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Season 3 | Episode 3 | “Chuck Versus the Angel de la Muerte” | Aired Jan 11, 2010

Our next episode of Chuck is all about Awesome. Or, like, a lot about Awesome. We flash back to Devon and Ellie hooking up in the supply closet on their first day of medical school, then back to the present, where they are moving into their new apartment. Ellie is feeling a little disillusioned by the real world. Why can’t they go back to how they felt during their wedding? And why is Chuck always late? He’s supposed to hook up their TV.

So Devon heads across the courtyard to get Chuck, who’s just getting back from a mission. Devon thinks Chuck’s spy life sounds awesome, but Ellie’s rage is not so awesome. Chuck makes quick work of hooking up the new TV, but flashes when the news mentions the Communist ruler of Costa Gravas, Premier Alejandro Fulgencio Goya. Chuck is called to Castle ASAP, and Devon is called away to work.

The premier is in critical condition after an alleged heart attack, and it’s up to Team Chuck to protect him, since he is finally opening up his country to democratic elections. Of course, he’s being treated at Devon and Ellie’s hospital. Beckman wants Chuck to use his connections to access the premier’s medical records.

Naturally, Devon is the premier’s doctor, and he quickly makes a full recovery. And Awesome is pumped to be debriefed by the CIA (aka Chuck). He tells Chuck that the premier didn’t have a heart attack; he was poisoned. Devon could use a little excitment, so he offers his help if the CIA ever needs an extra set of hands. But Chuck shuts that down real quick. His sister would kill him.

Beckman tasks the team with sneaking into an event at the Costa Gravan consulate. They have to assume the assassin will try again, but their protection has to go undetected. The United States has a long history of trying to kill the premier themselves. He wouldn’t trust them now. And he especially wouldn’t trust Casey, who recuses himself from the mission. Casey has tried to kill the premier three times. He’s a wanted man in Costa Gravas, and is now known as the Angel de la Muerte. He’d be recognized.

But luckily, there’s no need to sneak in. Devon (and Ellie) snag a personal invite from the premier as a thank-you for saving his life. They will be his guests of honor, and Chuck weasels an invite for himself and Sarah too.

Devon and Ellie in

At the gala, the premier is very into Ellie. He asks her to stay by his side, but that puts her right into harm’s way, so Sarah skillfully extracts her under the guise of girl talk. (Works every time.) Ellie asks Sarah if she still has feelings for Chuck, but Sarah denies it. (Okay, girl, sure.) Meanwhile, Chuck and Devon are having some similar bro talk. Devon is surprised that Sarah and Chuck have never been a real couple, and says it must have been hard. Chuck and Sarah agree that they’re just friends now.

After the premier’s speech, he invites Ellie for a very handsy dance. And Casey gives Charah some intel. He found a potential assassin, and Chuck spots him across the dance floor. The fastest way to get to him is to salsa through, so Chuck picks up some moves from Intersect 2.0, and they get to steppin’. Chuck knocks the guy out, but their “assassin” was just a political protester with a rotten egg.

Unfortunately, their little stunt gets them kicked out and leaves the premier unprotected. On their way out, Chuck flashes on one of the guards. His name is Jack Artman, and he’s the real assassin. They have no other choice: Casey has to go in.

A disguised Casey heads in and tries to intercept the assassin, but first, he’s intercepted by Awesome, who tackles him when he sees a gun. The assassin is scared away when Casey is arrested, and Devon is praised for saving the premier’s life (again).

Devon saves the Premier from the Angel de la Muerte

While the premier interrogates Casey, Assassin Jack slips him a poisoned cigar, and Casey can’t stop him. With the premier’s life in danger again, Awesome is called to the consulate to be his personal doctor. And Devon offers to get Chuck and Sarah inside to rescue Casey.

Sarah and Chuck go in with Devon as fellow medical staff, and Sarah takes out two guards so she and Chuck can go find Casey, leaving Devon to do the doctor stuff. But Casey is having his own fight with Jack (who informs Casey he works for the Ring). He gets stuck with Jack’s poison syringe right before Casey takes him out, and is then promptly shot in the leg by a guard. Then Chuck and Sarah finally arrive, but they can’t leave the consulate without Awesome.

Unfortunately, Awesome refuses to leave. He’s the premier’s doctor; his mission isn’t over. And then security bursts in. They don’t believe that the Angel de la Muerte was here to save the premier. If they aren’t assassins, they’ll have to prove it. They’re posing as doctors, so save Casey’s life.

Luckily, Chuck manages to flash and remove the bullet from Casey, but the fix isn’t as simple for the premier. He needs a blood transfusion, and Casey is the only one who can give it to him. But Casey refuses to help, so Chuck knocks him out and the premier makes a full recovery. In Costa Gravas, Casey is now the Angel of Life.

Devon is satisfied with his spy adventures. He’s not cut out for the double-life thing. Unfortunately, the bad guys don’t know this. Devon tells Ellie he has one more patient to see before he leaves, who turns out to be Jack, with another one of his syringes.

Later, Chuck opens his door to find Sarah. Something has happened to Devon.

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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