S3 Revisited: 3.01 Getting The Pink Slip

It’s Never A Happy Thing

It had to be done. I just had to watch all of season 3.0 again to see what it felt like now that we know how it ends.

Six days after seeing The Other Guy I’m still on some sort of ‘shippers high and I don’t think I want to come down just yet. But I have to. If you watch these episodes again starting with Chuck vs. The Pink Slip I can attest that they they will unwrap the emotions you felt at the conclusion, and you will start at the beginning with new eyes. What you won’t find in the first episode of season 3 is anything that will make you happy. It may even make you more sad.

It’s much easier now to see the display of emotions on the screen. Subtle clues become clue-bricks and yes, they can make you wince. But that’s because, despite yourself, you’re invested. It’s easy today to see that Sarah was upset after Chuck reintersected, and angry after Prague. If something good was happening between her and Chuck (and it was) in Colonel, then it was going to have to wait. Then came Prague, and that was a blow. Sarah showed absolute disdain for Chuck, and it shows when, instead of answering his call, she throws the phone into the pool, and again when she tells Casey to “Get rid of him.” But now I have to ask myself, why so much anger? I thought I knew then. I was wrong.

All we see is Chuck back in post-Jill loser mode (well, maybe a little worse), and it hardly seems deserving of Sarah’s anger. She’s the reason Chuck has reverted, after all, and Sarah fell in love with that loser, we [did/do/will] know. They say that the opposite of love is not hate (it’s indifference), so many of us (me included) took Sarah’s anger to mean she still had (strong!) feelings for Chuck (of course – duh!). So why waste the time when we know how this will turn out? All my parentheses show you that I was having a running conversation with myself the first time I watched the episode.

In The Pink Slip, Sarah’s angry and hurt, but we were not told exactly what it was that made her that angry in Prague, angry to the point be being unable to explain herself and to separate herself emotionally from the one man who could make her reconsider – everything. We, the fans, hardly understood. We (all of us) tried to explain that anger and explain that pivotal scene, never to anyone’s satisfaction. We thought we understood Chuck’s decision, but never Sarah’s reaction to it. She doesn’t tell us – introspection (especially for Sarah Walker) is hard.

But that was wrong of me, just now, to say that we weren’t told. We were, and so was Sarah. I, for one, wasn’t listening.

Sarah: Chuck? We should talk.
Chuck: Absolutely
[Chuck and Sarah wait for each other to start.]
I’ll go first. – ahem.
Sarah, they wanted me to be a spy, okay? They told me that I could make a difference.
For years I’ve been – I’ve been kicking around, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life, like a – a loser, and then one day, really important people told me that they thought I could change the world. Me – Chuck Bartowski.
It was never about you…

Sarah: Stop!
I – acted impulsively, and it’s a mistake I don’t usually make. And it won’t happen again.
Chuck: But Sarah…
Sarah: You’re a spy now, Chuck. You have to keep your feelings to yourself.

We need and want so much for Sarah to talk about her feelings, and that is something she cannot do. And Chuck? We should have paid attention to this, because Sarah does – Chuck wants to become a spy. If there is one thing I missed, or misunderstood or got wrong in three seasons of watching Chuck, it was this. In insisting that Sarah was Chuck’s destiny, I was being myopic. I refused to see that it could be bigger than just that, the story could be about Chuck as…

But I’m getting ahead of myself, and making the same error again if I limit Chuck. Human beings, real ones, aren’t limited that way. They only have the limits they place on themselves.

And there’s more to the scene I quoted. It’s a fountain scene, set at an important place, where we expect only the truth will be told. I have not forgotten that I was writing about the truth and where it was to be found.

But what truth do we find here? Is it true that Chuck must learn to bottle up his emotions, or that Sarah must continue to do that? Is it true that Sarah acted impulsively, and that she won’t do that again?

No. What is true is that Chuck was a loser and not happy with that, and that he can make a difference. It’s true that Sarah believes they both must forget their love if they are to serve a higher purpose. We’ll only note for now that Sarah’s grimace at the end of her speech doesn’t match her words, and that she’s hardly capable of turning her emotions off any more. Chuck never was capable of that (“I’m not like you, Sarah. I can’t turn my emotions on and off like a robot.“) More than anything else, that would not be true to the characters, for they are not cold, and they are not emotionless, especially when it comes to each other. I started this by saying The Pink Slip will not show you happiness. It wasn’t meant to – this pivotal scene at the fountain is very sad. It was meant to show us what was important to Chuck and important to Sarah; it was not meant to give us hope.

Now we ask if this – we’ll call it the emotional separation of Chuck and Sarah – was necessary. For that, let me write one more time about the music.

The writers and creators of the story have one hell of a job to do. The fans must be satisfied, ultimately. And still that business piper must be paid in Neilsen ratings. I’ve lost count of how many masters they must answer to. Remember how we started with Imogen Heap’s Wait it Out?
Everybody says time heals everything
but what of the wretched hollow?
The endless in between
are we just going to wait it out?

For Chuck and Sarah, I knew, but didn’t know, that the answer to Heap’s question had been in my possession ever since I tripped upon Arcade Fire’s album, and heard Ocean of Noise. Now, that song has not been used in any episode of Chuck, but it could have been used.

No way of knowing
What any man will do
An ocean of violence
Between me and you

You’ve got your reasons
And me I’ve got mine
But all the reasons I gave
Were just lies to buy myself some time

I’m gonna work it out
Cause time won’t work it out

There were no reasons, just a need to buy some time. As in real life, things work out at their own pace but even then, only when real human beings aren’t passive, but act on their own behalf. Anything else would short-change the part of the story that is about Chuck and Sarah coming together, the one we all wanted. Personally, that ‘shipper’s high I’m on is because that story was not rushed, but if anything, drawn out to the breaking point. The timing was determined, not by the 2 hr. length of a standard movie, but by the 13 week schedule imposed by the networks and tradition, it seems. The destination was never in doubt, but it’s a wonder that the creative talent could make us feel like it was.

Now please, go back and read my words here again, or think about the episode best you can once more. Only this time, I ask you to do one thing for me. Consider that we, the fans, are standing in Sarah’s shoes, starting right here in The Pink Slip. And consider that it’s possible, in ways more real than metaphorical, we are the objects of the story-teller’s affections.

Where do we go from here? We’ll have to think about that later, when we see what season 3.5 brings us. It’s going to be new and different, and we’ve seen very few markers to show us either the new path or the new destination. There’s The Ring, and Lisbon and a few things to be explained or dealt with, all of which were started in this episode. Really, I think Chuck could be a whole new show whose success or failure is totally unconstrained by the past. I think there will come a time to worry and fret over that.

But not yet. We’re still enjoying Paris.

– joe


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121 Responses to S3 Revisited: 3.01 Getting The Pink Slip

  1. weaselone says:

    I’d like to point out Joe, that even here Sarah isn’t given the whole explanation. In many ways the fountain scene is like a replay of the Prague train station, except this time instead of Chuck not clarifying his decision and his feelings for Sarah, Sarah cuts off the explanation.

