Stars: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Adam Baldwin, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Ryan McPartlin
Writer: Kristin Newman
Director: Jeremiah Chechik
Network: NBC, Friday nights, 8 p.m.
Original Telecast: January 13, 2012
“Chuck Vs. Bo” starts out with Sarah (Yvonne Strahovksi) telling Chuck (Zachary Levi) that she’s had it with spying. What? The world of CHUCK without evil forces out for world domination? Not for long because Chuck makes the fatal error – he says, “one last mission.”
This time it’s to recover something Morgan (Joshua Gomez) left behind while partying in Vail, Colorado, back when he was still in his buggy Intersect phase. Thanks to someone returning the smart phone he also left behind, Morgan finds a video of him being chased and a host of messages from BD.
BD happens to be none other than Bo Derek (playing herself), and she’s not exactly in trouble. What she wants is the Intersect and she thinks Morgan has it.
At the same time, Casey (Adam Baldwin) has to keep dealing with Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vic Sahay) in a Groundhog Day-like set up, where each time Jeff and Lester see what Chuck and company are really up to, they get knocked out and left in a crashed car in the desert with a host of Las Vegas paraphenalia and their memories of the previous 24 hours erased. Problem is, Jeff is no longer the space cadet he used to be and figures out pretty quickly that they’ve been set up. He just can’t prove it.
Back in Vail, Chuck gets captured by Bo and held as a hostage for the sunglasses that are the buggy version of the Intersect. Chuck keeps Bo from trying them on, but then ends up in the most impossible of situations. No spoiler, but it does set up next week’s episode. Yipes!
You have to figure we’re headed for some happily ever after scenario for the big finale in two weeks’ time. Chuck creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak have been very good about heading the show in the kinder, happier direction. For example, you knew from Season 1, Episode 1, that Chuck and Sarah were going to end up together and it only took three seasons. The fun with this show are all the unpredictable twists and turns to get there. And while this episode doesn’t have quite the same oomph, as say, the episode when Stephen Bartowski shows up or too many others to name here, it’s still got a killer ending with a great twist.
For all the griping I did about Morgan getting the Intersect, I may have to eat my words and say that as rotten and annoying as it was, it is setting up the potential for a solid bang for the finale. Schwartz and Fedak, don’t fail me now.
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