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Chuck Recap: Season 2, Episode 16, "Chuck vs. The Lethal Weapon"

Chuck Rundown: Episode 16, "Chuck vs. The Lethal Weapon"

Wow, this week's Chuck is jam-packed with action and revelations, including a few moments that may forever change the way we look at Chuck Bartowski. Ever since he became the Intersect, Chuck's been serving on missions at the government's request — but now he's got some more personal matters to attend to, so to chat about the goings-on, just


The scene I can't get out of my head is Chuck staring at his giant chart on the back of his Tron poster, trying to piece together the connections between Fulcrum and the government and the computer in his brain. Our Bartowski isn't just a hapless nerd, after all! This whole time, he's been mapping out cases and missions and code names, hoping something would help him get his normal life back. That Tron poster's been the subject of enough jokes and commentary (including in this episode, when we learn it was a gift from Chuck's dad) that I should have realized there was more to it than just a silly ad for an '80s movie. So this is Chuck's real mission: Using what he's learning with the Intersect in his brain, he wants to get the Intersect out.

And once it's out, he hopes, he'll be with Sarah. He won't move in with her; he couldn't take spending all day, every day, around a woman he's crazy for but can't touch. But then . . . well, might as well let Chuck's own words speak for themselves:

Just so you know, I am going to get this thing out of my head one day. I will. And when I do, I'm going to live the life that I want with the girl that I love. Because I'm not going to let this thing rob me of that. I won't.

Aw, Bartowski. Why you gotta make me feel like that?

This episode really shows how far Chuck's come — and not just because we learn about his secret map. With Cole, he's treated like a real spy. Granted, he can't shoot a gun and manages to maybe break his ankle getting it caught in a window frame, but he's on nearly equal footing. And coming from a man who's singlehandedly taken out nine guys (well, 12, but who wants to brag?), that's saying something. As funny as it is to see Chuck hobbling after the also-hobbling doctor, that slow-moving Chase gives Chuck a real sense of purpose: Maybe Chuck could be a hero to his country and get his old brain back.

Some other thoughts:

  • Another stellar episode from Jeff and Lester, who launch Operation Repulsion to convince Anna it's not such a good idea to move in with Morgan. Highlights: a very sweaty game of Wii Tennis (in '70s athletic gear); a "Morganuptial" agreement limiting Anna to only string cheese in the house (gouda on weekends); and something involving peanut oil, bubble wrap, "and as much yarn as you can find." Somehow, though, I'm not surprised that Anna is unrepulsible.
  • The scenes of Chuck and Sarah's first morning in the Bartowski house are awesome — Chuck with the blankets pulled up to his chin, Ellie greeting them both with a giant hug, Awesome's squicky declaration that "you two lovebirds need to find a nest where you can let the worm wiggle free."
  • Casey, sheepishly, on taking out nine guys: "I'm just saying it's doable."
  • How much of Morgan and Anna's supposed 16 months together have they actually been together? Three weeks?
  • Lester on Jeff: "That's 95 percent alcohol!"
  • Love Chuck offering Cole an Us Weekly, or maybe some soup.
  • I wonder if this is the last we'll see of Cole. I sort of liked his dashing spy charm, complete with cheesy lines ("just close your eyes and say yes") and romantic music.

So: Does this episode change how you see Chuck? How sweet was his speech to Sarah? And are Jeff and Lester totally stealing the show this season?

Photos courtesy of NBC

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JessNess JessNess 8 years
Im excited about next week's episode because we finally get to meet Chuck's new handler and just in time as the lady who is playing her just got killed off on Burn Notice (where she played a handler)
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Cole reminded me of a low budget Clive Owen. But I still liked him. I'm really worried about next week, Sarah getting let go?? But I love that Chuck got a gun, too awesome!
spacebear spacebear 8 years
oh yeah - the place next to the buy more is called Underpants, etc. - that made me LOL too
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
This was a really good episode! I also can't help but like Cole and his cheesy lines. But I feel for Chuck. Truthfully though, I'm getting a little tired of the back and forth between Chuck and Sarah. Every time it seems they might get together they don't. Either make them be together or not but pick one!
nonmr nonmr 8 years
Raves: - Morgan and Anna moving in together. Finally, Anna reappeared! - Speaking of Anna, loved her line--"When we move in, I'm gonna show you your mother isn't the only one who could be noisy in the bedroom." - Awesome's worm line--so funny and awesome! - Jeff's line--"And I'll be there to pick up the pieces"--creeps the hell out of me but it's still funny - Morganuptials--funny and specific - Sarah finally admitting about her feelings for Chuck - Cole backing out on Sarah because she chooses Chuck--awww! It's the second time Sarah refused to leave with someone because of Chuck - Chuck's lines to Sarah during the last scenes. When he said he's crazy about her, my heart melted =) - Chuck's Tron poster/diagram of anything Fulcrum and Intersect - Jeff and Lester making fun of Morgan's Big Mike and his mom a la Yo Momma jokes - Chuck poking fun at Cole's tank tops. Random yet funny! - Chuck and Cole's sort-of competition with Sarah's affection. It was sweet - Morgan, Jeff and Lester in 70's tennis attire (with itty-bitty white shorts and headgear) playing Wii Tennis. When Jeff took off his top, I can't stop laughing! Rants: - Chuck's reaction whenever Cole hits on Sarah. It's painful to see that - Where's Big Mike and Emmett? - The constant push-and-pull state of Chuck and Sarah's relationship - Chuck not being able to dig deeper about the Orion thing. But seeing his intensive diagram/Tron poster, I think he's on the right track
Jammi Jammi 8 years
I loved this episode, I adore the fact that 'Super Spy' Cole treated Chuck as an equal despite the many times he breaks up. and LOL at him being like 'I didn't go in alone... Chuck was injured as well." And Casey being like: "He got his foot stuck in a windowsill, it's as pathetic as it sounds." LOL I hope we do get some more Cole if only because he treats Chuck as an equal. Love the contrast between him and Casey, and Chuck and Casey. and for some reason I LOLed when he dragged Chuck away from Morgan and Morgan was like 'John...when did you get an office?'
Allyace Allyace 8 years
Ok, seriously I demand more Casey! I liked Cole, but he is no Casey.
spacebear spacebear 8 years
great episode! my favorite line was when cole was telling chuck to go for the knees and chuck said: you mean, sweep the leg? i about died laughing. but yes it was really sweet. i love poor ellie having to go back and forth on chuck moving out. i love that chuck is a good guy who puts his family and morgan above everything else.
shafiii shafiii 8 years
this show is pure love!
tini17 tini17 8 years
I was pleasantly surprised to see Sarah turn down Cole in favor of Chuck. I knew she had feelings for Chuck, but I didn't realize how strong they were. When can these two be a couple, already?! Jeff & Lester... hilarious. My husband and I always laugh so hard thanks to them!
Read2me Read2me 8 years
I loved this episode! Everyone was so funny right from the get go. The smack talking about Big Mike and Morgan's mom was hysterical and Awesome's line about the worm had me near tears. I also loved Casey's reaction to Chuck having a gun. I am going to miss Cole even though he added some tension to the already tense Chuck-Sarah relationship. He was so sweet to Chuck and I think he totally gets how Chuck feels about Sarah. Plus he is very easy on the eyes!
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