After the battle of New York, Claire and Benny found a discarded Chitauri gun, later labelled "Item 47." Seeing the weapon as a sign, Claire encouraged Benny to join her in using it to rob banks, having been short on money at the time. They used the weapon to rob several banks across the United States, before residing in a hotel in south Florida.
After Claire counted all the money they had robbed, Claire and Benny heard loud music coming from the room next door. She encouraged Benny to ask the neighbour to turn the volume down, while she waited in the room. Eventually she heard Benny yell that "it's the cops," and Claire swiftly picked up Item 47 and blasted through the door. In all the dust that the blast created, Claire did not notice S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jasper Sitwell sneaking up on her, who then proceeded to try to take the weapon from her. Benny then tried to stop Sitwell, but in the ensuing struggle the weapon fell on the ground, and fired at the bed on which Claire laid out all their money.
Claire and Benny were tied up by Sitwell, who interrogated them on how they managed to make the weapon work. Claire hastily told him that Benny made the weapon work, and that he could show him. Both of them told Sitwell that they couldn't go to jail, to which Sitwell replied that he was only sent to retrieve the weapon and to neutralize Claire and Benny.
Sitwell then took both of them with him back to the S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, where they were a new place of employment, and Claire became Agent Blake's assistant, to Blake's disappointment.