SPOILERS: Chuck Season Finale Synopsis

NBC has released the synopsis for “Chuck vs. the Cliffhanger”, the season 4 finale:

OPERATION BARTOWSKI RACES TO TAKE DOWN VIVIAN VOLKOFF AS SHE THREATENS CHUCK AND SARAH’S WEDDING – LINDA HAMILTON, LAUREN COHAN, MEKENNA MELVIN, RICHARD BURGI AND TIMOTHY DALTON GUEST STAR – Before he can kiss the bride, Chuck (Zachary Levi) must enlist his wedding party to take down Vivian Volkoff (guest star Lauren Cohan) and stop her from destroying the big day. When he turns to Alexei Volkoff (guest star Timothy Dalton) for help, the CIA sends its toughest agent, Clyde Decker (guest star Richard Burgi), to stop them. Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Adam Baldwin, Sarah Lancaster, Ryan McPartlin, Scott Krinsky, Vik Sahay, Mark Christopher Lawrence and Bonita Friedericy also star.

It wouldn’t be a Chuck wedding if there wasn’t a bad guy to defeat! “Chuck vs. the Cliffhanger” airs Monday, May 16 at 8/7c on NBC.

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  1. OMG!! Can’t wait!!!

  2. omg,so exciting.we all know it will end with the wedding ,as they say there is closure

  3. So. The cliffhanger as I see it is this; Vivian is locked up, but her father might turn back to the dark side. And for all we know they won’t stay behind bars. If this is how it ends, it will make me feel like a prophet but also feel SO anticlimactic.

  4. No mention of why Sarah is in the hospital.

    My guess is they end up getting married in the hospital rather than where they’re supposed to.

  5. As long as Chuck and Sarah get married (no interruptions!) I can handle anything that happens in this cliffhanger episode. Someone better be hanging off a cliff and/or Chuck defeats the cliffhanger, lol. With all the great work being done on the wedding website link (through NBC.com) this wedding better happen in the season finale. LOVE CHUCK! And don’t let anything too bad happen to Sarah.

    • Agreed. If they don’t allow that, Lowe’s and Home Depot may be low on pitchforks by mid-day Tuesday.

  6. This synopsis has pushed me back to my “dark side.” I see bad things arising. To wit, Vivian B decides to destroy Chuck who to her is the CIA that betrayed her. The best way to do that is to disrupt the wedding and/or hurt someone Chuck cares about (Sarah) by using her ultimate weapon. Team B enlists Daddy V to help get the weapon and/or stop Vivian. Beckman then brings in Decker to stop Team B from springing Daddy V. End result: the person we care about is killed/badly hurt. I expect that person to be Sarah.

    This scenario I just painted depresses the hell out of me.

    Back to my cave.

    • Agreed, remembered they say Chuck worst nightmare would come true. So I believe something really bad may happen to Sarah, ’cause according to the Isle of terror, her dead or her being hurt really badly is Chuck worst fear!

  7. Yeah interesting … the description talks about Chuck doing various things to take down Vivian rather than “Chuck and Sarah” or “Team Bartowski” doing these things, so that would seem to support the theory that Sarah might be in the hospital in this episode and therefore not able to do much. But the weird thing is that it says Chuck must take down Vivian so that he can “stop her from destroying the big day.” If she puts Sarah in the hospital then it seems like she already kinda did ruin the big day! But still, I guess if she’s out there on the loose that means that she must still be trying to cause even more damage until/unless Chuck takes her down.

    I still can’t quite wrap my head around how they are going to do all this stuff in just a couple episodes and still have the wedding by the end of the finale!! I remember ep 13 of this season (the would-be finale if NBC hadn’t ordered more eps) feeling pretty rushed to me. I hope this one doesn’t have the same feeling to it. But either way I am on pins and needles waiting to see these episodes!! I wish I could just watch all three of them right now.

    • For a little more downerness: remember the church sign said “Bartowski Wedding,” not “Bartowski/Walker Wedding.” But the wedding plans said Bartwoski/Walker.


      • So what exactly are you implying, that Chucks going to marry himself?

      • Well, sometimes I think he might like that . That, or Morgan.

        Seriously, tho’, two possibilities jump out: 1. That it’s actually Mom and Alexei after he helps save her family from Vivian; or 2. Chuck and someone else (Jill? Hannah?), with Sarah sacrificing to allow it.

      • Don’t worry.

        All this is coming from that picture we saw with Sarah in hospital gown. I’m pretty sure that Sarah will be in the hospital at the beginning of 4.24, not at the end. She will probably be already on the mend, but not well enough for active duty, and since Vivian is very willing to stop the wedding, they have to stop her.

        And since Sarah will still be in the hospital, it’s going to be Team B and allies rather than Chuck and Sarah who will do so, like the synopsis said.

        And don’t worry; Chuck and Sarah are meant to be together, it’s just that since the beginning of the show, they had obstacles to overcome before it happened. Nothing has changed. Sarah loves Chuck, and Chuck loves Sarah. Sarah WANTS to marry Chuck, and nothing will stop her from doing so, and certainly not sacrificing herself for another girl to marry Chuck!

        I’m very excited to see how everything will happen. The Season Finale are generally very good Chuck episodes…

      • You know the pic with Sarah in the hospital gown she might says she’s pregnant then everybody might be like well done congratulation then Chuck and Casey would be like WHAT!!!!!!!

      • If that happens would be confusing and weird and totally shocking for Chuck and specially Sarah.
        I can’t imaging her face on that news.

      • Chuck getting married with Jill or Hannah? how that will work? we haven’t seen Jill or Hannah in a while so I bet that wouldn’t be possible, at least so far… Could something bad be happening to Sarah? Maybe, but from that to Chuck getting married with Jill or Hannah I doubt it.

