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Season 3 | Episode 2 | “Chuck Versus the Three Words” | Aired Jan 10, 2010

Sarah’s spy BFF, Carina Miller, is back in town, and she and Sarah are having a G.N.O. (Girls Night Out). Carina asks why Sarah is still in Burbank and asks if she fell for Chuck. Sarah denies it, but Carina realizes Sarah broke the cardinal rule of spying: She fell in love.

Across town, Chuck and Morgan are moping in their new/old and empty apartment. Morgan suggests a night out. They’re single and hot, why not? And of all the gin joints in all of Burbank, they walk into the same one Carina and Sarah are in. Chuck tries to make peace with Sarah when Carina’s fiancé, Karl (Vinnie Jones), swoops in to see his “Smooshy.” Chuck flashes and informs Carina that her fiancé, “Smoosh,” is actually an arms dealer. Duh, Carina wouldn’t date him. He’s their new mission.

Sarah and Chuck, posing as Carina’s BFF and her boyfriend, and Casey, posing as Carina’s uncle, head to the engagement party the next afternoon. During Karl’s speech, Sarah and Chuck can slip into his vault room and steal back the weapon he is trying to sell. But at the party, Chuck isn’t focused on the mission. He uses the time to try to clear the air with Sarah. He misses them and what they had. But Carina tells Chuck to focus. She smacks him and tells him Sarah is acting cold because she loves him. But right now, he needs to be a spy.

So Charah heads toward the vault, and Karl begins his speech. Unfortunately, Smoosh’s speech is short, sweet, and to the point. Carina has to stall, so she invites “Uncle Johnny” to give a toast too. (And it’s as hilariously awkward as you would imagine.)

At the vault, Charah finds a laser grid. Chuck has to flash, but he can’t until he knows that he and Sarah can talk. She promises to talk afterward, so Chuck flashes and acrobats himself across the room to grab the case with the weapon and then back again. But at the last second, he hits the laser and is locked in the vault, while a gas seeps in through the vents.

Chuck, sure he’s dying, starts getting his feelings off his chest and shouting through the door. But the only people there to hear him are Karl’s confused guards. Sarah is in the air ducts, cutting off the gas. She comes back and takes out the guards, only catching Chuck’s final “I love you” before the door opens and he passes out.

Chuck Versus the Three Words

Back at Castle, Beckman tells the team the recovered weapon is classified. Carina will return it to Langley, but she tells Sarah to consider leaving with her and going on a new mission. When everyone leaves, Sarah calls Beckman back and tells her she is worried that she, Sarah, is part of Chuck’s problem. Maybe another agent would be better for him. But Beckman shuts it down. This is Sarah’s job, so do it.

So Sarah grabs Chuck for a training session, but Chuck can’t (won’t?) flash. He’s too emotional. He needs to talk it out, and besides, he wouldn’t hurt her. But Sarah tells Chuck spies don’t have feelings. (Someone is not handling rejection very well.)

By this point, Karl/Smoosh has realized Carina is not the doting fiancée he thought she was. He tracks her (and the weapon) to the Buy More. Morgan, who had been looking for her, spots Carina. After their successful first date, he wants another chance with her, so he invites her to his (and Chuck’s) housewarming party. Carina isn’t interested in “Martin,” but she knows she’s in trouble. So she passes the weapon off to Morgan, pretending it’s a broken laptop for Chuck to fix, and heads out the back (after promising to come to the party). But Karl is waiting. And it’s pretty hard to deny she’s a spy when Karl has a surveillance video of Chuck spilling all of his (and Sarah and Carina’s) secrets in the vault.

Karl (Vinnie Jones) and Carina (Mini Anden) in

Karl wants Chuck, so they head to the housewarming party with a couple of goons. Carina asks Morgan to call Chuck and make sure he’s coming. Morgan calls, but before Chuck gets there, he decides to confront Carina. He likes her so he invited her, but she brought a bunch of guys with her, and she doesn’t even know his name! He gives Carina her “computer” back and kicks her out. Unfortunately, Morgan then knocks himself out with a spiked drink, and now Team Chuck has lost the weapon (and their bargaining chip).

It’s on to Plan B. Casey goes out in a robe and plays angry neighbor to break up the party. Once the Buy Morons are cleared out, Team Chuck gets into a standoff with Karl and his guys. Chuck gets the upper hand when he throws a tiki torch into the flammable fountain full of Jeff’s “jail juice.” Then Chuck tries to reason with Karl. He says the he, Karl, opened himself up to Carina. Chuck understands that Karl is hurt, but maybe he helped Carina open up her heart too. Carina plays along; she says she did fall in love with her Smoosh. Karl falls for it (again), and Team Karl goes down for the count.

Chuck Versus the Three Words


  • Sarah decides not to go with Carina, but Carina leaves her a going-away present: Karl’s flash drive. Sarah watches the video of Chuck’s love declaration and explanation for Prague. Chuck was choosing something bigger. He was trying not to think about himself, but about everyone he loves. (That’s a pretty good reason, I guess …)
  • Carina and Morgan finally hook up. She was turned on by him turning her down. That’s never happened to her before.
  • The team still doesn’t know what the classified weapon they recovered is. In D.C., Beckman begs someone named Shaw to warn her team. They need to prepare themselves!
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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