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'Chuck' - 'Chuck Versus the Role Models' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted May 4th 2010 10:21AM

Chuck(S03E15) The first major thought that occurred to me after watching tonight's episode was that if Fred Willard and Swoosie Kurtz got a spin-off series about their characters, the Turners, I would watch it. The conversation between them was hilarious. For all we know, this could very well have been a back door pilot for them. They're the 'Gary Seven' of 'Chuck.'

Obviously, agents are tempted to cross the line time to time (that's what happened with Shaw not too long ago). It's interesting how age leads to more self-justification in the matter. Doesn't the CIA or NSA have a decent pension plan?

The '70s theme in the beginning was very cute. I'm not sure if they had a specific spy series in mind when developing that bit ('Scarecrow and Mrs. King' comes to mind for some reason, but that could be because Bruce Boxleitner played Mr. Woodcomb, Awesome's father). Since Sarah is moving in, I suspect there will be more awkward roommate moments like the one in the beginning until Morgan inevitably moves back into his parents' home.

Did General Beckman actually smile at one point? Or was that just a trick of the light? I'm surprised her face didn't crack open.

It is the definition of irony that the reason Ellie and Awesome went to the Congo was to be safe from Chuck's spy life and lo and behold, the Ring got to him via Coordinator Justin (other than Kristen Kreuk, is everyone in the series that aren't the featured actors going to end up as Ring agents?). How did the Ring learn the whereabouts of Ellie and Awesome? It was probably accidentally revealed in some past episode and promptly forgotten about (by me anyway). Either that or Chuck isn't involved and it's an attempt to get at Stephen Bartowski (a.k.a. Scott Bakula) via Ellie.

I've definitely seen the actor who played Otto before, but I can't remember where. Did anybody recognize him?

If the Turners don't get a spin-off, then maybe the team of Morgan and Casey will. Their interplay was also hilarious. Morgan has become the Larrabee of the 'Chuck' universe (it's a 'Get Smart' reference for those that don't know). He's there to make Chuck look good by comparison.

You can tell when an African refugee camp is filmed in Hollywood. Those refugees looked way too good to be actual refugees. It was nice that the show acknowledged Ellie's hesitation to go to the Congo in the first place. Honestly, if not for the danger factor back home, it's unlikely Awesome would have wanted to go either.

Another evolution of the series that is becoming more apparent is that Sarah is becoming more like Chuck. That's not in the bumbling sense but she's displaying more of a tendency to trip over her words. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

The highlight of tonight's episode remains Fred Willard and Swoosie Kurtz. If 'Chuck' does miraculously get renewed for another season, I'm hoping they'll at least make another appearance.

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Someone please tell me what was up with the guy in the jungle who did the number on Awsome. What was with that?

May 06 2010 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

If 'Chuck' does miraculously get renewed you act like it would be a miracle when it should enidibly happen of course Chuck should be renewed it's one of the best shows on tv

May 05 2010 at 1:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So suddenly I'm thinking...
The show is called "Chuck"
Last week, Chuck used the alias "Charles Charles."
This week, we had Swoosie Kurtz as a guest star.

In the coming weeks, can we expect a waitress named Olive? A Pie shop? A dog named Digby? Ellen Greene singing "Birdhouse in Your Soul?" :-)

May 04 2010 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I remember Otto most for his performance in Blade. He was the leader of the older vampires that Stephen Dorf was trying to kill.

May 04 2010 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to billyadams's comment

Yes! That's why he looked so familiar. Thanks. :)

May 04 2010 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark Cohen

Otto was played by Udo Kier:

He's been in a million things; memorable roles:
- Baron Frankenstein in "Andy Warhol's Frankenstein"
- Dracula in "Andy Warhol's Dracula"
- full-grown baby man in "The Kingdom"

He's a complete nut in terms of roles...does some whacky stuff.

May 04 2010 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Also, that opening bit was posted right here on TV Squad, along with the original opening from 'Hart to Hart', so it's surprising that you didn't make the connection.

May 04 2010 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff N.

Great episode. Chuck is such a fun show to watch! NBC better renew it.

May 04 2010 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hart to Hart! That was it. It was familiar, but I couldn't place it last night. LOL

Oh, and I'm pretty sure that Otto is the billionaire guy with all the aquariums in the Ace Ventura movie - Randolph something? Except now he's white-headed.

I loved, loved, loved this episode! Just how great were Casey and Morgan together?! Swoosie Kurtz and Fred Willard WERE awesome and I would definitely watch a spin-off featuring "The Turners".

May 04 2010 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rich Keller

Morgan's dream sequence was similar to the introduction of 'Hart to Hart.'

May 04 2010 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That really cool opening bit was directly taken from Hart to Hart, the old Robert Wagner/Stefanie Powers series. The original opening was voiced by Lionel Stander, who played their valet.

May 04 2010 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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