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Chuck Recap: Episode 20, "Chuck vs. The First Kill"

Chuck Rundown: Episode 20, "Chuck vs. The First Kill"

I wish I'd kept track of how many times someone said the word "trust" on this week's episode of Chuck, but suffice to say it was a lot. "Trust me," "I can't trust her," "Can you trust them?" — pretty much every variation imaginable popped up in "Chuck vs. The First Kill." So who can Chuck trust? To chat about it, just


OK, if I were Chuck Bartowski, I'd be feeling awfully paranoid right now. With the exceptions of Ellie, Awesome, and Morgan, everyone in Chuck's life has ended up somehow connected to the spy world or to Fulcrum or to the Intersect in his brain. His dad's captured, his ex was even more evil than he imagined, and Sarah and Casey are increasingly at odds with the government on how to handle his secret. So yeah, trust is probably pretty top-of-mind for him these days. But what good does that do if the answer is that Chuck can't trust anyone?

Well, he can trust Sarah. We think. So far. And that's the big twist at the end of this episode: Chuck and Sarah are on the run, disobeying orders, ditching Chuck's tracking watch in a shopping basket at the Buy More (pity the poor shopper who picks it up . . . ). Beckman wants the mission shut down; keeping track of the increasingly squirrelly Chuck has become too dangerous, and Sarah's supposed to use Chuck's overwhelming trust of her to lure him into the Castle, where he'll be tranq-darted courtesy of Casey and shipped off to DC. But it turns out the government shouldn't have trusted Sarah so easily; she tells Chuck it's all a lie. Good thing for Chuck, and for us, that Sarah managed to keep her job a few episodes back, huh? Had the new handler been in charge, Chuck would probably be in an underground holding cell by now. Beckman has a point, though: Chuck's still pretty naive, even after all he's been through, and his trust of Jill means another Fulcrum agent is running free. But Chuck was right on that one; Jill did actually help, and it looks like instead of heading back to Fulcrum, she's just going to disappear for a while — maybe to Helsinki?

Speaking of which — this episode had a lot of laughs despite the dramatic finish, including the bittersweet awkwardness of Chuck and Jill's faux-engagement party and Chuck's first two kills, both at the hands of The Morgan. I love Chuck pointing out that he really is too nice a guy to let the Fulcrum agent drop 15 floors to his death, right before some faulty suit stitching wrecks all of Chuck's best intentions. The Buy More crew is also on fire as they first make a mess of the store to try to get Emmett kicked out, then suddenly put on their best behavior (and suits! even Jeff!) to get Millbarge promoted out of Burbank. Oh, little did they know, the first plan would have been better: Now it looks like they're stuck with Emmett for good, and poor, trusting Morgan is cast out.

Some other thoughts:

  • I'm surprised the government ponied up for a real engagement ring. Cubic zirconia probably would have been sufficient.
  • Love Casey trying to cheat off Chuck on the Fulcrum test — and Chuck positioning his elbow over his answers, grade school-style.
  • Ha: "Permission to drop the twerp into a deep, dark hole, General?" "Granted."
  • Also awesome: Casey blasting through the window with his gun, all "Looks like I passed that test."
  • The Fulcrum recruitment video was kind of crazy — a mix of American-as-apple-pie heartwarming images and horrible bloody things.

Chuck and Sarah are on the run, Chuck's dad is back near Barstow, and Fulcrum can't be far from learning Chuck's secret. These next two episodes better not be the last — save Chuck!

