When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. assign two agents to protect him and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down.
Since geeky Chuck accidentally became the mental host of the Intersect, an unprecedentedly powerful computer mind containing all information available to the US government, he's a primordial national security asset and risk. So CIA and NSA each appoint a top agent to guard Chuck, and often get involved with him in spy adventures. Meanwhile his identity must be kept secret from Chuck's sister, her perfect partner Devon, both surgeons, and Chuck's goofy colleagues in Buy More, the Burbank electronics store where he works as a cover.
24 Sep 2007
2Chuck Versus the Helicopter
01 Oct 2007
3Chuck Versus the Tango
08 Oct 2007
4Chuck Versus the Wookie
15 Oct 2007
5Chuck Versus the Sizzling Shrimp
22 Oct 2007
6Chuck Versus the Sandworm
29 Oct 2007
7Chuck Versus the Alma Mater
05 Nov 2007
8Chuck Versus the Truth
12 Nov 2007Description ▼
A spy after nuclear secrets poisons a scientist to obtain the information. But when scientist collapses on the street, he discreetly passes the chip on to Ellie. Then the spy goes after Ellie poisoning her. As team Chuck sets a trap for him, they all get exposed to the poison. Now they all need the cure. The poison compels them to tell the truth, which creates a dangerous situation for Chuck and Sarah.
9Chuck Versus the Imported Hard Salami
19 Nov 2007
10Chuck Versus the Nemesis
26 Nov 2007
11Chuck Versus the Crown Vic
03 Dec 2007
12Chuck Versus the Undercover Lover
24 Jan 2008
13Chuck Versus the Marlin
24 Jan 2008
1Chuck Versus the First Date
29 Sep 2008
2Chuck Versus the Seduction
06 Oct 2008
3Chuck Versus the Break-Up
13 Oct 2008
4Chuck Versus the Cougars
20 Oct 2008
5Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer
27 Oct 2008
6Chuck Versus the Ex
10 Nov 2008
7Chuck Versus the Fat Lady
17 Nov 2008
8Chuck Versus the Gravitron
24 Nov 2008
9Chuck Versus the Sensei
01 Dec 2008
10Chuck Versus the DeLorean
08 Dec 2008
11Chuck Versus Santa Claus
15 Dec 2008
12Chuck Versus the Third Dimension
02 Feb 2009
13Chuck Versus the Suburbs
16 Feb 2009
14Chuck Versus the Best Friend
23 Feb 2009
15Chuck Versus the Beefcake
02 Mar 2009
16Chuck Versus the Lethal Weapon
09 Mar 2009
17Chuck Versus the Predator
23 Mar 2009
18Chuck Versus the Broken Heart
30 Mar 2009
19Chuck versus the Dream Job
06 Apr 2009
20Chuck Versus the First Kill
13 Apr 2009
21Chuck Versus the Colonel
20 Apr 2009Description ▼
Previously on "Chuck:" Young Bartowski (Zachary Levi) had gone AWOL with Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) in search of elder Bartowski. Casey (Adam Baldwin) was in hot pursuit of the pair and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) had unwittingly ensured Emmett (Tony Hale) was general manager of the Buy More instead of Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence). Basically, it's all a huge mess.Currently on "Chuck:" Casey is being brief by the general (Bonita Friedericy). He is to capture Chuck "dead or alive." Casey also learns he has been promoted to colonel. "You've earned it," Beckman says. Casey grins and then heads to Chuck's bedroom in search of clues. Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) who is getting married this very weekend, interrupts. Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) explains Chuck called to say he would be out of town. Casey smiles. He can trace a phone call.Chuck and Sarah, meanwhile, are holed up in a motel out of town. Sarah wears nothing but her skivvies to bed, making our poor, reluctant spy all the more crazy. "After all you've done for this country, you deserve to find your father," Sarah coos. Little do the faux lovebirds know they're being watched by creepy Fulcrum agent Vincent. Back at the Buy More, Emmett is rearranging Big Mike's old office. "I never would have betrayed him if you hadn't tricked me," Morgan seethes. A triumphant Emmett has the gall to offer Morgan an assistant manager position. The bearded Nerd Herder refuses.The next morning, Chuck and Sarah awake -- holding hands! Could this be the BIG MOMENT? Indeed, it is. The hand holding turns into snuggling. Snuggling turns into kissing. Kissing turns into heavy petting. And we're off! But before the couple can consummate, Chuck runs to the bathroom and opens up his wallet. Inside is a note from Morgan: "IOU one condom." Quips Chuck: "I'm going to kill you Morgan." And we would hardly blame him for doing so. Chuck heads out to find a condom -- and is immediately corralled by colonel Casey. "Did you really think you could run away from me?" he growls. The pair head inside the motel room and Sarah springs from behind a corner, knocking Casey out cold! She handcuffs her former partner to the radiator and runs outside. Suddenly, Chuck spies a license plate and has an INTERSECT MOMENT! "Fulcrum is here!" he says. "We can't leave Casey here." Sighing, Sarah heads back inside the motel.Just then, Casey appears lugging a radiator. He slides into the car with Chuck and threatens to bludgeon our hero. Chuck refuses to leave without Sarah. But it's too late. The AWOL blonde has been captured by Vincent and a cadre of Fulcrum flunkies. Chuck throws the car into reverse, sending the Fulcrum agents fleeing! Casey exits the car and starts swinging the radiator like a Roman gladiator. Sarah disarms her captors with a flurry of well-placed punches and spin kicks. But just when you think the team is back together again, Casey turns his gun on Sarah. "It's over," he says. "On the ground."Back at the Buy More, Awesome asks about Chuck's whereabouts -- and whether it could have something to do with Casey's strange behavior. Lester (Vik Sahay) and Jeff (Scott Krinsky) explain Casey is "obsessed" with Chuck. They show Awesome a diary to prove it. Turns out Casey has been recording all of Chuck's movements. We know this behavior is in the interests of national security, but Awesome just thinks Casey is insane. And creepy. "From one stalker to another, I'm impressed," Jeff says. More creepy.Cut to the underground yogurt-shop lair where Casey has locked Chuck and Sarah in a glass cell. Chuck pleads with his former handler to let them go. Young Bartowski believes his father is being held in a secret Fulcrum base beneath an abandoned drive-in theater. "If your dad is there, I'll keep him safe," Casey says. "You have my word." Back at the Buy More, Morgan has accepted the assistant manager position on the condition Emmett stop assigning Big Mike humiliating tasks (like cleaning the restrooms and unloading trucks). Naturally, Lester and Jeff believe their bearded compatriot has betrayed them. To express their displeasure, the demented duo places a small bomb (which they found in Casey's locker, natch) on the Buy More power grid.BOOM! The bomb -- more powerful then either dolt anticipated -- cuts power to all stores in the area, including the yogurt shop. Sure enough, the door to Sarah and Chuck's cell slides open. The two slip out. Lester and Jeff, it would appear, are good for something besides comic relief, after all.Awesome, meanwhile, has decided to investigate Casey's home (bad idea). He discovers a video feed of Chuck's bedroom, seemingly reinforcing the notion Casey is stalking Awesome's soon-to-be brother-in-law. Just then, Casey arrives home. The colonel is about to turn Awesome into Unconscious Awesome when Sarah bursts through the door. She knocks Casey out cold (again). "Sarah?!" Awesome yells. "What the hell is going on here?" Says Chuck: "Devon, don't freak out." Easy for him to say. Sarah protests, but Chuck explains the last two years of his life to Awesome -- the edited-for-time version, of course. "I am a high-level CIA asset and these are my handlers," he says. "I need you to cover for me with Ellie. I need you to be ... awesome." Awesome agrees. Moreover, he clearly has a new respect for Ellie's little bro. "I knew you weren't a loser!" he exclaims. Nice. Chuck, Sarah and Awesome exit, leaving an angry and cursing Casey tied to a chair.Sometime later, the general appears on Casey's computer screen. She explains Fulcrum DOES have a base under the drive-in theater and Chuck's dad IS being held there. Also: "I've ordered a squad of F-16s to annihilate the site," the general says. That doesn't sit well with Casey, who gave his word to keep Steve Bartowski (Scott Bakula) safe. As soon as the general signs off, Casey begins working on his escape.Second later, Casey has indeed escaped. He heads to the drive-in theater and discovers Chuck and Sarah about to raid the joint. "Beckman ordered an air strike," he warns. "It will be here in less than 20 minutes." Better yet: "I think your father has served his country honorably and deserves to attend his daughter's wedding." One condition: Chuck waits in the car. Welcome back to the team, Casey. We hardly knew you were gone.Hundreds of feet below, Steve has finally finished building an Intersect for Roark (Chevy Chase). He has only one request: "Leave my family alone." Roark seems less than agreeable to a promise. Outside, Chuck waits in the car when a train of Fulcrum cars arrives. They all line up in front of the giant outdoor movie screen where Roark suddenly appears. "You've all been carefully selected by Fulcrum to be the next generation of Intersect agents -- more capable than any computer, more efficient than any spy in history!" he cries. Understanding dawns on Chuck. "He's using the Intersect to build an army!" Duh, Bartowski.Sarah and Casey, in the meantime, make short work of Steve Bartowski's guards. The trio races toward the surface as the F-16s race toward the drive-in theater. They reach the car in safety only to be immediately captured by Vincent and his men. Chuck, meanwhile, has gone to the projection booth, where the glowing blue Intersect constructed by dear ol' dad waits to be beamed into the brains of the agents parked below. Roark switches on the device and a rapid succession of images begin playing on the big screen. Chuck closes his eyes, not wanting to refresh the program in his own head. "I made this for you," Steve whispers to his son. "It's all for you. Trust me, son." Chuck opens his eyes and watches. Suddenly, BOOM! The F-16s have arrived -- and they're dropping bombs everywhere!Sarah, Chuck, Casey and dad make a break for it, barely outrunning a giant fireball! "I feel different," Chuck says as the foursome drives away from the flaming drive-in. That's because dad played a dirty trick on Roark. "I programmed it to remove the Intersect from Chuck's head," he explains. "You're free, son."Back at the underground yogurt-shop lair, Casey tells the general Sarah deserves all the credit for the mission's resounding success. "She pretended to go AWOL," Casey says. Look at that: a colonel lying to a general to save a friend. Now we've seen everything. And there's better news: Chuck's days as a reluctant spy appear to be over. "Mr. Bartowski, you are free to return to ... whatever you do," the general says.Back at the Buy More, Morgan has decided to follow his dreams of becoming a Benihana chef in Hawaii. "Gentlemen, it's been a pleasure serving with you," he tells Big Mike, Jeff and Lester. "What are you doing?" a shocked Emmett asks. Morgan removes his shirt, grabs his GF Anna (Julia Ling) and heads toward the front door. Hawaii, here they come! So Morgan is also free. It's the hap-hap-happiest of endings.Or is it?Turns out Ellie is fretting over her missing brother and father and doesn't want to go to her own rehearsal dinner. Just then, Chuck and Steve burst through the front door! It IS the hap-hap-happiest of endings! Casey, Chuck and Sarah head to the wedding for one last mission: getting sloppy drunk at the open bar. Our two lovebirds join hands (Sarah and Chuck, not Chuck and Casey). But before we all get too warm and fuzzy ...Cut to a deserted road. A disheveled man holds out his thumb. A truck pulls over.Driver: "Where ya headed?" Roark: "Burbank. I have a wedding to go to."To be continued ...
22Chuck vs. the Ring
27 Apr 2009
1Chuck vs the Pink Slip
10 Jan 2010Description ▼
As the upgraded Intersect, Chuck trains to become a full-fledged spy but hits rock bottom when he flunks out of spy school and loses Sarah in the process. Meanwhile, Morgan comes home from Benihana School to help Chuck get over Sarah.
2Chuck vs the Three Words
10 Jan 2010Description ▼
Chuck gets a new mission when Sarah's best friend Carina comes through town with her fiancÃ© Karl. Things get complicated when Chuck wants to hash out his and Sarah's relationship problems while theyÂ’re on the mission. Meanwhile, Morgan finds himself in trouble when he lies to Jeff and Lester.
3Chuck vs the Angel de la Muerte
11 Jan 2010
4Chuck vs Operation Awesome
17 Jan 2010
5Chuck vs First Class
25 Jan 2010Description ▼
CIA agent Daniel Shaw assigns Chuck to his first solo mission in Paris, ignoring Sarah and Casey's wishes. During the flight to France, Chuck befriends Hannah and flashes on another passenger - the imposing Hugo Panzer. Meanwhile, Casey helps Morgan battle Jeff and Lester for control of the Buy More.
6Chuck vs Nacho Sampler
31 Jan 2010
7Chuck vs the Mask
08 Feb 2010
8Chuck vs the Fake Name
01 Mar 2010
9Chuck vs. the Beard
08 Mar 2010
10Chuck vs. the Tic Tac
15 Mar 2010
11Chuck Versus the Final Exam
22 Mar 2010
12Chuck Versus the American Hero
29 Mar 2010
13Chuck vs. the Other Guy
05 Apr 2010
14Chuck vs the Honeymooners
26 Apr 2010Description ▼
Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) have finally decided they love one another and don't want to go back to Burbank just yet. What to do? A train ride through Europe sounds like fun. You see the rolling countryside, the quaint little towns...provided you actually leave your sleeping car. Even the train porter is begging and pleading for them to get out of their bedroom and try the dining car. However, these two have a lot of catching up to do. Chuck admits he made the wrong decision in Prague and asks Sarah to run away with him. This in spite of the fact Sarah STILL doesn't have a favorite band three years later. Sarah doesn't think they can run away, but Casey (Adam Baldwin) has been reinstated and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) are heading to Africa. Since everybody else is moving on with their lives, he wants to move on as well...with Sarah. Chuck doesn't want to risk Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) finding out and putting a stop to it.CHUCK: Sarah Walker, do you agree to quit the spy life with me?SARAH: I do. Chuck Bartowski, do you agree to quit the spy life with me?CHUCK: I do.They throw out their mobile phones and do what they've been doing for the last five days...each other. General Beckman, however, won't take this lying down. She sends newly-reinstated Colonel Casey to find them. However, she recommends someone join Casey. Someone who has an "oddly codependent relationship" with Chuck. That, of course, is Morgan (Joshua Gomez).Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carm...Charles finally make it to the dining car, although their timing isn't good. As they contemplate where to go, Sarah notices a man with a gun passing them by and palms a knife to be on the safe side. It's a good move, because Chuck just flashed on the same person.Casey consults Morgan, who doesn't know where Chuck is.MORGAN: Let's cut the guy some slack! He's probably got the fate of the world resting in his hands.CASEY: I'd say he's got something else resting in his hands. He's off the grid...with Walker. Do the math? He's going to need a walker when Walker's through with him.Awesome comes to the Buy More looking for Chuck, and he tasks the confident Morgan with making sure Chuck is at the going away party the following night. Sure enough, the 2000's version of Lenny and Squiggy...Jeffster! (Vik Sahay and Scott Krinsky), arrive right on cue and offer to be the entertainment. After all, it's a bat mitzvah. (You don't want to hear Lester's translation, trust me.)Back on the train, Chuck and Sarah are trying not to think about being spies while getting ready for bed. (You look at Yvonne wearing that outfit and you're lucky to even remember your name.) Both of them are trying not to let the other know they're having difficulty adjusting to being civilians. Both of them offer to go get some fresh air, but Chuck demurs to let Sarah go outside to get it. She does, and runs down the hall to find the man Chuck flashed on. She picks the lock to the man's room using a "Do Not Disturb" sign and discovers Juan Diego Arnaldo (Carlos Lacamara) is a Basque terrorist. She has to hide as Chuck enters. Chuck can't hide in the bathroom, since Sarah locked herself in there, so he goes onto the train roof. Diego is suspicious, so Sarah does the only thing she can. She flushes the toilet, jumps out in her lingerie and pretends to be from Texas (complete with accent), accusing Arnaldo of being in her room. She then apologizes, saying she's drunk, as Chuck tries to work his way back to their room. He dives into the open window, thanks to an Intersect lesson on how to do a flip, just in time before Sarah gets back. Both are still in denial about spying. Sarah finally breaks down and admits to faking it..."You've been faking it the whole time!?!?!?!?!"...about being a spy. She tells him about Arnaldo, and he admits flashing on him.SARAH: I saw his list of contacts from the Euskadi Tu Askatasuna.CHUCK: My God, you even make terrorist groups sound sexy.She gets mad at him for making her hide, and he gets mad at her for locking the bathroom on him...and both of them are completely turned on right now. They agree on one last mission before retirement.Casey isn't happy he was tasked to Morgan, which is not the same as asking him, but Morgan does some stalker-like thinking that would make Jeff and Lester proud. Knowing Chuck forgot to bring his prescription skin cream, he finds the nearest pharmacy where Chuck's dermatologist would have sent the prescription and cross-checked that with a nearby train station. By finding footage of the nearest newsstand, where Chuck would be buying the latest Justice League comic, they zoom in on his ticket to Zurich. Casey tells him to pack light, because he is going to Europe. Casey is stuck next to a crying baby instead of a fat guy like he was last week, but he has to hear how Morgan is trying to keep the plane afloat by rooting for it. They find the train, but Morgan may need a little help getting up the stairs because of the insanely-sized backpack he's wearing. (And you don't want to know about where he hides his money and tickets.)Chuck and Sarah need a plan for dealing with Arnaldo, since they left their spy gear in Paris. The plan begins by Sarah distracting a punk rocker on the train and lifting his handcuffs. Chuck then flashes on some French to an injured skier and lifts her prescription of pain pills. Sarah will continue to play her Texas accent and Chuck fashions one of his own, since they'll pretend to be a married couple. Sarah goes up to their table and reintroduces herself and "Charlie, her husband", and asks them to take their picture. She makes an oopsie and spills their water. They switch out the water bottles with ones laced with the skier's sedatives.Speaking of needing a sedative, Jeffster! is set up in the courtyard in advance of Ellie and Awesome's party. Clearly they need the rehearsal, as Jeff blows out the amp.LESTER: Jeff, how many times have I told you? It's not the size of the instrument that matters but how long and how much your mother catches you playing?Jeff suggests finding Chuck, but of course Chuck is nowhere to be found. Ellie is freaking out, but Lester dials it back. Tonight, Jeffster! goes unplugged.Surprisingly, Chuck and Sarah's plan appears to be working. The three separatists drink their sedative-laced waters while Chuck and Sarah contemplate what a great team they make. Casey would disagree. He cuffs the pair as Arnaldo apparently didn't have his drink, but he did get to watch his muscle (Anthony DiRocco) pass out. Casey doesn't believe their story, so Chuck and Sarah do the only thing they can: apologize and punch his lights out. They chase after Arnaldo, in spite of being cuffed together. Sarah gets into his room, but the door gets slammed, leaving Chuck on the outside, still handcuffed to her. In spite of only fighting one-handed, she gets the drop on Arnaldo and pulls Chuck into the room...on top of her, actually. And since this is a comedy, that's exactly when Casey enters. They beg Casey to check the evidence in the bathroom. He does, and tranqs Arnaldo, except the tranq darts hit the book Arnaldo was carrying. Arnaoldo runs...directly into Morgan's backpack. Arnaldo is captured, but he was actually turning himself into Interpol, who were the two agents Chuck and Sarah drugged. Sarah admits to handling this case under the radar. Casey puts two and two together and realizes they're going to quit. Morgan can't believe it, but they have a bigger problem. Another agent was on the train and knows everything. Her plan is to eliminate Arnaldo...and his new friends.Beckman gets on the phone to Chuck and Sarah and rips them a new one. She's even more mad when she discovers they called her from a payphone. While they wait for an Interpol team not laced with pharmaceutical-grade narcotics, Chuck talks to Morgan about leaving the spy business and Sarah talks to Casey. Interestingly, Arnaldo hears both conversations. Both of them think they have to give up the spy business in order to be with the other, and Morgan and Casey wonder why can't they have both. Morgan makes Chuck promise to ask Sarah if quitting is what she really wants first. Casey and Morgan will wait for the Interpol team with Arnaldo while Chuck and Sarah run.As Jeffster! play a very good instrumental rendition of "Leaving on a Jet Plane," Chuck admits to never living anywhere outside of California and Sarah admits Burbank was the only place she ever lived that felt like home. The two Interpol agents come for Arnaldo, but Morgan's incessant talking makes them slip up into thinking of the beautiful castles near Lake Como, where there should be boats. The Canadian woman from the train who rejected Morgan, Elia (Lela Loren), was really working for the Basque ETA. She captures Casey, Morgan, and Arnaldo.Chuck and Sarah try to get on the train, but Chuck fulfills his promise to Morgan and asks Sarah if she really wants to run away. She admits she thought it had to be one or the other. She's about to answer when they're captured by the Interpol agents they drugged. Obviously, they won't believe anything they say, so Sarah and Chuck punch them out and find a scooter to take them back to the restaurant. Elia and her team are beating up Arnaldo as Chuck and Sarah run the scooter through the restaurant and go on the attack. Two minutes of serious tag-team ass-kicking later. Elia gets up and aims a gun, but Casey leaps up with Morgan tied to him and swings him to knock her out. Casey thanks them for coming back and asks them if they have a train to catch. They hem and haw until Arnaldo speaks up.ARNALDO: I've been on the run for two years. And no matter how far you run, you cannot run from yourself. And from what I've heard from both of you, it's not what either of you really wants.Chuck and Sarah fess up and decide to go back.SARAH: Chuck Bartowski, do you agree to not quit the spy life with me?CHUCK: I do. Sarah Walker, do you agree to not quit the spy life with me?SARAH: I do.They kiss, Morgan loves it, and Casey is ready to throw up.General Beckman thanks Casey and Casey gives Morgan credit for his help. Morgan goes to bat for Chuck and Sarah, telling the General hey deserve to be spies...together. ("Get him out of here!") The General cuts them off before they admit the truth...they are dating.GENERAL BECKMAN: I must caution you that allowing your private life to interfere with your professional life can be dangerous. But off the record, it's about damn time!Chuck realizes Ellie is leaving and tries to rush home. He is too late, but he plays the DVD of their going away party. A drunk Ellie is upset that "I just wanted the chance to say goodbye and he wouldn't even give that to me." Fortunately, Ellie forgot her phone and was really upset with herself at the party for leaving her little brother. They have a tearful hug goodbye. Chuck says she's not leaving him alone, as Sarah comes in. Ellie is in tears. And Chuck has found the song for Sarah, Nina Simone's "Feeling Good."
15Chuck versus the Role Models
03 May 2010Description ▼
This is my boss, Charles Bartowski (Zachary Levi). A computer repairman with all the government's secrets in his head. This is his girl, Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski). A CIA agent with more than just killer looks. And when these two spies first met, it was love at first fight. That's where I come in. I'm Morgan. It's my job to keep an eye on the both of them...which isn't always easy.Sound familiar? Yes, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) is having a dream that Chuck and Sarah assumed the Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers roles from Hart to Hart. (Now if only they could assume the Judge Reinhold and Phoebe Cates roles from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.) Morgan goes to talk to Chuck about his dream...only he finds Sarah instead sporting the latest from the Victoria's Secret catalogue. He's trying to play it cool, good luck on that. He's even more upset the next morning to see Chuck with the I-got-some-last-night grin, since Morgan...isn't. To add to his bad day, Chuck wants to ask "the leggy Valkyrie with an aversion to clothing" (Morgan's phrase) to move in with him, which she declines, since she loves how things are going and doesn't want to rock the boat just yet. Chuck, however, would like to discuss the hidden guns in the couch.Their new mission, since they insist on being a couple, is to learn from the CIA's best married couple: Craig and Laura Turner (Fred Willard and Swoosie Kurtz). They have a long list of major accomplishments and have been married for the last 30 years. "More or less," according to Beckman (Bonita Friedericy). Unfortunately, Casey (Adam Baldwin) isn't getting out of an annoying mission that easily. His job is to make Morgan field ready.BECKMAN: He's a diamond in the rough. Very, very rough. But I'm sure you'll make him...sparkle.Perhaps they need to make the courtyard sparkle. The Turners think it's a dump. And the first meeting is...well...CRAIG TURNER: My God, that's us 30 years ago.CHUCK: Sarah, that's us in 30 years.It is true the Turners have been married for 30 years...if you add up all their marriages. However, a Russian double-agent was not exactly the best way to keep the embers going. And boring the new spy couple about the type of cherry you should use in a Manhattan doesn't help, either. The Turners have to go, mainly because they have a mission for tonight. Otto Von Vogel has a party tonight to meet potential buyers for decryption software that could render CIA computer security useless. The Turners must obtain the software. Chuck and Sarah's job? Watch and learn. Chuck is excited. Sarah, not so much.While Casey informs Morgan they'll use the Buy More to train him (and hopefully show Morgan how to do that thing with the neck which renders someone incapacitated), Chuck, Sarah, Craig, and Laura make it to Vogel's. Sarah doesn't seem all that impressed with the Turners, until they're able to stop Vogel from questioning them. But it is short-lived. Laura is hitting the bottle because Craig is hitting on a twenty-something at the party. Sarah wants to know if the mission is still on, and Laura is determined to carry on. And immediately trips and falls. Followed by Craig throwing out his back trying to pick her up off the floor. And a very heated argument about him wrecking it in the first place in the line of duty. ("It was a Havana hooker!") Chuck and Sarah have had enough and proceed on the mission without them.Morgan's first assignment from Casey? Make use of the three skills a spy needs: subversion, stealth, and strength. Casey wants Morgan to get the phone number of a super-hot customer. Morgan goes in (kudos on the Barry White music), and Casey is actually surprised Morgan was successful. That is, if the phrase "you digust me" written on Morgan's business card counted.In the master bedroom, Chuck starts sneezing and knows there is a cat around. There's also a whip. Yes, you know where this is going. Clearly Otto Von Vogel really misses Siegfried and Roy. Naturally, in order to get the software, Chuck will have to get it off the tiger's collar. Fortunately, Chuck figured out the tiger wanted to sleep on the bed. How? The tiger was making the same sound Big Mike makes after downing a baker's dozen of pastries. The same Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) who is sleeping in his office and will be the victim of Morgan's next spy test: stealing Big Mike's keycard from around his neck. Chuck is successful, in spite of waking the tiger back up with his sneezing. Morgan, not so much.As Devon (Ryan McPartlin) and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) get used to being in the Congo for Doctors Without Borders (and you gotta give credit to Devon for being at his most awesome in calming down the still-citified Ellie), Chuck and Sarah make it out of Von Vogel's house...and run right into Craig and Laura's gun. They were playing our favorite spy couple the whole time, making them risk life and limb to get the software. They take the software, and Chuck and Sarah are ticked. General Beckman is even more upset. Beckman orders them to find the Turners. And Casey has to make Morgan field ready or both of them will have to go through boot camp in Pendleton.Chuck is beside himself back in the apartment...and cleaning dishes, because that's how Bartowskis deal with stress...because he thought Sarah and he could be the perfect spy couple by emulating the Turners and they drop dime on them. Sarah calms him down and figures out where they might be: the Ambassador Hotel, where Craig Turner can get his perfect Manhattan with the right kind of cherries.SARAH: They picked the wrong couple to stab in the back. (takes her gun out) This is how I handle stress.Ellie tries to call Chuck and talk to him. Ellie is not handling it as well as "Dr. Super Fantastic White Person," but the clinic's security officer, Justin (Scott Holroyd), lends her an ear, He tells her she's doing great and to give it some time.Sarah's plan to get even with the Turners: send a Manhattan to their room and sneak in through the balcony. Chuck and Sarah get the drop on them, and the Turners' first thoughts are to turn on each other in a marital fight Dr. Phil wouldn't touch. Laura accused Craig of hatching the plan and Craig accused Laura of being the one to sell the software on the black market.CHUCK: You know, it's one thing to betray your agency. It's another to betray your partner. You were supposed to come here and teach us. Teach us how to become a great spy couple.CRAIG: Check back with me in 30 years, Charles. The CIA has a way of breaking young idealists. Especially if they're in love.Unfortunately, the U.S. Marshals didn't make it. Otto arrived, with his pussycat. Chuck is too scared to flash, and Sarah actually listened to him when he said not to have guns in the apartment. Chuck tries to play dumb about knowing Otto while the tiger inspects the apartment, presumably looking for her collar. The Turners escape, and Otto is about to make it the last time Chuck and Sarah get betrayed by them...or anybody else, for that matter. However, the Turners come back and offer to exchange themselves for Chuck and Sarah.CRAIG: We're showing you we're not traitors, Charles.But what about Sasha? She has escaped into the courtyard, where Casey and Morgan just happen to be following Morgan's disastrous night on the shooting range. Casey advises to not make eye contact and act big if she charges. ("Easy for you to say.") But Morgan realizes nobody would care much if he died tomorrow, so he decides to do one big one for his country by luring the tiger into Ellie and Awesome's empty apartment. ("Semper fi-dizzle!") A loud roar by Sasha distracts Otto and his muscle long enough for Chuck to flash and for our new spy couple to kick some ass. Laura points the gun at Chuck and Sarah to get away, but they show some heart by lowering their guns and not shoot them. Craig is moved and convinces Laura to lower her gun and give up.Back in Castle, Sarah covers for the Turners by saying they did a triple-cross in order to lure Otto to justice. The Turners decide to retire. Beckman won't allow it, but the CIA already has the best of the best: Chuck and Sarah.At the Buy More, Casey shows some sympathy to Morgan and passes him.CASEY: You've got to be hands-down bar-none the worst candidate I've ever trained. But you've got one thing going for you: you've got balls. How many Marines would go up against a Bengal tiger unarmed?Morgan is happy, but Chuck isn't, because Morgan turned Devon and Ellie's place into a litter box. Sasha wasn't housetrained, apparently. Chuck and Morgan will fix their apartment, while Sarah fixes Chuck's...and her...apartment. She agrees to move in with him. She was afraid because she didn't know how to live a normal life. But Chuck admits they will never have a normal life, and he's happy about that.In the Congo, Ellie is starting to get used to the great work Devon and she are doing. But a mosquito bite from earlier has put Devon in bad shape. Justin sends them home right away. Mainly because he's with The Ring and gave Devon a disease to carry back to Burbank.
16Chuck vs the Tooth
10 May 2010Description ▼
Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) are vegging out in front of the TV. Unfortunately, it's a wasteland tonight. Mondays, you know. Sarah still doesn't get the gestalt of Spies Like Us, but it's a guy/wannabe spy thing. On the news, President Jakaya Kuti of Zamibia (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) is in town to hear a concert of the L.A. Symphony. (Guess he won't be going to Brooklyn to visit Mr. Kot-TER.) Chuck tells Sarah he loves her. She smiles, caresses his face...and that's it. (ouch) He wakes up, and Sarah tells him she loves him...with General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) playing the cymbals outside. And the doorbell rings, because their Zamibian takeout order is here. Delivered by...wait for it...Daniel Shaw (Brandon Routh)! And Chuck immediately pulls out two Sig Sauers and blasts him into the fountain, which has water in it for some inexplicable reason.Yes, Chuck had a nightmare. However, he is convinced the Intersect is merely encroaching on his dreams, and something will happen to President Kuti. It would appear that he's had a bunch of them lately, but Casey (Adam Baldwin) and Beckman were not too happy to be woken up (and in the case of Beckman, interrupted her playtime). Beckman's solution is to send Chuck to a CIA therapist. Chuck is hesitant, naturally. However, Chuck is on the couch with Dr. Dreyfus (Christopher Lloyd), wondering how the whole process worked. Answer questions? Word association? (don't say 'father') Chuck doesn't want to talk, but Dr. Dreyfus wants to write and continues to do so until Chuck starts talking. He talks about Sarah and works his way around to the non-returned 'I love you' from the other night. More note-taking later, Dreyfus surprises him by knowing about the Intersect. He surprises Chuck even more by telling him the Intersect has potentially harmful side effects. ("Like dry scalp?") Like insanity. Chuck won't believe it and thinks something will happen to President Kuti at the concert. Dr. Dreyfus takes him off field duty.Back home, Devon (Ryan McPartlin) is recovering from malaria (or whatever Justin injected him with). Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) runs into Casey, who recommends African Snake Herbs for Awesome's condition. She politely declines. Very politely. Chuck keeps what Dr. Dreyfus told him from Sarah, even though she wants him to trust her as his partner and girlfriend. He does tell Morgan (Joshua Gomez) at the Buy More about his dreams and how they may be Intersect-influenced. Chuck doesn't want to involve Sarah with all of this, but Morgan volunteers to help him...by asking about his pant size. Morgan, however, has another issue to deal with: Anna Wu (Julia Ling) walks into the store. (And nobody should ever get fired from a cool job, but unemployment from the show really agrees with her.) Morgan can't be found because he got Chuck and himself two tickets to the L.A. Symphony and tuxedos. (no cummerbund, call him crazy) Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) are worried sick about Morgan, since he's focused and driven now, but Anna thinks he couldn't have changed much. And Morgan gets the slow walk treatment in his tuxedo (complete with wind machine effect), and Anna follows it up with the standard dropping of the jaw to the floor. She wants to talk, but he has to run to go with Chuck to the symphony. She's speechless.Ellie runs into Justin (Scott Holroyd), the security officer/Ring operative, at the Buy More. Posing as a CIA agent, he pretends John Casey is after her father and wants her to keep an eye on him. He also wants her to not say they talked and to ignore anybody who says she's crazy for thinking Casey isn't a double-agent. She goes to check on Casey and sees his open gun locker, sporting some serious hardware. She tries to tell Devon, but sure enough, Awesome thinks she's crazy.ELLIE: He has guns! Very big guns! We have to do something!DEVON: OK. Casey has some serious guns. Is that creepy? Yes. Is it unlawful? Sadly, no.Charles Carmichael and Cobra (Morgan) make it to the symphony. Morgan wants to talk about Anna, Chuck reminds him they're on a mission, and the lady next to them tells them to shush! Back at Castle, Sarah and Casey figure out what Chuck and Morgan are doing and high-tail it to the symphony. During the performance, Chuck dozes off and has another dream where he is on stage, tries to shoot Shaw in the audience, but Shaw points out the real problem is Dr. Kowambe (Allan Louis), one of Kuti's scientific advisors. Chuck thinks it's Kowambe who wants to kill Kuti. Chuck leaves Morgan a tranq gun and runs to the President's box. Chuck talks Sarah into helping him, while Casey goes after the "bearded elf" and uses Chuck's tranq gun on him. Chuck frisks Kowambe, and he jokes the would have preferred Sarah do it. His perverted smile makes Chuck flash, telling him there was Ring intel in a fake tooth in Dr. Kowambe's mouth. Chuck lays him out flat to everyone's shock, including Sarah. He grabs the tooth before being dragged away to a CIA psychiatric unit.Beckman reams Sarah and Casey a new one about letting Chuck cause an international incident, but she does confess Chuck's condition is deteriorating and may be unavoidable, something Chuck didn't tell Sarah. Casey promises to take Sarah over there to talk to Chuck. Right now, Chuck is being introduced to some of his new "friends," all of whom are former spies who cracked under the pressure. Sporting his "Big Lebowski" robe, he meets the other people who flew over the Cuckoo's nest, such as Lewis (Kevin West), who is going by the codename of Merlin.MERLIN: What are you in for? Something...sexual?CHUCK: (shocked) Everyone in here are spies? Like me?Casey tells Morgan about what happened to Chuck, and Morgan is worried. So much so, he blows off Anna for the second time. Casey and Sarah visit Chuck. Casey is a bit wary, especially given Chuck wants them to analyze the tooth he found...which he swallowed to hide it from being found. In spite of Casey being grossed out by Chuck trying to extract the tooth, Sarah does promise to analyze the tooth. Chuck hopes the truth is in the tooth. (And yes, they said that.) The tooth comes back as...a tooth. Sarah calls Chuck to tell him that. She tries to be encouraging, but to no avail. However, Dr. Kowambe arriving at the psychiatric ward changes things.Sarah goes to Dr. Dreyfus' house to plead her case about letting Chuck out of the psychiatric ward.SARAH: He needs to be okay. I need him to be okay. I need to go to the hospital tonight, try and help him figure this out. I...love him.DREYFUS: Ever tell him that?It turns out going to the hospital was Dreyfus' plan all along, since Casey got to his house right before Sarah did.Kowambe takes out the hospital staff and injects Chuck with a psychotropic drug to find out how much he knew about his tooth, the one on the other side of his face containing the Ring data. Chuck tries to escape and flashes on kung-fu, but the drug has slowed him down too much to be of any use. The other spy patients try to help, but they get taken out. Fortunately, Casey's gun and Sarah's martial art skills work just fine and they take out the doctor and his henchmen.At the Buy More, Anna goes ballistic and insist Morgan talk to her. She really wanted to give him some of his things. She also gives him a huge kiss after his constant rebuffs turned her on. She thinks they may yet have a future, but he has moved on and sends her on her way.Justin meets with Ellie, and she confirms everything he said. Justin insists on talking to her father, and she has a way of making contact with Stephen J. Bartowski.Kowambe was in the business of harvesting human organs and genetic manipulation. His plan was to sell the research to The Ring. Beckman isn't authorized to clear Chuck, but Dr. Dreyfus can. Which he does, but Dreyfus warns Chuck the stress the Intersect puts on his brain could lead to serious mental deterioration. Dreyfus isn't sure what will happen, but he insists Chuck tell Sarah about it. He is prepared to do so, until Sarah finally breaks down and tells Chuck she loves him. She wants a future with him. She asks him what he wanted to tell her, but he blows it off and says he's fine. But a nightmare later that night involving Shaw again...this time where Shaw claims he's alive...terrorizes him. He tells Sarah it's nothing, but does she believe him?
17Chuck vs the Living Dead
17 May 2010Description ▼
We see a cabin in the mountains. A man is sharpening an axe. It looks like Stephen Bartowski (Scott Bakula) found nicer digs than the trailer. In the classified section, he finds an ad for a baby blue '78 Chevelle and starts writing down some information."Dad, I really need to see you. Please send me your address. Love, Ellie"He responds back with an ad of his own, saying he'll see her soon. While decoding his message, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) also gets a phone call from Justin (Scott Holroyd). Justin gives her a music player that would disrupt the surveillance equipment Casey was using. Ellie walks out of the office quite relieved.Bartowskis like to keep their secrets, since she kept this information from Devon(Ryan McPartlin), and Chuck (Zachary Levi) is still keeping his dream about Shaw (Brandon Routh) a secret from Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski). He asks Morgan (Joshua Gomez) to talk later at the Buy More and has to cover for himself quickly when Sarah walks in. At the Buy More, Morgan can't believe Chuck never checked for a pulse. ("Haven't you seen a John Carpenter movie!") Chuck asks Morgan to help him figure it out and to keep it quiet from Sarah and Casey. Of course, Morgan is now scared, since Shaw knows everything about everybody, including him. He asks Chuck to let him into Castle, where he proceeds to get every bullet-proof item on his person. Sarah, however, didn't appreciate him touching the rocket launcher. Sarah sets a new record for getting information out of someone.Morgan fesses up to Chuck that Sarah broke him...rather easily, in fact. Stephen walks into the Buy More with a low-wearing hat and sunglasses. Neither Morgan nor Sarah is thrilled that Chuck never told his dad about downloading the new Intersect, but Casey and Sarah still being around tips him off that Chuck is working for the CIA. Chuck tries to assure his dad he is out of the CIA.CHUCK: Dad, you know me. You know I would never lie.Sarah, as you can imagine, didn't take that lie very well. She's mad at Chuck for hiding secrets from his dad and her. Chuck tried to say it was just a dream, but Sarah reminds him that his dreams could also be influenced by the Intersect, meaning Shaw COULD be alive. Casey pulls together all of the information he has about all the times Sarah and Shaw were together. Long amounts of very awkward questioning later (didn't get to hear more about the couples' massage), Chuck has to hear about Shaw's apartment. He has a flash concerning a TR-15 safe, which Shaw had the CIA install. Chuck and Sarah have a mission: break into Shaw's apartment and see what's in the safe. However, he'll have to get out of dinner with his father first. (In Stephen Bartowski's defense, he cooks a mean grilled cheese.)At the Buy More, Jeffster! gives a surprise performance! (And it's true...Love Hurts.) In their defense, they're making a lot of money...people are paying them to stop. Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) comes out, not to stop them, but tell them they could make a lot of money playing other chain electronic stores. Big Mike offers to manage. Jeff (Scott Krinsky) is interested, but Lester (Vik Sahay) won't have it. Jeff is ripping his soul out for the easy cash.LESTER: Art, GOOD! Commercialism, EVIL! WEIRD! CHUBBY!Lester is taking the -ster out of Jeffster!Chuck asks Casey to keep an eye on Ellie, because Shaw knows everything, and Chuck thinks Ellie might be a target. ("Until we know what Shaw wants, Ellie has a second shadow.") Stephen wants to know what Chuck and Ellie are doing tonight, but Chuck has the mission, or a date as he tells his father, and Ellie gets a call from Justin. She tells him her father surprised her by showing up at her apartment, and Justin tells her to meet him at a park. She leaves, and Stephen grills Chuck about still having surveillance equipment still up and access to the CIA's database systems. Chuck lies (again) and tells his father he is only an analyst and is not a field agent...and then we see him scaling up Shaw's building with Sarah.Casey keeps an eye on Ellie, but Justin didn't show up for the rendezvous. In Shaw's apartment, Chuck and Sarah find the safe by using special infrared glasses. It'll take time to get the correct password, but they don't have time. Shaw is coming through the door!As our favorite spy team hides in the closet, someone does walk in, although we don't really see who it is. (And Chuck's infrared glasses let him know how turned on Sarah is.) Unfortunately, Chuck gives them away...that is, Chuck's Chuck Taylors. The person fires and escapes with a briefcase. Chuck and Sarah give chase, but the man jumps over the roof. However, he drops the briefcase. Sarah goes for the briefcase while Chuck flashes on jumping to the next roof. He does the full Neo...and misses by just a little. Shaw comes back...only it's not Shaw. It's Justin. He says Shaw is dead. (And a million IMDBers are TICKED!) He's ready to put a bullet in Chuck when Sarah fires from the street.CHUCK: Did you get him? Check his pulse first! Make sure you check his pulse!He takes off, and Chuck is about to fall. And then he is pulled up...by STEPHEN!Father and son return to Castle and Stephen rips him a new one about lying to him. Chuck continues to try and downplay his significance, but there's a bigger issue going on. The safe contained information Shaw collected about The Ring (hence Justin's interest in it), and a letter that Sarah reads that Shaw wrote for after his death. Stephen overhears everything and remembered that Shaw was a Ring expert. Chuck says the mission is over.STEPHEN: The mission is never over. There's another one, and another one, and another one. The reason a spy has to have one of those is because every mission could be their last. For every spy, there's someone who cares about them. Who has to open that box, read that message, and mourn their loss. This is a BAD BUSINESS. And I don't want my family in any part of it.Justin meets with Ellie at his "office." He apologizes for missing the meet (obviously a ruse) and asks Ellie to do some real spy work. She agrees.As Jeff (without Lester) makes ears bleed in the Buy More, Casey plays Morgan the message from Ellie to Justin (was that a movie about two American Idol contestants?). Morgan takes it upon himself to tell Devon that Ellie is cheating on him. Of course, he takes the long way around and tries to analyze where Devon went wrong, because Morgan obviously thinks it's Devon's fault. After several beers and a litany of reasons why Devon is the perfect husband (sorry ladies, he has hid shirt on), Morgan is even further away from an answer.Stephen asks him the question Chuck was hoping to avoid: why does the CIA let Chuck go on missions if he doesn't have the Intersect? Chuck tries to deny once again, but stopping a letter opener in mid-air gives him away. And since it was time for true confessions, Stephen finally confessed the Intersect could have a negative effect on the brain. Stephen wonders why Chuck didn't tell him, and Chuck wonders why the hell he took off again and didn't talk to him.CHUCK: You left! Again! You taught me and Ellie how to live life without you, and that's exactly what I'm doing!Stephen leaves, because he can't stay there and watch his son die. He bolts, and goes right past Ellie. But he first asks why Ellie wanted him there. Ellie covers by saying she missed him. He promises not to be gone as long. He hugs her...and Ellie plants a tracking device on him. Stephen gets back to his cabin and opens up a very impressive computer setup. He inserts a device from his watch and goes quickly to work.Sarah is able to track down Chuck's father almost as fast as the device on his jacket. Stealing his license, she cross-verified a house with no phone or cable, but consumed a lot of electricity. Unfortunately, Justin's men are already at the house. The item in his watch is now integrated into the computer. Justin's men capture Stephen, and Chuck soon follows after Sarah drives him up to his cabin. They demand to know where the "Governor" is, the thing that is keeping him alive. Stephen blocks a punch with his watch, which the men take. They slice the gas lines to blow up the cabin. Time for a full confession from Chuck.CHUCK: I came up here to tell you WHY I downloaded the Intersect. That I'm special and that I can help people. But given the circumstances, I'll just have to show you.One flash later, Chuck goes ballistic and starts kicking ass. Stephen gets up to help, and Sarah charges in after hearing the commotion, including a SWEET deflection of a knife going at Chuck's head with an axe.STEPHEN: Does she have the Intersect, too?CHUCK: No, dad. That's all her. Hi, honey!Big Mike reunites Jeffster! by talking to Lester by helping him realize Jeff needs him. Big Mike can sympathize. He was the Rain of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Rain in 1988. He gives Lester his old band outfit.Back at Chuck & Sarah's, Stephen tells Chuck why The Ring came to his cabin. The Governor governs the Intersect. It protects the person who has the Intersect by controlling their neural network, much like a pacemaker controls the heart. Stephen will make Chuck a Governor.STEPHEN: You downloaded the 2.0 for the same reason I invented it: to help people. If you want to be a spy, I'm going to do everyting I can to help you be the man who you want to be.Morgan consults with Casey. He's ready to marry Awesome, so the problem must be on Ellie's side. Casey breaks in to take a look, and gets greeted by Ellie, who surprises everyone by being home. She gets the gun hidden in the radio, which Justin tells her about, since he is on his way. Ellie isn't much for the gun, so she nails him with a frying pan instead. Casey is out cold, and Justin spirits her away to his office. He thanks her for her help, tells her she's brave, and locks her in his office.Sarah needs to talk to Chuck and gives him her spy will.SARAH: This is...me. This is everything about me. And if something should happen to me, the only person I want to have it is you.In the middle of the night, Chuck writes his as we see the people in his life.My name is Chuck Bartowski, and if you're reading this, it means I'm already dead. I don't know what will end up killing me, but I chose to be a spy and there are consequences to that. Maybe it'll be my emotions that do me in, or a slip-up trying to protect my friends...or my family, who never wanted me to be a part of this. Or it could be the thing I never saw coming. But I do know, it's coming.And faster than he may think, if a person downloading an Intersect with Daniel Shaw's ID is any indication.
