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Chuck vs. Hart to Hart

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 4, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 4, 2010 |

I feel like last night’s “Chuck,” which was a homage of sort to Robert Wagner’s and Stefanie Power’s “Hart to Hart,” was something of an odd choice, given how few people in “Chuck’s” demographic know “Hart to Hart.” I have only the vaguest recollection, and I suspect that more than few twenty-somethings were confused about whether Morgan’s voice-over at the beginning of the episode was supposed to be an homage to Boswell in “Charlie’s Angels.”

Outdated though it was, it was nevertheless a fitting homage, as last night’s episode focused on the burgeoning official relationship between Chuck and Sarah, as they take on the spy world as a couple. It was something of a throw-away episode with no real narrative momentum in the overall series’ arc, but it was a needed break and it allowed the writers to goof around with Casey and Morgan, who many may hope will eventually become the central couple of the show.

Here is last night’s gratuitous shot of “the leggy Valkyrie who has an aversion to clothing”:


Chuck and Sarah, growing into their relationship, were introduced to their CIA role models, played by Swoosie Kurtz and Fred Willard (who is continuing his television guest spot tour, after appearances in both “Castle” and “Modern Family” in recent weeks). They are Chuck and Sarah in 30 years and vice versa. The mission: to steal an encryption device off the collar of a Bengali tiger. Naturally, the older married couple — the Turners — flipped and became the episode’s double-agent villains, at least temporarily. Meanwhile, viewing the marriage of the Turners made Chuck anxious about his relationship with Sarah.

Anyone else find it weird that the week after their relationship became official they’re already moving in together and talking about marriage? Do these people not understand how television shows work? It took them three seasons to get to this point and now they’re shacking up together?

Meanwhile, the episode’s highlight was Casey and Morgan. General Beckham tasked Casey with training Morgan, who is clearly become a member of the team. Casey was to train him in subversion (getting a hottie’s phone number), stealth (stealing a key card off the bossman while he was sleeping) and strength, which set up the funniest moment of the episode.

The small C-plotline concerned Ellie and Awesome, whose stay in African was cut short after Awesome developed malaria-like symptoms. What he doesn’t know, however, is that he was poisoned by a guy who will likely become next week’s main villain, bringing Ellie and Awesome quickly back into the fold.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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