Chuck Versus Operation Awesome (3.04)

Contra Sarah Walker’s assertion near the end of Chuck Versus The Angel de la Muerte, Devin Woodcomb would not make an awesome spy. Chuck Versus Operation Awesome drives that point home dramatically, hilariously and repeatedly. This episode is about stepping up to the next level, who is ready and who isn’t. This is also the second episode to show Chuck’s growth by contrasting him and how he handles his double life by immersing one of his family in that life, even if momentarily. When Chuck is with team B he’s still pretty much the old Chuck with the mishegas, the freak-outs and the hand wringing still prominent features of his spy-life. While we’re shown this episode that he still isn’t the spy Sarah and Casey are, it is only when we see him with Devon – who sees only the cool confident spy – that we see that Chuck is well on his way. Devon doesn’t see the screw-ups and the self-doubt and how much Chuck still depends on his team, he sees a real spy. Compared to the most awesome of civilians Chuck is a pretty awesome spy. We also touch on one of the season’s main themes, that Chuck can be a good spy because of his emotional investment in his team and the mission, not in spite of it. We’ll also see how Shaw’s arrival disrupts and ultimately breaks that dynamic, but that is still a few weeks away. For now join me for another look at Chuck Versus Operation Awesome, after the jump.

Freaking Out

A lot of the people in Chuck’s life are freaking out. Including him. Captain Awesome is a bit freaked out because he’s been mistaken for a spy and is being dangled off a roof tied to a chair (flashing back to Chuck’s first mission when the same thing happened to him). Ellie is a bit freaked out because she hasn’t seen or heard from her husband, Chuck is freaked out because his sister’s husband has been kidnapped and he’s lying to her about it and Morgan is freaked out because Big Mike has called him into the office before he’s even had a chance to mess something up. Before this episode is over there will be more freak-outs, more lies, more fights and more spies in Chuck’s world.

Chuck sees Devon’s weaknesses, Devon sees Chuck’s strengths, team B sees life through filters that don’t let them see the future, and Shaw, he seems to offer a new perspective.

They are all flawed visions. Right down to the Family dinner where Chuck tries to recreate a “season 2” moment.

That moment has passed. As much as this episode recaptures that, it also tells us that it is over. Shaw’s arrival and the “setup” are clear indications that there is trouble coming, and things we took for granted, like Chuck’s classic team B lure the bad guys in, take them down won’t fly with the brass. They’re changing this world.

My normal mode would be to do a lengthy discourse on the theme I’ve identified, or chosen. Good spies, bad spies, bad lies and freak outs.

But it’s been a long week. I don’t have a lengthy discourse in me right now.

So I’ll leave you with this. Remember, we see everything, the characters see less, and what each of them sees can be critical.

I leave you in Joe’s capable hands, until we meet in comments.

~ Ernie

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The Greater Cause

The cat is a BEAR???

The cat is a BEAR???

Chuck vs. Operation Awesome is better than I remembered. Much better, in fact. (Oh yes, I’m detecting a pattern here.) It contains some of the funniest moments in the entire series – and I’m not speaking of Devon’s attempted explanation (read, lie) to Ellie about why he’s late. I’m talking about her reaction! Check it out – Sarah Lancaster is hilariously brilliant in Op. Awesome as she confronts Devon’s stories close up.

The Buy More Fight Club

The Buy More Fight Club

Even better, the Buy Moron Fight Club is one of the best uses of that troop since they decided to emulate Mad Max in the cage. It’s a riot in the best comedic sense of the word.

As for Chuck and Sarah, how are they doing? Well, we had been left at the end of Angel (seen just one week earlier) thinking that, for the moment, they were “just friends” but better things were coming. Where Sarah left us then she was doing more than just comforting Chuck. She was sharing in Chuck’s frantic desperation and intense concern for his brother-in-law’s well being, now that he had been captured by The Ring. It bode well.

