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'Chuck' season 1 finale fan recap

Season 1 | Episode 13 | “Chuck Versus the Marlin” | Aired Jan 24, 2008

Well, everyone, the first-season finale is finally here. And it opens with a BIG shocker—Jeff and Lester are huge perverts. (Okay, so not actually a shocker.) The Buy More’s skeeviest unsubtly spend most of their day recording women’s cleavage on their “mammary cam” while they hit on the frequent shawarma delivery girl and video subject, Lizzie. Chuck tries to put a stop to it, but he’s interrupted by Awesome.

Awesome asks Chuck for EllieAwesome needs some advice, and he is in the midst of explaining himself when Chuck flashes. There’s a poorly hidden bug planted on one of the display racks. Chuck excuses himself to confront Casey about his terrible hiding skills. When he gets back, Awesome says he wants to propose to Ellie, and he’d like Chuck’s blessing. Chuck says yes and is tasked with holding onto the ring (Great Granny Awesome’s) so Ellie won’t find it.

Over at the Wiernerlicious, Casey shows Sarah the bug Chuck found. It’s a model that requires a nearby receiver to record the data, and it’s favored by Fulcrum. General Beckman and Director Graham tell Casey and Sarah they have 48 hours to find the receiver and whoever planted it, or Chuck will be relocated to a CIA holding facility to protect his identity—permanently.

The empty Buy MoreThe next day, Big Mike—enjoying a doughnut and tabloid—strolls into the Buy More only to find it completely stripped, down to his four-foot stuffed marlin. When Chuck arrives and finds out about the robbery, he panics. The thieves really took everything—including Ellie’s ring, which was stashed in Chuck’s locker.

When Detective Conway (Mark Derwin) shows up, he thinks it’s an inside job, and everyone is acting super-suspicious. Jeff is warning Lester not to talk, and Casey didn’t show up to work. Chuck calls to check in, and Casey says they need him. It turns out that the U.S. government robbed the Buy More and recreated it in an airplane hangar. It was the easiest way to look for the hidden receiver and sweep for bugs.

Sarah and Casey tell Chuck that Fulcrum is looking for the intersect (aka, him), and they’re getting closer. They found 29 bugs hidden in the store, but no receiver. (And no ring, either.) Sarah breaks the news that if they can’t find the receiver, Chuck will be taken away. Later, Beckman informs Sarah that Chuck may be extracted anyway. The risk is too great.

When the team reviews security footage, they see that a thief turned the cameras off, but a drunken Jeffster accidentally turned them back on when they stole Big Mike’s marlin as a prank the night before. Casey intimidates Jeffster into confessing that they stashed the marlin—and the receiver hidden inside—at Chuck’s.

Chuck and Casey look for a marlinCasey and Chuck tear through the apartment looking for the marlin. Ellie interrupts them and says they should check with Morgan, since he left with a four-foot-long marlin last night. Casey breaks out his interrogation skills again, and Morgan spills. He “borrowed” Chuck’s bag to play his new video game, but he found the engagement ring instead. Assuming the ring was meant for Sarah, Morgan panicked and shoved it inside the marlin, which he then hid in the freezer at the Wienerlicious.

While Chuck is waiting to be interrogated by Detective Conway, he notices Lizzie, the shawarma girl, has made deliveries every day for a month … which coincides to the amount of bugs planted at the Buy More.

Chuck finds Jeffster’s hidden boob video and sends a shot of Lizzie’s face to Sarah. She may be the spy they’re looking for. This suspicion is confirmed when Lizzie overhears Morgan mention the Wienerlicious freezer. She immediately goes across the parking lot to the restaurant. Sarah and Lizzie fight, and Lizzie manages to get the upper hand. She locks Sarah in the freezer (after removing the marlin, of course).

When Chuck finds out where the marlin is, he rushes over. The marlin is busted, and the ring and receiver are gone. But Chuck does find Sarah. He tries to shoot the lock off the door, but Detective Conway chooses that inconvenient moment to enter the room, and he arrests Chuck. In the car, Chuck hears Conway refer to himself as “Longshore” and flashes. He is not a cop.

Sarah is finally rescued from the freezer by Casey, and they update their superiors. They are ordered to take Lizzie out, but not to retrieve Chuck. Conway is CIA, and he is taking Chuck to a CIA facility. Chuck isn’t Casey and Sarah’s priority anymore.

Beckman is wrong about this, however. Casey volunteers to go after Lizzie so Sarah can go find Chuck. Conway agrees to give Charah a minute to talk before he whisks Chuck away to the deep recesses of a CIA facility.

Chuck asks Sarah to tell his family and friends something that will make them feel better when he’s gone, and to make sure they know how much he loves them. And Chuck even finds a silver lining to this whole “permanently kidnapped by the government thing”: Now that Sarah and Chuck aren’t working together, they could go on a real date, or even tell each other how they really feel.

But time is up. Chuck is headed away with Longshore when Lizzie shoots Longshore. She listened to the receiver, and she knows Chuck is the intersect. And she has Ellie’s ring. Round 2 between Lizzie and Sarah starts, and it ends with the two ladies rolling off the roof into the Dumpster below. Lizzie is out of commission and Chuck is safe again … for now.

The next morning, Big Mike walks into the Buy More to find everything back the way it was (except for the duct tape holding the marlin together). Chuck and Sarah are sifting through the Dumpster trying to find Great Granny Awesome’s ring. Finally, Chuck finds it, and rushes home to return it to Awesome for his big moment. Charah watches through the window as Ellie says yes to Awesome’s proposal. And as Chuck congratulates his big sister, Casey warns Sarah that they can only protect Chuck for so long.

Awesome proposes to Ellie

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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