was now inside the quarantine, starting working on the cure only to end up another seemingly failed attempt.
Simmons, believing she had no hope left, asked to be alone with Fitz only so she could knock him out and go to jump out go the Bus. Simmons then threw herself from the Bus, unaware that the cure did work. Fortunately, Ward caught her in mid-flight, gave her the cure and parachuted them both to safety They were eventually retrieved, where Coulson spoke with them, informing Simmons not to do anything like that again.
After rescuing Shaw, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent whose cover had been blown, Simmons extracted a storage device from his nasal cavity, containing all of the intel that he had gathered. Phil Coulson then mentioned that they would be going to the Hub, Simmons became very excited, not being there for a long time. When they arrived, Simmons and Leo Fitz explored the area, intrigued by the new equipment that would be present.
As Fitz packed for his mission, Simmons expressed her concerns as well as giving him his favourite sandwich, which she made herself. As they waited, Simmons and Skye began to investigate the nature of Fitz and Grant Ward's mission. However, Simmons was discovered by agent Sitwell and tried to lie her way past him. Acting irrationally, Simmons then used the Night-Night Gun on him, knocking him out. She then dragged his body away and returned to Skye. She then joined Melinda May, Skye, and Coulson in extracting Fitz and Ward.
Encounters with Asgard
Later, Simmons accompanied the team with the cleanup of the aftermath of the Battle of Greenwich, ignoring calls from her parents wanting to check up on her. The team then found themselves in Trillemarka National Park, where a mysterious couple cut down a tree and attacked the park rangers. Simmons was required to climb up the tree to inspect it, despite her fears. She then found that there were traces of alien substances in the tree where it had been cut, learning that it was of Asgardian creation.
Simmons, Phil Coulson and Leo Fitz then went to visit Elliot Randolph, an expert on Norse Mythology, where he informed them that the item the couple had stolen was a piece of the Berserker Staff. After the team failed to retrieve the next piece of the staff, Simmons checked on Grant Ward, who became unconscious during the mission from touching the staff. When they went to retrieve the third piece, they were ambushed by Jakob Nystrom, who stabbed Randolph. Simmons and Coulson went to revive him, but despite not being aware of his anatomy, they were successful. The team were able to obtain the staff and Simmons finally answered her parents calls.
Simmons and Leo Fitz visited StatiCorp after its particle accelerator exploded and scanned the area, discussing the possibility of telekinesis and there time at the academy, realizing that they never got to pull any pranks on any freshmen. Simmons then decided to pull a prank on Skye, as she never went to the academy. When Simmons and Fitz were analyzing Hannah Hutchins, they noticed no irregularities in her brain waves. When Skye asks about the origin of "The Cavalry", Simmons took that as the opportunity to prank Skye, telling her an incredibly bizarre story.
Simmons then discovered that the StatiCorp explosion actually ripped a portal between worlds and the "demon" that the team were investigating was Tobias Ford. As Simmons made this discovery, Ford emerged behind her and attempted to attack her, disappearing shortly after. Ford then attacked the Bus and managed to ground it. They learned that Ford was trapped between worlds as a ghostly figure and was attacking anyone who got near the woman he loved, Hutchins. Ford was ultimately stopped by Melinda May, who managed to talk him down.
Simmons then did some tests on Peterson, where she learnt that the Night-Night Gun that she and Leo Fitz designed was what stabilized him. Later, the team learnt that Centipede Project had kidnapped Ace Peterson and would trade for his father. The team decided to agree with the deal, using Simmons' Tracking Scent to locate Peterson when he is taken. However, it turned out that it was Phil Coulson that they wanted, taking him instead.
The team then began the search for Coulson, leading them to taking Vanchat, hoping he would be able to tell them the whereabouts of Coulson. As they continued to search for him, the team found themselves frustrated with Victoria Hand's priorities not being of rescuing Coulson, and having too many agents onboard making no progress, as well as removing Skye from the mission. Simmons and Fitz gave Skye a satellite phone in case of an emergency as well as informing her of how much time she had to try and locate Coulson on her own. Simmons and Fitz worked on the Night-Night Bracelet, designed to be able to neutralize people with the Centipede Serum. Simmons then received a call from Skye via the phone she gave her, informing them of the location of Coulson. When they arrived, Grant Ward went to deal with one of the soldiers, while the rest went to find Coulson. The team were able to rescue Coulson and bring him back to the Bus.
Due to an attack at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, Simmons and Fitz were asked to come in and help on the investigation as a device they created was used for the attack. They were greeted by Anne Weaver and asked to give the students a speech about their own experiences working for S.H.I.E.L.D.. During the speech, one student named Donnie Gill was frozen in ice and nearly killed in a similar attack. Simmons and Fitz managed to save his life and continued their investigation. They later learned that it was in fact Gill and another student, Seth Dormer, who had arranged the attacks on themselves to draw Fitz to the academy so he could inadvertently help them finish their design for a Freezing Device. The team managed to track down the pair, Dormer was killed by a lightning strike and Gill was arrested.
When trying to locate Ian Quinn, the team were able to uncover a purchase he had made and that it would be transported on a train in Italy. Simmons and Coulson posed as father and daughter in order to distract the carrier of the package to put tracking dust on him. When Coulson reminded Simmons of their target, Simmons informed him that she had prepared for everything, including an excessively detailed backstory for their characters, stating that she is not good at improvising. Simmons then began to cause a distraction, bumping into Mancini, placing the tracking dust on him.
When there was an interference with the comms, Ward went to Simmons to inform her that they had been made, telling her to go to Fitz and Skye. When Simmons got to them, they were being attacked by a man who then pulled out a Dendrotoxin Grenade, causing Simmons to try and contain the blast with her body. She was affected by the blast, causing her to be in a state of unconsciousness. Simmons eventually woke up and was found by the team. They then followed a tracker that Fitz and Skye had set, leading them to Quinn's mansion, where they found Skye bleeding out. Simmons saw the Hyperbaric Chamber and told them to put her in there. Simmons was able to keep Skye alive, but would need to give her medical attention soon.
The team brought Skye to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Trauma Zentrum, where the doctors would try to save her. After a while, the team were informed that there was too much damage and that she would only be able to stay alive on life support. With no other options, Coulson decided to try and save Skye the same way he was revived. Simmons and Fitz were instructed in analyzing Coulson's death and recovery report, to understand the medical procedures that took place.
They were boarded by John Garrett and Antoine Triplett in order to take Ian Quinn to the Fridge. Simmons and Fitz came across GH.325 and believed it to be what could save Skye from her fatal injuries. The two were able to locate the Guest House, where Garrett, Coulson, Ward, and Fitz went to find the GH.325. Simmons and Triplett monitored Skye and got to know each other. Fitz was able to bring one sample of the drug back and Simmons successful in reviving Skye.
After Skye recovered, Simmons would still continue to keep her under watch, secretly extracting blood samples from her to find something definitive about the drug she was given under strict orders from Coulson. Simmons expressed her thoughts on not being able to upload any of it to S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ, believing the drug to be a breakthrough. The team then came into learning of a strange energy reading over California. Simmons pointed out the similarities to the ones Erik Selvig recorded in New Mexico and London. The energy readings turned out to by that of the arrival of Lady Sif, who was there to track down an escaped Asgardian, Lorelei.
While the team tried to locate Lorelei, who had enthralled Ward, Simmons took the time to ask Coulson about sending samples of Skye's blood to HQ, which Coulson immediately rejected. When Lorelei hijacked the Bus and enthralled Fitz, he locked Simmons and Skye in the recovery room. When Coulson opened the room, they informed him that Sif had been sucked out of the Bus, not realizing that she was actually still hanging on. They then opened the hatch and they were able to defeat Lorelei.
Simmons continued to work on uncovering exactly what the drug was in Skye's blood while the rest of the team made progress in their search for the Clairvoyant. When Melinda May discovered that she was working on the drug, she asked some questions about Coulson and Skye's behavior, to which Simmons had nothing to comment on. After Deathlok critically injured Felix Blake, Simmons was transferred to the Hub to be a consultant on Deathlok.
She was enthusiastic because the Hub had better equipment than the Bus for analyzing Skye's and Coulson's blood to reproduce the drug. As she discussed this with Fitz, Triplett, who was order to be her escort, entered, causing Simmons to be happily surprised by this, due to her attraction to him. At the Hub, Simmons and Triplett watched the mission to track Deathlock, leading to them finding the Clairvoyant, who Ward shot and killed.
Still at the Hub, Simmons utilized the better equipment to continue to try to uncover the drug. She was then interrupted by Antoine Triplett, who began to question her when she started to act secretive about what she was doing. Simmons then told Triplett about what she was doing, including wishing to contact Anne Weaver for assistance.
Triplett then decided to help Simmons in her research, telling her if they get questioned, he'll do the talking due to her inability to convincingly lie. Simmons called Weaver for assistance, but she had her own problems: HYDRA was taking over the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy. Weaver warned Simmons that the war had begun. Simmons found herself locked in a room with Triplett, but he quelled her fears by giving her his pocket knife. When Victoria Hand's agents found them, they passed her test of loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D.. When Phil Coulson's loyalty was questioned, Simmons argued with Hand until she had his "crimes" listed. Ultimately, Simmons was reunited with the team as well as being impressed by Tripett's strength and loyalty.
In the aftermath, Simmons, Leo Fitz and Triplett began to repair the Bus. When the team was forced to leave the Hub, Simmons vouched for Triplett's loyalty and place on the team, which Coulson agreed to, giving her the responsibility for him. In order to not get hunted, the team's digital records had to be erased and Simmons had to relinquish her badge, causing her to get choked up about it. The team were sent coordinates, believing them to be from Nick Fury, so they decided to head there. During their trip, Simmons and Triplett expressed their concerns for Coulson's plan, despite Fitz telling them to have faith in him.
They soon landed at the location where Coulson spoke to his team, telling them how things were, and despite their doubts, the team still followed Coulson. As they made their way, Simmons took time to speak to Fitz, where she informed him that things were no longer the same. They then made it to the location, where they found a hidden base. When they entered, they were greeted by Eric Koenig, telling them that they were at the Providence, one of Fury's secret bases.
Grant Ward arrived at the Providence, badly injured, so Simmons performed first aid on him while he told them what had happened with John Garrett at the Fridge. Ward then claimed that he had killed Garrett in the fight. The team were then required, by Koenig, to complete a lie detector test to confirm their allegiance. When it was Simmons' turn, she was asked for her reason being there, to which she revealed that she was not sure. Simmons, Fitz and Triplett were then briefed by Coulson about Marcus Daniels, one of the prisoners to escape from the Fridge.
They then went to Portland to apprehend Daniels, where Coulson informed them more about Daniels and his potential target, Audrey Nathan. Simmons and Triplett then arrived at Nathan's location, rescuing her from Daniels, posing as the CIA, while Coulson and Fitz unfortunately failed at subduing him. They then brought her to a safe location, where she uncovered that they were actually S.H.I.E.L.D. and then told them about her history with Daniels stalking her and how she met Coulson. The team were able to defeat Daniels by luring him into a trap. The team then returned to find the Bus and the others gone.
Grant Ward's Betrayal
With some of their team missing, they began to search for them using the security footage, which were all erased, except for one showing the Bus. They saw Melinda May leave as well as Grant Ward and Skye later on. Simmons decided to make some pancakes, discussing with Leo Fitz that they need to stay hopeful for Phil Coulson’s sake. As Simmons searched for some supplies, she came across Eric Koenig’s body, which she would deduct through an autopsy that Ward had killed him. They focused on locating Skye, who they realized was playing Ward. The team then were alerted of an incoming threat, which turned out to be a group of special forces, led by Colonel Glenn Talbot, who were informed of the bases location by Maria Hill.
Simmons debated with Talbot, trying to tell him that they were not HYDRA, but it got them nowhere. Coulson and Hill then regrouped with them, and they all went to leave to find Skye. The team then went to a hotel in Los Angeles where Simmons and Fitz discussed Ward's betrayal, and the two reassured each other that they were not HYDRA. Coulson then decided that the team should take the night off and just relax after everything they have been through.
The next morning, while watching the news, Simmons wondered why Deathlok killed Alejandro Castillo. Coulson then recapped everything they had gone through: Centipede Serum, Ian Quinn, the Clairvoyant, GH.325 and how it was all connected to Cybertek. The team then discussed a way to destroy everything the was on Skye's hard drive, infiltrating the Cybertek Corporate Headquarters. After Antoine Triplett obtained some of his grandfather's Howling Commando Gear, the team prepared to go to Palo Alto. As Coulson and May pretended to be former S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists to stall for Skye, Simmons and Fitz provided them with what they needed to say to seem convincing.
