We open in sunny California, where the ongoing adventures of Chuck have taken a turn for the desperate. Bartowski must rescue his father, who has been kidnapped by Fulcrum and forced to build a new Intersect. "Do you trust me?" Sarah asks. "I promise you were going to find him." But does the Chuckster REALLY trust her?
Emmett, meanwhile, explains tonight's plot B: a Buy More executive will be visiting the store in a few days to evaluate the persnickety and often annoying supervisor. "Let's show corporate that were a lean, mean Buy More machine," Emmett says. But he says it like Emmett -- so it seems much more threatening and weasel-y.
Back at the underground yogurt-shop lair, the general chimes in with non-news: no leads on the whereabouts of Steve Bartowski. "What if I could get a Fulcrum agent to talk?" Chuck suggests. But who? Cut to a modern-looking prison. A cell door opens and Chuck faces none other than Jill, his ex-girlfriend-turned-secret-Fulcrum-agent-turned-new-girlfriend-turned-captured-Fulcrum agent. Chuck pleads for Jill's help. Naturally, she is reluctant. "I might be able to help -- but I want a deal," Jill says.
Back at the Buy More, all hell has broken loose. The employees, under the sage leadership of Morgan, have decided to sabotage Emmett. Morgan is soon summoned to the back room, where Emmett waits. "I despise you, but these losers listen to you for some reason, so I need you," he sneers. The bottom line: get the employees to behave and Emmett will likely be promoted to the corporate office. "I want out and you want me out," Emmett says. Morgan agrees to whip the losers into shape.
Back at the prison, Jill says she knows someone who might know where Steve Bartowski is being kept: Uncle Bernie. "He's a friend of the family," Jill explains. "He's the one who first recruited me to Fulcrum." But how to bring Uncle Bernie out of hiding? Simple: Chuck and Jill pretend to be engaged. Cut to the family engagement party, where Jill introduces Chuck to Bernie. Chuck immediately has an INTERSECT moment! "We're family now," a smiling Bernie says. The smile quickly fades as Bernie escorts the couple from the living room. "All you have to do is tell us where Fulcrum is hiding my father and we can offer you witness protection, too," Chuck tells the man. Bernie pulls a gun, but Jill's mom interrupts the little meeting, giving Chuck and Jill a chance to slip away. Sarah and Casey -- posing as Chuck's cousin and husband -- also give chase.
Bernie eventually traps the faux couple in the attic. He grabs a baseball bat and winds up to go long ball on Chuck. Suddenly, portly Uncle Bernie keels over with a well-timed heart attack! "Congratulations, Bartowski," Casey says. "It's your first confirmed kill." Chuck is horrified. "You just offed the only person who knows where your dad is," says Casey, adding insult to injury.
Back at the underground yogurt-shop lair, Sarah breaks the bad news to Chuck: the mission is a failure and Jill is going back to prison. Just then, Morgan calls to explain the whole pretending-Emmett-is-a-good-guy situation. "What do you when the person you can trust the least can actually get you the thing you want the most?" Morgan oh-so-conveniently asks. Chuck stares hard at Jill. "Sometimes you just need to trust the person," Chuck says. "Do whatever it takes."
Back at the Buy More, Emmett needs just one thing from poor Morgan: get Big Mike to complement Emmett on tape (as Big Mike would never do it on his own lest Emmett be promoted and Mike actually be forced to do some work). Before you can say "blatant product placement," Morgan buys his would-be stepfather a sub sandwich from a popular sub sandwich chain, attempting to butter up the big man.
At that same moment, Jill is being led away in handcuffs. Suddenly, a cell phone rings! And it's coming from Uncle Bernie's body bag! Chuck answers (against Casey's protests). "We're moving Orion," a scary voice growls. "We need all agents back at the base." Chuck keeps the man on the line while Sarah performs a trace. Bingo! It's coming from the headquarters for the Strength and Leadership Corporation. In reality, Jill explains, the training center is a Fulcrum front. Naturally.
Cut to the Corporation. Casey and Chuck, dressed in snazzy business attire, step into the waiting area while Sarah and Jill watch on a security feed from the van. "We're here for auditing," Chuck tells a receptionist. The two men then head upstairs as Jill directs them through earpieces. Unfortunately -- and unbeknownst to the good guys -- security has already scanned their faces and identified them. The men's covers are blown!
Back at the Buy More, Emmett plays Big Mike's recorded comments about Emmett. They boil down to Emmett being so efficient that Mike admits to spending entire days fishing. "I came down here to evaluate Big Mike and he's off fishing?" the corporate efficiency expert says. "Well, Emmett, youve been gunning for Mike's job all year -- it's yours. Good luck, store manager." Morgan's face falls. This was Emmetts plan all along! The Buy More employees have been tricked!
Chuck and Casey, meanwhile, are being separately led upstairs to meet their dooms. Casey, suspecting as much, makes mince meat of his captors with a few well-placed fists and elbows. Chuck, on the other hand, finds himself in deep doo-doo. "We know who you really are," says a sneering Fulcrum agent. Back in the van, Sarah prepares to head inside. Jill asks to come along. But how can Sarah trust Jill, a woman who once tried to kill her? "You need my help," Jill says. "We're the only chance Chuck's got!" Sarah reluctantly agrees -- and the two head inside. Suddenly, alarm bells! We smell a Sarah-centric action scene! Sure enough, the blond bombshell starts whirling and leaping, shooting and kicking the snot out of the assembled agents.
Casey, in the meantime, shotguns his way into Chuck's holding cell, sending a trio of Fulcrum agents to that great corporate headquarters in the sky. Casey leaves to help Sarah while Chuck searches a computer for the location of his father. Just then, Jill enters. She agrees to lead Bartowski to his dear ol' dad. "They said they were moving him to place called Black Rock," Jill says. Upon hearing those words, Chuck has an INTERSECT MOMENT! Black Rock, it turns out, is a secret Fulcrum base located nearby. Steve, alas, has already been evacuated. Chuck then unlocks Jill's restraints. "You held up your side of the bargain and I'm going to hold up mine," he says. But Chuck isn't done! He gives Jill the diamond engagement ring to sell. "I always dreamt of giving you a ring, Jill," the Chuckster coos. "But not like this." Jill takes the ring, smiles and gets out of Dodge.
Cut to the Buy More, where Emmett hands Big Mike an salesman uniform. The big man has been demoted. "Welcome back to gen-pop," Emmett quips. Big Mike takes the uniform and heads directly to Morgan, giving his would-be stepson the Michael Corleone kiss. "I knew it was you, Morgan," he whispers. "You broke my heart!" Indeed, Morgan has broken the hearts of the entire staff. Emmett is now the Buy More king.
Back at the underground yogurt-shop lair, the general drops a verbal bomb. "I can't help but wonder anymore if this team or Chuck Bartowski is a liability," she general says. Bottom line: the human Intersect experiment is over. Chuck will be transferred to a secret prison in Washington D.C. And the general wants Sarah to do it! Why? Because Chuck "trusts' her. Sarah doesn't look happy -- but will she betray her fake BF anyway?
Cut to a smiling Sarah, who approaches our reluctant spy. "We have good news," she tells Chuck. "It's about your father. We found him." Says Chuck: "You've always looked out for me. Thank you." Sarah, suffering an attack of conscience, hugs Chuck and whispers the ugly truth into his ear. "We have to run," she says. Asks Chuck: "You're disobeying orders for me?" Indeed, she is. The pair hit the road -- Bonnie and Clyde style.