We have already seen this official NBC synopsis for episode 4.16, Chuck vs. the Masquerade.
Valentine’s Day is interrupted when Chuck (Zachary Levi) and the team are sent on a mission to England to protect a reclusive young heiress, Vivian McArthur (guest star Lauren Cohan). Meanwhile, Casey (Adam Baldwin) gets an offer from the mysterious Jane Bentley (guest star Robin Givens). Back at home, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) find an unlikely solution to a parenting problem, as Morgan (Joshua Gomez) ponders a big move. Scott Krinsky, Vik Sahay, Mark Christopher Lawrence and Bonita Friedericy also star.
Everyone’s already speculated that Vivian McArthur is Volkoff’s daughter. But is that right? Maybe. Maybe not. Originally, the title of this episode was given as Chuck vs. the First Mate. Could that be a reference to Vivian? Or could it be a reference to Sarah?
And who’s this mysterious Jane Bentley? She’s the next “boss” to enter into the picture, and bosses like Sh@w and Graham (and even Beckman when you get right down to it) have a decidedly checkered history in Chuck. Pull the pedals from the daisies now. Trust them, trust them not.
Morgan is pondering a big move. The speculation is – drum roll – he’s gonna want a new roommate, one who happens to be the daughter of a real killer. “Cold school.” For me, Morgan’s growth and development from the slacker with mad work avoidance skills to Buy More Corporate Manager adult has be one of the best developments of the past two seasons, second only to the growth of Charah (remember that term?). My personal preference is to keep him as close to the action as he’s been and I do worry that this might signal a move a way from the center. But not necessarily, so it’s only a small worry. And even if it was, it could still work out for my greater enjoyment. YMMV!
Baby problems? Will I have to worry about Clara now? Naw! It’s been a while since Devon has shown us that he can still be awesome, and I suspect that this will be a moment for him to shine.
And Your First Reactions!
My apologies for putting up such a late post to invite speculation. But please spoil us to your hearts content in comments! Of course, those who wish to avoid spoilers may want to steer clear until after the episode airs in your time zone.
And when it does, please let us know all about your first reactions. Did your speculations pan out?
Update: No sooner do I hit the ‘Publish’ button than I spot this piece by Matt Mitovich at TV Line:
“We’re on a mission to seek out someone of importance that we are clued onto by Volkoff’s hydra network, this vast network of… well, things that are networked,” series star Zachary Levi told TVLine during our visit to the location shoot. “This is a very high-priority person we need to find, and in order to do that we go to this incredible manor where a masquerade ball is being thrown.”
Again evoking Eyes Wide Shut, Levi says of the episode, “It’s nice to get all dressed up, wear a mask and feel like Tom Cruise… but five feet taller.”