Hey y'all, it's Shoe again and I'm going to give my thoughts about Chuck Versus the Business Trip. I told Frea I would try to keep this short until I mentioned that there was a pool featured in this episode, and y'all know what that means...
Morgan needs the Infected Intersect out of his head and Team Bartowski enlists the help of General Beckman to remove the Morgansect. Also, there is a hit out on Morgan for blabbing about the Intersect to anyone that has been rescinded except for one assassin called The Viper. Morgan has now been "bunkerized" in Castle with Casey while Chuck and Sarah attend a Buy More convention to smoke out The Viper.
As Chuck mentioned to Morgan, "The Force is strong with this one." By this one, I mean Kristin Newman. I think Kristin Newman has a great knack for writing female characters on Chuck. She definitely does not make them wilting flowers. It was realistic that Alex would not take Morgan back after his apology towards her. Besides, it did make Morgan sound crazy and just making up excuses for being a complete ass. She handled the working mom Ellie well (except for the not saying good bye to Clara in that one scene) and she writes a great Sarah. In a way, she made an episode that would've been another Morgan-focused episode into a Sarah-centric one. Sarah yearns to have the normal friendships with others, and she wouldn't have any kinds of friends until she found Chuck. Chuck always has that effect on people since he's such a nice guy.
The running theme throughout this episode was being "normal." Jeff has now become an actual working human being, much to the dismay of his dysfunctional best friend Lester. Jeff is reading books and drinking tea! I would wonder if he was being taken over by a Pod Person too but I would not go to the lengths Lester did. Because of this new Jeff, I'm glad Lester got a kick in the pants for his histrionic actions but not sure if I would have had him arrested.
(Side note, I thought it was hilarious that Sarah ignored Lester with the van scene because it was "normal.")
Chuck makes an observation about how "normal" Ellie and Awesome are as couple, whereas Chuck and Sarah are not. Yet, Chuck and Sarah are a "happy and nice" couple - which led to a great Charah discussion about their life in general and some possible sexy couch action until Beckman texts them. Sometimes, I wonder if that woman has a sixth sense about when those two are trying to get it on...
Even Beckman is slightly normal, with her sensible heels and comment about why Carmichael Industries is running out of money due to the arcade game collection in Castle. Also, she was rather feisty in this episode with her one-liners and pulling rank over the Douchebag Decker. Decker is such a smug ass and he is not fooling anyone with his fake innocence which was noted by both Casey and Sarah at the end. It's uncanny how those two just communicated with their eyes about how to deal with The Viper and Company at the end.
While the normal couple seems to be happy, there are some unsaid things that the now-normal Jeff picks up on. It was clear that Ellie did miss being around baby Clara and I've heard that from mothers. Even though, Awesome may claim later he was just putting a front on for being glad he was a stay-at-home dad, I think he secretly liked it. He was even leading Baby Yoga classes and such a proud daddy of Clara and her breathing. Speaking of kids, I was wondering later, when Sarah overheard Jane on the phone talking to her "kid;" if the kids talk would come about again for Chuck and Sarah. It would be the "normal" progression for them as a couple.
Casey, of course was in fighting form in this episode. He protects anyone he considers family fiercely. He still hasn't forgiven Morgan entirely for breaking his little girl's heart but he still will begrudgingly make sure he is safe. I thought his messing with Morgan's head about Star Wars was hilarious. Plus, I do think when he took care of the assassins at the end, he was doing it to protect all of them. I'm angry that Decker is so quick to charge him with murder while he is a dirty scumbag himself, but I suspect it'll play out in the next couple of episodes.
Alright, I mentioned in the beginning about the pool and now I will. Is it odd that the pool scene reminded me of Frea's Hallowhedon story? Of course, Sarah was not wearing a pink bra underneath the Nerd Herder uniform but it was still great to see both Chuck and Sarah in the pool. Now, it would've been nice to see Chuck wearing a white t-shirt, like how he did in Undercover Lover. I still like that they managed to get in another wet t-shirt scene for Chuck though in this series. Also, I am glad to say that at least Yvonne knows how to swim breastroke; it always bothers me when I see actors who cannot swim to save their lives in movies or on TV. (Y'all get your minds out of that gutter about breastroke, it's an actual swimming stroke and term. Quistie can back me up on this!) The uniform was a nice callback to when Sarah first wore the Nerd Herder uniform but it was a bit more tasteful this time around. And I do agree with that one Nerd Herder lady, how the heck does Sarah have such a great body and I'm jealous.
The Buy More convention is supposed to smoke out the assassin but all of these people seem average and normal for the most part. That is until the head honcho running this gig creeps on Sarah. This is where I will give Frea her Evil Bunny Quota. It was one frightening costume and the dude was a creep. Sarah was right to kick his ass.
|Zac chills in the pool with his ridiculous sneakers. Awww, Zac!|
They may not be a normal couple and parts of this episode for their relationship did seem to come from some various fanfics. This episode was not without its flaws, especially in the beginning scenes. It did provide for some humorous Casey banter, but I thought the ninja stars with the Intersect were a bit much. Yet, this episode felt more like a season two episode, which happens to be one of my favorite seasons. Overall, I'm now more of a fan of Newman episodes, especially once I realized she wrote Phase Three as well. I was entertained and it was great to have some of the focus put back on the original Team Bartowski.
Now that I've made this sufficiently long enough for y'all, what were your reactions to Chuck Versus the Business Trip?