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Chuck Recap: Episode 14, "Chuck Vs. The Best Friend"

Chuck Rundown: Episode 14, "Chuck vs. the Best Friend"

Ever since Chuck first started, I've been wondering what would happen if Morgan joined Chuck on a mission. Well, this week, it sort of happened. Morgan had a spy caper of his own to carry out, tracking Anna (Anna!!) with her new boyfriend — who then ended up playing a part in Chuck, Sarah, and Casey's real mission. What's a best friend to do? Meanwhile, we meet the most awesome wedding band of all time: Jeffster! To chat about it, just

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I'm always impressed when Chuck finds a way to bring both the emotion and the funny, and this episode's among the best for it. Chuck's secret spy life has put his friends and family in danger before — most recently at Christmas — but this mission jeopardized Chuck's friendship with Morgan in a whole new way. "You want me to befriend my best friend's ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend?" he gulps at one point. It would have been bad enough for Chuck just to hurt Morgan emotionally, by appearing to side with Anna or even be chatting up Jason — but then Chuck's job ends up putting Morgan in physical danger, too. It's an interesting spotlight not just on Morgan and Chuck's friendship (and the fact that Morgan wants Chuck to stop protecting him) but also on Chuck and Sarah's relationship. Sarah dons new aliases and moves from fake life to fake life. The entire idea of a best friend is foreign to her; she doesn't have anyone who cares for her the way Chuck cares for Morgan.

Except . . . she does. It's Chuck. And she cares for him like a best friend — if not more than that. Kudos to Yvonne Strahovski; that look on her face when she watches the Nerd Herder blow up (before she knows that Chuck isn't inside at all but rather is driving it to destruction with a remote control) shows so much pain.

Meanwhile: Jeffster! Of course, Jeff and Lester have a secret band; of course, Jeff sees a way to break into the big time by playing Ellie and Awesome's wedding. And he actually does a pretty good job of engineering the whole tryout, thanks to a lucky computer meltdown on Ellie's part. I loved Lester freaking out about the path he'll go down if the band experiences any success whatsoever (right up to his shameful accidental death), which also gives Jeff a good avenue to beg Awesome for a second chance. (Jeff: "Have you ever had a dream that's never come true?" Awesome: ". . . No.") And just tell me this: Has there ever been a more perfect use of Toto's "Africa"?

Some other thoughts:

  • Sarah's car fight is up there with the best fight scenes Chuck has ever done. It must have been tough to pull off all those moves in such close quarters, and it was cool to watch every part of the car (the seatbelt, a CD in the stereo) become a weapon.
  • This episode gives us some more details about the foundation of the Chuck/Morgan friendship and Chuck's mom's departure: She took off when Chuck was in fifth grade, and Morgan helped him through it with cherry cheesecake and Zelda.
  • I'm somehow not surprised that Jeff has a stockpile of spy gear. Also, so funny that not even the Buy More crew thinks Chuck has any spy potential.
  • The Morgan/Anna reconciliation cracked me up: "Anna Wu, I luh— I like you. Very, very much."
  • Even the General has a friend: Condoleeza Rice!

Did you correctly predict Jeffster's musical genre? Was it nice to have an episode that focused on the Chuck/Morgan bromance? And does John Casey have friends?