18Chuck Versus the Subway
24 May 2010Description ▼
Chuck (Zachary Levi) can't wait for the Governor to be completed, and he reminds his father, Stephen (Scott Bakula), every five seconds to work on it. Chuck can't calm down, which is understandable, given his cover is blown, Castle has been exposed, and his partner's and girlfriend's ex-lover was a double-agent. ("Way to talk me down, Dad.") But Stephen wants him to realize there are some battles Chuck has to walk away from.STEPHEN: There may come a time where, if you want to protect them, you have to go.Chuck doesn't want to do it, but Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) recommends some fresh air, and they get it at a farmers market. Chuck still hasn't told her about his deteriorating mind. And she isn't around to hear the voice Chuck does...and flashes on...and gets a severe headache from. That voice he follows down into the subway. The person escapes on the train. The person...is Daniel Shaw (Brandon Routh).Chuck and Sarah return to Castle, but Casey (Adam Baldwin) is not convinced Chuck actually saw Shaw. Stephen punches up the video surveillance of the train station and finds him. They determine the station Shaw gets off at and observe him walk through a restricted-access door. Sarah and Casey break out the hardware to get him, but Stephen doesn't want Chuck to go because it could just as easily be a trap. Chuck says he has no choice.STEPHEN: That's exactly what The Ring wants you to think. There's always a choice!CHUCK: What choice would that be, Dad? Run away? I'm not you, OK? I'm not going to spend the rest of my life in hiding. I can't leave the ones I love behind.At the Buy More, Devon (Ryan McPartlin) can't find Ellie (Sarah Lancaster). And Morgan (Joshua Gomez) has to be the one to break the bad news to Devon. ("Wait, you called me Devon.") Morgan plays the message Casey recorded between Ellie and Justin (Scott Holroyd). Devon is in pain, but Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) have a bottle of alcohol at the Buy More for medicinal purposes. They say Devon now has a free pass to mount whomever he wished. But Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) disagrees. He told Awesome Ellie's hired a pinch-hitter because Devon's not satisfying her enough. Morgan, being the voice of reason (scary!) drags the drunk and slightly un-awesome Devon out of the store.General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) has been called on the carpet by the higher-ups at the CIA. She tries to prove Operation Bartowski has been a success, in spite of falling well short of expectations. But the team tries to improve their record by infiltrating the building Daniel Shaw entered through the subway. (Well, the people at FlashForward won't need it anymore. Same building.) This same building where Justin has been keeping Ellie and still is slinging her the BS he's with the CIA and John Casey is rogue. Chuck trips an alarm and Justin spots Chuck. He's about to take him out, but one kung-fu flash later, Justin is on the ground, and Ellie is shocked to see Chuck. She can't believe Chuck punched someone. ("You quit kung-fu in the third grade!") But Justin runs and Chuck takes him down in an auditorium. The SAME auditorium where General Beckman was trying to defend Chuck's work. WTF???????In a holding cell, Beckman explains what is going on. Ellie was taken home, and the Intersect project is about to be shut down and she's been trying to keep it afloat. Chuck is certain Shaw is in the building, but Beckman wants Chuck to keep his mouth shut. Chuck, Sarah, and Casey are called to testify in front of the committee, and who should walk right through the front doors but Daniel Shaw himself. He told the committee Chuck was a hero for downloading the Intersect when he didn't have to. Both Chuck and Sarah tried to plead their case Shaw kidnapped her and tried to kill both of them in Paris, but to no avail. Shaw pretended he was a double-agent who almost succeeded in stopping The Ring until Chuck shot him. Shaw uses Chuck's deterioration against Chuck. Sarah tries to deny it, but Chuck (and Dr. Dreyfus') report say otherwise. Shaw recommends the Intersect project be aborted. Beckman speaks for the defense, and one of Chuck's success stories triggers Shaw's Intersect. Chuck sees it. He tries to convince the committe Shaw has an Intersect by doing the same thing his father did to him: throw a letter opener at him. Shaw caught it...in his shoulder. And Chuck is back in a holding cell.Sarah and Casey walk out of the meeting, but Casey suggests they run. There was no way to know how many Ring agents have infiltrated the CIA and they can't rely on help from Washington anymore.CASEY: It's not just us they're going to come after. They'll also come after the people we care about. Are you coming?SARAH: Everything I care about is in this building.CASEY: Good luck, Agent Walker...Sarah.Ellie and Devon meet up and have a round of true confessions. Certainly Devon is more happy Ellie knew about Chuck than the possibility she was cheating on him. He's so relieved she knows about Chuck and can tell her the truth. Oops. Now Ellie is upset Devon knew Chuck had been with the CIA for years. She demands to know everything, But Devon only knows the AWESOME missions he's been on. She demands to know more, but there was only one person who knew everything about Chuck.Casey goes to the restaurant he's frequented for some time. The restaurant where his daughter, Alex McHugh (Mekenna Melvin), works. Alex knows him simply as a friendly customer, but Justin decides to have a piece of pie as well. He knows the score and has a Grosse Pointe Blank moment with Casey. Only instead of Casey dropping his egg-white omelet on the floor, he drops Justin with a napkin dispenser and takes Alex out of the restaurant against her will. Casey tries to explain who he is, but she doesn't believe him and runs. He catches her, and one very impressive display of self-defense by Alex later, Casey finally he tells her she's named for him. Alex Coburn. Casey is Alex's father. Unfortunately, the CIA have caught up to him. He tells Alex to find her mother and disappear.Sarah finds Chuck's holding cell, but he has already broken out, courtesy of his father overriding the computer systems. As Stephen drives up to ferry Chuck to safety, Sarah wants him to stay with her, otherwise Chuck will have a Burn Notice (NEW EPISODES START NEXT WEEK ON USA! Sorry, just doing my share for NBC Universal. :-D ) on him and the CIA will never stop looking for him.STEPHEN: If you stay, everybody you know will be in danger. You have to choose who you want to protect: you, or her.Chuck tells Sarah he's sorry, kisses her, and runs. Sarah confronts Shaw in his office. She tries to force him at gunpoint to 'fess up to the committee, but he knows he has the drop on her, since it's his word against hers about what happened in Paris. She is taken into custody, but not before she gets in a good solid punch on Shaw.Apparently, the person who knows more about Chuck than Devon took Ellie's pillow as his date for Junior Prom. (At least the pillow said yes. You try getting turned down for prom 33 TIMES!! Sorry.) Morgan tries to calm her down with Valieran Root tea, because it'll give her brain a soothing bath. Ellie doesn't want to calm down because she still thinks John Casey is a double-agent. Morgan and Devon scoff at any possibility that Chuck could be turned or that Casey would EVER betray his country. Ellie wants one of these "geniuses" to explain why Chuck is being held by the CIA against his will. Morgan and Devon go to Castle to find out, but all they see is a video of Beckman shredding documents and looking like the boogey man is coming to get her.BECKMAN: They've apprehended Colonel Casey, Agent Walker is in custody, Bartowski escaped this facility and he is a wanted man! As much as it pains me to say this...YOU ARE OUR ONLY HOPE!!!DEVON: (awkward pause) Dude, did she mean you or me?Stephen gives Chuck his Governor, and it works perfectly. Chuck is relieved about that, but it was hardly in the forefront of his mind. Morgan tries to call him and explain everything, but Stephen throws Chuck's mobile phone out the window. He tells Chuck it's all a trap to get him and for Shaw to get his hands on the Governor.STEPHEN: I'm your father. You can't ask me...please don't ask me...to put my own son in jeopardy.CHUCK: I can't just walk away, Dad! Why did you come back this time? You came back because you wanted to protect Ellie and me. Because you knew no matter how far you ran, you couldn't live with yourself if you knew something happened to someone you loved!Stephen relents and turns around if Chuck agrees to do this his way. But they need help: Ellie. She knows about what happened when she met Justin. They go through everything she saw at the park bench where Justin and Ellie would meet...just across the street from the subway. Chuck and Stephen go into the subway, but Ellie wants to know first why Stephen ran in the first place. He promises to come back and tell her everything. (Kind of telegraphing that, aren't they?) One problem: Shaw knows "lovestruck Bartowski" is on his way to rescue the captured Sarah and Casey, and he is ready for Chuck and his father. Chuck deduces they're in a Ring facility (McTiernan Industries - great Die Hard reference) They find an elevator behind a fake electrical panel. Only it's not the same base where Sarah and Casey are at. They found the REAL Ring base. Plans have certainly changed.CASEY: Don't know when it happened, but our boy became a man. Bartowski's a spy. Picked a good one, Walker. Finally.Chuck and Stephen hit paydirt. They find the Intersect room of the Ring, and everything Chuck saw in his dreams was correct. Shaw and his men get to the station, and Ellie is running the Horror Movie Victim Playbook step by step, following them in. Shaw captures them and takes Chuck's Governor. Chuck taunts him to see how well Shaw's Intersect stacks up against his.SHAW: There's one thing that is different. You can't function when your emotions have been compromised.CHUCK: Don't worry about that. I've never been more calm.SHAW: Really? How are you feeling now?Shaw shoots Stephen Bartowski dead. Shaw and his men capture Chuck easily. And Ellie sees the whole thing.Alex, Casey's daughter, walks into the Buy More and asks to see John Casey's locker. Morgan saves her from the two-headed monster of Jeffster! and wants to know who she works for, but Alex is more than a little confused and upset.MORGAN: Don't worry, this store is as safe as any place you can be...provided you stay away from those two. (Jeff and Lester)Morgan assures her John Casey is true blue All-American and takes her to the breakroom to see what is in Casey's locker. The key Alex has isn't for the locker, but for a lock inside of Casey's locker. Inside is a boatload of cash. Devon arrives and pulls Morgan aside. Ellie called Morgan and Devon tells him everything. We see Chuck, Sarah, and Casey taken in an armored truck.SARAH: Where's your dad?CHUCK: I'm sorry, guys. Shaw has won.Casey is confident they'll get Shaw, but Chuck isn't. Shaw likes the new defeatist attitude on Chuck.SHAW: Enjoy the ride, tell war stories. Because as soon as this truck stops, so do your lives.CHUCK: It's over. There's no one left to save us.Except Ellie, Devon, and Morgan.DEVON: Are you sure this is what you want? Because there is no going back -- our lives our changed forever.ELLIE: Yes.
19Chuck Versus the Ring: Part II
24 May 2010Description ▼
Continued from Chuck: Chuck Versus the Subway (#3.18)As Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) pursues the van holding Chuck (Zachary Levi), Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), and Casey (Adam Baldwin), we see a flashback from Ellie's and Chuck's past.ENCINO, CA - 1991A young Chuck is running away from a rather upset and determined Ellie. He pounds on the door ("She's gonna hurt me!") But their father was too busy with work. Chuck broke Mom's favorite necklace, the same one Chuck would give Sarah as a charm bracelet 16 years later. Stephen (Scott Bakula) gives them some fatherly advice.STEPHEN: There's nothing in this whole world that you two can't fix...if you work together. El, I know it's hard, but your brother...has a knack for getting into trouble. But you're going to have to protect him. Because you're his big sister.It's time for Big Sis to do her Big Sis thing, but she lost the truck.In the truck, Chuck is blaming himself for everything that happened, particularly his father's death, since he chose to download Intersect 2.0. Casey still thinks they'll get out of this.CHUCK: Who even knows we're here?Who? How about a bearded little troll, a freakish bubble of handsomeness, and a sister we all really want to have sex with! Devon (Ryan McPartlin) and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) don't exactly have a plan, but that never stopped Morgan before. The van stops. Devon thinks they need a plan to face a bunch of murderers, but what can Morgan do...just open up the glove box? Of Casey's car? And now, they are armed. And there are two buttons they start playing with in the glove box, which aren't marked. Given what happens next, one button presumably means "aim" and the other means "fire" A missile fires out of the headlights, James Bond-style, and overturns the van. Shaw (Brandon Routh) is thrown from the van, and Devon recovers everybody. They get away as Shaw opens fire. Chuck and Ellie are reunited.STEPHEN: Be there for Chuck, no matter what. Because you're his big sister. Can you do that for me?She promised. In fact, she refuses to go quietly off the grid, even though everybody else thinks that's what should happen. Ellie lives on Planet Earth, and she wants to do what regular people do. Chuck leaps into her car before she takes off.At the Buy More (and one MASSIVE promotion for Subway's Egg Muffin Melt Sandwich later), Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) gets a call on the phone. No, THE phone. The big boss, Moses, warns Big Mike if Buy More's numbers don't pick up, the store will shut down. Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) have an idea: tell the truth to the customers. If the store is going out of business, have a "Going Out of Business Sale" to bring up sales. Big Mike thinks there IS a brain under that mop on Lester's head. Jeff's? Not so much.Chuck and Ellie have the ultimate brother-sister talk. Chuck tells her about the Intersect and that their father was not crazy. He was a hero. Chuck felt guilt for years because he thought breaking his mother's necklace was the reason she left, but Ellie knew better and always hated her for leaving. And their Dad wasn't perfect, but at least they now knew why. And Chuck wants to take on the people responsible for kiling Stephen: Shaw and The Ring. Ellie agrees...if Chuck leaves the spy business when he's done. She doesn't know how to protect him otherwise. She makes him promise, and he does. She goes away for safety.The team's first order of business is to contact Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) in one of the holding cells. Beckman tells them about a conference she was supposed to attend which was a front for a spies' convention at the Grand Ambassador. Shaw's plan was to discredit her and take her place. Shaw is organizing a coup d'etat of the CIA and NSA. The five Elders of The Ring will be there, and Chuck flashes on an organizational chart of The Ring, with the Five Elders blanked out. However, without his Governor, he is in pain from his flash. The video feed is cut off. Obviously, the Five Elders would be protected by scores of agents. It's a suicide mission, and only the best spies in the world could attempt such a capture.MORGAN: Chuck, stop. You're embarrassing me.Chuck and Sarah go to the convention in disguise , while Morgan and Casey access the server room. ("Wait, why do I get Morgan for this mission?") Sarah reminds Chuck to act as if he's a stranger to Shaw. Chuck...that is, Yuri Sheshenko...must make eye contact and shake hands with Shaw as he slips a device in Shaw's coat. And a piece of paper falls out of Morgan's as he finds the server room for Chuck and Sarah. The little slip of paper is Alex's (Mekenna Melvin) phone number. Morgan was the one to get Alex hidden, but try telling that to Casey.Chuck and Sarah make it upstairs...and run right into Justin (Scott Holroyd). He told Chuck Shaw thinks his accent could use a little work. Chuck is none too happy about the way Justin manipulated his sister and flashes on some kung-fu. Except it doesn't work properly. Fortunately, Sarah doesn't need to flash and takes out Justin and his assistant. Chuck finally confesses to her the flashes are worse. But Chuck insists she go help Morgan and Casey, and he'll be fine.Back at the Buy More, Jeffster! has their first music DVD! And there's a line of stay-at-home moms ready for the sale. They ask Big Mike to run their video in the store. He agrees to screen it late in the day, just so the customers aren't scared away.Casey would like to continue the discussion with Morgan about his daughter...and by discussion, we mean choking the bearded troll...but Sarah thankfully interrupts because Chuck called Shaw while he was onstage to tell him he knew about his room and that the Elders were in the audience. Shaw texts the Elders to leave, and Sarah and Casey are fully-armed...and so is Morgan. Shaw goes to meet Chuck and demands to know what Chuck is doing. Chuck doesn't want to make the classic villian mistake of revealing his plans, but since Shaw warned the Elders to leave...thus pointing them out...Shaw did the NSA's work for them. Sarah, Casey, and Morgan easily capture the Five Elders, although they'd rather surrender than hear Morgan quote half of Cobra to them. Sarah goes to help Chuck. But Shaw is confident no authority would help a bunch of fugitives. Shaw proudly admits killing Stephen Bartowski to Chuck...and to the video cameras which broadcast the confession live to everyone. Chuck demands the Governor, and Shaw wants to throw down. Chuck flashes, and he is in pain. Shaw is happy and is more than willing to throw Chuck out the window. But Sarah has arrived. Shaw leaps out the window, swings on the American flag (very Superman of him, don't you think?) and escapes to the floor below. Chuck, however, is overcome by his flashes.Sarah brings Chuck back to Castle to deal with his pain, although the fact the Buy More really was closing and Big Mike didn't tell anybody might be a problem. Buy More corporate and the goons from the Beverly Hills Buy More ("Proud to help you spend your parents' money!") are there to take the merchandise, but the customers are taking it first. Chuck confesses to Sarah he promised Ellie to leave once he became a spy, but now he was more upset he may die and tick off Ellie. Sarah swears to find Shaw and get the Governor, but she won't have to go far. Shaw slips into the Buy More and starts planting C-4 all over the place. He calls Sarah and demands Chuck in order not to blow up the buiding. She radios the emergency signal to Casey and goes into the store. Morgan is tied up in the back by Shaw but manages to call Casey and give him the full details. Casey tells him to break his thumbs to free himself and call a "Pineapple." And Morgan does it! He goes to the alarm. Only Big Mike and Jeffster! do it first to avoid the Beverly Hills Buy Morons. He's in pain, and Sarah goes face-to-face with Shaw. Shaw captures her in the confusion, and Chuck sees all of it on the monitor from Castle. Sarah tells Shaw Chuck is unable to come to the Buy More, but that won't stop Chuck whatsoever. He walks in, and they point guns at each other.CHUCK: A gunfight? Is that what you really want?SHAW: Do you have one good flash left?CHUCK: Saved the best for last.Chuck and Shaw do their flashes, and it is on, except Chuck's flash gives him pain. So much pain, he accidentally pushes the Jeffster! DVD into the player and starts it throughout the store. The video is a classic "Cowboy vs. Indian" video to Bon Jovi's "Blaze of Glory," only REALLY, REALLY bad. Chuck and Shaw have a battle to make the Neo/Smith fight from The Matrix look like a slap-fight, only Chuck's bad Intersect is stopping him. A hard punch by Shaw, and Chuck lands on the ground near the handcuffed Sarah. He flashes back in his dream to his childhood, where Chuck sees some of his father's equipment. He sneaks in and starts the computer by mistake. Chuck DOWNLOADED THE INTERSECT WHEN HE WAS 11! He downloaded a large amount of information and survived. His dad tells him he's special, just like he did when he died in Chuck's arms. Chuck gets up and cricks his neck.CHUCK: Sorry, just had to reboot.And that's pretty much it for Shaw. Chuck goes to town on him, knocking his gun out, blocking every shot, and he gets his hand on Shaw's throat. Shaw tells him Chuck has to kill him, but Chuck refuses.SHAW: That's what makes you weak.SARAH: (takes out Shaw with a board) No. That's what makes you great.She puts the Governor back on Chuck's wrist.Outside of the Buy More, Big Mike laments that he'll be fired tomorrow. But Jeff and Lester have a way to save their jobs and be heroes: burn down the Buy More. Big Mike has heard enough.BIG MIKE: I have had it with you two! You have brought me nothing but pain and misery. You (Jeff) answering phones that aren't ringing, and your voice (Lester's) is a vocal felony! And on that, good night and goodbye!Inside the Buy More, as CIA-agents disguised as firefighters look for the detonator, Chuck confesses he promised Ellie he would quit being a spy after this and intends to keep it.CHUCK: You think you can love a regular guy?SARAH: Well, I fell in love with a regular guy.Thankfully Morgan found the detonator, but can't hang on to it without his thumbs while boasting about his contributions. Uh-oh... and Warner Brothers just gave us a Season 4 cost-saving move.LESTER: Did we do that?JEFF: I don't know.LESTER: Start the van.Jeff and Lester are now on the run when Big Mike rats on them. Back at home, everyone toasts Stephen Bartowski.CHUCK: He wasn't the greatest family man, but we know that there was nothing more important to him than family.And now there is more family, Alex McHugh joins the group, and hugs her Dad. A bit awkwardly, but no less awkward than Morgan trying to get cozy with her.ELLIE: So, are you done? For real?CHUCK: Well, I save Beckman's job and various government agencies, so she accepted my resignation.But there's a message for Chuck. The computer tells him to press Enter, and it's a message from Stephen, which he programmed to send if he died. He apologized to Chuck and told him how much he loved Chuck and Ellie. He needs Chuck to do him a favor. He kept something from Chuck, something about being Orion. Something under the house in Encino where they grew up.STEPHEN: I've been a spy for the last 20 years, working for myself. Doing things governments are afraid to do. Maybe being a spy is...in our blood. And maybe I should have told you all of this long ago. But Chuck, your story, it's only just beginning. It's time you know the truth about my work, and the people who tried to destroy me. Because if I'm gone, then you're not safe from them anymore, and neither is Ellie. These people, they're ruthless, they're cunning, and it's time you learned about your family. Because...I did it all for her.The her? Mary Elizabeth Bartowski. Chuck and Ellie's mother. Status: Missing.
1Chuck vs. the Anniversary
20 Sep 2010Description ▼
ENCINO, CA - 1994We see the familiar bedroom of Charles Irving Bartowski, replete with action figures, robots, and a Tron poster. A woman, Mary Elizabeth Bartowski (Linda Hamilton), is reading young Chuck a story about the Frost Queen, who defended the land and returned to her family. Young Chuck asks his mother if she is going away again, but she said she would be back in a few days. They say their 'I love you's' to each other and Chuck goes to sleep.ENCINO, CA - 2010Chuck (Zachary Levi) looks over the file in the basement of his parents' old house. He is distraught his father spent the rest of his life trying to find her. She was a spy who disappeared. Chuck is determined to find her, and he needs help. From Sarah? From Casey? Nope, from Morgan. Morgan (Joshua Gomez) is more impressed with the laser barriers and gadgets and tons of files in the basement of the former Casa Bartowski, but Chuck doesn't want to tell Sarah or Casey, whom he thinks will stop him from searching for her. Morgan agrees to help and shakes hands with Chuck. ("Are you...flexing?") Chuck makes sure Morgan knows they can't tell anybody, especially Ellie.MORGAN: No, I get it. She clearly cannot know about our own rogue spy team that we're gonna start here. Outside the government, secret to the spy world. Team of two, army of one. Highway to the Danger Zone. Live Free or Die Hard...CHUCK: Buddy! This is not the opening of a TV show. This is real life.I disagree with Chuck. We don't get slow-motion sequences of hot CIA agents getting dressed for missions in real life. Which is where we find Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) as she gets ready for a mission. Fortunately, Chuck found her gun before Morgan interrupted them with his huge backpack. Sarah and Casey (Adam Baldwin) are heading to do spywork, and Chuck is looking forward to job interviews and a go-kart racing league with Morgan...as far as Sarah knows. Sarah says goodbye ("Nothing is going to keep me from coming back to you," for those of you worried about relationship angst this season.) and Chuck and Morgan head out on their adventure. They go to dozens of places, based on the Raiders of the Lost Ark-style map we see. And their jetsetting (which incuded stops in Greenland, Seattle, and Chicago for some reason) gets them to their final destination...Los Angeles. But Chuck finds the secret door with the electronic lock in his mom's safehouse to find out where his mother is......and it's empty.Needless to say Chuck is depressed, but Morgan is even more depressed about the amount of money they spent over four months. Although Morgan thinks the menu for a Chinese restaurant he finds is a nice consolation prize. However, unbeknownst to the spy duo, their efforts were not completely in vain. A camera picks up their visit to the safehouse in Los Angeles, and Mary Elizabeth Bartowski monitors them.MARY: Oh, Chuck.As if things aren't bad enough for our favorite nerd-turned-spy, someone comes to collect on Morgan's car: the Millennium Falcon. The Repo Man (Harry Dean Stanton-awesome casting idea to have him be the ACTUAL Repo Man) takes the yellow Pacer, even though it only costs $900. Morgan also takes it upon himself to tell Chuck they are $43,000 in debt. This doesn't happen to real spies.Real spies go to Hong Kong and chase after the bad guys, like Sarah and Casey are doing with Marko (Dolph Lundgren), an operative for Volkoff Industries. They are trying to take possession of a handheld EMP generator, which Marko demonstrates by using it to black out Hong Kong. Which, as they are on the roof, knocks out the elevators and traps Sarah and Casey. Casey agrees Sarah should drop her gun...and knock Marko out. But even Casey is sentimental for the moron, since he needs Chuck to break into the computer systems of the building and escape. Fortunately, he planned for this, and Sarah and Casey escape by base jumping off the building with the EMP generator.And as if Chuck's day can't get any worse, Morgan takes pictures of him shirtless and encourages him to "sext" Sarah with them. Although he needs to put on baby oil and really work the 'pec deck.' Chuck vehemently rejects the idea, which naturally means Morgan sends the pictures to her without Chuck's consent. The good news is, we find out where George Costanza works at. Vandalay Industries moved to L.A. although they're not looking for a latex salesman. It's Chuck's fifth interview, which is going better than the first four, where the interviewers fell asleep, threw up, had convulsions, and walked out without returning. Chuck begs the man not to answer the phone because he thinks the interview will be over. The interviewer answers the phone...and the interview is over, complete with a security escort out of the building.Morgan takes him back to the Buy More. The new Buy More looks quite shiny, and everybody in it looks like a supermodel. Naturally, Chuck and Morgan don't recognize it. However, the new manager recognizes Chuck. It's General Beckman (full-time cast member Bonita Friedericy). No Big Mike...at least not this week. As it turns out, ridding the CIA of Daniel Shaw changed the Intersect's grade from an F last year to an A, as the President himself sprung for the new store. (Insert your own bad economy joke here.) Beckman tells Chuck in no uncertain terms he is back to working as a spy for the government and working in the Buy More as a cover. (She tanked Chuck's interviews.) Chuck is equally adamant about not returning to the government. Next thing you know, Chuck falls down a tunnel, The Running Man-style, into the new Castle underground facility. But at least Sarah is back and more than happy to see Chuck. And she got the photos he (Morgan) sent.SARAH: Chuck, do you want to sext with me?CHUCK: Aaah, no! I don't...I mean...I...no, no no! This was not my idea. Clearly not my idea. This was Morgan's idea.And Sarah is actually a little disappointed. (Chuck, seriously. Reconsider.) Meanwhile, Morgan is hitting on one of the salespeople, Greta I (Olivia Munn), who has to head to Thailand the next day but is willing to show Morgan something...like Castle, in the same manner Chuck got to see it. Sarah has to leave again to trace the EMP to its source in Venezuela, courtesy of Chuck flashing on it. Chuck is disappointed they won't get to celebrate their six month/nine month anniversary, but she promises to return and celebrate in style. She takes the briefcase with the EMP with her, which contains the same logo Morgan found on the menu in Mary Bartowski's safehouse. They go to the Repo Man to get the car back. He pulls a gun on them (again), but Morgan simply gets the menu from the car and they try to go. Only the Repo Man really likes Chinese food and demands the menu. They decide to do what they did in Tangiers...run like hell.Back in the Encino Underground Lair (sounds like Dr. Evil's hangout if he was on a tight budget like this show is, doesn't it?), Morgan sees an unusual item on the menu: Shimira Chicken. Chuck flashes, as Shimira is a Russian submarine navigation system. The menu is really an order form for weapons. They borrow one of Stephen Bartowkski's encrypted phones to call Volkoff Industries. Charles Carmichael pretends to be head of security for The New Ring and gets a meeting with them in Moscow. As they head to Russia, Sarah and Casey head to Venezuela. Casey's advice to Sarah on long-distance relationships ("I either leave or they die") isn't helpful, so Sarah decides to become the hottest insecure woman on the planet by taking racy (as racy as you can get on a plane in a business suit) pictures of herself on the phone. Unfortunately, Marko and his assistant have the plane hijacked and gas Sarah and Casey. They're now heading to Moscow.Sarah and Casey wake up in the basement of a cold nuclear weapons lab, and Marko wants them to think of all the terrible things he'll do to them. Casey is defiant.MARKO: I work for Volkoff. I must break you.Chuck and Morgan (or Charles Carmichael and Michael Carmichael) try to go in the front door and decide it would be faster to pull a Tangiers after Chuck flashes on the blueprint of the building. In the basement, a thug looks at Sarah's pictures on her phone and leers at her. Not a good idea, obviously, and he is on the floor. Sarah reaches with her foot (and almost goes Catherine Trammell on us) to get the phone to signal Chuck. One tiny problem: Morgan + hot Sarah picture + 'need u' = Three's Company moment. Chuck's too busy trying to download information on his mother to respond, and Morgan thinks Sarah's trying to sext. He replies for Chuck, and Sarah sends an SOS. ("Skin on skin?") This goes on...MORGAN: Wow, kiss your mom with those thumbs? Oooh, Daddy likes.Finally, Casey tells Sarah to text sub-basement 4, and Chuck finds the name "Frost" in the computers. The Frost Queen...his mother. He has to download it quickly, as Morgan finally figures out Sarah and Casey are actually in Volkoff industries. Morgan wants him to call the Marines, but Chuck decides they'll do it.He better move fast, as Marko stops Sarah from texting, but Marko isn't looking to kill Sarah and Casey. Apparently, he has pictures of two agents who got closer to Volkoff Industries than anybody else. Yup, Chuck and Morgan. And Marko's thugs find them quickly. Sarah tells Chuck over the radio he has to flash, but all she gets in reply are gunshots. Sarah and Casey think Chuck and Morgan are dead, and Casey wants to kill Marko. But Chuck apparently did flash and took care of the ten men who surrounded him (which we didn't get to see...damn budget cuts). He threatens to come down the stairs, and Marko's men go to wait for him. Chuck jumps down on the other side and frees Sarah and Casey. Chuck tells them he has to go back to the computer lab to get the files on Mary Bartowski. He confesses to Sarah he came to find his mother and didn't tell her because he thought she would stop him. He was right; she didn't want to risk losing him. She's mad at Chuck for lying to her, but he claimed he was just keeping a secret. Now their rule is no more lying OR keeping secrets from each other. Time to get out of the building, but Marko tells them the building is completely automated and the security system is activated.MARKO: If you die, you die.Chuck suggests setting off the EMP to disable the systems, but Sarah protests he'll lose the data on his mother if he does.CHUCK: Yeah, well it's not worth losing you. Any of you.He sets it off, and Casey lets loose with the 'best Commie rifle ever invented-the AK-47.' They get out, but it takes a moment for the getaway car to arrive: a Moscow city bus.CHUCK: Happy Anniversary.Back in Burbank, the Bartowski Four is reunited, and everybody agrees to help Chuck find his mother...unofficially, of course. He has to go back to being a spy, but the question remains: does Chuck tell Ellie about it? He is determined to, until Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) finds out he's back at the Buy More. He confesses he didn't get any of the job interviews she set up, but she understands the economy is tough, and she's just happy he won't be a spy...because she's pregnant.And soon-to-be-grandma Bartowski runs into Marko and his thugs. They tell Mary that her family is looking for her. She asks if they said anything to Volkoff about Chuck. He didn't, and she goes full Terminator on them, shooting the lot of them.MARKO: (bleeding on the ground) Please, I have a family.MARY: So do I. (pulls the trigger)
2Chuck vs. the Suitcase
27 Sep 2010Description ▼
MILANA woman (Karolina Kurkova) who looks like she just came off the runway is running from a man in a suit who has "secret agent" written all over him. She gets around a corner and fires her gun. The bullet goes back around the corner and nails the agent between the eyes. Either we're in The Matrix, or we have some really cool bullets that need to be found. These are smart bullets, which use a tiny microchip to arrive at a certain point, no matter what.The CIA needs to send their best team in. Unfortunately, their best team is having a not-so-awesome time with Devon (Ryan McPartlin) and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster). Devon, who is far more excited and scared about the impending baby than Ellie is, is rallying Chuck (Zachary Levi), Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) to help with the decisions like natural or water birth, Ergo or Baby Bjorn, Spanish, French, or Japanese as a second language. Everybody just wants Awesome to calm down. Ellie congratulates Chuck (and Morgan) for starting at the Buy More...again...the next day. But Devon thinks Chuck and Sarah should be taking notes, as they could be next. Now they REALLY want Devon to calm down. Especially since Sarah hasn't even unpacked her suitcases in Chuck's apartment: a little factoid Morgan shares with the group...and shouldn't have. Sarah asks Chuck later if he thinks it's weird, and he plays it off and assures her it isn't weird.(next day at the Buy More)CHUCK: It's totally weird, isn't it? I mean she won't put ONE THING in her side of the closet. It's almost like she'd rather be on a mission than back at home with me.Morgan tells him it's their Achilles' Heel; the one thing in a relationship couples can't get past. Chuck has to keep it to himself. And he will, since Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) is sending Chuck and Sarah back to Milan to recover the smart bullets from Sofia Stepanova. Who apparently did a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover, based on the picture Beckman had...and Chuck gawked at...and Sarah caught Chuck gawking at. Casey (Adam Baldwin) is being recused from the mission because of an incident with Yves Saint Laurent and a stiletto. (I'll assume Casey wasn't wearing the stiletto.) Chuck encourages him to get used to living in Burbank, given someone is in Burbank that will make it feel like home...like his daughter.CASEY: Spies don't put down roots. And women have a lot of baggage. You should be happy Walker's is just a suitcase.In Milan, they scan the party and find Stepanova. Chuck goes to reach for the purse and ends up with handful of supermodel backside instead. Stepanova is offended until Chuck points out he's with somebody. Except he points at Bronson Pinchot. No harm no foul, as far as Stepanova is concerned. Sarah? Not so much. But she observed Stepanova leave her purse at the bar. Chuck and Sarah retrieve it...only to find a bomb in it. Chuck thinks to run and throw the bomb, only he grabs the pressure-sensitive switch and renders that idea moot. Sarah has to cut the wires quickly.CHUCK: Sarah, listen. I cannot die without letting you know I accept you for who you are, OK? You're weird unpacking thing doesn't matter to me. I still love you, OK?She defuses the bomb. The one with the C-4. The bomb Chuck just dropped will take a lot more time and wire cutters ain't gonna help.Morgan talks with Casey at the Buy More. He isn't happy the service is beyond efficient and everybody looks like they should be eating dinner at Koi every night. Awesome notices it as well and is suspicious Chuck decided to remain a spy. Morgan and Casey both deny it, but Greta II (Isaiah Mustafa) isn't helping the situation by firing pricetags from 30 feet away...and riding a horse backwards, and that horse is now diamonds...sorry. Morgan goes to tell Beckman, since he was afraid if customers saw how well the place ran, then more customers would come in and would start investigating that the Buy More wasn't acting like your typical appliance store, such as a drink Morgan spilled being cleaned up before he's done spilling it. ("General, if even I can see through this Buy More cover, what's an enemy spy going to think?") The little kid who wanted to grow up and work in the Buy More instead of being an astronaut convinced her.Chuck and Sarah leave the party, where Chuck is still suffering from foot-in-mouth disease and Sarah is none too happy about it. They decide to break into Stepanova's apartment...but without the Spiderman kiss. They find the bullets in a safe in her closet...following yet more awkward comments from Chuck about unpacking. However, Stepanova and her bodyguard arrive. She goes into the bathroom, gets naked, and gets in the shower...which Chuck naturally sees and Sarah is naturally ticked off about him seeing.CHUCK: Can you see anything?SARAH: (beyond livid) Are you serious!?!?CHUCK: Am I serious? What? Who do you think I am? If we can't see anything, than she can't see anything either, right?SARAH: (quickly humbled) Oh, right. I'll get the card and you get the safe.She goes to slip out, only the bodyguard (Lou Ferrigno) wants to confess something to her. She pretends to be Stepanova, only to find out the bodyguard is in love with her (Stepanova, not Sarah). But Sarah is so touched, she puts her hand on the bodyguard's shoulder and is sorry to knock him out, while Stepanova puts a gun to Chuck's head...while still naked. Sarah opens fire on her to escape.SARAH: (disdainfully) Put some clothes on.Chuck and Sarah return to Burbank, only to find out the chips inside the bullets were fake. Stepanova kept them separate from the bullets. Where? In her dress. The dress no supermodel would wear twice. Beckman sends Chuck and Sarah back to Milan while she sends Morgan out to recruit to make the Buy More a little more...like the Buy More. They track down the guys who have been on the run from the po-po for 184 days and miss Ace of Base terribly. Casey thinks is the most demeaning thing he's done, but Morgan insists the Buy More can't be too efficient to raise suspicions. Naturally, Lester (Vik Sahay) wants to negotiate a raise and good perks, but he settles for a tranq dart from Casey's gun, while Jeff (Scott Krinsky) needs six of them (although Casey fired seven times...weird) and Morgan blowing him over. ("I think my water just broke.")Chuck and Sarah arrive for the final night of Fashion Week in disguise. Chuck takes out the guards with a custom-made tranq glove while Sarah slips into the dress (and provides us with a gratuitous lingerie shot...for which we're grateful). Except Stepanova and her lovestruck bodygurd arrive. Chuck locks her out of the room to protect her from the guards (and remembers to say I love you), but Stepanova puts a gun to Sarah's head. Chuck flashes on some moves with a coatrack bar and takes out the guards, except for Mr. Ferrigno. (he doesn't actually have a name in this) Chuck tries to start a slapfight with him and the glove (and kudos to Lou for reacting the same way), and Chuck is forced to rub the tranq glove in his face to knock him out. Sarah gets led into the dressing room, and the catfight is on! (Hard to describe in text, but it was well done on both their parts) Stepanova nails Sarah with a vertical kick and she lands on the runway. A well-timed flip on Sarah's part and she gets the upper hand, ending it with a vicious superman punch. And the crowd goes wild!Despite Sarah ending up on the cover of a fashion magazine, Beckman considered the mission a success. And things start to get to normal. Ellie heads to the Buy More to return most of the sleep machines Devon got for her, and Devon panics. However, the old crew is back, and Morgan is managing the store, so things are back to normal...and scary. Sarah unpacks, because she has found a home. The one she made with Chuck. Casey tries to make Burbank feel more like home by calling his daughter, and Chuck is happy about being able to one day get married and have kids with Sarah.Oops, the Achilles Heel.
3Chuck vs. the Cubic Z
04 Oct 2010Description ▼
An armored prison van breaks down in the middle of the desert. It's too far to get to their destination at Yucca Mountain, so they call in for an alternate location. Where? The place that is holding a midnight premiere for Spy Attack. And Morgan (Joshua Gomez) is in a tizzy trying to get things organized. (At least his suit looks good.) Chuck (Zachary Levi) would love to help, but he and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) are about to head on a romantic mission to Monaco to pose as a rich couple to find a corrupt oligarch. Both of them stop and take a moment to contemplate being at the zenith professionally (Morgan) and romantically (Chuck). Chuck thinks Sarah is ready to settle down and make a real life here. Downstairs in Castle, she's a little concerned. Translation: she's ticked off and is using Casey (Adam Baldwin) as both a sounding board and a punching bag. She wants nothing to do with having kids, and Casey telling her Chuck has already picked out the curtains isn't helping her...or his face from her kicks and punches. Chuck is psyched for the trip, but Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) interrupts and cancels the trip, since they will have to babysit who was being transferred until alternate transportation could be found. Sarah thinks it will be a great opportunity for Chuck and her to talk, but he's still a bit bummed about not going to Monaco. He becomes CONSIDERABLY more bummed when he sees the prisoner being transferred: Hugo Panzer (Steve Austin). Panzer gives him a nice shoulder to the ribs before the guards can pull him away.SARAH: Well, at least it can't get worse.Words you should NEVER utter of course, as the second prisoner enters: Heather Chandler (Nicole Richie).With forty minutes to go before the videogame launch, Morgan tells Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) to get their act together (yeah, right), but they point out he has a bigger problem. Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) is in the store, and Morgan took his job. Morgan prepares for the worst, but Big Mike comes in and tells him he's proud that someone in his family is manager of the Buy More.BIG MIKE: I've spent the past few months out on the sea, hunted with my bow, looking for my inner Big Mike. My happiness. And I've discovered the source of it...your momma.Mike wants to make "an honest woman" of Bolonia Garcia Bourganvilla Grimes, and that's WAY too much information for Morgan. As is the pear-cut cubic zirconia diamond ring he has for her. He gives the ring to Morgan until Morgan deems him worthy of marrying his mother. And if he's worthy of working, since he's "between gigs" right now. And Big Mike is now working for Morgan. And Morgan is only getting six copies of the game for a crowd of 300.Downstairs, Chuck and Sarah ignore their respective nemeses (although Chuck does want to know what Panzer does for exercise because he's looking good), and Sarah wants to have "the talk" with him. She says she loves him first and foremost. And...that's as far as she gets, as Chuck flashes on Heather Chandler. Her information was in the Intersect 2.0 (hence not flashing on her previously), and she might have information about Chuck's mom. He goes to talk to her.SARAH: Chuck, unless you want Beckman to know that you're looking for your mom, we don't have the authority to interrogate Heather Chandler.CHUCK: Well, we don't have the authority to use the supply closet for...what it is we use it for...but we do it anyway!He suggests "good cop-bad cop," while she suggests "tough cop-silent cop." You can guess the roles yourself. As Hugo takes the newspaper he borrowed and converts it into a makeshift shiv, Sarah offers to make Heather's stay at Yucca Mountain a little less unpleasant in exchange for what she knows. Heather is not willing to give information but is more than willing to antagonize the man-boy and bottle blonde with daddy issues. (Serious pot/kettle issues there, huh?) Chuck gets a bit riled, and Heather figures out they're now dating. She goes on the attack at Sarah, wondering if they were just shacking up or were on their fifth kid by now. The very uncomfortable Sarah departs and takes Chuck with her. She berates Chuck for losing it and letting Heather get under her skin. But when she goes back in, Heather goes right after her, saying how she wormed her way into Mark Ratner's life and robbed him blind. Sarah will do the same to Chuck, according to Heather. Now it's Chuck's turn to call the safe word "time machine" and ask Sarah what's going on. Unfortunately, she spots Hugo Panzer pulling the dead bodies of the guards away and taking aim at them with a machine gun.Chuck and Sarah hide in the only place they can: Heather's cell. But Hugo isn't after Chuck; he's after Heather. Heather blew a half-billion dollar deal for Alexei Volkoff, and Panzer was put in her prisoner van to take her out. Sarah calls Casey, who calls Greta III (Stacy Keibler) in Castle. She was trying to get away from the nerds in line and Lester staring down her shirt, which would have taken some serious engineering, given how tall she is. Unfortunately, Panzer finds her and two kicks from her don't even make him blink. He knocks her out, and Casey codes a perimeter lockdown from his locker upstairs. Panzer overrides the cell doors, and Casey's only option is to activate the fire exits...by threatening the voice interface in the computer. The locks to the ventilation system open, and Chuck, Sarah, and Heather escape into the vents.Morgan tasks Jeff and Sir Lester Olivier to handle the presentation to the crowd, and he immediately goes to making changes. Now the presentation is a poetry slam and demonstraion of kung-fu moves in the game...by Jeff. Yes, the crowd reacts just as you would guess.Casey makes it into Castle and keeps an eye out on the computers for the three and Panzer. Heather continues to bait Chuck and Sarah, although Sarah really has to watch those slippery ducts. Her foot went right into Heather's face. Hate when that happens. They get stopped and have to wait for Casey to help them, which gives Heather a golden opportunity to exert some serious payback. She continues to convince Chuck that Sarah and her are wired the same way, and she dumped her cute nerd. And Sarah will do the same to him. Chuck is confident Heather isn't getting Sarah mad because Panzer going through the door and knocking Chuck out will. A couple of roundhouse kicks by Sarah, and Panzer's sliding down a ventilation shaft. He grabs Chuck and tries to pull him down as well. Heather tries to drop dime, and the fight is on with Sarah. (I could have done without the strobe-like lighting during it, though.) Chuck takes a few Panzer hits before flashing on the appropriate place to nail Panzer, who falls down the shaft as Sarah takes out Heather ("That felt good.") and grabs Chuck just before he falls down the shaft.Panzer makes it back up the tunnels, only to run into Casey with an assault rifle. A transport helicopter arrives, and Sarah gives one last chance to deal, which she refuses. Sarah asks Chuck if he's alright, and he wants to know why what she said got under her skin. Of course, this is Chuck, and nothing ever goes right. The transport is from Volkoff, and they open fire on the group. Panzer breaks free of his restraints and slides back down the air ducts. Sarah and Casey hold off the assault team while Chuck follows Panzer down. Casey gets shot, and Heather tells Sarah to just hand her over to Volkoff. She knows how Sarah thinks.SARAH: You don't know who I am, what I want, or the thoughts in my head. We have nothing in common.Sarah frees Heather and gives her an assault rifle. Both get up and open fire to take out the assault team. Heather even manages to save Sarah's life with her last bullet.As the unruly crowd finds out there are no games and start a riot, Chuck finds Panzer in the vents. Except the vents can't really hold that much weight, and the two crash into the cage. Chuck flashes on some appropriate fighting styles and tries to take out Panzer, but he fails. Panzer gets out just as Morgan begs Big Mike to quell the riot in the store. Mike gets on the pulpit and shuts up the crowd by pointing out they got to have a week off talking videogames with their friends, which no sane person in the world would do. Only problem: Morgan's still crawling on the floor looking for Big Mike's engagement ring just as Panzer comes in. Big Mike tells Panzer to knock it off.PANZER: Try and stop me, fat man.Panzer grabs Morgan as hostage. But he's family, and Big Mike takes out his Big Taser. Hugo is down, and Chuck is very impressed.As Casey will be laid up for a couple of weeks, Sarah suggests to him to visit Alex and figure out what role he'll have in her life. He suggests the same to her with Bartowski. Heather holds up her end of the bargain by telling Chuck about Operation Beacon, which was an arms pipeline Chuck's mom was involved in with Volkoff, although Heather didn't know all the details. Upstairs, Morgan looks over the mess the store is after the riot, but he couldn't find the ring. But he did find Big Mike's assistant manager's vest. He offered it to Big Mike, even if he is still mad at Morgan. He takes the vest, and Morgan gives Big Mike his blessing to marry Bolonia...as the ring falls down the vent into Castle.Sarah admits being scared from Awesome's talk about marriage and kids, but she thought about it all day long. She wants to do it, but she wants to wait and be ready for it. He agrees and actually wants to take it slow as well. And the ring slides down the vent...CHUCK: OK, we'll start slow. We're on a trip and I forget my toothbrush. Do I get to share yours?SARAH: Yes, I am ready to share my toothbrush with you.CHUCK: OK, the bathroom. Door open or shut.SARAH: Shut. Always.CHUCK: Yes, shut. And preferably with the water running. Or maybe the radio.Chuck finds Big Mike's ring on the floor, and both of them are shocked to see it. "Whoah, wow. Uh..."
