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Chuck Recap: Episode 8, "Chuck Vs. The Truth"

Chuck Rundown: Episode 8, "Chuck Vs. The Truth"

I'm no expert in the spy genre, but I've heard and seen enough stories involving "truth serum" to know that I should have expected that plotline to turn up on Chuck eventually. But I really liked the way the show used the idea of the honesty drug, taking Chuck's relationships with both Sarah and his sister to new levels while giving us some of the best laugh-out-loud lines yet. Plus: All hail Bilson! To read the rest of my thoughts on the episode, just

A lot of episodes of Chuck have involved some kind of conflict between Chuck's spy life and his real life, but none has done it so forcefully. Ellie didn't actually get poisoned because Chuck was a spy — in fact, she probably only survived because Chuck, Sarah, and Casey knew how to get the antidote — but it still showed Chuck the dangers of his new life. We knew enough about Chuck to expect that he would give Ellie the antidote rather than taking it himself, but it's good to have his selflessness confirmed. And Ellie really sold her part of the story; I haven't been the biggest fan of Sarah Lancaster's acting, but her "words taste like peaches" had me giggling all night. Possibly the sweetest (and saddest) moment was Chuck confessing to Ellie while Ellie was unconscious. That may be the closest our hero comes to telling his loved ones the truth.

This episode also brought an end, at least temporarily, to Chuck and Sarah's cover relationship. Good for Chuck for standing up for what he wants — especially when what he wants is the chance to date Lou, the sandwich-obsessed character played by Rachel Bilson. (Did anyone else think the dialogue on Chuck got instantly better when Bilson came in?) I suppose the girlfriend plot was the easiest cover for the government to invent for Sarah, but couldn't they achieve the same goals by just having them be friends, or neighbors, or coworkers? Of course, there's still the issue of whether Sarah actually wants something more with Chuck — but for whatever reason, she can't quite say it.

Maybe the biggest surprise of the episode was the hasty disposal of Harry Tang. Damn. I liked the guy, but the actor playing him is a regular on Dexter now, and presumably that's why Chuck had to let him go. The way he puffed up when Casey told him the government was going to send him on a mission was priceless.

Some other thoughts:

  • All hail Lou: "I think you're cute. You're funny. Our vast height difference intrigues me." Man, I wish Bilson were on this show permanently.
  • Talk about a window into Morgan's strange, strange mind: "Her hair looked so much like licorice, I wanted to chew on it until I make myself sick."
  • Loved Sarah and Casey talking to the government about Chuck's instincts: "Chuck's not wrong very often." "He's annoying all the time."
  • Chuck's whiteboy dancing as he waited for Sarah's faux-bootycall was hilarious. Also: "This is part of my cover." "Well, it doesn't cover a thing."
  • Some other great poisoned Ellie lines: "If everything is awesome and nothing is unawesome then everything by definition is just mediocre!" and "Chuck, you need a haircut. It's starting to make funny animal shapes."
  • The scenes with Chuck, Sarah, and Casey telling the truth completely cracked me up, with Chuck talking about how he'd write about this day on his blog, Casey admitting he wouldn't shoot Chuck, and "Casey, your jaw was chiseled by Michelangelo himself."

Your thoughts? Who's going to be the new assistant manager of the Buy More? Am I the only one getting the hunch that it's Morgan?

