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Chuck: Chuck Versus the Colonel

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 21st 2009 10:25AM
Chuck in tie(S02E21) If you were waiting all season long for an episode this power-packed, you finally got your heart's desire. You wanted action; you got it. Story line development? Check. More about Sarah and Chuck? Casey in the middle of everything? Guest stars? References to pop culture and old movies? Morgan's deepest dreams revealed? Yep. This was the episode for you. The penultimate Chuck for season two -- and hopefully not the next to last of all time -- was perhaps the best episode of the year.

For sheer dynamics, the team was not working together. Casey, who was promoted and thus became the colonel of the title, was put in the tough position of having to apprehend Chuck and Sarah. Since they all know each other so well, there was no advantage on either side, and Chuck's emotional appeal about finding his father seemed to have little effect on Casey.




Putting the Fulcrum subterranean base in an abandoned drive-in movie theater was cool, especially when Chuck's dad was able to use a Tron reference to signal his son. By the way, was that the same drive-in theater used in Psych last season? Also, were Chuck and Sarah using Michael Weston's vintage black Charger from Burn Notice?

Chevy Chase was back as bad guy Ted Roark, browbeating Stephen B. into making the new intersect. It's now a handy, dandy portable cube floating in blue gel. There was so much chasing and capturing, that for a while it seemed we weren't getting anywhere. But in a good move, the Buy More story intersected (get it?) with Chuck and Sarah confined to the Castle. Jeffster used some explosives lifted from Casey's locker -- thanks to Awesome's investigating Chuck's disappearance -- to knock out the Burbank electric grid for a little while.

While Sarah and Chuck made their escape, Casey was facing off with Devon. And how awesome did Captain Awesome turn out to be once Chuck gave him the lowdown about being a CIA asset? It took about two minutes to penetrate his noggin, but once he got it, he was cool with it. At that point, Casey showed his true colors and decided it was wiser to work with the team than against it.

There was a wonderful sight gag when all the convertibles retracted their roofs for Ted's big announcement. It almost looked like a commercial, but I missed the name of the car. My bad. When the Intersect film launched, it was shades of Raiders of the Lost Ark (again) -- "Don't look at the screen." But Orion had double-crossed Roark. He got Chuck to open his eyes and watch because he had created an intersect removal process just to get Chuck's brain back to normal. By the time Roark realized he couldn't "flash," the air strike had blown up the installation and the good guys -- Casey, Chuck, Stephen and Sarah -- had gotten away with the intersect gizmo in hand.

There was even a happy ending when Ellie reunited with Dad and Chuck and everyone was heading to the rehearsal dinner. And at the Buy More, Morgan regained his manhood. He referenced The Godfather Part II as he talked to Michael, the step-father, about a dignified "death" in which his family (Mom) would be taken care of when Morgan fell on his sword. In an homage to An Officer and a Gentleman -- minus the military whites -- Morgan carried Anna out of the store...or tried to. He's off to fulfill his dream of becoming a Benihana chef in Hawaii. Can't wait to see those webisodes!

But not all was perfect. Guess who's planning to crash the wedding? Ted R., who has a really nasty looking thumb. His appearance should make for a bang-up season finale. Hopefully, we may even get back to Sarah and Chuck in bed together.


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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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Andy

It wasn't the same theater as "Psych," since they shoot in Canada, not California.

As someone else mentioned, Sarah's car was a Challenger. Not a Charger. It looks like the same one Nathan Fillion used in "Drive."

May 11 2009 at 10:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rick

What a kiss-fest for Charah!!! I liked the action as much as everyone else, but the Chuck/Sarah moments were the best!! This episode did resemble a finale, though, including the "cliff hanger" Roak thumbing a ride at the end; still can't wait until next Monday's CHUCK. Who's going to die...Bryce? Who from Cassey's past will assist the team? And, Who is Sarah's "familar" partner?? NBC should grow a pair and not be dictated by Leno...Renew CHUCK!!!!

April 24 2009 at 10:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WhoElseButME

If I can just rant. I feel that Nielsen is a joke. They have a minuscule sample of some 5k homes and extrapolate it to everywhere between the Pacific and the Atlantic. And the lack of transparency is just abhorring. What is this, the Dark Ages?

April 22 2009 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Derek

I'm stunned that NBC wants to renew crap like Biggest Loser and Howie Do It, and even entertains the thought of canceling Chuck. This is the 3rd best show on the network (after Office and 30 Rock).

But ultimately, one person is to blame ... Jay Leno. He is such a no-talent hack. I cannot believe NBC is handing him the keys to the network, and canceling what few good shows they have for his sake.

April 22 2009 at 2:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Riley Freeman

anyone who watched that episode which i just did knows this show aint coming back. they resolved pretty much everything. im sad to see u go chuck :(


nbc stupid as usual. have yet to recover from the lost of seinfeld

April 22 2009 at 12:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob

It looks like ratings for this episode were down from previous weeks so this probably doesn't bode well for season 3. Hopefully we can get directTV involved.

April 21 2009 at 7:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brett

Such a great episode; maybe the best of the season. As always they had great music, was anybody else as excited as me to hear Malbec's song "Answering Machine" in the scene when Emmet orders Morgan to fire the morons?

You can find the music video for that song at : http://displacedbrett.wordpress.com/2009/04/21/malbec-on-chuck/

April 21 2009 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

I came in to say the same exact thing!

"Why won't you two gentlemen have a Pepsi."

April 21 2009 at 3:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
xnifex

The awesome scene if chuck & sarah in the bed kissing & about to go at it was just a 1 line mention in your review?wow. Most people have been hoping those 2 finally give in to their love for each other & it finally happened. Also, Morgans IOU for a new condom was hilarious!

April 21 2009 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Chris

I would have put on some O.D.B., Oh baby I like it RAWWWW, Oh Baby I like it RAWWWWWWWWW.

April 21 2009 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mj

I was thinking the same thing. As soon as I saw the drive-in I thought some huge homage to Spies Like Us was happening. Oh well.

April 21 2009 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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