Chuck

Season 4 Episode 10

Chuck Versus the Leftovers

4
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 29, 2010 on NBC
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out of 10
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5

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Episode Summary

It's the day after Thanksgiving and Chuck faces the most awkward of family reunions when mom comes over for dinner-along with the dangerous Alexei Volkoff. Back at the Buy More, Morgan has to deal with the busiest shopping day of the year as Jeff and Lester hatch their latest scheme.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Absolutely Fantastic Episode. 10/10 The ending was the best. 1 or 11? Aces, Charles. I new it. Woot Woot! Chuck is back and better than ever. I wonder how the Intersect is going to be after Ellie fixed the memory issue.moreless

    10
    Absolutely Fantastic Episode. 10/10

    The ending was the best.

    1 or 11?

    Aces, Charles.

    I new it. Woot Woot! Chuck is back and better than ever. I wonder how the Intersect is going to be after Ellie fixed the memory issue.



    I really miss Chuck's dad. I hope we get to see some video's of him.



    Or maybe he implanted some of his memories in the new intersect.



    Chuck is AWESOME!







    Absolutely Fantastic Episode. 10/10

    The ending was the best.

    1 or 11?

    Aces, Charles.

    I new it. Woot Woot! Chuck is back and better than ever. I wonder how the Intersect is going to be after Ellie fixed the memory issue.



    I really miss Chuck's dad. I hope we get to see some video's of him.



    Or maybe he implanted some of his memories in the new intersect.



    Chuck is AWESOME!moreless
  • Chuck's mom is back, with a 'boyfriend'.

    9.0
    I really liked this week's episode. I don't really have anything bad to say about it, just that this season is getting better after each week.

    Again, the dynamic between Adam Baldwin and mister Joshua Gomez is getting to its high point, finally. I feel that the writers are exploiting it in the best way they can: by putting those two in dangerous and funny situations together.

    The relationship between Chuck and Sarah go to the point of very high cuteness. Which brings me to the reason why I didn't give this episode a perfect score: we need some angst between those two, everybody knows nobody is that perfect in a relationship and even with the writers throwing them some awkward moments, I think the necessity for some big argument is coming to a breaking point.

    I love that Awesome took the chance and made it all better for Ellie, since she's pregnant and everything. Chuck's gotta deal with his spy stuff and try his best to not let his sister get involved. I totally agree with Awesome when he talked to Chuck about all the danger they were in when he brought his mother and Volkoff to the Thanksgiving leftover dinner. Oh, and AWESOME plot this one with Volkoff. All in all, a great episode with a great ending. 1 or 11? Aces, Charles. Fantastic.moreless
  • Great episode why are they not showing the next epsiode next monday it says on janurary 15 2011 will the 11th episode why?

    10
    Great episode one of the best eipsode chuck should returned for season 5 please everybody support chuck he is awesome

    plz writer of chuck plz make na another season.In the next season they shuld somehow make llie a spy. As far as Spy Comedy shows go, Chuck is considered among the top series on TV and it looks as though today's episode will please loyal fans of the show who've been tuning in since it first premiered in September 24 2007. It's the day after Thanksgiving and Chuck faces the most awkward of family reunions when mom comes over for dinner – along with the dangerous Alexei Volkoff. Back at the Buy More, Morgan deals with the busiest shopping day of the year as Jeff and Lester hatch their latest scheme.moreless
  • Is Timothy Dolton the perfect choice for Volkoff or what? Awesome episode!

    10
    Well it looks as though this was the last episode of the year and I have to say that I am glad it finished this part of the season on a high. The last four episodes of this season have been great and judging by the ratings this week it seems that people are finally starting to catch on. In this episode we see the return of Mary Bartowski and Alexi Volkoff, and as to be expected of actors of their caliber, their performances were top notch. Timothy Dolton in particular played Volkoff perfectly and he is fast becoming my favourite bad guy ever to grace Chuck. He was great in Chuck vs the First Fight as Tuttle and we only got a glimpse of the ruthless Volkoff at the end but in this episode we truly get a feel for him as a character. His eccentricity is perfectly written and only adds credit to his ruthless reputation.



    As for Linda Hamilton, it was nice to get a little more insight into her character in this episode. We see a little more that maybe she is telling the truth when she says that she only wants to protect Chuck and Ellie but I can't help but doubt that she is still one of the good guys. She is the moral grey character that is adding a great deal of depth to this fourth season and I am loving the direction the writers are taking her.



    There wasn't much of a Buy More plot this week save for a the brief outings of Jeffster once more as they crack a new hair brained scheme. To be honest I was not even sure they were needed at all this episode as Morgan and Casey (and of course Volkoff doing charades) seemed perfectly capable of handling the comedy in this episode. Their blossoming partnership is one of the real successes that has come out of Morgan learning Chuck's secret.



    Finally the intersect story line. I was a little disappointed with this but not so much because it was a weak story line, but more because it was not quite attention grabbing enough to cover this month and a half break the show is taking. I was hoping for some really exciting upgrade to carry us through the Christmas period but it seems that we will have to be left with the a simple flash of the intersect 2.0.



