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Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 12 – Chuck Versus the Undercover Lover

Chuck Bartowski, Zachary Levi, John Casey, Adam Baldwin

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 12 – Chuck Versus the Undercover Lover

Any episode that has background information on Casey is always a good one, and frequently hilarious and this episode is both. It opens in 2004, where we see Casey is undercover as an energy consultant and in a relationship with a foreign reporter, Ilsa, who is blown up in the opening sequence.

Important Moments:

Casey looks legitimately upset when he finds Ilsa’s camera in the rubble after the explosion, one of the few and far between moments, especially earlier on in the series, where we see Casey have a vulnerable side.
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Later in the episode, Casey sees Ilsa while undercover at a hotel, and they find out that she is engaged to the bad guy, Dmitri. Casey says that she didn’t know what he really did while they were involved, and Chuck suggests she may not know what her fiancé really does now either, so they go on a late night stakeout together, where, of course, hilarity ensues.

Best Moments:

Chuck flashes on a bunch of names from a computer, including the information that Ilsa called Casey “Sugar Bear” as a nickname. When Chuck asks Casey about it, he threatens him, pushing him against the wall by his neck. Casey tells Chuck to nod if he understands him, and he can’t really nod, so instead Casey just repeatedly bangs Chuck’s head into the wall.

Chuck goes to Sarah to talk about the situation with Casey’s ex-girlfriend and asks Sarah to go with him to the hotel to find out more information because he’s curious. Sarah sounds skeptical, but when Chuck asks her if she’s curious, she has a smile that says she is so very on board.

Chuck flashes on something that Ilsa gave Casey, and they realize that Dmitri knows Ilsa is a spy. Casey is drunk, so Chuck points out that he can’t legally drive. Casey agrees and tells Chuck to drive.

Chuck spies on Casey in the end as he says goodbye to Ilsa (he has a facial expression that makes it look like he’s about to bite her?) and Chuck smiles when Casey kisses her.

Coolest Action Sequences/Chuck Accidentally Saves the Day:

Casey fights with Dmitri’s bodyguards in a hotel room while still tied to Chuck, who shouts out tips, like incoming, six o’clock and a lot of random sound effects and fearful narration. Sarah has a gun to the head of another guard and is looking for Chuck when she hears him girlishly screaming from the balcony of the hotel. At that moment, Chuck and Casey, still tied together, go flying over the balcony railing and into the pool, Chuck screaming on the way down. Neil Diamond begins playing in the background as Casey walks, dripping, out of the pool to object to the wedding. All the bodyguards pull guns on Casey and Dmitri orders them killed. Sarah steps out with her gun, and Dmitri scoffs at her. Sarah puts her gun down, but manages to kick it to Ilsa, who then puts the gun to Dmitri’s head. Win!

Funniest Moments:

Casey is dealing with an irate customer in the beginning of the episode, and is about to beat him to death before Chuck comes over. Casey’s facial expression is hilarious.

While Sarah is working in the hotel, she gets attacked and knocks the attacker out, with Chuck watching and making pained sound effects as she beats the guy up. Chuck answers her and pretends to be Casey, then tries to deliver the package, a bug, on his own. Of course, in typical Chuck fashion, Ilsa returns while Chuck is still in the room so he hides under the bed. It turns out that Casey is with her, and Chuck is stuck listening to Ilsa and Casey making out on the bed when Chuck’s phone goes off. Casey hears the phone and realizes Chuck is there. Chuck tells Casey that Ilsa is a bad girl because he flashed on things in her room, when it turns out that she is a French spy. At that moment, the fiancé wanders in. At this point, Casey has joined Chuck under the bed, where Casey is ready to shoot the guy, though Chuck stops him before he accidentally shoots Ilsa.

Ellie and Awesome show up at the Buy More to buy an anniversary gift and they disagree about what to buy, with a bit of a gender flip where Ellie wants a big screen TV and Awesome wants a washing machine. Morgan tries to act as their retail therapist to help them decide.

At the same time, Awesome is playing cards with Jeff, Lester and Morgan while he and Ellie are in an argument because he bought the dryer. They try to give him advice, but he sees how pathetic they are, and realizes he needs to fix things with Ellie.

Sarah shows up looking for Chuck, and finds Ellie alone and drinking. She says she’s by herself and then starts crying. Sarah looks lost.

