Chuck vs Tom Sawyer (2.05)

Nearly perfect episodes are becoming almost routine.  Every one of these first five episodes  is dynamite.  I think Tom Sawyer often gets over looked as a result.  And perhaps this episode’s only long term impact is introducing Emmett Milbarge to the show.  Who’d have thought that making Jeff a bigger part of the story could actually be a good thing?!  But this episode is fun all the way through; with great comedy, action, a little drama, and another poignant, sweet ending.  After the jump, let’s look at the second season’s fifth episode

Tom Sawyer does start with Chuck in his recurring funk, a combination of his brutal hours and a life that seems to be going nowhere.

The hero of this story…Not!

Of course that’s made worse by Ellie thinking his life is going nowhere too!  We may know great things are ahead for Chuck, but he’s not yet ready to embrace his destiny.

We learn some Jeff back story in this episode, not to mention another installment of creepy stalker Jeff, but “my name is Jeff and I’m lost” may be the single funniest Jeff punchline of the series.  Fortunately, even if Jeff plays a role in the story, his part isn’t particularly big.  The actual adventure falls to Chuck and Team B again, as it should.

Chuck is like a duck!

There are some great moments here for the whole team, I love Chuck’s “night out” with Jeff (very funny), our first brief encounter with Chuck’s hacker past, and of course Chuck unseating Jeff as the greatest Missile Command player ever!

Sarah has some stand out moments from “Chuck is like a duck”, to a convincing diversion at Atari, to cleaning out an entire terrorist cell single handedly.  And of course Casey gets to dress very cool for the Atari mission.

Apart from the surprisingly melancholy Jeff story, I think the real hook of this episode is all Charah.

Chuck being the hero

Sarah’s declaration of trusting Chuck is almost a cheer out loud sort of moment, and we all know Casey had nothing to do with getting Chuck his diploma.  Theoretically, this is another buddy episode for Charah, just like Cougars last week.  But the warmth and affection flowing both ways here is pretty strong.  Next week we will see some fall out from Chuck trying to distance himself (or is it lowering expectations?);

and Sarah doing what she does.

but for now things are very friendly, and it really looks to me like Sarah is not giving much thought to distancing herself.

I really don’t have much more to say for Tom Sawyer.  I really have no complaints, and just enjoyed it all the way through.  It is a stand alone episode with little bearing on the rest of the series.  But its a calm before the storm.  Like Cougars, its one of those 30+ episodes on my top ten list.  This is fun every time.

~ Dave

More Than Meets The Eye

Okay. We have a character that was once on top of his game. He was a winner, had a future and maybe was even cool. But that was then, and his best years are behind him now. He’s presently a burned-out zombie working in the Buy More.

And then there’s Jeff.

Heh!

Like Jeff, there’s obviously more going on with Chuck than meets the eye. The problem is convincing Ellie! Chuck may look like a burned out zombie to her, but it’s just a role he’s playing now, right? By night, he’s a spy on missions with Sarah and Casey, wearing disguises and, as Morgan put it, saving the world. In the Buy More, he’s still king, in the sense of the one-eyed man in the land of the blind. When important decisions have to be made, everyone in the Buy More asks WWCD.

Just as Chuck he gets to meet the new efficiency expert, Emmett Milbarge, a man who trades in “dirty bombs” and who trained in Somalia enters the Buy More. And he’s after Jeff. Now that’s weird, even for this show. The man’s name is Farrokh Bulsara (played by Faran Tahir), a real bad guy. So Chuck gets to be Jeff’s new best friend, if only to see what’s up.

At the same time, Ellie wants to be Sarah’s new best friend, if only to see what’s up with Chuck. The fact that “what’s up” seems to be that he’s hanging out with Jeff, and that doesn’t bode well for Chuck’s future as far as Ellie is concerned. So while Chuck is getting to know Jeff, Ellie is getting to know Sarah. Chuck finds out that Jeff has been stalking Anna and Ellie finds out that Chuck is like a duck.

And I find out that I’m thoroughly amused and entertained. I just love all the parallels!

Dave, you’re right that this episode is nestled among others that boarder on genius and that makes it easy to gloss over. Personally, I find that I just love this episode and have always had a hard time understanding why. Certainly, one reason is that it’s an incredibly tight, fast-moving 42 minutes of fun. The way the threat is set up, the adventure part of the story, is intricate and even bold; Sarah’s fight scene in the TV station is awesome! The humor, bolstered this time by Scott Krinski‘s great performance (and of course, by Yvonne’s great line to Ellie) is first rate. I can go no further before praising Tony Hale as Emmett, but his performance gets better later in S2.

I love the way Chuck gets his “hero’s welcome” in the Buy More, being carried off on the shoulders of his fans for accomplishing his great feat.

How does it feel to be a hero, Mr. Bartowski?

And of course, any show that can feature the music of Rush has to be something special! 😉

But for all that, there is something subtle going on. The romance aspect, so important to every episode of Chuck, is downplayed. There’s even a bit of sadness, Dave, as you pointed out, in Jeff at the very end. It goes along with the idea that Chuck is being carried off for the wrong reason. It’s a fake reason. All that roll playing in front of Ellie comes at a cost.

Now I know it’s exactly that subtlety and even the subdued tone at the end that I enjoy most every time I see Tom Sawyer, much more than the revelry and fireworks we see when Chuck gets to the kill screen.

What we have instead of fireworks is something real. Sarah and Casey make it possible for Chuck, the man who once asked “What good is it to be a hero if nobody knows about it?” to show the world that he’s accomplished something. They present him with the diploma he’s earned. No mock-ups, no string-pulling by government officials and no fooling.

It’s real, Chuck.

That line resonated from the first. We know it’ll become more important.

And Jeff is okay – he’s retired, and he never did like the feeling of having the whole world gunning for you because you’re #1. He’s had is moments of glory. The Buy More is no longer leaderless; Emmett is officially on the job as the new ass. man. Everyone should be subdued.

But did I just say there wasn’t any fireworks? I was wrong.

You see that star out there on the horizon? That’s the Air Force bouncing Morimoto’s satellite off the atmosphere and burning it up. Make a wish. It’s yours.

Awwwww…

– joe

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103 Responses to Chuck vs Tom Sawyer (2.05)

  1. jam says:

    One of the best Chuck openings leads to one of the best Chuck episodes. And it has my favorite Rush song! Perfection.

  2. Not an Emmett fan. Ever. His arrival made me pine for the loss of Harry Tang even more.

    Other than that – a solid episode all around. Great mix of action, humour, pathos, and sweetness. Very little mythos but the sad Jeff backstory is interesting in its own right and makes for an excellent one time diversion.

