EPIC! AWESOME! BEST EPISODE EVER! A GAME CHANGER!
Well the pre-screeners haven’t teased that, so I will. Monday night is gonna change the rules. Even by the show runners standards, things have to change. To limit possible spoilerage, I’ll hold off on the rest till after the jump.
Chuck Versus The Final Exam will air this Monday night. Chuck is given one mission to utilize all his skills and prove himself as an agent, or he’ll be flunked and dropped back into his old life according to Sarah. Yeah, anyone think that’s going to happen any more than you thought Casey was going to kill Chuck at the end of First Date? Chuck will pass, somehow. We already know that in 3.12 (according to the synopsis) Chuck is given his pick of the best CIA agents for his new undercover operation. So he passes, and so does the last of the lame devices TPTB can use to keep Chuck and Sarah apart. This year “keeping Chuck’s emotions in check” has been the one stop shop for Sarah to maintain distance, not talk, interrupt Chuck (as we saw in Tic Tac) before he divulges his true feelings, and all the rest of the angst. Why can’t they talk? Have to keep Chuck’s emotions in check. Why can’t Sarah go to him at the end of Three Words or Nacho Sampler? Have to keep his emotions in check. But I don’t think it means what we think it means. Indulge me in some wild speculation.
Chuck is an emotionally healthy guy for the most part. He’s open, he cares, he apologizes, makes things right, spy life has put a crimp in it, but we saw with Morgan that he’s come out the other side and he’ll manage to make things work. But what about Sarah? We’ve all remarked that they seem to be putting a lot more emphasis on Sarah’s journey this season. I wonder why? Well not really. We all know she’s part of Chuck’s journey and he part of hers. But Sarah, based on the structure, either reached, or is about to bottom out. Seeing Chuck strangling the Ring agent and deciding to run away from Chuck the person, as opposed to Chuck her fantasy puppydog nice guy incapable of hurting anyone, especially her is about to come to a head. Why do I think so? Chuck is about to pull the trigger, and Sarah put the gun in his hand and told him he had to.
Yep, Chuck will pull the trigger (here’s the wild spec part I will do my best to forget when I watch). We started this season with Chuck, even in a simulation, not being able to pull the trigger and flunking spy school because of it (and oddly dropped back into his old life). So now the teasers give us another situation where Chuck has to decide if he can pull the trigger, even if it means losing everything, including Sarah. They’ll find a way for Chuck to pull the trigger. My theory is because, intersect or not, Chuck has proven himself capable, if only he could defend himself, intersect or not.
So what are the possibilities as to how Chuck can pull the trigger on an unarmed man begging for his life? This is what we call a faulty premise. How do we know that is the real moment of decision? Because they showed us it in a preview? Just like the punch. The possibilities friends, are endless. Maybe the “unarmed” man isn’t unarmed. Maybe it’s someone else Chuck has to shoot? I have this sneaking suspicion that we don’t have the full story yet. And isn’t it interesting that it’s Sarah that gives him the gun and the assignment. Would Sarah do that? Because she knows that some day he’ll have to, and if he can’t when he has to, he’ll die. So this is the final test, and we know he passes. TPTB will find a way for Chuck to pull the trigger. But will it mean what we think it means?
Here we get to the second wild speculation part. It’s a setup. I know, I’m writing the story and giving TPTB perhaps too much credit, but come on, they are endlessly self referential. I think this is a replay of the season opener, except that instead of Chuck knowing it’s not real and not being able to pull the trigger, he won’t know it’s not real and will pull the trigger. And Beckman et al will know that if he has to, Chuck can pull the trigger. Can’t be afraid to pull the trigger as Big Mike says, and Chuck’s double secret probation will end. He’ll be a spy. There will probably be some trust angst with Sarah over this, but hey, it’s Chuck, he’ll get over it.
Which brings us to Sarah. Have to keep Chuck’s emotions in check. So she can’t go to him after she sees his confession of love at the end of Three words, or while he’s drinking alone at the end of Nacho Sampler? Nope. Why, Chuck could use her, he needs her support, he needs to be able to tell her his feelings to work. Why can’t they talk?
Because Sarah can’t handle it. The dam is about to break, and she’ll spill everything, and if Chuck had started that conversation, the one they’ve needed all season, Sarah knows it’d end up with her in tears confessing all, and Chuck broken, again. Sarah can’t keep it all in anymore. Shaw was a pressure valve. Chuck, well he’s about to see another side of Sarah. (Again.)
Things are about to get interesting, in my humble opinion.