Awesome comes home at the end and Morgan expects to get punched for what he thinks it looks like happened with Ellie after he kept her company while she was drunk and upset the night before. Awesome doesn’t even consider that anything would have happened, which offends Morgan. Awesome apologizes to Ellie and shows her he returned the washing machine and got the television.

Chuck tells Casey he thinks it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship and Casey pushes him into the bushes.

Awesome Soundtrack Moment:

After everything that happens with Ilsa, Casey sits alone in his apartment with scotch, listening to Neil Diamond. It’s so pathetic, especially for Casey, that it’s heartwarmingly hilarious.

Best Lines:

“Sir, I repeat, I cannot offer you a refund without a valid receipt.” – Casey

“Casey, you’re hurting the intersect.” – Chuck

“Casey, you’re going to have to deliver the package. I’ve got a body to take care of. Keys in the sugar.” – Sarah

“What’s your dream?” – Chuck
“You’re looking at it.” – Casey, drunk and alone, listening to Neil Diamond

“I need pants!” – Casey

“Casey, I don’t want to die as a man stewardess!” – Chuck
“Relax. I think I see a scenario where we both get out of here with acceptable losses.” – Casey
“What exactly is your version of acceptable?” – Chuck
“Breaks and punctures, possible loss of a limb, no major organ damage.” – Casey

“Try two little girls.” – Ilsa

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Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 11 – Chuck Versus the Crown Vic

Chuck Bartowski, Zachary Levi, Sarah Walker, Yvonne Strahovski, John Casey, Adam Baldwin

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 11 – Chuck Versus the Crown Vic

Following one of my favorite episodes is this one, which is admittedly, not. Though even a not quite as good episode of Chuck is still a great episode of television and this episode does have some great moments.

Important Moments:

The episode doesn’t pick up after the cliffhanger from the previous episode, instead picking up the next day, with Chuck at the Buy More. Casey points out to him that Sarah’s car isn’t in its usual place, which Chuck of course tries to brush off initially, saying he didn’t notice. Later, after Chuck flashes on a fake $100 bill, he is in a meeting with Casey and General Beckman, and Sarah is still suspiciously absent, drawing out the suspense regarding her decision. She does, however, show up in the scene at the last minute. This meeting is followed up by one of the tensest conversations between Chuck and Sarah to ever occur on the show, though the conversation stays relatively tense throughout the episode.
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Later, after Chuck and Sarah go undercover to meet Lon, the bad guy, Sarah is invited onto his yacht. Chuck says it’s kind of disrespectful to your boyfriend, and Sarah quickly replies that Bryce isn’t her boyfriend, and even if he were, he would understand that type of work. Chuck was referring to her fake boyfriend, Charles Carmichael, so it creates an awkward moment for Sarah.

Sarah shows up at Chuck’s house after Lon’s boat is raided to yell at him for letting his emotions get in the way and they have another fight. Chuck asks her why she kissed him before they thought they were going to die. She doesn’t answer him.

The episode ends with Casey getting a call from General Beckman that implies that he is going to be ordered to eliminate, yes KILL, Chuck soon.

Best Moments:

When Chuck and Sarah are at the betting table, Sarah asks Lon how he chose to focus his charitable efforts on Taiwan. His answer is ridiculous, and Sarah says, “How noble,” as Chuck chokes sarcastically on his drink.

When Chuck flashes on boxes on the boat in the picture Morgan sent him, he goes to Casey with the information, and Casey sends him away. When he takes the information to Sarah, she doesn’t even question him, but instead leaps over the counter in full Weinerlicious uniform and says, “Let’s go.”

Chuck and Sarah make up at the end of the episode, and Sarah tells him that he’s good at his spy job. Chuck’s smile shows how important her opinion is to him.

Coolest Action Sequences/Chuck Accidentally Saves the Day:

When Chuck and Sarah arrive at the marina to rescue Morgan and Anna, who have been kidnapped by Lon, Casey is already there and waiting, bulletproof vest and gun at the ready. All three of them run towards the boat, very action-movie style.

Chuck and Sarah have a fake argument (that is kinda hilarious!) that is intercut with Casey sneaking on board the ship, before Sarah and Casey start fighting with the bad guys.

The bad guy fires the rocket and it goes right under Chuck’s legs. His facial expression is priceless. Chuck is then able to reset the rocket with different GPS coordinates to save Morgan and Anna. Unfortunately, he blows up Casey’s car, something Casey is none too happy about.