4Chuck vs. the Coup d'Etat
11 Oct 2010Description ▼
Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) look at that ring and quickly back off. Last week they wanted to take things slow...super slow, actually...and Chuck reassures her he wasn't proposing. Both of them go, but Chuck watches the video footage of his non-proposal and Sarah's non-answer and wonders what the hell he was thinking. It was so awkward, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) even felt the need to augment it with the "In a world of awkward Chuck and Sarah moments..." movie trailer guy. Morgan questions whether Chuck would have been happy if the "hot mystery" (Sarah, natch) had said yes? What is Chuck to do? Morgan has an answer: the two have to learn how to communicate. And there is a self-help book being sold at the Buy More. A book signing at the Buy More? Apparently, and Morgan is convinced that "101 Conversations Before I Do" will help Chuck and Sarah find out if actually proposed or whether or not both of them were happy about it or would she be happy if Chuck finally actually proposed?Devon (Ryan McPartlin) is quite good at communication...much to Ellie's (Sarah Lancaster) annoyance. He's talking to his future son/daughter that they can work out together when he/she is older, even providing the accompanying music for when he goes tri-blasting. (that's an actual exercise program) Ellie wants to get away from all things baby-related for a weekend. A "babymoon," as it were. ("My hot husband drives a minivan.") And given Awesome's commercial for the Toyota Sienna, you can see her point.Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) has the team gathered, including its member currently on the injured list (Casey) because Commandante Juan Pablo Turrini is in town. He is Premier Alejandro Goya's (Armand Assante) Chief of Security, and Beckman needs to know what he's up to. Apparently Turrini is in town to deliver a message to Awesome and Mrs. Awesome from the Generalissimo. Which is good, because sitting in a van outside the Costa Gravan embassy while Chuck tries conversation number one of the 101 is not Sarah's idea of a good time. Turrini delivers a video from Goya, who apparently is the love child of Sonny Crockett from Miami Vice and Mr. Roark from Fantasy Island. As a thank you for saving his life, the Generalissimo wants to invite Devon and Ellie down to Costa Gravas. Devon thinks it may not be safe, but Sarah confirms it is...for the moment. ("We have peace...and Subway sandwich franchises.") Chuck suggests going with, as Sarah could help keep them safe, and Ellie thinks it's a great idea.Morgan tries to help Casey (Adam Baldwin) be comfortable while he is sick, mainly because he can't surgically attach his lips to Casey's butt, but also Alex (Mekenna Melvin) came over to check on her dad, even bringing him soup. Alex and Morgan are apparently seeing each other behind Dad's back, and she is slightly more comfortable about it than he is. She departs, and Morgan has to wait five minutes at Casey's behest. (Behest meaning having him in a chokehold.)Sarah confronts Chuck about why he wanted to go so badly, although the bikini show Yvonne was putting on made most of America not care about that. Chuck thought it would be good for them to have a couple of days off to work on their communication exercises.SARAH: (letting her teal bikini do the talking) That's what you're excited about? Our communication exercises?CHUCK: Well, there are many ways in which to communicate. (they kiss) Like that. (good recovery, Chuck)The four arrive in Costa Gravas, and Goya greets Devon with a hug and Ellie with kisses to the hands...and wrists...and arms...and elbows...and dude, seriously. He introduces them to his wife, Hortencia de la Corazon Goya. And it's time to party. (Nice The Mambo Kings reference with the band.) As Chuck and Sarah negotiate some cuddling, silence, and Halo time in the relationship, Goya gives Devon a gift of appreciation: a nine-foot marble statue of him. Even Devon thinks that's awesome. Chuck, not so much, as he flashes on the men's room sign, which apparently is in the same hallway as a Soviet-era nuclear control room. Which he doesn't want to tell Sarah, but she knows what a flash looks like. He doesn't want to spy around Ellie, but Sarah is afraid it might be a threat. Given that Hortencia is quietly giving orders to the servers to move into position, apparently it is a threat. She is not happy about the country losing Socialism to Capitalism and is going to do something about it.Sarah contacts Casey, who is more than happy to provide a lay of the land in that castle, as he hid in one of its walls for two weeks. They need a diversion to get past the guards, and Goya singing Besame Mucho to Hortencia does the trick. They get the first of two doors open, but someone is about to break down the other door. Apparently, Awesome is about to break down the door...by using Ellie.DEVON: Babe, is a nine-foot marble me making you a bit caliente?The babymoon is going quite well, it seems, but Sarah has to interrupt them. Unfortunately, Hortencia and their soldiers interrupt everybody with their automatic weapons. Ellie lifts her proverbial "spy ban" for Chuck, and Devon is not happy they blew his head off. (The statue's head, not his.) A group of soldiers finds them, and Chuck flashes on some kung-fu. He takes one man out, and Sarah gets another one, but the man gains the upper hand. Chuck kicks him out of there, and the two take out the remaining soldiers. Goya finds them and leads the four into the basement. He even knew Casey was hiding in the walls, but he was in Havana with Castro at the time. (Guess Sarah should have hung up the phone before he said that. They go through the weapons control room Chuck flashed on, and Sarah gets some pictures surreptitiously before they fly to Los Angeles.As Morgan gets advice from Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) on how to proceed with Alex ("There's no arm or no leg that's worth as much as the love of a good woman."), Chuck wants to talk to Sarah about the book he is reading. Which she finds on the Buy More surveillance. The one covered in wedding rings. She freaks out about it because she doesn't want to push and change things. She just wants to be.Goya hides in the one place he's guaranteed safety: Casey's apartment. Things have been on the outs with Goya's wife for a little while, so clearly she felt a little revolution every now and then was a healthy thing. Casey isn't taking the news well, but he's about to take the news that Costa Gravas has working nukes even less well. The missiles need two keys to operate, and Goya has one. Beckman sends Chuck and Sarah back to Costa Gravas to investigate, safe in the knowledge that even if Hortencia has the other key, it would take a traitor on Goya's personal staff to get his key to her. And sure enough, Turrini puts a gun to Goya's head. To match the one Casey already had to Turrini's head. Casey caught Turrini eyeing the key earlier, and he also knew from studying the Costan Gravan government 20 years ago that someone in Goya's own government would bring him down. Someone who had the hots for his wife. Turrini doesn't want to shoot a man in a wheelchair, so Casey is happy to stand up and pull the trigger, except there are laser sights all over his back. Casey is willing to take all of them out, but Goya isn't willing to risk the man who saved his life. He knocks Casey out with a flower plot and surrenders.Beckman tasks Chuck, Sarah, and even Casey to return to Costa Gravas and destroy the nuclear base. Casey knows every inch of that slimehole, and they have to crawl through an actual slimehole to get to the base and place charges around it to blow it up. Hortencia is trying to make a video warning any country not to attack them, only Alejandro keeps interrupting her. She wanted Alejandro to work on the marriage, but what revolutionary leader goes to a marriage counselor? She's had enough, but Goya grabs a gun. Chuck, Sarah, and Casey hear the whole thing, and Casey thinks blowing up the room...with them there...is preferable to a nuclear strike.CHUCK: You're crazy! We're all about to die over basically one big relationship problem?Suddenly that book is about to come in handy. Chuck drops into the room and gets everybody to calm down, and Sarah has to follow him in. He tells Hortencia she's right about her husband as he kept undermining her during the video. But they still care about each other, because she could have shot him already. Things were good when they weren't running the country and were just having sweet jungle love, but when they moved into the palace...SARAH: So, change ruined things?CHUCK: Change is unavoidable. Unavoidable. Life is constantly changing. But no matter what the changes are, is the love still there?Turrini can't take it anymore and goes to shoot everybody. But a quick Chuck flash and a well-timed Casey entrance solves that. ("FYI, lady, this guy used to watch you sleep.") Hortencia doesn't trust her second-in-command so much anymore, but she's still upset Goya changed when he moved into the palace.SARAH: But that love doesn't have to change.Goya admits he always loved her and promises to give her an official role in the government. ("I love it when you talk politics.")Morgan is still in his office deciding if Alex is worth having every limb broken by Casey. When she arrives and gives him a more-than-friendly kiss, that tips the scales. He grabs her and kisses her passionately. A team is sent down to disassemble the nuclear control room, only Chuck discovers the weapons were purchased by Volkoff Industries. He grills Goya about it, who tells him it was Project Beacon. Goya never met "Frost," (aka Chuck's mom) but apparently she was a kept woman back home for Volkoff. He forwarded all of his files to the CIA, but he warned Chuck these were not people he wanted to meet. Chuck confesses to Ellie he's going to find their mother, but she is afraid that he'll find out she's the same mother who walked out on them twenty (not seventeen like the season premiere said) years ago.CHUCK: Well, then we'll find that out too.That night in bed, Sarah tells Chuck while he's sleeping that she loves him, nothing would ever change that, and if he ever asked her for real, the answer would be yes. Chuck heard it...and smiled.
5Chuck vs. the Couch Lock
18 Oct 2010Description ▼
ZARGOS MOUNTAINS, IRAN - 1999Iranian troops are moving containers of boxes into an underground bunker, only to be taken out by a Black Ops team.NAME: Packard (Eric Roberts) EXPERTISE: Special WeaponsNAME: T.I. (Dave Batista) EXPERTISE: Hand-to-Hand CombatNAME: Mackintosh (Joel Moore) EXPERTISE: ElectronicsThey thought it was too easy, but their leader reminds them of the work they have to do.NAME: Casey (Adam Baldwin) EXPERTISE: TacticsThe team starts to clean up the area and plant explosives. But the crates didn't contain weapons. They contained gold bars. Packard, T.I., and Mackintosh were hoping to set up their own personal retirement fund, but Casey reminded them it wasn't their mission, as they were under orders from President Clinton, regardless of how they felt about him "or his mouthy wife." But Casey's men decided to pull their guns on him and make the bunker their personal ATM. Casey decided to throw a knife at the generator to knock out the lights and take out his team. They are not happy with their leader when they wake up. They're heading to Leavenworth, and Casey is heading to the Buy More.BURBANK, CA - PRESENT DAYCasey is minding his own business at the store, but Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) want him in on the big game to bring back the good ol' days of the Buy More. If White Zinfandel and Magic: The Gathering could be considered the good 'ol days. But perhaps that's better than seeing Morgan (Joshua Gomez) with his daughter, Alex (Mekenna Melvin). In spite of Morgan keeping it merely to fist bumping at the store, Alex insists Morgan talk to her father at the risk of life and limb and play it honest with Casey.Chuck (Zachary Levi) asks Morgan to cover for him in the Buy More, since he has to look over the Costa Gravan files from Volkoff Industries with Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski). The only thing they find is a structure of prisons Volkoff runs, which might lead to where Chuck's mother is being kept. In charge of those prisons are three men, on whom Chuck flashes. Yup, Casey's old unit. Casey dragged them halfway across the desert and had them court-martialed. They promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade...CHUCK: ...to the Los Angeles underground, where they survived as soldiers of fortune. (nobody is amused) Uh, you know, like The A-Team? (and aren't you glad I linked to the TV show and not the movie?)CASEY: I WAS The A-Team.Casey figured the only way they'd ever come out of hiding was to see Casey's funeral. And the plan is hatched. But will they be able to love it when a plan comes together?Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) is skeptical, but only Casey's handprint will open the vault with the Iranian gold in it. Chuck explains the plan to drug Casey and use him at the funeral itself. Every exit will be covered, and the mourners will be hand-picked agents. Beckman approves...but needs to speak to Chuck alone. She privately congratulates him for thinking like an agent so early in his career by putting Casey in tactical danger. Only Chuck didn't really consider that. He goes right to Casey to tell him he didn't have to do this. However, Casey's only concern was not fitting into his dress uniform. Chuck shows him the drug they'll use on him. It would kill most people, but Casey's "colorful" past with truth serums and all sorts of other drugs will allow him to only be paralyzed by the drug. Just to be on the safe side, he gives Casey an extra dose of the paralyzer in case the first one wears off. One final problem: someone has to deliver the eulogy, and Chuck and Sarah will be needed elsewhere. Let's say the choice to talk about Casey's death is a bit ironic. But Chuck is thinking by having Morgan deliver the eulogy, Casey will have no choice but to listen to all the nice things Morgan will say about him and soften him up to Morgan dating Alex.The funeral is on, except the only people there were the agents on the clock. Morgan is so happy Casey has to lie there and listen, although he didn't expect Casey to be able to open his eyes. Mackintosh shows up and stabs Casey's hand with an American flag pin to verify he's really dead. Morgan starts with the kissing up to Casey, only Casey opens his eyes several times, freaking Morgan out in the process. T.I. enters, and Chuck signals Morgan to stretch out the speech. T.I. burns Casey's hand with his cigar, but Casey still doesn't flinch. Finally, Packard enters as Morgan continues to toruture the audience. Packard goes up to the casket with a lily, but he has the drop on everybody. He detonates the C-4 and smoke grenades surrounding Casey, punching a hole in the floor for Casey and them to fall through. Casey and his former unit are gone.Chuck is beside himself for allowing Casey to be kidnapped while still paralyzed, but Sarah quickly mobilizes a team and locates Casey by his tracking device. Except Packard thought of that and put the device on a cat in an alley. Casey wills himself to move again before they have the chance to cut off his hand. He escapes, except his wallet and the needle with the paralyzer fall out. Casey is able to nail Packard, T.I., and Mackintosh, but not before Packard overdoses him with the paralyzer. Casey falls out of the building and calls for an emergency extraction. He is barely able to dial, but he does get the Buy More. Except he gets Jeff, who immediately heads out in the Herder with Lester. Chuck and Sarah get there a few minutes after Jeff and Lester do. The good news is Jeff and Lester call Morgan, who directs him to his apartment. The bad news is, Casey still can't move. ("He has couch lock, bad.") Chuck and Sarah go into the warehouse where they found Casey's phone, where Chuck accidentally trips several laser beams wired to explosives. Sarah crawls under the laser beams to try and defuse the bomb, but Chuck is upset about putting everybody he cares about in danger just for the sake of finding his mom. He wants Sarah to just run and leave him there.SARAH: You could have told me that before I climbed under the lasers. (Chuck is shocked) Chuck, you're being ridiculous--even for a man who is trying to free himself from high-tech explosives. Casey and I knew the risks, but of course we're going to help you. This is your mom.CHUCK: I love you, you know that? And I'd say that even if you weren't in the process of saving my life. Which makes you 20 to 25% sexier in my book...50, more like 50%.Morgan is having trouble communicating with Casey, because he doesn't understand Morse code. However, he does understand Alex showing up, so he hides Casey...by putting an Imperial Stormtrooper mask on the paralyzed Casey. (EPIC!) She talks to Morgan outside, as T.I. looks for Casey at his apartment, in the same complex where everybody is right now. Everybody except Chuck and Sarah, who were just captured by Packard and Mackintosh. (Don't you just love the old-school computer names of these guys?) Alex is not exactly happy Morgan hasn't talked to Casey, and Alex refuses to leave. But Morgan sees T.I. and "dumps" her to get her to leave. And just in time for T.I. to "deliver" a message. Casey has to return to where they found the gold if he ever wants to see Chuck and Sarah again.Morgan calls Awesome (Ryan McPartlin), still feeling quite awesome from finding out he'll have a daughter, to see what he can do about couch lock on Jeff. (conveniently leaving out how serious the situation is and it's acutually Casey) Awesome suggests doing something to get his heart rate up. And seriously, why did Morgan bother trying to slap Casey ("it's like slapping a car!") first?MORGAN: I know you can hear me, and I have something very important to tell you. I've been dating your daughter. Well, technically, we're on the rocks right now, but things were getting serious. Holding hands, the kissing was getting out of control. I was a perfect gentleman, but very soon, it would have been like she would be spending the night.It worked, all right. Up goes Casey, who puts the mother of all chokeholds on Morgan. But Casey kept the bigger picture in mind, and he had no choice but to take Morgan with him to Iran. Morgan is not happy about Casey putting the kibosh on his relationship with Alex.MORGAN: Hey, I'm a good guy. Not to mention, stupid me thought me and you were sort of friends.CASEY: WERE friends.MORGAN: Oh, right. Or maybe it's you don't have any friends. I happened to notice at your funeral, the only people who showed up wanted to see you dead!In Iran, Chuck grills Packard, T.I., and Mackintosh, given they're going to kill Sarah and him, anyway. Chuck asks about Frost, and Mackintosh tells them Chuck's mom is their boss. She's Volkoff's right hand. She makes problems disappear, and Chuck isn't happy about this news. Casey and Morgan make it to the bunker and tap into the electronics system. Morgan is to knock out the lights when Casey goes down. Casey drops his weapons...all of them...and Casey gives the code word to Morgan. Only insteado of turning out the lights, he floods the bunker. As Morgan tries to kill the lights, Casey is dragged to open the vault, and Casey tries to bluff Packard into thinking there's an entire commando squad waiting for them topside. Mackintosh fires outside and gets a girlish scream in return. Morgan surrenders in humiliation, but he has an idea. He grabs a live wire from the ceiling and jumps into the water with it. Everybody is shocked unconscious except Chuck, Sarah, and Casey, whom Morgan gave a "couch lock" warning to first. Morgan took 10,000 volts and died for 3 seconds, but he was the hero today.Back at the Buy More, Jeff and Lester are impressed by the fact Casey "wakes up in some of the best dumpsters in the city," just like them. Morgan tells Casey he's given up on Alex and invites him to an "I'm still alive" party. Casey shows up...and brings Alex with him. Casey told her he made Morgan dump her and Morgan stood up to him about it. And they're back together...with Casey's approval.CASEY: You break her heart, I break your everything.Chuck wasn't in much of a party mood after finding out his mom could be one of the bad guys.CHUCK: In order to find the one person who...left me...I've endangered the lives of everyone who never left me.Chuck wants to stop looking for his mom, because he doesn't need to bring back what he thought was his family, because he already had it.That is...until Chuck receives a call from his mother.
6Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror
25 Oct 2010Description ▼
VOLKOFF INDUSTRIES - TWO WEEKS AGOA scientist, Dr. Wheelwright (Robert Englund), who is under guard from Volkoff tries to sneak through a secured area. A guard stops him, and the scientist pretends to have an asthmatic attack, only to spray the guard with the inhaler, which really contained a nightmare-inducing toxin. The guard's hands begin to shake, and the toxin is "turning your entire consciousness into one gigantic nightmare---a nightmare you never wake up from." (Ah, vintage Freddy Krueger, no offense to Jackie Earl Haley) The scientist shows the toxin to a surveillance camera, and Volkoff Industries is more than happy to arrange a buyer in Los Angeles. Mary Elizabeth Bartowski (Linda Hamilton) is most pleased.ECHO PARK - PRESENT TIMEMary calls Chuck (Zachary Levi) and tells him to meet her at Griffith Park in one hour. Chuck has a flood of questions, but it was not the time. Mary wants to meet with him alone, and he is not to tell anybody. However, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) is not anybody, and she accompanies him to Griffith Park. Mary calls him again as Chuck waits at Griffith Park and tells Chuck to meet her at the playground. Sarah keeps a watchful eye with a rifle sight, only Mary anticipated it and had a gun at Sarah's head. ("I didn't even hear a twig snap.") But one little drop of the gun sight, and Sarah had her gun up as well. Chuck intervenes before the shooting begins and explains Sarah is his girlfriend. Mary doesn't want to know anything about Chuck so Volkoff never finds out about Ellie or him. Mary explains she is trying to stop Wheelwright from selling the Atroxium and wants Chuck to set up a sting operation to get the Atroxium. She risked breaking her cover, despite her records being expunged, to make sure the CIA got the toxin. She wants Chuck to pretend he flashed on the item and he never saw her. She had a complete file on Charles Carmichael.Casey (Adam Baldwin) brings Morgan (Joshua Gomez) down to Castle after being very impressed with his work in Iran. Which does put Morgan in a quandary about decorating the Buy More for Halloween. Since Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) refuses to be delegated to, he puts the decorating in charge of two of the scariest people he knows: Ellie and Awesome! (just kidding!) Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay). Meanwhile, Chuck explains his plan (conveniently leaving his mother out of it) to Beckman (Bonita Friedericy), who agrees with setting up the sting on Wheelwright. She's none too happy that Grimes joined in on the meeting, but Casey vouches for him participating...but not talking. Chuck confesses how he really got the data, and Casey is immediately suspicious, even with Sarah checking out the CIA's database to confirm no files can be found.As Devon (Ryan McPartlin) and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) get a visit from Honey Woodcomb (Morgan Fairchild), Devon's mother and Ellie's mother-in-law (emphasis on mother-in-law), Chuck and Sarah set up the meet at an outdoor cafe. (And Chuck hopes, like we do, Sarah can bring that outfit home with her...rawr!) Casey and Morgan monitor from Castle ("I love our little give and take. Classic Ross and Rachel."), and Wheelwright comes by with the offer. Only so does Mary, who immediately exposes Chuck as the CIA and shoots him!Of course, Chuck isn't dead, otherwise we wouldn't have a show. Mary aimed point-blank at his heart (appropos)to make sure she hit his bullet-proof vest, something she checked for earlier by putting her hand on his shoulder. She also shot high at Sarah to make sure she ducked. Of course, neither Chuck nor Sarah know this yet, as Chuck is upset for being so trusting. But Sarah reminds him it's one of the things that made her fall in love with him. His trust is rewarded when Mary comes to the back of the Buy More and makes him get in the car. Certainly beats Morgan trying to censor what Jeff and Lester wanted to do in the Buy More, as they decide to tap into the scariest place imaginable: Jeff's brain!Mary explains why she ratted on Chuck while taking him to a loading dock, where she had Wheelwright sedated and locked up. She was involved in Project Isis, a project to take down Volkoff from the inside, only she got in way too deep. Since Volkoff was monitoring the restaurant, by shooting Chuck, Volkoff thinks Chuck is dead and therefore makes Chuck and Ellie safe from harm. She wants to disappear before Sarah and Casey could arrive, who traced Chuck's emergency signal, but Chuck begs her to visit Ellie first to explain what she just told him. Chuck desperately tells her Ellie's pregnant, but she goes anyway.CASEY: Chuck, how did you get here?CHUCK: My...mom dropped me off.Chuck and Sarah analyze the Atroxium in Castle, but Chuck has to check the Buy More first. Casey consults Sarah about digging into Mary Bartowski's past, and she offers to help, but Casey already has someone to help: Morgan. Morgan would gladly take the job after witnessing Jeff and Lester's Aisle of Terror, where they program LCD monitors to display images found to be scary by the subjects of an experiment Jeff participated in at UCLA. ("There's nothing I won't do for $30 and a sandwich...or a sandwich.") Certain images can cause terror in even the most fearless lunatics. OLD PEOPLE! PUBLIC SHOWERS! INTERSPECIES RELATIONSHIPS! BABIES IN SNAIL COSTUMES! Although to ask Honey Woodcomb, babies do love dictionaries. Still, she's a better grandparent than Mary Bartowski is right now. Which Mary overhears from Ellie when she spies on them at the store, so Mary secretly buys the teddy bear Ellie and Devon adored.Chuck and Sarah should really learn how to handle bombs more carefully, because a countdown timer starts on the Atroxium. They force Wheelwright to turn it off, which he does. They let their guard down, and the canister releases into Chuck's face. Now Chuck is living a nightmare himself.WHEELWRIGHT: Your hands are shaking. That's how it begins. I developed this nerve gas by testing it on myself. It was a long, terrifying process. After a while, I gave in, I surrendered to my insanity. Now, I'm not scared of anything. So, what scares you, Chuck? Hmm?He forces Chuck to take him upstairs, but Wheelwright is intent to get revenge on Chuck's mom for double-crossing him. Chuck locks down the store in order to prevent that, and Wheelwright thinks throwing Chuck in the Aisle of Terror in his state might make him change his mind. And if you were thinking earlier that the Aisle of Terror was kind of lame, this is where it pays off. Wheelwright was apparently part of the same experiment Jeff was, and he sees the images of BABIES IN SNAIL COSTUMES! OLD PEOPLE! INTERSPECIES RELATIONS! BLACK LICORICE! MAN FEET! OTTERS! It's all too much for Wheelwright, who runs out and runs right into Sarah's clothesline.Morgan and Casey go to meet Casey's contact. Morgan's job is to be the magnet. He loves the ultra-cool spy name, but magnet is his job. The contact puts his gun on Morgan's head so Casey could put his gun on the contact's head. Casey gets the report on Mary Bartowski and tells Morgan everything is OK. He tells Sarah the truth. Operation Isis was terminated twenty years ago. They have to track down Mary Bartowski, who decided to meet with Ellie. Before Mary can get there, a van pulls up, and several black-hooded individuals kidnap her right in front of Chuck. Chuck manages to pull the mask off one of them...and it's Sarah. She tries to explain, but they have to go and Chuck wasn't listening anyway. He had to tell Ellie why Mary wasn't going to show up. And one can easily guess what Chuck and Sarah's first fight is about next week.
7Chuck Versus the First Fight
01 Nov 2010Description ▼
After their first real fight, Chuck avoids confronting Sarah by going on a rogue mission that leads him to his mom's MI-6 handler, Gregory Tuttle, and a mysterious Russian agent. Meanwhile, Ellie is on her own mission to uncover the Bartowski family's long-buried past.
8Chuck Versus the Fear of Death
15 Nov 2010Description ▼
In order to repair his status as an agent and his relationship with Sarah, Chuck agrees to go on a dangerous mission with an eccentric partner. Morgan and Casey must stop Jeff and Lester from knowing the true identity of Greta at the store.
9Chuck Versus Phase Three
22 Nov 2010Description ▼
Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) are enjoying a night in bed. And Sarah would like Chuck to do something to her. (Wouldn't we all.) She wants him to flash. He tells her he can't, and she has a headache. And Lester (Vik Sahay) joins them in the bed to tell him there are pills to handle this type of situation. ("You really expect to keep a girl like that..without flashing?") And yes, this is actually a dream. To be exact, Adelbert De Smet (AKA The Belgian) (Richard Chamberlain) is having his doctor stimulate different parts of the unconscious Chuck's brain to reactivate the Intersect and get the secrets in his head out. De Smet is impatient, but his doctor is confident that stimulating memories of Sarah will be the most effective method. Certainly they're moving faster than the NSA, who isn't moving very fast in trying to find Chuck. Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) assures Sarah and Casey (Adam Baldwin) they're doing everything they can, but that isn't good enough for Sarah. Beckman orders her to get some rest, and she refuses. Beckman reiterates finding the Intersect and The Belgian is a top priority before he gets hold of any secrets.SARAH: Forget about secrets! This is about Chuck!Casey tells the general goodbye and tries to calm Sarah down. But Sarah wants to know where to look next. Daddy's got something that Daddy likes! Morgan (Joshua Gomez) being Daddy in this case. Anand Chanarong, a known associate of The Belgian under the guise of being an assistant to the Thai ambassador, is in Los Angeles at the Thai Embassy. Ordinarily, two American agents can't go on Thai soil, but one disguise and the ugliest looking rug that is really meant to capture people later, Chanarong is now on American soil. And Sarah wants answers. Chanarong, as you might expect, isn't forthcoming, and Sarah threatens to kill him. Morgan is understandably worried about Sarah going Kill Bill on him, since Beckman already found out about a complaint from the Thai Embassy. Casey thinks Sarah's a professional and won't do anything that crosses the line...until he sees Walker cross the line.CASEY: You're not acting like a worried girlfriend. You're acting like a spy I used to know, before Chuck. Langston Graham's wildcard enforcer. I didn't like that Sarah Walker. You know why? Because she was unpredictable.Casey orders Sarah to stand down, and she is ready to take him on until Morgan gets between them...literally, with only about 9 inches of real estate to work with. But Morgan managed to talk her down to getting two hours of rest. Even Casey gave a grunt of admiration.Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) has another long day at work, and while Devon (Ryan McPartlin) extols the virtues of the Toyota Sienna minivan, she finds something under the driver's seat of her father's car. The laptop that made it to the Buy More from Orion back in Season 2. They hesitantly boot the computer...and nothing happens. Devon suggested bringing it to Chuck, but Ellie doesn't want him going back into the spy business. She heads to work, leaving Awesome feeling not-so-Awesome about what is in the computer. He caves and calls in Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester. ("Someone's got a screw loose!" "That has two meanings.") Jeff and Lester are impressed with the Roark 7, but Awesome wants this kept on the D.L. from Ellie or Chuck. The price? Four words: "my abscess, Lester's gout." Awesome agrees...mostly. Lester gets to the computer, and Jeff takes off his pants.Dr. Mueller, De Smet's assistant, tries to tell Chuck subliminally he'll never see Sarah, Ellie, Morgan, and "this Awesome character" if he doesn't flash. Sarah is trying to rest, but seeing Chuck's Nerd Herd shirt hanging up only makes her worry more. She finds a piece of paper in the pocket and asks Morgan about it when he comes by to comfort her. The piece of paper is Chuck's Proposal Plan: his entire map for proposing to Sarah. Chuck was going to come in a DeLorean, Sarah would ride in on a stallion, and they'd head down the coast in a Lamborghini. Morgan said he didn't know when Chuck planned to do it, but Chuck put it on the back burner when he lost the Intersect. Sarah freaks out.MORGAN: Chuck knows that you love him, Sarah. It's just...you're kind of a big fish, and to a regular guy with no supercomputer in his brain, that's gotta be pretty intimidating.SARAH: But that's not the reason why I love Chuck! I do want to spend the rest of my life with Chuck! With or without the Intersect.MORGAN: That's fantastic! That's great! And he knows that, right? Because you told him that.Oops. Sarah couldn't believe it. She wasn't going to wait two hours. While Casey continued to deny Chanarong's disappearance to Beckman, Sarah takes the direct route with him. Casey goes to stop her, only for Sarah to land a kick to knock him into a cell. Chanarong is still not talking. But the ammonia syringe she just filled might convince him otherwise. It doesn't. He even taunts her as some spy hearing her biological clock. The fact she puts the needle into his neck might indicate that wasn't the right thing to say. Sarah tells Casey De Smet has a facility in the jungles of Thailand near the Burmese border. Casey insists she let him help her, but she doesn't want to get him in trouble as well.SARAH: I'll do anything to get him back, and I'm not going to take you down with me. You were right. I'm different without Chuck, and I don't like it.CASEY: Let me out of here. You need me.SARAH: No. I need Chuck.Morgan makes it down to Castle, but he's more interested in apolgizing for setting Sarah off than letting Casey go free. But Morgan wants to make up for what he did. He insists Casey take him with him. Even though they're going to a jungle full of killers, he does have a backpack.In Thailand, Sarah starts asking questions, and one rather sleazy individual decides he'd rather be Sarah's boyfriend. Take one guess what happens to him.SARAH: Anybody else want to be my boyfriend?Mueller pushes the envelope on Chuck, resulting in Chuck's nightmares about Sarah. But he can't do anything more without causing permanent damage. His only remaining choice is Phase Three: lobotomizing Chuck so only the Intersect remains and no memories get in its way. De Smet agrees.Sarah's search leads her to a man who knows about the Belgian and also runs a fighting ring. He'll give the Belgian's location if Sarah defeats his best fighter. Sarah agrees, and it's time for the full Jean-Claude Van Damme experience. Some very impressive work on both their parts. There's even a little Bloodsport thrown in, as her opponent throws sand in her eyes. But before he goes in for the kill, his knife is shot out of his hands. Casey and Morgan to the rescue!MORGAN: (with a gun)I definitely know how to use this, dirtbags!Half of Thailand was talking about the "giant blonde she-male" tearing through every town, so Casey and Morgan didn't have too much difficulty finding her.CASEY: Walker, what are you doing here all alone? This is nothing but scoundrels, assassins, and warlords! The scum of the earth!WAITRESS: Ah, Mr. Casey. Your usual?Casey wants to take her out of there, but the fight wasn't over, and she insists on keeping the deal.MORGAN: Seriously?!? Does nobody see there's a big King Cobra in there?!?!CASEY: (takes his gun) You are not getting bullets for a long, long time.Jeff and Lester continue to work on the Roark 7, while Awesome deals with a lanced boil on Fernando, the Buy More employee, and helps Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) with something related to a "softener" and the "dark corners of the human body." While Sarah finishes off her opponent, Chuck wakes up and slips out of the lab where he is. He finds himself on a compound where he might run into Tug Speedman performing "Simple Jack" five shows a day. He's all ready to escape, and naturally Ellie chooses this time to call him on the phone. He confesses to Ellie he's still a spy and in the jungles of Thailand. She tells him he can flash if he really tries. Oops. It was all a dream. Mueller confirms that it was a dream and tells Chuck he will erase all of his thoughts, memories, and emotions if he doesn't flash. Chuck wakes up and realizes Mueller is really there. Or did he? It doesn't matter, because Chuck STILL can't flash. Mueller starts the wiping process on Chuck, and Chuck finds himself in the Buy More with the crew. Only Chuck is convinced it was a dream...or was being captured a dream. It was like The Manchurian Candidate...or an episode of Family Ties or The Hogan Family, he's not sure. He gets rocked in his dream to find everybody gone, but he's still in the Buy More. And suddenly he knee hurts. Everybody is on TV monitors (which makes Jeff happy), and are telling him to flash. Even Casey, Morgan, and Beckman are telling him to flash.Sarah apologizes to Casey for locking him up, and both of them are determined to find Chuck. Only Casey is armed to the teeth. Morgan's idea is to not use guns in the rescue, and both Sarah and Casey agree. A diversion instead. And Morgan's the diversion. ("Guns, let's use lots of guns.") Too late. Morgan walks into a group of sentries pretending to be lost, and Sarah and Casey bring the pain.CASEY: (impressed) Guess we didn't need the guns after all. And what's with the she-male thing?In Chuck's dream, Ellie and Awesome are telling him to flash. Sarah and Casey break in and take out De Smet and Mueller. In the dream, Chuck finally finds Sarah as Sarah tries to wake him up in reality.MORGAN: Tell him what you told me. Don't be Sarah Walker, the Spy. Be Sarah Walker, the Girlfriend.SARAH: (in dream and reality) I found your Proposal Plan. You were going to do it on the beach in Malibu, where we watched the sun rise on our first date. There were several race cars involved. Chuck, I want to spend the rest of my life with you, I don't care if you have the Intersect or not. Without you, I'm nothing but a spy. Come back to me, Chuck. I want to marry you.It works and they kiss.After Awesome converts the house into the nastiest Free Clinic ever, Lester finally gets the computer up and running. And it needs an answer to the "Knock, Knock" question in order to proceed. But give Lester 12 hours and a colonoscopy, and...never mind.Beckman congratulates everybody on capturing the Belgian and rescuing Chuck. And they still had no knowledge of what happened to that Thai diplomat who woke up two days later in his bed with no recollection of what happened. Beckman planned to keep Chuck as a spy, even though the Intersect appeared to be buried for good. Chuck tries to convince Sarah that there were a few surprises left in his Proposal Plan, but he berates Morgan later for spilling the beans to Sarah about it.CHUCK: I need to surprise her, but how do I surprise a super-spy?Morgan will be happy to help him plan a new proposal. After all, he took a Thai leech for him and had to remove a tooth from Sarah's arm. She definitely loves her Chuck.Awesome shows Ellie the completed computer, and they look at the "Knock Knock" line. Ellie guesses the password from her childhood is "I'm here," as she always messed up the joke with her father. She types it in, and what happens? Tune in next week!
10Chuck vs. the Leftovers
29 Nov 2010Description ▼
Alexei Volkoff (Timothy Dalton) discovered some disturbing news: Chuck (Zachary Levi) was still alive. He still doesn't know he is the son of Mary Bartowski (Linda Hamilton),but he orders her to Los Angeles with three of his best assassins to take him out. To Chuck's credit, he is learning some moves post-Intersect. After all, Morgan signed him up for the latest exercise craze: Strip Kick. A combination of karate, krav maga, and pole dancing. And it actually works, on one assassin one time. Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) does quite a bit of ass-kicking when the assassins attack, but Mary Bartowski has to shoot them.MARY: Come with me if you want to live.To say Chuck doesn't trust his mother is a gross understatement. In fact, he was so upset with her, despite her explanation she was trying to protect him, he is messing up Sarah's and Casey's (Adam Baldwin) interrogation of her. Sarah pulls him out of the room to get him to focus, but he won't calm down. She locks him out of the interrogation (little hypocritical of her, given what happened last week, isn't it?), but Chuck keeps feeding her questions via the phone. But Sarah is nice enough to ask Mary about why she disabled his Intersect (she wanted him to stop following her),but Chuck didn't like that answer, since he went on missions anyway. Mary is tired of wasting time, as she knows Volkoff will come after her for killing the assassins.And sooner than she thinks, as a woman (Monet Mazur) desperately tries to get Morgan (Joshua Gomez) to sell her a mobile phone they ran out of at their Black Friday sale after hours. He turns her down, but of course, desperate women are Jeffster's forte. The mental morons let her into the store, since they hoarded the phones to sell them on eBay for a higher price than the store. And the woman tranqs Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay). (Beats shaving Jeff's back, right?) She was with Volkoff, and his men move an impressive array of equipment into the store. All they were missing were the blonde-haired killer and the token black guy as the computer hacker. Oh, wait. They DID bring that guy. And where was Morgan during all of this? In his office, eating the Subway sandwich Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) gave him in congratulations for handling Black Friday, and in a t-shirt soaking his feet. (no, not making fists with his toes, but you know where this is going.)As Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) discovers brain scan images on the computer her father left her and makes changes to one of the programs on it so it mimics human memory patterns more accurately than computer memory patterns, Volkoff's men take over the store and hack into the CIA's internal defenses. Casey's Gatling guns are ineffective, and Volkoff demands they return Mary Bartowski or he'll kill Jeff and Lester. Casey has an idea to crawl through the air ducts to locate the manual override to get their weapons back, but Morgan already beat him to the air shafts. They meet up, and Morgan offers to go rescue Jeff and Lester. Casey begrudgingly gives him a gun. (No word on if it was loaded.) Chuck thinks his mother is hiding something, and she was. Volkoff was in love with her.Chuck is beside himself, but Mary asks Sarah to confirm something like this could happen when being undercover for long periods of time, which Sarah does. Mary had been using Volkoff's infatuation with her (which she never reciprocated) to stay close to him, hoping to take down his network. Chuck and Sarah thought they could use that to their advantage. Chuck calls Volkoff in the Buy More and threatens to harm Mary if Volkoff doesn't stand down. Except Chuck is the world's worst baddie, and Volkoff shows how to really threaten someone: by offering to drop a thermite plasma bomb down the elevator shaft into Castle, killing everybody including Mary, if they don't give up. Chuck, Sarah, and Mary come up. Volkoff is delighted...and knocks Chuck to the ground. He is about to shoot him when Mary pleads with Volkoff not to. He can't think of a reason why, but she has one.MARY: Alexei, you can't. Because Charles is my son.VOLKOFF: Really?MARY: Really.VOLKOFF: Really?SARAH: Really.VOLKOFF: Really?CHUCK: REALLY!Volkoff was actually upset Mary kept him a secret, and he got even more upset when Ellie made the most ill-timed phone call in history. Chuck downplays the relationship, but Ellie, not knowing what was going on, gives it away. Now Volkoff wants to meet the family! And since Ellie has a ton of leftover Thanksgiving food, the timing was perfect. Of course, Ellie thinks Volkoff is still Gregory Tuttle, Mary's CIA handler.Morgan's plan for rescuing Jeff and Lester goes about as well as you'd expect. Simply replace bulletin board tacks for broken glass, and he has to be bailed out by Casey, who is promptly taken by Volkoff's men, including the woman who tranqued Jeff and Lester. Volkoff, Mary, Chuck, and Sarah head to dinner with Ellie and Devon (Ryan McPartlin). Volkoff apologizes to Ellie for keeping her mother away from her because of the job, and they even engage in a round of charades, with Volkoff enjoying himself to the fullest. Sarah catches Chuck's attention and motions to Devon, who is standing in the back with Chuck. Chuck whispers everything to Awesome, who is not awesome about it. But since Chuck can't leave, he needed Devon to be Awesome and get things from their apartment, like the CIA emergency callout signal and a gun for Sarah. He begrudgingly goes under the guise of getting some sugar for the coffee. He then fakes an emergency call from the hospital to get Ellie and him out of the apartment.Volkoff hugs them goodbye and tells Chuck and Sarah it was a stupid move they committed. And even Mary sides with him by aiming her gun at the now-armed Sarah to get her to drop it. Since Chuck doesn't listen to his mother, Alexei decides to teach him a lesson, and aims the gun at Sarah. Mary turns her gun on Volkoff.MARY: This is exactly why I didn't tell you about my family. You don't know how to love someone, you only know how to control them. But you should know, I could never love a man who would do anything to hurt my son. So drop it. Alexei, you know I am loyal to you, but I will not return with you until you promise me that my family and their friends will remain safe. And if they don't...I will end you.VOLKOFF: (lowers his gun) You see? That is a REAL threat.MARY: Chuck, I am sorry for everything. I hope one day you'll trust me.CHUCK: Mom, I already do.Volkoff calls his people at the Buy More to tell them to stand down. Which was a good thing, since Morgan taped the gun on his back a little too low to do the yippie-kai-yay-mother****** on them. Awesome gets in Chuck's face about bringing Volkoff to Ellie and him. He plays his husband/father role by telling Chuck to keep the spy stuff away from Ellie and him. He also hands Chuck the laptop and tells him everything is fixed on it except a password they couldn't figure out. Chuck looks at the laptop in Castle with Sarah and Casey. "1 or 11" is the clue, and Chuck figured out it was "Aces, Charles." Images begin to flash on the computer, Chuck is knocked out momentarily, and...CHUCK: Guys, I know Kung-Fu...again.See you on January 17th, 2011.
