It’s never fun having to wait for a new episode of “Chuck.”
The show didn’t air last week because of the 2-hour return of “The Event," and apparently, the show’s producers weren't fond of the wait either.
Luckily, they have a creative outlet for that annoyance.
Not to get all philosophical right off the bat, but let me ask you this, “Chuck” fans: Can an episode be awesome despite a complete absence of Awesome? I’m going with yes.
It helps that the show didn’t take long to start answering some of the questions left hanging at the end of last week.
For starters, the key that Volkoff gave his daughter Vivian reveals a customer card to an exclusive bank. Volkoff’s lawyer Riley shows up to help explain things and try and persuade Vivian to re-start her father’s evil empire.
There were a lot of moving parts on last night’s episode of “Chuck,” with significant decisions facing several members of the team. Luckily, they all came together in a way that seems to be moving the story forward.
First, though, we have to get over a little timing problem.
The episode started with wacky Valentine’s Day hijinks. We learned that Chuck is a self-proclaimed love machine (and has the t-shirt to prove it); that Sarah makes a very sexy cupid (complete with wings); and that Morgan and Alex have found unique ways to connect, including spreading chocolate on each other’s faces.
I know ABC is working on a “Charlie’s Angels” remake, but I’m pretty sure “Chuck” just beat them to the punch. And it was one of the most cheese-tastic things this show has ever done.
It also gave Yvonne Strahovski the chance to show off some vulnerability, a characteristic that’s often underutilized when it comes to Sarah.
With the wedding fast approaching, Chuck is looking to connect Sarah with her friends and family… whether she wants to or not. So he tracks down her old CIA colleagues, the Clandestine Attack Team, or C.A.T. Squad.
How do you follow up an episode in which your two main characters get engaged? By starting the wedding planning, of course!
Unfortunately, that’s not an easy task when the groom’s family is unknowingly overbearing and the bride’s family is absent. That’s the setup for the dramatic tension between Chuck and Sarah this week.
It’s all wrapped around a mission to rescue Roan Montgomery. John Larroquette returns as the spy/master of seduction, who has managed to infiltrate a counterfeiting organization run and staffed entirely by gorgeous women who carry automatic weapons. I can’t imagine what that job application looks like.
It looks like I owe "Chuck" an apology. After last week’s complaints about his ineptitude at being a spy, this week he proved that he just might know what he’s doing after all.
The fact that it happened in an almost entirely awesome episode just made it that much better.
So much took place last night that I want to mention. So, if you’ll indulge me, we’re going to cover the general plot points (and my reactions) in quick-hit fashion.
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