The episode opens with Sarah and Casey in a major fight, before flashing back to two days earlier. Morgan and Chuck have just gotten news that Sarah had been noticed by Volkoff. She got a meeting with Volkoff, which Chuck takes as a good sign.
Sarah meets with Volkoff and tells him that she turned on the C.I.A. to try to build a life with Chuck, and that she wants to come and work for Volkoff. Frost comes in and tell Volkoff that Sarah will betray him. Frost suggests they have Sarah break Yuri out of prison. Sarah gets a moment alone without surveillance and tells Frost the truth about why she’s there.
Sarah breaks into Castle to ask Chuck, Casey, and Morgan to create a diversion at the prison where Yuri is being held.
Chuck goes undercover as an inmate, while Casey and Morgan go as prison guards. Casey and Morgan bring the guard a cake for his birthday (Do we ever know if it is actually his birthday?) and all the guards come for cake.
Meanwhile, Chuck tells Yuri he wants his chair to pick a fight with him. The guy just. won’t. go. down. Chucks knocks him on the head with what looks like a pretty hefty weight about three times before he is able to knock him unconscious.
Sarah then shows up for Yuri. They all sneak out in a bread truck.
When Sarah brings Yuri back to Volkoff Enterprises, Volkoff shoots Yuri in the head. Then he tells Frost that Yuri was Hydra and very disgustingly pulls Yuri’s eye out of his head. Volkoff tells Sarah and Frost that Hydra is the heart of Volkoff Enterprises, but then he destroys the eyeball and tells them he downloaded Hydra to a more secure location.
Morgan and Casey are trying to cheer Chuck up by playing board games with him. Casey then gets a text from Sarah to meet him and to come alone. The camera then cuts to Sarah being questioned by Volkoff about her relationship to Casey. He then reveals that he sent a text to Casey posing as Sarah and when Casey arrives, Volkoff wants her to prove her loyalty by killing casey. Frost gives Sarah the Hydra eye to give to Casey if she has a chance.
Sarah and Casey start fighting and Sarah is able to explain the situation to Casey, who suggests she shoot him in the shoulder. Sarah refuses, so Casey suggests she throw him out the window. Chuck shows up while they’re fighting, and Volkoff brings Chuck up to see the fight. With no other choice, Sarah “kills” Casey in front of Chuck, who doesn’t know that it’s staged, and is horrified.
On the plane back to Volkoff Enterprises, Frost tells Sarah it gets easier with distance. She then declines Chuck’s satellite message.
Story & Character Analysis:
This episode was puzzling to me. Sarah joined up with Volkoff to help get Chuck his mother back. However, the way she leaves him suddenly in the prior episode, and then when she tells him that it could take awhile, and she pulls back emotionally and turns herself into a cold person, she is hurting Chuck much more than the loss of his mother. He has been dealing with that loss for about two decades and has mostly come to terms with it. Obviously, her reappearance brought things up, but then she left again, which kind of reopened old wounds. Sarah leaving in the same manner to do the same thing Frost hasn’t been able to do with decades, is rubbing salt in the wound. When you add the fake out with Casey, which at the end of the episode Chuck is still in the dark about, is like stabbing him in the heart and twisting the knife on top of the salt in the wound. The first time I saw this episode, I seriously doubted Chuck and Sarah’s relationship. I realize that once Casey wakes up, some of it will become more clear, but the doubt actually came from the conversation in the bread truck, when Sarah was preparing Chuck for her to be gone for a long time. Maybe it all just speaks to Sarah’s emotional unavailability? She perceives the whole scheme as a grand gesture and a way to bring Chuck back his mother, even though it’s actually about the cruelest thing she could do to him.
This episode also showed some growth for Morgan. He took care of Chuck in a way that was more about Chuck and less about Morgan. While he always tries to take care of Chuck, it often revolves quite a bit around himself. He also is trying to be there for Casey and Alex. Oddly enough, Morgan was kind of the emotional rock of this episode.
Ellie tells Chuck that she wants to name her baby Grunka. At the end of the episode, after settling on Clara, Ellie reveals that Grunka was the name of the spoons she bought from Ikea.
Sarah shows Chuck, Casey, and Morgan the pictures of Yuri’s victims. Chuck and Morgan recoil and are grossed out, while Casey says, “That’s impressive.”
Notable Guest Stars:
Linda Hamilton is back as Frost.
Timothy Dalton is back as Volkoff.
“Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” by the National plays as Chuck and Sarah say goodbye as Sarah drives off in the bread truck.
“Sarah, we’re going to have you break out Yuri the Gobbler. Now, don’t ask why he’s called that. [Laughs] It’s because he eats people. Basically, it’s a suicide mission.” – Volkoff
“I love a good suicide mission.” – Sarah
“So do I.” – Volkoff
“The C.I.A. developed a tonal language for us, that only we understand. And right now, she’s saying she loves me. Or she’s planning on buying a Buick. I can’t really tell. It’s a very confusing language, a lot of nuances.” – Chuck
“Let’s continue this conversation at the Buy More. I have some more snuggling to do, and no, I’m not embarrassed to say that.” – Morgan
“See you in prison!” – Chuck
“He’s hungry! He’s hungry!” – Chuck
“I love sourdough!” – Morgan
“Was that weird, that whole finger kiss thingie?” – Chuck
“A little.” – Sarah
“Sorry, I have a hard time with disappointment.” – Volkoff
“Feels weird coming back from a mission without Sarah, doesn’t it?” – Chuck
“A little bit. Could just be indigestion, though.” – Casey
“He ate a lot of cake.” – Morgan
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