Well guys, I really have mixed feelings about last nights episode. I’m not sure who I was watching: Team Bartowski or Team Bi-Polar. It seemed like the two halves of the episode were written by two different people-like those choose your own adventure books I used to love as a kid.
The episode started well, with a straight forward rejection of Shaw by Sarah, Chuck seemingly still smitten with Sarah (as perceived by Hannah), and a very poorly received kiss initiated by Hannah. Girls (guys too, but I’m interested in the female perspective), if you saw something different, let me know, but I thought it was pretty blah in the kiss department. I had no problem with the little jealousy bit, particularly in context with the way Sarah seemed to light up at being teamed with Chuck, “Let’s go, partner.”
Then somewhere, something happened that I must have missed. Sarah goes from fending off Shaw’s interest to accepting backrubs. And that whole, “I didn’t really mind the neck thing” seemed forced. Chuck sneaking into the home theater room for a makeout session with Hannah was pretty lame as well, but at least it wasn’t as bad as the spoilers made it seem like it was going to be. Maybe that was the point. I feel like in this whole Chuck and Sarah storyline portion, we the viewer missed the wink. Did Sarah get a message from Beckman, cluing her in and she and Chuck devise this whole “go our own way” (sorry, channeling Fleetwood Mac this morning) plot to figure out what was going on? I about gagged when Sarah smilingly told Chuck he knows she goes for the hero type.
Now for the B story. Morgan is being made to look like a buffoon. He has been trying to grow, take on more responsibility, and express interest in Hannah, all the while helping Ellie. Ellie is being portrayed as a harried busy-body. I always felt she was a strong character and perhaps I’m being too serious (like that ever happens 🙂 but I don’t see the strong confident woman who stood up to serve as the matriarch of her family when their mom split. And why in the world would she accept that Chuck and Devon for that matter’s behavior all stems around Chuck “secretly dating” Hannah? Seems she doesn’t want to dig any further, afraid of what she might find or just a poorly written “ending” to Chuck’s antics. That leaves a devastated Morgan. I know Chuck has been busy, but I don’t think he would ever be that intentional clueless or hurtful to his best friend.
That leads us to the clip from the next episode (I think it is then next one) where Chuck decks Shaw. We know very little, but how are we supposed to swallow what I’ve outlined above and then have any sympathy whatsoever for Chuck and Sarah when Shaw pokes him in the chest with the “You had your chance” line?
Now I know this was a rather downer post, but I started off so happy in the first half, only to sit in my chair shaking my head for the second half. I will re-watch the episode after work if I can, but I’m curious as to what you saw and experienced with Chuck vs. The Mask.