So the Carmichael Industries gang is doing a presentation to win new clients at some sort of summit when boom! Upstaged by an old nemesis of Casey’s, Gertrude Verbanski (played by awesome guest star Carrie-Anne Moss!)
Cut to the Buy More where it’s completely dead and deserted. A tumbleweed rolls through the store (just like my town… that’s sad isn’t it?). They have added a Home and Garden section to the store in order to boost business but it doesn’t seem to be working all that well. BTW: why are they selling tumbleweeds? Take a trip out to the desert, we have plenty and you’re more than welcome to them… one less to hit with our cars.. anyway…
Big Mike is back! Returning from his honeymoon w/ Morgan’s mom (anyone else kind of bummed that we didn’t see that wedding? That would have been entertaining as hell). Mike suggests running a commercial to boost business and pulls up an old commercial from the 70’s that he himself stars in…. and it’s groovy baby. But Morgan and Chuck think that they need one that is more with the times.
Enter an international business man (played by Jeff Fahey (LOST!!! Oh I miss you…)) and Morgan zooms on him. Cue Morgan tackling him to the ground. Yeah, turns out that he wants to hire Carmichael Industries to get his brother Wesley (played by Justin Hartley (Smallville…. I miss that show too. Loving the guest stars this season) who has been kidnapped. The businessman, Karl, show the gang a finger that has been sent to him that belongs to Wesley. The group decides to go rescue him for a sum of $200,000.
Morgan is a bit out of control with the Intersect in his head so Casey and Sarah decide that he needs a handler, and who better than Chuck?
Casey stakes out the compound where Wesley is being held… and gets caught. But it’s ok, he’s masquerading as a duck hunter, so no harm, no foul.
Sarah has a meeting with Verbanski… ya, it turns out that Verbanski actually wants to hire Sarah to come work for them. Verbanski seems to really just want Casey and she actually has a gun on display that she took from Casey by force. Wow, really?
Chuck and Morgan discuss the possibility of Chuck becoming Morgan’s handler. Unfortunately the conversation is cut short when an armed man decides to rob the store. Morgan zooms, takes them out and the clerk then thinks that Morgan is trying to rob the store. Cops come, the two bolt.
Chuck, Sarah and Casey enter the compound to rescue Wesley via cliff. Morgan bitterly waits in the van. The threesome makes their way into the compound and find him. Ya, well it turns out that Wesley hasn’t been kidnapped at all. In fact he hired guards and hid so that his brother couldn’t find him. That finger? Karl cut it off during the last conversation that the two had had. Wesley is testifying against his brother for his shady business. The guards are coming… Morgan takes them out. Way to go. Karl calls, says hes coming to get his brother and Chuck tells him that they were paid to rescue Wesley and that’s exactly what they are going to do. Rescue him from his brother.
Karl demands that Wesley be delivered to him w/in four hours or bad things are going to happen… very, very bad things. Morgan is all determined to go after him but it’s too dangerous. Morgan gets pissed and the gang sends him and Chuck out for food to cool off. Ya, Morgan doesn’t handle being told what to do very well and instead the two are off Karl’s mansion to take him down before Karl can take them down… with Chuck all worried and fuming. Morgan runs in leaving Chuck behind. Chuck calls Sarah and Casey to let them know the situation and now they’re all off… and they’re all pissed at Morgan. Why is Morgan behaving like such an idiot?!
Inside the mansion, Morgan has taken down 5 of Karl’s men with his spiffy Intersect abilities. Chuck begs him to leave, Morgan says no. More men enter and the two of them take them all down. Chuck: “Good job Indy!” Morgan doesn’t know who Indy is… um… what? What is happening to Morgan?!?!?!?!?!?
Casey and Sarah arrive just in time to see the building being put into lockdown. What the hell are they going to do. Call Verbanski of course. Nothing like hiring your rivals to save one of your people. Verbanski and company bash in the windows and rescue them all, much to Morgan’s chagrin. Morgan stomps off all pissy… what is up with Morgan?! I do not like this new Morgan… he’s worrying me.
Oh, and the commercial that the Buy More wanted to make to gain more business? They hire Awesome (awesome) to star in it. I will buy whatever they are selling. Just saying.
Later, back at the apartment complex, Chuck tries to apologize to Morgan for everything that had happened. Morgan is still pissy. Chuck is trying to play nice by asking what trilogy he wants to watch, Star Wars or Die Hard? Morgan claims that’s more of a “Chuck Thing” and I am scared. I don’t like this at all.
Cut to Casey who is calling Verbanski to ask her out on a date, but hangs up when she picks up. Verbanski goes back to talking to the person who she was talking to before the phone rang: Morgan. WHAT?! Morgan is offering his services to Verbanski, and tells her that he has the Intersect. MORGAN WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!?!
Casey: “You ever have sex with someone who just tried to kill you? It’s incredible.”
Big Mike: “The Buy More seems empty. Are we observing International Pancake Day?”
Casey: “It made a nasty scar right over one of my favorite scars.”
Awesome: “Sure I did some modeling for Abercrombie and Fitch back in college, but I hung up those cargo pants a long time ago.”
Overall Grade: B. I still don’t feel that Chuck has hit its stride yet. It’s not that it was a bad episode at all, it just wasn’t one of the best ones that I’ve ever seen. Although I am very excited about the addition of Carrie-Anne Moss.
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Next new episode of “Chuck” airs November 11th at 8pm EST on NBC.