Sweeps might be over, but Chuck seems to still be racing to get to the top in the ratings wars. All the elements come together in this week's episode for a gigantic thrill, including a Blackhawk appearing out of nowhere. Impressive! Even the lighter moments this week work well.
After a FULCRUM agent's grave is robbed, the race is on to grab the baddie and retrieve information stored on the now non-accounted for microchip. Why is everyone so worried? The dead agent, played by Andy Richter, is the one who viewers last saw holding Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) hostage in the lab ("Chuck Versus the Suburbs"). If not for some quick thinking on Casey's part (Adam Baldwin), the Intersect could be gone for good. As for Sarah, she needs to play solid seduction in order to do the get the chip back quickly.
Jonathan Cake does a guest star turn as Cole Barker, whose identity is not what one expects. You'll have to watch, but this Brit has no problem as a covert operative. The nickname Casey gives him is amusing, but it does not fit the situation. Looks are involved, but the moniker could easily refer to several in the cast. Did anyone else notice Cake could be the older brother of Morgan (Joshua Gomez)? The two personalities are different, of course, but the similarity in looks is striking.
Sarah and Chuck have a unique relationship which can't ever be real thanks to their jobs. While there is nothing Chuck's sister Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) would like to see more than these two be a couple, she has no idea what is going on between them. Cole does, and this could be a love triangle. Keep watching....
All the spies wearing black suits is a nice touch this week, it makes it difficult to tell who is on whose side. In the end, Casey again saves the day after Cole and Sarah are taken hostage, but these are moments where Baldwin shines. My favorite part is Casey's forceful questioning of Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay). Nice does not describe Casey, but I love watching him do his worst.