A great episode of Chuck just aired, featuring both Scott Bakula and Chevy Chase as guest stars. Wow!
The episode was huge in every sense…
If you haven´t seen it, download Chuck 2×19 Chuck versus the Dream Job and watch it ASAP.
And if you don´t mind spoilers of Chuck
Complete Recap and Spoilers of Chuck 2×19 Chuck versus the Dream Job featuring Scott Bakula and Chevy Chase
Previously on “Chuck:” Chuck wants his old life back. Chuck also wants to find his dad. Chuck couldn’t find a way to remove the Intersect from his brain, but he did find pops with the help of Sarah.
Now on “Chuck:” Chuck sits in dad’s trailer with Sarah while the old man makes coffee for his offspring and his offspring’s faux girlfriend. Says Chuck: “Ellie was really hoping you might be there to walk her down the aisle.” Says dad: “Not a good idea, but tell her that I’m happy for her.” That’s not the answer our hero wanted to hear. “I don’t want to hear what you can’t do!” he yells. Dad acquiesces — with one condition. “Maybe we should wait til dark,” he mutters. “They’re tracking my every move. Rat bastards.” Chuck and Sarah exchange a wary glance. Seems the elder Bartowski isn’t entirely stable.
One opening credits sequence later, Chuck returns home and presents dear ol’ dad to Ellie and Awesome. “You said you were going to make pancakes!” Ellie says before storming out of the room. Chuck follows, urging Ellie to forgive her father for skipping town and returning home without breakfast foods. So Ellie acquiesces, but that doesn’t make the ensuing family powwow any less awkward. Dad claims to have invented everything from plasma television to touch-screen technology along with his old grad-school roommate, Ted Roark. The name strikes a chord with the group. Apparently, Roark is a famous Bill Gates-like magnate in the Chuckiverse. “The guy is a lying thief,” dad says. Chuck looks at a flyer for Roark’s latest software upgrade and has an INTERSECT MOMENT!
Cut to the underground yogurt-shop lair, where the general lays down the particulars of this week’s primary plot: “The CIA now believes Ted Roark’s latest software may contain a virus that, if released, could cause irreparable damage to the world’s computer networks.” The plan: send Chuck in for an interview at Roark Instruments to see if he flashes on anyone or anything. It’s the Chuckster’s dream job. Bartowski then meets Roark himself. Our hero is star struck. Better yet, he finally feels like he is doing something worthwhile with his life — even if it is just an assignment.
Guess who isn’t so happy about Chucks new gig? “You’re going to work for Roark?” dad asks. “The man who stole everything from me?” Well, yes. Even dad’s disapproval can’t keep Chuck away from his new gig. Naturally, he arrives at Roark headquarters to find Sarah and Casey disguised (badly) as nerds waiting to attend the big software launch party. “We’re going in to retrieve the source code for the new operating system,” Sarah explains. “Without it, Roark can’t release the software or the virus.” Best laid plans …
Chuck enters the auditorium and scans the crowd. Before you can say “Intersect moment,” he has an INTERSECT MOMENT! “There’s a Fulcrum agent here,” Chuck tells Sarah and Casey via wristband mic. Roark is soon introduced to the adoring crowd of nerds while Sarah and Casey attempt to access a secure area backstage. Unfortunately, the security system is too good and Casey urges Chuck to stop the presentation before Roark pushes a button to release the software. So Chuck, being Chuck, runs onto the stage and screams “No, wait!” Whispers Chuck: “The CIA believes that your software has been infected with a virus.” Roark doesn’t believe the tousle-haired Nerdherder and promptly summons security. As Chuck is dragged away, Roark presses the button and releases the software. Is the whole computing world doomed? Perhaps — but Chuck seems much more upset at the prospect of returning to work at the Buy More.
