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Season 3 | Episode 6 | “Chuck Versus the Nacho Sampler” | Aired Feb 1, 2010

Secrets are coming to a head in season three. As part of his spy training, Chuck his getting his first asset. Beckman tells the team they’ve traced a large sum of Ring money to a civilian account. It belongs to an MIT dropout named Manoosh Depak. The CIA has sent him a virus so he’ll come to the Buy More for a replacement hard drive. It’s Chuck’s job to find out what he’s up to. Sarah is still worried they’re moving too fast with Chuck’s training, but Casey disagrees.

Over at the Buy More, Chuck comes on a little strong, practically hitting on Manoosh. He lets Manoosh walk out without paying and tells him to give him a call. The team regroups, and Chuck asks Sarah about their own CIA-instigated meet-cute. Sarah tells Chuck that turning him was hard because she liked him.

Team Chuck does some research on Manoosh and comes up with a new plan of attack. Chuck sets up shop at Manoosh’s favorite restaurant reading one of his favorite books, and Chuck plays it cooler this time. When Manoosh orders his favorite dish—the nacho sampler—he finds out Chuck ordered the last one. Chuck offers to share: He’s in.

Manoosh and Chuck are hitting it off when Manoosh takes a call on his Ring phone. Manoosh tells Chuck he’s working on something weapons-related, but Casey traced the call and the Ring is moving in. They’ve got to get Manoosh out of there, so Sarah heads in and tranqs him and they sneak him out the back.

Manoosh wakes up in bed with a nearly naked Sarah (in a converted Castle interrogation room). They’ve been tranquing him to get intel, but haven’t been successful. When he wakes up again, Manoosh calls Chuck. He thanks Chuck for being the best wingman ever and asks Chuck to meet him with his briefcase. But first, Chuck removes the weapon. Chuck asks what will happen when the Ring finds out it’s gone, but Sarah warns him not to think about it.

Manoosh takes another Ring call at the Buy More. He tells his new pal, Chuck, that he could be making way more money selling his weapon on the open market. Chuck races back to Castle to make another plea to protect Manoosh right as the Ring shows up. But it turns out the “weapon” from the briefcase was a decoy. Manoosh slips on some sunglasses and takes out all of the agents as Team Chuck watches on surveillance. Manoosh built another intersect—he’s the weapon.

Manoosh heads to Weap-Con, so Team Chuck follows. Manoosh presents himself as the newest thing in weapons and demonstrates his skills on some volunteers from the audience. Backstage, Chuck steps in. He apologizes to Manoosh for faking their friendship, but then the Ring arrives. Now they have Manoosh and the new intersect.

Luckily, a locked-up Team Chuck is able to escape with the help of a laser pen Casey bought at the Con, and they walk into Manoosh’s “negotiations” with the Ring. Manoosh destroys the glasses, but it backfires, and now everyone on both sides just wants to kill him. Chuck uses some well-placed flashes to get the upper hand and take out the Ring; then he lets Manoosh go, against orders. But Manoosh knows too much. Chuck has second thoughts and tranqs him before he can leave.

Back at Castle, Chuck tells his asset he has to go underground. Manoosh thought they were friends, but Chuck says they’re not. He’s a spy. Casey is proud of Chuck; he’s turning in a real spy. But Sarah is upset. She’s losing the man she loves.

In our two connected subplots, everyone is getting suspicious. Hannah, Chuck’s friend from first class, is suited up for her first day as a Nerd Herder. Chuck warns her about the untamed staff—especially Jeffster—and asks her not to mention Paris, so the other employees won’t get jealous.

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But Casey keeps interrupting Hannah’s training for yogurt time. So Chuck asks Morgan to keep an eye on Hannah for him. Instead, Morgan asks Jeffster to keep an eye on Hannah for him. He likes her and wants to know everything about her.

When Jeffster reports back, they tell Morgan she’s too classy for him. So Morgan redecorates his “office” to her tastes and invites her in for a chat. She lets slip about Paris, and Morgan is crushed he didn’t know. When Chuck comes back to the store, Morgan asks if there’s anything they should talk about, and Chuck says no. Morgan is getting suspicious. He tells Jeffster to research Chuck.

Ellie is having similar misgivings. Devon hasn’t been acting like himself ever since the Costa Gravan Premier’s party. And when Ellie wants to talk about Chuck—she found his Paris plane tickets—Devon panics and leaves.

Devon comes to the Buy More freaking out. He has to tell Ellie the truth, but Chuck tells him he can’t. If she finds out, they’ll have to go into Witness Protection. Then Ellie comes in and asks Chuck why they’re keeping secrets from each other. Chuck covers and says his install is lending him his flat in Paris for a week. He was going to surprise her and Devon with a proper honeymoon.

But Devon doesn’t want to go to Paris. The trip has strings attached! Ellie tells Morgan she doesn’t know what’s going on. It seems like Devon and Chuck are keeping secrets, and Morgan agrees. They have to figure out what’s happening …

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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