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CHUCK 5.07 ‘Chuck Versus the Santa Suit’

Brandon Routh and his smoldering good looks try to steal Christmas.

Episode Title: 'Chuck Versus the Santa Suit'

Writer: Amanda Kate Shuman

Director: Peter Lauer

Story:

The Buy More is in chaos as people flood the Nerd Herd, panicked over "The Omen" virus. Elsewhere, a mysterious figure escapes from prison, dressed as a guard.

Chuck (Zachary Levi) continues to work on the virus but is getting nowhere when a video call from Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) comes in. She tells Chuck, Casey (Adam Baldwin) and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) that she knows who is behind the virus. Meanwhile, Daniel Shaw (Brandon Routh) arrives at Carmichael Industries and a fight quickly ensues between him and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski). Shaw ties her up and tells her that he's behind the virus. He then calls Chuck, who has just learned about Shaw's escape from prison. Shaw explains that he blackmailed Decker into doing his bidding and demands delivery of "The Macau Device" from Decker's office in three hours.

Chuck comes up with a plan to reverse engineer the virus while Casey works on finding a way into Decker's office. Beckman tells the team she can get them into the CIA building and Decker's office.

Morgan tasks Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) with working on the virus. Meanwhile, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) head to Buy More to get a picture of Claire with Santa but Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) soon realizes the Santa suit is gone.

Beckman and Chuck, dressed as Santa, crash the CIA Christmas party. Chuck flirts with a very drunk female security supervisor and snags her key card. Meanwhile, Shaw sends Sarah into hypothermic shock by lowering the temperature in the Castle to keep the computers from over-heating.

While Shaw is preoccupied with the virus, Sarah manages to escape, while Casey makes his way through the a duct in the ceiling. At the CIA, Chuck and Beckman break into Decker's office and retrieve the device. 

After taking on both Sarah and Casey, Shaw uses a device that mimics Sarah's voice to call Chuck and have him come to the Castle. Chuck suspects something is amiss and has Morgan close the Buy More. At the store, he finds Ellie and tells her about Shaw. She offers to help but Chuck insists she go home.

Lester and Jeff realizes the virus is targeting government computers and Chuck tells Morgan that Shaw is attempting to create The Intersect 3.0. He calls Shaw to let him know he has the device. Shaw tells Sarah he's going to kill Chuck and make her watch.

Casey awakes after getting knocked out and finds himself with the electronic bear he bought for Alex. He uses the wiring inside the bear to break into the Castle where he frees Sarah. Shaw confronts Chuck inside the Buy More and puts on a pair on sunglasses to load the Intersect update. However, Chuck tells him the program he just uploaded actually removed the Intersect. The two fight, regardless, with Shaw getting the better of Chuck. Shaw holds Chuck at gunpoint but Ellie comes up from behind and hits him.

With Shaw in custody, Beckman uses her CIA pull to help Sarah and Chuck throw a Christmas party. Casey gives Alex (Mekenna Melvin) the bear and urges her to give Morgan a second chance. Beckman invites Carmichael Industries to rejoin the CIA. She then tells Sarah that Shaw requested to meet with her but advises against going. However, Sarah decides to visit Shaw in prison where he tells her about the plan he set in motion before getting locked up. He then asks Sarah if Chuck knows about "the baby?"

Breakdown:

'Chuck Versus the Santa Suit' felt more like a feature-length film than an hour-long episode. As Christmas episodes go, this one was drowning in sappy sentiment but there was enough humor and spunk to make those Hallmark moments tolerable and maybe even, a little cute.

It's true, Christmas isn't about rampaging through big box stores when a massively destructive virus fraks with our precious gadgets. Thank you, Big Mike for asking "what would baby Jesus do?"

And what's more, not everyone, everywhere is treated to a visit by a jolly Santa overloaded with gifts to give. As the ultimate Grinch, Daniel Shaw explained, in Germany, Santa makes bad kids disappear. If only Shaw knew how fitting his tale of "Das Santa" would be in this hour.

A few other observations about 'Chuck Versus the Santa Suit:'

- I know she's a trained assassin but it was kinda hard to watch Sarah get thrown around like a rag doll by Shaw. That woman does not bruise easily.

- Beckman "making a man" out of Chuck was excellent. In an alternative universe, I'd feel much more secure knowing Brigadier General Diane Beckman was contributing to the maintenance of the free world.

- Cameo king, Stan Lee is a spy. Chuck is surprised by this but I'm not. The man has a way of popping up everywhere nerds are.

- Brandon Routh makes for a pretty good big bad, despite his incredibly non-threatening good looks.

- Like the CIA is really going to have their Christmas party catered by Subway. Then again…

Not to get all sappy myself, but our last Christmas with "Chuck" was truly a gift. There was more than enough action, laughs, schmaltziness and Subway sandwiches to go around. As I've mentioned before, I'm not a big fan of Christmas episodes but "Chuck" gets more than a pass on this one.

Crave Online Rating: 9 out of 10.