Chuck Review: Dodge Viper

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It was a slow build, but "Chuck Versus the Business Trip" ended with such an action packed final five minutes that the mundane nature of the journey was completely absolved.

There were a couple of highlights here and there, but the switch really wasn't flipped until the team realized they had caught the wrong Viper.  After Chuck figured out that things had been much too easy*, we watched Morgan frantically escape the Buy More, Chuck disable the car bomb, and Sarah take out the real Viper.

Chuck Dives In

*I put down in my notes at the time that it was a bit odd that this guy with such a ridiculous track record couldn't even take out an intersect-less Chuck Bartowski.

Things went up another notch, though, in the final five minutes or so, beginning with John Casey's murder of 27 individuals in a span of 3.4 seconds.  I was definitely expecting him to get caught in that situation, so shame on me for thinking you could ever take out John Casey.

That led right into the joyous family night where everyone was enjoying an evening of truth.  That is, everyone except Awesome, who lied about not being able to stand being at home with Clara so that Ellie could take over mommy duties.  What and awesome guy!

And then with another twist, Decker ended up at the door to take Casey in for the murder of 27 individuals in a span of 3.4 seconds.  My stomach sank a few feet in that moment, which is a pretty big cliffhanger to leave the audience on before bringing Chuck back in December.  Will Casey make it out of this?!?!

As always is the case with the NBC spy series, "The Business Trip" was filled with plenty of comedy, action, and heart.  So get on your high horse, hate on Jar Jar Binks, and let's take a look at this week's Chuck Triple Threat...

Comedy

  • Morgan wanting to catch throwing stars before giving up the intersect.
  • Both Jeff's pep talk to the Buy Morons, and him solving the case of the sad working mom.  I love new Jeffrey!
  • Casey spoiling Star Wars for Morgan.
  • David Koechner's character's bunny costume.

Action
Well I already mentioned Sarah taking out the Viper, and Casey's miraculous murder of the Viper and her henchmen, but there were also a few other highlights.  I loved Sarah diving into the pool to save Chuck from being strangled...and not only because she was wearing white.  Also, the fake Viper's attempt to strangle Chuck ended up being just as important as I thought it was at the time.

Heart
Most of this week's heartfelt moment came in that final night of joy that was interrupted by the jerk, Decker.  In addition to the moments I mentioned above, my favorite was probably Casey inviting Morgan to move back in with him, giving him the Indiana Jones trilogy as a gift, and telling him there wasn't a fourth movie.  Classic.

Moving Forward
So Morgan is now without the intersect, and safe from hit men.  Sadly, Casey has taken his place on the chopping block.  How will Casey get out of this?  Who will come to his rescue?  My money is on Morgan.  What about you?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Fortyseven

Best episode in a long time.

Joyeful

Okay - I must get this off my chest. I am more than a little miffed that last week's preview spoiled the episode. WHY oh WHY did they put Decker looking for Casey in the PREVIEW?! Who puts a cliffhanger in a preview?? It would have been so much better if I didn't see that coming...never watching a preview again... Okay, I feel better now. I loved the episode. I have nothing to complain about this time. I think it was written incredibly well to show Chuck and Sarah as an excellent married spy couple, and I'm glad Morgan is still atoning for his intersect-virus-induced sins. the Jeff/Lester subplot floored me - it was great! Oh: and re "John Casey's murder of 27 individuals in a span of 3.4 seconds"...AWESOME.

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This sounds awesome...unfortunately due to my circumstances I can't watch this live (I don't have dvr), and NBC won't release the newest eps to stream. Maybe if they did this there would be higher numbers.

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This was the best episode of the season i really wish the ratings perk to at least a 1.5 so chuck can get a full 22 episode final season before they finish filming wich i assume theyll be finished in mid december

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This episode was awesome, but the fact that a lot was crammed in it made it seem odd...great episode nonetheless! I also enjoy Intersect-less Morgan!

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"my favorite was probably Casey inviting Morgan to move back in with him, giving him the Indiana Jones trilogy as a gift, and telling him there wasn't a fourth movie. Classic." Yes!!! Saving Morgan from Indy 4 to make up to earlier subjecting him to Star Wars ruiner Phantom Menace. Most excellent use of the "call back" technique. While I agree that this show had a "slow build," but even that was well done. Great 5 star episode!

Chuck Season 5 Episode 4 Quotes

Leave it to the three friends you recently stabbed in the back.

Casey

Beckman: So shocked you people are running out of money.
Chuck: Missile Command is a part of our process.

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