The Really Important Things

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.

– joe

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41 Responses to The Really Important Things

  1. BigCheese says:

    More 3 weeks to discover the “importance” of Shaw, in the last 5 minutes of 313… Never been so excited! Irony mode off.

    Someone realized that if they had said more about the mission to Chuck, he would know that had something to do with Devon without flash?

  2. Paul says:

    My take on the Beard: The target all along was Casey. The attack on Castle was a feint/secondary mission, meant to draw them out away from Castle and then give a plausible cover for the real mission – getting a communicator to Casey without drawing too much attention. The Ring is, IMHO, the type of organization that would easily sacrifice operatives on a feint in order to get to their REAL goal. The team ASSUMED it was Devon because he was the first person they saw matching a rather vague description (c’mon, it’s California. 6’1″ blond guys with blue shorts are a dime a dozen), and because The Ring had previous interest in Devon.

    • Jason says:

      i think u may be on to something, your theory answers 2 issues – 1 it answers why they did not kill shaw at the resort – as shaw was not the target, maybe they assumed casey would get to the ring phone first and 2 – there was a spoiler I think that the ring was going to try to turn someone into a ring operative in 3.9 – that could be casey answering the phone at the end of 3.9 – nice idea

  3. JC says:

    I doubt we’ll ever hear about the name reveal again. Now I do hope they play up the trust issue between the two of them. That’s an issue we could see Sarah trying to solve and maybe give her a wake up moment.
    Because at this point Chuck has no reason to trust Sarah at all. Personally if I saw and heard what Chuck did, that would be it. I would’ve been packing her bags or demanding she gets a transfer.

    As for Shaw right now I’m leaning towards him being blackmailed. They can’t honestly have written him as being so incompetent unless for a reason. Is he trying to kill Chuck or deliver him to the Ring. But since he’s been around we’ve seen supposedly the best team the CIA has fall apart. Chuck, Sarah and now Casey.

    One thing is bothering me though. I think a lot of the story has been changed since Routh’s extension.
    Certain things have felt disjointed and I think we might see more of that till the end of the season.

    • herder says:

      I think that trust is what the next two episodes are about, at the end we have the same two characters who last year were willing to do anything to protect the other. I suspect those who guessed that the big issue will be Sarah wanting to stop being a spy are right, trust doesn’t help that issue.

      Also JC I agree that a lot of the story has been changed or at least moved around because of Routh’s extension. Things that were supposed to have been brought up or resolved by now have been pushed back to the last three episodes. If Shaw had any Ring secrets or information, it would have been disclosed by now or 3.11 at the latest, instead it has been dragged out so that Shaw has some purpose as he remains on the show.

    • nycfan says:

      I think too much has been made about the trust issue between Chuck and Sarah. They may not be open and honest about how they feel about each other personally or how Chuck is progressing professionally, but I think they trust each other.

      Sarah supported him in Operation Awesome when she disagreed with Shaw about feelings getting you killed and in rushing into the Buy More, they trusted each other in The Mask both on the OP and in the rescue, she offered to burn Manoosh for him in Nacho Sampler to save him the pain, and she backed him up with Morgan in The Beard. Chuck saved her life in Nacho Sampler when she was about to be shot, and she trusted him to get the antidote in The Mask.

      I would say the walls that stand between them talking about their feelings are actually a lot thinner at this point in the season than they have been in past seasons (certainly on Sarah’s part.) Once she sees Chuck still retains what she loves about him, and they are willing to have a talk and one of them begins expressing their true feelings, I believe these walls will crumble. Chuck can give her an “I love you”, and she will eventually realize he is the only one qualified to be her “personal baggage handler” to help her rediscover who she is, and what she likes. Only after she reconnects with herself will they be able to take bigger relationship steps (beyond dating.)

      • atcdave says:

        I agree, in some ways, Sarah has always trusted (and loved) Chuck. But it still won’t be until 3.12 that the last of her barriers come down. What we don’t know is how much story time their relationship will actually take up in the next couple episodes. If the episodes are pretty mission oriented, we may not see much of a change at all in Sarah until her walls crumble. But my money is on some significant resistance towards Chuck, at least in 3.10; and something will have to bring her around in 3.12 to decide she can’t be without him.

