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Chuck Recap: Season Two, Episode One, "Chuck vs. the First Date"

Chuck Rundown: Episode One, "Chuck vs. the First Date"

First date? Yup. This episode of Chuck kicked off the season with Chuck attempting to develop a normal relationship with Sarah, i.e. one that wouldn't involve guns at every dinner. Chuck's not supposed to be the Intersect anymore, after all, so why shouldn't he get a little non-threatening-to-national-security love? Of course, that's not quite how things work out, as we learn when we see Chuck being dangled by his ankles off the side of a building in the first few minutes of the episode. I laughed a lot at this one, so to talk about it, just


  • First of all, the opening to the episode was brilliant, with Chuck quickly summarizing the whole first season while Colt looks on in thuggish disbelief and finally says, "That is the single dumbest story I've ever heard." Hee.
  • Casey's introduction: "This is Casey. He works for the NSA. He's not as pretty."
  • It's cute that Chuck doesn't realize the existence of a new Intersect means he dies. I mean, he's still presumably going to have a government computer in his brain. Does he really think the CIA is cool with that?
  • That said, Chuck's elation at the thought of being free from the spy world was adorable, as represented by Huey Lewis's "It's Hip to Be Square" (and a nice counterpart to the sad "oh wait, nevermind" scene later with "The Power of Love").
  • Also, midcelebration, Chuck sees his sister, and Captain Awesome, totally nekkid in the shower! Yipes. Loved his "First of all, congratulations, Devin, on whatever God gave you there."
  • The callback to the date-preparation scene from the very first episode was a nice touch, with Sarah deciding to leave her gun at home and Casey getting to join the fun with a little light target practice.
  • Also, did you catch what was in Casey's target practice wheel? Osama bin Laden, Ronald Reagan (hold fire!), Chuck. In fact, there's a whole lot of Reagan adoration in the Casey household.
  • I liked the way the Buy More and spy stories intersected in this episode: Chuck expects to ditch the spy life, so he says no to the assistant manager job, too. The interview scenes are totally priceless, with Anna flirting to make Morgan jealous, Lester revealing his Wikipedia page ("I have a certain following"), and Jeff handing over a nasty napkin as a résumé.
  • This episode had great riffs on two of the show's recurring gags: Chuck saying "It's never safe in the car!" and, later, calling Casey out on his "Somebody order drive-thru?" line, like, "Were you thinking of that when you drove over here?"
  • I miss the Weinerlicious, but the Orange Orange did offer one great exchange: "What's back there?" "Like the sign says, yogurt and fun."
  • Speaking of the Orange Orange, playing the Flight of the Conchords song "Foux Da Fa Fa" was maybe the most brilliant musical moment this show has ever had.
  • It figures that Morgan's take on interviewing job candidates would be a Thunderdome-style cage match. He did save the day, though, with his intimate knowledge of video game artillery.
  • Speaking of which, it's nice to see Chuck — or, rather, Charles Carmichael — getting ever so slightly better at this spy stuff.
  • Aw, Casey's really starting to like the nerd! "I catch you when you fall. It's touching, really." "I love you." "Keep it in your pants, Bartowski."
  • So, the new Intersect blows up, and Chuck lives to spy another day — now with Lester as his boss. What did you make of the episode? Good to have Chuck back?

