Chuck (Zachary Levi) goes undercover this week in Chuck Versus the Crown Vic. Written by Zev Borow, this episode first aired on 3 December, 2007.
When Chuck flashes on a counterfeit bill, he, Sarah (Yvone Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) go undercover to find out what is going on, but Chuck’s lack of experience causes problems. They try to figure out why a philanthropist like Lon Kirk (Micheal Wiseman) would need to be dealing in counterfeit bills, especially ones that are mentioned in the Intersect.
Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) is meeting Anna’s (Julia Ling) parents. And there’s the whole problem with Sarah and Chuck try to figure out how to work together again after the reveals about Bryce and their relationship in the previous episode. Which Morgan cottons to when he sees Sarah on Lon’s boat…
Pop culture references tie in directly to Baldwin this week with direct references to Firefly and Full Metal Jacket, both of which he was featured in, as well as The Love Boat.
And Casey makes a damned big sacrifice to save the team (read as the Crown Vic), and the world, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it.
The entire episode is set during the holiday season, with lots of holiday decorations, and that’s weird because they miss the chance to make Die Hard references, which would have been appropriate for the season and the episode.
But it does see Sarah and Chuck getting their working and personal relationship a little more back on track. But the beta version of the Intersect is almost ready to go, which means that Chuck may no longer be needed… at all.
Chuck Versus the Undercover Lover was written by Phil Klemmer and aired on 24 January, 2008.
An old flame of Casey’s shows up, Ilsa Trinchina (Ivana Milicevic) shows up and things go badly for the team as a result. It seems they met while both of them were undercover, neither realising the other is a spy, and he’s led to believe she died in an explosion. So when she shows up amidst a crew of Russians working in the city.
The episode also shows that things aren’t always perfect for Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) but Morgan does his best to patch them up while Chuck works on helping Casey, as they try to figure out what Ilsa is up to.
And sadly, Casey is going to learn who she really is (with a little Neil Diamond’s Love On the Rocks on the side). Or maybe, they’re on the same side after all. As Ilsa and Casey play out a scene in the Buy More, Casablanca plays in the background, giving the viewer an emotional context.
This episode one an Emmy for Best Stunt Coordination.
Next week, more fun, laughs, love, and spy work with Chuck as I finish up season one, and dive into season two.