11Chuck Versus the Balcony
17 Jan 2011Description ▼
Live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel... host Ricky Gervais takes the stage. His beer (presumably Fosters) is already waiting for him. The over-under on the amount of time it takes him to make a Charlie Sheen joke is 30 seconds."It's going to be a night of partying and heavy-drinking," Gervais says by way of welcome. "Or as Charlie Sheen calls it: 'breakfast.'"The under wins.On to a "Tourist" joke. He quashes the rumor that the only reason it was nominated was so the HFPA could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. "They also accepted bribes," he says.He gets bleeped for "for Christ's sake."He mentions "I Love You Phillip Morris" wasn't nominated. "Two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay, so the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists," he zings. As the guests in the room look around and wince, Gervais assures them the hypothetical actors in question aren't in the room. "My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke."There's a Hugh Hefner is old joke, and some unfortunate pantomime.He senses light laughter and gets right to presenting.Scarlett Johansson is up first to give out best support actor in a movie, to Christian Bale for "The Fighter." Hopefully no one steps in his line of sight as he makes it to the podium, you know how he hates that.Bale acknowledges he didn't used to know who the HFPA was. "And now I know who you are and I suddenly realize how wise and spectacularly perceptive you guys are," he jokes.He gets played off the stage and the mike cuts out as he's trying to acknowledge Robert De Niro.LL Cool J and Julie Bowen are out next for best actress in a drama TV series, which goes to Katey Sagal for "Sons of Anarchy."She thanks her costars and FX execs and her manager of 30 years. She gets cut off just as she's thanking the show's exec producer, and her husband, Kurt Sutter.Julianne Moore and Kevin Spacey acknowledge Miss Golden Globe, Joe Mantenga's daughter, Gia. They present mini-series or TV movie, to "Carlos".The people who assigned the seats are batting o-fer on winners, as people keep having to make the long trek from their seats in Siberia in the back of the auditorium.Whoever is accepting for "Carlos" gets played off as well, but seems to think the music is just mood and not a cue to shut up.Ricky Gervais waits as the whole crew try to make their way off the stage. He introduces the next presenter as the star of Hudson Hawk, Hart's War and Mercury Rising and as Ashton Kutcher's dad: Bruce Willis.He's there to introduce comedy nominee "RED."Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester present next, but nobody hears what they're saying because Meester's dress has a slit that goes higher than the voice of the winner: Chris Colfer from "Glee."He's barely putting words together as he gets on stage and thanks the show creator Ryan Murphy, his "fairy godfather."He dedicates the win to his costars, "but most importantly to all the amazing kids that watch our show and the kids that our show celebrates and are constantly told 'no' by people because of who they are....well, screw that, kids."Next up is Michelle Pfeiffer to present best picture nominee "Alice in Wonderland."Phillip Burke, the president of the HFPA, comes out and congratulates everyone on their congratulating.Milla Jovovich and Kevin Bacon present best actor in a TV drama to Steve Buscemi for "Boardwalk Empire."He pulls out his notes and promises to talk fast "before that sad music comes on." He thanks HBO and his costars and his family.On to best TV series drama, which goes to "Boardwalk Empire." Terrence Winter opens with "holy effing crap."Mark Wahlberg takes the stage. Fun fact: he's an exec producer on the show. Winter wraps up: "To my family and friends back in Brooklyn: I can't believe I'm sitting at a table with Al Pacino either."Andrew Garfield presents "The Social Network" but gets totally tangled on the word "inspiringly" because, well, it's not a word.Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Lopez are next and introduce best original song after he awkwardly talks about her dress and makes a "Ski Party" joke. Uh, sure."You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from "Burlesque" wins and Diane Warren and thanks Cher for being "the eternal bada--- you always are."Next is best original score, which even Alec Baldwin seems bored by. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross win for "The Social Network."Trent Reznor thanks the people on the movie and doesn't look the least bit like a hard core rocker with his reasonable length hair and tux.And then, it's time for Justin Bieber and Hailee Steinfeld, the girl from "True Grit" (yes, she's taller than him). They introduce best animated movie. The winner is "Toy Story 3". (Cut to Tom Hanks and, inexplicably, Jennifer Love Hewitt.)The director Lee Unkrich accepts, acknowledging the presenters and asking if they were even born when the first one came out.Gervais is on to drinking wine introduces the next star as from Ironman, then wonders if it's a porn title. He continues with "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and "Bowfinger" to make his point, then says he's also from Betty Ford and the Los Angeles county jail.Robert Downey Jr. comes out and not only takes the jab in stride, but gamely jabs back."Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister overtones, I'd say the vibe of the show is pretty good so far," he says.He moves on to his intro."I don't think an actress can say she's done her best work... until she's slept with me, Julianne." Cut to Julianne Moore. Then Anne Hathaway, Annette Bening, Emma Stone and Angelina Jolie, the nominees for best actress in a comedy.Downey continues, saying that somehow the women did their best work without him."I guess I'm just saying, if I could, I'd give it to all five of you," he wraps up, pointedly. Maybe he'll want to host next year.Annette Bening wins for "The Kids are All Right" and the camera immediately cuts to Jane Lynch, who recently married her girlfriend.Bening thanks Julianne Moore, her costar, for asking her to make the movie. She thanks the 1962 Golden Globe winner for "Most Promising Actor," her husband Warren Beatty.Ricky Gervais is back out, saying the next presenter has been in ten of the top grossing movies of all time. "He has played a boxer...and Rambo."Sylvester Stallone presents "The Fighter".Geoffrey Rush and Tilda Swinton are next presenting best actor for mini-series or TV movie. Al Pacino wins for "You Don't Know Jack."Al Pacino and his four-inch high brown hair take the stage and he rhapsodizes about the joy of playing a real person. He appears to be about half the size of Tilda Swinton, even with the hair.The music does not play him off. You don't play Al Pacino off.Then for actress in a mini-series or TV movie. We learn why Jennifer Love Hewitt is there: she's nominated for the Lifetime movie "The Client List."But she loses to Claire Danes for "Temple Grandin."Next is Zac Efron to introduce "The Kids Are Alright."Ricky Gervais comes out next, introducing the next actor as one he cast in his show, "he's now leaving that show and killing a cash cow for both of us... please welcome the ungrateful Steve Carrell."He and Tina Fey introduce the nominees for best screenplay. "Screenplays we could have written, if we had time," Fey says.That one about the rock climber that, Carrell says, he would have given his right arm to write. Har.Aaron Sorkin wins for "The Social Network." He says the people at Sony believe "people who watch movies are at least as smart as the people who make them."The table applauds Scott Rudin as the "best living producer."He commends David Fincher for making scenes of typing look like bank robberies.Next is supporting actress for TV. Jane Lynch wins, she hugs Sofia Vergara almost immediately."I am nothing if not falsely humble," she says, and acknowledges "Glee" writer Ian Brennan for writing Sue's "deranged" lines.More Ricky, who introduces the next category as one "no one in America cares about." Foreign films!"In a Better World" from Denmark wins. Smugly check that off on your Golden Globe ballot if you guessed it right.Helen Mirren is up next to introduce "The King's Speech."Blair Underwood and Vanessa Williams presents best actress in a TV series, which goes to Laura Linney from "The Big C." She's not there to accept.Jane Fonda introduces "Burlesque."Next, best actor for TV. Kaley Cuoco (and her impossibly long hair extensions) announce her costar Jim Parsons as the winner.He thanks "my writers" then catches himself, saying "the writers - 'my writers,' how crass."Jeremy Irons introduces the nominees for best supporting actress in a movie. As they cut to Helena Bonham Carter we see she's wearing a tumbleweed on her head. That's some hairdo.Melissa Leo wins for "The Fighter" and thanks anyone she can think of.Matt Damon is up to present the Cecil B. Moore award to Robert De Niro, who he says he hadn't heard of until about five years ago when he was in "The Good Shepherd."He quotes from "The Godfather" - doing the Fredo part. And then "GoodFellas" - the Joe Pesci lines."And who could forget 'Taxi Driver' where he was literally unrecognizable as a blonde 13 year old hooker?" Damon jokes, before a montage of De Niro - including "Analyze That."Then Bobby D takes the stage and the crowd stands and applauds - and he lets them."Thank you, Matt - and I loved you in 'The Fighter'," he says.To the HFPA: "I was very gratified when you made the announcement two months ago - well before you had a chance to review 'Little Fockers,'" he says.He says some of his movies were missing from the montage, but the punchline is censored.He says he's releasing some of his movies on DVD for people who may have missed them "I'll be selling them in the lobby right after I pose for more pictures with the remaining members of the Hollywood Foreign Press."He gets another standing O when he leaves.Then it's Megan Fox to introduce "The Tourist."Annette Bening introduces best director. David Fincher wins for "The Social Network".He reads his acceptance speech, thanking the crew "without whom I'd just be a bitter old man with a lot of opinions."Jimmy Fallon and January Jones present best TV comedy to "Glee." We hear their rendition of Journey for the third time.Ryan Murphy thanks people as the entire cast and crew takes the stage. His acceptance speech takes less time than their entrance.Alicia Keys introduces "The Black Swan".Next, Halle Berry introduces best actor in a comedy, in which Johnny Depp is nominated twice. Paul Giamatti wins for "Barney's Version.""I'm a little jacked up because I ate five boxes of the free Godiva chocolates," he says. He thanks his three movie wives, and says he got to "smoke and drink and" something that gets censored.Joseph Gordon Levitt gets up and quotes Betty Davis in introducing "Inception."Jeff Bridges strides on stage next and introduces the nominees for best actress in a drama. The winner is Natalie Portman, who pregnantly takes the stage and thanks her grandmother in Cincinnati and parents, who are in the audience.She mentions her fiance Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed the movie and had a line, saying he didn't want to sleep with Natalie's character."He's the best actor, it's not true! He totally wants to sleep with me," she says.Ricky Gervais introduces the next two presenters as a man whose movies have made $3.5 billion and he's won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes... and Tim Allen.He and Tom Hanks introduce the nominees for best comedy."We remember when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby, kind comedian," Tom Hanks says. "Neither of which he is now," concludes Allen.The winner is "The Kids Are Alright".Sandra Bullock introduces the nominees for best actor in a drama. Colin Firth wins for "The King's Speech".He thanks the HFPA for the mid-life reassurance. "Right now this is all that stands between me and a Harley Davidson."He calls director Tom Hooper and his costar Geoffrey Rush the two other sides of his "man love triangle."Michael Douglas gets a standing ovation as he comes out to announce the final award of the evening. "There's just gotta be an easier way to get a standing ovation," he says.Onto the nominees for best picture (drama). "The Social Network" wins. (Insert status update joke here.)Producer Scott Rudin accepts. Kevin Spacey is among the crowd on the stage, as a producer. He thanks Mark Zuckerberg for allowing them to tell a story about social networking through his life.Ricky Gervais comes out to say good night. "Thanks everyone in the room for being good sports," he says, even though they weren't.Finally: "Thank you to God - for making me an atheist."
12Chuck Versus the Gobbler
24 Jan 2011Description ▼
John Casey (Adam Baldwin) is taking a beating. True to his style, he takes every punch and kick his enemy can dish out, and all he asks is "that all you got?" Then there's one more punch. Thrown by Sarah!TWO DAYS EARLIERMorgan (Joshua Gomez) flags down Casey at the Buy More because he's afraid Chuck is going to start moping and turning into a pathetic shell of himself with Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) having been gone for the last two weeks on 'unlawful' missions to establish her cred as a rogue agent. Casey begrudgingly agrees that Chuck could end up whining all day, eating Cheetos and watching The View. In reality, Chuck is fine. He figures Sarah would NEVER do what his mother did. Sarah wouldn't change. Although the brunette wig and leather suit she wears into Volkoff's office would tend to disagree. Alexei Volkoff (Timothy Dalton) had heard tales of her missions and was skeptical. Sarah explained that she fell in love with Chuck but the CIA had every intention of infringing on that relationship. She wanted to carve out a life that was under her control with the man she loved. Volkoff still didn't believe her, until she disarmed three of Volkoff's men at the same time, aimed two of their guns at Volkoff, and didn't kill him right then. Volkoff welcomed her to the company.Mary Bartowski (Linda Hamilton) joins Alexei and Sarah, and she can't believe Sarah had gone to the dark side, but Sarah implied Mary was the impetus for doing so. Mary talks to Alexei in private, saying Sarah will betray her. Alexei thought that was possible, but he wanted to work on Sarah, and twist her to his own needs, much like he did with Mary. Mary had an idea to have Sarah someone break out of person: Yuri Gobrienko, AKA Yuri the Gobbler. Apparently Yuri's called the Gobbler because he eats people. But Sarah's up for a nice bottle of Chianti and some fava beans, even though Alexei warns her it's a suicide mission.Back home, Chuck is happy Sarah is communicating over his phone with a tonal language both of them learned, while Morgan has to deal with Alex wearing his vintage unworn Back to the Future t-shirt and spilling orange juice on the floor. But for some reason, Morgan was cool about it. Chuck's conclusion: Morgan was in love. One problem solved, just in time for Chuck to help Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) with a baby name. Devon (Ryan McPartlin) had shot down every one of them, and Ellie all but begged Chuck to get Devon on-board with...Grunka. (Grunka? That's what the closed-captioning said.) Which, coincidentally, is a term you could use to describe what Casey wanted to do to Morgan when he saw his daughter wearing his shirt. Morgan assures him nothing weird is going on and he's being a perfect gentleman...and Casey believes it.(This week must be Bizarro Chuck. Sarah's a brunette? Morgan doesn't mind a vintage shirt being ruined? Chuck isn't freaking out about his relationship? The most tasteful person on the show wants to name her daughter a Batman fight expletive translated into Russian? And Casey's cool with Morgan dating his daughter? HUMAN SACRIFICES! DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER! MASS HYSTERIA!)Mary tracks down Sarah and hides out from surveillance to tell her to leave. But Sarah was adamant about bringing her home and taking down Volkoff in the process. To do that, Mary tells her she has to free Yuri to infiltrate Hydra, the computer network with which Volkoff Industries communicates. It had been down since Yuri was put in prison, but he must be freed to take the network down. No Hydra, no Volkoff Industries. Mary also warns Sarah doing this meant making some choices or doing things she might regret, but Sarah was determined to see this through for Chuck.Sarah crawls through some air vents and disables some security protocols (very [linknm0001876/]), only it's to Castle. Just had to say Hi to the boys and update them on her plans. She needed everybody to create a diversion so she could get into Seabrook supermax prison to break out The Gobbler. She heads out and Chuck wants to talk to her. Truthfully, she'd rather kiss him instead. And when someone in a leather catsuit wants them to kiss you, you tend not to argue. ("Wow, it's kind of like I'm cheating on you...with you...right now.") She tells him goodbye.CHUCK: OK. See you in prison!SEABROOK CORRECTIONAL FACILITY - PORTLAND, OREGONDisguised as security guards, Casey and Morgan escort a shackled Chuck into the supermax wing (NOTE: Chuck's Prisoner ID is 092980, which is Zachary Levy's actual birthdate). But there's hasn't been any stabbings in two days, so Chuck is hoping to wait until the prisoners have gotten all of the stabbings out of their system. Morgan tells him not to worry, as Chuck has a tattoo belonging to one of the most vicious gangs in North America...and he smudged it a bit. But the idea was to start a fight and have Chuck use his Intersect to knock out Yuri. And it all had to look legitimate for Sarah's plan to work. Morgan convinces him to take out the top dog to rule the roost. And he wipes off the tattoo because Chuck looks better without it. Sure enough, the entire prison population looked like they wanted to kill Chuck, even without Morgan's WWE-like trash talking. A prisoner points out Yuri to Chuck with his eyes, since Yuri ate most of his fingers for pointing at him. Meanwhile, Casey and Morgan distract the guard on the surveillance monitors with a birthday cake. (No, I'm not kidding.) To make matters worse, Chuck is giving 6 inches and at least 150 pounds to Yuri even with the Intersect working, so Casey and Morgan have to stretch out the Happy Birthday to several verses. More guards arrive for the cake, but Casey has to go and unlock the east entrance for Sarah, leaving Morgan alone to distract the guards. Chuck still can't bring down Yuri, even with slamming freeweights across his face. But Chuck finally gets the upper hand and knocks Yuri out. It works perfectly, until the 2nd-biggest guy in the place wants his spot. Except Sarah was there to take him out. The team escapes with Yuri, and Chuck has to say goodbye again. He's confident this is almost over, but Sarah isn't so sure. She thinks it could take some time, since it took his mother years. She leaves, and Chuck heads for the Cheetos. He's depressed because he was used to eating pizza and playing a board game following a tough mission. With no Sarah in Burbank, Chuck is wondering if Morgan recorded The View for him. Casey and Morgan take one for the team and join Chuck in a board game. Although on the bright side for Casey, it's Risk.Devon's plan is to take Ellie to the Buy More and sour her on the name Grunka. Lester (Vik Sahay) telling her he lost his virginity to a girl named Grunka ought to do the trick. ("Filthy, filthy lady. Hard to believe she was a grandmother.") And Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) talking about a serial killer named Grunka is all Ellie needs to convince her this was all a plot. Even Jeff (Scott Bakula) saying he likes the name (in spite of the fact Ellie never told him what it was) had no effect.Sarah returns with Yuri, and Volkoff shoots him in the head. Alexei was disappointed in Yuri, and he "has a hard time with disappointment." It turns out Yuri WAS Hydra: his eye was the computer system (and SERIOUSLY, warn us when you're going to do something like that). Yuri explained Hydra allowed him to store all of the information about his organization, including communicating with those in his employ. He downloads the data to a secure backup drive and destroys the eye. However, a piece of it lands on the floor, where Mary surreptitiously keeps it under her boot. Volkoff readies the jet because he has one more mission for Sarah. A mission that involves Casey, if the text she sent Casey to meet her alone at the Trident Tower was any indication. But by doing it on Casey's phone instead of a secure line, Casey smelled trouble. Chuck wants to go, but Casey vetoes that and tells him to stay home. Sure enough, Volkoff sent the message to Casey as her, and he orders Sarah to kill him. Volkoff sends Mary up there with him, but he'll be watching on monitors. Unfortunately, Chuck doesn't listen to Casey and goes to find them. And walks right into Volkoff's men.ALEXEI: Chuck, you're just in time. There's a particular moment when an agent makes the decision to stop pretending and takes the leap to join the other side. It's a game-changing step. Your mother made it all those years ago. Now if you'll come with me, we'll see if Sarah's going to make the same step. I think she will.Sarah and Mary talk quietly in the stairwell. Sarah wasn't sure how to make the kill look legitimate in front of all the cameras, but Mary tells her she has to somehow slip Casey the piece from the Hydra she snuck out of Volkoff's office. Casey is at the window and Sarah sneaks up on him, intentionally kicking a paint can to alert him. They start their 'fight', Sarah quietly explaining to Casey she has to make it look good for the cameras with Volkoff watching. Casey suggests Sarah retrieve his gun and shoot him in the shoulder. Sarah refuses...until Volkoff comes up the stairs with Chuck. In the middle of their fight, Casey recommends Sarah throw him out the window. He'll hit the platform 40 feet down, since he's done 60 easily.SARAH: OK, but you better be fine or else I'll really kill you.Sarah slips him the drive from the Hydra, telling Casey to give it to Chuck. She belts him out the window, much to Chuck's shock. Sure enough, Casey landed on the platform like he predicted. The platform gave way, unlike he predicted. He falls the rest of the way to the ground. Chuck can't understand what happened, but Alexei explains she did all of it for him. And that he should give her a bit of space for a while, as going to the dark side is a bit of a painful thing to do. Chuck is knocked out, but Sarah has to tell Volkoff she's ready to go.Back at home, Ellie suggests the name Clara, and Devon loves it. He had been stalling because he wanted to get the first in a million decisions about their child right. And, as it turns out, Grunka means "spoon" at Ikea, so Ellie was riding him to begin with. (You went to the Ikea site to check on that, didn't you.)On Volkoff's jet back to Russia, Sarah can't get over Casey's 'death'. Mary assures her it gets easier...with distance. Back in Burbank, Chuck sits with the unconscious Casey, wondering how Sarah could do that. Alex stops in and is worried, but Morgan assures her he'll be OK, and that her father loves her. Chuck sends a text to Sarah, but Sarah declines it, since she didn't want to deal with confronting Chuck over what she did.
13Chuck Versus the Push Mix
31 Jan 2011Description ▼
Casey (Adam Baldwin) remained unconscious in the hospital with Chuck (Zachary Levi), Morgan (Joshua Gomez), and Alex (Mekenna Melvin) keeping a bedside vigil. He was expected to regain consciousness in a day. However, he did manage to breathe one word: pants. No, Morgan. Casey doesn't plan to never wear pants again. There was something in there: part of the eye from Volkoff's Hydra program, which Chuck flashed on to confirm the designer of the Hydra, Dr. Eimacher (Ei-Macher, Eye-Maker, get it? :-D ). Chuck asked where he got it from, and Casey was able to say Sarah.In Volkoff's residence, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) uses a really cool spider-like device (reminded me of the bug from The Matrix, and really creeped me out) to gain access to Volkoff's computer. While Mary (Linda Hamilton) took a videocall from Alexei (and probably the only time a kiss from James Bond might disgust a woman), Sarah discovered the Hydra data was given to someone called "The Contessa." General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) tells Chuck about Sarah's progress, but Chuck insists he go after Dr. Eimacher to see if he designed something similar for The Contessa. Beckman denies him his request, but that won't stop Chuck.CHUCK: I watched my mom leave us and my dad follow her. I let Sarah go, and now Casey...and the whole time I did nothing...nothing...while one man took everything away from me. Ellie was right: Bartowskis take care of their family, and right now it's time I put mine back together again. This was my father's mission, and I have to finish it. We're going to take down Volkoff.MORGAN: We? You were sort of talking in the first person there.But Morgan was in, of course. And they need...office supplies? Nope, Chuck had to plan. They set up a bulletin board of what they knew (BECAUSE THEY WERE LOADED, OK?!?---FlashForward reference), and Morgan felt confident because he had been doing yoga lately. But before they head off, Chuck has to make a CD of songs for the birth for Devon's (Ryan McPartlin) and Ellie's (Sarah Lancaster) daughter...a 'push mix', as it were...which offended Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) to no end. They thought the child's first sounds should have been raw, unfiltered, live music. (You know where this is going, don't you.) And they secretly steal the disc.Back in Moscow, nothing is working for Volkoff (Timothy Dalton) in his office because someone got into his computer systems: ORION! And he wants his wife back! Volkoff calls in one of his heavy hitters, Armand, to deal with the return of Stephen J. Bartowski. Meanwhile, Volkoff went to visit The Contessa. As do Morgan and Chuck, since they found out from Eimacher...once they kidnapped the correct one...The Contessa was actually a ship. Volkoff bought it on CraigsList. With anti-aircraft missiles, stealth sonar, and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. It's a veritable floating fortress of fun! Sarah and Mary have to get the Hydra, and nothing can get in their way. Except Chuck and Morgan. Morgan, who needs to learn you have to take the flippers off and wear something under your diving suit. Just don't squeak.Chuck, Sarah, Morgan, and Mary reunite on the ship and find the server room. Chuck tries to hack the door, but Morgan found a keycard on one of the men Chuck tranqued...after having a talk with his mother, who planned to shoot them. Morgan does get inside, only to encounter a laser field powerful enough to slice body parts off. But since Chuck can't disable the field, Morgan's yoga classes suddenly come in handy. A few warrior poses and downward facing dogs later, he makes it to the other side of the server room to turn off the lasers...although his wetsuit doesn't. And discovering Sarah's trenchcoat almost fits him is not scary at all, is it? Mary goes to download the information while Chuck inserts a flash drive into one of the servers. It works, except it needed Volkoff's voice identification. And Volkoff knew that, as he trapped everybody inside. Needless to say, he wasn't happy to see her in there.VOLKOFF: 'Death is the solution to all problems.' (the password to the Hydra) That's a quote from my favorite poet and humanitarian...Joseph Stalin.Volkoff orders everybody shot, but Mary grabs Volkoff's gun and holds him hostage, telling Chuck, Sarah, and Morgan to run. She shoots the lock to trap Volkoff and his men inside...and her, too. But letting Chuck, Sarah, and Morgan escape is only the beginning for Volkoff. A computer message, 'meet me at Twin Pines Cabin' from Orion, was one of hundreds of messages in the computer. Volkoff is enraged Mary was talking to Orion behind his back all that time, even though she denied it. Volkoff told Mary he was going to visit her husband...and return with his body.Alex keeps an eye on Casey, even bringing him a bonsai tree. And she wants him to recover because she wants her dad around. She doesn't want to deal with the death of her dad twice. And Casey holds her hand.Volkoff heads for Twin Pines Cabin (they didn't go 88 mph, but you better believe we're gonna see some serious s***), and he walks into the darkened room to talk to Orion. Except he's one generation off. It's Chuck. And Alexei is on the floor. He comes to and is tied to a chair with Chuck pointing a gun at him. Volkoff commends him for using Daddy's toys to lure him in. But Chuck won't kill him, Volkoff thinks. What will happen to everybody he loves? He left orders for his men to shoot Mary back on the ship and Armand is ready to kill Casey, Ellie, and Devon at the hospital. He slips out of his ropes and knocks Chuck out. He takes his gun and is ready to shoot Chuck.But to those of you who complained Chuck didn't think his way through problems this season, this is the night you're wrong."Technically, I guess you could say that in the end, it was Stephen J. Bartowski that took you down."Chuck set up a Trojan horse into Volkoff's system to steal all of his data, which needed his voice password. And Morgan spliced that together because the bad guy talked too much, just like in a Bond movie. (Ironic, right?)"He taught me many things. Like looks can be deceiving...Armand smothers Casey with a pillow until his heart monitor stopped. Or at least until Casey unplugged it under the pillow, and Armand is taken out with the bonsai tree Alex gave him....fight for your family...Volkoff's men are about to shoot Mary...only Sarah never left the ship and did her patented ass-kicking maneuvers to free her....and of course, never use a gun unless you absolutely have to."There were no bullets in that gun Volkoff took from Chuck."After all, I am my father's son, aren't I?"But Volkoff is still confident Chuck can't escape because Volkoff said he'd need an army to get past his men. Good thing Chuck has a general on speed dial, right? Volkoff is taken into custody, and Chuck makes a beeline for the hospital.In the hospital, Devon is freaking out and wandering the hallways. Fortunately, Casey straightens him out by telling him not a day he has gone by where he didn't regret giving up being with Alex, and there was no way he would allow Devon to miss a thing. Sadly, not missing a thing meant Jeffster! arriving at the hospital to play Ellie's labor music. ("Could you point us in the direction of the Woodcomb womb?") The song? Salt-n-Pepa's Push It. (Saw that one coming a mile away, huh.) Although a couple of the moms in the waiting room liked it, security hauls them away. Everybody makes it to the hospital, but since only one extra person can be in the room, the vote is for Grandma Mary to be the guest of honor. Chuck and Sarah sit out in the hallway, while Casey and Morgan have a good heart-to-heart talk. Relative to Casey, anyway. Baby Clara comes into the world, and Chuck looks over at Sarah. He gets down on one knee, and we can't hear them over the floor polisher in the hall. But we see the ring, and we see Sarah kiss him. He proposed...and she said yes.
14Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible
07 Feb 2011Description ▼
MARRAKESH, MOROCCOA man in a dinner jacket walks smoothly through a club, searching for his target. He apologizes to someone on the phone; someone he was supposed to meet. He then finds what he is looking for in Fatima Tazi, a lady who has successfully counterfeited a U.S. $100 bill. He wants to meet her and hits on a woman in the club to find out about her. And then two other women join them, one of whom has a taser gun disguised as a lipstick case. He is knocked out. But for Roan Montgomery (John Larroquette), "what a way to go."Surrounding baby Clara is NOT the way Chuck (Zachary Levi), Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), or Casey (Adam Baldwin) want to go. They're a bit scared, and Casey is even more scared when Morgan (Joshua Gomez) asks him to try and patch things up with Alex's (Mekenna Melvin) mother. Morgan thinks Kathleen knowing Casey is still alive will help him when he has to go visit her. Casey doesn't want to, but it's for Morgan. Meanwhile, the talk of weddings is freaking Chuck and Sarah out. Devon (Ryan McPartlin) already has plans for Clara to be the flower girl ("Woodcombs can walk at six or seven months."). But the proverbial straw on the camel's back is Mary Bartowski (Linda Hamilton) documenting the last time Clara did a #1 (23 minutes), a #2 (51 minutes), and 76 minutes since her last feeding. Chuck, Sarah, and Casey need a mission...desperately!Fortunately, they contact Beckman (Bonita Friedericy), who is three sheets to the wind worrying about Roan Montgomery. She sends the team off-book to Morocco. Apparently, historical events happen around the romance of Beckman and Roan, such as Berlin in 1989, Iraq in 1991, Florida in 2000. But Roan has other ideas when he meets Fatima Tazi, such as offering Tazi the chance to do business with her counterfeiting plant.Sarah talks to Chuck about the wedding plans his family already have made for the two. Her idea is to elope. Just get it done in some romantic location. Chuck tells her it sounds like a good idea...and tells Morgan it's a horrible idea. He doesn't want some smelly stranger who's the cousin of the guy marrying them to be his best man, and Morgan doesn't think "some old lady who smells like Thousand Island dressing is standing up for Sarah" is the best thing. Morgan says it is time for Chuck to put his foot down to a woman ('cause that NEVER goes badly) and tell Sarah he wants his family at the wedding. Morgan doesn't know how to deal with meeting Alex's mom, but having Casey tell her he's alive was not in the plans, according to Alex. She's upset, but Morgan promises to fix it.Morgan suggests some practice "no's" for Chuck to warm him up. But saying no to water in the desert and no to pliers really doesn't work too well, especially since they're cutting through the gates of Tazi's compound to rescue Roan. A wardrobe change (plus accidental touching between Chuck and Casey), plus a couple of tranqs to his guards later, and they have to untie Roan. If only he was tied up against his will...which he wasn't. He wasn't happy that Beckman put a tracker in his birthday present watch, but Fatima was returning, so Chuck and Sarah hid behind a drapery while Casey hid under the bed. Chuck had to prevent a dust-related sneeze ("Chuck, if you get us caught because you sneeze, we are officially the worst spies in the world."-Sarah). And for some inexplicable reason, Chuck decided that was a good time to tell Sarah no...to pulling Roan out of there mid-seduction. And then he sneezes. Chuck, Sarah, and Roan are sent to the dungeon, but Casey isn't found.Roan noticed our romantic couple weren't the flirty, hot couple they were before. Chuck reassures him they were very much in love and were going to get married. They were just having a bit of a disagreement and the ol' ball and chain wasn't being helpful.SARAH: Are you calling me a ball and chain?CHUCK: No, there's a ball and chain...an ACTUAL ball and chain...do you not see it on the ground, attached to my leg?Sarah wanted to know about the "no's" Chuck had been throwing around lately. Chuck said very directly that he didn't want to elope. And Sarah wants to know why he gets to say 'no'. What about what she wants? Meanwhile, Casey attempts to seduce the not-quite-runway-model-ready guard watching them. And does pretty well...until he lets slip she isn't thin. Then he has to go with the classic Casey tranq-and-explode method to get them out. Roan decides he doesn't want to go back to the States, which Beckman warned the team about, so Casey tranqs him and tells Chuck and Sarah he'll get to the bottom of the counterfeit notes.Back in Burbank, Beckman is livid, Montgomery is trying to charm his way out of it, and Chuck and Sarah are caught in a very awkward situation. Beckman tells Chuck and Sarah to be on standby to rescue Casey, while Roan becomes a green shirt in the Buy More.ROAN: I've never felt polyester against my skin before. I feel a chafing. The chafe of stylesness.Chuck asks him about Beckman. It goes back to Berlin, 1989. ("Not a good year to build walls in East Germany.") Roan was heading to Moscow, and Beckman (a dirty-blonde Beckman!) was heading to D.C. Beckman wanted to know about them, and Roan promised to be a couple with her in 20 years and lead a normal life.CHUCK: Beckman was a dirty blonde?ROAN: It was the 80's. Everything was a dirty blonde.He wasn't expecting to last 20 years, and he called a few days ago from Marrakesh to apologize to her. He can't be normal; it's not who he is. Chuck agrees, since he can't be the eloping type. Time for some Roan advice. (almost worked for the dinner jacket and single read rose, right?)ROAN: When you want to convince an intimate relation, you have to set the scene for the conversation. Create an erotic atmosphere. Everything is easier with sex in the air.Chuck arrives home in a very nice suit and tie. Only Sarah must have talked to Roan, too, as she greets him in a belly dancer outfit...and honestly, I don't know what happened next. I actually don't even know my own name right now...oh, sorry. Both of them figure out the other was using a sexual atmosphere to convince them.SARAH: And why are you wearing that outfit?CHUCK: Well, I'm trying to seduce you, too! Just...clearly not as well!And the fight continues. But Beckman calls both of them to Castle. Sarah changes into the least sexy thing she owns (and still looks hot in it) to get a video update from Casey, who hid in the wall of Fatima's compound (he did it for the generalissimo) and is overhearing a meeting between Fatima and a group of financial backers. They want her counterfeiting mint in exchange for the $100 million in gold they gave her, but she has other plans...killing the backers in the process. Her plan is to dump $1 trillion dollars of her fake bills into circulation and destabilize the U.S. economy. Beckman has no choice. She has to send Roan back to Morocco with Chuck and Sarah. They try to convince the general even Roan can't seduce Fatima twice and she was sending Roan to his death. This apparently is not an issue with her.Roan gets to climb up to Fatima's bedroom to seduce the location of the mint from her while Chuck and Sarah find Casey. Roan isn't happy about it, but he has some final words for the spy couple.ROAN: Remember, you two are in love. Listen to each other, and don't go on a mission angry.Roan makes it up there and is able to talk Tazi into some cognac first. It turns out Fatima's childhood home was stripped of its resources by an American corporation, which was why she was seeking revenge. And Beckman was very impatient and wanted Roan to get the location, even telling him so over his earpiece. Chuck and Sarah hear the entire conversation, which prompted them to be honest with each other. Sarah didn't want a big family wedding because she didn't have a big family. All she had was Chuck's family. And Casey is ready to cut his arm off to escape rather than listen to any more from the four lovebirds. Chuck and Sarah get to cutting Casey out of the wall, only to be stopped by Tazi's all-female army. However, the holes they put in the wall by shooting their investors work both ways, and Casey takes them out from inside the wall. Tazi tells Roan the name of her childhood town, and Beckman finds the mint, ordering an airstrike on it. Tazi feels betrayed and is ready to take out Roan...and Beckman agrees with her. Her last words to Roan: DUCK! Beckman pulls out her rocket launcher to take out Tazi's compound.Back at home, Mary Bartowski wants to give Clara everything she couldn't give Chuck and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster), but Ellie says that's her job. But she still wants Mary to be around to be a grandmother, although she'd understand if she had to go back to spy world again. Morgan and Alex have a great dinner with Alex's mother...and her new boyfriend. Casey is sad, but he wants nothing but the best for Kathleen. Chuck and Sarah talk about the wedding, and Chuck promises to do for Sarah what she did for him...bring her family back together.
15Chuck Versus the Cat Squad
14 Feb 2011Description ▼
No John Forsythe? No problem.The say it's a personality thing, but to me a martini's got gin, not vodka. Some folks like chocolate; I'll take vanilla. I say baseball over football. And to me, man's best friend doesn't bark or fetch a ball. See, personally, I like cats. Meet my Clandestine Attack Team, better known as...The CAT Squad. Meow! They were the best spy team in the business.The year? 2003. The girls...Cold-hearted Carina (Mini Anden)Zondra (Mercedes Masöhn) - The BitchAmy (Mircea Monroe) - The Party GirlAnd...my pride and joy...Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) .Go get 'em, Cats!Of course, this was a Morgan (Joshua Gomez) fantasy, spurned on by Chuck (Zachary Levi) finding out about Sarah's old teammates. Chuck is trying to find people Sarah knew to attend the wedding, so he hoped Morgan could help, as he knew Carina. Morgan is not particularly happy about it, as Alex would be there, too. Morgan doesn't have much on Carina, other than her phone number, email, and Facebook alias (restricted). Chuck calls, and Carina finishes her assignment of ass-kicking to respond to seeing Sarah Walker in a wedding dress. Chuck lets Sarah know about this, because he thought she'd be happy. Take a guess how that went. Sarah's past is...complicated. ("Carina? She was the mellow one.") But it's too late. Carina has already gathered the CAT Squad and picks Sarah up for the bachelorette party...in a helicopter. The ladies rappel down. (And they gave Carina more slow-motion hair whipping than the other two. Is that really fair?) And Carina gives Morgan the once-over twice before strapping Sarah to a line and taking her up on the helicopter.One very long night in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Miami later ("Who knew Mikhail Gorbachev could dance so well?"), and Sarah is in bed with the mother of all hangovers. (And still looks hotter than most of us ever will.) Chuck is delighted she reconnected but Sarah wasn't. There were trust issues with her old crew. An old mission went south because the target knew what they planned. Sarah found a tracking bug hidden in the heel of Zondra's boot. Zondra denied it and passed a lie detector test, but the damage was done. Both had been wary of each other ever since, but Chuck, ever the optimist, thinks Sarah should try to talk to Zondra to hash things out. Sarah vetoes it in a hurry. Zondra and Amy were crashed on the couch, which left Carina only one place to sleep: Morgan's bed. With him. And without her clothes. Carina notices something different about Morgan. More confidence, and more importantly, more aversion to seeing her naked. And the reason for it just happened to knock at the door. Alex (Mekenna Melvin) is introduced to Carina, who was kind enough to wear half a robe for her. Morgan, acting like he had his hand caught in the cookie jar, got Alex to meet him later. They head out, and Carina borrows Sarah's Porsche. Only it explodes before she can get in it, and Carina's leg is badly cut by a piece of shrapnel from the bomb. Chuck flashes on it and is able to determine Augusto Gaez (Lou Diamond Phillips) sent the CAT Squad a little care package.In Castle, Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) explains Gaez was the archnemesis of the CAT Squad and leader of the Gentle Hand, a terrorist-for-hire group. The bomb was made in Rio, so Langley ordered the CAT Squad, minus the injured Carina, to Carnivale to apprehend Gaez. Sarah has objections to it, which Zondra couldn't miss. However, she was also sending Chuck and Casey (Adam Baldwin) as backup, and Casey was quite helpful in stopping Sarah and Zondra from going at it in Castle, since Sarah found the bug while they were previously hunting Gaez. Making matters worse, Gaez receives a call from a synthesized voice telling him the CAT Squad was on its way, just like he planned it.Chuck talks to Sarah and wants to make up for inviting the ladies without her permission. While Sarah, Zondra, and Amy infiltrated Gaez's party, Chuck would go over everything about their last mission to see if he could find out whether Zondra was the mole who tipped Gaez off the last time. She wants him to ease up, since she doesn't care whether or not she ever reconnects with her old friends, but Chuck won't be dissuaded. But better to have that than Morgan being forced to blow off Alex for the second time, as he had to babysit Carina in Castle and monitor the mission. And Carina was wondering why Morgan hasn't told Alex he loves her. ("So, it's not even serious.")While Casey lamented seeing Kathleen, his former fiance, with another man, Sarah, Zondra, and Amy make their way into the VIP room and have their guns on Gaez. Only Carina figured out the call to Gaez originated from Burbank a few seconds too late. Gaez had the drop on the three. However, he wasn't there to kill them; he wanted the CAT Squad to join him. While Sarah carefully cut through her ropes with a hidden blade, Chuck made it to the roof and planned to rappel down and let his Intersect do all of the work. Sarah tried to goad Gaez into saying which one of the women was the mole, but Gaez decided not to. Until Sarah cut her ropes and put the blade to his throat. But before he could, Chuck crashed through a skylight. However, he flashed on his tranq gun target practice and started taking out Gaez's men. Sarah took care of the rest, but she was mad as hell at Chuck. Chuck said he was just trying to help.SARAH: I don't need help with my job. I don't need help with my past. So stop trying to help me. I don't need help!Back in Castle, they still didn't know who the mole was. Sarah's theory was well-known, Casey thought Carina was a bit shifty, and Chuck thought nobody can be as perky as Amy. Beckman orders Casey to interrogate Gaez and the CAT Squad was ordered to stay in Castle until the mole was discovered. One would assume the mole wasn't Carina, but that didn't stop her from causing damage anyway. The lipstick on Morgan's shirt collar gave Alex all the ammunition she needed to walk away from him, and Sarah sent Chuck to get the Cats' luggage to find another bug. Chuck knew what she really wanted him to do, and he tried to plead knowing more information about Gaez being tipped off in Milan by whoever the mole was. But Sarah wouldn't listen to him. She locked him out of Castle and went to settle things with Zondra old-school. Meanwhile Casey and Amy went to interrogate Gaez. And by now the entire audience knew Amy was the mole. Of course, Casey learned it the hard way after Amy blew some knockout powder at him from her blush applicator. Sarah and Zondra both figure out it wasn't them or Carina, but Amy catches them mid-fight and knocks both of them out with a bo staff.Chuck reluctantly drags the CAT Squad's luggage back to Castle, but Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) catches him and asks him what was going on. He lamented he tried everything to bring Sarah's family to her wedding and it backfired. But Ellie was VERY correct in that Chuck sometimes went too far in trying to help others. Not everybody needed family, at least not the ones from their past. Like Casey told him before, Chuck doesn't have to fix everything. Chuck returns to the closed Buy More, and Sarah comes to just in time to call him. Amy and Gaez were coming up the elevator, and Chuck put the Buy More on lockdown. He hid among the DVD shelves and broke a DVD into little sharp pieces. He wants to apologize to Sarah first, but there was no time. Flashing on the use of Chinese stars, he goes on the attack, knocking their guns out. Flashing on some kung-fu, he takes out Gaez, but Amy jumps on top of him. Chuck doesn't want to fight a girl, but Amy knocks him down and gets the keys to the store. Zondra sacrifices her hair straightener to trip Amy, and the CAT Squad is victorious.SARAH: Going somewhere, pussy?Sarah and Zondra apologize to each other, and Sarah asks Carina and Zondra to be in her bridal party. (No machine guns this time). At the engagement party, Chuck wants to apolgize, but Sarah thanks him for what he did. But she didn't want to dive into her past, since she didn't know where her father was and her relationship with her mother is strained.CHUCK: I-I hear you, and I'm totally done helping out.SARAH: No Chuck, please. Don't ever stop helping me. There are a thousand ways I need your help every single day, and you're perfect.Alex comes to break up with Morgan because she thought she couldn't fit into the spy world. ("I don't feel special, Morgan. I just feel lied to.") But he doesn't want to give up before apologizing to Alex for leaving her in the dark, promising not to leave her high and dry any more, and that he loved her. Carina came to apologize, but Alex knew Morgan really loved her. Sarah went to thank Ellie for listening to her when things got crazy, even when Chuck went overboard. And Sarah asked Ellie to be her maid of honor.
