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'Chuck' recap: Trust no one

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Chuck Versus the Helicopter” | Aired Oct 1, 2007

In the second episode of Chuck, everyone is still adjusting to the intersect in Chuck’s head. Casey is working undercover at the Buy More (and using his NSA skills to apprehend shoplifters). Sarah is posing as Chuck’s girlfriend and running surveillance from the Wienerlicious across the plaza. And Chuck is still trying not to freak out.

CIA Director Graham (Tony Todd) and General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) of the NSA have a plan for Operation Chuck. Sarah tells Chuck they’ll be meeting with a doctor about removing the intersect once and for all.

Casey and Sarah set up Chuck in the home theater room at the Buy More and bring in Dr. Jonas Zarnow to examine “Patient X.” Zarnow starts showing Chuck images from the intersect to trigger his flashes. Zarnow is amazed. They never imagined one person could have all of this information, but Zarnow is confident that he can remove the intersect from Chuck’s head. Afterward, Chuck invites Sarah to dinner the following night to meet Ellie and Captain Awesome. Ellie is so happy for Chuck, and she can’t wait to meet his new girlfriend.

102 (5)But since it’s only the second episode, we really can’t expect the intersect removal to work out. Dr. Zarnow’s car explodes on his drive home. When Casey and Sarah arrive at the scene, Sarah suspiciously swipes a cell phone she finds near the car. Casey (also suspiciously) places a call to General Beckman; he thinks that the CIA was involved in Zarnow’s death. Beckman tells Casey to keep an eye on Chuck—he could be the next target.

At the Buy More, Casey tells Chuck not to trust Sarah or have any private meetings. At the same time, Sarah messages Chuck and tells him she needs him to come to the Wienerlicious ASAP. Sarah has a crowd of teenage boys ogling her at the Wienerlicious (and I have no idea why).

Anyway, once the boys have left, Sarah tells Chuck not to trust Casey. Sarah shows Chuck the phone she took from the explosion, and Chuck flashes. It’s an NSA incinerator. And who works at the NSA? Major John Casey. Sarah tells Chuck to go back to work but pretend nothing is wrong.

But it’s not too long before Chuck’s handlers confront each other. Casey arrives at the Wienerlicious, and he and Sarah duke it out with plastic forks, corndog sticks, and other Wienerlicious furnishings. The teenage boys come back and interrupt the fight, giving Casey a chance to escape.

Meanwhile, back at the Buy More, fellow Nerd Herders Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) tell Chuck that he has a home call. The call actually came from Casey. After talking with Sarah, Chuck thinks Casey is after him, so he speeds away. Casey forces Chuck to pull over and explains that Sarah worked with Bryce, who was rogue; she could be rogue, too. They get into Casey’s car and find an NSA incinerator. They get out just in time, but now Chuck is convinced that his fake girlfriend is trying to kill him—and she’s with his sister right now.

Chuck races home for a tense dinner. Chuck doesn’t trust Sarah, and Sarah doesn’t know what’s going on. Casey crashes the dinner, quiche in hand, to keep an eye on things (but Sarah thinks Casey is after Chuck). Casey pulls Chuck aside to tell him that Sarah once killed an entire circle of French diplomats with poison. And out at the dinner table, Ellie is about to cut into Sarah’s dessert. Chuck (not so subtly) ruins Sarah dessert before anyone eats it, but Sarah has figured out what’s going on. She tells Chuck that the “diplomats” she killed were assassins. She never asked Chuck to believe her, just to trust her.

But Sarah then realizes who’s really after Chuck. She races out and is kidnapped by none other than Dr. Zarnow himself! He faked his own death, and now he has Sarah. Casey deduces that the best place for Zarnow to be holding Sarah would be at an airfield near the water, so they head to the Port of Los Angeles.

Casey orders Chuck to stay in the car while he rescues Sarah and captures Zarnow, but when Chuck sees Zarnow exit the building, he rushes inside to help. He gives Sarah something to free herself and then hides. When Zarnow returns, Chuck flashes on him and finds out that he’s been feeding American science to North Korea for years, and he plans on selling Chuck next.

Chuck’s yelp of surprise gets him captured, and he wakes up in a helicopter with Zarnow. Chuck tries to free himself, but ends up tranquing the pilot instead. In the following scuffle with Zarnow, the doctor is knocked out, and now Chuck is flying the helicopter.

102 (7)Casey and a now-freed Sarah try to give Chuck flying instructions from the ground. Casey’s teaching method includes angry screaming, while Sarah tells Chuck to imagine he’s playing a flight simulation game. Chuck manages to land the plane safely, but he’s not out of danger. Now he has an angry girlfriend to deal with.

Sarah tells Chuck that the secrets in his head are important, and he jeopardized everything by not trusting her. If he ever doubts her again, this whole operation is over. But it may be over soon, anyway. When Casey speaks to Beckman, she tells him that the new intersect will be up and running in six months. Then they won’t need Chuck anymore.

The next day, Chuck goes to the Wienerlicious to apologize. He should have trusted Sarah, especially since there will be more missions and danger and secrets going forward. The fake couple patches things up over burnt corn dogs with Ellie, Awesome, and Morgan. Operation Chuck is back on.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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