Why, pray tell, is “Chuck” re-creating (more or less) the opening credits from “Hart to Hart”? There’s a better answer than “because it’s funny” — although it is.

It actually pertains to Monday’s (May 3) episode, “Chuck vs. the Role Models.” The episode finds Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) assigned to training in how to be both effective spies and a functional couple; to that end, they’re told to meet up with veteran spies Craig and Laura Turner (guest stars Fred Willard and Swoosie Kurtz).

“I play kind of a Robert Wagner-type character,” Willard tells Zap2it, which “Chuck” co-creator Chris Fedak says was a conscious decision on the show’s part.

“Chuck and Sarah, because they’re now a couple, they need to learn how to be a couple and also be spies,” Fedak tells us. “So they work with a famous spy team, and they’re very much modeled on ‘Hart to Hart.'”

Except for this: The Turners can no longer stand one another. Willard (who also guested on “Modern Family” last week) says viewers can expect to see multiple double-crosses, as well as “guns, wrestling and intrigue.”

Guns, wrestling and intrigue? OK then. “Chuck” airs at 8 p.m. ET Monday on NBC. Here’s a preview of the episode.

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