S3 Revisited: Tic Tac (3.10)

Chuck vs. The Tic Tac is this seasons only Casey centered episode.   The pure bonus here is no Shaw,  although his shadow does weigh heavily at times.   But for most of the episode we get a return to the S2 team dynamic;  and we get a nice reminder of how good this show used to be,  and may be again in the future.   More after the jump.

This may have been the most action intensive episode of the season as well;  which seems right for being so much about Casey.   We see Morgan immediately trying to get into the spirit of the spy life,  he embraces it with far more gusto than either Chuck or Devon ever did;  and hovers somewhere between total nuisance and somewhat useful.    It is funny how much my impression of Morgan has changed in the last two episodes;   I didn’t used to care for his presence so much,  but he is seriously a fun part of the show from here on out.   Robert Patrick makes a good and menacing villain (Colonel Keller),  if anything he’s scarier than a T1000.

The teams initial mission is a simple security check,  that is purely set-up for the episode and later humor.   I really enjoy the follow up scene where Chuck accidentally rats out Casey.   It manages to be funny,  dramatic,  and pure Chuck.   Devon and Morgan are quite funny as they each discover what the other knows;  and then we go into my favorite sequence of the episode.   Its one of the few Chuck and Sarah missions of this whole ill-conceived season.   Starting with Sarah being pleased that Chuck is ready to risk treason charges to rescue Casey.   When they team up for the break out,  we see a light hearted Sarah;  something I never recall seeing for a spy mission before.   Add a security specialist named Fitzroy,  and this scene as a number of good belly laughs;  right up to Sarah knocking Fitzroy out cold.   

After the Colonel Keller beats Chuck and Sarah to the rescue,  they get pinched by some of General Beckman’s goons and are tasked with getting Casey back.   This leads to an almost sweet scene of Sarah expressing her concerns to Chuck about her fears of him changing.   The scene plays well at the time,  but will soon seem hollow;  she obviously doesn’t believe in him yet  (one of the glaring flaws to this season I would say).

A few things seem important now in the later part of the episode.   We learn Casey has a fiance who thinks him dead.   Casey and Sarah have a fun action scene where they eliminate Keller and his thugs;  while Chuck tries to protect Kathleen,  Casey’s ex.    Chuck takes a pill to inhibit his emotions so he can calm down enough to flash,  and save the day.   This is an excellent fight scene;  but leads to the sloppiest bit.   We’ve been told this pill will suppress all emotion,  and make the taker a calm and cold machine.   But Chuck goes a step beyond and almost kills one of the attackers.   Apparently,  a lack of emotions equals a lack of conscience.   And Sarah is horrified to discover she can talk Chuck down and the pill doesn’t last very long.   OK,  I guess that probably isn’t what upset her;   but it rings false to me that she was so upset by this chain of events.   Even with no emotions and murderous intent;  Chuck listened to her and calmed down quickly  (this is a problem because…?).   Oh yeah,  we also discover Casey has a daughter,  but I’ve already devoted about as much time to the revelation as the show did, so let’s move on.

In the denouement we see Casey being dismissed from federal service,  and Sarah jetting off to Washington;  and get a good scene between Chuck and Casey.   Casey talks about choices and sacrifice,  things Chuck has become familiar with over the course of the series.   Casey also offers a surprising bit of encouragement,  saying what we all know;  “Walker is a good woman.”  

For a Casey centric episode,  there is an awful lot about Chuck and Sarah here.   This seems an encouraging episode in that department,  yet the next one will end in a very dark place.   Casey has been one of the real bright spots all season long.   This episode serves him well,  and with him being fired in the end,  it puts Casey in a different position than we are used to seeing.

