Chuck vs The DeLorean (2.10)

The second Sarah-centric episode of this season, and the first appearance of Gary Cole as Jack Burton.  Sarah’s dad gets entangled with a very dangerous villain, and that means both trouble and opportunity for everyone.  After the jump, we’ll look at Chuck vs The DeLorean.

No doubt this episode continues the trend of Sarah-centric episodes being very strong. I didn’t care for the “stalker” bit Chuck pulls at the beginning, but that’s it.  This is other-wise a very strong episode.  We get several dynamite Sarah scenes (I particularly like the chocolate croissants scene), a very entertaining con/sting (love the Colonel Klink accent!), and an exciting climax.  This is also another episode with a solid “B” plot, at least in the end it is how it ties back into the main plot.  The 22 MPH DeLorean fails as a get-away car, but delivers reliable laughs.

But I think the real center piece here is Sarah’s relationship with her Dad.  We get a real look at her loneliness and brokenness for the first time; her goodbye to him is beautiful and sad.  At least Jack knows he was a lousy father, and I find it interesting that he apparently is a little proud that she’s found a career as “some sort of cop”.  I also like that he is the first to tell Sarah plainly that Chuck loves her.   Sure it may be one of the worst kept secrets in the CIA; but Chuck hasn’t confessed it yet.  I guess I find the big picture knowledge here a little disheartening that it will be over a year, and a lot of heartache before they both come to grips with it.  But at least we get some good character moments; and we have to believe that in the long run these events will matter for both of them.

~ Dave


Tell Us More, Sarah!

Sarah-centric episodes are always interesting. What they choose to reveal and when is often telling. In season 1, when they wanted to show Sarah’s growing desire to leave the spy-life and find a home they brought in an ex-partner – who hinted at a wilder past for both of them – to show how much Sarah had already changed from her past self. “I’m good here.” was such a multi-layered line for the time. With Cougars Chuck learns a bit about Sarah’s past, but not really. As far as Chuck knows Sarah Walker was the very normal Jenny Burton from San Diego. But we knew that there was more to it. We now saw why Chuck’s intended compliment in his breakup cut Sarah so deeply. She will never be normal, and Chuck deserves his old normal life back, even if she can never be a part of it. Suddenly we start to see just why Sarah needs someone like Chuck, but we don’t yet know if it is Chuck, or the idea of Chuck that she’s taken with. Certainly she has feelings, strong feelings for him, but is it love? Would it be enough for her to settle down, and would it last? In these next few episodes that doubt is chipped away.

We see that the life that Sarah lived, hinted at by Graham at the end of Cougars had been going on for a long time. A clearly pre-teen Sarah is already a part of her dad’s criminal enterprises, so that second chance Graham offered her, and where it led her (as Sarah will confirm in season 5) was probably the right choice for her then. It at least put her on the side of the good-guys, but that is the problem this episode as we learn more about her father and how he hasn’t changed.

Chuck learned to take a step back from his prying after Cougars, until this episode when Sarah does something unusual. Sarah takes a day off. Chuck seems surprised. They’ve been together for two years, well not together together, but fake together with undertones of real, and in all that time Sarah never took a day off. Sarah has a life outside being the worlds greatest spy? This Chuck has to see. What does “personal time” look like for Sarah Walker. It is a little cringe inducing, but in Chuck’s defense Sarah knows everything about him and is monitoring him 24/7, so turnabout is fair … right?

Incidentally trailing Sarah on a bike because all the Nerd Herders being re-upholstered due to the discovery of Jeff’s underwear in one was priceless. But Chuck still has a lot to learn about spying. Like take off the GPS tracking watch your handler gave you so she could always locate you before trying to covertly tail her on her personal time. So Chuck’s cover is blown. Apparently there’s an app for that.

Chuck’s flash on that much, much older gentleman who is a bad man total loser bottom feeding scum of the earth considerably older man (but a hell of a dancer) brings out his protective (and jealous) side.

It is interesting how Sarah reacts. She doesn’t dispute Chuck’s description, but she only lets slip as much as she has to, and Jack Burton (Jenny’s dad) enters the Chuck-verse.

