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Season 2 | Episode 15 | “Chuck Versus the Beefcake” | Aired March 2, 2009

We’re heading into the tail end of the season, kids, and things are starting to get serious. But before we get into that, let’s talk about the Buy More and Brooklyn Decker. Big Mike is too busy banging Morgan’s mom to interview new green shirts, so Jeffster does the interviews instead.

And naturally this becomes a sexual-harassment lawsuit waiting to happen. Enter the casting couch, a move right out of Barney Stinson’s playbook. The boys put out a call for models to play the “Buy More Babe.” Jeffster interviews the models, including Brooklyn Decker, and they are failing at wooing anyone (or convincing them this is a real gig) because they are COMPLETE CREEPERS. And, as they do when they’re in trouble, they inform the ladies that Chuck is in charge. On her way out, Brooklyn Decker slaps Chuck (and Morgan for good measure) and informs them they’ll be hearing from her lawyer.

Jeff and Lester interview models

Ellie and Morgan also got their own little subplot. After their convo a couple episodes ago about Sarah not being the one, Ellie thinks that Chuck should break up with Sarah and move on. Chuck agrees, and he fake-dumps Sarah again. (We’ll come back to this later.)

Meanwhile, Morgan isn’t sleeping well because of his mom and Big Mike, so he asks if he can stay with the Bartowskis for a bit. Chuck agrees but forgets to tell Ellie and Awesome. They come back from a run to find Morgan in the kitchen. But he’s earning his keep! He pours them a drink, has a hot bath ready, and has dinner in the oven.

Over dinner, Morgan tells Ellie Sarah is DEFINITELY the one, and Ellie worries she might have been wrong. She’s so worried that she can’t sleep, which leads to an unfortunate encounter with a nude Morgan in the middle of the night. When Ellie finds out Chuck already broke up with Sarah, she tells him he made a mistake. Once Sarah’s gone, it’s going to be hard to get her back. Chuck makes another mistake, too—he decides to get his own place with Morgan.

Ellie and Awesome see naked Morgan

Now, on to our mission. We open on the titular beefcake digging up a body in the woods and stealing his belt. It turns out that the body was Brad White, our Fulcrum agent from the suburbs, and game-changing intelligence was stolen. The beefcake is Fulcrum agent Cole Barker (Jonathan Cake). Sarah has to retrieve the evidence (i.e., the belt) by any means necessary. (You know what that means.)

So Team Chuck heads to the bar at Cole’s hotel, and Chuck is uncomfortable about where the evening is headed. Sarah convinces Cole to head upstairs pretty quickly, but he warns her that he’s not a nice guy. Then Chuck flashes on two guys by the elevator. They’re Fulcrum agents, and Casey goes after them. Then a woman with a stroller gets in the elevator too. But it turns out she’s also Fulcrum, and Casey is stuck in a shootout in the hallway.

Up in the hotel room, Cole starts getting a little Christian Grey, and Sarah says her danger code word, but Casey is busy and Chuck took his earpiece out to avoid any awkwardness. By the time Chuck figures out she’s in trouble and bursts into the room, Sarah has it under control. They take Cole up to the roof, only to get shot at by a helicopter. They’re outgunned.

Sarah Walker and Cole Barker

But Cole tells Chuck he’s not Fulcrum—he’s undercover MI6. If Chuck lets him go, he can help. Chuck gives in, and Cole takes out a gas tank on the roof, blowing up the helicopter and saving Sarah’s life. Back at Castle, Cole explains that the info on the chip is useless without the playback device, and now that his cover is blown, he has no way of getting it. Beckman orders him to stay under lockdown until they figure things out.

Cole takes this time to conduct a lunchtime survey with Chuck to see if Sarah is available. He would like to “butter that muffin.” (Those are his literal words.) Later he walks up to Sarah McSteamy-style and offers to help her with her seduction techniques, but she declines.

The next day, Chuck offers to try to hack the chip to get the intel, but Cole wants to try arranging another meet instead. But Chuck, being Chuck, doesn’t listen. He takes the chip to the Buy More to play with it, and it trips Fulcrum’s systems. They know the meet is a setup, and Barker and Sarah are captured.

But Chuck cracked the chip! And the intel on it isn’t good: It’s Chuck’s intersect test from the suburbs. This chip could expose him. Then the Fulcrum agent from the hotel elevator comes into the store. Her name is Alexis (Katrina Law, Arrow), and Chuck destroys the chip before he’s taken too.

Katrina Law on Chuck

In a sketchy warehouse, Cole, Sarah, and Chuck are strung up, waiting for the torture to start. Sarah reminds Chuck they can’t let Fulcrum know about him, no matter what. Alexis starts torturing Cole, but Chuck can’t stand it. He tells Alexis that he’s the one she’s looking for. But Cole protects him. He says Chuck is just an analyst, and he (Cole) is the real intersect. Alexis is ready to keep torturing to get to the truth, but Casey and backup roll up, and Alexis kills herself rather than getting captured.

Cole, Sarah, and Chuck await their torture

Before Cole leaves, he asks Sarah to go away with him; they both deserve a vacation. Sarah says no, but they kiss (and Chuck sees it on the security monitor). But before Cole can take his vacation, he’s intercepted by Fulcrum. And since Cole knows the truth, he’s a security threat. Team Chuck is going into 24-hour protective detail. That means Sarah and Chuck cannot break up, and they have to move in together.

Stay tuned for more Chuck recaps! For all of June, we’re posting two recaps a week! #DoubleChuckJune

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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