    The implication is that Sarah is hurt and pissed that Chuck chose the life of a spy over a normal life with her, a delusion sustained by having Chuck interrupted throughout the season, and the continued nurturing of a fallacy. Chuck never chose the spy life over Sarah. He opted for the spy life knowing that the decision could cost him Sarah, but the great irony is that he wouldn’t be Sarah’s Chuck if he hadn’t made that choice. The fallacy is the idea that two so abnormal people could ever have a normal life. There’s life would be extraordinary by definition.

    You’re also not the only person who has used the break to think over the season. I’ve been mulling over the idea of whether the show could have used Devon as a more realistic and ultimately more effective PLI for Sarah. The writers showed use they were willing to sacrifice the characters and there likability this season. Awesam, definitely would have brought the show to deeper, darker places, but would actually have made for a stronger season. Routh could have been relegated to a handful of episodes.

    It’s interesting to interpret some of the scenes and situations which take place this season through that lens.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      I’d go one step further. Chuck never knew he had Sarah until after he re-intersected, essentially making his decision. By the time Sarah asked him to run away he was already the only intersect again, and uniquely qualified to “make a difference”. What Sarah was asking Chuck to do in essence, was to reverse a decision he’d already made, for her.

      I’d quibble in only one area however. Chuck, the post Intersect I and pre-Intersect II Chuck could have had a normal life. Maybe not with Sarah unless she got some serious therapy and opened up. The fact that she chose to remain a spy, with or without Chuck after Prague tells me she saw Chuck as her only link to a “normal” life, largely because she felt safe around Chuck and felt either he’d never pry or she’d learn to open up to him.

      • joe says:

        Got point, Ernie. But has Sarah chosen either to be or not to be a spy? Sort of, I guess. But it doesn’t feel the same as her decision to be with Chuck now.

        Maybe I’m not seeing it right, but I would guess that Sarah had a massive revision to her priorities over the last 3 episodes or so.

    • joe says:

      Weaselone, I shouldn’t write “me too!” comments, but “Me Too!” You captured my thoughts about their “normal life” exactly. It was never going to happen.

  2. odysszeuss says:

    Consider that we, the fans, are standing in Sarah’s shoes,…

    Joe, you are absolutely right. and that is why this season hurts so much. Sarah is sad about chuck becoming a spy.

    …but in the end you said:

    Six days after seeing The Other Guy I’m still on some sort of ’shippers high and I don’t think I want to come down just yet.

    and that is, because of Sarah is also HIGH (at the end).

    my English is terrible. i know. but you see my point?

    we feel and see the chuck world through sarahs eyes and feel her pain and at the same time her happiness. the pain was so terrible that we now can extremely enjoy her happiness.

    btw. you have seen in 3×13 the poisoning scene: the first time we’ve seen the chuck world directly thru the eyes of an chuck character => sarah’s eyes…

    i made a small clip:

    • joe says:

      Odysszeuss, your English is fine. I certainly do see your point! The picture that I’m seeing before starting the YouTube video shows exactly the sadness that you’re talking about. A split second later, Chuck saves her and that is precisely the “high” Sarah should be on, even when the drug wears off.

      The soft-focus/hard-focus that was used to show Sarah clearly seeing Chuck was fabulous. I saw something similar when I rewatched The Three Words during the fountain scene near the end. Well done, I say!

  3. DaveB says:

    A key word in all the angst is “normal”. Both Sarah and Chuck wanted a “normal” life. But neither of them ever really defined just what “normal” was…

  4. JC says:

    I watched the season again a couple of days ago and I still don’t know what Sarah wants other than Chuck. And I knew that during the first season. So I’m kinda at a loss in understanding her. I get that she’s ok with him killing to some degree because it didn’t change who he was. But I can’t help be bothered by her utter lack of faith and trust in him after Fake Name. I hope they explore some of these things in the back six and they don’t become victim of the hero Chuck story.

    • caster says:

      I think my main problem with Pink slip was the fact that how just walked away. He pretty much said that he wanted to be a spy and then just left. He didn’t ask her to wait for him, or to help him, or to even just stand by him. He just turned around and left without caring how she would feel about it. Sarah not only sacrificed her career and life for chuck but also her heart. To sacrifice that much for one person and then watch that person throw it all back in your face and then just leave, its heartbreaking. To me, Chuck did to Sarah what the Producers did to the Fans, they pretty much just said this is what I have decided, you may not understand, but trust me its all gonna work out in the end. Where’s the communication? That was my my look on it, my english is also not that well but I hope I made my point across.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        My understanding, or interpretation (original versions here and here), is that the way Sarah said things, and the way she left out the three words Chuck needed to hear, Chuck thought Sarah had decided to leave the spy world, regardless of what Chuck did. He didn’t ask her to wait or to join him because he thought she wanted a normal life as opposed to a life with him. It’s kind of a flip from where Sarah steps aside for Chuck’s PLI’s because she doesn’t feel she has the right to deny him a real connection since she doesn’t feel able or willing to give him what he really wants, a real connection with her.

      • atcdave says:

        I understand the situation the same as Ernie; but I always feel compelled to add, I find it a completely unsatisfying explanation. It is the epitome of contrived, and pointedly not fun. Obviously the last part hardly matters to the writers, but the ratings clearly show I’m not alone in saying it matters to me as a viewer.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        I also found it a bit contrived, raising Chuck’s cluelessness and self doubt (things he was supposed to be growing out of) to absurdly unbelievable levels for the sake of another contrived bit of angst. But I’m pretty sure that’s what we were supposed to think.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Sorry, I forgot this was the epic season, so Chuck is epically clueless and self doubting and Sarah is epically unable to express herself, and the two are epically interrupted and rushed away from epic conversations epically.

      • Mike B says:

        That was an epic amount of sarcasim.

      • Lucian says:

        Ernie – but you forgot the whole purpose behind this – to bring in the epically awesome new PLI with epically large pecs who would bring in an epic number of new viewers.

      • Waverly says:

        Sounds like you folks are story epicures.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        So does that make 3.07 to 3.11 the epicolypse?

      • odysszeuss says:

        epic payoff…

      • atcdave says:

        You know, that’s really hard to say!

    • joe says:

      JC, I’m sticking with Sarah not wanting to think of herself as a killer. She does not want to be a “robot” – the kind of emotional zombie that Chuck accused her of being in The Break-Up – and she wants to not have to play roles. For Sarah, being “real” does not include marks or seductions or faking interest in someone any more than faking NOT having interest.

      It also includes family, something she’s never had since at least age 8, I believe.

      Can she do that an still be a spy? With Chuck, yes. I think so. I suspect the CIA will let her off the hook with the seduction skills. Like lock-picking, it’s just a tool, and there are other ways to skin those cats. Chuck’s shown her that, too.

      • Michael says:

        One thing that I’ve been thinking about since Final Exam – does anybody have a count of the number of people Sarah has explicitly killed since season 1? Using the Morgan rule (did you see brain matter?) she has shot a number, but the explicit kills are very few, I think – Mauser, the rogue CIA agent in Ex, the Columbian in the Breakup flashback. It seems to me that her default is to fight them, and if fighting isn’t an option, to wound them.

