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Chuck: Chuck versus the Lethal Weapon

“We’re dead. Bartowski’s got a gun.”

Agent Cole Barker has gone back to the UK, and Agent Chuck Bartowski is stuck in Burbank. Cole’s arrival and action in LA did something to Chuck, who just a few episodes ago was all gung-ho for the spy games. But realizing (however falsely) that Sarah wasn’t into him has made him hate the Intersect—he even referred to it as a nightmare.

What Chuck doesn’t know does hurt him. Sarah’s “not the kind of girl who cheats on her cover boyfriend,” however appetizing the temptation (who turned out to be not evil—my bad). But all that Chuck knows is that he can’t have the girl he wants.

Chuck’s got two problems, the Intersect and the Sarah. Which really bothers him more? I think he doesn’t hate the spy stuff, and would make a pretty decent analyst, although that would be a much duller show. Maybe it’s the two things together:

“One day I am gonna get this thing out of my head, and when I do, I’m going to live the life that I want with the girl that I love. Because I’m not going to let this thing rob me of that.”

The big reveal of the episode was that Perseus was just the George Bush to Orion’s Dick Cheney: now Chuck has at least a code name for the man behind the curtain who can really make his Intersect problem go away. The bigger reveal was that Chuck is keeping track of all his flashes, in a way that Sarah and Casey don’t seem to be doing. That Tron chart just might figure in the next episodes leading up to the season finale, which might prove to be something of the tipping point for Chuck’s willingness to sacrifice his life and his love for the US government.

We’ll find out in two weeks, when Chuck returns.

Fun Stuff and Not-So-Fun Stuff:

• “He clipped his ankle on a windowsill. It’s as pathetic as it sounds.”

• “I have to say, Chuck: you are truly the most…special agent I’ve ever worked with.”

• “Did you know IKEA has seventeen different types of home shelving? I can only pronounce two of them…” Was this product placement? Bleh.

Four out of four Trons.

Josie Kafka is a full-time cat servant and part-time rogue demon hunter. (What's a rogue demon?)


  1. I have to say, that scene with Chuck in a cast "chasing" Perseus (whatever his real name is) on a cane was HYSTERICAL. I was in a totally bad mood until I saw that :-)

  2. Yup, loved the "speed chase" scene too.

    I wonder if Orion and Chuck's dad have something in common.

  3. jesus, ratings keep going down. such a great show i can't understand it.

  4. I agree -- the double limping chase scene had me laughing out loud. And the reveal at the end of what was behind the Tron poster was just so cool. Chuck is visibly more mature in season two, which makes him more attractive and more believable as a spy.

    And I think it's funny that I'm commenting on Josie's reviews of old episodes as I'm trying to catch up with Chuck, while Josie is commenting on my reviews as *she's* trying to catch up with Supernatural. :)

  5. The reveal of everything behind the Tron poster was fantastic. I agree with Billie that Chuck is much more mature this season and this was a good way to show that.

    I also like the fact that Chuck doesn't settle, nor does he sacrifice everything for others. Several times in this episode we saw him put himself first -- good man.


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