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Chuck 5.08 "Chuck Vs. The Baby" Review
Chuck season 5 swaddles up its eighth entry with this week’s "Chuck Vs. The Baby" as Chuck and Sarah delve into the past by confronting her rogue former CIA handler (Tim DeKay) over a missing child involved with one of her last missions. After some strong weeks "Baby" may offer up a bit of tonal whiplash in its contrasting plot lines, but ultimately comes together for a solid look into Sarah's mysterious past.
Sigh. With another holiday week gone by, NBC dumps yet another Chuck episode to the no-man’s-land of Friday, New Years’ Eve Eve. With most still on vacation or at the very least enjoying a Friday night social life, how little must NBC’s regard for Chuck have dissolved to burn off yet a second important episode during a time least likely to be watched?
Unlike last week’s "Chuck Vs. »
- Kevin Fitzpatrick
That's two episodes in a row of just fine, fine work for "Chuck." Co-creator Chris Fedak had promised an "epic" Sarah-centric episode with "Chuck vs. the Baby," and we got pretty close to that descriptor.
A couple of plot holes prevented it from being quite as awesome as it might have been, but Yvonne Strahovski anchored the show with a fantastic performance that was enough to paper over some of those nitpicks.
The baby Shaw mentioned at the end of "Chuck vs. the Santa Suit" turns out not to be related to Sarah in any way but was the "package" in an assignment led by her old handler, Kieran Ryker (a much-more-menacing-than-usual Tim DeKay). The child is the heir to a huge fortune, which Ryker intends to keep for himself, but Sarah upends those plans, shoots Ryker in the shoulder and delivers the child to her mom, whom the CIA »
It was teased back in September that Sarah Walker's mom would be introduced in the final season of Chuck. Over three months later, Momma W finally showed up, played by the wonderful Cheryl Ladd in "Chuck Versus the Baby," and helped produce what was one of the most emotionally rewarding episodes of the series.
Although she came to Chuck Bartowski, as well as the audience, with a hard candy shell, it didn't take long for both parties to figure out that Sarah Walker had a softer side. While Sarah's father wasn't all bad all the time, it was obvious that Jack Burton was not responsible for the giant heart Sarah has proven to have over the past four years.
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NBC’s Chuck (Fridays, 8/7c) marked the midway point of its farewell season by dropping a “baby” bombshell relating to Sarah’s past. The action picks up this week with Sarah, dreading whatever it is that Shaw set in motion, high-tailing it to Hungary to confront her original CIA handler (played by White Collar‘s Tim DeKay), whom she fears is out to harm, among others, her mother Emma (Charlie’s Angels‘ Cheryl Ladd).
Chuck First Look Video: What Is Sarah’s Big Secret?
Securing intel on Emma “was always a big piece of the puzzle for me that I wanted to close, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
So much so that, despite her recent conversation with Chuck (Zachary Levi) about not keeping secrets anymore, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) is now charging off on a solo mission. She's not saying what it is or who she's meeting, but as you can see in this clip from Friday's (Dec. 30) episode, "Chuck vs. the Baby," she's taking a good amount of weaponry.
Chuck is a little distraught at the idea of Sarah keeping a secret, but he's also thinking on his feet. She may not want to tell her husband everything that's going on, but Carmichael Industries will give her all the support she needs -- no questions asked.
Based on the look on Sarah's face right at the end of the clip, we doubt Chuck's ploy works. But it's a nice effort nonetheless. »
Sarah’s concealing a doozy of a secret on Chuck, and her hubby is making it his personal mission to uncover it.
On the heels of last week’s mysterious baby bombshell, Sarah abruptly scurries off to Hungary to head off at the pass whatever evil plan Shaw has set in motion — leaving Chuck to piece together what few clues she left behind.
