Alexei sends Agent Frost's best guys after Charles Carmichael, but she follows in secret and takes the bad-guy team out. Putting her into custody at Castle for awhile doesn't really prove very instructive, but once Alexei shows up -- thanks to a horny Jeffster mishap -- a few things become startlingly clear: Number one, he's crazy in love with her. Number two, she's willing to confess Chuck's true identity to save him... And then somehow they all get invited to the Awesomes' for Thanksgiving. It's dumb, but so fun -- and so weighted on our side of the Awesome/Jeffster divide -- that the insanity never lets up long enough to notice.
Meanwhile, Casey and Morgan -- all Die Hard adorable in his altogether -- get kidnapped trying to relax Alexei's hold on the Buy More and save Jeffster, whose stupid scheme this week involved selling stolen Black Friday merch on eBay. Regrettably, everybody lives. On the upside, Alexei's team is pretty sweet to watch and Morgan gets a lot of screentime.
Back at home, with Ellie thinking it's a non-spy situation and Awesome conscripted to lie about it, Sarah and Chuck have to deal with a suddenly family-friendly Alexei and an increasingly wilted-looking Agent Frost. Awesome gets Ellie out of there, and a quick standoff later Frost has told Alexei in no uncertain terms that she'll only return with him to the life of villainry if he promises to stay away from all of Chuck and Ellie's people. Because of love or something, Alexei does; because of love or something, Chuck finally trusts his mommy.
...Which is good news for our little emasculation storyline: The eagle-eyed forum posters who surmised that the Awesomes' laptopicon would help neurologist Ellie figure out her brother's Intersect problems are proven right. Downside, Awesome is pretty offended when Chuck's spy games once again affect his marriage and Ellie's safety. On the upside, Chuck is once again fully Intersected and ready to do whatever happens now... But without all that weird boy/girl stuff this story was created to solve. Now we just settle in with our Kleenex and wait for the big proposal, I suppose...
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So everybody's back in Cali, gender roles radicalized and reaffirmed, and now all Agent Carmichael can think about is locking that blonde she-male down with the perfect Intersectless proposal of that thing we call marriage, while Sister Ellie's in possession of a magical Roark 7 laptop just chock-full of something that will no doubt take us all the way back to status quo.
And yet! See the former nudge Alexei summoning his best girl Agent Frost née Bartowski and telling her to take Chuck out. For like the fifth time. Alexei's like, "So, two episodes ago we tied him to his girlfriend and then planted them in the center of a beautiful exploding bouquet of death and then... Something happened?" Frost is all, "Yeah, it's so crazy. We hate that guy! Ugh, why won't that guy die? Am I right!?" Alexei gives Frosty his three best killers, Pierre, Victor and Hercule, and asks her please to not fail in killing Chuck again. She says she won't, but she totally will, I bet. Mostly I just feel sorry for Alexei, because you can tell he takes this stuff way seriously. Poor thing blames himself.
Morgan and Chuck get their training gear montage going, and Morgan is all about how exciting it is to be training for hand-to-hand, the old mano a mano, and Chuck of course can't help but remind us all that he had six whole months of training in Prague before he could call himself a fake pretend spy. Morgan calls his Intersectless buddy "Chuck unplugged," which Chuck kind of likes the sound of, even though it is tainted by feelings of castration.
Morgan is similarly stressed out about Black Friday, which is I think today, because he's heard tell of managers in big box stores getting murdered and trampled and such. They head inside to their bootcamp class, and it turns out that they're actually doing "Strip Kick," which is a combo of Krav Maga and poledancing. I don't know if that's a real thing but if it is, I might just marry a lady after all. A Strip Kicker will make an honest man of you whether you like it or motherfucking otherwise. "All right ladies, let's grab a pole and make that booty clap!" Just like grandma used to say. That, along with "Home again, home again, jiggity-jog," were her two favorite sayings.
There is cuteness aplenty as Morgan and Chuck work the pole, kicking around each other's heads and posing all over the place like the cover of every Image comic book from the '90s. They discuss "El Proposalito," as Morgan insists on calling it, but Chuck doesn't want to talk about it due to how Morgan cannot be trusted. He plays it off well, but you know that's what he's thinking. Well, that and how Colonel Casey can never ever know about the Strip Kicking, which thought shrivels their Roark 7s to a pair of 3s. On the other hand, think about John Casey on the pole. Do it. You have permission.