Summertime Top Ten: Cougars: Dave and Thinkling Rewatch

Cougars is part of that awesome S2 beginning that still generates so much excitement for Chuck. For me, it was around Cougars or Tom Sawyer when I first realized I was hooked on Chuck like nothing else I’d ever seen. We have five episodes in a row that seemingly get it right in ever way. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to see any kind of reset back to this time. Chuck is still a long ways from being a real spy, Sarah is still trying to be professional by holding Chuck at arm’s length, teamB is loyal to each other but the balance of power is radically different from what we see now, and Morgan is still a slacker maximus.

So what makes this episode so special and well loved by many of us? For starters, its the first Sarah back-story we see. This is where we first learn about her con-man/jail bird father; her nerdish past (oh and kudos to Yvonne for her willingness to be shown as something less than glamorous); some of her bitter high school rivalries; the many aliases she has lived under; and how she was recruited into the CIA straight from high school by Graham himself.

Another thing really special in this episode is how we see Chuck as willing to “protect” Sarah. Not in the heroic, larger than life way Sarah protects Chuck; but rather as a friend who can be trusted with her dignity. In fact, Chuck does much of the “handling” here, as he helps Sarah get ready for the reunion mission.

I think a surprising thing about Cougars is how Chuck and Sarah are really not in a good place for much of this episode. Sarah is very stressed out (to say the least!) by so much of her past being brought to light. Her handling and scolding of Chuck both in the beginning Orange Orange scene with Heather and again before the double dinner date is laugh out loud funny, and not the sort of thing we would accept cheerfully in a more recent episode. We’ve seen so much growth from Sarah since this episode was new.

But in the end, I think the awesome last scene, where Chuck and Sarah share a cheeseburger, is what really makes this episode one of the very best. Chuck has proven his worth to Sarah as a friend, and we’ve enjoyed one of the great warm and fuzzy moments that this show does so well.

Thinkling~ Oh yeah. I totally agree, Dave. The first 5 episodes of S2 continue to be some of my favorites. I loved them then (well,Breakup had to grow on me) and I love them now. Of those outstanding episodes, Cougars is my favorite.

It is so much fun to rewatch these episode with a S4 perspective. I think it was in these first episodes of S2 where our heroes’ paths took a distinct turn toward destiny and real love. The first 3 episodes establish a new baseline, and Cougars is the first episode where we see what the new normal looks like. So I’ll back up for just a bit and take a running start at the set up for Cougars and Chuck’s new normal.

Chuck tries on Carmichael for size.

First Date. In a Chuck life-or-death moment, Chuck plucks his fictitious Carmichael from the imaginary corporate world he always wanted for himself and transfers him to the all-too-real, unwanted spy world. He’s confident, in control, and just a little cocky … very different from the whiny, insecure nerd. He’ll have to grow into the larger-than-life Carmichael, but all in all, it’s a good fit.

In Seduction, he tries out his new persona on the “black widow” with mixed success: a dash of charm, a dose of panic, with a hint of girlish scream; but in the end he swings in to save the day and the girl. Maybe there’s something to this Carmichael spy guy.

Sarah gives Agent Walker some time off.

First Date: In a Sarah now-or-never moment, Sarah allows her inner real-girl to surface along with her real feelings for Chuck. Anything you wanted you could have … very daring. She agrees to a real date and a second real date … doubly daring. The difference is as stunning with her as it is with Charles Carmichael. Sarah’s real-girl is uncertain, shy, and the tiniest bit needy … very different from the world-class spy handling her mark. The feelings fit her well … wearing them in public will be a long time coming. And actually being that real girl will take growth and help. But the liberation has begun.

In Seduction, those feelings are simmering too close to the surface. After the famous seduction kiss, like Roan’s Martinis, Sarah is shaken and stirred. She denies her feelings with such a vengeance, one has to wonder whom she’s trying to convince. After Chuck’s unorthodox rescue, her feelings are undeniable and unhide-able.

The Reset.

In Breakup, Chuck thinks he’s ready for the majors, only to be told he is the water boy. Despite the rocky start, he winds up the hero. He is becoming a real spy. Hey, even his cover got a cover identity … Agent Jorge Carmichael.

Meanwhile, Sarah’s feelings just will not stay hidden. They are obvious to everyone (except for maybe Chuck). By the end of the mission, her denial to Casey is paper thin, and she realizes that if she expects to keep her job and keep Chuck safe, she will have to somehow shove them back where they belong.