Funniest Moments:

Morgan confronts Anna about her lying about going out, thinking she’s cheating on him. He says he knew because he was hiding in the bushes, as if that isn’t completely creepy and weird. Anna doesn’t even seem very freaked out about it.

Chuck is about to knock on Sarah’s hotel room door when Sarah says to come in, as if she knew he was there. The expression on his face is hilarious.

Morgan shows up to meet Anna’s parents on his bike, where he gives it to the valet.

Chuck is sitting in the Buy More, eating Chinese food and flipping through the photos of Sarah on his iPhone. Who hasn’t been there?

Awesome T-shirt:

Casey is hilariously wearing a t-shirt that reads, “If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”

Best Lines:

“Decided to take up bird watching?” – Casey

“Agent Walker and I don’t do a lot of fraternizing in off hours.” – Casey

“Bitches ain’t nothing but tricks and hos.” – Jeff, delivered so bizarrely that it’s hilarious

“I know, okay. You weren’t home last night, Anna. You went out. I was in the bushes on a stakeout with my iPod and corned beef.” – Morgan

“What did you swallow this time?” – Chuck, in response to Morgan saying he thinks he made a huge mistake

“Since when do you drink martinis?” – Sarah
“Oh, I don’t, no, but Carmichael loves them.” – Chuck

“I always bet on red because it reminds me of all the pain and suffering in the world.” – Lon

“Someone needs to protect the intersect.” – Casey
“Well, that’s very thoughtful. Thank you very much, I guess.” – Chuck
“Plus, I didn’t want to miss any gun play.” – Casey

“Put the rocket launcher down.” – Chuck

“I hate this assignment.” – Casey, right before they blow up his car

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Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 10 – Chuck Versus the Nemesis

Chuck Bartowski, Zachary Levi, Bryce Larkin, Matt Bomer

 

 

 

 

Season 1 – Episode 10 – Chuck Versus the Nemesis

Important Moments:

The episode opens with Bryce strapped to a table in a freaky white room. He whispers something to the nurse that sounds like “Chuck.”
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Later, Chuck walks in on Sarah making out with Bryce before they’ve really had a chance to discuss the kiss that happened in the previous episode. The look on his face is heartbreaking.

Back in Casey’s apartment, Bryce gets shot, again by Casey, and we find out that a group called Fulcrum is after the Intersect, and they think Bryce is the Intersect.

During the big climactic fight in the Buy More, Sarah and Bryce work together in a fight against the bad guys, and Chuck sees how well they fight as a team. This is important because it does give more of a background to the fact that they had a relationship, something that just a photo on the beach doesn’t convey.

In the last scene, Sarah is torn between Bryce and Chuck as Bryce calls her on her room phone and Chuck on her cell. We see her struggling with her decision and then the credits roll, leaving it unresolved.

Best Moments:

Chuck is sent in to interrogate Bryce and get information from him. Bryce doesn’t believe it’s really him and wants him to prove it by speaking in Klingon. Chuck is all embarrassed because Sarah and Casey are watching.

The entire Thanksgiving sequence is great, from Chuck finding out Casey killed Bryce, to Chuck telling a clueless Ellie that Anna “knows” about them and the weird interactions and muttered insults from Anna.

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Chuck goes to get the marshmallows and – Matt Bomer. That is all.

Later, after the bad guy shows up at the Buy More and tells Chuck that he has Sarah and Bryce, Chuck says the code word “pineapple,” previously established for Black Friday shopping emergencies, creating chaos in the store, and when the word gets to Morgan, he drops the television he was holding, which falls and hits Jeff in the head, knocking him over. He doesn’t lose consciousness and instead proceeds to get knocked in the head multiple times.

When Chuck is being held at gunpoint during the Buy More fight/shootout, Bryce asks him something in Klingon. “Sorry Chuck,” and then Bryce goes with the shoot the hostage method. We then find out that he was asking Chuck if he had a bulletproof vest on. It’s a great moment and another one where we see that Bryce really does care about Chuck.

Matt Bomer walking out in slow motion. And again, that is all.

Casey keeps a bonsai tree.

