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Chuck Versus the Suitcase
Season 04, Episode 02
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Air Date September 27, 2010
Writer Rafe Judkins & Lauren LeFranc
Director Gail Mancuso
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"Who do we have taking our surveillance pics, because those are tremendous."
―Chuck

Chuck Versus the Suitcase is the second episode of the fourth season of Chuck which aired on September 27, 2010.

Synopsis[]

Chuck and Sarah go undercover in Milan for Fashion Week to seize a high-tech weapon, meanwhile, Chuck has been listening to Morgan who thinks he recognizes a flaw in his friend's relationship with Sarah.

Morgan discovers a vulnerability in the new Buy More cover.

Guest starring Lou Ferrigno, Karolína Kurková as Sofia Stepanova, Isaiah Mustafa as a new Agent Greta, and Bronson Pinchot in a brief cameo as Victor.

Full Story[]

In Milan, a US intelligence operative chases a Volkoff operative, Sofia Stepanova, who stole an ammunition clip containing smart bullets from a weapons development facility outside Paris. She kills him with one of the smart bullets.

In a Team Bartowski briefing, General Beckman reveals that Sofia is the executor of Volkoff's most important weapons deals. She uses her cover as a runway model to travel the world, get access to powerful weaponry, and deliver illegal weapons. Beckman sends them to Milan Fashion Week to intercept and retrieve the bullets. Colonel Casey, who stabbed a man with a stiletto (heel or knife is not clear) at Yves St. Laurent show is recused from the mission.

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Spiderman kiss?

When Sarah spots the bullets are in Sofia's purse, Chuck moves to retrieve them. This ends in embarrassment for Chuck when she turns and his hand lands on her bottom. When she accuses him of being a pervert, he unsuccessfully explains that he came with someone else, pointing toward Sarah, but the gesture is intercepted by Victor, and she nods knowingly. Chuck and Sarah watch her leave the purse on the bar, thinking a delivery is being made when the bartender picks it up and immediately starts running. When they catch him, it is revealed he was only trying to return the bag and it holds a ticking time bomb. Chuck then grabs it, triggering a dead man's switch, but Sarah manages to defuse it with one second to spare. Chuck chooses that moment to air his concern that Sarah has yet to unpack after moving in with him.

They break into the Presidential Suite where Sofia is staying. As they start to open her safe, Sofia enters and undresses, then takes a shower as they hide in her vast closet.

While Chuck flashes to open the safe, Sarah encounters Sofia's long-time bodyguard, Gerard, and whispers, "don't turn around." He, thinking she is Sofia, professes his love for her. Chuck removes the smart bullets from the safe, and a naked Sofia appears and holds him at gunpoint. Sarah incapacitates Gerard, then she and Chuck subdue Sofia and escape with the bullets. They are then informed by General Beckman that Sofia was one step ahead of them, and the microchips have been removed from the bullets.

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Chuck and Sarah in Milan

They return to Milan, and using one of Chuck's plans, infiltrate backstage by tranqing the guards with specially prepared gloves. Once they find the dress, Sarah slips it on, and they are then swarmed with security. Although Chuck defeats the guards with a flash on staff fighting and his tranquilizer gloves, Sarah's fight with Sofia drags out onto the catwalk where they fight each other bloody. The aftermath of Sarah's victory winds up on the cover of a fashion magazine.

Meanwhile, at the Buy More, Morgan Grimes begins to notice a serious flaw in the new store. The government personnel are so well trained that their excessive efficiency, pleasant demeanor, and helpful service, all of which is completely opposite to the general perception of how a Buy More is run, renders the store's cover virtually transparent. Morgan demonstrates this to General Beckman by intentionally spilling a drink, which is immediately cleaned up, then repeatedly and casually dropping merchandise, only to have it swiftly and acrobatically returned to the shelves. When Devon shops there, looking for baby equipment, the efficiency of the place immediately makes him speculate that Chuck has not, in fact, retired from the spy world, leading him to ask questions, first to Casey and Morgan, then to Sarah and Chuck directly. They point out to him that, while Chuck is supposedly retired, Casey and Sarah are still spies and thus the Buy More is still their cover.

With Beckman's approval, Morgan and Casey begin "recruiting" the store's former staff, starting with Jeff and Lester, who have been hiding out "in the wild" (an area seven minutes' drive from Burbank) since they were suspected in the destruction of the Buy More in Chuck Versus the Ring: Part 2. Though Lester insists that cars have been following them for months, Casey attributes it to paranoia and people just driving behind them. When the duo realize that Morgan actually wants them to return, they begin to make demands, up until the point where Casey simply tranquilizes them, taking several darts in Jeff's case, in order to bring them back to the Buy More.

When Ellie subsequently goes to the Buy More to return some of the baby supplies Devon has purchased, Morgan has augmented the government personnel with the store's former lazy, surly staff, making the place feel more like its old inefficient self. In recognition of his securing the base's cover, Beckman promotes him to store manager.

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Stephen Bartowski with his baby

Devon, meanwhile, stresses over Ellie, who is 13 weeks pregnant and has not been sleeping well. He buys an excessive amount of baby merchandise and tries to keep her resting, reasoning that since she essentially raised Chuck alone, she shouldn't have to raise this child alone as well. Ellie reassures him that her mother's absence means nothing to her, and promises to let Devon help so long as he allows her to carry part of the load. Devon does try to stop her when she later goes to return some of the excess merchandise to the Buy More in fear the unusually efficient store will convince her Chuck is still a spy, but by the time she arrives Morgan has already returned the former staff. She later nostalgically looks through old photos of her father and mother, belying her earlier protest that her mother's disappearance was of no importance to her.

Once back home, Chuck and Sarah's relationship moves forward when she finally is ready to unpack her suitcase. When she had reluctantly begun to do so after their first mission to Milan, Chuck made her stop, and told her to wait until she was ready. At the end of the episode, she willingly unpacks the suitcase, admitting to Chuck, "You're my home, Chuck, you always have been."

As they go to bed, Chuck comments that maybe Devon was right, and they're "next" to get married and have children, leaving Sarah freaked out.

Guest Stars[]

Trivia[]

  • Lester almost successfully pulls a Jedi mind trick on Morgan. The line "These are not the boys you're looking for" references Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • Morgan gives Chuck a speech about his Achilles' heel and mentions several conflicted relationships: "Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, Anakin and Padmé".
  • Chuck is denied an attempt to replicate Peter and Mary Jane's kiss in Spider-Man.
  • The bullet used in the first assassination in Milan is shaped like the Tardis from "Dr. Who".
  • When Chuck tells Sofia he came with someone else and turns to point at Sarah, he accidentally points at a perfect stranger. That perfect stranger was played by Bronson Pichot, who was known for appearing on the TV series, "Perfect Strangers".

Quotes[]

Chuck: Sarah, listen, I cannot die without you knowing that I accept you for you are. Your weird unpacking habits, it doesn't matter to me. Nothing matters. I still love you.
Sarah: You still love me?
Chuck: Sorry, what? Did I -? Those weren't the best last words, were they?

~

Chuck [being held at gunpoint by a naked woman]: Okay, you should know that I have a girlfriend.
Sofia: Who do you work for and how did you find me?
Chuck: I would love to get into this, is it at all possible for you cover yourself with a towel?
Sarah: Is she naked?
Chuck: Who?

Music[]

  • “Flaunt It (In the Style of TV Rock)” by Sunfly Karaoke
  • “Feed My Frankenstein” by Alice Cooper
  • “I Like That” by Richard Vission & Static Revenger ft Luciana
  • “A Girl, A Boy, and A Graveyard” by Jeremy Messersmith
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