April 19th, 2011
12:36 PM ET
The best episodes of “Chuck” are a good mixture of comedy, action and sentimentality. Last night’s was a little heavy on the comedy, and it threw in some continuity issues to boot.
Luckily, the sentimental moments were enough to redeem it… almost.
We start off with a young Sarah Walker scamming some woman out of $84. Just another adventure with her con man father, Gary Cole. Cut to present day, where Chuck and Sarah are writing a wedding planner a check for more than $26,000.
Hmmm, do you think they might be getting conned?
These are two spies who are trained to read people, and Chuck helped plan Ellie’s wedding. Did they really think it sounded right to hand over all of their wedding money to one person, up front, without having done too much of a background check on her?
When their CIA databanks can’t turn up any info on the planner, Sarah turns to her connection in the con world: her father. For the record, he’s just as incredulous that she got scammed as I was. He’s also surprised to learn she’s a CIA agent, rather than running her own cons.
Continuity red flag No. 1: He might not have known she was CIA, but the last time we saw Sarah’s dad, he knew she was on the right side of the law.
He gives her some advice on finding the wedding planner, and it leads to the idea of Chuck faking a flash. This gives us quite possibly the best moment of the episode: Yvonne Strahovski trying to mimic Chuck’s “flash face.” You really need to see it to fully appreciate it.
Of course, the fake flash backfires. General Beckman finds out what’s going on, suspends Chuck and Sarah, and refuses to believe it when Chuck really does flash on the guest list of another of the wedding planner’s victims.
Meanwhile, Gary Cole has shown back up to find out what’s going on in his daughter’s life, during which he learns about her pending nuptials. Throughout all of this, we get some nice flashbacks to when Sarah was younger, and she decided that she wanted to live with her dad and offered him her piggy bank full of her share of their swindling take.
Gary Cole offers to help Sarah and Chuck with their off-the-books mission in order to get back in Beckman’s good graces. It involves them hijacking a girl’s bat mitzvah party (poor Tammy) to stage a fake wedding reception, which they plan and execute in mere hours. (Um, no. My suspension of disbelief only goes so far, guys.)
Gary Cole ends up saving the day, and gives a little speech in front of Sarah in which he admits to being a terrible father who was never around and who just wants to see his daughter happy. This ties in with a flashback in which we see him drop young Sarah back off at her grandmother’s, but holding on to her piggy bank.
Continuity red flag No. 2: We’ve been led to believe that Sarah ran scams with her dad well into her teens. In fact, if memory serves, that’s how the CIA became aware of and eventually recruited her.
In the midst of all this, Casey comes face-to-face with the ex-wife who thought he was dead. She accuses him of lying to their daughter about being a hero, but eventually sees Casey in action, realizes he really is a hero, and the two have a nice moment in which they acknowledge how great Alex is.
Continuity red flag No. 3: During their confrontation, Casey’s ex calls him Alex. So the show chooses to remember that Casey changed his name, but we’re never going to bring up the fact that Sarah long ago confessed that her name isn’t really Sarah Walker? That point bugs me constantly.
In the end, Sarah and Chuck are reinstated, and despite Chuck’s attempts to get Gary Cole to stay, he disappears, as Sarah knew he would. But when she wanders into her bedroom, she finds her old piggy bank (if you didn’t see that coming, you’ve never seen an episode of any TV show ever before), along with a note saying that he never took any money out, but instead always added to it. Voila: Chuck and Sarah have their wedding nest egg back.
Did the sentimental moments outweigh the goofiness for you last night? Catch any continuity errors that I missed? Sound off below!
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