Although we didn’t see that develop in the direction for which we were hoping just yet, Sarah’s determined professionalism and continued support of Chuck and his family in Op. Awesome would do for now. The season was only eight days old, after all, and there was no reason to think that things were getting worse. The episode is almost completely angst free, in fact.

It gets better. Chuck was actually acting like a spy. Every time he had to calm Devon he became more than competent – Chuck became expert at his spy craft. Well, maybe it’s still not second nature to him…

Sarah: Chuck, the important thing is Devon will be looking to you as his handler, and you need to remember what it felt like to be scared and new to this.
Casey: Yeah. Like he’ll ever forget that. Look at it this way. On this mission, Devon is you and you’re her. So be her, Chuck, huh?

Duck Hunt. Nintendo.

Duck Hunt. Nintendo.

… but wow, is he getting good at it. He’s acting the way Sarah’s taught him to act (cool under fire) while still retaining his often inspired ability to improvise. It’s pretty impressive. Devon is impressed.

Devon: You’re incredible! Was that your spy training?
Chuck: Duck Hunt. Nintendo.

See? I told you this was funny!

You know who else is impressive here? Jeff and Lester. Ouch! That almost hurt to type that! But yes, just look at them. Lester gets a wake up call when Chuck’s barely under control Intersect gives him an ax kick to get rid of the annoyance that Lester is. He uses that wake up call to experience something greater – life – and not shy away from things that might be painful, maybe for the first time. So, um, yeah, he starts the Buy More Fight Club and brings the others in. Who’d a thunk that Jeff would be the tough guy here?

You should see the loser!

You should see the loser!

Well, okay, maybe Jeff’s competition isn’t the strongest, but at least Fernando and Skip have found a bit of swagger to go with their black eyes. Maybe Lester’s shown them that they have a bit of testosterone too, and that’s not a bad thing.

I only have one question, though. Is that who they really are?

Anyway, I’ve just sung the praises of Chuck vs. Operation Awesome. There’s a lot of good to talk about. But when all was said and done, I’m putting it towards the back of the pack for this season. You see, we’re introduced to a character who’s a bit stiff, who’s purpose seems a bit contrary to the organization’s purpose, who’s likability is, shall we say, limited and whose presence serves only to manipulate the relationship between Chuck and Sarah.

I’m talking about Angie Harmon‘s Sydney Prince, of course. Nothing against the actress (I’ve never seen her show Rizzoli & Isles) but Sydney does no service to the season’s big baddies, The Ring, here. In fact, The Ring seems like less of a threat after the episode ends. No, her purpose is to give one character a chance to show that he can pull the trigger. That’s it.

Doesn't like guns much.

Doesn’t like guns much.

Shaw: I don’t like guns much, but when necessary, I will use them.

Ack! There it is, the dreaded PLI of S3, he who shall not remain nameless today. Did The Powers That Be not know how badly anyone coming between Chuck & Sarah would be received? Did they have no clue about the excrement storm they were invoking?

I’m more than convinced TPTB was paying close attention to the fan reaction after news about potential love interests and triangles and trapezoids broke that summer as the episodes of S3 were taking shape. They knew what we were talking about and how much people were thinking ahead.

Devon: So, what do you think is up there? Something pretty gnarly, huh?
Chuck: It’s best not to speculate. Nine times out of 10… well, seven, you get yourself all worked up over nothing.

There is a time and a place to be critical of how the character is conceived and fits (or doesn’t) into the story, and even a time to be critical of the acting. But you know, today, in this episode, I don’t think the time has arrived. Daniel Shaw is, believe it or not, a determined man, even a heroic one, with a tough mission.

However, even this early in the season, the fans actually got it right. They understood exactly what they were supposed to.

Beckman: I’d like to introduce you all to special agent Daniel Shaw. For the last five years he’s worked on nothing but taking out The Ring. From this point on, Agent Shaw has total command authority on any mission having to do with The Ring.
Casey: Really? This guy? I have back issues of Guns & Ammo older than he is.

