Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Bullet Train (5.11)

NBC Synopsis: A MISSION ABOARD A JAPANESE BULLET TRAIN SPIRALS OUT OF CONTROL, PUTTING THOSE CLOSEST TO CARMICHAEL INDUSTRIES IN DANGER – ANGUS MACFADYEN GUEST STARS — When a mission in Japan becomes a hostage situation, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Chuck (Zachary Levi) must face the merciless Nicholas Quinn (guest star Angus Macfadyen, “Braveheart”) aboard a speeding Japanese bullet train. Meanwhile, the mission leaves Casey with an impossible decision.

Chuck This Ranking: 23
Dave’s Ranking: 30 lower

First Impressions: 5.11 Chuck vs The Bullet Train – First Impressions

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Bullet train (5.11) by Dave and Joe
Plans, Trains, and Chasing the Dream by Thinkling

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs Bo (5.10)

NBC Synopsis:   Chuck and Sarah must go to Vail on one last mission, where they get some help from Bo Derek; Jeff and Lester continue their mission.

Chuck This Ranking: 48
Dave’s Ranking: 20 lower

First Impressions: 5.10 Chuck vs Bo – First Reactions!

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs Bo (5.10) by Dave and Joe
Those Were the Days by Thinkling

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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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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Baby (5.08)

NBC Synopsis: SARAH’S PAST COMES BACK TO HAUNT HER AND THREATENS THOSE CLOSEST TO HER — CHERYL LADD AND TIM DEKAY GUEST STAR — Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) is forced to confront a secret from her past and feels she must do so alone, while Chuck (Zachary Levi) urges her to let him help. When Sarah encounters her original handler, Kieran Ryker (guest star Tim Dekay, “White Collar”), she fears that he will harm those closest to her, including her mom (guest star Cheryl Ladd, “Las Vegas”).

Chuck This Ranking: 8
Dave’s Ranking: 3

First Impressions: Chuck vs The Baby

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Baby (5.08) by Dave and Joe
Oh Baby, What An Episode! by Joe
Sarah: Then and Now… by Thinkling

Alternatives: Season Five Alternatives: Zoom to Baby by Dave

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Santa Suit (5.07)

NBC Synopsis:  Chuck and Sarah learn who is trying to destroy Carmichael Industries; Ellie’s Christmas plans come undone; a computer virus threatens to ruin Christmas at Buy More.

Chuck This Ranking: 36
Dave’s Ranking: A little lower

First Impressions: 5.07: Chuck vs The Santa Suit – First Impressions

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Santa Suit (5.07) by Dave and Joe
The 12 Days of Chuckmas – Chuck vs The Santa Suit by Thinkling

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs the Curse (5.06)

NBC Synopsis:  A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY GIVES ELLIE AND AWESOME A DATE NIGHT THEY WILL NEVER FORGET — REBECCA ROMIJN GUEST STARS –Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) race against time to take down a dangerous computer virus, pitting them against Robyn Cunnings (guest star Rebecca Romijn), a ruthless spy who will stop at nothing to get what she needs. Meanwhile, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome’s (Ryan McPartlin) date night takes a dangerous turn and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) is sent on a special mission to recover Chuck’s P.A.N.T.S.

Chuck This Ranking: 84
Dave’s Ranking: I agree

First Impressions: 5.06 Chuck vs The Curse: Specs and Reacts!

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Curse (5.06) by Dave and Joe
Romance, Torture, Spies, and the Bartowski Stupid Stick by Thinkling

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Hack Off (5.05)

NBC Synopsis: AN UNDERCOVER MISSION AT A BIZARRE CULT RECONNECTS CHUCK WITH HIS HACKER PAST — CARRIE-ANNE MOSS, BEAU GARRETT AND DANNY PUDI GUEST STAR — DIRECTED BY ZACHARY LEVI — A mission to track down a computer super virus leads Chuck (Zachary Levi) to return to his roots as a hacker — and to call on his biggest competition, Gertrude Verbanksi (guest star Carrie-Anne Moss), for help. Elsewhere, a new Buy More employee (guest star Danny Pudi) complicates Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester’s (Vik Sahay) friendship.

Chuck This Ranking: 31
Dave’s Ranking: Slightly Higher?

First Impressions: Specs and Re-acts: Chuck vs The Hack Off

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Hack Off (5.05) by Dave and Joe
Normal Off/Spy On – Chuck vs The Hack Off by Thinkling

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Business Trip (5.04)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK AND SARAH MUST UNCOVER AN ASSASSIN AMONG THE EMPLOYEES OF A BUY MORE SALES CONVENTION—DAVID KOECHNER AND CATHERINE DENT GUEST STAR—Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) go undercover at a Buy More convention to hunt down an assassin whose mission is to take down the new Intersect. Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) must deal with the consequences of having the Intersect. At the Buy More, Jeff (Scott Krinsky) begins to show a very different side of himself.

Chuck This Ranking: 42
Dave’s Ranking: About 20 better

First Impressions: Chuck vs The Business Trip (5.04)

Full Write Up: Chuck vs The Business Trip (5.04) by Dave and Joe
Approaching Normal – Chuck vs The Business Trip by Thinkling

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Frosted Tips (5.03)

NBC Synopsis:  WHEN LIFE AS THE INTERSECT INFLATES MORGAN’S EGO, CHUCK IS TESTED AS BOTH HIS HANDLER AND HIS FRIEND—CARRIE-ANNE MOSS GUEST STARS—As the team is tasked with finding one of the CIAs most wanted, Chuck (Zachary Levi) fears that the Intersect may be going to Morgan’s (Joshua Gomez) head. Meanwhile Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) helps Casey (Adam Baldwin) navigate his relationship with Gertrude (guest star Carrie-Anne Moss). Elsewhere, Captain Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) makes a startling revelation about Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay).

Chuck This Ranking: 67
Dave’s Ranking: Slightly Higher

First Impressions: Chuck vs The Frosted Tips (5.03)

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Frosted Tips (5.03) by Dave and Joe
Bring Back Morgan – Chuck vs The Frosted Tips by Thinkling

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Episode of the Week: Chuck vs the Bearded Bandit (5.02)

NBC Synopsis: CHUCK ASSUMES THE ROLE OF MORGAN’S HANDLER, AS CARMICHAEL INDUSTRIES FACES NEW BUSINESS COMPETITION—CARRIE-ANNE MOSS (“THE MATRIX”) GUEST STARS AS ‘GERTRUDE VERBANSKI’—JEFF FAHEY AND JUSTIN HARTLEY ALSO GUEST STAR—As the team takes on a missing persons case, Chuck (Zachary Levi) and company struggle to establish themselves as Carmichael Industries in the face of a rival security firm led by the tough and efficient Gertrude Verbanski (guest star Carrie-Anne Moss). Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) continues to adjust to the Intersect while Chuck adjusts to being his handler. Also, the Buy More finds an unlikely spokesperson to help drum up business.

Chuck This Ranking: 81
Dave’s Ranking: slightly better

First Impressions: Chuck vs the Bearded Bandit

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs the Bearded Bandit (5.02) by Dave and Joe
Bringing Up Morgan – Chuck vs the Bearded Bandit by Thinkling

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