The team were able to retrieve the some files on Deathlok and made their escape. They then went through all the files and realized Garrett's plan was to heal himself and then create an army. The team then headed to Havana, Cuba, learning that Garrett would be there. Simmons and Fitz found the Bus and informed Coulson, who ordered her to not engage. Simmons then had the idea to plant of the the D.W.A.R.F.s on the Bus so they could track it, but before they could, Grant Ward captured them and took them aboard. Fitz activated an EMP Joy Buzzer that fatally wounded Garrett, but as the two tried to hide in a Medical Pod, Ward cornered them and ejected them off the Bus into the Atlantic Ocean.
Leo Fitz's Confession
When Simmons awoke, Leo Fitz informed her that they had sunk to the bottom of the ocean and that he had broken his arm. When Simmons tried to suggest how to get out of there, Fitz told her that there isn't a lot of hope, even though he sent out a signal, as with the dissolving of S.H.I.E.L.D., no one would be listening. Fitz then came to the realization that they were going to die down there. The two then began to discuss what death would be like, providing comfort for each other.
Simmons then came up with an idea of how to break the glass without the water pressure crushing them. However, Simmons then learned that only one of them would be able to survive, due to the amount of air left in a tank. The two argued over who should take it, causing Fitz to reveal his true feelings for her. Simmons, overwhelmed with emotions, embraced Fitz and tried to get him to think of another way, but he pushed the button, breaking the glass, forcing Simmons to take the last burst of air.
However, Simmons was able to take Fitz with her and swim to the surface. They were then rescued by Nick Fury, who received the distress call. Simmons then woke up in a Hyperbaric Chamber, on a jet heading back to the mainland. Fury then informed Simmons that Fitz was still alive and she told him of where to find Phil Coulson. After the battle at Cybertek, Simmons was reunited with the team as Coulson became the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and they met Billy Koenig in the Playground. When asked about Fitz, Simmons only stated that he was alive.
Rebuilding the Agency
Undercover in HYDRA
- "Have you made friends?"
"Oh, sir, you don't need to worry. I mean, it's been a tad lonely, true, but... You weren't asking out of concern of my feelings, were you?"
"Undercover is all about the relationships you make. If you're gonna move up in HYDRA, you need to make friends."
- ―Phil Coulson and Jemma Simmons[src]
When Leo Fitz would come out of his coma, he would not be the same, due to his injury. Simmons, not being able to work with Fitz the same, felt it would be best to give him some time apart so he could recover. So, Director Phil Coulson put Simmons on a top-secret assignment in which she was to infiltrate HYDRA at its deepest levels. Moving to a house at 1180 N. Marne Drive in Crosswell, Delaware, she joined the science division and began working at the HYDRA Laboratories.
When Coulson came for her routine debrief, Simmons informed him that HYDRA were looking into Donnie Gill and how he possessed special abilities. The next day, Simmons was taken to Sunil Bakshi for questioning, where they discovered that she already knew Gill. She was then questioned about her loyalties with S.H.I.E.L.D., to which she lied about. To see if they could trust her, Bakshi sent Simmons onto a freighter harboring Gill. She was able to talk to Gill, and Bakshi was able to activate his brainwashing. Simmons proved her trustworthiness and remained undercover, as well as obtaining a promotion.
Weeks later, Simmons had an adjacent desk with her supervisor Kenneth Turgeon. They were ordered by Bakshi to attend a meeting that Daniel Whitehall was having with his top scientists, including Dr. Lingenfelter. Lingenfelter attempted to duplicate the effects of the Obelisk from skin samples of one of its victims, a waitress, but the recent experiment they had conducted did not meet Whitehall's expectations. Whitehall asked Simmons for her expert opinion, to Turgeon's jealousy. Simmons assured him that the Obelisk could be made into a weapon of mass destruction.
Simmons then sent S.H.I.E.L.D. a message via Flex Screen, not knowing that Raina was watching her. Bobbi Morse, head of security, and Bakshi were alerted of a mole in the facility and searched everyone's desk. As Morse interrogated Simmons, Turgeon was dragged away, as a flex screen was found in his desk. Later, when Simmons exited the restroom, Morse continued to interrogate her, while Simmons continued to keep her cover. When Raina blew her cover, Bakshi sent a security team after her, causing her to try and escape. She was then cornered by Morse, who revealed herself to also be undercover, attacking the guards and helping her escape. The two jumped from the roof where a cloaked Quinjet piloted by Antoine Triplett awaited them. At the Playground, Leo Fitz greeted Simmons with hesitancy.
Uneasy Reunion with Leo Fitz
Simmons watched over Grant Ward everyday since she got back, like she did before she left, where she noted that he had no way of knowing the time, but every morning at 5:30 he awoke and exercised. Simmons and Skye then discussed Ward and her recent time undercover in HYDRA until they were interrupted by Melinda May alerting them that the United Nations was attacked.
Simmons noticed that the victims of the attack were disintegrated, she helped identify Toshiro Mori from the hard drive that was obtained from HYDRA Laboratories. Phil Coulson asked her to learn more from the hard drive. Going to Leo Fitz for help in accessing the hard drive, the two started arguing about why Simmons left. She could not handle the conversation and left Fitz to his work. When Simmons returned, he and Alphonso Mackenzie told her that the Splinter Bombs were created by Vincent Beckers. Simmons went to the garage to thank Mackenzie for his help and his friendship with Fitz. Mackenzie told her that Fitz was better without her; she tearfully agreed. When Ward was being transferred to federal custody, Simmons promised to kill him if they ever met again.
Helping Phil Coulson's Problems
When Alphonso Mackenzie and Leo Fitz brought the body of Janice Robbins so Simmons could perform an autopsy, she was still bitter about what Mackenzie had said to her previously. She then asked if anyone would like to leave, which everyone agreed to, not wanting to observe an autopsy. Simmons discovered that the cause of death was cardiac arrest, and noted that the carvings were similar to the ones John Garrett had made. She then discovered that Robbins and the killer both had GH.325 in their blood. They then tried to find out more about the Project T.A.H.I.T.I. by using the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine.
Simmons reminded Phil Coulson that, after six months of research, she and Fitz still did not fully understand the machine. Coulson proceeded nonetheless and Simmons was stationed to watch his vitals as he recalled the past. When Coulson could no longer handle the experience, Simmons ordered the session to end. Afterwards, Simmons wondered where Skye went, to then see her on the video monitor to Vault D, as Coulson locked her inside with the Inertial Confinement Laser Barrier and left. Simmons freed Skye, who went to chase the Director. Later, Simmons was among the assembled senior agents when Coulson gave the new mission: to find the city that matched the Words of Creation before HYDRA could.
- "This is decades of research and it's incomplete. But I did find the original 0-8-4 report signed by Agent Carter herself."
"Anything on Red Skull?"
"Did you hear what I said? Peggy Carter, founder, happens to be British, held this in her hand. No. Anyway, um... No Red Skull, but a lot of references to one of his commanders, Werner Reinhardt."
- ―Jemma Simmons and Melinda May[src]
As Bobbi Morse interrogated Sunil Bakshi, Simmons expressed her admiration for her being that close to him. When Morse believed to have uncovered something from Bakshi, Simmons suggested that they procure old Strategic Scientific Reserve files to find what connection Daniel Whitehall had to the Red Skull, causing May to open Vault B.
Simmons wasn't able to find any connection, however she loved that she was touching the same files as her hero and S.H.I.E.L.D. founder Peggy Carter. They continued to search through their files until Lance Hunter came across a picture of Werner Reinhardt. Simmons realized that he was Whitehall; however, her research could not find the secret of Reinhardt's youth.
Destroying the Kree City
Simmons inspected Antoine Triplett's wounds when he returned to the Playground from Australia and told him that she was thankful that he survived his mission. Before Triplett could tell her about Calvin Zabo, Skye's father, Skye interrupted and the three discussed him together.
Simmons was chosen to accompany Phil Coulson to Puerto Rico to destroy the city that matched the Words of Creation. While preparing for the trip, she shared with Bobbi Morse her feelings about Leo Fitz, the coma he experienced, and how she was not ready for a relationship with him greater than friendship. Upon arrival, the silence between the two scientists caused Alphonso Mackenzie to leave them alone to talk privately. Tearfully, Simmons attempted to explain to Fitz why she left him to go undercover months ago; Fitz interrupted her to say that he could not work with her. She misinterpreted his statement and asked if he was quitting S.H.I.E.L.D.; Fitz felt like it best that he work for her, making her leader of the science team.
Inside Castillo San Cristóbal, Simmons and Fitz prepared the D.W.A.R.F.s to test the structural integrity of the city so when they destroyed it, it would not affect the residents of San Juan. When the drones lost power, Mackenzie was sent into the hundred foot shaft to investigate. Hearing his screams, he was hoisted up; Mackenzie then slapped Coulson across the room. During the battle, Simmons was hit and began to fall into the hole. Coulson, ordering Fitz to shoot the super-strong mechanic, grabbed Simmons and struggled to stop her fall. As Mackenzie approached Simmons and Coulson, Morse used her battle staves to electrocute him; stunned, he fell into the hundred foot hole just as Coulson saved Simmons. They then returned to the Bus, where Simmons and Fitz discussed the possibility of Mackenzie being alive, which Simmons believed could be due to a zombie-like influence over him.
When the team planned to go back to the city, Simmons and Fitz provided containment suits, believing it will protect them from anything down there. Simmons, along with Fitz and Antoine Triplett, in containment suits, then went down to the Kree City to plant explosives and to see if Mackenzie survived. However, it was taking too long for them to plant all the bombs, so Fitz decided that they split up. When Simmons and Triplett set their final bomb, they were soon reunited with Fitz, who had also set up all of his bombs with ten minutes to spare. However, when they discovered that Skye and Coulson were in the city, Triplett ran off to defuse the bombs. An earthquake occurred as she waited with Fitz, and they hugged in panic as the island shook, causing rubble to fall around them.
- "I was so curious about powers, about unearthly biology, wondering where it might lead, hoping to better understand it, control it. I should have been trying to terminate it, erase it from existence."
"What? You... you've helped plenty of people with powers. It's... it's part of the world that we live in."
"It's a plague, Skye. All of it. It only ever brings us death."
- ―Jemma Simmons and Skye[src]
Simmons was in charge of a team of scientists mapping the Kree City. Her teams planned to document, then flood the area so neither HYDRA nor any one else could harness it. When her team found the remains of Antoine Triplett, she shouted for them to handle it carefully. However, two scientists were dragged off and killed by a transformed Raina. Simmons shot at Raina and managed to hit her several times; however, Raina still escaped up a lift. Simmons reported this to Phil Coulson who allowed her to return to the Playground, since Simmons wanted to check on Skye.
Back at the Playground, Simmons told Skye, who was in quarantine, about her encounter with Raina. She showed her that Raina's genetic makeup had changed and said that aliens should be neutralized to prevent an epidemic. When Skye pointed out the harshness of her stated conclusion, Simmons told Skye that everything was her fault, including the death of Triplett, because of her interest in superpowers. She decided that instead of her dedicating half of her life trying to understand alien technology and biology, she should have been focused on trying to exterminate it.
Skye tried to refute her claim pointing out that she had helped plenty people with powers; Simmons pointed out the hostile ones like Donnie Gill, Chan Ho Yin, and Carl Creel. Simmons even noted that the Avengers themselves would not be necessary if they did not unleash an alien invasion on the world. As May and Coulson wondered what to do about Raina, Simmons voiced that killing Raina would not be the worst scenario.
Simmons returned to Skye's cell when Leo Fitz brought her blood test results; the test said that Skye was normal. Unknown to Simmons, Fitz gave false results to quiet Simmons' possible fear of her until everyone would be more receptive of her change. Simmons and the other senior agents then sat remembering Triplett. Simmons told them all of a story Triplett had told her of a trip he went on with his grandfather.
Lady Sif's Return
When Lady Sif arrived on Earth with no memory, Simmons and Leo Fitz went through footage of an encounter she had, which they discovered Sif hitting the unknown assailant, causing something to come off him. She then informed Phil Coulson of a heavy artillery being loaded to take down the assailant as new I.C.E.R.s were being developed.
When Simmons received a scan of what came off the assailant, she was able to determine that it wasn't blood, but liquid nitrogen. When Skye and Morse returned from being defeated by the assailant, who they believe to be Kree, Simmons checked on Morse, who was knocked out from the attack. When they captured Vin-Tak, who restored Sif's memories and informed them of Terrigenesis occurring on Earth, Simmons and Fitz inspected the Diviner Box, where they discovered that it was empty. Simmons assumed that all the Diviners were taken during the 1940s.
Leo Fitz's Lie
- "Fitz's intentions were good. He wanted to protect a friend."
"From me? And how is that protecting her? Corrupting data, altering test results? Fitz and I shared science. It was sacred. Now that's changed, too. I have to accept that he's different now... and our relationship won't ever be what it was."