See? The fans either had done some close reading of the tea-leaves over the summer or were very prescient. Either way, Shaw’s appearance was clearly ominous. There was an immediate distrust that stemmed from more than his semi-nervous flipping of a cigarette lighter.

Still, we need to consider carefully what Shaw does in his introduction. He shoots himself. Yeah, a great spy, I can hear Casey chuckling sarcastically. Chuck may have been speaking for TPTB when he advised Devon/us not to speculate. But Casey is the voice of the fans here. He mocks Shaw and is generally resentful of the intrusion into “his” team (the team that is quickly becoming Chuck’s team). Shaw is rightly regarded with suspicion by the fans (and by the characters too!) and has been for months, even before the season began! How can he get past those suspicious?

Shaw has to be a hero. He must prove that he’s willing to do anything for his team, for the mission and for his cause, even if it is a little painful. And dangerous. So long as it works. Uh, don’t look now, but sacrifice for the greater cause is the definition of a hero, and it sure looks like he’s ready to sacrifice everything. If only we didn’t hate the character so much…

What’s Shaw’s mission, by the way? He’s the expert on The Ring, but more important, Shaw’s mission is to turn Chuck into a spy, someone who can pull the trigger. That’s what Beckman wants, that’s what Casey wants (or, at least, that’s what he’d say if you asked him) and that’s what Chuck wants.

Shaw: Families and friends make us vulnerable. Make us unable to pull the trigger. And that puts everyone in ever greater danger. Just ask your partner here.
Sarah: Sometimes it helps to know that you’ve got something to lose.

Sarah’s not so sure, but for now, she’s not going to stop him. In fact, just like Chuck is willing to help Devon get a glimpse of the life of a spy, Sarah’s willing to help Chuck reach his goal.

Like him or not, Shaw is precisely the guy to accomplish this. I’m pretty sure that Bryce, were he alive, would not even try. “Chuck has too much heart to be a spy!” he would say.

Lester decided that taking a punch once in a while can make you feel alive, but he learned that he’s not really a fighter. He’d rather keep his job. Devon’s run in with The Ring was more excitement than the adrenaline junkie could take, but he learned he’s not really a spy. And Chuck? He’s following his chosen path a little while longer and Shaw is going to be his guide for the time being.

In the final scene, we have Lester begging Morgan, the new Ass. Man., for his job back, and getting it. We have a Bartowski clan dinner that, like usual, promises something like normalcy for Chuck and Sarah, if only someday. But there is something disquieting also.

The gathering is being watched by Shaw, who we see in subdued lighting placing a wedding band on his finger. There are things about him we do not know and agendas we don’t yet understand. There’s a loud, clear message here – We were right all along to not take Shaw’s apparent heroism at face value. We were right all along to not trust him.

You can’t say we weren’t warned, because we were.

– joe

Faith: Unlike Joe, I actually enjoyed Angie Harmon’s stunt casting appearance. I say stunt casting because her role on Chuck is not unlike the “cop” persona she’s known for and in this one she spoke largely for the audience.

How? Well, in her perception of Chuck vs. Devon as spies. There’s an interesting dynamic at play here in the episode between what is on the surface, and what is real. Of course they are building into that same question with Shaw: who is this guy? What does he want, what is his purpose (side note: I’m of mind that TPTB themselves didn’t know what to make of or do with Shaw and that was part of the inconsistency and in some ways effectivity of his character), who exactly is he? Who is Shaw, and what is real? But within the episode itself we have this question of what is and what should be between Chuck and Awesome.

On the surface, Devon makes the more logical choice for supersy. He’s athletic, he’s tall, intelligent, debonair. Chuck on the other hand fits best (on the surface) as an analyst. He’s lanky of build, nerdy to the core and he’s without deceit. And he’s not calm, so not calm. In fact, he’s a volcano of emotions. But as they say appearances can be deceiving (even the gay security guard proved this!). Chuck is a spy, and he’s the best kind of spy.