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82 Responses to S3 Revisited: Tic Tac (3.10)

  1. Ernie Davis says:

    Dave, The pill and Chuck’s reaction is an interesting point that I think might come up again. We’ve seen Chuck lose control of the intersect on occasion when he’s obviously distracted, like outside El Bucho with Javier or with Lester, but these were times when he was distracted and he simply reacted to a perceived threat. Javier surprised him immediately after his flash and Lester was mimicking Kung-Fu and poking him while he was trying to talk to Sarah. We’ve seen only one scary time when Chuck was fully aware of a flash and was struggling to control it. With Emmett. It was a very specific flash that was obviously techniques for killing, not a martial art for defending ones self. The only other time we see that specific flash is after the Laudinol, when he is emotionless. And yes, in the strictest sense someone without remorse or pity is a sociopath. So given the season I’m not sure it’ll ever be touched on again, but isn’t it interesting, as a thought, that the intersect seems to have a kill program that Chuck has trouble over-riding?

    • Josh says:

      I thought the “choking” scene was just a setup for Sarah not believing Chuck when he said he didn’t kill the mole in Am. Hero

      Like … she doesn’t know precisely what’s going on with the pill and the intersect at that point, she just knows Chuck is about to kill a guy. The fact she talks him down, in her head, doesn’t weigh as heavily as the fact Chuck seemed capable of killing. We ‘re meant to think (by Chuck’s expression after the flash) that what’s really happened was that the flash effectively “took over” Chuck and Sarah became his moral compass when he himself didn’t have any emotions, Sarah thought doesn’t know the details. She just knows her Chuck is about to kill a guy. Cue teary eyed DC cab ride.

      • atcdave says:

        That’s a good point Josh. Perhaps it is more about the seed of doubt that plays out in Final Exam and American Hero. Although she was on the phone with him when he decided to take the pill, she clearly knew that was a part of the issue.

    • atcdave says:

      Yeah, there have been other times he wrestled with control, but it was normally the opposite condition; too many emotional issues. I’m not sold on the idea loosing emotions means loosing all restraint; if anything you’d expect him to be more aware of actions and consequences without emotional baggage. But the main thing that irked me was Sarah’s response. She talked him down easily. One glance and he regained control of his actions. And she walks away thinking she’s lost him? At that point the pill didn’t seem all that terrifying to me. If its a tool that helps Chuck control the intersect, it has fairly short duration, and Sarah can still reach Chuck underneath, it just doesn’t seem to be that bad a thing (beyond its obviously de-humanizing implications).

    • cas says:

      Watching Chuck choke that guy was when I think that Sarah finally gave up on him and not at the end of the Final exam. Also, what caught my attention was Casey telling Chuck that Sarah was a good girl which I’m assuming is his way of encouroging Chuck to persue her, but then the following day (nxt ep) he tells Chuck ” Unlike you, I know when something is over” Man! Give the guy a break..talk about emotional rollercoaster

      • Kisku says:

        I don’t think it was the case at all, while Sarah looked concerned a bit because what Chuck was doing when he was affected by a pill and it was a bit glimpse into the future for her, she really didn’t look all that scared, especially the next two scenes she looked normal.

        Yes we saw her leaving to DC, next episode we find out that it was purely job related, but her considering leaving Burbank was probably more of a general idea, since Chuck training period was comming to an end and that she does not want to be with Chuck the spy.

        Also her not believing Chuck in American Hero was related to the fact how good of a liar Chuck become, when she observed him lying effortlessly left and right to Ellie and especially Hannah , she thought he won’t have problem lying to her, because that what spies do.

      • Kisku says:

        Also if she gave up on him during that scene, than why she almost gave in to his advances in Final Exam stakeout and generally was very nice and warm for most of the episode, that is not behavior of someone that is scared of a person.

  2. drosejr says:

    When watching this episode for the first time, I remember being struck by the fear in Sarah’s eyes when she saw Chuck nearly strangle the Ring operative at the end of his fight sequence. Laudanol or not, I think at that point many of her fears about losing the Chuck she loves (or loved, as she pointed out in Great American Hero) were becoming more crystallized.

