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Chuck Rundown: Episode 12, "Chuck Vs. The Undercover Lover"

Chuck Rundown: Episode 12, "Chuck Vs. The Undercover Lover"

Hey, it's part one of my own Chuck sandwich! Since NBC decided to toss its final two episodes of Chuck on TV last night (bracketing the latest installment of The Celebrity Apprentice), I've decided to serve up my own Chuck rundown sandwich. First up, "Chuck Vs. the Undercover Lover." The second episode, "Chuck Vs. The Marlin," will be coming soon (update: here it is) — but I have to put something in between. You know. Sandwich.

Anyway. Man, it was good to have this show back; I missed its goofiness. And this episode was particularly fun, as two very different relationships played out in strangely parallel stories. How hilarious was it to learn that Casey could feel passion? I suppose it wasn't much of a stretch for Chuck to believe Casey was "built like a Ken doll, you know, down there" — but then Chuck suddenly flashed on Ilsa, Casey's one true love (other than his Crown Vic). The reveal of that relationship led to all sorts of wild, spy-genre-parodying developments, so just


  • The Casey/Ilsa story was as convoluted as Chuck's weekly cases always are, with faked deaths and assumed identities and lots of lying. But the moral was clear: Spy love just doesn't work. Someone's always having to disappear in an explosion or pretend to be a photographer or get 17 guns pointed at them when things go south.
  • Not that regular-people relationships are so much easier, as evidenced by Ellie and Awesome's fight over the washing machine vs. big-screen TV anniversary gift. (Awesome does seem like the kind of guy who would get all jazzed about clean clothes, doesn't he?) Morgan played therapist, and Ellie started feeling like she was banking on a future with "a giant, muscle-y child." In the end, though, all it took was a night of playing strip poker with the Nerd Herd for Awesome to come running back, TV in tow.
  • Sugar Bear is the best possible nickname for Casey. I wonder how many the writers went through before they finally hit on that.
  • Also: How wonderful that his fantasy is drinking more Scotch in his underwear while listening to Neil Diamond?
  • As Morgan was playing therapist with Ellie and Awesome, Chuck did his own Dr. Phil act with Casey. Loved him pointing out that while nice girls don't marry corrupt Russian oligarchs, they probably don't marry highly trained government hitmen, either.
  • There were some hilarious spy sendups in this episode, but I'm not sure anything can compare to the fight scene with Chuck and Casey tied back to back, flailing around to take out bad guys.
  • Another fantastic line: Chuck's "I don't want to die a man stewardess."
  • I loved Casey's soaking-wet, tuxedo-clad self emerging from the swimming pool during the wedding, seeming every bit the dapper hero about to get his woman — until about seven guys pulled guns on him simultaneously. "I hope I'm not too late to object to this union."
  • Morgan was surprisingly sweet with lonely, drunken Ellie. "You're like a sister to me . . . a sister I want to have sex with so bad." Well, he was almost a gentleman.

All that said, I think my favorite moment of the first part of the Chuckwich actually came during one of the commercials: Yvonne Strahovski's "I think I ordered the slowly back away from the uncomfortable situation on rye." That one, I might have to start using in my daily conversations. So, how did this episode work for you?

Photos courtesy of NBC

fasttalkingdame fasttalkingdame 9 years
I'm not sure if I loved or hated the blatant "Casablanca" references in this ep, but I got to give them props for attempting it.
riokim1231 riokim1231 9 years
"how ya like me now suckas" was hilarious!! Did ilsa look like a way prettier dark cameron Diaz? I am so sad that those were the last two chucks, hope I can catch reruns
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
ha I love the breaks during the commercials... Capt awesome saying that he actually is a captain and study Awesomeness and became captain.
jenintx jenintx 9 years
Casey was ordered to kill Chuck after the new intersect was up and running. The lady said it was almost complete, but not yet finished...
onabanana onabanana 9 years
such a cute show!!! One thing: do you remember the last episode before the hiatus? Kasey was ordered to get rid of Chuck because the the Intersect had been re-built. But last nights shows didn't mention that at all. I think these shows are out of sequence because of the writers strike.
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
I went to HS with the actress who played Ilsa, so it was really fun to see her last night. And I just love Captain Awesome.
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
so great!!! although, it did totally throw me off when yvette started talking...i didn't realize she was australian! which made for my favorite sandwich promo with her, chuck and morgan....australian is not pirate, or the lucky charms guy.
geohiker geohiker 9 years
I was so happy to see this show again; I had not realized how much I missed it! And, oh yes, Casey was so very hot coming out of the pool!
susi891 susi891 9 years
Thanks for the recap! Loved it! Can't wait for the second one - Florida had a Republican debate last night so our local station preempted Chuck! I'm so sad!!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Totally Neil Diamond — Neil Young just wouldn't be Casey's thing. Thanks for catching that!
luv2blazy luv2blazy 9 years
Also, wasn't that Neil Diamond??
luv2blazy luv2blazy 9 years
Is it just me or did Casey look hot getting out of the pool all wet?!
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