Chuck (Zachary Levi) has to put on his detective hat in Chuck Versus the Muuurder. Written by Alex Katsnelson and Kristin Newman, this episode first debuted on 21 March, 2011.
Chuck is in charge of recruiting a new candidate for the Intersect program, but when one of them ends up dead in castle, the underground installation under the BuyMore, he has to find the responsible party.
Is it Bentley (Robing Givens) the previous head of the program, and who delivered his father’s computer to Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) who has, in turn, become obsessed with it, exploring all of its programs and files – something Chuck learns and is less than thrilled about – and learning what it’s for, and all about.
Chuck not only has problems with trying to figure out who the murderer is, but also to maintain his command. Meanwhile, upstairs at the BuyMore, a long held prank truce with LargeMart has collapsed thanks to Lester (Vik Sahay) and Jeff (Scott Krinsky).
Chuck interviews each of the suspects, all of whom were specifically recruited by Chuck to be a potential intersect. And while the investigation continues more murder attempts take place.
Will Chuck figure out who the murderer is? And will the Intersect program continue under his command? Or will this chance at leading cause him to stumble?
And upstairs… what happened to Kevin Bacon? Morgan (Joshua Gomez) has an investigation of his own, and the delicate peace between BuyMore and LargeMart hangs in the balance.
It’s a lot of fun, and there is tons of humour in this episode, even as the lead characters are thrown into a situation that they may not be ready for.
Chuck Versus the Family Volkoff was written by Amanda Kate Shuman and Nicholas Wootton and debuted on 11 April, 2011.
On the homefront, Ellie speaks with her mother (Linda Hamilton) about the computer and the Intersect program, and Frost realises how much Ellie has learned from it. And Sarah hands Chuck a pre-nup which will hang over them for the rest of the episode, and Morgan and Casey’s (Adam Baldwin) shared accommodations is having an effect on them.
On the mission front, the CIA has apparently ordered an assassination of Vivian Volkoff (Lauren Cohan), so Chuck turns to her father, the villainous Alexei (Timothy Dalton) to protect her.
There’s lots of character stuff going on in this episode – Alex (Mekenna Melvin) and Morgan’s relationship continues, the fact that Casey is her dad, and her mother still believes he’s dead causes problems.
This is one of the big episodes with lots of set up, character arcs, and all of it will be leading to the season’s conclusion. I love these big episodes when the story’s get epic and the guest stars just keep coming!
More spycraft, laughs, and romance next week as I continue to explore the fourth season of Chuck.