- ―Bobbi Morse and Jemma Simmons[src]
Simmons then noticed results of an extraordinary DNA sample, similar to Raina's, which Leo Fitz lied about, not knowing they were actually Skye's. Simmons then realized that Skye did go through a change in the Kree City and that Fitz had known all this time. As they cleaned up the Playground, Fitz attempted to explain to Simmons why he lied to her, she, along with the rest of the team, told Fitz that they should have known, for their safety, meanwhile Skye overheard this argument. Discussing Fitz's actions with Bobbi Morse, Simmons told her that science used to be sacred to Fitz and that Fitz would never have corrupted data or altered test results in the past, and that she would have to accept that he was different and that that their relationship would never return to the way it was.
- "I think it best we keep in mind the unstable nature of Skye's power. If there is an Avenger equivalent, right now I'm afraid it's the Hulk."
"Well, Hulk saved the world, last I checked."
"You're absolutely right. But given the choice, I believe Bruce Banner would not hesitate to cure himself once and for all."
- ―Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz[src]
Simmons was then tasked by Phil Coulson to complete Skye's Index file, which she was not able to understand how the Terrigen Mist caused Skye to unlock her abilities. When Doctor Andrew Garner was brought in to work with Skye, Simmons debriefed him of their current assessment on Skye.
When Fitz observed Melinda May and Garner talking, he and Simmons discussed them, slowly improving their own relationship. However, they were interrupted by an alert from another outburst from Skye. When Skye began to become injured from her abilities, Simmons built a cast for her to help contain the shaking. When Simmons handed in Skye's Index file to Coulson, she suggested differentiating the types of candidates: 'Enhanced' for man made, and 'Gifted' for those with natural powers. Coulson told her it was a top priority to understand how to stop them and to keep it between themselves.
Simmons began to work on gauntlets, which would deliver minor electricity discharges which would lower the magnitude of Skye's abilities, keeping her from hurting herself. As Simmons checked over Skye's injuries, she and Fitz began to argue about Skye's control over her abilities. Simmons the completed the gloves, aware of some repercussions, and gave them to Coulson. She refused to specify when Fitz asked her what was in the case that she had taken to Coulson.
The "Real" S.H.I.E.L.D.
While Skye was at the Retreat, Simmons video called her to check up on her. When Bobbi Morse caused a blackout in the Playground, Simmons was arming herself in the locker area, when Morse entered. Being aware of Morse's apparent betrayal, Simmons was therefore scared at first. She was able to calm herself, and act as though she was oblivious to the true unfolding events.
She managed to stall Morse, tricking her into holding two small devices that shocked and rendered her unconscious. When S.H.I.E.L.D. agents loyal to Robert Gonzales invaded the Playground, Simmons and Leo Fitz sat side by side on the floor, watching the events around them, unable to do anything. Simmons knew Fitz was scared, so she rested her hand on top of his, and he returned the gesture. They were then surprised by the arrival of Anne Weaver, who asked Simmons for her medical expertise on Alphonso Mackenzie; she first looked at Fitz and waited for his approval before going to attend to Mackenzie.
Simmons and Leo Fitz discussed the Toolbox before being confronted by Robert Gonzales and Bobbi Morse. Gonzales attempted to exchange pleasantries, but Simmons rebuffed him. Gonzales asked Fitz to open the Toolbox, and Simmons retaliated with asking what would happen to him if he refused. Morse assured them that Fitz would be free to go; however, they both left, refusing to help Gonzales. When Fitz decided to leave, Simmons and Morse talked while he packed. Morse seemingly convinced Simmons to stay and help to open the Toolbox.
Instead, Simmons, stalled the process and replicated the box in order to smuggle it out of the Playground with Fitz. When Fitz learned what she was doing, he covered her actions and convinced Alphonso Mackenzie and Morse that Simmons was in earnest. She later packed Fitz's favorite sandwich in his bag, and helped him get the backpack on. She watched with Morse and Mack as Fitz left the Playground. After Fitz left, Simmons continued in her ruse, claiming the Toolbox, which was a fake, to be useless without Phil Coulson.
When Melinda May returned to the Playground, Simmons greeted her warmly. May asked her to assist her in recent revelations that Phil Coulson was accused of being deceptive. May told Simmons that Coulson asked her to work on upgrades to Deathlok without her knowledge; they decided to learn what Theta Protocol was.
Simmons learned that Coulson was spending a lot of money and was having clandestine meetings with Andrew Garner. Mack theorized that Coulson was making a super-powered team without anyone's knowledge. May ordered Simmons to open the Toolbox, but Simmons hesitated, not wanting to reveal that she had duplicated it and smuggled the real one out of the Playground with Leo Fitz. However, she told May that she would do her best.
When Simmons and Melinda May were in Phil Coulson's office, Simmons revealed that she had worked on a fake Toolbox and that had she helped Leo Fitz in smuggling out the real one. May told her that she would handle it. Simmons continued her false attempts to open the Toolbox as May and Bobbi Morse entered the lab, but May told her she could stop because she had told Morse the truth. May and Morse asked her if she could hack into Deathlok's hard-drive so they could have an opportunity to see, through him, where Coulson was. Simmons said it should not be too hard and dumped the fake Toolbox in the trash.
While Simmons worked on her mission, May came to ask her if there was any luck. Simmons argued with her that she was on Robert Gonzales' side, but May said that she the only reason why she helped him was because of Coulson's lies. Simmons told her she didn't care of what was inside the Toolbox but the only thing she knew was that Coulson was just trying to protect Skye. Simmons, May, Morse and Alphonso Mackenzie were in Coulson's office when Skye called abruptly and said she was with Calvin Zabo and S.H.I.E.L.D. needed to take him from where she was. May signaled Simmons to locate Skye's location. Later, Simmons succeeded hacking Deathlok's hard-drive. She and May were shocked after they saw that Coulson was with Grant Ward.
After Phil Coulson returned to the Playground with Leo Fitz, Grant Ward and Agent 33, Fitz went to see Simmons. They talked together about Ward and Agent 33's relationship as well as Fitz telling her that he attacked Ward. Simmons, confused on how Coulson could work with Ward, then explained to Fitz how she could kill Ward with a Splinter Bomb. Fitz realized that she was serious about the idea, but Simmons said she was only arming herself against Ward. Knowing she would have an opportunity to kill Ward, Simmons obtained a Splinter Bomb and asked Coulson if she could join the mission to infiltrate the Arctic HYDRA Research Facility and rescue Deathlok. Coulson agreed she could come to look after Peterson's injuries.
The team, which comprised of the original members of Coulson's Team, boarded the Bus where they heard a loud noise, which was revealed to be Skye, who had been teleported to assist them with the mission and to rescue her friend, Lincoln Campbell. On their way to the base, Simmons and Fitz talked with Skye about the place she had been. Coulson asked Ward to give the information about the base sent by Sunil Bakshi, who Ward had brainwashed into serving him. Ward began, but then started to explain his actions during the time it had been revealed he was a HYDRA agent. Ward asked for the team's forgiveness, but nobody gave it. Near the base, HYDRA spotted the Bus' location and sent missiles to shoot it down, but the team escaped with a Quinjet and entered the base.
In the base, the team joined Bakshi and they were split into two groups: Coulson, Melinda May and Fitz went to take down the defense system so Robert Gonzales' men could destroy the base, while Simmons, Skye, Ward, and Bakshi went to find Peterson and Campbell. Bakshi led them to a room where Peterson was, but HYDRA agents shot in their direction. Skye used her powers to knock them out and they found Peterson in his cell with Peterson unable to stand due to the torture he had endured. Simmons asked Ward to find something with which she could take Peterson, in order to make a distraction and kill Ward with a Splinter Bomb.
While Ward had his back turned and was distracted searching the base, Simmons sneaked into the room and prepared to kill him with the Splinter Bomb; however when she threw the Splinter Bomb, Bakshi sacrificed his own life for Ward's, jumping in front of him and having his body turned to dust within seconds. Simmons attempted to puller her gun on Ward, but he already had his pointed at her. He demanding to know why she had tried to kill him, so Simmons reminded him of her vow to kill him. Instead of shooting her, he lectured her and told her that he was disappointed in the change in her. He then allowed her to live and left the base. With Ward gone, Simmons went to help Skye rescue Campbell and Peterson before Gonzales destroyed the base.
With the base was destroyed, Simmons and the team returned to the Playground. Simmons and Fitz talked with Peterson about repairing his leg, which had been removed and destroyed by Doctor List and his HYDRA scientists. Peterson asked what happened to Bakshi, and Simmons said he did not make it, giving no details and choosing not to reveal the truth about her attempt to assassinate Ward.
Simmons and Leo Fitz watched Skye while she was near the anesthetized Lincoln Campbell. Then, they informed Kara Palamas that the brainwashing of HYDRA was not affecting her reactions anymore. Palamas thanked them and asked Simmons about her undercover mission in HYDRA with Bobbi Morse, but before Simmons could explain more, the light of the building turned on and off, as Campbell awoke from his coma. Simmons checked if everything was alright, and put Campbell on the Index. She came to say goodbye to Skye before she left with Campbell to the Afterlife, giving her the Hula Girl Doll from her father's office.
S.H.I.E.L.D. located the Afterlife, and Simmons' prepared to put all of the Inhumans on the Index. As she prepared to leave, Fitz went to see if she needed help adding to the Index, not actually wanting to go. Fitz then discussed their recent dangerous mission and how neither of them could kill Grant Ward, because they are better than him. However, Simmons revealed to him that she did try to kill Ward, and now feels bad that she failed. She then told him that whatever Ward did next was on her, and then she headed to join the team on the Quinjet to Afterlife.
Simmons then entered a Quinjet and headed off to the Afterlife. When they arrived, she informed Robert Gonzales that there are more people in there than they had expected. After they landed, Gonzales went to meet the Inhumans' leader and Skye's mother, Jiaying, and Simmons was with Skye and Campbell. But soon after, they heard gunfire from the room where Gonzales and Jiaying were. They ran to the noise, where they found Jiaying bleeding, claiming Gonzales had shot her. Simmons tried to help, but was rebuffed by the Inhumans and told to go back to S.H.I.E.L.D.
Simmons came to a Quinjet and told Melinda May and Phil Coulson what happened. Coulson asked her where was Robert Gonzales now, but Simmons did not know, so May went to search for him. After May was knocked out by Skye, the Quinjet that she and Simmons were in returned to the Playground. On their way to the base, Coulson asked Simmons if they had confirmation on who had fired the missile within Afterlife, but Simmons said they had not and they were still searching for the that Quinjet.
May woke up and Simmons asked how she felt and then blamed Gonzales that his action led to this conflict, but Anne Weaver defended Gonzales, saying that he would not do such a thing because he had wanted to give Jiaying a peace offering. Simmons did not understand Jiaying's move, inviting S.H.I.E.L.D. only to attack them. Coulson did not know why but postulated that Calvin Zabo might.
Calvin Zabo's Transformation
As they returned to the Playground with Calvin Zabo, Simmons said to Phil Coulson that she feared that Zabo was a Trojan horse and that he had taken a formula from the vials. She said to him she was going to analyze it in the lab.
In Coulson's office, Coulson discovered that Jiaying staged the attack of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Afterlife so the Inhumans would think that they declared war on them. Coulson came to check Simmons' progress with analyzing the formula and Simmons gave him a partial list of the chemicals in the formula, saying Zabo made an unsuccessful attempt to get super strength. Coulson asked if he would be alright but Simmons said he had taken three vials so he should be dead. When Zabo had a heart attack, Simmons tried to revive him by giving him an adrenaline syringe.
Zabo's heart went back to work but he became monstrous with remarkable strength. Simmons, Coulson and Leo Fitz tried to shoot him with I.C.E.R.s, but they were ineffective. Coulson ordered them to go so he could talk with him. Cabo the bean to roam around the base, looking for agents to kill, until Simmons and Fitz lured him into the hangar where Coulson could reason with him. Coulson convinced Zabo to assist them against Jiaying, and Zabo was put under armed guard while Simmons helped counteract the effects of his formula, resulting in the reverse of his physical changes. Fitz then informed Coulson that the Inhumans had hijacked the Iliad while they were fighting Zabo.
Saving Bobbi Morse
Later, Melinda May and Lance Hunter found Bobbi Morse, who had been shot saving Hunter's life. The two flew her to the Playground where Simmons prepared to analyse Morse, having to use an alternate room, due to Calvin Zabo destroying the lab.
Phil Coulson and Leo Fitz came and asked about Morse's condition on her way there. Simmons responded that she barely survived, and Coulson asked if Zabo was stable enough to join them in the mission to retake the Iliad, but Simmons and Fitz were surprised to hear that. May and Hunter then entered the room with the wounded Morse. Simmons and her team of physicians started to operate on her. Finished with the operation, and with Morse beginning to recover, Simmons put her hand on Hunter's shoulder to comfort him.
