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Chuck Rundown: Episode 10, "Chuck vs. The Nemesis"

Chuck Rundown: Episode 10, "Chuck vs. The Nemesis"

First of all, here's something worthy of celebrating for all you Chuck fans: NBC has picked up the show for a full season, along with the new series Life. Exactly what that means depends on how long it takes to resolve the Hollywood writers' strike, but whenever shows go into production again, Chuck will be among them. Yay!

So it's only right that Chuck followed up the big news with an episode that featured some of the best action sequences since the pilot, an intriguing love triangle, and, of course, the return of Bryce Larkin. To hear my take on the episode's ups and downs, just

I'd been expecting a lot from the return of Bryce, and Chuck totally delivered. He aggravated Casey, made out with Sarah, and tried making nice with Chuck, who's still upset that Bryce sent him the Intersect in the first place. (For that matter, if I were Chuck, I don't think I'd be satisfied at the "I needed to send it to a friend who wasn't CIA" explanation. For one thing, they weren't friends; for another, he must have known that the CIA and NSA would swoop in almost instantly.) As much as I didn't love the episode where Chuck discovered why Bryce got him kicked out of Stanford, I see why it was necessary. Chuck needed to forgive Bryce, at least a little, to trust him in this episode. How else could he have known Bryce would shoot for the vest, regardless of what he promised in Klingon?

Forgiveness or not, though, it still must have hurt when Chuck saw Bryce and Sarah making out in his bedroom — even though the big showdown at the Buy More made Chuck realize that Sarah and Casey were a good team.

Speaking of the showdown at the Buy More: How awesome was that? Big Mike hurdling himself over the counter; Casey revealing his weapons cache in the home theater; Sarah and Bryce throwing simultaneous spin-kicks. I can't imagine the kind of budget and logistics it would take to put together a fight sequence inside a superstore, but I'm glad Chuck pulled it off this well at least once. Ninja sequences aside, the whole plot made me realize that this show really does have an answer for everything. How to keep Morgan from getting in trouble? Have a CIA agent pose as a fireman and tell Big Mike there was a gas leak. How to explain the shattered glass and broken big-screens? Why, the government has a clean-up crew!

Some other thoughts:

  • This show really has a thing with love triangles, huh? I loved the last scene with the two phones ringing — the old-school rotary phone pointing Sarah toward Bryce, the new iPhone with Chuck's goofy picture pulling her that way.
  • I'm not sure why Anna would go running back to Morgan after her public dumping, but I did like the idea that some girl would even think Morgan had a chance with Ellie.
  • I'd be happy if this show never did a fake orgasm scene with food again. Two in two weeks — Lou's sandwich, Ellie's sweet potatoes — is plenty.
  • Also, I'm with Awesome: "How about a destination Christmas?" I know Ellie loves her dinner parties, but really, can we back off that for a while?
  • However, if losing the dinner parties means ditching all opportunities for Casey/Awesome interaction, I'm not so sure I'd make that tradeoff. "Nice and tight, John!" "Two words: water sports." "Two dudes. One raft."

Your thoughts? How will Sarah choose? And is there a better holiday sweatshirt in the history of holiday sweatshirts than Jeff's "gobble gobble" turkey?

Photos courtesy of NBC

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topajongbranth topajongbranth 8 years
this episode got the thumbs up for me.. There's just something with Sarah's acting chops. I like how she can pull off that tired and stress look. And a plus for how the make up and hairstylers made a mess on Sarah's hair to make it look she's in a state of confusion and stress. Even her pigtails are a bit messy. I like that.
riokim1231 riokim1231 8 years
but did you recongize the line "just saying........" sorry for being a bug!
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
riokim — yes, it was Awesome and Casey talking about the rafting. I just mistyped from my notes; thanks for pointing it out.
riokim1231 riokim1231 8 years
what about the song in the last scene?? made me go google songs and chuck to discover a new group! (btw, it was band of horses) i think some facts in this article are wrong though, wasn't it awesome and casey talking about muscles and river rafting? just saying.........(recognize that line?? :-) have to say though, i'm starting to notice that sarah only has about 3 facial expressions.......... but i still hope she chooses chuck. nadia potter:: i think you can watch the entire episode on nbc.com
huh huh 8 years
"I'm thankful that Bryce Larkin is dead and not currently in my bedroom making out with my new girlfriend." "Wow, that's dark." "...And specific." Oh Chuck.
jesse3000 jesse3000 8 years
good episode.
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 8 years
can someone tell me when I can read a full re-cap??? I don't remember anything about last night episode, anything but Bryce and his eyes... and his eyes...hi eyes... :)
popculture-whore popculture-whore 8 years
very good episode! i loved it. casey makes me laugh lol. i think sarah is going to choose chuck too. i feel like bryce needs to come back though. not everything is solved.. well, as far as closure goes.
kstraw23 kstraw23 8 years
loved the shot of casey in a suit holding a martini!
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
Duhhhh...she's going to choose Chuck! She can't leave him now! I love that super hottie Bryce and cutie Chuck were speaking Klingon. Somehow that made them even hotter!
cageyme cageyme 8 years
Such a good episode! Between Chuck and Heroes, I actually look forward to Mondays now. I liked it when Chuck goes out for marshmallows and runs into Bryce and he says that it would only take one girly scream for Sarah and Casey to come running.
HistoryGeek913 HistoryGeek913 8 years
Loved last nights episode. Poor Chuck! The whole two phones ringing was a nice touch. A tough choice for Sara to be sure. One of my fave lines was Chuck's "aaaarrrhg! Not pretty!" when he was coming out of the tranquilizer that Brice shot him with. I am so glad that we will have a whole season of Chuck to enjoy. This show is just reaching out to nerds and geeks everywhere. I mean - Klingon! Really?!? it made me laugh, though. Looks like we will see Bryce again - he'll probably be playing a role in protecting Chuck from the rouge CIA group.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I totally agree, venulia. I was practically drooling last night, especially during the tux scene. YUM.
Sweet-Tea Sweet-Tea 8 years
Great recap. Jeff's antics and his sweatshirt were probably my favorite parts of this episode. The Mr. & Mrs. Smith homage with Bryce and Sara in the Buy More was a little too much for me.
venulia venulia 8 years
Bryce Larkin is all kinds of hot.
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