I’m starting to think that every episode this season is going to be 2-3 episodes packed in one. While there was a lot going in all the episodes so far this season, Business Trip took the cake. It was a nonstop mix of witty dialogue, pop culture references, and life-threatening and life-altering plot twists. Kind of amazing that several major characters have a contract out on them and two major characters get arrested for murder or attempted murder in the same episode where a guy with a rabbit suit propositions Sarah and Chuck wears a lei and goes swimming with his clothes on after having a discussion about Champaign, IL and corn, but that’s Chuck for you! (BTW, we were back to “here’s a few things you need to know” to start out the episode.)
Chuck and Sarah’s preoccupation with being a “normal couple” this week of course demonstrated exactly how “non-normal” they actually are. After all, what’s more normal than going undercover at their store’s corporate convention looking for an assassin? There was an interesting role reversal between Chuck and Sarah this episode – Chuck is the rational spy where Sarah is the vulnerable one. While she’s delighting in being with “normal” people at the Buy More convention (c’mon, those are NOT normal people!), getting excited about making a new friend, and ignoring the fact that Lester is trying to asphyxiate everyone inside the Buy More, Chuck is defusing bombs and unraveling the tenuous assassin situation.
Once again Chuck picks out the right baddie right away and then dismisses his suspicions (the other was in CAT Squad), but he redeems himself later by figuring it out and saving Sarah from the car bomb. I’m not sure how I feel about how vulnerable (and not very smart) Sarah seemed to be in much of this episode, but if you usually follow my recaps, you know that I love it when Chuck steps up and uses his natural skills. Thankfully, Sarah is back in full-blown spy mode by the end of the episode when her and Casey realize that Decker is not done with them and agree on Casey’s fateful mission.
As many fans have hoped, the Morgansect is no more! However, it’s left lingering effects as the part of Morgan’s brain that held much of his pop culture knowledge is apparently forever damaged. This Trojan Intersect sequelae led to some entertaining scenes (especially for those of us also pop culture obsessed) as the re-education of Morgan Grimes begins with a Star Wars marathon. Although Sarah and Chuck seem to have completely forgiven Morgan, Casey definitely has not put aside Morgan’s treatment of Alex or his betrayal of the group and he takes it out on Morgan by constantly needling him, threatening to kill him and spoiling his re-education (e.g. by telling him that Phantom Menace is everyone’s favorite Star Wars and then ruining the whole series for him by telling him Vader is Luke’s father and Leia is his sister). By the end of the episode, however, Casey offers to let Morgan move back in and gives him the Indiana Jones trilogy (while assuring him that another movie doesn’t exist – granted the Crystal Skull was not quite up to par, but still…) as a gift.
For anyone who had any doubts, Lester is NOT handling the loss of “old Jeff” well. As a matter of fact, he comes completely off his rocker and attempts to poison Jeff with carbon monoxide inside the Buy More break room so he can get him back. This scheme of course fails when Big Mike proves much less tolerant of carbon monoxide than Jeff and the Buy More has to be evacuated. This time, Lester’s antics have gone too far and Jeff calls the cops and he is arrested for attempted murder. It sounds really dark to recap it here and it wasn’t much funnier on-screen, proving too things: 1) carbon monoxide poisoning just isn’t very funny 2) there is a line over which Jeffster antics go from entertaining (think Push It and Saskatchewan Hin-Jew love nest) to downright horrifying.
Definitely a strange episode overall, but without a doubt it kept my attention even on the second viewing and sets up some interesting questions for the rest of the season. How will Casey beat a conviction for killing a half dozen agents in cold blood? (It’s not self defense just because they were *planning* to kill him.) Will Lester meet Jeff’s mom in prison (is she actually in prison?) Why does Decker want Chuck and Sarah alive? Are Morgan and Alex really done?
I’ll catch you later, I have to go settle an “unfortunate kill order mishap”. While I’m gone, tell us all what you thought of the episode!
Memorable quotes and other thoughts (lots this week!):
“Leave it to the three friends you recently stabbed in the back” – Casey, assuring Morgan that they will protect him
“So shocked you people are running out of money” – Beckman, surveying all the video games in Castle
“Stop playing with government toys, you have plenty of your own” – Beckman, to Morgan
“…selling fine goods to the few people who haven’t discovered Amazon” – Big Mike, rallying the Buy Morians
“It’s just that my best friend is being hunted, his brain almost turned to mush, I haven’t slept in a week worrying about our family business that’s on the brink of bankruptcy…I just wonder what it would be like to be a normal couple…more taco nights, less evil cabals” – Chuck
“Good afternoon, I hear we are having the most unfortunate kill order mishap” – Decker (Richard Burgi does a fabulous job pulling off lines like this!)
“Sometimes I think you are a bad person…now undo what you’ve done!” – Jeff, to Lester
“You would need some serious hormone injections to get a beard like that” – Awesome to Chuck, hearing that he was impersonating Morgan
“My husband was the best human target a wife could ask for” – Sarah
Casey kills at least half a dozen people, but still shows up to the party with a bottle of wine (although he’s definitely rattled)
I loved that Jeff was the one to point out to Awesome that Ellie isn’t happy being away from the baby.
Still not clear if anyone knows that Chuck owns the Buy More – Jeff calls him to ask about the Buy More convention and he also addresses the group – is this his natural leadership with him stepping in for the absent Morgan, or do they know he has some sort of greater role than Nerd Herd?