|Chuck Versus the Muuurder|
|Season 04, Episode 19|
|Air Date||March 21, 2011|
|Writer||Alex Katsnelson & Kristin Newman|
|Previous||Chuck Versus the A-Team|
|Next||Chuck Versus the Family Volkoff|
- Damien: "I'm outta here. And by the way, I'm Greek."
- Chuck: "Greek?! I wouldn't have guessed that- Damien, wait!"
- ― Damien just before he tries to leave Castle
When Chuck's new human Intersect candidate is killed in Castle, the other candidates are suspected for the murder, while Bentley still has her grudges with Chuck. Elsewhere, Morgan's leadership is tested when his Buy More troops wage war against the Large Mart.
Full Plot Edit
Main Story Edit
General Beckman tasks Chuck to choose Intersect candidates who think and act similarly to him, as he is the only one who truly knows what it is like to be an Intersect. Chuck creates an extensive psychological profile based on his own personality and the CIA sends four appropriate candidates to the Buy More. First is Lewis (James Francis Ginty), a technical operations specialist and star hacker by age fourteen, due to a semester abroad, Lewis has adopted an English accent. Second is Josie (Karissa Vacker), a psychological warfare genius whose intuition makes her invaluable in interrogation. Third is Damien (Mousa Kraish), a Greek American agent whose distinctive appearance has led to him being embedded in one terror cell after another for the last ten years. Last to arrive is Brody (Stephen Pollak), who is strikingly similar to Chuck. Chuck tasks Casey with the candidates' physical testing, Sarah with psychological evaluations, and Morgan Grimes with testing their "cultural knowledge". Chuck ultimately chooses Brody. As Chuck informs Brody with a text message, Brody discovers someone planting an explosive at the door of Castle. Brody confronts the person, only to be stabbed to death and dragged away.
After Chuck and Director Bentley (Robin Givens) find Brody's body, Chuck begins to panic about his leadership abilities. Bentley and the Intersect candidates surrender their weapons to Casey, as Chuck has realized the murderer must be one of them. To determine who killed Brody, Chuck plans to review security tapes and interrogate everyone. However, Damien believes that he is being suspected because of his appearance and angrily leaves. As he opens the door to exit Castle, however, an explosive is triggered. Though he manages to shield himself with the door, Damien is injured, ruling him out as a murder suspect.
The explosive trigger three others, cutting the main power to Castle and locking everyone inside. Chuck and Sarah interrogate Bentley, who has the most motive of the group, still angry about the failure of the "Greta" program in the previous episode. Further investigation reveals that the candidates each the motive and means to commit the murder, as Josie is emotionally unstable due to a recent breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Damien is angry about being typecast as a terrorist, and Lewis was Chuck's second choice for the Intersect. After the interrogations, Chuck and Sarah have come no closer to finding the killer than before. Suddenly, Chuck notices a bomb planted under the seat the interrogatees were sitting in, and he and Sarah barely escape with their lives. They regroup with Bentley and the candidates, though Lewis, the only bomb specialist in the group, is curiously missing.
With Damien unconscious after taking shrapnel to the back, the rest of the group decides that Lewis is the murderer and splits up to capture and interrogate him. Chuck and Bentley hear someone crawling in the air ducts, but Casey finds a pig instead of Lewis. Chuck and Bentley proceed to the NCS-restricted Intersect room, which is bombproof and the safest place in Castle. When they see Lewis hidden on railing near the room's ceiling, Chuck and Bentley draw their guns and lower the railing. However, they find Lewis's body, with his throat slit.
Chuck, Casey, and Sarah to confront Bentley and Josie, the only remaining suspects, only to find them accusing each and holding each other at gunpoint. Chuck reviews the day's events in his mind and recalls finding a positive pregnancy test in Josie's bag. He then accuses Bentley of being the murderer, as she was absent during every murder. When he moves closer to Bentley, however, he whispers that the actual murderer is Damien. As they draw their guns, Damien rises from his cot and threatens to detonate a boombox full of explosives if they do not get him to a doctor. Had Brody not seen him planting the explosives, Damien would have escaped. When he was forced to murder Brody and "cover his tracks", Damien strategically detonated the explosive and shielded himself with the door. He also planted the bomb under the chair during his interrogation and used the distraction to hide Lewis' body. Just as Damien reveals that he came for Chuck, Bentley shoots him and retrieves the boombox. She runs to the Intersect room and uses a manual release to lock the boombox in with her and save everyone else. As the one-minute timer counts down, Chuck hacks the door's control panels to save Bentley and they evacuate. The explosion sends the Large Mart piglet flying into Chuck's arms.
Beckman congratulates the team for solving the mystery and saving Castle from destruction, with a special commendation to Chuck saying he is a true leader. Chuck humbly accepts and extends the credit to his teammates. Beckman then decides that it is too dangerous to upload the Intersect into a new recruit, leaving Chuck as the only Intersect for the foreseeable future. Bentley is reassigned to Washington and she apologizes for underestimating Chuck, relieving Chuck that he no longer has a nemesis. Later, as the team relaxes at Chuck's apartment, Beckman calls to inform them that Vivian Volkoff was responsible for hiring Damien. Chuck is dismayed that he has a nemesis, again.
