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Chuck: Chuck Versus the DeLorean

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 9th 2008 8:02AM
Chuck 3(S02E10) Where are the Jim Andersons and Steve Douglases of the world? In TV's yesteryear, you could count on the Father Knows Best and My Three Sons patriarchs to be there as positive role models and responsible parents. You can't say that about either Sarah's dad or Chuck's father, although at least in this the former showed up to visit his daughter.

Jack Burton would never win a father of the year award, but he might qualify as a fun dad. Starting with a flashback (which reminded me of Shawn's memories on Psych), we quickly learned that Sarah was a grifter-child, lead astray by her charming, conman rogue of a dad, Gary Cole. Well, better a rogue con artist than another rogue spy.

The casting of Gary Cole as Jack helped make the character so winning. Cole must have the best agent in Hollywood. This guy has been on everything lately, Entourage, Desperate Housewives, Psych, and he brings instant interest to whomever he's playing. Jack has just wrapped a successful sting, selling an Arab sheik Nagamichi Plaza in L.A. Of course he doesn't own the building, but that's just a technicality. After all, this is a shell game to Jack, and as says -- and Chuck understands -- "The bigger the lie, the easier it is to believe."

Not surprisingly, when the deal hits a speed bump, it's Chuck that steps up to save the scam. Dubbed the "schnook" by Jack, he impresses by not only being quick and clever -- all that CIA experience paying off -- but he also shows that his feelings for Sarah are sincere. Jack isn't a good father, but he does love his daughter and wants her to find the right man to love.

While Chuck was the "schnook," Jack sticks Casey with "cop face." The scam to convince the Arabs that the building is really for sale reminded me of Burn Notice, especially the way Jack, Sarah, Casey and Chuck infiltrated the building and redressed it for the con. Even the voice over by Jack was Weston-esque, explaining the details. (Interesting, too, Michael Weston has daddy issues like Sarah and Chuck.)

Not surprisingly, Jack double-crossed the others and took the $10 million. You could see that one coming, couldn't you? However, I did not see that Jack would stash the $10 million in Chuck's bank account. Nice twist.

But even better was the twist on the twist, with Chuck and Casey tricking the mark into giving over his account number to the CIA. Again, it was a stunning surprise (they did it on Burn Notice, too), but I liked it. And when the bad guy tries to escape in Morgan's "Demorgan," the stolen DeLorean becomes more valuable than before. Morgan can get blue book value for the car, pay back Awesome and make enough to move in with Anna. Except for the fact that the Dukes of Hazzard car turned up in the auto bay.

Anna is not going to domesticate Morgan, let alone get him to grow up. Awesome's faith in Captain Morgan (great line!) was misplaced, but really sweet.

The moment you heard the Ferris Bueller music and saw the Back to the Future DeLorean you knew Awesome's $2500 loan was going to be spent fulfilling Morgan's dream to own a piece of Marty McFly's time machine, even though this had no flux capacitor, stalls out over 22 MPH and is a gas guzzler. With images of Michael J. Fox dancing in his eyes, and a reason not to commit to Anna, Morgan cannot resist the buy. His vanity plate for the new ride, "Demorgan."

Chuck and Sarah bonded over their daddy troubles. We learned a little more back story about Chuck's father walking out on him and Ellie. Rather than let Jack get arrested, Sarah opened the door for him to leave her again. The rocky road ice cream run was code for Jack hitting the road. As Jack realized that Sarah was some kind of cop, he gave the shnook his seal of approval, whatever that's worth. Then he was gone again. Sarah couldn't see him coming back, but I do. Gary Cole has a great agent and is probably booking it right now.
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James

They did mention on the episodes without Anna that she was on vacation in Europe with her parents.

December 11 2008 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob

Using the name "DeMorgan" was an inside joke that you have to be a geek to understand. DeMorgan's law is well known to geeks and is used in Boolean Algebra to convert between "And" or "Or" logic by inverting all inputs and outputs.

December 11 2008 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amanda

Barry - when he was entering his password it came up blocked on the screen. You would also be surprised how many super rich people aren't computer savvy... My shock is that he knew his account number, a man with that much money doens't have an accountant hanging around???

I love Chuck & made a new fan of one of my friends that was over when I was watching this. Can't wait to see who plays Chuck's dad!!!

December 11 2008 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barry Wilhelm

I wish this show would come up with a truly evil villain that isn't a complete idiot. We're to believe that this Arab sheik was able to hide a billion dollars from the U.S. government, yet not once but TWICE he gives over a banking account number to people he KNOWS to be cons?

I enjoyed the other stories, though. I always enjoy getting to know these characters better, and they can't spend enough time in the Buy More for my taste. LOVE Morgan.

December 11 2008 at 1:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jayr2345

well we finally saw Anna again after a few episodes. I was afraid she had gotten transferred to another buy more. It was weird how she wasnt even mentioned in those episodes especially since the one had a test for all the store employees

December 09 2008 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Beans

John H I missed it also but just watched it online at NBC website Try that

December 09 2008 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Liz

The building they were selling was the one I work in. How funny! I see their trucks filming all the time here in downtown LA (they say Chuck in the front windows). Alas, I haven't seen any of the cast yet, but I can keep hoping.

December 09 2008 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
superrrguy

I'm very disappointed. When they played that Ferris Bueller music at the end, I was expecting a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Spider California. They should have just played Good Ole Boys.

December 09 2008 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim

I keep wondering where Sarah's sister was during all these flashbacks to her childhood.

December 09 2008 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Heltsley

I'm ashamed to admit I missed it.

Pardon me, while I go cry in shame in the corner.

December 09 2008 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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