Casey's got Volkoff set up with guards in a tiny room in Mogadishu. He tells Chuck to watch him and leaves them. Volkoff asks Chuck about the prenup, and tells him he thinks he's handling it very well. Dr. Nelson, his prison shrink, taught him that a major part of recovery is seeing the opposing point of view. Volkoff says he's been thinking a lot about Chuck's mother, and he owes her an amends. He wonders if Chuck could talk to her. Chuck says Volkoff's kind of a sore subject with her. So Volkoff reminds Chuck, who's finished prepping for the mission, to say that he works for Volkoff. Chuck struts out in what looks more like safari garb (tan vest over a long-sleeved brown T-shirt) than a spy or Volkoff agent wardrobe. Chuck asks for Ellyas Abshir, then smugly says, "I work for Alexei Volkoff." Everyone turns and points their guns at him. Chuck, being typically clueless, thinks they must not have heard him correctly, so he repeats the name: "Alexei Volkoff." Uh, no, Chuck. This is what we call a setup. Ellyas walks up and tells Chuck that Alexei's a "powerless worm in a U.S. penitentiary." Chuck says he still has a little power, since he sent Chuck here to broker a deal for the Norseman tracking device. Ellyas says it's not for sale. Back in the room, Sarah asks why Volkoff didn't tell them Ellyas hates him. Volkoff, sincerely: "Everyone hates me. I accept that." Chuck tells Ellyas his terms are reasonable; he's prepared to pay... Ellyas cuts him off: "With your life. Good." Chuck says Ellyas may have put words in his mouth, "specifically the word 'life.'" Back in the room, Alexei convinces Sarah and Casey he needs to go out there, but that he can't do it in his prison clothes. Ellyas tells Chuck to pick a game -- dice, roulette, cards -- and if Chuck wins he can have the tracker; if he loses, he dies. Chuck: "Do you have UNO?" Come now, Chuck. If you're going to pick a game, pick one that's strategy-based that you know you can win.
Back in Burbank, Mary's at Ellie's explaining herself. She swears she copied one file to cross-reference with the CIA database, but when she put the flash drive in, it just disappeared. Ellie wonders why her mom didn't tell her, and Mary says she knows it's important to Ellie, so she felt stupid. Ellie says it's not big deal, because everything automatically saves on a backup hard drive, so she got it all back. Awesome tells Ellie they need to get going to make their reservation. Ellie spins their baby-monitoring camera around discreetly, so it's pointing at the computer (you'd think a trained spy would notice this and avoid sitting in front of it for Ellie and Awesome to see, wouldn't you?). Everyone says fake happy goodbyes to each other, then Ellie and Awesome leave. Awesome asks Ellie to actually go to dinner instead of their plan, but Ellie says her mom has the technical savvy of Steve Jobs, so she didn't just erase a file. Awesome asks if they're going to stand in the cold and wait for her to maybe do something. Ellie pulls out her baby monitor and watches her mom immediately sit down. She says her mom's spending the night, so they're going to follow her in the morning. Awesome reminds her they're not spies, but Ellie says they're going to have to act like it, since her mom's keeping something from her and she wants to know why.