Coolest Action Sequences/Chuck Accidentally Saves the Day:

It’s not technically an action sequence, but the scene when Bryce and Sarah have a standoff in Casey’s apartment is shot in a comedic manner, with the camera following them as they circle the room and each other, Chuck staying behind Sarah the whole time she is walking in a circle. Then Casey comes in after they realize Bryce is telling the truth and shoots him right in the chest, sending him flying across the room as Chuck faints.

The scene where Sarah and Bryce fight as a team is shot in such a way that it has a dance quality to it.

Weirdest Moment:

Everything involving Anna in this episode is weird. I know it’s meant to be funny, but her outbursts, such as when she says that Ellie can have Morgan after he eats the potatoes, is weird.

I don’t know what category to put this in, but when Morgan recognizes Bryce, he gives him the weirdest look that is kind of hilarious, but when he tells Bryce about, basically himself, the look on Bryce’s face at realizing how Chuck sees (at least until recently, though there does still seem to be residual emotional damage) him is heartbreaking.

Notable Guest Star:

As any readers of the recaps of the previous episodes know, I’m a big Matt Bomer fan, and he’s back in one of my favorite episodes.

Awesome Soundtrack Moment:

“No One’s Gonna Love You More Than I Do” by Band of Horses

Best Lines:

“The tryptophan wears off and it’s time for the liquor to kick in.” – Jeff, in response to what happens after Thanksgiving

“They saved you, did they? Could you be any more cryptic?” – Chuck

“Pass.” – Casey, when it’s his turn to say what he’s thankful for

“I’m thankful that Bryce Larson is dead, and is not currently in my bedroom making out with my new girlfriend.” – Chuck
“Wow buddy, that was really dark.” – Morgan
“And specific.” – Awesome

“No guns at Thanksgiving.” – Chuck

“Honey, no more family dinners, okay?” – Ellie

“I got one friend in this world. You got a home and a store full of them.” – Bryce

“That stings a little bit.” – Chuck, after being shot

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Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 9 – Chuck Versus the Imported Hard Salami

Chuck Bartowski, Zachary Levi, Lou, Rachel Bilson

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 9 – Chuck Versus the Imported Hard Salami

Important Moments:

Sarah tells Lou that Chuck is a great guy and tells Lou not to hurt him.

Casey calls Sarah out for falling for Chuck, telling her she always falls for the guys she works with.

Casey and Sarah invade a cargo storage unit and find nothing inside.

Casey covers for Chuck, telling Lou that Chuck is an FDA agent.

Best Moments:

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Chuck and Sarah argue about the break up and when Chuck insists he wants a real relationship, Sarah tells him she will have to sell it, and makes a cry face that is hilarious, both in how fake we know it is, and because of Chuck’s expression in reaction to it.

General Beckman, Sarah and Casey have a conference call about Chuck and Sarah breaking up. Casey keeps pointing out that Sarah got dumped. Hilarious.

Lou invited Chuck inside after their first date, when she tells him she’s about to make him a very lucky man. By that, she means an amazing sandwich, though the moment is interrupted when Chuck flashes on a party invitation.

Casey gives Chuck a flower so he “can get laid.” There is such an expression of shock on Sarah’s face as he says it.

Chuck goes to the deli to apologize to Lou, and they have a sexually tinged and mildly aggressive moment involving making a sandwich, but Lou forgives him.

Chuck and Sarah end up locked in a trunk together, having a heated argument about jealousy. It’s obvious that they are each jealous of the other’s significant others, Bryce Larkin and Lou, and they have a spat with their faces about an inch away from each other.

Later, Chuck and Sarah are frantically trying to dismantle the storage unit and diffuse the bomb. They aren’t having success and Sarah tells Chuck to run. He refuses and they argue, each saying the other brings out the worst in them. The bomb is down to less than 10 seconds when…Sarah kisses Chuck and they frantically make out. Yet nothing explodes…see notable guest star, and the box later turns out to contain Bryce, who isn’t actually dead, but has been frozen.

Coolest Action Sequence/Chuck Accidentally Saves the Day:

Chuck goes with Casey and Sarah to observe a meet between Lou and Stavros, who sells her meats, which ends up with Lou walking off, mad at Chuck, and Sarah and Chuck locked in the back of Stavros’ trunk.

Chuck flashes while they are being held captive. The information from the flash causes an argument between the bad guys, allowing Sarah to get the upper hand. Chuck goes to diffuse the “bomb” that they believe is about to go off with only a few minutes to spare.

