The reference isn't comic related, but it's clever if you get it. This is obviously the cold open and it highlights one of the weaknesses of the show... small talk. I know I bust on this show, but I watch it every week and my interest is in a sharp decline. So what is the problem? Well their talking and building history. Their history together as partners, but then also the history of S.h.i.e.l.d. The problem is... it's boring and forced. It doesn't come off as a conversation, but rather commercial for thread-count. What do you think? And are they ending the first season already?