Steve Jobs is trying to undermine our American way of life. Or, at least, I think that's what last night's Chuck was trying to tell us. Oh, and Chuck's dad is a time-traveling Enterprise captain.
Surprisingly, the guest-shots from Scott Bakula and Chevy Chase didn't completely capsize "Chuck Versus The Dream Job" - In fact, Bakula (whom I spent the entire episode looking at and wondering if he was really old enough to have a son Chuck's age; he's 53, so the answer is "I guess," I guess) in particular fit right in with the regular cast and would make a nice permanent addition to the show if I wasn't so convinced that he'll die before too long. Chase, meanwhile, seemed like he came from another world altogether... which, considering that he was playing Evil Steve Jobs, actually made a lot of sense.
The dream job of the episode's title was a position with Chase's character's company, Roark Industries... which seemed like a mix of Apple and Google, with a side order of evil Fulcrum for flavor. Chuck was given the job of infiltrating the company to stop the release of their new OS, which - through the magic of television computer logic - would somehow magically infect every computer in the world with a virus that'd do something mysteriously bad (The bad was explained later - It'd give Fulcrum access to government and military databases - but that came after a bungled attempt to stop the release). Of course, infiltrating the company also meant alienating Morgan - who thought that Chuck was abandoning both him and the BuyMore - and his dad who, it turned out, had gone to school with founder Ted Roark and invented most of the things that had made Roark famous in the first place. What was a secret spy to do?
Apparently, the answer is "Fuck up the mission, get fired from Roark, then go rogue, shoot Casey with tranq darts, break into Roark and discover that his dad had built the intersect in the first place." Yes, this was the week where the show potentially jumped the shark - We discovered that the intersect's creator, Orion, didn't die when his helicopter exploded (No surprise), that Orion was, in fact, Chuck's dad (Again, not the biggest surprise), and that Roark Industries is all a diversionary tactic for Fulcrum's own intersect (Slightly more of a surprise). The episode ended with Chuck's dad agreeing to build a new intersect for Fulcrum in exchange for Chuck's life, and Chuck deciding to use that life to get his dad back or die - okay, get hurt really bad trying.
I'm not sure how to feel about the "All In The Family" revelation; on the one hand, it smacks of either incredible coincidence or creative desperation, but on the other, it's not that much more ridiculous than Chuck having the entire database of government secrets in his head just by looking at a computer screen in the first place, and it was done rather well. It does suggest that the "gamechanging" season finale talk is more than just an empty tease, as well, if only for the way that it's unlikely that Chuck's world will be able to stay the same by the time the dust settles on this particular storyline.
What did the rest of you think? Did you buy the discovery that Chuck's dad was Orion and also a superspy? Did you enjoy Chevy Chase's evil corporate guru? And did you have a slight nerdgasm when Scott Bakula said "Oh boy" in his best Sam Beckett worried voice?