Chuck (Zachary Levi), Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) are still dealing with the loss of the new Intersect, which means Chuck is still a high value asset in Chuck Versus the Seduction.
Written by Matthew Miller this episode debuted on 6 October, 2008 and sees Chuck having to learn the art of seduction from one of the Agency’s most legendary agents, Roan Montgomery (John Larroquette).
This will help him deal with a female agent, Sasha Banacheck (a nod to the classic 80s film Gotcha!) played by Melinda Clarke.
Meanwhile on the home front, Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) tries to plan a romantic evening with Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and at the Buy More, the newly promoted Lester (Vik Sahay) is causing problems at work.
The episode also introduces the team’s new base of operations, known as The Castle and the series continued use of awesome tunes by Huey Lewis.
The story sees Chuck learning more of his spycraft, and beginning a real arc of transition from just a geeky guy to an actual spy. Not to mention him and Sarah beginning to deal with their real feelings which Montgomery forces them to face.
Larroquette is a lot of fun in this episode in a bit of a riff on the iconic superspy motif perfected by the early Bond films.
There’s a lot going on in these episodes, as work, personal, professional lives and characters continue to expand. But the episode is delivered a gut punch at its end, with a reveal that Bryce Larkin (Matt Bomer), Sarah’s old flame and partner, and Chuck’s old friend/nemesis, is back in town.
Chuck Versus the Break-Up was directed by Robert Duncan McNeill and written by Scott Rosenbaum. It originally debuted on 13 October, 2008.
While the Buy More crew deal with bullies from a neighbouring sports store, Mighty Jocks (which includes pro footballer Michael Strahan) , Chuck is dealing with his jealousy of Sarah and Bryce who have to work together to recover a new intersect data chip that Fulcrum has grabbed.
But when Sarah endangers the mission Chuck may have to take some actions of his own. Because those actions show how much she cares for him, whether she says she was protecting the asset or not. Bryce warns Chuck that those same feelings could put them all in danger.
Things get worse when Ellie sees Sarah and Bryce together, and tells Chuck about it. Things are getting complicated. But Awesome has a pretty on the nose conversation with Bryce at the hospital.
The personal stories and character arcs are becoming more and more involving and I love watching them play out, even as the missions become tougher, and oftentimes, thanks to the pop culture references, funnier.
But the end of the episode is heartbreaking, as Chuck and Sarah have a real heart to heart that hurts both of them while still having to maintain the cover of a happy couple. Wow.
And just for a moment, can we please acknowledge just how AWESOME Sarah is?!
More laughs, spycraft and romance next week with another pair of season two episodes from Chuck!