    You could trace a downward arc from this scene in Tic Tac, right through Chuck’s red test in Final Exam, to reach the aforementioned scene from Great American Hero where Sarah hits bottom in her view of what Chuck has become. That, for me, marked the trough of her feelings for Chuck, and conversely, the apogee of her feelings for Shaw. It is only after Chuck confronts her multiple times later in that episode, both in the restaurant and in Castle, to let her know in a backwards way that what she has seen isn’t true, and after she sees Chuck successfully save Shaw from the warehouse, that she finally realizes that Chuck at his core is essentially the same person she fell in love with. The cherry on top of this cake (I believe she had already made her mind up to with Chuck) was when Casey gave her the news about Chuck’s red test – she looked like she was about to burst with emotion at that point.
    Sorry for the long discussion about a different episode, but I believe it’s interesting to contrast Sarah’s downward arc that bottomed in Great American Hero, and Chuck’s that bottomed in the final scene of Fake Name and had already begun to rise in the Beard and this episode.

    • joe says:

      This comes close to the way I see it, drosejr. It made me think about Gen. Beckman’s words early on about needing to save the world from Chuck, and even more, about the Intersect being meant for an spy in contol of his emotions.

      And then there’s Sarah angrily telling Chuck that he has to learn to bury his emotions in a place deep inside. That’s something the Laudanol does nicely. But see what you get? That Chuck immediately struck me as horrifying, and that Chuck was exactly the one Sarah feared.

      That Chuck was also the goal of the Intersect Project and perhaps even Chuck’s goal.

      • Chuck604 says:

        I think Sarah was reluctant to train Chuck in learning to control his emotions because that is one of his defining traits. I think she was not prepared to see an ’emotionless’ Chuck, it scared her.

  3. John says:

    It doesn’t surprise me at all that this ‘Casey’ episode is really a Chuck and Sarah episode in alot of ways. This season has been all about Chuck and Sarah and the other plot points only serve to move that plot along. This gives Chuck the chance to start coming around like he started to go in 3.09 and sets him up to be the big hero in 3.12-3.13.

  4. Warp says:

    Thanks for another otherwise nice re-view, but I interpret Chuck’s loss-of-control-scene quite differently.
    Certainly Sarah was shocked (as was Chuck after she talked him down), I just do not think that her horror (and/or disgust) continues on after he regained control.
    I just think – and here we see another problem with either the directing/writing or the tragedy of C&S’s relationship – as somebody pointed out before (fake name) there are moments that demand an embrace – this was one and again they lost it completely. This is a very emotional scene that in my view demanded some reaction from Chuck (like falling down before Sarah and exclaiming something like: “Oh Sarah, what have I (nearly) done” – If I don’t sound to cheesy here 😉 ). Such a reaction would have turned over a lot of things, but it had to have been possible – Sarah in my eyes would have accepted it completely. But OK, as already said, they (or Chuck ???) lost the moment …again…

    Another thing that I like to point out is the whole Casey (=Alex) / Kathleen / Alex scene, which I think is so far _the_ emotionally strongest, most unsettling and saddest scene of the whole show.
    From the beginning where Casey caresses the face of Kathleen to the entrance of his daughter, when her mother calls her Alex. Just imagine the feeling of loss for Casey.
    A scene that brought tears to _my_ eyes, and believe me, that’s not too easily accomplished.

    Actually as we see, another episode of missed opportunities: Chuck with Sarah, Casey with his family.

    • Jason says:

      interesting, I had on my list a couple more obvious missed opportunites, like after the 3.8 rafe shooting and after the 3.12 warehouse explosion or even after the 3.13 false rescue, but man, those are two more big time missed chances for real drama. These writers took time to create great, dramatic stories, then for some reason decided not to finish them just as they were climaxing which tends to be very frustrating

      for some reason, they did not realize, a compelling story ( or mini hero’s journey if you will) needs to be taken each and every episode, not just once a season.