The best kind of spy, the best kind of guy that Sarah once fell for: unwilling to compromise between the safety of his loved ones while at the same time exhibiting that true heroism that is within. When it comes to the world and his family, Chuck always, always chooses his loved ones but he never gives up hope that he can save the world in the process. And while it would have been convenient to let Shaw die, Chuck also showed true heroism in his refusal to adhere to collateral damage. Against himself, Chuck’s true heroism shines through but first Chuck must find his way (as he does throughout season 3.0) between being a spy and controlling his emotions–a process that was started by Orion.

Going back to Angie Harmon, I liked that she was menacingly likable. Sydney was just among the latest that underestimated and looked at Chuck’s surface and saw what they wanted to see but she served a purpose. Sydney created an interesting dichotomy to Sarah who has always seen more in Chuck than even his sister, his family. She saw, loved and helped Chuck become who he is and worked to make him see that guy she sees and loves about him. But she too is beginning to have doubts…she too is becoming (in some ways) Sydney, fearful of being wrong as she starts to believe in the surface. Thinking that maybe she’s done too good of a job and she’s lost him. After all, there is still healing to commence and doubt to overcome (conflict as previously discussed).

Thankfully, in his devotion to Devon and his unwillingness to compromise with his loved ones’ lives, and his “Chuck-ness” (hacking the phone) he makes her believe.

Sarah: “sometimes it helps to know that you’ve got something to lose.”

But there’s still the job, it is still her job to be his carrot (spy-wise) and the job wars with her fear for his safety (Sarah ALWAYS, always reacts badly to a danger to him). It’s not that Sarah doesn’t believe he can handle things on his own, she just always thinks she has to be personally involved to ensure his safety (see Colonel and others). That’s where Chuck and Sarah still have to grow in this early season, that point where they can attempt to be equal, to trust each other to be there for each other and yet hold their own. Because it’s not just Sarah that believes it, Chuck does too. He doesn’t believe in himself and he won’t unless he’s given that opportunity. This is extremely hard to do without undoing the “team” in “Team Bartowski” and I don’t think they really found their way through this until late in season 4 when it was all settled but the conflict was present here.

In the end, the episode did what it was supposed to do: it made us laugh with the Bear, it showed us some healing between Chuck and Sarah and it gave us what may be a new beginning with Chuck and Sarah. A beginning that may not be all that new after all, with the look between them towards the end. Va-va-voom. And it introduced us to Shaw. Now the question becomes what to make of Shaw? And what of Chuck and Sarah’s future? Stay tuned for the “backwards walk.”

Final, final note: LOVE, love “Bears” which was playing at the end of the episode. All sorts of Bears made this episode possible and it was great. One of my favorites of season 3.0.

Faith

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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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27 Responses to Chuck Versus Operation Awesome (3.04)

  1. joe says:

    Sarah:…sometimes it helps to know that you’ve got something to lose.

    Oh yeah, Faith. This is a great line, and it’s telling us something important about where Sarah is now.

    But I’m not sure where that is! Is Sarah in transition, here, somewhere between the girl who would pack her backs and be on the next flight to Langley (like she said in Helicopter) and the girl who confesses that she fell for Chuck “…after you fixed my phone and before you started diffusing bombs with computer viruses? Or maybe she’s trying to figure out exactly what it is she’s looking for – “her type” or “normal”.

    I think I finally understand Sarah in S1 and S2 as she was intended, but after Prague she’s as enigmatic as ever.

    • Faith says:

      On the surface it seems (or becomes so) that she’s on her way out. That’s what happens when one has fallen so hard and has lost love and became subsequently anchorless. Fortunately, like the episode, the surface only tells part of the story because throughout this season we see that Chuck isn’t willing to let her go. We see a side of her (unsure, vulnerable side) that we haven’t seen before and we see Chuck actually fight for her (for the woman) towards the end, culminating in the finale. In the meantime we see some foreshadowing and some lightheartedness to contrast with the true conflict that is coming.

