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Season 3 | Episode 7 | “Chuck Versus the Mask” | Aired Feb 8, 2010

Our latest episode begins with Shaw mid-heist, lowering himself into a vault. But a falling screw sets off the alarm, sealing him in as oxygen is sucked from the room. It’s time to call in the Intersect. When Chuck gets to the museum, he only has a few minutes to shut down the alarm and get the vault open before Shaw suffocates. And then Hannah shows up. Chuck promised she could come on his next install. Chuck doesn’t have time to get rid of her, so she helps with the server, unknowingly saving Shaw right in the nick of time.

The curator is so grateful, he asks Hannah and Chuck to come back the next night to make sure nothing goes wrong during the unveiling of the Mask of Alexander. This works out perfectly. Now Chuck can help Shaw steal the mask.

Back at Castle, Shaw explains that the Ring is using the mask, among other museum pieces, to smuggle things through customs. They have to secure the mask before the Ring does. And Chuck has to make sure Hannah doesn’t get in the way.

At the mask unveiling, Casey holds down the fort in the van, Sarah and Shaw go in as a couple, and Chuck and Hannah set up in the security room. Shaw plays his part as boyfriend well, but Sarah doesn’t seem to be that into it.

Sarah and Shaw in

In the security room, though, Chuck is very into Hannah, who admits she only took the Buy More job for him. They’re mid-makeout when Hannah spots Sarah on the monitors. She wants to know what Chuck’s ex is doing there, and Chuck promises they’re over. But then Chuck flashes and rushes out.

Chuck and Hannah in

Chuck tells Sarah and Shaw that Vasillis, the Ring agent in charge of the museum heist, is here. Shaw has to abort the mission. He has history with Vasillis, and he’ll be made. So Chuck steps in, abandoning Hannah to fix the security system (shut down by Team Chuck) alone.

Chuck and Sarah have a little pre-heist chat about their new relationships. Chuck tells Sarah that Shaw obviously likes her—he brings her coffee every morning, and Castle has taught us all what that means. Sarah points out that Hannah has been all over Chuck since she got to Burbank. But now’s not the time.

Chuck starts lowering Sarah into the vault, but Vasillis sends his men in, and Chuck and Sarah switch places in the struggle. Chuck dangles in the vault while Sarah fights off the goons. Hannah chooses this inopportune moment to open the vault door, but Casey and Shaw shut it again. Hannah finally gets the upper hand and the doors open, right as Chuck escapes with the real Mask of Alexander.

Mission complete, Chuck goes back to the security room to apologize to Hannah, but she’s furious. How dare he abandon her on her first assignment to hang out with his ex? She and Chuck JUST made out. Hannah says they’ll be keeping things professional from now on.

Sarah has a similar conversation with Shaw back at Castle. He needs to respect their professional boundaries and stop hitting on her and bringing her coffee. It’s embarrassing. But it turns out Shaw has been bringing coffee for the whole team, not just her. Awkward.

At the museum, Vasillis spots Chuck on the security monitors. He calls the Buy More, pretending to be from the museum, and requests for Hannah to be sent back. When she arrives, Vasillis traps her in the vault and calls Chuck. Either Chuck brings the mask back or Hannah dies.

But there’s an issue. When Shaw and Sarah inspect the mask at Castle, a canister rolls out and douses them with poison. Chuck flashes—there’s a counteragent, but he’ll have to get it from Vasillis. Will he be able to save Hannah and get back in time to save his team?

When Chuck shows up at the museum, he threatens to release the gas if Vasillis doesn’t let Hannah go. Being the bad guy, Vasillis obviously refuses, so Chuck drops the mask. A smoke bomb goes off, making Vasillis think he’s been poisoned, and he leads Chuck straight to the counteragent hidden in a vase.

Chuck Versus the Mask

Chuck sends Casey back to save Shaw and Sarah while he rescues Hannah. Luckily, Shaw carries a dying Sarah into the museum just in time to receive the counteragent. During a near-death heart-to-heart, Shaw apologizes to Sarah. He had been hitting on her, but she apologizes, too. She overreacted, and besides, it was nice.

Chuck also discovers that saving someone’s life is a great way to smooth over an awkward romantic encounter. After Chuck gets the vault door open, Hannah tells Chuck to forget all about their fight.

With the mission finally over, Shaw tells Chuck that it’s almost time for him to work alone, just like the intersect was intended. Sarah tells Chuck that if she sticks around, she’ll be standing in his away, and not just professionally. Charah is totally cool about dating other people, but I am NOT.


  • Vasillis tells a creepy Ring council that he saw Daniel Shaw. They promise to kill him (after killing Vasillis).
  • Morgan and Ellie assume that Chuck is in a dark place after his breakup with Sarah, and he needs an intervention. But when they show up late at the Buy More, they find him making out with Hannah in the home theater room. Ellie is thrilled. A secret girlfriend explains everything! But Morgan is crushed. He liked Hannah, and now she’s with his best friend.


  • Do you ever feel bad for Casey? Poor guy is just trying to work, and his coworkers keep dating each other.
  • Is it just me, or do Shaw and Sarah have, like, no chemistry?
  • Had TPTB gone ahead with their original plan to off Awesome, do you think they ever would have “gone there” with Morgan and Ellie? (Their relationship is SO underappreciated).

Ellie and Morgan in

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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