Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Nacho Sampler (3.06)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK MUST TURN A RING SCIENTIST INTO A SPY FOR THE CIA— KRISTIN KREUK (“SMALLVILLE”) GUEST STARS—Chuck (Zachary Levi) juggles his two lives as he trains new Nerd Herder Hannah (guest star Kristin Kreuk) and gets his very own asset who is caught up with The Ring. Chuck thinks he can handle his asset all on his own but Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) feel the need to intercede. Meanwhile, Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) must lie to Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) when she starts to ask questions about Chuck and Morgan (Joshua Gomez), Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) do some recon work to learn more about Hannah.

Chuck This Ranking: 80
Dave’s Ranking: A little lower

First Impressions: Nacho Sampler Open Thread

Full Write Up: Chuck vs The Nacho Sampler (3.06) by Ernie, Joe and Faith
S3 Revisited: Nachos Anyone? by Ernie

Alternatives: Season Three Alternatives: Nacho Sampler by Dave

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs First Class (3.05)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK MUST GO ON HIS FIRST SOLO MISSION TO PARIS BUT HE’LL BE LUCKY TO SURVIVE THE FLIGHT—KRISTIN KREUK (“SMALLVILLE”), BRANDON ROUTH (“SUPERMAN RETURNS”) AND STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN (“WWE SMACKDOWN!”) GUEST STAR—CIA agent Daniel Shaw (guest star Brandon Routh) assigns Chuck (Zachary Levi) to his first solo mission in Paris, ignoring Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey’s (Adam Baldwin) wishes. During the flight to France, Chuck befriends Hannah (guest star Kristin Kreuk) and flashes on another passenger – the imposing Hugo Panzer (guest star Stone Cold Steve Austin). Meanwhile, Casey helps Morgan (Joshua Gomez) battle Jeff and Lester for control of the Buy More.

Chuck This Ranking: 87
Dave’s Ranking: I agree

First Impressions: Chuck vs First Class – Canadian and US Edition by Joe

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs First Class by Ernie and Joe
First Class All the Way by Joe

Alternatives: Season Three Alternatives: First Class by Dave

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs Operation Awesome (3.04)

NBC Synopsis: TO SAVE AWESOME FROM THE RING, CHUCK MUST TEACH HIM HOW TO BE A REAL SPY—ANGIE HARMON (“LAW & ORDER”) AND BRANDON ROUTH (“SUPERMAN RETURNS”) GUEST STAR—When Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) is mistaken for a super spy by the evil Sydney Price (guest star Angie Harmon), Chuck (Zachary Levi) must become his handler and show him the spy ropes. While on a mission for The Ring, they meet the mysterious Daniel Shaw (guest star Brandon Routh). Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) gets promoted to assistant manager and must deal with Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester’s (Vik Sahay) latest hijinks.

Chuck This Ranking: 68
Dave’s Ranking: I agree

First Impressions: The First Rule by Joe

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs Operation Awesome (3.04) by Ernie, Joe and Faith
S3 Revisited: Operation Awesome by Dave

Alternatives: Season Three Alternatives: Operation Awesome by Dave

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs Angel de la Muerte (3.03)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK ALWAYS PROTECTS HIS FAMILY FROM HIS SPY LIFE BUT CAN’T STOP ELLIE AND AWESOME FROM STUMBLING INTO AN INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT—ARMAND ASSANTE (“AMERICAN GANGSTER”) GUEST STARS—Chuck (Zachary Levi) must use his relationship with Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) to protect a visiting dictator, Premier Goya (guest star Armand Assante), who is the target of an assassination. While Awesome is excited about the prospect of being a spy, Chuck (Zachary Levi) is more concerned about Awesome and Ellie’s (Sarah Lancaster) safety.

Chuck This Ranking: 53
Dave’s Ranking: I agree

First Impressions: Open Reaction Thread, Part Deux by Joe
Final First Thoughts by Joe

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs Angel de la Muerte (3.03) by Ernie and Joe
S3 Revisited: Angel de la Muerte (3.03) by Dave

Arc Write Up: Chuck gets his Walking Papers by Ernie

Alternatives: Season Three Alternatives: Angel de la Muerte by Dave

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Three Words (3.02)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK MUST LEARN TO CONTROL HIS EMOTIONS SO HE CAN BE A SPY… EVEN IF HE’S STILL IN LOVE WITH SARAH—VINNIE JONES (“SNATCH”) GUEST STARS—Chuck (Zachary Levi) gets a new mission when Sarah’s (Yvonne Strahovski) best friend Carina comes through town with her fiancé Karl (guest star Vinnie Jones). Things get complicated when Chuck wants to hash out his and Sarah’s relationship problems while they’re on the mission. Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) finds himself in trouble when he lies to Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay).

