Who do you trust? As bizarre as the question may seem, it's a serious issue for Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi). He knows better than anyone that the wrong person can too easily lead to a death sentence. The United States government wants him since he is the key to unlocking the identities of those who act against American interests. This requires John Casey (Adam Baldwin) and Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) to keep him out of harm's way. Considering there is a rogue agency, known as FULCRUM, that is also looking to keep Chuck's skills out of their way, staying on one's toes is critical.
Chuck may appear to be an ordinary guy who gets wrapped up in the spy game, but he comes by his skills honestly. You see, his dad (Scott Bakula, Quantum Leap), is also a spy for the government. He goes by the code name of ORION. After he offers himself up to save Chuck's life, the race is on to get him freed safely ("Chuck Versus the Dream Job"). One problem — finding out where he is being kept has suffered a major setback.
This week is the episode about politics. Casey notes the terrorists are not talking due to a waterboarding ban put forth by the new administration. Anyone who knows the show knows Baldwin plays a character who idealizes Reagan. I have to smile at the irony of having Casey flunk a test for FULRCRUM placement of its agents. The one person who might get all the answers right is knocked flat on his face! Revenge for him is sweet as he kills the woman in charge of administering the test. The look on Baldwin's face is classic Casey, which is a good reason to watch this show. Yes, Baldwin can act. What he does extremely well, though, is to make great use of non-verbals such as grunts or looks. These are some of the best parts! For the record, Sarah Palin makes a cameo of sorts this week as well.
Jill Roberts (Jordana Brewster) also returns to try and help Chuck find his father. The interplay between them is interesting to watch. They play two people who are pretty much doomed from the first time they meet. She breaks his heart back in college by dating someone else, and the memory is a painful one ("Chuck Versus the Ex") — especially since the other man is Chuck's roommate. Then again, most women fall for Bryce Larkin. Loyalties are often divided. The guy who got Chuck kicked out of college is a CIA operative ("Chuck Versus the Nemesis"). On the other hand, the girl Chuck loves and loses turns out to be a traitor ("Chuck Versus the Gravitron"). However, Chuck also knows Jill is perhaps the only person who can get him into the place where Dad is being held.