    As a Canuck it was great to see Rush referenced here. Tom Sawyer is an OK song by them. I’m much more A Farewell To Kings fan myself – Closer To The Heart:

    • joe says:

      I added the = after youtube to make the clip embedded. It’s hard to beat Closer To The Heart!

      Yeah, I think Emmett is an acquired taste, and not everyone acquires is. But Hale is so off the wall every time he’s on camera, I just grin.

    • authorguy says:

      Agreed, not an Emmet fan. Conniving, manipulative, and mean-spirited. About the only scene he did that I liked was when Jeff & Lester blew up the transformer and knocked out the power, and he was on the floor screaming.
      My favorite Rush song is Living in the Limelight, but I don’t think they’ll make any romcom/spy/adventure flicks with that song.

    • Thanks Joe!

      Another Rush favorite – Subdivisions.

    • anthropocene says:

      But I thought Emmitt’s abrupt demise was a great moment for the show, in part because it’s a consequence of Chuck’s double life that Chuck himself doesn’t know about, and also because it’s one of those little moments that keeps the drama in the dramedy.

      • atcDave says:

        I thought it was indicative of the darker direction that season took. I disliked the moment, the episode,and much of what followed. My feelings towards Emmitt don’t even enter in to it.

      • anthropocene says:

        I wouldn’t say that even a creep like Emmitt deserved what he got, but I thought it meaningful when the darker aspects of the spy world occasionally surfaced in events like this, to reiterate that (as Sarah put it) “what we do isn’t safe.” I always felt that the contrast with the dark moments made Chuck’s heroism, Sarah’s redemption, and their love story much more powerful.

      • atcDave says:

        That whole season was too unrelentingly dark, Emmitt’s death just drove the point home. I saw little to like for a long period of time, starting with that episode. It simply isn’t what I watch TV for. When the characters aren’t happy, neither am I. Right from Chuck’s cheese ball addiction through the Red Test, the show became the sort of show I don’t watch. I don’t care if its “real” or “dramatic”, I don’t like it.

      • jam says:

        My problem wasn’t the darkness itself, but the way the characters behaved. I can deal with darker themes, but if Chuck and Sarah are acting horribly out-of-character at the same time it ruins the whole experience.

      • atcDave says:

        Jam I mostly agree. I’m no fan of darker stories, but I likely would have been fine with it if Chuck and Sarah had dealt with it together. If Sarah had been there as Chuck’s adviser and confidante, just like in the first two seasons. That was my very favorite part of the show, and it was the single biggest flaw with S3 for me. Most of my other complaints flow from that one. I could imagine much of S3 working for if Chuck and Sarah had been together, or if they were at least fighting to be together. Giving up on each other and heading separate directions is something I still can’t stand to watch.

      • anthropocene says:

        I do agree with you on this, Dave and Jam—per my other comments elsewhere on this page. I wanted to see Sarah and Chuck battling the dark side of the spy life together, remaining in-character, and moving forward in their relationship from what happened in the motel, at the beach wedding, and in the Intersect room at the end of S2. I see the darker aspects (including the Red Test) and the angsty love triangles of S3 as being distinct plot elements; we could have had the former without the latter.

      • I’m with Jam on this. I can take a diversion into darker themes – one of the problems with season 4 was that it stopped feeling like the show had any real consequences for its characters. Heck, Steve Bartowski’s death was one of the best scenes of the show. But the way it happened, and Emmitt’s death is included in this, was abrupt, careless and lazy.

      • resaw says:

        Not sure if this will show up; I’m responding to Arthur Gailes’ comment: “Heck, Steve Bartowski’s death was one of the best scenes of the show. But the way it happened, and Emmitt’s death is included in this, was abrupt, careless and lazy.” I’d like you to say more about this. I agree that Steve Bartowski’s death was one of the best scenes. I don’t understand what you mean by careless and lazy, however. Abrupt, yes. It was a shocker, but it showed how ruthless Shaw was. It also gave us Sarah Lancaster’s shocked and grieving Ellie, witnessing her father’s murder. With Nico Stai’s One October Song playing in the background, this particular, and particularly sad, scene is one of my all-time favourites.

        As for Emmett’s death, yes, that was way too perfunctory. TPTB had to get rid of him, and so they did.

        Arrgghh, talked about season 3….

      • anthropocene says:

        What’s wrong with an occasional shocker? Stuff does happen, after all.

      • atcDave says:

        Anthro I have no problem with something occasionally shocking, and absolutely bad guys do bad things, and sometimes the good guys will suffer for it. But I found Emmitt’s death particularly gross and shocking, in part because it was such an overwhelming onslaught at that point. The whole episode was non-stop dark, depressing and downbeat. A graphic execution was just one of the shocking moments. I don’t watch such things, and I remain peeved that it happened on a show I was already hooked on. Had it been a new show I would have deleted it from my list before I ever reached the end. I would add not a single one of the more casual viewers I know liked that episode, for a couple it was the end of their Chuck experience entirely. Obviously, it still makes me angry just thinking about it.

      • anthropocene says:

        Indeed.

  3. resaw says:

    Yes, Dave, absolutely another great episode. And as you note, we have one of the great secondary characters: Emmett Milbarge. He wasn’t a “likable” character by any means, but Tony Hale’s Milbarge was such an eccentric presence in every scene, that I for one always looked forward to whatever craziness he would utter next. I was seldom disappointed. His interviews with the staff are hilarious. Anna is mislabeled a prostitute for provocative binary-speak. Lester immediately attempts bribery: “I used to be in management myself, so I know how to grease the store’s cogs. Make sure they don’t … squeak (puts some money down in front of Milbarge)… if you know what I’m saying.” Apathetic Jeff doesn’t really care about his job, but is aware enough to know that he needs employment to live so immediately plays the trump card: “I satisfy a quota. My dad’s part Indian. The cool kind of Indian, though, not like Lester.” And evidently, Chuck is the Messiah: WWCD.

    There’s also this nice little ironic line from Casey to Chuck when Chuck listens in on the beginnings of the conversation between Sarah and Ellie: “It’s not polite to spy, Chuck.”

    Personally, I didn’t really see this as a “Charah” episode, in the sense that I think that word usually means. Yes, there is really wonderful moment when Sarah says, “I trust Chuck” to Casey, but she didn’t say it to Chuck directly. Yes, they had that nice moment at the end, too, when Chuck was told by Sarah that he really had graduated, and he was invited to make a wish upon the “star” that was Morimoto’s satellite, but, I didn’t get the same underlying romantic vibe that I got at the end of Cougars. However, I do think that, when Chuck is invited by Sarah to make a wish, Chuck looks at Sarah while she’s looking up at the sky. In my mind at least, Chuck is wishing that somehow their relationship could be real. Ultimately, that wish came true.

