'Its a dead mans party. Who could ask for more?'
This review may contain spoilers.
In Chuck Versus The Couch Lock Chucks ongoing search for Frost not only brings to light an unfortunate episode from John Caseys past but answers the questions, is a boys best friend his mother and who would show up for your funeral.
While the previous installment, Chuck Versus The Coup DÃ©tat, leaned toward the soap opera side of Chuck, Chuck vs. the Couch Lock is more a spy thriller. There were shootings, explosions, betrayal, heroism, and a lot of humor.
An A-Team reference, a Bill and Hillary Clinton joke, a faked death, and the use of the classic Oingo Boingo song Dead Mans Party are just a few of the things that added a laugh in the face of danger element to the show.
Chuck and Sarah spend more time being in dire straights than in saving the day this time which allows for some interesting opportunities for others to be heroic.
Fans of Jeff and Lester will be happy with the screen time the duo gets. The boys give you reason to laugh at their geek and drug references and unwittingly save Caseys life. During the car ride home, with a couch-locked Casey in full dress uniform, we learn that Jeff has a uniform at home for those times when he wants to feel official. Jeff and Lester, as you would expect, draw some interesting but completely incorrect conclusions from the incident.
Casey bursts into enemy territory to rescue Chuck and Sarah but its Morgan who makes the winning move. We know that Morgan loves the idea of being a spy but in Chuck vs. the Couch Lock, he gets to prove that when the chips are down, you can count on him to do the right and needed thing, even at great peril to himself.
This episode worked on all levels. We got a good adventure tale, a lot of amusing moments and learned new things about some of the characters. Chuck and Sarah have what could be a clichÃ© moment at the end of the episode where Chuck tells Sarah that he is abandoning his search for his mother. Somehow, it works because its so genuinely and matter-of-factly stated. Its obvious that Chuck and Sarah have for the most part figured out what they mean to each other.
The flashback that starts the show doesnt change what you know about John Caseys ethics but it shows you them in action. It also sets up some major plot points so that they dont just come out of the blue. Its show, dont tell, in action.
Morgans heroic act works because we know that as Morgan himself tells John Casey, he is a good guy. He is worthy of dating Caseys daughter Alex. It is not out of character but it does enlarge his character. It probably also sets the stage for him to participate more in missions.
What Didnt Work
Its not often that you come away from a television show thinking it was perfect but that happened with Chuck vs. the Couch Lock. There isnt anything about it that doesnt work for this reviewer.
Credit Where Credit is Due
Chuck Versus The Couch Lock was written by Henry Alonso Myers and was directed by Michael Schultz. Chuck stars Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovsky, Vic Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Sarah Lancaster, Adam Baldwin, Ryan McPartlin, Joshua Gomez, Mekenna Melvin, Eric Roberts, Joel Moore, Omid Zader and Bonita Friedericy.
Chuck airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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