It's been a rough week for the Buy More/Carmichael Industries: Their assets were frozen. They had an unsuccessful pitch meeting to gain much-needed new clients. They met their biggest competition (although Casey had already known her... Biblically). They got a client who turns out to be the bad guy. And their bearded secret weapon started acting like a petulant child. Here are some of my 5 favorite moments from "Chuck vs The Bearded Bandit" (in no particular order):
Buy More Commercial Circa The Late 1970's
I love Big Mike, and I am thrilled when I see Mark Christopher Lawrence get face time. Big Mike -- back from his honeymoon in Hawaii -- is ready to step up and get the customers through the Buy More doors once again. His brilliant plan includes re-airing a once successful Buy More commercial circa the late 1970s, featuring Big Mike (sporting a big fro), foxy ladies and a stellar stock of Betamax players, ya dig? I do, and I think Big Mike still has that swagger. Still, he thinks the Buy More needs a new "hot piece of meat" with a face who will bring in customers. What the Buy More needs is...
Awesome As The New Face of Buy More
Talk about the right place at the right time. Awesome enters at the moment Big Mike needs his inspiration and -- with the right sweet talking and maybe the slightest guilt -- Big Mike talks Captain Awesome into donning a green shirt (complete with Captain Awesome name tag) to star as the face of Buy More. "It's like his eyes follow everyone in the store," notes Casey. Why not buy from the best? Why not... Buy More?
The Morgan/Casey Growl-Off
In 4 seasons of Chuck, nobody would dare out-growl the growler John Casey, but the Intersect that is slowly breaking down Morgan's brain has given him much more than kung-fu abilities -- he also has the guts to stand up to Casey and fire off one of Casey's own signature methods of communication. It made for an almost adorable moment, much like a YouTube video featuring a brave kitten standing up to a towering rottweiler.
This episode launched a lot of hints that something is going terribly wrong with Morgan and that he's becoming less of himself. It's not just with him standing up to Casey. He has no idea who Indiana Jones is (or Luke Skywalker!), seems to have zero interest in a long-standing best friend tradition with Chuck, and -- in the end -- goes to work for the enemy. This is only going to get worse before it gets better, but will we lose Morgan to the Dark Side completely?
John Casey... Wuss?
The man will storm into battle, guns blazing, with a smile on his face and a cigar in his mouth. He's never been known to shy away from any mission. No matter how dangerous the situation becomes, he remains steady as a rock. When it comes to asking out a girl, however, John Casey gets more nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. It's adorable really and reminds us that buried deep inside beats a heart. I think John Casey and his love-life (however sordid) will be chock-full of great moments.
The fifth moment isn't really one specific moment. It is just Sarah Walker in general. This entire episode was a strong one for Sarah, and she constantly had me cheering for her. I loved the way she stood up to Gertrude Verbanski and the way she handled her discussions with Chuck about his role as Morgan's handler. And how kickass was that rock-climbing scene? Well done.
Next weeks episode looks to be packed with action and set to take the story father than this weeks episode did. What were some of your favorite moments from "Chuck vs. The Bearded Bandit"? Sound off in the comments!
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