If this show didn't already remind you of Alias, it will now, because we meet Casey's mentor and he's none other than Sydney Bristow's own mentor of sorts, Marcus Dixon. Only he's turned eeeeeevil since that show went off the air. Cancellation will do that to you, I guess. Anyway, this week, he is the villain of the episode, even though he has very little to do with any sort of actual major storyline development. Basically, he's bad and he's recruiting the people he's trained. And Casey is not susceptible to this because he's a patriot. But it pisses him off and he wants revenge. Sarah and Agent Redhead decide to lock him in the OOSSL, but he weasels his way out by sweet-talking Chuck (who gave Chuck all of this access, anyway?), and then he goes after his sensei. Sarah and Chuck quickly follow, though, and Chuck saves his life. And then Casey even musters a small bit of humanity by thanking Chuck. It's really cute, although Chuck draws way too much attention to it, making it fairly certain Casey will never do that again.
In what feels like the secondary plot, but actually ends up being the most important thing in the episode, the Awesomes come to visit Ellie and Captain Awesome. They have wedding planning to do, only they sort of take over and go crazy, making Ellie want to kill herself. She puts up with it, though, because she loves Awesome. Until Father Awesome crosses a line and volunteers to walk her down the aisle. She basically tells them to butt out, and she later confides in Chuck that she always thought their dad would walk her down the aisle. He promises to find their dad. And we have a new ongoing plot line, and it's a good one.
Some stuff also happens at the Buy More, but it's most irrelevant and boring. Something about an Employee of the Month contest and then a counter-contest to be the worst employee of the month. But if you win that one, you really lose, with a weekend of working Saturdays and no big-screen TV prize.
Is Chuck really a nerd? Find out. Come back Wednesday for the full weecap.
No previouslies, but don't worry because this episode basically stands on its own. Instead, we get Yvonne in one of those NBC promos they've done this season with people saying funny things at a microphone. She says, "I have three little words to say to you, "Chuck, Heroes, My Own Worst Enemy... Okay, that was six. Who wrote this?!"
The episode starts with title cards telling us it's a "Top Secret Location, 1994" and we see two people doing karate outside -- a black guy in a black karate suit and a white guy in a white karate suit. We zoom in and see that it's Casey with a really bad wig and Marcus Dixon. Dixon, it turns out, is Casey's sensei and he has a really bad, unidentifiable accent. He keeps beating the crap out of Casey, and tells him the reason is that he has too much conflict in his center, and must instead fill it with calm. Until he finds his calm center he will never beat his sensei.
In the present, Buster Bluth is testing Casey's calm by trying to get him to smile more. He's in Casey's face and is so annoying that I don't know if anyone could find their calm center, but Casey finds it and musters a half-smile and tells Buster "You bet!" and walks off. Chuck and Morgan walk by just then and Morgan tells Chuck how much Casey scares him. Chuck says that's because Casey keeps his feelings all bottled up to the point he's a "seething mass of pain." Morgan asks about Jill (this is what we get in lieu of previouslies, apparently), and Chuck says that's over and he's back with Sarah again. She calls right then.
Then we're in the Orange Orange's Super Secret Lair, where Sarah's asking Chuck if the Global Launch Agency, or GLA, means anything to him. Chuck has heard of them, because they've sent probes to every planet except Pluto. But Pluto's not a planet anymore, anyway, which really bums Chuck out. Casey's like, "That's true. Space camp is where all the cool kids go." I really don't have to say anything funny to make fun of Chuck ever, because Casey pretty much always does that for me. I love him for that. Agent Redhead explains that GLA also develops weapons and other top-secret things for the NSA. She wants Chuck to survey the GLA headquarters and see if he flashes on anything. Chuck doesn't know why he has to start up again right now, after just finding out Jill's Fulcrum. Casey's an ass about it, but Sarah is positive and peppy, telling him a new mission might be just what he needs.