Chuck: Episode Report Card

This week on Chuck, our hero traveled alone on a mission to Paris. His seat was first class, but was the episode? Here's our report card for "Chuck vs. First Class."

The Mission: Fly to Paris, and while en route, procure a glowing “CIA crypto key” from a badass Ring operative so the team can access a plastic lockbox that could just as easily be popped open with a screwdriver. Return without taking a single snapshot of the Eiffel tower or consuming a flaky croissant. Grade: C

Spy Training: No more “stay-in-the-car, Chuck" Chuck. He flew solo this week, succeeding with the help of lots of backup support, the Intersect, experience, and pure dumb luck. Grade: B+

Flashing: Nunchuks. Fencing. Recognizing that that large, menacing, scowling, scary-looking bald dude is... a bad guy (thank God for Intersect 2.0). Grade: B-

The Handlers: Sarah’s hotness meter dipped with modest wear and activities consisting of fretting over Chuck and remote jetplane flying. Casey made his presence known at the Buy More as Baldwin’s new enforcer, smacking down Lester’s insurgency with Manchurian Candidate-style efficiency. Grade: B

Awesome and Ellie: The pair had the week off. Maybe they're roadtripping in that Honda somewhere. Grade: N/A

Guest Stars: Brandon Routh’s Shaw showed there’s a man behind the Superman, but that man is still pretty friggin’ mysterious. Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk pulled out welcome acting chops as a super-cute, incredibly likable, so-wonderful-and-fresh-she-can’t-possibly-do-dirty-things-like-go-to-the-bathroom, potential girlfriend for Chuck. Bring on the love triangle! But is she all that she appears to be? Bring on the theories! Steve “Stone Cold” Austin got the job done, but don’t look for him on Masterpiece Theater anytime soon. Grade: B+

The Buy More: Last week’s shark-jumping Fight Club subplot was replaced by Morgan and Casey’s anti-insurgency efforts. Fun and plot-advancing. Grade: B

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Excellent job! come on, we want more of this! chuck rules!
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all the writers on this do nothing but complain about every tv show. It's like their jealous or something
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Another couple episodes with Kritin Kreuk and I'm beyond 'pleased'!
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The Fight Club subplot last week was awesome, so was this Buy More plot. Sometimes I think I'd like a Buy More series more than Chuck..
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it was pretty good. different for sure.
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The Fight Club subplot last week was great, as was this weeks Casey-as-enforcer. After 6 months of articles on TV.com about how much they love Chuck and want it back, when it finally returns all they do is cpmplain. We need to be supporting it to get more viewers and get it renewed. (Although seriously, what else is NBC going to screen?!)
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I would expect that they needed the key for the lock box because it might be booby-trapped in some way, either to explode or to destroy the contents if it wasn't opened with the key.
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I disagree, I really liked this episode

You would think that it would be harder to open a CIA lock box than just jimmying it open with a screwdriver. The Buy More was also hilarious and the Fight Club subplot last week was just as good.
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I have to disagree with the overall grade. I mean, OK, so the key to open a plastic box is a stretch. But, this is Chuck, not 24. No expects you to find everything believable in Chuck. It doesn't take itself too seriously which is why it's such a great show. I love Hannah, by the way. Great character as long as she doesn't end up a Ring agent.
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Chuck didn't have "lots of backup support." The only backup he had was when Sarah took over flying the plane for a few minutes. It was a good episode. I was sure Hannah would turn out to be a spy. Maybe next week.
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I loved this episode, it was fun and entertaning, I could not stop laughing..
Fun to see Kristin Kreuk again though.. Chuck has not let me down yet, so I only expect the best from the show!
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Really? I loved the episode! I couldn't stop laughing. And the Buy More Subplot gets so much more than a B! Casey is rockin' awesome!
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Still love watching Chuck. Great show. But...

Please, please, get rid of Kristin Kreuk. She can't act for her life.
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Kristin's character Hannah is without a doubt a spy, or involved with something fishy... I don't mind the sparks flying between her and Zachary Levi, but I am still rooting for Sarah and Chuck!
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I love Chuck. They havent put a foot wrong yet. Stop complaining whiners. Just watch and enjoy, jeez. Too much time on your hands, thats the problem.
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It's nice to see Kristin Kreuk again. Hope she stays.
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i just hope she will stay in the show... i love kristine kreuk. i miss her in smallville... i find her character interesting in the show. Is she a spy or a new love interest of chuck? im excited with the love triangle and how sarah will react. :)
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I'm with just about everyone else thinking Hanah is a spy. Hopefully not with the ring. Her and chuck were so cute together, I can't wait to see what happens next week.
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Hannah BETTER not be part of the ring. TOO many people around Chuck "happen" to be spies. Bryce, Sarah, Casey, Jill AND his dad!! There are some of us non-spies out there.
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With this griping about last week's Fight Club reference, I'd like to point out a season or two back there was a reference to "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" Where Morgan put together a Thunderdome fight in the back. Was that jumping the shark too, because I'm pretty sure that movie predates Fight Club?
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i thought it was a good episode, all though i haven't seen a "bad" one yet. I don't think it was Jumping the Shark last week. It was in line with everything else those lovable morons have done. If Sarah, Casey and Chuck are in the fight club THAT would be jumping the shark.
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Louis, I am not sure if you are desperately trying not to appear to be a CHUCK fanboy, or if you are such a CHUCK fanboy that you find the most ridiculous things to complain about and dive head first into hyperbole while doing it. I didn't love the Fight Club plot of last week but shark jumping? I think this column is nearing that level for me.
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kristin kreuk plays every part exactly the same way....terribly.
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I really liked this episode it was cute funny and exciting for the most part B+ for me
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great episode, kristin kreuk is woooonderful!
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Loved this week's episode. Also loved the one last week. I'm glad they managed to get a new interesting story running after the failure of the (really) jump-the-shark stuff they did in season 2 - especially the second half (when super-Dad appeared out of nowhere, living in a trailer at the end of the world with cutting-edge technology).
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It was a great episode. Last weeks was a hair better. And that wasn't a shark jumping moment. It seemed like a perfectly reasonable thing to happen in the context of the series. It's getting harder and harder to go to a page on this site without seeing the term "Jumping the Shark".
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I'd just like to say that, as much as this episode rocked with the hypnosis and everything else, the fencing part was really horrid. Thats not what fencing weapons look like at all and its really annoying to see fencing portrayed incorrectly. Other than that, I LOVE this show.
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I'd be annoyed if they pull a bad guy reveal with Hannah. If anything they should make it more like Lou when its time for her to go.
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for some reason, i think Hannah(Kirstin Kreuk)will turn out to work for the ring or something. Like maybe she was part of the ring when she was in the plane, like the stewardess did. but thats just my opinion. ( and yeah, it does sound a bit like Jill)
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I love watching this show... Chuck is awesome!
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I agree with the Kristin Kreuk comment "so-wonderful-and-fresh-she-can’t-possibly-do-dirty-things-like-go-to-the-bathroom..." :D
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that fight club thing was NOT jumping the shark! that was freaking fantastic!
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Chuck rocks. nuff said.. (except maybe so does kristin kreuk..)
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This show has finally found its flow, it's awesome.
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