Buy More Edit
Morgan learns from Big Mike that the Buy More is doing the same promotion as their competitor Large Mart. To promote the sale, Mike stands outside the store wearing a large "BM" on his chest in the Buy More colors, green and yellow. Suddenly, Large Mart employees drive up in a van and kidnap Mike. The Large Mart employees claim that the kidnapping was in retaliation for Buy More employees kidnapping Kevin Bacon. Morgan confronts Jeff and Lester, who lead him to the closet where they have kept "Kevin Bacon", a pig revealed to be the Large Mart mascot.
Morgan meets with the Large Mart manager, Marvin (David H. Lawrence XVII), and several other employees to negotiate a trade. Marvin allows Morgan to call Big Mike, proving that he is alive and being fed. Morgan leads Marvin to the closet where Kevin Bacon was being kept, only to find the pig missing.
Morgan questions Jeff and Lester about the location of the pig, but to no avail. They finally reveal that they have hidden the pig in the air ducts, just as Casey finds him in Castle. Later, an explosion sends the piglet flying into Chuck's arms.
Just as Morgan rallies the Buy More staff to rescue Big Mike, the latter walks through the main door, having easily escaped his "nerd" guards. But their victory is short-lived, as Large Mart employees bring the BM costume to the front door and light it on fire. Chuck then enters the Buy More with the pig, quickly deducing everything that's happened.
Ellie continues using the laptop left by her father Stephen Bartowski, having been given the laptop by Bentley in the previous episode. Ellie studies her father's research and praises his intelligence and creativity. Concerned about his wife's obsession, Devon asks if she should be digging through his father's work, to which Ellie simply replies, "What's the worst that can happen?". Devon calls Chuck, and they agree to keep Ellie out of the spy world. Chuck suggests replacing the computer's hard drive with a blank one, which would make Ellie believe it was simply broke.
Meanwhile, Bentley has taken extreme measures in salvaging her credibility by monitoring Ellie's activity on the laptop. Chuck confronts Bentley about interfering with his family, and discovers a surveillance video of Ellie. Bentley later comments that Ellie, is incredibly smart and that if anyone could figure out the Intersect it is, though she cautions Chuck about taking Ellie into the spy world.
As Devon switches the hard drive with a blank one, Ellie arrives home, having realized the purpose of her father's research. Ellie reveals that Stephen was trying to upload knowledge into the brain without having to learn it. Devon still delivers the hard drive to Chuck; when he returns to Ellie, however, it is revealed that Ellie is still working on same research. Devon and Ellie have agreed to hide the truth from Chuck.
While Ellie is asleep, the laptop scans the room and identifies her, allocating her files and displaying the words "Agent X Files".
- Mark Christopher Lawrence as Big Mike
- Ryan McPartlin as Captain Awesome
- Sarah Lancaster as Ellie Woodcomb
- Scott Krinsky as Jeffrey Barnes
- Vik Sahay as Lester Patel
Guest Stars Edit
- James Francis Ginty as Lewis
- Karissa Vacker as Josie
- Stephen Pollak as Brody
- Mousa Kraish as Damien
- David H. Lawrence as Marvin, the Large Mart store manager
- Chris Fedak mentions the name of Agatha Christie, who is possibly the inspiration for this murder investigation themed episode.
- The title of the episode is based on Lewis's British accent, when he shouts the word "murder".
- The name of the Large Mart mascot, Kevin Bacon, is a play on the name of actor Kevin Bacon.
- Nerd Herd staff Skip Johnson appeared in the episode, after previously last appearing in the episode "Chuck Versus the Suitcase".
- The song "Any Way You Want It" is Brody's ringtone, which is the same as the one Chuck had in the pilot "Chuck Versus the Intersect".
- When Morgan asks Brody to choose between Grant Morrison or Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons, he answers that he prefers Brian Vaughan. Chuck agrees with him.
- When Morgan asks Lewis which the best album of Rush, he replies Caress of Steel. This is not an opinion shared by many online sources.
- The hard drive Devon was supposed to install on Orion's laptop is a Roark Instruments hard drive, indicating that the company might have survived the fall of Fulcrum and the death of its founder.
- When Beckman is congratulating the team at the end of the episode, Kevin Bacon is eating in the conference room.
Chuck Bartowski: "Colonel Casey would never kill anyone... who didn't deserve it."
Josie: (about Sarah) "And what about her?"
Chuck Bartowski: "I think I can safely say that my fiancée here... would never kill anyone... who didn't deserve it."
- "I Need You" by The Blood Arm
- "Any Way You Want It" by Journey
- "Victim" by Win Win
- "Move To The Mountains" by Clock Opera