Chuck Versus The Angel De La Muerte (3.03)


Casey Does Not Like This Mission

A breath of fresh air.  That is what this episode felt like after an angsty opening night.  Pink Slip and Three Words had a lot of ground to cover, making the new situation Chuck finds himself in as a result of his choice to become a spy  his new reality.  Those two episodes were largely about the consequences of his decision for himself and those around him, and while that theme will continue here and throughout the season, this episode is more about living in that world.  And examines that in an interesting way, by bringing in two outsiders, one aware of Chuck’s two lives, the other not, and seeing it and him through their eyes.

Chuck’s best episodes, or at least the ones I enjoy the most, are when his worlds collide.  Think of episodes like Chuck Versus The Truth or Chuck Versus The Santa Clause where the spy-world is all to present in Chuck’s family life, endangering those he holds dearest, forcing him to walk a perilous tightrope between the two.  Or episodes like Chuck Versus The Ring where that collision has hilarious consequences for Chuck and those unaware of the collision going on around them.  While Chuck has stepped far deeper into the spy-life than ever before, he is still surrounded by friends and family, only one of whom knows about his double life.  Join me for another look at Chuck Versus The Angel de la Muerte, after the jump.

The honeymoon is apparently over for Ellie and Awesome.  The formerly over sexed couple has settled into a routine that consists of unpacking and work and, well, not a lot else.  Their days of an impromptu trip to the broom closet are apparently behind them.  Along with that now routine routine we see some of the impact of Chuck’s new life on Ellie.  Sure the move across the courtyard was to get a little space for herself and Devon, but she didn’t think she’d never see Chuck anymore.  And what is the deal with all the helicopters lately?

Devon understands what the helicopter means, time to get Chuck and try to defuse the Ellie situation.  It’s fun to see spy Chuck and Awesome interact throughout this episode, but this scene is one of my favorite meta-moments where the show becomes self-aware.  Chuck becoming blasé about the mission he’s just back from, Devon intrigued.

Devon: Where were you tonight?  You told Ellie that you were gonna help us out with the TV.  She’s a little pissed, bro.

Chuck: Oh, man, my bad.  I had a, uh, CIA mission.

Devon: What exactly does that mean?

Chuck: Well, you know, same old, same old.  Bad guy throws a fancy cocktail party.  Another bad guy’s trying to sell him a weapon.  We bust both bad guys, diffuse a bomb.  Blah, blah, blah.

Devon: That sounds kind of kick-ass.

Kick-ass indeed.  One TV installation, briefing and debriefing later Casey’s perfect record has been called into question and Devon tries to make his case for joining Team B.  The adventure-sports cardiologist needs some excitement in his life, and Chuck’s spy-life sounds like just the ticket.

Chuck’s initial reluctance aside the Dr. Awesome’s do provide a convenient entry and cover for the gala affair on the soil of Costa Gravas where the mission is to protect Premier Alejandro Fulgencio Goya (played with marvelously scenery chewing intensity by Armande Assante), who troublingly, as the intended victim of an assassination plot, has taken  an interest in Ellie.

Devon’s enthusiasm for the spy life is suddenly dampened a bit as it now involves Ellie’s safety, sort of a reversed Chuck and Sarah parallel.  And speaking of parallels, the Chuck and Devon versus the Sarah and Ellie conversations are telling.  Chuck is denying there was ever anything real between them, while Sarah can no longer deny she still feels the same about him, despite everything.  Chuck and Sarah moved toward each other, or at least the idealized version of each other so quickly and completely for those few brief moments that to Chuck it seems a dream he woke from and to Sarah it was like waking up.  They are at very different places in their lives.  Chuck needs to throw himself into his new life to feel he didn’t throw it all away for nothing, and Sarah wants to take a step back from hers.

Speaking of missions, now is the time on Chuck that we dance!  Ellie is dragged onto the dance floor with the Premier and the assassin is apparently closing in.  A quick flash and Chuck has the means to cross the dance floor somewhat inconspicuously as he and Sarah start to rumba with the best of them.  While the rumba may get them in place it is pure Chuck and his spy training that takes out the “assassin.”  Except that he doesn’t, he just manages to get them kicked out just as the true assassin is identified, leaving only Casey to protect the premier from the dastardly Ring assassin.