Addressing her Feelings
Simmons then went to say goodbye to Leo Fitz, who was apart of the expedition to retake the Iliad. She said to him to be careful but Fitz said that he will just get the job done. Simmons admitted that seeing Lance Hunter with Bobbi Morse made her realize that they had never spoken about what Fitz said to her in the bottom of the ocean. Fitz was surprised she wanted to speak about it now, but Simmons said hesitatingly that it meant a lot to her that they were friends again and they could talk about it. Fitz said that that there was nothing to discuss but Simmons replied that maybe there was. Phil Coulson then entered and said to Fitz that they were on the move. After Fitz walked out, Simmons started crying.
Inspecting the Monolith
S.H.I.E.L.D. and Skye were able to stop Jiaying's plans, leading to the deaths of Jiaying and the teleporter Gordon. A few days later, Phil Coulson appointed Alphonso Mackenzie to the head of the alien artifacts division. Simmons worked with Anne Weaver on the Monolith on the Iliad. She said that they could get better data if they could put a probe inside the glass which protected the stone. Mackenzie then responded that they would not open the glass for thousands of years.
While continuing to work on the stone, Leo Fitz awkwardly tried to ask Simmons out to dinner; however, it took her a long time to realize he meant they go out together on a date. As Fitz became more awkward he stumbled, causing the lock on the case to loosen. Simmons agreed to join him and he nervously left the room. Once he had gone, Simmons then found out that the case was unlocked; while trying to re-lock the case, the stone morphed into its liquid form, shooting out and swallowing her. Simmons shouted, and then the stone went back to its original solid form.
Other Worldly Experience
- "There has to be a sunrise, eventually."
- ―Jemma Simmons[src]
Simmons was then transported to another planet, where she was unable to return back to Earth due to the way she was transported closing up. Simmons questioned where she was and began to try and figure it out. She then discovered that there were multiple moons. After six hours, she began to assure herself that everything would be fine, believing someone will come to extract her.
As she waited, she began to make a log on her understanding of the Monolith, understanding it to be a portal. She then began to study the planet, recording her discoveries, including the breathable atmosphere and stronger gravity as well as take some pictures of the planet. Simmons continued to wait for thirteen hours, keeping herself grounded by talking to a picture of Leo Fitz on her phone, recounting some of his advice, and deciding to sleep.
After twenty-two hours, she noted that the sun had not risen, questioning the length of the nights on the planet. Simmons would then continue to wait for another forty-nine hours, becoming angry at not seeing a sun, causing her to breakdown. By seventy-nine hours, Simmons assessed that a normal human can live without water for one hundred hours, so she then became focused on survival, leaving a trail in case someone does find her. By the eighty-first hour, Simmons began to talk to herself about the date they had planned with Fitz. She then found water after one hundred and one hours. She then began to desperately drink from a small pond, relieved in her success. At one hundred nine hours, Simmons decided to swim in the pond, finally finding time to relax.
Suddenly, she was grabbed by a creature in the water and almost drowned; Simmons fought it, detached a tentacle, and then decided to eat it. After four hundred and minty-two hours, Simmons continued to make her talk to Fitz, realizing that she would need to find some food or she would grow weak and die. Simmons crafted herself a weapon and returned to the pond to kill the creature that attacked her. She successfully defeated the creature and celebrated her victory. She then started a fire and cooked the creature, letting out a loud burp while eating it. She then continued to talk to the image of Fitz on her phone, believing that he would not give up on finding her, so she dedicated herself to not give up.
Meeting Will Daniels
Simmons, continuing to survive for seven hundred and fifty-two hours, was in the middle of talking to Leo Fitz when she heard a noise. She went to investigate, only to fall down a hole and was knocked out.
Simmons then regained consciousness nine hours later and found herself in a cage as well as discovering a man. Simmons continued to wait in the cage for twenty-two hours, until the man came to check on her and realized that she was real. She demanded the man to let her out, but he left her. After forty-one hours of being in the cage, Simmons began to exercise until the man returned. Simmons introduced herself and the man brought her food.
After eight hundred and fifty-one hours, Simmons then formed a plan to escape. She faked a stomachache and lured the man into the cage to investigate. Simmons hit the man with the food bowl and escaped the cage, exiting the cave and running from the man. However, she fell and hurt her leg, allowing the man to catch up to her. He then began to tend to her wound and brought her back to the cave. The man introduced himself as Will Daniels and Simmons stitched up her leg.
The two then began to talk, Daniels asked what year it was, and Simmons informed him that it was 2015. Daniels told Simmons that he had been on the planet since 2001, and told her his story, showing her all his old NASA equipment and Simmons showed him her phone. The two continued to learn more about each other, Simmons discovering more about the planet. The two then decided to work together to find a way off the planet.
Simmons continued to be trapped on the planet with Daniels for one thousand, four hundred and ninety hours. During dinner, the two discussed what they miss most from Earth, Daniels telling her the sun. The two then watched a video of her birthday celebration. The two then discussed Fitz and his relationship with Simmons, which she stated that they were inseparable. Three thousand and ten hours on the planet, Simmons continued to figure a way off the planet, getting frustrated at her lack of results. Simmons then declared that she wanted to go to the "no fly zone", believing an answer to be there, which Daniels strongly refused. While walking around the planet, Simmons discovered a sword in the ground, along with numerous object buried under the sand.
When a sandstorm occurred, Simmons noticed a mysterious figure in the dust. She started to run away from it, where she received a head injury, which she treated by applying dirt to it. She made it back to Daniels and told him that she believed him. Simmons then explained her plan to Daniels, thinking of using his equipment and her phone to calculate new portal openings. She then decided to watch the video on her phone one more time before using all of its power to start the computers.
The two would then continue to work on a way to turn on his computer for one hundred and seventy-three hours. Once it was activated, they calculated the movement of the stars and tried to locate the next place the portal would open.
After the battery of her phone was dead, she found the location and the time of the next portal, in the "no fly zone". Will Daniels explained to her that a canyon separated between them and the portal. Three hundred and eighty hours later, they prepared to go there, Simmons telling Daniels of her reason for getting into science, as well as her theory of how the portal works. Simmons told him that she had a message in bottle for Fitz in case they would not reach to the portal. When they arrived to the canyon, it was longer than they expected. Daniels thought that It caused it. The portal opened in the other side, and Daniels shot the bottle at the portal, but it was closed before the bottle could reach it.
Defeated, they then returned to their hideout where Simmons admitted that there was no hope in this planet, stating that it was hell. Daniels told her that he had also thought so, until he met her. The two then kissed, and from then on, began a relationship with each other. Accepting no chance of ever leaving, Simmons would then adjust to a new life with Daniels on Maveth.
Trapped on Maveth for four thousand, seven hundred and twenty hours, Simmons conducted, due to research into the stars, when the sun was due to rise over the planet, the first sunrise in eighteen years. The pair shared a kiss as they stepped outside and waited to see for the sun for the first time on the planet. Suddenly Simmons spotted a flair being fired in the distance and determined it must be Leo Fitz finally having found her.
Simmons ran across the desert with Will Daniels as they tried to find the source of the flare, but became separated as a sandstorm appeared. Simmons spotted what appeared to be a NASA astronaut and called out to Daniels that his team had found him, but Daniels warned her that it could only be the deadly being on the planet trying to trick her mind. Daniels ordered Simmons to run as he drew his gun and engaged the creature, firing his only bullet at It while Simmons followed the sound of Fitz's voice.
She moved towards the light and encountered Fitz, who had thrown himself into the activated portal to find her. Crawling to him as the sandstorm worsened, she tried to reach him, only for him to be pulled away from her as the rope he was attached to began to take him back. Refusing to give up, Simmons dragged herself back towards Fitz, and they both grabbed hold of each other's hands and made it back through the portal before it exploded. Safe in the English castle, Simmons hugged Fitz as Phil Coulson, Bobbi Morse, Elliot Randolph, and Alphonso Mackenzie stared at them.
Coulson and Morse ran tests on Simmons and determined that she was not infected or contagious and everything was normal despite her many months on a distant planet they knew nothing about. Suddenly, Simmons awakened from a nightmare and she held a piece of metal shaped like a shiv in a defensive position. She regained her senses and looked around; she found herself in a Medical Pod with Fitz in a chair, sleeping next to her bed. Simmons laid her head near his lap and returned to sleep, comforted by his presence.
Return to Earth
A team checked her physical condition and determined that her body adapted to living on the other planet. Simmons took a shower and washed the filth on her body. Leo Fitz accompanied her in every step she made since she was still getting used to Earth's lower gravity.
They walked to the lab where Bobbi Morse greeted her. Fitz theorized that if she saw the lab again, she would feel better. When Morse's phone rang, Simmons heard the ring a lot louder then what it was, due to her still adjusting to Earth's differences from Maveth. Simmons sent her regards to Lance Hunter, who called Morse to update her on his campaign to kill Grant Ward. Simmons then told Fitz that she did not want to be there as there were too many distractions. Even a small divisive sounded very loud to her, so Fitz took her to her room.
In her room, Simmons was visited by Daisy Johnson; at first, Simmons called her "Skye" but she corrected herself. Johnson said to her that she would be with her any time when she would want to talk about what happened to her. Simmons said that she would rather listen about the Inhuman Outbreak. Johnson asked again if she was alright, which Simmons informed her that there was a lot that was hard to talk about. Suddenly, Johnson received a call, startling Simmons and interrupting them, however Simmons assured her to take it.
Leo Fitz took Simmons to a restaurant as he had promised to her months ago. When Simmons asked him where were all the other people, he said that he made sure there would not be any distractions. After they sat, Simmons said that she did not know how to thank him enough for what he had done for her. Fitz said that she did not have to say anything. Fitz then suggested to drink the wine, but it reminded her of how she and Will Daniels drank the old wine. She started to cry, so Fitz sat next to her and comforted her.
Return to Danger
Working on a Way Back
Simmons knew that she had to find a way to open the portal again to save Will Daniels's life. She examined the Monolith remains in the lab. But when Bobbi Morse came and assured her that it will not open again, Simmons said that it had to and she must go back to the planet. Simmons researched the fragments of the Monolith and wrote her findings in a notebook.
Simmons then met with Andrew Garner, where she discussed how many thing were no like how she remembered them while on the planet. He then asked about how she was going, looking for signs of PTSD, which she assured she wasn't having any. When Garner went through stories of people who had survived difficult situations through hope, Simmons commented that she did lose hope while trapped. When Garner attempted to learn more about why, Simmons insisted on moving on, rather than focusing on the past.
While researching Lash, Leo Fitz found the notebook and asked Bobbi Morse what it was. Suddenly, Simmons entered the laboratory and grabbed the notebook from Fitz; the papers fell to the floor and were scattered. Simmons became upset and told Fitz to leave her things alone before storming off. Fitz was left perplexed.
Simmons went to see Morse who was in the middle of her rehabilitation regiment and apologized for accusing her of betraying their secret to Fitz. Morse thought nothing of it, but confided to Simmons that she believed that Lance Hunter was in danger. Later, Simmons was in her room reorganizing the notebook when Fitz entered, wanting to know what was happening. Simmons realized that she could not rescue Will Daniels without assistance.
Telling Leo Fitz About Will Daniels
Leo Fitz questioned her on why she wanted to rebuild the Monolith, so Simmons told him about her experience on Maveth and the relationship that she had with Will Daniels. For a moment, Fitz would not talk to her and she began to cry. Collecting herself, Simmons chased after Fitz, begging him to understand; Fitz said that he did understand and showed her his computer screen, revealing the research he had done over the past six months on her location. Fitz declared that they will save Daniels; Simmons smiled.
Simmons sat across from Andrew Garner reminding him of his words as she played psychologist; Garner confessed to her that he disliked how others were treating him since he was injured in an assassination attempt. Simmons told him that others underestimate how strong smart people truly are. She then received a phone call from Daisy Johnson who had a blood sample from Luther Banks that she wanted tested to determine if he could be an Inhuman. Simmons took the assignment and ran the test.
Simmons entered the workplace and told Johnson that Banks was not an Inhuman. Simmons asked Leo Fitz how the research he was doing into the Monolith was progressing. He could only tell her that the computer simulations had not yet found a way to open a viable portal. Simmons then told Fitz that if he knew Will Daniels, then he would understand why she desperately hopes to rescue him; Fitz assured her that he will get to know Daniels. Unknown to Simmons, Fitz was researching Daniels' background.
Simmons was on her way to the lab when she ran into Garner, who reassured her that it was good that she told Fitz about what happened on Maveth. When she arrived, Simmons gave her phone to Fitz and hoped that he could repair it; she told him that she made logs on it during her time on Maveth and that she thought he could use that information to find a way to open a portal. Fitz took the phone and said he would do the research.
