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Season 2 | Episode 20 | “Chuck Versus the First Kill” | Aired April 13, 2009

The season is almost over, and the question on everyone’s mind is, “Whom do you trust?” At the Buy More, Emmett is getting ready for an upcoming corporate evaluation, and he wants everyone on their best behavior. So naturally, the Buy Morons run wild. All hell breaks loose. There is a line of customers around the store (why do people shop here, honestly?), and employees are literally walking around without pants. It’s a madhouse. In order to rein in the chaos, Emmett tries to make a deal with Morgan. If the Buy Morons cooperate, Emmett will get a good evaluation and can get promoted out of there. But can Morgan trust him to hold up his end of the bargain?

He decides it’s worth the risk. The Buy Morons get all spiffed up and lay it on thick for Mr. Mercer from Buy More corporate. And then Emmett demands one more thing from Morgan: a glowing review from Big Mike. Morgan woos him with a delicious five-dollar footlong, but he’s been tricked. Emmett was looking for a promotion, but not out of the Buy More. Big Mike is demoted to a green shirt, Emmett is the new manager, and Morgan is the outcast.

Big Mike is demoted at the Buy More.

Team Chuck are having some trust issues of their own. Chuck is worried the government isn’t looking hard enough for his dad; Beckman says they tried. Chuck is livid. He’s done whatever they’ve asked of him. All he’s asking of them is to find his dad. So Chuck hatches his own plan—get a previously captured Fulcrum agent to talk. It’s time to go see Jill.

Jordana Brewster as Jill Roberts in

Naturally, Jill, being a criminal asked for help, wants a deal. Team Chuck gets her out of prison (with an ankle monitor) and says she doesn’t know where Steve is, but her Uncle Bernie might. He’s her dad’s best friend, and the one who recruited her to Fulcrum in the first place. Casey offers to torture the information out of Bernie, but Jill says the only time Bernie isn’t under guard is at family functions. They need a reason for the whole fam to get together, so Chuck and Jill play engaged.

Jill’s parents (who believe she’s been in Helsinki, not prison) are ecstatic. They’ve always known Jill and Chuck were right for each other. But when Uncle Bernie (Ken Davitian) arrives, he’s surprised to see her. He takes the lovebirds off for some “advice,” also known as his gun. He knew Jill was in jail; what is she doing here?

Uncle Bernie (Ken Davitian) in

Unfortunately, Uncle Bernie isn’t interested in helping the CIA rescue Orion, and there’s a mad dash around the house. But the excitement proves too much for Uncle Bernie, and he keels over dead of a heart attack right before bludgeoning Chuck to death in the attic. Team Chuck sneaks Bernie’s body out of the party Weekend at (Uncle) Bernie’s–style. Their only source is dead, so Jill is going back to prison.

Chuck apologizes to Jill—her “deal” was never real—but before they send her back, Dead Uncle Bernie’s phone starts ringing in the body bag. Chuck answers and is told that Fulcrum is moving Orion. All agents are to head back to base. Sarah traces the call and finds out it was coming from an office building that hosts leadership seminars. Jill knows the place; it’s Fulcrum HQ. She’s going with them.

Chuck and Casey go in undercover, and Chuck flashes on basically everyone in the lobby. They try to sneak upstairs to where the prisoners are held, but get caught and sent back down for auditing (aka Fulcrum testing). And the computer where they take the test has a camera. Casey and Chuck are IDed with facial rec. They’ve been made.

Under the guise of a high score, Chuck is sent to the see the boss, Bill Bergey (Christopher Cousins). Bergey takes Chuck’s wire, so Sarah and Jill go in to rescue him. But they’re spotted too. There’s a shootout throughout the office, and Fulcrum starts evacuating. And while Sarah is switching magazines, Jill takes off.

Back in Bergey’s office, for the second time that day, the person trying to kill Chuck dies under ridiculous circumstances. Bergey falls out the window before he can tell Chuck where his dad is. Then Jill arrives and takes Chuck to the prisoner holding area, but they’re too late; Orion has already been moved.

But luckily, on her way to Chuck, Jill overheard someone say that Orion was being moved to Black Rock. Chuck flashes on the name. It’s a secret Fulcrum base in Barstow. If Chuck can get there, he can rescue his dad. As a thank-you for helping him get some answers, Chuck cuts Jill’s ankle monitor off and gives her their fake engagement ring (made of real diamonds) so she can escape.

Later, at Castle, Beckman tells Casey and Sarah that the human intersect has become too much of a liability. Chuck is going into lockdown, effective immediately. Sarah warns the general that Chuck won’t go without a fight, and Beckman agrees. She orders Sarah to trick Chuck and tell him they intercepted his father. Once at Castle, Casey will tranq him.

Sarah goes to get Chuck from the Buy More and gives him the party line. A relieved Chuck apologizes for almost not trusting Sarah when she’s always looked out for him. But Sarah’s conscience gets the best of her. She leans in to give Chuck a hug and whispers in his ear, “Hail Hydra”–style, to take off his watch. This is all a trick. They have to run.

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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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