Is there a bigger lie than a beautiful, successful, world class spy falling for the clumsy, (on the surface) unremarkable, Buy More-working nerd who often has mustard on his tie? Yes, the spy and the nerd pretending it’s just a job.
Enter Jack Burton, a man who lives a life of lies and in turn taught his daughter to do the same.
Jack Burton: “Well you pulled it off kid, you made me a believer.”
Chuck: “Well my German’s a little rusty but…”
Jack Burton: “No, that you two were a couple.”
Perhaps those words were more pointed than intended. Ironic words from a man whose only real gift is reading people, he read this situation perfectly. After saying so, he went on to leave the stolen $10 million to Chuck, a sign of trust and approval if there ever was one. For a man who was arguably not a good father, but was a master con-man he saw through the biggest con of all, one even his daughter have yet to see through, one she wasn’t yet ready to see through–that the fake relationship was at its core always real to both of them. There’s a bond and a love within and its inescapable.
The McGuffin itself was simple, fool Ahmad into buying the building but the truth, so much more complicated. Sarah Walker was a woman who learned the folly of trust early on; one who learned only to rely on herself because her father has let her down too often:
Chuck: “I’m sorry if I pushed you into trusting your father.”
Sarah: “If there’s anything I’ve learned from my father it’s to get ready for a disappointment. And if it’s anyone’s fault, it’s mine.”
Chuck: “No it’s not. 11 years ago my father left Ellie and me, he’s a…he was an unusual man, I guess that’s generous, an engineer. We used to get Christmas cards and birthday calls and one year it just stopped, I don’t know why but I do know that it wasn’t my fault. Granted it took a significant amount of time and an incredible amount of therapy to come to that realization. You need to know that your father’s sins were his and not yours.”
Sarah: “That’s pretty eloquent for 9 am.”
Chuck: “What can I say, I am an articulate schnook.”
And here comes this guy who is reliable, trustworthy and caring. Not an opposite of her father per say, but one that although has her father’s heart, also has character to go with it. Is it any wonder she fell for Chuck?
Jack Burton: “I gave you $10 million reasons to go.”
Chuck: “And one really good reason to stay.”
Jack Burton could only ever wish for a better man than himself for his daughter, and that man is Chuck. A man who not only turned down 10 million dollars but also rode on his silver Delorean like a white knight and rescued the girl and her father through wit and heart. Although Jack Burton may never be the man she wants him to be, she’s found a man in Chuck that she deserves. And so the lie unravels a bit more and Sarah Walker marches on life’s greatest adventure (love) with “the right schnook” (Chuck).
Speaking of “life’s greatest adventure,” allow me to fast forward to Wedding Details for a bit. An episode that featured the return of Jack Burton, an episode not without its own set of lies and reveals, except this time Chuck and Sarah aren’t lying to themselves, they’re lying to Jack Burton. A twist of its own. When Sarah visited her father, she wasn’t wearing her ring, but she was unconsciously and helplessly looking for it, playing with her ring finger. Jack Burton being a con-man figured out the truth eventually but it’s an interesting twist within the episode’s theme of “Once you know all the cons, you can never be a sucker.”
Wedding Details itself was inspired, but since this is a Delorean re-review I’ll only mention how much one ties into the other. The progression between Chuck and Sarah and thereby Jack and Sarah from Delorean was inspired: “I thought you’d end up more like me.” She didn’t, not really and in one a heartbroken Sarah, abandoned again by her father got comfort from Chuck, in another she sought comfort from Chuck. Inspired.
– Demorgan plates for Delorean, hilarious. Morgan’s step towards maturity and adulthood with Anna was less of a parallel in this one versus other episodes but it was nonetheless entertaining. The very idea of Awesome plucking Morgan from head to toe? Hilarious.
– Chuck trying to get some PDA by pretending it’s the job? Wily. You go Chuckles.
– Jack Burton is boss. They couldn’t have created a role that was more fitting, or casted anyone better in the role than Gary Cole. For the woman we know Sarah Walker to be, it figures that her life and the type of man her father is has led her to the woman she’s become, and in turn led her to Chuck. It’s a fantastic progression, an inspired background for one of Chuck’s finest characters (if not the finest). And plus, it’s always great to learn more about Sarah Walker-Bartowski. Hope we get more of that in the upcoming season.
– Casey’s got the best lines, “That’s sad, you’ve confused me with someone who cares about your life before the intersect.” Hilarious and so very John Casey-ish.
– For mostly a bottle-episode, this was one of Chuck’s strongest. It’s more than just the fact that we get to learn about Sarah (let’s face it, Sarah centered episodes tends to be elevated on that characteristic alone), it’s the entertainment and fun factor. The con was reminiscent of Ocean’s 11, the music inspired and the character development, golden. All in all I consider Delorean one of Chuck’s finest out of all 78 episodes, if not one of 15 best.