For the first time Chuck understands the potential dangers for spies who fall in love and does what Sarah has had to do all along … push her away for her own good. And Sarah gets a feel for this process from Chuck’s perspective … real feelings, real hurt. Resetting the relationship is a formality, though, and they both know exactly what’s happening. Spies can’t fall in love … at least not for now.

The new normal is established. Chuck is becoming a bit of a spy. Sarah, though still not acknowledging them, can no longer deny her feelings at least to herself. The real girl has found the one person she could take a chance with … if she dared to take a chance. There’s been stunning progress from the real breakup of their fake relationship in Truth to the fake breakup of their real relationship in Breakup.

That’s the new baseline — the new normal for Cougars. So, let’s see how it plays.

Dude, You’re the man!

Yes, he is. This is the all new confident Chuck. His Charles Carmichael persona gets a promotion: Special Agent “Mad Dog” Carmichael. He steps into the role with aplomb, and handles Ratner like a pro, albeit with a lot of help from Casey in the fighting department. Carmichael assures Ratner, No one’s gonna mess with you, man. I got your back, and Ratner is a true believer.

On other fronts he is acting a lot like a real boyfriend … and treating Sarah like a real girlfriend. Take the scene in the OO, have we ever seen this Chuck … at ease, in control, and paying no attention to Sarah’s protests. After the lethal pencil toss (how does she do that?) and the mission/date, he picks up on Sarah’s discomfort. Though he has no idea what could have been so bad about her past, he steps in to help, like a real boyfriend. This is Chuck’s first foray into Sarah baggage handling.

The question is, Who are you?

Just when Sarah has allowed her inner girl to surface and ponder real life with Chuck, part of her real past returns to remind her of all the real things she never wants to remember or think about again … ever. Who is she kidding. If she wanted to be a real girl again, who would she be, and what would it look like? Jenny Burton? Katie O’Connell? Or how about Rebecca Franco? Underneath all those names was a real girl who never got to figure out who she was. Now, she has to relive the miseries of Jenny Burton, with Chuck watching.

Time for a Walker heart to heart with Mr. Punching Bag.

Chuck the boyfriend shows up with a new dress and charms her … a little. Anger spent, her sadness seeps out in a moment of naked honesty, and Sarah lets Chuck in just a little bit. He reassures her and asks for her trust, Hey, it’ll be OK. Trust me. Maybe it feels good to have someone to trust.

Wait, you’re Jenny Burton? … I am if it says I am. That about sums us Sarah’s past. Hand me a name, and that’s who I am.

As Chuck and Sarah stroll into the gym, they’re just a normal couple. Yeah, there’s a mission, but Chuck is more concerned about his (girl)friend, No one’s gonna mess with us, Sarah. I got your back. Tonight, the handler takes takes a back seat, and Sarah becomes the girlfriend. And Chuck is every bit the boyfriend as he steers her through the hazards of high school reunions and old nemeses.

Sarah’s entrance into the gym as Chuck talks to Ratner is one of my favorite CS scenes, of all time.

I’m just a guy who likes math, you know, and somehow I managed to get a beautiful girl like that to fall in love with me. I have to pinch myself sometimes. It’s like I’m dreaming. Little does Ratner know that he’s preaching to the choir.

Enter Sarah … whose look directed at Chuck is anything but professional. You know what Mark? Sometimes the Nerd gets the Girl. And he knows it’s true.

Moments later, we have the first verbal acknowledgement from Sarah that she has fallen in love with Chuck.

Why would a girl like me ever fall in love with a dorky nerd like him? Heather, also preaching to the choir.

You’d be surprised. For a million reasons and no reason at all, Sarah Walker had fallen in love with her nerd … and fallen hard.

Giving Love. He’s her Special Agent. She’s his real girl.

Yet another favorite scene. Chuck comes over to take care of Sarah, first the black eye, then her hunger. Next he works on the baggage a little, telling her she was just a typical high school student. (You’re past doesn’t bother me.)

In return she grants him one question about her past. (I trust you.)

No thanks. I don’t need to know more, not about who you were. Because as much as you don’t think so, I know who you are.

He might as well have given her the moon. For the first time, Graham’s question doesn’t sting so much. Her name doesn’t matter. Her past doesn’t matter. Chuck sees her … knows her … loves her.

