Chuck vs the Business Trip (5.04)

First Impressions

Its Friday night again!  Time for the next mission for Carmichael Industries.  So what’s happening this time?  Will Morgan get the Intersect remove.  Will he catch a bullet for his troubles?(!). We Chuck is undercover as Morgan, will Sarah be Alex? Or maybe. What about Verbanski? Will Casey find true love (yeah right…)?

And most important of all, how much fun will we all have tonight?!  Don’t be shy, let us know what you thought.

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176 Responses to Chuck vs the Business Trip (5.04)

  1. Aerox says:

    This was epic. Best episode of the season? Yep. Ranks among one of the best episodes of the past three seasons for me. Brilliant writing, Casey is AWESOME with capitals, the entire cast was included… This episode for me signals why I fell in love with the show to begin with. Sarah and Casey kicked ass, Chuck was smart and the support players carried their weight brilliantly. Top notch!

    • Aerox says:

      Oh yeah, the humor was top notch, we saw passion between Chuck and Sarah, the Nerd Herd outfit made a glorious, albeit short, return. I still can’t get over how fun Casey is this season, even Morgan had good moments. I’m seriously in awe.

      • Gord says:

        For the first time in a long time, I have even been enjoying the Buy More scenes. I can’t wait to see Lester and Casey sharing a cell together.

  2. Yes, I know it was silly, absurd and totally unnecessary to the plot, but during the throwing star thing at the beginning, I was laughing so hard I barely kept myself in my chair. I love this show!

    Finally, there are consequences for Lester! If Casey recorded the hit order, no problem on that front.

    • Aerox says:

      That’s actually what stumped me. Why did they make such a big deal? To me it seemed like he recorded the entire confession. Also, I loved how Casey didn’t take any bullshit, just popped them all. Brilliant episode.

      • It might not be recorded. He might have just been listening in. Murder of hit men that were recently trying to kill them would probably not hold up in court anyway. Yes, the hit was called off, but only Beckman, Chuck, and Morgan really believed that. Sarah, Casey, and no one in the audience did. Neither would a jury. It could be Decker is really looking for leverage. This is Chuck, so not everything has to make sense.

      • uplink2 says:

        Oh I think that is what Casey gave to Sarah at the party. He handed her the recording I believe.

      • atcDave says:

        Of course the CIA may have no interest in trial, they may be planning on just having Casey disappear.
        But I don’t think they’re even worried about it being permanent. For some reason, they just want to separate Chuck (& Sarah?) from their team. It will be very interesting to see where this goes.

    • Aerox says:

      Well, obviously if he didn’t record they’re in a pickle. But I’m not fussed either way. I actually didn’t get annoyed once this entire episode so I’m good with regards to any plotholes. It was an observation more than a critique anyway.

    • Gord says:

      The Morgan/throwing star bit to me went on way too long. I’m sure there were much better story elements they could have added a few extra seconds too.

  3. joe says:

    Jason, Aerox, Jeff, you took the words out of my keyboard. Wow – this was the most exciting episode I can remember since Dream Job or maybe Predator. They did soooo many things right.

    I had one very, very weird reaction. When Morgan had the Intersect removed, I was almost feeling like I had lost a cast member! I didn’t want to see it go!

    Maybe we can say that we haven’t lost an Intersect; we’ve gained a Jeff Barnes??? Naw! 😉

    Loved seeing Ellie, Devon and Clara on screen together.

    • jason says:

      Joe – speaking of which, I loved seeing Sarah, Chuck and Clara together, that is a gold mine waiting to be milked time permitting?

      • joe says:

        I’m down with that idea. If they do end with a pregnancy (which is a speculation many of us made last month) then that’s the way to introduce it.

        Aerox has noted just below that Sarah might have had a wistful look in the Devon-Baby scene – I’ll have to go back and check on that. But if it’s true (no matter how subtle), that’s the intro I’ve been hoping to see.

  4. While I loved the episode, I thought of a missed opportunity. When Beckman came with the Intersect glasses, I wanted Ellie to be there to “supervise” because she doesn’t trust the government. I would be funny for Beckman to be a the receiving end of a disapproving Ellie-glare.

    • Gord says:

      That would have been good and a lot better than spending so much time on the Morgan/Throwing star bit.

      • Let me guess. You didn’t like the throwing star bit.

        I would sacrifice the moonwalk portion for Ellie being in that scene, but not the rest of it. It was funny in a stupid-funny kind of way. It wasn’t the best moment in the episode, but it earned the biggest laugh from me.

        Actually one of the the nice things about that scene is it shows Sarah having fun as part of Chuck and Morgan’s games. The old Sarah would have been with Casey and Becky with a disapproving glare. The new Sarah is learning to have fun.

      • atcDave says:

        I liked that Sarah was just goofing around with her boys. I think it was also only like 20 seconds of screen time.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        I thought it was a great bit of meta-humor, dragging the Morgansect out just a little too long while a portion of the fanbase keeps checking their watches waiting for it to end. Casey and Beckman’s reaction shots alone were worth the length of the scene. To me at least.

      • herder says:

        There were several scenes of Sarah smiling and having fun; throwing the stars, sexytimes, in the pool, sitting and talking beside the pool and at the end at dinner. You like to see characters you like having fun, Kristen Newman seems to get that and to get Sarah’s character.

  5. Aerox says:

    By the way, I didn’t really see it well due to the crappy stream, but was that a (very) wistful look we saw from Sarah when Devon and those parents were lying in the courtyard with their babies?

    • I’m not sure if it was wistful. I thought it was more of a relaxed, genuinely, honestly happy look. Considering how Sarah is normally uncomfortable around the Awesomes and their “normal” activities, I’m fine with either interpretation.

  6. I have a couple of minor complaints. First, no promo, which was expected, but still disappointing. Second, the “Chuck vs. the Business Trip” name is kind of lame for an episode that was as good as this one. Maybe “Chuck vs. the Consequences” would have been better because of the multiple meaning possibilities. Morgan was facing consequences with the hit and with Alex. Lester is going to jail. And Decker has come to arrest Casey. Anyone have any other title ideas?

    Not really a complaint, but more of a disappointing thing. Other than shampooing out the frosted tips, Morgan never really moved it with his “parents.” They way it went down all made sense, but there were some missed comedic opportunities. Sarah telling Morgan to pick up his toys. Chuck telling Morgan to be back by curfew. They both telling him he has to do is chores (e.g. cook diner) before he plays video games. The punch line would be Ellie or Devon noticing it and telling Charah that they are getting good practice at being parents. Cue rambling reaction from Chuck and a wistful look from Sarah. Then Morgan could move out and they could joke about when they are going to get a baby to replace him.

