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Chuck: Chuck Versus the Fat Lady

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 18th 2008 11:23AM

(S02E07) "Viva Buymoria." - Morgan

The Jill Roberts trilogy continues. Last week we were introduced to Chuck's ex-girlfriend in an episode where, not only did Mr. Bartowski save the world (or, at least, the little part of the world surrounding him in California), but he also got the girl. This week we got to see more of the budding relationship between the two as well as a Charles who, for the first time in awhile, was feeling like a normal human being.

The question on everyone's mind was if the relationship could last between the two. Particularly with the uber-hot Sarah working very, very closely with Chuck on a daily basis. Well, if I told you now I would probably be canceled faster than My Own Worst Enemy. So, if you want to know the answer please click ahead.

Somewhere deep down I know you knew that Jill was not what she was claiming to be. Even Allison had her concerns about Ms. Roberts during last week's review. As this week's episode progressed she began to show signs that she was too good to be true. Her forgiveness at catching Chuck with a half-naked Sarah was one warning note. One minute she was stomping off in anger, the next she was brushing it all aside and focusing on what flavor fruit juice powder her former boss used for a booby trap.

Sure, you could cough it up to youthful exuberance and the rush of excitement she felt as she got more involved with the case. Yet, the more she participated the less real she seemed. The final clue to her being a fake (other than her picture showing up on the data download) was her "kidnapping" at the hands of therogue Fulcrum agent. The way that it all went down had "setup" written all over it. No initial scream of surprise, no scuffle ensued with the kidnapper. Only a shout of 'Chuck, please help!", and a weak on at that, as soon as Chuck stepped out of the store door.

It's probably not a shock that this would happen to Chuck. Ever since the knowledge of the Intersect became firmly buried in his brain, Chuck's life hasn't been normal at all. So, the fact that Jill is a rogue special agent intent on killing him isn't a big piece of news. It's just enhances the fact that Chuck's life will probably never be normal again -- even when he does get the intersect data removed.

Then again, you have to wonder if Mr. Bartowski will want to return back to normal life since he's becoming a better agent after each case. Take this week's episode as an example. Being more cerebral than their normal cases, Chuck was the agent who came out as the hero thanks to his knowledge of puzzles and trivial data that most of us only wish we could use in normal conversation. He still has some weaknesses that would prevent him from becoming a full-fledged agent. Namely, his emotions interfere with the importance of a case, especially when it involves someone he cares about.

Meanwhile, back at the Buy More...or, as we shall now call it: Buymoria. There were a few turning points involving the relationships of the store employees. First was an important conversation between Chuck and Morgan after Morgan put his job on the line to protect his best friend. After finding out he was dating Jill once again Morgan was understandably pissed off and wondered what else Chuck wasn't telling him. There was the slightest hesitation by Chuck that made the viewer think he was about to tell Morgan what he was doing all of the time away from the store. It didn't happen this week; however, from spoilers that were released about the show a few months ago, Morgan may start working on a number of cases later this season.

The other turning point was between Morgan and Emmett. Since he came to the store, Emmett has been gunning for Chuck to account for his actions and whereabouts to the point that he's been threatening those under him. Well, that reign of terror should now be over thanks to Morgan. Using a combination of quick thinking and blackmail, Chuck's best friend has made sure that Emmett will not be bothering Buy More's true leader anymore. And, as a lesson to be learned, Fuzzy Navel wine coolers are extremely potent and should not be drunk carelessly.

One last thing to mention before I leave you this week. Did anyone else notice the cartoon that was running on the Buy More TVs? If was What's Opera, Doc?, the classic Bugs Bunny cartoon from 1957. Directed by Chuck Jones, the animated short parodied the operas of 19th century composer Richard Wagner. Why was this cartoon used? Well, it connected with the title of this week's episode as well as the opera house where a good portion of the action took place. See, I do watch the same show you do!

Next week on Chuck - the Jill Roberts trilogy concludes, and not in a good way.

Was it obvious that Jill was not who she claimed to be?
Definitely. There was just something off about her.290 (39.9%)
Sort of. I knew there was something not right about her, but I just didn't know what.380 (52.3%)
This was a total shock to me.56 (7.7%)

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    CHUCK Adam Baldwin as Major John Casey stars in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Adam Baldwin as Major John Casey stars in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Michael Clarke Duncan as Colt and Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker star in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski and Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker star in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski and Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker star in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski, Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker and Michael Clarke Duncan as Colt star in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski stars in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski stars in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski and Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker star in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker stars in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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Allison Solow

Oh yes I caught "What's Opera, Doc?" in the background -- I was hoping you did, too, Rich and you didn't disappoint me!

November 18 2008 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Arclight

TBBT=The Big Bang Theroy

November 18 2008 at 9:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pkh

Is it just me, or was the name on the Fulcrum hit-man's van (Tuttle Electric, or something thereabouts) a subtle reference to Brazil?

November 18 2008 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
leah

For you, american geeks, it's so bad that TBBT and Chuck are on at the same time... and a good reason to have a TiVo.


TBBT?

November 18 2008 at 5:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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SaraIsHot

I tivo (er, DVR) TTSCC instead :)

November 19 2008 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Manuel Reis

I'm still shocked. When the agents started to upload the data, and the images were changing from Chuck/Jill to Casey/Sarah, I started like "no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no".

It was, as usual, a good episode. For you, american geeks, it's so bad that TBBT and Chuck are on at the same time... and a good reason to have a TiVo.

November 18 2008 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ben Reich

If Jill was rogue, that means she was CIA originally. Wouldn't the general have known that???

And what do you mean "it concludes and not in a good way"?

November 18 2008 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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j0phus

Excellent point.

November 18 2008 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SaraIsHot

Nope...the general is Homeland Security to begin with, before they started "playing nice" with the CIA. The "other" general who was killed in the season premiere is CIA.

November 19 2008 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MarcDom7

I noticed "What's Opera, Doc?" but was bugged by how the short's story jumped around due to the two angles used to shoot the scene. It's just a pet peeve of mine, like all the "Ben-Hur" stuff in "Any Given Sunday."

November 18 2008 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Buttercup

I noticed the cartoon playing on the TVs at the Buy More, too. Genius! Kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit...

Casey's best line of the night: "What? I wasn't hatched."

November 18 2008 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
carolyn

In chuck vs. the fat lady....there was a song in that program. Do you know what the name of the song is or where I can find out that info?

November 18 2008 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Rob

"Keep Yourself Warm" by Frightened Rabbit.

November 19 2008 at 1:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Aaron

wow I'm really slow... I only suspected when they started running the faces. was still hoping it woud be bryce larkin.

November 18 2008 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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