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“I’ve done some research on Hungarian culture, cross-referenced with general, horrible things Sarah might want to keep a secret,” Chuck tells Morgan in the following clip from Friday’s episode, »
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Tune in alert for NBC's Chuck. When Chuck and the gang had to go into hiding, we saw a new side of Ellie and Awesome. "Chuck vs. the Santa Suit" will air on Friday, December 23. "Chuck vs. the Baby" will air on Friday, December 30. What will happen when Shaw comes back to Chuck? Who will be in the most danger? How cute are Sarah and her mom (played by Cheryl Ladd). USA "White Collar" star Tim DeKay will also guest star in this episode as Sarah's former handler, Kieran Ryker. Check out their spy ability in the highlight below. Plus, NBC sent the first look at this Friday.s exciting episode too! Hitchhike into Trouble Ellie »
- April MacIntyre
The USA Network has released a promo for White Collar, which returns with six brand new episodes to close out Season 3 starting Tuesday, January 17 at 10 Pm Et. Click on the video player below for your first look at the second half of White Collar's third season.
Click to watch Promo: Jump Back In!
White Collar, which stars Matthew Bomer, Tim DeKay, Tiffani Thiessen, Willie Garson, Marsha Thomason, Hilarie Burton and Sharif Atkins, returns with six new Season 3 episodes starting Tuesday, January 17 at 10 Pm Et on the USA Network. »
USA network announced today that their newest legal drama, Common Law, will debut on Thursday, January 26th at 10pm. Starring Michael Ealy and Warren Kole, the series revolves around a pair of cops who've grown sick of one another. Instead of splitting them up, their captain orders them into couples therapy. USA ordered 12 episodes and they're expected to run until April 12th.
The cable channel has also announced the returns of White Collar and Royal Pains.
Starring Matthew Bomer and Tim DeKay, White Collar is coming back on Tuesday, January 17th at 10pm. The drama's currently in its third season and 10 episodes aired last summer. That leaves six more installments and they'll run until February 21st. If that's not enough for you, White Collar's already been renewed for season four. In August, USA gave the go-ahead for another 16 episodes and they'll air »
The new series "Common Law" is set to premier Jan. 26 at 10 p.m. Et. The program stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole as two cops who are growing sick of each other. Rather than split them up, their captain forces them into couples' therapy. It also features Jack McGee and Sonya Walger.
The third season of "White Collar" kicks off Jan. 17 at 10 p.m. Et. The series is set to pick up where its summer cliffhanger left off when Neal (Matt Bomer) was in possession of stolen Nazi treasure, this leading to his wife's kidnapping. The series also stars Tim DeKay, Willie Garson and Tiffani Thiessen.
USA Network today announces the January premiere dates for the new original series Common Law on Thursday, January 26 at 10/9c and returning original favorites White Collar on Tuesday, January 17 at 10/9c and Royal Pains on Wednesday, January 18 at 10/9c.
The new original series Common Law kicks into high gear when two cops discover they have one problem - each other. Despite their differences, they are still the best detectives on the force but when things come to a head on the eve of their "seven-year itch," their captain forces them into couples' therapy to save their "marriage." The 12-episode one-hour series stars Michael Ealy (The Good Wife, Californication), Warren Kole (The Chicago Code, 24), Jack McGee (The Fighter, Rescue Me) and Sonya Walger (Lost, In Treatment) and is currently in production in New Orleans.
When Zap2it talked with "Chuck" co-creator Chris Fedak ahead of last week's season premiere, he answered our questions about the new Intersect, Chuck and Sarah's relationship at the start of the season and a little bit about how he sees the series ending.
Now that the first episode has aired, though, we (and others) have more questions. Fedak took part in a conference call Wednesday (Nov. 2) and talked about, among other things, an "epic" forthcoming episode for Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), concerns some fans have about Morgan (Joshua Gomez) being the Intersect and the ride for the rest of the season. Some highlights from the call follow.
Are there any stories or people you want to bring back in the final episodes?