    • atcDave says:

      Yeah I was a little surprised they had Morgan move back out so quickly.

      • thinkling says:

        Yeah … but pleasantly surprised!

      • atcDave says:

        No doubt!

      • What do you two have against Casey? Plus Sarah and Chuck need the practice as parents. They could also practice with the throwing stars.

      • atcDave says:

        hmmmm, sounds more like Jeff has something against Morgan!

        I had just really thought with all the talk about Morgan being Chuck and Sarah’s man-child that we might see him living with them for an extended time. For the sake of domestic tranquility and privacy, of the sort every newlywed couple should have, I’m pleased Casey is taking back custody!

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Well much as I’ll miss the opportunity for Morgan being underfoot at Casa Bartowski, Morgan Casey moments are also pretty good. Besides, who would do Casey’s laundry? Also Casey may not be using the place for a bit.

        I’ll be interested to see Casey and Lester’s roommate situations next episode.

      • thinkling says:

        Exactly, Dave.

        I’m all for giving our newlyweds some privacy. If it comes down to a choice between Morgan and throwing stars or privacy and … other activities … give Casey the set of throwing stars. 😉 At their convenience, they can always baby-sit Clara for parenting practice. God in His wisdom started us out with babies not man-children. Besides, professionally I think Morgan still qualifies as their man-child.

        I really like the Casey/Morgan dynamic. So, I’m glad to see its return.

      • thinkling says:

        Ernie, maybe Casey will protect Lester in gen pop. A new friendship is formed. 🙂

      • I’m one of the few that loved the idea of Morgansect for the moment I saw the spoiler on the morning Cliffhanger aired. I’m just trying to fit in. It’s not like they would kill him. They could use the throwing stars to pin him to the wall if he interrupts their newlywed time. I think even Morgan would understand that kind of behavior modification. It would help him learn the definition of boundaries and privacy.

        A side benefit of being at Casey’s… when Alex comes to visit, her “friend” is there to wear her down. We can’t let Becky win!

      • thinkling says:

        I didn’t get your drift on the throwing stars, Jeff. Still, the apt is a little small for newlyweds and Morgan.

        I had thought of the Alex/Morgan angle of the new/old living arrangements. It may even be Casey’s way of letting Morgan prove himself again. He’s gotten to be such a softie.

      • He only shot and killed six people last episode, but you’re right. Casey’s been a softie ever since the end of Colonel.

      • atcDave says:

        I really do like that usage for the throwing stars. But Morgan and Casey is a better situation. How long Casey and Lester spend in lock up is another good and interesting question. It would be funny to have them encounter each other in jail, I’m guessing Casey’s status in genpop would be a little different than Lester’s, but if they’re being rational about it (not a given if they’re going for outrageous comedy) they should be in completely different lock-ups.

      • atcDave says:

        Admit it Jeff, you only loved the Morgansect idea because you thought of it first!

      • I love the Lester/Casey cellmate idea.

        As for the Morgansect, my story made me very open to the idea initially. However, my second reaction was ‘oh crap’ as I did a Google search and found my story as the #2 link for a search of Morgan Intersect. (It is now #45). I never was completely happy with that story because I needed a stunt coordinator/adviser to help me with the big action sequence, which I kind of cheated on. Also, I figured the idea wouldn’t be popular and didn’t want to get any more nasty reviews like “this is a beyond retarded story.” Fortunately I didn’t, but unfortunately people directed that same anger at Zoom and Bearded Bandit.

      • atcDave says:

        Seriously Jeff? People got cranky about your silly/ fun story? Of course you really jumped the shark when Casey got the Intersect…

        It always amazes me when Chuck fans don’t know how to laugh.

      • Jumping the Shark is a proven technique. Happy Days got 161 more episodes after the Fonz jumped the shark.

        I think running third only to love for Charah and to hatred of all things wooden is Chuck fandom’s obsession with Chuck being special. Stephan was Chuck’s dad. He darn well better call him special. Special does not mean only. Albert Pujols is a special baseball player and future hall-of-famer, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other people that can hit home runs.

        Fourth is their hatred of Morgan. Parts of Chuck fandom are holding a grudge for the IOU longer than Sarah.

      • atcDave says:

        Too funny Jeff. Although I’m pretty some of the Morgan hate actually pre-dates the IOU. I know we’ve seen a few comments that viewers felt Morgan was holding Chuck back from the beginning. And I would have to say I found S1 Morgan more unlikable than his later persona.

        And you know there’s some, still unverified, rumors of Shaw making a return late this season. Personally I don’t care, I thought he was fine as a villain, but there’s so many other characters I would rather see return; or I’d even prefer new baddies. But it’s not really a big deal to me; except I think it would be interesting to see if the Internet explodes in such a case. Or if we’ve finally got over it…

      • Aerox says:

        Honestly, I’d be ecstatic for Shaw to make a return. He still ranks among the top baddies (only topped by Timothy Dalton really) of Chuck in my book so to see him return (even if it’s just for Chuck to go like: “Ha, I married her and she’s still breathing and you’re trapped in a cell. *Cue Nelson laugh* HA-HA!”) would for me be very worth it.

        Or maybe an angle with a jealous Jill Roberts? Maybe even Hartley swinging by? Oh so much people I’d love to see return, but I’d be very okay with Shaw.

      • atcDave says:

        Yeah Aerox I think Jill would actually be a more interesting return than Shaw. But even then, i’d rather see new characters. Mostly I think the past characters are played out. Jack Burton and Mary maybe being the only exceptions, I definitely would like to see either or both of them back.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Carina could be fun now that Morgan is single again. Though if he’s available she wouldn’t want him. I also wouldn’t mind Shaw, but I think he’d be problematic as anything other than a flashback. He needs to stay defeated, and they’ve done the prison visit deal for info thing with Jill. I hope to see Mary at some point, just for the family connections and some continuity there.

      • Maybe that’s how Lester gets out of jail next week. Shaw is being transferred and ends up in the same holding cell as Lester. Cue the Lester/Shaw cage match. When the Canadian comes out on top, they reward him with probation, time to be served at the local Buy More.

        I think Jack’s story has run its required course, but the character is so much fun, I’m sure the writers could have come up with something else. I’m a little curious if Zondra and Carina were kicked out like TeamB. I’d like to see Mary, too. How could she stay in the CIA if Chuck was out? Linda Hamilton was at Chuckfest, so there might be hope. We probably would have heard if somebody else was coming back, but I’m still hoping for PapaB in a flashback.

      • Aerox says:

        I know it goes against everything “Chuck” but I’d love for them to visit him in prison, for the sole purpose of gloating. I’d eat that scene up.