Watching the Sunrise
Later, Simmons searched the Playground for an eastern window so she could watch the sunrise. Leo Fitz found her and told her that he was taking a break. He then questioned her about her thought processes and state of mind as she recorded her logs. Simmons, knowing that Fitz was referring to her affirmations of love to him and her said desire to start a family with him, told Fitz that she had perfect clarity when she made her logs. The two then watched as the morning began.
Discovering an Unlikely Connection
As Simmons looked at a photo of her with Will Daniels, she watched as Leo Fitz berated an agent who had dropped some books and scrolls in the hallway. Simmons calmed him down and he told her about a way of figuring out the origin of the symbol he discovered. Simmons was present at a debrief from Coulson on initiating Operation Spotlight, an infiltration of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit.
Simmons and Fitz then continued to work on location the origin of the symbol, until she discovered that it was connected to a sacrificial ritual, tracing back thousands of years. As Fitz continued to work on a way to bring back Daniels, Simmons became angry with him and left the room. Simmons returned to the lab; however, Fitz confronted her there, asking her why she was angry with him. Simmons replied that she was mad at herself for asking Fitz to help, and she was mad at him for being so willing. Simmons told Fitz she had expected him to get angry, and he had not. Simmons listened as Fitz replied that he was angry, but not at her; at the universe that he believed kept them apart.
Simmons deflected the idea; however, Fitz proceeded to list all their obstacles, before asking Simmons if she loved Daniels. Taken aback, Simmons struggled to find an answer, until finally saying yes. Fitz sadly agreed and started listing Daniels' achievements and traits, until Simmons cut him off and interjected that Fitz had rescued her from Maveth. Fitz stared at her for a second, and then kissed her, knocking a book off the table as he did. Simmons kissed him back, until Fitz broke away and whispered again that they were cursed. As he walked away, Simmons turned and saw the book that had been knocked down lying open with a picture of a symbol similar to HYDRA's; she called Fitz back and showed him the picture.
Later, Simmons and Fitz showed the rest of the agents their findings, first laying out the Project Distant Star Return insignia, then other symbols relating to the Monolith they had found in their research, progressing until they reached a symbol that bore extreme similarity to the current HYDRA symbol. Their research revealed that HYDRA had been involved with NASA and the ATCU, and that they were behind sending people through the Monolith.
Reviewing Grant Ward
When Rosalind Price was killed by Grant Ward, Phil Coulson summoned all the original members of his team to interrogate them about Ward to try and uncover anything to help understand him. When Simmons was brought in, Coulson proceeded to ask her questions, including addressing her relationship with Ward after he saved her life. Simmons stated that she was attracted to him, but he never reciprocated those feelings, rather being attracted to Daisy Johnson. Coulson then wrapped his interrogation with Simmons, obtaining everything he required from her and moved on to Johnson next.
When she was done, she returned to the lab with Leo Fitz where Alphonso Mackenzie brought in Luther Banks to see if he knew of the symbol that they recently discovered, which revealed to be associated with HYDRA. Banks informed them that it was from a program called Project Distant Star Pathfinder, a NASA program Banks was apart of. He revealed that no one was running the program, but that it was funded by Gideon Malick. Banks told them the facility had been shut down for a while, but Simmons decided that it was worth them investigating Coulson sent Simmons, Fitz, Banks, and a team of agents to an abandoned Project Distant Star Pathfinder facility in search of clues to the Monolith.
They then arrived, where Simmons expressed her belief that it was unlikely they would find anything portal related, but Fitz replied that they still could find something to help them bring back Daniels. Simmons told him that they could not bring him back, since opening the portal was HYDRA's goal and could potentially allow them to bring back their leader. Though Fitz tried to protest, saying that it was important to get Daniels back, Simmons assured him that she wanted to bring the man that saved her, but told him that it would be selfish to potentially allow HYDRA to achieve their goal.
Before Fitz could respond, the two heard shots. Quickly turning, Simmons and Fitz saw Banks shoot the other agents, and he then turned the gun on the two. Simmons watched as Fitz asked Banks not to shoot them; however, Banks managed to say it was not him before the gun floated out of his hand, turned, and shot Banks in the head. Shocked at the sudden mysterious attack, Simmons and Fitz watched as Giyera entered the room and ordered them to follow him, taking them captive.
Simmons and Leo Fitz were then taken captive by HYDRA where they met Gideon Malick, who was working with Grant Ward. Malick questioned Simmons on her time on Maveth, asking if she had seen Hive, but she tried to attack him, but was unsuccessful. He told them that they sought to use fragments of the Monolith to summon forth the hostile creature from Maveth; the creature was in fact an Inhuman of unspeakable power that HYDRA and its ancestors had long worshiped. However, they were never able to bring anyone back from the Maveth, so they required their help.
Simmons and Fitz strongly refused the prospect, causing Ward to have them split up. Simmons was then tied up and interrogated by Ward, who stated that he would never hurt her. He then brought in Giyera to do it for him. He then began to torture her, using his telekinetic abilities to do so. Simmons managed to hold out, but when Ward entered, furious, he began to torture her. She was then brought to Malick, who was preparing to open the portal, warning them about the dangers of doing so.
She then discovered that Fitz had decided to help them, stopping her torture. Simmons begged Fitz to not help them, but he refused to let her be killed. While Simmons remained behind in captivity, she watched as Fitz was forced to accompany a squadron of HYDRA operatives led by Ward through the portal, with Phil Coulson airdropping through the castle roof after them seconds later to stop them.
At the HYDRA Castle
While they waited for the team to return, the HYDRA Castle suddenly fell under attack by S.H.I.E.L.D. and Lincoln Campbell, who used his electrical powers to cut the power to the facility. In the confusion, Simmons escaped her confinements using the dagger she had taken from Maveth.
Evading HYDRA forces, she came across captive Inhumans, including Andrew Garner, who was secured in his Containment Module. With HYDRA forces closing in on her, Simmons got into a brief argument with Garner, who offered to protect her from HYDRA if she let him out. Simmons was understandably skeptical, given Garner's recent actions as Lash. However, seeing no other alternative, she complied and remained hidden as Garner transformed into Lash and butchered all HYDRA operatives in his path.
As Lash disappeared from the scene, Simmons regrouped with the rest of her team and aided in securing the facility. As S.H.I.E.L.D. took point in guarding the portal, Simmons told her team of the nature of HYDRA's plans and of the hostile Inhuman. After a length deliberation, the team decided to bomb the castle once Phil Coulson and Leo Fitz returned, thus destroying the portal and preventing the Inhuman from making it through. Simmons accompanied the away team while Daisy Johnson and Alphonso Mackenzie stayed behind to oversee the return of their people.
Eventually, time ran out and S.H.I.E.L.D. destroyed the castle. Fortunately, Coulson and Fitz returned at the last second and regrouped with the others on the Zephyr One. Simmons immediately went to see if they had successfully brought back Will Daniels, but was heartbroken to discover he was not with them. In tears, she embraced Fitz, who comforted her.
Missing Leo Fitz
As Daisy Johnson sent Simmons footage of an Inhuman with super-speed, she redefined the Containment Module. She told Lincoln Campbell that it was necessary, since the Inhumans' abilities were random. However, Campbell told her that he had been taught that the Inhumans abilities were given to create an equilibrium within the species.
Then, Phil Coulson wanted to use the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine on Werner von Strucker to find out where Gideon Malick was. Simmons warned him that because von Strucker was in a coma, it could be dangerous for him. Eventually, Coulson got his information. Later, Simmons found Leo Fitz in the lab, and told him that she missed their partnership because of the recent events. Fitz said that maybe there had been a way to save Will Daniels, but Simmons said that he was extraordinary, since he had killed Hive. Together, they restored the moment they had met, reintroducing themselves in an effort to start over.
Carl Creel was brought to the Playground and was inside a Containment Module. Simmons and Leo Fitz asked him about his powers and how he could touch the Diviner without being killed, but he did not know. They decided to test his blood samples with Terrigenesis.
She then interrupted Daisy Johnson and Lincoln Campbell and asked Campbell's help with their test. The two showed Campbell that Johnson's pre-Terrigenesis blood reacted to the Terrigen, but as they mixed it with Creel's blood, it broke down the Terrigenesis. They theorized that it could be a vaccine to Inhumans that were not yet transformed. Johnson entered the lab, shocked at the idea. Simmons and Fitz left the room to let her and Campbell talk.
Mission in Russia
Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter followed Gideon Malick to Siberia and the rest of the team followed them on Zephyr One. They went to a compound, where Hunter and Melinda May found the body of the Prime Minister of Russia's Attaché.
They sent his biological condition to Simmons, who found out that he had been choked without a touch by an Inhuman assassin in the compound. Then, Daisy Johnson sent her a footage of the Inhuman. Simmons tried to figured out his powers, believing them to be some kind of psychic ability. She realized he could manifest Darkforce in form of his shadow. She delivered the information to the team on the ground, informing them that they won't be able to destroy the manifestation.
After Bobbi Morse had killed Androvich, she and Lance Hunter were arrested. Phil Coulson went to free them, but he returned to Zephyr One alone. He informed the team the pair were disavowed from S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to keep it a secret. Later, the team visited a bar where Morse and Hunter were. Without directly contacting them, Simmons and the others all ordered shots for the two, saying goodbye in the only way they could. After they all said their goodbyes and getting emotional, they all departed the bar.
- "I'm quite comfortable blaming myself, actually, for the lot of it. For all the miseries endured to rescue helpless little Agent Simmons. Will died trying to save me. And Fitz... Poor Fitz nearly got himself killed a number of times, and that's not even the worst of it."
"Andrew. What happened to those Inhumans... not your fault."
"No, I just let a known murderer loose to save my own skin. Traded all those... those lives for mine."
- ―Jemma Simmons and Melinda May[src]
Simmons was working on her shootings in the range, when Melinda May came and gave her some advice. May asked her why she was doing it, and Simmons said that since she could not defend herself, when she let Lash out and kill innocent people, she needed to know how to use a gun. May told her that it was not her fault and left. After she was finished, Simmons was called by May.
May told her she assign some of S.H.I.E.L.D. services to find Lash. Simmons agreed to help May and told her she used them wrong, since Lash was driven by basic instincts. Simmons asked her what she was planning to do with him, so she answered that she would kill him. Simmons told her about the vaccine for pre-Terrigenesis Inhumans she was working at that could help Lash, but May refused, not wanting to be given hope.
Daisy Johnson's Visions
When Daisy Johnson saw visions of the future from the Inhuman Charles Hinton, she returned to the Playground and told the team was she saw. Johnson told the, she would fight HYDRA to rescue Hinton and that Simmons and Leo Fitz would hold hands in the snow. Johnson said they could change the future from happening, but Fitz explained to the team the future could not be changed. Phil Coulson suggested they would send Melinda May to the mission instead of Johnson, as well as ordering Simmons and Fitz not to go in the snow, attempting to alter the predicted future.
Johnson gave details of the location of the battle to Simmons and Fitz, and they used S.H.I.E.L.D. services to find it. May entered the room and demanded they would not use all of them. Simmons explained that she and May were using some of the services to find Lash. Simmons asked May if she thought they could change the future, to which May replied that every move they made change the future. Suddenly, the wife of Hinton, Polly, was brought in to the Playground. The team gathered in Coulson's office as they watched Johnson talk with Polly about her husband and his abilities.
Simmons joined Fitz, Lincoln Campbell and others as they began training to ensure May would undergo her mission as fast as possible in order to change the vision's outcome. Johnson made sure the room was laid out as accurately as possible to the vision she had had while Fitz and the other agents acted as the guards who needed to be taken out. As they practiced, Simmons and Fitz discussed the chances of being able to alter the future.
Eventually they were able to replicate the events perfectly, with May managing to beat the time limit. They then found the location of the battle, which was owned by Transia Corporation. Coulson gave his last orders to May when suddenly the alarms in the base went off, telling them that there was an intruder. Andrew Garner was brought into the base and explained that Lash was taking over and he wanted to say goodbye to May. May was ordered to stay behind so she could say goodbye to her ex-husband while Johnson went into the mission.
In Coulson's s office they watched as they managed to hack into the Transia Corporation's CCTV feed. As they spotted Giyera on the feed, suddenly the video seemed to show Grant Ward in the building. Fitz claimed it was likely to be Hive. Simmons was then terrified of what Johnson is going into. They went to the building to save Johnson and find Hive.
Coulson and Campbell went to help Johnson, while Simmons and Fitz stayed outside, Fitz commenting on the lack of clouds, believing their would not be snow. Simmons would then suggest to him that maybe Johnson had seen her own death in the visions. Suddenly, Fluorescent sparkles fell from the building's rooftop, so Fitz realized what Johnson actually saw instead of snow. Simmons then informed him that they're supposed to hold hands now, so the two did.
