Sarah informs Chuck that the guards are now looking at a static loop. Ooh, Sarah's seen Speed! She tells him that he's their eyes, and if there's any trouble, he should let them know. Maybe it's just my TV, but I see trouble in that the screens on the van are making pale Sarah look like Grace Jones. Chuck directs Casey to a lone guard, and then winces when Casey smack-fus him. Everything's going well until Chuck loses the visual on all the security cameras; he can only see through Casey's "lipstick camera," and what he sees is his allies quickly getting taken. Lo Pan gloats that Mei-Ling's timing is perfect, as the Chinese government refused his final offer for her brother. He has said brother tossed at her feet (still alive, at least) and says it's convenient that he now has two American agents with which to barter. The goons take Casey's headset, and having lost his last visual, Chuck climbs into the driver's seat and sees Sarah and Casey being marched out of the mansion.
Sarah and Casey exchange A Look, and Sarah purposely trips and falls, giving Casey the opportunity to talk into his watch; he tells Chuck not to speak, as he can't hear him anyway, but to go home. It's nice that he's primarily worried about Chuck's safety, but if it's after eight now, Chuck might as well stay involved, because Ellie will be roasting him on a spit no matter when he gets home. Everyone piles into the van, and when Chuck realizes they're headed for the Bamboo Dragon, he tails them...
...successfully enough, it seems. He looks in the back entrance to see the spies getting shut into the walk-in; his phone then rings, and it's of course Ellie, but he declines to take it, moaning that she's going to kill him. If you're lucky, she'll lead with that. I mean, she's ten times scarier without Captain Awesome around to take the edge off. He then sees the fireworks vendor and gets An Idea.
Meanwhile, Ellie is leaving Chuck a guilt-inspiring message; just as she finishes, Morgan turns up. She sighs that Chuck's never missed Mother's Day before, and while all that she wanted was for him to meet a great girl, now that he has, she never sees him. Morgan sincerely tells Ellie that while Chuck's been through some really hard times, she got him through that, and no one knows that better than Chuck. Ellie smiles in spite of herself, and asks how things are at work for Morgan. He tells her they're awful, "thank you for asking" (heh), and explains about the sales competition and how he's going to get fired. Ellie wonders if that's necessary, but Morgan says he and Chuck always complain about how boring Buy More is, so he's going to do the honorable thing. "Fire myself." Ellie asks if he means he's going to resign. Morgan: "That sounds better, I guess." Hee. Hey, if Ellie can grin goofily in Morgan's presence, I can crack a smile, right?