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Chuck Round Table: "Chuck Versus the Coup D'Etat"

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In TV Fanatic's review of "Chuck Versus the Coup D'Etat," we discussed how the episode was everything the show's fans have come to expect. Now our Round Table panelists are here to dissect it in even greater detail. As always, reader feedback is encouraged ...

1. Let's all channel our inner Big Mike and give Morgan some advice. After that kiss, should Morgan risk his life and date Alex?

Dr. Toboggan: Definitely risk his life.  If we're all being honest Morgan was bound to do something that would make Casey kill him, and Alex seems more than worth it.

Quiet Pool: She makes the first move, and shares his love of Roman Holiday?  Gotta go for it.  If he gets murdered by Casey in the process, it will still have been worth it.

The Barnacle: Sorry guys, I'm going to have to say run. Alex may be very cute, but Casey is a scary, scary man. Even in a wheelchair. Besides, we all know Morgan will inevitably screw it up.

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2. Before you go to bed: cuddling or 30 minutes of silence?

Dr. Toboggan: Who doesn't like to cuddle?

Quiet Pool: After a long night of reviewing television, I'm out like a light once my head hits the pillow.

The Barnacle: I think we all know the answer from the man that bought a king size bed to get as far away as possible post coitus. With Sarah? Cuddle. Anyone else? Silence.

3. Would you take an all expenses paid trip to Costa Gravas?

Dr. Toboggan: I'd have to pass on that. Normally I wouldn't mind the shootouts and political unrest and Subway Sandwich Franchises but the Costa Gravian leaders are psychotic even by ruthless dictator's standards.

Quiet Pool: That depends... do I have Sarah in a leopard print bikini as my arm candy? If not, then there are just too many shootouts for my liking.

The Barnacle: You guys kidding? Absolutely! I'd be going for the beautiful historical tour which include the Statue of Awesome and a real life nuclear launch site! Plus, I hear there's great snorkeling.

4. Chuck and Sarah saving the day with some marriage counseling: Cheesy even by Chuck standards or clever plot-tying device?

Dr. Toboggan: Cheesy, although each week Chuck does something cheesier than the week before but the show is so good I just accept it as Chuck and almost look forward to it. I guess that's what makes the show great so I'm going to change and go with clever plot-tying device.

Quiet Pool: Cheesy, but not by Chuck standards. Normal amount of cheese for this great show. I love it when the plots come together. If only Casey and Morgan were having a similar relationship problem, they also could have been brought into the same story.

The Barnacle: That was all fine. The cheesy part was no one checked the tunnel after Sarah and Chuck entered.   Live in fear of Angel De La Muerte!

5. Is the Frost / Volkoff story arch still doing it for you?

Dr. Toboggan: I don't mind it, it has been in the background for the past couple episodes so there really isn't anything to not like about it, and I would like to see Chuck eventually square off against his mother to save Sarah (or something like that).

Quiet Pool: The story itself hasn't done much in the past few eps, but the promise of where it is going still has me interested. Breaking out Linda Hamilton as Chuck's bad ass mom in episode one of the season was definitely a great move. You can't help but wonder how it will all play out.

The Barnacle: I know this was a stand-alone episode meant for filler, but I just feel Volkoff / Frost just keep getting said in passing. If we don't get a little tease next week, I'm out. I mean, I'll still watch. Still host Round Tables. So I'm not even sure what out is in this context, but I'm there.

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@xpanitax - If you count barely popping your head in a tunnel as looking for a guy that spent two weeks in your walls, then yes. They checked.

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quote: The Barnacle: That was all fine. The cheesy part was no one checked the tunnel after Sarah and Chuck entered. Live in fear of Angel De La Muerte! um yes they did check.
and apart from the usual chuck greatness, it was just waay to cheesy.
awesome is... awesome with the statue of awesome.

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Hochberger

Hey Dr. Toboggan, where's your sweet profile picture of the legendary Mantis? Will make your comments that much cooler.

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I don't think Chuck told Ellie he was back. He only said he was looking for their mom so I assume Ellie is still in the dark about everything else.

Richy

Hilarious guys!
This was another classic Chuck episode, and they have this way of writing certain things into their storylines that make perfect sense, but could be considered as ridiculous in almost any other spy (I use the term loosely) TV show.
- With Chuck's history of Subway, I don't think anything else would have fit.
They brought back the General instead of trying something lame like Charah (get it?) winning a trip to some 3rd world country, and explaining that to Sis & Awesome. And it brought them into the story with some clever baby and statue usage... Chuck didn't flat out tell her that he's back in the CIA though, did he? Or is that assumed?

Chuck Season 4 Episode 4 Quotes

Awesome (to Ellie's stomach): This is one of daddy's favorite jams for tri-blasting.
Ellie: Devon, do you know you haven't addressed me in over an hour?

Morgan: In a world filled with awkward Chuck and Sarah moments, there was a moment so awkward...
Chuck: Morgan! Please don't torture me.