If she wanted to be a real girl again, who would she be? The one Chuck sees. With him, maybe the real girl has a chance at real love and real life, after all.

Dave’s Closing Comments
You know its funny teaming with Thinkling on something like this, I honestly can think of nothing else that needs to be said here. I’m sure our readers will prove me wrong and we’ll find plenty to discuss here in the next few days. But this has been so much fun to have an excuse to re-watch some old favorites. We still have three months before new episodes, but it’s nice now that we have so much show history to discuss and explore.

Advertisements

About atcDave

I'm 53 years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I've been an air traffic controller for 30 years; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
This entry was posted in Analysis, Season 2. Bookmark the permalink.

32 Responses to Summertime Top Ten: Cougars: Dave and Thinkling Rewatch

  1. Ernie Davis says:

    Guys, this one was an absolute joy to re-watch and to read your thoughts on. I have to say I can’t even find a quibble. So I’ll go for praise:

    Who is she kidding. If she wanted to be a real girl again, who would she be, and what would it look like? Jenny Burton? Katie O’Connell? Or how about Rebecca Franco? Underneath all those names was a real girl who never got to figure out who she was. Now, she has to relive the miseries of Jenny Burton, with Chuck watching.

    The thing that struck me about a lot of this arc is how Sarah’s attitude toward Chuck seems to change from a longing for something she can’t have to the idea that while she can’t have it all she can have something with Chuck. Even if he just remembers her fondly, as Sarah Walker, when her time with him is done, in a way the “real” part of her he brings out lives on.

    And now I’ll step into dangerous territory. The name reveal. There has been a ton of pixels spilled over this, so let me briefly posit a theory before scurrying for cover and trying to avoid blame for the 300+ comments on how much season 3 sucked.

    Wait, you’re Jenny Burton? … I am if it says I am. That about sums us Sarah’s past. Hand me a name, and that’s who I am.

    See, Chuck, in Prague, stole Sarah Walker from well, Sarah Walker. Sarah Walker wasn’t going to be that awesome and courageous spy that saved Chuck from descent into the hell that was spy life, she was going to be the needy girl standing in his way. The one who almost convinced him to turn his back on destiny. Sarah wasn’t afraid Chuck would fail, she was certain he’d succeed, but afraid of the cost, and her part in it.

    That is where Sam comes in. Because Sarah needs to be someone else now that Chuck is moving on. She can’t bear to be Sarah without Chuck. So Sarah does the stupidest thing in the world. She asks someone else to tell her who she is. Chuck never told her, he showed her who he saw.

    The name, in the end, was incidental. It was never about knowing her name. It was about knowing something real about her. That is why she is now Sarah Walker, because that is the real person Chuck showed her.

    • Silvercat42 says:

      Good point Ernie. But then I never thought the “name reveal” was as big a deal as many other fans did because, as a spy, she had no trouble lying about her past. And, even though she was getting involved with Shaw, I doubt that she would have told him everything that early on in the relationship. Yes, I think “Sam” could have very well been made up to protect herself in case Shaw didn’t work out (and of course it didn’t). And the fact that she was married as Sarah Walker tells us how much that name meant to her. Even if Sam was her original name, it has no validity now.

    • jason says:

      ernie // silver – quick ? – let’s say season 5 does a mama walker episode, will her mother call her sam – something else (saying she lied about sam) or even sarah (what if graham used her real name when renaming her?????

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Jason, I get that a lot of people didn’t like it and think it’s been retconned out of existence, I’ve just seen things differently and thought I’d present a different POV based on some very insightful comments by Thinkling and Dave about identity, names, and what is real.

        You aren’t obligated to like it or see it my way, or even accept it as a valid way to tell the story, as I do. But yeah, if she re-unites, I expect the family will call her Sam (or Samantha) and I also expect Sarah’s reaction will be similar to Cubic Z.

        It’s Sarah Bartowski, and don’t forget it. (cue Faith squee)

      • jason says:

        ernie – yikes – I don’t think I said anything – I just asked a ? – an honest one about season 5 – did I do something to offend you?

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Sorry Jason, I was perhaps too ready for this one to blow up in my face and read too much attitude into your reply. No harm, no foul.

        But you’ve given me an opening. 😉 Why use her real name? Simple. She wanted to start over, at the beginning, with a clean slate and no baggage. With the absolute last guy on earth that would give her that.