      • As much as I’d like to see gloating or a Lester/Shaw cage match, I think they simply left him without a governor so he is now drooling with a melted brain in a mental institution, wearing superman pajamas.

    • Gord says:

      Maybe it should have been called Chuck Vs The Viper.

  7. Hola Amigos – It was certainly a keeper!
    Beckman = the big guns!!!
    Was a pretty quick fix to get Morgan de-intersected – but I loved the ninja star / moon walk gags.
    Other notables= I really like the change in Jeff’s character.
    Lester seems to be completely floundering with Jeff as his anchor.
    Chuck certainly seems to have a very keen spy sense, where Sarah seems to have lost her edge.
    Loved the pool party. Nice to see them as a normal couple [ in their own way]
    Casey was fantastic – especially the final scene where he takes out the assassin squad…
    hmmmm – wonder what that whole thing is going to be a set up for…. hmmmm……
    I was kinda surprised that Alex wouldn’t take Morgan back – It would seem that the Casey’s can hold a grudge/bitterness/resentment with the best of them.
    Strange that its taking Morgan so long to get his memories back vs. Chuck that basically rebooted very quickly, even after phase three…. plus, how many times did he loose the intersect??? I’m not sure if this is another plot hole – or just a way to show us that Chuck is so very special.
    Loved the “family” atmosphere in the kitchen at the closing scene…. anyone else wonder how many lies were told?
    Overall it was a very good episode…. no poor saggy parts – but not really anything stellar or epic either – just another good hour of Chuck!

    • joe says:

      You make me wanna go back and watch it again, right now, Gringo. Beckman as “the Big Guns” was a hoot.

      Good catch about Morgan not getting his memories back. That’s not a throw-away. It’s leading to something, but I can’t imagine what.

    • Aerox says:

      I disagree with Sarah having lost her edge. I thought that back during Coup d’Etat when she couldn’t take out a terrorist but Chuck could. But here, she was lied to by someone who Casey remarked “was as good as lying as you”. Considering Sarah could easily lie by telling her she was married to Morgan and the detector not finding it, the fact that the Viper could too showed us that she could’ve easily fooled someone. Plus the fact that Sarah really wanted a friend.

      But then when shit hit the fan, she knocked the fake viper out with a single elbow, knocked the pervert out and tricked the real Viper into thinking she wasn’t close. This episode for me was a turning point in that regard.

      • jason says:

        Smart Chuck, tough Sarah, and killer Casey, perfect. Have not rewatched, but interesting, if I recall, Decker told Viper to kill everyone but Walker and Bartowski. Why not Sarah? Maybe the ‘twist’ is not going to be so nice – Muaha ??????????

      • When they said Sarah, a trained spy, could fool the lie detecting, I thought, ‘what’s the point of using it?’ Minor plot hole, but I don’t care about those on Chuck.

        jason, ‘Why not Sarah?’ I’m thinking either 1) they want to reload Chuck with an Intersect that will control him, but they know they need Sarah as leverage for that to work after what happened in S3. or 2) we’ll discover the reason in the Sarah episode, with the reason being Sarah’s old handler, her mom, or both.

      • Faith says:

        Decker saw firsthand just how much havoc Chuck will unleash if Sarah were to be harmed, or near harmed. But that’s not the why I’m thinking…I’m thinking they’re saving the best for last, namely for him to take care of Chuck and Sarah. For good.

      • lappers84 says:

        I wonder if that little point might be bought up later, perhaps it’s foreshadowing to the Baby episode like you said Jeff. If she can fool a computer into thinking she actually is married to Morgan what else could she lie about. Sorry getting a bit dark, but I feel like that’s what might happen in the Sarah episode.

      • Aerox says:

        Haha, Jeff. I had the same thought. Besides, the Viper didn’t necessarily have to lie about where they were from. Just slap on a Buy More nametag and say where you’re from and you’re golden.

      • thinkling says:

        Faith … what do you mean “take care of Chuck and Sarah for good” … exactly.

    • The % always starts high and drops a little. That’s the highest starting % I’ve seen in a while. Maybe even higher than Phase 3. But as expected, the vote total is much, much lower.

      • joe says:

        Sure. A “self-selected” poll is non-scientific by definition (those who really enjoyed the episode will vote first and vote the most throughout).

        But it’s fun, nonetheless.

      • I agree it is fun, and I don’t worry about it being non-scientific. Since it is done after every episode, I think it is a good comparison of the interest in the show (number of votes) and the relative opinion between shows. I went back and looked at the “Awesome” percentages: Business Trip (44 votes): 95%, Frosted Tips: 65%, Bandit: 52%, Zoom 67%, Cliffhanger: 85%, Last Details: 88%, Agent X: 81%, Wedding Planner: 87%, Family Volkoff: 81%, Muuurder: 73%, A-Team, 79%, First Bank of Evil: 79%, Masquerade: 73%, CAT Squad: 74%, Seduction Impossible, 79%, Push Mix 92%, …. Phase 3 (415 votes): 93%, … Subway/Ring II (1285 votes): 93%, … Colonel (1450+ votes): 95%. I couldn’t find Mask, Honeymooners, or Fake Name. The first three episodes this season were by far the lowest run.

        Historically, Chuck has had higher percentages than other shows I watch. Castle episodes were 46%, 93% (probably the best show in the entire series), 75%, 80%, 72%, 71%, 76%, 82%. Bones: 70%, 55%, 81%.

      • joe says:

        That’s interesting. The numbers sort of correlate to my otherwise meaningless “Aces” score that I was giving on the podcasts. But I wonder what it means that Castle & Bones seem to have noticeably lower marks.

        It’s got something to do with the sparseness of the data, I’m sure. But I’m not enough of a statistician to say if it’s meaningful or not.

      • Business Trip has dropped to 81%.

        For Castle and Bones, I think it just means that Chuck has more enthusiastic fans thant can win Internet polls that can be rigged, but there are fewer of us which is why ratings are lower. The Castle and Bones fans are more level-headed.

  8. uplink2 says:

    This was the best episode of this season by far! I simply loved it. Morgansect gone before the open and even the final Morgansect scene was kind of fun especially seeing we know its gone.

    Sarah rocking the Nerd Herd uniform FTMFW!!!! Loved that coming back!!!

    Decent spy story, Sarah and Chuck acting like a married couple for real finally. Lots of great Sarah/Casey moments. They showed why they are great spies. Sarah being kind of vulnerable about real friends. Her amazing speech at the end is something she never would have done till now that she is married and happy.

    Casey ruled this episode. Plus Mekenna has one bad assed pissed off face! Loved that look from her!

    Jeff’s transformation, Lester going to jail, a great Big Mike line about getting his camera! Simply fantastic.

