May 25th, 2010
12:04 PM ET
[Editor's Note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't seen the season finale of "Chuck" yet, DON'T READ ANY FURTHER.]
The Buymore has burned down, a Bartowski is gone and Chuck is out of the spy game. That's where we've ended after the finale. But as we all know, everything could change in a flash.
When we last saw Chuck, he was writing his “spy will.” (Don't worry, season four is already planned. Chuck isn't going anywhere.) Meanwhile, Ellie Bartowski gets her life flipped upside-down. Instead of working at a hospital, she's now in the care of a CIA agent who we all believe is a Ring operative.
Speaking of Ring agents: Daniel Shaw is back. The last time we saw Shaw he was floating down a river in Paris, riddled with bullets. And while we saw a picture of Shaw in the last episode, it took Chuck chasing him through a subway and security tapes to prove he's alive and not a figment of his fractured mind.
Enter Steve Bartowski, Chuck and Ellie's quasi-crazy and genius father. Steve Bartowski is back to help save his son's brain from being destroyed by the intersect.
Did we mention former CIA-turned-Ring agent Daniel Shaw also has the intersect imprinted in his mind? Well, he does. And he wants the inhibitor device Chuck's dad created to stop the mind-blowing side-effects of the intersect. Plus, Shaw wants revenge.
So Daniel Shaw is alive - and General Beckman is unreachable. Perfect.
By that time, General Beckman is testifying to keep her team together at a CIA panel. Beckman even goes so far as to say "Charles Bartowski is poised to be the weapon we have always dreamed of." It seems she's finally believing in the intersect project.
But unfortunately for Beckman and her team, Shaw manages to dupe Chuck into breaking in to a CIA building instead of a Ring building along with Sarah and Casey. Chuck ends up stumbling into the meeting room of General Beckman and CIA higher-ups, and the result is all part of Shaw's plan: He’s shown to be unstable, the team is shut down and it looks to be the end of team Bartowski.
Eventually the CIA puts burns out on the gang and they're all carted up, including Chuck, but not until one of the most dramatic scenes of the series occurs.
Chuck's dad, Steve Bartowski, gets shot by none other than Daniel Shaw. And with that, Shaw has made himself the supervillan, but Chuck can't do anything about it as he and his team have been thrown into the back of a police van.
Time for the B-team. No, not Team Bartowski; my other favorite B-squad: "Captain awesome" Devon and "agent" Morgan Grimes. The dynamic duo are put on the case, and while it took some random button pushing for Morgan and Devon to pull off a rescue of Chuck and his team, they manage it. Ellie, who tailed the truck, is also nearby. Through all of the commotion we see some touching moments between Chuck and his sister. With the death of their father fresh in both their minds, Chuck promises his sister his end to the spy world will come after he takes care of Daniel Shaw.
Cut to very bad wigs, accents and facial hair when the group infiltrates an industry expo filled with Ring leaders as they track Daniel Shaw. And while Chuck is discovered, he turns the tables on Shaw, exposing his traitorous ways in a manner totally fitting for a geek of his nature - streaming it live.
So Chuck gets his team's credentials back, Daniel Shaw survives and Chuck's dad is dead. Phew! That was a lot in two hours. But wait, there's more.
Back at the Buymore, Jeffster is near to premiering its music video. And who shows up? Nemesis Daniel Shaw. He escaped capture at the expo by flinging himself out of a window, and he returned for revenge. In a nice, action-packed climax the two intersect agents go head-to-head. Finally.
So the Buymore is saved - we think. Agent Shaw is captured and all is looking good for the team until "agent" Morgan Grimes, who, after breaking his thumbs in the process of helping his team, finds the detonator. We all saw this coming: Boom goes the Buymore. At this time, I look down at my watch. It’s 9:45 p.m., and yes, there’s still more.
A message from Chuck's dad poses the question we've all been pushed to ask this episode: Where's Chuck's mom?
In a classic scene reworked, a phone rings in a non-descript room. “Hello?” Of course, the woman on the phone is Chuck’s mom. Ding-ding, season four is upon us!
So, what were your thoughts on the season finale? What were your favorite moments? And, when will Jeffster’s video premiere be on Hulu?
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