Sarah’s dynamic with her dad the next morning is interesting. We can see there is a certain effort to keep him at a distance, but still a very real affection between them. It is this episode that we get our second glimpse of what makes Sarah Walker tick, emotionally. The men in her life let her down. At least now she won’t take his stolen money anymore, as opposed to “How much did we get?” and some Rocky Road. But now we get back to Sarah’s conflict. She loves her dad, but she’s under no illusions as to who he is, and her identity is now tied very closely with being “one of the good guys”. Still she couldn’t help being impressed with the size of the con, the con-man’s daughter is still in there somewhere. But knowing a crime has been committed, she has to do the right thing. She offers to turn her dad in. Now we see Sarah’s reason for that distance with her father was not just to protect herself, it was also to protect him. She’s not sure how he’d react to her being in the CIA, especially if it means arresting him. But remember, the last time Sarah’s dad left her in Cougars it was a similar situation. Arresting him might be the only way to protect him. Could we just say it’s complicated, and now she also has to con her con-man father on several levels. About her job. About Chuck. And she has to get him to give up the details of the con to see if they can get information on the very bad people her father has conned.

Dinner with Chuck and her dad is interesting. Chuck of course instantly connects and loves hearing the stories about Sarah’s childhood, and she doesn’t seem too upset that he’s hearing them as opposed to her more (ahem) visceral reaction in Cougars.  Is she (like the parallel Anna/Morgan story) ready to take it to the next level and let Chuck in a little? Or is it the fact that she’s reconciled with Chuck knowing all about her dad pretty much gives him a hint as to what her life was like.  In any case it’s a very new take on them together and Chuck being made privy to what Sarah’s childhood was like.  She’s allowing him to see a part of her, a bit of what in fact makes her fragile and in need of his understanding that she longs for the connection, but is afraid that like with her dad, once that connection is made she’ll be hurt when he inevitably leaves her for that normal life.

So, dinner turns into an emergency con when this episode’s generic villain, Sheik Rajiv Amad, shows up and wants his building.  Sarah and Chuck both do some improvising and Dad is safe, but now there is an unbelievable opportunity, get the Sheik’s banking information, courtesy of her dad’s first con.   So now Sarah has to trick him into pulling a con that is both a con and not a con.  To say it’s con-fusing is an understatement.  Still love everything about the con, from the phony exterminators to the veeerrst German accent you have ever heard to the double-cross.  Some excellent comedy/spy stuff.

I said before that there was something new apparent in the way that Sarah seemed more at ease with Chuck hearing about her past.  So too is the way that Sarah allows Chuck to help her through her dad’s apparent betrayal.  She accepts without complaint the comfort she tacitly admits she needs.  That and a little heavy-bag therapy.

Sarah has been hurt, but she still loves her dad, and will do anything to keep him safe.  And it turns out Jack loves Sarah, he just has an odd way of showing it, skipping out of town after thinking he set up Chuck and Sarah for life.

The end of this episode, with every member of team B improvising their own take on the next level of the con is great, but I still like Lichtenstein better.

Sarah still loves her dad, and in the end daddy’s girl beats Agent Walker, and she lets him get away, and once again lets Chuck offer the comfort she seems willing to admit is a welcome change from dad’s version.

– Ernie

Protection And Warmth

Before I begin doing my usual riff (and my usual cock-eyed take!) on Chuck vs. The DeLorean, it’s incumbent to sing the praises of actors Gary Cole and Stefanie Scott. I must, I must!

Cole was a bit of a revelation. As is often the case, I recognized him instantly, but I couldn’t point specifically to any other role he’s played. And he’s played approximately a million. The trivia section of IMDB shows that he was barely edged out by Don Johnson for a staring role in Miami Vice, which I can’t help but think would have been our first introduction to a proto-Jack Burton by another name.

In the first two seasons of Chuck we saw many strong guest star performances. C.S. Lee (as Harry Tang) and Tony Hale come to mind instantly with characters that were hugely recognizable and memorable. But in every case, the characters were actually caricatures by intent, almost cartoonish. That’s okay – it serves a purpose.

In contrast was the way Cole absolutely commanded the scenes in which he played. He owned them; he owned the character and made us both understand and like the person we saw. It’s a quality I’d see again and recognize when Scott Bakula, Chevy Chase, Linda Hamilton and Tim Dalton make their appearances. Even in Chuck vs. The DeLorean, he’s not alone in this.