      • JC says:

        I agree, I think we’ll find out Chuck is her normal no matter what they’re doing. I’m in the minority that if Chuck had finished what he was saying at the restaurant in American Hero she would’ve left with him. I think it’s just my frustration with this season, Sarah’s growth played second fiddle to Chuck’s journey.

      • Crumby says:

        I agree completely JC. Both about “if Chuck had finished what he was saying at the restaurant in American Hero she would’ve left with him” and “my frustration with this season, Sarah’s growth played second fiddle to Chuck’s journey.”

        I think Chuck got her at the restaurant when he said “I will never lie to you”. One of the thing Sarah couldn’t take in Fake Name was that Chuck was able to lie so easily now. So when he promised her to be honest, to give her a true relationship, I think he got her because that’s what she wants. No fake anymore. She wants to “be a real person again”, someone who is allowed to have her own feelings and express them, who doesn’t have to fake or hide, and Chuck can give her that, whether they’re spies or not.

      • odysszeuss says:

        @ Crumby: I think Chuck got her at the restaurant when he said “I will never lie to you”.

        …that is an really interesting view.

      • odysszeuss says:

        @ Crumby

        …and she has a kind of proof, because she knows him before he became a spy. She knows naturally he is/(was) an honest man (like ernie said before: u can not con an honest man). She only needed to hear it from him…
        to confirm that he is still that guy.

        doing his job, chuck is capable of doing serveral thinks. but with her, he is still that guy…

        at least it explains also, why it doesn’t metter if he had killed perry.

        got it!

      • Crumby says:

        Yes odysszeuss you exactly nailed what I was thinking.
        I only thought of it after re-watching the name reveal scene in Fake Name tough.

      • Jason says:

        I think how easily chuck lied to hannah, ellie, etc around the mask / fake name part of the season, was part of the reason sarah started to grow farther away from chuck

      • Crumby says:

        Yes they really emphasizes on that in Mask and Fake Name.

        In Mask when Chuck lied to Ellie about Paris, and Sarah and Casey are watching “kid’s a good liar. You taught him well.”

        And then in Fake Name, first in the van:
        « Sarah: It must be a lot for Chuck. He’s not a very good liar.
        Shaw: Listen to him. He’s completely living the lie. »

        “Her” Chuck isn’t a very good liar, so she doesn’t recognize this guy that lie so easily.

        That’s what she says in the hotel room:
        « Sarah : It’s just really difficult to see Chuck become a different person.
        Shaw : That’s the mission, Walker.
        Sarah : No, it’s not the mission. It’s… Everything. It’s how he pulled out Casey’s tooth, and how he burnt that asset a couple of weeks ago, and the way he lies to Hannah. I mean,
        it’s so easy for him. […] It’s like I’m watching Chuck disappear. »

        She misses the “trueness” of Chuck (I don’t know if that word exists but you get the idea). He’s always been so honest and everything, that’s why I think Chuck’s “I will never lie to you” really got to Sarah.

      • odysszeuss says:

        @ Jason

        well, ok!

        first this was her biggest concern. is chuck recognizing all this as tools to be a spy or is he changing.

        remember her talkin with shaw serveral times at fake name, when she admits not knowing of herself what is real and whats a lie.

        chuck’s speech ist her proof, that chuck really is aware of all this, knowing as a spy he has to use alle his spy skills (lying/ figthing/ seducing), but with his girl, family an friends he is still that guy.

        …and (now)[*] sarah gives him credit to see this explecit difference. and whith his ability of beeing that person he is, he can really live the difference and she could join him and can share this. chuck will know whats rigth and whats wrong.

        yes, he has to lie to elli etc. to keep them save
        yes, he has to figth / to kill
        yes, he has to assume aliases

        but meanwhile she belives he can still be that honest man, she met 3 years ago. his speech in the restaurant was the moment she got it…

        and after that, chuck saving shaw altruistic she had proof, once more

        @ Crumby; really thank you. meanwhile sarahs actions are becoming more and more logical (at least to me)

        [*] there are serveral proofs, chuck hadn’t changed in his inside: e.g. helping his friend casey in tic tac…

      • odysszeuss says:

        saying this above i’m thinking that chucks suggestion of running away to mexico wasen’t her reason to be with him. it was a bonus that her chuck is willing to leave all this he was working so hard for, for her. that was a big asset.

        and casey telleing the truth about the perry thing, again a big asset.

        …but sarah was willing to join chuck truely and these assets they are bonus.

      • odysszeuss says:

        the whole sarah decision think really bothered me. i made a decision map. You can easily jump thru the time-links on the description page.


  5. Jason says:

    one thing I have not read from any posters, isn’t viewing the rerun of 3.5 VERY important to the chuck show tonight?

    • Waverly says:

      Only if one’s watching has an effect on the ratings.

      I actually would have thought that showing 3.03 and 3.04 would make more sense for these two weeks.

      But what will be shown next week?

      • Jason says:

        I am pretty sure the beard is showing next week.

      • atcdave says:

        Yes, The Beard is scheduled for 4/19. I do agree Waverly, 3.03 and 3.04 would have made the most sense; they are self contained and fun.

      • sniderman says:

        I wish they were rerunning 3.12/3.13 instead. Those episodes were the most…dare I say it…”epic” of the season? Plus, it’d be the same as rerunning the “last episodes of the previous season” before micro-season 3.5 begins in two weeks.

      • Waverly says:

        But they just showed 3.12 and 3.13. Older episodes would make more sense from the re-run point of view, because anyone can see the last five episodes on NBC or HULU.

        And since I have never recorded any broadcasts, nor do I use iTunes or some cable service (if such exists), I would prefer to see something I haven’t seen in a while and can’t see easily.

      • atcdave says:

        I think if the break had been longer they might have run 3.12 and 3.13 again; they were the only episodes I would qualify as “epic” this season. But as it is, they just ran.

      • Merve says:

        I think that 3.5 and 3.9 are excellent choices for reruns. They’re both fun episodes. They were both pretty well-received by fans. Though they both have significant consequences, they don’t rely on much prior knowledge of what’s going on. They both have a little “angst,” but in neither case is it the focus of the episode.

        I’m guessing that they didn’t rerun 3.3 and 3.4 because they didn’t want to make Devon out to be a more important character than he actually is. Also, 3.3 sort of leads right into 3.4, and the network execs probably want potential new viewers to be able to jump in at either of the two reruns.

      • BeCoolBoy says:

        As much as I personally dislike them, I’d have run 3.1 and 3.2 again. For starters, they were the only episodes not to run on Monday. They are essentially self-contained. You can jump right from the end of Three Words to where they characters are now. (It’s what SHOULD have happened anyway.) And it offers a quick way in for new viewers.

      • Merve says:

        The other reason to rerun 3.5 and 3.9 is star power. 3.5 has Kristin Kreuk, Brandon Routh and Steve Austin. (Some viewers may also recognize Josie Davis from Charles in Charge.) 3.9 has Brandon Routh and Diedrich Bader. (It also has Cedric Yarbrough, but I don’t think that many people would recognize him.) As much as some might hate to admit it, big-name guest stars can be a huge draw to a show.