One open field tackle by Devon later and the premier is saved, momentarily, Casey is captured, and the assassin is still at large, with Team B sidelined.

These next scenes are among my favorite of the season so far.  Casey tied to the chair but still “on mission” and Sarah and Chuck’s new dynamic as more partners than handler/asset showing through both in Castle and on the mission.  I’ll leave aside the obvious plot holes of the week.  They aren’t any more egregious than we’ve seen before in Chuck, and this episode manages to cross the fun threshold so that they recede into the background as irrelevant to my enjoyment.

The final scenes, where Chuck and Sarah decide “friends” is enough for now, but the obvious longing both of them have trouble letting go of that handshake and Sarah’s fright at falling so easily as she pulls out almost as if burnt.  Then the awkward conversation highlights something we may not have noticed during their cover dating years.  What would these two have to base a friendship, or a relationship on?  Common interests?  Outside spying and cover-dates and missions, there really isn’t much there in common.  Suddenly, Sarah and Chuck are having trouble seeing how they fit in each other’s lives minus a cover relationship.  But if we’re having trouble seeing how they fit, the final scene previews for us exactly why they should.  Beneath it all Sarah wants to be there for Chuck, and Chuck wants her there with him, whatever future they decide on.

~ Ernie


It’s A Selfish Act

A breath of fresh air, indeed, Ernie. Like the first two episodes of season three, I’m amazed that Chuck vs. The Angel de la Muerta seems so fresh and new on this re-watch. Honestly, so did Pink Slip and Three Words to my biased eyes.

“Why is that?” you may ask. I’m not so sure I have an answer. But you know me. I’m going to try to find one.

Ernie, you said that the best episodes of Chuck show Chuck’s worlds colliding. For me, the most enjoyable episodes show him not acting like the lovable nerdy Buy Moron he insists he is. In Angel we begin with Ellie and Devon’s passionate introduction (in which Sarah Lancaster reminds me that I really do have a thing for long-haired brunettes!) when they were in med. school, followed by Charles helicoptering in to Echo Park fresh from a mission – the spy we always knew he was meant to be.

From there, in his secret identity as Chuck Bartowski nerd-herder, he expertly saves the life of yet another small technological device in his sister’s living room before running off to his second mission of the night. No Buy Morons this time, no Jeffster, just Castle and one very exotic, imposing foreign dictator by the name of Alejandro Goya (played by the amazing Armand Assante). In fact, the dictator’s fate is bound up in the fate of Chuck’s Echo Park family; just as Chuck is called off to Castle, Devon is called to the hospital to save the his life.

But I don’t want to get off the track of Chuck’s new-found air of mastery and Bond-like elegance. He shows it in spades at the consulate ball, where Goya has seen fit to invite the doctor who saved his life, his lovely also-a-doctor wife and the brother-in-law with the delicate features.

Who decides the tempo of the dance

He who decides the tempo of the dance

Oh, wait. Forget the delicate features and lanky build. When you dance with Sarah, you look good. Period. And they certainly make a wonderful couple, the one we expected to see all along.

Seems to me Ellie expected to see that couple too. Yet, it’s not quite happening that way. The interleaved, simultaneous conversations between Ellie and Sarah, and between Devon and Chuck, tell us about the real dance that’s happening – the dance between Chuck and Sarah as they navigate their respective worlds.

Ellie: So, what did you want to talk to me about? [Realizes that Sarah is looking at Chuck] (Sigh) I’m sorry. Of course. Of course, this must be really hard for you guys.
Sarah: Yeah, it is.
Ellie: I mean, one minute, you’re broken up, and then the next minute, you’re on this incredibly sexy date…

Devon: So, what’s the deal with you guys? I mean, not to be crass or anything… but you and Sarah ever, like… you know?
Chuck: No.
Devon: Never?
Chuck: [instantly] Nope.
Devon: Huh. I always thought you guys were like a real couple.

Ellie: Do you still have feelings for my brother?
Sarah: No! No, we’re… Chuck and I are just friends.
Ellie: Sarah, please. Look at yourself right now. I mean, look at the dress. Look me in the eye and tell me you guys are just friends.