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splayer splayer 9 years
Words taste like peaches! Love it.
awteena awteena 9 years
even though i'm supposed to want chuch and sarah together (i am supposed to, aren't i?), i love the r-bils too much (because vast height differences intrigue me, as well) and want her on more episodes. and Phasekitty, i noticed that too! also, the popularity of the name "chuck" : here, pushing daisies, and gossip girl. that's a lot.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
Chuck and Lou have so much more chemistry than Chuck and Sarah! I loved this episode and you've spotlighted all the best parts here, Buzz. Has anyone else noticed that it's becoming popular this TV season for girls to have guy's names? Lou is one example, but also Chuck from Pushing Daisies. Those are the two that I've noticed, but I'm sure there's more. I think it's adorable!
JessNess JessNess 9 years
This episode was definitely one of the best!! The chiseled jaw line still makes me laugh. Im definitely curious about Lou. I think there is something fishy about her. I thought she fell for Chuck too fast I also laughed when Sara shot the guy in the knee after all of his fancy flips. I was waiting for her just say jack ass!
sugajen sugajen 9 years
i work at an electronics store which i will not name ahhembestbuy and this show gives me kicks
mabess mabess 9 years
i love this show, but i've never liked sara. and i don't buy the idea that her character has developed feelings for chuck. what about bryce, her dead boyfriend?!? chuck's adorable, and she doesn't deserve him. he's so cute with lou. but a sandwich shop, really? and i watched this ep online so i didn't get to see next week's trailer. i'm gonna take a wild guess and say that lou's a bad spy. am i right?
yyam084 yyam084 9 years
i doubt rachel wanted to be a regular cast, but then her storylines are always endearing and fun to watch, wished there could be more than just 2 episodes. i saw next week's trailer, and lou's identity will be revealed on it... this is my favorite episode so far, but then because there's r.bils, i saw there ratings grew,... sarah/chuck is still awesome for me!
Adrianne Adrianne 9 years
I loved/disliked this episode at the same time. :sigh: of my favorite lines in addition to the ones you wrote above is Chuck's "You're so pretty!" to Sarah in the elevator. LOL.
PreppyDot PreppyDot 9 years
I love this show! I find Chuck so endering. I was starting to wonder when he would get fed up with the whole girlfriend/non-girlfriend thing with Sara and the Lou charater is great for Chuck. It would be fun to see a little competition for Chuck.
lucky_karabear lucky_karabear 9 years
all I have to say is: aaawww Marshal! yaaayyy!!!! freakin missed him!
BlairBear BlairBear 9 years
I've never liked the whole 'Chuck/Sarah' relationship, I'm so happy that Chuck broke up with her last night. I was dying when I saw Chuck doing his little dance, it was hilarious and the Michaelangelo line, wonderful! I was starting to wonder off when watching this show and this episode snagged my attention again.
vickibug vickibug 9 years
tiabia I totally agree with you and being "in like" with Chuck. I've been watching it b/c I thought it was cute but I was usually flipping through a magazine and waiting for Heroes while it was on. But last night's episode was awesome and I think I'm officially "in love" with Chuck. With the vast improvement of Heroes, last night was definitely a great night for TV at my house!
jesse3000 jesse3000 9 years
Liked the episode. Keep them coming, hopefully.
elizabelle elizabelle 9 years
words DO taste like peaches!
HistoryGeek913 HistoryGeek913 9 years
This was def. a funny episode. Loved the Michelangelo comment, and the "words taste like peaches." I was sad to see the "ending" of the Sara-Chuck "relationship" because the real Sara really seems to like him beyond this whole cover thing. However it was nice to see Chuck stand up for himself and go after something he wants. Any idea on how long Lou will be around? I saw that Sara was crying in the next episode, over Chuck?
caernarvan caernarvan 9 years
Rachel Bilson is only on for 2 episodes??!! Maybe it'll be like the OC when she guested & then became a regular. Lou & Chuck we SO adorable together. But then again, Chuck wouldn't be Chuck if he were in a real relationship that would allow him to stop being endearingly neurotic.
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
I didn't like Bilsons eyes (the make up I mean) My bro totally lose it when chuck start dancing, so funny! I am still hating the Indian man (no offense, I don't know his name), Morgan is not my favorite character, but Stop Framing him!!!
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
LOVED bilson, her lines were so cute...and i totally agree with the fact that "guys who cheat on their girlfriends are big fat stupid jack@sses". so so funny!! and sad, no more harry tang....but the 2 guys framing morgan with the video camera was awesome. and i think we need more big mike.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
I loved this episode. Prior to this one, I wasn't really in love with the show (although I have a stead 8pm Monday night date with NBC)...more of a "in like" relationship...but now I just love it. I love the addition of the Lou character, and although Bilson's delivery was cute and spot on, it really points out how AWESOME (and by awesome I mean 'awesome', not mediocre) the writers are for this and so many of the shows out there!!!
Molly Molly 9 years
Call me biased, but I thought Bilson was so great. Though, her hair doesn't look much like licorice. Just saying. I wish she was on more than just two episodes.
ebolove ebolove 9 years
My favorite line/Things to do list: "Save your sister. check." "Save yourself...Final entry." Loooved it!
CocoChic CocoChic 9 years
This is probably my favorite episode so far. I loved Bilson. I missed her funniness!
ana-isabel ana-isabel 9 years
It was very funny but at the end it was sad. I really liked this episode.
Grantz Grantz 9 years
It was real brief, when Sarah admitted she was immune to the Truth serum, and wanted to share her true feelings with Chuck, but couldnt. I think that was the writers' way of telling us, Chuck and Sarah aren't going to become romantic anytime soon. I guess there are just too many romantics in the world to not give the lead characters at least a subliminal chance of mutual attraction. Having undeclared feelings for each other gives way for some neat plot twists in Chuck's future love life, and upcoming missions. About "Dexter", what a twist his love life took this last episode. Cheers~ Grantz
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