16Chuck Versus the Masquerade
21 Feb 2011Description ▼
SAMARA, RUSSIAA man tries to start his car. Someone gets in and asks for a key that Volkoff supposedly gave him. But Jurek (who got promoted from his job as Peggy from USA Prime Credit) claims the key is with Antonia. Right answer, same result: a bullet to the back of the head.PERUGIA, ITALYAntonia is found, and the man has an intense makeout session with her. He still wants the key but she also claims not to have it. But she knew about Jurek, so she was armed with a gun. Only the man had her bullets. His gun, however, was working just fine.BREMEN, GERMANYA man, Christoph, prepares dinner, one of Volkoff's last lieutenants. Once again, the man wants his key. He doesn't have it, but he knows who does.ECHO PARK, CALIFORNIAChuck (Zachary Levi) and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) prepare the apartment for their Valentine's dates with their girlfriends, marking a first in history both of them having girlfriends. They agree to timeshare: Morgan gets the living room from 8 to 9:30, at which point Chuck gets it to watch Love Actually with Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski). (Really, Chuck?) But Morgan can top him with a bear-skinned rug. From Big Lots. (He bought 8 of them.) While Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) try to have sex for the first time in three months by trying to ignore Clara's crying (and failing at it), Sarah prepares for Chuck...and the 70's music in the background...and his Love Machine t-shirt with his face on it...which will be half the fans' profile avatars by morning. He even threw a Pretty Woman at her. ("Isn't that a movie about a prostitute?") And Sarah wearing a trenchcoat in the bedroom is never a bad thing, unless Chuck has to go get the chocolate strawberries from the refrigerator and catch Morgan and Alex (Mekenna Melvin) blindfolded playing the "forcefield" game...or something tantric-related. (If you need it explained, I refuse to do it; you'll just be depressed.) Chuck accidentally drops the strawberries, only to be caught by Sarah, who gets her coat caught on a hook, and Beckman interrupts with a phone call, and Alex coats Alex with chocolate sauce, and Sarah's lingerie with angel's wings goes wasted (that was CUTE), and Casey's arrival because they have a mission pretty much ruins the night for everybody (Adam Baldwin).MORGAN: Chuck, you said I have the living room for ninety minutes!CASYEY: (threatening) What do you mean 'HAVE'?As the NCS sets up shop in Castle, Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) informs the team (who didn't bother changing clothes), that Volkoff's three top lieutenants were killed by one man: Boris Kaminsky (David S. Lee). Beckman theorized Kaminsky was trying to eliminate anybody who could fill the void in Volkoff's empire. The only profile not available in the Hydra database was a woman named Vivian McArthur (Lauren Cohan). Volkoff kept her off the books on purpose to be his successor. The team has to head to England to find her at a masquerade party and bring her back to Castle.If you're thinking the masquerade party looks a bit like Eyes Wide Shut, Chuck agrees with you. Only it's less boring.SARAH: Chuck, come on. It's just a bunch of socialites wearing masks.CHUCK: It could be that, or it could be a sex-crazed orgy party where they don't want you to see their faces or know their secrets.SARAH: (matter-of-factly) No, I've been to those kinds of parties and it doesn't look anything like this.(she was kidding...dammit)Casey and Morgan pulled bartender detail, although Casey got compliments from a woman about his skills. And from Morgan, too. Casey claims to still be an integral part of the team, and Morgan shouldn't talk about being a wet blanket.CASEY: You live in Charah's apartment.NOOO!!!!!! CASEY IS A 'SHIPPER!!!!!!! HUMAN SACRIFICE! DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER!! MASS HYSTERIA!!! :-DCasey warns Morgan he might want to find his own place rather than be Chuck and Sarah's first kid. Chuck manages to find Vivian in his own special way...by stealing her wine glass after eating a too-hot hors d'oveurs. Although she agrees with him on the whole Eyes Wide Shut thing. Meanwhile, Sarah found Kaminsky by spotting the gun under his coat. Vivian slips past Chuck, but everybody is on the alert.Vivian gets some peace and quiet in the horse stable, but Chuck and Sarah locate her and identify themselves. She is ready to run from them until a shot from Kaminsky's men convinces her otherwise. Vivian has the mansion in Somerset because of her father, Alexei Volkoff. However, she thinks he's an oil baron. But explanations later, as Chuck and Sarah take Vivian to a nearby car and drive out with Sarah shooting anything that moved out of the sunroof. They retrieve Morgan and Casey and take off.Ellie and Devon head to the Buy More looking like death warmed over...and smelling like vomit and Cheerios, according to Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence). (Every parent in the world is nodding their heads right now.) Amazingly, the Buy More has an aisle for this, and Big Mike introduces them to the Sleep Sheep, which can play a recording of Mommy's soothing voice. But apparently Jeff (Scott Krinsky) uses it, too...with a song that puts Clara right out! Ellie and Devon think about asking to borrow it, but sleep-deprived Ellie has a better plan. From the "should have seen that coming a mile away" department...Ellie pretends she's looking for a quiet place to breastfeed Clara. Moths, meet flame. Jeff and Lester (Vik Sahay) follow her, and the Sleep Sheep is Devon's!In Castle, Vivian's story seems to check out, but it doesn't resolve the issue of her having a key Kaminsky would want. And they have a bigger problem: Morgan took what Casey said to heart about crowding Charah too much. (Hey, if Casey can say it, so can I!) Sarah decides she'll talk to Morgan while Chuck continues to debrief Vivian. She figures it would be good for Morgan and her to have some quality (read: AWKWARD) one-on-one time. And give Sarh an A for effort, but you don't want to refer to Star Wars action figures as toys. And NEVER imitate Chewbacca! Although now Sarah knows Chewie always goes on Han's right side. But suddenly Morgan realizes Casey was 100% correct, and he has to stop being a big kid with Chuck and Sarah his parents.Chuck isn't having much more luck with Vivian, who can't wrap her head around the fact her father killed people for a living. Suddenly Vivian was at a crossroads, because she was never a good socialite anyway. She didn't know what she was supposed to do. But Chuck talked about what happened to him a few years ago. An "opportunity" fell into his lap. Just like an opportunity that was about to fall into Casey's lap, courtesy of Jane Bentley (Robin Givens), head of the NCS. She saw his true potential, and it wasn't as third wheel bartender to Chuck and Sarah. Bentley wants him to lead a new team, but she didn't give him any details. Casey's interest was piqued. Speaking of piqued interest, Vivian didn't want to go to a CIA safehouse. She wanted to be used as bait to draw out Kaminsky. Chuck doesn't want to do it, but Vivian wants to be able to do something for the first time in her life. Chuck agrees.Back at Ellie and Devon's, the song works great for Clara. For Ellie and Devon, not so much. Naturally, Clara cries the minute the song stops, so the Drs. Woodcomb decided to tough it out like it was their internship days. Chuck tries to stop Morgan from moving out, but Morgan reminds him Chuck will be married in a few months and he should have his own place with Sarah. All they really have to do is rule on who gets the original '77 Kenner line Star Wars Han and Chewie. You can never split them up. But they'll spend one night apart. Han and Chewie high-five, and Chuck is a bit depressed. Maybe shouldn't have been depressed in front of Sarah, but she is sorry about Morgan.Vivian discusses the details of her typical day, since the team had to figure out at what point she'd be most vulnerable. It turns out, she takes her horse Artemis out for a ride at six every morning. This particular morning, however, it would be Sarah taking Vivian's horse out for a ride. Casey hides in the woods with his sniper rifle. Sure enough, Kaminsky was ready to attack. Only he attacks nowhere near Casey by using an electronic device to spook the horse. The horse throws Sarah and she's knocked unconscious. The horse returns to the stable without Sarah. Chuck calls for Sarah but she doesn't respond. Vivian isn't going to let anybody die for her, so she mounts up and heads out with Chuck.It doesn't take long for Kaminsky's men to discover it's Sarah. He orders her killed, but Casey shoots the man before he can kill Sarah. Sarah is woozy and tells Casey to go get Chuck, but he refuses to leave her there. Chuck and Vivian are chased by men on horseback, and ten years of equestrian school finally pays off for her. But Chuck figures out Artemis can't outrun the bad guys with two people on him, so Chuck flashes on some good gymnastics and uses a conveniently-placed branch like a parallel bar. Two bad guys down later, he tries to find Sarah and Casey. Casey digs in and puts his sharpshooting skills to good use, taking out all of Kaminsky's men. Vivian makes it back to the stables, but so does Kaminsky. Volkoff apparently gave Vivian a key when she was a child, a token of his affection. Vivian thinks he's out of his mind, but Volkoff was grooming her to be his successor. Skeet shooting at seven, a black belt by age eleven, and fluent in five languages courtesy of the London School of Economics.KAMINSKY: But he never discovered what you really are. A weak, indecisive little girl....who pats Artemis to jump into the air so she can get the shotgun hidden under his harness and blow a hole in Kaminsky.Without anybody to run Volkoff's empire, it was just an empty office building in Moscow. But they never did figure out what the key was. Although Vivian was very careful to take back the necklace she let Sarah borrow to imitate her.Back home, Chuck tells Morgan how much Sarah and he love him, but Morgan realizes it has to end at some point. But there's still Monday game nights. And Han and Chewie get passed down to the next generation of Bartowski. They are keeping watch over Clara, who is finally in the nursery.Bentley commends Casey for his work with Chuck and Sarah, and obviously he still was of great use to the team in saving Sarah's life. But Bentley tells him he'll eventually have to leve the team. Casey refuses to leave Burbank, but Bentley's mission is right there in Burbank. A secret door with a brick wall. What is it? And more importantly, what will Vivian do with Volkoff's empire? Where she found a message to her that only her necklace could unlock? What did she find? Tune in next time!
17Chuck Versus the First Bank of Evil
28 Feb 2011Description ▼
Vivian Volkoff (Lauren Cohan) found the lock her necklace was for. And she discovers...Mr. Volkoff's lawyer??? Strange (or not-so-strange) but true. Mr. Riley (Ray Wise), Volkoff's lawyer, gave Vivian a card and a letter from her father, which he read in her father's voice. ("No. Stop.") Reading it in his normal voice, Mr. Riley told her how her father regretted not knowing her and would have given up his empire for another moment with her. Which she calls BS on, natch. But the card Vivian now possesses will help her build Volkoff's empire, which Alexei was grooming Vivian to take over. She refuses, but Mr. Riley is not used to hearing anybody reject Alexei Volkoff. He puts a gun to Vivian's head and tells her she doesn't have a choice. But those grooming skills were a good idea. She palmed a letter opener and stabbed Mr. Riley in the hand with it, followed by a smash to the face with a vase. Vivian grabs the card and runs.Speaking of running, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) would like nothing more than to run from any of her work to plan her wedding, even deciding between roses and orchids. Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) was quite sympathetic to her plight, understanding all of this 'girly stuff' was not really Sarah's thing. But at some point, Sarah would realize it was her wedding and things would click in, just like Ellie did for hers when she held the wedding bands in her hand. Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) thinks he'll go sans TV in his new apartment. Bazinga! (CHUCK: I was honestly about to smack you.) Morgan had found a place, but he needed a roommate in order to afford it. But he'll work on it, because the cats at his mom's house were causing quite a racket. And Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) warned him those 'cats' could be having a romantic dinner tonight, and there might be more 'cat fighting' afterwards. ("Unless your mom eats too much.")Chuck (Zachary Levi) heads to Castle, where Sarah was talking with Vivian. Vivian relayed the story about Mr. Riley wanting her to rebuild her father's empire and showed them the card Riley gave her. Chuck flashed on it and recommended talking to Beckman (Bonita Friedericy). The card helped him figure out all of Volkoff's assets were at the First Bank of Macau, which was controlled by the Guan Yi crime syndicate. With the bank using a bunch of mercenaries for security, Beckman wants to use Vivian's status as an account-holder to get in, which Chuck protests.BECKMAN: You're a spy, she's an asset. If this mission is to work, you're going to have to turn that girl into a Volkoff.Morgan's search for a roommate takes him to Craigslist, but Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) want two weeks off to meet girls at a Reinaissance Fair. Lester offers to sweeten the pot by letting him stay for a week in their apartment-slash-van. And Morgan says no-slash-way. However, leaving his computer on while going out to the Buy More floor was a bad idea. And Jeffster is off on their scheme to pick up girls at Morgan's roommate interviews. And yes, when Morgan discovers a veritable plethora of kings, wenches, and mystic creatures parading through his office in search of a room, Morgan figures it out. Casey (Adam Baldwin) tells him to shut it down, but Morgan is still out a roommate. Until he realizes Casey has an extra room. ("Don't even say it.")Chuck talks to Vivian, who understandably refuses to go along. Chuck tries to relate to her, saying he never saw his father for the longest time. He wasn't a criminal mastermind, of course. But Chuck figured he had the same questions going through his mind Vivian had going through hers now. Chuck could only guarantee her they would help her find some of the answers she was looking for. They find an outfit suitable for Vivian in the Castle wardrobe, which is like J. Crew for spies. While Vivian puts on her outfit, Chuck shows Sarah a hologram of him with what he'll be wearing to their wedding. Sarah's a bit distant about it before confessing not being used to planning a wedding. Meanwhile, Casey tries to avoid them, but Chuck corners him. Casey was being sent on a separate mission by Beckman but couldn't talk about it. Or so he said. He was quite cryptic about it.Vivian heads into the Bank of Macau with Chuck posing as her bodyguard. ("It's like having your own Kevin Costner.") They hand the card the bank manager and he takes her to the vault...without Chuck. In the van, Sarah (yup, Sarah had to wait in the car on this one) finds a staircase for Chuck to go up, but it needed a keycard. Chuck messes with the security guard, goading him into hitting Chuck. Chuck palmed his keycard while he was doubled-over and slips into the stairwell. The bank manager takes a sample of Vivian's blood to prove who she was. While Sarah guided Chuck through the hallways, she got a text from Ellie about doing some cake-tasting and admitted planning the wedding was very intimidating. Chuck suggested taking one thing and finishing that first, then another, then another until she got excited about planning the weding. In the meantime, Chuck found an array of computer architecture stolen from China's military; at least that's what his flash said. They figured the bank was up to something, which was certainly possible when the bank's computer gave Vivian a lie-detector test. She managed to pass it, even when it asked if she was working for a law enforcement agency. All that was in the bank was a safe deposit box filled with pictures of Vivian as a child. She departed, only to run into Chuck...who had been captured by the bank's guards. However, Vivian gets creative and grabs a gun, turning it on Chuck and accusing him of stealing. The bank manager doesn't want her resolving her personnel issues on bank property. Vivian hands Chuck over to her head of security...Sarah.CHUCK: She's getting pretty good at this, isn't she.Chuck and Vivian go over the pictures in the safe deposit box, hoping they lead to Volkoff's money. Vivian was frustrated, but Chuck offered to let her talk to her father. Sarah had a slightly more personal issue to deal with: Ellie telling her to build the wedding around her dress, which Sarah thinks is a great idea. She goes to the Castle computer to narrow down the selections and even tries a few on. (BTW, is there something wrong with you if you're a guy and you knew Sarah would stick out her tongue in disgust at one of the dresses right before she did it?) Sure enough, she hits paydirt, and it hits her just like Ellie said. She was practically in tears, and even Casey thought it was pretty. Although the dress she picked had been on a mission, judging by the bullet holes. (Must have been quite the honeymoon.)Beckman reported back to Chuck and Sarah the servers Chuck found were a setup for the Bank of Macau to become a black market 'stock exchange', funneling terrorist money throughout the world. It was too good of a prize to pass up. They were to go back with Vivian and have her upload a digital tag into the system under her account to access the information. Chuck agreed to convince Vivian to do it if she could see her father. Beckman agreed and told them they would have to create a diversion in the process. Chuck and Sarah would rob the bank.Morgan went to snooze at the Buy More since Jeffster's van was occupied (by a Reinaissance king), and his mother and Big Mike were...never mind. Only trouble was, Morgan heard what sounded like power saws and people talking underneath him. He thinks Castle is being breached, only to find out there was construction going on behind the big gray wall Casey was introduced to last week. And Casey was inside. He spotted Grimes, who admitted he was crashing on the couch in the theater room.In Macau, Vivian was in the bank, and Chuck had his stocking on to cover his face, since Sarah packed them. ("I packed them in case we got a chance to go out later.") They head in, deciding sunglasses were sufficient cover. While Vivian dropped in the spike, Chuck and Sarah entered The Matrix-style and started capping...sorry, tranquing guards. Chuck and Sarah have things well under control downstairs (and totally rock the trenchcoat and leather catsuit way better than Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. Vivian, however, has a problem: Mr. Riley has returned. He tells her the CIA has been using them. ("Did one of them seem to understand you? You know, what you're going through? Then use that connection to get you to help him?") And he holds up a picture of Charles Carmichael, the man responsible for putting her father in jail. Outside, Sarah is gushing over her wedding dress...followed by threatening to blow people's heads off. Mr. Riley tells Vivian if she knew what she found in the bank, and that Chuck lied about Vivian getting to see her father. He tells her there is only one way she can know about her father and hands her a card...along with the necklace. Vivian is one conflicted lady, but she comes down and pretends to be a hostage so everybody can walk out.As Chuck and Sarah burn their ill-gotten gains, Chuck asks Vivian if she's OK. She lies and says everything is. Unfortunately, Beckman broke her promise and denied Vivian a chance to see her father.BECKMAN: Agent Bartowski, you told your asset exactly what she needed to hear. Your job is done.Chuck goes to apologize to Vivian, and she's understandably upset. But again, she lies and says she's fine. She thanks him for being honest.Back home, Sarah thanks Ellie for her advice. Suddenly Sarah is thinking of 100 dozen Casablanca Lilies, flying the cake in from a patisserie in Paris, and renting a private island for the wedding.ELLIE: I think I created a monster.Later on, Morgan tried prying information out of Casey, including a TR-476 in a weird, strange room.CASEY: Grimes, are you leveraging me to stay in my apartment?And Morgan has a new roommate! ("Just keeping your mouth shut. Because if you say anything...I know where you live.")Chuck tries to call Vivian but she ignores his voicemails. He really wants to talk to her, but she's ready to learn the truth about her father from Mr. Riley.
18Chuck Versus the A-Team
14 Mar 2011Description ▼
Morgan (Joshua Gomez) is tied up and is being tortured! A man with a voice synthesizer wants him to admit he knows John Casey (Adam Baldwin), but Morgan won't crack. That's good enough for the man, who cuts Morgan loose. Casey is at least relieved Morgan didn't pee in his pants this time (actually, he did a little). But Casey demanded Morgan continue to keep what Casey was doing a secret from Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski). And they weren't happy, because they hadn't been sent on missions in almost two weeks, and Chuck still can't get the wishbone out of the patient in Operation. Chuck tries to extract some information out of his best friend (wouldn't Sarah be better for that?), but Morgan wouldn't say. They decide to follow Casey surreptitiously on his next mission. Casey's mission was to make an exchange with a Russian buyer, Necati Acar, AKA The Turk. However, Acar knew exactly who John Casey was and has two guns put to his head. However, Chuck and Sarah were watching their partner's back and not spying, so they got the drop on Acar...until more of Acar's people showed up. However, Casey had matters well in hand, thanks to his two moles in Acar's group, Greta II, AKA Captain Rick Noble (Isaiah Mustafa) and Greta III, AKA Captain Victoria Dunwoody (Stacy Keibler).Sarah is livid Casey would find himself a new team (even though they are the team she wished Chuck would smell like), but Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) was overruled in this by Casey's new boss, Jane Bentley (Robin Givens). ("She's our Beckman, only not as warm and cuddly.") On the good side, Beckman had a new mission for them. Chuck wonders if they were the A-Team or the B-Team now, but a mission to Tblisi in the Soviet republic of Georgia might answer that. Acar exchanged diplomatic immunity for himself and his family for bringing a known Russian arms dealer, Dragan Pichushkin, to American soil. Chuck and Sarah's mission was to see his family safely over. A name, Jana, was all they had. They go to Tblisi to bring back Jana. And a team there brings Jana in a duffel bag. No, Jana wasn't killed and cut up. Jana was a dog, who needed to be fed a special mix of dry and wet and walked every single hour so that she didn't poop everywhere...like on Chuck's shoe. Yup, Chuck and Sarah are the B-team now.Back at home, Awesome's (Ryan McPartlin) not doing so awesome because he wanted to unwind at the end of surgery, but he was the first adult contact Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) had all day, and she insisted on squeezing twelve hours of conversation intow twelve minutes. (Moms everywhere are nodding their heads in sympathy.) Ellie also wanted the laptop Orion gave her back, since she wanted to analyze Clara's brain patterns to study whether she would be talking at an early age and what her best shots at memory retention were. Devon can't tell her the laptop is locked away in the basement at Langley, so he makes up an excuse that Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) are working on it at the Buy More. And Ellie buys it (really, are you surprised?). She convinces them to find it by insinuating there's a video Devon and she made on it she doesn't want getting out into the public. Jeff and Lester couldn't get to work any faster.Sarah would not take this demotion lying down. The Greta twins were the competition, and she was going to earn her way back onto the first string. Sarah's idea was to have Chuck and her collar Dragan themselves, only they need Acar to do that and they weren't sure where he was being held. But Jana probably knew where he was, as she was barking like crazy in the holding cell in the new section of Castle, the section of Castle to which they don't have access. Chopping off Casey's hand is Plan B, so they decide on Morgan. Morgan won't open the door for Chuck, but Sarah dropping through the vent with a tranq gun might do the trick. She tranqs Morgan (MEAN!) and they look for any evidence of Casey's prints with specialized glasses. ("Ugh, it sounds like a CBS show.") And Casey will regret continually straightening his picture of Ronald Reagan. They get inside. ("Holy crap! Their Castle is so much cooler than ours! I wonder if they got that fancy Greek yogurt in their kitchen.") Chuck finds Acar, who is happy to see him, as he knew Chuck was the dog-walker, and it was, how you say, pee-pee time? However, Jana would have to hold it for a while, as Sarah found Orion's laptop in a sealed closet. They think Casey used it on the Gretas, and the Gretas catch them there. They tell him to get out before he gets hurt. Noble grabs him and Chuck flashes on his kung-fu skills. They fight to a draw, and then Dunwoody tries her luck. Again, a tie. Noble and Dunwoody are both Intersects. Casey arrives and Chuck can't believe what Casey did. He refused to let them have his father's laptop any more, but Dunwoody puts a gun to his head. Bentley arrives and tells her to stand down, but warns Chuck her Intersects are not afraid to put a bullet in someone. She takes the laptop back, as she claims it's government property now.Bentley tells Chuck and Sarah they were sent to Tblisi to keep them out of the way while Noble and Dunwoody were given the Intersect. The Gretas were a project to find the best candidates to receive an Intersect, and the software on the laptop was upgraded to solve some of the problems Chuck had, such as his emotional sensitivity, over-reliance on his handlers, and inability to kill someone. But now Bentley was ready to send Casey and the Gretas to intercept Dragan's plane, formerly used by drug runners and now owned by a Moscow shell corporation. (Noble flashed on it faster than Chuck.) Casey tried to explain to Sarah, who was having none of it. Casey claimed not to have jumped ship; he wasn't needed anymore now that Bartowski was a full-blown spy. He agreed Bentley screwed them, and he still thought they were good agents.SARAH: Yeah, well we used to be the best.Ellie calls Lester to see where the laptop is. Of course, Lester can't find it because they never had it to begin with. They use Jeff's powers of ESP (after all, he knew Ellie thought they were pathetic and hated them), and Jeff was to write down whatever letters came to mind.LESTER: Cia? What kind of a name is Cia? You're worthless, Jeffrey.In Castle, Casey discovers a briefcase Pichushkin was carrying. The two Gretas flashed on it being a bomb, and Casey demanded Bentley let Chuck and Sarah on the team. She agrees because she thinks it's the perfect job for Bartowski: bomb disposal. While Casey disguised himself as ground crew, Noble and Dunwoody would take out Pichushkin's security team, and Chuck would retrieve the bomb and use his Intersect to defuse it. Chuck saw this one in The Hurt Locker, and he didn't want to end up the same way. But Casey told him he could do it, and even gave him a juice box for drinking. ("Apple juice, your favorite.") Noble and Dunwoody take out the five guards, but Pichushkin activated the bomb. The five-kiloton nuclear bomb. A suitcase nuke. Dragan runs, and Sarah chases him with Dunwoody. Noble doesn't know how to defuse the style of bomb since it wasn't in the Intersect, but Chuck had an idea on how to defuse it. Sarah stops Dragan, but the detonator is wired to him. The bomb becomes activated if he dies. He pulls a gun on Sarah, and Dunwoody's Intersect tells her to shoot first and ask questions later. Sure enough, the bomb is now armed. Noble says to fly it out and only have 100,000 dead as opposed to a million, but Chuck's convinced he can disarm it. They pull the wires out, and Chuck flashes on the wires, discovering the bomb was derived from a Chinese sub, and the bomb would be neutralized if saltwater hit it, like in a hull breach. Or if someone spilled a box of apple juice on it.SARAH: Chuck, are you about to disarm a nuclear bomb with fruit juice?He is...and did. Back at Castle, Bentley gets both barrels from Beckman for not consulting Chuck about the Intersect project and killing the man they were supposed to capture. Chuck was made head of any and all further Intersect projects, and Gretas II and III went back to being Rick Noble and Victoria Dunwoody. They understood what Chuck had to go through and were more than happy to return to normal. However, Bentley wasn't done with Casey. She thinks the problem is with the computer, not her people, and she orders Casey to help her find someone who thinks like Bartowski. Meanwhile, Chuck and Sarah have a long flight for their next mission, and Sarah can think of something to pass the time better than Final Fantasy IIBack at home, Ellie lamented about Jeffster not finding the laptop because she thought she was only a stay-at-home mom now. Devon reassures her that isn't the case. And Casey reassures Morgan that the team is back together and he shouldn't be ashamed for being tranqued. But they now have a bigger problem. Bentley dropped off the laptop to Ellie. And Devon was not too thrilled when he got home to find Ellie in front of the laptop...and a bit groggy.
19Chuck Versus the Muuurder
21 Mar 2011Description ▼
Sure enough, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) was a bit groggy from being sleep-deprived. (You didn't really think she got Intersected, did you?) She has been working day and night on her father's laptop discovering her father's work in getting the pathways in the brain to reorganize themselves, much to the concern of Devon (Ryan McPartlin), who wonders how she got the laptop back in the first place. He calls Chuck (Zachary Levi) to tell him some woman dropped it off from the Buy More when she received it by mistake. Chuck confronts Jane Bentley (Robin Givens) about it, and she doesn't deny it, nor does she sugarcoat she fully expects Chuck to completely screw up his new mission of picking someone who could handle the Intersect. But Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) put Chuck in charge of the group. Morgan (Joshua Gomez) congratulates him and hopes it goes better than when Chuck led a team on a D&D adventure, and... Anyway, Chuck found four viable candidates.CASEY: Good Lord. Four more Chucks?Candidate #1, Lewis, tech op specialist, his Warcraft group took down Deathwing (a world first), and he had a British accent. Candidate #2, Josie, PsyOps specialist, expert in interrogation. Candidate #3, Damian, Navy Seal and expert marksman, and because of his appearance makes everybody run screaming because he looks like the prototypical Arab terrorist. (Damn profiling.) The CIA basically had him infiltrate every terrorist cell until he got tired of it. Candidate #4, Brody, nerdy, emotional, into his family and friends. He met with Sarah's (Yvonne Strahovski) approval, to say the least. After putting them through a battery of physical tests, psychological tests, and a pop culture test...run by Morgan, natch...Chuck had a winner. He texted Brody the good news, and Brody celebrated...for about three seconds. Brody encountered someone installing a device in Castle, who shoved a knife through his heart.At the BM, it's the Big BM for BM! Basically, Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) dressed in a costume with a large BM on it (the letters, you sickos!), and was ready to hand out flyers for their LED TV sale. They had to get ahead of Large Mart, who had been outpacing their sales. (apparently a CIA substation cares about these things) Big Mike gets two steps out the door when goons from the Large Mart throw him into a waiting van. This was payback for Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) stealing Large Mart's mascot: Kevin Bacon. (Not the actor, although given his financial situation after Bernie Madoff screwed him, I can understand why you might think that.) Kevin Bacon is a cute little pig who has helped the Large Mart beat the Buy More. Morgan is up in arms because Jeffster broke the uneasy truce the two stores had for almost two years to not play pranks on each other. Morgan arranges a meeting with the Large Mart crew to handle the exchange of hostages. Morgan wants proof of life, but Morgan's #2 (yes, plenty of potty humor in this episode), doesn't want to come back. Large Mart's hostage takers are treating him well; they even got him lunch from Quizno's. (just seeing if you were paying attention) Morgan takes them to Kevin Bacon anyway, and the pig disappeared.In Castle, Chuck is livid with Bentley for giving Ellie the laptop and doesn't care if she thinks he'll screw things up. He is confident in his choice...and slips on Brody's blood in the hallway. Chuck and Bentley discover the body and Chuck immediately calls for a lockdown. Sure enough, everybody starts accusing everybody else. Chuck defends both Sarah and Casey (Adam Baldwin) as not capable of committing the crime, leaving Bentley, Lewis, Josie, and Damian as the suspects. Everybody turns to Damian, who is beside himself for getting profiled for the millionth time. He goes to leave, despite Chuck trying to stop him and tell him that's not what they're doing. Only Damian opens the door where the device was planted by the murderer, exploding and badly injuring him. It also knocks the power out in the facility, including surveillance and computers. They are trapped inside. Sarah tells Chuck he has to act like he has everything under control, but Chuck wants Casey to take charge. It wouldn't work since he led the team last time who almost nuked Los Angeles, and Chuck had been in charge for a week already. Bentley denied being involved, Josie tried to cry her way through it...which Chuck bought but Sarah didn't...Damian told Chuck the reason there was sand in his bag was not to fool the x-ray equipment but he is sent everyplace where there was sand (including a broken boom box in his backpack), and Lewis had a knife from an IRA bomb maker because he killed an IRA bomb maker.Ellie gets home and figured out why Stephen left her that computer: because he was trying to figure out how to implant knowledge directly into the human brain faster than any study method currently available. Ellie was becoming more and more obsessed with working on the project, but Devon had already taken Chuck's advice and swapped out the hard drive on the computer.Chuck and Sarah were no closer to finding the killer after interrogating the four suspects, but one of them was definitely the killer, if the bomb underneath the interrogation chair was any indication. Chuck and Sarah barely escape, but the bomb blast could be felt all the way upstairs in the Buy More. Damian got another piece of shrapnel in him for his efforts, and bomb maker Lewis, the last person to sit in the chair and was currently nowhere to be found, had become the prime suspect.CHUCK: Seriously? He was my second choice!Everybody splits up. Bentley finally gives Chuck some good advice: a leader shouldn't waste his time trying to get people to like him as Chuck was doing. Sarah had to deal with Josie's breakup with her boyfriend, who said she was too emotional. (Apparently the crying earlier was legitimate.) They then hear someone crawling through the airducts. Casey thinks it's Lewis, so he pulls his shotgun on...Kevin Bacon. The pig even grunts in approval of Casey's grunt. How did Kevin Bacon get in the vents? That's what Jeff was confessing to Morgan at that very moment.JEFF: If you love something, let it go. If it comes back, you can eat it.LESTER: He lives by a strange philosophy of karma and diet. But it works for him.Bentley has grown tired of Chuck and goes to the Intersect room in Castle over Chuck's protests. Chuck sees the video footage Bentley had of Ellie working on the laptop and went ballistic. Bentley was ready to give him both barrels, only to find Lewis hanging from the rafters. Lewis' throat was cut.Now they were down to Josie and Bentley, who also knew that and pointed their guns at each other. Casey and Sarah come in to break it up, and Josie and Bentley turn their guns on them, thinking they could still be suspects. It's up to Chuck now. Chuck reviews everything he saw in his mind and figured it out. Chuck figured out why she Josie was so emotional; he found the pregnancy stick in her bag. The suspicion falls to Bentley, except Bentley had every opportunity to kill Chuck and never did it. Damian was the killer. Brody caught him planting the expolosives, and the bomb under the chair was meant to implicate Lewis, only Chuck and Bentley found his body. But the question was, who was Damian was working for. , Damian activated his boom box, which was really a bomb. Damian was here for Chuck. Bentley shoots Damian, but the bomb was armed. There wasn't enough time for Chuck to disarm it, so Bentley grabs the bomb and manually locks herself in the Intersect room to contain the blast. ("That's what leaders do, Chuck.") Unless leaders can figure out how to hotwire the steel door. Chuck pulls her out in time. The blast goes through the corridors, knocking Kevin Bacon into Chuck's arms.Beckman congratulates the team for saving Castle. Due to the security risk, however, Chuck was to remain the only Intersect. Bentley heads back to Washington, but she advises Chuck he may wish to let her sister study the laptop. And Big Mike returned to the Buy More. Apparently, he wasn't going to play hostage past his shift time. Although the BM costume didn't survive (there was a flaming BM outside the store), Big Mike thought they could just make another BM.Back at home, Chuck gets the hard drive from Awesome, but neither of them look too convinced they did the right thing. Ellie wanted to reconnect with her father. Except Awesome didn't give him the hard drive. He continued to let Ellie work on the computer and she didn't want Chuck to worry. Chuck talks to Sarah and Casey, whom Chuck thanks for backing him up in Castle.CHUCK: The Intersect is all of us, it's the three of us working together. That's why it works.CASEY: Don't ever forget that.Beckman interrupts them to report Damian was paid $10 million to bomb Castle, not capture Chuck. The money came from Vivian Volkoff.CHUCK: I'm someone's nemesis?CASEY: For real this time.And Orion's computer, after scanning the room where Ellie was sleeping, decided to download some new files...for Agent X. Ellie Bartowski.
20Chuck Versus the Family Volkoff
11 Apr 2011Description ▼
Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) got a visit from her mother, Mary (Linda Hamilton). And not that Mary doesn't want to babysit her granddaughter, but Ellie was hiding something from her. Mary instantly recognized her husband's laptop, which Orion left in his Mustang for Ellie. Since being scanned, thousands of new files had been unlocked, and Ellie was just starting to read through them. Mary, however, was a little reticent about that, although she did not reveal this to Ellie.Over at Chuck and Sarah's, a little wedding detail that every guy never wants his bride-to-be to hand them: a prenuptial agreement. Chuck (Zachary Levi), being the typical guy, pretends to be OK with it and sends Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) on her way. He goes to Morgan (Joshua Gomez) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) to consult. Both agree he should sign it in a heartbeat. After all, they know what it's like to be a couple, which Chuck notices. (Think Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito from Twins...only a lot creepier.) He signs them and gives them right back to Sarah. She assures him it's just family stuff, and he doesn't question her. Apparently the only thing worse than being handed prenup papers is quickly signing them and not even questioning them. Unless your girlfriend invites you to her graduation without inviting her father, who happens to let you live rent-free in his apartment. To be fair, Alex (Mekenna Melvin) did find Casey later and ask him to meet her between the ceremony and dinner with her mom so he can see the video.But all of them have work to do, as Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) verified the bomb fragments from the device detonated in Castle were from Volkoff Industries. A kill order is placed on Vivian Volkoff (Lauren Cohan), but Chuck thinks she didn't do it. He wants to bring Vivian in to prove her innocence. Beckman provides a compromise: have Chuck and Sarah meet Vivian at a neutral location. If Vivian tries anything, Casey is to shoot her. They meet at the agreed location, where Vivian denies having anything to do with the bomb. She had already turned in lists of contacts and agents in her father's empire. She even gave Chuck and Sarah what looked like some sort of weapon, only she didn't know what it was, nor did Chuck's Intersect. But when a sniper starts firing away, Vivian's trust in Chuck and Sarah is completely gone. Casey wasn't responsible, and they had no leads on who was. Chuck suggests to Beckman if Vivian did hand them a weapon, it would prove her innocence.They decide to go visit her father in prison. But they should be careful. After all, Alexei Volkoff (Timothy Dalton) cut in front of someone in the cafeteria line in prison. He has 'entitlement issues'. He is sorting out his feelings in therapy when Chuck and Sarah arrive.ALEXEI: I feel...I feel I'm about to have some fun.Volkoff tries to play the 'I've had time to think about what I've done' card, but nobody's buying it, not even Chuck. They get straight to the point and tell him the kill order on his daughter can be rescinded if he identifies the weapon. He tells them the weapon is called The Norseman. It's a DNA tracker that can pick out a target or a family of targets for elimination instantly. There were two other components to it, which Volkoff would happily help them find for five minutes with Vivian. And the non-trusting side of Chuck is very fascinating to see. He tells Volkoff there's no deal. But apparently there was, as Volkoff was in Castle later that day. No chilled Chianti or fava beans for him, though. Even Casey thinks it's a bad idea to let Volkoff into Castle, but Beckman overrules them. But Volkoff plays nice and tells them one of the components is held by a Somali pirate, Ellyas Abshir, which Chuck's Intersect confirmed. Apparently, Volkoff lost the piece in a poker game. The team isn't happy Beckman caved into Volkoff's demands but nothing could be done about it. They have to chaperone Volkoff to Mogadishu.Casey analyzes the plans Beckman sent them (THROUGH WINDOWS SKYDRIVE!!---hey, if it helps get a fifth season, I'll do the shameless plugs too, dammit!) There's only one way in...through the front door.ALEXEI: It's a rat's nest of a hellhole. But the gambling's good, buffet's decent.Chuck is going in as a Volkoff agent, and Alexei tells Chuck to say he sent him because it would scare the pirates. ("Why do I always choose fear over love?") While Alexei worked out his lady feelings, Sarah made sure Chuck was good to go. And wanted to know why Chuck wasn't questioning the prenup. But Chuck was trying to play it cool, that it was her decision. And normally that sounds like good strategy, but in this case... And if you were to guess Chuck floating Volkoff's name to every Somali pirate resulted in a whole lot of guns being turned on him, you would be correct. Apparently, Abshir hates Volkoff and really has no problem killing Chuck over it. The team hears everything over Chuck's earpiece, and Volkoff insists going in to avoid a bloodbath. But apparently, Abshir is a reasonable man. Chuck can pick any casino game and take on Abshir for the component. ("Do you have Uno?")Ellie is upset with her mother because she came back home to find all of the Agent X files gone from the computer. Mary tries to tell her she put a flash drive in and accidentally lost the files, but Ellie plays that game, too, and tells her the computer was set up to back up every file, so she didn't really lose anything. Ellie secretly switches a webcam around to spy on her mother. Ellie and Devon (Ryan McPartlin) go out to dinner, or at least that's what Mary thought. But Ellie caught her mother red-handed getting on the computer. She wants to follow her mother in the morning to see what she does with the file. Yes, Ellie is going to try out her spy skills.It is on between Abshir and Chuck. And apparently, he DID have Uno. (Ah, fun game.) Abshir is cheating somehow, and Chuck catches him in the act. Of course, one gun beats a Draw Four. But fortunately Alexei made his presence known and told Abshir he cheated. Abshir wasn't going to play ball until Volkoff pulled a dagger off one of Abshir's men and put his arm into the table. Chuck happily takes the component, but Alexei wasn't done with Abshir just yet.ALEXEI: There's somethng I gotta do, and it's gonna be really painful. You know me, you know what I'm capable of, Ellyas. The time has come for me...for me to...apologize. I want you to understand that I...like all other men...am still a work in progress.Ellyas seemed to be OK with that, and Volkoff feels so good about it. He even gave Abshir a kiss. But it was time to get out of there. ("Thank you, Mogadishu, and good night!")Back at Castle, Alexei explains the only thing still missing is the killing agent: thorium. To get it in the first place, Alexei had to destroy the homeworld of a peaceful people and eliminate their Hometree. (Yup, Alexei loved Avatar, too.) Alexei wasn't being forthcoming with the location of the thorium, but Beckman handed him an olive branch by showing him a redacted document agreement between them and Vivian, using paper with the Volkoff Industries watermark on it.ALEXEI: The thorium is in a Swiss military bunker. The locks are coded to my DNA. We fly at midnight. Fuel my jet!CHUCK: Uh, you don't have a jet.ALEXEI: (humbled) Of course. Old thinking. It creeps back.Mary Bartowski says goodbye to Ellie...or Hot Momma, according to Devon...or Six Pack. Devon gives chase, but he'll be quite surprised to discover Mary went to Castle to tell Chuck about Ellie's efforts. Chuck was a little shocked to learn that, given he told Awesome to swap out the drives. But at least Mary guessed this correctly and took out what she thought were the most dangerous files. ("It's as if her father wanted her to find out about the Intersect.") In fact, she goes to Beckman on conference call to explain Ellie is finding this stuff out. But Beckman's getting heat from above to expand the Intersect project, even not knowing who Agent X is or the risk of Ellie getting into danger. Ellie had discovered files the CIA's best tech people couldn't find, so Ellie is now an unwitting employee of the CIA. And the sounds of Danny Boy wafting through the halls of Castle didn't make Mary feel better. Chuck said Volkoff had a 48-hour furlough (had to be referencing the movie, since there's no way in hell you can get to Somalia, back to Burbank, and then to Switzerland in 48 hours). But she doesn't trust Alexei Volkoff either, even though a few cracks were now starting to show in Chuck's armor about him.MARY: We're talking about Alexei Volkoff. His mind is twisted. Never believe a word he says, and never let him out of your sight. You understand?They get to the Swiss Alps, where Volkoff has to be a computer at chess within five minutes to open the storage facility with the thorium. ("Fasten your seatbelts; it's going to be a bumpy match.") And as much as you have to admire the show for combining a Bette Davis and WarGames in the same sentence, Chuck isn't thrilled by the computer aiming guns at them as Alexei starts losing. Outside, Sarah confesses to Casey she wasn't thrilled about Chuck signing the prenup so quickly, even though Casey knew Chuck did that for her. But now she was the one flipping out over their relationship, even though the prenup was simply her stashing some money away in case her father got arrested again. Sarah clearly had parent issues and didn't like being the kid stuck in the middle, which Casey certainly understood, since Alex invited him to go celebrate her graduation at a gun range.ALEXEI: Guns, big guns. Lots of bullets. Sort of overkill. Story of my life. (panicking) I used to love games like this and I didn't care whether I lived or died. But now I do care! I don't wanna die! I'm gonna lose and I'm gonna die!CHUCK: No you're not! No, you're not gonna die right now! We're not gonna die right now! Look, I get that you're trying to better yourself. But would a spiritual man freeze in the face of adversity? Would he choke and die when he's so close to fixing things with his own daughter? Would he hide under a table if his fiance handed him a prenuptial agreement? NO, HE WOULDN'T! Because he would be cool. You still have the DNA of the world's most evil weapons dealer. You are a villain, sir! Your name strikes fear into the hearts of even the toughest of swine. And that name is...ALEXEI: (quietly) Alexei Volkoff.CHUCK: You say it like you mean it!ALEXEI: (confidently) My name...is...Alexei Volkoff! World's biggest bad-ass! Killer of men, conqueror of nations!CHUCK: Uh, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Games, guns, clock...Sure enough, checkmate with two seconds to go. They go deeper into the cave, but Chuck and Sarah lose audio on them. But they do pick up Russian chatter. They get on the move as Alexei's DNA opens the vault. But before they go, Alexei wanted to make amends with Chuck, the same as he said earlier about making amends with his mother. The Russian chatter was Volkoff's men, who have captured the team.ALEXEI: And this is what we call the twist.Vivian shows up, because she needs the Norseman as leverage to run the biggest company in the world. Alexei is proud to have the chance of running the company with his daughter, but Vivian had a twist of her own. She took the thorium and locked Alexei in with Chuck, Sarah, and Casey to be detonated by plasma grenades. One Chuck flash later, and Vivan's men are taken out. However, Vivian activated a laser grid to keep them in the vault. Chuck couldn't flash fast enough to figure out how to disable it, so he tries to convince Volkoff to get them out of there. Volkoff is upset about failing his daughter, but Chuck wants him to think about all the progress he made. And he did, as he was carrying a portable EMP device with him to disable the power to the laser grid and the plasma grenades. Volkoff was upset he was going to tell Vivian all of his secrets, but that day is now gone.ALEXEI: Velcome to the future.Back at Castle, Alexei was devastated for unleashing his daughter on the world, but Mary decided to give him the minute he requested. And he uses it to apologize. He admitted he was drawn to the good in her. ("I was not worthy of your love like Orion was.") He thanked Chuck as they took him away.ALEXEI: Remember, family and friends are everything. Money and power are a dance with Satan. And he looks like me.Casey took Alexei's words to heart, as he told Alex he didn't want her lying to her mother. He didn't want to be at the graduation if it meant Alex lying to her mother. Casey left it up to her to tell Kathleen the truth. It scared the hell out of Alex. But she agreed to do it. Meanwhile, Sarah tore up the prenup and asked Chuck to stop being so cool about her giving that to him. But Chuck had a prenup of his own to give her. Only this one simply said they promised to always love each other. She was happy to sign it. They spotted Ellie entering her apartment, and Chuck wanted to talk to her right away and tell her the truth. He asks her about Dad's computer, and she tells him she found some files that were cheat codes on some game their father was developing. In other words, she lied through her teeth, something she's never done to Chuck before. Which was only the half of it, as Vivian got the thorium to use on the only person who could have ever stopped Volkoff: Agent X.
21Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner
25 Apr 2011Description ▼
McCALL, ID - 1988A Girl Scout makes her way door-to-door to sell cookies. At one house, she manages to get an order of $84 worth of cookies, much to the surprise of the woman. But her cute charms work and she has the money. Weirdly, it was all the lady had in her purse. But when she walks out and gets into her father's car, it makes sense. The father, was con artist Jack Burton (Gary Cole), and the little girl was his daughter, Jenny. Whom we know today as Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski). They look over their haul for the day: over $2,000, of which Jenny gets her 5% cut of $100. Dad asks her what she would want to do with that money, and she says she wanted to take a long trip far away with him. However, it may not have been a good idea, since Jack dropped her off at her grandmother's, where he was certainly not welcome to see his wife.ECHO PARK, CA - 2011Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah have finalized the last details of their wedding with their wedding planner, Daphne Peralta. They hesitate, but they push forward and hand a check for $26,230, which was a 40% discount because they paid up front. If you smell something wrong here, you would be correct. Chuck tries to call her back because Morgan (Joshua Gomez) thought Casey (Adam Baldwin) wouldn't appreciate the red-and-black motif as their wedding colors (the Helvetica font didn't help, either), and Daphne's number was disconnected. As was her office. Sarah was, you might imagine, ticked off to no end, especially given she spent her youth conning people.SARAH: Daphne Peralta chose the wrong couple to con!CHUCK: (hesitates) Uh, that's us. Right, honey?Speaking of un-marital bliss, Morgan and Alex (Mekenna Melvin) corner Casey at the Buy More and ask him if he's ready to meet with Kathleen, Alex's mother and the woman Casey left behind when Alex Coburn became John Casey. He wasn't, because he feared she would not appreciate finding out he left her to stay in the military. It probably would have been a good idea not to invite Kathleen to the store. Morgan and Alex shoo her out of there, but she caught a glimpse of Casey first and thought something was amiss.Unfortunately, Daphne Peralta was off the grid, and asking Beckman to allocate resources to find their wedding planner didn't sound like a good idea, so Sarah consulted the one person she could about such matters: her father. Jack, down in Miami pulling the Lichtenstein on some potential clients, couldn't tell her any more information about her "party planner." Although he was happy she was still with the schnook, he wasn't so happy she was working for the CIA. Apparently, you can lift Sarah Walker's wallet if you're careful. Jack told her to con her way into using the CIA's resources to help, as they managed to stay in the Governor's Mansion in Savannah for an entire summer once. Sarah remained cryptic about what she was doing and headed back to Burbank, but she piqued her father's curiosity enough to head west himself.Back home, Sarah decides to take her father's advice to "fake it until you make it" by convincing Chuck to "flash" on Daphne. She wants Chuck to fake one for General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy), but Chuck's fake flash looks a lot different than when he actually does it...as does Sarah's imitation of it. (Actually, there's a YouTube video that describes it well, but I can't talk about it here. You'll just have to live on your lonely island and ponder.) This sounds like a good idea...until Chuck accidentally pulls Peralta's name with that of Arthur Novokov, a known escaped terrorist. Then it worked WAY too well, as Beckman puts a high-priority task out to the CIA, NSA, and FBI to find Daphne Peralta. Sarah is livid, but Chuck points out they now have every defense, police, and intelligence database at their disposal.A little lesson in parenting: never let Jack Burton play Three-Bottle Monte with your baby. Of course, Devon (Ryan McPartlin) did not know Jack wasn't invited to the wedding but does stop himself from spilling the beans. Of course, having the wedding plan book in the house does no good, and Devon isn't too subtle at covering it up. Jack admits not being able to read Sarah very well, but he taught her to be that way and not let people in to avoid getting hurt. Devon texts Sarah to let her know Jack was at their apartment. Sarah is upset, but all she could do is concentrate on a lead they got from a satellite image of Daphne taking a shuttle somewhere. That somewhere was along the highway. Chuck was able to slip on to the van and apprehend Daphne, but Beckman had Casey and an FBI team ready to intercept Peralta, and only Sarah disabling the satellite feeds was keeping them out of trouble. Daphne started screaming bloody murder, claiming Chuck was her ex and was exposing himself to her on the packed shuttle. Interestingly, the shuttle driver was more determined to get all of them to the airport. With Casey and his team bearing down on the van, Chuck plays the crazy role and threatens to expose himself to everyone in the van if the driver didn't pull over. That worked, only Daphne thought they were conning her into believing they were with the CIA. However, the net Casey shot at her to take her down would sort of invalidate that. As you may have expected, enough steam was coming out of Beckman's ears to elect a new Pope, and the lovebirds were suspended. Chuck tried to plead his case, going through the list of people Peralta conned. Only he flashed on a name. The Klug family were scientists working for the Iranian government and would be at one of the conned weddings. But Chuck only got to cry wolf once: Beckman didn't buy his legitimate flash, although she did concede the flash face looked a little more convincing this tie.Back in Idaho in 1988, Jenny's grandmother is sending Jack away because he wants to borrow money again. But Jenny slips out and brings her piggy bank, where she had been saving to have an adventure with her father. He didn't want to take her money, but she insisted on having an adventure with him. He agrees, "because all we need for an adventure is you and me." In 2011, Jack and Sarah use Jack Daniels instead of ice cream for their talk. Jack wanted Sarah to know he was worried about her. But Sarah is hoping to get back into the good graces of the CIA by capturing the Klug brothers and the Zephyr, a drive where they keep Iran's nuclear secrets. Sarah thought the "in" would be by throwing the wedding Peralta conned them out of, but without CIA resources, she couldn't throw a $100,000 wedding in just 24 hours. But that's what Jack is for. At the Grand Ambassador Hotel Ballroom. Step 1, infiltrate the Bat Mitzvah being held there for Tammy Katz. In goes Sarah as Daphne Peralta. It was easy...just watch a hundred episodes of Jersey Shore and she's all set. The theme of Tammy's Bat Mitzvah? Hungarian Wedding. Step 2, a fake cake (with real frosting, obviously), a few Chuck mix tapes, and about a hundred fewer Stars of David later, and the place looked ready for a wedding. Except Casey arrived. Sarah apologized for keeping him out of the loop and talked him into helping them apprehend the Klug brothers. Sure enough, Jack even had a job for Cop Face. (Sorry, he wasn't DJ Casey tonight, dammit.)Chuck, at the controls to the music, tries to stall the wedding until the Klug brothers arrived. Jack finds Sarah in the crowd and dances with her. ("It could be the only chance I get to dance with my daughter at a wedding.") Sarah was upset about not telling him, but he agrees it was the right thing not to invite him. He always thought she'd end up more like him, not getting tied down or close to anybody. Sarah said she found a home in Burbank with Chuck. But the father-daughter talk would have to be put on hold for the arrival Klug brothers. Sarah convinces one of the brothers to go to the back to cancel his credit card on the open bar. Of course, one tray later, and one brother is cancelled. Morgan draws the second one to the back, and Sarah takes him out. (MORGAN: "Spy high five!") Casey closes in on the last one, only Kathleen walked into the reception hall. Casey darts away, so Jack corners the third Klug brother. Unfortunately, Casey didn't get away fast enough. Kathleen finds him. She followed him from the Buy More. She was at his funeral and was even given a flag. Casey didn't want to reveal anything, especially since they had to wrap the mission up, but Kathleen wanted to know why Alex already knew and thought he was some sort of hero working for the government. Casey tells her to go, but Kathleen insists Casey tell Alex the truth.One tiny problem. Three Klug brothers on ice but no Zephyr drive. And the father of the bride is about to have his daughter cut into a styrofoam cake. But Jack figures it out: it's Three-Klug Monte. The Zephyr was never on any of the Klug brothers; they were the distraction. And Mr. Heffring is very upset his daughter just cut into a styrofoam cake. And Morgan trying to stop them from doing that clued him in on what was going on. He takes Morgan out, but the Bearded One tips off his location over his earpiece to the team. Chuck, Sarah, and Casey surround Heffring, who is holding Morgan hostage. (Not sure what Epic Win's tiny giraffe was doing, though) Jack gets in between and talks to Heffring, convincing him to not ruin his daughter's life by dying on her wedding night from one of Casey's bullets. Heffring gives up. Casey flashes his badge to the local police and hands Heffring over. And Kathleen sees what John did from her car.Beckman lets Chuck and Sarah off the hook for finding the Zephyr, and they take the win. At home Jack is ready to go, but Chuck wants him to wait for Sarah to come home. Chuck asked Jack to walk his daughter down the aisle, but he has to turn her down. He admitted to breaking Sarah's heart too many times in the past to deserve to walk her down the aisle, but Chuck convinces him to stay for a while longer. Unfortunately, he leaves before Chuck can get back. He left without saying goodbye to Sarah, either.SARAH: That's what he does. Once you know all the cons, you can't be a sucker.Which is true, as 1988 Jack Burton takes his sleeping daughter back to her grandmother's house and takes off on her without saying goodbye. He even took her piggy bank. But he returned it to Sarah in Burbank, never having taken a dime out of it, even adding quite a bit to it. Enough to pay for the wedding and more. He also leaves her a note.JACK: I hope you can have all the adventures you ever wanted with a man far better than me.
22Chuck Versus Agent X
02 May 2011Description ▼
CIA SUBSTATION - PROVO, UTA woman, Jasmine, walks through a basement of files, pretending to be lost. A guard draws a gun on her, and she pretends to be working there, complete with ID. After "dropping" her papers...and diverting his attention in the standard way women divert idiotic guards...Jasmine nails him with a punch and he's down for the count. She finds a tracker that could lock onto Orion's computer. Riley (Ray Wise), Vivian Volkoff's "lawyer", was most pleased with what they found. They head for Los AngelesECHO PARKAs Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Devon (Ryan McPartlin) discuss the respective bachelor and bachelorette parties for Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah, (seriously, do they have meetings now where they try to figure out how they can make Yvonne Strahovski even hotter?!?) the Buy Morons prepare for VEGAS BABY! (You can't have Vegas anymore without a Swingers reference), Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) are prepared with money burning a hole in their crotches. Casey (Adam Baldwin) was ready for all the gun ranges (although he may need to update his Bin Laden target, unless he wants to kill him again), but Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) was forbidden from going by Bolonia. Morgan (Joshua Gomez) promised to talk to her, and Big Mike was practically in tears. ("That's the nicest thing a white man's ever done for me.")Devon's got the party limo going, and Sarah grills Ellie on her bachelorette party...or day at the spa, as it were. But there will be a body scrub. Of course, Sarah has to get tired first, so Ellie cracks out the surprise bachelorette party. Including the Wienerlicious girls (HUH???) and ladies from the hospital. The boys land in Las Vecas...State Park. Oops. Casey's OK because he can still have his gun range, but everybody else is disappointed, except for Jeff. Jeff apparently is excited about the special fungus that grows in the woods and chasing some tail (yellow-bellied marmot). While Chuck and the boys are ticked, Sarah gets a text from Beckman, saying Orion's computer has been compromised. She tries calling Chuck to no avail, since she can't ask Ellie straight out where Orion's computer is. Besides, Ellie is busy making Sarah a toilet paper dress. But a few spins around later, Sarah gives up the pretense. Ellie apologizes and goes to get the laptop out of her bag. Except Devon took her bag by mistake.Chuck tries to rally the troops to make the best of it because Devon put so much work into it, but...BIG MIKE: It's about steaks and gambling and getting into some weird stuff that just might haunt you for the rest of your life!Lester takes him aside to plan, but Big Mike is in, regardless of how stupid it is. Big Mike had been looking forward to returning to VEGAS BABY! since he was part of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Rain.Sarah reassures Ellie there is nothing to worry about, until a team of black ops soldiers arrive. Ah, never mind; you know they're strippers (and the guy who got too close to Yvonne really needs to be fired. Dude, there's no such thing as method acting for strippers!!)Riley and his team made it to the campsite, but only Devon and Chuck decided to take the hike. Being alone, Chuck confronts Devon about not taking the hard drive out of Orion's computer. Devon doesn't have time to apologize, as Riley's team locates Orion's laptop. Chuck the guys overhear Riley say the Agent X files are on the hard drive, and Riley sends his team out to kill anybody in the vicinity. Unfortunately, Jeff makes it easy on them.Chuck doesn't think he has time to explain about Vivian Volkoff, but Morgan does a nice summary. And Chuck thinks he could be Agent X, as Vivian is trying to hunt Agent X down. (which DQ's him, of course)DEVON: Chuck, I am so sorry I let Ellie touch your dad's computer.MORGAN: Chuck, I am so sorry I let this guy plan your bachelor party.As Riley's team tie the feeling-no-pain Jeff to a tree (remember, he has a hot female helping him), Casey is feeling his inner Rambo and goes native. Just in time to take out one of Riley's men who found the guys. Casey orders Devon and Morgan to start fashioning spears out of the sticks and branches in the area while Casey goes after the rest of Riley's ex-Green Beret team. Chuck's job? Free the whacked-out-on-truth-serum Jeff. (Not sure how that's different from normal Jeff, but whatevs.) Perhaps Big Mike and Lester could help, but they're in the stretch SUV fighting over whether to drive all the way to VEGAS BABY! or not. Lester doesn't want to leave Jeff behind.Morgan and Devon discuss most frightfully about having their first kill, and they still weren't sure what they would do. Then Casey sneaks up on them.DEVON: You are LUCKY we didn't kill you with these spears!MORGAN: I feel so bad for those mercenaries right about now!CASEY: You oughta. They're dead.DEVON: They are? Then what are these for?CASEY: To keep you out of my way.Casey gets on his radio to lure Riley away from the campsite. Chuck sneaks in, but Jasmine catches his reflection with a knife. And to all of those who bitch that Chuck won't fight a girl, it is ON! His Intersect helps him avoid most of her slashes, but she gains the upper hand and plunges the knife at Chuck. He uses Orion's laptop to block it, and Casey knocks her out before she can finish the job. The gang runs for the stretch SUV and head for a hospital to get Jeff some medication...that will actually help him.Chuck, Sarah, and Devon rendezvous at the apartments and discuss what happened. All of them agreed they needed to tell Ellie the truth, and Chuck insisted on being the one to tell her. (SARAH: But then you'll have to tell her the truth about you.) Chuck started to hem and haw, talking about the family having too many secrets already, and Ellie agreed, telling him about the laptop. And Chuck told her he knew about it because he was still a spy. Ellie wasn't completely surprised, but she was a bit upset Chuck didn't tell her. But she did the same thing with Dad's laptop.ELLIE: Us Bartowskis. When we're good at something, we just jump right in, don't we?As a final act of full disclosure, Chuck takes Ellie down to Castle, where Sarah, Casey, and Morgan are waiting. Chuck tells her the Intersect program and gives a demonstration with Morgan, a Kitana sword, and some alterations to Morgan's shirt. ("Sleeveless. It's a bit 80s, but I like it.") Ellie was amazed, until she saw the destroyed laptop. It turns out, Chuck ISN'T Agent X. The first Intersect was made on November 21, 1980, before Chuck was born. Apparently, their father used the Intersect to alter the memory of Agent X to go undercover. But the program went awry, and Agent X became the program. X disappeared, and Stephen Bartowski spent the rest of his life trying to find him. But Chuck didn't spend ten years in the Nerd Herd for nothing. He set forth to fixing the computer.Chuck sets forth fixing the laptop while Rain and Thunder (JEFF: is that name taken?) and Lester go to have their free pass to party in Reno, where Earth, Wind, Fire, and Rain always threw down. Chuck is successful in fixing the computer, and Ellie finds Agent X's files. All of the information is redacted except the name Hartley. There is also a picture of a house, which leads Chuck to flash on a location: Somerset, England. The photo was taken a week before Agent X disappeared, so a childhood home or a safehouse is the theory behind it. Chuck, Sarah, and Casey head for England.The team is prepared for anything, but an old lady answering the door was still a bit of a surprise. Sarah uses a British accent to ask to use the phone, and they wait inside while Mrs. Winterbottom gets them some tea. Casey worries she might be poisoning the tea, but they sip in a slightly uncomfortable silence. Sarah talks about her fiance (Chuck) and the hitchhiker with the nice face they picked up on the edge of town (Casey). Sarah works the name Hartley into the conversation, and the Mrs. Winterbottom said the previous tenant of the house kept to himself but did leave behind a box of personal effects. (Anybody getting a Goldfinger vibe with Mrs. Winterbottom and a machine gun right now?) Chuck goes to give her a hand with it...and he flashes on a picture of a young boy, where he figures out Hartley was a first name. And Goldfinger it is, as the Mrs. Winterbottom trains a shotgun on him. It turns out Hartley was her child, and the CIA took the kid away 30 years ago. Needless to say, she's pissed. Chuck tries to explain his father tried to find him, and she instantly recognizes Chuck as Stephen Bartowski's boy.MRS. WINTERBOTTOM: Are you gonna fix my son?Perhaps later, as Riley and his team open fire on the house. The Mrs. Winterbottom tells them they must be looking for Hartley's spy will. She sends Chuck and Sarah to the vault to get it while giving Casey something better than the peashooter he was carrying.CASEY: (assembles the M249 machine gun) You know how to feed one of these?MRS. WINTERBOTTOM: Please. You're feeding me.Chuck and Sarah find the will while the Mrs. Winterbottom feeds Riley's team some lead for ruining her primroses. (CASEY: You're like the mother I never had.) They head out the back as Riley's team enters...and run right into the C-4 and grenades Mrs. Winterbottom left all over the place.Big Mike and Jeffster! head to Reno to the jam of Big Mike's tune, although I think Billy Ocean sang Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car. However, perhaps Jeff shouldn't have been the one to drive all night, as they ended up at Reneaux...British Columbia. But it does have a steakhouse and Canadian Rules Blackjack. (The joker is worth 13) Meanwhile, everybody gathers in Castle, including Ellie, gather to see what was in that box from Hartley Winterbottom. (ELLIE: The whole reason our family fell apart.) They found a couple of disks, and a picture of Timothy Dalton right around the time he made The Living Daylights. Yup. Agent X is Alexei Volkoff. Volkoff was originally a scientist who fell victim to his identity. Chuck theorized perhaps Mary Bartowski was trying to follow him so Stephen could fix him. But Casey pulls them into an interrogation room and turned off the cameras.CASEY: It ends here. We're all gonna pretend we never saw this. The CIA created one of the most murderous men in the history of the world. And some powerful people spent an enormous amount of energy covering that up. You know what happens if they find out we know? They order a guy like me to put a bullet in each one of our heads.Casey locks the case in the vault, but Chuck and Ellie were not happy about what their Dad did, but Chuck reminded her they didn't have much of a choice.ELLIE: This isn't for the CIA to solve. I think this is for us.
23Chuck Versus the Last Details
09 May 2011Description ▼
A technician finishes the assembly of the Norseman, the DNA-locking weapon Vivian Volkoff (Lauren Cohan) and Riley Ray Wise) stole in order to taken down Agent X, which we know to be her father, Alexei. The first test of the weapon is successful, as the technician is dead. However, someone was spying on them and was ready to take the weapon. However, it was a setup, and Vivian was more than happy to take as prisoner the woman who betrayed her father: Mary Bartowski (Linda Hamilton). Meanwhile, Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) are incredibly happy to have a day off, as Ellie (Sarah Lancaster), Awesome (Ryan McPartlin), and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) were taking care of the setup for the rehearsal dinner. However, Morgan needed a little help getting down from the balcony where he was stuck putting up twinkle lights. One Intersect-inspired set of gymnastics later, and he was down. However, Morgan needed more lights, and Ellie was playing the Wedding Planer 101 role to perfection: being a drill sergeant. (Gee, never saw that before on a TV show.) Morgan, however, is happy Alex (Mekenna Melvin) can get him some twinkle lights. Which precluded him from going on a mission with Casey (Adam Baldwin); retrieve Chuck's mother.In Castle, the team studies all of the data they have on Mary's last location, assuming she didn't know Agent X was really Alexei Volkoff. (Chuck and his mother hadn't talked recently.) A satellite image of a cave, and Chuck's Intersect has an idea: Amagayacu, Colombia. But Chuck needs Morgan for something on this mission: not to go with, but to make a video montage of Chuck and Sarah for the rehearsal dinner. Sarah would have to be photoshopped into a lot of the pictures, but Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) have an idea according to their attorney, Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence). They have over 1250 hours of Sarah-related footage. (JEFF: We have voyeurs, we have candids, we have nip-slips..of Chuck.) Morgan, desperate to go on the mission, agrees to their footage provided he has the final editing authority. As Jeffster! is in need of a more lucrative career, they agree. Of course, it's all for naught, as Casey tells Morgan in no uncertain terms he is not joining them in Colombia. ("Focus on your twinkle lights.")Near the mine, Chuck, Sarah, and Casey sit at a cafe observing the area. The mine had two entrances, one of which only security went in and out of. They decided to move before their "house special" decided to make a meal out of them and mug some guards to take their uniforms. They try the ol' Detention Block AA23 from Star Wars, with Casey in the role of Chewbacca. (which Chuck almost explains to Sarah, but he preserves her dignity) Although Casey had a bad feeling about this, (no, that was Harrison Ford, Case) they had the right place, as Mary was doing her Terminator 2: Judgment Day exercise plan. A guard wanted some paperwork, but Chuck had an idea to pretend he was trying to "impress" Sarah. ("Sort of a will they/won't they office relationship.") The guard would do it if Chuck beat up Casey. (GUARD: Once, I snapped a guy's neck for a girl; she melted all over me.") Fortunately, Casey approved, and Chuck tried a punch. ("Do you want to die alone?") So Chuck tried a harder gut shot, and the guard was convinced. (How, I'll never know.) Of course, he made the mistake of calling Sarah a "dirty one", and Chuck took him out anyway. But at least Sarah thought it was so sweet he defended her honor. Chuck and Sarah go to find his mother while Casey takes the guard's pants off. ("Oh, shut up. Move!") They get to Mary's cell, only she refuses to leave without taking the Norseman with her. ("Honey, I know your wedding's important, but so is the nation's safety.") Chuck takes Casey to get the Norseman, while Sarah stays with Chuck's mother...which didn't exactly thrill her. And interestingly enough, Casey had to explain to Chuck he was supposed to protect Sarah, not his mother. A point Mary has no problem making with Sarah, who retorts Mary put her family in danger two days before the wedding by going on this mission. Oh, by the way, the Norseman was gone and Vivian and Riley were on to them. Vivian and Riley walk right past Sarah, who kept her head down and hat pulled tightly, and into Mary's cell. Vivian was ready to shoot Mary, but Mary pleaded no...to Sarah, who had her gun drawn behind them. But it was too late. Sarah took the gun away and Chuck joined them, letting slip to Vivian that Mary was Chuck's mother. Vivian was none too happy that the mother of the man who betrayed her betrayed her father. But Casey got everybody moving and locked Vivian and Riley in their cell.Chuck wanted to talk to Sarah, and she wasn't exactly happy that Chuck can protect her from anything...except his mom. Chuck admits being wrong and apologizing, but it will have to wait, as Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) informed the team Vivian planned to sell the Norseman in Moscow. Chuck wanted someone else to go so they could enjoy their rehearsal dinner, but Beckman didn't have time to train another team. Chuck pointed out they couldn't be at the auction, as Vivian knew all of their faces. However, an Italian arms dealer the NSA just apprehended bore a striking resemblance to another member of the team; a short, bearded member. Everybody had STRENUOUS objections to it, but time was against them. Mary and Casey would provide the backup while Chuck and Sarah stayed in Burbank. Which Sarah was not a fan of, and Mary pointing out she had spent her time recently fixing their mistake didn't exactly endear her to her future daughter-in-law, either. And it turns out Mary knew about Agent X and what her husband did. Sarah put her foot down about going on the mission, and Chuck backed her this time.Of course, Morgan going on the mission meant he ceded final cut to Jeff and Lester, who brought Ellie and Devon to the Buy More to watch the video. And actually, the video was good...for about ten seconds. Then it got very, very creepy. (Not even sure I can describe it.) In the meantime, Michael Corleone (Morgan) asks Casey why's giving him the Virgil Sollazzo treatment. It turns out Casey knows Alex is worried about him, thus Casey has to worry about missions going sideways when he promised Alex to watch Morgan for her. Morgan assures Casey he'll never have to break his promise to his daughter.MORGAN: Trust me, nothing will go wrong. (pause) Why did I just say that?In Moscow, Casey and Mary ready weapons and talk parenting while Chuck and Sarah gave Morgan a pep talk about being a bad guy in the van, even providing Morgan with the correct inspirational music: the Death Star March. (Never too late to back out of the wedding, Sarah.) Morgan dons glasses with a hidden camera and joins the other bad guys at the table (ordering a henchman to shoot his puppy), as Vivian and Riley bring in the Norseman. Vivian and Riley are proud of the weapon. So proud, in fact, he uses it to kill everybody in the room. However, since Morgan was not the Italian arms dealer they expected, he had to pretend to die.Vivian didn't feel too happy about killing everybody, but Riley goes around the room talking about the crimes each of the men had, such as killing the rival families of one man, and gassing an entire village, and Riley thinks he can turn Vivian into the person she needs to be, as Riley figured out one person was alive. That person? Carlisle...Sebastian Carlisle of British Intelligence. Who apparently never saw a Bond film and started explaining how he infiltrated the organization...so Riley simply shot him. They depart, and Chuck, Sarah, and Mary go after the weapon while Casey tries to guide Morgan out from the guys with the chemicals who were about to do really disgusting stuff like in that episode of Breaking Bad. Unfortunately, Morgan's spotted and the blinds are closed to Casey. However, Morgan aims the glasses at each cleaner, and Casey takes them out with his sniper rifle. Morgan gets one in the arm but manages to get out of the building.Chuck and Sarah crash the van into Volkoff's car. Sarah goes to get something to open the trunk where the Norseman is while Chuck kept his gun trained on Vivian. Chuck tells Vivian everything about Agent X...her father. She doesn't want to believe it, but Riley puts his gun on Chuck and agrees with Chuck. However, he tells Vivian Stephen and Mary turned her father to advance their own careers. Chuck says it's a lie, but Riley was ready to kill him. However, Mary and Sarah get there, and Sarah shoots Riley dead. Vivian escapes in the confusion, and Mary tells them it was time to go home.At the rehearsal dinner, Ellie was upset she didn't get the video cut in time, but Chuck and Sarah totally loved the courtyeard setup. The party was going spectacularly. Morgan talked to Casey and agreed he should leave the field. Casey told him to tell Alex that himself...as she was standing right behind them. They said their 'I Love Yous' and Mary Bartowski prepares a toast.MARY: Truth be told, I was gone for a long time. Now that I am back in their lives, I sometimes...overcompensate. Lucky for me, my soon-to-be daughter-in-law. She's never heard me say this, but Sarah is one of the strongest and most amazing women I have ever met, and I would like to propose this toast to her. Sarah, thank you for taking care of my Chuck. May you have many more adventures together, and may you always keep each other safe.Chuck plays the video. Ellie was scared about the video, but it was Jeff's video. The one Ellie and Awesome didn't see, and was beautiful. That earned a kiss from Ellie Chuck would require serious brain bleach to get rid of. Meanwhile, Chuck gets a call...from Vivian Volkoff. She blames Chuck for losing everyone in her family and had every intention of payback.VIVIAN: Look around the room at your friends...your family. Ask yourself which one would I take away from you? You see, I have another Norseman device.Chuck begs and pleads for her not to do it, but she already has. And someone at the party collapses. Sarah.
24Chuck Versus the Cliffhanger
16 May 2011Description ▼
Before he can kiss the bride, Chuck must enlist his wedding party to take down Vivian Volkoff and stop her from destroying the big day. When he turns to Alexei Volkoff for help, the CIA sends its toughest agent, Clyde Decker, to stop them.
1Chuck vs. the Zoom
28 Oct 2011Description ▼
A sharp-suited Chuck (Zachary Levi) looks over the ocean and is joined by an equally well-dressed Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski). They contemplate getting a house like the one they're at for themselves...once they get away from the guys with the guns. Jean-Claude (Mark Hamill) wants his men to throw them over the balcony onto the rocks so they don't get blood on the pool deck. Chuck claims they have someone infiltrating Jean-Claude's mansion right now...except Casey got caught. (CASEY: I want it noted that I took out 6 of their guys.) And now Jean-Claude wants to kill all three for attemting to steal his vase. Fortunately, they have another master spy, whom Sarah surreptitiously signals with her bracelet.MORGAN: (to himeself) Get in there and be a man. No, be MORE than a man! Well, start with the man part first.Morgan (Joshua Gomez) makes it into the mansion...through the fountain and over the wall. Jean-Claude is somewhat less than impressed...until Morgan flashes with his new Intersect and starts taking out Jean-Claude's men. Sarah and Casey (Adam Baldwin) take out the others.JEAN-CLAUDE: Who are you people?CHUCK: Charles Carmichael of Carmichael Industries. (Morgan breaks the vase.) We're still working out the kinks. (punches him out)Back at Carmichael Industries, the vase wasn't what the client needed: the microchip in it was. Unfortunately, the broken vase was the $6 million payday Carmichael Industries needed. They blew through the vast majority of the $877 million on startup costs. (Morgan insisted on fresh shrimp on the company jet.) Casey is none too happy, but Sarah tells Chuck he is doing a good job. Except she notices Chuck secretly signaling Morgan. It turns out Jean-Claude's house was also a "open house" for Chuck trying to find a dream house for Sarah. Only she prefers her toes in the sand instead of overlooking a bluff. So Operation View From The Bluff becomes Operation Toes In The Sand. Morgan thinks it's a better acronym.CHUCK: Better acronym? T...i...t...why don't we just call it Operation Toes.Morgan apologizes for breaking the vase, but Chuck is confident they can wine and dine their next client and get a good payday. Plus, they still had the Buy More. Except everything seemed to quiet. Sure enough, once they left the "Save Jeff Barnes" banner goes up.A lawyer wants Carmichael Industries to break into a computer vault belonging to a Roger Bale (link=nm0452929/]), who bilked over $500 million in a Ponzi scheme from a litany of clients, including him. Despite Bale stealing from teachers' unions and families, Casey isn't up for taking the job for less than 50% of the take...until he hears Roger Bale stole $2 million from Rush Limbaugh.CASEY: (determined) Tell me everything you know about this animal.Chuck and Morgan scout Bale and decide they might be able to hack his Blackberry to get an invite. He was throwing a party at his house where the vault was, but they weren't sure how to get close to him...until Morgan zooms on Bale's gym bag and finds a squash club in the Intersect. (Morgan calls it a zoom...since "flash" was Chuck's deal). Chuck feels a bit down about not having the Intersect and confirms with Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) there was only one upload left in the Intersect glasses. Chuck thought he couldn't run the new business without it, and Ellie tells him what Morgan tried to tell him: the Intersect didn't make him a hero, "it just gave him the opportunity to become one."Chuck sets up the plan: Morgan takes out Bale's opponent at squash while Chuck plays with the guy and gets to know him, giving enough time for Casey to steal the PDA and upload a program to email an invite. Only Casey wonders how many non-videogame sports Chuck has actually played. Sarah errs on the side of practicality, and Morgan poses as Bale's opponent. Chuck has to distract the real opponent...by giving him a massage. Sure enough, Mr. Burnham is bigger than Casey, Chuck, and Morgan combined, and he likes it deep and hard. The massage! What do you think he meant?!? Unfortunately for the team (or fortunately for Chuck) Sarah tells Chuck that Casey was caught with Bale's phone. Chuck pulls out a tranq gun to put Burnham to sleep, but all of the oil he used on the massage made that pretty much a futile gesture. Not to mention Bale told Morgan about Chip "Killer" Burnham, who killed 9 men in the Foreign Legion. The same "Killer" who laughed at Chuck shooting nine tranq bullets into him and put him in the mother of all bear hugs. Chuck squirted out some of the oil on the floor to make Burnham fall and ran for the door, only to be too oiled up to open it. Fortunately, the guard Casey caught was an old friend of his who let him go. Therefore, he had time to go help Chuck. Meanwhile, Morgan successfully makes the date to invest with Bale at the party with Sarah posing as Morgan's wife.CASEY: Thank God for the Intersect, huh?Back at Castle, Chuck tried to hide his depression about not having the Intersect, but Morgan wasn't having it. He tried to cheer up his buddy with the plan for Toes In The Sand (even had a binder with the acronym on it). However, Sarah showed up and put the kibosh on the meeting. As Morgan was the worst ever at a poker face, Sarah was quite suspicious. However, Chuck wouldn't budge, and the Buy More had a bigger problem. A beat-up Jeff (Scott Krinsky) made his way through the store in a wheelchair trying to collect money from everybody. According to Lester (Vik Sahay), he was trampled during the midnight sale of the talking Justin Bieber doll. (by a bunch of middle-aged secretaries) Of course, Chuck and Morgan just had to wait for him to get out of the chair and ascend a ladder to figure out his ruse.Back at home, Chuck figured Sarah would try to break him, so Morgan takes the T.I.T.S. binder and tells Chuck to be strong. Of course, one scantily-clad Sarah is all it takes for Chuck to spill his secret about the plans to buy her a dream home. She looks through the photos and confessed what she really wanted: what she pictured as a little girl while her father went on all of those cons. She wanted a house with a white picket fence and a red door, just like the houses she saw on TV. Cozy, homey, and simple. Chuck promises to get her that home.At Roger Bale's place, Chuck is in the van (ironic, right?) while Sarah and Morgan go to the party with Casey disguised as their manservant (was supposed to be accountant but Morgan was improvising). Casey slips away and uses a pair of thermal glasses to find the heat coming from the computer vault's servers. He needs a keycard, which Sarah has to get. Fortunately for her, Bale decides to play grab-ass, so he's close enough where she can slip it out of his coat. Unfortunately, Morgan's ready to go Intersect on the scumbag for doing it. In the van, Chuck tells him to think about baseball to calm him.MORGAN: Why baseball? I mean, come on. It is SO boring. Just pitch the damn ball already! (N.B. This episode aired opposite Game 7 of the 2011 World Series when the series was pushed back a night due to weather. Unintentional irony.)Morgan's rant about baseball worked. Casey went to the vault, and it was time for Morgan and Sarah to create a distraction. A little Intersect lesson on the tango, and the crowd goes wild. Casey gets into the vault, and Chuck starts downloading the account info. Only Clyde Decker (Richard Burgi) overrides their computers and freezes all of Bale's accounts, setting off the alarms in the building and capturing Sarah, Casey, and Morgan in the process. (DECKER: Payback's a bitch, Charlie.)Bale threatens to kill everybody, but Sarah insisted they had a master spy working for them who always had a plan. (CHUCK: No plan, no plan, I have no plans.) But then Bale orders someone to call I.T. for help. And now Chuck has a plan. He visits in full Nerd Herd attire and fixes their system. Only Bale orders his men to kill him. Chuck grabs a boatload of network cable and threatens to pull the plugs unless he releases Sarah, Casey, and Morgan.CHUCK: I pull these wires, and your firewall goes down. And the CIA is inside of you within seconds...your computer. I mean your computer.Bale's guards let Sarah, Casey, and a knocked-out Morgan go, but Sarah refuses to leave without Chuck. (CHUCK: Sarah, I'm sorry. I wanted to buy you that dream house and give you the life you wanted, but more than that I want you to live.) Casey takes them to the van, but it turns out Chuck didn't want them to leave him behind. He had a plan and left a video of it in the van. Morgan cut power to the building, enabling Chuck to pull the wires and run. Casey drove the van over to the east side of the building per Chuck's directions and lined it up with the window Chuck jumped out of. (He told Sarah he loved her first, just in case it didn't work.)Back in Castle, the team discovers Decker froze their accounts, the one they used to give Bale some money to invest and get in his good graces. Now they were out of money entirely. Chuck is ready to give up, but Sarah reassures him they'll bounce back. He isn't so sure as he looks over the house he found...exactly like Sarah wanted. Only he was one day late for buying it. But they still had the Buy More to make money for them. But Chuck didn't know what his role was, as Morgan was the Intersect and Sarah and Casey were super spies.SARAH: Chuck, you're our leader.A leader who was under surveillance by Clyde Decker. And thanks to his superiors' interference, their plan was under way.DECKER: It's final chapter time.
2Chuck vs. the Bearded Bandit
04 Nov 2011Description ▼
Team Carmichael is making a pitch for their business at a security conference, and it goes OK once Chuck (Zachary Levi) fixes the batteries in the remote controlling the PowerPoint presentation. Suddenly, a team of commandos surrounds the audience, training laser-sighted automatic weapons on everybody. Chuck (Yvonne Strahovski) was right on target: it was a presentation by Gertrude Verbanski of Verbanski Corp. ("If we can get to you, we can get to anyone.") Gertrude (Carrie-Anne Moss) seems to have her attention drawn to a single person in the audience: Casey (Adam Baldwin).Casey explains Verbanski was an ex-KGB agent who went corporate after the fall of the Soviet Union. Casey met up with her in Minsk in 1995. ("I was being a patriot. She was being whatever she was paid to be.") Even gave him a bad scar with a roswell knife, which covered up one of his favorite scars. Worse, Verbanski took away all of the potential clients Chuck was trying to get, which didn't sit well with Coach Awesome (Ryan McPartlin), who schooled Chuck on how to talk to large crowds. Devon reassures him at least there's still money coming in through the Buy More. Well...CHUCK: (walking into the empty store) Is that an actual tumbleweed?!? (technically, it was part of the new home and garden section, so...)Morgan (Joshua Gomez) talks to Chuck and says he should have gone public with the fact he's the Intersect. Chuck puts the kibosh on that right away, saying it will get him killed if people know about him being an entire CIA database. Morgan zooms (yeah, even I'm saying that instead of flashes) on a criminal who walks into the Buy More. Morgan goes all Intersect on him before Chuck can stop him. If you were to guess the guy was not there to cause harm, you'd be correct. Actually, he was a client. The phone call from Casey could have come a few seconds sooner.The team takes Karl Sneijder (Jeff Fahey) down to Castle and wake him up. Casey even offers him a muffin. Although Sneijder has a criminal record from working in South African diamond mines, he actually wants to hire Carmichael Industries to recover his kidnapped brother, Wesley (Justin Hartley). Karl thinks Wesley is being tortured by an ex-client of his, and he brings Wesley's cut-off finger as proof. (CHUCK: Eww, that's not even on ice.) Sneijder is willing to pay $400,000 for his brother's safe return. First and foremost, however, Sarah thinks Morgan needs a handler, just like Casey and she were for Chuck. Chuck goes to talk to him. Morgan apologizes and says it's tough to be the Intersect, like Peter Parker adjusting to his powers as Spider-Man. Morgan thinks it's a good idea.They have to put the conversation on the back burner as Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) returns from his four-week honeymoon of sexual experimentation (and snorkeling) with Bolonia Grimes. The store is awfully quiet. Big Mike doesn't like that. ("Bolonia Grimes Tucker is not a cheap tigress, boys.") Chuck thinks they need something new, something big, to turn their fortunes around. We are treated to a 70s-era Buy More commercial starring Big Mike in a lime green leisure suit and afro.BIG MIKE: It brought in a lot of business at the time, if you know what I mean.Chuck and Morgan think they need a fresh face on the job. Which hurts Big Mike to no end.Casey and Sarah observe Wesley Sneijder being held in a guarded compound. Casey pretends to be a lost, drunk hunter (complete with duck call, which I swear he made sound like the notes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind) to test the compound's security. A dozen men with AK-47s gets a passing grade from him. Meanwhile, Sarah gets an invite from Verbanski Corp to talk to the big boss. Gertrude is quite proud of the gun she took from Casey, even framing it and having it on her desk. Gertrude wants to offer Sarah a job, even reading her CIA file (and somehow Sarah is two years younger now). Sarah knows Verbanski would never think she'd leave her husband's company. She suspects the second folder under hers belongs to Casey. He is the one being recruited. Verbanski wants her to switch sides before her little company goes under. Sarah is up for some competition.SARAH: By the way, when this whole thing ends, don't expect me to mount anything of yours in my office. It's just tacky.As Chuck and Morgan buy Casey a Hungry-Man dinner (something light), Morgan laments not being able to use the Intersect to be as cool as Chuck was and make this "big dusty rock we all live on just a little bit better." But then the clerk gets robbed. Morgan springs into action, disguising himself with a mask like all superheroes do. (Remember, this was supposed to be shown at Halloween, so masks are plentiful.) Once again, he leaps before he thinks, as it's time for the Bearded Bandit to save the day. Morgan rushes down the aisle, spin-kicks the bad guy down, and introduces himself as the Bearded Bandit.CASHIER: (panicked) Take anything you want! Here's the cash!The real bandit comes to and aims his shotgun at Morgan. Chuck is able to grab the shotgun and punch the guy out. Chuck realizes he's the worst handler ever. Sure enough, Chuck is read the riot act by his former handlers for letting Morgan's picture get in the papers. For Wesley's rescue, Chuck has to banish Morgan to the van. Morgan is upset. He gets not being pitched to potential clients, but not sitting in the van when he's needed most.Big Mike is having even more problems. He's filming spokespeople for the Buy More. Jeff's (Scott Krinsky) no good ("reminds me of one of those troll dolls") and Lester (Vik Sahay) isn't much better.BIG MIKE: I am so over this Jeffster! thing.LESTER: Yeah, me too.Just when Big Mike is desperate to find a piece of meat as good as him back in the day, in walks Awesome (in slow motion and with the fan, which doesn't work as well with his short hair, but whatevs).BIG MIKE: That's a pretty man.Team Carmichael heads to the compound where Wesley is kept. They have to climb up the side of a mountain to sneak into the place. Morgan waits in the van while Sarah climbs up and strings climbing line into the pitons Casey is shooting on the way up. She talks to Casey privately over their comms about her meeting with Verbanski, telling him Verbanski even had his gun from Minsk on display. Casey isn't thrilled about that. Sarah's not thrilled when she almost slips and Casey is a little slow in firing a piton for her to grab. She makes it to the top. Chuck and Casey climb up as well. Morgan does a slow burn in the van. They find Wesley. It turns out there's a little problem. The people guarding Wesley were guarding him from his brother, Karl. Chuck calls for Morgan to bring up the van, only Morgan isn't there. Wesley's men are about to cause hell. Just as they were about to come in, Morgan knocks out the lot of them. He comes in and confirms with the Intersect what Wesley told them: he was a protected government witness. Morgan just beat up a bunch of federal agents. Unfortunately, Karl had been watching the whole thing on satellite and had a team coming up to 'retrieve' Wesley.While Big Mike pitched the idea of being the new Buy More spokesperson to Devon (who did some modeling in college for Abercrombie & Fitch), Karl demanded Team Carmichael hand over Wesley to him or he would take them out. Morgan was ready to saddle up and attack him. Casey nixed that plan right away, saying they didn't have a plan for doing it and no government backup. Morgan didn't really see it that way. The two started trading grunts. Chuck pulled Morgan out of Castle before things could get worse. Unfortunately, they did, since Chuck let Morgan drive. Morgan was getting tired of being held back by Casey and thought Sarah was still holding Chuck back from missions. Morgan was taking them to Karl Sneijder's corporate headquarters. Chuck is ready to call Sarah and Casey. Morgan tries to convince him they were heroes and could handle Karl Sneijder. Morgan goes charging in, and a panicked Chuck calls Sarah, who doesn't want Chuck to go in, too. He's Morgan's handler. Sarah would have done the same for Chuck.Sarah and Casey take off for Sneijder's HQ. On the way, Sarah grills him about a little research Casey was doing on Gertrude Verbanski. Casey contemplates calling in their commandos for help. Sarah doesn't take that particularly well and tells him to go work for them. Casey tells Sarah the only thing Verbanski was interested in was him...physically. It was...complicated, even though it was only one time.CASEY: Did you ever have sex with someone who just tried to kill you. It was...incredible.Meantime, Chuck and Morgan account well for themselves, taking out all of Sneijder's men, including one swinging two swords whom Morgan just shot with a tranq gun. ("Good shot, Indy.") Chuck thinks they should cut bait and run because they got lucky. Morgan isn't having it. He then gets ticked because Chuck called Casey and Sarah and now thinks Chuck doesn't trust him, either. It's irrelevant, as Sneijder puts the headquarters on lockdown. Sarah still wants to get in. Casey tells her it's suicide. However, she has a plan. More accurately, she has Verbanski's number still on her call log. They storm the place and get the job done.Chuck thanks Sarah and Casey for coming. Morgan walks out on them. They return to the Buy More, where their financial situation is a bit better, thanks to Awesome's mesmerizing commercial and the $200K they got up front from Sneijder...minus the $150K they owe Verbanski, the damage to Wesley's safehouse, and all of the climbing gear. (SARAH: Gas for the Lotus...OK, I'll cover that.) Of greater concern to Chuck is Morgan. Both of them apologize. Morgan gets he won't be a spy for a while. Chuck promises to stay with him to get him ready. It was obvious Morgan isn't much for being a friend anymore. Casey talks to Chuck and sympathizes. Chuck is worried there's more to it, as he didn't catch Chuck's Indy reference from earlier and didn't care if their movie trilogy would be Star Wars or Die Hard. Casey says Morgan will have to get his head on straight...and soon. Chuck asks Sarah why she asked him to be Morgan's handler. Sarah said because a handler had to bring out the best in people. Chuck was the best at doing that for Morgan. Unfortunately, Morgan's job interview with Verbanski might indicate otherwise. Even offering her the Intersect. She was glad to know who the real Luke Skywalker was on Chuck's team.MORGAN: Um, one question. Who is Luke Skywalker?