  2. Dernik says:

    Just a thought did Shaw seduce Sarah to try and drive a wedge between her and Chuck. Did he saw her as an impediment to Chuck becoming a fully fledged spy that could pull the trigger? I Kind of think he did, would appreciate your views on this.

    • lappers84 says:

      Interesting way of looking at it.

    • joe says:

      I think the answer to your question(s) has to be a big YES to both! From the beginning, Shaw saw Casey and especially Sarah as an impediment to Chuck’s becoming – well, a fully utilizable tool for the CIA. THEN he goes crazy and tries to separate them just for the sake of revenge.

      It’s a bit of a toss-up at the beginning; turning Chuck into The Intersect is not by itself a bad thing. But we have to question if it’s in Chuck’s best interest. The fans already had decided that putting a wedge between Chuck and Sarah was definitely not, though.

  3. authorguy says:

    I don’t have much to add to a discussion of this episode, as I think it is one of the best episodes of the series in a number of ways, except for one thing: the disintegration of Devon. I admit it needs to be done, the perfect Captain Awesome has to go, replaced by someone who’s aware that a mosquito bite in Africa can kill you just as much as a spy in Burbank, but it’s not pretty to see. I find the bear scene one of the most painful, and I don’t watch it.
    Of greater interest to me is Shaw. I had an epiphany a few weeks ago on the alternatives thread, and I’ll be rethinking these episodes in light of it. Many have complained that the character of Shaw is undefined, that TPTB didn’t really know what to do with him, etc. My take on that is that Shaw is not a person. He’s not a love interest for Sarah so much as a life choice. He’s a symbol of the spy world, the world that Sarah is trying to make herself fall in love with again, the world that Chuck wants to be like. His bizarre behavior over the course of the season is easily explained in that case, as are Sarah’s increasingly desperate attempts to connect to someone who is not lovable or even likable. In this episode he’s cold, ruthless, and even heroic, but he also forces Team B to abandon Chuck, to see what he’s made of, as if the previous mission wasn’t proof enough. It becomes clear that Chuck fighting for others is a very person from Chuck fighting for himself, and that dichotomy is part of what he sets out to change.

    • joe says:

      Ooooohhh! I like that.

      I have to admit that this time around, it looks to me like there was a very distinct and clear plan for Shaw and it wasn’t to replace Bryce. I think I led myself astray with that idea too long, and that distorted some things for me.

      • authorguy says:

        I think it explains a lot, especially during the Hannah (who represents the normal world for Chuck) arc. Sarah reaching deeper and deeper down into herself for some sense of connection, even to the point of giving Shaw her real name. Sarah betrays the spy world for Casey’s sake, then the spyworld (as Shaw) punishes her by making her administer the Red Test.
        Shaw’s own unstable behavior is analogous to the conflicting directives and goals of the spy world, where the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand does. I can see many of these more ‘poetic’ interpretations of what’s going on.

      • joe says:

        Very poetic! And your interpretations have a ring of deep-truth to them.

        I’m definitely going to watch the next few episodes with this in mind.

      • lappers84 says:

        I’ll likely refer to this quite often – but for me Sarah is already starting her own personal battle between Heart and Brain – Shaw represents what her brain understands, the cold ruthless spy world, and Chuck who represents warmth and love and a home. But Sarah’s already been burned by Chuck who want’s to enter the world that Shaw is leading him into. Despite the fact the fact that overall this episode is, well, awesome. But it also begins to show the strain of future episodes.

        Chuck convinces himself that he doesn’t love Sarah – so he can become the the hero he believe he can be, and Sarah convinces herself that she is and has lost ‘her’ Chuck. Both now in too deep in each others worlds.

    • Joel says:

      Devon’s un-Awesome regression is in line with his behavior near the end of Colonel.