    As much as I have hated Morgansect I loved this episode. As good as many of the great ones from season 4 like First Fight, Seduction Impossible. Probably not a top 10 for me but definitely top 25 I’d say.

    It is definitely the first S5 episode that’s going on my Evo to carry with me!

    • Faith says:

      I’m really glad you enjoyed it Uplink! Very encouraging to see :). Just as it should be, the Chuck that can and do please all, has returned! Everybody wins.

    • Gord says:

      Not only the best episode of the season so far, but I also think it is one of the best episodes of the series.
      Then again maybe that sentiment is tainted by the end of Morgansect, but I noticed even many of you that liked Zoom, still loved this episode.

  9. Ernie Davis says:

    Quick first impressions. They are taking this where I thought they would, longing for normal life. This will be the theme, external threats. BUT, it will still play in the single season theme in the same way. Big external threat defeated, with serious loss in 12-13, but 6-7-8, maybe 9, will be existential threat, based on our heroes own personal failings. I think Chuck’s hacker past will be the setup McGuffin, and Sarah’s past the kick in the gut.

    The overall theme will be getting to normal, out of the spy life. In between, how to defeat that world’s hold on them all.

  10. Two of my replies have been eaten. Is that a bug in wordpress, or are you guys editing?

  11. Shepperd of Lost Sheep says:

    Ignoring the plastic pipe elbow on the tailpipe 😉 – I liked it.

  12. Is there are reply limit? WordPress has thrown out a couple of my replies.

    • joe says:

      Heh! You’re not going to believe this, Jeff, but one of Thinkling’s comments was eaten today too!

      WordPress is going to have a good talking to…

  13. MyNameIsJeffNImLost says:

    Is wordpress blocking replies?

  14. MyNameIsJeffNImLost says:

    I guess I’ve worn out my welcome. Bye.

    • joe says:

      I have no idea what just happened with the spam filter, Jeff, but you got caught up in it somehow (and for no apparent reason).

      You know what they say… to err is human. To really screw things up takes a computer!

      I restored all but your “test” messages, and promise to monitor the span filter carefully until this under control!

      And apologies!

  15. Aerox says:

    HO-OLY shit, I just noticed but Castle is now outfitted with Razer Lycosa keyboards. This product placement is SO much more awesome than Subway. First the Deathadder, now the Lycosa. I’m losing my mind over here (despite not having any razer products myself, I still think it’s awesome)

    • joe says:

      Okay, Aerox. Take a deep breath an explain to us old fogies just what the heck a Deathadder and a Lycosa are.

      Should I be afraid? Or should I go out and buy one? 😉

      • Aerox says:

        The package that Jeff was clutching in Zoom when he was faking being injured was the RAZER Deathadder, a mouse designed for competitive gaming.

        The keyboards that they now use in Castle (I don’t know whether they showed them earlier, will have to rewatch the other episodes) is the RAZER Lycosa, a keyboard designed for competitive gaming. Why Chuck has them? I have no clue. But it warms my gamer heart to see product placement such as this. So much more relatable than Subway that I can’t help but get giddy over it.

        As for buying one? I highly doubt anyone here would have a need for it (I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Chuck has them, although it does fit the nerd theme) and as far as I was aware, they were somewhat overpriced. But hey, if you have the money and want to show the advertisers that their product placement is working (which is really weird because they didn’t actually show the RAZER logo. I recognized the font on the keyboard (that’s really REALLY sad, I’m well aware) and the blue backlighting) then you could do a lot worse than a Lycosa. Plus there are quite a few people I know who swear on a deathadder 😛

        PS: I know I’m taking this WAAAY too serious, but I can’t help it 😦 It’s what I do.

      • joe says:

        Ah, thanks. Now I understand your excitement. I’m not a gamer, so I don’t quite share it, but I understand it! 😉

        Mrs. Joe got quite excited today over their use of Macintosh laptops in the Buy More. Ah, those Mac people. You gotta love ’em. As Lester once said, they are the Artiests of the IT world.

    • Gord says:

      More importantly it its outfitted with Missile Command. It’s a part of their process. I guess they never know when they might have to disarm a Japanese Nuclear Missile sattelite again.

      • lappers84 says:

        Lol definitely good continuity by including Missile Command, maybe they might use it later on in the series (hopes).

  16. Silvercat42 says:

    This and ep 3 are now my two favorites this season. I love the new Jeff, and I wouldn’t be sad if we don’t see Lester AGAIN. The old Season 1 Casey is back, which is a very good thing. I’m not sure how his being arrested for murder will be resolved, but I almost think Decker wanted the Viper and her crew dead since they had failed the task. One question this ep brought up, if Beckman is his boss, why can’t she just shut Decker down, period. But then there would be no storyline, I guess. I loved Sarah’s toast to her real friends. That was very apropos and a nice touch. That’s it for now. This show still rocks!!!

    • atcDave says:

      Beckman may technically outrank Decker, but Decker has an independent charter that doesn’t fall directly under her authority (plus, they’re with different agencies to begin with, so that would actually be expected). Even being independent of her, he would still be expected to show her proper respect.

  17. Silvercat42 says:

    One other thing… Casey blowing major plot lines of Star Wars because he was still mad at Morgan was veeeery funny to this fanboy.

  18. SarahSam says:

    Thank you Kristin Newman. Klemmer started last week with a little more realistic Charah and you took it to another level. Great episode for everyone once again. Casey OMG. Killer, classic, Casey. A balanced view of normal Sarah and spy Sarah. A competent, smart Chuck and once again a Chuck capable of holding his own physically.A family dinner with a vulnerable Sarah ,of all people ,making a toast. The new Jeff and Lester finally being arrested. Loved it. There were so many great things, I can’t recount them all. Has Kristin been reading fan fiction? Because this is the type of show many of us crave, consistently firing on all cylinders. Re-watch time and I’m giddy about it.

    • Amron says:

      Now that you said that, this Sarah and her need to have a normal friend kind of remind me “The Ninja Librarian” saga, by quistie64…

      • Aerox says:

        Haha, I had exactly the same feeling. I was watching it and when she started talking about friends I was like. “… I didn’t know Quistie was now writing for the show. That’s pretty awesome”

      • atcDave says:

        I thought that too! Although Jen seem to have worked out a little better…

      • quistie64 says:

        I’m glad to know it wasn’t just me! I was sitting there thinking, “Sarah wants to have coffee with a woman who might become a real friend, and her name is Jane?” (my ninja librarian’s name is Jen) Holy smoke! And the ninja stars! I’m sure it’s just a funny coincidence, but man! Weird.

