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"Chuck" Rundown: Episode 3, "Chuck Vs. The Tango"

"Chuck" Rundown: Episode 3, "Chuck Vs. The Tango"

"Chuck" was back in fine, goofy form last night with an episode that saw our hapless hero finally sent on a mission. I'm assuming this will be roughly the formula "Chuck" follows for however long the show exists: a national security assignment, a mildly amusing Nerd Herd subplot, a dash of attempted romance, and a neat conclusion. If it makes me chuckle the way last night's episode did, though, I'd be just fine with that. Want to hear more about the tango? Just

For my tastes, "Chuck" is at its best when it's aggressively over-the-top, and "Chuck Vs. The Tango" certainly was that. The downside is that the show can toe the line between silly and stupid, and while I think it usually stays rooted in "silly," the show's sinking ratings make me wonder how many other people think it's slid into stupidity. Thoughts?

This episode featured Chuck's first big spy mission: locating a highly secretive arms dealer known only as La Ciudad. Nobody who'd ever seen La Ciudad had lived to tell the tale, so Chuck was a wee bit apprehensive. I loved all the spy genre parody elements in this story: The people getting shot after receiving the awful painting; the entire tango bit; Casey's "that's what I call moving some merchandise, yeah?" after taking out a thug with a microwave to the head.

Speaking of that microwave, I loved the way the spy plot and the Buy More story fit together in this episode. There's probably a limited amount of spy action that can actually happen at the store before Chuck's coworkers start to suspect he's up to something, but I'm loving it while it lasts. I'm also getting a kick out of how Casey just shows up everywhere — at the auction alone, he was both the chauffeur and the bartender, with appropriate uniforms for each. Chuck is also learning to roll with the punches of his spy life a little more. So he was one misstep away from being tossed out a plate-glass window this week. So what? He's adapting.

A few other thoughts:

  • I've really been a fan of Morgan's ... up until last night. The stuff with him locked in the cage at the Buy More was easily my least favorite part of the episode.
  • There's got to be more to Chuck and Morgan getting kicked out of Stanford than Bryce finding stolen tests under Chuck's bed, right? Because otherwise, that's pretty lame.
  • I loved the scene from the pilot with Chuck and Sarah getting ready for their date, but this episode did it one better, adding Casey obsessive-compulsively grooming his bonsai tree. Plus, Captain Awesome teaching Chuck the ladies' part of the tango was hysterical.
  • Why didn't Chuck have the La Ciudad flashback when he first saw her, instead of after they'd tangoed?
  • One good Morgan moment: "He isn't classically handsome, but he makes up for it with charm."
  • Biggest spit-take of the show: Chuck describing the painting as Bob Ross-ian.
  • I'd be worried we're moving too fast with the romantic tension between Chuck and Sarah if not for one thing: Bilson!

Did this week's "Chuck" work for you? What were your favorite one-liners? And do you think the show can survive?


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JessNess JessNess 9 years
I LOVED the comment about the painting being Bob Ross-ian :rotfl: Im a huge Bob Ross fan :nerdgirl: I was waiting for him to go into an explanation about there being no mistakes just happy accidents :rotfl: I also loved how Casey randomly was in Chuck's blinds being scary.
gigglesss gigglesss 9 years
i love this show.. i have a feeling rbils may be like his exgirlfriend from Stanford. hehe that would be pretty intresting..
kedawen kedawen 9 years
Love this show!!! I really hope they finish out the season at least. I love nerdy guys, and Chuck is sweet and smart and cute and everything that is wonderful. :)
Liz4aker Liz4aker 9 years
I like Chuck. It's not my fav show of the season but I will continue to DVR it every week. It's impossible to make my roommate watch it with me though. I feel like this show may get to finish out season one, but it won't come back for season two. You can only play up the whole "but I'm not a spy" spy game for so long.
yyam084 yyam084 9 years
i'll continue to watch this...forever
mabess mabess 9 years
I just watched it online. I love this show. Zachary Levi is so charming and funny. and "Why didn't Chuck have the La Ciudad flashback when he first saw her, instead of after they'd tangoed?" because he finally saw her scar and that's what triggered the flashback.
cbombnewell cbombnewell 9 years
I still have yet to watch Chuck...maybe I'll tune in next week
wingedkiare wingedkiare 9 years
This was definitely the best episode so far, and if this is the formula they're going to use, it's a good fit.
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
My brother adores this show. He loses it every time Cp. Awesome is in action. I want this show to continue, it is fun and it got spies, and it got story, and I think that the spy chick deserves someone like Chuck to balance her life. (aawww how cheesy from me). I adore Casey BTW.
splayer splayer 9 years
Great episode!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Thanks for the great recap, Buzz.
amh678 amh678 9 years
I really like this show!
jesse3000 jesse3000 9 years
I have been watching and I like Chuck but is is no OC. Hopefully it will last for a while, there are a lot of loose ends to tie up.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I really enjoyed Chuck last night and I think Adam Baldwin makes the show for me. It's all pretty funny on its own, but then Casey throws out deadpan oneliners, shows up in unexpected places, and chucks a microwave at a guy's head and everything gets hysterical. He's awesome. Also, I think there's WAY more to this whole Bryce thing. Last night my bf said he thinks that Bryce was trying to protect Chuck from something, and that's why he planted stolen tests and reported him. I loved Bryce's five minutes in the pilot - he was such a great character. I think his story will keep popping up and he'll come out the good guy...a development that might be furthered next week with another rogue CIA showing up.
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