Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Intersect (1.01)

Does anyone need an excuse to watch Chuck all over? Well I did. We’re doing one a week again. These posts will be brief, and center mainly on the links to everything we’ve done before for each episode. So this will be a one-page reference (no jump, just links). As always, we invite readers to join with us and discuss their thoughts, memories or favorite moments from each episode.

NBC Synopsis: Chuck Bartowski is a computer geek that gets catapulted into a new career as the government’s most vital secret agent. When Chuck opens an e-mail subliminally encoded with government secrets, he unwittingly downloads an entire server of sensitive data into his brain. With the government’s most precious secrets in Chuck’s head, Major John Casey of the National Security Agency assumes the responsibility of protecting him. His partner is the CIA’s top agent (and Chuck’s first date in years), Sarah Walker.

Chuck This Ranking5
Dave’s Rank: I mostly agree with the poll.  Maybe a little lower, but not much.

Full Write-Up: Pilot (1.01) by Dave, Ernie, Joe & Thinkling
Summertime Top Ten: Chuck vs The Intersect by Ernie, Thinkling, Dave & Joe

Other Write Ups: Reader’s Digest Rewatch: The Intro Arc by Faith

Alternatives: Season One and Season Two: Alternatives  (This one post covers 35 episodes.  The second post in this series won’t start until 3.01)

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64 Responses to Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Intersect (1.01)

  1. Ah the pilot is in my top ten favorite episodes, I wish I could place it in my top 5 but there’s to many better episodes…that said the initial Charah meeting and Casey”s sarcasm on the helipad and of course the beach scene are my favorite things!

    • atcDave says:

      I have the same sort of problem. I have a top three list. But I have 32 episodes in my top 10.
      In that context, the Pilot is clearly a top 10!

      • thinkling says:

        That’s me. I’m not sure exactly how many episodes are in my top ten. The pilot is a favorite b/c it made me love the characters immediately. OK, maybe not Casey. Even though it was Tango that really telegraphed that CS were destined to be together, it was there in the pilot, too. I was hooked on their relationship from the get-go, and most of it was in Yvonne’s amazing face: the ballerina … meeting him at the door … the conversation about past women. She was a goner, and so was I.

        So I love revisiting the pilot and the moments where it all began.

      • atcDave says:

        It took me a while to warm up to Casey too!

  2. Wilf says:

    I’m really glad you’re starting afresh, encouraging us to re-watch for a further 91 weeks … yeaaaah! Although I actually don’t need much encouragement, especially now that I subscribe to Netflix. I only watched Season 1 after I had already finished Season 2 and part of 3 here in the UK. I didn’t really like the pilot that much at first but have grown to love it over the years and would now probably rank it in my top 20, at least. For others’ info., neither Season 4 nor 5 has ever been broadcast here (to my knowledege anyway, save now, via Netflix). I never understood why.

    • atcDave says:

      We’re happy to provide whatever teeny little push you needed!

    • joe says:

      It’s a little funny that you say you saw S1 after S2, Wilf. My experience was a little like that. I saw the episodes in order as they aired, but didn’t become really addicted to Chuck until the end of S2. Then I just had to go back and see it again from the beginning, if only to pay careful attention this time.

      But those episodes weren’t available! The NBC boards had the last 8 or so episodes of S2 available until the summer after S2 ended, and then both the early episodes of S2 were on-line and the DVDs of the two seasons became available. I might have overdosed on the show in those days.

      It felt like I had to wait forever to see Chuck vs. The Intersect and Helicopter again.

      • Wilf says:

        Yes, and my comment about S4 and S5 never airing in the UK would make it rather difficult to ever make a movie if they really and honestly have to wait until the show has run through in every country (as has been suggested).

  3. oldresorter says:

    I didn’t watch an ep for a long time, the final arc left me that empty

  4. anthropocene says:

    After watching the pilot again, I think I can best sum up my feelings as: “Mi press trigger mi nuh press people button, Nuh bodda chat come face mi wid somethin….”

    • resaw says:

      Anthro, no doubt that’s a reference some people will get, but it completely escapes me.

      Personally, I started my own rewatch a few weeks ago. Recently saw epi. 4, but the Pilot is always fun to view; it’s when it all started! I’m always struck by the slightly higher register in which Casey is speaking, plus his relative talkativeness compared to later episodes.

    • joe says:

      Cobra Style comes to epitomize Chuck (the character) for me as much as does Short Skirt, Long Jacket does Sarah. Those were amazing song selections.

