Please stay in your seats until the ride comes to a complete and final stop
This was another absolutely packed episode with so many great moments and visual gags that there is no way I can do them all justice! The writers are definitely throwing everything that they have into every episode. This week we had prison scenes, nudity, computer geeks, Buy More hijinks, a female Casey, lots of relationship stuff, blackmail, a double cross and a straight up murder of an important character – in other words, just another [exemplary] episode of Chuck S5.
As many people suspected, we found out that Lester and Casey are indeed being held at the same county prison (I’m suspending my disbelief for the entertainment value!). Casey is miserable but is trying to avoid trouble in the form of several goons that Decker has hired to make sure that he never leaves the prison. He resists Sarah and Chuck’s efforts to help him escape, thinking that it will only make the situation worse. Lester, on the other hand, is completely unrepentant and seems to be adjusting well to prison life. He’s scheming (of course!) to become the “shot caller” based on tactics he learned in a woman’s prison movie. Turns out he’s onto something as he later saves Casey from a mob of prisoners by threatening to “pull their plugs” and cut off the free cable and high speed internet that he has installed for all of the prisoners.
While Lester seems content to remain in prison, back at the Buy More, Jeff really misses him and he and Morgan plot to get him back by hiring “better Lester”, an Indian model pretending to be a Canadian Hinjew with a much better voice than Lester’s (what would the band be called? Valieff? Jeffali?). When Lester realizes that he’s been replaced, he finally repents and apologizes to Jeff, who agrees to drop the charges (what about Big Mike? He was the one hurt in Lester’s little scheme!)
Back to Casey – luckily for him, he’s not the only one who is miserable. Verbanski can’t stop thinking about him and even poses as a prison guard to meet him for a “conjugal visit” in a storage room. Her obsession with him allows him to get her to agree to join forces with Carmichael Industries, basically taking Casey’s place the team, sarcasm and grunting included. Her teaming up with Sarah lead to some very entertaining scenes, with Sarah acting as her de facto therapist. Gertrude tries to convince Sarah that they are not made to settle down, which brings up some of the doubts that Sarah has had all along but had managed to squelch as her relationship with Chuck advanced.
As it turns out, Sarah’s lingering doubts are minor in comparison to the identity crisis Chuck is going through. Delving back into his hacker days (while drinking Chardonnay straight from the bottle) make him wonder whether they have chosen the right path and if they should ditch the spy life and remake Carmichael Industries into a tech company instead. Of course Chuck isn’t allowed to entertain these thoughts for more than a few hours before it becomes clear that they are not going to be able to leave the spy game anytime soon.
Decker blackmails Chuck and Sarah into obtaining a dangerous computer virus in return for Casey being released from prison unharmed. The virus is in the possession of a hacker who, realizing how dangerous it was, quit his life to join a [nudist] cult (blurry bits!). Chuck and Sarah infiltrate the cult with hilarious results and manage to obtain the chip with the virus. They later recover the drive that goes with it from a technological terrorist group, The Collective, with help from Chuck’s expect hacking skills. Unfortunately, when they meet Decker to turn over the chip and drive, it turns out that it was all a set-up – he now has proof that they are in possession of a very dangerous computer virus and when he releases it, they will be wanted terrorists. Meanwhile, Casey will die in prison.
This thought is more than Verbanski can bear, though, so under the auspice of confronting Decker, she plants a bomb on him and detonates it, apparently killing him. She and Morgan then spring Casey from prison to help his team. Verbanski tells Casey that she has to go into hiding and that she wishes things could be different.
The episode ends with Sarah and Chuck realizing that now is not the time to consider leaving the spy game and that it is going to take the best spying they can accomplish to get them out of this situation.
Other thoughts and memorable quotes:
“We used to call this routine, “The Routine” – Morgan
“Creative!” – Sarah
“I’m going to look like a Hinjew Michelangelo by the time I get out of here” – Lester, on prison life
“I can’t even picture what Lester looks like anymore” – Jeff
“…imagine David Beckham – Lester is a shorter, feminine version of his wife” – Morgan
“Right, like I’m going to take orders from Ward and June Cleaver?” – Verbanski isn’t thrilled about working with Chuck and Sarah
“We’re joining a cult. Strip. C’mon!” – Sarah, already taking off her shirt
“Now keep a close eye, I really have no place to hide a gun” – Sarah to Verbanski
“The church [of the Eternal Wind] believes that the spirit enters from underneath” – cult leader
“Well, that’s a totally natural entry point…” Chuck, tugging at his way too short tunic
The movie Swordfish was based on Chuck’s hacking exploits as “The Piranha” (and Sarah’s actually seen the movie!)
I loved this episode! What did you guys think?