    Joe, I think you are right. This particular episode is tightly written and exciting. As is often the case, the music helps to set the tone, and I think that the choice of Rush’s Tom Sawyer as the musical centerpiece was brilliant (while not all Canadians are fans of Rush, this one is). There is an urgency in the music that adds to the tension as Chuck challenges the Missile Command game to get to the kill screen. I don’t know how many Rush videos you are willing to post, but one that has always impressed me, and shows how these three musicians have such a capacity to shift moods as well as time signatures, and captivate a crowd in the process, comes from the Rush in Rio DVD, the instrumental La Villa Strangiato. How many times do you hear a crowd singing along to a song without words? And then there’s the self-deprecating humour in Alex Lifeson’s stream of consciousness rant. A great band to use on a great show.

  4. garnet says:

    It strikes me that a cynic would look at this episode and say that the reason Sarah got Chuck his diploma was because the government needed Chuck to get a job with Roark Industries in fairly short order. It certainly worked out well for TB that Chuck was able to apply for a job on his own merits. This was one of the things I looked at as a sign of Sarah potential “handling” Chuck and not necessarily “loving” Chuck. Events eventually showed us that Sarah did, in fact love, Chuckeven here, but at the time this could have gone either way.

    • jam says:

      At that point the government had no idea about the Roark/Fulcrum connection. There’s nothing here that would suggest Sarah was “handling” Chuck in this case.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Although there was a self-serving aspect to it, getting Ellie off Chuck’s (and by extension Sarah’s) back about the late nights and erratic behavior, I agree with Jam. By the conceits of the show it is Chuck’s flash (helpfully provided by Chuck’s dad having the RIOS brochure) that puts them on mission to infiltrate RI.

      In fact this is another one of those occasions where Sarah’s nerd-love blinds her to the possible consequences, which comes up in, you got it, Dream Job. With his degree in hand, Chuck is suddenly a lot more employable, yet missions and Sarah and other things distract him until, on his own, with his credentials, he gets his dream job, then has to throw it away for a mission that fails anyway. It is that taste of what his life could be like, and his subsequent return to the Buy More that drives Chuck to go rogue to get the intersect out of his head.

    • atcDave says:

      To be very cynical we could say every nice thing Sarah ever did for Chuck could have been a function of her “handling” him. We need to watch the other clues, like her reactions, especially in private or unguarded moments for her true feelings. And I suspected right from the Pilot, that Sarah had connected with Chuck on a personal level; so it was very satisfying to later have it “confirmed” by Sarah that she fell for Chuck during the time of the Pilot.

      But that all comes back to the diploma here, I don’t doubt that Sarah rationalized her helping Chuck as being all about protecting his cover (it explains some of Chuck odd hours in addition to making Ellie happy) and as a sort of reward for his cooperation. Really, she even told Chuck this was the case in the last scene. But I think we can safely say Sarah’s motives in doing right by Chuck go well beyond the mission. Although her actions here could come back to bite her in two different ways; one actually happened, the other was mostly potential. Firstly, by keeping her kind deed for Chuck professional and friendly, she left the door wide open for Chuck being distracted as we see the next week (had she been little more open about her feelings, he might never have fallen for Jill. But that’s an issue that will take a long time to fully play out). The other is, as Ernie mentions, with a degree from Stanford, Chuck truly is capable of far greater things than working at the Buy More. Apart from a little in Dream Job, they really never did much with that issue.

      • resaw says:

        Who can watch Chuck and remain cynical? Among the reasons to love this show is the inspirational nature, much of the time, of the characters. No, the characters were not perfect people, but words like joy and hope come so much more quickly to mind than cynical when I think of Chuck. Even Beckman, and Casey… even Lester, I think, were humanized in the purifying sunshine of Chuck’s presence.

        Excuse the foolish sentimentality. I’m apparently in the “mood” for such expressions at the moment.

      • Robert says:

        “But I think we can safely say Sarah’s motives in doing right by Chuck go well beyond the mission.”

        Absolutely. Just notice her behaviour when she’s talking to Chuck in the end scenes. She’s relax, she’s open, she’s caring, and she talks softly to Chuck. “You earned it, Chuck”. Have you also noticed that Sarah’s look, right after she told Chuck to make a wish , is lingering just a wee bit on Chuck, then she looks at the “star”, and Chuck looks at her?

        I wouldn’t be surprised if they both made the same wish.

      • atcDave says:

        I mostly agree Resaw. I don’t believe there is any reason to be cynical of Sarah’s motives. Apart from whatever else we think about the show; it is clear Sarah usually put Chuck first, and when she was ordered not to, she still did.

    • anthropocene says:

      Chuck would have needed that Stanford engineering B.S. to become a bona fide agent of the CIA down the line, as well. So even if arranging for the diploma was a happy duty for Sarah, it still seems a win for all parties involved.

      • anthropocene says:

        What I should have specified above is that Chuck would have needed some form of bachelor’s degree to officially qualify for CIA employment—his happened to be an engineering B.S. because that was his major and he had it nearly completed already. (The CIA recently made a recruiting visit to the university where I work, and I sat in on it because my interest in Chuck made me very curious about the real deal.)

    • Speaking of cynicism, I felt really bad for Jeff in this episode. He’s been carrying this tape of himself winning a video game competition for 20 years! I always thought of Jeff as a happy idiot, but in reality, he’s been carrying around his greatest achievement in his backpack for half his life, and that achievement is pathetically insignificant. Then Chuck beats it in two tries. And now Jeff’s back to trying to beat the game, which he probably can’t do since he doesn’t know the secret.

      Ah, the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning 🙂

      • atcDave says:

        He couldn’t even burn it onto a disc! I’ve at least moved all my old film production projects to DVD, and those started as 8mm (and yeah my age is showing again…)

  5. You are so right,Dave-when I first watched this episode it almost passed me by.Now every time I see it on re-watch it just gets better and better,for all those reasons well documented above by both you and Joe.
    Scott Krinsky gets his moment in the sun and in addition to those gems already mentioned,we also get his”drinking pants”(which were pretty visually disturbing on their own!!) and his wonderful drunken “you take the brunette I’ll take a crack at the blonde!!”
    This episode had pretty much everything,but if you are a Sarah/Yvonne fan it truly is hard to beat the outfit and the fight scene,both fantastic in their own way!!!

  6. Bill says:

    The Tom Sawyer/Missile Command montage is “geektastic”! Brings a smile to my face every time.