  5. The finale never soured my willingness to watch the show again, I see the pilot as the start of an amazing journey and the finale as conformation that they’re supposed to be together which I’ll admit I was in doubt of because Sarah’s presence in Chuck’s life was forced. It’s nice to know that under free will she still wants Chuck in her life especially considering he is a stranger to her.

    • thinkling says:

      You’ve mentioned this several times, Josh, but I really don’t see it the same way. Sarah’s presence as Chuck’s handler was assigned. It was her job, but she did have several opportunities to be reassigned, had she wanted that. Add to that, her job stopped being just a job as early Hard Salami (Well, if it’s any consolation, I never felt like our time together was work).

      Her personal relationship with Chuck — everything real they had — was ALWAYS free will. She was never forced to ‘date Chuck exclusively’ or move in with him or become engaged to him or marry him. That was always her free choice.

      Her will is no freer on the beach than it was when she hopped a train with him in Paris. If anything her ‘free will’ on the beach was less informed, not enhanced, because of her lack of memories.

  6. aalleess says:

    What did Casey mean when he said: “No, you got a dead cia agent. It’s a gold star in my book.” ?

    • atcDave says:

      The upshot is he doesn’t like the CIA much. He also casually tells his men outside the club that “the CIA skirt, you can kill”. Of course the only consequence of that is he gets all his men disabled.

      I suppose I should also mention the CIA records killed agents with gold stars on the CIA Memorial Wall at their Langley headquarters. So Casey is making a pretty ugly joke about killing Larkin.

    • NSA/CIA relations were very poor until the inception of “Operation Bartowski” and Bryce was thought traitor so Casey was pleased he’d been able to kill him.

    • aalleess says:

      Thanks guys.

  7. noblz says:

    This one of the 28 episodes in my top ten. Re-watching it just reminded me of how much I’m missing the show. Still enjoyed it.

    This will keep us busy for a couple of years. I think I joined the last re-watch in early S3. This will be fun.

  8. aalleess says:

    Would it be better if the episode ended with the shoulder bump?

    • atcDave says:

      Maybe if it was to set an even faster pace for the romance? But I think the Pilot is pretty well put together all the way through, I would hate to tinker with it too much.

    • oldresorter says:

      Yes, the shoulder bump would have been the perfect end to the pilot. Adding Chuck falshing on ‘bad Sarah’ was typical one step forward two steps back. I thought the beach was the end of the pilot until I recently rewatched, lol, I hated the post shoulder bums stuff. The post shoulder bump could have easily started off the next ep to ‘raise the stakes.’

    • anthropocene says:

      I agree with Dave. The Pilot was very well-plotted from start to finish. The last scene in the Buy More was needed to establish Casey’s and Sarah’s roles as Chuck’s handlers, under civilian cover but very close at hand and always watching him. Chuck’s bid for ass-man was a key part of the initial story arc. And I absolutely loved Chuck’s flash on Sarah’s ring, and the revelation of some choice Agent Walker badassery. Her evolution as a character and her romance with Chuck would not have been nearly so wonderful and iconic if she had not started out this way. And it would have been unrealistic for Chuck not to feel freaked out by her as well as by Casey this early in the story. If I had been prescient enough to watch the Pilot when it first aired, I probably would have been hooked on the series right off.

      • atcDave says:

        I have a hard time being certain of “what ifs”; that is, I’m not sure I couldn’t have liked a slightly different set up (maybe more of a sweet and sappy romance) just as much. So much of what was great about Chuck was the charisma and chemistry of Zac and Yvonne; so if they’d been tighter, earlier it might have worked just as well for me.

        BUT; I really like the little bit drama they set up. The tension of Chuck finding himself in a scary new world, and not being sure initially how much to trust his handlers.
        Now I know I’m glad they built on Sarah’s basic trustworthiness pretty quickly, and Chuck’s biggest doubts were short lived. So if I were to tinker, it would likely be more towards the mid-point of S1. I think the little doubt at the beginning was pretty perfect.

      • thinkling says:

        Yes. I think it was perfect as was. We had to be reminded that the time on the beach was the prelude to serious business, not a romance … at least not right away. 😉

  9. jifw52 says:

    I’m glad that you all are watching Chuck again. I’m hoping that the show can come back via a movie or something. I originally watched the show when it was on, and I only watched Seasons 3-5. A few months ago, I found it on Netflix, and I kept rewatching the entire series. It got to the point to where I got all 5 seasons on Bluray. Although the find 4 episodes of S5 ruined the show for me, I still manage to come back to the show. #BringBackChuck

    • atcDave says:

      Yeah I’d love to see a reboot of our favorite show!

