Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Hack Off (5.05)

NBC Synopsis: AN UNDERCOVER MISSION AT A BIZARRE CULT RECONNECTS CHUCK WITH HIS HACKER PAST — CARRIE-ANNE MOSS, BEAU GARRETT AND DANNY PUDI GUEST STAR — DIRECTED BY ZACHARY LEVI — A mission to track down a computer super virus leads Chuck (Zachary Levi) to return to his roots as a hacker — and to call on his biggest competition, Gertrude Verbanksi (guest star Carrie-Anne Moss), for help. Elsewhere, a new Buy More employee (guest star Danny Pudi) complicates Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester’s (Vik Sahay) friendship.

Chuck This Ranking: 31
Dave’s Ranking: Slightly Higher?

First Impressions: Specs and Re-acts: Chuck vs The Hack Off

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Hack Off (5.05) by Dave and Joe
Normal Off/Spy On – Chuck vs The Hack Off by Thinkling

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Business Trip (5.04)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK AND SARAH MUST UNCOVER AN ASSASSIN AMONG THE EMPLOYEES OF A BUY MORE SALES CONVENTION—DAVID KOECHNER AND CATHERINE DENT GUEST STAR—Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) go undercover at a Buy More convention to hunt down an assassin whose mission is to take down the new Intersect. Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) must deal with the consequences of having the Intersect. At the Buy More, Jeff (Scott Krinsky) begins to show a very different side of himself.

Chuck This Ranking: 42
Dave’s Ranking: About 20 better

First Impressions: Chuck vs The Business Trip (5.04)

Full Write Up: Chuck vs The Business Trip (5.04) by Dave and Joe
Approaching Normal – Chuck vs The Business Trip by Thinkling

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Frosted Tips (5.03)

NBC Synopsis:  WHEN LIFE AS THE INTERSECT INFLATES MORGAN’S EGO, CHUCK IS TESTED AS BOTH HIS HANDLER AND HIS FRIEND—CARRIE-ANNE MOSS GUEST STARS—As the team is tasked with finding one of the CIAs most wanted, Chuck (Zachary Levi) fears that the Intersect may be going to Morgan’s (Joshua Gomez) head. Meanwhile Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) helps Casey (Adam Baldwin) navigate his relationship with Gertrude (guest star Carrie-Anne Moss). Elsewhere, Captain Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) makes a startling revelation about Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay).

Chuck This Ranking: 67
Dave’s Ranking: Slightly Higher

First Impressions: Chuck vs The Frosted Tips (5.03)

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Frosted Tips (5.03) by Dave and Joe
Bring Back Morgan – Chuck vs The Frosted Tips by Thinkling

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs the Bearded Bandit (5.02)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK ASSUMES THE ROLE OF MORGAN’S HANDLER, AS CARMICHAEL INDUSTRIES FACES NEW BUSINESS COMPETITION—CARRIE-ANNE MOSS (“THE MATRIX”) GUEST STARS AS ‘GERTRUDE VERBANSKI’—JEFF FAHEY AND JUSTIN HARTLEY ALSO GUEST STAR—As the team takes on a missing persons case, Chuck (Zachary Levi) and company struggle to establish themselves as Carmichael Industries in the face of a rival security firm led by the tough and efficient Gertrude Verbanski (guest star Carrie-Anne Moss). Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) continues to adjust to the Intersect while Chuck adjusts to being his handler. Also, the Buy More finds an unlikely spokesperson to help drum up business.

Chuck This Ranking: 81
Dave’s Ranking: slightly better

First Impressions: Chuck vs the Bearded Bandit

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs the Bearded Bandit (5.02) by Dave and Joe
Bringing Up Morgan – Chuck vs the Bearded Bandit by Thinkling

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Zoom (5.01)

NBC Synopsis: AS CHUCK BEGINS LIFE AS A SPY-FOR-HIRE, HE MUST ADJUST TO HIS NEW BUSINESS, NEW THREATS, AND A NEW INTERSECT — HIS BEST FRIEND MORGAN GRIMES – MARK HAMILL AND CRAIG KILBORN GUEST STAR—Without the Intersect in his head or the support of the CIA, the world of espionage is a much more dangerous place for Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) and his team of freelance spies. To start, Carmichael Industries takes on a slick, rich thief named Jean Claude (guest star Mark Hamill), and a conniving investor, Roger Bale (guest star Craig Kilborn), who has stolen money from some of the world’s most dangerous people. Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) helps Chuck with a special surprise for Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski). Back in the Buy More, Jeff (Scot Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) have taken things to another level with their latest scheme.