      • Warp says:

        “These writers took time to create great, dramatic stories, then for some reason decided not to finish them just as they were climaxing which tends to be very frustrating

        for some reason, they did not realize, a compelling story ( or mini hero’s journey if you will) needs to be taken each and every episode, not just once a season.”

        This is so true and important, it should actually be forwarded to Fedak & Co.

      • Warp says:

        We spoke about the writers, but what about the directors?
        I just rewatched the Colonel and was again blown away by how funny and good-feeling it was.
        It was directed by Peter Lauer, who also did the other guy, the three words & the best friend. So this makes four good to great episodes without any failure and always with a promising positive ending – always filmed as a mini self-contained story and always including the big picture (shipper-wise).
        Perhaps we should pool our money together and hire him to write all episodes…
        (By the way, next week’s episode is directed by Mr. Angst himself: Robert Duncan McNeill, who brought us such funny moments as the final exam and the pink slip, hope he doesn’t let Sarah file for divorce after the first 5 minutes)

    • atcdave says:

      I agree strongly about the lost opportunities/moments this season. So much of Chuck’s growth and training would have been vastly more satisfying had it ended in a Chuck and Sarah embrace or talk. That is the single greatest loss of this season; they went for all these painful “lessons”, without their charismatic leads interacting. Its like making the playoffs and benching your starters!

      • JC says:

        To go with what you were saying Dave. There was no buildup to anything except Chuck;s first kill and the repercussions were forgotten about or resolved next episode.

  5. Jason says:

    wednesday April 21st, 5 days from the big episode kicking off a new and improved 6 episode arc, one of the last chances to turn new viewers or regain old ones back to the show before the May 17th decision is made, and no promo, no internet release by TPTB, no interviews on TV, nothing …. TPTB giving up?

    • John says:

      No way they are giving up. All the industry insiders and the cast have been cautiously optimistic about the show’s chances. That just doesn’t make any sense at all.

    • drosejr says:

      Read this review; this should get everyone excited if it’s passed around enough:

      http://www.televisionaryblog.com/2010/04/its-new-dawn-new-day-advance-review-of.html

    • drosejr says:

      Jason,
      And also this:

      http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/popwrap/ryan_mcpartlin_V6KUhRZuGo4salQWAGj3EJ

      Seems like its from your mouth to the media’s ear, doesn’t it?

      • Merve says:

        If the final six episodes of this season are even two-thirds as good as the final six episodes of last season (and please keep in mind that “Dream Job” is one of my least favourite episodes), then not renewing Chuck should be considered a criminal offense. Just sayin’…

      • atcdave says:

        Oh yeah, I’m starting to get that feeling I had last year, when I was so excited about every episode. Funny you’d mention Dream Job, I didn’t dislike it, but it was my least favorite of the home stretch. Most folks question my sanity when I say that.

      • Merve says:

        I didn’t dislike “Dream Job” either. If anything, “Dream Job” has some of the best drama of the series. (And it’s a nice reminder of how amazingly talented Sarah Lancaster can be when the writers give her something substantial to do.) But the episode just didn’t have a lot of comedy, and I saw the revelation that Orion is Chuck’s father coming from a mile away, so it didn’t have any weight for me.

        But, like I said, “Dream Job” wasn’t a bad episode by any means. And the other five episodes of the final six of season 2 more than make up for its minor flaws.

        All that to say: at first I was really worried that if the back 6 had a single clunker, then that would be the nail in Chuck‘s coffin, but now that I recall “Dream Job,” I think that the show can survive one clunker now, as long as the quality is about the same as that of the last couple of episodes, or of episodes 3 through 6 of this season.

        And just imagine if we get 6 episodes of near-universal critical approval, like the kind we had for “Operation Awesome,” “Tic Tac,” or “Other Guy.” I imagine that if NBC cancelled Chuck after that, 30 Rockefeller Plaza would be burned to the ground.

      • atcdave says:

        Dang Merve, has Joe been slipping you happy pills?