      • jifw52 says:

        I don’t know about a reboot, but a comeback would be awesome. I want to know what happens after Chuck versus the Goodbye, and have more spy action moments and lots more Charah moments.

      • atcDave says:

        Oh yeah I think that’s what we all want. But I mean any sort of reunion project, whether its a movie, mini-series or new series. I’m all for it.

      • resaw says:

        I would certainly like to see a Chuck movie, whether in theatres on the web or on TV. But, I have begun to wonder about some of the demands made by Chuck fans on venues like Twitter. Rather than an expression of appreciation for the show and the principals involved, I am sometimes seeing posts that come across as entitled. Certainly in the case of Zac and Yvonne, it strikes me that they are seeking a wide range of acting opportunities, gigs that stretch their capacities and grow their careers. To confine them to one show, as good as it was, doesn’t seem right to me, and to demand that they produce a new Chuck show for their fans could backfire, ultimately resulting in a “been there, done that” response from Zac. To be clear, I am not seeing this attitude of entitlement on this forum….

        I hope my American friends enjoyed their 4th of July.

        Russ

      • atcDave says:

        Resaw I was not aware there had been a problem, that would be a shame.

        I suppose its good for all of us to keep in mind the line between enthused and annoying can be pretty fine! The last thing we want to do is annoy the stars.

      • joe says:

        Wow. I’ve been away from Twitter myself for quite a while now, so this surprises me too.
        And yeah, I’m glad that sense of “entitlement” doesn’t show up here (at least, not too often, that I’ve noticed).

        That’s good, because I’ve always believed that at least some of the stars have read this blog and on occasion they’ve proven me right. I hope they sense we appreciate their work and talents.

        Thanks for recognizing “The 4th” here, Russ. It’s been too long since I’ve seen the fireworks and the performances on Washington’s mall – they are amazing, but the day can be gruelling! I’m just too old to fight the crowds on the metro. I must admit, I still tear up just a bit when I hear some of those patriotic songs. They didn’t do it this year, but Neil Diamond’s “America” is one of the best.

      • duckman says:

        Regarding attitudes of entitlement on the web… I’ve noticed a lot of that in the comments on the Chuck and even more troubling on ZL’s facebook pages. He’ll post something unrelated to chuck and a disturbing # of comments will consist of “bring back chuck”
        The hell of it is I get the feeling these same people making these demands would be last in line to put their money where their mouth is.

  10. revdr says:

    Sorry that I’ve been away for awhile, but these are busy times. Having been on board with Chuck from the pilot (a day one’er), I got caught up in the show from the beginning. I loved the chemistry from the outset, and the beach scene, as well as Chuck’s flash on Sarah’s ring, pretty much confirmed, for me at least, that this show was going to be something special. The mixing of genres was so different than so many shows that I had watched over the years. It’s helped that you could see the makings of an epic love story in the air, and the many, many story possibilities that Chuck presented. That, combined with the fact that I somewhat identified with the title character made me want to see more. I did become a little worried that the show might die before it had a chance to grow, especially with the writer’s strike, but who knew just how loyal, and creative Chuck fandom was, and what it would become. Chuck is still my ultimate favorite show, even with me still not happy with the final storyline and the ensuing ambiguity at the end. But there was so much to like; the acting, the cast, the story premise, the music, et al. I might have never gotten to get acquainted with great bands like Band of Horses if it weren’t for Chuck (“No One’s Gonna Love You” is now a top song in my already too full playlist that spans decades). It is great starting at the beginning again, from the pilot, and getting to share my thoughts, and getting learn even more insight from all of you. Again, sorry that I was late to the party, but the joy in watching Chuck again is well worth it.

    • atcDave says:

      Glad you weighed in!

      I agree completely about why I was drawn in. And it happened so fast!

    • thinkling says:

      It’s helped that you could see the makings of an epic love story in the air, and the many, many story possibilities that Chuck presented. Yeah, absolutely. I liked all the other stuff (well, the Buymore quickly wore a little thin), but what really hooked me and held me was the CS dynamic/romance.

      Welcome back.

