Skye's deception - she's (literally) in bed with rugged Rising Tide hacker Miles Lydon (Austin Nichols) - is exposed just as she's starting to fit in with the other SHIELD agents and, despite their mistrust following her reveal as a double-agent, Skye proves her worth to the team when the chips are down.
Sure, Ward (Brett Dalton) is still a little surly post-betrayal, but I'm putting money on those two smooching by the season finale.
Having Miles sell information for cash is also a rather convenient way to discredit not only him but also all objections to SHIELD's somewhat underhand tactics. It's all very 'white hats and black hats' and I'd welcome a less blinkered look at the murky morality exploited by Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team.
I've spoken out in support of Agents of SHIELD's right to be fun comic-book drama, but with that said, the Marvel cinematic universe isn't afraid to let its heroes be flawed and its TV spinoff shouldn't be either.
The remainder of 'Girl in the Flower Dress' is more successful though. In a callback to the pilot episode, sinister organisation Centipede rears its ugly head again, kidnapping a Hong Kong street magician with a fiery temper…
Like episode three's Graviton, Scorch (Louis Ozawa Changchien) is a small-fish Marvel villain given a small-screen showcase - Agents of SHIELD was never going to get Tom Hiddleston to sign a weekly contract, so the approach they're taking makes the most sense and gives comic book newbies a grounding in the wider Marvel-verse.
It's in its third act that 'Girl in the Flower Dress' really kicks in, as our heroes stage a rescue attempt and events take a dark turn. Scorch embarks on a murderous rampage, leading to a grisly fate for Shannon Lucio's devious Debbie, and - in a neat reversal of the pilot - Coulson is backed against a wall and is forced to accelerate the Extremis effect.
Pre-credits, we also get a few nods to the show's season arc, which continues to bubble away in a satisfactory manner. Who is the mysterious prison inmate? Who is the Clairvoyant? And who's at the head of Centipede - an established Marvel villain? A new face? Tom Six?
Skye's arc is easily the weakest aspect of 'Girl in the Flower Dress' but there's a decent villain and a strong climax to help compensate. What's more, with the mole plot wrapped, there's now the opportunity to take Skye and the charming Chloe Bennet in another, more interesting direction.
Parlance of SHIELD...
"Did it physically hurt to do that?" - Skye is not used to getting compliments from Ward.
"Ah crap - they gave him a name…" - give a man a cool superhero moniker and it'll go to his head.
Make Mine Marvel! - A nod to Steve Rogers / Captain America this week, plus the recurrence of Extremis and arrival of Scorch for comic aficionados.
Coulson Lives! - Coulson's "extra energy" at night - what's the betting we'll discover that he can no longer sleep post-resurrection?