Chuck (2010) – Versus the Three Words, and Versus the Angel de la Muerte

Chuck (Zachary Levi) has a lot on his plate this week when Carina (Mini Anden) returns in Chuck Versus the Three Words. Written by Ali Adler and Scott Rosenbaum, this episode first aired on 10 January, 2010.

Carina returns for the first time since Chuck Versus the Wookie, and Sarah’s (Yvonne Strahovski) old frenemy hauls the team in on a plan to steal a top secret weapon back from her ‘fiancee’ Karl Stromberg (Vinnie Jones) – James Bond reference.

Through it all, Chuck is able to convince Sarah not to break up the team, despite his strong feelings for her (and she for him, despite being stood up and not going on the run with her).

With Carina’s reappearance, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) brags about a fake relationship with her, which gets the attention of Stromberg, and causes lots of complications, including the villains showing up at the house-warming party Morgan throws for he and Chuck.

Whatever the secret weapon is that the team recovers troubles General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy), though she doesn’t admit it in front of them, and talks to someone called Shaw (?); obviously setting up an arc.

And Carine talks to Chuck and Sarah separately letting them both know how the other feels, but Chuck is the one to verbalise it, and his explanation of why he chose to leave Sarah at the train station in Prague resonates.

Not just a fun episode, with a couple of cool guest stars, but some nice character through lines and set ups.


Chuck Versus the Angel de la Muerte was written by Phil Klemmer and debuted on 11 January, 2010.

The Ring resurfaces in this episode that sees Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) getting involved with some of Chuck’s spywork when he has to perform surgery on a former dictator, Goya (Armand Assante) – who has survived three assassination attempts by Casey (Adam Baldwin) – after he makes good with the American government by saying he will announce democratic elections.

To show his thanks, Goya invites Awesome, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster), Chuck and Sarah to a gala ball at the local consulate.

Things go south very quickly. The Ring makes its move, Casey gets captured, and Ellie and Awesome get the adrenaline rush they both felt their relationship needed, though Awesome swears off the spy stuff once and for all; not to mention it’s still a secret from Ellie.

And of course, Sarah and Chuck need to sort their feelings, and their cover going forward. They settle for friends, but how long will that last?

And we end with a cliffhanger when the Ring’s assassin, Artman (Andrew Connolly) shows up at the hospital intent on taking action against Devon ‘Awesome’ Woodcomb.

More laughs, romance, and spycraft next week as I continue enjoying Chuck!



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