    • Gord says:

      Kristin Newman rocks. I hope when Chuck is over, she goes to another great show. Although its hard to imagine a show greater than Chuck.

  19. Faith says:

    This is the best episode since Wedding Planner. Yes I went there. It was the epitome of the kind of Chuck that which I fell in love with. The characters were 3 dimensional, the dynamics made of win.

    We got back the Chuck and Sarah that would do everything for each other. We got Sarah and the dream of “normal.” Even better, we had Sarah appreciate that which we all saw long ago…that Chuck and his family made the world of difference in her life. The fact that she can see that and appreciate it is beyond amazing.

    The Chuck that diffuses bombs, and acts confidently to protect himself and yet can take help is welcome. More than welcome, it’s fantastic.

    The Ellie and Devon, a true couple that is experiencing the growing pains of having a baby…Devon giving up care to Ellie, because he loves her, just well done.

    Jeff, Lester, Casey, Alex, Beckman, everything. It was all clicking on all cylinders, the likes of which we haven’t seen since…Matt Miller.

    There have been episodes that are solid on the grounds of drama, even last week that was solid on both drama and comedy, but this one exceeded those expectations. This one, had heart, family, marriage, friendship, spy, and high stakes.

    Sarah being in danger, real danger and Chuck diffusing the bomb, really well done. I bought into this danger far more than when Sarah was poisoned and supposedly about to die in Cliffhanger.

    But the icing on the cake? Casey being arrested. There’s a tension and a believability in high stakes in this one that wasn’t there before, and honestly hasn’t been around for awhile now. I really love the premise of Mauser pt. 2. It’s brilliant. It’s conflict that is both organic, believable and entertaining. Chuck, Sarah and Casey are three different people. Casey and Sarah live in a far more grittier, and far more realistic world. Always have and always will. They’ve learned to be hopeful like Chuck, and they’ve adapted his priorities but they aren’t and will never be him. Chuck is idealistic, he lives in a world where there’s always a solution. A solution that doesn’t involve getting your hands dirty and I hope he never has to leave that world. BUT, I love this conflict. In any good story, there has to believable and engaging conflict, and this is definitely one. Casey and Sarah’s almost quiet communication, very team-like. Very much two spies, relying on each other for the good and safety of their “family.” Because after all, in a world of blacks and whites, there is only one gray and that is your love ones.

    Edit: That kiss was hot! I Z Dead because of #SexyTimes

  20. atcDave says:

    I haven’t read comments yet, I’ll go back and start commenting after I do this. As you all likely know, the Detroit NBC affiliate ran Chuck at 1:35 this morning. I work this morning so I couldn’t stay up for it; but I DID get up an hour early and watch before work.

    And it was totally worth it! That was fun. I think I’m happiest with the Chuck/Sarah and Casey/Morgan pairings. I loved the convention mission. Very fun to have a Buy Moron gathering, even if these were presumably the cream of the crop. Fitting that Sarah manages to befriend the assassin in the group. Although I’m wondering if that bunny suit made a guest appearence on Conan a couple weeks ago…
    Interesting revisiting the “normal” theme again. Its a lot more fun when Chuck and Sarah are trying to figure out normal together, now that they both realize they are not.
    I loved Casey messing with Morgan on the movies. I’m totally with Morgan on Phantom Menace! I’m guessing the original “Raiders” movie is the one Casey left out of the later gift pack. The man is truly evil. But so much fun to see him take down an entire team of assassins who talk too much. Very funny. Obviously it will be interesting to see how the consequences play out.
    I liked Jeff’s story this week; I’m still not convinced normal will stick with him, but it was funny to see Lester experience the new concept of “consequences.”
    The baby Clara sub-plot was very short but sweet. I’d comment how nice it is that Devon is a really nice guy, but I guess we already knew that.

    • Dave, I was trying to figure out which three movies. If Casey was being evil, he’d leave out Raiders. When Marion showed up in 4, his deception would be discovered. Also, 4 had some references to the Young Indy series, which old Morgan had probably watched. Morgan might start asking questions.

      Casey might think was was being nice by leaving out 4. But personally, I liked 4. I didn’t think it was any worse than 2 and 3 (*hiding*).

      • atcDave says:

        Hey I liked all four Indy movies too (I thought Temple of Doom was the weakest of the series, but it wasn’t an aweful movie at all!). But the original is by far the best, which is why I was guessing that’s the one Casey left out.

      • During a rewatch, I checked and Casey was actually being nice to Morgan.
        The title looks like: Indian… and Raiders of the…

  21. Leigh says:

    1. We learned last night that Chuck is probably very vocal during sexytimes. “Here we go! Here we go!” *falmpalm* *lol*

    2. I loved loved loved this episode as a whole but was really let down by the big reveal at the end. It had to be the friend Sarah had made? It kind of continues that old idea of “haha! Girls can’t have real friends! They are all mean and bitchy and hate each other!” *sigh* That was a let down for me personally.

    3. Casey’s way of getting vengeance on Morgan by throwing spoilers at him and letting him start with the Phantom Menace was genius. And Casey in general last night was amazing. I can’t wait to see what happens!!

    4. I do hope that after Jeff pointed out to Devon that Ellie was unhappy that he then talked to Ellie about it honestly and just put up a front for the group. Lying to her and telling her that he was unhappy staying at home is super problematic, and doesn’t let her make her own choices honestly. They’ve been married for years. You’d think their relationship would be better than him having to lie.

    5. Dat. Kiss. And god-dammit, Beckman! You have been cock-blocking Charah for years! Knock it off! 😉

    • Re 4. Considering this is Chuck, I fully expect that Devon lied. Ellie probably Rubix Cubed him, thought it was sweet, and let him get away with it. It’s not like Devon is good at lying.

    • Nervert says:

      I agree with you on #2. I really felt bad for Sarah about this and also because of Chuck’s comment that the friend had Sarah made must be The Viper. Did he even apologize? Anyway, I don’t think it’s too healthy that Sarah’s only friends are Chuck’s friends and family. I mean, it’s all well and good until there’s a conflict between her and Chuck, then who does she talk to? There can be all sorts of loyalty and perspective problems.

      Still, this was an awesome episode, the best of the season so far and right up there with the best of Chuck from seasons one and two.

      • Chuck doesn’t apologize exactly, but he immediately backtracks and self-deprecates, blaming his stupid spy brain.

        Casey isn’t the easiest guy to talk to, but I think Casey would side with Sarah over Chuck. She confided with him a couple times in S4 (Coup d’Etat and Family Volkoff). She tried Casey in Crown Vic, but they were there yet. Ellie would also side with Sarah if Chuck was being an idiot (CAT Squad), because she has no problem going big sister on Chuck.