  11. oldresorter says:

    Chris Fedak has a new gig with Warner Brothers. Miller and Fedak teaming up on the series Forever. Funny enough, the lead character is Dr Morgan. Anyone going to give it a try?

    http://www.deadline.com/2014/06/chris-fedak-inks-overall-deal-with-warner-bros-tv-joins-new-drama-forever-as-executive-producer/

    • thinkling says:

      Looks moderately interesting. I might give it a try. Sounds kind of like “New Amsterdam.”

    • atcDave says:

      I’ll pay attention. Its too early to know if I’ll watch, I need more info!

      • oldresorter says:

        The other interesting thing in the article (maybe the more interesting thing to me at least), it appears Fedak has a two year contract with the WB, the spot on Forever is just a part of it, they call it an ‘overall deal’ in the article. Fedak being employed for the next two years by the WB can’t hurt the franchise at this point, and it could help a great deal depending on how things ‘develop’, literally.

      • JD says:

        You think they may resurrect something there?

      • oldresorter says:

        NO. heavens no, the trolls will be all over me if I imply that. I simply saying he has a two year contract with WB doing more than just the one show, if I read the article right. And there certainly are worse places for CF to be working for those who might want more Chuck someday. Still, If the odds were 1% we’d get a movie prior to the new job, maybe now they are 3%.

      • atcDave says:

        It’s funny, we obviously can’t say “oh this is great!” But it does create a scenario where we could see something good happen. I might be a little more generous with those percentages, but I agree we’re still talking only slight possibilities.

  12. JD says:

    I have to agree that the pilot episode set the tone for the rest of the show; unlike many shows that veer way off course from their pilots. Chuck stayed consistent with its pilot from what I’ve seen so far (almost done with season 4). There was the right mix of action, thrill, intrigue, trust, distrust, naiveity, hotness, and romance.

    The beach scene where Sarah says, “Trust me,” set the hook, if you will. Who was this woman and was she to be trusted? After all, prior to their date when Sarah was seeking guidance from Graham she asks what to do if he runs and Graham replys with “Kill him.” We see Sarah getting dressed and fully arming herself against a full on assault. Later we see the masked intruder in the apartment trying to get Chuck’s computer. We know that failed and then discover that the intruder was none other than Sarah. “Damnit,” she said as she sped off obviously frustrated.

    We have Casey and his goons trying to get Chuck and Sarah is his only line of defense and Chuck sees this. On the rooftop Sarah tells Chuck not to freak out if she has to point her gun at him. Chuck then flashes and Sarah begins to see how important Chuck is. Based on the flash they all now have lives to save and must put their differences aside; at least for the time being. Using just sheer geek technique Chuck diffuses the bomb with a computer virus on a porn site. You could tell by Sarah’s expressions that she was impressed. Two highly skilled, well trained professionals had no idea what to do yet a nerd and some porn saved the day. Sarah now fully realizes just how important Chuck has become.

    “Trust me,” she said. Roll the final scene in the Buy More. Casey is a green shirt and now a coworker to Chuck. Sarah in the store shopping. Chuck flashes on Sarah’s ring. “Trust me,” more like who to trust and who not to. A nerd, an extremely attractive CIA spy, and an NSA goon suddenly thrust together. A job well done; the hook is set. We are all being reeled in by increasing couriousity. Well played indeed, “trust me.”

    • JD says:

      After rereading my post I realized that I left an important factor out that is essential to the story; the Vicky Vale scene. Hot girl approaches a nerd for help with her phone. What’s not to like about that? Deep down we all pull for the underdog. We then find that Sarah left Chuck her phone number but Chuck blew her off. His thoughts of him having any chances with this stunning woman were zero. While in the Buy More for the first time, Sarah gets to see the real Chuck as he helped the distraught dad and his ballerina daughter. Sarah leaves Chuck her number. Morgan and Chuck discuss the beautiful woman and Chuck dismisses it.

      Sarah shows back up and tells Chuck her phone is not receiving calls because she did not receive a call from him. Chuck now thinks he may just have a shot; him with this beautiful woman. Now, let the adventure begin.

    • atcDave says:

      Funny thing too about “trust me”, Chuck almost always regrets it when he forgets that!

      • revdr says:

        Funny thing, Dave; I really don’t think that Chuck really forgot that “trust me”…but with the combination of the flash on the ring and the ever present Bryce Larkin hot button, it was a lot for Chuck to get past. And considering future revelations concerning Bryce and Sarah, earning her trust was not an easy thing to do, at least not so soon. Sure, he regrets it, but it was totally understandable.