Chuck: Yeah, it’s our job to fool people like you.
Devon: Wow. That must be hard. Not just the “not having sex” part. That must be excruciating. But having to fake like you’re in love with someone for almost three years… especially someone like her… how do you do it, Chuck? How do you not fall for her?

Sarah: I don’t think that you understand our situation.
Ellie: I understand completely. I do. You know? You go through hot and cold patches. When Devon and I got married, we kind of put the passion on hold, but being here in a place like this, it just brings it all back, you know? It feels like it did in the beginning.

Did Sarah ever look Ellie in the eye? Not really. Not when she was answering. Sarah looks uncertain and very much like she’s playing a role. Chuck, though, talks and acts like he’s the one who knows the truth and is seeing reality. Sarah is chaffing against the constraints of her job, which is to be a spy, while the real person she is wants to be with Chuck.

So I have a question for Sarah Walker. Which part of her life is the cover now, hum?

I’m starting to understand why I like this episode so much. Besides the fact that Assante is an amazing actor, the issues are the same issues we saw in season 1, except that it’s Sarah who is questioning her life, if only briefly, in that conversation with Ellie exactly the way Chuck did in the pilot. Now it’s Chuck who has a job and a mission to fulfill, and he does it in front of Ellie, in front of Devon and he does it in front of Sarah, all with panache and style, just like Agent Walker in the pilot.

Funny that each of those people know increasingly more about Chuck’s second life.

Sarah needs no army

Sarah needs no army

Oh, I don’t mean to say that Sarah has been transmorgafied into the same kind of helpless character that Chuck was at first. Clearly, she’s not, which is to the writers’ credit. No, this is something a bit more subtle. It’s about Devon’s eagerness to be a spy.

Did you remember that? Devon’s desire to have more adventure than his present life affords him (uh – yeah) lasts about 25 minutes. Our adrenalin junky is hearing an echo of what Chuck’s been going through, especially now that Chuck has gotten good at being a spy.

It’s also the foreshadowing of Sarah’s journey, now that she’s feeling something deep inside that had been locked away (her phrase, from Three Words). We too can hear it, if barely, in the song that ends the episode, Daniel Zott’s Living A Lie. In the long run, the rush of adventure – the rush to make themselves happy – isn’t making anyone happy. Not at all. Ultimately, it’s only a selfish act.

If I give it all away,
I’d expect something back.

That’s universal; that’s powerful. That’s why Chuck still speaks to me, and always has.

vlcsnap-2013-04-06-15h20m05s16There’s more, of course. In Angel The Ring retains its fearsome visage, earned after the shockingly violent assassinations of Roark and Emmett and maintained by the mysteries still surrounding the organization. It is, to this point in the story, a worthy successor to Fulcrum and that notion is reinforced by the very end of this episode (which is, as often is the case, the actual beginning of the next, Operation Awesome). Devon is taken prisoner. I am reminded of nothing so much as the mood and feel of the last minutes of Colonel when Sarah has to tell Chuck the awful news.

The message of Daniel Zott’s song might very well apply to that, too. It applies to Devon, to the show runners and to me as much as it does to Chuck, not just about his pretending to be a spy anymore. It’s a darker message about realizing that the things we chose to do, even when we do them well, may not make us happy, even if they are the right thing to do at the time. In this life there are few guarantees, we just don’t know how things will turn out.

And did I say that I like Armand Assante performance? 😉

– joe


About Ernie Davis

I was born in 1998, the illegitimate brain child and pen name of a surly and reclusive misanthrope with a penchant for anonymity. My offline alter ego is a convicted bibliophile and causes rampant pognophobia whenever he goes out in public. He wants to be James Lileks when he grows up or Dave Barry if he doesn’t.  His hobbies are mopery, curling and watching and writing about Chuck.  Obsessively.  Really, the dude needs serious help.
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25 Responses to Chuck Versus The Angel De La Muerte (3.03)

  1. resaw says:

    Thank you for your reviews, Ernie and Joe. I really appreciate that you (and Faith) have continued to engage directly in the season 3 episodes. I know that I’ve watched season 3 multiple times myself, but this time, the change in tone of episode 3 compared to the first two episodes is much more noticeable to me.