Learning about Hive
The team was called to Phil Coulson's office for a meeting where he explained that in order to find Hive, they would go to GT Agrochemical facility which had been raided by HYDRA. On Zephyr One, Simmons and Fitz explained to Coulson that Hive had created small organisms which had consumed the victims' flesh. Simmons theorized that the organisms also been used to reanimate dead flesh. Coulson looked at her shocked so Simmons explained she could not believe Hive was on Earth.
As the team prepared to enter to facility and to face Giyera there, Simmons explained to them his powers. Melinda May asked her about a room in the facility where she could defeat him. After they kidnapped Giyera, Simmons was asked by Giyera why Hive destroyed the researches in the facility, so Simmons said either he wanted to use them, or he was afraid of them. Coulson then asked what Hive was, so Simmons said she was thinking the little organisms were Hive himself.
Coulson realized Hive was a parasite which possessed the memories of his host. Simmons herself was terrified of the idea. Later, the alarm of the plane was set off as Giyera escaped the Containment Module. Giyera came to the the control room and managed to control the plane. He forced the plane to fly downwards at an intense speed, causing Simmons to faint.
After violently landing in the secret base of Gideon Malick in Schoonebeek Oil Field, Simmons, Fitz, Coulson and Mack helped a wounded May to get safety in a storage room. The room was soon assaulted by HYDRA agents who began to ram the door. Simmons took care of May's wound while Fitz and Alphonso Mackenzie spread chlorine gas in the corridor, making the HYDRA agents cough and blinding them. The group was then rescued by the Secret Warriors and returned to the Zephyr One.
Back at the Playground, Leo Fitz told Simmons that the dead body of Lucio, killed by Joey Gutierrez during the battle at Gideon Malick's Headquarters, maintained a high body temperature. Simmons was fascinated by this, but Fitz suggested they place the corpse in quarantine.
They were then alerted by Phil Coulson the possibility of one of the Inhumans being infected by Hive, so Simmons performed an autopsy on Lucio's corpse. She discussed with Fitz of the fact that they could not trust the Inhumans present at the Playground as they were all dangerous. Simmons then discovered the signs of Hive's infection in Lucio's brain and reported their discovery to Coulson. As they headed to Coulson's office, the power was cut at the Playground.
Simmons and Fitz made their way to the generators room, but on their way, Simmons discovered the room where Malick was being held was open. When they went inside, they found Malick's dead body with a grenade beside it. The grenade exploded, throwing Simmons and Fitz across the room, knocking them out. They were found by Coulson who ordered them to get some rest in a calm place.
Once the Secret Warriors became suspects for Malick's death, due to being swayed by Hive, Simmons, Fitz and Alphonso Mackenzie searched through their lockers to find anything that would incriminate them. Mack found the Kree Orb in Lincoln Campbell's bag, making them believe he was the swayed one. When they discovered it was Campbell who was infected, Simmons then ran some tests on the other Inhumans to see if they were possibly infected.
Simmons and Fitz went to the latter's bedroom where they kept searching for a test for Hive's infection. Simmons suggested to investigate the Inhumans dopamine levels, thinking that Hive's infection could have the same effects than a drug addiction. Both sitting on Fitz's couch, they contemplated one of his pictures of cosmos, discussing Hive, and Simmons lamented over the fact that their friends needed their help. Simmons and Fitz then shared a tender look, holding hands before slowly kissing.
Fitz apologized, remembering that Simmons had proposed to start their relationship from the beginning. However, Simmons replied that they had known each other for ten years and that, since Fitz considered that they were "cursed", they couldn't waste any more time. They kissed again and stayed in Fitz's bedroom until Daisy Johnson, who turned out to be infected by Hive, escaped from containment by generating a earthquake which damaged the Playground.
Simmons attended the crisis meeting held by Phil Coulson before leaving the Playground with the Zephyr One. Simmons and Leo Fitz then informed Coulson that Hive's infection on the Inhumans had the same effect as a drug addiction, making them invulnerable to I.C.E.R. shots. They suggested to make contact with Professor Holden Radcliffe, a scientist specialized in parasitic organisms who used to work at GT Agrochemical.
Coulson sent Fitz, Simmons and Alphonso Mackenzie to Romania in order to retrieve Radcliffe. While preparing for the mission, Fitz and Simmons, acting as if they were having a professional conversation, due to the presence of numerous S.H.I.E.L.D. agents around them, discussed the future of their relationship after the kiss they shared the day before, especially in the perspective of having sex.
However, they were interrupted by Melinda May, who gave Simmons a gun, insisting that she should use it, should she feel that it was necessary. In Bucharest, Simmons, Fitz and Mackenzie rented a hotel room and prepared for their mission in a private club where Radcliffe was supposed to be. Simmons and Fitz posed as two high ranking geneticists willing to sell advanced technology to Radcliffe: a variation of the eye technology implanted in Deathlok. Mackenzie stayed in the hotel room, following the progression of his colleagues through Fitz's glasses. Fitz noticed two men staring at them and supposed that they were working for Radcliffe. Approaching them, they were greeted by Anon, Radcliffe's assistant, who asked them if they had made an appointment.
Upon learning that they were willing to show their technology to Radcliffe only, Anon requested that Simmons and Fitz waited at the bar until Radcliffe was ready to see them. There, they briefly cut their communications so that Mackenzie could not hear them and they resumed their interrupted conversation about moving further in their relationship. Fitz compared the fact of having sex with Simmons to a singularity, like in transhumanism or in a black hole. Simmons found the metaphor both lovely and terrifying, and the two agreed that their best option was to stop thinking about it and simply do it.
Anon came back to them and invited them to follow her in order to meet Radcliffe. Simmons and Fitz were brought to a small operation room where they were asked to surgically implant the cybernetic eye on a patient in order to demonstrate the efficiency of their technology. They discussed the matter with Mack and resolved to follow Anon's instructions. However, before doing the surgery, Simmons noticed that the eye they were supposed to replace was not of human origin but was instead an avian prosthetic eye. The patient they were supposed to operate was actually Radcliffe himself.
Fitz and Simmons presented their technology to Radcliffe, who recognized it as similar to the one used by Cybertek to control their soldiers through explosives implanted in the eye. Fearing that Fitz and Simmons were from HYDRA, Radcliffe ordered Anon to generate an EMP to disable their communications. Distraught, Fitz and Simmons informed Radcliffe of Hive's existence and his ability to infect Inhumans. However, before they could develop, Radcliffe's guards came across the room and one of them took Simmons out.
However, once out of the elevator, the guard was killed by Hive, who had accompanied Johnson and Alisha Whitley in order to kidnap Radcliffe. Hive used the memories of Will Daniels to overpower Simmons, reminding her of escape from Maveth, during which Daniels protected Simmons from Hive at the cost of his own life. Hive invited Simmons to move on and to forget about her relationship with Daniels. However, Hive was unaware that Simmons had already moved on and begun a new relationship with Fitz. Thus, Simmons was more disgusted than distraught at the sight of a lethal enemy using the memories of her former lover and the body of a despicable former colleague, and therefore did not hesitate to shoot Hive three times in the stomach with the gun that May had given her, allowing her to flee.
Simmons went back to the hotel room, where she found Mackenzie and informed him of Radcliffe's kidnapping by Hive and Johnson. Mackenzie and Simmons then discussed how she ran into Hive and shot him, and that they weren't able to get Johnson back. Mackenzie then stated that it always seemed that the world was against them, which lead them to talk about her and Fitz, since Mackenzie had perfectly understood why Simmons and Fitz had interrupted their communications earlier in the evening. Simmons told Mackenzie that her relationship with Fitz was still very new, but Mack disagreed, implying that she had been with Fitz for a very long time, even if they had their first kiss recently. His reaction made Simmons smile, as she knew he was right.
Mackenzie, deciding to give the two some privacy, then left the room, while Simmons stayed waiting for Fitz. When Fitz finally returned, she asked about his whereabouts, making her concerned, which he told her that he was trying to find her, also being concerned. Simmons told him that Mackenzie was busy at the Quinjet unloading equipment, so they were alone in the hotel room for a while. Fitz, putting in practice what he and Simmons had discussed earlier in the club, kissed Simmons and the two finally had sex, taking a great leap forward in their relationship.
Simmons and Leo Fitz kept trying to elaborate a cure for Hive's infection. They developed an antitoxin which was shown to fight the parasites, but it was also potentially fatal to the immune system. When Lincoln Campbell, who was willing to do anything in order to help bring back his girlfriend, Daisy Johnson, offered to be tested with the antitoxin, Simmons deemed it too dangerous.
They had to call for Phil Coulson in order to make a decision one way or the other. To Simmons, Campbell was only willing to try the antitoxin because he was a "lovesick fool trying to make a grand gesture". Fitz, possibly recognizing himself in this description since he had risked his life on multiple occasions to save Simmons, thought that there was a slight chance that it could work whereas Simmons insisted that it was way too dangerous for Campbell's life. Therefore, Coulson refused that Campbell received the antitoxin and ordered Fitz and Simmons to look for another solution.
Simmons later discussed with Fitz at the Playground's cafeteria. Fitz was worried that their disagreement might affect their relationship in private. Simmons reassured him, saying that she did not want a boyfriend who agreed to anything she could say, referring to an old boyfriend. Both agreed that they should not let their disagreements at work endanger their newfound romantic relationship. The pair jokingly talked about their time at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy on their way back to the lab.
Suddenly, they discovered Campbell who had seized a syringe and injected himself with the antitoxin. Fitz and Simmons rushed at him but Campbell, on the verge of his body shutting down, refused Simmons to gave him a drug to counter the effects of the antitoxin. Simmons waited for Campbell to regain consciousness before performing a brain biopsy to test the effects of the antitoxin. Fitz and Simmons soon had another patient to take care of: Mackenzie, who had been wounded by Johnson in an attempt to bring her back to S.H.I.E.L.D..
Coulson's team thus learned of Hive's plans: turning all humans into Inhumans who would serve him while he took over the world. Later on, Simmons visited Campbell in his containment chamber and informed him that their attempt to rescue Johnson had failed. Campbell became angry in not being able to leave and save Johnson, but Simmons assured him that he was in no state to do anything. She also told him that the antitoxin she and Fitz had developed did not have the expected effects, and so they were still with no way of curing Hive's infection.
Daisy Johnson's Return
As Leo Fitz continued to try and keep Daisy Johnson out of their servers, Simmons kept him company, watching Lincoln Campbell in his room, discussing how he destroyed their research on the cure. Fitz exclaimed that his job would be easier with Alphonso Mackenzie, and Simmons voiced her concerns about Mackenzie after the failure of his mission for rescuing Johnson. They were interrupted by Melinda May who tasked Simmons to help them understanding Hive's ways of thinking as she had spent time with two of his hosts, namely Will Daniels and Grant Ward.
Simmons later attended a meeting with Fitz, Phil Coulson and Glenn Talbot where she explained to the General the mechanism of Hive's infection. She also informed Coulson and Talbot that although S.H.I.E.L.D. managed to prevent Hive from harvesting Kree blood in order to replicate the experiment that had turned him into an Inhumans, he could use Johnson's blood instead since it had been exposed to GH.325, of Kree origin.
Simmons and Fitz warned Coulson and Talbot that Hive could create a virus in order to infect mankind. The meeting was interrupted when Simmons and Fitz figured out that Johnson had replaced the video feed of Campbell's Containment Module by a prerecorded loop in order to orchestrate his escape. Simmons and Mackenzie assisted Fitz in the servers room in order to protect it from Johnson, but they forgot to do the same for the Quinjet's remote control systems, and one plane managed to leave the Playground.
However, it soon turned out that this was a trick designed by Coulson, May and Campbell in order to gain Johnson's trust and send Lash to Hive's base in order to rescue Johnson and kill Hive. Though Lash was unsuccessful in killing Hive, and was killed by Hellfire, he Johnson returned to S.H.I.E.L.D., where Simmons had her checked on at the med bay. Simmons ran her tests on Johnson, where she confirmed that she was no longer infected. However, Simmons and Fitz then learnt from Johnson and informed Coulson of Hive's plans to infect a wide majority of the population, turning them into the Primitives Johnson had told them about. Simmons stated that Hive would only be able to do this if he was able to obtain a high enough velocity. However, General Talbot revealed to S.H.I.E.L.D. that Hive had stolen a war head from an ATCU facility that he could use to spread his virus.
Following her return to the Playground, Johnson was brought to a Containment Module where Simmons visited her in order to get some information about Hive and his plans and informed Johnson that a S.H.I.E.L.D. mission was en route to stop Hive. The mission was a success and Hive was brought back into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. However, the warhead that Hive had stolen still represented a threat. When Holden Radcliffe was brought to the Playground, Simmons and Fitz greeted him, having encountered him previously before his capture. They then began to work together to counter the effect of Hive's formula.
