Chuck and Sarah are at some backwoods-looking gas station/convenience store. I'd like to know exactly how far outside of L.A. they've gone to find a place like this. Apparently far, because back at OOSSL, Casey and Sarah look for him using his GPS watch, but he's gone "off grid." Too bad, too, because Jill's been kidnapped by the Fulcrum guy. He wants the list in exchange for Jill's life. He wants to meet at the opera house at midnight. He throws Jill in the van and drives away.
Chuck's trying to convince Casey, in the OOSSL, to let him have the list so that he can save Jill's life. Casey says that the guy's going to kill Jill whether Chuck delivers the list. Chuck pleads for help, but Casey says no; he has to call Washington and report it. Chuck grabs the zip drive that the list is on out of the decoding computer. Alarms sound and the placestarts to lock up, but Chuck narrowly slips out a gate, and then out a glass door. Casey says it's treason and tells Sarah to shoot him. She threatens to if he doesn't stop, but of course, she doesn't shoot him. He tells her he's sorry, but he has to, because "It's Jill."
Chuck's running into the Buy More, and into the backroom to get something out of his locker that we can't even see. But that's just a plot device to get him to notice the game stickers all over Morgan's locker. Hmmm, I wonder what he might be thinking. Back at the OOSSL, the alarm stops and Casey tells Sarah she could have shot him. She says she couldn't because he's the intersect. Astute Casey: "Is that all he is? You could have at least knee-capped him." She has a trace on him, though, and he's heading downtown.
Next thing we see is Chuck in the Nerd Herd car (maybe he was getting the keys from his locker?) pulling up to the opera. He grabs the drive before he gets out. He goes inside and sees a crying Jill being held by the Fulcrum baddie. The guy asks to dispense with the pillow talk. Chuck says he can't give up the list until he knows Jill will be safe. The guy says that's not how this works; he wants the list or they both get shot. In walks Casey, who tells the guy that's not how this works either. What follows is probably the episode's best scene, because it's all Casey being bad-ass. He tells Chuck to wait in the car, but the Fulcrum guy tells him not to move because he has a sharpshooter trained on him. Up in the box, Sarah kicks the crap out of the sharpshooter and takes the gun. Casey says he now has the sniper. The Fulcrum guy wants the list or he'll shoot Chuck. Casey agrees that's a good idea and that he was thinking of shooting him himself. They both point their guns at Chuck, and Sarah looks legitimately worried with her own gun in the box seats. Chuck wants no one to shoot him, but Casey says he's not Sarah, and if Chuck gives up the list, he'll end Chuck's miserable life. The Fulcrum guy moves his gun back to Jill, but Chuck asks him to please point the gun at him again instead. It's really sweet how willing to sacrifice himself Chuck is for someone he hasn't seen in years. Casey tells the Fulcrum guy to go ahead and shoot Jill, because sometimes collateral damage is unavoidable. Is anyone else thinking Casey just needs to see someone die to help him get out of his foul mood? Chuck gives up the list, winking obviously at Casey as he does so. The Fulcrum guy says Fulcrum would rather not know who they have inside government, and he smashes the drive and takes off, leaving Jill alive. Jill and Chuck embrace. She cries and he tells her it's okay. Sarah looks sad watching Chuck get to take care of someone else. Casey inspects the drive.