      • herder says:

        I’m wondering if part of the reason for the selection of 3.05 and 3.09 for the repeats is because those are the two episodes that show the discs that have never been explained.

        In First Class, Chuck gets the key that opens the lockbox and shows us these discs. In the Beard it is the discs that the Ring is trying to send out of Castle that Shaw supposedly stops. But we have no idea of what those discs contain, perhaps that was a bit of the story put over to the back six.

      • Merve says:

        Good call, Herder. Maybe the discs tie into Papa Bartowski’s return somehow.

  6. weaselone says:

    The season came full circle from 3.01. In 3.01 we had Chuck willing to lose Sarah in order to be “that guy.” In 3.12 and 3.13 we see Chuck willing to give up his spy calling to be with Sarah in the way she seems to have chosen. Any inkling as to when Sarah decides she wants to remain a spy as opposed to being on the run from the US government and Morgan indefinitely?

    • Lucian says:

      I have two related questions – we know that Sarah doesn’t want Chuck to be a killer, but is absolutely okay with him killing to save her. Under what circumstances is Chuck able to kill someone and still be Sarah’s Chuck? To whom does the acceptable kill zone apply?

      Also, has she worked through her self-loathing over her own career as a CIA assassin, and is okay bumping off whoever needs it, or is there some relationship between her standard for Chuck and for herself?

      • Jason says:

        to answer you ?’s with my opinion, we don’t know, but my opinion says sarah 3.1 knows spy=red test, she does not want chuck to take and pass an execution style red test. I feel she wants to run in 3.1 to protect chuck, like noone protected 17 year old jenny.

        Until of course, chuck protected 28 year old sarah …. while still being ‘her chuck’.

        I would doubt it ever comes up again, i.e. chuck not being sarah’s chuck for any reason? I sure hope chuck is now allowed to carry a gun, shoot back when shot at, etc – they beat the horse dead in 3.1 thru 3.13, but I sort of think you are right, we will continue to be bombarded with the stupidity standard of carrying a gun set in s3, I hope not.

      • atcdave says:

        I think the writers made a far bigger deal of this than it merits. There is an international legal standard on the use of deadly force; it is acceptable when needed to save one’s own life or the life of another. I have a feeling, Sarah would be comfortable with some aplication of that standard. She would not like what is legally considered murder; including contract killings and assassinations. That certainly does mean she doesn’t approve of some of her own earlier actions.

        I hope they don’t spend too much time on this subject. The moral and legal standard is fairly simple; yet its also easy to be difficult or contrary and construct all sort of elaborate gray areas (like the Mauser killing). I don’t find any of this to be good entertainment.

      • Jason says:

        i kind of have 4 ‘chuck’ standards of carrying a gun. in beefcake, sarah stood up and shot at helicopters, while chuck cowered like a schoolgirl, cole said you better release me and give me the guns, or sarah will die, chuck released him, my hope is chuck 3.13 handcuffs cole to a car, and stands up and fires away, in the delorean, casey and sarah shoot at badguys, I hope future chuck is right in there, in 3.10, sarah shoots 3 guys and one punches two while backing up casey, chuck should be allowed to backup casey and sarah, and finally in 3.10, chuck should have had a gun to protect the civilian, and shot the bad guys if they did not stand down.

      • kg says:

        Agreed. I hope Sarah’s disenchantment with Chuck killing someone, now that he has actually killed someone, will be a metaphor for her perception that she was losing “her Chuck” thoughout this process and the dread over his red test.

        I would accept her contempt for him shooting someone on order, but yeah, I would think she would accept him now carrying a gun to protect himself, her and family/friends.

        This should not be an issue for her provided it was a last resort. She should understand and trust Chuck implicitly to make the correct decision in a possible situation.

    • Paul says:

      IMHO, I think at this point the only reason why Sarah would remain a spy is to be with Chuck. I think she would gladly walk away if he wanted to do the same (as we saw in 3.12)

      • joe says:

        I do to, but I’m sure that the show will be about them being spies together.

        I hope it never gets as silly as Hart to Hart was, though.

    • angeloanthony says:

      I promised myself I wouldn’t get into these reviews because I find both Chuck’s decision on the platform in 3.1 and Sarah’s decision at the end of 3.2 to be unsupportable.

      That said, though, you raise THE MOST SALIENT point about the resolution in 3.12 and 3.13. For Sarah, what’s the difference between Chuck’s confession of love at the end of Three Words and his demand that she love him at the end of American Hero? Only one thing: At the end of 3.2 he still wanted to be a spy and at the end of 3.12 he wants to run away. And in 3.13, the Castle “love scene” has Sarah saying “Just one more mission.”

      My point: If 3.14 doesn’t start with them trying to run away from spy life, the season takes a plunge over still another logical cliff.

      She chose Chuck at the end of 3.12 even though she thought he “passed” his red test and thus wasn’t her Chuck anymore. She passed on Chuck at the end of 3.2 even though he hadn’t even become what she supposedly hated yet. The only difference, as I say, was Chuck’s desire to run away at the end of 3.12, which wasn’t there at the end of 3.2.

      So if they aren’t on the run at the beginning of 3.14, this show has totally jumped the shark because there is no logic for the choices the characters made in 3.12 and 3.13…

      • weaselone says:

        It’s still somewhat foggy as to where Sarah is at. They might not need to be running, but certainly Sarah has to say something that indicates she’s changed her mind about going on the run and her outlook on the spy world in general if they are simply to continue working for the government. As of yet, the default setting is that Sarah wants to run and Chuck views losing her as too high of a price to pay for the general welfare and greater good. As a result, he runs with her unless she changes her mind.

        Of course, the hero quest often involves a great temptation that lure the hero form his or her destined path. If we assume that Sarah and Chuck are both characters on a hero quest then Sarah is straying from her path due to the siren’s song of a “normal” life and Chuck is abandoning his for love. Generally, heroes get dealt significant smack downs either directly, or by proxy when they stray. I suspect we’ll see this in the back six. We know Ellie and Devon have trouble in paradise, and then there is Chuck is apparently committed against his will and finally something big must bring back papa B.

      • sd says:

        My feeling is that they get on that train to start a new life…Chuck flashes…and through the mission they realize that as long as Chuck has the intersect in his head this will always be an issue.

        I also don’t think it’s a leap that Chuck chooses to run with Sarah if he can’t be a spy with Sarah. He finally realizes the tremendous emotional cost of being a spy…not all fun and tranq darts.

      • Crumby says:

        Before Chuck got the 2.0, Sarah probably wanted out out because it was the only way to really be with Chuck. He had refused to work for the government and “a CIA officer doesn’t get to choose”, so to have the real life they wanted, she needed to quit.

        Then when Chuck got the 2.0, she wanted out because she didn’t want to lose the Chuck she fell for.

        So know that she knows he can be a spy and be the same guy, and that the both of them are spies, they can be together without running away.

        I’m not convinced that Sarah really wants out anymore. She wants Chuck. I think a real life to her is having a real relationship with Chuck, wether they’re spies or not.

