Mandi Bierly
December 18, 2008 AT 05:30 PM EST

Chuck is one of those shows that I DVR each week but don’t actually watch. In fact, it wasn’t until I saw the headline on Marc Bernardin’s post yesterday about Monday night’s ChuckDie Hard crossover that I actually pressed ‘play’ on an episode this season. Now, I’m back on-board for one simple reason: Buy More Assistant Manager Emmett Milbarge (Arrested Development‘s Tony Hale) insisting that he should be freed from a hostage situation because his mother is dying of a very rare disease–Leukoplakia. Perhaps the joke was that Leukoplakia, a real condition, isn’t exactly deadly (though it can show early signs of cancer in the mouth). But in my mind, it was that Emmett is a fan of the movie Lucas and remembered what “disease” the mean kids used to call Corey Haim. That’s all it took for me to plan on watching every episode of Chuck on my DVR.

Has a specific moment–big or Leukoplakia small–ever wooed you back to a show that you’d abandoned? You never can tell what will connect with people….

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