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'Chuck' fan recap: Where in the world is Orion?

Season 2 | Episode 17 | “Chuck Versus the Predator” | Aired March 23, 2009

We’ve only got five episodes left of season two, and we’re diving deep into intersect mythology—so buckle in, folks. At the end of the last episode, we learned about Orion, the creator of the intersect. And this episode, we got to meet him. (Well, kind of.)

Orion was in charge of organizing the team and doing all the research, and now he’s MIA. And he’s the only person who may be able to remove the intersect from Bartowski’s head. Beckman promises the team that she is doing everything she can to track down Orion, but she’s not working fast enough for Chuck.

Chuck has been doing his own investigation on the back of his TRON poster, and he’s working on it when someone remotely accesses his webcam. The feed traces back to Hong Kong—and Orion. Fulcrum, led by Vincent (Arnold Vosloo), is after him, but Orion is able to redirect a military drone and escape using his handy 2009-era Apple Watch.


Back in Burbank, the Buy Morons are at war with the classier, Polo-ed employees from the Beverly Hills flagship store. The Burbank store is getting the newest gaming computer first, so Barclay from the 90210 TPed their store. Chuck thinks he’s getting pranked too, when “I know your secret” pops up on his computer screen … but it’s Orion. He wants to meet, but the Nerd Herd computer isn’t secure. He tells Chuck he will send him a laptop they can use to communicate instead.

Chuck decides now is a good time to come clean to the team about his extracurricular activities, and he tells them (and Beckman) about his personal search for Orion. Beckman wants Orion’s computer. With the technology it has, they can’t risk it falling into the wrong hands. So naturally, that’s exactly what it does. While Chuck is at Castle, the computer is delivered to the Nerd Herd desk. Lester assumes it’s the new gaming computer Big Mike was waiting for, and he takes it.

Jeff and Lester on Chuck

The Buy Morons gather in Jeff’s office (a decked-out handicap stall in the bathroom) and open up the “simulator game.” They order air support to the Buy More, but unfortunately, it’s no game. They are literally ordering a predator drone strike on their own store. And Team Chuck thinks Orion is actually trying to kill Chuck, not protect him.

But Chuck figures out where the computer is (and who has it). He gets Morgan to stop the “game,” but before he can grab the computer, Big Mike locks it up until it goes on display and orders Emmett to stand guard overnight. (Question: Where is the actual gaming computer?)

Both Jeffster and Team Chuck make plans to steal it back. And so does Vincent, following Orion’s trail. At the store, Team Chuck splits up. Chuck heads to Big Mike’s office, and Casey and Sarah serve as the distraction. But Lester and Jeff are on the other side of the store with the same plan, and in the chaos, the teams get mixed up. Pesky ski masks, always concealing people’s identities.

Jeffster realizes their mistake and they run for it, getting pepper-sprayed by Emmett on their way out. Casey knocks out Emmett, but then Vincent strolls out with Chuck at gunpoint. There’s a struggle and Casey gets the upper hand, but before they can take Vincent into custody, he pops a poison capsule and dies.

Chuck Versus the Predator

This whole situation convinces Beckman that the “Orion” was a Fulcrum trap; Chuck did not find the real Orion, and she is coming—in person—to take over the operation. While Casey and Sarah meet with the general, Orion contacts Chuck again, but Chuck is hesitant. How can he know he’s not Fulcrum? To prove it’s really him, he sends Chuck an image he knows appears in the intersect, because he put it there.

Orion tells Chuck that he can’t trust his team. He opens a feed to the meeting with Beckman, and Chuck overhears her admitting she lied. The government has been looking for Orion for years, yet Chuck found him. She doesn’t want the intersect removed from Chuck, and she can’t risk him meeting Orion.

General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) on Chuck

So Orion shows Chuck the way out. Chuck goes to Castle to grab Orion’s computer. They set up a time to meet, but then Vincent wakes up. That poison capsule wasn’t so deadly after all. He leads Chuck out of Castle at gunpoint. Luckily, Sarah realizes Chuck is being a little too cooperative. They see his abduction over the surveillance cameras, and they catch the meeting location. Once there, Vincent uses Chuck to intercept Orion. But before he can kill Chuck, Sarah and Casey arrive and take Vincent out (for real this time).

But it’s too late to save Orion. He was flown away on a Fulcrum helicopter, and before Chuck can hack it, Orion reprograms a predator drone to strike the very helicopter they’re on. Chuck thinks he lost his only chance, but when he gets home, there’s a folder under his pillow. It contains a message from Orion and schematics for the new intersect. Orion told Chuck to study them if he wants a chance at removing the intersect from his own brain. And Orion warns him not to show the plans to anyone.

Other important things that happened:

  • Beckman tells Chuck that it’s time he becomes a real spy.
  • Beckman is not a Charah shipper. She asks Casey to provide a full report on Chuck and Sarah’s relationship.
  • In lackluster attempts to get revenge on the Beverly Hills store (which Big Mike & Co. blame for Emmett’s black eye and the break-in), Emmett hits a cardboard cutout of Barclay—and takes out half the store. Whoops.

The Buy Morons

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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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