'Chuck' Recap: The Top 5 Moments of 'Chuck vs The Santa Suit'
'Chuck' Recap: The Top 5 Moments of 'Chuck vs The Santa Suit'
Christi Kassity
Christi Kassity
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Holy ghost of Christmas Past, Chuck Fans!

I don't even know where to start with "Chuck vs The Santa Suit" -- I loved it from beginning to end. It just had that real "Christmas special" feeling.
Remember when TV shows used to air Christmas specials instead of just taking 6-week "mid-season breaks"? I do, and this had that feeling.

I'm certain I would have loved it more had I not known Shaw was going to appear. It was like already knowing that lump in your stocking was just coal. It even made the opening close-up scenes of our "unidentified" villain pretty much irrelevant since NBC spoiled that 2 weeks ago with the teaser. But what can you do? It didn't take away from the rest of the episode.

Thus, I give you, in no particular order, my Top 5 Moments from "Chuck vs The Santa Suit":

Stan Lee is a spy!
Christmas came early for this nerd! I heard Stan Lee was going to show up in an episode, but I didn't know he would be a spy! I also think I am now a Stan Lee/General Beckman 'shipper. Oh, what I would give to see Chuck take Stan Lee with him on a mission.

The Nerd Machines!
Jeff and Lester have always made a good team, and now that Jeff is weeks into his carbon monoxide sobriety it seems that the team is even stronger. They really came through for Chuck and the Spy More gang by figuring out at the Omen virus was a hoax of sorts.

Hyped up on several cups of coffee (from Chuck fan's favorite sandwich slingers, Subway) they deduced that the Omen virus was "hypothetically designed to suck information out of a whole set of computers and move that information to a single location" -- but it was not doing that. Instead, the duo figured out the Omen was targeting only government computers.

Chuck and Morgan were able to take that information and -- along with what they already knew -- drew the only logical conclusion: Shaw was attempting to create and upload Intersect 3.0 (Which could only lead to bad, bad things).

Bartowski Family Christmas Party!
I don't know about you but I want to go to the Bartowski Christmas party! It was full of Kodak moments, like Casey telling Alex he loves her and that she should give Morgan another chance (It's a Christmas miracle!). It was also the perfect setting for some tender brother/sister moments between Ellie and Chuck, and the perfect(?) opportunity for Chuck to tell Sarah about...

I Saw Beckman Kissing Santa Claus
Chuck (donning a Santa suit, beard and all), with help from Beckman, crashed the CIA Christmas party in order to get into Decker's office. Upon realizing they were about to be caught Beckman had to, as she put it, "make sacrifices for the job." Before Chuck even knew what was going on, he was lip to lip with the General.

It worked and it was probably one of my favorite scenes. I wonder how many takes were necessary to get it right?

The Last 60 Seconds -- What? What! What.
After 42 minutes of crazy/awesome, "Chuck vs The Santa Suit" dropped a bomb, and it's big.

Only, I don't know exactly what it is... yet. In the final minute Sarah went to the CIA holding facility to meet with Shaw, per his request. Shaw talked about a little something he put into motion a while ago -- something Chuck and Sarah wouldn't be able to stop... Okay Shaw, my interest is piqued, go on... "Do you remember Hungary? Does Chuck know about the baby?"

What?! Oh, Chuck writers, you're killin' me here!

Thankfully we won't have to wait until next year (hopefully), as next weeks episode is titled "Chuck vs The Baby."

What did you think about "Chuck vs The Santa Suit"? As always, I want to hear your favorite moments! Sound off in the comments and for those celebrating, have a very Merry Christmas, a happy Boxing Day! If nothing else, have a nice long weekend! Be safe and I will see you back here in one week as I give my top 5 moments one last time in 2011.


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