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Chuck Rundown: Episode 4, "Chuck Vs. The Wookie"

Chuck Rundown: Episode 4, "Chuck Vs. The Wookie"

I'd like to propose a new way to evaluate a given episode of Chuck: The Minutes to Ninja Fight timer. In this fourth episode of the series, we got our first ninja fight before 8:05. Well played, Chuck. The rest of the episode mostly held up to that fast-paced promise, so to talk about it, just

This episode introduced a new spy: Karina, the red-haired rival of Sarah, who arrives on scene with the hopes of stealing a diamond that supposedly has ties to a drug cartel. She's the masked ninja that Sarah fights early on, but that's the most clothing we ever see her wear; she has a propensity for disrobing at the drop of a hat, occasionally revealing some lacy bra-and-undies sets that I can't believe were approved for network TV in the 8 p.m. hour. She's also impulsive and dangerous, and she likes to go off-script when it comes to her missions, as we see when she nabs the diamond during what's supposed to be a scouting trip. Then she proceeds to make things even worse by taking her bikini-clad self away from the scene of the crime via jet ski. Chuck winds up with the diamond, which he Fed-Exes to mission control. Saved by office supplies! Just another day on the job for Chuck.

But Karina did more than just disrobe and raise hell — she also provided some necessary character development. For one thing, we now know that "Sarah Walker" isn't Sarah Walker at all; that's her cover name for her cover life in a town that's so boring "it's like, if a yawn could yawn." She let slip to Chuck that Sarah dated Bryce, whom he previously described as his most-hated person on earth. And we got to see some of Chuck's actual smarts, like when he used the fire extinguisher to free the diamond without electrocuting himself. He's becoming more useful on these missions, but — as we saw when he demanded to know one true thing about Sarah — he's still not sold on this whole spy business.

Some other thoughts:

  • Karina and Morgan's date seemed kind of shoehorned in there, but it was worth it for watching Chuck all riveted by March of the Penguins. And it certainly served to spotlight Karina's sex drive, if she'd get all cuddly with a guy whose name she doesn't even care to learn.
  • Morgan knows more about Chuck than any girlfriend could ever hope to. Is that cute or just creepy? Also, what was that game they were playing at the beginning? It looked fun.
  • Two things I missed this week: the Buy More crew and John Casey, especially Casey. Adam Baldwin just kills every second he's on screen. "Pick up a paper. From the '60s."
  • "I wish I could access your file" is maybe my new favorite pickup line.
  • Some of my favorite little touches: Karina rescuing Sarah's goldfish; Chuck dubbing the hairy guy "the wookie;" Sarah taking a cell phone picture of Casey tied to the bed; Sarah needing to go to work in the middle of the mission; "you're sort of cuteish."
  • Hey, there's finally an annoying boss at Weinerlicious. He's no Harry Tang, but give him time. Those ketchup vats aren't going to fill themselves, you know.
  • I loved that Chuck tried Sarah's plate-throwing knockout move — with relative success. By jove, he might be a good spy after all!

Thoughts on the Wookie? Has Chuck found its groove? And was that really Sarah's naked butt we saw? Discuss.

Photos courtesy of NBC

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Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
I think it would be great if Sarah and Karina were sisters! I like Sarah having a rival spy around.
HistoryGeek913 HistoryGeek913 9 years
I enjoy this show. By far my fave new show of the season. I always end up laughing. Good entertainment all around. Love Adam Baldwin in this show.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
moonbabe, the opening is the best! I do love that song, and I was very pleasantly surprised to hear it as the theme. Points for the song! :)
moonbebe moonbebe 9 years
Loved this episode! I think the show's getting better every week. Sarah's butt - it *was* actually covered by fleshed covered underwear. I admit we freeze-framed it to make sure! LOL Love, love, LOVE the opening credits with Cake's "Short Skirt, Long Jacket". The Wookie comment cracked me up. Morgan is just a bit creepy to me... Poor jealous little guy! :D Yes, I'd love to know the name of the game they were playing in the beginning. It looks like fun! @ Arclight - I've seen other people mention that they think Sarah and Karina are sisters too. And I think I'm starting to think the same thing. Now that would be a twist! Adam Baldwin steals every scene... he's the best! One of the funniest moments? Sarah taking Casey's picture with her cell phone. LOL Can't wait for next week!
yyam084 yyam084 9 years
yes, i'm truly bitter fox did this to me for the 2nd time in a row...
Jinx Jinx 9 years
yyam, you're just bitter because PB knocked off Sarah. PB is also in its third season. I guess we'll have to wait and see where Chuck is in three years.
Liz4aker Liz4aker 9 years
I think the series has finally found its stride. Very cute episode. I loved the little girl and her mom in the elevator with Casey.
Arclight Arclight 9 years
I am thinking Sarah and Carina are sisters, 1. Sarah tells the story of her and her sister getting sunburned, 2. Carina tells the Wookiee they are sisters (and Chuck is their brother. 3. Carina wants whatever Sarah wants. 4. Carina knows what Sarah wants before she knows herself.
amh678 amh678 9 years
I like this show more and more! :nerdboy:
yyam084 yyam084 9 years
prison break are actually loosing i like chuck better, plus nbc is not fox who constantly kill characters!
Jinx Jinx 9 years
Maybe you're right, I just didn't get into it. And I thought "Chuck" was a terrible actor.
bhilb bhilb 9 years
I love this show. Yes, it's cheesy in part. But Chuck is so likeable. And it's funny. To me, Chuck is to Alias as Scrubs is to Grey's Anatomy. It's just silly fun.
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
"sara's" middle name is LISA!!! sorry..great show, I really really like it!but, I didn't see Cp. Awesome... did I miss it?
yihaw10 yihaw10 9 years
Had to freeze the frame bc I myself was shocked that a major network would have allowed bare booty to be shown, albeit for a nanosecond. My roommate and I saw crackage, so we both don't think she was wearing nude undies.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
Since Prison Break on was a baseball break, I watched Chuck for the first time last night, and I wasn't impressed. I doubt I'll be worrying too much about seeing it in the future.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Rachel Style — NBC also posts the episodes online, if you're into that sort of thing.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
Watch it and see. Everyones opinions differ. I personally like it. They do reruns over the weekend on NBC and Bravo
Rachel-Style Rachel-Style 9 years
I haven't seen this show it good?
JessNess JessNess 9 years
He just has that boss at minimum wage establishments thing down :rotfl:
vickibug vickibug 9 years
JessNess, I said the exact same thing when I was watching Heroes last night!
nery85 nery85 9 years
i to could like to know the name of the game they were playing in the first seen. anyone have an idea?
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I really liked this episode. When Karina's jet ski popped out of the water I was like wait since when was this a James Bond movie :rotfl: I thought that Karina getting hit in the eye with the plate was hilarious too. I hope Chuck stays with this mixture of the fast pace action (no matter how Spy Movie Cliche it is) and pure funny BTW Was that Big Mike playing the boss at the burger joint on Heroes?????
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 9 years
This is the first full episode that I've seen and I have to say it was pretty funny.
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