Chuck

Season 3 Episode 19

Chuck Versus the Ring, Part II

4
Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 24, 2010 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Morgan, Devon and Ellie team up to save Team Bartowski from the Ring, while Chuck's flashes start to give him headaches, after Shaw took the governor from him. Meanwhile, the Buy More owner Moses contacts Big Mike with an ultimatum.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • great lead up to the showdown with shaw. other than the quirks from grimes and the buy more situations, action seemed left out...

    5.0
    took just one episode to apprehend the 5 leaders of the ring which seemed to easy and way too sweet a set up to finish off a really big bad organization. where was the fun in this? great lead up to a fight with shaw, but was it necessary for shaw to fight chuck? he had the special watch and a brain full of info could have run off and fought another day or started a new life of evil somewhere else but decided a fight with chuck would seem not meaningless but more productive? manly? who knows? nevertheless shaw wanted a fight with chuck and it seemed too uninspired as the two traded slow punches/kicks/elbows and then shaw used a 2x4, which traded hands and chuck, and well this fight was boring and not as much fun of a fight as the season finale before when chuck first used kung fu after downloading intersect 2.0 very interesting to add caseys daughter to the mix because her character seems to have too easily accept him as her father at the end of the episode. oh well at least she seems pretty attractive. overall this episode did not satisfy the season finale bang an action series should...instead of a cliff hanger it just says "oh hey, chuck has a mom and now his dad's enemies are going after chuck, huh how bout that?"moreless
  • He actually did it...he really broke his thumbs! (Spoilers)

    10
    Morgan actually broke his thumbs! That guy surprised me so much in this grand finale. He's a brave soul, that Morgan is.



    A truly flawless episode. And I do speak of both parts. I would venture to say that it was the best so far in the entire series..or at the very least equal to my other favorites.



    I'm still very bothered that Orion died. We all figured it would happen based solely on speculation and the few words muttered by the creator, but we all secretly prayed it wouldn't be someone THAT significant. Very tragic, indeed. He was one of my favorites..



    I knew Chuck had it in him. Putting Sarah's life in danger only serves to give him more strength. And as the late Steven Bartowski said, Chuck is special. Shaw was like Anakin, too blinded by his anger, vengeance and the dark side. His pride became his fall. Just as Obi Wan slayed the great sith lord, Chuck vanquished his foe with a mighty kung fu kick..or many. haha.



    Now to the end we all are dying to discuss; the meat, if you will, of the finale. A very compelling video left by Chuck's father and a hasty investigation by Chuck let us know two things: 1. Chuck is most certainly not done being a spy. And 2. His mother is ALIVE!?!?! :O



    Wow!!! I don't think anybody saw THAT coming.. That was even more unexpected than his father being Orion. Spectacular finale!moreless
  • This is a review of both episode 18 and 19 of this season.

    10
    Trying to quantify and explain exactly how awesome this episode is to someone would be like explaining gravity to a camel; sure, you can speak to them, use your words, but no matter how much you talk, there is no hope in conveying the severity of the fantasticity (this episode [by which I mean both episodes which shall be treated as 1 two-hour season finale double feature] is so indescribable that a new word needs to be invented solely to described things as incredible as this episode) of the episode: you can only show them the phenomenon and allow them to revel in the majesty.

    This episode is the culmination of the past three years. It captured all aspects of the Chuckverse: the comedy (Jeff answering the phone that wasn't ringing), the action (Chuck and Shaw's awesome final battle), the romance (Chuck risking his life to save Sarah, and Sarah risking her life to save his), the camaraderie (Ellie, Awesome, and Morgan banding together to save the three REAL spies), the family love (Casey surrendering to save his daughter), the suspense (when Shaw took Chuck's watch), and the pain of loss (Chuck's father). It is this beautifully balanced blending of all of these ingredients that makes Chuck such a fantastic show that words need to be invented JUST to describe the show. Too often in television, you are left with mixed feelings; plot holes gape wide open, characters act without relation to their personality, and superfluous story-lines detract from the show. Luckily, such is not the case for Chuck. For three years, Chuck has delivered solid television that has kept me glued to the screen with tension and left me needing more like an insatiable jones.

    It has never been easy being a Chuck fan; the lack of sufficient ratings have made the past two years terrifying to experience. But yet again, luck has shone down upon the show unlike many of its fellow NBC compatriots (so long Mercy, Trauma, and Heroes!). And while I am a fan of all three of those shows, and they shall all be sorely missed, I would trade all three and both of my legs to keep Chuck on the air without batting an eye. It is this rabid nature of us Chuck fans that have kept this show plowing on for so long uphill, against all odds.

    And we were finally rewarded with two of the most fantasmagorical hours of television put forth on the boob tube. They join the final episode of Buffy and the Season 4 Finale of Dexter in the hall of fame of Television, an honor not bestowed lightlmoreless
  • Awesome season finale! I loved it all! Just enough humor, drama and emotion... to make you laugh and cry... and laugh for crying!

