May 10th, 2011
12:20 PM ET
As any newlywed will tell you, there are always some last-minute details that have to be taken care of right before the wedding: finalizing seating charts, picking up the tuxedo, rescuing the groom’s mother from a secret prison.
Maybe that last one isn’t so universal. But it’s shockingly the least of Chuck and Sarah’s worries as they get ready for the big day.
Of course, they’re not SUPPOSED to be dealing with any spy stuff. But then Sarah breaks one of the cardinal rules of entertainment by asking “what could go wrong” out loud. Chuck calls her on it (“Haven’t you ever seen a movie?”), but it’s too late.
That’s because Mary Bartowski has taken it upon herself to break into Vivian Volkoff’s headquarters and steal that dangerous new weapon, the Norseman: a gun that targets a person’s specific DNA. Mary gets busted (for a supposed super spy, she sure screws up a lot) and ends up in that secret prison.
Cue Team Chuck, who draws on “Star Wars” for a plan to infiltrate the prison. (And Sarah, seriously, how are you engaged to Chuck without knowing who Chewy is?) They need to split up in order to find the Norseman, and we get a fun round of “no one wants to be left with Mary” before the team makes it out with Chuck’s mom but without the weapon.
Noticeably absent on that mission is Morgan, because Casey is refusing to let him out into the field. The problem isn’t a lack of respect, though; it’s that Casey realizes his daughter is in love with Morgan, so he doesn’t want to see Morgan (and therefore Alex) get hurt.
But when Vivian plans to auction off the Norseman, Morgan is the team’s ticket in, since he looks like one of the potential bidders. So everyone heads off to Moscow, Mary included, and we get the world’s biggest round-robin game of over-protection: Casey over Morgan, Chuck over Morgan, Mary over Chuck and Sarah, Chuck over Sarah.
(OK, that last one was said earlier in the show, but it still applies, and I still find it annoying and a little sexist. You two met because SHE was protecting YOU, nimrod. Just because you gained a kung fu intersect doesn’t mean she became less of a butt-kicking super spy. All right, vent over.)
Morgan, to his credit, is up for the challenge, but starts feeling butterflies right before it’s time to go in. Chuck awesomely knows exactly what to do, and starts a rousing rendition of the "Star Wars" Imperial March, which does the trick. (And which I may or may not have played before writing this recap to psych myself up.)
Once inside, Vivian announces she’s not selling the Norseman, she’s using it – to kill everyone in the room. Apparently, she’s loaded all of their DNA into the weapon. (Is DNA really that easy to come by?) Morgan has to fake dying, but is spared by another faker, a spy who tries to take on the bad guys but gets shot when he’s totally caught monologuing.
Morgan eventually gets out thanks to some awesome help from Casey, while Chuck and Sarah catch Vivian trying to speed away. Chuck spills the beans to Vivian about her dad being Agent X (I thought we decided last week that was a bad idea), which you would think might get Vivian back on his side, or at least off the “I want to kill you” train. Except for the new information that it was Chuck’s parents who turned Vivian’s dad into Agent X … which is kinda sorta true.
Vivian gets away, the team recovers the Norseman, and everyone makes it to the rehearsal dinner, which is full of reconciliations, good feelings, and typically schmaltzy slow motion scenes.
That is, until Chuck gets a call from Vivian. She no longer wants to kill Chuck. Now, she wants him to suffer by losing loved ones, just like he’s done to her. And since she has an extra Norseman, all Chuck can do is wonder whose DNA is about to be targeted… right up until Sarah collapses. (Seriously, it’s that easy to get DNA?)
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