      • joe says:

        “not renewing Chuck should be considered a criminal offense. Just sayin’…”

        You mean it isn’t????

        Hang on. Getting my congressman on the phone…

      • Merve says:

        Dave, either I’m hopped up on happy pills, or I’m just going nuts from studying for final exams. I’m not sure which one. 😉

    • Jason says:

      thx – I stand corrected – nice to see some promo going on, hope for more

      one line I read that stuck out, supposedly casey says ‘chuck is going to need a walker by the time walker gets thru with him’ – wow – any disenfranchised shipper type would have to want to see 3.14 if that line is real and is put into the lead of a promo?

      • herder says:

        It will be intresting to see what sort of effort that NBC puts into the next few episodes. I can remember the promo for the Colonel last year arriving on Wednesday evening (Sarah walking to the motel bed not wearing very much) this year most weeks the promos start on Thursdays.

        I fear that this may be something like Best Friend, an episode that no one had a clue about going into it, it was great, but almost no one saw it.

      • herder says:

        And to top it off, just saw a new Chuck promo on NBC, wasn’t recording so I can’t take a closer look but it seems to be a combination of the promo at the end of the Other Guy, the promo that Yvonne had on that gamer show and a few new scenes. Ok it’s on a repeat of SVU but at least it is a promo.

    • drosejr says:

      One more – Fedak speaks, and it seems like he’s listening to the fans!

      http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/04/21/chuck-co-creator-chris-fedak-on-season-3-2

      • herder says:

        A bit of the dog that didn’t bark, only one mention of Shaw in the whole article. It is as if they are pretending that he didn’t exist, the guest star (new leading man) who was there for eight of thirteen episodes and now poof, he’s the guy that never was there.

      • Merve says:

        Well, at least now I can say that after 3 years, Chris Fedak has finally learned how to give a really good interview.

      • drosejr says:

        You have to think it is somewhat of a relief to the writers and creators that they have finally allowed Chuck and Sarah to be together. Fedak mentions that the relationship is not the central theme of the back six; great! Now they’ll have some other stories to tell instead of twisting themselves into a bag of pretzels with WTWT. Let them be; challenge them, but them let be.

      • atcdave says:

        A few things I really liked; simply stated Chuck and Sarah are now a couple, more Morgan and Casey as the second team (don’t know why I like that so much!?), and CF admitting he overuses the term “game changer” (tell me about it, that statement may have lead more to my season of discontent than anything else!).

      • JC says:

        He always have epic to fall back on.

    • Ethan says:

      Since this seems to be the unofficial preview reply, small cute sneak peek for vs the honeymooners http://www.eonline.com/videos/v52617__Chuck__Peek_4_26.html

      • SWnerd says:

        Sarah being silly is awesome. Between the tigress thing and the goofy wave…it’s gonna be a long 5 days. 😦

      • sd says:

        How amazing was that clip! So much fun! That’s what I’m talking about!!!

  6. Crumby says:

    I think Sarah is scared because Chuck is confusing controlling his emotions and erasing them.

    She knows he needs to control them, to relax like she often says, but it doesn’t mean he can’t have emotions.

    She never denied she had feelings herself. She just put them deep down so they won’t mess with missions, but she does feel.

    That’s what is different in the Other Guy. To shoot Shaw Chuck is controlling his emotions enough to not freak out, but in the same time he’s completely guided by his emotions because if it wasn’t for Sarah he would not kill.

  7. ChuckNewbie8 says:

    The change in Sarah this season hasn’t just been in the emotional lability aspect but also in how she perceives things. When once she gave more value to words rather than actions: examples…

    1. Chuck telling her in breakup they could never really be together because it would never be real in contrast to Cougars where she’s comforted by his protectve and BF-like/understanding actions. Going by the idea that the fake relationship was always real to her this was a powerful tell.
    2. “you still trust us right? We’re still a good team?” “I trust you” but the actions? Well for starters Chuck is hiding something at his back she might not know that but his actions following and his hesitancy during are indications that no, he doesn’t. At least not as much.This of course catapulted in, “you should have trusted me.”