Notable Guest stars:

Rachel Bilson is back as Lou. Also, Matt Bomer is sort of back, as a cryogenically frozen shirtless guy. This never hurts.

Best Lines:

“We’re only on our second official date and already I’m lying to her.” – Chuck
“Relax, it’s dating in L.A. Everyone lies.” – Casey

“Just so we’re clear, sister, not interested.” – Casey, to Sarah

“If it’s any consolation, I never felt that any of our time together was work.” – Sarah

“He had me at pastrami.” – guy in deli

“Now shut up, you’re sucking up all the air.” – Sarah

“Oh, I see. So you’re going to shoot me to prevent me from being blown up. That’s a great plan!” – Chuck, after Sarah tells him to leave and pulls a gun on him

“Didn’t I kill him?” – Casey, upon seeing Bryce

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Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 8 – Chuck Versus the Truth

Chuck Bartowski, Zachary Levi, Lou, Rachel Bilson

 

 

 

 

 

Season 1 – Episode 8 – Chuck Versus the Truth

Important Moments:

When Sarah sees Chuck helping Lou into her car, it’s a sad moment outside of any relationship desires from fans of the show, but just shows Sarah’s compassion for Chuck because she realizes how much their fake relationship and the intersect are keeping Chuck from his life.

When the three of them break into the bad guy’s apartment, Sarah tells him that her partner would rather shoot him in the face. Casey is surprised she called him her partner. She just nods to affirm. A very simple moment, but demonstrative of the partnership Sarah and Casey have come to develop and will continue to develop throughout the show.

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Best Moments:

Chuck and Sarah are on a double date with Ellie and Awesome, when Awesome tells Chuck he didn’t realize how old-fashioned Chuck was. Chuck thinks Awesome is talking about the fact that he just ordered Sarah’s sushi for her, but no, he means sex. And Ellie is sitting right next to him. Awkward. Yet hilarious.

Awesome thinks Sarah is staying the night and gives Chuck the most hilarious pep talk about “riding a bicycle.”

Chuck and Sarah have a super awkward moment outside the Weinerlicious, talking about having pretend sex to maintain their cover. The entire conversation consists of accidental double entendres.

Chuck’s dance moves. That is all.

When they realize that Ellie was poisoned and Casey and Sarah are trying to convince Chuck there’s good news, he gets so angry that it becomes a great scene that shows how close they are as siblings and how much they are each other’s family, and how much their family, small though it may be, means to them both.

When the bad guy is trying to get away after Chuck calls him out about the fake anecdote, he does some crazy gymnastic moves, and then Sarah just looks at him and shoots him in the leg, Indiana Jones-style.

I don’t know if this constitutes an important moment as far as the entire series, but it’s worth noting that Chuck asks Sarah if they can fake break up in this episode. And Sarah does look really sad about it.

Coolest Action Sequence/Chuck Accidentally Saves the Day:

Chuck bursts into the hospital to tell Casey and Sarah that he has the codes, inadvertently poisoning everyone when the poison vial is knocked onto the floor. The bad guy grabs the codes from Chuck’s hand and starts running. Casey grabs a crutch from a man with a broken leg and uses it as a spear to knock the bad guy down.

Notable Guest star:

Rachel Bilson plays Lou in this episode and in the following one. She’s a deli owner that fantasizes about sandwiches and has a crush on Chuck.

Hilarious Musical Sequence:

After Chuck finds the electronic gizmo (do I have to be 60 to use that word?), “Toxic” by Britney Spears is playing as the scene fades from Chuck with Sarah and Casey to the bad guy in his lab.

Best Lines:

“I own a deli in the mall and I often think about meats and cheeses.” – Lou

“You never forget how to ride, okay?” – Awesome, talking about sex

“Tiniest cop I’ve ever seen.” – Awesome

“Those pajamas make you look like Dennis the Menace’s father.” – Ellie

“I’ll pretend to agree to take it and then I’ll run like hell to my sister’s room and make her take it – why did I just say that out loud?” – Chuck
“It’s the poison. It makes you tell the truth.” – Sarah
“You do that, I’ll give chase, put a gun to your head, threaten to pull the trigger if you don’t take it.” – Casey
“Would you really shoot me?” – Chuck
“No.” – Casey

“If I had a blog, this would be a really big day for me. Do my laundry. Check. Save my sisters life. Check. Save my own life. Final entry.” – Chuck

“And the silver lining is that now I don’t have to work out my five year plan.” – Chuck

