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Chuck Recap: Episode Six, "Chuck vs. The Ex"

Chuck Rundown: Episode Six, "Chuck vs. The Ex"

On this week's Chuck, we finally meet Jill, the ex-girlfriend who toyed with Chuck's heart and ultimately left him for Bryce Larkin (a not-uncommon theme in Chuck's life). She's gorgeous, she's smart — you can tell by the glasses — and she's eager to catch up with Chuck. She's also tied up in this week's mission, which adds some urgency to their unexpected reunion. Ready to talk about it? Just


Jill reappears in Chuck's life just when he's caught himself thinking about her — specifically about the way things ended — while listening to "Jill Mix '03" on his iPhone. Their final moments together looked so painful that I was surprised it was a flashback and not a dream sequence, with Chuck insisting that he hadn't stolen tests and Jill's roommate hollering from the window that Jill was with Bryce now. So when Jill pops up, all sleek and professional and multiple-degreed, Chuck turns on the lying machine to make Jill think his life is awesome. You know, he owns a bunch of computer stores! He owns a hot, red convertible (that he can't figure out how to drive)! He's so popular at one fancy restaurant that everyone knows his name!

Thanks to an intrusion from Lester and Jeff, Jill figures out the lies and is none too keen on seeing Chuck again. But she still doesn't know the biggest truth of all: that he's actually working with the CIA, and their current mission involves investigating Jill's boss. Guy LeFleur turns out to be on the side of good, having researched and isolated a particular superbug, but he dies at the hands of a henchman who wants to use it for evil. What's more, the henchman is a CIA agent and Fulcrum member — so we're back to that. Meanwhile, the agent releases a superbug in a room full of conference-goers, and Chuck and Jill must team up to save their lives. Chuck deciding that swapping spit with Casey could save his life was hysterical, especially when Jill shows up in full Hazmat gear to tell him that's the dumbest thing she's ever heard.

The emotional stuff in this episode really worked for me: I believe that Chuck isn't over Jill and desperately wants her back, enough to bring that whole army of police officers with him when he finally tells the truth. And I suspect that this is going to be very hard for Sarah, as she sees what it might be like if Chuck could have an actual relationship with someone who has a whole history (and real name).

Some other thoughts:

  • Jeff is on fire these past few episodes! He's by far the best part of the Buy More CPR storyline, down to swallowing the pen cap so that everyone else can learn the Heimlich by watching him choke.
  • I wish there had been even more interaction between Captain Awesome and the Buy More staffers, but the scene with Morgan sneaking in to steal the test (and ending up with Ellie's panties underpants) is pretty classic on its own.
  • Chuck on buying a new suit: "I told you! Coupon!"
  • Casey's wig in the dinner scene is amazing.
  • "What's wrong with you?" Love these answers: "I drink too much." "My parents had impossible standards."
  • Naturally, Sarah had to wear glasses when she attempted to present a paper at the conference. It's the universal signal for smart.

So, Chuck and Jill are all lovey-dovey again. Good for him — but I'm suspicious of anyone involved with Bryce Larkin, so I'm not sure we know all there is to know about Jill yet. The next couple of weeks should be juicy. What did you think of this one?

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PinkTink707 PinkTink707 8 years
OMG! I loved the pic of Casey on Chuck's phone too!!! Too funny! This show is great
spacebear spacebear 8 years
sarah's real accent! casey and chuck kissing! casey's wig! i love this show!
nonmr nonmr 8 years
Liked this episode primarily because I feel for Chuck's sentiment over Jill. When the Jill Mix '03 scene came on, I felt weird 'coz I used to have one for my ex haha! But enough about that, Jeff and Casey had the best lines and scenes in this episode, like Jeff choking and Casey, oh Casey where would I start?! From the lines telling Chuck about gaining back his mojo (You had one?), telling him he's stupid to THAT wig, he just made my day (aside from Captain Awesome). But nothing prepared me from the kiss between Chuck and Casey (and I can't stop giggling whenever someone brings that up!). Lastly, Sarah getting a little obvious about her real feelings for Chuck. Although Jill and Chuck got back together, I 'm still a believer (and a hopeless devotee haha!) for Chuck and Sarah =) A little trivia I'd like to share (although I've posted this before): Matthew Bomer (Bryce) and Jordana Brewster (Jill) co-starred (and even played lovers!) in the 2006 film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Beginning.
shafiii shafiii 8 years
i don't like Jill. and all the moments where her and Chuck kissed I cringed for Sarah. =[ !!! Casey was awesome this episode and over alll loved it!
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
Yeah I agree, I think there's more to Jill than what we know of. But for now, it's kinda interesting to see Sarah to be the one on the "other side" this time. Chuck had to endure her and Bryce a lot of times in the past episodes. But I hope this is just a balancing act. Our hearts went out to poor Chuck when Mr and Mrs Anderson did their bit (okay, bits). And now it's Chuck and Jill. I'm hopeful that in the end it will just be Chuck and Sarah. I've got too much time on my hands.
JessNess JessNess 8 years
BTW I love the picture of Casey on Chucks phone :rotfl:
JessNess JessNess 8 years
This episode was ALL ABOUT CASEY!! He was awesome! Between the kiss, his growls, that wig, and his speech about Chuck being a loser was perfection
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
I can't believe he was listening to a Jill Mix! Sure he didn't have closure but I can't believe he's THAT hung up on her! I thought his issues are all about Sarah now, but no, he's hanging out at the Buy More, listening to a Jill Mix. Yeah Buzz, Jeff and Lester's lines are hilarious! Also the one where Morgan asks them if they're ready and Lester answers that he was born ready, and Jeff says "I was born premature." LOL. How about Chuck telling Casey that this time around he's putting his foot down. But gingerly. Haha. And also, I can't believe they kissed!!! It was so uncomfortable to watch! Lol. When Sarah pretended to be Dr. LeFleur's Australian associate and she spoke at the conference, it was nice to hear her speak in her native accent!
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