Tag Archives: Yvonne Strahovski

Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 5 – 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.

Morgan is about to quit when Lester says a big spender is asking for him.  He finds Ellie checking out, and she credits Morgan with the sale, solving his problem so he doesn’t lose the sales contest and get fired. <!–more–>

Important Moments:

This episode features the first stakeout with the whole team – Chuck, Sarah and Casey.

A recurrence of Chuck being told to “stay in the car.”

Chuck and Ellie have a yearly tradition of having a Mother’s Day dinner of just the two of them.

Ellie starts to question Chuck’s behavior, and he can’t tell her he’s a spy, putting a strain on their relationship.  It’s heartbreaking to listen to Ellie say positive things and be encouraging and understanding as Chuck feels terrible about missing their Mother’s Day, yet has to keep lying to her.

Chuck explains to Sarah that “Mother’s Day” is the anniversary of the day their mother left them, and it marks the day they learned how to take care of themselves and rely on each other.

Coolest Action Sequences/Chuck Accidentally Saves the Day:

The shootout intercut with Chuck “staying in the car.”

Casey, Mai Ling and Sarah take out the guards while trying to rescue Mai Ling’s brother, and Chuck makes accompanying karate chop type noises.

Chuck sets off fireworks as a distraction to get in and save the gang.  There is a great fight scene in the kitchen, with Chuck and Mai Ling’s brother both hiding, making identical grimaces as people get hit.

Best Lines:

“I have a lot more to offer this team other than the intersect, for instance, what are we doing for tunes tonight?  I could make a stakeout mix.” – Chuck

“The idea behind a stakeout is to remain inconspicuous.” – Casey

“Uh, hello, that’s why I used an alias.” – Chuck

“Glocks and a crotch rocket, my kind of gal.” – Casey

“What are we, car pooling now?” – Chuck

“By the way, nice mustard stain.” – Mai Ling, during her call to threaten Chuck

“Oh God, please let me keep my fingers.” – Chuck, trying to light fireworks as a distraction

“Good.  You’re my only Hispanic on the sales team.  You quit, the affirmative action goons will be all over my ass.” – Big Mike

“Ok…” – Morgan, with a very confused look on his face due to not being Hispanic

Previous Episode of Chuck

Follow @Music_IntheDark

Buy Chuck: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray

Shop for Cool Zachary Levi & Chuck Stuff



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:

 Chuck, John Casey, Adam Baldwin





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.

When Karina wants the diamond from Chuck, he defends Sarah, saying she would do the right thing, just like she did for Karina in Prague (apparently Karina was very busy in Prague).<!–more–>

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

Previous Episode of Chuck

Follow @Music_IntheDark

Buy Chuck: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray

Shop for Cool Zachary Levi & Chuck Stuff




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.

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

Previous Episode of Chuck

Follow @Music_IntheDark

Buy Chuck: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray

Shop for Cool Zachary Levi & Chuck Stuff


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.

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

Chuck Bartowski, Zachary Levi, Ellie Bartowski, Sarah Lancaster, Captain Awesome, Ryan McPartlin, Morgan Grimes, Joshua Gomez






Follow @Music_IntheDark

Shop for Cool Chuck Stuff

Chuck: The Complete First Season








Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 2 – Chuck Versus the Helicopter

Sarah Walker, Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck








Chuck – Season 1 – Episode 2 – Chuck Versus the Helicopter

Best Moments:

Chuck and Casey are running through the parking lot, appearing to be doing something important, and then Casey tackles the bad guy and Chuck has to stop him as it turns out it’s just a shop lifter.

The entire episode, Casey is making Chuck afraid of Sarah, while at the same time, Sarah is making Chuck afraid of Casey.

Casey has a story where Sarah worked with Bryce (Matt Bomer!) and since he was rogue, she might be rogue, too. Casey showing up stopped her from getting the intersect from Chuck, and just as his story is starting to sound plausible, the phone rings, but it’s neither of their phones. “NSA incinerator! Run!” Chuck shouts as they both run out of the car for cover. They stop and nothing happens. Casey is looking at Chuck likes he is an idiot, when all of a sudden…BOOM!