3Chuck Versus the Frosted Tips
11 Nov 2011Description ▼
Casey (Adam Baldwin) has the target in sight. Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) gives him directions from the surveillance van. And the target is acquired...Casey intercepted Gertrude Verbanski (Carrie-Anne Moss) to see where she was going out to dinner, even giving her the suggestion of a sushi bar one block away. She couldn't believe it; it was her favorite restaurant. It was almost as if Casey knew that already. Of course, Casey being Casey, he fumbles about trying to ask her out on a date, despite the fact Verbanski just asked him out to dinner (and Sarah TOLD HIM in his earpiece that Verbanski just asked him out to dinner). But he thought it would be easier to plant a camera on Verbanski to find out everything he could about her. Because nobody ever goes on a date to find out about someone. Meanwhile, Chuck (Zachary Levi) meets with an old friend. Well, an old boss, anyway. Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) gives Carmichael Industries a job off the books. Mats Zorn is a billionaire with a whistleblower website which is ten levels nastier than Wikileaks and posted top secret CIA files on it. He is constantly in flight except to fuel, and Beckman wants Team Carmichael to catch him when he fuels in L.A. Most importantly, her name is not to be brought up.MORGAN: Yo, Becky! What up, baby girl? You're looking good! You've been doing pilates! Don't say you haven't!Oh, Morgan's (Joshua Gomez) attitude about having the Intersect is growing steadily worse. Chuck tries to tell him that having the Intersect doesn't mean he has to advertise it, but Morgan is regressing into 7th grade Morgan, which apparently is not a good thing. And Chuck wasn't the only one to notice. Morgan blew off a date with Alex (Mekenna Melvin) and she was worried he was cheating on her. Chuck promised to talk some sense into him, and he asks Sarah and Casey for help. However, Casey was occupied with reading what Verbanski was reading, which was the job offer Morgan passed back to her. He lied to Chuck about where he was going and negotiated his way into Verbanski providing him with a personal assistant. Chuck, Sarah, and Casey were upset, to say the least.While Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) takes care of Clara by himself (and is shocked to learn Clara Time goes MUCH slower than normal time...true story), Morgan mono-racers (mono-races? Some cool toy) into the Buy More to give his three-week notice on a letter backdated three weeks. He has frosted hair and is wearing lifts. ("They're orthotics, OK? Tom Cruise uses them.") Chuck is livid, and Sarah and Casey are even more upset waiting in Morgan's office. They can't get through to him either, and Morgan all but dares Casey to try and stop him. He didn't, but he insisted Morgan wasn't going to date his daughter. And Morgan agreed, dumping Alex with a text message. Casey delivers the bad news to Alex and she's heartbroken. Casey's more than happy to kill him for her, but like everybody else, she wants the old Morgan back.Chuck and Sarah discuss the same thing in Castle. Morgan was like this in 7th grade when he grew a mustache. ("He was like a miniature Tom Selleck.") But then, Meredith Lester showed up and pantsed him in gym class in front of everybody. They were friends again by the end of the day. Chuck had a similar idea for dealing with him now. No, not drop his pants. They were going to finish Beckman's mission without Morgan, one-up Verbanski, and prove to Morgan he isn't the "cock of the walk" like he thinks he is...only Morgan took the Zorn files.CHUCK: Morgan just pantsed us!Devon decides to help speed Clara Time along by buying a new juicer at the Buy More. He gets there just in time to pull Jeff (Scott Krinsky) out of the repair bay, as Jeff left his van running inside with no ventilation and was trying to get some sleep. And the fumes were getting to Lester (Vik Sahay) as well, as he got really weird while watching Clara. Devon, with a long week of Clara Time ahead of him, insisted Jeff come in for a checkup to make sure he didn't have any (or much) brain damage.Chuck, Sarah, and Casey head to Verbanski Industries to get back the drive containing the Zorn files before more CIA agents are exposed and they lose the money for capturing Zorn. Getting payback against Morgan and Verbanski was the last thing on anybody's minds. (Yeah, right.) Casey decides to infiltrate Verbanski's office...at Sarah's suggestion since Verbanski seems to have a thing for Casey. Casey finds the safe containing the Zorn files, but Verbanski and Morgan were on their way. Casey makes it out, but Chuck was caught by one of the guards. However, he was only taking Chuck to his training class, since he was wearing a blue team armband. (FYI, Sarah was wearing red and Casey had yellow) Verbanski took a look around the empty office before sending Morgan on his way.VERBANSKI: is that a zip drive in your pocket or are you just excited to see me?CASEY: I'm here because you stole our mission...and our moron.Verbanski thinks Casey was after her to ask her out, but Casey claimed he didn't date thieves. She gets him an armbar and tosses him into the wall, taking the drive in the process. He pivots and turns and does the same to her. Yes, this is foreplay. Meanwhile, Chuck tries to hide out from the instructor behind head gear, whom I'm sure you know by now is Morgan. Morgan who is Intersecting all opponents. Casey finally gets Gertrude right where she wants him...only Casey isn't nearly as horny and leaves her handcuffed to the wall. ("Get over yourself, Verbanski.") Morgan is down to his last opponent: Chuck.MORGAN: (trades a few moves with Chuck) Your master has taught you well.CHUCK: (removes his headgear) I **AM** the master.Morgan is surprised, but Chuck only wants the zip drive and Gollum can do whatever the hell he wants with the Intersect. Morgan claims he was a better spy than Chuck ever was. Chuck tries to give him a chance to take that back because they're friends, but Morgan decides they're not friends. Morgan demands Sarah and Casey hand over the drive, but they aim tranq guns at him. And since Carrie-Anne Moss is in this episode, you know they had to have a The Matrix moment where he ducks them. Morgan browbeats them for even trying, but Chuck takes the opportunity to pants Morgan. He turns around, giving Sarah a chance to land one right on his ass. Chuck doesn't even bother catching him as he falls.Back at Castle, they figure out Zorn had an office meeting and would be leaving by helicopter from the roof. They decide that's where to grab Zorn, but Sarah has more concerns. She wanted to know what was Casey doing messing around with Verbanski in her office, and she asked Chuck if Morgan's behavior was more than just him being 7th grade Morgan. Neither of them were willing to entertain those ideas. But that's better than Devon trying to give Jeff an examination. Short-term memory loss, trouble focusing, and Devon wonders if Jeff has problems doing his job. (He'll put that one down as a yes.) He writes a prescription for Jeff, which Jeff happily accepts. The prescription is for Jeff to stop sleeping in his van.Sarah talks to Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) about Morgan because she thinks Morgan is losing himself in the Intersect. Ellie suspects someone in the CIA might have altered it from Dad's original. Ellie thinks if Sarah can get Morgan to remember things that happened before he got Intersected, it might be a bridge to get Morgan back to where he was. Sarah calls Beckman, who is shocked Morgan is the Intersect. Sarah explains about the Intersect glasses Beckman sent...only Beckman never sent them. Sarah runs back to Castle to tell the guys, and they figure out Decker or someone in the CIA originally sent the glasses to destroy Chuck...only Morgan put the glasses on first.They head to the Marriott, where Zorn's helicopter is about to land, planning to subdue the flight crew before Morgan and Verbanski got there. Only Verbanski and Morgan were on that flight crew. They had the same idea. Chuck pops out to talk to Morgan to convince him the Intersect was a Trojan horse. Of course, Chuck pantsed and tranqued Morgan earlier, so he wasn't in much of a talking mood. It was too late anyway, as Zorn emerged on the roof with four guards. Both teams take out the guards, but both Sarah and Verbanski try to take Zorn. And the fight is on. While Casey takes out Verbanski's team, Chuck tells Morgan he isn't acting like himself, but Morgan was glad to not be acting like himself. It gets worse. Zorn gets into the helicopter and Morgan fires at it, puncturing the gas tank. He threatens to fire at the leaking gas and blow everybody up, including his own boss and former friends. Chuck begs him to put the gun down because he wasn't a killer. Morgan thinks he is. But Sarah reminds him of being pantsed by Meredith Lester in the 7th grade. Morgan wonders why the hell he should remember that.CHUCK: Because then you'd remember how we got back at her. I helped you. I was your best friend. I helped you get back at the queen of the 8th grade. Rember how?MORGAN: Yeah, we stole her ham sandwich and put something in it. Did we spice it up? I can remember seeing it. It was like a cockroach leg...MY MUSTACHE!Morgan finally snaps out of it and tells Verbanski he can't work for her anymore. But the gas reached the landing lights and caused an explosion knocking Verbanski and Morgan out. Chuck and Casey race through the fire to get them just before the helicopter explodes. Verbanski knew Casey was into her, and he shuts her up with a kiss.MORGAN: Thanks for pantsing me, Chuck.CHUCK: Anytime, buddy.Back home, Casey takes Verbanski out on their first date. (Yes, to a gun range.) Carmichael Industries now has $2.1 million in taxpayer money, and Jeff walks into the Buy More standing tall, well-groomed, happy, and focused. (AAAAAAGGGGHHH!!!) He won't even give Lester money to tazer Fernando in the 'nads. ("I will not be party to the reckless endangerment of a co-worker. And, if I might add, a friend.") He even had quinoa salad for lunch! But it was thanks to Awesome, who checked Morgan out as well. He wanted the Intersect out if he was going to act the way he did, but he was worried about being a nobody again. Devon's advice: don't confuse a job with your life. True words, and Morgan goes to apologize to Casey and even more sorry about the way he behaved towards Alex. Casey accepts his apology, and still kicks him out of the apartment. Chuck and Sarah let him crash at their place.Beckman called to meet with Chuck again, only it wasn't for a new contract. It was to show him a kill order written up by Decker...on Morgan. ("Get Morgan off the street...now. Protect him...protect your friend.") Only someone has already planted a bomb on Morgan's new bike.
4Chuck Versus the Business Trip
01 Jan 1970Description ▼
As you may have suspected, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) doesn't get blown up by the bomb on his bike. Chuck (Zachary Levi) tackles him before he can get to it and convinces him there is a contract out on his life. Morgan agrees and promises not to freak out. He just had to get something from his bike, so he shuts off the alarm. (Yes, it explodes.) Fortunately, Morgan doesn't need further convincing to get the Intersect out, and a ticked-off General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) arrives at Castle to take it out. Although Morgan wanted one last chance to play Intersect, dodging Chinese stars that Chuck and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) threw at him. He gets the Intersect out, if Casey's (Adam Baldwin) punch to his gut for dumping Alex (Mekenna Melvin) is any indication. However, a lot of stuff got wiped out of his brain in the process. No Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Morgan doesn't know how to complete the phrase "Yippie-ki-yay, mother..." They keep Morgan down in Castle while Beckman worked to remove the CIA termination order. Fortunately it gives Morgan time to refamiliarize himself with the Star Wars DVDs.CASEY: No, no, don't start with A New Hope. Old one, nobody likes it. Phantom Menace, everybody loves Phantom Menace.MORGAN: Thanks, man. The Phantom Menace. This is going to be awesome!Unfortunately, Decker (Richard Burgi) decided to go to one outside contractor to kill Morgan and "was unable" to recall him. Someone called the Viper, who had an impressive and unblemished kill record.If things were a bit goofy in Castle, they were even goofier in civilian life. Devon (Ryan McPartlin) has taken to being a stay-at-home dad quite well. Maybe too well, according to Ellie (Sarah Lancaster). Awesome got into some mom's groups she couldn't, and he was even leading a baby yoga class. Jeff (Scott Krinsky), no longer held back by the smell of exhaust fumes, was reading Flowers for Algernon and telling Lester (Vik Sahay) not to rig the sales computer so he was the biggest salesperson, thus getting to go on the weekend at the Buy More sales conference. But Chuck suddenly had an idea. He made Morgan Salesmen of the Year to flush out the Viper at the conference. Lester was ready to lead the employees in revolt, since Morgan hadn't been around recently, but Jeff actually appeased the denziens by encouraging them to work harder next year and be appreciative of having jobs in a down economy. Even Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) was swayed. ("Selling fine goods to the few people who haven't discovered Amazon!")Chuck's plan to use Morgan to flush out the Viper sounds foolproof, except the fool doesn't have the Intersect anymore. To resolve this issue, they make a few changes: such as Chuck goes to the sales conference as Morgan Grimes. (With Sarah in her sexy Nerd Herd outfit.) And if the person in a hotel room looking at "Morgan's" profile with the weapons on their bed is any indication, they fell for it. Chuck and Sarah mingle with the crowd, although the viper's modus operandi is to kill in close range, so the biofeedback pads on Chuck's fingers will let Casey know in Castle if a subject is lying about who they are...provided Chuck is touching them when they do. But Chuck will identify the target and Sarah will neutralize them. (CHUCK: Not normal husband-wife conversation, huh.) Chuck tries the biofeedback pads on a couple of salespeople, including one who was happy to be from Champaign-Urbana, IL. (Trust me, nobody likes that town THAT much, no matter how much of an Illini fan they are.) A salesperson, Crazy Bob (David Koechner), brings a set of shots for Chuck and the guys, but one of the guys drinks the "special" one Crazy Bob made before Chuck could. Chuck and Sarah continue their mingling (obviously guys have far less objections to Sarah putting their hands on them than Chuck) but not hits thus far, not even in the conga line. But another salesperson, Jane (Catherine Dent), is having problems with a sick child at home. Sarah tries a heart-to-heart talk, and is able to find out she passes. Even better, she laid her hand on her own leg and passed, despite the fact she was lying a blue streak the whole time. Unfortunately, Crazy Bob takes Chuck into the pool, and Sarah jumps in quick to make sure everything is OK. Casey is getting frustrated, but at least he can laugh at Morgan wondering why Chuck ever liked Star Wars. He wanted to scratch his eyes out listening to Jar Jar Binks' incessant talking. Casey can sympathize, since Morgan won't shut up about still having feelings for Alex. So Casey decides to give Morgan the three Star Wars DVDs everybody likes.CASEY: Oh, by the way...Darth Vader, Luke's father. Leia is his sister. (Casey's still mad at him.)Later that night, some of the salespeople started swapping stories about some of the Buy Morons in all the different stores. (Some scarier than Jeff and Lester, if you can believe it.) Despite the mission, Sarah was having a great time with Chuck and all of these people, particularly Jane. Chuck suspects for a second Jane is Viper, but he writes it off to his spy brain getting a bit paranoid. But they try to set it up so Chuck is in a vulnerable spot. Chuck fakes being tired and heads to his hotel room. Crazy Bob goes with him and says he has to call his family. Which Casey discovers is a lie. They head upstairs with Sarah following behind. Chuck gets to his room and goes in, as does Crazy Box next door. Sarah checks on Crazy Bob, who catches her and takes her into his room. He claims he isn't who he seems to be. He likes costumes, just like Sarah. Except his is a bunny costume...definitely NOT like Sarah. Oh, BTW, the bartender at the pool is the assassin and wraps garotte wire around Chuck's neck. He struggles and crashes through the door adjoining the rooms. Sarah knocks Crazy Bob out, and then the bartender.Back in Castle, while the bartender refuses to talk, Morgan is able to circumvent Casey not giving him Alex's new phone number. Casey goes in to talk to the bartender, and Morgan texts Alex on Casey's phone to meet him at the Buy More. Sarah also decided to try something: having a coffee with Jane like a normal person would. She was excited about it, and Chuck encouraged her to go. Up in the Buy More, Lester looks on as Devon checks Jeff to see how well he was doing. Jeff is doing so well, he can tell Ellie is not a happy person. He can sense Ellie wants to be home with Clara, even though she won't admit it to Devon. Lester is not happy about this turn of events, deciding to pump some exhaust fumes into Jeff to bring him back. Alex gets to the Buy More and is not happy to be duped by Morgan. He decides to tell the truth: that he had a supercomputer in his head that messed him up. (No, it didn't work.)In Castle, Chuck gloats with the bartender that he must be upset for being captured so easily. Then he figures it out: the bartender meant to be captured. Chuck goes to talk to Sarah thinking that it was an odd coincidence Sarah made a new friend right around the time the bartender was so easily taken down. And Sarah concluded Jane was able to fool a lie detector test like she could. And it turns out they're not so paranoid, since there was a bomb underneath the brake pedal of Sarah's car. And Jane knew who Morgan Grimes actually was. Chuck quickly texts Morgan, who was still trying to convince Alex he had a supercomputer in his head and saw Jane in the store. He tries to send Alex away, but she refuses to go, so he resorts to dragging her out of the store, which Casey sees on the Castle monitors.And if that wasn't crazy enough, the exhaust fumes from Lester's ploy didn't do anything to Jeff but knocked Big Mike out. The fire alarm is sounded throughout the store and everybody runs. It locks Casey in Castle when it detects the gas, and Morgan and Alex are left to handle Jane. Alex thinks Morgan's insane until she sees Jane with a gun. Now everything makes sense. Morgan calls Casey, who finds Jane on the monitors. He tells Morgan to hide Alex in the broom closet. Outside, Chuck has about one minute to defuse the bomb...the real one and a ticked-off Sarah, who was chiding herself for wanting a real friend so much. But that gives them an idea. She calls Jane and acts desperate to talk. It delays Jane enough for Chuck to defuse the bomb and sneak into the store, knocking her out before she shoots Morgan, who was hiding in the recycle bins.MORGAN: (depressed) I miss knowing kung-fu.In Castle, Beckman is gloating that the Viper's perfect record is now tarnished. (MORGAN: Boom. SARAH: Suck it!) Decker was forced to "admit" it was all a mistake and the hit on Morgan was off. Jane was tossed out of Castle, but that's where things get weird. In the Buy More, Jeff has Lester placed in custody for attempted homicide on Big Mike, Alex breaks up with Morgan for lying to her about being a spy, and Jane is still in communication with Decker. Since she has a reputation to protect, everybody who knows her must be elminated: Chuck, Sarah, Morgan, Casey, and Alex. Decker agrees but wants to take care of Chuck and Sarah himself. Casey overhears all of this and shoots Jane and her team dead. He returns to Chuck and Sarah's, where he confirms to Sarah he got his errand done. On the bright side, Sarah realizes she has all the friends she needs right here in Burbank and Casey allows Morgan to move back in now that he isn't dating Alex. However, Morgan would have the apartment to himself: Decker arrives and arrests John Casey for murder.
5Chuck Versus the Hack Off
09 Dec 2011Description ▼
Casey (Adam Baldwin) is incarcerated, but Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) have a plan for him to escape. Chuck tried to palm the blueprints to Casey, but he refused. Chuck was mad, mainly because it's very difficult to shrink plans down to that size on a copier at Kinko's. (The name FedEx Office never really caught on, did it.) Casey is aware Decker has plans for him inside, so he wants Chuck and Sarah to figure out what those are while he avoids all of the scumbags locked up with him...like Lester. Lester (Vik Sahay) isn't getting out soon, because all Jeff (Scott Krinsky) asked him to do was promise not to poison him anymore to get the charges dropped, which Lester refused. Casey's problems were already beginning, as a few of his old friends wanted to start in early on him. Fortunately, a guard pulls him out into a storage closet. One Gertrude Verbanski (Carrie-Anne Moss), whom Casey asked to protect Team Carmichael while he was on the inside. Verbanski wasn't much for taking orders from "Ward and June Cleaver," but she was willing to show Casey some of the good things about prison, such as conjugal visits.As Chuck and Sarah leave, they run into Decker (Richard Burgi). Run into being defined as getting tranqued and thrown into a van. Decker has a deal for them: find a hacker who wrote a virus that could elmininate zetabytes of data from computer systems in mere seconds. In exchange, Casey would be a free man. If they didn't, Casey would not have the most pleasant time in prison. Chuck isn't happy about having to be in bed with Decker, but Chuck is a great hacker. In fact, Hugh Jackman's character from Swordfish was based on him according to Morgan. He even had a bottle of Chardonnay as he got to work. Thankfully, they avoided the car chases and John Travolta's mugging for the camera and found the person responsible for the virus, a Colin Davis (Eric Lange). Morgan (Joshua Gomez) advises Sarah to make sure he eats, since Chuck calls the chardonnay his "thinking juice" when he gets on a hacking bender. That's about the time Verbanski drops in and insists they'll need a sniper on their mission, since Davis appeared to be holed out in some sort of private military compound with high security. Ward and June aren't thrilled about it, but Verbanski assured them she wanted Casey out of prison as much as them...obviously for different reasons.As Casey adjusts to prison (and Lester wants a 12-gauge for some reason...can't be a shotgun), Chuck, Sarah, and Verbanski make it to the military compound...only it's not much in the way of military, unless clothes aren't standard issue and fuzzy censorship boxes are. It appears to be some sort of clothing-optional cult where they're getting some exercise. Sarah thinks Chuck's and her best bet is to infiltrate. Yes, the clothes are coming off. Thankfully for them (and annoying budget cuts), the leader of the cult (Beau Garrett) welcomes them to the Church of the Eternal Wind and gives them some robes...and tells the security guy behind the hidden camera to figure out who they are.Chuck and Sarah find Davis leading a drum circle, mostly free-form, and Verbanski wants them to trash the Phish concert and get the pendant around Davis' neck, which looked suspiciously like a flash drive. Davis was reticent about letting Chuck to see it (cult rules forbade removing a pendant), but that didn't matter much since security found Chuck and Sarah's clothes and security was on them. Verbanski opens fire to take out the guards and everybody scatters, including Davis. Chuck gives chase while Sarah takes care of the rest of the security and the cult leader. Unfortunately, Davis is paranoid about the drive and swallows it. Chuck tries to Heimlich him, but thankfully a tranq dart by Verbanski settled the argument. They pick up Davis and take him out of the compound. (CHUCK: Guys, could we find him some pants?)In prison, one of the inmates wanted Casey's decision on joining his group. Casey refused and found himself on the "one" side of a twenty-to-one fight. They eventually subdue him, only to be stopped by...Lester! He warns the leader to step back before his nights got really, really long. Lester saw Caged Heat, so he knew what he had to do. (CASEY: You know that's a women's prison film, right?) But Lester insisted if any of them got out of line, he would "pull their plugs." Yes, Lester got in good with the guys by hooking them up with cable and Internet access. It was 12-gauge electrical wire he ordered, so installations were a snap.In Castle, Davis was paranoid the virus would get out. He's afraid of handing it to anybody. It was why he joined that cult in the first place. He tried to get as far away from his former life as a techno-terrorist but he conceded he would never get away from that, which struck a chord with Chuck. Unfortunately, there was a snag as always. Davis swallowed the virus program but someone would need the distribution program to upload the virus onto any computer and create a technical Armageddon. The distribution program was still locked up at the compound under heavy guard. The best Davis could offer was some schematics of the building. None of this is sitting well with Verbanski, and Sarah asks her about it. Verbanski doesn't want to talk, but it's too obvious it's about Casey. Sarah tries to tell her she can admit her feelings and still be a good spy, but Verbanski doesn't want to end up like "Mr. & Mrs. Hospitality" in Castle.At the Buy More, Morgan has come up with a plan to convince Lester to leave prison. He hooks up with him through videochat and shows Lester his replacement. A kid straight out of Greendale Community College. Vali Chandresekaren (fellow Notre Dame HS alum Danny Pudi) introduces himself to Lester, who wonders where he's from.VALI: Look at my face. Can't you tell I'm from Montreal, like all true Hinjews?LESTER: Oh, no you did not.JEFF: You should hear this guy's singing voice. It's like an angel.Vali thinks he has the perfect voice to compliment Jeff's keytar, and Lester cracked. Of course, it was a ploy by Morgan, who hired Vali from an acting agency in exchange for an iPad. (VALI: Is this just wi-fi?) For an iPad 2.In Castle, Verbanski was kind enough to get Davis the popcorn-flavored jellybeans he requested. Only they tasted a little funny. They were designed to make him throw up. And now Verbanski has a slightly-used USB drive. They head to the building where the distribution program was being held. Chuck posed as an unemployed hacker and entered the building, which was full of hackers. The Collective, as Davis described, was a room full of highly-skilled hackers, although it looked more like room full of extras from The Big Bang Theory. Chuck had to audition by beating their best hacker at hacking into the Federal Reserve and transferring a penny into a secured account, so he breaks out the Chardonnay. Meanwhile, Sarah and Verbanski break into the surveillance room and subdue the guards. Of course, Chuck's job was to bypass the security in the building to allow Sarah and Verbanski to get in and access the servers.SARAH: Servers are in here somewhere. Can we pull up the schematics? Verbanski?VERBANSKI: OK, fine! I'm in love with Casey. Stop grilling me!Verbanski admits she doesn't want to give up the spy life, settle down, have kids, and she's afraid Casey might want that. Sarah assures her they just have to communicate. They pause to take out two more guards, and Verbanski tells Sarah that she never did any other job since she was sixteen and wouldn't know what to do with herself if she left the spy life. She takes out another guard and asks Sarah if she could do it. Sarah takes out one last guard and finds the server with the device. She signals Chuck, who "lost" the competition. But the gloating Chuck thinks the Collective needs to find better security and takes out the lights. His hacker competition, who designed the system by the way, gets the lights back on, only to find no Chuck anywhere. Sarah and Verbanski lay down some cover fire for him. (CHUCK: I don't think I got the job.)Lester was returning to work the next day after a talk with Jeff, but Jeff also wanted Morgan to talk to someone. Morgan told him he sympathized a bit with what Lester did, given he did some bad things recently. Jeff thinks he needs to right that wrong...with Casey. (MORGAN: I know, dude. I'm not brain damaged. Oh, sorry. Was that too soon?) Meanwhile, Chuck and Sarah wait for Decker. Chuck confesses he's more a computer person than a spy, and perhaps they'd do better as a tech firm instead of a spy company. Sarah was concerned about what she'd do for the company. Chuck didn't have time to answer as Decker showed up. Chuck hands Decker the virus, which was the excuse Decker needed to frame Chuck for cyber-terrorism. He had footage of Chuck in possession of the virus. Decker will release the virus and make sure Chuck takes the blame for it. If that wasn't bad enough, Decker loaded that prison with enough of Casey's enemies where he wouldn't survive. That was enough for Verbanski, who hid while Decker talked. She was ready to kill him, but he thinks she's already too late.DECKER: I suggest you get yourself a good head start. Because they'll be hunting for Chuck the way they hunted for Bin Laden.Chuck and Sarah tell Verbanski to walk away, which she does. Only she had a little something extra: the computer virus. But not to worry: she left a little something for Decker. An explosive device.VERBANSKI: He deserved that.Chuck and Sarah wonder about Decker's plan to frame them and were determined to find out. Meanwhile, Verbanski tells Casey in prison the truth about Decker, how he tried to frame Chuck and Sarah and keep him in prison. She had to disappear, but first she wanted to break him out of prison. But she wasn't doing it alone. Someone who really cared about Casey came to help: Morgan.
6Chuck Versus the Curse
16 Dec 2011Description ▼
It wasn't exactly creating a Jane Fonda poster-sized hole in the wall or crawling through 500 yards of s***-smelling foulness that you can't even imagine, but Morgan (Joshua Gomez) and Verbanski broke Casey (Adam Baldwin) out of prison. Verbanski took off on Casey (mainly because Carrie-Anne Moss wasn't needed in this episode), and everybody is back at Castle, where Chuck (Zachary Levi) is wondering who hatched this plot to frame him. With Decker gone, he was afraid of the entire government coming after him. Sure enough, Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) has labelled them traitors and terrorists for killing Decker and stealing the Omen, the computer virus capable of wiping out any database in the world. Beckman advises them over teleconference to stay put, that agents were on the way to get them. Only it was a ruse on Beckman's part; she surreptitiously tapped her finger in Morse code to tell them to run. Chuck and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) head to Orion's cabin while Casey makes plans to contact Beckman on the DL to find out what's going on. Morgan, not being hunted by the government, will wipe any and all files off the computers in Casey's apartment.Morgan, however, has to wait for Ellie to finish getting ready (and Sarah Lancaster gets one of those slow-mo get dressed sequences Yvonne always gets...and Clara's mom has definitely got it goin' on) for her date night with Devon (Ryan McPartlin). He slips into Casey apartment, only to be on the business end of a shotgun by...Alex? Yup, Alex (Mekenna Melvin) was at her dad's apartment, which is also his apartment. She knew Casey was on the lam, and Morgan tried to explain what he was doing. Only the CIA made it there before he could do anything. Special Agent Robyn Cunnings (Rebecca Romijn) and her team searches the apartment but find nothing. Alex pretends she's still with Morgan, and Cunnings leaves her team there to wait for Casey. Chuck is worried about having to run away like his parents did and leave people like Ellie and Awesome in danger, but Sarah reassures him he won't have to do that. Actually, based on the "hostess" at the restaurant where Ellie and Devon have dinner signalling Cunnings they're there, perhaps he does. Ironically, Devon and Ellie talk about what it would be like to live a life of danger like Chuck and Sarah. Ellie thinks it's a good idea to pretend for one night to be spies. She might want to check with Chuck, who thinks he's been hit by the Bartowski Curse and he'll have to leave everyone he loves in order to protect them just like his father did.SARAH: Chuck, there is no such thing as the Bartowski Curse. You're not going to be like your father. You know why? Because you've got me. You're not going to be alone.Chuck is able to hack into the CIA database and finds an open file with no lead agent assigned to it. The file indicates a target is being acquired at that very moment. Chuck and Sarah think it's them and they run from the cabin, but the target is actually Ellie and Awesome. Chuck is ready to run...but he needs his pants.ALEX: Chuck is going on the run and he needs his pants?That's what Morgan tries to explain to Alex. Chuck and he had a little box marked P.A.N.T.S. (aka Private Artifacts Never To Share) It was a box of their most sacred possessions, which were to be saved if their houses caught on fire.At the restaurant, Devon gets the big surprise he had planned for Ellie: a bottle of the same 2000 Sangiovese they had at their wedding. Except an agent comes up to him and tells him Project Eagle is in effect, and the limousine is waiting to take them to a safe location. Each of them thinks it's the other playing Spy and go along with it. Oddly to Sarah, nobody was coming to the cabin. However, a email message sent to Chuck to rate their experience at the restaurant clues them in the operatives think Ellie and Devon are the real spies. They can't get through to either of them, and Ellie and Devon get locked into the limousine none the wiser for what was going on.Casey finds Beckman at this roadside bar, he was walkin' in, she was walkin' out. (turning off Springsteen in the background...). It was a place where they met during their darkest hours. (CASEY: Iran-Contra, Nicaragua, the Clinton years.) She confirms someone in the CIA was trying to destroy Chuck and she was trying to find out who it was. But for now, the government was hunting down the entire family. Which Ellie and Awesome finally figure out when both admit they weren't the ones who thought of the limo. Now they were scared. (ELLIE: What if we open that thing and he shoots us? I've seen that in movies.) Devon suggested they bolt out the windows of the car and do a combat roll to break their fall. Only Ellie's surprise was to go to Agent Provocateur for a nice little outfit underneath her dress...panties optional. They decide to brave it and give it a try. Just one tiny problem: Beckman was able to get to the limo driver/agent and call him off. And now he doesn't know where they are. Which Cunnings doesn't think is right, but the agent is wondering why she's even there. She was actually there to shoot him dead. She eventually finds Ellie and Devon and pretends she's in contact with Chuck. They get in her SUV.At Casey's, Morgan prepares a boatload of gear to get into Chuck's P.A.N.T.S. (I really need to rephrase that.) As it involved climbing onto the roof, shooting a zip line over to Chuck and Sarah's balcony, going across it, and breaking into their place, Alex opted for a slightly-less complicated approach: she called a report to the police about her crazy stalker boyfriend being right outside their apartment. (MORGAN: That was...diabolical) It works.Chuck and Sarah rendezvous with Casey and Beckman. They tell them about how Ellie and Awesome were mistaken for them and that the limo driver was shot. Since Ellie and Awesome don't know about the Omen, Beckman thinks Cunnings will try to torture it out of them, but they have no choice but to wait. That doesn't sit well with Chuck, who thinks their fingernails are being ripped out right now. By massage chairs, apparently. Cunnings is still trying to play nice and pretend she's working with Chuck. (She may also be the first person to call Ellie insufferable, and somehow I don't think asking for a bottle of wine qualifies, do you?) Cunnings calls Bartowski and tells him he has three hours to deliver the Omen. Beckman suggests giving them a fake, but Chuck doesn't want to do it. However, Casey and Sarah also agree the weapon is bigger than all of them. Chuck begrudgingly agrees, but he isn't taking it well. He thinks he has to give Cunnings the real virus and he has to do it alone. But she tries to tell him she'll do it his way and go with him but give her time to convince Beckman and Casey it's a better plan. Chuck promises to wait for her to do that. She holds up her end of the bargain, but Chuck has already taken off.Ellie and Awesome have their wine delivered (it was only a Chardonnay that needed ice), but the agent did find Ellie's phone. And Ellie found an outgoing number on her phone she didn't make, despite the phone claiming there was no service. She knocks out the agent with the bottle of wine and tells Devon they're in a ransom situation. Chuck makes it to the warehouse, only he never brought the virus and wouldn't tell Cunnings where it was until Ellie and Awesome were released. She takes Chuck to them...only they escaped.CHUCK: I guess you've never met my sister.Cunnings ties up Chuck and brings out her favorite torture device: The Toy. (CHUCK: Whoah, whoah, really? That's The Toy? I don't think children should be involved with that device in any way, shape, or form.) Cunnings, taking her cues from Mr. Endo in Lethal Weapon, Cunnings breaks out the jumper cables and old-school battery. Meanwhile, Ellie and Awesome try to escape, only they see Chuck captured. They come up with a plan for Ellie to distract the guard while Awesome knocks out the power to cause a blackout. He uses Ellie's hairpin (now she has sexy hair), and uses his shirt to insulate his hand from the electricity (shirtless Awesome). Sorry guys, Ellie's distraction didn't employ her optional panties, just hitting some pipes very loudly. It didn't distract the guard enough to get him away from Awesome, but remember Devon does throw one mean punch. The lights go out but only long enough for Devon to wind up on the business end of Cunning's gun. (CHUCK: There's usually a backup generator.) As Casey and Sarah head to the warehouse (and Sarah has enough steam coming out of her ears to elect a Pope because of what Chuck did), Cunnings threatens electrolysis on Devon's face ("Not the face!"). Chuck breaks down and says the Omen is just outside of the warehouse, 30 paces from the entrance, in a rose bush. Even Cunnings can't believe Chuck caved like that. Cunnings gets the virus and uploads it, but she was only one part of the mission. She had to clean up Decker's mess, and a lot of powerful people were upset with Chuck. But Chuck tells Cunnings there's a spy in their midst who's going to take all of them down to save her husband.CUNNINGS: Your sister? The doctor?With a little help from Casey and Sarah...yes, actually. The lights go out again, and Casey and Sarah open fire on Cunning's team. Ellie is reunited with Devon and they hug and kiss. Chuck and Sarah? Definitely not so much.CHUCK: You're upset. I can see you're upset. (everybody leaves) Uh, guys? I'm still tied up. Still down. A little help?As Ellie and Awesome head home to vow to never pretend to be spies again (no matter how much it turned them on), Morgan gets the call from Chuck that everything is OK. Morgan goes to put Chuck's P.A.N.T.S. back, but Alex is dying to get into them, too. Morgan refuses, but he does offer to show her what's in his P.A.N.T.S. (Hey, they make the acronym, I'm just milking it for all it's worth!) He goes one step further and asks her to take care of the box. Morgan is hoping their night together was sort of like a date, which she denies, but he thanks her anyway. He takes off, and she has to have a look in his P.A.N.T.S. Right on top was a picture of them along with the invitation to Alex's graduation party.Beckman gets Cunnings into Castle, but she won't crack. Casey brought along a little something to try out: The Toy. She confesses to everything, and all charges were dropped. The virus was still out there, though. Beckman thanks everybody. ("It was a bit like old times, wasn't it.") Everybody is exonerated...except Chuck. He tried to apologize to Sarah because he didn't want to take her down with him and the curse.SARAH: There is no curse! You are not your father, Chuck! You're not fated to be alone or to hurt anyone. Those things happen because of the choices people make. That you make.Chuck agrees, but Sarah reminds him if he ever goes out again, she IS a trained assassin.She forgives him, but something happened to their computers. Cunnings sent the Omen out to take down the Internet. Every computer in the world was now infected, and Chuck was at fault. It was waiting. Although one person didn't have to wait, as the lock to their cell opened up. Judging by the previews, it's Daniel Shaw.
7Chuck Versus the Santa Suit
23 Dec 2011Description ▼
It's Christmas Eve and things are usually how they are at the Buy More: crazy. The Omen Virus has everybody worried, but Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) reassures the public on TV they can come down to the Buy More and spend their money. Jeff (Scott Krinsky), on the other hand, doesn't make for much of a salesman, claiming you can get an iPad cheaper online and Lester (Vik Sahay) is three shades of paranoid about the virus. Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) is beginning to panic because there are only six hours before her Christmas party and she's not remotely ready, despite Devon's (Ryan McPartlin) Zen-like efforts to calm her. She does, however, have an ace in the hole: Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) is helping her prepare for tonight. She heads out of Castle with a box of holiday decorations for Ellie and a Mr. Pipper, the Preppy Bear for Casey...only to run into Daniel Shaw (Brandon Routh), who escaped when the virus opened his holding cell. Still housing an Intersect, Shaw flashes and knocks Sarah off the Castle balcony with some kung-fu moves and takes her hostage.Chuck (Zachary Levi), Morgan (Joshua Gomez), and Casey (Adam Baldwin) are gathered at Casey's apartment attempting to head off the virus. The bear, by the way, was actually for Alex. Casey bought it for her since he knew she had one growing up. He thought it was a dumb idea, but the guys thought otherwise.MORGAN: It's like you're feeling real human emotion.CASEY: Don't you EVER say that again.General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) calls to inform them who was behind the Omen Virus. Chuck calls Sarah, only Shaw already has her tied up. Supremely confident he has the upper hand ("No Sarah, no Intersect, you're worthless, Chuck."), Shaw demands Chuck get a device called the Macau from Clyde Decker's office in the downtown CIA office within three hours. Sarah demanded to know how Shaw was able to orchestrate all of this. Decker tried to interrogate Shaw, only he had every last piece of dirt on Decker, thanks to his Intersect. One flash and some blackmail later, Shaw had his own personal team of rogue agents. Chuck, however, had a plan. He sent Morgan back to the Buy More to enlist the help of Jeff and Lester to figure out the Omen Virus, Casey had to find an alternate way into Castle, while he would head to the Decker's office to get the Macau. But without a security access card to get in, Chuck would need some help: from General Beckman.As Morgan negotiates a price with Jeff and Lester to work on the virus (a 6" Italian BMT from Subway), Chuck meets up with Beckman, who has a way of slipping Chuck into the CIA office to get the necessary access card for Decker's office. Only it involves swiping Big Mike's Santa suit (without the eyebrows), meaning Clara can't have her picture taken with Santa. Beckman find Colonel Hayne, who has the proper access card, is completely plowed at the CIA Christmas party, and has a Santa fetish. One drunken (and highly inappropriate) sit on Santa's lap later and Chuck has her access card. While Beckman fends off the advances of Agent Stan Lee (yes, that one), Chuck searches Decker's office and finds the Macau, which Beckman explained had the ability to compress volumes of data onto a single drive. However, security was right on their tail. Beckman had only one way to deal with it.BECKMAN: Pucker up, Bartowski. You're about to become a man.Yes, she makes out with Chuck.In Castle, Shaw is reducing the temperature in the facility to ice-cold to keep the servers from overheating while the volumes of data the Omen is receiving downloads into its servers. Sarah being overcome by hypothermic shock is a nicely-added bonus. Shaw even taunts her that they used to have something, that Sarah still has feelings for him. She denies it over and over, but it was really a ruse for Shaw to sample her voice into a recording device that let him imitate her voice over the telephone. Casey makes his way into the air vents to access Castle. Sarah frees herself with a blade she had in her boot and looks for an exit. Shaw finds her missing and arms himself. Constantly taunting her througout Castle, he comes to the air vents. Only he doesn't make the same mistake Karl did in Die Hard; he shoots the ENTIRE vent, badly wounding Casey and sending him crashing to the floor in the process. Shaw kicks Casey into a holding cell and Sarah attacks him again. Unfortunately, the results were the same, and she finds herself tied up once again.As Chuck and Beckman head back to Castle (and have one very awkward conversation about what happened), Sarah calls Chuck to tell him she escaped Shaw but was still locked in Castle. He confirms he had the Macau. At the Buy More, Morgan tells him Jeffster is making progress with the virus when Sarah calls him again to say Casey disarmed Shaw and to be there soon. ("Hurry up, dear.") That tipped Chuck off, since Sarah never called him 'dear'. Morgan reminds him the last time Shaw was on the loose, he almost blew up the Buy More. Morgan clears out the store by making an impassioned speech that people should be with their loved ones on Christmas Eve and not at the store. Everybody takes off, including Big Mike, but Ellie arrives, having not heard from Sarah in a few hours. She demands to know the truth, and Chuck tells her Sarah was taken hostage by Shaw. Ellie wants to help, but Chuck sends her home because Shaw took their father away from them and Chuck wasn't going to lose another family member to him. They hug their goodbyes.In Castle, Shaw wakes up Sarah by kissing her. ("Just wanted to see if some of the old fire is there. No. Ice cold.") He even goes so far as taking Mary Bartowski's charm bracelet off of Sarah's wrist. She tries to tell him she was just on an assignment, that he doesn't have to do this, but her entreaties fell on deaf ears. Meanwhile, a highly-caffeinated Jeffster explains the virus is something of a ruse. The Omen Virus appeared to be ready to hit only government servers, to download all of the data into one place, only there was no single computer that could do that. Chuck put the pieces together and figured out Shaw was using the Macau to steal the CIA's databases and make them into the Intersect 3.0. He sends Jeffster home and puts the Macau on the elevator into Castle, telling Shaw to come up to the Buy More to kill him and let Sarah go free. Shaw explains to Sarah that was his plan the whole time: to kill Chuck while she watched so she would have to live the rest of her life without the love of her life.Casey finds the Mr. Pipper bear and records a message on it to Alex, saying he was proud of her and how sorry he was he wasn't there to watch her grow up. He also apologized for recording a message like this on an electronic bear...and then he had an idea. Shaw takes the elevator up to the Buy More but doesn't notice Morgan sneaking past him to take it back down to rescue Sarah. Morgan tries to lift Sarah out of the chair, only it's frozen to the floor. If only he had a gun to shoot off the lock to her chains. But Casey has one of those, having used the battery from Mr. Pipper to short-circuit the lock to the holding cell. Shaw trains a gun on Chuck, only both of them know that's not what he wants. Shaw faces Chuck one-on-one, saying Chuck doesn't stand a chance against his Intersect. Chuck claims he had been training considerably for the last two years. But Shaw asks if he can handle taking on someone with an Intersect 3.0, which Shaw uploads into his mind. He's ready to go...only, ironically, he should have remembered what Superman did to General Zod in Superman II, because Chuck rigged the Macau to wipe the Intersect Shaw already had. ("You seriously underestimate the power of the Nerd Herd.") A couple of Christmas scenes, and Shaw had his final flash. And the fight was on! Chuck had indeed learned a few moves, based on the arm bar kick he delivers to Shaw's face ("That one's for Sarah."), not to mention nailing him with a computer. ("That was for my dad.") But Shaw eventually breaks away and retrieves his gun, pointing it at Chuck.SHAW: You're good, Chuck. But you're not lucky.ELLIE: (knocks him out from behind) That was for me!CHUCK: Nice shot, sis. But I told you to stay at home.ELLIE: I'm Eleanor Woodcomb. Since when do I do what I'm told? That man took our father away from us. I wasn't going to let him take anyone else.CHUCK: Merry Christmas, Ellie. (they hug)Beckman thanks the team and tells them they have jobs with the CIA if they want. Chuck asks if she can help throw a Christmas party for the one Ellie couldn't have. She agrees, and everybody has a good time. Casey gives Alex (Mekenna Melvin) the bear and tells her she should rethink her breakup with Morgan, Jeff thinks it's the best Christmas Eve ever, probably because it's the only one he remembers, ("I'm usually drunk on Manischewitz by now."), and Clara got her picture with Santa (Big Mike). Chuck was even able to retrieve his mother's charm bracelet and put it back on Sarah's wrist. One awkward conversation about them being kissed by Beckman and Shaw later, Beckman tells Sarah that Shaw wants to speak to her from prison. Sarah goes, despite Beckman's protests. Shaw isn't done torturing Sarah.SHAW: I'll be locked in solitary the rest of my life. But one thing's going to keep me warm at night. A little something I put into motion that you'll never be able to stop. Do you remember Hungary? Does Chuck know about the baby?
8Chuck Versus the Baby
30 Dec 2011Description ▼
BUDAPEST - FIVE YEARS AGO
Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) listens in on her mobile phone, only she's listenin to a bug. Her handler, Kieran Ryker (Tim DeKay), tells her to proceed to the mansion. A group of 11 criminals murdered the people who lived there, and it was her job to take them out. A pair of automatic weapons, some impressive flips, and and a couple of knives later, 11 criminals dead. But thn she hears a baby crying. The baby was the real reason she was there. Ryker orders her to take the baby. She's hesitant, but she shoots her way out.
BURBANK - PRESENT DAY
Sarah figures out what Shaw did: he let Ryker know he baby was alive. She was ready to go off after her, but Chuck (Zachary Levi) had a surprise for her first. He took her over to her dream house, having gotten the key by charming the real estate agent. He set up dinner and candlelight on the floor for her, pointing out where some of the things in their new house would be, particularly the door frame where his dad used to mark how much Ellie and he had grown. Tenth grade was a good year for Chuck, when he outgrew Ellie. Sarah tells him she has to do something and can't tell him what it is. In spite of his protests that they weren't supposed to keep secrets from each other anymore, she still couldn't tell him.
BUDAPEST - FIVE YEARS AGO
Sarah meets Ryker at a cafe and brings a stroller with her. She questions why he wanted the baby so much. She correctly suspected the mission was off-book: Ryker was going to take the baby, who was the sole heir to her parents' huge fortune. Sarah wondered if Ryker would kill her once he got the money, and the gun he held under the table at her would seem to think he would. She reached for the baby, only she never brought it. She hid a gun in the stroller and shot him, disappearing into a crowd. The baby was still in her safehouse in Budapest.
Chuck, Casey (Adam Baldwin), and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) tried to convince Sarah not to go off on her own. Chuck said he would try not to ask questions as her husband, but as the head of Carmichael Industries, their services were at her disposal. ("Pro bono, of course.") Sarah relents a bit, telling them about Ryker. She replied to Ryker's message pretending to be Shaw and set up a meet in Budapest. Chuck and Casey would go to assist. Meanwhile, Morgan was to hold down the fort in Castle. He was a bit disappointed, having corralled Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Devon (Ryan McPartlin) into having a game night so he could work on winning back Alex (Mekenna Melvin). Chuck suggested having Game Night in Castle.
In Budapest, Casey and Chuck are to watch over the cafe while Sarah goes to meet with Ryker. She planned to find him and kill him. Chuck was worried enough already, and Casey telling him Ryker's file had been redacted after his incident with Sarah didn't help matters. At the cafe, a waiter slips a note under a coffee, telling Sarah to get on a bus and go to another address. She sends Chuck and Casey after the waiter while she gets on the bus, despite Chuck's strenuous protests.
Back at Castle, Ellie and Devon are in the mood to look around Castle and see all of the goodies, but they try to play wingmen for Morgan as he works on Alex. It isn't going well, so Ellie and Devon engineer the game of Life so that Devon wins and everybody can be off on their own. While Ellie and Devon play spy/torturer (and Ellie gets her earring caught in a belt of ammunition), Morgan tries to say how wrong he was to Alex for breaking up in a text. It isn't going well, so Ellie and Devon try a little divide-and-conquer. Ellie tells Morgan about how Devon and she broke up for a while after they had been dating for a year. Devon used to be an Abercrombie & Fitch model, and he developed an attitude, even giving Ellie a signed picture of him shirtless for an anniversary gift. Devon admitted to Alex he was being a jerk, so he did the full-court press on Ellie to get her back. What convinced Ellie was overhearing Devon talking to his mother about how wonderful she was and how idiotic he felt by acting the way he did.
Meanwhile, Chuck tackles the waiter, proud that he didn't need the Intersect...only the waiter spoke Hungarian. Eventually they find someone to translate, who tells them the guy just got paid to put the napkin under the coffee. Casey thinks he knows more and "communicates" with the man.