    I have no doubt that Ellie solving some neurological problem with the intersect will somehow bring about the intersect upgrade. The mention of memory in this episode lends credit to the idea that once he has flashed once on a subject he might now be able to retain that information for the future. So now that he has said those Matrix inspired words again he might mean them this time. All in all a great episode leaving me excited for January 17th, more so because I know that the show will be looking to start winding up some story lines at this point as this season was only supposed to get 13 episodes before they got the extension. So we know that the show is really going to pick up the pace, even though that has not been a flaw with it this season. Merry Christmas Chuck, looking forward to seeing you in the New Year.moreless
  • Volkoff returns to reclaim Mary Bartowski, who arranges to crash Ellie's Thanksgiving Dinner in order to protect Chuck and Sarah; the Russian also claims Jeff and Lester in his raid on the Buy More.moreless

    10
    This episode was the grittiest, most gripping week of Chuck ever, and so well done in spots that it makes up for any imperfections!! When Volkoff comes calling for Mrs. B, she is forced to invite him to dinner, to solve the threat of his blowing up the Buy More, upon his revelation that he is in love with her, and upon his threatening to kill Chuck and Sarah. She also has to confess that Chuck is her son, and Ellie her daughter, which makes for an incredibly tense dinner scene, following an incredibly tense invasion of the Buy More, all of which were acted and written incredibly by all involved! The threats made by Volkoff were so intense and realistic, congratulations are in order for Timothy Dalton, perhaps THE BEST actor of anyone on the show to date, while the maternal protectiveness conveyed by Linda Hamilton was nearly as well-played - I would have liked to see more serious acting by Zach in the face of all of this tension, but he covered his part as usual, and his prformance wasn't flawed. The surrounding cast of Sarah, Casey, Morgan, Beckman, and the Buymorians also played extremely well.



    The conclusion of Chuck entering the final password on the Roarke 7/Intersect was a welcome relief after the last three great episodes, and his quote of "I know Kung Fu....again!" was Chucking fantastic! Awesome! I'm hoping it's a better interect, maybe a 3.0 or 4.0, but it is enough that Chuck can resume his superspy status alongside his ladylove and male-mentor. Ellie looked ravishing this episode, and her character was instrumental to the scripting of the show, while Devon was also a key player in protecting Chuck's secrets as in Season 3. Just a Chucktastic show that should carry us over until mid-January, nicely.moreless
Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Sarah Lancaster

Sarah Lancaster

Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Vik Sahay

Vik Sahay

Lester Patel

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Monet Mazur

Monet Mazur

Barbara

Guest Star

Linda Hamilton

Linda Hamilton

Mary Bartowski

Recurring Role

Timothy Dalton

Timothy Dalton

Alexei Volkoff

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "Requiem: Dies Irae" by Mozart (Volkoff tells Mary that Agent Carmichael is alive)
      "Turn It Around" by Miss Eighty 6 (Morgan & Chuck arrive for training at the 'Strip Kick' class)
      "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga (Morgan & Chuck practice pole dancing)
      "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" by Vaughn Monroe (Chuck & Sarah walk down the street talking while the assassins stalk them)
      "Mexican Hat Dance" by Tim Jones (Chuck's ringtone when Morgan calls)
      "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edward Grieg (Playing charades and hatching escape plans during Thanksgiving leftovers dinner)
      "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms (Ellie & Mary reminisce about the last Thanksgiving they spent together; Ellie asks why Mary left)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Chuck: Guys, I know Kung Fu... again.

    • Morgan: Strip kick. Yeah, it mixes the self-defense of Krav Maga with the intense core workout of pole dancing.
      Chuck: Casey can never know about this.

    • (Chuck and Devon are watching Volkoff play charades)
      Chuck: Hey, buddy. You having a good time?
      Devon: Are you kidding? This Alexei guy is totally awesome. First guy I've met who's free climbed K2, no oxygen. Hardcore, bro.
      Chuck: Yeah, yeah, he's something else, isn't he? You know what else he is? (starts whispering) An international arms dealer and a very, very bad man. We are in terrible danger right now, don't freak out. (shouts) Bourne Identity!
      Volkoff: No!
      Chuck: Ugh, so close.
      Devon: (whispering) Dude, this is not funny.

    • Volkoff: We always expect the best from the ones we love, and rarely get it.

    • (Chuck walks into the gym expecting a kung fu class and sees stripper poles)
      Chuck: What class did you sign us up for?
      Morgan: It's called strip kick. I saw an infomercial about it.

    • (The CIA Emergency Tracking Device Beeps and Activates)
      Devon: Wow. That is surprisingly soothing.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Thermite Bomb


      Another Terminatorreference, thermite's incredible heat was one of the few things used to destroy Terminator endoskeletons on Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles.

    • After Chuck relearns kung fu from the Intersect, he says: "I know kung fu...again" in reference to the 1999 movie The Matrix, where Neo says the same thing after "learning" kung fu in a similar manner.

    • Morgan runs into Casey while crawling around in the air duct at the Buy More. Morgan is wearing a tank top and has bare feet.
      Casey: (to Morgan) Where are your shoes?

      When Morgan walks into the back store room to save Casey, Jeff and Lester, he has a bandage around his foot with blood all over it and has taped a gun to his back. He has his hands up and says he surrenders, then without warning he tries to quickly pull the gun off his back while saying, Yipee-Kai-Aye.

      These scenes are a parody to the 1988 movie Die Hard staring Bruce Willis.

    • Mary: Come with me if you want to live.

      This quote is a reference to The Terminator, the popular science fiction film where Linda Hamilton (Mary Bartowski) played Sarah Connor.

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