Photos courtesy of NBC

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spacebear spacebear 8 years
oh and its probably a coincidence - although they do make a lot of pop cultural references on this show - but did anyone else notice chuck's dad is at the Black Rock? I got extremely excited and thought about lost.
PinkTink707 PinkTink707 8 years
I love this show. I agree with you La Tua Cantante...they need to get rid of the million reality shows and keep this one!!!
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
I love this show, they'd be crazy not to renew it. All these silly reality shows can stay on the air for YEARS but Chuck might not be around longer?? Anyways, I'm glad Sarah told Chuck in the end, I was doubting her for a minute there.
nonmr nonmr 8 years
Raves: -- The storyline's getting better and better as the season comes to a close. I really don't know if I should be happy or sad about it. I'm happy because the show's getting more meaty as the story progressess but I'm sad at the thought that NBC still hasn't made their mind about the show's future. -- The main plot is trust and it was shown in different perspectives throughout the entire episode. -- Chuck's perseverance to find his Dad aka Orion. Even if it means going behind the government's back. -- Sarah's decision to help Chuck. The last scene where Sarah's driving with Chuck at her side was sweet yet uncertain. Aawww! -- The Buy More sidestory was funny enough to keep me giggling to forget the heavy drama of the previous episode. -- Emmett's quirks at the Buy More employees. He was on a roll! -- Emmett to Lester: "So comb your hair." --> Lester to Emmett: "Jealous." XD -- Emmett to Anna (she's back but with very few lines): "Lower down that whore skirt." -- Emmett to Jeff: "And for God's sake Barnes, I am tired of seeing your buttcrack. Pull 'em up!" XD -- Casey to Jill: "That better be a joke 'coz I don't have a sense of humor." Haha, so true! -- Casey looking at Chuck's monitor only for Chuck to say he's not gonna cheat, haha! -- Casey on having the lowest score Fulcrum ever had, haha! XD -- Jill's back! I thought she was gonna escape but I guess like what Chuck said, she gave her part of the bargain. I felt sad when Chuck let her escape and gave her the ring saying that he really wanted to give her one only not in that fashion but it was sweet of him. I also knew from the start that she was okay, regardless of what she did to Chuck but it still remains to be seen as the story progressess. -- Big Mike's "Judas' kiss" to Morgan. I was gonna laugh but then Morgan betrayed not only him but the rest of the Buy More employees and when he walked away, I felt sad. Rants: -- Emmett's hidden agenda. I really never thought he was going behind Big Mike's back; I thought he was just nosy but never this sinister, haha! -- No Ellie and Awesome but this time I'm cool with it. They were all over the place during the past few episodes :) -- Anna Wu's very limited lines. -- Speaking of trust, let me just rant this bit to NBC: If ever you guys decide to cancel another great show like in this case, Chuck, I don't think I'll ever trust you guys and your judgment again! ;)
bakedbeans bakedbeans 8 years
Oh, Casey, what would I do without you? Casey was completely brilliant in this episode, and I particularly loved Casey trying to cheat off Chuck in the test, and later 'that's for flunking me.' I already knew that Sarah was going to go rogue with Chuck, and I also happen to know that Casey is ordered to kill them. TOO EXICTED!!!!!
hollycf hollycf 8 years
I liked Chuck last season but I've been really loving this season even more. I also agree that Chuck keeps getting better. I actually don't mind that Jill came back. I love Casey and I really liked all the stuff at the buy more. It made me hungry for subway.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I agree with bethinabox. Chuck is getting better by the week! And, CoralAmber, I had a good laugh about the Subway plug too, but if that is what it takes to keep good shows on the air that people decide to watch later on DVR, then so be it.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
Very fun episode. Also thought the Subway plug was clever ;)
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I'm still amazed that Chuck is on the rocks for renewal. It just keeps getting BETTER and BETTER!
spacebear spacebear 8 years
Casey was awesome in this episode! Him trying to cheat off of Chuck and then when he killed that lady and said "Thats for flunking me!" awesome. the morgan/big mike kiss shocked me and made me laugh out loud. I hate hate hate jill and since it was called "chuck vs. the first kill" i thought maybe they were tricking us with the first two almost accidental kills and that he was gonna have to kill jill. i mean when she took off from sarah she did make a point of picking up a gun and i really thought she was gonna go after sarah. once again GREAT music! I am soooo excited for next week. In the preview it looked like casey was with chuck's dad watching over him and then of course the snippet of chuck and sarah - in bed! gosh if this gets cancelled i will be really sad.
ualili ualili 8 years
It would be a sad, sad day in my world (not to mention plenty of boring Monday nights) if "Chuck" was cancelled.
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