Season 5 Episode 1

Chuck Versus the Zoom

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 28, 2011 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Chuck must adjust to his new life as a business owner and being a spy
without the Intersect in his head or the support of the CIA.
Carmichael Industries' first mission is a rich thief Jean Claude and a conning investor, Roger Bale, who has stolen money from some of the world's most dangerous people. In the mean time Morgan helps Chuck with a special surprise for Sarah.
Back in the Buy More, Jeff and Lester have taken things to another level with their latest scheme.


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  • I just zoomed on this season and the intersect told me it's going to be good.

    I have to admit that in spite of my low expectations I was pleasantly surprised by this season premiere! I thought that Morgan having the intersect was going to be a huge disaster but it turned out to add a nice new dynamic to the show - dazzled with a little flavor of old-school Chuck.

    The Good: This episode had plenty of humor; reminiscent of the older seasons. the story wasn't as recycled as last season felt. There was plenty of action and suspense as well.

    The Bad: We missed Captain Awesome, Big Mike, Alex and the General. Hopefully they'll be back soon enough.

    The Ugly: Well, basically nothing except the fact that their assets were frozen!

    This episode started off on a much stronger note than its predecessor, so expect it play out much better as well. Bravo!moreless
  • Season 5 has started

    Great episode, Really great direction on how chuck deals with the lose of the intersect. Ellie's cameo was nice and sweet, Jeff and Lester will always bring de noisy and de Funk.

    Sarah's continued change into a more girl like character is intriguing especially as she can just switch back into super spy mode. I like the idea of avoiding the customary rock period of uncertainity with these kind of shows when they have these kinds of relationship.

    Casey was solid as usual, It is so amazing how serious he can be and still deliver the comedy.

    Finally the Arch, The CIA seems to want Chuck out. Its intriguing how they seem to have such al arge task force with multiple teams working on trying to take down Carmicheal industries. They should present a great threat. I love the idea that chuck is now the brains of the operation. His plans are usually good and this weeks plan was a touch of the old school.

    Finally Morgan, I am sorry but I still cant buy him as the intersect. I just dont see it, for me its more about the logic behind it than the person. I like morgan but Im a logical person and logically speaking there ias no way morgan can peocess that level intel and not have a brain overload and an aneurism.

    I was disappointed by the ratings, I really hope NBC can extend this to a full season or not cancel it all together.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

Sarah Lancaster

Sarah Lancaster

Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "Devil's Music" by Teddybears
      "Ice Cream" by New Young Pony Club
      "Take My Hand and Lead Me Home" by Simian Ghost
      "Pucho's Descarga" by Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers
      "He Regresado" by En La Palma Orchestra
      "The Honest Truth" by Typhoon

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Chuck: What about me, though? You and Casey are super spies. Morgan's the Intersect. Who am I? What's my job?
      Sarah: Chuck, you're our leader.

    • Sarah: (about her dream home) Chuck, you found it. What's the matter?
      Chuck: I can't afford it. If I bought it yesterday with our fortune, we'd own it, but now... I'm so sorry, Sarah.
      Sarah: Well, so what? I mean, we knew this wasn't gonna be easy, and we didn't get married because we thought life was easy. We got married so that we could be there for each other when things got tough. So we could work through things together, rich or poor.

    • Jean Claude: Who the hell are you?
      Chuck: Charles Carmichael of Carmichael Industries, private contractors, spies for hire. Don't forget it.

    • Ellie: (To Chuck) The intersect didn't make you a hero. It gave you an opportunity to become one.

    • Sarah: The guy took money from teachers' unions!
      Carmichael Industries' Client: He stole two million from Rush Limbaugh!
      Casey: Tell me everything you know about this animal!

  • NOTES (3)