      • JD says:

        I think deep down Chuck knows he is not on the same playing field as everyone; specifically Sarah and Bryce. He thinks he has to step up his game to impress Sarah and try to win her over otherwise he fears he will not have a chance with her. He is unsure of the trust issue but if he doesn’t push the boundaries he won’t have a chance. It is also hard to prove yourself when you are supposed to stay in the car.

    • ChuckFanForever says:

      The Pilot is still probably the episode of Chuck that I’ve watched the most times. However it’s been a while since my last watching, but I can’t quite remember did Chuck know how to diffuse the bomb with the virus because Morgan did the same thing unintentionally to his own computer earlier, or because Chuck used it to demonstrate the effects of the virus to the Nerd Herd?

      • atcDave says:

        We can’t be sure how Chuck first knew about the virus. But the first we hear of it is when he demonstrates it to the Nerd Herd; and he starts that by saying Morgan had just destroyed a demo computer (Morgan apparently destroyed more than one computer with it!).

      • jdmitchell51 says:

        I believe Chuck was telling his crew about “Dirty Uncle Morgan” and how Morgan had fried his computer with the virus. Chuck then proceeds to demonstrate the virus on a computer in the store.

        Knowing the bomb used the same computer that the virus likes to eat gave Chuck the idea to try it. Glade it worked; would have been a shirt series otherwise.

      • ChuckFanForever says:

        Heh, so one could say, it was because of Morgan’s antics that Chuck knew how to save the day! I just love it when the tiniest, seemingly inconsequential things you do can have such huge effects in the future.

      • oldresorter says:

        The writing in season one was pretty darned special.

  13. thinkling says:

    I would add one comment in the little-things-that-have-always-bothered-me department. It’s not a big thing at all, but it’s a nit-pic that has always hit me wrong. — What were they thinking using that obviously-a-man-in-a-ninja-suit that jumped into the Porsche and turned into Sarah? Hello!

    And the scenes, some obvious and some barely more than snapshots, that I will never not love:

    ~The Nerd Herd desk exchange.
    ~The ballerina.
    ~Especially Sarah’s facial expressions during #s 1 and 2!
    ~The date-prep montage (highlighting the bizarre difference between CS).
    ~Sarah’s expression when she answers the door and and sees Chuck and his goofy look (very bizarre difference).
    ~Sarah’s expressions on the date, esp. when Chuck says he had a girlfriend back in college.
    ~Sarah’s impressive pointy-thing skills.
    ~Computer emergency.
    ~The knife-throw, barrier-up, car-crash sequence.

    • JD says:

      I too really enjoy Sarah’s facial expressions. That is one of the things that really drew me into the show and something I picked up on quickly. Most veteran actors do not have full command of their expressions; you can never really tell what they are thinking. Here we have this realitivly unknown actress that can steal any scene just with a facial expression. You knew exactly what Sarah was thinking without her ever having to say a word. If someone other than Yvonne had been cast as Sarah I truly believe that Chuck would not have been/become what it is. Kudos to Yvonne and her extraoidnary command and ability at conveying the whole gambit of emotions through her expressions; expressions that quite often in the show said more than the words did.

    • atcDave says:

      I agree with all of that, including the one nitpick! Perhaps they figured a woman in the ninja suit would be too obvious. But the guy was pretty immersion breaking!

      But I love everything you mention. And what really gets me, is what a strong Pilot this is. How often is the Pilot among a series’ top ten? Even if you have 32 episodes on your top ten list, that’s pretty extraordinary.

    • joe says:

      Love the list, Thinkling.
      I’d like to add one, maybe two, more. The first is Bryce saying “It’s hard to say goodbye.” I’ll say! That may be the most precient line in all of television.
      The second, and one I know *I’ll* never forget, is Chuck (with both Casey and Sarah trying to take control of the situation and more importantly, control of him), pointing to Casey and Sarah in turn and saying “You – you need me.”

      Chuck may be a nerd who makes $12 and hour and strikes out with the Jills in his life, but he won’t be controlled like that.

      • thinkling says:

        Yeah. It is hard to say good-bye. And I did like the transition from “I think he’s an accountant somewhere” to the action sequence stealing the intersect.

    • anthropocene says:

      All of thinkling’s favorites are mine too. I also enjoyed Chuck’s interactions with Morgan, Ellie, and Awesome before and after his date with Sarah. The group hug in particular, because that represented the start of Chuck’s normal life/spy life conflict. Little did Morgan, Ellie, and Awesome know what Chuck had just gone through!

