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‘Chuck’ nostalgia recap: Dead man’s party

Season 4 | Episode 5 | “Chuck Versus the Couch Lock” | Aired Oct 18, 2010

I love me some Chuck-and-Sarah-focused episodes to the moon and back, but do you know what I love equally as much? Episodes about Morgan and Casey.

It’s something I’ve mentioned before, but I do not remember having such strong feelings about Colonel John Casey upon my first viewing of Chuck. He was like, there, but I wasn’t #TeamCasey or anything. But now, I volunteer to be captain of this team. Line up behind me.

So Casey, coupled with his inexplicable BFF Morgan, is essentially entertainment gold. Aren’t we lucky? Let’s recap.

On the Alex and Morgan front, they’re dating, but Morgan is (understandably) afraid to tell Casey about it. So when Alex surprise visits him and goes in for a hug, Morgan opts for a fist bump instead. Bad move, bro.

It’s important to Alex that they are honest with her dad, and she tells Morgan to man up. Morgan promises he will, but when she stops by for an update, he still hasn’t done it. Alex wants to talk it out, but Morgan tells Alex she needs to leave.

He’s not being mean; they’re mid-mission, and there’s a bad guy right across the courtyard. But Alex doesn’t know that, and she takes it to mean she and Morgan are breaking up.

Morgan eventually comes clean to Casey — more on that later — and Morgan finally earns Casey’s begrudging blessing to date his daughter. Things with Alex are back on.

Meanwhile, at Castle, Chuck and Sarah go through the Volkoff files from Costa Gravas, and they don’t find anything about Frost. Sarah thinks their best bet is to track down the three men in charge of Volkoff’s prison system.

Fortunately, the three guys — Packard (Eric Roberts), T.I. (Dave Bautista, Guardians of the Galaxy), and Mackintosh (Joel David Moore, Bones and Zachary Levi’s real-life best friend) — are in the Intersect. Unfortunately, they’re Casey’s old team, whom he put in prison.



In 1999, Casey and his team were in Iran recovering gold bars from terrorists. Packard and Co. wanted to skim a little off the top, but Casey refused. His team turned against him, but they couldn’t get the drop on Casey. Casey sealed the gold bars in the bunker using his handprint and the guys went to prison (until they escaped). The only way to draw them out is at Casey’s funeral. They’ll come for his handprint, so that they can finally recover the gold.

General Beckman approves the fake funeral, and she tells Chuck she’s impressed that he’s willing to put his emotions aside and put Casey in danger by using him as bait. (Thanks?) Casey takes a drug that makes him appear dead, but he’ll actually be awake and paralyzed. The only thing is, they’re not sure how long the drug will last.



At the funeral, Morgan gives an uncomfortable eulogy as Packard, T.I., and Mackintosh trickle in. When they all arrive, Chuck and the planted mourners try to take them in, but Packard came prepared. He planted explosives around the church, distracting the agents so that they could take Casey’s body.

At Packard’s hideaway, the men argue about the best way to remove Casey’s arm. Luckily, he starts getting feeling back. He escapes, but not before being dosed with another shot of the paralyzing drug.

Casey makes it to the dumpster outside and calls the Buy More for extraction, but Jeff answers the phone. This is actually another stroke of luck, because if there’s anyone who understands a drug-fueled paralysis, it’s Jeff, and he and Lester surprisingly come to the rescue.

But Chuck and Sarah don’t get the news of Casey’s escape in time, and they’re captured by Packard and Mackintosh during their rescue attempt. T.I. visits Morgan to pass along a message: If Casey’s not in Iran in 24 hours, Chuck and Sarah are dead.

Casey is still paralyzed. Morgan calls Awesome for some medical advice. To wake Casey up, he’s got to get his heart rate up, meaning that he’s got to get him mad. Morgan knows the perfect way: He tells Casey that he’s been dating Alex … and she’s going to stay the night soon. That does the trick.



Morgan and an enraged Casey head to Iran without backup. Their plan to cut the power fails, and Morgan ends up down in the bunker with the rest of the gang. But Morgan’s feeling brave. He pulls a hanging wire into a pool of water that Packard, T.I., and Mackintosh are standing in, electrocuting them — and himself.

Morgan is fine — he only died for a few seconds — and his act of bravery changes Casey’s mind about him and Alex. Way to go, Morgan, way to go.


  • Casey can smell Jeff and Lester coming, and I don’t know if that says something about Casey’s nose or Jeffster’s hygiene, but either way, it’s hilarious.
  • Ellie and Awesome are having a girl! And it’s prompted Ellie to change her mind. She does want to know what happened to their mom.
  • Be careful what you wish for. While they’re being held hostage, Chuck asks about Frost. Mackintosh explains that she’s not a prisoner — she’s Volkoff’s right-hand man. That changes things.
  • Everyone’s making a big deal about how the only people at Casey’s fake funeral were planted agents, but like, it was a secret and wasn’t announced to non-spies. Casey has friends, guys.

Classified Quotes
“Soft perfumed hands, sweet, sweet feminine voice. Chuck, that’s easy.” –Morgan, guessing his surprise visitor

“I’m going to eulogize the hell out of you, buddy.” –Morgan

“Sarah, I’m kind of starting to think my mom might be one of the bad guys.” –Chuck

“Was that a little girl?” –T.I. about Morgan’s yelp

“We wake up in some of the best dumpsters in the city.” –Jeff

“You break her heart, I break your everything.” –Casey

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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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