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'Chuck' - 'Chuck Versus the Fake Name' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 2nd 2010 1:03AM
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(S03E08)
It seems more and more like the spy job is less and less attractive for Chuck. Just when things were on the verge of getting really good for Chuck on the personal front, there were complications based on the past and the job and the choices he's been forced to make. If this is spy life, it's no wonder James Bond drinks so much. More on that and the chicken pepperoni after the jump.

Chuck was chosen by Shaw to replace Rafe Gruber, an ultimate assassin, super-sharp shooter who had chameleon-like skills. Why Chuck was chosen to replace him made no sense considering that he's still so untried as a professional. The premise is that Chuck must learn every aspect of the spy game by being thrown into life and death situations every week, but that's a stretch considering what they expect him to do.

It was a nice surprise to see Paulie Walnuts and the other 'Soprano's' guy (Louis Lombardi played Big Pussy's FBI contact) as two old school criminals hiring Gruber for a kill job. They were basically doing their characters from 'The Sopranos,' but so what?

Chuck got good advice from Paulie and Louis (whatever his name). Too bad they were only around for a few scenes. The real Gruber was like Frankenstein's monster, a golem, and it wasn't very comforting to know that once again, Chuck could not flash when it mattered most. Casey came through with the sniper rifle. He took a shot that only five other guys could make and saved Sarah's life. By the way, one of those other guys that can make the shot is 'NCIS's' Jethro Gibbs! He took a similar shot at the beginning of the season.

To prove that he can be a real spy, Chuck had to be a jerk. He had to rip out Casey's tooth, act like a lout and generally not be a 'nice guy.' This is the biggest problem for Chuck. The spy attitude doesn't come naturally. Hearing Shaw and Sarah talking, Chuck was unable to suppress his emotions.

"You're a helluva guy, living a helluva lie ..."
Yes, that's our Chuck. After a heart to heart where he kinda told Ellie how confused he was about his life, Chuck did the noble thing with Hannah. She didn't turn into a Ring operative or a secret agent. She seemed to be a nice girl who was falling for Chuck. He was falling for her, too, and if not for lingering feelings for Sarah, Chuck might've been happy with Hannah.

But no. He let Hannah go, and in a case of lousy TV timing, Sarah -- whose real name is Sam -- decided to give romance with Shaw a shot. Oh, Chuck me.

Other points of interest

-- If you enjoy bare-chested men (yes, ladies, that means you), this was your episode. Captain Awesome and Shaw both looked quite buff; and they are either naturally hairless or they go to the wax-a-torium.

-- Was Casey going to intimidate Gruber with that hand torch or turn him into creme brulee?

-- Devon really is not cut out for lying, and Ellie is an old softie when it comes to her baby brother.

-- The Buy More subplot was weird because you don't really consider Burbank the place you go for gumbo ... especially in an electronics store. Still, it was fun to see Lester, Jeff and Big Mike back on the scene.

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Vítor Araújo

I really don't think Sarah's name is Sam.
You could almost see she was lying and also, she whispered her name in the first season (Chuck was a little far from her and didn't listen.)

March 03 2010 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
metz

Count me as one who is tired of the Sarah(Sam) and Chuck dance. The Sarah/Chuck/Shaw triangle is equally boring. I was really hoping they would settle into a groove with Chuck/Hannah and Sarah/Shaw and continue the character development instead of quickly reverting back into romance mode.

The best part of the episode was Chuck taking on a new persona, letting Zach have fun with that and letting the writers cook up some great lines and situations for the character. I think they could have had 3-4 episodes putting Chuck/Sarah on the back burner and moving ahead with the Ring, Chuck as a spy and the Buy More sideline stories.

I think the character of Hannah was blowing the character of Sarah out of the water and they ran a real risk of the audience becoming more pleased with Hannah/Chuck than Sarah/Chuck. Couldn't have that.

March 02 2010 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rahul

also i think Agent Booth from Bones could make the shot.

March 02 2010 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The1337

This season has been so conflicting, I have a hard time deciding what to think of it. The character development has been top notch. We see Chuck lying, pretending to be other people, and hurting friends. He's a new person that Sarah knows isn't the man she fell in love with.

On the other hand, the addition on Shaw and Hannah has been pointless thus far. The fundamental relationship issue-Sarah not liking where Chuck is-works regardless of what Shaw or Hannah do. Hannah and Shaw are just inconvenient road blocks in the form of people. The main relationship roadblock has always and will always be between the main characters of the show. Now that Hannah is out of the picture, how exactly does Shaw fit into the show? I just don't get it.

Review of the episode on my blog:
http://th3tvobsessed.blogspot.com/2010/03/review-chuck-season-3-episode-8-chuck.html

March 02 2010 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Takayo

I'm a guy and I was getting turned on when Shaw walked into the doorway shirtless. I imagine quite a few ladies simply passed out, lol.

I loved this episode. Chuck trying to act like a BAMF was awesome enough on its own, but through in stereotypical "Godfather" spies and it was just too much funny. Especially when "Rafe" was supposed to snipe Shaw and found out "his girl" was over there in Shaw's hotel room and the Godfathers started giving him relationship advice.

Kind of sad Hannah's story line got wrapped up so quickly, I think Kristen Kreuk did a really good job with the character. Maybe she'll be back to hook up with Morgan (who I surprisingly didn't miss this episode).

And Chuck's music is awesome.

March 02 2010 at 9:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

I'm sure we'll find out that Booth (from Bones), who is also a sniper, can make that shot as well, sometime.

March 02 2010 at 9:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
omar

Love the chuck soundtrack. Every song fits perfectly.

March 02 2010 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Evan

Sarah is really starting to make me mad. She's the one who always told Chuck that he was a real spy and now that he's acting like one she starts to pull away from him. She's known Shaw for like a month and is already telling him personal secrets that she never really considered telling Chuck. I don't really understand her motives even though she sort of explained them in the episode. She had to have known that Chuck would start acting differently now that he's a real spy.

March 02 2010 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BugKiller

So this week we get Sarah's real name AND Casey's real name (Alex Coburn).

Chuck vs. the Fake Name indeed!

March 02 2010 at 9:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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