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'Chuck' fan recap: Puzzles and pocket dials

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Chuck Versus the Fat Lady” | Aired Nov 17, 2008

Things are complicated with Jill back in the picture. Sarah’s jealous of Jill, and Jill is jealous of Sarah (and I am jealous of both of them because Zachary Levi). There are lots of puzzles to be solved, and, oh yeah, someone is secretly a Fulcrum agent. So let’s dive in, beginning with Emmett’s paranoia over at the Buy More.

Emmett is going through the paperwork for offsite installs and notices they are all signed by one Mr. Bartowski. Where is he going during these “installs”? So Emmett starts interrogating the Buy Morons to get the scoop. He starts with Morgan and tries to blackmail him with private photos from the home theater room. But Morgan won’t flip on his best friend (plus he doesn’t actually know anything).

So Emmett brings in Jeff and Lester. After Emmett threatens to take away their late-night poker games, Jeff breaks and tells Emmett that Chuck is cheating on Sarah, but if he wants to know more, he’ll have to break Morgan. But Morgan is adamant; there’s nothing going on. Then Emmett points out Chuck sneaking Jill around the Buy More. Morgan is upset Chuck didn’t tell him Jill was back. What else isn’t he telling him? (A hell of a lot. Wait until next season, buddy.)

Emmett finally has a way to bring down Chuck, so he joins Jeffster and Morgan for a celebratory game of poker and drinking. But Emmett overindulges—he had TWO wine coolers—and Morgan turns the tables. Morgan has a video of Emmett drunkenly screaming at Big Mike’s fish and vomiting in his office. Emmett won’t be following up on that intel on Chuck anytime soon.

Emmett Milbarge (Tony Hale) on Chuck

But Emmett was right: Chuck is sneaking around. We see Chuck running through stairwells, picking locks, and blocking out cameras. Is he on a mission? Nope, a date. He sneaks Jill up onto the Buy More roof, one of the only places he can go that’s not under surveillance. (Wrong. It totally is.)

Down at Castle, Beckman tells Sarah and Casey that Jill’s boss, Lafluer, had a list of Fulcrum agents, and it’s hidden somewhere in his hotel room. But since his room is currently under FBI lockdown, they have to go in off the record to recover it.

As Chuck gets ready for their mission the next day, Jill is asking (super unsubtly) about Sarah. How close are they? What are their missions like? Totally unsexy, Chuck promises. Unfortunately, Chuck’s protestations don’t go far since Sarah is dressed like a high-class hooker for Mr. Carmichael. Strike one.

Once in the hotel, Team Chuck enters Lafluer’s room through the ventilation system. Chuck becomes stuck crawling through the ducts, and pocket dials Jill, who just hears Chuck and Sarah talking about shifting his hips and stuff that sounds an awful lot like sex noises. Strike two.

Jill Roberts (Jordana Brewster) on Chuck

In Lafluer’s room, Chuck flashes on a puzzle box. But before they can open it, Mark Pellegrino (his character is unnamed, so I will continue to call him Mark Pellegrino) arrives and shoots the guards outside the door. Team Chuck escapes just in time.

In their own hotel room, Chuck keys in the Fibonacci sequence to open the box, and gas immediately shoots out all over Chuck and Sarah. They strip down and hop in the shower together, scrubbing each other and fumbling with the soap. There’s a knock at the door, and they assume it’s Casey back with the containment unit. It’s not. It’s Jill, and Chuck and Sarah are wet and mostly naked. Strike three.

Chuck and Sarah in the shower

Unfortunately (or fortunately?) the safety shower was pointless. The “gas” was fruit punch, and when Chuck tries to explain to Jill later, she just asks what kind. Huh? Jill explains that Lafluer was paranoid, and the brand of fruit punch was probably a clue.

Chuck brings a blindfolded Jill to Castle, where she runs some tests and finds the exact brand—”Rootin’ Raspberry” Hi-C. Chuck realizes it refers to high C, the musical note, and Casey the choir boy, bursts one out of nowhere. The box spits out a pair of opera glasses with a key. If they can find the opera, they can find the list.

They all head to Lafluer’s family box, and Chuck finds the keyhole. But there’s another box, and this time, the puzzle is attached to a bomb that’s counting down. Sarah tells Chuck to leave, but Chuck refuses. He knows he and Jill can solve the puzzle in time; Jill hasn’t been wrong yet. They finish in the nick of time, and a flash drive pops out.

Jill and Chuck

Of course the flash drive is encrypted, but the computer at Castle is running every possibility. While they wait, Chuck and Jill head back to this place to celebrate, but Chuck has trouble, um, performing, knowing cameras are watching him. They plan to meet tomorrow at the Buy More to sneak away together.

Chuck and Jill go off the grid, but not for long. Mark Pellegrino takes Jill at gunpoint when Chuck runs into a gas station to get snacks. He tells Chuck to meet him with the list at the opera house at midnight if he wants Jill back.

Mark Pellegrino and Jordana Brewster on Chuck

Chuck races back to Castle, but Casey refuses to help. They cannot lose the list, and Jill will be killed either way. So Chuck steals the flash drive and takes off, putting Castle into lockdown. Sarah and Casey catch up at the opera house, but Mark Pellegrino crushes the flash drive and escapes. Casey is furious, but Chuck made a copy of the flash drive on Morgan’s video game copier before handing it over. And things between Sarah and Jill finally come to a head. Sarah tells Jill not to hurt Chuck again. It’s her job to protect him—from anything.

At Castle, Casey and Sarah start decoding the list again, and Chuck and Jill finally get their alone time with the help of a strategically placed sweater. And then Jill’s name pops up on the Fulcrum list. Casey and Sarah rush to Chuck’s, but he’s not there. He already took off with Jill.

Jill works for Fulcrum

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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