  7. uplink2 says:

    This was never a special episode for me until I had a discussion I think on here with someone who listed it very highly on their top episode list. It’s funny because this was the last episode that aired before I started watching the show. I began my Chuck journey with the Jill arc when a friend showed me a pic of Yvonne in the Weinerlicious outfit on top of the counter. My male gender and my affinity for beautiful blondes, I married one, made me check out the show and I was quickly hooked. So when I bought the DVD’s and started watching what I had missed I kind of just went through this one rather quickly without too much of an impact.

    But after that discussion I went back and rewatched it, true, in the aftermath of knowing what was to come. But it really does stand out. It is probably Phil Klemmer’s second best episode behind Suburbs. TBH most of his others were rather average to weak and of course he wrote the worst written episode of the entire series. So I wasn’t that excited when he came back in season 4/5.

    To me THE most important moment in the episode was Sarah declaring unequivocally to Casey that she trusted Chuck. That was a huge moment. She trusted him beyond what the normal spy “professionals” and her training were telling her. She staked the lives of millions on a BuyMore nerd because of the person he was and not necessarily what was in his head. She went out of a limb for him, trusting him completely with absolutely no hesitation. Too bad 29 episodes later they had to throw that out the window with an even more significant moment that they quickly swept under the rug like it never happened so we could get to DYLM 42 minutes of screen time later. Here they had 17 previous episodes to show why she felt that way, why it was right for her to trust him and the other moment they threw it all away when she couldn’t make that leap of faith with no real justification or analysis of what she really saw, just angst for angst sake. Then it was “oops its ep 13 forget about everything we just told you. It’s time for happy happy joy joy.” But with this episode they established her trust was absolute. It is why that later moment seemed so hollow and contrived.

    I never got the impression she was ‘handling’ him with the diploma. It wasn’t necessarily an act of love but of just compensation. He saved the lives of millions and he deserved at least some small token for it. The wish sequence was more from her heart as I think she thought he would wish to get his normal life back but I think an unconscious or maybe the romantic in me thinks conscious part of her hoped he wished for exactly what the audience saw in his reaction. For things to be different and for them to have a chance.

    All in all a good solid episode. One of many in a great arc to start season 2.

  8. ref51907 says:

    -I think of several things now, in regards to the “I trust Chuck” moment. One is the question he asked her way back in Tango. What good is being a hero if nobody knows about it? Sarah’s response to him was that he knows and now she knows. It ties in to the second moment I think about, and that is the previous episode. Chuck had her back on a personal level in Cougars, now I believe she is reciprocating that the one way she knows how to, with an action. She has his back with Ellie, so to speak. She wants him to look good to his sister, whom she knows is like a mom to him. With that one simple act she is trying to tell him, you’re a hero and I’ve got your back. To me that is love, not the romantic, erotic type of love, but one that has the undertones of a deep routed friendship, a love that comes from wanting the best out of someone, and wants others to know and see what she herself sees. I daresay this might be the first time she has taken such an action.

    Erik

    • atcDave says:

      Really excellent comment on the nature of love Erik. It is funny how Sarah is quite good at it; at least to say her actions show it plainly, even if her words won’t for quite some time.

    • thinkling says:

      Great comments, Erik. I agree. We’ve been watching the relationship grow from fake to real. In S1 there were real feelings, largely suppressed in a fake relationship. We saw the real break up of that fake relationship in Truth.

      In S2 the feelings will no longer be suppressed. Chuck falls on his sword, in an act of real love, in Breakup, with the fake breakup of a very real relationship. We know the breakup is fake and the relationship is real, because of what follows in these two wonderful stand alone episodes, in which the feelings and the relationship are decidedly real. Not romance per se, but the very best foundation for it.

      I love both of these episodes. So many of the stand alone episodes give us the greatest character/relationship stuff.

      • atcDave says:

        Funny thing, my wife and I were friends for about six years before we started dating. The last few months of that time feels a lot like the Charah mood for much of S2. And my wife and I were told by all our friends that they knew we were together long before we figured it out.
        I always figure that we, the Chuck viewers, are in the position of those friends who could see plainly what was going on before the participants could sort it out. Chuck S2 will always by special to me for exactly that reason.

      • joe says:

        I have two friends from high school, Dave, who just got married to each other last year, after knowing each other for close to 50 years.

        I don’t know if the last couple before they got married were a “Charah” experience, but from the outside, it sure looks like they’re having one now. 😉

      • atcDave says:

        Yeah friendship is an outstanding starting point for a romantic relationship, I recommend it highly!

    • ref51907 says:

      I can’t help but get another train of thought out of my head. How these events, way back in Season 2 shaped the finale.
      -The more I think about the series ending and final few episodes, the more I believe that Sarah might not have been lying to him when she told him she didn’t feel it. It’s very plausible to me that she didn’t feel the romantic love and that’s what she meant. I did see very subtle clues that she felt something, however, and what she felt very well could have been the deep rooted friendship and trust that developed between them. That friendship and trust might have been the trigger that Ellie told Sarah to look for when they were working on trying to fix Morgan. That connection, like Dave has eluded too, is a great way to go when it comes to choosing who you want to spend the rest of your life with. It was, after all, Chuck who pulled her into his extended family and showed Sarah over and over again that love triumphs over even the worst of situations.

      Erik

      • Robert says:

        Hmm…maybe.

        I think it’s more than friendship, but less than the love they had till the end of 5.11; it’s not friendship she felt for Chuck at the Embassy dance; it’s not friendship that made her kiss him like she did on the beach.

        I think the parallel is better if you compare with 1.01 than 2.05. “I don’t feel it” has always been Sarah’s code for “I have these strong feelings and I don’t know what to do about it”, like she said in her v-log. “I don’t feel that” is also what she said when Roan Montgommery was questionning her about Chuck..

        We must not overlook the fact that, for Sarah Walker, it is actions that matters (though she was becoming better and better at speaking her mind and her feelings in season 4 and 5).

      • joe says:

        Erik, I’m more with Robert’s take on this one.

        It’s funny, my reaction to the scene in 5.13 was the exact opposite of yours. I believed Sarah the first time, when she said “I don’t feel it.” But the more I thought about it and the more times I’ve seen the finale, the less I believe her.

        And that’s pretty much the way the entire series went for me too. Every time something came between Chuck and Sarah, or more specifically, every time Sarah indicated that nothing was going to happen, I believed her too. Only now, five years later, can I look back at the 1st season episodes and see that actually did have intense feelings from the beginning. In fact Yvonne was actually portraying them on screen very effectively.

        But it’s not a contradiction! I do think that Sarah actually did believe that they had no future in The Truth and really believed Chuck was “just an asset” in Seduction and would “forget all about” her in The Break-up. To Sarah, that was the truth. Not getting emotionally involved was always something she thought she had to make happen. She failed.