    You contrast what is verbally “real” and what is physically real and time and again she gives more meaning to verbal. This is flipped with how she herself acts. She may tell Chuck she doesn’t care for him but her actions show otherwise.

    In season three this too has changed. Not only does she say one thing and does another she also is more prone to giving value to actions over words (words: I care about Chuck, actions WTF Chuck). Chuck may yell from the rooftops that he’s still the same guy but she doesn’t see it. She doesn’t get it. Because not only is she giving more credence to his actions at which he says otherwise he’s also acting like she fears. Lying easily, deceiving willingly. Hurting without pause. When he slid her back the gun, that said more to her than him saying he’s still the same guy. Saving Casey despite his proclamation of this being what he wants above all (above her—“I gave up everything for this”) said something. And when he acted like the guy she feared he had become albeit under the influence, that gave her validity.

    American Hero: how often did Chuck try to convince her he was still “her Chuck”? And how well did that go? Nothing he said, no matter how passionately could erase the actions that prove otherwise. At least in her mind. Notice Chuck left it to trust: “I don’t ever want there to be secrets or lies between us. Just please let me have this one and I promise you I will never lie to you ever again.” That too has changed. What was a trust issue from Chuck to Sarah is now Sarah to Chuck. Again harking back to action: he may say, trust me but he has shown he will break that trust (Prague).

    Through it all one thing and only one thing conviced her he was still the same guy and it involved actions (plural) and the ultimate sacrifice: saving her. Not, “I love you,” not “I’m still the same guy,” but the actual physical evidence of him still being, her “Chuck.”

    • Jason says:

      given this analysis, do you think sarah was going to mexico b4 casey showed up based on chuck’s words, on chuck’s actions of saving shaw, or only after casey showed up?

      • drosejr says:

        There is a small hint, but an important one, at the beginning of the scene with Casey in her room. He comes in, starts to speak about Chuck, and she says something like “you don’t need to”, before he cuts her off and goes into his speech. I think she had already made up her mind to go with him after he told her that he loved her in Castle. However, Casey’s reveal on the red test more than validated her decision as the right one. It is important, though, and I think the writers wanted us to know (in their clumsy S3 fashion) that she did trust Chuck and was willing to go with him before Casey came by.

      • ChuckNewbie8 says:

        I’ve always been of the camp that she was going wirh Chuck regardless. But with my previous post in mind, I think that she saw him saving Shaw (whom by the way is technically taking her away from him) as a powerful and overwhelming action over his words but that she was still conflicted. In the end I think she decided to take Chuck on faith…hence packing. But Casey telling her the truth was icing on the cake. .

      • atcdave says:

        Yeah Faith, whatever doubts she may have, Chuck is still selfless and brave. Casey just eliminates the doubts.

      • BDaddyDL says:

        Whenever I think of Chuck trusting Sarah, the whole ball game changed in Prague. Chuck betrayed Sarah there, not agent walker. She could understand mistrusting agent Walker, but the betrayal of Sarah was personal.
        On top of that, Chuck slowly became, for lack of a better term, unchucklike. He was saying he was the same guy, but lets look at the episodes, he was so busy becoming a spy that he forgot to be Chuck.
        That is another reason I don’t like the mask, Nacho, act. because Chuck stops being a geek, a nerd, a warm human being, and trying to be Charles Bartowski full time.
        Meanwhile Sarah is becoming more of a caring person, even though she is still doing what has to be done, it is becoming harder for her. There is also someone who is also hurting, and she can put on the comfortable “cloths” of Agent Walker. The fact that she was Sarah and rejected can never be forgotten. Sarah is angry at the man she loves, and that thin line is being crisscrossed.
        In my opinion this begins to become clear to Chuck in the Beard, but it is not completely until Tic Tac when he does not kill the guy. The look on Sarah’s face also shows that maybe Sarah is starting to see that Chuck can still be Chuck, which is why final exam must be so painful for her.
        From here I could see the light at the end of this DARK tunnel. Final Exam is ruff, but the mechanisms to bring these two together are in motion.

