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Chuck Recap: Episode 13, "Chuck vs. the Suburbs"

Chuck Rundown: Episode 13, "Chuck vs. the Suburbs"

On this week's post-Valentine's Day episode of Chuck, faux romance is in the air when Chuck and Sarah are asked to pose as a married couple and move to the suburbs to suss out which neighbor might be a sinister Fulcrum agent. But what will living in such close quarters do to the real-life dynamic between Chuck and Sarah? Meanwhile, Emmett dons the ugliest pompadour of all time, and Big Mike decides to get his groove on through online dating. Ready to chat about it? Just


All season, there's been a little bit of will-they-or-won't-they with Chuck and Sarah. Chuck knows it's in his best interest not to get involved with someone who has to keep so many secrets, and Sarah would never let her CIA role take the backseat. But in this episode, it's obvious how hard it's getting to maintain that distance. From their "real Valentine's Day" (sitting far apart on the couch while Chuck halfheartedly plays video games) to the eeriness of the portraits from their made-up marriage, Chuck and Sarah's relationship is about as far from normal as it can get. And yet, in the Stepford suburbs, they get a few tastes of what it might be like if they were just regular folks. I loved the way Chuck's face got all melty when he realizes Sarah's actually cooking breakfast in her nightie for him. ("You better be careful, Sarah. One day you might turn into a real girl.") But as always, work prevails; when Chuck comes home, he tells Ellie that he and Sarah will never be anything more than what they are now.

That's largely because this mission is the closest Chuck's really come to being found out. After being fake-seduced by his cougar neighbor (Jenny McCarthy, ha!), he runs a program on her computer and ends up with the Fulcrum version of the Intersect in his brain. Suddenly, he realizes that all of his neighbors have sinister purposes; even the happy-go-lucky Fred (Andy Richter) ends up sedating him and taking him to the special Fulcrum test center in the subdivision. Fun fact: Everyone else who's ever seen the images has become a vegetable, but Chuck apparently has a very special brain. That's what eventually gets them out of their mess: Casey runs the program while Chuck shields Sarah's eyes from the flashes before the agents have time to get away. But how long will it be before Fulcrum finds another way?

Finally, back at the Buy More, Big Mike gets divorce papers on Valentine's Day — ouch! — but with the help of the Nerd Herders, he sets up an online dating profile and hops right back in the game. Love his double-breasted suit and general nervousness ("She's going to take one look at me and realize I'm not a 185-pound shipping magnate!"). Turns out the date goes well, but there's one little problem: When he confesses he works at the Buy More, she reveals that her son works there. In the words of Morgan, "You're bangin' my mom!"

Some other thoughts:

  • "Charles Carmichael always comes quickly"!
  • Speaking of great lines "There's got to be someone who's having a worse Valentine's Day" is a perfect setup for Casey drinking alone and watching the History Channel.
  • Naturally, Chuck thinks Casey's crazy for suggesting he break his own thumb to get out of handcuffs; naturally, Casey doesn't think twice about doing it himself.
  • Nice: Chuck's Cowbell Hero shirt (it's real!) and Tron poster.
  • So is there something really special about Chuck's brain that keeps him from getting fried by the Fulcrum images?
  • Furthermore, did Bryce perfect the technology on his own before he slipped the Intersect to Chuck?

Are Chuck and Sarah destined to be apart forever? Will Chuck get to keep the Fulcrum intelligence? And Big Mike + Morgan's mom, sitting in a tree . . . ?

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tiabia tiabia 8 years
Everything else about this show could have have been horrible and it still would have been a win because of the awesome Andy Richter!!!
Jammi Jammi 8 years
Okay, I was right, citytv isn't going to be airing it until March 9*, but Space has this episode on this Thursday. I really want to know about the fulcrum intersect, and if the CIA will attempt to take it out as well//how they intend on using this addition to Chuck.
Jammi Jammi 8 years
Ugh, for some reason I thought this wasn't coming back until March 15 [I'm Canadian so maybe it isn't...] anyway, this episode sounds awesome, going to look for it online or try to catch it on Space on Thursday.
nonmr nonmr 8 years
Raves: -- Emmett's weird liking for the movie, Must Love Dogs =) -- Chuck's line about someone having a worse Valentine's Day--cue Casey drinking and watching the History Channel, haha! -- Big Mike getting divorce papers on, of all days, Valentine's Day. That's gonna hurt--luckily, er, unfortunately he has Emmett (with that uber-distracting wig, I just can't resist looking at), Jeff, Lester (Internet Hotness Conversion Factor) and Morgan (it's gonna be a lot more awkward now that Big Mike's seeing his mom). -- Speaking of Big Mike, loved almost all his lines in this episode--upon seeing his matches on the internet dating site ("Good Lord, who are they?!) to meeting his date aka Morgan's Mom ("She's going to take one look at me and realize I'm not a 185-pound shipping magnate!" and saying something like they did bad things that were likely to be illegal). He was just on fire, haha! -- Big Mike's observation about Morgan and Anna's weird relationship--"You two break up every weekend!" -- Chuck's cheesy smile at the suburbs cover. You can tell he's actually enjoying it and upon telling Ellie that THAT life was his ideal life;it'll be difficult to achieve since there's no clear label on his reltionship with Sarah plus the whole Intersect/Fulcrum thing in his head. Also, Sarah seemed to actually loved the idea of being an at-home wife, making breakfast for Chuck, being all Martha Stewart, etc. -- Loved Jenny McCarthy in this episode. Loved when everytime she makes a move on Chuck, the song Fever comes up, haha! -- Casey actually breaking a bone on his hand to let go from the handcuffs, ouch! Rants: -- Where's Awesome? And Anna Wu? -- Can I have Chuck's Cowbell Hero shirt, Chuck and Sarah's weird-looking wall painting and lastly, their adorable "cover" dog? Haha!
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I would assume that since have a Fulcrum flash on the Meadow Ranch logo that the Fulcrum Intersect is now part of his brain just like the regular intersect. I just wonder how they are going to carry on the Fulcrum intersect story line with the regular intersect story line. I wonder if the intersects will ever conflict or just give Chuck a giant headache
emms emms 8 years
I'm confused...since Chuck saw all the images (once at the house and once in the Fulcrum lab) does that mean he has a Fulcrum computer in his brain? Or at least a lot of their secrets? The montage scene where the Fulcrum agents die was super cheesy and I love Casey but he made it worse by saying, "Did somebody call the cable guy?" I did laugh though, it was so lame. You can tell Sarah really likes Chuck, it's so cute!
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I loved the part when Big Mike said that he wasn't sure about Emmets affiliation and when Emmet asked about it because he didn't understand, Morgan said "That bathroom thing" :rotfl: I love the little things like that
hyperhun hyperhun 8 years
omg i loveddd last nights episode! i laughed out loud soo many times mostly when chuck and sarah were in the neighborhood and everyone was waving and when sarah was cooking breakfast soo cute! omg big mike is dating morgan's mom! too funny haha
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
OMG, Big Mike dating Morgan's mom... That is so awesome! I love this show so hard.
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