It seems like last Monday was forever ago.
You see, besides that fact that it’s been a really, really long week, lots has happened. There’s barely been time to think about some of the really important things.
What are those, you might ask? Well, Chuck has had a couple of moments of self-realization. Big ones. At the end of Fake Name, Hannah told him he was a first class lying jerk. Chuck knew she was right about that. And towards the high point of The Beard, Chuck has the realization that made us all go “Duh!” in unison – that he loves Sarah. But, um… that’s not really it, is it? No, Chuck actually made us realize that there will be no more Hannahs. No more PLIs and geometric figures. The realization he had was that Sarah is his last stop.
Casey came to a realization too. He actually verbalized how proud he was of Chuck at the end of Fake Name. The grunting giant was actually more than verbal; he was eloquent in explaining that, not only does he hate hippies and lowlifes, he hates the hypocritical fat-cats they become. Way to go, Casey! Gee. Could this be the start of a beautiful friendship – between you and the Buy Morons?
We discovered that Chuck does not trust, much less confide in, Daniel Shaw. That became apparent when Sarah pleaded with him to “talk to them”. The question remains, though – does that apply to Sarah? Is Chuck so upset that she told Shaw her “real” name, when she spent years not telling him that bit of confidence? Would *you* be upset? Or is Chuck being petty?
How is Sarah doing, anyway? She was very distraught at the end of Fake Name, even broken. She was having difficulty operating as a spy. When Rafe held the gun to her head and both Chuck and Shaw were frozen, she started to raise her right hand. But that look in her eyes made it seem that she knew it was futile. Didn’t it? Yet in The Beard Sarah was every inch the operative, ready to do the mission in Malibu, even before she realized that the target was Devon.
I only wish I knew for certain that the target was Devon. Or was it Shaw? Shaw told us it was, but why did he say that? I saw no guns pointed at him. It seems that the only thing The Ring really wanted was the data on those disks. Or was it Chuck they wanted? Shaw is telling us one thing, the time line sometimes says another. I know that if I was Chuck, I’d be watching my back. Fortunately, Morgan is doing that.
Morgan – now that’s a character who’s grown. He’s still Samwise to Chuck’s Frodo, but even more so. Something that struck me as wonderful about the story-as-we-have-it-now, occurred in the Orange-Orange. It was that, although Chuck had saved Morgan from The Ring, it was Sarah who saved Morgan from Shaw, twice. It appears that she understood what Chuck had told her almost a year ago in Best Friends, and it made me very happy to see that.
It’s been weeks since I looked forward so eagerly to the next episode. It seems like months since the last one. This is a familiar feeling, a bit like what I had during the explorations we saw in season 1, before the focus narrowed down to the interactions between two characters. It’s not so much that Chuck and Sarah and their future have become less important. It’s that everyone around them has become a bit more important.