    I want to comment on your respective takes on the simultaneous Chuck/Devon and Sarah/Ellie conversations.
    Ernie writes: “And speaking of parallels, the Chuck and Devon versus the Sarah and Ellie conversations are telling. Chuck is denying there was ever anything real between them, while Sarah can no longer deny she still feels the same about him, despite everything. Chuck and Sarah moved toward each other, or at least the idealized version of each other so quickly and completely for those few brief moments that to Chuck it seems a dream he woke from and to Sarah it was like waking up. They are at very different places in their lives. Chuck needs to throw himself into his new life to feel he didn’t throw it all away for nothing, and Sarah wants to take a step back from hers.”
    Joe writes: “Did Sarah ever look Ellie in the eye? Not really. Not when she was answering. Sarah looks uncertain and very much like she’s playing a role. Chuck, though, talks and acts like he’s the one who knows the truth and is seeing reality. Sarah is chaffing against the constraints of her job, which is to be a spy, while the real person she is wants to be with Chuck.”
    I saw the conversations, but I’m not sure I saw what either of you saw. I get what Ernie is saying about Chuck needing to throw himself into his new life, and it seems as though Chuck is cooler and clear-eyed about his relationship with Sarah, but is that really the truth? Even without thinking of how this season unfolds, did we not just see, at the end of the last episode, Chuck declare his love for Sarah, and Sarah tear up in response? To me, anyway, that context from the previous episode simply means that Chuck is still “acting” when he denies any true feelings for Sarah; he is still perpetuating the story to Devon that he and Sarah are a cover couple. As for Sarah, her career has had her involved in cover relationships (we might assume) in the past, or at least stringing along a “mark” or “asset” in order to complete a mission goal, but her relationship with Chuck represents the first time that she has every truly been in love and she doesn’t know how to hide that from the very intuitive Ellie. She’s still in love with Chuck Bartowski and doesn’t know what to do about it.

    There are other things about this episode, of course, that I really like, and you have touched on them. It is a very fascinating exchange that Chuck and Sarah have over their decision to be friends. It is wholly unsatisfactory, of course, and again, in the context of the previous episode, not nearly enough for either of them. What stops them from moving forward at this point? Is Sarah wary over getting heartbroken again? Does she see what Chuck is trying to accomplish–to become a spy–and doesn’t want to stand in the way? Is what we have here, once again, a failure to communicate? Even though they are just friends, though, when Sarah tells Chuck about Devon (and at this point we don’t know what that situation is–I think I was afraid they were going to kill him off at the time), her behaviour seems very un-spy-like, and much more than mere “friend.” I like your observation, Ernie: “Beneath it all Sarah wants to be there for Chuck, and Chuck wants her there with him, whatever future they decide on.”

    Ernie, I like this line: “Speaking of missions, now is the time on Chuck that we dance!” Your middle name wouldn’t be Dieter, would it?

    • JoeBuckley says:

      Great comment, Resaw.

      I’m not surprised that you have a different take on that critical bit of interleaved dialog. I start to think it was made that way – the scene was set up to allow for a lot of interpretations.

      I get what Ernie is saying about Chuck needing to throw himself into his new life, and it seems as though Chuck is cooler and clear-eyed about his relationship with Sarah, but is that really the truth?

      That’s the question. He certainly looks more clear eyed, but the viewers suspect he’s in denial. Heh. Actually, there’s no doubt that he’s in denial. The only question is how deeply and maybe how long will it take him to get out of denial.

      Regardless he sure seems resigned to his status with Sarah, and it’s that confidence in his own understanding of his position that I was speaking to. He’s grimly confident. Last time I got LJBF‘d by a woman, I got that grim too. 😉

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Resaw, first, thanks, I didn’t know if anyone would get the Sprockets reference.

      Even without thinking of how this season unfolds, did we not just see, at the end of the last episode, Chuck declare his love for Sarah, and Sarah tear up in response?