      • authorguy says:

        As I said, I think his regression from perfect awesomeness is a good and necessary thing, but like everything else in this originally-short season, they had to overdo it. I’m sure if they had more time from the outset they’d have done a better and more subtle job.

      • joe says:

        I’m of two minds with Awesome’s awesomeness. The way he falls apart while Chuck remains cool and calm in this episode is just like his character in The Colonel; half doof. It’s completely unlike his character whenever he interacts with Ellie and especially with Morgan.

        Devon was originally supposed to be a deep-undercover mole, I understand (Russian, I believe). I can see it. That’s the part of the character they retained, I suspect, the part that’s competent, collected and thrill seeking. Then they let McPartlin add the goof-ball part because he’s good at it. He’s a decent comedic actor.

      • joe says:

        Ack! Sorry, Joel. I wasn’t reading carefully enough and inadvertently copied your comment/insight. That’s copyright infringement! 😉

      • Joel says:

        He’s also a bit of a nervous wreck when asking Chuck for permission to marry Ellie in versus the Marlin. I think he’s always been a bit of a doof.

      • aerox says:

        The thing that bugged me was that they shoved it down our throats. “HEY GUISE! LOOK! DEVON ISN’T CALM ABOUT THIS! LOL SEE HOW FUNNY?! HERE, WE’LL SHOW YOU AGAIN! EEHEEHEEE!! SOO MUUUUCHHH FUUUUNNNN” and they repeated this about thirty times.

      • authorguy says:

        I’ve never been a big fan of that sort of humor, making someone so usually capable look like a fool. The bear story was just too OTT for me. The little things at the start were good, but a season of him losing his awesomeness made the whole Devon/Ellie subplot extremely unpleasant for me. They could have shown him to be a Chuck-complementary sort of character, highlighting Chuck’s awesomeness as a spy..

  4. resaw says:

    I continue to find a lot to appreciate about this episode. I have to confess, I find the bear story followed by the “true” story of Casey to be hilariously funny. I also really enjoyed the Buy More story line a great deal, too. I’ve never seen “Fight Club,” from which, I gather, much of this part of the episode is drawn, but Lester, Jeff and Morgan were great. I had to appreciate the mentoring that Big Mike was doing as well: “First rule of Big Mike Management: You can’t be afraid to pull the trigger.”

    Authorguy, you’ve got me thinking more about Shaw, not that I’ve had anything like the epiphany you’ve had. Both he and Sarah strike me as enigmatic throughout this episode. Shaw comes across as this cold unfeeling person, wooden, really. I still have to wonder whether this is mandate/character that the TPTB gave him, as a person who is dead inside because of the loss of his wife, or whether he just did not know how to play the part and this is what we got? I’ve only seen him in the Superman movie, and I don’t really have a distinctive memory of how he did in that one. The enigmatic aspect is that he comes across so emotionlessly, yet, at the end, with the ring he slips on, he is clearly missing his wife. At this point, we don’t know anything about her. On first viewing, I don’t recall whether I assumed she was dead or missing or divorced from him or… but no matter which way, it was a rather wistful scene.

    The backdrop to the final scene with Shaw was another of the classic Bartowski family and friends dinner scenes. Earlier, Chuck made a case for the value of family and friends, which Sarah backed up, against Shaw’s “Family and friends make us vulnerable.” This strikes me as the key tension in this episode, although, granted, it is a recurring and significant point of tension throughout the series. Chuck is clearly at one end of the continuum. Shaw seems to be at the other end. Casey is, surprisingly, no longer as close to Shaw as one might have expected in the past. Colonel was a turning point there for me. Sarah, while she has the instincts and training of a spy still, has moved way over to Chuck’s end, I think: “Sometimes it helps to know that you’ve got something to lose.” The thing is, there are a lot of enigmatic looks from Sarah that I can’t begin to fathom. She’s been changed by Chuck, or something within her has been allowed to take wing, because of her experiences with Chuck, but she, and Chuck, appear to be very unsure of where they stand. Chuck: “It wouldn’t have been the same without you. I’m really glad you made it.” Sarah: “Me, too.” They have officially settled on this “friends” thing, but it is a very uneasy friendship for two people who love each other but who do not yet know how to negotiate a path back to each other. Even so, this episode seems to me to be full of hope that they will negotiate that path. Sarah is already so much more like Chuck than she is like Shaw. In light of all we saw in this episode, it is very strange (to me) to think about what’s coming next.

