Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Seduction (2.02)

NBC Synopsis:  SWEET SEDUCTION–Emmy Award winner John Larroquette (“Boston Legal”) guest-stars as the legendary debonair spy Roan Montgomery and Melinda Clarke (“The O.C.”) guest-stars as a sultry but dangerous female spy known as the Black Widow. Chuck (Zachary Levi) must go undercover to retrieve the Cipher from the Black Widow. But in order to get close to his target, Chuck must learn the art of seduction from the suave and sophisticated Roan. Unfortunately for Chuck, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin), Roan is no longer the world’s greatest spy. Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) offers Captain Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) some advice for a romantic night with Ellie (Sarah Lancaster), and Lester (Vik Sahay) struggles to gain respect at Buy More as the new assistant manager.

Chuck This Ranking: 7
Dave’s Ranking: A little lower

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs the Seduction (2.02) by Dave and Joe.
Summertime Top Ten: Chuck Versus The Seduction by Ernie

Other Write Ups: Reader’s Digest Rewatch: Make-up Then Break-up Arc by Dave

~ Dave 

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14 Responses to Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Seduction (2.02)

  1. John G. says:

    NIGHT COURT! THAT KISS!

    Oof, that gut punch of an ending.

    What an episode.

  2. resaw says:

    This time around, what strikes me is the almost-there-but-not-quite-explicit admission of the feelings that Chuck and Sarah have for each other. Maybe more specifically, that Sarah has for Chuck, because I think that Chuck was ready to go “all in” for Sarah from very early on (after all, he thought they were on a real date in the Pilot).

    *That kiss in the Buy More — yes, it’s “for the cover,” but at this point the cover is itself a cover to allow Sarah to express *real* affection for Chuck.
    *Sarah’s straightforward admission that Chuck’s ability to charm had worked on her.
    *That kiss in front of Roan.
    *Sarah’s overly vehement rejection of Roan’s assertion that she’s in love with Chuck. Indeed, she protests too much.
    *Roan’s observation to Chuck that he’s in love with Sarah followed by Chuck confirming that he would be willing to die for her.
    *The way Sarah puts her hands around Chuck’s face after his dangerous rescue from the sky.
    *Sarah’s assertion that she’s never met anyone quite like Chuck.
    Laid out that way it almost feels like TPTB are piling it on a little too thickly, but I think it really ramped up expectations from us viewers that the WT/WT thing was going to tip over to the “They will” side very shortly, if it hadn’t already.

    I’ll just close by mentioning the the words to the song, Love It All, by The Kooks: “See, I’ve got this woman here. She loves me all the time.” So hopeful, until…Bryce!

    Great, great episode.

    • atcDave says:

      This was definitely a good episode for showing what was really going on. Even at the end, Bryce is more about Chuck’s insecurities than an actual threat. Sarah’s already chosen Chuck over Bryce, and she’ll do it again in the next episode. Chuck’s just a little slow on the uptake…

    • anthropocene says:

      The kiss in the Buy More was Sarah delivering a message to Chuck (grabbing his tie!). The kiss in front of Roan was Chuck sending one back to Sarah. Nice symmetry.

    • carrol.chuck.fan says:

      Definitely a great episode with a lot of fun scenes and action. I really enjoyed Roan Montgomery here and in Season 4. He had such nice chemistry with Chuck in particular. I agree with you, resaw, that TBTB seem to piling the romance on pretty thick at this point. Sarah is pretty blatant here with her affection for Chuck, which continues into the next episode. She says they cannot be together and that he is just an asset, but her heart wants what it wants. So, she cannot help herself from acting out the way she feels. I would add her obviously charmed reactions to Chuck’s eyebrow dance and the look on her face while Chuck is kissing Sasha Banacheck in the elevator. In fact, with all this basically out in the open, it is a little surprising that Chuck pulled back at the end of the next episode, especially after even Bryce himself tells Chuck that Sarah has obvious feelings for him – though I am getting a little ahead of things here. Perhaps Chuck convinces himself that her feelings, and his, might result in Sarah getting hurt. If that is the case, another example of pretty selfless behavior on Chuck’s part given his own feelings for Sarah.

      • atcDave says:

        I agree with all of that, except to add that Chuck’s selfless behavior is also pretty foolish. He’s guilty of the same sort of unilateral decision making Bryce was when he got Chuck expelled from school or sent him the Intersect. That is, he’s making a decision “for Sarah’s own good” without consulting her. Not to say this was necessarily the best time for getting more involved.

      • carrol.chuck.fan says:

        I agree it was pretty foolish and did not really take her feelings sufficiently into account, though I do think he believed he was protecting her by telling her he was giving up hope for a real relationship. Of course, in reality neither of them really did give up that hope as time went by.

  3. Definitely top ten episode with wonderful comedic one-liners expertly delivered by the fabulous John Larroquette.

    On an entirely different tack, with apologies if this has been raised and discussed previously elsewhere on this blog, has anyone read ‘Unpacking Chuck’ by G.Walter Bush on kindle as referred to in the article on ChucktvNet on 16th October, and if so, what did they make of it?

    • duckman says:

      there was mention of “unpacking Chuck” on the nerd machine facebook last week. I’ve thought for some time this blog could be distilled down to a pretty fine viewing guide. I can’t help wondering how much of the stuff he, and for that matter some of the more ambitious anylysts on this site, see was even intentional by the show’s creators. Having said that, I am curious what he has to say, but I think Dave deserves $10 more than a moonlighting english teacher. There’s talk he’ll publish an actual book, I’d probably get that if for no other reason than to display with the mug and action figures.

      • atcDave says:

        Thanks for the support Duckman! But honestly I think it’s easy to make too much of things. To me, it’s about having fun. I like that there are some deeper themes to explore, but I’m really not the sort to dig in too much. At least not beyond figuring out why something worked for me, or didn’t.

  4. Philip E. Taylor says:

    A great episode… except for Larroquette. I’m paraphrasing Big Mike… Larroquette has all the charm and charisma of a prostate exam. I’m just not a fan of his. Other than that quibble it was an outstanding show!

  5. Great episode for Yvonne and Zac…just special…its episodes like these that make me believe that; as long as those two are breathing there will ALWAYS be a Chuck movie possibility

    The kiss in front of Roan and Sarah’s confession to Chuck and his daring rescue are my favorite parts. I love Roan and think he was a great character!

  6. noblz says:

    This has always been one of my favorite episodes. I agree with everything resaw said, but would add that Sarah’s reaction to Sasha trying to chew Chuck’s face off in the elevator was a classic.

    One of my top ten (29) for sure.

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