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edynu edynu 7 years
Does anyone know the name of the song at the beginning of the 1st episode of the 2nd season ? It's that ''ayeeee'' thing in the first 2 minutes.Sounds a lot like the teddybears-cobrastyle.Thanks
topajongbranth topajongbranth 8 years
I'm so glad Chuck is back. It's been almost 9 months since the end of season one. And definitely the decision to jump to the 2nd season was a great idea. Chuck's even more better, funnier, action packed and romantic. Love the bathroom scene Chuck covering his eyes screaming his blind. And Chuck giving Michael Clarke Duncan his "imposing" speech. I love Sarah's new outfit, i find it quite seductive, and she's always gorgeous. Ellie's "i'm really excited for you, it's just that i'm keeping it to myself" line was funny. I thought the bathroom thing has caught Ellie into an awkward position with his brother. I'm just glad i get a weekly dose of my Chuck.
sushibananas sushibananas 8 years
mmmMM Chuck! Chuck! Chuck! da da...da da da-rng! (that's me singing that theme song) Love the show! Never disappoints!
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
Liked it! Goodness, I have a huge girl crush on Captain Awesome. Haha. Love Chuck, he reminds me so much of John Krasinski. But Zach and John are two totally different individuals but they're both adorable. Heart them both. Lol. The Fulcrum's trojan horse is one reason why Chuck has to go on being the Intersect. I wonder what else can be thrown into the story to keep making Chuck the only Intersect over and over? Will it get old? Or will the series continue to churn in ways of keeping it "fresh"? It's so funny and strangely touching that Casey doesn't want to kill Chuck. Casey's character gets endearing every episode. When Sarah licked her finger when she got the yogurt, I was like, "Ewww? Then you're gonna touch my food?!" Haha. Boys might like that though. Sarah always looks good and I think she's the perfect Sarah for this series. It's just frustrating that she and Chuck can't have a "real" relationship. The scene where Awesome tells Chuck about Amsterdam and belatedly realizes the impropriety of talking about that while Ellie's there is also funny. Right, lots of funnies in this episode.
Ineedclarity Ineedclarity 8 years
I wish it wasn't on at the same time as Gossip Girl. Since I don't have DVR, I'll watch it on-line. I think it would be great if Adam Brody made an appearance.
nakitabanana27 nakitabanana27 8 years
LOVED IT! I got to see it early on itunes for some reason but I watched it again when it aired on t.v. Can't wait for more :D
lauriegilbert lauriegilbert 8 years
I've already seen the episode 5 times, I can't stop watching it. Chuck definitely has me re-hooked.
spacebear spacebear 8 years
I love this show and yet hate this in the real world are NOT like Chuck - not even close.
ualili ualili 8 years
Hilarious episode - DH and I were in stitches!
BlairBear BlairBear 8 years
I loved at the end when Casey ran off with Chuck and Morgan to watch the Twinkie eating! :ROFL:
Jen-Fan Jen-Fan 8 years
I love Chuck! So glad it's back on! Can't wait 'til next week!
nibeck nibeck 8 years
Anyone notice the name of the breakfast cereal after the akward shower scene??? "Nuts & More" Brilliant!!
CocoChic CocoChic 8 years
Last night was a great comeback episode. I loved the look on Casey's face when Reagan swung down. Plus, they had a great line about leaving Burbank.. to Glendale. I find this hilarious because I live in Glendale and it's like 5 minutes away from Burbank. :P
tiabia tiabia 8 years
Love Chuck!!! PS: Yesterday was actually Zachary Levi's birthday!!!
shafiii shafiii 8 years
loveee chuck! thats all i can say =]
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I love Chuck! I worked at Best Buy and Circuit City in the past so I always love any of the Buy More scenes. So true to life haha. well ok no cage matches for the AM position. And I loved when he busted out carmichael. so awesome
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
Here's what Jeff's napkin resume said: "I've worked here forever...19 years and know where all the bodies are buried. Ha Ha Ha. My Co-workers have nice feet. I like to take pictures of them. And then sell them." Then it lists prices next to Chuck, Anna, and Morgan's names, but Chuck's thumb is covering them. Looks like Morgan's feet might go for $75 though! :rotfl:
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 8 years
You'd think they'd want Chuck to remain the intersect because they can't lug a computer to black tie events and have it I.D. the bad guys :)
Taadie Taadie 8 years
I didnt slo-mo the napkin. that brilliant. love chuck, love love love him.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I was not disappointed :). Just as cute and quirky as when it left. I too love Casey. His dry sense of humor always cracks me up. And Chuck is just so darn cute. I'd like to see Rachel Bilson come back this season!
JenBrett JenBrett 8 years
I love Chuck, can I please have him for Christmas? I love the Call of Duty plan
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
My love for Casey grows with every episode! He missed when he shot at Chuck's picture! There's no way he can take him out!!! Did you freeze frame on Jeff's napkin resume? "I've been working here a long time...I know where the bodies are hidden...hahahahahaha" :rotfl:
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