With the penultimate episode of the season, the stakes get raised, and the arc for the season starts to wrap up, which means not only are Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) dealing with their rehearsal dinner, but the return of Vivian Volkoff (Lauren Cohan) with a terrifying new weapon, and finding Chuck and Ellie’s (Sarah Lancaster) mom, Frost (Linda Hamilton) before the wedding.
Chuck Versus the Last Details was penned by Henry Alonso Myers and Kristin Newman, and first aired on 9 May, 2011. It’s filled with Star Wars references, as Chuck steals a plan directly from the film to infiltrate an enemy base, and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) has to impersonate a bad guy, and has to find the mindset to do it… with The Imperial March.
While Ellie throws together the last details of the dinner, including a video celebration of Chuck and Sarah’s relationship, Casey (Adam Baldwin) and the rest of the team discover that Vivian, with Riley (Ray Wise) at her side, has a new weapon that can be coded to a person’s DNA, and kill them from anywhere in the world (watch for a brief appearance by Kane Hodder in this sequence).
Chuck is still determined to convince Vivian that she’s not a killer, let alone a villain, but when she learns that Frost, the person who she believes betrayed her father, is Chuck’s mother… well, revenge seems to be on the table.
But we are plunged into a cliffhanger when Vivian activates the weapon during the rehearsal dinner, and it’s not Frost who begins to collapse, but Sarah.
Chuck Versus the Cliffhanger was written by Nicholas Wootton and one of the series creator’s Chris Fedak. Season four came to its conclusion on 16 May, 2011.
With Sarah slowly succumbing to the Volkoff weapon, staved off by Ellie’s and Awesome’s (Ryan McPartlin) medical knowledge, Chuck breaks Volkoff (Timothy Dalton) out of his CIA holding cell, but not before the Volkoff personality is erased, and his original personality restored.
This complicates reaching Vivian, and getting the cure for Sarah, but things grow more troublesome when the intersect is removed from Chuck!
The team reaches out to every ally that they have ever had in one last move to save Sarah’s life, no matter the cost, and everything races to the a conclusion that sees the team ejected from government service, the Volkoff family restored to a level of happiness, and a fairly joyous wedding for Chuck and Sarah.
But as the episode and the season closes, its hinted that everything that has gone before it was all part of a plan… that there’s something more to come. Happily, thanks to a huge wedding gift from Volkoff, the team can go into business for themselves.
And they’ve got a whole new intersect when Morgan puts on a pair of sunglasses…
Next week we start the fifth and final season of Chuck.