Instant Reaction: Chuck vs the Balcony
Addendum: I still feel excited about Chuck being back, though I will say up front that the episode was meandering and slow and kind of disappointing and didn't really go anywhere until the end. These are still some of my favorite characters, so much so that I'll forgive what was essentially a prologue masquerading as a full episode.
Tweet: France? Romantic. #Chuck411
Addendum: Vineyards? Also romantic. Wine cellars? Romantic again. Fancy wine? Still romantic. Being shot in the back? Okay you got me there.
More funnie after the jump. Yes I intentionally spelled "funny" with an ie.
Tweet: Also, least threatening guard dogs ever. #SoFluffy #Chuck411
Addendum: Seriously I just wanted to go up to those dogs and cuddle with them and have them lick my face and go OHMYGODYOUARESOCUTE> forever.
Tweet: I missed Mister Adorkable. #Chuck411
Addendum: On second consideration, I chalk that tweet up to just missing the show. I now think that stuttery nervous Chuck has become, like, ridiculously overdone at this point. What happened to the guy who stared Shaw down and was all like "Bring it, bitch."
Tweet: Sarah's mom? She exists? #SheDoesntReallyExistRight? #Chuck411
Addendum: There's no way she's actually real. She's like an elaborate illusion. She is Harriet Houdini.
Reply Tweet, from crystalelements: HOMG SHE EXISTS. OUR EARS HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO THE IMPOSSIBLE.
Addendum: Stop stealing my all caps tricks. THAT IS MINE AND MINE ALONE>
Reply Tweet, from ladycat7136: We were wondering about that.And look at that , Sarah opened up about something without a gun or a bomb to her head. Progress!
Addendum: Look, sometimes you just need a solid threat of death to understand that you might actually want to jump Zachary Levi. Wait what am I saying? I want to jump Zachary Levi just normally.
Tweet: Ah, nostalgia. #SoEndearinglyDumb #Slapstick #Chuck411
Addendum: Little did I know that they were trying to build THE ENTIRE EPISODE ON THIS PREMISE>
Tweet: Did Beckman really say "manservant"? #Chuck411
Addendum: Like, seriously. Why not butler? Assistant? British guy? Season 1 Casey would have went Beast Mode at that.
Tweet: I see what you did there Chuck. #Puns #Chuck411
Addendum: That was clever. Actually it was the exact opposite of clever. What's that again? Oh yeah, kinda dumb.
Tweet: OH GOD I EVEN MISSED JEFFSTER. #TooFar #ThingsIWillNeverSaySeriously #Chuck411
Addendum: I think I missed the idea of you, Jeffster. But I didn't actually miss you. It's not you, it's me. No okay it's you.
Tweet: Arranged marriage? #ProbablyBestForLester #Chuck411
Addendum: Like this episode proved: there is just no other way that Lester is going to get a girl. Which, I guess, basically means that Lester is never going to get a girl.
Tweet: Chuck's face just said: How do I manage to deal with you, you silly bastard. #Chuck411
Addendum: There was some "How do you take yourself seriously?" and "Josh Gomez you are kind of adorable" in there, too.
Tweet: Losing the top button is turning me on. Oh and Sarah's there too. #SeeWhatIDidThere? #Chuck411
Addendum: The joke is I noticed the guy before the girl. GETIT?
Tweet: This episode: An elaborate cell phone commercial. #ATTLoses #Chuck411
Addendum: Did anyone else expect a "Can you hear me now? Good." reference in that scene? I couldn't be the only one.
Tweet: Dude looks like Malnourished Eric Bana. #Chuck411
Addendum: Or Hot Skeletor.
Tweet: Not gonna front, this episode is sloooooooooow so far. #NeedSomethingToBlowUp #Chuck411
Addendum: Like, a bunch of grapes? Or a wheelbarrow? Or a Frenchman!
Tweet: What DID you just say? #SoundedDirty #ImOkayWithThat #Chuck411
Addendum: All those tongue twisters mean you have a talented tongue, Zac. Rawr.
Reply Tweet, from ladycat713: It references Danny Kaye's The Court Jester. Look up "the chalice with the palace"
Addendum: *plays the NBC The More You Know theme music*
Tweet: Sarah leg.. #JustLostMyTrainOfThought #AlsoMyBrain #Chuck411
Addendum: Just... give me a few moments. I just... Okay I think I'm almost ready to continue.
Tweet: Did... Did Chris Fedak only learn rhyming last week? #Chuck411
Addendum: WHAT DOES ORANGE RHYME WITH SCHWARTZ?
Reply Tweet, from ladycat713: Possibly, look how long it took him to learn no Pli's.
Addendum: Some people just never learn.
Tweet: What the hell is going on in this episode? #Chuck411
Addendum: I AM CONFUSED.
Reply Tweet, from crystalelements: Totally agree. I mean, I'm happy the show's back, but...seriously?
Addendum: SHE IS CONFUSED
Tweet: @crystalelements This is all like "Yeah we have no idea what to do without Linda and Timothy." #Chuck411
Addendum: WE ARE ALL CONFUSED
Tweet: The CIA flight expenses must be astronomical. #Chuck411
Addendum: Fly them from France to LA then LA to France then France to LA then LA to France then LA to RUSSIA>
Tweet: That was... cryptic of Beckman. #Chuck411
Addendum: Sarah I want YOU to prevent forest fires.