Chuck This Ranking: 78
Dave’s Ranking: A Little Better

First Impressions: Chuck vs The Zoom (5.01)

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Zoom (5.01) by Dave and Joe
A Bluff and a Promise – Chuck vs The Zoom by Thinkling

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Cliffhanger (4.24)

NBC Synopsis: OPERATION BARTOWSKI RACES TO TAKE DOWN VIVIAN VOLKOFF AS SHE THREATENS CHUCK AND SARAH’S WEDDING – LINDA HAMILTON, LAUREN COHAN, MEKENNA MELVIN, RICHARD BURGI AND TIMOTHY DALTON GUEST STAR – Before he can kiss the bride, Chuck (Zachary Levi) must enlist his wedding party to take down Vivian Volkoff (guest star Lauren Cohan) and stop her from destroying the big day. When he turns to Alexei Volkoff (guest star Timothy Dalton) for help, the CIA sends its toughest agent, Clyde Decker (guest star Richard Burgi), to stop them.

Chuck This Ranking: 18
Dave’s Ranking: Maybe lower? Not much.

First Impressions: 4.24 Chuck vs The Cliffhanger: First Impressions

Full Write Up: Chuck vs The Cliffhanger (4.24) by Dave and Joe

Alternatives: Season Four Alternatives: Finale Arc (4.20-4.24) by Dave

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Last Details (4.23)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK AND SARAH RACE TO SAVE CHUCK’S MOM IN TIME FOR THEIR WEDDING DAY – LAUREN COHAN, MEKENNA MELVIN, RAY WISE AND LINDA HAMILTON GUEST STAR — Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah’s (Yvonne Strahovski) wedding prep includes one final detail: ensuring that the mother-of-the-groom (guest star Linda Hamilton) makes it to the ceremony alive. Meanwhile, Morgan’s (Joshua Gomez) responsibilities as Best Man include his most dangerous mission yet, as he faces Vivian Volkoff (guest star Lauren Cohan). Elsewhere, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) tends to the last details of the rehearsal dinner and seeks help from an unlikely source.

Chuck This Ranking: 20
Dave’s Ranking: I agree

First Impressions: 4.23 – Chuck vs The Last Details: First Impressions!

Full Write Up: Chuck vs The Last Details (4.23) by Dave and Joe
Protect The Ones You Love – The Rest Are Just Details by Thinkling and Joe

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs Agent X (4.22)

NBC Synopsis:  CHUCK’S BACHELOR PARTY GETS OUT OF HAND WHEN SOME UNINVITED GUESTS ARRIVE – RAY WISE GUEST STARS – Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) put aside spy work to have a weekend of debauchery, but Awesome’s (Ryan McPartlin) plans for Chuck’s big night don’t go quite as expected. Meanwhile, Ellie’s (Sarah Lancaster) investigation into her father’s computer leads to a life-changing discovery.

Chuck This Ranking: 56
Dave’s Ranking: I Agree

First Impressions: 4.22 Chuck vs Agent X: First Impressions

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs Agent X (4.22) by Dave and Joe
Circles and Rubik’s Cubes — Agent X Re-Watch by Thinkling and Dave
Twist and Shout: Chuck vs Agent X Review by Faith

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Wedding Planner (4.21)

NBC Synopsis: IN ORDER TO CATCH A THIEF, CHUCK AND SARAH MUST ENLIST SARAH’S FATHER AND CON THE CIA — GARY COLE AND MEKENNA MELVIN GUEST STAR — When Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) get conned out of their wedding money, there is only one man they can turn to for help — Sarah’s conman father, Jack Burton (guest star Gary Cole). Meanwhile, Morgan pressures Casey (Adam Baldwin) to face Alex’s (guest star Mekenna Melvin) mother.

Chuck This Ranking: 17
Dave’s Ranking: About 10 better

First Impressions: The Wedding Planner – Welcome Back Jack! by Joe

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Wedding Planner (4.21) by Dave and Joe
The Wedding Planner: A Con in A Sting in A Misdirection by Thinkling
Adventures Lost, Adventures Found by Faith

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Family Volkoff (4.20)

NBC Synopsis: IN ORDER TO SAVE THE LIFE OF A FORMER ALLY, CHUCK MUST JOIN FORCES WITH HIS GREATEST FOE—LINDA HAMILTON, LAUREN COHAN, MEKENNA MELVIN, AND TIMOTHY DALTON GUEST STAR—A bad day gets worse when Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) throws Chuck (Zachary Levi) a surprising relationship curveball as the CIA orders Vivian Volkoff (guest star Lauren Cohan) assassinated. In order to prove Vivian’s innocence, Chuck must put his trust in a dangerous ally her father Alexei Volkoff (guest star Timothy Dalton). Meanwhile, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) suspects that her mother (guest star Linda Hamilton) is interfering with the search into her father’s past.

Chuck This Ranking: 73
Dave’s Ranking: a little higher

First Impressions: 4.20 Chuck vs The Family Volkoff: First Impressions

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Family Volkoff (4.20) by Dave and Joe
Summer Re-Watch 4.20: Chuck vs The Family Volkoff by Joe and Dave
Cool/Not Cool: Chuck versus the Family Volkoff by Thinkling
Daughters: Chuck vs Family Volkoff Review by Faith

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