Casey shows up for the meet the girlfriend dinner. Casey and Sarah spend the entire meal giving each other looks of suspicion. Chuck just acts incredibly awkward.

Important Moments:

It turns out that Dr. Zarnov, the episode’s villain, didn’t die in a car accident, but is actually evil. He kidnaps Sarah and they head to the Buy More for the big showdown of the episode, something all fans know is a regular occurrence, though in this episode it happens to just be Morgan, not Sarah, who has been kidnapped. Moving on…

In trying to save Sarah, Chuck manages to get kidnapped and then accidentally tranquilizes the pilot. A fight ensues and Chuck has to land the helicopter the doctor was trying to make his getaway in.

Chuck wears his dad’s suit to go to Bryce’s funeral.

General Beckman, Chuck, Sarah, and Casey’s government liaison, says the new intersect will be up and running in six months and then Casey would “do what you do best,” which is killing. Uh-oh!

Coolest Action Sequence/Chuck Accidentally Saves the Day:

Sarah and Casey fight in the Weinerlicious, and Sarah uses shishkabob sticks and a mop as a weapon, while Casey uses a plastic fork and a chair.

Best Lines:

“Our most valuable secrets have been sent to an idiot.” – General Beckman
“At least they weren’t sent to his friend.” – reply to General Beckman

“Oh my god! Is she okay?” – Chuck, responding to Casey telling him that Sarah tried to kill him.

“WAIT?” – Chuck, every five seconds after he has the flash about Sarah poisoning people at a dinner.

“I have a strong aversion to needles.” – Chuck
“Do it!” – Casey

“I laced my quiches with microbots.” – Casey
“You’re not kidding, are you?” – Chuck
“I don’t kid about quiche.” – Casey

Previous Episode of Chuck

Follow @Music_IntheDark

Buy Chuck: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray

Shop for Cool Zachary Levi & Chuck Stuff



Chuck Rewatch Recap – Season 4 – Episode 10 – Chuck Versus the Leftovers

Chuck – Season 4 – Episode 10

Chuck Versus the Leftovers

The episode opens with Frost talking to Volkoff, who is surprised to hear Chuck is still alive. He is sending top assassins to kill him.

Important Moments:
Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck Bartowski, Sarah Walker
Chuck and Sarah are attacked by the assassins and Chuck’s mom shows up to save them. They take her back to Castle.

While Sarah and Casey (and Chuck by phone) are interrogating Chuck’s mom, Volkoff gets into the Buy More. Morgan sees men with guns from his office and hides in the vent. He then calls Chuck in Castle. Casey prepares to defend the Buy More from Castle, and Volfoff comes on the security camera saying he’s there for his best agent, Frost, who he believes to have been captured. Volkoff threatens to kill Jeff and Lester if Frost isn’t released.

Casey tells them there’s a manual override in the vents. Continue reading

Chuck Rewatch Recap – Season 4 – Episode 5 – Chuck Versus the Couch Lock

chuck-4x5Chuck – Season 4 – Episode 5

Chuck Versus the Couch Lock

The episode opens with a group doing something that looks possibly illegal, but then we see Casey is with them.

Important Moments/Plot Summary:
Casey being there doesn’t mean nothing illegal is going on, as one of the men, Packard, on Casey’s team points out that some of the gold would help them retire. The rest of his team turns on him, and then we are back in the Buy More. Casey was having a flashback.

Chuck is having no luck finding more information about his mother. Sarah then finds a photo of Casey’s old team, saying that they would have information on Volkoff. Chuck flashes and then sees that they used to work with Casey. Casey tells them that he had them court martialed and sent to Leavenworth, but they escaped.

Chuck suggests faking Casey’s death and staging a pretend funeral. Casey says they will come for his hand, as they need his fingerprints to get into the vault. They have all the details planned, so General Beckman approves the mission. That seemed almost too easy…

Then Beckman compliments Chuck on his ability to put Casey in harm’s way for the mission. She thinks it’s a compliment, but it makes Chuck worried that maybe the mission is too dangerous after all. Continue reading

