Season 3 Episode 7

Chuck Versus the Mask

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 08, 2010 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

After Chuck and Hannah help out Shaw in a critical situation recovering a mask, they are teamed up on the follow-up mission, while Shaw teams himself up with Sarah. Meanwhile, Morgan and Ellie team up to get to the truth behind Chuck's secretive behavior.

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  • Not cool.

    Maybe it sounds a little emotional but this episode broke my heart. I don't want to see them with other persons. I don't cool with that. I like KK but not in this show not with Chuck. And I think BR was the most horrible Superman actor ever. I already blame him for that but after this episode I don't have any words to say. I want him to disappear asap. He's good at being bad.moreless

    I'm almost tempted to skip this episode when I rewatch. Though I don't hate Kristin Kreuk, she's supremely annoying in the role of Hannah. She follows Chuck everywhere, trotting around in her 4 inch heels and loosely knotted tie, gazing adoringly at him, grinning and batting her eyelashes. She's a merciless flirt, and it's pretty nauseating to watch. Chuck seems pretty oblivious, although he doesn't mind her throwing herself at him. She's not only pretty superfluous as a plot device, she literally gets in the way. She demands to know why Chuck is always heading out for frozen yoghurt, when frankly it's none of her business, and when Chuck heads off on an install (a cover for a mission), without asking if she can come along, she simply hops in her own car and follows him, announcing "surprise!" She physically corners him in order to kiss him, and then freaks out when his ex-girlfriend turns up, demanding an explanation she's not really owed. She almost ruins the mission by tapping away at her little computer (she's not convincing as a hacker), and is then furious with Chuck for "abandoning" her on her first install, the one she wasn't invited on. She's like a tiny, angry stalker. As if that's not bad enough, it's obvious that Morgan is interested in her, but Chuck ignores this and hooks up with her, purely because she's THERE. She doesn't seem Chuck's type, and she doesn't move the story forward in any way. In fact, you could remove her from this episode altogether and not lose anything.

    The burgeoning Shaw/Sarah romance is equally lame ("I have to kiss your neck Sarah - it's part of the job!") but at least that relationship serves a purpose in the rest of the season. The final scene of this episode, in which both couples (Hannah and Chuck, Sarah and Shaw) embrace within a few metres of each other is melodramatic and silly. Suddenly both girls, including the usually kick-*ss Sarah, are damsels in distress dropping in the arms of their big brave boyfriends. Hannah gazes at Chuck and whispers "you saved my life, Chuck!" She looks thrilled to finally have him in her clutches.

    I never felt the introduction of these romances was an effective move on the producer's part. Unlike the shipper's who demanded Sarah and Chuck be reunited, I always knew they'd end up together eventually, and I understand that the writers had to spin out the story, throw a few obstacles in the lovers' way and build towards an exciting climax at the end of the season, but I don't find it plausible that Sarah was seduced by Shaw, that she was so cold towards Chuck, or that Hannah, who appeared out of nowhere, was so eager.

    None of Chuck's girlfriends are particularly likeable. Jill, Lou and Hannah were all slightly nasty, possessive, jealous and high maintenance. They all went out of their way to throw themselves at Chuck, and then berated him for not being the boyfriend they wanted. Fortunately, Chuck's relationship with Hannah ends as abruptly as it started, but not before she has slept with him and attempted to introduce him to her parents. Shaw and Sarah's relationship would end more colourfully, but it's still nauseating to watch Shaw massaging Sarah's shoulders at the end of the episode, and Chuck and Hannah making out like newly-weds in the media room. Chuck's hasty conversation with Sarah, in which they effectively release each other from their relationship and he wishes her all the best with her new man, is disingenuous and unconvincing.

    All in all, I'm glad when this block of poorly written episodes is passed and we can get back to the good stuff.moreless
  • Chuck my life!!

    I am so NOT ok with chuck and that stupid girl..not to mention Sarah and capt d-bag over here.. How unreal! How can they both just pretend like that!!?? I mean come on here. For that reason and that reason alone I give this episode the lowest score I've given any Chuck episode to date.. I have to admit it was a really good episode otherwise though. Morgan and Ellie always make me laugh.

    Chuck and Sarah need to open their eyes! Hopefully the ring takes care of what's his face soon enough. haha.

