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Chuck Recap: Episode 21, "Chuck vs. the Colonel"

Chuck Rundown: Episode 21, "Chuck vs. the Colonel"

How many kinds of awesome (and Awesome) can you cram into one episode of Chuck? I think we found out this week, as "Chuck vs. the Colonel" finds Chuck running off with Sarah, Casey assigned to find them, Fulcrum hot on their tail, and some serious drama going down at the Buy More. The episode left me wondering: how could the finale — supposedly so good that we'll want to burn our living rooms if the show doesn't get renewed — possibly top this? To chat about it, just


Let us now praise Captain Awesome. Ever since Devon caught that glimpse of General Beckman on Chuck's computer screen, I'd been wondering how long it would take him to find out about Chuck's spy life. It starts out as concern (Chuck hasn't been coming home) and grows into suspicion (why, that John Casey seems downright obsessed with Chuck!). Jeff and Lester give Devon the rundown on Casey's stalker-like behavior — which even an accomplished stalker like Jeff thinks is sick — and before long, Devon's trapped behind gates in Casey's apartment. There's no explaining that away, really, so Chuck confesses: he's a government asset, Chuck and Sarah are his handlers, and right now, he needs Devon to be, you know, Awesome. Devon accepts his mission with a jaunty salute, but he can barely get words out when Ellie confronts him. Good thing he's got prewedding jitters to blame.

Speaking of which: Chuck returns with Ellie's "wedding present," one Stephen Bartowski. But that doesn't come without a fight — one complete with government bombers. Fulcrum's had Chuck's dad locked up underground working on the new Intersect; little does anyone — including Chuck — know that he's actually building a program to get the Intersect out of Chuck's brain. The scene at the drive-in had so many wonderful moments: Roark taking his Steve Jobs-esque keynoting to the big screen; the identical agents in their identical cars; Stephen telling Chuck it's OK for him to open his eyes ("It's all for you"). I love the scene of them driving away as the theater behind them goes up in a wave of flames and the small smile on Chuck's face when his dad tells him he's really free.

Meanwhile, Emmett's fully installed in Big Mike's old job at the Buy More, even arranging for marlin removal. He tries to woo the now-friendless Morgan to the dark side (love the callback to the "ass man" gag), and it takes Anna's urging to get Morgan to admit he has dreams beyond the Buy More: being a Benihana chef in Hawaii ("I'm way past my prime, I'm not Asian, and I don't even know where to get the knives!"). Ultimately, he falls on his sword, takes off his shirt(s), and walks out in a blaze of glory to a slow clap. Dude.

Some other thoughts:

  • Chuck and Sarah make out! For real! And they'd totally have done more if not for Morgan swiping Chuck's wallet condom some indeterminate amount of time ago.
  • That's the best part of the hotel scenes, but there's also Casey getting chained to the radiator, then pulling the radiator out of the wall to get free, and then using the radiator as a weapon/shield. ("You can't kill me with that radiator. It is far too confined in this car for you to get the appropriate torque.")
  • Aww, all Casey wanted was to be invited to the mission!
  • So does Casey still get to be a colonel? It was sweet of him to praise (and protect) Sarah, but I hope he still gets his promotion! And will he ever kill that guy who keeps coming back?
  • Not only did Sarah and Casey get some good "stay in the car, Chuck" moments, but Chuck got one of his own, telling Sarah to stay put in the motel and then having her disappear out the bathroom window.
  • Really, the power goes out and all the holding cells in the Castle open?

Argh, you guys! One more week! I can't take it — what if it's the last Chuck ever?

