Tele-Tuesday: Waving Goodbye to the Geeky Spy We’ve Grown to Love

We’re taking a break from the regularly scheduled program – yes; that means we have even more new shows to introduce on upcoming Tele-Tuesdays – to say goodbye to one of our favorite series: Chuck.

Chuck then...

Friday night aired the last of the new episodes, an event the audience has been expecting since the end of last season when the network announced that Chuck would come to an end during its fifth season, with a short order of only thirteen episodes.  But true “Nerd Herders” had already grown accustomed to waiting on the series’ fate year after year, considering the fans and Subway (the restaurant chain) saved the show and it’s supposed low ratings as much as they could with petitions, campaigns, and sponsorships for the past two years.

So, thank you NBC, Subway, and the creators of Chuck, for giving us five seasons filled with geekiness, action, laughter, love, character growth, true familial support, and “Jeffster”.

Meet Jeffster, and the other Chuck characters:

The series follows Charles “Chuck” Bartowski, played by the ever-adorable, Zachary Levi.   Chuck, very intelligent and known for his hacking abilities, has a bright future and a gorgeous girlfriend (played by Jordana Brewster), but he never graduates college because his friend plants evidence indicating that he was cheating.

Chuck's never been a fan of guns...

As if getting kicked out of school for such horrible accusations wasn’t enough, Chuck’s girlfriend breaks up with him.  Defeated, he is forced to re-establish himself and he moves in with his sister, Eleanor “Ellie” Bartowski (played by Sarah Lancaster).  Chuck accepts a job at the Burbank Buy More as a “Nerd Herder” (think Geek Squad at Best Buy), alongside his childhood best friend (Morgan Grimes, played by Joshua Gomez).

Ellie and Awesome

His life seems to be getting back on track, as much as it possibly can, when suddenly the same friend responsible for Chuck’s early collegiate departure (Bryce Larkin, played by Matt Bomer), sends him a mysterious email – an email that changes his life, forever.

The email contains “the intersect” – a program written by Chuck’s father (played by Scott Bakula) that contains all of the government’s databases, a supercomputer, and is uploaded directly into Chuck’s brain.   The intersect allows Chuck to “flash” on faces of terrorists or objects once he sees them or comes into direct contact with them.  The information obtained by these flashes enables Chuck to see into the terrorist’s past lives, as well as see what the terrorists have in store for the future, making Chuck an extremely valuable government asset.

The CIA sends Agent Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) and Major John Casey (Adam Baldwin) to secure the intersect, which later leads to the two trained government killers’ main assignment during the series – protect Chuck, and the intersect, at all costs.

As one can imagine, Chuck is not the most coordinated spy – even with his intersect flashes to perfect the art of karate and other skills.  But he is loveable, even to those who seem the most callous of heart (insert a famous John Casey grunt here).

While we’re on the topic, here are a few of our favorite John Casey grunts…

Of course Chuck and Sarah fall in love after playing a long game of cat and mouse, and the entire group forms a new family.  Over the years, the family members increase with the addition of Ellie’s husband (Dr. Devon “Awesome” Woodcomb, played by Ryan McPartlin), Chuck’s long-lost mother (Mary Bartowski, played by Linda Hamilton), and Casey’s daughter (Alex, played by Mckenna Melvin).  And who could forget the extended family, Chuck’s Buy More family: Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence), Lester (Vik Sahay), and Jeff (Scott Krinsky)?

Chuck now, after years of training

What makes Chuck so special?  Besides the fantastic cast of characters, and I mean characters, each of the “Chuck versus” something-or-another episodes were literally filled with action and massive take downs of bad guys – bad guys including: Chevy Chase, Brandon Routh, Timothy Dalton, and Bo “freaking” Derek. 

Chuck never once forgot the meaning of friends and family, and each episode left me with a smile on my face – feel good, action packed, geeky goodness.

Well, to be honest, a few of the episodes left me in tears – but good tears – tears of happiness, and in Friday night’s case, tears of sadness that we’ve reached the end of Chuck’s journey.   A journey that was not dragged out too long like many other television series, in my opinion.

So much more can be said of the five years we’ve spent with Chuck, but for those who haven’t watched the series in sequential order with us, here’s hoping you will – via the Netflix Queue, Best Buy DVD sets, Hulu, etc…

We will miss you, Chuck.  I did see a random Twitter handle Friday night when I was reading through the #goodbyechuck farewells… Could we be lucky enough to see a “Chuck Versus the Movie” in our future?  A girl can dream….

