Thursday, April 21, 2011

What I’m Watching: Chuck

Chuck: Season 4, Episode 21 “Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner” (B+)

What a blast this episode was! After I expressed my doubts last week, it’s so thrilling to see a fantastically creative episode that so completely circumvents the storylines that have been holding this show back in recent weeks and still manages to address enough of them to drive the plot forward appropriately. Starting with the flashbacks to a young Sarah and her piggy bank was smart, and it was cute to have her father leave it for her at the end with plenty of money to pay for the wedding. I loved the setup of this episode, with Chuck and Sarah’s wedding planner revealed to be a con woman. This caper was so much fun, and it was hilarious to see Chuck and Sarah try to create a fake mission, complete with Chuck’s inability to fake a flash and Sarah’s impression not turning out to be too much better. Morgan and Alex both trying to convince Casey to talk to Alex’s mother was fun, and it’s enjoyable to see the two of them displaying such similar physical mannerisms. This show is succeeding so well in crafting two wonderful couples, and it’s a pleasure to see them trying to pull off their respective goals. The Bat Mitzvah-based mission was great, and I really liked the trajectory of this episode. Awesome meeting Sarah’s dad was fun too. My favorite line from the episode, hands down, was all in the delivery, conveying Sarah’s lack of knowledge about some of the smaller things in life: “What is a Super Shuttle?” More episodes like this, please!

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