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'Chuck' fan recap: The 49-B

Season 2 | Episode 18 | “Chuck Versus the Broken Heart” | Aired March 30, 2009

Tricia Helfer continues her mission of being on every cool, culty, fandom show by guest-staring in our latest episode of Chuck. We also get more Subway promotions ($5 footlongs!), a bachelor party, and the elusive Papa Bartowski (kind of). And General Beckman tries to crush the dreams of Charah shippers everywhere. So let’s dive in!

When we left off, Orion had left plans for the new intersect with Chuck and told him to study them. So that’s what he’s doing when General Beckman videoconferences directly into his bedroom. She brings up Chuck’s relationship with Sarah: Are his feelings compromising his job performance?

“What feelings?” Chuck asks innocently. Luckily, General Beckman made a cool fan-vid montage of Chuck telling Sarah how much he cares about her to use as evidence. Beckman says they will have to do a 49-B and hangs up.

The next morning, after a quick chat with Awesome about his upcoming bachelor party, Chuck heads to Orange Orange to discuss the mysterious 49-B situation with Sarah. But Sarah isn’t there. The woman behind the counter introduces herself as Agent Alex Forrest (Tricia Helfer)—the 49-B. She’s here to assess Sarah’s performance and act as Chuck’s handler in the meantime.

Chuck Versus the Broken Heart

With that explained, the team (plus Forrest) jumps into its mission. Amad, a man in the inner circle of an elusive terrorist leader, had a heart attack while visiting in the city. He needs a pacemaker. Their mission is to confirm his identity and plant a bug in his pacemaker before the surgery.

But the surgery is at Ellie and Awesome’s hospital. Luckily, Ellie isn’t supposed to be working today and Awesome is in surgery. So Forrest and Chuck head in, posing as staff. When they go into Amad’s room, Chuck flashes and confirms the identity of Amad and his private physician, Dr. Mohammed Zamir (Shaun Toub). Zamir warns Chuck that his patient is very important—he’d better not screw it up.

But they hit a snag: The hospital has updated the security system, and they need a key card to access the pacemaker. Casey and Forrest want to tranq Awesome and steal his card, but Chuck doesn’t want to get him involved. So he comes up with another way to get the card from him.

Chuck and the Buy Morons kidnap Awesome for his bachelor party (held at the Buy More). If they get him drunk enough, it will be easy to grab his card. Casey manages to get his wallet, but the key card is still hanging around his neck. On to plan B, which consists of Forrest posing as a handsy stripper, and then tranquing Awesome anyway when he won’t cheat on Ellie.

Agent Alex Forrest (Tricia Helfer), "Chuck Versus the Broken Heart"

Chuck is upset; he didn’t want Awesome involved. But he’s even more upset when Forrest tells him Sarah is gone. Forrest told General Beckman that Sarah’s feelings have compromised her work. Sarah puts Chuck’s feelings ahead of protocol, so Beckman fired her from the team.

At the next debriefing, Casey announces that the tracker was placed and they are able to start surveillance on the terrorist cell, but Chuck confronts Beckman about Sarah. This is more than a job for him; it’s his life. But what’s done is done.

The mission, on the other hand, is not done. Zamir finds the bug inside Amad. The doctor who performed the surgery, Devon Woodcomb, is a dead man. Devon agrees. He can’t find his key card, and if his boss doesn’t kill him, Ellie will. She knows his key card always hangs under his shirt. How could he have lost it? Why was his shirt off during his bachelor party?!

Zamir’s goons show up to the apartment to kidnap Devon, so Chuck throws on his lab coat and gets abducted in his place. Sarah was supposed to head back to Langley, but when she sneaks in to to Chuck’s room to say goodbye, she realizes something is wrong.

She rushes to Castle to warn Forrest and Casey, and Forrest tells her to leave. But Casey lets her in. He tells Forrest he disagrees with her assessment; Sarah is the best partner he’s ever had. Go Casey! It’s then that Casey realizes they lost Amad’s signal. They trace it back to a bank; the signal is blocked by the bank vault.

And that’s where “Dr. Woodcomb” is too. Zamir orders Chuck to remove the pacemaker, but when Team Chuck shows up, Zamir realizes he’s not actually the doctor, and he locks them in the vault together. In their struggle, Chuck pulls out the laughing-gas tube, and Chuck and Zamir proceed to get absolutely, hilariously stoned.

Dr. Mohammed Zamir (Shaun Toub), "Chuck Versus the Broken Heart"

In their nitrous stupor, Chuck tricks Zamir into telling him where the terrorist leader is hiding, and all’s well that ends well. During their debrief with Beckman, Forrest gets the credit, but Chuck and Casey stick up for Sarah (who was the only one to realize Chuck was in danger in the first place). Chuck tells Beckman that the feelings he and Sarah have for each other are what saved him. Feelings can be an asset too. Beckman begrudgingly reinstates Sarah to the team. See ya, Forrest.

Later, when Chuck tries to sneak the key card back into Devon’s bag, Ellie catches him. She saw photos from the bachelor party, of a passed-out (actually tranqued) Devon and a stripper (actually Forrest). Chuck should be protecting her, not covering for Awesome.

Chuck goes to Sarah; he just wants to be able to tell Ellie the truth. They can’t do that, but Sarah does offer him something else. When Sarah thought she was leaving the team, she searched for Chuck’s dad in the government systems, and she found something. They head to a trailer in the middle of nowhere, and Chuck hesitates before knocking. Maybe his dad doesn’t want to be found. But he knocks anyway, and his dad finally comes to the door … (That’s the ending. Sorry, guys.)

Chuck Versus the Broken Heart

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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