Episode 5.08

“Chuck vs. the Baby”
Airdate: December 30, 2012
Gallery: Promotional Photos | Screencaps

Official Synopsis – added 12.09.11

SARAH’S PAST COMES BACK TO HAUNT HER AND THREATENS THOSE CLOSEST TO HER — CHERYL LADD AND TIM DEKAY GUEST STAR — Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) is forced to confront a secret from her past and feels she must do so alone, while Chuck (Zachary Levi) urges her to let him help. When Sarah encounters her original handler, Kieran Ryker (guest star Tim Dekay, “White Collar”), she fears that he will harm those closest to her, including her mom (guest star Cheryl Ladd, “Las Vegas”). Adam Baldwin, Joshua Gomez, Sarah Lancaster and Ryan McPartlin also star.

Casting News & Details – added 09.30.11

ChuckTV.net has received additional information about the upcoming episode of Chuck season 5 that will reveal more about Sarah’s past. We already know that we’ll be meeting her mother and her former handler, but we can now confirm that we’ll meet both characters in episode 5.08, “Chuck vs. the Baby”. But wait, there’s more!

Emma, Sarah’s mother, is blonde and beautiful like her daughter. She’s a very maternal woman, but “she hasn’t seen Sarah in over 5 years”, says our source. Makes sense given that we’ve witnessed the last 5 years of Sarah’s life, but does this mean Emma was around more than we thought while Sarah was growing up? And what happened to cause their rift?

As if having her mother re-enter her life wasn’t enough stress, Ryker, Sarah’s former “handler”, also returns and he isn’t back to catch up over coffee. He has unfinished business, and it involves our favorite Mrs. Bartowski.

The really intriguing part of the intel we received is that it sounds like we’ll get a major revelation about Sarah’s past, possibly linked to the episode title. Let the speculation begin.

Casting News – added 09.26.11

In this week’s spoiler column, Ausiello has a little bit of Chuck scoop for us. He reveals that in addition to Sarah’s mother, we’ll be meeting someone else from her past who played an important role in her life: her former handler. His name is Ryker and he’s described as “stoic”; the counterpoint to her warm, huggable mom?

TVLine just confirmed that Chuck is casting the role of Sarah Walker’s mom to be introduced midway through season 5! We’ve been expecting this for a while now, given Fedak’s comments to us at Comic Con, so it’s exciting to see that it’s happening at last.

The character’s name is Emma and she’s described as “a beautiful blonde who is, in essence, a walking hug.” Sounds like she’s a very warm, loving woman, which makes Sarah’s emotional status from the first 3 seasons even more interesting.

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