Chuck is back!!!!!
Where we left off: Sarah, almost died but is rescued at the last minute by Chuck who no longer has the intersect. The CIA fired the team. Volkoff is not really Volkoff but a British scientist named Hartley Winterbottom (horrible name). Hartley gave all of the Volkoff assets to Chuck and Sarah as a wedding present. They use the money to buy the Buy More and Castle. General Beckmann left sunglasses that were meant for Chuck but Morgan put them on instead and the intersect is now uploaded into HIS brain.
Alright, we all caught up? Let’s do this!
So Chuck and Sarah are on a new freelance spy mission where they’re trying to steal a vase from a mega bad guy named Jean Claude (Mark Hamill!!). It’s not going so well seeing as how we start off the episode with them being captured. They say that they have a secret weapon… turns out there secret weapon is Casey, who has also been captured. Sarah presses a button which signals new Intersect Morgan to come to their rescue and it is AWESOME to see Morgan kicking some ass. Unfortunately Morgan breaks the vase (worth $6 million dollars).
Cut to Castle which is the home base of Carmicheal Industries where Morgan is super gluing the vase back together. We find out that the person who wanted the vase was actually after an encrypted drive that was in the vase; the vase was supposed to be the teams reward for getting the chip. Whoops! It turns out its really easy to spend millions of dollars when you are putting together your own freelance spy team and Carmichael Industries hasn’t exactly been raking in the dough since they started. You know, you have to buy equipment, and bullets, jets… shrimp…
Enter a new client, a lawyer, who offers the team a reward if they recover the money that was stolen from his clients in a Ponzi Scheme to a guy named Roger Bale. Casey isn’t too keen on helping the guy until he hears that Rush Limbaugh lost $2 million dollars from this scam. (Oh Casey… I have missed you and you’re awesome love of government and Regan… and Limbaugh apparently). They track down Bale at some kind of resort and Morgan zooms (flashes… I don’t like zoom) on Bale’s bag, learning that he plays squash at some exclusive club. They need to steal Bale’s phone to get their names on a list for a party that Bale is throwing. This way they can get into his building.
Cut to Castle where Ellie and Chuck are discussing whether or not the sunglasses that downloaded the Intersect into Morgan’s brain can be fixed in order to be used again. According to Ellie it won’t work again (for now… the “Chuck” fans like having Chuck with the Intersect in HIS brain too much for the show to keep going with it in Morgan’s forever). Upstairs in the Buy More, Lester puts up a banner that reads “Save Jeff Barnes!” Ya, we find out later that Jeff and Lester are running a scheme in order to get money from unsuspecting customers by having Jeff claim that he got trampled by a bunch of middle aged woman after a Justin Bieber doll (I can totally see this happening). It’s going great until Jeff is spotted getting up out of the wheelchair that he’s in.
At the country club, Morgan zooms (zooms just does not roll off of your tongue… I don’t like it, please go back to flash) on how to play squash and uses his skills to get invited to the party that Bale is hosting. There’s also this whole scene with Chuck as a masseuse trying to keep Bale’s actual squash opponent busy. Things go badly, and Casey has to come in and save his ass. I don’t like inept Chuck, I really need him to have the Intersect back in his brain sooner rather than later.
Anyway, cut to the party where Chuck is keeping guard in the van while Morgan, Sarah and Casey all go in to try and recover the information. Morgan and Sarah distract Bale by showing off their skills on the dance floor (damn Morgan can dance! I really need my own Intersect) so Casey can go transfer the money that was stolen. Back in the van, Chuck is keeping guard when all the equipment fails to work and that douchey CIA head tells Chuck that they are using Chuck’s operation in order to freeze the money from the accounts. Sarah, Morgan and Casey are discovered and captured.
Downstairs in the computer room, Sarah, Casey and Morgan are lead away and Bale calls a computer tech guy… enter Chuck. He grabs a hold of a bunch of wires and threatens to pull them all out unless Bale lets the rest of the team go. Bale agrees and Chuck is yelling over his earpiece to leave him here. Sarah, Morgan and Casey hop in the van where Chuck left a video “PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME HERE! I HAVE A PLAN!” He tells Morgan to push a button which shuts off all the power to the building so Chuck can pull the wires out and run. He tells them that there’s only one escape and it’s a window. The team places the van underneath the window in order for Chuck to jump out of it and land on the top.
Cut to Castle where it turns out that the CIA didn’t only freeze Bale’s accounts but Carmichael Industries accounts. The team no has NO money. They realize that they’re going to have make the Buy More profitable and use the money from that.
There is also a whole subplot where Chuck is trying to find the perfect house for Sarah. It’s called Operation Toes in the Sand…. Or Operation T.I.T.S. for short. (wow). Sarah tells Chuck about the perfect house, white with a red door surrounded by a picket fence. Chuck finds it but is unable to purchase it because the CIA froze there money. He says he will do whatever he has to do so that Sarah can have her dream home. Chuck is seriously one of the sweetest guys EVER… I need my own Chuck… really bad.
The final shot is of a meeting room in the CIA where the douchey CIA guy (Decker) saying that Chuck is important and they have to take him down. Uh oh…
Casey: “Do you actually play non-video game sports?”
Morgan: “Premature zoom? Really? Crap!”
Ellie: “The Intersect didn’t make you a hero, it just gave you the opportunity.”
Overall grade: B. While I am ecstatic that the show is finally back, the premiere lacked the punch that I had been hoping for. Don’t get me wrong, there were some awesome sequences, and watching Morgan actually get the chance to be the hero was great. However, I don’t like Chuck without the Intersect. I don’t like watching him be relegated to the van while everyone else is out being the spies. Also, no Big Mike, no Beckmann, and no Awesome? What’s up with that? I waited a long time to see the whole gang back together and not getting to see everyone kind of bummed me out. Oh, and watching Chuck and Sarah call each other sweetie and honey just seemed weird… Overall it was a good episode, but it definitely could have been picked up a notch. I am really excited to see what the CIA has in store for the team though. If it’s anything like the Volkoff story line, it’s going to be good.
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Next new episode of “Chuck” airs November 4th at 8pm EST on NBC.