      • Chuck604 says:

        I think it started when he locked her in castle, when she was going to save Shaw. She asked Chuck ‘Why are you doing this?’; he responded with ’cause I know how much you care about him.’. I think it started turning the gears in Sarah’s head, it was reinforced when he saved Shaw. Finally, her feelings were cemented when Casey told her the truth. The truth being that Chuck was still a truly good and selfless person. The guys she fell for.

  8. Merve says:

    Regarded by itself, this is one of my favourite episodes of the season (and action-wise, one of my favourite episodes of the entire series). But when I look at the season as a whole, this episode frustrates me because it sets up so many of the things that I disliked about “Final Exam.” (“Final Exam” is the only episode of the series that I actually dislike.) I guess I’ll elaborate when the “Final Exam” review is posted because it’s kind of unfair to pin that episode’s screw-ups on this one.

    But on the bright side, Stanley Fitzroy is one of the funniest one-off characters that has ever appeared on this series. Anybody who is prepared to eat a keycard will get a laugh out of me.

    • herder says:

      The same writers who did this LeFranc and Judkins also wrote the Honeymooners (under the guidance of Ali Adler). Really they did a pretty good job for a debut effort. My only real beef was the cab ride in Washington and that is more story line than writing.

      I’ll agree with the Stanley Fitzroy comment, the idea of there being a Charles Carmicheal fan club is one of the things that the show used to do so well, a small clever joke that ties into past events. That and Sarah punching him and saying that it was necessary is really funny. Those two bits I would guess are writing and not storyboard.

      • atcdave says:

        I loved everything about a slightly silly Sarah toying with Chuck’s biggest fan in that sequence. But the whole, “Was that really necesary?” “yes.” just had me roaring!

      • Merve says:

        Yeah, for first-time writers, they did an exceptionally good job. That’s why I’m a little forgiving of the massive continuity error they made with regards to Casey’s life. (And shouldn’t the other writers/editors have caught that one?)

      • SWnerd says:

        They need to hire someone who can act as a complete continuity Nazi for the show. Someone who has read every script and watched every episode dozens of times and then gets to review the scripts before final draft. I would totally volunteer for this job. No payment required. 🙂

      • Merve says:

        To be fair, aside from Arrested Development, Chuck has the fewest continuity problems of any show that I’ve ever followed (not counting shows that are still in their first season). Chuck‘s biggest problem is plot holes, not continuity errors.

  9. Dan says:

    So have any of you seen any new promos for episode 14 I think that I may have found one but I am nt sure i will link it if indeed it is a promo.

    • aardvark7734 says:

      There’s this:

      http://tinyurl.com/2cyq3tn

      …which is a clip from 3.14. Caution: If you don’t want to have a goofy grin on your face for the next ten minutes, don’t watch this.

      • herder says:

        I watch that and I turn into a big old puddle of goo, I cannot beleive how much I am looking forward to this episode, more so than any since the Colonel. Also I can’t beleive how good it feels to really look forward to an episode instead of worrying about what is to come.

      • Merve says:

        I don’t know why, but any time Chuck uses a ridiculous voice (e.g. Hans Lichtenstein in “Delorean,” the fake band member in “Third Dimension,” the announcement to the henchmen in “Operation Awesome,” impersonating Rafe in “Fake Name”), I start laughing uncontrollably.

      • ChuckNewbie8 says:

        Hey if you’re going to be goo, I’m going to be right there with you. I’m seriously nearing squee territory.

      • Chuck604 says:

        Monday can’t arrive quickly enough, the suspense is killing me.

