Phil Coulson: You got a chance to express all your feelings?
Melinda May: Is he still breathing?
Phil Coulson: I guess she kept some of it to herself.
Melinda May: He's having trouble speaking. I think I fractured his larynx.
Phil Coulson: Oh, good. Your attempt to cross off Fitz and Simmons failed. But Fitz may never be the same again. So, I'm gonna invent new ways to ruin the rest of your life. And we'll do whatever's necessary to get HYDRA intel from you, but your torture? That's gonna be internal.
Melinda May: And a little bit external.
Phil Coulson: Sure, some of that. But you devoted your entire life to a deranged narcissist who never gave a damn about anyone, and now he's dead. And you've got the rest of your life to wrestle with the question, "Who are you without him?"
Skye: You know, I never gave you enough credit for this whole Zen warrior thing. But I got to admit, it'd be nice to feel nothing right now.
Melinda May: You think I don't feel anything?
Skye: Look at you. You're a statue. And you and Ward had a thing. So if anyone should be furious...
Melinda May: I am. I'm furious. But I'm sure as hell not gonna waste it on a tantrum. I'm gonna mine it. Save it. And when we find Ward, I'm gonna use every bit of it to take him down.
Skye: Wish I knew how to use that hate-fu.
Melinda May: I'm up most mornings at 5:00.
Phil Coulson: I gave you a second chance when I assembled this team.
Melinda May: I assembled this team.
Phil Coulson: What?
Melinda May: I evaluated what was needed and I gave the assessment to Fury, and he gave you the parameters for your unit.
Phil Coulson: What was needed, May?
Melinda May: Someone who could repair your body, a technician who could reprogram your brain, and a specialist to help me put you down if it had to be done. But I didn't do it for Fury. I did it for you. To protect you. I... You mean a lot to me. A lot. To hear you were dead... You may not believe me, but that's the truth.
Melinda May: You told her, didn't you?
Phil Coulson: I had to.
Melinda May: Must have destroyed her to hear all that.
Phil Coulson: That's the thing about Skye. What I told her shattered her world. Her lifelong search led to stories of murder, and now it's too difficult to continue. Her search is over. Her story ends here. But you know what she said?
Melinda May: Tell me.
Phil Coulson: She said, no. Her story started here. Her whole life, she thought she wasn't wanted, that she didn't belong. That every family that took her in didn't want her to stay. Didn't care. But all that time, it was S.H.I.E.L.D. protecting her, looking after her. That's what she took away from the story. Not the family she'll never have, but the one she's always had. Here I am, telling her something that could destroy her faith in humanity. And somehow, she manages to repair a little piece of mine. The world is full of evil and lies and pain and death, and you can't hide from it. You can only face it. The question is, "When you do, how do you respond? Who do you become?"
Phil Coulson: You know, it'd be nice if, for once, Thor and his people sent down the god of cleaning-up-after-yourself. He'd probably have a magic broom for this kind of thing.
Skye: I just wish they'd left their alien ship behind.
Melinda May: So we can clean that up, too?
Skye (to May): So we could go inside. Take a peek under the hood, maybe take it for a spin. Come on, you're telling me piloting an alien ship isn't on your bucket list?
Phil Coulson: I can't think of a single time when anything alien in human hands ended well.
Skye: Wouldn't mind getting my human hands on Thor. He's so dreamy.
Phil Coulson: Sure, he's handsome, but...
Melinda May: No. He's dreamy.
Melinda May: I've already seen far more combat than I bargained for. This two-man extraction team? That's exactly the kind of action I was hoping to avoid.
Phil Coulson: That's why you're not on it.
Melinda May: Specialist work is different from field work, believe me. When was the last time you...
Phil Coulson: Hall's one of ours and he's in trouble. I need two men to get him out. Ward makes one. So that's why I'm going in. You forget, I saw plenty of action with the Avengers.
(Coulson leaves the room...)
Melinda May: And you died.