        I’m sure now that she believed she felt nothing in Goodbye or that that was what she had to feel. By the beach scene, she decided she was wrong.

      • atcDave says:

        I think there’s some truth in both views, Sarah may have felt something for Chuck almost immediately, but she had no idea how to process it. The first time around, it was sometime during S2 she admitted it to herself, but she still wasn’t ready to act on it until the end of S2; and she and Chuck didn’t get on the same page until Other Guy. Even then all the normal couple milestones came fairly slowly.
        The second time around, I believe she felt nothing initially when her memories were wiped, but meeting Chuck immediately confused the issue (likely feeling something she couldn’t understand) and she likely would have sided with Chuck that first night without Quinn buzzing in her ear (and I’m guessing Quinn knew this was likely, hence the non-stop chatter). But then I think she did feel it, deeply, when she saw her v-logs. But she still had no idea what to do with it, and was practically back at a season one state. Bit things are radically different now than they were in S1, both internally and externally for her. Externally, her whole life has been rebuilt around Chuck, from new career, to friends and family (including HER original friends and family, they all know about and support her relationship with Chuck). But internally she’s changed too, she has matured and become more open, honest and trusting. So even if she can briefly revert to the old Sarah Walker who can tell herself she “doesn’t feel it”; that isn’t really true, or really who she is anymore. And things should change back pretty quickly, specific memories or not. Again, I use Morgan as the template, he reverted to his S4/S5 self pretty quickly, even if many older memories were still missing.

      • Robert says:

        I agree.

        As Joe and Dave said, from the beginning, we now know that Sarah harbored strong feelings for Chuck, even when she said time and again that she wasn’t feeling anything, and was convincing herself that she wasn’t feeling anything for him (with less and less success as seasons get by).

        We know now that it has never been true, even in the darkest hours of early Season 3. Even the other characters knew or noticed that Chuck was special to her, that she had non-spy feelings for him, as early as episode1.02 or 3, when Ellie told Chuck that “Sarah is into you”, it was obvious to Carina, Casey, Roan, General Beckman, Colt, Cole Barker, Bryce Larkin, Steven Bartowski, name it. Even Shaw knew!

        She denied it for a long time, and she finally gave in during season 2, and officially since 3.13. Even when there was an opportunity for her to run away (5.12, 5.13), she did not. She stayed in Burbank, she decided to trust him with their love, that it was important, and everything unravelled again; she gave in to her feelings for that loving nerd of hers, and the rest is history (again)!

      • Yes, Erik. I never doubted that Sarah really “didn’t feel it.” Think about how much vs. Sarah would be to absorb for a person. It would be beyond traumatic to lose that time of your life, and then be jerked around the way she was before she even got a foothold in reality. Sarah in that scene is completely confused, and she’s had no way to establish a grounding on reality, let alone think about a relationship that must have seemed impossible for her.

        But the theme of Goodbye was that Chuck (and the rest of the team) had spent five years earning the happiness they’d achieved, and that had made them all better people. Chuck wasn’t just some loser hanging onto the words of a hot girl who liked him anymore. He was a man and a leader who took action when she needed him. I really believe that the Chuck of the pilot would have lost Sarah in Goodbye. But five years later, he’s become a great individual, and somebody who Sarah felt compelled to be around, time and time again. Given the fact that she’d already fallen in love with him, the rest is just a matter of time.

  9. Bonita Friedericy as a nun on Castle. And just to invoke Chuckwin’s Law in a non-Shaw/Hannah way, how could she be a nun after this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSpSunT_KOg#t=3m13s

    • atcDave says:

      That should be fun!

    • jam says:

      I must be getting tired of Castle, since little inconsistencies and plot holes that were easy to ignore in the past are now more and more annoying. Always a sure sign the show is getting stale.

    • joe says:

      Awwww – saw it. Bonita made for a great nun. A great “mother superior”, actually. I went to a Catholic grammar school, so I say that with all love and respect and a fair amount of knowing humor! 😉

      I had a funny reaction to Castle last night. I started out disappointed. The writing just seemed flat, and you could tell from a mile away that Martha and Kate’s dad were going to become best friends, even as they were fighting. That was – predictable.

      I mentioned it to my wife too, then followed it up with saying I really enjoyed the way it turned out. Not my favorite episode, by a long shot. But there’s just no denying the chemistry between Nathan and Stana.

      • atcDave says:

        That Caskett chemistry is absolutely the best part of the show. It’s fun to try to guess the culprit each week too; but so often it’s either obvious or out of the blue. So that’s clearly a secondary aspect to the featured couple.
        My wife and I usually watch on Tuesdays (10 is too late for my wife, and last night I was watching the Bears humiliate themselves on national television…), so I haven’t seen this week’s yet, but I always look forward to it.

      • joe says:

        Oops. Sorry Dave. I didn’t mean to spoil anything for you.

        If you do watch, I suggest that you put up with the light-weight stuff in the first half-hour. The last ten minutes makes it worth the wait.

      • atcDave says:

        No problem Joe, I don’t expect you all to be spoiler free for a show everyone else has seen and isn’t even the main focus of this site!

      • atcDave says:

        BTW, Bonita was great in a tiny part. She was every bit as intimidating as she had been as a general. Ryan’s reactions to her were particularly funny.

        I also have to wonder if Marlowe (or a staff writer or whoever did casting) is reading a certain piece of fan fiction by Quistie64. Beckman in a nun’s habit is even on the cover of her e-book “Chuck vs the Sound of Music”!

  10. resaw says:

    Some observations not yet brought up:
    1. Chuck flashes on Morimoto’s face when Jeff shows him the video about his Missile Command championship. I think this is the first time we actually see Chuck’s “flash face.” Until now, flashes have always been accompanied by a montage of Intersect pictures.
    2. I’m pretty sure Phil Klemmer and a number of other behind-the-camera Chuck staff show up among the various Missile Command nerds who roust themselves from their dead-end lives to watch Jeff do his thing.
    3. When Chuck asks Morgan if he has access to any Rush music, we witness a hilarious Zune “diss”:
    Morgan: “No need. I have them all on my Zune.”
    Chuck (incredulously): You have a Zune?”
    Morgan: Are you kidding me? No, no. I’ll grab my iPod.”

    • joe says:

      That’s excellent, resaw. I would never have thought to investigate who’s in those crowd scenes, and I know that Klemmer and any number of others love to put themselves into those shots. It’s very Alfred Hitchcockian. 😉

      This is the first occurrence of Chuck’s “flash face”? I’d bet that you’re right! Hadn’t thought to look for that detail before, but I can’t think of any earlier place when I know I saw it definitively.

