Chuck (2010) – Versus the Tic Tac, and Versus the Final Exam

Casey (Adam Baldwin) lands himself in some trouble this week, in Chuck (Zachary Levi) Versus the Tic Tac. Written by Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc, this story first aired on 15 March, 2010.

When Casey helps our a former commander, Col. James Keller (Robert Patrick) Casey finds himself jailed for treason.

While on a mission with Chuck and Sarah, he did a little extra work for Keller, which Chuck sees and offhandedly mentions to General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy), leading to Casey’s arrest. Now, it’s up to Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Chuck to help get him out, especially after they learn that the Ring is involved with Keller’s mission, while Keller himself is a Ring recruiter.

The plan is to break Casey out and clear his name. But what if the Ring goes after him first? And what will the pill do that they asked Casey to steal?

In terms of continuity, we learn Casey’s real name in this episode (Alex Cosburn), and that he has a daughter.

Meanwhile, Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) is having trouble keeping Chuck’s secret from Ellie (Sarah Lancaster), especially after she gets offered a fellowship in a neurological unit at USC, that has been her dream job. Awesome, meanwhile, wants to do Doctors Without Borders.

And it’s fun to see Morgan (Joshua Gomez) and Awesome dance around who knows what about Chuck, and then compare notes about it. We also learn the Morgan hates the original Planet of the Apes.

It’s a fun episode that continues to build the series, and shows that the characters are still growing and can still surprise you, and the cost of what Casey does heavily impacts his character. But for how long?

Chuck Versus the Final Exam was written by by Zev Borow and first aired on 22 March, 2010.

Sarah and Shaw (Brandon Routh) must evaluate Chuck on his final test before he can become a CIA operative. If he succeeds he may become a real spy, but it may mean breaking up the team, and he’ll be working solo.

But he’s hoping that if he passes the test, there won’t be anything in the way of beginning something real with Sarah, who is divided between her feelings for Chuck and Shaw.

But when Sarah learns that Chuck’s final test is a red test (an assassination) she’s not sure she can help, and not sure she wants that for Chuck if it means he’s going to be a spy. But maybe he’ll get some unexpected help.

Meanwhile Casey has a hard time dealing with civilian life causing problems with Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay), but Chuck is determined to get help him back on the job.

There’s a nice pop reference to Rocky IV, with Ivan Drago getting a mention that makes even Chuck question it.

The episode ends with Sarah recalling her own red test, and knowing what that must mean for Chuck, now. But Chuck didn’t kill anyone, he had a little help, but he’s still officially a spy, and that means everyone will be going their separate ways…

More spycraft, laughs, and love next week when I continue with Chuck!

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