    10
    Awesome season finale! I loved it all! Just enough humor, drama and emotion... to make you laugh and cry... and laugh for crying! I think they really brought this season together, especially in the second half of the season. I love where they are taking it now and cant wait for next season! It was starting to get old with Chuck not really being able to flash, and with him and Sara constantly going back and forth.... we were starting to get bored with it, as much as I hate to say it. But they have really brought us back in! I love how they have developed all of the characters... and yes even morgan and Jeffster. They ended this season with just enough family and romance drama to drag you in and keep you there... and then just enough humor to keep you from taking it all to seriously and be able to just sit back and enjoy! I love it... cant wait for next season. Kudos to the writers... and cast of course. THeyre all so lovable and charming!moreless
  • Like the words of Chuck and Shaw... "mu ha ha."

    10
    "are you trying to make me commit the number one villain mistake by revealing my diabolical plan? okay, you got me." hahahahaha! shaw became the ultimate bad guy, nice cloak and dagger but nothing can stop team bartowski! also, hu-a for Casey, finally getting to know his daughter.. will she be with us for season 4? i hope so. i can see it now, a lot more casey and morgan moments. its gonna be fun. and go daddy bartowski, a vigilante are ya? hehe. but like he said in the end, he can no longer protect Chuck from the dozens of bad guys since his dead. will chuck be like his dad in season 4? man, can't wait. may all the chuck fans stand and have an uproar of applauses for Season 3. till season 4 people.. till season 4.moreless
Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Ryan McPartlin

Ryan McPartlin

Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Big Mike

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Mekenna Melvin

Mekenna Melvin

Alex McHugh

Guest Star

David Burke

David Burke

Mr. Mercer

Guest Star

Clare Carey

Clare Carey

Kathleen McHugh

Guest Star

Scott Holroyd

Scott Holroyd

Justin Sullivan

Recurring Role

Brandon Routh

Brandon Routh

Daniel Shaw

Recurring Role

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • It seems that the first version of Intersect (the one young Chuck accidentally downloaded) was running on a Commodore Amiga computer. Apparently it was quite buggy, as there was the infamous "Guru Meditation" clearly visible in the screen.

    • When Chuck poses as Yuri Shishenko and he says good-bye to Shaw, it sounds like "Do stavan'ya" while the correct "good-bye" in Russian sounds like "Do svidaniya".

    • Featured Music:
      "On My Way Back Home" by Band Of Horses (Chuck and Ellie reunited)
      "Sundial" by Wolfmother (Team Bartowski goes undercover)
      "El Jarabe Tapatio (aka "Mexican Hat Dance")" (Cellphone ring tone)
      "Blaze Of Glory" originally by Jon Bon Jovi (Jeffster! performs)
      "Blue Beard" by Band Of Horses (Sarah saves Chuck)
      "Don't Hide Away" by Bishop Allen (The Buy More aftermath)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Awesome: What are we going to do? We don't have a plan.
      Morgan: No plan? Never stopped me before.

    • Chuck: All right, that's it: we break into the convention; we expose Shaw; and we capture the elders.
      Casey: Conference will be surrounded by an army of security agents and filled with spies. Suicide mission.
      Chuck: The only ones who could pull it off would have to be the best spies in the world.
      Morgan: Chuck, you're embarrassing me.

    • Sarah: You ready?
      Chuck: I was born rea... well, no, actually, no, I wasn't born ready, but I am ready now.

    • Shaw: So what's happening?
      Chuck: You're under arrest.
      Shaw: No, what are you doing here? What's your plan?
      Chuck: I'm sorry. Are you asking me to make the classic villain mistake of explaining my dastardly plot to you? You know what? I'd love to.

    • Shaw: You have to do it. You have to kill me.
      Chuck: No, thanks. I've already done that once before.
      Shaw: That's what makes you weak.
      Sarah: (strikes Shaw in the head with a metal bar) No. That's what makes you great.

    • Ellie: I can't believe that he's gone. Our crazy dad.
      Chuck: He wasn't crazy. Our dad was a hero. He was a great man who did amazing things. He was not perfect, not as a dad, no, but he was great. That's the secret I most wanted you to know.

    • Ellie: Is my husband safe with you?
      Sarah: Uhm...yeah. Why?
      Ellie: Because Chuck and I need to talk.
      Casey: Hmm. Two Bartowskis. Double the fun.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a kruh II (Chuck and the Ring II)

    • This episode does not have the usual intro, the credits run along with the episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 24, 2010 on Citytv
      United Kingdom: October 4, 2010 on Channel One
      Australia: December 16, 2010 on FOX8
      Czech Republic: January 8, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Sweden: February 21, 2011 on TV6
      Finland: September 10, 2012 on Sub

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The flashback in between of Chuck's final fight against Shaw, young Chuck is seen wearing a Superman t-shirt. Brandon Routh who plays Daniel Shaw, acted as Superman in the 2006 film, Superman Returns.

    • When Casey and Morgan apprehend the five elders of the Ring, Morgan states that "you people are the disease and I am the cure".

      This same line was spoken by Marion Cobretti (Sylvester Stallone) in the 1986 movie Cobra. "Cobra" was also the code name Morgan selected for himself in an earlier episode.

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