Following Hive's capture, Simmons planned to get some rest from S.H.I.E.L.D. and prepared a romantic getaway with Leo Fitz to the Seychelles. However, these holiday plans were postponed when Hive managed to escape from the Gel Matrix Box in which he was locked in an turned several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents into Primitives who stormed the Playground. Simmons worried about her boyfriend who was precisely near them when Hive was set free, but she managed to help him escaping the cargo bay.
Fearing that Hive and his Primitives could reach valuable information and equipment in the Playground, Phil Coulson ordered Simmons to secure as much as she could in the lab. However, she was quickly overwhelmed by Primitives and hid in a boiler room when the power was cut. Simmons figured out that the Primitives' vision was in infrared more than in visible light. Therefore, she increased the temperature of the Playground using the old furnaces, so that she and her friends would be invisible to the Primitives. This enabled her to join the other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and inform them that Fitz and Melinda May had infiltrated the Zephyr One stolen by Hive.
Simmons, Phil Coulson, Alphonso Mackenzie and Lincoln Campbell used a Quinjet to catch up with the Zephyr One in order to put an end to Hive's plans. However, Campbell was severely injured by Hellfire and Simmons and Leo Fitz had to take care of his wounds.
Simmons and Fitz then let Daisy Johnson be with Campbell to give them some privacy. Coulson disclosed his plan to the rest of his team: stealing the warhead containing Hive's pathogen and load it into a Quinjet to have it blown into space, where the pathogen would be harmless. However, this implied that someone had to be in the Quinjet, sacrificing themselves.
When they discovered that Johnson ran to the Quinjet to do it, Hive and several Primitives appeared, causing them to fight them off. Simmons, along with the rest of the team were able to defeat the Primitives, but Hive got away, going after Johnson. To everyone's surprise, Campbell had also infiltrated the Quinjet and projected Johnson out of it, taking the Quinjet into the cosmos himself with Hive and the warhead aboard.
Johnson begged her friends to bring Campbell back, but Campbell had suppressed the remote control, and the Quinjet could not be maneuvered in space anyway. Simmons then watched, helpless, the destruction of the Quinjet, exchanging a saddened look with Fitz at the sight of Johnson, devastated by the loss of her boyfriend.
Registering Yo-Yo Rodriguez
Six months after the Battle of the Playground, Elena Rodriguez came to the Playground in order to sign the Sokovia Accords, she went to the labs where she met with Simmons and Leo Fitz, who were gently arguing about a television Fitz wanted to buy for their room.
While Simmons and Fitz were fixing the last details of Rodriguez's registration, Rodriguez was secretly doing a facial recognition on a lab's computer in order to locate Victor Ramon. Thus, she played for time by messing with some lab equipment and asking Simmons and Fitz if they were considering living together outside the Playground. Simmons smiled at the idea, glad to have an occasion to address the matter with her boyfriend again.
A New Position
- "As soon as Talbot gave the locations of this base to the President, things changed. I knew we'd be divided, undermined, kept in the dark. So I have been clawing for as much power as I could possibly grab to keep a modicum of control over any of this. After all we've been through, I don't trust the new Director, but he trusts me."
- ―Jemma Simmons to Melinda May[src]
Following the nomination of Jeffrey Mace as the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Simmons had been appointed his Special Advisor to the Director In Science and Technology (or S.A.D.I.S.T., as Leo Fitz jokingly noticed). She continued to spend some time in the S.H.I.E.L.D. labs, for instance helping Fitz designing the Framework, a virtual working environment.
Simmons also discussed the new S.H.I.E.L.D. with Phil Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie. Later, Fitz and Simmons lamented over the fact that they have little time to see each other outside of work and that they were some people, like the rogue agent Daisy Johnson, they would probably never see again. Simmons' position triggered some awkwardness between her and the former members of Coulson's Team.
In particular, Melinda May, who was uncomfortable with the professional proximity between Simmons and Director Mace. Simmons and May argued about the fact that May had given Coulson and Mackenzie intel about Quake's whereabouts though they were ordered not to search for her. Simmons informed May that she had to report this to the Director in order to keep his trust, and sent her with her team to get Coulson and Mackenzie back.
Dealing with Ghosts
Simmons and Leo Fitz were asked to study a mysterious box brought back from a field mission by Phil Coulson and Melinda May. Alphonso Mackenzie then came to the lab and told them that S.H.I.E.L.D. had heard about someone suffering from the same kind of dementia than the Chinese mobsters who had been in contact with the box.
When Mackenzie mentioned the vision of a ghost, Simmons deemed it as simple hallucinations, but then Mackenzie showed them footage of Lucy Bauer, who looked like a spectrum. Simmons and Fitz investigated Bauer's incorporeal nature, mentioning a possible multi-dimensional event like Tobias Ford had experienced. Mackenzie decided to go on the field to investigate a facility of Momentum Labs with Fitz while Simmons remained at the Playground to help give a tour for congressmen visiting the S.H.I.E.L.D. base.
However, right before it, she had to deal with a panic attack from Chen, a Chinese mobster locked in a Containment Module, who saw demonic faces on everyone, causing her to put him to sleep for an hour. Simmons then returned to the lab where she was surprised by the tour group's presence, forgetting that she was meant to met up with them. As Mace described her work to the tour, Simmons noticed Chen being taken away on a monitor, causing her to signal to Coulson to look at it.
When Mace suggested to check out the containment module, Simmons informed him of the incident, and he guided the group elsewhere. Coulson then asked her if she knew what set Chen off, which Simmons asked if he had checked with May, suspecting that she was experiencing the same troubles.
Melinda May's Near-Death Experience
While Melinda May was being treated in a CDC facility, Simmons tried to alert the medical teams that were there about her health and to get information on her disease, but to no avail. Chen, who was suffering the same disease, had another crisis and died immediately after, leaving only May with a few hours to live. Jeffrey Mace authorized Simmons to take May to Holden Radcliffe in order to cure her.
Radcliffe used the Framework equipment to get a precise image of May's brain. Simmons and Radcliffe figured out what part of May's brain was activated to the extreme, causing a high fight-or-flight response which could scare her to death. Therefore, Radcliffe and Simmons had to find a way to stop May's terror. Radcliffe came up with a theory: shutting May's brain down and rebooting it, just like a computer, hoping to resetting all the brain functions. Though Simmons thought that was crazy, she accepted due to their lack of other options.
Unfortunately, while Simmons was on the verge of rebooting May's brain, a blackout caused by the Watchdogs occurred, shutting power down and forcing Simmons to perform CPR until power was back. With May facing certain death, Radcliffe seized Aida's power source and use it to power the medical equipment. To Simmons' relieve, May was successfully brought back. Simmons, Radcliffe and May later watched Director Mace's press conference revealing S.H.I.E.L.D. to the public.
Knowing that Simmons and Leo Fitz were looking for a place to live together, Quake sent Simmons a fake advertisement for an apartment. Indeed, Quake was badly injured and could not trust anyone but Simmons to help her. Moreover, Quake needed Simmons in order to gain access to S.H.I.E.L.D. files regarding Inhumans in order to protect them against the Watchdogs. Simmons reluctantly accepted to help Quake and used her high-ranking position to do so.
Simmons and Quake figured out that the Watchdogs were directly tapping into S.H.I.E.L.D. files. Understanding that more Inhumans were in danger, Simmons and Quake went to see Hellfire, who worked in a firework store and could be threatened by the Watchdogs. However, it soon turned out that Hellfire sided with the Watchdogs and dragged Simmons and Quake into an ambush. Quake used her powers to escape with Simmons and the two friends hid in a storage box. Hellfire found them and was ready to kill them, but fortunately they were saved by Ghost Rider, who had come to the firework store with Phil Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie. Together, they escaped right before Hellfire and Ghost Rider had the store exploding.
Returning to safety, Simmons went with Coulson to the Radcliffe Residence to pick up Melinda May. There, she discovered the existence of Aida, Radcliffe's assistant, who Simmons quickly figured out that she was an android. Simmons confronted Leo Fitz, commenting on the impressiveness of her, which Fitz thought she was commenting on her looks, until Simmons revealed that she knew she was an android. Fitz then admitted Aida's true nature and told Simmons that he could not share the information with her since Radcliffe was not supposed to work without S.H.I.E.L.D. supervision and Simmons had regular lie detection tests. Simmons, distraught, informed Fitz that she had a test the next day. He then asked her to keep this a secret, which was not going to be the first.
Blackmailing Director Mace
After learning Aida's true nature, Simmons was mad at Leo Fitz for keeping a secret. Fitz tried to reconcile with Simmons, offering to train her for her lie detection test, but Simmons bluntly refused and sent Fitz away. Simmons worried about the fact of being fired or arrested for not reporting the existence of Aida. When asked if she had not disclosed sensitive information, Simmons took some time to answer and Director Jeffrey Mace arrive in the room, ordering Simmons to follow him.
Fortunately for Simmons, it turned out that Mace had interrupted the lie detection test because he needed her help for a debate with anti-Inhumans Senator Ellen Nadeer. Simmons provided Mace with facts and figures while he was live, but at some point, the Director removed his earphone and chose to publicly reveal that he was an Inhuman himself. However, when Mace related the attack of Vienna and how he saved a woman, Simmons noticed a microexpression indicating that he was actually lying. When Mace confronted Simmons about how uncomfortable she had seemed during her lie detection test, Simmons informed him that she knew the truth about Vienna, forcing Mace to exempt her from further lie detection tests.
Jeffrey Mace summoned Simmons to do a mission for the U.S. Government. Much to her surprise, she had to wear a black hood so that she would not s know where she was taken. Simmons arrived in a mysterious place where her hood was taken off. After putting on a hazmat suit, she was asked to study a Terrigenesis cocoon that had been formed seven months ago, whereas the classical process is instantaneous.
Simmons, stunned, asked about the Inhuman's identity, but was told that it was classified. After checking on the subject's heart rate, Simmons ordered all the men present to leave so she could help him relax. The Terrigenesis began to conclude, and Simmons started to talk to the man, who turned out to be Vijay Nadeer, the brother of the anti-Inhumans Senator Ellen Nadeer (though Simmons was unaware of that at the time).
However, before she could further discuss with the man, she was forcefully taken out of the place, wearing the hood again. Simmons was brought back to the Playground where she reunited with her boyfriend Leo Fitz, who had just barely escaped Hell. The two, considerably relieved to find each other, hugged, finally having a tender moment after their argument about Aida's conception.
Simmons and Leo Fitz assisted the rest of the team from the Zephyr One when an assault was launched against the Chinatown Crew Headquarters in order to stop Eli Morrow. They also monitored the numerous earthquakes that were happening across the globe.
When Ghost Rider infiltrated the building, Simmons discovered that Morrow had built a giant Quantum Battery. Morrow placed a Demon Core (a subcritical mass of plutonium) inside the Battery, making him able to cause a massive nuclear explosion. While talking with Quake, Simmons and Fitz found out that Morrow was at the epicenter of a new earthquake that Quake was feeling. Fitz then explained that Morrow was not creating matter out of nothing, but rather was harvesting energy from another dimension, which caused all the earthquakes.
Simmons, Fitz, Holden Radcliffe and Aida went under the Chinatown Crew Headquarters, building a new Inter-Dimensional Gate in order to end Morrow's plans while Quake absorbed the seismic waves. They were discovered by one of Morrow's mobsters, who shot Aida before being killed by Fitz and Simmons. Despite this interruption, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s plan succeeded and Morrow was sent to another dimension along with Ghost Rider and the Quantum Battery. Simmons and the rest of the team returned to the Playground, where they watched the T.V. news about the S.H.I.E.L.D. operation in Los Angeles.
Watchdogs and LMDs
Rescuing Vijay Nadeer
By doing some research, Simmons figured out that the Inhuman she had helped with his Terrigenesis was no other than Vijay Nadeer, the brother of the anti-Inhumans Senator Ellen Nadeer. Simmons suspected that Vijay Nadeer was being kept hidden by his sister. Upon learning this information, Director Jeffrey Mace decided to set up a field mission with Simmons and Quake to rescue him.
Simmons went to the Capitol in order to infiltrate Senator Nadeer's office, where she was assaulted by Nadeer's assistant. She went back to Quake and Mace and the three of them went to Ellen Nadeer's residence. After a tense confrontation, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents agreed to leave, but immediately returned upon hearing a gunshot while Tucker Shockley was fighting Vijay Nadeer. Simmons tried to convince Vijay to come with them, but he decided otherwise and chose to stay with his sister. Disappointed, Simmons returned to the Playground.
- "The decision was made that the new Director had to be enhanced. No candidate fit that criteria. So we made one."
"You restarted the Erskine program."
"There's no program. Just took a very well-vetted candidate and turned him into the hero and leader that we needed."
- ―Glenn Talbot and Jemma Simmons[src]
Simmons discovered that Leo Fitz had kept Aida's head after her rebellion and ordered it destroyed. Soon after, she learned about the attempted assassination on Jeffrey Mace and was ordered by Glenn Talbot to see whether Burrows was aboard the Quinjet with the Director. When they learned about the Quinjet's crash, Simmons offered to look into Mace's files to find a lead about the Director's enemies and was tasked with finding a way to make contact with Mace, Phil Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie, all of them missing.
