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Chuck Recap: Episode Eight, "Chuck vs. The Gravitron"

Chuck Rundown: Episode Eight, "Chuck vs. The Gravitron"

Revenge can be sweet, can't it? On this week's Chuck, we find out what happens to you when you break a guy's heart, sleep with his best friend, turn up later to profess your love, and wind up being a government spy. (Short answer: nothing good.) But revenge isn't easy, as Chuck's feelings and general naivete get in the way time and again. To chat about this episode, just


All season, we've built up to Chuck actually being a competent spy, andin "Chuck vs. The Gravitron," he does a lot of rather hardcore stuff: starting the Gravitron; running away into the hall of mirrors; hacking into the Castle's computer system; kissing Jill even after he knows she's out to get him, all for the sake of the mission. No matter how much you were initially rooting for Chuck and Jill's romance, didn't you cheer a little bit when he led her into the "detention" version of the Nerd Mobile?

Not that it was easy. Chuck's emotions get in the way a lot, and once in particular it seems nearly fatal — not just for himself but for Casey and Sarah as well. When Jill's hooked up to the lie detector, he sees his chance to finally get some answers about whether Jill loved him. He's relieved to learn that Jill never slept with Bryce at all; that was just Fulcrum's way of getting her out of the relationship. But at the slightest hint that they could be together again, Chuck gets all stupid and frees her. Sure enough, Chuck has a gun pointed at his brain just seconds later. Good thing he's used to that sort of thing by now.

Instead of a traditional love triangle, this episode has more of a "please don't kill me" triangle, with Sarah begging Jill not to hurt Chuck and Chuck begging Sarah not to hurt Jill (but going after Jill when he sees he's about to hurt Sarah). And has there ever been a better arrest line than "You're under arrest, Jill, and I'm breaking up with you"? But the finest moment belongs to Big Mike, who responds to the distress call at the Buy More still all gussied up in his fishing gear, throws Leader into a wall of electronics, and then congratulates Casey for stopping theft.

Some other thoughts:

  • Ellie's completely hilarious in this episode, freaking out about Thanksgiving with the Awesomes by cooking test turkeys and uninviting Morgan. When the Awesomes can't make it, she realizes what a mistake she made — which is good, because Morgan's already outside, rustling around in a garbage can for one of the test turkeys.
  • Also, good for Ellie for finally getting Chuck's hot-girl slo-mo treatment.
  • For the record, I don't know where they'd put a carnival in Palo Alto.
  • Loved the Buy More scenes, with Jeff carefully setting his trip wire ("it's kind of sad — he tripped over it last year") and Lester being shocked that there's more to Thanksgiving than turkey wrapped in plastic.
  • No matter how much Chuck might have wanted to believe in Jill, the Intersect in his brain doesn't lie. The second he knew her Fulcrum nickname, it was over.
  • Fulcrum's pretty creepy, huh? From leadership seminars to controlling your love life.
  • The end of Big Mike's sob story about thieves: "Husky lads throughout Burbank went without britches for Christmas."

So, Jill's detained, Chuck's single again, and Thanksgiving's saved for another year. And somehow, Fulcrum still doesn't know Chuck's the intersect — but I doubt we've seen the last of them. What did you all think?

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piksie007 piksie007 8 years
besides all the other amazing moments mentioned above, i LOVED the moment where morgan pops out of the door at Buy More, and that music starts playing, and he and lester both put their palms against the glass before morgan dashes away to find ellie's turkey; i was rolling on the floor. this was an EXCELLENT episode!
nonmr nonmr 8 years
Raves: - Loved the episode especially because I got to see the whole scoop about Jill. She is kind of an awkward Fulcrum agent but I still think she's pretty shady for being involved with Fulcrum. - Kinda felt bad for Lester having no idea what a real Thanksgiving is; good thing Morgan's there! - The almost-kiss scene between Chuck and Sarah is sweet yet again, Sarah's pretty obvious about it. - Unleash the Casey. Need I say more? - Big Mike was awesome kicking Leader's butt but I was kind of sad not to see him actually fishing. - Ellie was pretty funny with her neurotic antics thinking the Awesomes will come. - Chuck finally coming to his senses and ending his relationship with Jill. What's more heartbreaking than having you detained in a Nerd Herd car and breaking up with you at the same time? Rants: - Chuck's so naive when it comes to his feelings for Jill. It was so easy to get into him thus he was betrayed so (actually too many) many times by Jill. - Why no Anna Wu? - Awesome's scenes were pretty limited.
dbk593 dbk593 8 years
I love this show so much. More people should be watching. This was one of my favorite episodes this season! Can't wait for next week!
Jammi Jammi 8 years
I agree with JessNess, hahaha, best message ever. And I'm erally glad he came to his senses about Jill even if it was because she was going to kill Sarah and not because of the amount of times she betrayed him. And Big Mike and that tackle was priceless, lol. Oh, and when Morgan was hopin gthe Swedish Bikini team would come through the door. Despite what Sarah said I hope Chuck has learned that as great as it is to be trusting, when you're an asset to the CIA you need to question some things a bit more.
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I loved when Chuck's message said "Unleash the Casey"
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i was bummed that Sarah didn't get to kick Jills butt, but I still loved the episode. Morgan climbing through the trash and Awesome coming out with the broom was great!
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