Are you wondering who Stefanie Scott is? Why, she’s 12 year old Sarah. When she looks at Cole’s Jack Burton and says (with just a touch of a scowl) “That really hurt!”, she reveals volumes of information about Sarah Walker and the relationship she had with her dad. Jack was supposed to protect her, after all. Instead, Sarah had to protect herself, at least a bit.

Well, maybe that info-drop really comes when she chooses Rocky Road over a trip to the emergency room for (at minimum) a sprained wrist. Either way, character pwned!

It’s in the little things they do; Stefanie Scott’s brief scowl, Gary Cole’s glib self-assurance when he tells Chuck that he is, indeed, a rogue, scoundrel, a very bad man “…and one hell of a dancer.” It’s Yvonne’s wrist-flip when Sarah plays executive secretary that sells the act to Sheik Rajiv Amad, you recall. Perfect. I’m not qualified to critique the technical aspects of acting, but if there’s one episode where everyone gets it right, it’s here; even I can tell.

And that brings me to something I suspect will come up in comments because it came up in the NBC boards back then. We’re informed here that Sarah is 12 in 1990, which doesn’t jibe comfortably with her still being in high school in 1998 (this is established as canon in Cougars), the same year Chuck is a freshman at Stanford. Is Sarah older than Chuck (his birthday being in September, we know from the pilot episode)? Were they both 19 year old college freshmen? Is this a careless slip-up and an example of the fans paying more attention than TPTB?

My answer, in light of all the good stuff I had seen in Chuck already, was to firmly affix my thumb to my nose, waggle my fingers and say PPHHTTTHHHHWWWAAAPPPP! Can I spell that for you? It’s spelled “PPHHTTTHHHHWWWAAAPPPP!” WHO CARES? I chose to not strain my brain over that and enjoy the other little things. [Huff – puff – puff – calming down, now…]

And there were so many. This is Sarah’s story, where we learn more about her childhood running cons with her dad. That couldn’t have been easy, but no kid ever had as much fun. Jack taught her to protect herself and never be a chump. There’s more, though, something I often fail to recognize about DeLorean. It’s also a major story about The Romance ™.


S2 started with Chuck and Sarah being a couple, but that part of the relationship ended in The Break-up with tears barely held back. Chuck’s doing. He wanted a normal life, and life with Sarah would never be normal. Ever since, Chuck and Sarah have been the best of friends and the best of partners.

They’ve saved each other, saved the world together (or, at least, several thousand in the greater LA metro area), shared cheeseburgers (extra pickles) and tried desperately to not pry into each others’ past. In fact, it becomes difficult for us the viewers to remember that they are “just friends” – it seems like so much more. If you could plot a graph of their closeness, it would be a slow but steady climb from the low point that was The Break-up.

But like bookends, the tears and quivering chin are back. Sarah experiences the same sense of loss, this time when she sends her father away for Rocky Road ice creme to keep him away from the authorities. She barely holds it together. This is the assassin, the CIA operative who has to be prepared to leave everything (and everyone) behind at a moment’s notice, the savvy con-artist who would never be a mark, brought to tears – again. Over family.

You can wear your fur like a river on fire
But you better be sure if you’re makin’ God a liar
I’m a rattlesnake, Babe, I’m like fuel on fire
So if you’re gonna’ get made, Don’t be afraid
…of what you’ve learned

If her experiences with Chuck have taught her one thing, it’s been that family and friends matter. There’s no protection for that and nothing to keep you warm without them.

Chuck: Eleven years ago, my father left Ellie and me. He’s, uh, he was an unusual man. I guess that’s generous. An engineer. We used to get Christmas cards and birthday calls. And then one year, it just stopped. I don’t know why. What I do know is 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, but… You need to know that your father’s sins are his and not yours.

Chuck is an articulate schnook and finds the words that help Sarah to deal with everything she’s feeling. He does it without prying or being obtrusive. Perfect. Better than beating up a punching bag, for sure.

I’ll elide over DeLorean’s excellent adventure, with Chuck pulling off a con of his own, great lines (like Jack informing Casey of his great gift – his “cop-face”), and Sarah shooting her own father to save him from the dangerous Sheik Amad. There’s perfect counterpoint with Morgan foolishly spending Devon’s money to buy a car that won’t do 22 mph without stalling instead of growing up. He’ll be coming around, but that’ll take a few more episodes.

