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"The Totally Excellent Adventures of Mack and the D" is the seventh episode of the seventh season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..


After being unexpectedly stranded in 1982, Mack retreats to his childhood home to process the death of his parents, while Deke gets to work scouting a chart-topping group of new agents. With no idea if or when the team is coming back for them, time seems to finally be on their side… at least until the killer robots show up.


Continuity and References to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

  • Nathaniel Malick appears.
  • Ruben Mackenzie appears.
  • John Mackenzie is mentioned.
  • Lilla Mackenzie is mentioned.
  • Wilfred Malick is mentioned.
  • Owen Shaw is mentioned.
  • Mrs. Shaw is mentioned.
  • Daisy Johnson is mentioned.
  • Shotgun-Axe appears.
  • Assassination of Wilfred Malick A Trout in the Milk is mentioned.
  • Destruction of the Chronicom Ship from Adapt or Die is mentioned.


  • The title of the episode is a reference to the 1989 film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
  • This was the first episode in which Chloe Bennet did not appear.
    • As of this episode Clark Gregg is the only cast member to be in every episode of the show.
  • The episode features many references to 80s media:
    • The robots resemble Protector 1 and Johnny 5 from the 1986 films Chopping Mall and Short Circuit, respectively. Their glowing and moving optic uses the same effects and sound as the Cylon's 'eyes' on the original Battlestar Galactica series. Additionally they utter "Exterminate!" which was the catchphrase of the villainous Daleks from the long running sci-fi series Doctor Who.
    • The introduction for the members of the Deke Squad is an homage to the intro sequence of The A-Team.
    • Coulson's new form, a face on a computer with a rotating background, resembles 80's icon Max Headroom.
    • The songs that the Deke Squad have ripped off include "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds, "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake and "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles. The character Tawni may be a reference to Tawny Kitaen, who famously appeared in several of Whitesnake's music videos including "Here I Go Again" and was briefly married to their lead singer David Coverdale.
  • Elizabeth Henstridge shadowed director Jesse Bochco for this episode.




Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episodes

Pilot | 0-8-4 | The Asset | Eye-Spy | Girl in the Flower Dress | FZZT | The Hub | The Well | Repairs | The Bridge | The Magical Place | Seeds | T.R.A.C.K.S. | T.A.H.I.T.I. | Yes Men | End of the Beginning | Turn, Turn, Turn | Providence | The Only Light in the Darkness | Nothing Personal | Ragtag | Beginning of the End

Shadows | Heavy is the Head | Making Friends and Influencing People | Face My Enemy | A Hen in the Wolf House | A Fractured House | The Writing on the Wall | The Things We Bury | ...Ye Who Enter Here | What They Become | Aftershocks | Who You Really Are | One of Us | Love in the Time of HYDRA | One Door Closes | Afterlife | Melinda | The Frenemy of My Enemy | The Dirty Half Dozen | Scars | S.O.S. Part One | S.O.S. Part Two

Laws of Nature | Purpose in the Machine | A Wanted (Inhu)man | Devils You Know | 4,722 Hours | Among Us Hide... | Chaos Theory | Many Heads, One Tale | Closure | Maveth | Bouncing Back | The Inside Man | Parting Shot | Spacetime | Paradise Lost | The Team | The Singularity | Failed Experiments | Emancipation | Absolution | Ascension


Vendetta | John Hancock | Progress | Reunion | Deal Breaker | Justicia


The Ghost | Meet the New Boss | Uprising | Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire | Lockup | The Good Samaritan | Deals With Our Devils | The Laws of Inferno Dynamics | Broken Promises | The Patriot | Wake Up | Hot Potato Soup | BOOM | The Man Behind the Shield | Self Control | What If... | Identity and Change | No Regrets | All the Madame's Men | Farewell, Cruel World! | The Return | World's End


Orientation Part One | Orientation Part Two | A Life Spent | A Life Earned | Rewind | Fun & Games | Together or Not at All | The Last Day | Best Laid Plans | Past Life | All the Comforts of Home | The Real Deal | Principia | The Devil Complex | Rise and Shine | Inside Voices | The Honeymoon | All Roads Lead... | Option Two | The One Who Will Save Us All | The Force of Gravity | The End


Missing Pieces | Window of Opportunity | Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson | Code Yellow | The Other Thing | Inescapable | Toldja | Collision Course Part One | Collision Course Part Two | Leap | From the Ashes | The Sign | New Life


The New Deal | Know Your Onions | Alien Commies from the Future! | Out of the Past | A Trout in the Milk | Adapt or Die | The Totally Excellent Adventures of Mack and the D | After, Before | As I Have Always Been | Stolen | Brand New Day | The End is at Hand | What We're Fighting For