“Casey, your jaw was chiseled by Michelangelo himself.” – Chuck
“Thank you.” – Casey

“Very unsportsman-like. I like it.” – Casey, after Sarah shoots the bad guy in the leg

“The longer we go, the longer we keep trying to fool people into believing that we’re a real couple, the person I keep fooling the most, is me.” – Chuck

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Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 7 – Chuck Versus the Alma Mater

Chuck Bartowski, Zachary Levi, Bryce Larkin, Matt Bomer

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 7 – Chuck Versus the Alma Mater

Important Moments:

The episode opens with some technology that explains a little bit about how the intersect works, explaining how Chuck could end up with it as a result of an e-mail. In the same scene, we find out that a Stanford professor has some sort of secret information, and he made a mistake with it, resulting in some tough looking guy showing up at his office. We find out later that the professor was a former professor of Chuck’s from when he was attending Stanford, and was the professor that kicked him out of school.

Chuck flashes on himself, and find out he is in the Intersect. Casey and Sarah have no idea why he is in it.

Chuck has a flashback to the moment when he was accused of not only cheating on the exam, but also selling copies of the tests from an anonymous tip from a student. (Bryce! So mean!) The moment is kind of heartbreaking. However, it also leads Chuck to realize what the numbers from the professor mean.
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Coolest Action Sequences/Chuck Accidentally Saves the Day:

This time Chuck saves the day on purpose, so major credit for that, as he thinks quickly and calls all the CIA agents that are on a cd list to help Sarah and Casey, who have been surrounded in a classroom at Stanford.

Weirdest Moment:

Chuck and Morgan are in the break room and Tang, their boss, walks in. He tells Morgan that he’s soft like pudding, then pokes Morgan’s stomach and sucks on his finger as if he just dipped it in pudding. Um, weird, and also – disgusting.

Notable Guest Star:

Matt Bomer is back as Bryce Larson, first showing up as Chuck flashes back to the day he left Stanford, where Bryce is incredibly cold to him.

Chuck has another flashback of him and Bryce playing rubber dart tag (?) in the library, and it’s a fun scene, with undertones hinting at what Bryce did when he tricks Chuck into losing.

Best Moments:

While it’s also an important moment, the scene when Chuck watches the meeting between Bryce and the professor, and Chuck finds out the Bryce framed him for cheating to save him is an amazing scene. Chuck finds out that his best friend didn’t actually betray him, after all those years of feeling so bad about it, and he can’t even talk to Bryce about it now. (Or so he thinks…)

The show ends with Chuck picking the photo of him and Bryce out of the dumpster and having a flashback to a happier memory of his friendship with Bryce – the day they met at Stanford, when Bryce (Matt Bomer at his most likeable best) shared his enthusiasm for video games and introduced Chuck to Jill, who would become his girlfriend.

Awesome Soundtrack Moment:

Chuck is looking through some of his old Stanford stuff to “Don’t Look Back In Anger” by Oasis. The episode later bookends with the same song playing as Chuck flashes back to a memory of Bryce that now has a more positive viewpoint.

Analysis:

This is the first episode where both Chuck and the audience see that so much of what Chuck has based his beliefs and ideology on is untrue. His nemesis is really his friend, and later much of what he knows about the Intersect and his parents go through similar transformations. These moments showcase that Chuck is not a bitter person and doesn’t hold a grudge. He’s very understanding and quick to forgive.

Best Lines:

“It says here the crossbow is his weapon of choice.” – Sarah
“Oh what, slingshot too ineffective?” – Chuck

“He could have an accident. I’m just saying, I know a guy, very reasonable.” – Anna

“I know, I know, stay in the car.” – Chuck

“I swear, this school has it in for me.” – Chuck

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Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 6 – Chuck Versus the Sizzling Shrimp

Chuck Bartowski, Zachary Levi, Sarah Walker, Yvonne Strahovski, Morgan Grimes, Joshua Gomez

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck Rewatch Recap Season 1 Episode 4 – Chuck Versus the Sizzling Shrimp

Best Moments:

 Chuck sits in the car during the stakeout of Mai Ling, playing with his fortune cookies and listening to music.  “Stakeouts are kinda fun.”  Simultaneously, Sarah and Casey are involved in a shootout inside.

