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‘Chuck’ nostalgia recap: Ellie finds out

Season 3 | Episode 18 | “Chuck Versus the Subway” | Aired May 24, 2010

It’s the penultimate episode of season 3, and we’ve finally gotten answers to some of our big questions. Is the Intersect going to drive Chuck insane? (Probably not — thanks, governor.) Will Ellie find out the truth about Chuck and the rest of the team? (Big yes.) Is Daniel Shaw really alive? (Unfortunately.) Let’s recap.

Chuck and Sarah head to the farmer’s market while Steven works on Chuck’s governor. But Chuck can’t even enjoy some delicious blueberries without spy drama.

Chuck’s glitchy Intersect flashes on a voice and identifies Shaw. Chuck follows the guy to the subway, but loses him. Chuck thinks he’s imagining things again, but then Shaw waves through the closed train door. There’s no imaging that.

Back at Castle, Steven hacks into the train security cameras and confirms what Chuck saw. The team follows Shaw’s tracks and enters a secret base (the same place where Ellie is currently holed up in Justin’s office). They split up, and Sarah spots a biometric scanner that recognizes her prints. This isn’t a Ring base — it’s CIA.

But Chuck didn’t get the memo. He’s spotted by Justin, who attacks him. Chuck flashes (albeit, a little woozily) and fights back. But then Ellie comes out of Justin’s office. The cat’s out of the bag now.

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But before Chuck can explain, Justin takes off and Chuck follows. They burst into a conference room where General Beckman is literally, at that exact moment, putting her reputation on the line for Chuck.

A committee had been convened to determine if the Intersect project is a liability. They’ve received testimony that the Intersect is unstable, expensive, and dangerous, from none other than Daniel Shaw himself.

Shaw claims he was working as a double agent within the Ring until Chuck shot him. He then reveals that Chuck’s brain is deteriorating because of the Intersect (a fact Chuck had been hiding from Sarah). The project should be aborted.

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Image Credit: NBC/ screengrab

But during the hearing, Chuck notices Shaw flash. He has an Intersect, too. So Chuck tries the same trick his dad used on him, and he throws a letter opener at Shaw. Unfortunately, Shaw catches it with his shoulder, and now Chuck definitely looks crazy.

Casey advises Sarah to run. The CIA is going to burn Chuck, and then they’re going to burn them. He has someone he’s got to protect. Casey has been secretly getting to know his long-lost daughter by becoming one of her regular diner customers. But the time Casey arrives to warn her she’s in danger, Justin is already there.

But John Casey doesn’t let anyone hurt his people without a fight. Casey knocks Justin out with the napkin dispenser and kidnaps his daughter, Alex — for her own protection.

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Image Credit: NBC/ screengrab

Casey gives Alex the key to his Buy More locker; everything in it (i.e., lots of cash) is hers now. But Alex is not feeling super trusting, and she makes a break for it. Casey stops her by telling her the truth — he’s her father. But Shaw’s guys are close. Casey warns Alex to get her mom and disappear.

Elsewhere, Ellie is feeling entitled to some damn answers. She goes home to talk to Devon (who was certain Ellie was cheating on him). She tells him that Chuck is in trouble with the CIA. Devon is so relieved that Ellie finally knows, until he realizes he’s the one who just told her. Whoops.

Devon fills in some of the blanks, but he’s avoided asking too many questions over the years. Morgan is the expert. Morgan assures Ellie that Casey, Chuck, and Sarah are all working for the good guys. But then why is Chuck being held against his will?

Speaking of, Steven hacks into the CIA base and helps Chuck escape. Chuck is ready to take off when Sarah catches up. If Chuck runs, he’ll look guilty. He’ll never be able to stop running. But Steven tells Chuck if he wants to protect his family, he’ll have to leave them. So leave he does.

But it doesn’t protect Sarah. Shaw, the big skeeve, tricks Sarah into attacking him, just in time for security to arrest her for going rogue. Shaw’s people go after Beckman, too. When Morgan and Devon go down to Castle, Beckman is shredding files. The CIA is shutting down the project and the team. Morgan and Devon are their last hope.

Morgan calls Chuck to fill him in, and Chuck convinces his dad to turn around. He could never forgive himself for leaving the people he loves in danger. Steven reluctantly agrees. They get Ellie to fill them in on her rendezvous with Justin, and they discover a secret Ring base. It’s the lab Chuck had been dreaming about, and it confirms everything Chuck has been saying about Shaw and the Intersect.

But before Chuck can clear his name, Shaw and Justin arrive. Justin takes Chuck’s governor, and Shaw kills Steven. Chuck can’t fight back when his emotions have been compromised.

A defeated Chuck is transported with Sarah and Casey. Shaw has won, and there’s no one left to save them.

But that’s not quite true. Ellie is following them, and Devon and Morgan are on their way, too. Devon reminds Ellie that if they do this, there’s no turning back. Ellie is Team Bartowski now.

Classified Quotes
“Who wouldn’t be paranoid in your shoes? Your cover’s blown, your secret base discovered, your dead partner and girlfriend’s ex-lover was a double agent.” –Steven, being super encouraging

“It’s my dream come true. Ellie is exactly like Chuck but with lady parts.” –Jeff, getting weird when he thinks Ellie is single again

“Love-struck Bartowski will try and come save you, and this time I’ll be ready for him and his father. Mwa-haha.” –Daniel “Sass” Shaw

“This is the last time I’m going to walk away from you.” –Steven saying good-bye to Ellie and throwing down some terrible foreshadowing

Image Credit: NBC/ screengrab

Image Credit: NBC/ screengrab

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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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