      Yes, there is a clear understanding that they love each other, but Chuck’s speech is not a declaration of love, it’s an apology for feeling he had to choose his calling over the life he’d always wanted with her. It was an acknowledgement that much as they love each other he couldn’t give up everything for a few years on the run with her when he had a chance to help make the world a better place for those he loved. Sarah’s reaction is an acknowledgement that he’d followed her into the spy life and she’d ruined any chance at reconciliation by beating it into Chuck that there was no chance for them if he was going to be a spy immediately after his apology.

      The dual conversations are a way of highlighting how each sees the fallout of their actions. Sarah is forever changed by the events. She’s aware of her emotions and her effect on the people around her. She sees she’s been changed and that she has changed Chuck from an aimless nerd to a man determined to seize his destiny, and she’s not sure how she feels about the destiny he’s chosen, because of her. Chuck, for his part, may or may not be in denial at this point, though that denial is clearly coming, though it is telling that he chooses not to tell Devon about anything other than the cover dating part of their relationship. He is acting as if those few moments where they really connected were just a brief fantasy he’d dreamed up, and that the friendship they’d had was all they would ever have because of the choices they made.

      As Chuck retraces Sarah’s journey to becoming the spy she was before Chuck she re-lives all her choices and the pain of cutting herself off from those around her and walling up her emotions, but she is now acutely aware of how much of herself she lost or sacrificed and how Chuck changing into a spy is affecting her and those he loves, but she feels powerless to stop it.

      We’re only at the beginning of that however. At this point when they decide to be friends I think Sarah sees it as a chance to, as Ellie said, bring it back to how it felt in the beginning. To Chuck I think he feels like friends is the best they can have. It is sort of a reversal of last season where Sarah was happy with what they had and Chuck insisted on pushing for more. It of course takes a turn for the worse in the next few weeks to the point where Chuck needs to remember why he decided to become a spy in the first place to set himself back on his path.

      • JoeBuckley says:

        Well put, Ernie.

        She sees she’s been changed and that she has changed Chuck from an aimless nerd to a man determined to seize his destiny, and she’s not sure how she feels about the destiny he’s chosen, because of her.

        She, more than anyone, knows about the sacrifices that Chuck will have to make. It’s the “because of her” part that is going to wear on her soul. That’s key, I think.

  2. JoeBuckley says:

    I’m feeling sad today – my first crush, Annette Funicello, has died at age 70.

    Sigh. I told you I had a thing for long-haired brunettes, and she’s the reason.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Margret Thatcher (the original Dianne Beckman) passed too. Maybe that’s where my fascination with authoritative redheads started…

      Joe for a certain generation Annette was everyone’s first crush. Even in re-runs.

      • JoeBuckley says:

        Oh yeah, she was.

        To really get OT, “these things always seem to happen in 3s.” They do, they do. I’m not sure I want to see the news tomorrow.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Funny Joe, I was actually thinking exactly that when I heard about Annette. My first thought was who’ll be the third?

      • Faith says:

        Valerie Harper has terminal brain cancer. She may be next 😦

        Soon to be RIP MTM’s bestie :'(.

    • anthropocene says:

      “Mr Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: ‘Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.’ ” Auric Goldfinger, in the original Ian Fleming novel. (It’s because of the way we’re wired to identify patterns.)

      PS: I’m also of Ernie’s “certain generation,” I guess, because I once had a thing for Annette too.

      • resaw says:

        Do I belong in this crowd as well? I remember watching Beach Blanket Bingo, and other “beach party” movies, with Frankie and Annette, et al. on TV. I was too young to see these movies in the theatre. If I recall correctly, Annette had suffered from multiple sclerosis for years.

  3. Bill says:

    I re-watched this episode last night, and was struck by the Season 2 feel it has. Chuck and Sarah taking care of the mission first, and leaving their relationship issues on the back burner, then having a short check-in talk with each other (before Devon’s kidnapping upsets the status quo). Viewing it as a standalone, and not tracing the relationship thread back to the first two episodes or forward to what comes later, it is a very enjoyable episode indeed.

    Also noticed, for the first time as I recall, that Chuck’s flash on Goya while watching TV in Devon and Ellie’s apartment seems to be somewhat physically painful for him. Is this the first inkling of the Intersect problems that are highlighted in Season 3.5?