      • Merve says:

        I fully agree with you, nycfan, which is why I argue that Chuck and Sarah have worked on “fixing the mess” since “Three Words.”

  4. Paul says:

    JC, Chuck does trust Sarah. He’s stated that fact even as late as the end of eps 3.09. He knows that a lot of the angst between him and Sarah have to do with his hurting her in Prague, but also her perception of him changing into something she doesn’t like. He’s aware of that now, and coupled with the fact that he’s finally accepted the fact that he DOES love Sarah can finally work towards getting back with her.

    As for the name reveal, I would like them to address it sometime, but if they don’t it’s not a deal breaker for me.

    • JC says:

      I’m he trusts her on a professionally level but not on a personal one. As for Prague yes he hurt her but he went out his way to tell her why. But lets be honest she expected to run away from his friends and family forever.

      As for him changing, she’s equally to blame. So unless we get something out of Sarah admitting her mistakes and actually opening up to him, Chuck trying to win her back is absurd.

    • kg says:

      Yeah, I’ve been reading all these posts and it’s no big riddle.

      Chuck definitely trusts Sarah, still, as long as she’s Sarah the individual and not Sham velcroed to Shaw’s slippery hip.

      Just because he’s unwilling to talk or open up to “them”, doesn’t necessarily mean he’s lost all trust and confidence in her.

      Nycfan submitted some fine examples.

  5. Faith says:

    See that’s the thing about this season. Sarah was always complex and multi-layered but she was always easy to understand when it comes to certain things. Among those things is how she feels about Chuck and her feelings regarding (obsession?) about his safety. That’s no longer the case. She’s unpredictable and unreasonable in certain ways. It’s not a deal breaker but it’s certainly shocking.

    When once the very idea of leaving Chuck (mask) was out of the question, remember her face after 49B? Now not only is she volunteering transfer (if need be) she’s also willingly stepping away as to “not hold him back.”

    I no longer understand Sarah Walker and that was one of my absolutes in the past.

    • atcdave says:

      I really feel like we’ve lost something in that regard. Her faithfulness was beautiful. I guess we’re supposed to believe she got over it after Prague; but to me it really diminishes her character. But then, don’t even get me started on what they’ve done to Chuck’s character this year!

    • Crumby says:

      I felt the same way about Sarah, that somehow she was being careless with Chuck’s safety now. I don’t like that. But after re-watching a few scenes I’m sure not sure, we may be a little tough with her.

      She asked to be reassigned in 3 words because at this point of the episode, she thought that being around put Chuck in even greater danger.
      In Operation Awesome, she went to save Chuck from Sydney without hesitation.
      In First Class, she practically begged Chuck not to go alone.

      And I guess after that she got tired. She was watching him wanting to be a spy, and not caring about any of her warnings. Therefore, the only way to make him safe was to make him perform.

      I think we can see that in Fake Name when Casey, Shaw and Sarah are talking about Chuck and the mission, before Chuck entrance.
      Shaw says “The Intersect is performing. He can do this. He’s ready. Right Walker?” And she answers “Chuck wants to be a spy.”

      Of course, it doesn’t excuse her for letting Shaw try to blow up Castle with Chuck inside. I didn’t understand that scene. And it kind of ruined all my reasoning. But still, I hope Sarah Walker is gonna come back to us and explain somehow why she’s been so weird!

      • amyabn says:

        You beat me to the punch Crumby. Welcome, by the way! I see your POV on being tired, but to add to your point, I’m sick of Shaw referring to Chuck as the Intersect. The Intersect isn’t performing, Chuck is.
        And to further the point, the whole benching of Chuck because he couldn’t flash is rather insulting. Chuck has been prepared as a spy by the shear fact that he has been hanging with Casey and Sarah for almost three years. He did fine with Intersect 1.0 as well, without the skills. Very inconsistent.

      • Crumby says:

        Yeah I liked how Chuck said it in the Beard : “I’m not a machine. Ok I am a machine, but I’m also a person.”