Photos courtesy of NBC

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fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
totally awesome ep. 7 min preview of the season finale on
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
This was an amazing episode - I'm so excited for next week! I will be seriously devastated if it doesn't come back for another season. I don't understand - why is everybody not watching Chuck??
deeann deeann 8 years
the show is awesome..not only does it have great humor and action the actors are great. nbc needs to keep chuck!
Jammi Jammi 8 years
I loved this episode, and I thought it was the season finale [LOL] the way they tied everything up and made it seem like one big happy ending. Ellie's wedding, she gets her dad and Chuck back, Sarah and Chuck, Casey and Chuck being friends, sorta, lol. Then out of nowhere Roark is alive, I was like 'they're ending it like that!!!!' Glad to know they're not, but I have to agree it's going to be hard to top this episode. And @kscincotta; that comment killed me, hahah, it was such a Chuck thing to say. Although my favourite part [aside from the IOU one condom bit] was when Casey was listing why Chuck's an idiot, I was like 'aww, he just wanted to be invited along!' oh and when Awesome said he knew Chuck wasn't just a loser working at Buymore, LOL. Can't wait for next week.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
The best line no one's mentioned: "Aw, the team's back together! Group hug?" The hubs and I almost fell off the couch. This was such a great episode!
smileet147 smileet147 8 years
Chuck has been getting better and better week by week and it was already AWESOME. I love this show and if it's cancelled I shall be devestated! This show always manages to give me the fuzzy feelings. SAVE CHUCK!
nonmr nonmr 8 years
Raves: -- This has got to be one of those really awesome episodes. I was shocked when upon watching the first 5 minutes of the episode, I see Sarah in her underwear, haha! -- Awesome was definitely awesome in this episode. I loved the part when he was struggling with Ellie from telling Chuck's whereabouts. -- Chuck and Sarah make out--for real! And it's no dream sequence, either :) -- Morgan's note in Chuck's wallet regarding his wallet condom, haha! -- The Buy More sidestory was great. -- Morgan coming into Big Mike's pseudo-office ala The Godfather, haha! -- Morgan was on a roll in this episode. But I felt a little sad for him leaving (if ever) Buy More for Hawaii. It's a good this Anna Wu is with him :) -- The ass-man sidejoke was funny. -- Casey being all too softy when all he wanted was to be invited in the mission, awww! Rants: -- Chevy Chase still alive. You really can't eradicate "The Chase" that easily, haha! -- Emmett being all too cruel to Big Mike. Now we're seeing Emmett's bad side. -- To NBC: What's with the prolonging of our agony?! Renew!!!
bakedbeans bakedbeans 8 years
This. Is. Torture. I don't have enough bandwidth to watch this episode (I don't live in the US) and now everyone's aying that this episode's amazing! I hope this isn't like the Gossip Girl finale, becuase the second to last show was amazing, but the finale was a bit lacking. Only 8 days til' I can watch again!!!
travelbug1 travelbug1 8 years
Wow, this was a staggeringly good episode, i was just amazed by what happened, and how much changed. Chuck and Sarah finally together and really enjoying it, Casey coming through for Sarah in particular and helping out Chuck. This was just another quality episode in a long long line of excellent ones, how can anyone even think about cancelling this show. As to what happens if he has lost the intersect i think that come the finale he will end up with the intersect back in his head or in Ellie's. It was tied up but i consider it the nice time before hell breaks loose in the finale kinda like the calm before the storm.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
It was awesome, but is anyone else worried about how "tied up" everything felt?? They can't take my Casey away :(.
Alithyra Alithyra 8 years
I'm kinda curious how they'd do a third season if the Intersect is out of Chuck's brain. The Boy's comment: "Well, that's it for this show." Casey is made of win. I noticed he got a two rank jump, too -- straight from Major to Colonel, skipping Lt Col. Morgan is awesome. On the lack of power causing the holding cells to open: "It's a safety feature, hon. Go with that."
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
The show is great and that was a really good episode. I hope the show comes back. It is so much better then other shows that have been renewed but shouldn't. *cough heroes cough*!
CocoChic CocoChic 8 years
Best Chuck episode ever. I will be so sad if this doesn't come back.
spacebear spacebear 8 years
OH (sorry to go post crazy!) and the look on Casey's face in the car, when Stephen said that the intersect was out of chucks head. I swear he looked sad/heartbroken. I think he's like the Skipper and Chuck is his Gilligan.
spacebear spacebear 8 years
Awesome, well was awesome. I teared up at Ellie and her dad at the end. I couldnt imagine if I could go to my own rehearsal dinner if my father and brother weren't there. Woo Chuck and Sarah - FINALLY! And i loved that they were gonna have safe sex! Lol at Casey being sad that he wasnt invited on the misson and hooray to him covering for Sarah and Chuck. I think my two favorite lines were when Sarah asked Chuck, "Not one bed?" (How cute and sweet!) and when Emmett told Morgan, "Do all your friends give your mom a urinary tract infection?" I totally said "BURN!" aloud at my apartment. NBC needs to not cancel this show! What will i do monday nights? Watch Dancing with the Stars?? Blech.
Maribug Maribug 8 years
This episode was amaazing, and I'm seeing so much love for it on twitter, LJ and from my friends and, well, everywhere (or, you know, I seek out places where people talk about it, but still). This show just keeps getting better, honestly, but I've been rewatching season 1 the past few days, and it's still awesome. Last night's episode was certainly a game changer (Also? The ending? Loved it sfm. And the motel scene, obviously.), but I'm really really curious what will happen next.. The finale might be pretty epic, but beating this one may be difficult. I'll be devastated if this show is cancelled :(
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 8 years
YAYYYY!!! CASEY!!! that's all i'm gonna say....
tini17 tini17 8 years
Guys!!! Oh, blerg! I'm so obsessed. Chuck can't go! Remember to pick up a Five Dollar Footlong at Subway on Monday before the finale, and leave a comment card telling Subway you came b/c of their Chuck ad placement! I luuuurve this show!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I really hope this show stays on, it's one of the few that I REALLY look forward to! I LOVED that Chuck and Sarah finally had that moment and the happiness on Ellies face when her dad and Chuck were there, I'm just bummed that according to the preview for next week they're going to REALLY mess up her wedding! And Awesome trying to keep the secret was hysterical!
alesimas alesimas 8 years
I just can't get over how amazing this show is. How can one hour hold so much action, comedy and sweetness is beyond me. SAVE CHUCK!!!
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
suzpuz — yep! Here, he's new Buy More manager Emmett Milbarge
suzpuz suzpuz 8 years
is that buster bluthe?!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
no! i love this show! it has so much character!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
Since last night seemed to tie up a few loose ends, I'd probably be okay if that had to be the last episode of Chuck, even though I'd be devastated over its cancellation. But they seem to be opening so many doors next episode that I almost wish they wouldn't air it unless they know it's coming back. Almost. I'm so addicted to this show!
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