Chuck “helps” the Chinese man in the wheelchair, only to see him put another Chinese man tied up into the trunk.  Mai Ling comes out and says that the tied up man was her brother.  His flash was all misinterpreted, and he screwed it all up. Sad face.

When Casey calls Chuck on his Mother’s Day dinner with Ellie, Chuck tells her that Casey can’t figure out which deer to mount.

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Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 4 – Chuck Versus the Wookie

Chuck, Sarah Walker, Yvonne Strahovski, Carina

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck Rewatch Recap Season 1 Episode 4 – Chuck Versus the Wookie

Best Moments:

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Sarah finds Casey tied up in Karina’s hotel room.  Before she unties him, she grabs her phone and takes a picture of Casey tied to the bed.

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Important Moments:

Chuck Bartowski, Zachary Levi, Sarah Walker, Yvonne Strahovski

 

 

 

 

 

The gang is all playing a game with questions about who knows who and how well, and Sarah learns that Bryce Larkin was Chuck’s most hated person ever.  Sarah then lies to Chuck about her relationship with Bryce.

Karina attacks Sarah in her hotel room, dressed as a sort of ninja, just as Sarah did with Chuck in the pilot episode.

Morgan and Karina meet for the first time.

During their double date, Chuck accidentally reveals that he knew Karina was in Argentina, something he would usually need extremely high clearance to know.  Karina then calls Chuck to her hotel room under false pretenses, where Karina reveals that Bryce was Sarah’s boyfriend.  Chuck confronts Sarah about it the next day, and realizes it was true.

Chuck, Sarah Walker, Yvonne Strahovski

 

 

 

 

 

Karina tells Chuck that Sarah wants him, whether she realizes it or not.  Then Chuck shows up at Sarah’s hotel room, where he says the only true thing he knows about her is that she doesn’t like olives.  Sarah then tells him (while he is out of earshot) that her middle name is Lisa.

 Coolest Action Sequences/Chuck Accidentally Saves the Day:

Karina “improvises” and steals the diamond ahead of schedule.

Karina and Sarah fight the drug dealer and his gang while Chuck hides under the table.  He then gets out of the room and saves the day by (accidentally) FedExing the diamond to the CIA.

Notable Guest Star:

Iqbal Theba, also known as Principal Figgins on Glee, plays a drug lord that the team is stealing a diamond from.

Best Lines:

“I’m sure whatever you’re discussing is a matter of national security, but the ketchup vat isn’t going to refill itself.” –Sarah’s boss at the Weinerlicious

“Just like little league.” – Chuck, just before he slides under the security glass

“We shed identities like most people shed clothes.” – Karina

“In your case, that’s quite often.” – Chuck

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Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 3 – Chuck Versus the Tango

Chuck Bartowski, Zachary Levi, Captain Awesome, Ryan McPartlin

 

 

 

 

Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 3 – Chuck Versus the Tango

Best Moments:

Awesome teaches Chuck to tango. The woman’s part.

Casey’s snort laugh when Chuck realizes Casey was messing with him about the tango.

Sarah’s red dress at the art auction.

“Slow Show” by the National over the end scene where Sarah tells Chuck that what he does is worthwhile.

Casey peering through his blinds at Chuck and Morgan.
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Important Moments:

Casey and Sarah discuss what Chuck can do in the field at the auction regarding the identification of La Ciudad, while Morgan and Ellie discuss what Chuck is capable of achieving in life. General Beckman decides that Chuck should go into the field, as they won’t know what he’s capable of until he tries, while Awesome chimes in to the other conversation, offering to take Chuck white water rafting. Chuck gets up and leaves the room.

Sarah goes over Chuck’s cover identity with Chuck and tells him she’ll never leave his side and touches his hand.

Sarah gives Chuck a watch with GPA tracking.

Casey compliments Chuck on his work the night before. It is, of course, followed up by a sarcastic insult, because Casey never flat out compliments people, but we see he really is starting to love Chuck.

Coolest Action Sequences/Chuck Accidentally Saves the Day:

Chuck knocks himself over in his chair as Sarah and Casey engage in a shootout and La Ciudad goes over the railing, landing on the balcony of Chuck’s old Stanford schoolmate, frantically talking to his wife about the SEC. “They know about the Caymans!”

Casey knocks out one of the bad guys in a freezer and saves Chuck by hitting the other bad guy in the head with a flying microwave.