      Lastly, weren’t Zunes made to be dissed??? (double 😉 )

    • atcDave says:

      All great observations Resaw. I don’t know right off who’s who, but I definitely recognize some of the faces in that scene as cast and crew that we see in all the “making of” featurettes.

    • Do any of you know whether Chuck was sponsored by Apple? Their products were all over the place.

      Another observation. I believe this was the first of very many times we see Jeff passed out.

      • atcDave says:

        That’s been brought up before, and I believe the answer is no. Apparently, Apple often supplies gear for television and movies, but does not actively sponsor. I guess its sort of a shadow sponsor thing, they get their stuff on screen for only the cost of the stuff itself.

      • About Apple getting advertisement without paying for it:
        http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-05-10/apple-the-other-cult-in-hollywood
        Where they have actually be credited:
        http://www.imdb.com/company/co0014547/

        They might donate machines, which is in effect paying for it.

        I’ve seen at least three shows this year cover the Apple logo of a laptop either with a silver sticker or a special effect. Maybe some production companies are tired of the free ride. Apple is sort of aligned with Disney, though Pixar, so maybe it’s a competition thing.

      • atcDave says:

        I also believe Microsoft was a paid sponsor for a while during S3; I remember clearly in Other Guy all the laptops displaying a large Microsoft logo, but no manufacturer name! The Microsoft computers didn’t stick around too long.

      • 3×14: http://chucktv.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=251&pid=121661

        Microsoft did a media blitz across a lot of shows about that time. (Castle got a Windows phone. Most just had prominent windows logos on computer screens.) Chuck and co. stayed with iPhones, which surprised me considering the Microsoft sponsorship. Then again, Morgan and the Woodcombs did Honda/Winter Olympics commercials despite the Toyota in-show sponsorship. Also Sarah did destroy a couple iPhones in season 3.

  11. Ironic that the only episode that focused on Jeff is one of the better Chuck and Sarah episodes of the series. Her handling of the diploma was an incredible act of compassion from Sarah. Like Chuck said, she could have easily had the CIA doctor the diploma, and Ellie would have been none the wiser. Instead, she went through the episode (apparently with Casey’s help) of contacting the school directly and arguing the case for somebody who’d been expelled for cheating.

    Chuck’s expulsion from Stanford had been the defining moment of Chuck’s life before the Intersect, and we saw in Alma Mater how many scars he still had from that time. Sarah going out of her way to help him recover from that and move forward is, in my opinion, the single sweetest thing she ever did for him.

    • ref51907 says:

      -That is a great point about the diploma. She and Casey probably did got out of their way to get him a real diploma. That also says something about Casey to.
      -I am wondering how Casey would filter out that act. Helping a comrade? Getting his back, so to speak?

      Erik

      • jam says:

        I think it’s more likely that it was all Sarah’s idea and Casey just grumbled something about peanut butter and chocolate when she told him about it.

      • thinkling says:

        I think Sarah probably sold Casey on the CIA interests, like protecting his cover and the his future potential with the agency. THEN he said would have something about chocolate and peanut butter. He would see through Sarah’s pitch, but he would see the validity of it. Plus, he did say to the bosses that Chuck had served his country and done a good job (when he was trying to avoid the kill order).

      • joe says:

        I agree, Thinklng. Sarah knew how to speak Casey’s language. I love the scene in Marlin where Sarah tells Casey to NOT tell Chuck that he’s close to being bunkered. He can’t process it! she says.

        That’s Sarah acting as a Casey-to-Chuck translation dictionary. 😉

      • atcDave says:

        Yeah that’s my take too, Casey’s main involvement was just signing off on it, Sarah did all the work.

      • Casey always notices things. She probably sold him on Ellie’s dissatisfaction being a hazard to Chuck’s cover. I doubt he played that major of a role.

      • Robert says:

        That diploma’s is all Sarah’s doing (with Casey agreeing with it). Just see how she detailed how Chuck “managed” to get his credits…this is clearly “her” plan.

        And Sarah took the time to come give it to him, she told Ellie about it, and then gave it to Chuck. It was definitely a way to thank him for all he was doing, but there was an additional incentive for Sarah; what she did for him was always to help him, reinforce his confidence, and because she was already in love with him. Small gesture, yes, but for Sarah, actions always meant a million words.

        She gave him the real diploma, not because she had to, but because she wanted to.

  12. ChuckFanForever says:

    I used to keep a list of arcade games that I could beat with a single quarter… ah… memories!

  13. Bob says:

    One of the funniest moments of the entire series (well, for me anyway!) is in this episode: Casey saying all of Jeff’s old fans would now have moved on and have jobs and wives and children, while Chuck makes a face and shakes his head in the background. I laugh out loud every time I watch that scene.

  14. First Impression says:

    I wasn’t impressed on my first viewing of Tom Sawyer.  Maybe following a show that was as good as Cougars, Tom Sawyer didn’t quite reach that ‘exceptional’ level for me (even though I thought Scott Krinsky did nice job).  So, I read the posts above and went back for another look. Thanks to you guys, I’m happy to report that the second time around was much better.   During both views, my favorite line was Sarah’s ‘I trust Chuck’.  

    • atcDave says:

      No doubt that’s a great line! I think for some of us this is a favorite because it has such strong nerd appeal. Especially for us older 80s nerds! It’s also sort of a status quo episode, nothing really big happens. But I think it gives us a nice snapshot of where everything stands for the team and our favorite characters in mid S2.

    • Christopher says:

      First of First Impressions I was like you when I first saw this episode I Was like alright this would be in the skip this episode on my binge watches, but after watching it a few times I can’t help but love What Sarah did for Chuck and she did it in such a caring way. a lot more than what Ellie does with ranking on him. IT seems to me like Dave often said while everyone else sees a loser in Chuck because he hasn’t move forward with his life after Stanford. He is a guy that was stuck because of the impact it was on his sychi being accused of cheating is something that you can’t get over especially when you get kicked out of school for it, and at the time he did not know Bryce was doing it to keep from joining the CIA.

      Sarah does not see a loser she sees potential. remember what her face expression was when Ellie was ripping Chuck it made me see how much this woman who just came into his Chuck’s life care deeply about Chuck and gets his Stanford Degree.

      Even with Casey Sarah defends Chuck’s plan by saying I trust Chuck..

      Great episode when it comes to the development of Chuck and SArah.

    • thinkling says:

      I really like TS, and in a way that line shows part of the reason. There is trust between CS the whole way through. It wasn’t particularly romantic, but the friendship and caring, the pride and fierce trust were all so obvious. To me TS is Chuck at it’s best … well, except for the lack of romance, but what we get is the next best thing. The team works together, each doing what he does best.