      • jason says:

        ernie – it is funny – i have little interest in the fake name issue, s3 was a bad season for me, but it’s over – I got to see some great chuck, I never expected this much chuck and sarah together and I enjoyed near every minute of it, s5 might even be better

        my ? was more trying to get at the reason for TPTB’s hesitancy to bring mama walker into the show – you and sliver’s posting made me think – once you do – you have to deal with Fake Name or more accurately, the Real Name – obviously the ‘blow up in your face’ mentality can quickly take its toll on the fandom – maybe TPTB decided it wasn’t worth it

      • atcDave says:

        I think Ernie’s thought is likely exactly right, she’s legally Sarah Bartowski now. She will make that clear and expect to be addressed that way. Now that said, if mom called her Sam I don’t think it would inflame things much at this point. But I bet they won’t even go there; and mom, just like dad, will mainly address her by some non-specific pet name.

      • Silvercat42 says:

        I’d like that, but then I can think of some other plot discrepancies I’d like to see resolved first: for example why didn’t Chuck and Sarah get together the night after Colonel and before The Ring? And why was she so willing to leave with Bryce in the early part of The Ring when she told Chuck the night before: “This IS real? I’d also like to see an ep where we at least find out what happened to Jill.

      • herder says:

        I’d go with her mother calling her Sam (or Samantha) and Sarah correcting her saying that she has changed it to Sarah “…after all, being Sam (or Samantha) doen’t have a lot of happy memories for me”. That or they find a way to ignore it altogether.

      • atcDave says:

        I like that solution herder.

    • kg says:

      Wow Ernie, like so many others I guess I got wrapped up in the “alleged” importance of the name reveal and my disdain for Shaw.

      Your analysis makes a lot of sense. More than a plausible explanation.

    • JC says:

      These write ups about character motivations are always a great read but it shows whats been the biggest problem with the show these last two seasons. We as the audience are never shown this on screen. Ernie’s opinion might have been the intention but the name reveal was forgotten about as quick as it was said. No repercussions on the story or the characters. It was just a cheap way to build angst. As a viewer when I’m constantly shown an event that’s supposed to be dramatic or “game changing” but it goes nowhere I start losing my investment in the characters and show. When a show’s main draw is its characters you have to have them act realistic, that’s the foundation of any sci fi or fantasy show. Crazy situations with real human emotions and actions. When you lose that everything else goes with it. IMO thats the reason you see people blasting the season long arcs the last two seasons, people can’t relate to the characters and they’re seeing the puppet strings.

      The name reveal in itself wasn’t the problem, its how they continue to write Sarah. Her being an enigma worked during the first two seasons but we’re still seeing it now. Even after they got together we haven’t seen Sarah share one thing about her past willingly
      with her husband. Until they show or acknowledge that these characters have actually talked or know each other like a married couple the name reveal will always be a sore subject.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        …the name reveal was forgotten about as quick as it was said. No repercussions on the story or the characters. It was just a cheap way to build angst.

        I don’t agree. I think everyone was so fixated on why Sarah would tell Shaw (which I’ve addressed) that they missed the repercussions on the characters. Repercussions that were still driving parts of the story as late as Phase 3. (I’m not saying it was perfectly done, just that it had a purpose). You need to put yourself in the mind of the character sometimes, as opposed to looking at it from all sides simultaneously. Think of what Chuck saw in that episode. He saw Sarah opening up to a “real spy” in a way she never could with him. What Chuck concludes is that Sarah needs someone like Bryce or Cole or Shaw, a real spy, who understands her and is her equal. This drives Chuck’s need to finish his training and his push to re-connect with Sarah in Final Exam. When that doesn’t quite work out, he tries again, but in Chuck’s mind he doesn’t really win Sarah until after he becomes a spy. And when Shaw basically dumps her to go on a suicide mission and she turns out to have been Shaw’s wife’s killer (don’t get me started). Not exactly circumstances that would make one feel like he was her first choice. From Fake Name on Chuck has seen a Sarah who has options and is ready to move on rather than wait for him to become the guy she needs. The point is that he is NOT confident in the strength of their relationship for quite some time. It was shown wonderfully in Honeymooners that both of them had decided to make making it work their priority. If the lies and stresses of the spy world were too much for them as a couple, they’d run. If giving up everything for each other was too much to ask, they’d stay. It was a replay of Prague where Sarah asked Chuck to give up everything for her and Chuck asked Sarah to believe in him. Neither was ready at that point. They were still working these things out as late as Fear of Death and Phase 3. A lot of fans thought that part of the story should have ended in Barstow. I always thought of Barstow as the beginning of that part of the story. What they had was real, and recognizing that was one thing. Making it happen, based on who they were and how they lived and saw the world was an entirely different matter.