Tweet: A Lester love story? #TheyreJustNotEvenTryingAtThisPoint #Chuck411
Addendum: OH GOD WE NEED TO FILL TIME> DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS> YOU I DONT CARE IF YOURE THE JANITOR WE NEED SOMETHING>
Reply Tweet, from ladycat713: Oh why not. The wierd need love too.
Addendum: I would have honestly rather have had a Jeff love story. #SharpasamarbleDidIt
Tweet: Morgan/Sarah is my favorite inteaction of S4. #Truth #Chuck411
Addendum: I think it's because it's something we haven't seen much of before, so it feels fresh and new to have these characters conversing in a genuinely emotional way. Has this show done everything it can do with the Chuck/Sarah/Casey dynamic? I hope not but I'm beginning to feel that way.
Reply Tweet, from mf_lenz: I agree wholeheartedly.
Reply Tweet, from crystal elements: Hee. Gotta love their threatversation. <3
Reply Tweet, from N_Reinoehl: True statement
Reply Tweet, from ladycat713: I am someone deadly. *snicker*
Addendum: I had no idea how popular this opinion was. YOU SEE THE METRICS I GET FOR YOU SCHWEDAK THIS STUFF IS SCIENTIFIC>
Tweet: For the sake of disclosure, my favorite interactions for the other seasons are S1: Chuck/Sarah, S2: Casey/Chuck, S3: Morgan/Awesome.
Addendum: Season 2 is actually kind of up in the air between Casey/Chuck, Sarah/Chuck and Jill/Chuck but you can't fit that in 140 characters.
Tweet: I'm now officially bored with France. #HowIsThatPossible #Chuck411
Addendum: Seriously I don't need another five minute scene about how beautiful the moon is.
Reply Tweet, from DWNACrumb: Bored with Lester!
Addendum: SAY IT AINT SO>
Tweet: @DNWACrumb Not possible. #Chuck411
Addendum: If you look at Lester's story in the context of the rest of the episode, yes it was stupid and boring. If you look at it as a mini episode of awesome Lester moments, it is less boring.
Tweet: "Fatherly" advice? #ActuallyOnSecondThoughtItsKindOfTrue #Chuck411
Tweet: That IS the real Lester. #LeatherAndThe80s #Chuck411
Reply Tweet, from ladycat713: What was her problem. I would at least give him a chance!
Tweet: @ladycat713 Not everyone appreciates bad 80s pop and faux leather vests. #Chuck411
Addendum: Okay pretty much no one appreciates that.
Tweet: Chuck requires an entire CIA spy team to get a girl. #KindOfSad #Chuck411
Addendum: WE MUST ALL WORK IN CONJUNCTION TO GET HIM LAID OR ITLL NEVER HAPPEN AND THE INTERSECT WILL EXPLODE FROM SEXUAL TENSION. That's the real reason they let him get with Jill and Hannah.
Reply Tweet, mf_lemz: It's a joint CIA/NSA task force!
Addendum: More evidence that I'm right.
Tweet: @mf_lemz And it still goes wrong!
Addendum: Next time there'll be a giant bird that swoops down and STEALS THE RING and then drops it in the hands of YUGOSLAVIAN TERRORISTS>
Tweet: MANUFACTURED DELAAAAAAYS. #HULKSMASH #Chuck411
Addendum: And then those Yugoslavian terrorists will SELL IT to a PAWN SHOP to fund their NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES.
Tweet: IDONTUNDERSTANDWHATSHAPENING. #Chuck411
Addendum: AND THEN SOMETHING WILL FINALLY EXPLODE.
Tweet: If they work in a What Fates Impose reference I'm done. #DoubleAgent #Chuck411
Addendum: Actually if they work a Twist of Fate reference I'll just poop myself.
Reply Tweet, from crystalelements: Hahaha, @mxpw999's gonna be...uh...yeah. My brain just stopped working after watching that promo, so...yeaaaaah.
Reply Tweet, from Frea_O: Uh, they might have unintentionally.
Addendum: Both of these tweets made me really excited. The former because, okay as much as this episode kind of sucked, god DAMN that promo looked sweet. And the second because that just gives me a better chance of being referenced on Chuck eventually.
Tweet: That episode continued the trend of feeling like two half hour episodes smashed together. #Chuck411
Addendum: Should the show turn into a half hour show? I'd be okay with this right now I think. It'd tighten things up. Also I feel like they should blow up the BuyMore and just LEAVE IT BLOWN UP. We don't need it. Really, guys. We don't.
Final Thoughts: So this episode was not great. Let's not front. It was plodding, way too silly, went nowhere, and was essentially a five-minute prologue stretched to forty-two. All that being said, God I am glad Chuck is back. I can't wait for this new story arc with Double Agent Sarah, and I'm just NOT going to get over calling her that, either. I will actually make Mxpw sick of it. I promise you.
See you next week, everyone!.