      We get one of the best Ellie/Sarah talks, and the great Chuck is like a duck line. And in that talk, thanks to Yvonne’s amazing face, we see things begin to sink in for Sarah. She begins to truly understand Chuck and what Bryce robbed him of, or more accurately what the spy life robbed him of … twice. We see her guilt, because she is a part of that.

      We have Chuck juggling the spy life (love his Francois getup), Ellie’s questions, Devin’s health drink, and Emmett’s interference, all while trying to protect creepy Jeff and save the greater good … without sacrificing his corner of it. As a bonus, we get the interviews with Emmett, where Chuck is openly acknowledged as the one employee that makes the Buymore work. (Heh, a hero in two speres) I love Anna’s line: there’s Chuck and there’s everyone else … and then there’s Jeff.

      A footnote on the Ellie topic: I don’t see her as ragging on him. To the contrary, Ellie loves Chuck more than anyone else in his life. She hates what Bryce and Jill did to him. She knows what a great guy he is (more than even Sarah at this point) and wants him to realize his potential and have the life he deserves. But Ellie only knows a fraction of the story. She doesn’t know what really happened at Stanford, or that her brother is a true hero … out there saving the world. She only sees what Chuck lost. And through Ellie, Sarah feels that loss and aches for Chuck’s predicament. Sarah’s assessment that Chuck is like a duck is so true of his whole situation. There is so much going on beneath the surface that no one can, or should, see. TS shows us exactly that: a dull existence on the surface with chaos and stress and danger churning beneath. Wonderful episode for showing Chuck as the anonymous hero and the toll it is taking on him.

      Come to think of it, I can watch TS any time and enjoy it thoroughly.

      • atcDave says:

        Nice summation! It is definitely one of those episodes with high replay value.

      • First Impression says:

        Thank you for the insight everyone. This is exactly why I like posting as I’m working my way through the series. 🙂

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Plus it has one of the most kick-ass montages of the entire series. 😀

      • thinkling says:

        Ah, yes. There is that! Really fantastic montage … which Chuck does better than any other show, IMO.

  15. Christopher says:

    Thinkling,

    “We get one of the best Ellie/Sarah talks, and the great Chuck is like a duck line. And in that talk, thanks to Yvonne’s amazing face, we see things begin to sink in for Sarah.” this to me was were we really see Sarah caring about Chuck, and this is also were I have a hard time with Ellie.

    Ellie seems to be the Robert De Niro from the Bronx Tale, and Sarah is Sonny. Sonny is teaching C everything RDN is but with more of a comfort, same here with Sarah. Sarah is telling Chuck everything Ellie is except like with Casey Chuck is attacked by Ellie. Everything Chuck did was wrong or not the way Ellie wanted so she lectured him Like RDN

    and the conversation between Sarah And chuck was like the one RDN has with Chazz Palminteri

    • thinkling says:

      Sorry … no context for your analogy. I’ve never seen whatever you’re referencing.

      Sometimes Ellie comes on a little strong, but I totally get her. She has no idea what he is actually doing. She only sees this great guy (her brother whom she loves more than anything … and whom she raised) who was horribly wronged but has allowed himself to settle into an existence of mediocrity instead of fighting to get his life back. And it’s time for him to do that. She is the only person trying to encouraging him to strive for more (heaven knows Morgan and the Buymorons aren’t). So she mothers him a little from time to time, and I totally get that. In Sarah, she sees an ally, someone who cares about Chuck and seems to inspire him to aim higher. Imagine Ellie’s relief. Sometimes it’s a little much, but I see her motives, and I don’t have a problem with it or her.

      I DO have a problem with her, when she sees that Chuck has indeed made something great of himself and asks him to give it up (end of S3). That really bothers me … infinitely more than her occasional nagging in S1. Of course, Chuck’s acquiescing bothers me even more, but that’s a discussion for another day. 🙂

      • atcDave says:

        Funny you know, actually I guess predictable, but as I read your first paragraph I was thinking exactly the second paragraph.
        Ellie is an awesome character, and I love how she supports and believes in Chuck. But then at the end of S3 becomes the meddling Mom who doesn’t know when to let go. That really irked me a lot.
        Sarah was more than just an ally, Sarah is who she will need to pass the torch to. Ideally, just a little bit before she actually does!

      • thinkling says:

        Funny, Dave … I almost used the words pass the torch.

        As for the S3 sibling malfunction, it was such an about-face for Ellie who wanted him to get a life, and then when the life he got was dangerous, she wanted him to give it up. So not awesome. And Chuck giving in after all he went through to get that life … Hellooo. But what bothered me most about his giving in was not talking about it with Sarah, especially after their vows: Do you agree to not quit the spy life and be with me? … I do. So to cave … snap … just like that … what a head snapper.

        Of course, I really imagine it was a way for TPTB to put the genie back in the bottle and have Ellie in the dark … again … about the spy life. Another bad call in my book. That story had been told, and I think it would have been more fun for Ellie to be in on stuff. It was just so much more fun when she was.

      • atcDave says:

        Yeah I see an obvious parallel there. To me, it’s exactly like the S3 reset, they tried to reset the romance and undo S2 in a way. Well they did the same thing again with Ellie at the end of S3 beginning of S4. Fortunately, Ellie’s story doesn’t carry nearly the emotional weight. But I think it’s exactly the same sort of malfunction. Reset-itis.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      I always say that Chuck started the series tied firmly to Ellie’s apron strings. He largely freed himself in season 2 only to become entangled in Sarah’s. Season 3 was about becoming an equal to both of them. Supported by, but not ruled by them. Until a grief stricken sister emotionally blackmailed the baby brother she raised in to turning his back on his vocation. They both got it by the end of season 4.

      • joe says:

        I hadn’t thought of it in terms of being tied to apron strings, Ernie. To me, it seemed more like Chuck was very late growing out of adolescence. Ellie played momma to him, certainly, but she was still mostly big-sisterish.

        If there was a problem, it was in Chuck’s arrested development more than in Ellie’s taking care of him, though.

      • atcDave says:

        I don’t believe Sarah ever had any apron strings! (in several senses of the word…)

      • atcDave says:

        Joe I would mostly agree, except that Ellie clearly crossed out of bounds at the end of S3.

      • joe says:

        Yeah, I agree with that. At the end of S3 Ellie crossed the line into meddling into Chuck’s life. Two things save her as a character, though. She had just lost her father and told her brother that she (essentially) wanted revenge. That’s her flaw. Ellie backs away from that pretty quick, though, by trying to protect Chuck (even against himself, though). Once again, she over-shoots to the point of controlling his life.

        I don’t think Chuck would have agreed to that, except for the trauma of Stephen’s death, Shaw’s onrushing victory over him, and his own desires to have a “normal life” with Sarah. Ellie only pushed him in the direction he wanted to go.

