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The four best parts of 'Chuck Versus the Role Models'

Season 3 | Episode 15 | “Chuck Versus the Role Models” | Aired May 3, 2010

We’ve entered a new realm on Chuck, in which Morgan and Casey are a team, Charah is adorably in love, and Ellie and Awesome are almost involved in the spy life. So let’s break down the episode into its four best parts.

Morgan + Casey = BFFs

While Chuck and Sarah are learning how to be a spy couple—we’ll get to that later—Casey has been tasked with getting Morgan field-ready. Morgan isn’t going on any missions until he’s been properly trained, so Casey starts training immediately, in the middle of the Buy More.

His first task is to get a hot customer’s phone number; a spy should be able to manipulate any target at any time. But unsurprisingly, it doesn’t go well.

His second task is to steal Big Mike’s key card from around his neck while he naps in his office. That goes a little better … until Big Mike wakes up and takes his lanyard back.

Finally, it’s time for shooting practice. Morgan has played a lot of Call of Duty, so he’s feeling ready. But turns out shooting is a little harder with a real gun.

It doesn’t look like Morgan will ever be approved to go out in the field, but Casey promises he’ll be there for him anyway. Morgan was there for him when Casey was on the outs with the CIA, after all. They’re basically friends, but Casey warns Morgan to keep that on the DL.

After Morgan lures away a tiger unarmed as part of Chuck and Sarah’s mission, Casey tells Morgan he passed. He’s got balls, and that’s enough in Casey’s book.

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The Turners

Chuck and Sarah’s mission this week was to learn from the CIA’s most famous spy couple, Craig (Fred Willard) and Laura Turner (Swoosie Kurtz). If Charah is going to be a thing, Beckman says they have to learn from the best.

The jaded Craig and Laura come over to swap spy stories and debrief Charah on their mission. They are infiltrating a party hosted by Otto Van Vogel (Udo Kier). He’s created a decryption program, and they need to steal the software. Chuck and Sarah will watch and learn. Chuck is excited; Sarah is not impressed.

Mid-party, Charah finds Laura boozing it up at the bar. Craig is flirting with yet another young woman, and they cause a scene, tripping and screaming at each other. They’re definitely not the happy couple Beckman made them out to be. So it’s time for Chuck and Sarah to step up.

But their software search is interrupted by Otto’s pet tiger, and the software is on her collar. But luckily, the tiger decides to take a little catnap, and Chuck slips it off of her right before his sneeze wakes the tiger up.

Things go sideways outside. The Turners meet them at gunpoint. Their argument was a ruse, and they steal the software from the younger couple and take off.

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Luckily, Sarah and Chuck are able to track them down. But before they can turn the Turners over to the U.S. Marshals, Otto shows up with his tiger in tow. There was a tracker in the collar, and he knows they have it—and the Turners.

Chuck wants to turn Craig and Laura over, but Sarah says they’d be no better than the Turners are. Otto is not happy with their refusal. Fortunately, the older couple escaped from their handcuffs in the bathroom and burst in to rescue Chuck and Sarah.

With Otto out of the way, Charah has to decide what to do with the rogue couple. Craig and Laura agree to go in, but at the debriefing with General Beckman, Sarah sticks up for them. She says their double-cross was really a triple-cross, so they could capture Otto.

This close call is enough to convince the Turners to retire from the spy life, but they know just the couple who can take their place.

Charah taking it to the next level

Sarah isn’t impressed by the Turners. They fight constantly, and have been married and divorced three times. But Chuck is bummed when he realizes they’re not the perfect spy couple. Chuck thought he and Sarah could be just like them one day.

But the Turners do make Charah take a good look at their relationship. Sarah had rejected Chuck’s offer to move in with him. They’re not normal, so they shouldn’t pretend to be. But by episode’s end, Sarah realizes having a little bit of normal would be nice to fall back on. And just like that, Charah is officially domesticated!

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Ellie in Africa

On the other side of the world, Awesome and Ellie are in Africa, and Ellie is having a hard time. Even their attempt at a romantic dinner under the stars is tainted when Justin, the camp security coordinator, has to save them from a giant snake.

Ellie keeps leaving messages on Chuck’s voicemail. She can’t talk to Devon about how she’s struggling; he’s a natural here. Justin sees Ellie looking upset and says she can always talk to him if she needs to. She admits she’s not built for this, but he promises it will get easier.

But Ellie doesn’t get the chance to adjust. Devon comes down with something bad, and Justin arranges for them to go home early. As they leave camp, Justin pulls out a Ring phone. He took care of the husband, and Ellie doesn’t suspect a thing. Looks like the Woodcombs are getting involved in the spy life.

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Classified Quotes

“I’m not letting you shoot a tiger. They’re endangered and majestic.” —Chuck

“[The villagers] have this nickname for him. I can’t really pronounce it in Bantu, but it loosely translates to ‘Dr. Super-Fantastic White Person.'” —Ellie on how well Devon is adjusting to Africa

“You’re firing me, aren’t you? This is even worse than when I got canned from Underpants Etc.” —Morgan

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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