The thing that has plagued this fifth season (with the exception of last weeks excellent episode "vs. the baby") plagues the latest episode again, maybe even more than usual. I think this is probably the worst episode of the series so far, and sincerely hope they don't manage to get even worse than this in the remaining few.
The episode is one that quite frankly i really cannot envision any halfway moderate fan re-watching later. There was really nothing about it that was memorable. First of all, the humor was toned down to the point where you'd have to be an uncritical fan to still laugh. The only thing i found remotely funny was seeing Lester disguised as a woman, and big Mike calling Devon "statuesque". Other than that, nothing.
The main plot was entirely forgettable from the first second to the last. The subplot of Jeffster with Devon being a spy had potential, but amounted to nothing.
Most of the main characters were played badly. Casey is nothing like he was in the beginning, but not in a good way because his newfound sensitivity did not contain any laughs, nor any deep felt emotion. It was just kind of there.
Morgan's antics in so far as he had them were very subdued and Joshua Gomez acted like he was bored.
But most important of all, Sarah and Chuck (or better said Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski) basically continue their downward spiral in terms of chemistry and acting performances. To be blunt, all of the actors are playing like they really cannot be bothered anymore, like they're winding down the clock. And it's a sad thing because they were fantastic in the previous four seasons. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the scripts are just really lame and offer these actors nothing to bite into anymore, but it doesn't change the fact that the chemistry between the characters is so toned down as to hardly be there anymore.
If Chuck and Sarah are as much in love as they used to be, then you could've fooled me, because i see virtually no convincing intimacy, no fun, no real romance, no heartfelt emotion. Even when joking they hardly laugh and they talk about possibly having children as if it is more a chore than a dream. I'm exaggerating the last part but you get my point.
And what has been drained from their relationship most of all is a healthy sense of sexuality. This is a Sarah that complains about having to dress in bikinis for her job, and quickly covers up her cleavage to stop Chuck from seeing it at the computer near the end of the episode. Remember when they actually weren't together and Sarah liked teasing him by climbing into his bed in nothing but her (rather skimpy) underwear or lingerie? Since when did she become so modest?
Take the Chuck and Sarah of seasons 1 and 2, compare them to season five's Chuck and Sarah, and tell me that they didn't have ten times the chemistry, the fun, the acting performances and such back then. If i didn't know any better, it's almost as if these two people cannot stand each other anymore once the camera stops rolling.
As far as continuity is concerned, what happened to Sarah being frightened by the possibility of having children and being a mother? At least some respect could have been paid to her past reluctance to it. One thing is for sure, if the writers hadn't done such a poor, lazy job this season and the show would have been renewed, this whole motherhood issue, among others, would have been treated with way more attention and emotion than it has now.
Finally, this episode also once again proves that one of the things that made this show great in the past (the awesome songs playing on the soundtrack) have gone completely missing. Probably to save money on buying the rights. The only song i actually noticed was in the final ten minutes of the episode, and it was an awful song.
Sorry to say, but as a fan of the show overall, this final season feels like a totally different, subpar show, and i really refuse to believe that fans would have fought for the show to stay if the first two seasons would have been as weak, bland and boring as this. I repeat myself by saying they should have made a really powerful final episode to season four and just ended it.