        I was glad to see Ellie begin to change her mind so quick in S4, though. By Coup D’Etat she knows she made a mistake. Chuck then goofs just as badly by keeping his spying a secret longer than he needed to. It’s a proverbial comedy of errors that went on a round to long, I think.

      • revdr says:

        Ernie, I totally see the apron springs angle with Ellie, but I think that it was a bit more than that. Yes, she was overprotective, but look where it came from. She pretty much raised Chuck, given that their mom was gone for 20 years, and their dad even when he was there seemed a little shall I say, distracted. Then, after everything that happened at Stanford, it was just easier for Chuck to stay within himself, since her had been betrayed, both in friendship…and in love. His sprit had been broken, and so had his heart. Sarah awakened something in him that he hadn’t felt in years; confident. Okay, semi-confident. He didn’t know what to think about Sarah, and she didn’t help matters by giving off huge mixed signals. One moment she telling him that they could never be together, the next she saying that he could have anything, and everything that he wanted. But in all of that she did force him to realize that he deserved more than he had, and he finally decided to go after it. Ellie was ready to let go, and it was easy to see that Sarah was the heir apparent, because even she could see how Chuck was, and had become around her. Did Ellie cross the line in season 3? Absolutely; but considering she had watched her father die, and her brother almost killed, I would have second thoughts about my brother’s chosen profession as well. I certainly didn’t like it though, that she just accepted, out of hand, him going back down into the depths of mediocrity by going back to the Buy More in season 4. She loved her brother though, and as a sister, and surrogate parent, sometimes it’s just hard to let go. Just look at how hard it was for her when Chuck wasn’t there to say goodbye when she and Awesome left for Africa.

      • atcDave says:

        Yeah rev its easy to give Ellie a pass for that one bit of stupidity. And I always held that more against Chuck for giving in. But Chuck giving in really did irk me, a lot. Making life/career decisions without even consulting his significant other… OI! moron…

        But I particularly like Ellie in S1. Her antagonism with Morgan was always so funny. I was almost sorry when they made nice.

      • Christopher says:

        My problem with Elllie is not the fact that she raised Chuck my problem with Ellie has always been she tries to control everything in Chucks life I mean look at what she did later in the season by forcing Chuck to break up with Sarah ng did it in season 3 with making him quit the CIA it is things like this that she should mind your business and let Chuck
        figure it out if he was a teenager that would be one thing but he is a 30 year old man who gets talked to buy his sister like he is an idiot conversely Sarah treated with respect and kindness there are times where Sarah hold some back to but it is more so that he don’t hurt himself. I will never question the mothering that she did especially with no parents around but again he is 30 years old you have to at some point give advice but not to the point where you criticize everything he does she did not know the facts on why Chuck was hanging out with Jeff nor did she need to know why Chuck was going out with Jill there’s certain things Chuck needed to figure out for himself she said that she wanted him to get over Jill and maybe a night out with Jill would have done that

      • atcDave says:

        Well I have no problem with Ellie being involved, and of course her Jill advice is perfect and right on. Even if we sympathize with Chuck a little, he was a moron for getting together with Jill.
        But she clearly overstepped bounds at times. That’s annoying, but it’s also not terribly shocking given their background. I think Chuck giving in to some of it is a far worse issue.

  16. revdr says:

    I guess that, from Chuck’s pov, he owed so much to Ellie that it was much easier to go along with her (albeit’ it was a lie), rather than challenge her on the subject. He had Sarah’s blessing (“I fell in love with a normal guy”), so he just went with it. I wonder sometimes what would have happened if he hadn’t been charged by his dad with taking up the mantle of finding Mama B.?

    • atcDave says:

      He got Sarah’s blessing AFTER he promised Ellie! Lucky for him, Sarah was always pretty type B about these sort of things…
      I have some sympathy for Ellie’s concerns. I have zero sympathy for Chuck’s acquiescence.
      (“I would have to talk to Sarah about it” is the ONLY acceptable answer to Ellie’s demand).

    • Aplegat says:

      I thought Ellie demanding Chuck to quit spying was perfectly understandable, considering the shock of finding out of the spying thing, seeing their father die and the same fate almost happening to Chuck, all in a short span of time. With the running theme of strong family ties and the realization what the spying life did to their family, I would be surprised and rather disappointed with Ellie if she didn’t come firmly to Chuck about that.

      Not so much for Chuck, him agreeing to that without discussing it with Sarah was not his strongest moment, unless we treat his quick word of consent in the car as the only direction he thought possible at this very dificult point, and the final decision as agreed upon with Sarah later on. Still, Chuck giving up spying where Sarah was still in that and he wouldn’t be able to watch her back any more didn’t look that good to me.

      • atcDave says:

        Yeah exactly Aplegat. Ellie overstepped, but she was stressed out, traumatized, emotional. I can accept and buy that she overstepped without diminishing her character.
        But Chuck was wrong.

  17. Christopher says:

    The interesting thing some of the stand alone episodes are weak because it does not continue with the story of the season, but as wrestling fan that I am we call these things time gap segments, which sometimes we get good ones, but most of the time there gap fillers. For example, to me 3D is one of those episodes, however I don’t feel like that with this episode. It is fun throughout it was also a nice way for once to include the entire cast in the story.

    See here is the thing one of the best things about the series of Chuck is we actually get to see a full relationship transpire. Picture a ladder if you will. The top is what we get in season 5 with the marriage, but in season one we get an bond/with friendship and admiration in the beginning of season 2 we get feelings from the both of them except it is still to early for them to understand what is going on between them,, but the respect and caring for each other is growing rapidly. Do we hit speed bumps sure all relationships do, but as Chuck said in Coup D’tat

    Chuck: Change is unavoidable….the question is if the love is still there. For Chuck and Sarah its always been their its just as Carina once said they just didn’t know how much it was there.

    not until the latter part of season 2, after Lethal Weapon

    As soon as Sarah tells Cole, that she does not cheat on her cover boyfriend and when you meet someone you care about its just hard to walk away. I love this because this was Sarah opening up about her feelings and with someone. Casey was not around nor was GB on the monitor. See I like Cole unlike Bryce and Shaw he was more friendly with Chuck. He didn’t seem threatened by Chuck nor did he feel the need to compete with him. He showed respect towards Chuck

    • thinkling says:

      I find the stand alone episodes are usually among my favorites, and the heavy-on-mythology, though significant, are often not my favorites. Like when I’m just in the mood to watch a random Chuck, I’ll often pull out a stand alone. One reason I am drawn to them is that they are often stronger on memorable moments, relationship growth, and character development.

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