Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner

by Alan Rapp on April 20, 2011

in Television Reviews 

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The theme of this week’s episode, “Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner,” was fathers and daughters. After Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) get taken in a con by their wedding planner they turn to the best con man they know for help – Sarah’s father (Gary Cole). In the B-story episode Casey (Adam Baldwin) and his daughter Alex (Mekenna Melvin) decide to tell her mother (Clare Carey) he’s still alive. We also get a short sequence with Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) and his baby daughter. What’s surprising, in a story about fathers and daughters, is we don’t get any movement on Ellie’s (Sarah Lancaster) investigation into her father’s work.

Although the episode is fun, and more than a little goofy (such as Chuck faking a flash to use CIA resources to find their wedding planner), it’s a little weak in spots (such as how easily Chuck and Sarah are taken in by the con and how quickly the situation spirals out of control).

That said, there are some very good moments – particularly the con scenes such as the team working together to con three brothers out of Iran’s nuclear codes. The flashbacks with a young Sarah and her dad also give us a better understanding of her strained relationship to her father (as well as give us a great idea for a Girl Scout con).

It’s the final scene with Sarah alone in the bedroom that really puts the episode over the top. Not only is it great way to end the episode, but it foreshadows what it might mean for these two characters down the line. I’m hopeful we’ll see Gary Cole at least one more time to give Sarah and her father the on-screen moment they really deserve.

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darci April 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm

The whole party planning scene when Sarah pretended to be Daphne was great…I was cracking up as soon as I heard her accent/speech mannerisms.

Also props to them for using Pigeon John’s “The Bomb” during the scene, too. Chuck’s music has always been awesome, but a little bit short on the hip hop and heavy on indie rock, so that was cool to see, too.

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Alan Rapp April 26, 2011 at 11:44 pm

You could tell Yvonne was having fun with that accent. Fun episode all around.

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