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'Chuck' fan recap: The long con

Season 2 | Episode 10 | “Chuck Versus the DeLorean” | Aired Dec 8, 2008

This episode is all about daddy issues and adulthood, and we’ll start by recapping the latter. At the Buy More, Morgan wants to hook up with Anna in the home theater room (as is their way). But Anna is tired of only hooking up at work. She wants get an apartment together. Cue Morgan’s panic attack.

Morgan heads over to the Bartowski apartment and talks things out with Awesome (who has always been oddly supportive of Morgan). Awesome tells him to grow up, and he writes him a check as a loan to purchase the apartment.

So Morgan heads to Adulthood via the Buy More. He’s about to tell Anna when he’s intercepted by Jeffster with big news: There’s a DeLorean in audio install, and it’s for sale. In an unsurprising twist, Morgan uses Awesome’s loan to buy the barely functioning Back to the Future car instead.

When Ellie finds out about the loan, she orders Awesome to go get the money back NOW. So Awesome confronts Morgan at the Buy More (along with a pissed Anna) and demands the money back by tomorrow. Morgan asks Chuck for a loan, but Chuck can’t give him the money (more on that later).

Fortunately, the DeLorean is stolen (more on that later, too) and impounded, and Morgan gets Blue Book value for it—enough to pay back Awesome, plus a little extra. Unfortunately, there’s a Dukes of Hazzard car in audio install. Adulthood will have to wait.

Awesome and Anna confront Morgan

Remember back in “Chuck Versus the Cougars” when we learned Sarah’s dad went to jail when she was in high school? Well, now we know why. We open on a flashback of Little Sarah riding her bike before she’s hit by an armored car. A “doctor” (Gary Cole) rushes to her and takes her to the “hospital.” Sarah is fine; the whole thing was a con to grab a bag of cash from the truck.

Back in the present, Sarah turns down a fake date with Chuck because she has real plans, and they’re personal. Chuck needs to know what’s going on, so he uses his stealthy spy training to follow Sarah. He sits a few tables over at a restaurant and flashes on her date (Gary Cole again), who has a serious criminal record.

Chuck spies on Sarah

Chuck might have gotten away with his spying if Sarah’s phone didn’t ping on Chuck’s GPS watch. She confronts him, but her date comes over before Chuck can fully explain. Sarah introduces him: Jack Burton, her father.

The next day, Jack asks Sarah if she’s working some sort of angle with Chuck, but she says they’re just dating. Meanwhile, Jack is definitely working an angle, since he has a suitcase FULL of cash.

The money is from Sheik Rajiv Amad, and Sarah informs Beckman. Amad has been on the CIA terror watch list for funding terrorist regimes. The CIA doesn’t have any recent photos, and Jack’s con could be an opportunity to gather some intel. Since Jack doesn’t know about Sarah’s spy life, Beckman tells her to get in on the con.

So Chuck, Sarah, and Jack have dinner together and talk shop. Jack says he’s pulling a “Lichtenstein”—a wealthy German fallen on hard times who has to sell something fast. So he “sold” Amad a huge plaza/office space. The bigger the lie, the easier it is to believe.

Chuck, Sarah, and Jack have dinner

As Charah leaves dinner, Chuck flashes on Amad entering the hotel. He doesn’t think Lichtenstein is real and he wants his money back. So Jack introduces Sarah as Lichtenstein’s assistant, and Chuck poses as the man himself. They make an appointment to meet tomorrow.

Beckman doesn’t want to waste the perfect setup. If they follow through with the con, the CIA can access Amad’s international accounts and freeze them. So Sarah convinces Jack to go big or go home. They pose as fumigators to get the building evacuated, and redecorate it as Lichtenstein’s office.

When Amad arrives, Team Con requests a 3 percent deposit to take the property off the market: $10 million. They hit a few snags, but after playing hard to get, Team Con heads out with the transferred money, just as the real office owners head back inside. They’re gone before Amad realizes he’s been taken.

The Lichtenstein

Later, Beckman calls—she never got the money. Jack took off with the laptop and the $10 million. Sarah is feeling bummed at her dad’s betrayal, so Chuck tells her about his own dad, an eccentric engineer who took off. They used to get birthday and Christmas cards, but they eventually stopped. She can’t blame herself. (Do you feel the Papa Bartowski foreshadowing building, kids?)

Sarah is taking out her daddy issues in the gym when she gets a call. If Amad doesn’t get his money back, Jack is dead. So Sarah takes off after her dad, Casey takes off after Sarah, and Chuck takes off after everyone because he knows where the money is. When Chuck goes to withdraw money for Morgan, he finds $10 million extra in his account.

Chuck borrows the DeLorean to go to the drop. Chuck tells Amad they’re just bad con men who got in too deep, and he can transfer back his money right now (effectively getting the CIA his account info). But before Amad can kill them, Casey rolls up posing as a Treasury Department agent to “arrest” Team Con, and passes Sarah a gun. Sarah shoots her dad in the shoulder to get him out of the way and Amad takes off in the DeLorean, but he won’t be getting far.

Sarah knows the cops will be coming for Jack, but she can’t let him be arrested, so she sends him out right before the cops arrive. He talks to Chuck outside the hotel. He knew Chuck wouldn’t betray Sarah—that’s why he transferred him the money. When the police roll up, Jack realizes his daughter is some sort of cop, and he asks Chuck to take care of her before he leaves.

Chuck and Sarah

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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