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'Chuck' - 'Chuck Versus the Honeymooners' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 26th 2010 9:30PM
(S03E14) Let's review the steps that brought us to this moment: 'Chuck' originally only had a 13 episode order for this season so the last episode wrapped things up pretty well and left the story on a happy note. Then, NBC ordered additional episodes (see details in our Chris Fedak interview), so in effect we're seeing "Season 3.2". Also, there's a good chance that 'Chuck' will be renewed next year.
That's everything. Shall we begin with this episode? Okeedokee then.

Chuck and Sarah are now officially together. The question is, what happens next? That's what they have to ask themselves while they're on a train in France.

Obviously, contrary to what they established at the beginning of the episode, there was no way in hell that they were quitting the spy game. You do that and the show is over. Still, it was nice to have the montage in the beginning where Chuck and Sarah pretty much work off three years of frustration.

It's kind of funny that General Beckman orders Morgan to help Casey find Chuck, given her initial reticence towards letting him on the team. It's even funnier how Morgan knows Chuck so well that he can track him through Europe. Funniest of all, it was Morgan who outed those spies that were after Juan Diego, based on things he read in a guidebook.

Yvonne Strahovski's southern accent was hilarious. I hope she has reason to use it again in the future.

It's also nice that General Beckman, while officially not even acknowledging their relationship, unofficially encourages Chuck and Sarah to be together. Again, it has to be the case otherwise there is no series.

The appearance of Jeffster! only proves how horrible Jeff looks in no sleeves. You could see Awesome's fear at their presence, given how they ruined his wedding initially. Jeff regularly looks horrible, but the lack of sleeves made it worse. Then, after they went all Steve Jobs and switched to turtlenecks, they were actually pretty good. Perhaps Jeffster! could be a viable alternate career for Jeff and Lester.

Chuck is starting to act like a real spy and is making a good team with Sarah to the point where Morgan has taken on the role of comic relief initially reserved for him. It should lead to an interesting dynamic in the future, particularly if Morgan ends up teamed with Casey a lot more. The Morgan/Casey team could become the most interesting part of 'Chuck.'

Didn't anybody on the street in France notice the guns and the people tied up in the bakery? Why didn't anybody alert the gendarme? Still, it did give us the chance to see Chuck and Sarah practice their swing dance martial arts skills.

This episode was a nice introduction to the new dynamic for the show. It was a little light on Buy More drama but I'm sure we'll see more of that in the coming weeks. Is there even a point of involving the Buy More subplot anymore other than seeing more of Jeffster!?

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thank you @jimmy for saying something about those trains. i'm french and i can say that it was a bit weird to see those kind of trains. i guess the producers think we still have 1940's trains in France...
anyway it's just a little detail, and otherwise the episode was pretty good, jeff's garfunkel-ish look was awesome, and their acoustic song was actually great!
can't wait for the rest of the season!

May 07 2010 at 5:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Didn't anybody on the street in France notice the guns and the people tied up in the bakery? Why didn't anybody alert the gendarme?"

If this were a serious drama like Bones, CSI or something, it would bother me (both shows drive me insane with what they purvey as realistic).

Chuck doesn't pretend to be anything of the sort. It's a fun series, so as long as it maintains a relative internal consistency & doesn't go wildly off the rails, I can just sit back and enjoy my "suspension of disbelief".

April 28 2010 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There is no show on television that makes me as happy as this show. Is it the best show on television, probably not but it is just so fulfilling. It brings action and comedy and finally some romance into the equation. The writers have had 3 long years to figure out what to do once they put Sarah and Chuck together, and despite being frustrated plenty of times along the way, the writers have done so far a beautiful job. As long as they keep doing what they are doing and have a great mix of everything than I will continue to be just as pleased as I am after watching this episode.

I agree with whomever said that "It's About Damn Time" is probably the best line of the entire series, because I know alot of us were saying that.

Also great point by Brad about Morgan being the new spy comic relief. You are right, now that Chuck has these abilities he doesn't or at least shouldn't be as clumsy and fumbling as he once was. They again did a perfect job of not losing that dynamic. Plus Casey and Morgan are by far the most least likely to be paired together which makes it perfect.

April 27 2010 at 7:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have just one comment : the producer have NEVER seen a train in France :D
So it was really distrubing to see such a train, with beds, and a restaurant : it's like old James Bond movies in the Orient Express. I guess they think Orient Express still runs through France and goes from Paris to Lyon :)

April 27 2010 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Loved it! Excellent!

April 27 2010 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great episode, but how about the "Pushing Daisies" references? Chucks ad-libed cover is "Charles Charles", That was the name of the father of the character Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles on Pushing Daises. I would have passed it off as just a coincidence... until I saw who was the guest stars for the next week's episode! Ellen Greene who played Vivian Charles on the show and Fred Willard who appeared on the show as the magician The Great Herrmann.

Wouldn't be the first time the show Chuck had references to other shows.

April 27 2010 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought it was pretty common knowledge that one of the upcoming episodes would be dealing with the history behind Jacob and MIB and their family. I don't know anything about the plot of that episode, and the simple fact that Lela Loren plays a key part isn't some horrible spoiler. Mother, stepmother, it's not even clear at this point, and not even confirmed that Jacob and MIB are actually brothers (whcih is the prevalent fan theory). It's just casting info, which I've heard a million other people talking about. How can you possibly regret hearing that? I have not revealed a single Lost secret.

April 27 2010 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What happen with spanish accent on american TV? The basque terrorist passport says he was born in Madrid (WTF?) his name is really nothing like a real basque name, and he speaks with a mexican accent? I don´t get it

April 27 2010 at 8:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric C.

What a delightful episode! I was in tears in was so entertaining! Thanks for your wonderful writeup.

April 27 2010 at 2:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gah! Delete that Lost comment!

April 27 2010 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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