      • Crumby says:

        I was also disappointed that they let Chuck being. Especially because it doesn’t make any sense by the way. Assuming that Chuck wasn’t able to be a spy at the point, he wasn’t able to defend himself either. Is not the most important source of intel? Shouldn’t they protect him? But anyway that wasn’t my point.
        Shaw only sees Chuck has the Intersect when it comes to work. And Sarah and Casey I’d say they wanted to shake him up a little bit. Give him reason to address the reasons he didn’t flash. After all, being a spy is what Chuck has been wanting for the all season so far. So that as to be his first motivation.

    • amyabn says:

      I have to go with the question of why are all three of Team Bartowski going along with Shaw’s stupid plan of making Chuck a spy?? He is a moron, and here’s why (feel free to add your own thoughts to expand the list):
      1. Break up a team that was working
      2. Leave the Castle (even when he knows he’s being targeted) just to play Sarah’s husband.
      3. Intended to blow up Burbank, killing Chuck and hundreds in the process to keep the Ring from stealing back data on…wait for it…themselves!
      4. Punches a restrained prisoner.
      5. Really wasn’t letting up on Chuck, even though he knew Chuck was playing his cover, Rafe.

      I guess that is why Lizjames’ con theory was so appealing to me. What could Sarah possibly see in this piece of wood?

      As for Sarah, I agree with Faith. How does she go from trying to “clean up the mess” she and Chuck have made of their relationship, to being the handler in 3 Words who can calm Chuck, to throwing out the “spies don’t fall in love” and “we can’t be together, we’re spies” which all contradict one another? Sounds like the ponderings of a new post….

      • JLR says:

        And he expresses an interest in Sarah only a couple episodes after (what I thought was) a poignant moment of remembering his supposedly dead wife (putting on his wedding band), and also acknowledging it was a mistake to get involved w/ a spy?

        Sarah likewise acknowledges repeatedly not to get involved w/ spies, and admits her “rep” for hooking up w/ co-workers….yet does it anyway???

        Makes me have little respect for either.

      • Faith says:


        Also the problem with not understanding her anymore is we’re left having to dig even deeper for answers that we probably will never get.

        I’m at the point where I liken her hooking up with Shaw to that of Stan (from the Golden Girls, great show!) being dependent on a road side cone monkey puppet. His therapist was working on him to disconnect from his infatuation with Dorothy and meaningless affairs and in doing so he got him to transfer all that love to the monkey. That’s Shaw, the monkey.

    • atcdave says:

      There’s just so much that doesn’t make sense in attitudes and actions this season. That’s why many have refered to it as a jumping the shark season. They’re all about dramatic effect, not story logic or continuity. Perhaps some effort will be made to make sense of all the inconsistancies this season, but I’m betting on sweeping it under the rug.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Dave, I think the biggest problem is that we aren’t finding all those dramatic moments very dramatic lately. Because they choose to play the drama not between the two very popular charismatic leads with insane onscreen chemistry, but between a new leading man nobody knows a thing about nor likes and the leading lady, or if they are between the original leads they’re literally not in the same room. It’s all surveillance and sniper scopes.

      • JLR says:

        Well, Ernie, that and everything is plot-driven this season, as I think you have alluded to in the past. That’s not character growth, which I DID want to see.

      • atcdave says:

        Ernie, I agree with you entirely; that is kind of the key flaw to the entire season, everything spins out of control from there. Don’t mean to be a total downer, I mean things are at least getting more fun again.

      • JC says:

        I’m tired of trying to make sense of everything this season. Too many things don’t make sense and were handle poorly.
        If the writers don’t care, why should I.

        If I like how the season ends, I’ll keep watching.

  6. metajoke says:

    By the way, anyone notice (I know you have) that Sarah has been getting her keister kicked with regulatity this season? And even from Pink Slip on, Sarah has been off her game. (She didn’t see the assasin’s laser, couldn’t pick the lock.)

    I think they may be setting something up where Chuck and Sarah are somehow meant to “share” the Intersect.

    And remember, in Ring, when it was Bryce getting the Intersect, it was going to be Sarah and Bryce as a team. The Beckman begs Shaw to warn the team about some still unexplained danger. And Shaw has done nothing but try to make Chuck go it on his own this year.

    Somehow, by the end of e13, Chuck and Sarah aren’t just together as a romantic couple, but are somehow linked by the Intersect, too…

    That’s my guess.

