'Chuck' recap: What a Hack

chuck-season-5.jpgAnother mediocre installment to help wind down this subpar final season. There were some glimmers of a show I used to love in here, but by and large, it has turned into a weirdly sappy, cheesy muddled mess with some occasional pistol-whipping thrown in for good measure.

Lester and Casey are still in jail, and while Lester has become extremely popular because of his ability to wire the place with internet and cable access, Casey isn't doing as well. Unless you count the fact that he's getting conjugal visits from Verbanski. He doesn't want to break out and become a fugitive, and Lester decides to stay in jail instead of promising never to poison his best friend again.

In order to get Lester to come to his senses, Morgan and Jeff hire Abed from Community to come in as his replacement, which does the trick. This superior substitute, who is Canadian and can sing, makes Lester very jealous. I'm just hoping that actor Danny Pudi got more than an iPad for showing up here, because his talents were underutilized... to say the very least.

To help out Casey, Verbanski joins Chuck and Sarah for their mission because Casey feels that the two will get killed without adult supervision. He is not wrong. The spy game newlyweds have been abducted by Decker and tasked with finding some computer virus that will take down all of the world's databases. If I end up losing my iTunes, I know that I have the most unconvincing villain in the history of this show to blame for it. Anyway, the trade-off is that he will spring Casey from jail, and Chuck and Sarah are stupid enough to believe that this is actually going to happen.