Chuck: Chasin' Casey

Talk about overachieving: Monday night’s Chuck was another knock-out, with fast-paced action, ample laughs, and some of the series’ best character moments. Once again, Zachary Levi took on a more supporting role to give his co-star a chance to shine. And Adam Baldwin came through in an episode that was all about John Casey—or should I call him Alex Coburn?

Spy Training: We’ve been saying it for weeks, but it bears repeating—Chuck is getting pretty damn good at this spy stuff. This week, Chuck’s mission was a trace cell mission, which means testing CIA security by, well, proving how ineffective it is. His second mission was slightly less pleasant: Recover Casey, dead or alive. There was plenty of flashing—we’ve rarely seen Chuck this bad-ass—but it was great to know he’s still a good guy. Note how quickly he decided to risk treason in order to save a friend.
Grade: A

The Handlers: Casey, Casey, Casey. I’ve always liked the character, but he’s often seemed a bit two-dimensional. As much as I abhor flashbacks, it was a rare treat seeing the old Casey, a man formerly known as Alex Coburn. Who woulda thought that Casey faced the same dilemma of choosing between love and spying? And as for his demotion to civilian status, I’m (wishfully) thinking it won’t last long.
Grade: A

The Romance: Agent Shaw was absent, but his presence was still felt as Sarah planned an off-screen rendezvous. Although I’m not a rabid Chuck/Sarah shipper, I can’t help but wonder how long they’re going to drag this out—especially with Chuck’s admission last week that he’s still in love with Agent Walker. (Duh.) Great moment between the star-crossed pair, with Sarah telling Chuck she’s afraid of losing the Chuck from three years ago (read: the one she fell in love with). So, hey, can we get on with this already?
Grade: B

Ellie and Awesome: Let’s all breathe a collective sigh of relief—it looks as though Ellie and Awesome are here to stay. Great Awesome moments throughout: The scene in which he and Morgan realized they both know Chuck’s secret was an instant classic. I’ll admit I was concerned when Awesome tempted Ellie away from her fellowship in favor of Doctors Without Borders. Sure, his reasons were noble, but stealing your wife away from her dream job? Un-Awesome. Good thing he came around in the end.
Grade: A-

Morgan: No Buy More this week, which means Morgan gets his own grade again. I’m sure he’d be thrilled. He had some of this week’s funniest moments, including the aforementioned Awesome scene and his hapless spying on Casey. He was even able to help a little, but in the future, I’d like to see Morgan in a more competent role. He doesn’t have to become a super spy—in fact, please no—but it wouldn’t hurt to have a bit more of the stalwart Morgan we saw last week.
Grade: B

Guest Stars: Robert Patrick is really good at being scary (Terminator 2) and really good at kicking ass (The X-Files). On Monday night’s Chuck, he got to do both as Casey’s former mentor and current Ring baddie James Keller. A memorable performance from an actor we just don’t see enough of. Here’s hoping he’ll be back.
Grade: A

Overall Grade: A


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whats going to happen to casey!!!!!
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I agree, oregon2010. That might be the thing that keeps Sarah around: she grounds Chuck even if he does take an emotion killing pill. As entertaining as this episode was, last week's "Chuck vs. the Beard" was the best of the season, by far. Morgan finding out and reacting like he did was very cool. I'm glad Awesome and Ellie are staying put, but PLEASE, PLEASE don't send John Casey away!
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I think one of the most chilling moments was when Chuck had taken the pill and nearly killed someone. The pill removed every emotion, everything that made him Chuck. I also found it interesting that he almost killed the agent in the same way that Casey took out keller.
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Hmm I also had my original post erased !?! Basically, I agree w/ your grades, but like Anngell am tired of Sarah. I don't want her gone per se (although I'll now take Casey over her any day), but I want her to make up her darn mind and stick to it for more than half an episode. She has become really weak & whiny. She either loves Chuck or she doesn't and should act accordingly instead of all of this wishy-washy stuff. I can't believe they have her falling for Shaw so quickly - that annoys me. As for Shaw, other than allowing Chuck to grow up a little (spy wise), I don't like him very much.
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Chuck...Psych...NCIS...the Unit...why is it Robert Patrick can only get military gigs nowadays?
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I too thought that this pill would do more. But here's a theory for you--what if every time Chuck flashes he goes all zero-emotions robot killing machine and Sarah is the only person who can bring him back? hmmm
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so many possibilities with intersect 2.0 and series 3 but chuck still at buymore doesnt say much about fulcrum ring etc. as the base was discovered in last episode series 1
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Isnt sleeping with you boss/ underling against the rules?
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Yes i too believe it is about time for Sarah to admit her love for chuck, i v had enough with pendulum swing between them...
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I hate how sarah would never commit to chuck because they worked together but she quickly turns to sleeping with Shaw very 2 faced
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I was first to comment, now it's gone! I loved this episode, but I was disappointed that the only thing the pill did was make you calm. Why was it treated like it was so valuable? It sure worked for Chuck, though.
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Were learning much about the Chuck universe this season Sarah real name (Sam) now Casey's whole spy life is a lie (Alex Coburn). But one thing has bugged me since the start. Where is Chuck and Ellie's Mother? In my dreams I have it worked out that Chuck's mom was a spy from a foreign nation assigned to get close to Stephen bartowski and learn the secrets of the intersect. But she never planned on falling in love and having kids with him so she left to protect them (that explains why she bailed on them).
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oh my goodness. i have always loved casey, but now i love him even more! he is by far my favorite character on the show, and it was amazing to see a different side of him. the heart to heart he had with chuck at the end was ADORABLE! more episodes like this one PLEASE!
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Love the Casey centric episode. but totally hate Sarah. She is seriously starting to get on my nerves. Chuck has every right to be whiny occasionally but seriously Sarah? every tough spy girl fight scene is not going to make up for all her over the top drama!
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very good episode as usual! I just wish it could go on and on and on
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Robert Patrick- awesome. The only thing is I hope this episode doesn't come with a caveat. If this is all some ploy for Casey to become recruited by THE RING...i will be pissed. If this is some sort of dream...i will be pissed. Hopefully the writers stick to their guns. Seriously though, how long can they keep him a civilian?
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Probably the best episode so far this season, it had everything and the ending was a great way to open up a whole bunch of new storylines for the rest of the season and hopefully beyond. I don't know why more people don't watch this amazing show, especially since its pretty much different than anything out there and not like all those extremely boring procedural shows popping up. The only thing I'd want to see changed is the Shaw/Walker relationship. I kind of like Shaw as a character on the show but not as a love interest for Walker. GO CHUCK!
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With Chuck becoming a spy I think that it is important that Morgan is incompetent. It is important to the whole feel of the show.
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this last episode was awesome. i had great 42 minutes while was watching
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This season just keeps getting better and better. It think the Morgan grade should be an A- though. If Morgan was too competent, he would lack some of his charm. He's already been upgraded to assistant manager at the buy more so I think he needs to retain some of his quirkiness and nerdiness for balance.
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Oh...I thought Casey killed Keller at the end. It sounded like he broke his neck. And I second your grading on this episode. Although I'm still reeling after the surprise ending. And my question is, how long before Casey goes nuts living the civilian life?
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the only bad episode so far this season was operation awesome, it was very plain and coulda been so much better.
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I got to agree.. with everything you wrote.. One thing I wish though is Shaw gone.. or at least not having a romance with Sarah they just don't click... I'm not a big Charah shipper but still, that's just how things are supposed to be so they shouldn't drag it out forever...
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