In light of Carina’s (Mini Arden) publicized return, I thought it would be a great time to revisit one of my Chuck favs: Wookie. Wookie was really the first episode (yes, over Pilot) where Chuck really started to hit its stride for me. It was the moment before Other Guy’s “Chuck I fell for you a long, long time ago. After you fixed my phone and before you started diffusing bombs with computer viruses so yes. Yes (I love you),” when I thought Sarah fell for Chuck. All the way.
Note: I will not be getting into Three Words, or much of season 3. I’m on record saying that no matter how unsavory season 3 was it mattered. I prefer to leave the contemptuous past in the past, for this revisiting, I choose to focus on the positive and the fun: Wookie. Each has a distinctive tone and in my opinion Wookie better exemplifies the tone they’re going for with the upcoming CAT Squad episode. Ok? That’s that. So if you’re up to reliving the fun, the poignant and the dramatic and not rehashing that which only leads to more conflict and strife**, revisit Chuck vs. the Wookie with me. More after the jump.
“Yeah when you’re undercover, you’re still you, but the details are different.”
The episode actually begun with game night at the Bartowskis (more of that please!). We hear a little bit of Morgan being the intersect on Chuck, and Ellie and Morgan protecting Chuck from the unsavory demise of Peaches (or Peaches 2) but most notable is Chuck and Sarah’s conversation in the courtyard, and the line I quoted up there.
Chuck: “I wish I can access your file, know every little thing about you but the stupid thing doesn’t work like that”
Sarah: “You can always just ask me…Bryce was my partner, but we were never really friends if that’s what you’re asking.”
So starting out, we’re told that Chuck wants to know about Sarah but so far she’s been mum. With the life she’s led, not surprising, but what is surprising is that she doesn’t just lie to him about the details. Instead she strives to be as honest* as she could be with him even though it’s missing key details and at times awkward (reminiscent of Frost). “We were never really friends if that’s what you’re asking” — Chuck took that as a lie but in reality it’s the truth. Even Bryce said so similarly in a later episode: “I have one friend in the world (Chuck).” So yeah, whatever it was that Bryce and Sarah had it was indeed, “complicated.”
Sarah: “…when you’re undercover, you’re still you, but the details are different.”
Who Sarah is, is someone that is finding herself getting deeper and deeper into Chuck. It’s more than just the look she gives after Chuck leaves upset after finding out she’s withheld the truth, and more than just the jealousy she showed unwittingly during the mission in the mansion but this:
Sarah: “You know you don’t have to be so hands on with Morgan, you’re going to give him the wrong idea.”
Carina: “I’m just giving the kid a thrill. I mean this place is like if a yawn could yawn. How do you stand it?”
Sarah: “I’m good here.”
Sarah has found a home. She doesn’t know it yet, nor is she aware of the magnitude of her feelings but for once going undercover has become something more. For once being “Sarah Walker” has become tougher to “shed…like we shed [our] clothes.” Getting back into the block of quote for a moment, I found it interesting that before telling Carina not to be hands-on with Morgan in fear of giving him the wrong idea, she herself was getting hands-on with Chuck. Granted in one the lines are clear (their cover is boyfriend-girlfriend and Chuck knows that), but is it?
Chuck: “I thought you were supposed to be good at lying.”
She’s not, not with Chuck. Not in this where it matters. In this she’s finding that she wishes she could be more, say more, want more.
Chuck: I just wish I knew something real about you. Can’t you just tell me just one true thing? Just one? Like, where did you grow up? Or if that’s too much, I get it. I get it, if that’s too much, what’s your name? What’s your real name? Middle name. What’s your middle name? Can’t you just tell me your middle name?
She’s finding herself going against who she’s been, a spy: “a spy doesn’t want you to know anything about them that’s real. No matter who you are.”
Sarah: It’s Lisa. My middle name is Lisa.
The reason I love Carina is that she gives us insight into the fortress that was Sarah Walker, and she does it with a great deal of teasing and humor:
Carina: Sure you don’t wanna come back to my hotel room?
Chuck: Um as flattered and intimidated as I am by your proposition. Why me?
Carina: Well, you’re sort of cute-ish. But, um, the real reason is I love taking what Sarah wants.
Chuck: What? Me? No, Sarah- Sarah doesn’t want me.
Carina: Yeah, she probably doesn’t even know it herself yet. But, um, I do.
From Wookie to CAT Squad. They’re engaged, committed, in love. Sarah knows she wants Chuck now, for forever and it can only lead to some fun teasing and pokes from Carina.
A humorous note: Chuck peeping on Sarah who has to change to work her Wienerlicious shift. Hilarous! “Eyes up front, soldier” “What? I was just…” Nice save Chuck, didn’t buy it for a minute.
Still Wookie is more than the Chuck and Sarah dynamic. In fact it gave us one of the best Lester lines: “she’s too good for this store, isn’t there a nicer establishment where beautiful people can shop?” (haha) and one of the most intriguing questions, what did happen in Prague between Casey and Carina? And what role did the four leaves clovers play?
Morgan was his third wheel self, but hilarious. The scene where he’s celebrating being set up on a date with Carina, complete with bursting fireworks(?) was a hoot. His on a date line: “were you always this hot, or did you recently find your hotness,” all the more so. It seems as if Chuck isn’t the only one that commits faux pas on dates: “I can be your very own baggage handler,” but in Chuck’s favor his was charming, Morgan’s? Well I think we can assume that Alex likes him for more than his conversational skills.
Finally, what ever happened to that goldfish? I hope it survived the Carina assault, like Chuck and Sarah did in this episode. Heh.
All in all a fun, heartwarming hour of television. Chuck at its finest if you will. So if you have an hour to spare, rewatch Wookie before CAT Squad and relive the poignant and hilarious Chuck classic.