“We are Buy More’s…America’s last line of defence, and we are going to take the fight to them.”
– Morgan

“Chuck Versus the Beard” is a loud,  joyous cacophony. It turns the show up to 11 and doesn’t quit. There’s a lot of fun stuff here, ranging from the Buy More revolution to a Jeffster! performance. But “Beard” is also a turning point; it marks the introduction of Morgan into the spy world and sets the Africa storyline in motion.

If you haven’t already, make sure to read the disclaimer.

There’s not much to be said about this episode, but I wanted to mention that Morgan is an absolute delight here. He displays unmitigated, but foolish, bravery and enthusiasm. He has none of Chuck’s cynicism, so rather than being disappointed that Chuck kept a secret from him for almost three years, he is ecstatic that Chuck isn’t just a loser who works at the Buy More.

The other interesting thing to mention about this episode is Awesome’s continued “de-awesome-ification” (I like inventing words.) Because Chuck’s reassurances aren’t sufficient to allay his fears, Devon hasn’t been himself lately. The brothers-in-law’s relationship has been strained. Continuing with the theme of running away that has pervaded this season, Devon decides that he would like to go far, far away to avoid the dangers of Chuck’s spy life. It doesn’t really matter where, as long as there are no spies. Seeing his wife reading a travel magazine, he decides that Africa would make a great new home; he and Ellie could work for Doctors Without Borders. Thus, a second conflict for Devon is born. Now he must choose between maintaining his wife’s happiness or maintaining her safety.

And finally, because I’ve run out of things to say, Jeffster!!!!!!