Flashing back to Budapest five years ago, Sarah calls her mother, Emma, to ask for advice when the baby is crying, despite being fed and recently diapered. Emma (Cheryl Ladd) tells her to hold the baby close to her, rock her back and forth so she feels safe and secure, and Sarah even sings the lullaby her mother sang to her: Slumber, My Darling. It works; the baby falls asleep in Sarah's arms.
Sarah makes it to the rendezvous and gets the drop on Ryker, only she hears a baby crying. She thinks he already found the child, only to discover it was a recording. Ryker knocks her out and ties her up. He already knew Shaw was in prison, so her fake email only confirmed the baby was still alive. He's ready to kill her, thinking she had no backup. Only she did, and they delivered the waiter to her. Casey opens fire on Ryker's men while Chuck unties the unconscious Sarah. They get her out of there.
Back in Burbank, Chuck does a rare thing: confronts Sarah and tells her she was wrong to attempt the mission alone. She agrees and tells Chuck the entire story. She tried calling her old CIA director, Langston Graham (Tony Todd), only he had no way of guaranteeing the baby's safety or making sure Ryker couldn't find her. Sarah lies and says she didn't have the baby. Sporting a hairdo not too unlike Farrah Fawcett's famous style, she brings the baby to her mother, asking her to take care of her. She confessed because of her work in the CIA, she couldn't ever see her mother or the child again. Otherwise, she would risk losing both of them. Her mother was still upset Sarah decided to go with her father. She told Sarah wasn't going to force her to play soccer games or go to the prom, but she wanted Sarah to have the chance to do all of that if she wanted, something her father couldn't provide. A tearful Sarah asked her mother to make sure the baby had all of those opportunities. She admits to Chuck she was wrong for not trusting them, but not trusting people was all she was ever taught. Chuck thanks her for opening up to him, but his phone starts getting interference. He holds it close to Sarah's head and finds a transmitter in her hair. Ryker placed it there while she was unconscious and now knows where the baby is.
Sarah tries calling her mom but only gets voicemail. She hopes the emergency signal she gave her mother would activate so she knew to go to the emergency location. Ryker and his team make it to Emma's house and he trains a gun on her as she's washing the dishes. However, it's Sarah hiding another gun. The two fight it out through the house while Casey and Chuck take out Ryker's men outside. Eventually, Ryker gets the upper hand and is ready to choke Sarah to death, since finding the baby was only part of his mission now. Ryker was about to teach her a lesson the hard way.
RYKER: Even when you have a team, you're still alone.
But Sarah wasn't alone, and the shots coming from Ryker's men outside were the distraction she needed to take a knife and plunge it through his heart.
The trio run back to Chuck and Sarah's apartment, where they find the little girl, Molly, playing videogames with Morgan and Emma looking at pictures of their wedding. Sarah bonds with her younger sister while Emma thanks Chuck for providing her with everything she hoped Sarah would have one day. Everybody settles down to a big dinner, and Alex takes Morgan back, having seen how good of a person he is playing with Molly.
Chuck and Sarah return to their dream house, where Sarah tells Chuck that she was a different person than she was five years ago. The proof lay in where she told Director Graham she was done with handlers. He agreed, making her the handler instead. Her assignment: investigate a computer repair expert at an electronics store in Burbank. But she didn't want that life anymore, and she was afraid going back to the CIA would be more of the same. She told Chuck she planned to turn down Beckman's offer. Chuck supported it, but he was sorry he couldn't get her dream house. But she carved her name in the door frame anyway, confident they would own the house one day.
9Chuck Versus the Kept Man
06 Jan 2012Description ▼
After five years, Chuck's (Zachary Levi) had an epiphany. They've been going about the spy business all wrong. With all of the competing private security firms out there, he finally figured out how to put Carmichael Industries above the rest: to be the "spies who care." And he even thanks the man he's talking to for the idea...the same man who has him chained up and is about to cut out his tongue. Fortunately, Chuck's gift of gab was just the delay Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) needed to take out the bad guy and recover the canisters of spent uranium he stole.
Back at home, however, Chuck spent the entire night turning that ephiphany into a little montage from Jerry Maguire and redid the company's mission statement. Clandestine Agents Relating Emotionally. Yes, they CARE. Sarah's reaction to it, well...she had to use the bathroom. And Casey got a surprise visit from Gertrude Verbanski (Carrie-Anne Moss) so he wasn't in a mood to talk. Neither was she.
Verbanski was so happy to reunite with Casey following the cancellation of her arrest warrant, she hired Carmichael Industries (and paid up front, too) to head down to Miami and act as her security to nab a dangerous arms dealer, Rocky Falcone. She hired the team because of their level of personal service, which made Chuck happy. And she had easy access to Casey, which made her happy. In South Beach, a slo-mo, bikini-clad Sarah (which made the fanbase happy) keeps an eye on Verbanski as Casey scouted the pool area. However, Casey needed to be a bit more incognito, so Verbanski bought him a swimsuit. Yes, a Speedo. Yes, the famed "banana hammock." Casey, you may have guessed, was reluctant to put it on, but Sarah reminded him of all the skimpy outfits she had to wear for this job (And we appreciate those, Yvonne! Really!), such as catsuits, platform 7" high heel shoes, and a belly dancing outfit.
CASEY: Belly dancing?
SARAH: That...was private.
Unfortunately, Chuck loses sight of Verbanski and Casey takes off to find her while Sarah follows her tracking device. Casey broke into the suite where the signal came from, and Verbanski was there, clad in a robe like he was. She wanted to play a little "I'll show you mine if you show me yours." And Sarah thought Chuck's mission statement was making her queasy.
Back at the Buy More, Jeff's (Scott Krinsky) newly-found brains were making him attune to weird happenings around the Buy More. He told Lester (Vik Sahay) about it and began to take notes...once Lester found him some index cards. He made a board with diagrams, pictures, and red strings connecting everything. Sort of like the board in FlashForward, only HE WASN'T LOADED, OK?!? (been off the air for a year, and I'm still quoting that) Morgan (Joshua Gomez) walks in on them, and Jeff suspects that he is the secret weapon for spies Sarah and Casey and intelligence asset Chuck. Clearly Jeff has been sleeping in his van again, but Morgan must throw off the scent and decides to agree with them. Only he tells them the real spy is Awesome (Ryan McPartlin).
At dinner, as Casey showed off the cashmere sweater Verbanski bought him, Chuck tried to give him advice on relationships. (Very pot/kettle, true.) He told Casey to listen to what Verbanski is saying and try to figure out what she really wants. Which he tried with Sarah. The bone-in ribeye extra rare he ordered for her, however, went over about as well as the mission statement and Sarah hearing Casey and Verbanski getting it on. Falcone shows at their table, a little annoyed (though not surprised) Verbanski arranged the meeting for a public place with her own private security. He gives her the address of his private shooting range and tells her to meet him alone at midnight. Casey objects to Verbanski going off on her own, but Verbanski 'convinces' him she'll be fine. (Yes, in the way you think.)
Morgan talks to Devon about Jeff and Lester thinking he's a superspy. Devon catches on and dons his formal attire to give Jeffster what they were looking for. (eye candy for the ladies, they're being diplomatic tonight) He 'talks' into his hidden microphone about the U-238 nuclear device he was carrying, certain Jeff and Lester were listening.
Verbanski makes it to the shooting range to make the deal, although Falcone really wanted to talk more about Casey's cashmere sweater. Casey takes the Aegis machine gun Falcone was selling and tried it out. Casey was impressed and Verbanski offered the deal. But Falcone decided he just wanted their money. Casey opened fire on Falcone's men with the Aegis, only none of them were hit. The gun wouldn't fire on someone holding the same gun with the same security code on it, designed to prevent friendly fire. He thought it was ingenious. However, Verbanski's own team storm the place was even more ingenious.
VERBANSKI: The price just changed, Rock. How does 'free' grab you? (knocks him out)
Casey correctly figured out Verbanski hired the team to play an incompetent set of security so Falcone thought he was invulnerable. That didn't go over well with Casey, who promptly took off. Chuck goes after him and tries to convince him he has to get in touch with his feelings.
CASEY: You think I need to be more sensitive? More in-tune with my girlfriend's emotions, huh? You're one to talk. You've got your head so far up your new CARE manifesto, you don't even realize your own wife thinks she's pregnant and is hiding it from you.
CHUCK: What, are you crazy?!? There's no way she's pregnant! I'd have to be the most clueless, insensitive, uncaring...
SARAH: Uh, Chuck?
Back at home, Chuck and Sarah quickly discover they're not about to be parents, but it's too late...for Chuck, anyway. He's already thinking about parenting and raising kids in the spy life. (SARAH: Chuck, you're spiraling.) Verbanski calls them to complete the mission. Falcone was just the appetizer, who was to lead them to Pedro St. Germain, a major supplier of guns and narcotics, and the richest bounty the FBI has levied. Sarah's ready to return to South Beach, but Chuck is wondering if prospective parents should be in a place of danger like the Everglades. (SARAH: Chuck, stop spiraling.) Verbanski decides to go without them and finds St. Germain's compound. But St. Germain figured Falcone would rat him out eventually. His troops take out Verbanski's team and captures her.
At the Buy More, Casey tosses the cashmere sweater, only to have Morgan make plans for 2 sweaters from his tailor. Casey was upset Verbanski effectively took him on a vacation. ("Sun, sand, sex, The nerve of that woman.") Fortunately, Morgan had a cure for what 'ailed' Casey: actual spy work. Casey was semi-interested. Morgan set up a 'meet' for Devon for his 'contact'. Of course, Jeff and Lester were in disguise as a married couple (it would have been a bold choice if they made Jeff the woman, but they played it safe) and they intercept Devon's instructions.
St. Germain calls Casey to demand he bring $10 million dollars to get Verbanski back. Casey doesn't believe him until she screams out not to pay him. Suddenly Casey gets serious. He gathers Chuck and Sarah and heads down to the Everglades. He was to walk in with the money...and a gun hidden in the case...Sarah was to be the sniper, and Chuck was the getaway driver. But Casey checks with Sarah first to make sure she's not pregnant. Casey makes it into the compound, and Sarah looks for a good perch while worrying about going on spy missions and who would take care of the kids if something happened to them. (CHUCK: Sarah, you're spiraling.) Chuck and Sarah split up, only Sarah runs into one of St. Germain's men. She knocks him out, but a flash grenade falls off of his belt and explodes, blinding her. Chuck comes to retrieve her, and Casey hears all of it over his earpiece. Casey gives the code word and Sarah gives Chuck her gun, insisting he leave her there. Casey tries the code word to attack, care, a few more times, then starts saying it not as a code word.
CASEY: Been working so hard on my spy senses, too. My eyes, my ears, my fists...and what I should have been working on is this. (his heart) I can't stop, Gertrude, because I love you. And I need you to know how much I care. I care a lot.
St. Germain thinks he's signaling someone, and he would be right. Chuck bursts in with the Aegis gun, which meant all of St. Germain's men couldn't shoot at him with their Aegis weapons. Of course, St. Germain's shotgun didn't qualify under that, but Sarah running him over with a HumVee did the trick.
SARAH: (still blinded) Don't worry! I wore my seatbelt.
Back home, Sarah confesses a small part of her hoped she was pregnant, and she was even trying out a few names for a boy, such as Levi and Lawrance. (That's how it was spelled on the screen; they couldn't have asked Mark Christopher Lawrence about it?) Chuck admitted the same thing. He never thought he'd be talking about stuff like this. (SARAH: Me neither. Especially with such a huge nerd.) In Castle, Verbanski gives Casey a much more Casey-like present: a top of the line Kevlar vest. She apologized for taking him on a vacation, admitting it was her way of wanting to be closer to him. Casey felt the same way, and Verbanski had a better idea for a vacation: Dresden. Casey was tempted, but two months was a long time to be away from Carmichael Industries. Plus, he had another woman on the side...sort of. Casey was interested in having Alex (Mekenna Melvin) meet his girlfriend. (Casey actually used the word girlfriend.)
Jeffster brings their suspicions to Big Mike, telling him Devon was building a nuclear weapon in the theatre room. Big Mike was naturally skeptical but went to look anyway. Devon went into the theatre room and the guys followed. Devon disappeared, but they found a fake floorboard. They head downstairs...only to find Devon working out, where Devon was stashing his workout equipment out of Ellie's sight. The U-238...was his new home gym, and some of the exercises weren't exactly legal. Chuck and Sarah were impressed with Morgan's work as they observed on Castle's monitors. Except...Jeff noticed some wet paint on the walls. Jeff saw the same thing in the mental hospital.
JEFF: It's not always easy to trick a mental patient.
He takes one of the barbells and smashes the fake wall. And now NOBODY doesn't know about Castle. Morgan takes them out quickly with a tranq gun.
MORGAN: Oh...crap. I think we have a problem.
CHUCK: Yeah, yeah I'd call it that.
10Chuck Versus Bo
13 Jan 2012Description ▼
Team Carmichael has a problem: what to do about Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) discovering Castle. Their idea was to put them in a wrecked Mustang on the Pacific Coast Highway, dress them as if they went to Las Vegas, and spray them with some knockout gas to erase the last 24 hours. However, Casey (Adam Baldwin) and Morgan (Ryan McPartlin) really need to do a better job, since NONE OF IT worked. Jeff and Lester figured out they weren't reeking of alcohol and there was no way in hell either of them would end up with a pair of women's panties. (But give credit to Tim Jones for the music, even if the selection was a little on the cliched side.) They head back to the Buy More to figure out what was going on.
Back home, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) confides in Chuck (Zachary Levi) she wants to quit the spy life after getting paranoid and checking the house with a gun when the paperboy arrived. Chuck agreed but wasn't sure what Carmichael Industries would become. Sarah decided between her experience as a spy and Chuck skills with computers, their little spy agency could transition into catching cyber terrorists instead. Bad guys with computers instead of guns. Morgan thought it was a great idea, but Casey didn't sound too enthusiastic about it, even though his role wouldn't change much.
CHUCK: Aren't you sick of being shot at?
SARAH: Or getting shot? I mean, get shot a lot.
CASEY: Not considering how much I get shot at.
They couldn't argue that point, but they play the Alex card, pointing out she would be much happier if he wasn't doing so much scary stuff. Casey agreed if they would get rid of the Buy More. He was sick of their cover operation. Plus
Speaking of scary, Morgan's frosted-tips, break-up-with-Alex-via-text phase reared its ugly head when Morgan got back the phone he lost while he was working for Verbanski Corp. After a brief (and creepy) encounter with Dale, the guy Alex (Mekenna Melvin) dated briefly during this phase, they were able to piece together Morgan lost his mobile phone in Vail, Colorado. Ellie (Sarah Lancaster), who studied how to hypnotize people (what a valuable skill that we knew she had all along!), figured out a few items from Morgan's mind. Besides how much Morgan wanted to take her to the prom, there were references to emerald, gold, and the initials B.D. The team decides to answer a text message in the phone and gets a response to go to a bar in the famed ski town. And there, Morgan discovers who B.D is. Nope, not Bob Dylan, not Bette Davis. It's Bo Derek, star of the classic film...Tommy Boy. (Can't remember anything else she was in. Weird.) Chuck was glad to see her, admitting he loved 10. ("I know what you did with that poster.") Oh, and Jeffster tailed them all the way to Colorado, this time writing down everything they saw.
Anyway, she apparently had something going with Morgan, based on the big kiss he was on the receiving end of, to say nothing about wanting to take him upstairs to her room. Sarah reminded Morgan to stay in character...as someone who rocked Bo Derek's world. Apparently, "funny bunny" (Morgan) got really plowed and told anybody who would listen that he saved the world earlier that day. Suspecting Morgan might have found a pair of Intersect glasses that Bo may have had in the safe in her room, Morgan begrudgingly (now, since he was back with Alex) goes up there with her. Morgan tries to get Bo to talk as she takes his pants off (correct me if I'm wrong, but if these guys were born in 1980 or 1981, wouldn't the movie 10 had been fifteen years old by the time they knew why they liked it?), while Sarah and Casey interview the bar staff and customers to figure out what Morgan was doing that night. Other than acting like a complete jerk, the only information they got was about a tattoo. On the inside of his lower lip, which he has only just discovered. The tattoo? Well, it says "don't trust Bo Derek," but the gun Bo has to their heads sort of made the tattoo irrelevant. She demanded to be taken to the sunglasses, but Sarah knocks her out from behind. ("Sorry I had to do that to your girlfriend.")
As Casey knocked Jeffster out again and set them up the same way again (and made the same mistakes AGAIN!), Chuck interrogates Bo Derek and wants to know what really happened that night. Turns out, Bo parlayed those white girl dreadlocks and beads and lowered standards for whom she would sleep with into espionage. Word got around the campfire that someone was going off claiming to be the Intersect, and her boss sent her to investigate. Morgan denies doing something like that, but the footage in the past would tend to disagree with him. Bo got him up to her room, drugged him, and readied him for her boss. Her boss spent a lot of money getting his hands on the Intersect glasses but hadn't tried them yet because he heard of some side effects. But since Morgan appeared to be OK (relatively speaking), Bo's boss, Nicholas Quinn (Angus Macfadyen), decided he could knock out Morgan and have nothing to worry about. Except the X-13 knockout gas, the same stuff Casey was using on Jeffster, worked about as well on Morgan and he went the full Intersect on Quinn, his men, and even knocked out Bo Derek.
After getting over the shock Bo Derek was a spy (and a talkative one at that), it turns out Quinn had his own spy agency, similar to Carmichael Industries, only he dealt strictly with the bad guys, such as Fulcrum, The Ring, and Volkoff Industries. Hence Quinn's motivation into getting the Intersect glasses. It explained everything except the glasses and the vault. Despite everyone's advice not to do it, Morgan chose to admit to Alex he slept with Bo Derek. Thankfully, Alex didn't believe him. Unfortunately, Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) gave him a clue about the vault. Emerald and gold referred to Buy More's colors; Morgan hid the Intersect glasses at the Buy More in Vail. And Jeffster overhear the conversation.
Team Carmichael heads to the Vail Buy More, which apart from the ski lift decorations and all of the employees in neck braces, looks like the Buy More in Burbank. It even includes what looks like Lester's sister and...Jeff's dad? And...Big Michelle?!?!? (Oh, they missed such an opporunity for Big Michelle to be eating a Quizno's sub!) Posing as security from corporate, they ask Big Michelle to see the manager's vault. She wants to get approval for it and gets a tranq dart for her troubles. Morgan cracks the code, since it's the same one as in Burbank (1-2-3-4), but the safe is empty. It turns out, he hid it in a videogame display. Mission accomplished...only Jeffster followed them there. They out Team Carmichael to the entire store, and the bullets that suddenly start flying from Quinn's men seemed to at least make their story plausible. It turns out Quinn was ex-CIA and was supposed to receive the Intersect when Bryce stole it. He went back into the field, only to be captured and tortured for 378 days. Chuck tries to convince him it wouldn't do him any good, but Quinn laughs at that thought looking over at Chuck's wife. Casey opens fire on Quinn's men and the fight is on...which actually includes Jeff and Lester. Quinn escapes, but Chuck, Sarah, and Casey take out the rest of Quinn's men. Morgan even manages to save Lester from being shot. Casey wants to go after Quinn, but Chuck convinces him to not bother and turn the Intersect over to Beckman. He agrees that they were done with their final mission.
Thankfully, this time Jeff and Lester BEG to forget everything they saw. Casey sets them up once again, only knowing it won't work, he writes on Jeff's arm all of their 'notes'. Since they thought they wrote that the team weren't spies, they believe it. Big Mike picks them up, hands them some Subway sandwiches, and they decide VEGAS, BABY! The team thinks it's over, and Sarah calls Chuck to suggest they have a final ceremony at their new office space (formerly owned by Ronald Reagan), pop some champagne, and destroy the Intersect glasses. Chuck smiles, thinking it wasn't a jinx to say "final mission." And yes, Chuck gets kidnapped by Quinn. Sarah gets a call from Quinn to bring the Intersect glasses to the San Pedro pier. She goes in armed to the teeth, but it's a setup. They surround her and demand the glasses without giving her Chuck. Casey opens fire, and Sarah is able to hide. However, they still don't know where Chuck is. Casey can't get out and is running out of ammunition quickly. Sarah thinks she only has one move left: she puts on the Intersect glasses. And they work. She gives Quinn's team the full Intersect treatment.
11Chuck Versus the Bullet Train
20 Jan 2012Description ▼
Nicholas Quinn (Angus Macfadyen) has captured Chuck (Zachary Levi) and wants the Intersect fixed. He figures it's only a matter of time before his men carry the two dead bodies of Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) to him on the bullet train they've boarded and Chuck's the man who can get him the Intersect. Of course, he wasn't prepared for Sarah downloading the Intersect and taking out his men. It doesn't take very long for Sarah to give Quinn and his men the Intersect treatment, free Chuck, and get things back to normal. Except for one little thing she has to explain to Chuck.
SARAH: Uh, Chuck, honey? I have the Intersect. Surprise.
Although Casey has been keeping a sharp eye on Sarah, they also contacted Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Devon (Ryan McPartlin). They head down to Castle with Morgan and Alex to figure out how much memory loss Morgan endured while he had the Intersect. Morgan (Joshua Gomez) wasn't happy about being a lab rat while the rest of the team was on a mission (and he didn't have the highest threshold of pain), but Alex (Mekenna Melvin) keeps him calm and gets him his favorite snack as a youth: Pizza Combos. Morgan was getting frustrated. ("I just get the feeling no matter how much they poke around in my skull, they're just not going to find anything in there.") However, assuming the Intersect Sarah had was the same, it was the number of flashes that increased the deleterious effects. (MORGAN: What does deleterious mean?) Ellie and Devon figured as long as Sarah didn't flash too much, she would get to Beckman, who would use the suppressor to block it.
In the Buy More, Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) still haven't given up on what had happened to them over the last several weeks. They were spooked into not wanting to know anything about Team Carmichael, but the X-13 gas they inhaled kept making them suspicious. Even more suspicious was the two people sent to give flu shots, which Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) quickly declined. Alex wasn't given that option; the two EMTs put a gun to her and took her out of the store. Unlike the old days when he wouldn't care, Jeff was actually concerned and convinced Lester not to waste his time blowing up avacados in the microwave and help.
Quinn talked to Casey while he was guarding him, telling Casey he has to call his team every 30 minutes to stop them from shooting Alex. Casey had little choice. He texted Chuck and Sarah, who were...busy. They come down to the cargo hold to find a gun aimed at them by Casey. He tells Sarah to drop her gun and follows Quinn's orders over an earpiece that Alex was captured. Quinn shows them the Intersect glasses Casey recovered for him, only they were worthless. He demanded the team go get the new Intersect the government was holding and download it into the glasses. In the meantime, he tested which person had the Intersect by preparing to fire at them. Sure enough, it triggered Sarah's Intersect and she laid a serious can of whoop-ass on Quinn. And then she flashed again, and kept flashing until she threw him off of the train. And then the flashes overwhelmed her, leaving her screaming in pain. It turned out Sarah had flashed forty times in just two days. It took Morgan over two weeks to flash that many times. And now she couldn't stop flashing.
Beckman sends Ellie the schematics on how to build a suppression device, only Chuck doesn't have the equipment. But he does have a train of very tech-savvy Japanese passengers to help. On the good side, without Quinn, Casey could text Morgan to rescue Alex. They weren't sure where she was, but Jeff and Lester did, Lester having poured sugar into the EMTs' medical van to disable it. Casey calls in a plan to Morgan to have Devon be a diversion and for Morgan to pick a fight. Morgan is skeptical, but Casey tells him Alex has only 19 minutes before they kill her.
MORGAN: I will not let my last words to Alex be a demand for Pizza Combos!
CASEY: Go to my Crown Vic!
While Morgan and Devon suit up, Chuck gets the electronics he needs to build the suppression device. Unfortunately, Sarah, who has a blindfold on to prevent another flash, doesn't remember anyone named Alex. Chuck tests her with the drawing he made earlier of the two of them in front of their new house with a child. That she did remember, and Chuck reassures her everything will be fine. Casey sends Morgan and Devon out into the open. Devon will create the diversion while Morgan is the sniper. Only one of the EMTs finds them and puts a gun to their backs. The EMT takes them away, Morgan's earpiece dropping out in the process. To make it worse, Lester finds it. Casey isn't happy, but Chuck tells him they're loyal, "even if they look like botulism victims."
CASEY: Lester, I have to tell you something I never dreamed I'd be telling you. This is Colonel John Casey of the National Security Agency. I need you, my daughter needs you. Your COUNTRY needs you!
Casey promises to make him a hero. And since Lester's grown a pair, he heads for the Crown Vic.
The two EMTs are ready to kill Morgan, Devon, and Alex...until Jeff comes over their intercom and tells them they're armed to the teeth. The EMTs think it's a bluff and one of them goes outside. Well, it's a semi-bluff, as Lester comes out armed to the teeth like he's remaking Commando
LESTER: You are outmanned, outgunned, and out...side.
The EMT thinks Lester should be the one worried about getting hurt. Actually, Jeff makes a strong argument for being the one hurt with the flame thrower he's opened up with. (JEFF: Behold the Flame of Destiny!) They were a...success. Morgan, Devon, and Alex are freed and wants to repay Jeffster. They want...honesty. They want to know what's going on. Morgan takes them down to Castle, where the boys show just a little too much interest in the armory.
Alex calls Casey to tell him she's safe, but there's a problem with Chuck's suppressor: the Internet feed goes offline with only 89% of the program downloaded. Chuck goes to reset the connection, except Nicholas Quinn got back on the train and knocked out the Internet connection. Quinn attacks Chuck, and their fight goes into the passenger cars. Casey goes to find him. Chuck holds his own, but Quinn gets the upper hand. Casey makes it and pulls a gun on Quinn, who lets Chuck go and takes a conductor hostage instead. He shoves the conductor into Casey's way to block his shot and takes off. Chuck and Casey tell Sarah they're trying to locate Quinn, whom Sarah figured out she was heading for the baggage car. Of course, she doesn't listen and goes after Quinn. Chuck warns her not to flash. But Quinn nails her with a tranq dart, seals the cargo hold, and sets the car to break from the train. She falls unconscious in Quinn's custody.
Sarah awakens tied up in a warehouse, where Quinn has a series of cards that push her Intersect and make her worse. It will continue unti she steals the Intersect from the government. In Castle, Chuck is beside himself trying to locate Sarah. He tries to figure out which facility contains the Intersect. But Casey located her emergency beacon and the guys drive off to the rescue. They make it there but only find a note from Quinn: "nice try". Where is she? Back where it all started: in her hotel room in Los Angeles, where she was when her mission was to find Chuck. There's a knock on the door, and she answers it to find Nicholas Quinn, posing as her handler. He gives the incoherent and brainwashed Sarah a new mission: kill Chuck Bartowski.
12Chuck Versus Sarah
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Chuck (Zachary Levi) is scared to death about Sarah. He knows Nicholas Quinn (Angus Macfadyen) wants the Intersect and will use Sarah to get it. He hacked into a CIA database to find a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) warehouse he thinks contains the final Intersect. Casey (Adam Baldwin) and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) are ready to go and head out the door...to find a bloodied Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) limping in. She tells the story of what happened. Quinn tried to convince her she had been undercover for the past five years observing a rogue spy named Chuck Bartowski. And Quinn wants her to kill him. Only she doesn't, and takes him out, throwing him out the window of her hotel. She tells Chuck, Morgan, Casey, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster), and Devon (Ryan McPartlin) that Quinn is dead...exactly the way Quinn wanted her to. Quinn talks to her on a barely-there earpiece, giving her instructions on how to proceed. It turns out she threw Quinn out the hotel window and hung on (still not sure how a 110-pound person holds on to a 250-pound man dangling out a window, but whatevs). Quinn shows her the video recording she made right before she met Chuck. Quinn also tells her Chuck is responsible for the deaths of Langston Graham and Bryce Larkin.
Even with Sarah being back, Chuck was still apprehensive about what the Intersect had done to his family, and Sarah was acting a bit "off". A fact he discusses with Ellie just as Sarah was about to retrieve the Intersect glasses and kill Chuck in his sleep. Ellie, who received a job offer to a medical center in Chicago along with Devon ("Babe, we're being wooed . . . by Midwesterners!"), told Chuck to be patient with Sarah, even though some of the little things weren't happening, such as Sarah warming up her cold feet in bed by using Chuck's. Sarah overhears all of this, as does Quinn. Chuck is convinced he has to destroy the Intersect, so Quinn tells her she has to go with and download the Intersect onto the glasses before killing him. She agrees, and even remembers to cuddle up to Chuck (especially his feet) when he gets back.
Chuck meets with the rest of Team Carmichael, who agree the Intersect has done more harm than good. They head out. Chuck finds the Intersect glasses in Sarah's bag, which made him instantly suspicious. At DARPA headquarters, where it really did look like where Q from the James Bond films would play, the employees are hit with knockout gas, and the team enters through a vent. (Morgan loved the cloak of invisibility they were working on...perhaps too much for everyone's liking.) They find the Intersect room, only it has five guards. Sarah pulls a little Bryce Larkin from the pilot episode and uses some ass-kicking gymnastics to take them out. They find the familiar room. Chuck uploads the virus to destroy the Intersect. While he's doing that, Sarah takes out the glasses and downloads the data. She then takes Morgan hostage and tells Casey to drop his gun. She tells them about what Quinn told her. They try to convince her the Intersect she has is damaged. She lets Chuck get close, knocks him out and escapes from the Intersect room, locking them inside and setting it to explode. Except Sarah didn't want to blow them up, since they'd be arrested. Quinn overrules her and detonates the Intersect room.
Of course, since this is a two-hour finale, everybody survives. And even better, Chuck switched the glasses when he tried to convince Sarah to not listen. Sarah wasn't happy with Quinn, but Quinn was less happy when he found the glasses to be empty. Lucky for Sarah, Chuck called, so Sarah promised not to make the same mistake twice. Chuck, naturally, was panicking. Morgan was panicking even more. ("Dude, she's totally evil! OK, that was a bit unfair, but that was the bad Intersect talking. It's like me with my faulty Intersect, only much, much worse!") Casey was calmer but much more dire. He thinks Sarah is gone and would even go so far as harming Ellie and Awesome to get the glasses. Chuck is beside himself but calls Awesome. Unfortunately, Ellie went to get a cup of coffee with Sarah, obviously not knowing what's going on. Chuck tries to call Ellie's phone, but Sarah gets it first. She tells Chuck to bring the glasses to her in fifteen minutes. General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) was read in on what was going on, told Chuck to go to the meet but tell Sarah he hid the glasses in Regal Plaza. Chuck doesn't want snipers to take Sarah out. Beckman said Ellie and the glasses were the priority. What happened at the plaza would depend on Sarah. Chuck goes to the cafe and promises to take Sarah to the glasses, only Ellie will drive Sarah to the pickup.
They drive over. While Chuck tells Casey, who was waiting with his sniper rifle, that Sarah has Ellie, Ellie tells Sarah she didn't have to do this. Sarah was there for her wedding and to see her baby being born. Sarah wasn't having it. Casey was sure Sarah wasn't in there anymore. Chuck went off comms and steered them elsewhere. Ellie then notices something.
ELLIE: If you can remember, if you were still you, then you'd want me to do anything to save Chuck. You would want this.
The this? Ellie crashes head-first into a car and knocks the unbelted Sarah unconscious.
Chuck grabs the unconscious Sarah and puts her in the Nerd Herder, over Ellie's protests, as she knows Sarah's far worse than Morgan ever was with the Intersect. He thinks Sarah is still in there and is taking her to a place where she'll remember. Ellie calls Casey because she knows where Chuck would take her: the dream home Sarah claimed she wanted. Sarah was convinced it was still an assignment, and Chuck tells her she's right, only she fell in love with him. Sarah says that's what she does to get a mark's confidence, but he tells her about their first real kiss in Chuck vs. the Imported Hard Salami. He told her she grabbed him and kissed him. Then, after a lot of going back-and-forth (a LOT of going back-and-forth, thanks producers), Chuck was sure she didn't love him . . . then she told the drunken Chuck in Chuck vs. the Other Guy she fell in love with him sometime between fixing phones and disabling bombs with computer viruses. He knew if she remembered him, she would remember this nerdy guy who worked at a Buy More could make her happy.
CHUCK: (cuts her loose) So I'm going to give you a choice, right here right now. You can either take a chance on me and we can start over or you can take these glasses you came for . . . and never see me again.
SARAH: This is real. You really love me?
CHUCK: With all of my heart.
SARAH: I'm sorry. I did my job too well, and I have a mission to finish.
Sarah takes the glasses and starts assaulting Chuck. Chuck refuses to fight back. She doesn't care, kicking him down the stairs. She takes out her gun.
CHUCK: You can kill me. I will never hurt you.
And she almost does . . . until she sees the "Sarah & Chuck" etched into the doorjamb.
SARAH: (shocked) I wrote that.
Before she can put the pieces together, Quinn shows up, takes the glasses, and doesn't deny to Sarah he used her. He shoots Sarah, only Chuck steps in front of her and saves her life. Thankfully, he was wearing a vest, and Chuck tells her to run before the police can get her.
CASEY: Where's Sarah?
CHUCK: She's gone . . . Sarah's gone.
As Ellie and Devon take Chuck home, Sarah is packing to run. Casey pays her a little visit and asks her what she knew about him. She said he was unfriendly, unforgiving, and unquestioning about orders. Casey said people would say that about her, which is probably why they never got along. But Bartowski softened both of them up. Casey dropped off an envelope for her. Inside the envelope? A DVD of her mission with Bartowski. Sarah watched every single day of it and saw herself slowly fall for that Nerd Herd repair person. For example:
SARAH: (on video) Day 564, things are calm for once. No missions, nothing really to report . . .except I find myself sitting here, talking to myself because . . . I love him. I love Chuck Bartowski and I don't know what to do about it!
In Echo Park, Chuck heads back to his apartment after talking to Ellie. Sarah finds him in the courtyard.
SARAH: I believe you, I believe everything you told me about us. But . . . the truth is, Chuck, I . . . I don't feel it. Everything you told in our story I . . . I don't feel it.
CHUCK: Right, of course. I wasn't really sure what I was expecting. But what are you doing here?
SARAH: I just wanted to say I'm sorry for everything that happened today. But most of all, I wanted to say goodbye.
She was going after Quinn to get her life back.
13Chuck Versus the Goodbye
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Chuck (Zachary Levi) rescued Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) from Nicholas Quinn (Angus Macfadyen) and Sarah was convinced everything Chuck told her was true. Only...she didn't feel love for him anymore and went off to get the life back Quinn stole from her.
TWO WEEKS LATER
On a plane bound for somewhere, Edgar (Mark Pellegrino), who worked for Fulcrum for ten years and only had one little trinket to show for it, was ready to deliver The Key to Quinn, since he had an Intersect, albeit a faulty one. Quinn tells Edgar to keep that to himself, since he has a few enemies. Like the one hiding in one of his bags. Wearing a leather catsuit and six-inch stilettos. (Do you get the feeling Yvonne told the I, Frankenstein she'd only do the movie if she could wear one thing and it couldn't be sexy?) Sarah was armed to the teeth. Edgar told Quinn he needed two other parts to The Key, one of which was purchased by The Ring from Alexei Volkoff. (EDGAR: The Ring. What amateurs.) Quinn figured it out and borrowed Edgar's Walther to aim it at her. They're at a standoff until Edgar lurches the plane to the right. Quinn gets the upper hand. He wants Sarah to go for the gun. Sarah decides to go for the door instead. She falls out of the plane unconscious and plummets to the Earth...
Chuck is sleeping in late. Even Morgan (Joshua Gomez) is up ahead of him. In fact, short of the The Big Lebowski robe and beard, this could be the season 3 premiere all over again. Neither Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) nor Devon (Ryan McPartlin) were having it.
ELLIE: Chuck, you are getting Sarah back TODAY.
CHUCK: She's gone. She isn't coming back. She doesn't remember me or you or...how many people are in my room right now?
DEVON: Dude, you can do this. You can get Sarah back. Even Clara agrees.
Chuck thinks he's no longer a spy, his wife is gone, and he's back to where he was: alone in Burbank. Ellie knows he wasn't the same person he was five years ago.
ELLIE: Emotions, feelings. These are powerful things. And if you can find Sarah, maybe you can spark some of these memories.
CHUCK: Do you really think it can work? That she can just...snap out of it?
Well, she did wake up in time to open the chute and land in the water. And do one of those walks on the beach you only see in Bond movies.
In the meantime, Casey (Adam Baldwin) was back at work with the NSA. Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) wasted no time in assigning him to take down Quinn. She wants Old Casey back. The one who didn't sit five years in Burbank turning into butter. ("I need the Colonel.") And she'll get the Colonel...he even ignored a call from his daughter.
Chuck wondered how he would get Sarah back. Morgan's Disney Princess-inspired idea of grabbing her and kissing her aside, he employs Jeff (Scott Krinsky), Lester (Vik Sahay), and the entire Nerd Herd to do their best (worst?) to find Sarah Walker. (Not sure why they'd automatically assume she'd be in L.A., but OK...) They're right. She's at the Nerd Herd desk "in tight jeans and a cleavage-enhancing top, no nip slips, no pokey peaks, sorry." Chuck goes out there to talk to her. She needs to borrow Castle to track down the other two pieces of The Key, one of which was currently in the hands of a former Ring agent, Renny Deutch. (named for the two directors Renny Harlin and Howard Deutch, no doubt) As Chuck does his research, Sarah looks around the place. Morgan makes the mistake of walking up behind her and ends up on the business end of a choke hold. (MORGAN: We've danced that dance before and I should know better than to sneak up on you.) He told her he was always Chuck's best friend, the one he relied on, but he was happy to hand that title off to her. Chuck finds Deutch, who is set up in Berlin. Chuck asks what her plan is, which was to kill Quinn and disappear forever. She only remembered how to be a spy, not be Chuck's wife. Chuck offers Carmichael Industries for help. She asks him if he knew how to use a gun. He lies his head off.
Chuck panics about using a gun. Morgan told him to not shoot anybody if he wanted Sarah to remember him. They run into the Berlin version of El Compadre, the restaurant where Chuck and Sarah had their first "date" in the pilot episode. They sat inside and had drinks. Chuck told her about this place being their first date. For him, anyway. She was being a spy. He told her about them going dancing and all the amazing, sexy moves she did on the dance floor, but she wanted him to focus on the mission. Morgan tells him to make it the most romantic mission of all time. Deutch heads out and our favorite spy team needs a wardrobe change...in order to tango. (She even fixes his tie.) They have to get close to Deutch, so they head out. Sarah needs to get closer to the target. Chuck is still listening to Morgan's Disney-inspired advice about just kissing her to make her remember. Deutch's contact changed locations again. To a...wait for it...Wienerlicious. (They're going to hit EVERY episode with this one.) Sarah gets into the Wienerlicious costume and looks as hot as ever. (SARAH: This place is disgusting.) For disgusting, she remembered how the counter should look, and that was Chuck's first sign she remembered something from her days in Burbank. Chuck wants her to remember more, only Quinn and his men had to interrupt a romantic moment. He takes the Key piece from Deutch and kills him, as well as brought Morgan into the shop. Casey, who had found them by following Chuck and Sarah's movements, told the helicopter to land. Quinn teases Chuck, telling Sarah her husband is one of the world's greatest...pussies. She isn't, and those wooden skewers that worked so well on Casey in Chuck vs. the Helicopter worked well to disarm Quinn. The fight was on. Quinn escapes. Sarah orders Chuck to go after him while Morgan and she cleaned up the rest. Chuck finds Quinn in the streets and orders him to stop. Sarah tels him to shoot, only he can't. He fires one in the air...right at Casey's helicopter.
CASEY: (mad as hell) Is that my Desert Eagle? You shot down my helicopter with my own damn gun??
Back at Castle, Casey puts Chuck and Sarah on lockdown per Beckman's orders and tells Morgan to let Alex know he's going away for a while. Sarah is pissed off at Chuck for letting Quinn get away. Chuck confessed he never killed anyone with a gun. It was one of the things she liked about him. Morgan wants Casey to talk to Alex (Mekenna Melvin), who thinks he's on all these covert missions. Which, he is.
MORGAN: She's your daughter!
CHUCK: She's a liability.
Casey regretted saying it. He was trying to be ruthless. And Team Carmichael made him go soft.
MORGAN: (completely livid) Your team WAS your edge, you giant jackass! What is wronng with you, man? You want to find Quinn, you know who to call, but don't you DARE try to blame this on us because you're afraid! That's right. You're afraid that when you're with us, THAT'S when you're the best! That's the truth, man!
Apparently Morgan got through.
CASEY: (releases Chuck and Sarah) Screw the court-martial. I'm in!
Sarah isn't so convinced. (CHUCK: You're escaping without me?) Sarah thinks she's better finding Quinn on her own. Sarah can't leave. Because of his mother...who is standing right behind her with a gun. (DEVON: Grandma, what did we say about guns around Clara?) Mary Bartowski (Linda Hamilton) had intel on the final piece Quinn needed. It turned out, Stephen split The Key into three pieces, giving one to Ted Roark and one to Hartley Winterbottom so no one person could assemble the key and fix the bug in it. Ellie pulls Chuck aside and tells him if they used The Key with a file of Sarah's memories, she could get them back. Chuck just has to convince Sarah to go through with it. They didn't have time. Beckman had the final piece. Quinn was on his way to the Pacific Concert Hall to get it. So was Team Carmichael...and Jeff and Lester, who overheard Chuck and Ellie talking in the Buy More.
At the concert hall, Beckman found herself sitting on a pressure-sensitive bomb, courtesy of Quinn. He took the last part of The Key from Beckman, which was actually one of the insignia on her uniform. Chuck calls Beckman, and Quinn answers. Quinn thinks he's too late. Team Carmichael shows up anyway. Chuck figures it's on a sonic trigger, meaning if the concert stops, it blows up. Beckman orders everyone to leave, but Casey isn't having it. (CASEY: General, with all due respect, shut up. We're rescuing you.) As if that's not enough, Quinn had the Intersect glasses. Sarah is determined to finish him off. Chuck orders Casey to buy him some time so he can get the glasses for Sarah. But how does Casey and Morgan keep the music going? Yup, as soon as you saw the words "concert hall," you knew there would be a Jeffster! performance. Certainly, Casey and Beckman would rather be blown up than to hear Jeffster keep the bomb from exploding with a-ha's Take On Me, but needs must as the devil drives.
QUINN: (on the roof) What's going on?
CHUCK: One word: Jeffster!
Quinn reaches for his gun, and Sarah shoots him dead. Chuck retrieves the Intersect glasses. He was distraught because he had a plan. There is only one upload left, but Chuck can't defuse the bomb without the Intersect.
CHUCK: Sarah, I'm sorry. I can't get your memories back. I can't get you back. But I have to save them.
He puts on the glasses and gets the upload. They rush downstairs, where the crowd (and even the orchestra) is digging Jeffster! Thankfully, Chuck and Sarah defuse the bomb just in the nick of time (like usual). How? Same way he did it in the pilot. Actually, Sarah gave him the idea of Irene Demova. And the crowd cheered...for Jeffster, not Chuck and Sarah. Even Casey and Beckman hugged.
Back at Castle, Beckman was disappointed the team was breaking up. Sarah needed to find herself, as did Casey. (BECKMAN: If you ever feel like saving the world again, you know where to find me.) Casey tries to escape without getting a hug from Chuck...only to turn around and give him a doozy of a hug. (CASEY: That's the one thing Russians do well. Give hugs.) Casey takes off. Sarah apologizes to Chuck. Even though she was remembering a few things, she still needed to be alone for a while.
CHUCK: You know Morgan had this idea. It's nutty, really. That if we...you have to go. I understand.
She walks up the stairs and leaves.
Jeff and Lester try to tell their story to Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence), without success. New owners were moving in. Apparently, the Buy More will be owned by Subway. Jeffster was despondent...until a record producer from Germany tells them he saw their performance and thinks they'll be big stars over there. ("Women...and men...will adore you.") They talk it over...and they are ready to rock! Morgan and Alex announce to Casey they were moving in together...which Casey already guessed, so he handed them the keys to his apartment. He had somewhere else to be. Where a certain ass-kicking Matrix siren was waiting for him.
ALEX: Run to her!
CASEY: I'm a Casey; I don't run. I stalk my prey.
Chuck says goodbye to Ellie and Devon as they pack for Chicago. Ellie hopes he finds Sarah. Chuck isn't so optimistic. Although Morgan did tell him to listen to his heart because his brain always screwed him up. (Chuck gave him that advice.) Morgan told him to think with his heart where Sarah was. Sure enough, she was on that beach Chuck sat on following that first night.
SARAH: This place is important, isn't it.
CHUCK: Yeah, yeah very much. This is where you told me I was going to be OK. That I could trust you. And that's exactly what I'm doing now. I'm asking you to trust me. Sarah, I don't...I don't want anything from you. I just want you to know that wherever you go, I'll be there to help you. Someone you can call whenever. Trust me, Sarah. I'm here for you always.
SARAH: (after a long pause) Chuck, tell me our story.
CHUCK: Well, it started with a guy who worked at a Buy More, whose college friend sent him an email full of secrets. Then the next day, his life really changed. Because he met Sarah, the girl he fell in love with.
We see scenes from the entire show, and Sarah was enjoying the story, alternately laughing and crying. So Chuck tries again.
CHUCK: Morgan has this crazy idea, that you'll remember everything with one magical kiss. I know, it's...
SARAH: Chuck, kiss me.
And their story begins...
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