Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Kept Man (5.09)

NBC Synopsis: GERTRUDE VERBANSKI RETURNS WITH A MISSION FOR CHUCK AND A PROPOSITION FOR CASEY — CARRIE-ANNE MOSS GUEST STARS — While Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) contemplate the next step for Carmichael Industries, Casey’s (Adam Baldwin) forbidden love, Gertrude Verbanski (guest star Carrie-Anne Moss, “The Matrix”), walks back into his life with a questionable mission in South Beach. Meanwhile, Jeff’s (Scott Krinsky) enhanced intelligence leads he and Lester (Vik Sahay) to suspect that something unusual may be happening at the Buy More.

Chuck This Ranking: 55
Dave’s Ranking: 10 lower

First Reactions: 5.09 Chuck vs The Kept Man – Reactions

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Kept Man (5.09) by Dave and Joe

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6 Responses to Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Kept Man (5.09)

  1. Martin Traynor says:

    Not a high-ranking episode in my book, but certainly not among the lowest, either. Some moments I enjoyed were Sarah addressing her dressing (or lack thereof- very meta – with Casey. Man do those two have some of the deepest conversations throughout the entire series. They’ve come a long way from the Pilot!), and of course the pregnancy test and baby conversation scenes.

    Oh, how I wanted them to have been pregnant! What a great way to have ended the series.

    Casey as the titular character was funny and uncomfortable throughout, which added to the humor. And even though it seemed at first glance like a throw away line, I really loved Ssrah’s admission to wearing a seatbelt in the Hummer (a scene that carries a ton of weight when considered against the second to last episode, when Ellie takes advantage of her reversionist self and wrecks the car. That was a nice tie-in and attention to detail!)

    • atcDave says:

      Yeah I agree with all of that Martin. Some good stuff here, it doesn’t quite hold together like some of the series’ best; but there’s still plenty to enjoy.

  2. Within the series, I’d say this was a below average episode, but there was still plenty to enjoy here. As Martin writes above, I, too, certainly wished that Sarah was pregnant, or if not here, then in the Shinkansen two episodes later. Oh well, surely there is a post-finale fanfic with a pregnant Sarah, isn’t there?

    As atcDave has often mentioned, moronic Chuck is not fun to watch, and that is the major negative in this episode. His unwarranted confidence in his ability to “relate emotionally,” whether to a client or to Sarah is cringeworthy at best. I must admit, I really felt some satisfaction when Casey called out Chuck on his emotional obtuseness with respect to Sarah’s concern that she might be pregnant. I suppose that’s why they wanted Chuck to be a moron — so that viewers could enjoy the cathartic experience of seeing him shown up — but after this long, you just want Chuck to be done with the buffoonery.

    I enjoyed the “B story,” with Intelli-Jeff uncovering the government spy ring in their midst. As I think Casey said, Devon *looks* like a spy so he was the perfect decoy. I wonder now, if the writers had Devon be involved in the Buy More commercial earlier on just to provide Morgan with a legitimate reason to come up with Devon as the real spy. Of course, having Jeff actually uncover the deception as well was pretty cool, if you ask me. It’s kind of funny that Morgan puts a tranq dart in Lester’s forehead, although the first thing that came to mind was, “Be careful! You could put an eye out with that thing!”

    So, again, not a great episode, but nevertheless, several great scenes and story lines. And, while the discovery of their spy base is not good, it’s not nearly as bad as what is going to happen to Sarah.

  3. noblz says:

    I agree with Russ as well, but, like Curse, I give this episode extra props because of Sarah. The scene with Casey in the changing tent and her facial expressions as she walks in on Gertrude disciplining the “naughty Colonel” were beyond hilarious to me. Despite making Chuck look foolish, I think this was a good solid episode with an excellent “B” story for a change. It only faltered for me with the swamp scenes. Having grown up in a Florida swamp, those scenes were just very fake. Budget cuts sometimes really hurt.

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