      • Rav says:

        I have to agree with some of this, was Sarah afraid of chuck becoming a spy because it would change him or because by going through the process he would learn things about her that she did not want him to know about or both. Even sepinwall asked in one of his reviews, I just do not think they care enough about Sarah. I think phase three came about because zac needed tome off to direct and yet Schwartz and fedak seem surprised people love Sarah. Idiots……..

      • joe says:

        I would guess, Rav, that if you were to ask her, Sarah would tell you that she’s not afraid of anything (well, maybe she gets nervous every time Chuck proposes and sweats when it’s her turn to babysit Clara, other than that…). I’m pretty sure she would say that it’s not true that she’s afraid to let Chuck know anything at all about her or her past.

        Of course, some of that is denial. 😉

        Anyway, her truth was that she really, really did not want Chuck to become “merely” a spy (her words, used to describe herself). Part of her horror in Tic-Tack was seeing Chuck holding up an assassin one-handed by the neck exactly like Casey, that cold-school killer burn-out, had just done to Keller.

        And this had happened just after Chuck had assured her that he hadn’t changed.

      • Rav says:

        But the thing is Joe there were times when she could have worried about what chuck found out about her. Tic tac is a good example of her worry that chuck would change but nacho sampler showed both sides. I mean think about it chuck found out that she thought he was a person who she could use abuse and discard. That did not happen and we found put the time he uttered his first word she had fallen head over heels for him. But there is always that knowledge he has that she thought for 5 seconds he was a loser and that mist hurt him and her.

  2. Silvercat42 says:

    This is one of my top five all time Chuck episodes. First of all, Yvonne’s performance as a 17-year old nerdy high school student. Up until this episode, we had no clue of this aspect of her background and personality, and it helped explain why Sarah was attracted to Chuck from the very beginning of their interactions. Secondly, the cheeseburger scene showed how close Chuck and Sarah were getting despite her reluctance. Her smile after he says: “I know who you are, a girl liked to share a cheeseburger with!” showed just how hooked she was even thought they still had to go through some more challenges. Charah was definitely on the way.

  3. kg says:

    Very keen as usual Thinkling. Sees her, knows her, I’ll add accepts her and obviously loves her. And this thought process from this episode still resonates today. With her simple but powerfully effective wedding vows.

    Her Chuck fell in love in with the very last of her fake names – Sarah Walker. You’re right Thinkling. “The one who Chuck sees.” That is the answer to the question of Who is Sarah Walker?

    “Chuck. You’re a gift. A gift I never thought I’d ever want or deserve.” I think this is revealing. It wasn’t her just being an agent and Chuck an asset. “The lady doth protest too much.” She was afraid of her feelings for Chuck. Torn and tormented by her past. She didn’t know who she was. She didn’t think she was worthy. She was the daughter of a con-man. When’s the next mission.

    “You make me want to be the best person I can be. I want to spend, learn and love the rest of my life with you.” I want to always be the girl you see. I trust you completely. I know I can count on you. I’m yours. Forever.

    • thinkling says:

      I agree about the vows KG. There is a very consistent thread of Sarah’s real-girl growth starting with Cougars. You see it in S2, but something always comes along and stifles it. In S4 however it continues unhindered, and it’s a joy to watch. The vows summarize her journey.

  4. joe says:

    Oh yeah. What Ernie said to start. This was a joy to read.

    And before I can add anything, I have to think a bit on what everyone has already contributed! How is it that I can watch this episode so many time and think so much on it and still learn so much from you guys?

  5. Verkan_Vall says:

    Thanks for the write-up, folks. This is one of my favorite episodes.

  6. herder says:

    Wonderful episode and wonderful review. It is interesting to note the change in the dynamic between Chuck and Sarah, although Sarah still isn’t keen about sharing things about herself she has learned the hard way that this attitude can cost her as much as it hurts Chuck, think about the look on her face when Morgan assumes that she has told Chuck that she wants to marry him regardless of the intersect in Phase Three.

