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Season 2 | Episode 16 | “Chuck Versus the Lethal Weapon” | Aired March 9, 2009

Big Mike is spending a lot of time with Morgan’s mom, Bolonia—personal time. So Morgan is pumped to move into his own place with his best buddy. Unfortunately, this can’t happen for reasons of national security, but Morgan doesn’t know that yet. And neither does Anna. She found Morgan’s apartment lease, and she’s thrilled. She thinks he got them an apartment together, and Jeffster, bearer of terrible advice, tell Morgan that he has to convince Anna he’ll be terrible to live with. In the words of Jeff and Lester, “Repulsion is our business. And business is good.”

The first step is playing epic Wii tennis matches in short shorts. He tells Anna this will be a regular occurrence in their new place. Next, he tries presenting her with a Morgannuptual, a ridiculous list of rules for their apartment. Instead of being repulsed, Anna thinks it’s adorable. When Chuck finds out what’s going on, he talks some sense into Morgan. If he doesn’t stop testing Anna, he’s going to lose her. This does the trick, and before Chuck can bail on their apartment, Morgan beats him to it. He apologizes, but tells Chuck he’s moving in with Anna instead.

Morgan and Anna

Over at Casa Bartowski, Sarah is sleeping over until the CIA can find Charah a new place. They have to live together for security purposes until this whole Cole-captured-by-Fulcrim thing is sorted out. National security aside, Ellie is ecstatic about this step in Charah’s relationship. She suggests that maybe Sarah can convince Chuck to throw out some of his old stuff, like the TRON poster he’s had since he was 12.

But they may not have time for that. Casey sweeps Chuck into Castle as soon as he gets to work. Cole was captured by Fulcrum 12 hours ago; they’ve been torturing him and he’s going to talk. They’ve got to get off the grid, ASAP. But as they’re packing up, there’s a perimeter breach. It’s Cole, beaten and bloody.

Cole returns on Chuck

Cole escaped nine guys at the Fulcrum facility to make sure Team Chuck was okay, and to give them some intel. He was questioned about Perseus, the head scientist behind Fulcrum’s intersect. There’s intel that he will be attending an event tonight, so Sarah and Casey go undercover. Fulcrum is looking for Chuck and Cole, so they monitor the situation from Castle.

Chuck flashes on Howard Busgang (Robert Picardo), a research scientist with the Department of Defense. He must be Perseus. But Cole also recognizes someone: Duncan, the Fulcrum agent who was torturing him. But before he can warn Sarah and Casey, Duncan shorts their comms.

Chuck wants to call Beckman, but Cole wants them to storm the party and save their team—together. (Cole is actually the sweetest to Chuck. #MoreCole). At the party, Sarah and Casey are chatting up Busgang when Duncan leads them all away from the crowd at gunpoint. Busgang has no idea he’s working for the bad guys.

When Cole and Chuck arrive, Chuck spots Sarah & Co. on a top floor, but Cole’s previous injuries mean he has to find another way in. So Cole (who’s a little over confident in Chuck’s spy abilities) sends him in first with a gun (that he’s never fired). Chuck bursts in, but stumbles coming in the window, busting his own ankle and accidentally shooting Busgang in the leg. But it lets Sarah and Casey get the drop on the Fulcrum goons. Sarah goes after Busgang, but Duncan sees her and shoots. Cole jumps in front of the bullet, and suddenly Chuck’s sprained ankle doesn’t hurt so much anymore.

Sarah patches Cole back up at Castle, and during debriefing, they learn that Busgang worked on the original intersect. Chuck didn’t flash on that information because the original creators were redacted from the files. But if they can find Busgang, Chuck think he may be able to get the intersect out of his head once and for all.

Sarah Walker and Cole Barker (Jonathan Cake)

Chuck’s sprained ankle seems like nothing compared to Cole’s gunshot wound, but he’s limping around. Dr. Ellie takes him to get an X-ray and puts him in a HUGE cast. But luckily, the trip to the ER turned up Busgang, being treated for his (accidental) gunshot wound. Chuck calls Casey and he says he’ll send a team, but Busgang is on the move. Chuck follows him.

Chuck tracks Busgang to his lab, but Fulcrum is right on his (fractured) heels. Chuck flashes on a folder titled Orion, and Busgang notices. He’s amazed by an actual, living intersect, but Chuck says it’s ruining his life. He asks about removing it and Busgang says only Orion would know how. Everything about the intersect is based on his work, but before he can say any more, Busgang is shot by Duncan.

Howard Busgang aka Perseus (Robert Picardo)

Cole bursts in and takes out Duncan before he can hurt Chuck, but Cole gets a bullet in his other arm in the process. They lost Busgang, but they at least recovered his research and kept it out of Fulcrum hands.

Before he leaves, Cole tells Chuck to keep fighting for his life. He will get the intersect out one day. Cole tries one last time to get Sarah to go away with him, but he finally realizes that Chuck is more than a cover boyfriend to Sarah.

Chuck hasn’t realized this yet, though. He tells Sarah that they can’t move in together. He’s crazy about her, and living together would be too hard. He vows to get the intersect out of his head, and when he does, he’s going to live the life he wants with the girl he loves. Then Chuck goes into his room and takes the TRON poster off the wall. But it’s not a poster. It’s Chuck’s intersect theory board, and he adds Orion to the list.


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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