  14. Christopher says:

    Dave and Joe and the rest of Chuckthisblog,

    I am glad you guys are going through the series again, and your right one or times through Chuck just does not seem feasible to do. I know because with introducing my 1 year old daughter to the Chuck family and writing for my own blog, i wanted to take the time and extend a hand to your site. Chuckaholics.com is my site and I recently wrote an article titled, Chuckaholics: A virtual Clubhouse for the Chuck Universe, I mentioned this site in the article.

    I wanted to also say thank you for giving me an inspiration to write about our favorite show.. Again, Dave and Joe Chuckaholics is for everyone including those that have sites already. my vision to create a world wide fandandom where Chuck not only is a fan base but a family where people from Japan to Mars can appreciate this show while creating relationships with those involved.

    As far as the pilot goes of Chuck, i have been watching none stop recently due to my daughter’s love for it during feeding time, and the scene were Bryce runs out of the Intersect room until he gets shot by Casey keeps her focus and I am able to feed her. I thought I would share that with you guys.

    I am still not convinced that the Ballerina scene is where Sarah fell for him, It HELPED and attracted him to her, but after several rewatches and writing about it in my Sarah Walker vs Agent Walker series. I have comes to the conclusion that the line Baggage Handler was the scene that did Sarah in. The fact that Chuck’s face was one of the slip of the tongue and Sarah’s face after him saying it the two of them were hooked.

    I also now can’t keep the pilot as a standalone, not after watching Baby and Nacho Sampler, thus the story has more to it. and there is something we should analysis if you will.

    The reason i said the Ballerina scene was not where Sarah Fell in love with Chuck was based on two things. Bryce being killed a day before really would speak volumes of who Sarah was. if she did fall in love what kind of woman would that be? The notion that her partner/lover was killed and became rogue and throw in the situation with the package. it is hard to conclude that as she meets Chuck in the Buymore, Sarah being in an emotion rollercoaster, to just fall in love like that. seems farfetched but after watching him with the littler girl, calmed her down and was in the moment because for the first time as a spy she saw a mission that was very different and the only threat Chuck was to her heart.

    after the Baggage line, she was cooked. Sarah was falling Mr. Bartowski.
    Well thats my take and again would like to extend a friendship between Chuckaholics and Chuckthisblog, we both share the same passion for the show and would like to share that passion with you guys. Let me know if it would be feasible to build a relationship between the two sites.
    email me at candm3407@gmail.com

    plus Dave and Joe read the article I mentioned at the top I do mention you guys in that article.

  15. JD says:

    My final thoughts, we can only hope, on Intersect. Funny how this show was able to tie some elements together in much later episodes. I just re watched Nacho Sampler where Chuck versus the Intersect is re visited. I picked up on things that I had missed and even went back and watched Intersect for the unptheenth time; and it doesn’t get old.

    Nacho has made Intersect a standout episode. The exchange between Morgan and Chuck as Hannah was walking in about what it was like when Sarah walked in three years earlier, as well as Chuck and Sarah in Castle when Chuck said, referring to meeting Sarah, it, “. . . felt like I was having the luckiest day of my life. God I was pathetic.” Sarah replies with, “No, you were sweet and innocent. I liked you. That made it much harder.” To me this actually explained a lot. And nearing the end of Nacho when we see what Sarah was initially doing when she first walked into the Buy More three years earlier. She gets her instructions, gets the photo of Chuck and says, “Piece of cake.”

    Now you go with the ballerina, dinner, car chase, roof top confrontation, and defusing the bomb. Don’t think it worked out cake wise. And as Chuck sat on the beach at the end of Intersect confused and scared and Sarah comes up and sits with him we see a different Sarah. I never picked up on the shoulder bump she gave Chuck initially. Agent Walker did not do the shoulder bump. A CIA handler would not have been that intimate; they also had not established a dating cover at this point. Sarah Walker gave Chuck the shoulder bump. She was quickly developing strong feelings for Chuck; the poor unfortunate guy that just had his world drastically altered.

    Ranking wise thus far for a top five for me I would have to say Intersect is forth in the top five. My best episodes are Phase Three, Other Guy, Colonel, Intersect, and Nacho Sampler. I’ll include Wedding Planner as a bonus because Gary Cole was back and it was simply funny.

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