Chuck Kicks Asset

This week on Chuck, our hero got his very own asset. See how he fared as the protector instead of the protected; here’s our report card for “Chuck vs. the Nacho Sampler.”

The Mission: Transform Manoosh, the tech nerd building a weapon for the Ring, into a CIA asset. Bond over beer and the nacho sampler before getting your thunder stolen by Sarah in a geektastic “Frak Off” shirt. Grade: B-

Spy Training: Chuck didn’t achieve much success in developing his asset, but he did show some serious maturation. Lying to Ellie without breaking a sweat. Shooting Manoosh (with a tranq, but still). Letting the higher-ups take his new buddy away. That’s cold, Agent Bartowski. Grade: B+

Flashing: Turns out Chuck’s not the only, um, flasher in the mix. Manoosh developed a pair of sunglasses that turn him into a kung-fu fighter as well. Chuck showed that he’s still better trained by using his flashes creatively: In a pinch, a nacho plate makes an excellent weapon. Grade: A

The Handlers: For once, Casey was on Chuck’s side, insisting he was ready for an asset of his own. I’m not so sure about that, but I did appreciate his acceptance of Chuck as a spy. Meanwhile, Sarah continued to coddle. Bonus points for the flashback to her POV in the series’ first episode. Grade: B

The Romance: Little to report, though Chuck was able to watch Sarah seduce Manoosh without too much flinching. I’ll consider that progress, but I’m still waiting for something (or someone) to shake things up. Grade: B-

Awesome and Ellie: Awesome’s lying transitioned from hilariously bad to legitimately upsetting—I hate it when my favorite couple fights. On the other hand, kudos for showing the toll this secret is taking. How long is Devon going to be able to keep his mouth shut? Grade: A-

Guest Stars: Kristin Kreuk got to do the slo-mo Buy More walk. (How many of these do we need?) Hannah didn’t get to do much in this episode—looks like they’re saving that for next week—but she remained adorable and intriguing. Here’s hoping Fahim Anwar reprises his role as Manoosh: Chuck needs a chance at redemption. Grade: B

The Buy More: Now we’re getting somewhere. Morgan asked Jeff and Lester to spy on Hannah and inadvertently uncovered Chuck’s “business” trip to Paris. Hurt and confused, he asked Jeffster to continue snooping—but this time on Chuck. A darker, potentially plot-advancing Buy More story: I’m excited to see where this goes. Grade: B+


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I think the show is completely stupid, but Kristen Kreuk is hot so I tolerate it.
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it was a good episode but i'm not liking all the captain awesome & i'm hoping for more hannah, there was not enough of her this episode.
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I do not like chuck maturing either. And miss the Sarah Chuck moments as well. Would like some jealousy from sarah about hanna or something!
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Loved the episode. I enjoyed seeing Chuck develop his spy skills. I have no doubt that we will still get loads of bumbling Chuck in the future. Annoying as she was in Smallville, I'm actually enjoying Kristen Kruek in the character of Hannah. the Morgan/Jeffster spy on Chuck arc will undoubtedly be complete hilarity. and Casey always has a great night :D
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I loved the episode. But still, I don't like chuck maturing. Kinda makes the show pointless.
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I loved this episode!
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I have to agree with addict666, the show really became more drama in this episode then comedy. Not that its a bad thing once in a while. It's good to see some other sides of the character. Chuck wasn't so bumbling, Awesome was anything but and Morgan has a mission!? I am very interested to see where these storylines go, but nervous, too.
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Kristin Kreuk is soooooo LAME!!!!was kinda good in street fighter movie but hated her on Smallville...so annoying!!
Yvonne Strahovski AWESOME!!!
...................................................................kick hannah's arse Sarah!! XD
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Loved the slow mo. Loved it. Any chance to see Sarah in her non-fully clothed state also helps the show greatly. This is a great piece of fluff. I am so glad that it is back. I hope that NBC will feature it earlier next year due to the fact that they now need to fill 3 hours of prime time. Did I mention I loved the slow mo.
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I find that this season the agents characters have become a bit stale and are moving laterally. Perhaps they could do something to give them a little more depth. I agree great move getting Morgan to "spy" on Chuck...this should bring a little fun.
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This was a great all around they shifted the comedy drama to drama comedy and it was done perfectly
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The whole Manoosh thing was so dark for this show. It kind of gave me chills. And I'm very intrigued to see where the Jeffster/Ellie/Morgan thing is going to lead. This episode left me with the feeling that this season is leading up to something big.
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The flashback is my favorite scene ever. I loved it then, I still love today. I thought the episode was great and I am absolutely loving the fact that all the episodes are story driven with no filler. NO FILLER. What other modern day show does that?
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didnt think chuck was working this season with him being a proper agent until this episode,it was great,chuck is back baby !!!!!!
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I sense a love triangle between chuck, hannah and sarah (or a square if morgan gets in the action too but that's highly unlikely LOL)
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have to agree with the awesome and ellie grade twas hilarious :)
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yeap cant wait
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I agree with both, slim324k and nikomatic. = )
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Loved it all! Now the characters and stories are developing into what I think they should have just a bit sooner. Wondering if Ellie finds out about her bro this season or leaves us hanging out to dry!
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No such thing as too much slo-mo
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