Come on. You know you love it. You’re a big softy and love to see the romance play out on the screen. It’s safe here, you can be honest with us. We love love and we want our favorite couple to be happy together. It’s been a long road with a lot of detours for various polygons and predicaments that kept them apart, but we knew they were made to be together. Join us in re-living the most SQUEE inducing moments, after the jump.
While not a romance per se, Chuck does like to tug at the heartstrings. And not just with Chuck and Sarah. Think of the Awesome’s awesome wedding(s) or Morgan and Anna getting back together in Best Friend. Or who can forget Big Mike and Bolognia. Or my favorite, Dianne and Roan. Even Casey had Ilsa. Yes, with Chuck love is always in the air. But let’s be serious. There really is only one couple for all us shippers of whatever degree. It’s all about Chuck and Sarah. So, here are out picks for the most romantic episodes so far.
Some of these are easy, it’s the third pick where things get tough. Chuck Versus The First Date and Chuck Versus The Seduction are some of the more obvious picks, or Chuck Versus The Suburbs with its vision of that oh so perfect life that both Chuck and Sarah are treated to, however briefly. But others can expand on those if they like. I sort of picked what I thought were the milestones of the Chuck and Sarah journey to coupledom.
Chuck Versus The Truth Kind of counterintuitive I know, but this was the episode where Sarah had to admit her feelings to herself. And Chuck, well both he and Sarah know how he feels. A bit of heartbreak for Sarah, but a lesson learned, sort of. She may actually need to fight for something she wants some day.
Chuck Versus The Colonel Who can forget that sleepy morning in Barstow, finally away from everyone and everything that gets in their way. A wonderfully shot scene where passion takes over once they realize there is nothing to stop them from having what they want, each other, at least for a moment. I love the pause where Chuck looks down at Sarah, half to re-assure himself that this is really happening, almost waiting for Sarah to stop it. Then the smile as he realizes she doesn’t want to stop any more than he does. Caution is thrown to the wind, except for (ahem) a few needs that manage to interrupt them. I love the look on Sarah’s face as Chuck retreats to the bathroom. It says both I can’t believe I’m doing this and I’m really glad I’m doing this at the same time. A false start in the end, but a start nonetheless. Finally the doubts were gone about how they felt. (Only to be briefly re-introduced for the relationship reset) Now they just have to figure out what to do about it. Easily one of the tops for the romance.
Chuck Versus The Honeymooners I know, far too easy, but also obvious. All the romantic longing and wishing, all the misunderstandings, the lack of communication and the miscommunication finally was put aside and our favorite couple got what they wanted. Each other. So for three days, based on the amount of sustenance required, they shut out the world and celebrated being together. Of course eventually they had to leave the compartment. Now they just need to make it work in the real world. Well as the final scene in Chuck’s room shows, they made a good start.
Chuck vs. the First Date. Chuck works up the nerve to ask Sarah out on a real date. Sarah has the nerve to say yes. Squee! The date was really sweet. I loved Sarah milking Chuck for compliments and returning one, confirming that Charles Irving Bartowski is, in fact, fantastic. Sarah’s reaction when she thought Chuck had been dropped off the roof was amazing, and the clear pain on both of their faces when they had to call off the dinner at Chucks was touching.
Chuck vs. The Colonel. Sarah commits treason and runs with Chuck. The hotel scene, from start to end. The look Sarah shot to Chuck with her heading into the shower, the next morning. Squeee! The scene in the Castle holding cell, “Two beds?” Yet another interruption. The look between Chuck and Sarah after Stephen confirms he removed the Intersect, and finally, the verbal acknowledgment that it was, in fact, real.
Chuck vs. the Honeymooners. From start to finish, we had love, intimacy, honesty, humor, insecurities, selflessness, and commitment. Oh, and one heckuva fight scene. I think it rates higher than the fight scene with Sarah and Bryce in Nemesis. Finish the episode with Nina Simone and some snuggling. To me, that scene was the sexiest of the series (so far!). Enough said. 😉
Joe’s Squee Moments
Oooohhh it’s hard to argue with those choices! The best I can do (almost!) is quibble and list my runners-up!
And my first runner up, one that didn’t make my top three, would be Chuck vs. The Broken Heart. Sarah got 49-B’d (is that now a verb???), but shows her commitment to Team B. and to Chuck by stealing government assets (super-computer time, to help Chuck find his dad) and helping to save him. Besides showing that she’s still tough by threatening to kick some Alex Forrest butt, Sarah proves herself by considering Chuck’s safety as well as the success of the mission, just as he would do. Did she learn that from him? You bet. Sarah shows that she’s been changed by Chuck every bit as much as he’s been changed by her, and that’s a squee moment.
I have to make my second runner-up the episode that Amy put in her top three; Chuck vs. the First Date. Sarah’s scream when Chuck is dropped from the edge of the building is heartrending. The date is even more perfect than their first cover-date. But what sells it is Chuck overcoming his insecurities to even ask her out, along with Sarah being just demure enough to demonstrate that despite everything she believes, a date with Chuck is exactly what she wants. Every guy who’s ever been a teen and asked a girl out wants to have that moment.
My third runner-up has to be Chuck vs. the Lethal Weapon because of the final fountain scene. Chuck tells Sarah that he will not let the Intersect stop him from having a normal life and being with the woman he loves. Is Chuck talking about Sarah? He doesn’t explicitly say so. Yet Yvonne’s amazing flicker of a smile shows that they both believe he is. They don’t even touch, but boy do they communicate.
And the three that make my list are:
Chuck vs. The Best Friend – A great overall episode with one of the best fight scenes ever takes us to the climax when Chuck seems to be blown to smithereens in the Herder. They could have missed a beat here, but the timing, the editing, the acting, everything was perfect when, just as if he was expected, Chuck appears behind Sarah a fraction after the boom. Yvonne’s/Sarah’s reaction to the explosion and to his re-appearance is unforgettable. But then, for ‘shippers, it gets better. In one of her few moments of openness to Chuck, Sarah apologizes for being “insensitive” to the importance of his friendship with Morgan. “I never had someone to care for me.” she admits. Already you’re thinking ahead to Chuck’s perfect response; “Yeah, you do.” just as Jeffster/Toto sing the lyric “-Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you.” Forget other public displays of affection. Hand-holding is the most tender, meaningful and wonderful type of connection I’ve ever experienced. I’m sure it was for you, too. Sarah looks down at their entwined fingers in a moment that some have found a little mysterious, but she gives an expression that resonates with me. She seems a bit concerned, a bit off and worried, like she’s saying to herself “I think I am in trouble now. I am “all in” and I am in over my head. What do I do now?”
Chuck Vs. The Colonel – I have no way to disagree with this choice. I can only add to what the others have said by mentioning the wonderful music in the motel scene – Bon Iver’s Creature Fear, of course, and the hand play in the morning. Oh yes, it’s real, Chuck. It doesn’t make me go squee. It makes me sigh.
Chuck Vs. The Honeymooners – I suspect it’s a universal experience; the first realization that someone has the same intense feelings for you that you have for them. You think – you hope – you know, and everything feels like a promise. It’s a bit like slipping a gear. Those emotions should be too much and coming too fast, yet somehow they aren’t. Everything you’re doing isn’t right, yet everything is perfect. That’s exactly what I saw throughout The Honeymooners. This time it’s not a dream and no one is going to wake up. It’s only going to get more real, and it’s only going to get more wonderful.
While romance was not initially among the things that drew me to this show, by the end of S1 I was completely hooked on the combination of warm friendship and repressed emotion that existed between Chuck and Sarah. I would love to include an S1 episode on my list, but I can’t. It was only simmering, and later seasons became far more overt. While the third choice is again a hard one, here are my top three romantic episodes, as of today.
Chuck vs. The Colonel – Okay, total no brainer here. Until Honeymooners, I thought the Barstow motel scene was pretty intense. It was so satisfying to see Sarah finally let loose enough to let this happen. And of course, at the time we thought this episode actually mattered. That TPTB proceeded to squander the enthusiasm and good will of their fans after this episode is a separate issue. This episode gave us a perfect moment.
Chuck vs. The Honeymooners – There’s really no way to not put this episode on the list. We can debate how many episodes a year should be like this one, but for romance it doesn’t get any better than this. Starting with the seven meals Chuck and Sarah share on a four hour train ride (always makes me laugh) to the sweetest end scene I’ve ever seen on television, this episode will show up on a later list of mine; like any of you doubted it!
Chuck vs. The First Date – This was a tougher choice. About four episodes were candidates for this spot. But in the end; I love Chuck asking Sarah out, Sarah’s happy yes, the laughing and teasing on the date itself, and Sarah’s reaction when she briefly thinks Chuck is dead; this is a very sweet episode. And as the S2 premier, it sets the pace for most of the season ahead. While S1 kept things more friendly, in S2 there was clearly deep feelings at work.
And now dear readers, as usual, it’s time for you to have your say. Comment and vote to your heart’s content. Well you can only vote for your top three, but comment all you want.