Chuck Review: "Chuck Versus the Fake Name"

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Sam?  Really?  Definitely never saw her as a Sam.  She'll always be Sarah to us.  Oh sorry, we're talking about last night's episode of Chuck, in which an episode with an ironic name of "Chuck Versus the Fake Name" we potentially learned two characters' real names.

Chuck as Rafe Gruber

While Sarah clearly told Shaw her real name was Sam (we're hoping short for Samantha), Casey's flinch and Chuck's flash when the mafia recognized him as Alex Coburn is the only definitive proof we have on the other.

But either way, that's enough rambling about aliases, you came here for our Chuck review!  While we're used to just being thrown in the action at the start of an episode, for some reason this jump felt a little more disjointed than usual.

While we quickly got that Chuck was impersonated an assassin (Rafe Gruber), the overall plotline just never felt as put together as previous ones.  The mafia felt like a gratuitious excuse to hire Pauly Walnuts and could have easily been replaced by ring operatives and felt more Chuck.

That's definitely a minor complaint, becuase everyone was relying on this episode to solve one thing: the love quadrangle we were left with at the end of "Chuck Versus the Mask" and Chick's grueling three week hiatus.  Well fortunately for Chuck-Sarah fans, Chuck broke up with Hannah (but don't worry he, our stud hit it before he quit it).

Unfortunately, it looks like things are stronger between shaw and Sarah than ever.  Guest that can only mean one thing?  Shaw has got to die in the next couple episodes.  Sorry, Sarah, that's jus tthe way love works on Chuck.

While far from our favorite episode of the season, there was definitely enough comedy, Chuck being a decent spy, and Casey being even more of a bad ass than usual to still keep it entertaining.  We'll leave you with a few Chuck quotes and have you guys weigh in with your opinion.

Chuck: Are these things sterile? I take pride in my work. I want to kill him, not some secondary infection. | permalink
Lester: Jeffery, if you double dip we all may die. | permalink
Casey: Five people in the world can make this shot? Guess I'm one of them. | permalink


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Rating: 3.9 / 5.0 (37 Votes)

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i dnt get how sarah would tell shaw her real name and not chuck.. just weird..


fucker what bad teaste hannah was much cutter than sarah asshole....


Apparently, Yvonne chose "Sam" a while ago as an actress and the writer used her pick. I kinda like it. People just probably need to get used to it. I really liked the ep, but wished Hannah found out about his spy world and broke up with him because of it. I thought, though I love Kreuk, that Hannah dying could have been a great Gwen Stacey moment for Chuck. But perhaps that's too dark for this show. Still they did it in a Spider-man comic so... Can't wait for next week - suppose to be really good!


Chuck was a jerk. I know the break up was inevitable and I know why he did it BUT man right after sleeping with her and before meeting her parents!? LOW.JUST.LOW. I didn't care for your comment about 'hitting that' before breaking up either...Are all guys a**h***s?
There is something called tact. Anyway, it was a good episode; not one of my favorites but ok. I am not too thrilled with "Sam". I kind of like "Sarah" better. As for Shaw and Sarah < um yea I am not feeling it. I actually preferred the Chuck/Hannah than Sarah/Shaw (yuk). I was hoping this was going to be it regarding the love drama, but I guess not.


@rel Agreed. I think Kristin Kreuk was actually adorable in this role and enjoyed seeing her each week. Hopefully after this they stop introducing civilian girlfriends for Chuck that inevitably won't work.


ireally thought the chuck hannah storyline was too rushed and wished it would have gone on for longer

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Chuck Season 3 Episode 8 Quotes

Are these things sterile? I take pride in my work. I want to kill him, not some secondary infection.


Jeffery, if you double dip we all may die.


Chuck Season 3 Episode 8 Music

  Song Artist
Song Living A Lie Daniel Zott
Faces in the dark Faces In The Dark The Generationals iTunes
A sleep be told A Sleep Be Told The Traditionist iTunes