      • atcdave says:

        Its really good to be excited about the show again! If only they were Nick and Nora Charles!

      • John says:

        Wow could Yvonne and Zac be any cuter?

      • BeCoolBoy says:

        Herder wrotes:
        Also I can’t beleive how good it feels to really look forward to an episode instead of worrying about what is to come.

        Chuck and Sarah smiling…at each other.

        MY EYES! MY EYES!

      • JC says:

        Poor Casey gets a double fist to the face.

      • aardvark7734 says:

        Different clip, JC! People who watched this one would be quite confused by your comment unless they saw the broadcast promos from tonight. See:

        and

      • aardvark7734 says:

        Uh, sorry guys, didn’t know it would automatically embed video like that. :\

      • JC says:

        Weird because the one I saw with the punch was longer. The beginning had Chuck and Sarah on the couch complaining about TV on Mondays.

      • aardvark7734 says:

        JC, see the first link I posted, above the embedded video – it’s the one you mentioned.

      • Chuck604 says:

        Dave is that a reference to nick and nora’s infinite play list? Just wondering. It’s been awhile to be this excited, like you said.

      • Merve says:

        So, in this episode, Chuck and Sarah will punch Casey in the face, and in an upcoming episode, Ellie will smack Casey with a frying pan. It looks like Casey is the back 6’s punching bag.

      • aardvark7734 says:

        Chuck604, the Nora and Nick Charles Dave was referring to was undoubtedly the married, crime-solving couple from Dashiell Hammett’s ‘The Thin Man’ novel and subsequent movie. See:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_and_Nora_Charles

      • Chuck604 says:

        Thanks for the clarification aardvark. Haven’t even heard of the thin man before. I think you guys mentioned a few times though.

      • Jason says:

        dave – do you think the use of the name ‘charles’ is a callback to the thin man series? If they did adopt that format going forward, I would be shocked if they couldn’t sell season 4 & 5 – zach and yvonne were made for that role – the show would rake in money on syndication, that is for sure?

        For those who have not seen it, myrna loy is really great as mrs charles, I would imagine for 1934’s std’s, she was every bit as kick-a$$ as sarah walker, mr charles is drinking 99% of the time and constantly cracks one liners, and the ending is to gather the suspects into a room and nick and nora more or less con the truth out of the bad guys. Great fun

      • atcdave says:

        Geez I missed a lot here! Yeah I was thinking of Nick and Nora Charles of Thin Man fame. They are an awesome model for a fun couple, in the thick of the action, who seriously love each other. The stories are obviously dated now, Nora is clearly the woman to be protected (in spite of her sharp mind and quick wit), and Nick smokes and drinks far more than would be cool today (although the drinking is reduced after they have a kid!).

    • BDaddyDL says:

      the computer i am using does not have sound, so I cant watch it till 9..ugh

  10. Dan says:

    lol that clip was funny and i was smiling like an idiot. To be totally honest i havent really been that interested in the next episode, not because i didnt like the sound of it, but the excitment for episodes had really died down this season. But that has changed with that clip.

  11. Yeefiver says:

    I believe a valuable point that was made during the episode was said by Ellie near the end of the episode when she ran into Chuck in the courtyard. If you recall she was willing to go with Devon to Africa until she was offered her dream fellowship. But in the courtyard she told Chuck she was going to Africa with Devon.
    She told Chuck,” But dreams change and if there is one thing that I know for sure it’s that I want to be with Devon and it might require sacrifices from both of us. But he’s the best choice I ever made.”
    By the end of ‘American Hero,’ we see both Sarah and Chuck willing to make sacrifices to be with each other.
    Chuck’s dream was to be a spy and to be with Sarah.
    Sarah’s dream was to have a real life and be with the Chuck she fell in love with.
    Chuck’s sacrifice was his willingness to finally leave the spy world in order to be with Sarah. Sarah’s sacrifice was to finally decide to be with Chuck even though she still believed he had killed the mole.

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