Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Truth (1.08)

NBC Synopsis: NO MORE LIES–RACHEL BILSON GUEST STARS—Chuck (Zachary Levi) battles with his cover love life and real love life when he meets a very pretty girl named Lou (Rachel Bilson), who seems interested in the real Chuck. On the other hand, his relationship with Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) heats up as they go on a double date with Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Captain Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) and try to explain their sex life. Meanwhile, a poison specialist is trying to obtain codes to nuclear facilities and is using a “truth” poison to help get his answers. After all are exposed to the truth, Chuck soon discovers a lot about his partners.

Chuck This Ranking: 12
Dave’s Ranking: Strongly disagree. I’d say mid 60s.

Full Write-Ups: Chuck vs The Truth (1.08) by Dave and Joe
Summertime Top Ten: Chuck vs The Truth by Joe

Other Write-Ups: Reader’s Digest Rewatch: The Arc of Truth by Ernie

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13 Responses to Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Truth (1.08)

  1. Wilf says:

    Truth is one of my top episodes.Love the early conversation about their double date with Ellie & Devon and especially Sarah’s reaction to Chuck’s views on her tops and of course the reaction to Scooter’s intervention 🙂

    Later the whole scene(s) where they are under the influence drug’s influence and are truthful to each other about, in no particular order, Casey’s jaw, Sarah’s lock-picking skills, Sarah calling Casey her partner and, of course, more seriously, Sarah’s declaration of non interest in Chuck with (in hindsight) her obvious tell.

    Then the really sad part where Chuck fake-breaks up their fake relationship (after appearing to be about to kiss Sarah).

    Overall, a great episode for me.

  2. resaw says:

    Two years ago, I wrote quite a “treatise” on the revelations of the Chuck and Sarah relationship revealed in this episode, so for this, I think I’ll just make a brief observation about Ellie. I thought Sarah Lancaster did a great job playing the poisoned Ellie. Her observation about the animal shapes in Chuck’s hair was funny, and highlights for me the way Chuck’s hairstyle evolved over the seasons. Of course, the best part was her rant about about Awesome’s overuse of the word “awesome.”

    I have no ability in assigning a numerical ranking to this episode, but I think I must rate it relatively highly because of the way it highlights the complicated nature of Chuck and Sarah’s relationship, and especially because Sarah essentially confesses that internally at least, she is “compromised.”

  3. anthropocene says:

    I enjoyed going back to read that “treatise” of yours just now, Russ, because you highlighted all of the reasons why I also enjoy this episode very much. More so the second or third time around: knowing that C & S would eventually be together (and assured of the permanence of that), I can enjoy the roller-coaster ride at this stage of their relationship and all the “tells” (as Wilf calls them) shown by two young people desperately trying to connect. And besides, the scene in the storage closet at Wienerlicious was memorable enough to be included in the final montage on the beach.

  4. mr2686 says:

    Like most people here, I tend to have anywhere from 29-34 top ten episodes. Of those, there are a handful that are absolute top tens…Honeymooners, Colonel, First Date, The End, and The Truth. I really love this episode. I’d say more, but words taste like peaches for some reason.

  5. anthropocene says:

    Yes, that was a more clever way to get Harry into the home theater room than the lame overdub Jeff and Lester played for him. And an overprotective Sarah hurling herself on top of Chuck at the slightest provocation might have been a fun running gag for a while.

  6. noblz says:

    This is one of my 29 episodes in the top ten. I always watch this and IHS all together, they are bot so good.

    The “It’s time we had sex”, to the pillow talk, to the apprehension of the poisoner and finally the “let’s break up our pretend relationship” scene were all fantastic.

    Yvonne’s facial expressions in this episode and IHS were absolutely superb.

  7. I love this episode, Zac nailed the choking on the coffee moment and Yvonne is fantastic in the end scene; it seemed like she was shaking from anticipation of a kiss. i would have loved them to write it that and remove lou entirely (not that i minded her) I think the writers missed an opportunity there, does anybody agree!?

  8. DKD says:

    This is a great episode. As someone above said, it’s chockful of revelations about Chuck and Sarah, not only for the viewer, but for the characters about each other. There’s nothing like jealousy to bring the most suppressed feelings out. Sarah may be trained to resist pentathol, but even she isn’t strong enough to suppress the feelings that are so obviously coming to the surface here. We learn so much about her just watching her. Yvonne nails it.

    I want to give a shout out to Rachel Bilson. She’s very cute and her chemistry with Zac isn’t shocking. You just can’t blame Chuck for being attracted to her. Chuck is portrayed as a guy who had suppressed his own romantic life for years. But, the elephant in the room is that he is an attractive guy. It strains credulity that no woman would be attracted to him. His new life has woken him up, so to speak. Sarah’s not an outlet for that (yet). So, why wouldn’t he let himself go for it? He’s a man, isn’t he? Important step in the character’s evolution.

    The break-up scene is a classic and it’s interesting that in Season 5 we will see that it was memorable enough for Sarah to talk to her video journal about it.

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