Simmons updated Fitz when he returned to the Playground. They further discussed Aida's rebellion and Simmons asked his boyfriend to stop investigating on the matter, wanting Aida's head to be destroyed. Simmons and Fitz were unable to locate the Quinjet but they soon learned a disturbing truth from Talbot: contrary to what had been announced, Mace was not an Inhuman. Instead, he was using a super strength serum inspired from Calvin Zabo's Formula. Simmons and Fitz strongly disagreed with this decision, stating that despite the precautions taken, the super-serum could be dangerous for Mace's health.
Since they could not locate the Quinjet used by Mace, Simmons and Fitz suggested to use Aida's severed head in order to intimidate Yuri Zaikin, the Watchdog who had tried to kill Mace, to find their missing colleagues. Simmons entered the room an began to threaten Zaikin with torture that she would put onto him, while only being an act. She then showed him Aida's head, which caused him to comply, being incredibly terrified. Having the idea prove to be successful and Simmons managed to get the answers they needed. Later, Simmons saw Fitz locking away Aida's head for good, ignorant of the fact that he had downloaded its data on his phone.
Holden Radcliffe's Betrayal
- "You know, one of the upsides of having a girlfriend is you get to talk about what's bothering you."
"Yeah, well, doesn't really sound like an upside for the girlfriend."
"I know you're upset about Aida. I'm in a strange position. I don't want to intrude on you while you're... processing. But I also want you to know you can talk to me. Always."
- ―Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz[src]
Simmons was worried to let Quake go to the Capitol to sign the Sokovia Accords. The mission was authorized nonetheless since it would enable S.H.I.E.L.D. to gain access to Ellen Nadeer's office. In the meantime, Simmons talked with Leo Fitz, who was still troubled by what happened with Aida, and told him that she was there in case he needed support.
Simmons took part in the mission along with Melinda May (though she was unaware that her friend had been replaced by a Life-Model Decoy), the two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents monitoring the Capitol while Phil Coulson and Yo-Yo Rodriguez planted spying equipment in the Senator's office. However, their mission was discovered and Coulson and Rodriguez were briefly arrested.
Simmons and May figured out that the Senator had intel from inside S.H.I.E.L.D. Simmons understood that Fitz had been working on Aida's head all along instead of locking it away for good. Simmons accused Fitz of being the source of Nadeer's intel since he could have turned on Aida's eye camera and thus leaked intel from within S.H.I.E.L.D. However, Fitz rejected Simmons' accusations and corrected her when she told him he was obsessed with Aida.
Instead, Fitz told her that he had been investigating on the cause of Aida's malfunction and that he had found the answer: Holden Radcliffe, Aida's creator. Following this revelation, Simmons joined a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents led by Coulson to the Radcliffe Residence in order to arrest Radcliffe. Although, unknown to everyone present, it wasn't the real Radcliffe, but a Life-Model Decoy of him, as he anticipated himself being caught by S.H.I.E.L.D..
Interrogating Holden Radcliffe's LMD
It turned out that S.H.I.E.L.D. had not arrested the real Holden Radcliffe but his Life-Model Decoy. Still, Simmons attended his interrogation with Leo Fitz and Alphonso Mackenzie in order to find out where the real Radcliffe was and what his plans were.
However, the questioning did not go well when they discovered that they were unable to hack into the LMD's systems. When the android began to provoke Fitz, mentioning his father, causing him to become angry. Despite Simmons' encouragement, Fitz left the room, after learning that Radcliffe knew his father. Simmons found her boyfriend in their bedroom, lamenting over the fact that he had been betrayed on multiple occasions, be it by his father, Grant Ward or now Radcliffe. However, Simmons made him see the bright side by reminding him that these betrayals had not kept him from becoming a good and caring person.
When Fitz noticed that this could be the reason why he kept being betrayed, Simmons replied that it was the reason she fell in love with him. Finally, when Simmons told Fitz that his personality was something more than pure programming, it clicked in Fitz's mind: if he could not crack Radcliffe's LMD's code, it was because the android was not running on pure programming as well. Instead, he was using a Quantum Brain built by Aida thanks to the knowledge of the Darkhold.
While Simmons and Fitz examined his Quantum Brain, Radcliffe's LMD inadvertently revealed that Radcliffe and Aida had crafted more than one Quantum Brain: the Melinda May that had been with them in the last few days was also a LMD. Simmons and Fitz thus informed Quake, who was on the field with Melinda May's LMD, who was closer than ever to retrieve the Darkhold. Finally, considering that they had obtained all the answers that they could get, Simmons, Fitz, Alphonso Mackenzie, Quake and Phil Coulson proceeded to the destruction of Aida's severed head and Radcliffe's LMD in a furnace.
Fighting Tucker Shockley
Following the Glenn Talbot's revelation about the use of a super-serum by Jeffrey Mace, Simmons ran a number of medical tests and concluded that Mace should not use this serum since it was potentially lethal.
Along with other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents at the Playground, Simmons learned about the attack on Ellen Nadeer's office and the death of the Senator. Simmons joined a team and headed to the Capitol in order to investigate the office's remnants. Simmons and Leo Fitz took numerous samples but could not find any trace of explosives in the office. When they learned about the fact that Tucker Shockley had visited the Senator prior to the attack, they suspected him to be the bomber.
Shockley was captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. and taken onto the Zephyr One. In the meantime, Simmons and Fitz continued their lab tests. They finally figured out that the explosion was due to an Inhuman who had undergone Terrigenesis in the office: Shockley himself. Simmons and Fitz rushed at him while he was on the verge of blowing the plane. With the help of Director Mace, Fitz locked Shockley in the plane's Containment Module while Simmons ejected it out of the plane. She chastised Fitz for risking his life but quickly hugged him, relieved that he was unharmed.
Since Shockley could survive his explosions, Simmons and Fitz worked on a way to control and contain him, asking Quake to practice in order to generate counter-vibrations to defuse Shockley's explosions. However, her attempts were quite unsuccessful. S.H.I.E.L.D. decided to go on the field nonetheless and they managed to capture Shockley and contain him in a secure pod. However, Director Mace was captured by the Watchdogs to ensure Simmons', Fitz's and Quake's safety.
Krasnoyarsk Krai Battle
- "Just because someone uses your ideas for evil does not make it your fault for creating it in the first place. You make things from the genius of your mind and the goodness of your heart to help people. Don't let Radcliffe's actions corrupt that. You are not responsible for the twisted things he's done. Wrongs have been committed. Now we make them right – together."
- ―Jemma Simmons to Leo Fitz[src]
Since Melinda May was still trapped in the Framework by Aida and Holden Radcliffe, Simmons and Leo Fitz explained to Phil Coulson, Quake and Alphonso Mackenzie what the alternate reality was and how it worked using their own version of it, underlining that Radcliffe had likely built a very powerful version of the Framework.
Later, Simmons witnessed an argument between Fitz and Mackenzie about the consequences of Fitz's designs. Simmons and Fitz quickly found that it was nearly impossible for S.H.I.E.L.D. to track down the location of Radcliffe's equipment. Nevertheless, Quake managed to find the location of Krasnoyarsk Krai, where Anton Ivanov's men were based. Simmons informed Fitz and comforted him when he voiced his concerns about the consequences of his designs, reminding him that he never had bad intentions and that he had a chance to make amends for his mistakes by rescuing his friends.
Simmons, Fitz, Coulson, Mackenzie and Quake infiltrated Krasnoyarsk Krai's naval base, where Simmons and Fitz had to take over the communications room. Upon learning that Aida was also present, Simmons took agent James Davis with her and went to find the android. However, Aida escaped in Ivanov's submarine. S.H.I.E.L.D. managed to free Jeffrey Mace and everybody went back to the Playground. However, unbeknownst to Simmons, Coulson, Mace, Mackenzie and Fitz had been kidnapped and replaced by Life-Model Decoys.
Back at the Playground, Simmons noticed that there was a strange time gap during which no one could communicate during their mission on the field. She then received an alarm on her computer, indicating that several LMDs had entered the Playground. Simmons mistakenly thought that Quake was one of them. She therefore believed that Quake, Coulson, Mackenzie and Mace were LMDs.
Hunted by the LMDs
Simmons, panicking, struggled to find a solution to avoid being assaulted by the LMDs. Leo Fitz advised her to act like everything was normal and shortly after, she learned about the LMDs' plan to bring all the Inhumans to the Playground.
Simmons remained with Fitz's LMD until they received another alarm: a picture of Simmons and Fitz indicating that one of them was also an LMD. Things quickly went south when Simmons understood that the Fitz, who had been with her since they had returned from Krasnoyarsk Krai, was an LMD. However, Fitz denied that and said that Simmons was an LMD instead. Refusing to believe him, Simmons asked him to cut his wrist to prove he was not an android. Fitz obeyed but then tricked Simmons and managed to knock her out, revealing that he was indeed an android.
Fitz's LMD proceeded to download Simmons' brain data in order to upload her consciousness in the Framework and replace her by a Life-Model Decoy. Simmons managed to untie herself and grab a hammer, though she was lightly sedated and therefore too weak to defend herself. Nevertheless, she managed to play for time by getting Fitz's LMD discuss the idea of her marrying Fitz, an idea that her real boyfriend had never mentioned. Simmons then smashed a lever with her hammer, knocking the android down, and stabbed him on multiple occasions to destroy it. Afterwards, she fled and hid in a storage room.
Simmons was found by Daisy Johnson, who was the only one of the team not being replaced by a LMD. The two women argued, mutually accusing the other of being an android. Johnson suggested to use her powers to prove that she was a real person (since LMDs cannot display Inhuman abilities) and to check that Simmons was human as well by checking the vibrations of her bone structure. Simmons was too afraid to accept, but Johnson forcefully grabbed her hand and quaked her. Both considerably relieved, Simmons and Johnson fell in each other's arms upon realizing that they had at least one ally at the Playground.
Still, the situation was critical for the two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. In particular, Simmons was highly distressed and could not easily think, but Johnson managed to devise a plan to take them out of the Playground. When Simmons told her that she thought Simmons wanted to sacrifice herself to atone for Lincoln Campbell's own sacrifice, Johnson replied that she was not intending to sacrifice herself but rather do anything so that Simmons and Fitz would be reunited. Simmons tearfully agreed. After spreading sleeping gas throughout the Playground, leaving only the LMDs awake, Simmons and Johnson left their hiding place.
Simmons found agent Piper and her teammates and ordered them to go to the Zephyr One. While they were about to leave the base, Simmons and Johnson were stopped by Melinda May's LMD. However, they persuaded her to let them go. Thanks to that, Simmons and Johnson managed to leave the Playground with Piper, Prince and James Davis before it was destroyed by an explosion. Aboard the Zephyr One, after picking up Elena Rodriguez, Simmons and Johnson decided to plug themselves to the Framework in order to retrieve and save their friends.
Brave New Terrifying World
Simmons entered in the Framework by incarnating an avatar of herself who was killed when HYDRA, while taking over the world in the Framework, led a fierce battle against S.H.I.E.L.D. at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy. Simmons, while a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, was shot and buried in a pauper's grave.
Therefore, in the Framework, Simmons was officially considered deceased. In shock when she realized she was buried and saw the presence of bullet holes on her clothes, Simmons quickly remembered the reason of her presence in the Framework and began looking for Daisy Johnson, who entered the Framework with her. She made her way to the fences surrounding the former buildings of S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy and stopped a car, explaining to the driver, Julia Price that she needed help. Price accepted to offer her assistance and took Simmons with her.
However, the car was stopped at a road checkpoint where drivers and passengers were expected to show some ID in order to make way. Simmons, distraught, told Price that she did not have any before realizing that she still had her Framework S.H.I.E.L.D. badge in her pocket. Upon seeing this, Price was terrified and asked Simmons to leave her car immediately. Simmons begged her to help her, but she was forced to keep going on foot.
Indeed, since HYDRA had taken over the United States in the Framework, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were relentlessly hunted down and eliminated and no one could be found associating with one of them. Therefore, Simmons left the car and went by foot in order to find a way to avoid the checkpoint. Simmons entered a diner, knowing that she was in danger and with very little means of action. She managed to steal a car key and a coat to two customers in the diner, but was arrested by two policemen who had noticed the bullet holes in her clothes.
They brought Simmons to their car and prepared to take her away. However, when one of them entered her name in the system, he found out that she was officially deceased. Simmons took advantage of their bewilderment to knock them out and stole their car. Using the policemen's computer, Simmons looked for information to know what role her teammates were playing in the Framework. Unable to access Leo Fitz's files, she found the location of Phil Coulson and drived to the school indicated by the computer.