Montage time! Chuck examines the blueprints left behind by Orion with fancy titles such as “Intersect Interface” and “Intersect Core.” But what is Chuck supposed to do with this information? Build an Intersect? Disable his own? Find another Intersect? Our poor boy is confused. Time for a talk from dear ol’ dad. “I ruined every good thing that happened to me,” Steve says. “I won’t stand by and let the same thing happen to you.” Dad then gives Chuck his blessing to work for Roark, pointing at the company’s handbook before leaving.
The talk inspires the Chuckster. He soon notices that the layout for the Roark compound match the design plans for the Intersect! Thank goodness dad pointed at the company handbook, eh? “Oh my God,” Chuck says. “Roark has an Intersect!” He tells Casey and Sarah — without revealing his secret source (Orion) — theorizing that the new software is a “Trojan horse” designed to steal information from the government. His spy partners are skeptical at best. Casey storms out, leaving Sarah behind to listen to Chuck’s pleas for help breaking into Roark’s labs. “I could finally get this thing out of my head,” he says. Sarah denies him — but gently.
Thus, Chuck heads to the underground yogurt-shop lair and begins suiting up in Casey’s combat gear. Unfortunately, Casey soon interrupts the action-movie moment. Chuck admits to getting secret info from Orion and explains that he is going to Roark Instruments with or without assistance. To prove it, he points a tranquilizer gun at Casey. “I know what I’m doing,” Chuck says. “I want this Intersect out of my head. Are you going to help me or not?” Not, apparently. Casey charges — and Chuck shoots! Casey goes bleary eyed. “I’m going to kill you when I wake up,” he mutters before passing out.
Cut to Chuck, wearing all black, darting around the grounds at Roark Instruments. He soon makes his way inside and is shocked to see dear ol’ dad being manhandled by security. Naturally, the lead security guard is the Fulcrum agent Chuck identified at the launch party. “I’m not leaving this building until my boy gets his job back!” Steve screams. Chuck bursts from his hiding spot, tranq guns drawn! He fires John Woo style and all the security guards go down! “I’m not who you think I am,” Chuck tells his father. Just then, another Fulcrum agent materializes with a gun. “Don’t worry,” dad whispers to son. “I’m not who you think I am either.”
So who is he? A badass, apparently. Steve springs into action, knocking the Fulcrum agent flat! Understanding dawns on the Chuckster. “Oh my God,” he says. “You’re Orion! I can’t believe this. My father invented the Intersect.” Turns out pops has faked his death a few times in the recent past. He also explains that he ran away from his family once he found out what the government “was going to do with the Intersect.” I had to stay away from you and your sister, Steve explains. Not a bad excuse.
Chuck is floored, but gathers himself and has an INTERSECT MOMENT! The flash reveals the code to the secret security room Sarah and Casey failed to access during the launch party. Inside is a glowing blue cube, spinning in a glass case. “That’s the Intersect?” Chuck asks. Says dad: “2.0. My baby. My greatest creation after you and your sister, of course.” Of course. Dad gets to work, explaining that he is going to use Intersect 2.0 to override the information in Chuck’s head. Could this be the moment Chuck has been waiting for? Could his brain be free of dangerous national/ global security intel?
Nope. “It’s not working!” dad yells. Just then, the door slides open and Roark enters. “I’ve been looking for you for a long time,” Roark tells Steve. “Put him on a helicopter. Kill the CIA agent.” Steve protests, agreeing to “build whatever you want” if Roark lets Chuck live. Roark agrees. But dad has some parting words for his son. “Remember when I told you not to trust your handlers?” Steve says. “Maybe I was wrong.” The security door slides shut between the two. Chuck has lost his father for the second time in 10 years. “Noooooo!” our hero screams in a Darth Vader moment.
Back at the underground yogurt-shop lair, the general swears that no one at the CIA knew of Orion’s secret identity. Chuck begs to be put on the case to rescue his father. Shockingly, the general agrees. “Very well, Mr. Bartowski,” she says. “The assignment is your’s provided that your personal entanglements do not interfere with the mission.” Doesn’t sound likely to us, but Chuck seems up for it.