Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Undercover Lover (1.12)

NBC Synopsis: Chuck (Zachary Levi) discovers that many Russian arms dealers are secretly meeting in Los Angeles. One particular Russian woman catches his attention, and he flashes on her as being Agent Casey’s (Adam Baldwin) ex-girlfriend. Chuck grows very intrigued and begins to pester Casey about their history. After learning this woman is to set marry one of the Russian arms dealers, Chuck insists that Casey fights for his woman. Will Casey fight for his true love without compromising his identity? Meanwhile, Captain Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) reach a tough point in their relationship.

Chuck This Ranking: 65
Dave’s Ranking: A little better

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Undercover Lover (1.12) by Dave and Joe

We really haven’t done a lot with this episode!  Ernie’s themes series is still coming.  But we’re now back to our regular weekly re-watch routine.

~ Dave 

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11 Responses to Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Undercover Lover (1.12)

  1. anthropocene says:

    My quick impressions:

    I had forgotten how Casey-centric this episode was. Really great Chuck-Casey interplay in this one, from beginning to end. But there were a few classic moments for Sarah too; notably her difficulty in managing drunk Ellie, and (especially IMHO) her ninja protector ferocity when she discovers that troublesome Russian bad guy (whom she’d already clobbered once) had taken Chuck’s phone when he was captured. He was lucky she didn’t kill him.

    Chuck’s “girlish screams” as he was pushed out the high window were kind of slapstick and also kind of grating (though not OOC for season 1 Chuck). A mere two episodes later (though now in season 2), he handles being dangled out a window and off a roof by Mr. Colt much better.

    • atcDave says:

      All good observations. I have always really liked this episode; I’ll call it my very favorite for how little of Sarah there is. Perhaps I like it so much because it ultimately reflects so well on all three protagonists. I think its the first episode that really humanizes Casey. Chuck looks good standing by Casey, even at such an early date when he probably should fear him more than he does. And of course Sarah is fun in a very small part. I love the Russian thug she abuses three different times.

  2. carrol.chuck.fan says:

    This a really fun episode. I did enjoy the “Casablanca” references and all the Casey/Chuck interactions, including the great fight scene while they are tied to a chair. Not sure they would really just get out of the pool after a fall from that many stories, but I guess the show was not about the realism. And Ilsa looked suitably impressed with Casey emerging from the pool streaming water.

  3. resaw says:

    One of the things I really like about season 1 is the feeling that the characters are still being explored. This was indeed a great episode for giving us Casey’s backstory, but I also like the way the Intersect suddenly comes into play here in a completely unexpected (for Chuck) way, with him flashing on a hotel guest list. Ellie and Devon also got some decent screen time this time around, including their interactions with Morgan. The men’s strip poker was hilarious, but for skin-crawling weirdness, I have to give it to Vik Sahay’s Lester, who upon being made aware that Chuck’s sister was standing in front of him, said, “Oh yes, I recognize Chuck’s sensual mouth.”

    Can’t believe that on the next episode we’ve reached the end of season 1 again!

  4. noblz says:

    This episode is tied for my #1 Casey episode. Tic Tac would be a clear winner if they lost the taxi scene. Then Couch Lock, Kept Man and Sensei in that order.

    For me Yvonne did some really good work in this episode…
    1-How happy she looks when she is told to go undercover with Chuck.
    2-The way she looks at Chuck when they are discussing Ilsa’s recycled identity, Sarah looks like she is looking at the most wonderful thing she’s ever seen (Chuck).
    3- Sarah’s reaction to the “tush squeezer” at the party.
    4- Sarah’s expressions as she is dealing with sauced up Ellie.

    All in all a great performance by Yvonne in a clearly supporting role in Casey’s humanizing episode. Sarah dealing with a human Casey gets real good in late 5.02-5.03. Good stuff. By S5 their human interactions are hilarious.

  5. noblz says:

    Apropos of nothing here, but watching the credits for Forever, I note that it has officially become a Chuck home for production staff. We noted Matt Miller and Matt Barber before, but now I see Chris Fedak, Phil Klemmer and Zev Borow, maybe more. Now wonder I like it.

    • atcDave says:

      I’ve noticed the same. It may not have quite the same humor, but it often strikes the same sort of tone. And it’s easily my favorite new show.

  6. DKD says:

    One thing I really noticed in this episode is how many extras they could afford in Season 1 vs. later seasons. I’m pretty sure the opening segment with the bomb going off is the WB lot, but they masked it so much better than they could in, say, Season 5.

    • atcDave says:

      Yeah the first two seasons had a much more cinematic quality to them. This episode has a huge guest/extra cast! With the Russian mob party being quite involved too.

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