Sarah and La Ciudad fight on the roof of the Weinerlicious, ending with Sarah handcuffing La Ciudad to a pipe.

Chuck Bartowski, Zachary Levi, La Ciudad

 

 

 

 

Best Lines:

“Why are these people sleeping?” – Chuck

“Charles Carmicheal? Simple, dignified. Graduated with honors from Stanford. Runs a hugely successful software company, semi-retired and is considering entering America’s Cup.” – Chuck

“Me, nervous. Come on, never.” – Chuck
“Your hand is a little moist.” – Sarah
It does that when I’m freakin’ out.” – Chuck

“Did a semester abroad in Buenos Aires. Spent many a night tangoing my way into senoritas pantalones.” – Awesome

“Toughen up. You’ll be fine, assuming you know how to tango.” – Casey
“I did some preparation, okay? I wouldn’t call myself an expert, but I –“ – Chuck
“Why would he need to know how to tango? Is that code?” – Sarah

“I’m off by 8, hammered by 8:05.” – Jeff

“Right. Apparently, I learned the girl’s part of this dance. Would you mind leading?” – Chuck

“Now that’s what I call moving some merchandise, yeah?” – Casey

“Man, that dude is creepy.” – Morgan, on Casey

Chuck Versus the Helicopter

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Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 1 – Pilot

Zachary Levi, Chuck Bartowski, Yvonne Strahovski, Sarah Walker, Adam Baldwin, John Casey

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 1 – Pilot 

This is a rewatch of Chuck from the beginning, with the hindsight of having seen it all the way through, which means spoilers may be included at any time, as sometimes that can be part of the fun of a rewatch – you already know what will happen.
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Character Introductions:

We meet Chuck and Morgan as they are climbing out of the first floor window (from a first floor room) to escape Chuck’s birthday party.

Ellie, Chuck’s older sister, catches them and makes Chuck go back to the party.

Awesome, Ellie’s boyfriend, who we find out is called Captain Awesome as a nickname because everything he does is awesome.

Sarah, who we first meet as a customer coming into the Buy More, where Chuck and Morgan work, to get her broken phone fixed.

Casey, who we first see shooting Bryce Larson in a parking lot. This brings us to…

Matt Bomer, Bryce Larkin, Chuck

 

 

 

 

 

Notable Guest Star:

While this probably wouldn’t normally be such a prominent category, and at the time the pilot aired, he wasn’t notable, I’m a huge Matt Bomer fan, and Bryce Larson is a vital character in the Chuck mythology. We first see him in a cool action sequence where we get to see Matt Bomer do some cool physical action sequences that we aren’t likely to see on White Collar. So we see Matt and his blue eyes, get shot by Casey, but not before he has the chance to send an e-mail to Chuck, starting off the series. A few minutes later we learn that Bryce was a CIA agent.

Best Moments:

Chuck stages a ballerina recital for a little girl after her father accidentally didn’t put any tape in the camera, telling her, “Real ballerinas are tall.”

A ninja burglar breaks into Chuck’s home and beats Chuck and Morgan up. We later learn that the burglar is Sarah.

Sarah straps knives to her ankle as one of her first pieces of wardrobe, then later dances with Chuck on their “date” where she takes out all the NSA guys without Chuck even noticing.

Anyway You Want It” by Journey is Chuck’s ringtone for Morgan.

Important Moments:

Chuck opens the e-mail from Bryce Larson and gets the Intersect, knocking him onto the floor until the morning.

Chuck saves the day by infecting the computer the bomb is attached to with the Irene Demova virus.

Sarah defends Chuck from the government right from the very beginning and then later talks to him on the beach to reassure him when he’s freaking out about his whole situation.

Sarah looks at the pictures on her iPhone where we learn that she was involved with Bryce Larkin. We also get to enjoy a nice shirtless picture of Matt Bomer.

Chuck gets told to train the new guy, and he goes out to do that, where the new guy turns out to be Casey. At that moment, Chuck gets flashes of Sarah shooting someone.

Best Lines:

“Can I tell you a secret, but you can’t tell any of the other girls? Real ballerinas are tall.” – Chuck

“I’m not sure I’m able to receive calls, cause I never got one from you.” – Sarah

“Aces, Charles. You’re aces.” – Ellie

“I did it. I defused a real bomb! What if I was wrong?” – Chuck

“Don’t puke on the C-4.” – Casey

“Don’t freak out.” – Sarah

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