Season 5 Episode 2

Chuck Versus the Bearded Bandit

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 04, 2011 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The team takes on a missing persons case and have to establish themselves as Carmichael Industries in the face of a rival security firm led by GertrudeVerbanski.
Meanwhile Morgan adjusts to being the intersect and Chuck being his handler.
Also the Buy More finds a new and unlikely spokesperson who helps to drum up business.


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  • Jumped the shark in its last season.

    This was a show that i have absolutely loved for the most part, with characters i cherished. I loved pretty much everything about it even though some aspects of it were stretched out too long.

    In my personal opinion, this show was awesome right up to episode "Chuck vs. Phase Three" (episode 9 in season 4). But ever since then the show started going down hill. Being invested in the relationship between Chuck and Sarah i first noticed the show holding back when Chuck proposed to Sarah in a wide angle shot with the sound drowned out, when before the show was never shy about showing their emotions. To be honest, the main story lines in season four never interested me anyway. I never found either of the Volkoffs to be remotely as threatening or sinister as Shaw was in season three. And the part played by Linda Hamilton left me entirely cold. But Casey was still funny, and i liked the addition of Alex. I also like that Sarah got more funny moments after she got engaged.

    The wedding in the season finale was massively disappointing. It was supposed to be the crown jewel of four seasons of romantic tension between Chuck and Sarah and all we got was about 5 minutes of Chuck making his vows and the couple getting out of the church and into the car and that was it?

    But now to this season so far (episode two). I know this is the last season but it also seems that the writers know it because they are completely botching the job of letting the show go out on a high. It has been just horrible so far. I'm going to mention the things that have definitely made the show jump the shark some 13 episodes before the finish line.

    - Is this show called "Chuck" or "Morgan"? Seriously, Morgan was always best when he was used sparingly. His quirks can be funny but only in moderated doses. He is just not funny nor interesting enough to dominate scenes like the show is having him do and his act is tiresome. Putting the intersect in his head is a massive mistake.

    - There is virtually no dynamic whatsoever left between Chuck and Sarah. The show basically revolved around these two interacting, yet now all we see is a married couple working on a 4-person team and calling each other "honey" now and then. They are pretty much making the Sarah character on the show redundant. She is not there for comic relief; there is no more romantic tension because Chuck and Sarah are settled and cozy and her action scenes are few and far between so what's the point left of her being on the show? I'm not saying that because i'd like to see her downplayed even more, but because the writers seem to have stopped caring about her.

    - Casey has become more human; but unfortunately also a lot less entertaining and funny.

    - Elle and Devon are now glorified extra's. Have they even had a relationship moment lately?

    - Jeffster have ceased being funny some time ago. Big Mike can still occasionally be funny, when he's on.

    - The new antagonist is lame.

    - The setting is used a lot less interestingly. What's with Buy More looking like it's saving money on lighting? It used to look like an actual department store with customers; now it just looks like a TV-show set.

    - What happened to the memorable and cool songs on the soundtrack? This lack of great songs started in midway season four already but its even worse now.

    - There is no funny stuff. No tension. No intensity. No real drama. There's just nothing left here. Just bland stuff.

    They should have just capped season 4 off with a much, much better season finale and ended it.moreless
  • morgan is so irritating ...this season is difficult to watch due to him


    this show was very good until that morgan became the intersect.he is damn irritating and difficult to watch ,the show has gone down due to him in season 5....he should not be a intersect and be given minimal footage. In this episode he has gone to new level of irritation and episode is difficult to watch due to him.

  • a lot of people apparently unhappy about Morgan being the intersect, for me its a fresh idea and changes the dynamic completely.

    I really love how much things have changed now because of one event. Chuck seems to have found his feet again, Sarah is as awesome as ever and Verbanski is an interesting distraction for everyone especially Casey.To all complainers, would you really like to see just the same old Chuck getting into a scrape, flashing, everythingbegintoo much for him to handle on his own then Sarah and Casey helping him out? along with the cia and Beckman? and Morgan just on the sidelinesbeingdumb?

    This way we have a completely new way of looking at things, and a future that isn`t written in stone. Great writing and a fresh angle to give the showsomeclosure. Not sure how the viewing figures are going but to be fair I cant really think of any other direction they could have taken the show to giveitsome finality, more or less everything you could think of has been covered. do you really want to remember it as a stale show with no substance?

    I look at it as arealisticview of how things could have turned out and very much looking forward to where they take it.moreless
  • I still Love Chuck!

    Look I've been a loyal Chuck fan since day 1, but I am hating the way this season is going...I suspect that somehow the intersect will either be destroyed for good or chuck will get it back. I hate Morgan having it, because he's getting too big for hisbritches, however I do like that it is affecting him neurologically and he isn't truly the morgan we've come to know and love.

    I have a problem with pretty much every storyline set up so far:

    -I don't care much for Carmichael industries nor their competition-Morgan & the intersect-Ellie and Devon are NO where to be found most of the time-Casey and even Sarah are becoming dull-The overall "villian" (the CIA guy or whatever) is tame at best-Heck even Jeffster has worn out their welcome.

    I hope chuck gets back on track, because it truly does deserve a better last season then it's getting.moreless
  • Writers should be fired

    This used to be a good show, used to love it, watching Chuck trying to be a spy was fun and interesting. Last season was watchable but stretched things too far. This year its just plain stupid. I want to watch Chuck not Morgan. Chuck is essentially a good guy , private security contractors are mercenaries motivated by money with few moral scruples i.e. not Chuck or Casey or Sarah. The whole premise is stupid and the whole show is becoming silly and stupid. I'm ready to stop watching.moreless
Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Bartowski

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

John Casey

Ryan McPartlin

Ryan McPartlin

Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb

Vik Sahay

Vik Sahay

Lester Patel

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley


Guest Star

Jeff Fahey

Jeff Fahey

Karl Sneijder

Guest Star

Carrie-Anne Moss

Carrie-Anne Moss

Gertrude Verbanski

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Nitpick: Although John Casey is no longer employed by any government organization he is still addressed as Colonel.

    • This is the first time that we see side-effects of Morgan's Intersect, like losing memory and changing personality. In this episode Morgan doesn't remember some of the popular culture references: Indiana Jones, movie trialogies, Luke Skywalker.

    • Big Mike is now married to Morgan's mother, Bolognia.

    • In the episode, Devon (Ryan McPartlin) mentions he was a model for Abercrombie and Fitch. In real life he actually did model for them as well.

    • Featured Music:
      "Half Moon" by Blind Pilot
      "Boogie Fever" by The Sylvers
      "Complexity" by Boots Electric

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Chuck: Quick question, since you're here. Did you ask me to be Morgan's handler because... you were trying to handle me? Because if you don't think I-I should be in the field, I just need to know that, you know?
      Sarah: No, no, I asked you to be Morgan's handler because the job entails bringing out the best in somebody, and what better example for Morgan than you? So, no, I'm not handling you. A) Because you don't need a handler anymore; and B) because handlers can't do this. (kisses him)

    • Chuck: My name is Charles Carmichael, and I have one final question for you. Have you ever needed to subdue a Basque terrorist on a Swiss train?
      Sarah: Or fight your way through the jungles of Southeast Asia?
      Casey: Or take out an arms dealer with a penchant for murder and ice cream?
      Chuck: Well, we have. So, while considering your security needs, when lives are on the line, I implore you to consider us...

  • NOTES (2)