There's a big, fancy sign in Castle that says "Carmichael Industries." Good thing they had Volkoff's unlimited resources to spend, right? Chuck exposits for us that the mission wasn't a total catastrophe, because the client wanted a microchip inside the vase, not the vase itself. And the microchip is intact. However, Casey says the vase was supposed to be their payment. Sarah sighs, and fills us in that they've mowed through the Volkoff fortune on startup costs. She shows him their bank statement. Only $42 million left, which sounds like a lot until you realize how much fresh shrimp Morgan eats on missions. (Hey, shrimp continuity!). Plus the cost of things like private jets and other fancy spy equipment.
Sarah says they need to collect some money soon. Casey has another suggestion: Crawl back to General Redhead and beg for government work again. Chuck reminds him that their problem's with Decker, not General Redhead, and he can't imagine that changing anytime soon. Casey suggests begging, because he's antsy taking cases with moral ambiguity. Chuck says this is what they wanted: Independence! Freedom! Time! They just need to get a little more solid footing. Casey grumbles that they work for dirtbags in the meantime. Sarah tells Chuck he's handling these bumps in the road, plus Morgan having the Intersect, really well. He tells her he gets to work with his smokin' hot wife and his best friends, which is enough. He raises his eyebrows in response to something Morgan's doing behind him, and Sarah asks what that was. He pretends he doesn't know what she's talking about, but she asks if he's hiding something. He wonders why he'd need to hide anything, and she drops it. But she's a spy, and she knows something's up, so it's not over.