        A big problem with S1-S3 Sarah was the only people she could talk to were Chuck and Carina. Carina wasn’t around and didn’t understand what Sarah was going through, and Chuck was often part of the problem. Across Chuck, Casey, and Ellie, Sarah has her bases covered. She’d have to lie to any new friend, at least initially, which isn’t a very healthy friendship. It’s a little sad for Sarah. But considering what she had before Chuck, it’s a huge improvement and more than enough for her to be happy.

        Chuck, Casey, and Morgan don’t really have any friends outside of the group either. Casey is no longer in the Marines and probably wouldn’t have much contact with them considering the way he left. Chuck’s Buy More coworkers haven’t really been friends for a while. Morgan has Big Mike, but he is now family.

      • Nervert says:

        Good point about the other characters not having outside friends. I guess they can’t have an unlimited cast. The characters could always talk about outside friends but knowing the fans, they’d want to see who these people were.

    • Gord says:

      re 5, It’s too bad Chuck and Sarah were not on a train at the time, they could have just thrown the phone out the window.

  22. amyabn says:

    This is two in a row that I immediately had to re-watch! Loved this episode. I don’t know how original any of my thoughts are going to be, but this ep hit on all cylinders for me.
    -Family relationships. Yes, they kind of hit us over the head with the whole normal people theme, but I really liked Ellie and Awesome, Baby yoga, the Buy More convention, and of course, Sarah’s toast at the end. Talk about positive growth! I love any time they get the whole family together.
    -The Morgansect is no more. I am so glad that chapter is over. I didn’t need that arc to tell me Chuck is special. Unlike some of you, I felt the ninja stars scene was a tad too long. I can only take obnoxious Morgan for so long. I’m also glad that he is moving out-Chuck and Sarah need their sexytimes.
    -#SexyTimes. ‘Nuf said. The whole married relationship seemed so comfortable and realistic. Nice. More please!
    -Casey. Torturing Morgan with the movies, threatening him because he hurt Alex, Casey taking out the threat to his family.
    Points to ponder. Anyone else want to see Casey and Lester sharing a cell down in lockup? Why no preview for the next ep? If anyone finds one, please post it!

    • atcDave says:

      Agree with all of that Amy! Although I’ve been pretty happy with every episode this season, Business Trip was really getting everything right.

      I think there was no preview because the next episode isn’t until 12/9. But I believe that is the last break we have to deal with until the end.

    • Faith says:

      Amy, we are “connected professionally.” All of that, my thoughts exactly.

      As for the preview, there is no new episode next week so no preview. Chuck returns on Dec. 9 so expect the preview to be on the week before the 9th.

    • Gord says:

      Amy, this truly was Chuck at its best.

  23. Aerox says:

    After rewatching it for a second time, I get what they were going for, but the whole dramatic change in Sarah wanting a real friend seems sort of rushed and forced. It was also nice to see that before getting married into the family, she didn’t think of Ellie and Awesome as real friends.

    • In a final season – there will certainly be lots of famous LAST moments we need to look for…. I guess the last hiatus will be one that I don’t think I’ll miss ~ just say’n

    • atcDave says:

      I think a lot of people put family in a different category from friends. In particular, Sarah may feel all her friends and family are Chuck’s friends and family first; it might mean something for her to have someone who feels primary loyalty to HER. But in the end she decided not…. Chuck’s and hers are all the same. Some families are closer this way than others.

      • Aerox says:

        I get that, but it feels so rushed. She was hopping around, talking to random people and then went back to Chuck: “OMIGAWD I just found someone who wants to be my friend, I’m so happy about it :3”

        Maybe we’ll just chalk it up to her being impulsive.

      • atcDave says:

        Maybe impulsive AND inexperienced with actual friends. I thought her comments about starting a new friendship with lies was interesting. With most of Chuck’s friends and family that’s exactly what she did. I guess we can say that worked mainly because Chuck himself is extraordinary.

      • Gord says:

        I found Sarah’s comment about being not sure how a relationship founded on lies could work out to be rather interesting. I was waiting for Chuck to say something like “well we turned out OK”.

      • atcDave says:

        Yeah it was kind of a call back to those of us paying attention. But really she was right, it wasn’t until she stopped playing games with Chuck that things started to work for them.

  24. Shepperd of Lost Sheep says:

    I must admit to being somewhat curious as to what Chuck will do once he finds out Casey and Sarah are running their own, rather unsavory, missions, without his knowledge.

    (Oh wait, I forgot, it will likely never come up again)

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Casey only went to get intel. He didn’t start shooting till after he heard Decker authorize the killing of himself, his daughter, and Morgan, and someone put a gun to his head.

      • atcDave says:

        Yeah the CIA may not be interested in his self defense justification; but I expect Chuck will be a little more reasonable about it.

      • Since 3rd Dimension, Chuck has shown no problem with Casey and Sarah taking care of the shooting and killing. He’s only told his mom to think about using tranqs. Chuck trusts Sarah and Casey to only do what is necessary.

      • mxpw says:

        If it was just a recon mission, then that makes Sarah and Casey’s decision to keep that from Chuck all the more dumb. There’s absolutely no reason to go behind his back like that.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Chuck was leading the Viper out of Castle, Casey and Sarah realized things were resolved a little too easily so Casey left to tail the Viper’s team to see what they were up to and things went sideways. Casey showed up to a dinner party and didn’t choose to divulge to a group including Ellie and Devon that he’d just taken down an entire team of professional killers in a rather one sided firefight. Why is everyone assuming Casey and Sarah are deliberately keeping Chuck out of the loop?

        If you’re looking for the plot hole, how did the Viper know about Casey’s daughter knowing who she was?

      • Ernie, Decker has the magical ability to hack into Carmichael Industries’ surveillance van and Castle video feeds. Hacking into the Buy More while Jane was hunting Morgan would be a piece of cake. I can imagine him eating popcorn and twirling his mustache. Wait–

      • atcDave says:

        I saw no attempt to deceive, Sarah and Casey were just taking care of business and being careful. Chances are we’ll find out in 5.05 that Chuck knows exactly where Casey was going. And assuming Sarah is a full equal partner in the business she can make executive decisions just as well as Chuck. I expect we’ll see Chuck and Sarah dealing with this situation as equals with no ramifications. And I don’t believe there should be, Chuck trusts Sarah to care of routine decisions (like ordering surveillance on someone who just tried to kill them…)

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Jeff, True, Decker apparently has an interest in getting the entire extended Bartowski clan enmeshed in his scheme, but the assassin’s uncanny ability to know things she shouldn’t is approaching Dianne’s uncanny timing for phone calls. Though in that case something tells me Dianne left a few of the surveillance cameras in place in Casa Bartowski.

