Chuck (2008) – Verus the Marlin, and Versus the First Date

Chuck Versus the Marlin ends the first season with a story written by Matthew Lau. It aired on 24 January, 2008.

Chuck (Zachary Levi) finds a bug in the Buy More, but neither Casey (Adam Baldwin) or Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) planted it. Everyone is worried that Chuck’s cover has been blown, and may have to be relocated. The path may lead to Fulcrum, a sinister agency, and if Chuck, Sarah, and Casey can’t find the source, he may never see his friends and family again.

Meanwhile, Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) is planning to ask Chuck’s sister, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) to marry him, and has left the ring with Chuck. He’s stowed it in his locker, along with the beta version of a new game that Morgan (Joshua Gomez) wants to test.

And that could be a problem, when someone breaks into the Buy More, and steals EVERYTHING! That includes the ring, and the marlin (which holds the bug’s receiver) that hangs in Big Mike’s (Mark Christopher Lawrence). Although the store’s inventory is safe, in the CIA’s hands.

But who is the Fulcrum agent, and will Chuck have to leave everyone he knows and loves behind? And who has the ring?

There’s a lot going on in the last episode of the season, and it sets up next season nicely.  And while Chuck and his family are safe for now, how much longer can that last? Sooner or later someone, maybe Fulcrum, will learn who Chuck is, and no one in his life will be safe.


Chuck season two got underway with Chuck Versus the First Date, which was written by series creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. It debuted on 29 September, 2008.

Some new equipment recovered for the team may be the last link in the chain to bring the new online Intersect into action, which would let Chuck go free. This frees up Chuck to actually ask Sarah out on a real date.

Casey, meanwhile, has some problems of his own to resolve. Because once the new intersect comes online, the CIA can’t have another one wandering around. He’s been ordered to kill Chuck.

The episode features the wonderful Michael Clarke Duncan, and also has one of my fave Huey Lewis and the News songs outside of The Power of Love (which is also featured), Hip to Be Square.It also features nods to Dune, and Die Hard.

And happily for Sarah, the hot dog costume is gone, she now works at a froyo place, and is still as amazingly cool as always.

The episode also deals with Chuck still trying to find his way in his professional and personal life as he tries to figure out what he’s going to do with his life, intersect or not.

The episode also sees the final appearance of Tony Todd as a supporting character when the new intersect explodes, sabotaged by Fulcrum.

Season two of Chuck continues next week, and I am enjoying revisiting this show, so very much!


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