    • authorguy says:

      I wasn’t much interested in the Fight Club aspect of things, but I liked the way Morgan shifts from being the slacker to being the Chuck figure. He seems to me to be the normal version of Chuck, his development in the ‘normal’ world parallel’s Chuck’s in the spy world. This season is full of these mirror-images.
      I was also thinking that Eve Shaw is a parallel for the old Sarah.

    • mr2686 says:

      I love the Buymore Fight Club storyline, and I also crack up everytime I see the the story of the bear, mainly because it’s so over the top, but also because of how Ryan McPartlin delivers his lines.
      These are just a couple of examples of how theres something in every episode to love about Chuck.

  5. Joel says:

    Great episode. I like Harmon here, by the way – she’s appropriately sassy and menacing. The Ring in general is really lame, but that’s not her fault.

  6. Bill says:

    I’ve never counted this episode as among my favorites. That said, there are some highlights, mostly comic, including Chuck’s rant at the customer and leg whip of Lester, the good guys bad guys tape on the watches, and the Duck Hunt line. On an emotional level, I appreciate Sarah’s statement about having something to lose, and from a musical standpoint, I love Spoon (I believe this is the second episode featuring a Spoon song; the first having been in S1). So, this episode is not without its moments.

    On the other hand, this episode marks the beginning of the disintegration of Team B. In my opinion, the remainder of this arc rarely overcomes the upset of that dynamic, which was and remains a key ingredient to my enjoyment of the show.

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  8. Christopher says:

    I love everything about this episode. I watch this episode alot and it made me appreciate how far Chuck has come. He does not want his family involved but too late Devon is knee deep in you know what, and again the job is forcing him to deal with it. Even Sarah said its best to keep using Devon in order to keep him safe.

    I always laugh when Devon said to Ellie he had to cut off a bear’s head in order to survive to cover where he was all night.
    one thing I would like to ask everyone, should they have kept the deleted scene were Sarah says she would move heaven and earth to help him, but you have to trust me we won’t let anything happen to Devon. Why did they delete that scene it was important to the story.

    Angie Harmon is beautiful as usual and now we get to my two favorite parts of this episode

    first I am a big fan of Shaw. I thought he was the one that got Chuck out of the van and it makes me happy in the next episode when he says you can be a great spy but they won’t let you evolve. I said often finally someone that makes sense. How long can you keep the intersect locked in a van especially when that person leaves the van anyway.
    Shaw had a great line in this episode.

    Sarah: If he panics he may freeze up
    Shaw: it happens to lots of guys, well I least I hear

    Very funny line I thought
    plus its three years now they should trust him more but they dont.

    Then we get to the final scene.

    I love how Sarah said “Sometimes it good to know you have something to lose, and right there we see the old chemistry between the two start to return. Chuck and Sarah looked at each other and didn’t need to say anything. Everything is fine now, but they still have things to work out

    Back at the apartment, we get another awesome scene.

    Chuck: It wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t invite you…I am glad you came
    Sarah: Me too

    as Sarah sits down and Chuck watches everyone. Sarah looks back at him….The pain is starting to subside follow by seeing Shaw put on his wedding ring, when I first saw this episode I knew that ring was going to be trouble, but I also thought why didn’t they offer Shaw an invitation to their dinner. it was not right to not include him

    What do you guys think?

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