Two familiar faces are back to "Chuck" next week. In "Chuck Versus the Family Volkoff'", a bad day gets worse when Sarah throws Chuck a surprising relationship curveball as the CIA orders Vivian Volkoff assassinated. In order to prove Vivian's innocence, Chuck must put his trust in a dangerous ally, her father Alexei Volkoff.
Lauren Cohan and Timothy Dalton are back as Vivian and Alexei respectively. "We'll delve deeper into the Volkoff story we've set up," Yvonne Strahovski said in an interview. "We'll see more of Chuck's mom, of course. And I think, later in the season, we'll touch on Sarah's family and what happened with her mother. How much we'll touch on that, I'm not sure."
Meanwhile, Ellie suspects that her mother (guest star Linda Hamilton) is interfering with the search into her father's past. "Family Volkoff" airs April 11 on NBC.
On another news, the show has just beaten "Dexter" to take the annual Hulu "Best In Show" contest which is voted by fans. However, the award can't guarantee "Chuck" a new season, as agreed by Zachary Levi. "Unfortunately, none of these competitions mean anything to networks at the end of the day. ...Most of these online voting battles, you can vote multiple times. It's not indicative of an overall number," he told HitFix.