    • Ernie Davis says:

      The painful flash certainly seems like the initial setup for the intersect malfunctions from Chuck Versus the Tooth on, and TPTB are on record as often intending to do some storyline but having to drop it for lack of time available, like Sarah’s mother in season 4 or Ellie involved in the spy-biz, also in season 4, though in fairness Sarah Lancaster’s pregnancy probably had more to do with the later being dropped. If you re-watch Chuck Versus The Cat Squad you can see both of those getting their initial setup when Sarah asks Ellie to be her matron of honor. Based on that I’d be pretty confident that the intersect malfunction got pushed to the back 6.

    • JoeBuckley says:

      Heh! Funny how certain scenes stick with us. I’m thinking too that you may be right about Chuck’s “painful” flash being a hint at what’s coming, but I also instantly recall Sarah’s “flash-face” from S5.

      Makes me laugh more than wince.

      • lappers84 says:

        That’s the Sarah “flash face” that comes to mind Joe?? the instant I hear Sarah and flash face I’m immediately reminded of Wedding Planner.

  4. Wilf says:

    Just a thought which popped into my mind. Daniel Zott’s “Living a Lie” is played at the end of this episode and at the end of Fake Name. I see these two events as effectively parentheses inside of which Chuck and Sarah try to pursue their separate ways and relationships. Before, in Three Words, Chuck declared “… because I love you” and I think he continued to harbour some hopes during Angel De La Muerte. Now he is just going to try to be friends and is “free” to look around, however half-heartedly. After, in Beard, he “re-discovers” he loves Sarah.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      I agree with you to a degree. It is about more than just a relationship with Sarah however, it is about rediscovering his sense of purpose and the reasons he risked losing Sarah to become a man she could and would be proud of.

      Chuck is best when he is invested in a mission for personal reasons. It was what the two zip line scenes in the season opener was setting up. His connection to Sarah has been damaged, but it is still there, it is what pulls him out of his cheese-ball induced stupor, but the damage done is evident. In Three Words he seeks to re-establish that connection with the foundation that they were friends, but Sarah’s anger at him in the Bo scene has him doubting he can. He is to the point of despair at the end, where given the chance to talk things out (finally) he merely responds “I’m sure there’s someplace else you’d rather be.” Sarah does give him enough hope to sustain him through Angel, and at the end, as he seeks to re-establish them as friends, she does that, even if she was perhaps wishing that could just be the first step. From Chuck’s point of view however she closed that door firmly in the Bo scene.

      His disconnect from Sarah starts with Shaw’s arrival. Not because of Shaw per se, but because he skews Team B’s dynamic. There had always been a balance between the professional and personal with Team B, but by convincing Sarah to pull back from Chuck (for his own good) he disrupts Chuck’s personal connection with why he wants to be a spy (to be worthy of Sarah). That sense of purpose gone Chuck starts to drift in Mask, then further in Fake Name to the point where dinner with Hannah and the Awesomes seems as important as his mission.

      As Chuck closes himself off and disconnects more and more he loses that investment and connection and eventually his reason for becoming a spy. It is why he is unable to flash after failing Sarah, both as a spy and as a friend. When he re-connects with his emotions and his investment in becoming a spy in Beard he recovers his sense of purpose and his ability to flash.

      Chuck’s renewed commitment is demonstrated in Tic Tac when he is willing to risk everything for Casey after unintentionally exposing him. The reason he became a spy was so he could help and protect his friends and family (Sarah being a big part of that), and Casey certainly qualifies. In the end however Sarah still has doubts because of the MacGuffin Laudinol. Where we know Chuck took the pill so he could protect Casey’s former fiance (he’s selfless like that) all Sarah sees is that Chuck is willing to turn himself into a remorseless killer. This theme is replayed in Final Exam after she initially re-forms her bond with Chuck over a stakeout date. For Sarah this is the low point, because seeing that he still is her Chuck at heart she then is the one who is asked to turn him into a remorseless killer, and she thinks she does just that.

      The idea that Chuck was drawn into the spy world because of her is troubling enough but the idea that he would become a killer because she asked him to is to terrible to contemplate. Worse, he doesn’t even seem upset or angry with her, which is why I think she blows up at him. She needs him to hate her for what she did as much as she hates herself.

