And There’s More!
Once again, the number of comments have caused the Intertubes to drag to a crawl. So before the first episode even airs, let us share what we know and what we hear is going to happen.
Advanced reviews of the first 3:
- Our first source of spoilers is the wonderful Mel at ChuckTV. You really want to go there and read her review of the first three episodes.
- Mo Ryan & podcast (transcript)
- Sepinwall podcast (Transcript)
5.02 – Chuck vs. the Bearded Bandit
Writers: Lauren LeFranc & Rafe Judkins
Director: Patrick Norris
Guest Stars: Jeff Fahey (Karl Sneijder), Justin Hartley (Wesley Sneijder)
“CHUCK VERSUS THE BEARDED BANDIT”
11/04/2011 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Friday) : 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. Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Ryan McPartlin, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky and Mark Christopher Lawrence also star.
8-2011 Zap2it: (thanks to JC for the find)
“…Fahey plays Karl Sneijder, who, as the boss of a diamond company with mines in South Africa, has been investigated by the CIA in the past for alleged criminal activity. They’ve never been able to pin anything on him.
Hartley will star as Wesley Sneijder, Karl’s handsome younger brother. A Dartmouth and Oxford-educated anthropologist, Wesley has always done his best to stay out of his brother’s business, wanting nothing to do with the ‘world of espionage and spies.’
Of course… he isn’t given much choice when Karl’s enemies kidnap him. Karl will be forced to seek out Carmichael Industries for help.”
11-2011: promotional photos courtesy of ZacharyLevifan.com
5.03 – Chuck vs. Frosted Tips
^thanks to Bundy for the find!
Writer: Phil Klemmer
Director: Paul Marks
Guest Stars: Carrie Anne Moss (Gertrude Verbanski)
“CHUCK VERSUS THE FROSTED TIPS”
11/11/2011 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Friday) : 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). Sarah Lancaster also stars.
7-2011 TV Line:
The former Ms. Trinity will have a multi-episode arc as Gertrude Verbanski, “a former spy who now runs Verbanski Corp, the chief rival of Chuck’s new spy company. She’s ruthless and deadly, yet she also has a weak spot for one John Casey — her old rival.”
8-2011 Mo Ryan: (snippet):
There’s the casting of ‘Matrix’ star Carrie-Anne Moss in a multi-episode arc as Gertrude Verbanski, the head of a private espionage agency that competes with Chuck’s new firm. A woman as tough, competitive and weapons-obsessed as Gertrude naturally appeals to John Casey.
“What we wanted to do this season is really kind of open up [Casey] to a new romantic relationship, and we thought we needed someone as badass as him,” Fedak said. “Carrie-Anne seemed like the perfect fit.”
5.04 – Chuck vs. the Business Trip
Guest Stars: David Koechner, Catherine Dent
Chuck and Sarah track an assassin who is trying to eliminate the new intersect; Morgan tries to adjust to having the intersect; Jeff exposes a new side of himself.
“CHUCK VERSUS THE BUSINESS TRIP”
11/18/2011 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Friday) : 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. Adam Baldwin, Sarah Lancaster, Ryan McPartlin, Vik Sahay and Mark Christopher Lawrence also star.
The actor-comedian [David Koechner] will guest star in the fourth episode of the show’s fifth and final season as “Crazy Bob,” a jolly Buy More manager with whom Chuck and Sarah encounter at the company’s Employee of the Year Convention.
The Shield‘s Catherine Dent also appears in the episode as Jane Robertson, another Buy More manager and a close friend of Bob’s.
Buy More’s new owners Chuck and Sarah spared no expense on the convention, as evidenced by their choice of venue: The beautiful Aloha Hawaiian Hotel and Resort located in (wait for it) Riverside, Calif.
5.05 – Chuck vs. the Hack Off
^thanks again to Bundy for the find!
Director: Zachary Levi
Guest Stars: Danny Pudi, Beau Garrett
“CHUCK VERSUS THE HACK OFF”
12/09/2011 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Friday) : 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. Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, and Joshua Gomez also star.
From Mo Ryan and AOL TV:
We can exclusively reveal that Danny Pudi, ‘Community’s’ Abed, will have a cameo role in the fifth episode of the upcoming season of ‘Chuck.’ The details of his role are still under wraps, but really, what more do you need to know? Pudi is a very funny man and ‘Chuck’ will no doubt pull out all the stops to make sure his time in the spy world will be, in a word, awesome.
We can tell you exclusively that Tron: Legacy beauty Beau Garrett has been cast in what sounds like a very creepy role: a cult leader! What are the details on her role? And what’s it have to do with Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski)? You have questions, we have answers…
5.06 – Chuck vs. The Curse
Writers: Alex Katsnelson
Director: Michael Schultz
Guest Stars: Rebecca Romijn, Mekenna Melvin, Lee Reherman
Synopsis: From Chuck Spoilers:
Chuck and Sarah race to take down a computer virus; Ellie and Awesome’s date takes a dark turn; Morgan must recover Chuck’s P.A.N.T.S
From Spoiler TV: