It’s pretty clear what’s going on in this picture. Sarah’s gun is trained on Alexei Volkoff, no doubt. And Chuck? His eyes are focused on Mary Elizabeth Bartowski, and the only way I can think to describe the look in his eyes is stunned amazement. “Ellie? Guess who’s coming to dinner!”
You can click on the picture to embiggen; Trust me. It’s even more startling full size.
I can understand why Volkoff has returned. He’s got a job to finish! He wanted to get rid of this pesky Agent Carmichael after all, this spy who seems to have been a protégé of that even peskier Orion character. But why is Frost still on his arm? Apparently Alexei hasn’t figured out yet that she’s the reason he failed the first time, which is interesting in and of itself. She’s good; a master deceiver, and he knows it.
Chuck: Oh, I’m such an idiot. Sarah, after everything I knew about my mom, everything I learned about my mom, I still trusted her anyway. That’s really great spy work.
Sarah: You know, Chuck, even in the spy-world where everything is run by deceit, you still manage to somehow genuinely trust people. You know what? That’s what I love about you.
Is he the reason she left Chuck’s dad, or his Volkoff forcing Frost to prove herself? I’m sure she’s no longer fooling Chuck and Sarah, but is Frost still fooling us and Ellie too?
[Joe waves his paw in the air.] Oh, of course not. She’s still Ellie’s mother, trying to protect her and her unborn grandchild. You have to believe that. Right?
Then again, Mary Elizabeth seems to be thwarting Stephens plans for Chuck (“He never wanted you to see this.”) when she used the PSP to suppress the Intersect. We hope Gandalf, uh, Orion, is busy re-thwarting these plans posthumously with Ellie and her laptop, but it doesn’t seem like Mama B is often wrong about such things. She’s just too sharp a cookie!
Nothing but questions, and that’s only my big one about Mary Elizabeth Bartowski. My even bigger question is what would cause Chuck to hold Sarah so protectively in this picture? Why that look of concern – or is it determination? Is Sarah consoling him, perhaps? Right now your guess is as good as mine, but whatever it is, it looks like a thousand emotions expressed all at once. Maybe it has something to do with Chuck getting back his ability to flash. Or maybe it’s because he still can’t flash.
Or maybe Chuck’s proposed.
All I know is that it’s been a loooog week of anticipation.
Late Addition: Here’s another promo. Not spoilerish, but exciting! “Now hand Frost the damn PHONE!