“I had a fiancée…and now she thinks I’m dead.”
– Casey

A long, long time ago, a man named Alex Coburn made a choice. He either could have remained Alex Coburn and gone home to his fiancée, or he could have become John Casey and protected the country he so dearly loved. Alex chose the latter, and, for the most part, he didn’t have to face the consequences for twenty years. But big life decisions have a habit of coming back to bite people in the ass. John Casey is not exempt from this phenomenon. The Ring will kill his ex-fiancée, Kathleen McHugh, if he doesn’t deliver them an experimental emotion-suppressing pill called Laudanol.

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

Let’s get something straight: Casey – that’s right, Colonel John Casey – commits treason in this episode. That’s serious business. Now, maybe treason in the United States doesn’t carry the same punishment as treason in Costa Gravas, where death by firing squad is common, but Casey’s violation of the law leads to incarceration and the possibility of torture. However, Chuck and Sarah are willing to face the same fate to clear Casey’s name.

The three of them band together to save Kathleen, displaying both excellent teamwork and solo skills. Each member of Team Bartowski has a spectacular fight scene, with Sarah’s being against five armed men. (Kudos to the stunt people for this one.) Though the team succeeds in saving Kathleen’s life, Casey is not acquitted of the treason charges. However, Beckman is willing to give Casey a second chance as a civilian.

“You know, I made my decision between love and love of country a long time ago, and it was the right decision for me. Now you have to make a decision whether that’s the right one for you. Walker’s a good woman. It’s still not too late.”
– Casey

Casey doesn’t take the opportunity to renege on the choice that Alex made twenty years ago, even though he finds out that Kathleen gave birth to their daughter shortly after his supposed death. He believes that he’s too late to reconnect. (Besides, people don’t just come back from the dead. Then again, this is Chuck we’re talking about here…) However, he doesn’t think that it’s too late for Chuck. Casey and Chuck don’t have to make the same choices. But Chuck must act before it actually becomes too late.