        Even if she chose Chuck after he said he wanted to run away, I don’t know if the “running away part” is really what changed her mind. Xe could see it as an acknowledment from Chuck that he doesn’t want to change either and he wants to be the Chuck Sarah loves. That’s what could have convinced her that the guy she fell for wasn’t gone after all, and therefore explain that she finally chose him. It may not really be about running away but about being the people they love and want to be.

        Even though Sarah seems disenchanted with the spy life, she has a strong sense of duty. After all she’s the one that taught Chuck about greater purpose and all.

        But it’s really only interpretation, they totally can show us a Sarah that need to be convinced by Chuck to go back in 314. Both are plausible to me. But whatever why they decide to stay in the biz, we’re gonna need to hear their reasons.

      • Josh says:

        The seeds of Sarah wanting out of the spy life were planted as early as Season 1 in vs Crown Vic. I m pretty sure at this point she does really mean it, she has her guy, she wants the family thing and she knows that’s not compatible with the live she leads now.

        My guess the remaining episodes will be along the lines of Chuck/Sarah trying to distance themselves from their spy lives, slowly get drawn back in by events that happen around them (whatever happens to Devon in Africa etc) and then by the finale some (to con Fedak’s terminology) big gamechanger will happen to force them to stick with the spy life.

      • Crumby says:

        Yes we know that Sarah wanted a “normal life”, a family etc, since season 1.
        Therefore it meant not being a spy because she couldn’t have it all, Chuck was a civilian. And she didn’t want him to become a spy.

        But if you have Chuck being a spy and the guy that Sarah love, then the spy life isn’t an obstacle to that life she wants.

        Eventually of course, children etc would be kind of hard to deal with btw missions, but what I wanted to say was that her first will wasn’t to get out of the spy life, it was having a real life. There is a difference to me btw the two.

      • ChuckNewbie8 says:

        They really need to have this conversation. It’s the right thing to do.

        It’s one thing to imply that “whatever we decide so long as we’re together,” it’s another thing to actually consciously make that decision and talk about it. This is the rest of their lives we’re talking about here. And although, obviously they’ll find a way back to or “choose” whichever, the spy life it would be nice to be adults about it.

        I really think the Swoosie Kurtz and Fred Willard episode will go a long way towards that.

      • Josh says:

        Sure the spy life is an obstacle, rewatch her mini speech in the Prague train station. And consider how that speech has been reinforced by her own red test.

      • Crumby says:

        Josh, yes obstable wasn’t the good term you’re right. It is clearly way more complicated.
        What I meant was thet “if you have Chuck being a spy and the guy that Sarah love, then the spy life is a more complicated way to have the life she wants but it doesn’t prevent you from it. The choice isn’t between spy life and real life anymore, but between complicated life or simple one.

      • Waverly says:

        I have a hard time imagining any Fred Willard character being a sage source of wisdom.

      • ChuckNewbie8 says:

        lol maybe not him specifically but their relationship. ‘Role Models’ and all.

        Although I read a spoiler that says something about a double cross so…

      • Patty says:

        I don’t think it is so much that Chuck wants to run away. I think he is *willing* to run away if it is the only way to make Sarah happy.

        He feels a strong resposibility to use the intersect to help people and will be ultimately unhappy if he runs away.

      • Jason says:

        after sarah’s last choice of men, a psychopathic killer who shot her with a tranc gun, was about to push her over the edge of a bridge, and quite possibly got her show canceled, my guess is sarah’s priorities might be very much ‘chuck is #1 priority’ and everything else does not matter. I am just wondering if the reason chuck can’t sleep is really nightmares, or sarah unleashing nearly 30 years of pent up love on chuck – has a man ever been loved to death??? Now that is some angst I would love to see – LOL.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      I think 3.14 will be the episode that has them deciding, for whatever reason, to remain spies after initially running. My guess is that faced with an impending terrorist act of some sort which would harm innocent people Chuck can’t just walk away and convinces Sarah it is more important to help people than have the life they both want. I think it’ll also show Chuck (and Sarah) what they’d be giving up for that life on the run. They’ll reach some sort of compromise over the course of 3.14 and 3.15 where they see a version of their future together.

      Either that or it will drive Chuck insane.

      On the whole guns issue, I think Shaw became Chuck’s Mauser moment to a lesser extent. Sarah is apparently OK with killing to protect Chuck or herself, even killing an unarmed man, although it clearly weighed on her. The Shaw thing wouldn’t be likely to upset her too much, other than to realize her puppy is now a full grown German Shepherd. Still friendly and loyal, but potentially deadly if you threaten the wrong person (or take away his chew toy). I think killing on orders is the part that bothers Sarah, as in her red test and Chuck’s. Remember her line about you never know who you’re working for at Prague. Pro-log for her red test being ordered either by a Rink mole or to eliminate a double agent. Clearly there is some awareness of her attitude among higher-ups since she was kept in the dark about Casey’s kill order on Chuck. We’ll see if that, or the apparent lack of one in Pink Slip when Chuck was apparently being cut loose ever comes up again. My guess, no.

      I think the next bit of angst leading into 3.16 will be how does the Intersect 2.0 Chuck react to nightmares about he or Sarah being threatened or having to kill. Does he flash in his sleep? Sleep flash? We’ve seen a very few protect the world from Chuck moments, most of them lighthearted fun, will they go dark there too?

      • angeloanthony says:

        I’m perfectly okay with them choosing to stay spies (hell, they HAVE to stay spy for their to be a show), but TPTB cannot ignore what they’ve done. They can’t just be on a vacation. They had Sarah choose Chuck ONLY after he decided he wanted out. That can’t be ignored.

        Just like the rehersal dinner and aftermath couldn’t be ignored. Oh, wait…

      • John says:

        There is no doubt they run off. Why else would Beckman send Casey and Morgan after them?

      • Ernie Davis says:

        I agree. I think they will initially be off the grid and on the run, but will both decide, going back to Chuck’s vault confession: …how could I be with you, knowing what I’d turned my back on. Knowing that what I had in my head could help a lot of people. And you’re the one that taught me that being a spy is about something bigger, it’s about putting aside your own personal feelings for the greater good and that’s what I chose.

      • atcdave says:

        I’m pretty sure 3.14 will start with Chuck and Sarah trying to run away, and returning to duty when they are confronted with their moral obligations (“with great power comes great responsibility” or some variation thereof). Maybe Casey will catch them and talk them in; but my money is on (and I”ve lost a great deal of fictional money this year!) them getting involved in some sort of terrorist plot in 3.14 that causes them to face their ability to help a lot of people.

      • Waverly says:

        Although the running away scenario in 3.14 makes the most sense to me, given this season’s lack of unnecessary complexity in plot constructs I’ll speculate that Sarah and Chuck don’t run away at all.

        They realize that they can be together as spies. They won’t spend much time thinking about the implications until such situations actually occur in episodes.

        Although they might not like General Beckman’s untimely interruptions, at the end of 3.13 they didn’t seem to mind having to report eventually.