    I can't take this edge of my seat business anymore!!moreless
  • Good, but I am getting a little confused with the direction of the show

    The first two seasons were brilliant, I have them on dvd and have a Chuck poster, but this season so far is making me question whether it was all worth it. I spent the whole of the summer thinking that the finale to season 2 would mean that Chuck and Sarah could be together finally, something I have been hoping for since the beginning. And now it does not look like that will happen. The previous episode summed up everything for me in that it showed just how much Chuck has changed since the beginning, and I am not convinced that that is a good thing. This episode was very good, especially with the dynamic with Morgan and Ellie, but it seemed to be missing a few key Chuck elements. There was no Captain Awesome, I prefer the scenes with Awesome and Ellie rather than Morgan and Ellie. Casey's role seems to be being drastically reduced, he was on fire during season 2, such a great character, and the same goes for General Beckman. We had that ominous line near the beginning of the episode and now we have heard nothing either from or about her.

    They also, as far as I am aware, have not really explained why Chuck and Ellie's Dad disappeared. The season 2 finale made me think an entire world of storylines would enter the show to keep it Chuckesque while still moving the show along, but so far this season the show seems to be becoming something completely new.

    Chuck seems to be getting a lot more serious, and the whole reason I tune into this is because it's lighthearted. Chuck's about to lose his team and no one seems to really care.

    These last two episodes have made me think Chuck is going the way of Airwolf. Which is an absolute shame.

    But that's just my opinion. Hopefully in the second half of the season the show will return to its greatest moments.

    And where the heck has the Intersect gone, we are getting so few flashes, and on such standard things. The plane scene from the previous episode was brilliant, and we have had none of that in this episode.moreless
  • Not the best. An enjoyable, but otherwise out of charachter episode. It seemed to be a very jerky episode, but ok. BUT mediocre eppys are usually followed by awesome ones. Hopefully.moreless

    ****************Minor Spoilers*************

    Hmmm, this one seemed out-of-kilter with the rest of the episodes this season, not bad per-se, but strange nonetheless. For instance: what was with the coffee? Ive never seen them drinking it before. And the whole Sarah/Shaw thing seemed so sudden, im not against it, but it was poorly executed, it pretty much all happened in this one episode. Also Chuck and Sarah just seemed so unlike themselves that the change was obvious to the regular audience. Especially the scene where they are talking about seeing other people and Chuck was ok with Sarah seeing someone they work with and it being in his face everyday? It seemed forced, not only for the charachters but the actors aswell, and if the actors arn't feeling a scence then its going to be a hard sell to the hard-core weekly audience. Still, we have no idea what the writers are up to. It wasnt bad, but not amazing like im used to.

    However, i'm liking Hannah! Shes super cute and intersting, and i loved how she called Chuck a weirdo under her breath!! But poor Morgan. Makes me wonder if he mentioned to Chuck that he liked her but i get the feeling that he didnt, and is going to harbour some negative feelings. All in all the episode was quite good, up until the last ten minutes anyway. The next one should be good tho, its written by Ali Adler!

    Ohhhhh! The mask swapping action in the vault with Chuck and Sarah was actually very entertaining, and the big guns line cracked me up...

    Three more weeks until the next one. NOOOOOOOO!moreless
Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Sarah Lancaster

Sarah Lancaster

Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Colonel John Casey

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Out of character: Before Sarah and Shaw go to the museum, he wants to make sure that they are in agreement of what their cover story is. From the way Sarah reacts, it is as if she has never before been asked to decide a cover story. It was probably written that way to show her discomfort with Shaw, but I find it unsuccessful at doing so, and instead it makes Sarah look like a rookie.

    • Featured Music:
      "Let's All Die" by Jack Penate (Opening scenes)
      "Can't Stop Feeling" by Franz Ferdinand (Mission preparation)
      "Astair" by Matt Costa (Closing scenes)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Hannah: Who is that?
      Morgan: Super hot blonde, heart of ice? Yeah, that's Chuck's ex, Sarah.

    • Chuck: Look, all I know is the guy carried you out of Castle on his back while you were both dying. So, if I have to see you with someone else it might as well be a hero, right?
      Sarah: What can I say? I have a type.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Hannah: Any idea what she's doing here? Other than making you jealous with that ridiculously good looking date of hers.
      Chuck: (About Shaw) R-Ridiculously good? Him? Him? Nah. Yeah...if you're into the strong kind of Superman-y type of a guy.

      Chuck makes a joke about how Shaw looks like Superman, while Brandon Routh (Daniel Shaw) actually played Superman in the movie Superman Returns (2006).

      The comment also inquires as to whether Hannah (Kristin Kreuk) is into the Superman-y type. Kristin Kreuk played the part of Lana Lang on Smallville from 2001 to 2009. Lana Lang is the on-again / off-again girlfriend of Clark Kent before he becomes Superman.