Chuck accidentally bumps into Jack after Sarah has sent her father off and realizes almost instantly that Sarah has come to a crossroads. She had to choose between her duty and her family, and maybe for the first time in a long time, chooses family. Maybe for the first time, we can see Sarah asking herself “What would Chuck do?” and come up with an answer. Chuck knows something significant has happened; we can tell by his look back at Jack.

DeLorean is a “Sarah episode,” but here, Chuck is not a minor player. He’s not the whiny, insecure, bumbling nerd-herder we saw as recently as Sensei. He’s been suave, clever and even understanding of both the personal and political situations surrounding him. Chuck turns down $10 million with only a joke/token regret, convinces Jack (a powerful father figure), that he’s worthy of his daughter and does one other thing. He offers Sarah his jacket for warmth.

Like so much else in this episode, it’s a little thing. And it’s perfect. Sarah accepts the coat, and with that look back at the departing Jack – another tiny bit of acting worthy of the others I mentioned – Chuck knows he’s just taken on an awesome responsibility.

For her part, and reinforced by Jacks “one great talent”, Sarah trusts Chuck in a new way. She’s come to trust him with her heart. Without speaking of it, Chuck and Sarah have crossed a threshold and I have no doubt that he’s thinking of her differently. “Just friends” doesn’t come close to describing it any longer. “Cover boy/girlfriend” won’t cut it either. If we ever thought that they were going to remain at arms length forever like Ross and Rachel, Sam and Diane or Booth and Bones, we were wrong and knew it then.

So much from expressions, looks, body language and stage presence. I haven’t even gotten around to mentioning the real star of the episode, a 1981 muscle car that stalls at 22 mph (Oh yeah!). I’m certain that from this episode on I was unable to think of Chuck as just another television show, and I couldn’t think of a better way to highlight the Christmas season…
…except for what’s coming next.

From all of us at Chuck This!, Merry Christmas to you all!

– joe


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27 Responses to Chuck vs The DeLorean (2.10)

  1. Great reviews,as ever,guys and with three of you commenting here,it is impossible to find something you might have missed-so I won’t even try!!
    Sarah-centric episodes always seemed memorable and I have yet to see anything other than favourable comments from fans.I loved Gary Cole’s performance-sometimes an actor fits so well and with one episode leaves you wanting more .It was well worth the wait for Wedding Planner!!
    Loved the reference to the heavy-bag scene in Castle,Sarah’s venomous kick-boxing/punching,coupled with her trademark facial expressions demonstrated Yvonne knows how to show frustration and hurt so well.Forgive the intended pun,but in another show I enjoy,they gave an almost identical scene to Kate Beckett and it paled in comparison.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year to you all from the Hughes family in Norfolk England-2012 has been great fun!!!

    • joe says:

      Merry Christmas, Graham. You’re right about that scene with Yvonne punching the heavy bag. For me, it’s not the punches, but the moment Sarah stops to rest for a moment and touches her forehead to the bag that does it. That’s where she shows the frustration.

      It’s yet another example of “those little, technical things” that make the episode (and the show in general) great.

      Heh! I’m becoming a Castle fan too (but really, who hasn’t done that)! Kate/Stana is best when she’s verbally sparing with Rick/Nathan. (“You sorta remind me a little of Hootch…”) With Yvonne, it comes out in the physical acting – world class. I have a hard time recognizing when a stunt-double is being used for Zac, but I have a feeling that his physical acting is pretty good too. But clearly, his strength is his amazing range. He can do comedy, romance and action.

  2. Good Evening Joe, Ernie, Big Kev, Liz, Faith, Rick Holy, and Chuck fans all over the world.I know it’s been almost a year since I’ve Commented on S5 of Chuck, but I’m glad to the Chuckthis website is still up and running since the series finale.

    First of all, Happy Holidays to you all. I want to comment on the Delorian as far as Yvonne and Zac acting skills are concerned. Yes, Yvonne acting skills are physical and yet, she can be romantic when she needs to be while Zac can range can do comedy, romance,and action.

    Oh by the way, I am big fan of Castle just like you joe. Kate/Stana and Rick/Nathan are real good actors and I see the similarites between them and Sarah/Yvonne and Chuck/Zac as far as their acting styles are concerned.

