Published on January 7th, 2012 | by Melody Simpson4
Chuck Season 5 Episode 9 Review: Chuck vs. the Kept Man
This week’s episode of Chuck took a back seat in exhilaration and heart pounding action. Ordinarily, a break from all of the action would be fitting but with these being the final episodes of the series… much is expected. And unfortunately there was not enough action… or comedy. Last night’s episode actually seemed rather slow moving. With such dynamite episodes in the past few weeks, this change of pace did not go unnoticed. So while this episode does not stand out among the rest, it did provide for some entertainment.
In “Chuck vs. the Kept Man,” John Casey (Adam Baldwin) rekindles the fire with Gertrude Verbanski (Carrie-Anne Moss) who also becomes the first client of Carmichael Industries ever since their C.A.R.E. Mission Statement released. Let it be noted that Moss and Baldwin’s chemistry is off the charts! Chuck (Zachary Levi) is so clever and so human! Neither Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) or Casey would have ever come up with Clandestine Agents Relating Emotionally. Chuck knows how to touch people’s hearts and their inner desires. He listens to his heart and encourages others to do so as well! Go Chuck! On the other hand, he was so completely invested in getting at the eheart of his business that he missed the signs that Sarah could be pregnant. Unless Josh Schwartz plans on jumping a few years in the series finale so we can see Sarah and Chuck as parents, it would be much more fulfilling for Sarah not to get pregnant
As for the assignment, the gang is sent to South Beach where the many steps to completing Gertrude’s mission begin. But Gertrude isn’t as clever in her mission as she believes and becomes a hostage victim with $10 million on her head. The team comes to the rescue just after Casey pours his heart out to Gertrude. Even looking at this episode as a story of the heart, the yawn factor was still there. Surprisingly, what brought the most laughs and interest was what was happening back at the Buy More.
The newly intellectual, Jeff (Scott Krinsky) shared his conspiracy theory with Lester (Vik Sahay) in the break room about Chuck being a spy. Thankfully, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) catches them in this crazed meeting and in a hurry, directs their attention to Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) as the missing piece to the puzzle. Hysterical. Dragging Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) into the search was one thing but Lester in a dress has earned its spot in one of the most unforgettable moments of Chuck. This does beg the question, will those at the Buy More know about Chuck and Sarah’s occupation (past or present, depending on where it leaves off at) by the end of the series? Are they capable of keeping this confidential while also possibly being assets? By the way things went this week, Morgan has put that possibility off for a bit longer. But who of the Buy More team would you like to see “in the know” with Carmichael Industries?
Viewers missed quite a few familiar faces tonight including Ellie (Sarah Lancaster), Alex (Mekenna Melvin), and General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy). Oh, General Beckman. After what we’ve seen of Beckman so far this season, it’s hard not to want to see so much more of her in every episode. What did you think? This is the beginning of the end and a fine end it is so far… but how would you like to see Chuck conclude in its final three episodes?
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