Chuck This Ranking: 72
Dave’s Ranking: Much Lower

First Impressions: Open Reactions Thread
Final First Thoughts by Joe

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Three Words (3.02) by Ernie and Faith
How Chuck Slipped Up on Three Little Words by Ernie
S3 Revisited: Only Three Words by Joe

Alternatives: Season Three Alternatives: Three Words by Dave

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Pink Slip (3.01)

NBC Synopsis: SEASON PREMIERE—WITH HIS NEW INTERSECT ABILITIES, CHUCK NOW WANTS TO BE A REAL SPY BUT NOBODY SAID THAT WAS GOING TO BE EASY—As the upgraded Intersect, Chuck (Zachary Levi) trains to become a full-fledged spy but hits rock bottom when he flunks out of spy school and loses Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) in the process. Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) comes home from Benihana School to help Chuck get over Sarah.

Chuck This Ranking: 89
Dave’s Ranking: I can’t argue with that!

First Impressions: Open Reactions Thread
Final First Thoughts by Joe

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Pink Slip (3.01) by Ernie and Faith
The Ring Reloaded by Ernie
Chuck vs The Reset by Joe
S3 Revisited: 3.01 Getting the Pink Slip by Joe

Alternatives: Season Three Alternatives: Pink Slip by Dave

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Ring (2.22)

NBC Synopsis: SEASON FINALE—CHUCK MUST SAVE HIS SISTER’S WEDDING AND HER LIFE—MORGAN FAIRCHILD (“Falcon Crest”), BRUCE BOXLEITNER (“Babylon 5″), TONY HALE (“Arrested Development”), SCOTT BAKULA (“Quantum Leap”) AND CHEVY CHASE (NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”) GUEST STAR—When Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome’s (Ryan McPartlin) wedding day finally arrives, Chuck (Zachary Levi) must save Ellie’s life and her big day from being ruined by Ted Roark (guest star Chevy Chase) and Fulcrum.

Chuck This Ranking: 6
Dave’s Ranking: Much Lower

Full Write Up: Chuck vs The Ring (2.22) by Dave, Ernie and Joe
Summertime Top Ten: Chuck vs The Ring by Ernie and Joe

Overview: Chuck in Overview: Season Two by Dave

Alternatives: Season One and Season Two Alternatives by Dave

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Colonel (2.21)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK AND SARAH RISK EVERYTHING TO FIND CHUCK’S FATHER— TONY HALE (“ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT”), CHEVY CHASE AND SCOTT BAKULA (“QUANTUM LEAP”) GUEST STAR—When Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) go AWOL to rescue Chuck’s father Steve (guest star Scott Bakula), they discover that spending time together without any surveillance allows for unchartered chemistry. But as the two get closer, Casey (Adam Baldwin) zeroes in on their hidden location. Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) becomes the pariah of the Buy More after mistakenly getting Emmett (guest star Tony Hale) promoted.

Chuck This Ranking: 1
Dave’s Ranking: Top Ten, but not Top Three

Full Write-Up: Chuck vs The Colonel (2.21) by Dave and Joe
Chuck vs The Colonel: “Chuck’s” Finest by Faith
The Colonel by Joe

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The First Kill (2.20)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK TURNS TO A SURPRISING PERSON FROM HIS PAST IN ORDER TO FIND HIS FATHER—TONY HALE (“ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT”), SCOTT BAKULA (“QUANTUM LEAP”) AND JORDANA BREWSTER (“THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS”) GUEST STAR—After Chuck’s father Steve (guest star Scott Bakula) is kidnapped by Fulcrum, Chuck learns the only chance he has to find him is by putting his trust and life into the hands of the person he trusts the least—his ex-girlfriend Jill Roberts (guest star Jordana Brewster). Meanwhile, the Buy More team tries to sabotage Emmett’s (guest star Tony Hale) corporate evaluation.

Chuck This Ranking: 49
Dave’s Ranking: Much Higher

Full Write Up: Chuck vs The First Kill (2.20) by Dave and Joe

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Dream Job (2.19)

NBC Synopsis: THINGS ARE LOOKING UP FOR CHUCK WHEN HE FINDS HIS FATHER AND LANDS HIS DREAM JOB OR SO HE THINKS —CHEVY CHASE (“NBC’S SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” AND SCOTT BAKULA (“QUANTUM LEAP”) GUEST STAR—Chuck’s (Zachary Levi) life seems to be coming together: his long-absent father Steve (guest star Scott Bakula) has returned and he’s landed his dream job with his hero Ted Roark (guest star Chevy Chase). Unfortunately for Chuck, neither turns out to be quite what he expected.

Chuck This Ranking: 25
Dave’s Ranking: Lower

Full Write Up: Chuck vs The Dream Job (2.19) by Dave and Joe

Arc Write Up: Reader’s Digest Re-Watch: The Search for Orion Arc by Ernie

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