    So on this Christmas Eve evening, I wish you all and your families a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a prosperous NEW YEAR!!! Talk 2 u in January 2013

    • joe says:

      Great to hear from you again, Bernard, and Merry Christmas to you too! Yup – we’re still here and enjoying a slo-mo marathon rewatch. We always enjoy comments from “the old-timers!” 😉

  3. Sarah centric episodes are always my favorites, so I love this episode. Gary Cole was perfect as Sarah’s father (loved when he called Chuck a “schnook.”) One of my favorite scenes was Chuck speaking in German accent. Funny stuff. And Yvonne was fantastic in this episode, showing Sarah’s pain very well.

  4. resaw says:

    This is such a great episode. Thank you, all three, for your comments. The scene between Sarah and her dad is so touching. “One thing I know: that kid would never betray you. I made a $10 million bet that he loved you.” Gary Cole inhabited this role so well….

    I also really liked the little dialogue at the end between Jack and Chuck:
    “Hello, Charlie.”
    “I’ve kind of grown accustomed to Schnook.”
    “So have I….”
    I may be stating the obvious but it’s certainly not the name that he’s grown accustomed to, but the security of knowing that Chuck is in his daughter’s life.

    As you’ve all noted, there are these nice little touches throughout this episode. The words are certainly important, but it is also the way they are expressed, as well as the silences, and the facial expressions that come together to make really good TV. Chuck is so good at this point in its life; I’m grateful for the opportunity to re-watch and talk about Chuck in general and this episode in particular. Thanks again for running this blog.

    • atcDave says:

      You know this is a labor of love Resaw. Even when I complain, it never would have happened if I wasn’t so drawn to this show and these characters. I may have been hooked in S1, but S2 is when they reeled me in. And this is one of the very best of the best. I joke about how many episodes make my top ten list, but I think DeLorean always makes the list even when there’s only ten episodes on it!

    • joe says:

      Not only are the re-watches a labor of love, Resaw, but the commenting and interacting with the fans are too. I bring this up because it was about this time in 2008, when DeLorean and the up-coming Santa Claus were shown, that I got heavily invested in the NBC Boards too. Watching the show became a communal thing for me.

      It got obvious that I wasn’t alone a little later in the winter and spring of 2009, but about the time DeLorean aired it got really hard to stay away and not get caught up in the excitement. You could feel it building.

  5. Bill says:

    I echo resaw’s gratitude for this blog and re-watch. Your in-depth analyses of each episode are insightful and entertaining, and something I Iook forward to each week.

    I just wish I’d found this site during Chuck’s original run.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  6. uplink2 says:

    Too bad this episode came in the holiday week as the number of comments is small compared to the greatness of this episode. This is the one that did it for me. It is what hooked me on these characters so completely. It is my second favorite from season 2. Gary Cole was a perfect choice for the con-man father. His sense of humor and believability in the role transcends many if not all fo the series other guest stars. He is my favorite. Much of that is because he’s Sarah’s dad and the more we learn about my favorite character the better. But it is also how seamlessly he fits into the story they were telling us. Brilliant casting, something they did very well at this point.

    But it was also the episode that made me fall in love with the romance. The Charah story if you will. Chuck’s genuine desire to protect her from the “very bad man” even if it started as a bit of jealousy on his part was so much a part of him. Willingly putting himself in harms way to help her and her dad showed her so much of who he was. But it also showed clearly to Jack that Chuck loved his daughter deeply. The “articulate schnook” moment is one of the real classic moments from this series.

    But to me much of what this episode is about is trust. Jack trusting Chuck, Sarah wanting to trust her father but realizing in the end he had disappointed her again. Jack not trusting “cop face”.

    The final scene is so great on so many levels, Sarah’s need to know why Jack trusted Chuck with 10 mil and Sarah’s reaction to her father, the man who trusted no one when it came to money, putting his entire plan in the hands of a basic stranger because he was absolutely certain Chuck would never betray his daughter. Sarah’s reaction to it was priceless. It is both surprise at her father trusting him but also at the completely obvious notion that he was right. Chuck would never betray her and she and we knew that for a fact. It’s moments like these that made us invest so deeply in what we believed these characters were that when their contrived betrayal came later it felt so phoney and manipulative.

