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'Chuck' recap: Pineapple situation

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Chuck Versus the Nemesis” | Aired Nov 26, 2007

Last time on Chuck, Charah shared their first real kiss and we found out that Bryce Larkin is still alive. We pick up with Bryce strapped to a bed in a creepy white room while Casey and Sarah watch from behind a glass. He won’t talk to them, but he asks for our favorite nerd, instead.

Over at the Buy More, everyone is getting ready for Black Friday. Big Mike tells the Nerds that they’re in charge of crowd control and Morgan will train them. Chuck tries to talk out his Charah confusion—are they getting back together?—with Morgan, but he’s too busy playing tonsil hockey with Anna. They’re both coming to the Bartowski Thanksgiving dinner, but Anna is jealous of Morgan’s unrequited love for Ellie.

When Sarah arrives at the Buy More, Chuck goes to talk out his Charah confusion with her instead. He starts rambling about the kiss and Thanksgiving dinner, and Sarah bluntly tells him that Bryce is alive, and he wants to talk to him.

When Chuck enters Bryce’s creepy white room, Bryce doesn’t believe it’s really him. He tells him to prove it, and the two friends start speaking Klingon to each other. (Nerds.) Bryce confirms Chuck has the only intersect, but he won’t answer Chuck’s questions.

Bryce Larkin and Chuck BartowskiThen Bryce apologizes before putting a needle to Chuck’s throat and using him to escape to the elevator. But the doors open too soon and Tommy, the mysterious sniper from last episode, is standing there. Chuck flashes on him. He’s security for something called Fulcrum. He wants Bryce to come with him, but Bryce refuses. The doors close again, and Bryce drugs Chuck before escaping out the top of the elevator.

On Thanksgiving morning, the Nerds are at the Buy More for Black Friday training. Morgan warns them about the emergency codeword: saying “pineapple” can clear the whole store. At Ellie’s that night, the whole gang is there. But tension is high between Ellie and Anna, and Chuck forgot the marshmallows in his car. When he runs out to get them, Bryce is there. He wants to talk to Sarah. Fulcrum is after the intersect.

Morgan, Anna, and Ellie at ThanksgivingBack inside, Chuck informs Sarah Bryce is in his bedroom, and Sarah sneaks off. Bryce tells her that the intersect was a mission and then they start making out, which is conveniently when Chuck walks by. Spitefully, Chuck heads back to the table and somewhat unsubtlely tells Casey where Bryce is. And Anna loses it when Morgan starts making inappropriate noises eating Ellie’s sweet potatoes and rushes out. Dinner is over.

When Team Chuck goes looking for Bryce, Sarah and Chuck find him in Casey’s apartment. He tells them that Fulcrum is a special access group inside the CIA. They told him to shed his agency contacts and go deep undercover. Only then did he realize it was a strike to download and destroy the intersect. He sent the intersect to Chuck because he needed someone who wasn’t a spy, someone he could trust. Chuck thinks Bryce is telling the truth. But then Casey bursts in and shoots Bryce in the chest (again).

Luckily, this time Bryce is wearing a vest. Once Casey has been filled in, Bryce tells the team that when he woke up after being shot by Casey the first time, Fulcrum was interrogating him. He told Fulcrum he downloaded the intersect, and they kept him alive to take it out of him.

Bryce wants to turn himself in, but he has to confirm that it’s really CIA and not Fulcrum. Chuck offers to go to the meet. If he flashes, he’ll know the agent can’t be trusted. They arrange to meet at the Buy More during the Black Friday sale.

Jeff and LesterThe next morning, people rush the store as soon as it opens. Jeff and Lester are not handling the pressure well, and they’re cowering under the Nerd Herd desk. When the CIA contacts walk in, Chuck doesn’t flash, so they’re good to go. Before leaving, Bryce apologizes to Chuck.

Sarah leaves with Bryce to take him in. In the car, he asks her to come back with him, but before she can answer, their car is t-boned. At the Buy More, Tommy comes to the Nerd Herd desk. He tells Chuck that his team has recaptured Bryce and Sarah, and he has assassins stationed throughout the store. Also, he has a gun on Casey. Chuck will help him.

Luckily, a car crash doesn’t keep a spy down for long. Sarah and Bryce take out the bad guys and speed back to the Buy More. And Chuck uses the chaos of the sale to his advantage. He says “pineapple.” Anna pulls the fire alarm and people start rushing out. Casey is able to get the upper hand on his guys and he grabs Chuck. The store is empty now, but Tommy’s men lock it down.

Bryce Larkin and Sarah WalkerIn the home theater room, Casey calls for reinforcements and raids his hidden gun stash. When Bryce and Sarah arrive at the Buy More, they use their sexual chemistry to take out Tommy’s men, but Tommy hits Casey and gets a gun on Chuck.

Tommy tries to leave with his hostage, but Bryce asks Chuck something in Klingon first—and then he shoots him. Tommy is captured and Sarah runs over to Chuck. Turns out, Bryce just asked him if he was wearing a vest. (He was.)

Outside the store, Morgan heroically carried Anna from the crowds, making up for his behavior at Thanksgiving. NSA cleaners, posing as firefighters, tell Big Mike a gas leak prompted the evacuation.

His name cleared, Bryce has a new assignment going after Fulcrum, off the radar. Before he leaves, he tells Sarah they’ll always have Omaha. Later, Chuck asks Casey what Omaha means. He says it’s probably a code or contact point, to give Sarah the opportunity to come undercover with him.

He’s right. Sarah is debating what to do in her hotel room, when the hotel phone starts ringing with a call from Bryce, and Chuck starts calling her cell phone. Which one will she answer? Find out next week on another exciting episode of Chuck!

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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