Yvonne Strahovski Featured In GQ Australia

Yvonne Strahovski, ChuckYvonne Strahovski was on the cover of the August 2015 issue of GQ Australia. Here are the photos and the complete interview (click on any pictures for the full sized images):
Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck
Yvonne Stryker. It’s the kind of name that would have a porn star blushing. It’s also the stage name suggested to Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski on landing in LA a few years back. She was an attractive, leggy and wide-eyed newcomer; she wasn’t, however, an easily moulded starlet. “Look, at the end of the day it was my call,” she tells GQ. “And I understood the reasoning behind it – the spelling of my name is a mouthful of letters.” That original Polish grammatical jumble reads: Strzechowski. “So I have the same last name – but now it’s spelt phonetically, so people know how to pronounce it.” Regardless, hers is a name on the move. While she left these shores in 2007 with little more than some commercial work (razors, Pepsi, A4 paper) and face time opposite Rachael Taylor in failed Seven drama Headland, Strahovski was soon co-starring in US series Chuck. Created by The OC’s Josh Schwartz, the goofy spy spoof provided a prime-time entrance to American TV. “I’m forever grateful for that job and I made a name for myself over there with that show, but it was hard because of the hours. It would have been nice to have received a warning about how involved it is to shoot a network show… yeah, it’s very involved.” That’s not a complaint, far from it – the 32-year-old’s simply a straight shooter. She’s also a self-professed “nerd” – one who embraced education, including enforced Polish lessons every Saturday. “It’s my first language and we speak it at home. I was a goody two shoes – a straight-A girl, and I took pride in my studies.” Strahovski’s easy in front of the camera – even with a crowd of grommets, forced from the water at a closed Maroubra Beach due to a heaving southern swell. Posing in a variety of swimsuits, it’s hard to imagine her as a “tomboy” who once loathed this side of the actor’s coin. “I remember the first time they threw me on a red carpet – I had no idea how to walk in heels, let alone apply lipstick. I went to drama school [University of Western Sydney] thinking it was about acting – suddenly you get a show and it’s about interviews and photo shoots. I used to feel like a dick in front of the camera, but I know how tomake it work and I feel comfortable in these scenarios now.” Continue reading

Chuck Rewatch Recap – Season 3 – Episode 10 – Chuck Versus the Tic Tac

Chuck, Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam BaldwinChuck

Season 3 – Episode 10 – Chuck Versus the Tic Tac

The episode starts with a flashback to Honduras in 1989, where Alex Coburn, whom we now know as John Casey, is offered a job with a covert black ops group.

Important Moments:

Today, Casey is in his apartment and his old commander, the one who recruited him to the black ops group, wants him to “pick something up” while on a trace cell mission that he is about to get from General Beckman.

Morgan is acting like a weirdo and spying on Casey. Chuck comes out and they end up seeing Casey’s old commander leaving his apartment.

The team is assembled in Castle, where General Beckman gives them a trace cell mission, as predicted. Sarah informs Chuck (and us) that a trace cell mission means spy proofing domestic security. In this case, they will be breaking into an underground vault.
When they reach the vault, Casey gets whatever it was that he was asked to retrieve, without Chuck or Sarah knowing about it. Chuck asks him if he took something out of a box and Casey says no. Chuck thinks he’s working on a secret side mission and Casey threatens to kill Chuck if he tells anyone. Continue reading

Chuck Rewatch Recap – Season 3 – Episode 9 -Chuck Versus the Beard

Chuck, Zachary Levi, Morgan GrimesChuck Rewatch Recap – Season 3

Episode 9 – Chuck Versus the Beard

Zachary LeviChuck himself, Zachary Levi, notably directed this episode!

“This all started about two and a half years ago, when I got an e-mail from Bryce Larkin…” – Chuck

Important Moments:

The CIA has gotten intel that the Ring is planning to turn a CIA agent, but they don’t know which agent. They give Chuck a folder with a bunch of photos of possible agents. He doesn’t flash and Shaw points out that he hasn’t flashed in a week. As a result, he is pulled from the field.

Chuck gets called into Morgan’s office, where we learn that Hannah quit the Buy More. Morgan asks Chuck what’s going on and when he has no answer, Morgan fires Chuck as his best friend.

Since Chuck is out of the mission, Shaw takes his place. Sarah and Shaw pose as a married couple. While on the mission, Sarah is directed to the target, only to see that it’s Devon Woodcombe.
Continue reading