    So in Cougar her way of dealing with it was to quash Chuck’s questions like a bug …all Jenny’s boyfriend needs to know is that Jenny doesn’t like questions about her past. By the time we get to Seduction Impossible when he gets to uncomfortable territory she tries to redirect him, the whole belly dancing thing…..sorry my mind wandered for a moment. Strangely she was back to the Cougar’s defensive stand in CAT squad, so maybe those lessons haven’t been fully learned. I think she is at a point where intellectually she knows that she should trust Chuck with these things but the habits of a lifetime are hard to break, even for the one that you love, but she is trying.

    • joe says:

      Oh yeah – old habits die hard. One of mine is to think that Sarah is “perfect” from the get-go. And really, she’s not. She’s got demons to deal with. This hesitancy to deal with her past is a bad habit Sarah’s acquired over the years, and it’s cost her.

      What I absolutely missed at first was that the cost was her inability to be “a real girl”. I love the analogy with Chuck being “a real spy.” For at least three season they both went through the same steps. They denied, they got angry, they bargained and they finally accepted that the side of themselves that came out intermittently (Charles Carmichael and the woman we saw making breakfast in the suburbs) was real too.

      That they needed each other to discover this is a wonderfully subtle point of the storytelling!

    • thinkling says:

      I think it’s a process for her and that Cougars is where it really began. It was hard for her to realize that keeping things in didn’t protect anyone, and that it even hurt them both. By Cubic Z, she had progressed to the point that she was willing to share feelings on a “need to know” basis. She knew she had to address the marriage/babies issue.

      As for marrying Chuck with or without the Intersect, maybe she just assumed he knew or that he didn’t need to hear it. But that was one more step in learning that sharing intimately was a vital (rather than optional) part of the real relationship package.

      I think Sarah’s progress is deeper than just intellectual awareness at this point.

      I think the problem in Cat Squad was two-fold. She still needed to go slow, and she adjusted fairly well to his impromptu help. However, Chuck’s helping had spun things out of control. Of course he had no way of predicting that. I think her anger was mainly because he was trying to fix things in her domain … the spy world, the mission. Unfortunately, in Cat Squad, the two worlds were hopelessly intertwined. It was just too much. But it seemed to be a real turning point, and after Cat Squad we see permanent growth in her openness to Chuck’s “help.” I really love how we continue to see the outworking of their growth from Cat Squad.

      Interesting that things began in her heart and worked their way into her consciousness and understanding. Now she is consciously giving her heart and changing her behavior.

  7. jason says:

    The was a great sarah walker acting episode. Sometimes I can be very, very, inattentive, I did not realize that Yvonne was the actress playing the 17 year old sarah until rewatch – I don’t know if that is how good she is, our just how stupid I am.

    When sarah is a cover girlfriend, she is that ‘perfect’ Stepford-like girlfriend. Stepford Sarah is the default sarah of s1/s2, 100% in control.

    ‘OK Boys and girls’ – Just like the nuns from my old parochial grade school days, sometimes Beckman says the right thing at the right time. The moment heather chandler showed up, ‘stepford sarah’ stepped out of the room. And for the rest of the episode, the regular guy with the dancing eyebrows got the best the real girl, outflanking her time and time again, showing that when the playground is the real world, chuck bartowski is more than a match for jenny burton. A fact that really rev’ed up the passion in one sarah walker.

    Then just at the end, with her guard totally gone, sarah tries to take control back, agreeing to give up one nugget of truth. But she got totally ‘Chucked’, when he declined. See in the real world, the one with class reunions, families, soceer games, game nights, best friends, and yep splitting a cheese burger, Chuck is the one protecting her, he always has been.

    • thinkling says:

      Exactly so, Jason. In the real world it’s Sarah Walker who needs the (baggage) handler, and Chuck is perfect, as she said in Cat Squad. Cougars is the first time he’s put to the test, gets a chance to be that person for her. It’s in Cougars that she first learns to trust him (a little) in that way.

  8. Pingback: Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Cougars (2.04) | Chuck This

  9. Chris says:

    Dave, Thinkling, great writeup. This is one of my favorite episodes. The final scene with them sharing that cheeseburger brought it home and demonstrated what was coming. As always love re-livng these characters throught you guys.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s