        The idea of Chuck flashing in bed, although not appropriate for network television, does reveal the real reason for Beckman’s continuing tolerance for Chuck. I think Ernie’s love bunker might be plausible after all.

        (Sorry, I didn’t mean to imply that Ernie has a love bunker–I don’t know him at all–I meant Ernie’s idea that Beckman has a “love bunker”.)

      • JC says:

        Here’s something I was thinking about. If the back six deals with Chuck being haunted about his first kill, will he hesitate in pulling the trigger again and will that lead to to the major death in the season finale.

      • Jason says:

        is there a spoiler out that says chuck is haunted by his first kill – or is it fanfic?

      • odysszeuss says:

        JS or CF said something like that in an interview

  7. caster says:

    Well, CW will have their own spy series soon called Nomad with 3 main characters. Two leading men and one female agent. I just hope that we don’t lose anymore viewers to them.

    • Jason says:

      ‘eleventh hour’ made it one season in 2008, very much like chuck, a cia agent chick protecting a brainy scientist, added the muscle, comic relief guy half way thru the season. It is like a B movie version of chuck, no humor, no B plot, but check it out, sort of satisfies the chuck itch a bit?

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Oddly I just watched the first two episodes yesterday. It is kind of a darker show, but you are right there seems to be some of the same bodyguard asset relationship going on there.

  8. ChuckNewbie8 says:

    Thank you for the piece Joe. I feel and have felt for awhile now that Pink Slip in particular needed to be seen with new eyes. Really when it comes down to it, necessary, overinflated, annoying or not we are at American Hero and Other Guy because of the seeds Pink Slip planted. It’s the rest really that are disingenous and somewhat fabricated.

    • angeloanthony says:

      I know you have been talking with others on this matter.

      But I’ll tell you what. Try viewing this way. Just before Honeymooners comes on in two weeks, rerun Ring at 7pm. It’s what I am going to try.

      I have a feeling we will be able to jump right from Ring to e14 and not feel we’re missing a damned thing…

      • ChuckNewbie8 says:

        I don’t know if miss is the correct word lol but I’ll do that. Let you know how it goes 🙂

    • joe says:

      Thanks, Faith. That’s what I was hoping to do.

  9. caster says:

    well it’s official..Chuck won the SOS contest by 52 percent…wow!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I didn’t dislike the episode. I thought there were some good moments. But the platform scene is awful, I feel bad everytime I see it.

    But if you accept the idea of Chuck choosing to serve something bigger bla bla bla hence the “prague incident”, I think the walking away part can be explained by Chuck thinking Sarah’s leaving the spy life with or without him. That’s the only explanation that I could understand so far. I think Ernie is the one that mentionned it.

    Chuck didn’t apparently try to “reconnect” with Sarah before getting fired. That’s a little disapointing. But he could have thought that she did run away and so wanted to let her have a real life.

    But when he got fired he called her and left her messages, not knowing she was still in Burbank yet. So did he want to be part of her real life or was he just a little selfish here thinking “the spy stuff didn’t work out but hey that means I can have you back Sarah”?

    Then, when he learned that Sarah was still here he went to the Castle and decided he had to help on the mission and convince Beckman he could be a spy. Was it because Sarah was still a spy too? Or was it still about serving a bigger purpose etc? I believe it was both, because of his “but Sarah” before she shuted him down at the fountain talk.

    Obviously, there is no answer here, I just try to interpret things in a way that could work for me lol. But I just don’t get how Chuck said in Ring “I want more Sarah. I want a life. A real life.” which because he loves Sarah means being with her, to I’m gonna be a real spy and you can’t be a part of this. Before getting fired he didn’t try to have Sarah in his life, I mean it’s one thing to accept that she wanted a real life, but not even try when you’ve loved her for 2 years? “Seriously Chuck what were you thinking?”

    But I guess it was what the season was about. Realizing that they didn’t want to choose between the job and being together, and that if they’d have to choose then they’d choose each other.

    • Crumby says:

      Sorry I’m Anonymous!

    • Faith says:

      Like the thoughts, I think most of the questions can be explained by one thing: Chuck’s lack of confidence.

      – He didn’t think she would want that normal life
      – He didn’t think of himself as a hero, or capable of being that
      – He’s getting a chance to finally do something and be someone he considers heroic and fulfilling
      – He doesn’t believe he deserves Sarah

      I like to call this my “Chuck is an idiot” concept. But hey at least I’m growing (ha) I didn’t even try to understand his idiocy before lol.

    • Crumby says:

      I get that part of Chuck decision to be a spy or at least to re-intersected, probably is because it is “Sarah’s type”. But then why don’t go after her? If he doesn’t believe Sarah wants a normal life and he thinks he need to be a spy to be with her, then why not go after her? Why did he wait until he got fired.

      Maybe he didn’t wait but that’s just what they showed us. I’d be kind of curious to see what exactly happened during those 5 months btw the train station and Beckman firing Chuck. There are a lot of question about it.
      1/ What did Sarah do after Chuck walked away? Did she thought about running away alone?
      2/ What about Lisbon? Was it really about Bryce? Was it a cover for her going to see Chuck in Prague? Was it both? Was it something else?
      3/ Did Chuck thought once he’d be a spy he could try to win Sarah back? Did he try before getting fired? Was he waiting to be her equal? Or did he simply give up on that life, thinking he couldn’t have it all?
      4/ Why were Sarah and Casey still in Burbank, 6 months after Chuck left? Was the original plan to have Team B working in Burbank once Chuck’s training would be completed? It doesn’t make sense because then they wanted Chuck in Rome and Sarah in DC.

  11. Faith says:

    I have a question about Chuck and guns…

    So we know that Sarah is ok with him killing Shaw but looking back he can’t keep on carrying tranq guns, he will look silly. Not to mention it’s pretty dangerous for both him and her so will she be ok with him carrying a gun and only using it as a last resort? Or will she take exception to it like she originally took exception to him busting out the gun in the elevator scene.

    • Merve says:

      The key thing about that scene is that it was Chuck who pointed out to Sarah that he was carrying a tranq gun. Sarah wasn’t given the opportunity to express any concern about a real gun. In fact, her response, which was something along the lines of “okay, just pretend it’s a real gun,” could even be interpreted as mild annoyance at the fact that Chuck won’t carry a real firearm.

      My point is that Sarah understands that killing out of necessity is very different from killing in cold blood or killing just because you were told to kill. “Other Guy” showed that there’s a big difference in Sarah’s mind between the two. To be honest, I got a little confused over all this because “Final Exam” didn’t emphasize the difference between the two. I mean, there is a clear distinction between the two types of kills, but I didn’t get the idea that Sarah understood that Chuck would know the difference. Plus the whole messy bit where Casey shot Hunter out of necessity, but Sarah thought that Chuck killed Hunter in cold blood, just added to all the confusion. (But maybe I’m biased because despite the fact that it was beautifully acted by the two leads, “Final Exam” is my least favourite episode of the series.)

      • weaselone says:

        The problem being that Chuck felt compelled to tell Sarah that he was only carrying a tranq gun in order to reassure her. She’s made it pretty clear how she feels about Chuck and guns. If she now feels he should carry, she should let Chuck know, perhaps draw up a detailed list of rules regarding when she deems it appropriate for Chuck to carry and utilize a fire arm.