    BTW I rewatched my first episode since the finale last week. I watched Colonel and I will rewatch this one soon. It’s taken me almost a year to get back to where I can start to enjoy their journey again. I’m thankful it is coming back. But it just seems that for syndication buyers the emptiness the finale left in many avid fans like myself still hasn’t recovered enough for them to be interested in spending any money for the rights as of yet.

    • joe says:

      It’s okay, Uplink. I’d rather people be enjoying the holidays with friends and family. That’s the way it should be!

      Besides, I just finished re-watching Santa Claus (and weren’t we clever in our holiday scheduling? 😉 ). Together with DeLorean, I think it’s close to being my favorite pair of episodes. That’s because of one thing; the anticipation I felt about C&S’s upcoming romance.

      I can tell you, most of the fans felt it too. Sarah’s trust in Chuck is growing much more quickly than I ever thought possible. Jack’s statement to Sarah showed me she is starting to believe, and Chuck’s statement to Jack (“You gave me 10 million reasons to go and one really good one to stay.”) confirms that Sarah’s trust wasn’t misplaced. We just knew that they should not have been kept apart much longer.

      But “Do not meddle in the affairs of producers and directors, for they are subtle and prone to anger.” (Did I get that quote right?) The anticipation was more than half the fun (…at this point…, Joe adds quickly). We know now it was going to get much more deliciously worse before it got incredibly better.

      • atcDave says:

        Hmmmm, I don’t know about “deliciously” Joe…

        As I’ve said many times, I never enjoy the “malfunction/misunderstanding” sorts of episodes. But I would agree with saying it was inevitable and obvious to anyone who’s watched any television in their lives that this would go back and forth a few more times. It does damage my enjoyment some knowing just HOW much trauma lay ahead. But on it’s own, establishing the inner strength of the Chuck/Sarah friendship/relationship this is very satisfying.

    • garnet says:

      The last I’d heard, WB wasn’t in any hurry to “shop the rights” around. I am not sure why, but CHUCK did not appear on the list of shows that they were offering in the spring (according to

      • garnet says:

        Ok this is a record for me as far as being proven wrong . It is now reported that CHUCK is to be on Netflicks. This might explain why WB didn’t shop it around for syndication…they had other ideas. This could be very good news for CHUCK fans… if CHUCK becomes a frequent download…I smell a campaign coming on!

  7. SarahSam says:

    Great, great episode. Gary Cole was perfect. “Cop Face” still gets me to this day. Jack Burton is a cad and a criminal ( but a very good dancer) who you couldn’t help but love. God, S2 was so classic !! I pretty much agree with uplink though, it was episodes such as this,confirming their love in so many important ways, that made the coming betrayal impossible to digest. I know those were probably chaotic times for the creative forces, but had they just taken a breath and watched season 2 …..?

  8. jam says:

    As almost always, Dave’s views on the episode are very close to my own. He seems to dislike exactly the same things that I do in CHUCK… This episode was close to perfect, Stalker!Chuck being the only annoying detail. 🙂

    • atcDave says:

      It’s funny Jam, back when we were so much busier here, we would often see clear alliances between commenters. Now, not so much. But it’s great to have someone to see eye to eye with!

      • Robert says:

        I (generally) agree with what you say too, Dave. 😉

        “Delorean” is one of my favorite “Chuck” episode. For all the reasons that have been mentioned before (Jack Burton, Charah, the Mission), but what I really like is that Sarah finally realized that Chuck really loves her (and it is the first time I think that she can dare to hope their relationship can be, for real), because of what her father said to her (the 10 million $ bet) and Chuck’s actions and kind words (their breakfast discussion!!). And more importantly, it’s the first time we can see her begginning to accept it (like when Chuck put his coat on Sarah’s shoulders).

        One of the best episodes of Season 2 (and the entire series, for that matter)!

      • atcDave says:

        Yeah I know Robert, we are often on the same page too!

  9. mr2686 says:

    One thing I always love about Chuck is the use of names etc from earlier movies. In this case, Jack Burton was also a charcter from “Big Trouble in Little China. Of course, that wasn’t the first use from that movie since they used not only the name Lo Pan in “Sizzling Shrimp”, but also had that actor from that movie playing the part in the episode. Pretty cool I thought.

