EPISODE REVIEW: Chuck: "Chuck vs. the Suitcase" (Seasaon 4, Episode 2)

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Chuck and Sarah’s relationship is going along swimmingly … except that she’s never unpacked. Casey says it’s no big deal: spies don’t put down roots. Morgan tells Chuck that every relationship has an Achilles’ Heel and this just might be Chuck’n’Sarah’s. Meanwhile, Deven (Captain Awesome) is buying every baby product known to man in preparation for Ellie’s impending birth.

Awesome has been buying a lot of this stuff at the Buy More, which has drawn his attention to a problem there: efficiency. Way too much efficiency. It gets so bad that Morgan realizes he has to talk to General Beckman—who he calls by her first name—and precedes to give a very funny demonstration of just how well-run the Buy More now is. He points out that Buy Mores aren’t supposed to be that way and such a state will draw the attention of bad guys. Beckman agrees and authorizes Morgan to put together a team to run the Buy More properly. So Morgan and Casey track down Jeff and Lester, who are living in a van 7 miles away. This was one of the rare episodes where the Buy Moria overshadowed the “real” story. Which was that …

Some scientists have developed a “smart bullet”, which is about to be passed off to some other bad guys by a super model who is built like a number 2 pencil and played by Karolina Kurkova. Chuck and Sarah are sent to the fashion show in Milan to get the smart bullets from her and—if possible—grab her. Chuck succeeds in grabbing her, but just by the backside. For no readily apparent reason (to this episode, anyway) he spots Bronson Pinchot, who I’m guessing is the big arms dealer they are fighting this season.

There’s also the stunt-casting of Lou Ferrigno (best known as TV’s “Incredible Hulk” and—to us Dolphins fans—as that really big guy that stands on the sidelines of most Miami games) as the super-model’s body guard who happens to have a crush on his boss. He’s a remarkably bad body guard, though, in that Sarah can knock him out with one punch to the face. Shortly thereafter, Sarah gets into her weekly catfight and winds up on the cover of a magazine … but she’s confident that her cover isn’t blown.

Like last week, this episode focused more on the humor side of the series than on the spy/serious side. Unlike last week’s episode, though, the search for Chuck’s mom was completely dropped. This might not have been a bad idea. Shows need some stand-alone episodes, especially if they have any hope at all of drawing in new viewers. Take “Lost” for instance. I bet almost no one just suddenly started watching (and staying with) that show in the fourth season, unless they had Netflix or some other way of catching up on what they missed. Season 3 of “Chuck” was excellent, but some of the episodes would have been tremendously confusing if you hadn’t seen what led into them.

On the other hand, I sometimes think I’m the only person who doesn’t have Netflix (nor do I have cable, satellite or—at home, anyway—internet access). Many shows nowadays are built with the idea that people will soon be buying or renting complete seasons on DVD and will, therefore, have no problem following on-going plot-lines. And yes, I realize that this is how life works. Things go on and on and sometimes are never resolved. For me, though, I like a show that ends now and then.