    • Crumby says:

      I don’t see why Brice would go get the intersect alone though. If that were true. Couldn’t he get another super-hot spy to go with him?

    • metajoke says:

      Well, why did he have a destruct device in his pocket and warn Chuck to destroy it because it was “too powerful”? What sense did THAT make?

      I dunno. But, as with all the detrius in this show, you can build a case. Why, for example, were all the Fulcrum guys in the cars 2×2 in Colonel?

      BTW, this part could be the part of e13 that was rewritten when they got the back six. Maybe they push this game-changer to e19 and why Routh was rumored to be on the set these last few weeks as they’ve been filming the late episodes.

      • Crumby says:

        I just don’t see why the Intersect (the machine) would affect Sarah’s performances.

      • Crumby says:

        What’s interesting though is that Sarah said in The Mask that “the Intersect was originally designed so that agents could work autonomously”.
        Why Brice and Sarah needed to work in tandem again then?

      • atcdave says:

        I think that’s one of those major logical failings.

      • atcdave says:

        I’m hoping Shaw’s return late in the season is all about flashbacks. At any rate, I can’t see him being a romantic rival again. On a side note; I remember well on my wedding day, a previous boyfriend of my wife’s stopped by the church just to shake my hand and say congrats. It was a nice, classy act; just maybe Shaw…..

      • Crumby says:

        Are we sure he returned? I’ve read he stays connected to Chuck but not that he would be back somehow.

      • metajoke says:

        No reason to think that Sarah actually knows that maybe the Intersect was designed for her, too. Remember, she seemed shocked when Beckman put her in charge of the project.

    • metajoke says:

      Shaw’s defense here, by the way, will be that he needed to make Chuck a spy like Bryce for the Intersect to work. And that would also explain his comment to Sarah that he was “the safeest guy in the world.” Because he knew he had to keep Sarah around so she and Chuck could be together.

      I don’t like it myself, you understand, but TPTB do not see Shaw as a bad guy, that is clear.

    • herder says:

      I don’t think we get Sarah getting her kiester kicked tonight, I’m going to guess that one of the things that they want to show is not only does Sarah make Chuck a better spy but that he makes her a better one. That combined they are greater than the sum of their parts.

      Of course they don’t realize this right away but maybe someone like Casey does. That might be part of his pitch to them later on that they are safer together than apart, that or maybe it is his pitch to the General (assuming she ever talks to him again after tonight). Certainly safer than with Daniel “I’m never wrong” Shaw.

      Chuck, without Sarah is mopey and prone to glitches, Sarah without Chuck is not as sharp and gets herself in danger. Together they are something special, at least that is where I think that they are going tonight, not too much time before we find out.

      Question: will Sarah initially be happy to work with Chuck or will she be coldly professional Sarah from Crown Vic.

      • atcdave says:

        I think “better together” is exactly the angle they’re going for. My money is on a slightly cold Sarah at first. Not sure why, maybe just not sure how to act around Chuck.

      • herder says:

        I know it’s bad form to reply to your own post, but I noticed something that I just said. Does anyone find it ironic that Shaw in his second episode says that he is never wrong, it is an anoying thing about him. Then as the show plays out he is almost constantly wrong.

        Think about it, after First Class, he goes on to screw up the heist of the Mask, let loose the gas, lets the spies escape from the museum when they have seen him and make the boneheaded comment that he is the safest person in the world.

        In Fake Name, he is in his apartment when he is targeted for assasination and his fighting Chuck leaves the stage open for Rafe to come in and take them all hostage.

        In the Beard he falls for the feignt, exposes himself to potential assasination, leaves Chuck unprotected and tries to blow up the castle with Chuck inside it.

        All in all a pretty poor track record and one that would likely have got Chuck kicked out of spy school or caused him to flunk his final exam if he was the one making these errors.

      • atcdave says:

        Shaw is completely incompetent; it will be interesting if it is ever pointed out, or if we really aren’t supposed to notice.

      • Crumby says:

        Yeah but they’re all going for it. Even Chuck doesn’t fight Shaw. They’re all behind him. That’s what sucks.
        I’d be ok with it if Shaw showed he could actually add something to the team…

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