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

  1. authorguy says:

    Treasonous behavior on the part of our heroes, letting Vivian escape (from right between them, no less), so that they can go to a wedding rehearsal. The idea that Frost would be allowed out into the field after a 20-year mission is ridiculous. On the other hand, Morgan’s job posing as Ettore La Barba was very fun.

    • atcDave says:

      I think Vivan’s escape may count as more of a screw up than treason! But at any rate, fun episode and a terrific run up to the season finale.

      • MartinTraynor says:

        Ha! it did seem kind of typical, though, of Mary’s approach to “Spy Craft 101” – that being, “Eh, we can always try again tomorrow (and again, and again, and again – repeat for 20 years).” What she should have said was, “You two head back to LA for your rehearsal dinner, and I’ll clean up what’s left.” But then, we wouldn’t have had the trouble with the Norseman.

        And speaking of the Norseman, had it been used on any women prior to Sarah? Maybe it didn’t kill HER because a woman’s DNA is superior to that of a man’s? (my wife is watching over my should as I type this…)

        Another fun episode. Love the way it started, with Sarah’s beaming pride at Chuck’s (intersect) abilities on display to save Morgan. But somehow you can tell that it’s Chuck she’s proud of, NOT the intersect. Amazing how that comes through…

        Also liked the rescue scene in the mountains. “Why are you calling him Chewey, that food was disgusting?!?!” – love that line and Chuck’s reaction. Sarah sounds like such a dork there – LOVED IT!

      • authorguy says:

        She has a weapon that can kill anyone from anywhere. She’s standing in front of Sarah in one shot and nowhere in sight the next. She can’t be more than a block away in any direction (unless she has an ability to run faster than anyone can see, which would explain how she disappeared between camera shots), with three of the world’s best spies standing there, and they don’t bother to look for her, putting their private concerns above the nation’s security.
        Any deaths that might occur from the Norseman are on their heads, up to and including the President’s, if Vivian can get his DNA. So yes, treason.

      • atcDave says:

        So they were supposed to launch a widespread manhunt for a wealthy business owner in a country that’s not even fully friendly to the US with 4 1/2 agents? Treason also requires some intent. Even if the worst happened this would be negligence at most. You’d be hard pressed to find many police or federal agents who have been held criminally liable for mistakes or misjudgements in the line of duty, The liability falls on the criminal! You’ve created a pretty spectacular “what if” here.
        But regardless, you’re taking an action comedy far too seriously! I think Sarah saving Chuck’s life, again; and Jeff’s video montage are actually far more “important” in the scope of the show.

  2. MartinTraynor says:

    “Sarah sounds like such a dork there – LOVED IT!”
    – make that “adorable dork there…”

  3. noblz says:

    Wow ag, treason? Really? You know treason is the only crime described in the Constitution.
    To commit treason you must levy war against the US or overtly assist or aid our enemies in time of war.
    To obtain a conviction you need the sworn testimony of two witnesses of character who both witness the SAME overt act.
    There can also be no attainder of blood, meaning only the attainted one is to be punished. The family can not be punished through confiscation or imprisonment.
    Congress sets the penalty and it is currently a capital crime, so no treason here, move along.

    Now to this episode. This did not make my top 10(29) but it is a very good episode. I like all of it except the Moscow interlude, mainly because I was fed up with Morgan by this time.
    In addition to Martin’s observations, I will add that I thought the conflict between Sarah and Mary with Chuck in the middle was great. Jeff’s montage was also a pleasant surprise.

    Good, good episode overall.

    • atcDave says:

      Thank you Noblz!

      I love the Mary/Sarah spat. So much fun. One of the few times Sarah takes a stand with words, and she got it exactly right. Great moment.

  4. oldresorter says:

    if you have access to The Librarians, and have not watched it, watch this week’s ep, s2, ep10. I think the ep had some of the finest elements of Chuck in play. The series in general would be more akin to Chuck coming in and out of missions, while Sarah ran the show while he was away. But now that Noah wyle’s Falling Skies got cancelled, maybe he’ll be a regular. He pretty much plays a non interesected chuck in many ways. You’ll recognize lots of the faces on the show, some of the favorites here from both Chuck and other tv many of us seem to like.

    • atcDave says:

      Librarians is a fun show. Really cheesy and silly, but fun. I would say its much lighter than Chuck; that is, the dramatic elements are even more understated. But I can easily see where Chuck fans would enjoy the show, I know my wife and I sure do.

      • authorguy says:

        I haven’t seen it, no TV anymore. I loved the first movie, mainly because of the relationship with Nicole Noone. When they dropped her from the later movies I lost interest.

      • Justin says:

        I’ve seen Librarians too. I enjoy the show. I spent yesterday watching episodes of Season 2 I’ve missed. It is cheesy in certain parts but it has good, likeable core characters and the villains are somewhat compelling.

      • atcDave says:

        Yeah I agree exactly Justin.

    • duckman says:

      I’ve been catching up on scorpian lately. Watched 2.04 last night, written by nick wooten. I was struck by a couple things. First, they introduced a new character which amounts to morgan played by someone not named josh gomez, I like him. Second, and they’ve done this before, the end scene was textbook “happy chuck episode end”. If anything, they did it even better than chuck. Kinda makes me wonder if wooten was responsible for those endings on chuck and brought that over to scorpian with him.
      I’ve been meaning to check out the librarians movies for some time, didn’t realise there was a series.

      • atcDave says:

        The Librarians movies and series are a little different. In particular, Noah Wyle is clearly the star of the movies, while the series mostly features the B team. Its fun, just don’t expect real high quality.

  5. Justin says:

    I love this episode’s homages to Star Wars and Terminator. Chuck punching out that guard for what he said to Sarah was badass and I laughed at Sarah’s reaction. The conflict between Sarah and Mary over Chuck wasn’t bad but I wished they had more time before this episode to develop. The cliffhanger took the episode for such a dark turn but the first time I saw it, I knew they weren’t going to kill off Sarah. The series Chuck wouldn’t be right without her.

    • atcDave says:

      Yes exactly! Much as I hated seeing Sarah stricken we knew they weren’t doing away with her. I thought it set up an exciting cliffie without an real angst.

      • anthropocene says:

        But Chuck’s shock and anguish were so well acted in that scene that you could almost imagine she was done for. I don’t recall whether season 5 was yet a given when that episode aired…?

      • Wilf says:

        Yes, it was very well acted and convincing, and I’m pretty sure that season 5 was not confirmed until after Cliffhanger

      • atcDave says:

        I really wasn’t worried going into Cliffhanger, it was never that sort of trauma to me. But yes it was well performed, and I bought Chuck’s motivation to perform great deeds in the next episode.

  6. noblz says:

    The current show that is most like Chuck, IMO, is Limitless. You have a special guy Brian (Jake McDorman) who is enhanced by a pill created by the nefarious Senator Morra (Bradley Cooper’s character from the movie, think FULCRUM/Ring) whose enforcer (Colin Salmon) is essentially Brian’s evil handler. The FBI co-opts Brian and assigns Agents Harris (Jennifer Carpenter) and Boyle (Hill Harper) to handle/protect Brian. They even have a ruthless boss-lady SAC Pouran (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). It is basically a drama, but it injects humor through Brian’s character much like Castle in the early years.

    Last year was a show called Intelligence, again almost an exact same set up as Chuck. It didn’t get past 13 episodes though. The Wikipedia page for Intelligence refers you to the Wiki pages for Chuck and Scorpion. Scorpion is similar, but probably the least Chuck-like of the ones I mentioned.

    But it seems the formula of Chuck keeps showing up.

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