Did you watch Chuck?  Are you in a Chuck mourning period with me?  Who was your favorite character and why?  Least favorite?  Favorite bad guy?  Favorite episode and/or storyline?  Let’s reminisce.  I’d love to hear from you!

Friday FabOoolousness – The Titter Factor: Caddyshack

Who doesn’t love to laugh? We all know the old proverb: Laughter is the best medicine, right?

I recall hearing a statistic once that babies and children laugh, on average, hundreds of times a day; whereas, adults only laugh enough times to count on their fingers and toes (assuming they have close to all twenty).  Isn’t that sad?

You can fake an orgasm, but you can’t fake laughter. ~Bob Dylan

Laughter is an instant vacation. ~Milton Berle

When people are laughing, they’re generally not killing each other. ~Alan Alda

One of my favorite board games, Whatzit, has a “Wicked Whatzit” card perfect for The Titter Factor:

Ha, Ha…Ho, Ho…He, He, Hee? What the heck does that mean?

Have you figured it out? This game will drive you mad!  Hang tight; the answer is at the end of the post.

We personally love to laugh in our household, and lately we have the tendency to watch funny movies over any other kind (well, besides horror).

What’s the first movie that made you laugh your butt off?  Forget about the cartoons, etc; what’s the first comedy you remember falling in love with?

For me, it’s Caddyshack.  Granted, as a child, I thought the movie was funny because of the laughing and dancing gopher, and the floating “doodie” in the pool (right, right, it was a Baby Ruth candy bar).

But now as an adult (and I only admit that on rare occasions) I have a deeper appreciation for the humor behind the fabOoolous performances of the great comedic actors (Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, and Michael O’Keefe just to name a few) and the fabOoolous writing of Harold Ramis, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Douglas Kenney.

Last year, the Biography channel aired Caddyshack: The Inside Story and filled the two-hour episode with tons of fun facts about the production behind one of the best comedies of all time.

  • Caddyshack is loosely based on the Murray brothers’ (Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, and John Murray) childhood working as caddies at an Illinois country club.  Besides living the story, somewhat anyway, all three Murray brothers also played a role in the movie: Bill Murray as the forever fabOoolous greens-keeper Carl Spackler, Brian Doyle-Murray as the head caddy Lou Loomis, and John Murray as a caddy extra.
  • Caddyshack was filmed at the only golf course in Florida that would have them, which also happened to be the only golf course without palm trees (since the movie was supposed to be set in the Mid-West).  The actors and crew lived at an on-site dormitory, paving the way for all night parties, every night.
  • Caddyshack was only Rodney Dangerfield’s second motion picture role.  Isn’t that hard to believe?
  • Bill Murray did not have a speaking role in the original script, but his sensational improvisational skills grabbed the camera’s attention and they filmed endless footage.
  • The original script didn’t have one single scene with the two biggest stars – Chevy Chase (Ty Webb) and Bill Murray.  Up until this point, the studio executives let the young director, Harold Ramis, run free with the taping of his movie, but the Hollywood types finally intervened and insisted that the two Saturday Night Live stars have at least one scene together.  Nervous because of an alleged fist fight back-stage at SNL, Ramis stuck the two comedians in front of the camera for the now famous scene when Ty’s golf ball crashes through Carl’s shack.
  • The explosion at the end of the movie was not approved by the golf course administration.  What a surprise! Thinking on their feet, Ramis and the producers thanked the golf course staff with an off-site luncheon to celebrate the final day of filming; while the owners and trustees were away, the film crew blew up the course anyway.
  • The gopher was not a part of the movie until after the filming was complete.  John Dykstra, famous for his special effects in Star Wars, incorporated the gopher at the last-minute.  The gopher sound effects were the same as Flipper’s sound effects.  Yea, the dolphin.  Who knew that a gopher and dolphin shared the same voice?

C’mon, are you singing “I’m Alright” by Kenny Loggins this very second?  You’re wiggling around in your chair doing the Gopher-Dance too, aren’t you? I thought so!  Me too….

What’s your favorite Caddyshack moment?  Which actor do you feel stole the show? Did you ever pull the “doodie” trick on anyone in a swimming pool near you?  Which of the movie-fun-facts listed above surprises you the most? What other comedies would you like to see on The Titter Factor?  I’d love to hear from you!

Now for the answer to the “Wicked Whatzit” card…make sense now?

LMAO…it gets me every time!
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