      • Crumby says:

        I think that’s where things weren’t clear. Sarah handed a gun to Chuck several times in the season (in 3 words and in Tic Tac at least). So you could think that she doesn’t really have a problem with Chuck carrying a gun to defend himself and other, and that explain her reaction about Chuck shooting Shaw (by the way she said about Shaw “you shot him” and not “you killed him” like she did about Perry).
        She knows the difference between a red test, an assassination, or killing during a mission because it’s necessary.

        I think Chuck is the only one having problem with carrying a gun. Hell he even have problem with tranquing people!

        But in Final Exam, and then American Hero, the difference between cold bloodly killing someone, or defend yourself or others wasn’t clearly made. That’s what creating the confusion I think. But maybe it was meant to be that way, to show us that Chuck didn’t really made the difference either, until he had to shot Shaw. And that’s part of his growth. He knows now the difference.

      • JC says:

        See my problem with Chuck’s Red Test was that Perry was going for his gun. Even if Chuck had shot him, it wasn’t cold blooded murder but self defense. I just can’t wrap my head around that someone wouldn’t have mentioned that.

      • Crumby says:

        I had the same problem JC. But re-watching the scene, Sarah didn’t see Perry’s gun. So she doesn’t now about it.

        What doesn’t make sense is that Chuck didn’t tell Sarah that he had to shot because the guy had a gun. It would have left Casey out, and Sarah could have understand that.

        Which conforts me that Chuck didn’t really get the difference between self defense or defense of others, and cold blood assassination. If he did well first he would have taken the shot himself and second he would have told Sarah about it. I think they needed Sarah not to say she was ok with self defense, for angst obviously, but also so that Chuck deciding to shot Shaw was also the realisation of the different types of kill.

      • JC says:

        It makes sense in the story they were telling, its just not logical at all. That’s the problem.

        The whole thing was just a setup for Chuck pulling the trigger on Shaw. The same goes with Casey telling her the truth.

      • Crumby says:

        Yes JC I agree. That’s the problem with this season, isn’t it?

        I’m just trying to find explanations that could work for me, knowing that I didn’t like how they did it.

      • JC says:

        Yep that’s been a major problem this season. I think TPTB wanted emotionally powerful scenes but they didn’t realize how they wouldn’t make sense in regards to everything else.

      • Merve says:

        You guys zeroed in on one of my problems with “Final Exam.” Sarah didn’t tell Chuck that there was a difference between cold-blooded assassination and killing out of necessity or self-defense. I can usually buy that Sarah doesn’t tell Chuck stuff because of her emotional barriers, but a general attitude towards killing is something practical that a spy shouldn’t have any trouble sharing with a fellow spy. Sure, Sarah’s failure to tell Chuck what she thought about killing set up the awesomeness of “American Hero,” but that’s all it was: setup.

    • Waverly says:

      Actually, I think it’s a big advantage to the Chuck character to be carrying a tranq pistol, even as his standard weapon.

      It lets him shoot much more freely than someone carrying a regular firearm. Remember when Chuck helped Devon get into what turned out to be a CIA facility? And in the elevator with the Ring Director, he should have shot everyone else that showed up, right away. (Shaw should have anticipated that — it would have messed up his deception.)

      Now I’m not saying Chuck shouldn’t be carrying other weapons — each situation is different, and using the right tool at the right time makes the job so much easier.

      • atcdave says:

        Yeah, I think the tranq gun is a great device; especially since we’ve seen those impossibly fast working darts. Obviously its lacking in penetration, but otherwise seems almost as effective as a real gun. As you said, it can be used with fewer reservations too. Its only limitation seems to be badguys don’t respect it as much.

      • Waverly says:

        Oh, and if one is worried about going overboard with the tranq gun, as Forrest did, we know from that 49b episode that Chuck knew what appropriate boundaries should be.

        Sometimes Casey seemed to be a bit generous with it — Tyler Martin in particular, and maybe Manoosh too.

        So the use of a tranq gun is clearly well established — there’s no reason for any character to belittle it. And if bad guys don’t respect it, that usually confers an advantage to the holder.

      • bdaddydl says:

        The use of the tranq gun allopws chuck to shoot loads of minions and stay on at 8 est, it worked for mcgiver

  12. Sole says:

    My opinion: It’s hard to be Sarah Walker. I’ve watched Pink slip lots of times, and every time I can see how heartbroken Sarah is, and I can tottaly understand why she choose to “keep her feelings to herself”. Chuck has been breaking her heart since the breakup. Every time she takes a step forward, he shoot her down. In the first eps of season 2, Sharah finally goes on a date, she tells him he charmed her, and whatever Bryce and her had is in the past, she kisses him with so much love and passion (both kisses in front of Roan and when she greats him after the date), and finally, he chose a greater good (on Bryce advice). Every time she let herself go a little, he realice she would never be normal or they would never be together for real. On beefcase (i think) she admits that she’ll miss their relationship, and once more, she chooses Chuck, they’re moving in together, but he can’t do it, and Bam! her heart breaks again. So this time, she let everything out, she gives up on everything she had, she put her feelings on the table, only to be rejected. Remember when John (I like calling Casey John) says something about the moron that’s still in love with her and she answered, trust me, He is NOT in love with me? That shows how hurt she is. And later on when she discovers “the reasons” behind Chuck decision, well, she still can’t let her heart out there to be thrown to the dogs… I mean It’s Sarah, it’s hard for her, It wasn’t easy the other times, and it backfired, so, I get that she can’t say how she feels, of course she is scared. Hope I made myself clear, bye

    • Sole says:

      Also, I think she was respecting his decision. And to do that, she knew she would have stay out of the way, as she said in the awfull, awfull ep called chuck vs the mask.

    • Crumby says:

      I agree that it’s hard to be Sarah Walker, but :
      – She never said that “whatever Bryce and her had is in the past”, it was a deleted scene.
      – Chuck didn’t chose a greater good on Bryce advice, he knew that he had to put some distance btw them because it was dangerous. He did it to save both of them.
      – They were only moving in together because of the 24hours surveillance thing. And the reason he didn’t do it was because it meant to much for him, not because he didn’t want it. She understood that.

      • Paul says:

        Yeah, that line came from a deleted scene. I also think Chuck followed Bryce’s advice because he took Bryce at face value. While Bryce was concerned for Sarah’s safety, it was also because he was jealous and decided to throw a subtle cock-block. I agree somewhat that Chuck didn’t move in with Sarah because it was special, but also because it would be too painful to be with her everyday like that and not be in a real relationship with her.

  13. sd says:

    I think the future angst comes from the intersect. I mean, that thing can’t be good for your brain, long-term.

    Some folks have talked on earlier boards re: The foreshadowing about the new, more powerful intersect by Orion and Bryce in S2.

    Remember Chuck coming out of his room to see Sarah in Final Exam and Chuck saying he keeps having very vivid dreams.