        Or they’re just minor plot holes or devices we shouldn’t worry about.

      • And here I thought Beckman was one of the few people on the show without stalker tendencies. I’m not saying I buy into the whole Duck thing, and I’m definitely not shipping Duck, but I between the V-Day interruption and this episode, I’m starting to see where the idea is coming from. She might have even ordered Rye to attack when he did in Fear of Death. She probably encouraged Mary to go after the Norseman without back right before the wedding, as well.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Jeff, you’re forgetting that with Dianne it started immediately after Chuck and Sarah got together in a hotel room in Paris, then on a slow train to Zurich, then she sent the Turners to mess with Chuck and Sarah, then there was the timing of Sarah’s arrest in Balcony… Gotta admit, Becky is consistent and persistent. She’s been slow playing Chuck for years.

      • Ernie, I was thinking more of surveillance in their home after he was an agent and the surveillance should be gone or at least deactivated. On a grander stage, you are right, she was much worse.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Maybe there’s an app. for that.

      • Gord says:

        Yes Casey, really fired in self-defence, so I’m not sure how a murder charge could stick. Somehow I have a feeling it wont.

  25. Aerox says:

    So it turns out I wasn’t the only one who saw a somewhat wistful expression on Sarah’s face when she eyed the babies. I am officially NOT insane! (and yes, my sanity had been in question for quite some time)

    • atcDave says:

      Just because you were right doesn’t make you sane…

    • Gord says:

      I will have to look for that wistful look in the rewatch. There was just so much to absorb. I have a feeling this will be one of those episodes I can rewatch a gazillion times without tiring of it.

      I even loved the Buy More stuff, which is rare. That’s 3 episodes in a row where I’ve liked the Buy More plotline. Either I’ve changed or they have gotten a lot better.

    • Gord says:

      Well I looked for the wistful moment on the rewatch and I did see something. It was only for a brief second but I do think there was something there. Maybe we are reading to much into it.

      • Aerox says:

        Well, we’re conditioned to think that procreation is normal and since that’s sort of been the running theme throughout this season, I think that this was what we were supposed to think. But either way I’m cool with how they decide to approach it.

  26. Gord says:

    I was at a conference and just got to watch this episode. I haven’t looked at anyone elses post yet, but wanted to get my initial thoughts down. This was an exceptional episode. My only criticism would be all the time they spent on Morgan catching throwing stars. I would have prefered them spending more time on Sarah wearing her nerd herd outfit and I bet there isn’t one flaming heterosexual guy out there that doesn’t agree with me.

    Some highlights for me:

    Everything Casey. If you ask me these past few episodes Casey has really shined.

    Best line: (may not be 100% accurate as I have only done an initial watch) – Casey to Morgan “Leave it in the hands of the three friends you just stabbed in the back”.

    The Ellie/Awesome/Clara scenes plus Jeff’s insight and the fact that Awesome listened to him.

    Gen Beckman – the big guns.

    Chuck and Sarah getting frisky on the couch, only to be interupted by Gen B call. How is it she can still order them around, and also how is it that she still has a videolink into Castle.

    Morgan’s renerdification process – after the rocky start with Phantom Menace, and inspite of the fact that Casey spoiled the original 3 Star Wars films for Morgan, somehow I think he will still regain his inner nerd.

    Loved the normal Jeff/Buy More stuff. Also Lester being arrested. BTW it has become quite apparent that everyone knows that Chuck is the new owner. I do want to know if Jeff without the carbon monoxide will still have his psychic powers. Maybe he will realize who that Cia person was who had Ellie’s laptop.

    Chuck defusing the bomb to save Sarah – nice callback to Suitcase were Sarah saved Chuck from the bomb. I’m still not sure how Chuck was able to focus on the bomb with that gorgeous leg in his face.

    I know I already mentioned it in my first paragraph but it deserves repeating: Nerd Herd Sarah

    Morgan saving Alex. BTW it was a nice surprise to see Alex, I don’t think she was in the credits of the synopsis.

    So sad that the Morgan/Alex thing seems to be over. I wonder if Gertrude Verbanski has a daughter too?

    Casey getting evidence of Decker plotting everyone’s demise, and then taking out the Viper and her team.

    I have a feeling Casey wont be in jail long Speaking of which, does anybody else think he will be sharing a cell with Lester? I remember a line in everyone’s favourite episode (Beefcake) after Casey questions Jeff and Lester to find out what happened to Chuck – Lester to Jeff about Casey: ” I would not like to share a cell with that man. ”

    One more time because it feels so good to say: Nerd Herd Sarah.

  27. Wilf says:

    I don’t know if anyone else noticed (it may even be in here but missed by me), but I really liked the almost throwaway bit near the beginning when Morgan says “… sounds like gibberish” and Sarah responds “It is”. Look at Chuck’s expression at this point – I loved that.

  28. Karl N says:

    I liked how Morgan used the one spy move that he was naturally good at (being the magnet) to protect the woman he loves and is trying to win back. I hope Morgan gets another chance to prove himself to Alex in the future.

    • atcDave says:

      Yeah great point Karl. I bet he does, I’m not sure how long it will take, but I’m betting Morgan and Alex will be together at the end.

      • lappers84 says:

        I second that, we got to see the real Morgan (No intersect needed) and I think Morlex need to get back together before series end.

  29. phaseou812 says:

    Wow . . . another great episode. So many great points in this episode.

    I like the first thing Casey does to test that the Intersect is removed from Morgan is to give him a shot in the ribs on behalf of his daughters honor. A successful removal of the Intersect all right!

    I am curious what the implications (if any) of Casey giving Morgan the Indiana Jones movies as a welcome back to the apartment gift. He only gave him three of the four and I am guessing there is more to that story as it was somewhat strange. So other than the friendship jester in asking Morgan back, I am guessing Casey wants Morgan back at his apartment to protect something and or he has left a piece to the puzzle in his defense for Morgan to stumble into. Also Chuck had already given him at least one of the Indiana Jones movies at the beginning of this episode. He did hand Sarah an envelope at the beginning of the final scene, so I am curious if he has given the team pieces of the puzzle that they can only solve together.

    Lester and Casey to potential share a jail cell . . . that ought to be interesting . . . as that was police that came to arrest Casey, not military or CIA . . . so you have to assume that Lester and Casey will be at the same location regarding sharing some jail time. That would make for some humorous male bonding moments.