      • I don’t even think it would be possible, they got such a back lash when they tried to put people between them before I don’t think they are willing to go there again based on what I have read.


      • Perhaps the Bartowski wedding that is referenced in the released photo is for Mamma B & Pappa B to renew their vows, not for Chuck and Sarah’s wedding. Maybe Pappa B returns (thanks to the cell regenerating equipment that was present when he was supposedly killed) to help Team B. take down the Volkov’s. Think about it, he was still very much in love with Mamma B….”he did everything for her”. Also, who else would have provided Ellie with the car and laptop. Mamma B. obviously didn’t. Remember how shocked she was when she saw the computer. Pappa B. is alive and will return for the season finale.

  8. I think the one that could be killed is Carina. They seem to kill semi regular cast and she and Zonda will be brides maids. Maybe Sarah is in Hospital becuase she was caught in cross fire.

  9. OH MY FREAKING GOSH! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Long live Chuck!
    This is gonna be an AmAzInG episode!!!!!
    As long as a wedding happens I think I will be ohkay(:
    AND I think It was be really cool to see Sarah fight in her wedding dress!
    And this will be EPIC.
    Nuff’ said(:

  10. Sarah’s definitely going to get hurt at the end of the Last Details, for two reasons:

    – Its says Chuck gets help from the wedding party. There’s no mention of Sarah, so she’s probably in the hospital by then (or she could be out already and getting ready for the wedding, but not quite well enough to go on a mission yet).

    – The bad thing that’s going to happen to someone (who’s obviously Sarah, thanks to the picture) is suppose to happen the day of the rehearsal dinner. This description makes it sound like the finale takes place the day of the wedding, while the synopsis for the previous episode mentions Ellie preparing the rehearsal dinner.

  11. If they do not get married it would ruin the season–especially if there is no season 5.

  12. Chuck will have to kill Vivian. I think he will do it and volkoff, helping him, will be mad and go evil again because Chuck might have promised him that she will be safe.

  13. I’m wondering if the end Fedek was referring to leaving much to be imagined includes the possibility of Team Chuck having a fallout with the CIA for a possible 5th Season, kinda got the vibe from tonights episode. Kind of a Season 1 Bryce Larkin deja vu where this time they are in similar shoes as Bryce was, unsure of which team they were on from the start but now doing what they have to do to correct things given the CIA’s involvement with Volkoff and possibly something bigger near the end. Of course something will have to happen because I’m not too sure how TImothy Dalton would feel about being the new Papa Bartowski for Season Five 😛

  14. i cant really wait for this episode to air.. I hope its may 16 already…

  15. I think something happens to his sister! The one he loves the most is her! he has protected his sister from everything and now that she knows the secret, I think Vivian will go after his sister! I think she is the one to get killed or severly injured! in the preview you can hear Chuck calling his sisters name!

  16. I just realized. I’m going to miss the season (please be season, please be season, if not, heads will roll…) finale. It turns out, I have a 4-H meeting I have to attend because I’m the secretary.

  17. Richard Burgi!!! Another ex-Firefly alumni [GG] ::cheers::

  18. Pwrhaps Agent X’s dna will be targeted by Vivian’s ultimate weapon and she accidentally targets herself—or perhaps everyone in the wedding party gets killed and there is no need for a season 5. Season 5 ‘s best hope is that it is on NBC which seems to be hurting for quality shows more than the other networks. Perhaps we will get at least a 13 episode finale season. I feel like they owe us a season 5 for our putting up with broken up seasons, lack of promotion and loyalty to the sponsors. I doubt they feel that way–hopefully we get an uninterrupted season 5 with reasonable promotion that lays the groundwork for a season 6. Might as well reach for the stars.

  19. It is a great show but after the final episode of so4,we need the season5 because we only wash it dvd.from nigeria

  20. I’m a big Burgi fan (when he’s doing action anyhow) – so this should be good.

    Hasn’t he appeared in Chuck previously as a bad guy?

  21. My predictions are as follows:
    1) Steven Bartowski is not, in fact, dead.
    2) Vivian is, in fact, Chuck & Ellie’s half-sister. This would explain a LOT of Mama B’s behaviors, both past & present.
    3) NBC will, as expected, ax Chuck, rather than give fans a swan-song season, b/c that’s what networks do. What a shame. I’d love to see networks begin a protocol whereby they ran 2-hr. finale “specials” during the summer following cancellations. Ratings would likely be good, & would also make series dvd sets sell better, even w/ a kick-back to the network. Loose-ends of plot could be “tied-up”, & those of us tired of being given short-shrift for our loyalty (by broadcast network execs), would be rewarded w/ an ending, therefore, more likely to continue viewing their new “wares” in the future.

  22. Hi all, I can see a number things happening: Ellie removing Hartley’s Interset & he helping her with Sarah, Team B taking Vivian Volkoff down, CIA disavowing Team B. Team B will ‘disappear’. Hartley/Team B will use the Volkoff Organisation to survive. Team B/Hartley will become the New Team Orion – a true Blackops team. The writers can go anyway they want as a result. What do People think?

  23. This is my guess at the cliffhanger: once in hospital, Ellie or Devon finds that Sarah is pregnant. Remember those words when you watched next episode… XD

  24. Okay, I have a very far-fetched idea…but here goes: Chuck’s father shows up, not dead, at the last minute. This is the “twist” that is spoken of in the promo. The clue for this is Chuck’s reaction to said twist in the promo. He says, “Oh boy!” Which is the signature line Scott Bakula (Chuck’s dad) said at the end of nearly every Quantum Leap episode.

    What do you all think?