    I think the catalyst that causes more intersect-related issues is Chuck shooting Shaw…and now that Sarah is there to witness his nightmares…cue angst and Chuck getting hauled off to a padded room and therapy.

    I think that sets up Orion’s visit and the plan to get 2.0 out of Chuck’s head.

    • Crumby says:

      I thought the vivid dreams where a call back to the beginning of 3-D. Back then it was Intersect 1.0 so if the dreams are related to the Intersect, it’s not just about 2.0, and then Orion would be likely to have the same issue.

      To me when Orion flashed in Ring, it seemed painful. But if it was dangerous then why would Orion keep the Intersect in his head? He knows how to remove it.

      • atcdave says:

        That’s a good point about the Interesct not being dangerous. Of course, it could be a recent developement. As in, it takes many flashes to start causing damage; maybe 2.0 does more damage quicker.

        I’m not suggesting I’m sure of anything, but I do think health hazards related to the Intersect has to be on the list of possible “game changers” for the end of this season.

    • sniderman says:

      Or – upon the uploading of Intersect 2.0 – Chuck dropped into a bizarre mental otherworld where he decided to become a spy. The entirety of Season 3 will end with Chuck waking up in Castle just a few hours after Intersect 2.0 was uploaded. It was all just a psychotic episode and Season 3 was all in his head. The fighting skills, Shaw, his new relationship with Sarah. It was all a dream.

      How’s THAT for something to consider?

      • atcdave says:

        I don’t think we need to worry about such a drastic retcon; Many times this season I’ve hoped for it, but that sort of thing is a way of admitting a total screw up, something this writing team will never do. At this point, I doubt many of us want a do over anyway.

  14. Andrea says:

    I mean, I totally understand where Sarah was coming from. Her whole life she built walls to protect herself. She had to. Then somehow, Chuck was actually able to chip away at those walls. Sarah finally let herself become completely vulnerable and trusted Chuck completely, but she got hurt. So Sarah wasn’t just mad at Chuck, she was upset with herself for letting her guard down…like she knew better but did it anyway. So in that scene where Chuck says “I don’t want to hurt you” and Sarah responds “Don’t worry, Chuck, you can’t” she had already built those walls back, because she wasn’t about to let herself get hurt like that ever again. She may have seemed really cold towards him, but it was just a defense mechanism.

    • joe says:

      Absolutely, Andrea. When I think about it, Sarah never did anything except love the Chuck she met 3 years ago. It’s just that at various points, she could not protect him, she stood is his way professionally, stood in the way of his happiness and to her, Chuck was gone – he had become a killer.

      • Sole says:

        Hi Joe! I’m not having that much of a problem with the whole killing part, i undertand it, i mean, Chuck had the same issue when he saw Sarah killing the agent in santa claus…Andrea, could not agree with you more.

      • joe says:

        Hi, Sole. Nice to meet you!

        I just wrote a line that makes me think about it just a little differently, with a slightly different emphasis, and you hit it exactly.

        Now I’d say that it’s not the idea of Chuck killing that affected Sarah so deeply – it’s the idea of Chuck changing. Growth is fine. She doesn’t want to see him twisted.

  15. Jason says:

    I enjoyed pink slip on second viewing, on 3rd viewing, I was pi$$ed again, 6 months without making contact – only fanfic can fill in that blank, why supply that info, other than to warn me as a viewer the season is going to suck? sarah was ready to say goodbye at the end of 3.1 to chuck, who was NOT a spy, again, I can make up some fanfic to fill in the blank, but chuck & sarah being in love is hard fanfic to write into those two black holes. Many times on various forums I read where 3.1 set the table for a lousy season, on 3rd (and possibly final viewing, at least for a long time), my opinion has not changed from the first viewing very much, 3.1 set the table for an epically disappointing journey, ending with an epically satisfying destination ….. for me, on to 3 words.

    • atcdave says:

      Jason, I’m with you 100%. To me, one of the appealing themes of the first two seasons was a sort of epic, if unrequited love story. 3.01 pretty much flushed that down the toilet. 3.13 has finally gotten us to a point where I can ignore most of the rest of the season.

      • John says:

        Yeah I didn’t mind them being apart when there was something sorta noble about it. They certainly had an understanding where they knew one was crazy about the other.

        But being apart simply because of their own baggage and lack of ocmmunication was just tiresome.

      • atcdave says:

        Yeah, that and the whole idea that a simple misunderstanding would cause them to just walk away from each other. I remember one ugly misunderstanding when my wife and I were dating; it was immediately obvious we had something to work on.

  16. Merve says:

    Upon rewatching this episode, I have some observations:

    The Good:
    – Emmett was pretty funny. Am I a bad person for laughing at his death scene? (Plus Emmett calling Javier a “pussy” seemed like an Arrested Development reference, so bonus points for that.)

    – Morgan was pretty funny without being annoying. I also liked the use of the Buy Morons.

    – As horrible as its ending was, the scene where Chuck plays guitar still stands as one of the most awesome scenes of the series.

    – The action sequences were really good. Top notch.

    – I liked when Chuck was training with Casey at the ending. Nice Rocky shout-out.

    The Bad:
    – Bitchy Sarah. Never fun to watch.

    – The pacing seemed really off. It felt as if bits of explanatory dialogue had been cut out here and there. (The scene where Casey locks Chuck out of the club is a good example of this.)

    – The humour was good, but there wasn’t enough of it. The balance of the show was shifted a little too heavily towards the drama.

    – The Prague scene. Good premise, poor execution. But I would like to point out one thing: We never actually see Chuck walk away from Sarah at the platform. The flashback ends at Sarah’s reaction to having the passport put back in her hand. We don’t know if Sarah and Chuck exchanged more words after that. We don’t actually know what happened. And that’s why I think the execution of the scene was poor. It left a lot of things open to interpretation, and naturally, many fans leaped to the conclusion that Chuck acted out of character and abandoned Sarah at the platform. But the key thing is that that’s an interpretation, not a fact.

    – Angst!Angst!Angst!Angst!

    It’s definitely not the worst episode of the series. In my opinion, it’s better than “Crown Vic,” “Beefcake,” or “Final Exam,” but it’s far from the best. It’s about on par with “Mask” for me. (“Mask” was way more fun but it made a lot less sense.) On a practical level, it’s not exactly the best introduction to the series. (The pilot or “First Date” are much better for that.) Rewatching the episode didn’t give me many new insights into any of the characters. I now understand why Morgan felt he’d sunk even lower than Chuck. (Morgan didn’t know that Chuck was robbed of what he thought was his purpose in life.) But Sarah still comes off as unnecessarily cruel and bitchy to me. Oh well. At least the season got much, much better from here.

  17. Chuck604 says:

    Yeah that was the one thing that this episode kinda lacked that the previous two seasons had. Whenever there was some issue, either Chuck or Sarah, but mostly Chuck would speak his mind. Sarah, would just listen and take it all in, but you can tell she’s digesting and really listening to what he’s saying. But in this season, it’s like they kind of ignored that, or something interrupted them before either one could say everything that needed to be said.

  18. Chuck604 says:

    I was referring to atcdave’s post at 3:29 pm

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