Chuck (2010) – Versus the Honeymooners, and Versus the Role Models

Robert Duncan McNeill directs this episode that was written by Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc from a story by Ali Adler. It first aired on 26 April, 2010.

Still in Europe after their last mission, Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) decide to desert and lead regular lives together. But they just got on the wrong train.

It seems a terrorist is aboard as well, one Juan Diego Arnaldo (Carlos Lacamara) and he has some help on board.

General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) sends the newly reinstated John Casey (Adam Baldwin) to lead the rescue with new asset, and Chuck’s best friend, Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez) to help.

Back in Burbank, Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) is trying to keep Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) calm and relaxed, when it looks like Chuck is going to miss their going away party for their imminent departure for Africa, where they will work with Doctors Without Borders. Things aren’t helped by the presence of Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay).

And, of course, once Chuck flashes, neither he, nor Sarah, can repress their natural spy instincts, and they realise that this is who they are meant to be.

There are some well-earned emotional moments throughout the episode, and it’s episodes like this that show the beauty of serial story telling and character growth over seasons. This may end up being one of my all-time favourites.

Chuck and Sarah return to the service, realising that for now, they can have it all. And Chuck and Ellie are able to reconnect even though he missed the party.

The episode ends with Chuck introducing Sarah to a song that he says will be their’s Nina Simone’s Feeling Good.

Chuck Versus the Role Models opens with a kind of 80s retro introduction as Morgan lends a voice over to introduce us to all things Chuck, in a bit of a homage to the classic Hart to Hart. Written by Phil Klemmer, this episode debuted on 3 May, 2010 and has some fun with its characters.

Casey is less than thrilled with the fact that he has to begin Morgan’s training, but their odd couple vibe really works. Meanwhile, Chuck and Sarah, now a couple and on the verge of moving in together, which Beckman, off the record, approves of, are given some training time with a very successful, and (mostly) married pair of spies – Craig (Fred Willard) and Laura Turner (Swoosie Kurtz).

They also have to work together, something Chuck isn’t sure is best, when they have to infiltrate a party held by Otto Van Vogel (Udo Kier).

Ellie and Awesome are in Africa, and doing lots of work, stressed, but loving everything they encounter, even though there is an occasional hint of a threat going on. And Ellie is right to be worried, though she doesn’t know why. Awesome falls sick, and they are heading back to America, but it’s all part of a plan.

More spycraft, laughs and romance next week as my adventures with Chuck continues.

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