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Season 2 | Episode 21 | “Chuck Versus the Colonel” | Aired April 20, 2009

In the penultimate episode, someone quits, someone is promoted, and someone finds out Chuck’s secret. So let’s get started!

Over at the Buy More, Morgan is still being ostracized for getting Big Mike demoted. He goes to Big Mike’s new office in the home theater room to apologize, but Big Mike is called away to clean the bathroom. Emmett tells Morgan he’ll stop treating Big Mike so badly if Morgan becomes his assistant manager. Morgan reluctantly agrees.

But Emmett lied—again. He’s treating the employees so badly that Jeff and Lester blow up the circuit box (and blow out power for half the city) as an act of defiance. Emmett orders Morgan to fire them. Anna doesn’t know why Morgan cares so much about the Buy More. Doesn’t he have bigger dreams? Morgan says he does: to be a chef at Benihana in Hawaii. Anna tells him it’s totally attainable.

Morgan decides she’s right. Rather than betraying his friends, Morgan quits and asks Anna to go to Hawaii with him. Big Mike and Co. cheer Morgan as he leaves, finally free of the Buy More.

Morgan quits the Buy More

An AWOL Chuck and Sarah arrive at the site of the secret Fulcrum base, but only find an abandoned drive-in. Chuck and Sarah did find the right place. Chuck’s dad, Steve, is below them, chained to a desk in the bunker. Roark warns Steve that if the intersect isn’t ready tomorrow, Chuck will suffer.

Back at Castle, Beckman orders the newly promoted Colonel Casey to bring in Chuck and Sarah—dead or alive. Casey is caught searching Chuck’s room by Devon and Ellie. Casey says Chuck didn’t show up for work and he’s worried, but Ellie says he just left a voicemail. Casey heads back to Castle to run a trace on Ellie’s phone that will lead him to Chuck.

In Barstow, Chuck and Sarah check into a motel room with only one bed. The next morning is THE SCENE. I feel like it probably doesn’t warrant further explanation for big Chucksters, but since we’re recapping, I’ll elaborate.

Chuck and Sarah wake up wrapped around each other, holding hands. And finally, our two years of buildup explodes in a passionate, hot, well-accompanied makeout sesh (just do yourself a favor and watch the scene, below). Chuck gets up to grab, uh, some supplies—”Don’t move, don’t breathe”—and finds an IOU from Morgan in his wallet instead of a condom.

A (sexually) frustrated Chuck runs out for protection, but Casey grabs him. He tries to grab Sarah too, but she gets the jump on him. She cuffs an unconscious Casey to the radiator. She and Chuck are ready to leave when Chuck flashes on a car in the parking lot. It’s Vincent, Roark’s right-hand man. They have to go back for Casey before Fulcrum captures him.

Sarah goes back, but Casey and the radiator are gone. Now Casey is in the car with Chuck and Sarah is grabbed by Fulcrum. This backfired. But Chuck isn’t leaving without her. He runs a few agents down with his car, Sarah fights a couple, and Casey takes the rest out with the radiator. When the Fulcrum agents are down, Casey and Sarah turn on each other, but Sarah is out of ammo. Casey wins.

Casey is driving his prisoners back to Burbank when Chuck sees a message from his father. Steve makes the drive-in sign advertise a midnight screening of TRON. Chuck knows his dad is there, but Casey refuses to stop. At Castle, Casey locks Chuck and Sarah up while they wait for transport, but Casey promises Chuck he’ll make sure his dad is safe.

Meanwhile, Devon has been pondering Casey’s strange behavior. He stops by the Buy More, and Jeff and Lester show him Casey’s locker, full of stalker-y stuff about Chuck. Devon sneaks into Casey’s apartment and finds surveillance of Chuck’s room. But then the alarm goes off, locking Devon in and alerting Casey.

Devon learns Chuck

Casey leaves Chuck and Sarah locked up when he heads home. Devon tells Casey he should get help, and Casey pulls out a gun. Devon gets the drop on Casey for a second, but then Sarah and Chuck barge in (freed from their cell during Jeffster’s brief power outage). Chuck tells Devon not to freak out.

Sarah ties Casey to a chair and Devon freaks out, against Chuck’s advice. He wants to call the cops, but Chuck says he is the cops. Chuck comes clean about everything, and he begs Devon to cover for him with Ellie. He needs Devon to be awesome.

Chuck and Sarah head out to rescue Steve, and Beckman calls Casey. She says Chuck was right; his father is being held at the base, but they don’t have time to rescue him. She’s sending in an airstrike to bomb the base.

Casey frees himself and catches up to Chuck and Sarah. He tells them about the airstrike and rejoins the team. He promised Chuck he would protect his father. Casey and Sarah find the hidden entrance to the base and head inside. Meanwhile, a huge line of cars pulls into the drive-in. Roark tells the men that they were chosen to be the next wave of Fulcrum intersect agents. Roark is building an army.

Casey and Sarah successfully rescue Steve from the base, but are quickly captured by Vincent. And Chuck went looking for Roark, who was waiting for him all along. Roark projects the intersect onto the big screen and Steve tells Chuck to watch.

Chevy Chase as Ted Roark in

Steve fixed the cube so it removes the intersect from Chuck but doesn’t affect anyone else. Then the airstrike arrives. The team escapes with the intersect cube and the drive-in is obliterated. Chuck is finally free.

At Castle, Casey protects Sarah by telling Beckman she only pretended to go AWOL to draw out Fulcrum. And with their mission complete—the intersect removed, Orion rescued, and the cube recovered—Beckman tells Chuck he can finally go back to his old life.

That life starts with Ellie’s rehearsal dinner, and Chuck’s wedding present—his dad, back to walk Ellie down the aisle. Oh, and Roark survived the bombing and he’s hitchhiking back to Burbank. He has a wedding to get to.

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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