      Well, got way ahead of myself on this one, but that’s my take on the journeys each of our heroes are on.

  5. Yes,Ernie,you may have gotten ahead of yourself,but I am so glad you did!!When I first came to this site,I could not believe the anger and sometimes vitriol over season 3,and you were like a lone voice in the wilderness.I love the fact that you have continued to be its champion by your insight in to Chuck and Sarah’s beliefs and motives during the first half of the season.
    Whilst I suspect I will always struggle with the Shaw character over the upcoming episodes,you have greatly helped me to continue to enjoy all of Chuck even when it sometimes went in a direction I did not want.Bravo and continue,please.
    It would be remiss of me not to mention Faith and Joe also,for their support throughout the series on not only these,but also other episodes which did not exactly find favour with the majority.

    • JoeBuckley says:

      Nice of you to say that, Yoza. I continue to say that I’m just callin’ ’em like I see ’em, but I must admit that I’m really enjoying the S3 part of the re-watch so far, much more than I expected.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Thanks for your kind words Graham. Glad to see you still stopping by, and glad we can be of help.

      For the record I too struggle with the Shaw character early on. They hung much of the success of the season on that character and then poorly cast and developed him. The only early episode where he really works for me is First Class, and even then he’s not really a sympathetic character. As a villain in later episodes however I think he works fine. They did establish that part of his character pretty well.

  6. oldresorter says:

    I remember being in a bad mood watching the ep originally, hoping that the BS between Chuck and Sarah would be over soon. Little did I know, this would be the best episode of the misery arc until the end.

  7. resaw says:

    I am going to label this tangential rather than completely off topic, but has anyone on this forum been watching The Americans, the Reagan era series on FX centred on a KGB spy “couple,” Elizabeth and Philip (hmm, it just dawned on me that those names sounded familiar: Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip anyone?). Anyway, this couple has recently suffered a relationship rupture, that may or may not be resolved; I’ve just begun to think about whether parallels can be drawn between Philip and Elizabeth on the one hand and Chuck and Sarah on the other. I’ll leave it at that for now, but wonder if anyone here has any thoughts about this. It also occurs to me that there are a lot of people on this forum who are old (mature?) enough to have been adults during the Reagan years and may find The Americans an interesting, although much darker, spy series.

  8. Christopher says:

    Angel goes down as one of those episodes that I often watch. The music and the scenes are well done and Devon trying to get into the spy life is well Ironically Awesome. Now there are two things I need to discuss here about this episode.

    For me this episode tells you a lot about how deep Sarah is still in love and some of pain from the Prague incident is beginning to lessen, but it is still on her mind. At the dance, we see Sarah much like at Ellie’s Wedding having trouble keeping her eyes off Chuck and this to me shows how brilliant an actress Yvonne truly is. We see her struggling to keep her feelings in check but when see him across the room her heart is on her sleeve.

    and at the end when they shake hands. Sarah’s mind is on not being friends because they never were friends to begin with. What I mean is since they met they were Cover dating, and the friendship they developed was through missions and on cover dates as Ernie said.

    Sarah also at this point in her life has accepted her feelings and when you do that its is hard to keep them in. For example, at the bar with Carina while drinking her eyes are telling you that it is hard to fight the pain but she misses him and when she see him show up at the club she automatically assumed it was because of her. Something a jilted girlfriend would say when two people cross paths especially for Chuck and Sarah’s situation.

    Watching Sarah stealing glances at Chuck while talking to Ellie brings me back to Hard Salami when she was stealing glances during the briefing when they were broken up then. Two years later we have the same glances except this time around she knows what she is feeling and for Chuck, he knows he made a mess of things, but he is not going to fixate on the situation because he is focusing on becoming a spy.

    Armand Assante is one of my favorite repeat guest stars. his attraction to lady woodcomb is funny and entertaining to watch.

    and than we get to the final scene when Sarah comes to tell Chuck about Devon being taken. Her eyes and actions say a lot she does care for Chuck and especially his family it goes back to my theory on season one, which is as we go through the season she had claimed the apartment, Chuck’s family and most importantly Chuck as her own

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