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Chuck Rundown: Episode 11, "Chuck Vs. The Crown Vic"

Chuck Rundown: Episode 11, "Chuck Vs. The Crown Vic"

Well, if that's the last episode of Chuck we're going to see for a while, I suppose it was a fine note to end on. But after two weeks of fantastic episodes, I can't pretend I wasn't a little disappointed in this one. Sure, it had the resolution to last week's "will Sarah stay or go?" cliffhanger, and there were some great one-liners from Casey (and even Morgan). But mostly, I thought the episode just seemed like kind of a placeholder, reminding us that Chuck should still return after the strike ends while not getting our hopes up too high in case that return doesn't come for months. To read the rest of my thoughts on the episode, just

I'm most frustrated because I thought this episode missed a huge opportunity to have Morgan find out — or at least become significantly more suspicious — about Chuck's secret life. In fact, as soon as Anna told Morgan that her parents were in town from Taiwan for a charity event, I was sure that's where the show was going. A villain would end up at the event, the Chuck-Sarah-Casey team would get called in to nab the bad guy, their efforts would put Morgan in danger, and Chuck would find a way to save the day — but accidentally reveal his secret life, too. In reality, all those things happened except the last part. And I think that's a shame: After 11 weeks of watching Chuck behaving oddly, I'd think someone in his social circle would have cause to suspect something, and this would have been a great opportunity.

Without that, the weight of the episode fell on the Chuck and Sarah relationship – and after being so strong for the past couple of weeks, I just wasn't feeling it this time. Even knowing that Sarah decided not to go with Bryce didn't resolve things for Chuck, because as far as he knows, she chose her job, not Chuck himself. Still, I liked the way they made up with an alarm clock (to replace the one Sarah knifed to death earlier in the episode) and lots of bad dancing at the Buy More party.

Casey totally saved the episode for me, between his love for the Crown Vic and his genuine conflict at the end over having to kill Chuck (eventually). We never would have seen that a few episodes ago, but it seems that Casey has developed something approaching affinity for his bumbling helper. Here's hoping the new Intersect takes a while longer to get online.

Some other thoughts:

  • The plot with Morgan meeting Anna's parents was painful, but I think it was (at least partially) meant to be that way. After all, when is meeting your significant other's family ever fun — especially when you're as socially awkward as Morgan?
  • That said, Morgan did have some fantastic one-liners, especially at the beginning of the episode: "Never trust a woman whose name is a palindrome, OK?" and "Don't you ever wish you were born, like, a dog, or a dolphin, or Dr. Dre?" were my favorites.
  • I did like the extra appearances from the Buy More supporting characters this week, especially Lester's dreidel gambling and Jeff's spiked egg nog. Oh, and Big Mike dancing in a Santa suit.
  • Maybe it makes me about 12 years old, but I laughed like a fool when that rocket zoomed out from between Chuck's legs.

Your thoughts? Were you happy with the way this mini-season ended? And what happens when Chuck's Intersect services are no longer needed?

Photos courtesy of NBC

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