Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible: A New Mission

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Well, he's no Timothy Dalton. But John Larroquette's return to Chuck as super spy Roan Montgomery in "Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible" was a nice way of coming back strong after last week's finale-like masterpiece.

There was only a bit of action, but plenty of laughs and heart. So after you apologize for the accidental touching in the changing space, let's take a look at what went down with the Chuck Triple Threat on this week's episode.

Tied Up Characters

Action
The missions in “Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible," which gave Chuck, Sarah and Casey their much-needed break from the rest of the extended Bartowski family, seemed to be handled without that many problems.  A couple of tranqs saved Roan the first time around, while some shots by Casey from behind a wall and a gigantic bazooka shot from General Beckman saved the day for everyone in round two.

And how about Diane Beckman doing her thing this week?  Not only was it nice to see her helping out Chuck, Sarah and Casey in the field, but she made it clear that she was just as unprepared to settle down as Roan... and she was a dirty blonde back in the eighties!

Which brings me to my first note of comedy from the episode...

Comedy
Roan finishes his long story about him and General Beckman in the past, and Chuck's first and only response is "Beckman was a dirty blonde?" Classic!  I mean, Chuck really was on his game this week, as he also apologized for the accidental touching, unintentionally referred to Sarah as a ball and chain, and had an extremely difficult time saying no to water or pliers when Sarah offered them to him.

Without Lester, Jeff, and Big Mike, it was up to Morgan and Casey to pick up the slack in the comedy department. Although there weren't as many laughs as usual, Morgan still made my night by asking "Is she trying to kill me?" and "Who's gonna be the best man?" when finding out about Sarah wanting to elope with Chuck. 

And then there was Casey attempting to seduce the female guard – that is, until he called her fat, which forced him to go with the old "tranq and explode" strategy that Roan suggested in the first place.

Apprehended on Chuck

Heart
This week's Chuck and Sarah predicament focused on Sarah wanting to elope and Chuck feelings differently  After thinking it mostly had to do with Chuck's family being so obnoxious, it came to the forefront that it was really about the fact that Sarah has no family. That was definitely a sad moment.  Which brings me to my next question: what is going to happen if they have a real wedding in Burbank? 

Is Gary Cole going to come back to walk Sarah down the aisle? If that doesn't happen, I assume John Casey would gladly step in as make-shift daddy.  I wouldn't be disappointed with either of those scenarios.

Then we had Mama Bartowski, hanging around as the world's best grandma. You see, this is the kind of action I needed to see from Linda Hamilton in order to get me to care about what happened to Mama B in the previous few episodes.  If she had been even remotely as caring as this in the past, maybe I would have given a crap whether or not she was saved from Volkoff's clutches.  Anyway, I'm glad to see her taking an interest in baby Clara, even if Ellie is going to take away most of her duties as caregiver.

Moving Forward
So where does Mama Bartowski go from here?  Is Linda Hamilton going to stick around as a regular grandma?  I don't see that happening.  I assume she needs to either head back into the field... or die.  Yeah, I said it.  It's kind of a waste to just have her in five minutes of an episode here and there, taking care of her grandbaby.

Before I sign off here, let us take a minute to thank Yvonne Strahovski for that belly dance. Wow.

So, what did you all think of "Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible"?  Did it come back strong?  Or was it too much of a let down from "Chuck Versus the Push Mix"?  How about these episodes with a random bad guy?  A nice change of pace after the longer arc with Volkoff?  Or do we need a new long-term big bad?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (31 Votes)

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Roan was completely wasted in this episode and not by a stiff martini. Yet because of Larroquette's Emmy cred everyone will deem him as amazing, I think he lacks something when he plays characters with a soft, romantic personality. Judging by the content that was on his now-deleted Twitter, he actually is very cynical and contains a dark sense of humor in real life, which makes him come off as, eh, creepy when he plays nice on TV. The Phil Foundation version of Dan Fielding still gives me nightmares. Anyway, in the original CvsTS I was under the impression that Roan and the General just screwed around a bit and she was flustered by him. Roan doesn't strike me as a guy that falls in love, he's a womanizer! They basically ruined a good character for the sake of using him as an example as to why these two kids should be in love, stripping him of what made him funny in the first place. Roan Montgomery's only lady is Lady Liquor.

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I love Chuck and for me it was nice to see just a random mission with just some random bad guy for a chance. It was kind oh nice for a bit. Loved Generel Beckman without her suit and as a field agent. Chuck and Sarah as always are the sweetest and now I'm really intriged to know about Sarahs family
Really hope that Chuck comes back for season 5!

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I'd agree about the mission, but those were a small set of scenes -- what about when she's with the family? Or dancing at home? Or in the bedroom? I mean, having the ring for a single Castle scene, but not any other scene (including the other Castle scenes, probably even shot on the same day?)...it wouldn't be a big deal, if engagement wasn't literally THE CENTRAL THEME. Admittedly, I've given it too much thought. But I hope they address it, otherwise I think it's a rather large blunder on everyone's part. Like I said though, very well written episode and I'm glad so many enjoyed it.

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Umm, actually, Sarah not wearing her ring made sense for most of this episode. The majority of the episode was spent on a mission and Sarah wouldn't want to wear her ring on a mission for a few reasons. For one, it reveals an obvious weakness of hers that someone could use against her and for two, it could get lost or damaged on missions, especially during fights. So she wouldn't wear it on missions.

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I've been looking over all these reviews on the internet and -- dear Lord -- am I the only one who noticed that Sarah wasn't wearing an engagement ring in an episode that's actually about JUST HAVING GOTTEN ENGAGED? At first I thought it might be a future plot point, but then she wore it briefly in one single scene (when Casey gets trapped between wall)...making it officially: the single biggest prop mistake in the history of television. If it had been a scene here or there, or even several episodes in (when the story wasn't about 'being engaged') it'd only be a minor slip...but in this context, it took an amazingly written episode and just made it look like Yvonne and the prop department slept-walked onto set. Come to think of it, the director too. And the script lady. Ok actually, everyone. Great script though. Now please, find the ring. Or better, ad a line of dialogue to explain it.

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ok. it's not like her belly dance was bad, but she was still a bit stiff. you have to move your hips more. other than that that was a great episode of chuck! i think it was a nice sequence.

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Honestly, I liked it better than last week. I know that sounds crazy to a lot of people, and had last week's episode been the series finale I would have liked it a lot better (and I understand why it was done the way it was, I'm not complaining). But this week, the pacing, comedy and action all seemed spot-on, back to the great balance that makes Chuck so awesome. Loved it!

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First half of the episode was boring, but once Casey made an all-too-brief and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to seduce the guard, it picked up. And FINALLY Beckman gets to do something besides play Max Headroom. Absolutely loved having her in on the fun, especially wielding a rocket launcher that was bigger than she is. That sneeze sequence made me literally groan. What an overused gag. Come on Chuck...you're smarter than that. I really liked Fatima and would like to see her come back. And that belly dance. Yowza.

Chuck Season 4 Episode 14 Quotes

What is going on with the General? She's a hot mess.

Chuck

Guys, we need a mission.

Sarah
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