Photos courtesy of NBC

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spacebear spacebear 7 years
great great episode. i hope this show gets renewed
yeokr yeokr 7 years
whoops, chuck*
yeokr yeokr 7 years
whoops, chuck*
yeokr yeokr 7 years
i did recognize him from cashmere mafia! he's so handsome.the back and forth with chuch and sarah can be frustrating, but they really make you feel their intensity which i appreciate! i hope they can maintain the realness of those feelings. gg's chuck and blair feel real like that too.
yeokr yeokr 7 years
i did recognize him from cashmere mafia! he's so handsome. the back and forth with chuch and sarah can be frustrating, but they really make you feel their intensity which i appreciate! i hope they can maintain the realness of those feelings. gg's chuck and blair feel real like that too.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 7 years
Chuck could have just told Morgan that he'd befriend Anna's boyfriend as a guise to spy on him. But I guess there'd be no plotline for the episode. :-) Anyone else recognize the evil boyfriend from Grey's as the bartender's boyfriend and from Cashmere Mafia as Lucy Liu's brief boyfriend. When is he gonna play more than just the boyfriend?!?!
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
GREAT episode! Africa was TOO good! I love that one chubby Buy More employee that was singing along. He's so funny. And I personally like how everything is connected. It's like, see you think you lead this normal life but bad guys are allllll around you!
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 7 years
I still can't get Africa out of my head :)
JessNess JessNess 7 years
Sarah's high school bully wasn't with Fulcrum. She just struck a deal with the Russian mafia. But really isn't one of life's little lessons is that we are all connected in some way? How else would we have 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon
JessNess JessNess 7 years
Sarah's high school bully wasn't with Fulcrum. She just struck a deal with the Russian mafia.But really isn't one of life's little lessons is that we are all connected in some way? How else would we have 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon
emms emms 7 years
I love this show but I think the writers need to stop making everything so inter-connected.Oh! All the bad people in the world are in LA and somehow are connected to people at the Buy More.Example 1: Chuck's ex-girlfriend is FulcrumExample 2: Sarah's high school bully is FulcrumExample 3: Jeff's weird video game fame something having to do with the end of the worldExample 4: Anna is now dating some evil guyThere are many more examples but it annoys me they try to connect characters personally to the bad guys.
emms emms 7 years
I love this show but I think the writers need to stop making everything so inter-connected. Oh! All the bad people in the world are in LA and somehow are connected to people at the Buy More. Example 1: Chuck's ex-girlfriend is Fulcrum Example 2: Sarah's high school bully is Fulcrum Example 3: Jeff's weird video game fame something having to do with the end of the world Example 4: Anna is now dating some evil guy There are many more examples but it annoys me they try to connect characters personally to the bad guys.
sorano916 sorano916 7 years
This episode was suppose to play before the Suburbs episode which is why the emotions were strange between Chuck & Sarah. As well as why in the Suburbs episode, Morgan told Chuck that they would both have girlfriends for Valentine's Day.
nonmr nonmr 7 years
^ I meant Lester's voice =)
nonmr nonmr 7 years
^ I meant Lester's voice =)
nonmr nonmr 7 years
Raves: - Loved the Chuck/Morgan bromance! It gave us a peek on how it started and how were they like when they were younger. - Finally, Awesome and Anna are back! Loved the scene where Awesome was supposed to help Ellie but then he had something in mind and he opened his towel. Also loved the scene where they kissed and Awesome closed the door; they rarely showed their affection and it's kind of nice to see it once in a while. - Morgan's lovesick-puppy look when he saw Anna with her new boyfriend. - Jeff's weird van equipped with spygear. - Jeffster! Loved Jeff's singing/karaoke-mode voice. - Sarah and Smooth's car scene. It was cool and interesting on how they managed to fight it out in such a small space. - Sarah's defeated look upon seeing Chuck's car blow up. - This episode showed us different phases and complications between friends, and it's always nice to see that. - The General being friends with Condoleeza Rice! - The final scene where Chuck and Sarah held hands and looked at it for a second. Rants: - Where's Big Mike and Emmett this time? Can't we just have a nice normal episode where EVERYONE's around? =)
nonmr nonmr 7 years
Raves:- Loved the Chuck/Morgan bromance! It gave us a peek on how it started and how were they like when they were younger.- Finally, Awesome and Anna are back! Loved the scene where Awesome was supposed to help Ellie but then he had something in mind and he opened his towel. Also loved the scene where they kissed and Awesome closed the door; they rarely showed their affection and it's kind of nice to see it once in a while.- Morgan's lovesick-puppy look when he saw Anna with her new boyfriend.- Jeff's weird van equipped with spygear. - Jeffster! Loved Jeff's singing/karaoke-mode voice.- Sarah and Smooth's car scene. It was cool and interesting on how they managed to fight it out in such a small space.- Sarah's defeated look upon seeing Chuck's car blow up.- This episode showed us different phases and complications between friends, and it's always nice to see that.- The General being friends with Condoleeza Rice!- The final scene where Chuck and Sarah held hands and looked at it for a second.Rants:- Where's Big Mike and Emmett this time? Can't we just have a nice normal episode where EVERYONE's around? =)
Alithyra Alithyra 7 years
I think I totally missed when Anna and Morgan broke up. I'm also kind of tired of the constant flip flopping with Chuck and Sarah. Last episode it was "we'll never be together like that, this all we'll ever be and even this is a sham" and now it's "but I care about you so much!". Either give them hope or extinguish it totally. I realize this is just a handy plot device but still.
Alithyra Alithyra 7 years
I think I totally missed when Anna and Morgan broke up.I'm also kind of tired of the constant flip flopping with Chuck and Sarah. Last episode it was "we'll never be together like that, this all we'll ever be and even this is a sham" and now it's "but I care about you so much!". Either give them hope or extinguish it totally. I realize this is just a handy plot device but still.
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
Oh man, Sarah's face when she thought Chuck blew up - the most heartbreaking face ever! And Jeffster... Oh man. heheh. Such a good episode, all around.
lisseth0221 lisseth0221 7 years
I can't even express how much I LOVE this show!
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