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'Chuck' nostalgia recap: My girlfriend's back

Season 2 | Episode 6 | “Chuck Versus the Ex” | Aired Nov 10, 2008

It’s the return of the exes in Burbank, and that comes with some jealousy, kissing, and choking. (Okay, that last one is unrelated.) As usual, let’s start with our Buy More subplot.

After Big Mike nearly chokes to death on a doughnut, new assistant manager Emmett brings in Awesome to teach an emergency preparedness course to the Buy Morons. If they fail the CPR test, they will have to take a remedial class on their own time.

Morgan, Jeff, and Lester have no hope of passing. They decide to steal the test from Awesome, but they’re caught in the act. So it’s on to Plan B: cheating off of Chuck. But when Chuck leaves early, it’s on to Plan C. Jeff swallows a pen cap, forcing Awesome to perform the Heimlich maneuver in front of everyone so they can figure out the answers. Say what you want about the Buy Morons, but you can’t deny that they’re resourceful.

The Buy Morons cheat off of Chuck

Now to the ex. Remember Jill? Chuck’s college girlfriend who hooked up with Bryce and broke his heart and he never really got over her? Yeah, she’s back. We begin with a flashback to Stanford, post-expulsion. Chuck, then a green shirt at the Buy More, comes to try to get Jill back. Jill (Jordana Brewster, Furious 7) apologizes but says she’s dating Bryce now. It’s over.

In the present, Chuck is listening to his “Jill ’03 :(” playlist when he’s sent on a Nerd Herd call at the BioScience conference. There, he spots Jill across the room. Chuck tries to avoid her by hiding under the table, but he’s spotted. He tries to play it cool by pretending he doesn’t recognize her (very smooth).

Chuck hides from Jill

Jill is doing a presentation on infectious diseases, and Chuck says he owns a smallish tech company, but sometimes he likes to come out and do the installs himself. (Okay.) Then Jill’s boss, Guy Lafleur, comes over and Chuck flashes.

During debrief, Beckman tells the team that Lafleur developed a bioweapon, and they think he’s looking for a buyer. Chuck has to spend time with Jill to find out if she’s involved. Chuck says he can’t; she destroyed him. Beckman could not care less. Sarah says this might help him get closure and promises the CIA will make him look good.

And boy, do they. Chuck is sneaking out in a fancy new suit when Ellie spots him. He confesses he’s going to see Jill, and Ellie tells him not to go. Jill hurt him, and she doesn’t want to see him go through that again. (Protective Big Sister Ellie is my favorite Ellie.)

But Chuck has to go. He and Jill arrive at dinner in a fancy sports car, and the restaurant is full of CIA operatives treating Chuck like a beloved regular and investor. Jill says she’s glad things turned out so well for him, especially after what happened.Chuck and Jill reconnect

Oh, no—she shouldn’t have opened that can of worms. Chuck tries to explain that he never stole the test, and Jill didn’t believe him when it mattered. He also takes a dig at her for sleeping with Bryce. Jill is about to walk out on their dinner when Chuck “gets a call at the bar,” and undercover Sarah and Casey remind him that tonight, he’s a spy first.

When Chuck returns to the table, he apologizes. Later, while they wait for the valet, Jill tells Chuck about the secret project she’s working on. She thinks there may be some sketchy people involved. But before she can tell him more, Jeff and Lester drive by and blow Chuck’s cover. Jill, angry that Chuck has been lying, stalks off.

The next day, the team is running surveillance outside Jill and Lafleur’s hotel, but the bug in Jill’s room is acting up. Chuck offers to go up and apologize, and replace the bug in the process. Chuck tells Jill that he wanted her to think he was someone special because he hasn’t gotten over her yet. Jill said she was having a nice time at dinner; they kiss, Chuck’s bug abandoned.

When Chuck gets back to the van, he spots an assassin on the hotel monitors headed for Lafleur’s room. Casey and Sarah race in, but they’re too late. Lafleur is thrown from the balcony and lands on top of the surveillance van, dead. Oh, and Chuck accidentally spoke into a live mic on the surveillance equipment, interrupting one of Jill’s phone calls. So she thinks he’s a total creep and her boss was just murdered. Tough day to be Jill.

Casey brings in Jill to ask her about Lafleur. She tells him that Lafleur found out that an extremely deadly strain of influenza, commonly used in bioweapons, was being sold by their company. He was planning on exposing them during his presentation at the conference.

At the conference, Sarah poses as a scientist to give the presentation instead (using her native Aussie accent!). She sees the assassin sneak out and chases after him, but it’s too late. He’d already released the virus into the room, and Casey and dozens of scientists are trapped.

Chuck goes to Jill to get the antidote. He says he’s with the CIA, and unsurprisingly, she doesn’t believe him. But Chuck brought some feds along to back up his story. When they arrive at the conference center, Chuck takes over the scene, and Jill injects Chuck with the poison to create an antidote with his blood.

Chuck goes into the quarantined room, but his syringe gets broken. The scientists and Casey don’t have much time left, so Chuck comes up with a new plan. If the antidote is in his blood, it’s probably in his saliva too. Chuck kisses Casey—passionately. Unfortunately, it was for nothing, since that’s not how science works. Jill comes in with a new syringe and they get everyone cured in time … no kissing necessary.

Chuck kisses Casey to save his life

At least, no kissing for medical purposes. After Agent Carmichael saves the day, an impressed Jill kisses Chuck, while Sarah looks on jealously from a distance.

Chuck and Jill

It turns out the assassin was Fulcrum. And since Jill now knows Chuck is an asset, they may attempt to contact her. Beckman plans to use Jill as bait, and Sarah and Casey can’t tell 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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