Chris Fedak: The second half of the season really draws us into the "Chuck" finale. And there are some big, emotional, epic things. We still have mysteries »
The final season of Chuck finally got underway last Friday (to decent ratings, considering), but as fans prepare for episode 2, executive producer Chris Fedak was talking up a Sarah-centric episode in the second half of the season that he promises will leave fans of Sarah Walker very satisfied.
“I have to say, for those fans who love Sarah Walker, it will be your favorite episode ever,” Fedak said of episode 8 today in a conference call with reporters. “It is an amazing, epic story that reveals a lot of secrets about Sarah that you could have ever imagined.”
After several seasons of waiting, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
The end is near, Chuck fans! In fact, it’s staring executive producer Chris Fedak in the face.
“Right now, we have Episode 13 on the board [in the writers room],” he shared during a Wednesday conference call with reporters. “It’s kind of like my panic attack that’s just waiting for me every day.”
The Chuck boss was coy about what exactly has found its way onto the board for that big series finale, but did reveal that plans are to “blow it out in a way we’ve never done before.”
So can fans expect closure? Or will the finale leave them »
- Vlada Gelman
Angus Macfadyen has signed on for an extended role on Chuck.
The actor - who will soon appear opposite Matt Damon in We Bought a Zoo and who has guest-starred on Criminal Minds - will portray Nicholas Quinn on the fifth season of this NBC favorite. The character will be a former CIA agent who is now a spy-for-hire... for bad guys.
Chuck Final Season Promo: What's Ahead?
Look for Macfadyen to appear on Chuck's final four episodes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (TV Fanatic Staff)
The ’80s icons keep on rolling in for Chuck‘s fifth and final season.
Perfect 10 beauty Bo Derek will guest star as herself on the NBC series, per The Hollywood Reporter.
The onetime pin-up’s arrival in Episode 10 will lead to the reveal of “stunning secrets” and a forbidden romance with one of the characters.
First Look: Chuck Vs. the Season 5 Trailer!
Derek joins an impressive roster of guest stars for Chuck‘s farewell run, which includes Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Tim DeKay (White Collar), Cheryl Ladd (Charlie’s Angels), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men), Justin Hartley (Smallville »
- Vlada Gelman
Chuck Season 5 Collars Yvonne Strahovski Handler
Tim DeKay might be in a new setting when he leaves the USA drama, White Collar, for a visit to NBC’s Chuck, but his guest role as a CIA agent should fit him like a glove since there are a few similarities with the new character he’ll be portraying. DeKay, who might be most recognized by some as Seinfeld’s Bizarro Jerry, has spent three seasons on the USA Network as Peter Burke, an FBI Special Agent assigned to keep an eye on white collar criminal Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) in the drama, White Collar.
Now, EW brings word that DeKay is switching agencies for an assignment as CIA agent Kieran Ryker on the fifth and final season of NBC’s Chuck. Ryker is Sarah’s (Yvonne Strahovski) former handler, and he’s back to make his protégé “confront her past and the choices she’s made. »
- Marty Shaw
Tim DeKay has signed on for the NBC show's eighth episode, which is shaping up to be all about Sarah's (Yvonne Strahovski) past. According to EW, DeKay will play her former CIA handler, whose reappearance in her life forces her to deal with some of the things she did before becoming part of Team Bartowski.
That episode will also feature Cheryl Ladd as Sarah's never-before-seen mother, who also brings some baggage from the past with her.
The casting of DeKay also strikes us as a nice little nod to both "Chuck's" history and DeKay's current show. "White Collar" star Matthew Bomer played Bryce Larkin, a key character in "Chuck" lore, in seven episodes over the show's first two seasons. »
Chuck has given fans yet another reason to tune in for its final season.
As first reported by Entertainment Weekly, White Collar star Tim DeKay will stop by for an episode of the NBC hit this winter, coming on board installment number-eight as Sarah’s former CIA handler. The character is described as series and as someone who forces the blonde spy to “confront her past and the choices she’s made.”
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