    I don’t know how some are able to rank their order of episodes . . . for me it is just too hard . . . as they start flowing together to create lots of cohesive excitement along the way. At first I was very disappointed by not seeing previews for the next episode . . . but after reflecting on it . . . it does allow us as fans to be able to speculate regarding the next adventure without seeing the spoiler results. A good example was we really got to see this episode play-out based on the previews we had seen last week . . . so the ending with Decker was not a huge surprise as you knew it was coming, you just did not know the circumstances. So it is kind of exciting to be wondering what is next for the time being.

    But they did do such a great job in having all members of the casts participate in this episode while touching on so many levels of the show. Even the very beginning of the episode with the arcade games and them playing with skills available via the Intersect . . . reminds you of how the show really started . . . really just kids having a good time. . . not destined to be world saving spies . . . so to see Sarah enjoy in that moment was neat. Casey showing his love in his own unique sarcasm way . . . by spoiling the Star Wars plots for Morgan . . . just fits into with the shows long running charm.

    Another episode that I can’t find the words to pay its success true tribute . . . so I guess the only fitting way to show tribute is some more enjoyable re-watches of this episode until the next one comes around.

  30. Gina says:

    Chuck: “my wife likes me clean shaven”

    She also likes you with slightly longer hair so she can run her hands through it, wait that is me living vicariously through Sarah, does not matter, grow your hair dumbass!

    • joe says:

      Hi, Gina.

      Are you saying that you sorta, kinda like it when Chuck’s hair makes weird animal shapes? That’s okay. We’re very non-judgmental here about things like that…

      Have to be. AmyABN likes his animal shapes too! 😉

      • Gina says:

        There is something incredibly evocative and sweet about Sarah playing with his tie or his hair or just resting her face next to his.

      • joe says:

        Oh yes. I’d let Sarah adjust my tie any time she wanted.

        And more seriously, Yvonne has done tiny things like that (I say Yvonne because I’m not sure if that kind of thing is scripted, and if it is, how much of it is scripted) throughout, and it really makes a difference. The casual viewer may or may not catch it, but many of us have been using such things as guides to the character’s true feelings.

        And since she’s a spy, trained to conceal the truth, those are the clues we get!

      • amyabn says:

        As long as he doesn’t revert to the “Chelmet” or Chuck-Helmet-Hair of S2. Horrible!!!! I like it this season though-just the right length, with just the right side burns (of which I am normally not a fan!). I think I need a cold shower now 🙂

      • joe says:

        Ah! A fan of the “neat, professional and I’m worth $877 million” look, I see. 😉

        I can grok that.

      • Faith says:

        Oh the subtly couply things they did and do that is so delicious!

      • Gina says:

        You say that, I mean a lot of fans say they do not ever want the season 2 chuck hair style back, but that is when she played with his hair the most (ok I know this is starting to sound creepy). Now she goes to grab it (and she has done that a few times) and it is not there…poor Sarah.

      • Amron says:

        It would be wrong if I say I liked S3 hair style?

      • Yes, it would be wrong. You are all wrong. Please stop. One of the creepy things in the Castle fandom is the sizeable group of people who are obsessed with Kate Beckett’s hair styles. They call it hair porn. Please don’t let it spread here!! Aaaaah!

        Ok. I’m better now. 🙂

      • thinkling says:

        Ohh, I have to unhear that … how can I unhear that … 😉

      • Verkan_Vall says:

        OK, that wasn’t what I was expecting to read when I dropped by ChuckThis.

        Will you people please stop now, you’re really starting to creep me out.

  31. jason says:

    For a variety of reasons, I have not rewatched the ep yet, looking forward to maybe tonight. I watched Fringe last night instead of Castle, have several shows from last week I have not watched yet either. I read some Fringe reviews and one blog, seems that a bit of shipper vs drama stuff going on there too, but I find Fringe (like Castle) has treated the ‘ship’ with remarkable care vs the season defined by ‘Chuckwin’s Law’. That being said, if Fringe does get cancelled end of season, the show is likely to not have the couple together all season long, till the last 5 minutes of the season, when they re-unite, if you are a shipper, that is a tough sell for your favorite show????

    I have found this season’s spy story to be a nice slow dance, a few clues each ep, more or less, certainly this ep the ‘don’t kill Chuck or Sarah’ thing might be part of the big story?????? I think Casey’s Mauser moment is more to keep the current arc flowing, with CS having to do some work with / for Decker to help Casey & maybe even to pull Verbanski into the Team B mix somehow?

    If Morgan and Alex have a season long angst fest, that will be an awesome C plot for both of the characters, and appropriate to the show, a nice place for Morgan to contribute & maybe a chance for Alex to actually get to do some acting. Plus, the Buymore has been ‘Awesome’ this season, I wonder if Morgan will go back there too. Interestingly, with him not at the Buymore, it has thrived as a story for me?

    • thinkling says:

      Good observation about the spy plot this season. I find Decker to be plenty detestable, and his not wanting to kill CS … yeah … shiver.

      I totally agree about pulling Morgan out of Buymore and putting Chuck and Sarah in there a little. Morgan is funnier in the spy world, and Chuck and Sarah are now relevant in the Buymore, albeit secretly. I really like this.

      • lappers84 says:

        I still want to see Sarah communicate with the Buy Morons, especially Big Mike and the new Jeff.

      • I could see Lester making a lewd comment, Big Mike making an awkward apology that doesn’t come out right, and then new insightful Jeff telling them to be respectful because she’s co-owner of the Buy More.

      • Aerox says:

        I’m pretty sure that the buy morons are well aware of the status quo, unless the Nerd Herd leader suddenly has the power to make decisions over the branch manager 😛

      • In Zoom, Chuck implied it was secret. In the initial Milbarge interviews, they all said Chuck was in charge. I just don’t know what Sarah’s cover is supposed to be. (Maybe Buy More’s accountant, just like she is for Carmichael Industries.) Knowing the Buy Morons, they probably don’t put too much thought into her cover and just drool.

      • Aerox says:

        Can you blame ’em? 😀

      • atcDave says:

        I can certainly see why some viewers are confused if the Buy Morons know about their current ownership or not; but I still think “not” is the answer. They have always turned to Chuck for leadership, they actually looked for Morgan first, and Chuck claimed he had to check with Buy More corporate for a decision.
        Now I think it would be awesome for them to learn the truth (maybe a little later in the season). And I do think Sarah taking charge would be awesome; whether she decides to fire (or kill) Lester, or promote Jeff to Chuck’s old job, or some such I don’t know. But Sarah getting their attention and enforcing her authority could be A LOT of fun. If I had to guess though, I think they’re more likely to run most Buy More scenes through Chuck instead of Sarah.

        I agree season long troubles for Morgan and Alex could be an interesting sub-plot. I don’t think many of will get cranky or too invested in Morgan’s happy home life; yet there’s good potential for both drama and comedy there.

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