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Published on April 19th, 2011 | by Melody Simpson


‘Chuck’ 4.21 Review: Chuck vs. the Wedding Planner

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Last night’s Chuck started off with a flashback from the better days of a young Sarah and her father, Jack’s (guest star, Gary Cole) relationship, even though she was raised by a con man. Cut to Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Chuck (Zachary Levi) in the present day getting conned over $26,000 by their wedding party planner, Daphne (guest star, Lisa LoCicero)…and that was with the 40% discount. Nobody messes around with Sarah, especially a con artist. So Sarah’s determination to catch the criminal came from a very personal place this time. Viewers do not often get to see this side of Sarah, so this was exciting to say the least!

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Watching the couple devise a plan to find Daphne with General Beckman’s (Bonita Friedericy) help but without telling Beckman who Daphne really was and what her crime was, that was brilliant! Sneaky little spies they are. When she eventually put the pieces together, Beckman should not have been that surprised that the two would use their resources for personal assistance. Anybody would in their situation. As the two have yet to be married, there are sure to be a number of more times that they will use their resources for personal help. Sarah and Chuck definitely would not abuse this privilege and after all that they do for their job, the least Beckman can do is help them out on a con.
Chuck has a lot of character, solving a case after flashing right after Beckman suspended him and Sarah. Even though he cried wolf after pretending to flash the first time for Beckman’s help, he took the same initiative in solving the case that his real flash later on revealed itself to be. Was anybody else disappointed that the wedding con plot came together sooner in the episode than expected? Sure, it was exciting watching Sarah, Chuck, and Casey (Adam Baldwin) solve a case without the help of the government and Yvonne’s accent as Daphne was amazing, but the chase after Daphne was so exhilarating! It should definitely had lasted a bit longer. It is important to point out that catching Daphne via the Super Shuttle was hilarious. If you don’t live in Southern California or haven’t taken public transportation from an airport to a hotel, you probably haven’t seen a Super Shuttle. They are everywhere, so this was very believable and was an efficient integration into the story.
Sarah, Chuck, and Casey had Jack to thank for solving both cases and playing hero. Sure, he left without empty promises and as usual, a goodbye, but he saved Morgan’s (Joshua Gomez) life without any bloodshed and left Sarah with thousands of dollars in her piggy bank for her wedding. Jack may not be there for one of the most important days of Sarah’s life, but he contributed in such a sweet way.
Jack’s not the only dad in this episode who had a tough job to handle. After being pushed by Morgan and Alex (Mekenna Melvin), Casey was put in the most awkward situation imaginable so far…being face to face with his fiancee, Kathleen (guest star, Clare Carey) in the middle of a case when for years, Kathleen believed that he had died. The revelation to Kathleen of Casey’s real occupation was fantastic, her reaction even better. Kathleen has such a warm heart and had no anger towards Casey at all. Once she understood his position, all she asked from him from that point forward was honesty in return for all of those years without him, believing that she had buried Casey years before. But with just a few episodes left of the season, it’s really hard to care about what’s next for Casey and Kathleen. This story line has the potential to bring lots of drama but the way that it has been building up to this moment…well, it seems to be lacking that, “I need to know what happens next” quality.
Instead of getting personal revelations from Casey, surely viewers want more revelations from Ellie, who’s character development has been far more interesting to watch this season. Gary Cole and Clare Carey were a pleasure to watch last night but next week, Chuck had better get some truthful answers from Ellie before the big day. After all, isn’t that what we’re all really waiting for at this point?
Favorite Moment: Sarah’s impression of Chuck’s intersect face was definitely a highlight.
Watch Chuck Mondays at 8/7c on NBC.

*Photo Credit: Mike Ansell/NBC

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  • Darci

    The whole party planning scene when Sarah pretended to be Daphne was great…I was cracking up as soon as I heard her accent/speech mannerisms (you can watch the scene at ).

    Also props to them for using Pigeon John’s “The Bomb” during the scene, too. Chuck’s music has always been awesome, but a little bit short on the hip hop and heavy on indie rock, so that was cool to see, too.

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