Chuck (2008) – Versus the Cougars, and Versus Tom Sawyer

When Chuck (Zachary Levi) flashes on someone from Sarah’s (Yvonne Strahovski) past who recognises her that Sarah does her best to avoid, the pair find themselves heading off to her high school reunion to investigate in Chuck Versus the Cougars.

Written by Ali Adler this episode first debuted on 20 October, 2008. Chuck flashes on Mark Ratner (Ben Savage) – named after the character of Fast Times At Ridgemont High who is the partner of Sarah’s old high school enemy, Heather Chandler (Nicole Richie), of course she’s a Heather.  So to learn what is going on, off they go to the reunion with Casey (Adam Baldwin) tagging along to keep an eye on things.

Sarah uses her real(?) name, Jenny, as pair go undercover to find out who from Sarah’s past is selling military secrets.

Sarah’s high school, is a pop culture reference (one of my favourite things about the series is how they slip in these little nods), it’s James Buchanan High School – the school from Welcome Back, Kotter.

We also get a flashback to 1998, and get a glimpse at Sarah’s past, and how she went on the run after her father was grabbed by ATF.

Meanwhile back at the Buy More, Lester (Vik Sahay) is trying to organise a new sales style and it’s going to go horribly wrong, and they also host a huge party while Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) is away to earn enough money back for what they lost.

Featuring lots of great music, the reveal who the real baddie is doesn’t come as a surprise, but there’s a lot of fun to be had in this episode, and we see who recruited Sarah… Tony Todd’s character Langston.


Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer was written by Phil Klemmer, and first aired on 27 October, 2008.

Chuck flashes on someone in the Buy More, Farrokh Bulsara (Faran Tahir) – Freddie Mercury’s birth name, who is looking for Jeff (Scott Krinsky). And apparently Jeff has a history from the 80s of being a video game champ, playing Missile Command. The team will need Jeff’s help to get to an end screen of the video game, designed by Morimoto (Clyde Kusatsu), that has secret commands for a satellite that could be instrumental in World War III.

And to find out what is going on, Chuck has to hang out with Jeff…

Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) worry that Chuck’s plans for the future may be vanishing again, and they don’t want him to get stuck where he is.

Tony Hale shows up as a representative from Head Office, Emmett Milbarge, a reference to the 80s comedy, Spies Like Us.

This one dies into computer nerd and video game geek realm and embraces it totally, skewering it totally, but not mocking it.

More fun geek references, and spycraft next week as I delve into more of Chuck Season Two!


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