  10. Chris Byrnes says:

    While finishing season 2 for the 5 times tonight, I began to realize something that stands out about the series Chuck. So many shows don’t continue story lines and leave a lot of wondering what the TPTB where thinking when creating a long season such as Season 2. In Chuck, every episode reveals something significant to the main story and comes to light eventually during the series.

    For example, When Orion comes to Ellie’s Apartment, he masterly disguises his intentions by slip the RI card so only Chuck can see. Something like that makes you wonder wow how did I miss that. Which brings me to Chuck vs the Delorean. What I love about this episode is some of the names Jack Burton gives Chuck and Casey. I guess Casey gets to be the butt of someone’s jokes.

    Cop face and schnook great stuff. The Demorgan is another funny scene especially when Anna says we will start with the groin he wont be using it for a while. Thus, Morgan well Demorganed himself.

    I digress. Here is what I am talking about when it comes to the Orion example above.

    When Sarah introduces Chuck to her father, let me remind you that her father has no affiliation with the spy world and the chances of her father sticking around based on his track record was slim to none- She introduces him as her boyfriend-She could of introduced him as her friend, I said ok maybe that was because Chuck was there-but she did it again in the hotel room the morning after. Seems to me that her father was the first one she admits that the relationship was something more than a cover.

    My favorite scene was when Chuck tells Sarah that her father’s sins are his. Chuck has no fear to be honest with Sarah, there may be a heated conversion afterwards but they both know its for her own good. Deep down inside Sarah appreciates it as well.

  11. First Impression says:

    I absolutely loved this episode, especially tying the main plot to the subplot via the DeLorean.  Gary Cole as Sarah’s dad was another guest star that was perfectly cast.  When I saw his face, I flashed on Midnight Caller.  🙂 

    There were a couple of nice bookends.  At the beginning as Jack was escorting Sarah to his car, he slipped off his jacket to put around her shoulders.  At the end, Chuck slipped off his jacket and placed it around Sarah’s shoulders as he escorted her back inside.  Also, in the flashback to the young Sarah, she complained of a sprained wrist, to which her dad said, “it’s just a flesh wound.”  Sarah said the same thing to her dad after shooting him in the shoulder.

    The highlight for me was Jack’s blessings on the relationship between Sarah and Chuck. 

    Jack with Sarah
    Sarah: Why did you put the money in Chuck’s account?
    Jack: …I can read people…That kid would never betray you.  I made a 10 million dollar bet that he really loved you.  Turned out I was right.

    Jack with Chuck
    Jack: Thank you for coming back.  I gave you 10 million reasons to leave.  
    Chuck: But one really good one to stay.  And she would have done the same for me.
    Jack: I believe she would’ve.  Lucky for me she chose the right schnook.  Take care of her.
    Chuck: I’ll do my best.

    I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about this show.  It was nice to see Anna back and the DeMorgan subplot gave just the right amount of inanity.  Honestly there is so much good in The DeLorean that to mention it all, I’d simply be quoting every line.

    • atcDave says:

      No doubt, this is a very favorite of mine too. Excellent episode. There are five episodes that are generally considered Sarah centered (2 x S2, 2 x S4, 1 x S5), they are all dynamite.

    • joe says:

      Those bookends you mentioned, FI. Great catch! I’ve seen this episode, oh, nearly a dozen times by now. And I missed those connections every time.

      Goes to show, there’s always something new to see.

    • Christopher says:

      Ok Cop face,

      First impressions,
      My favorite scene is from the hotel room where Chuck tells Sarah about the sins of her father are his. The articulate Schnook again is a shoulder for we are a year and half through the series by now and there are so many special Sarah and Chuck moments already that each time you watch them you can’t help but smile or cry.

      Two you birds in need of each other. Sarah was new to normalcy and Chuck was new to the spy world who better than the two of them teaching each other the ropes. Sometimes we forget that the best scenes often are when we get to see the two of them really progress in their relationship/

      Chuck is the kind of guy that can be sweet, charming and caring, but he is not afraid to tell Sarah where to go. Sarah lets Chuck do what he wants on missions just enough until she has yank on the chain a little.

      but there is one thing we all can agree on they will be there for each other no matter how mad or awkward the situation becomes. Brace yourself though the ride is about to get bumpy for you first impressions.

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