Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Broken Heart (2.18)

NBC Synopsis:  CHUCK AND SARAH’S RELATIONSHIP PUTS SARAH’S JOB IN JEOPARDY—TRICIA HELFER (“BATTLESTAR GALACTICA” GUEST STARS)—When Chuck (Zachary Levi) expresses his feelings about his complicated relationship with Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), a heartless female agent named Alex Forrest (guest star Tricia Helfer) is sent to evaluate Sarah’s performance as Chuck’s handler. Morgan (Joshua Gomez), Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) try to weasel their way into getting invited to Awesome’s (Ryan McPartlin) bachelor party.

Chuck This Ranking: 33
Dave’s Ranking: just a little higher

Full Write Ups: Chuck vs The Broken Heart (2.18) by Dave and Joe

Arc Write Up: Reader’s Digest Re-Watch: The Search for Orion Arc by Ernie

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22 Responses to Episode of the Week: Chuck vs The Broken Heart (2.18)

  1. Wilf says:

    This really is one of my favourite episodes. The pathos when Chuck realises that Sarah has been dismissed without his having thought that was possible; and our seeing Sarah quite broken by what has happened, followed by the events demonstrating that she is a million miles more intelligent and resourceful than Forrest, not to mention protective of the Intersect. Just great right through to Casey, of all people, encouraging Chuck to speak up. Great.

    • atcDave says:

      Yeah I agree with all of that. And the funny parts are really funny too!

    • thinkling says:

      Gotta agree with that Wilf. Very good episode for all you mention … plus the laughing gas scene and Chuck fishing for the location of the terrorist. I only downgrade the episode for the bachelor party — sooo not my type of humor. Nor worries, though, I just skip that part.

    • Wilf says:

      Yes, the bachelor party bit was somewhat lacking in, well, everything! And the laughing gas scene was brilliant and its culmination, when Chuck said to Sarah “is it really you, or am I super-stoned” followed by her reply of “both”, was so nice … funny, but sweet too.

  2. Martin Traynor says:

    Agreed on ALL counts, including/especially the Bachelor party. Didn’t care for that part of it at all. I also LOVED when Casey stood up for Chuck, who in turn was standing up for Sarah. What an incredible team!

    • atcDave says:

      Fortunately it was pretty brief! Pretty much everything from after the party to the end was just perfect.

    • Wilf says:

      How could I forget the exchange in Sarah’s room near the end, where Chuck said his life was spinning out of control and the US government had hurt the people he loved; and the conflicted look on Sarah’s face as he said it. I almost thought she was going to allow him to tell Ellie about his life! This then led to the tender and sweet moment outside Stephen’s trailer.

  3. The Chuck This ranking for this episode is 33 and Dave, you rank it a little higher. What hinders this episode from being ranked higher? For me, I think it is not the bachelor party per se but Agent Forrest’s ends justifies the means approach to obtaining Devon’s key card, and the resulting strain in Devon and Ellie’s relationship. Even so, that tension is addressed, at least partially, by Sarah’s act of locating Chuck and Ellie’s dad.

    Was this ever observed before? Before Chuck, Casey and Forrest enter the hospital, Sarah assures Chuck that Devon and Ellie are not scheduled to be working there at that time. Early on in that scene we discover that Ellie is in fact there, and at the end of the scene as the team looks down the hallway, they see Devon is in the hospital as well. One has to wonder about the quality and accuracy of the government’s research into such complex things as doctor’s schedules….

    Lest I repeat myself and the observations of others, I’ll stop now. I love this series of episodes.

    Russ / resaw

    • atcDave says:

      I mentioned back in my overview posts that apart from my top three I just have a broad ranking of 33 “strong” episodes, and this is on that list. So saying I think its a little better than 33 is not saying much. Just that this is a really good one.
      If I were to guess why its not ranked even higher in the poll? There are two defects that stand out to me. One; the set up is really a stretch. To worry over if Sarah may like her asset too much, an asset who is cooperative and helpful, and together they make Beckman’s most successful team (or so she claimed just last week!), seems a little too brain dead plot devicy. That’s the sort of contrivance that makes this show look more like The Simpsons than anything to be taken seriously sometimes.
      I think that the other complaint many viewers have is indeed the Bachelor party. Its too uncomfortable to be funny for many of us. And there’s that whole middle act of Devon being tranqued, Chuck being ignored and Sarah being fired. For some, it seems the just deserts in the end aren’t enough to make up for the ugly.
      Over the years, we have also heard from many viewers who just really disliked Forrest so much the couldn’t enjoy the episode. I think most of us enjoy how completely undone Forrest is by the end of the episode, but enough viewers felt otherwise it may contribute to it not being among the very best.

  4. noblz says:

    This episode makes my top 10 (29), lower end. If you could take out the bachelor party, this would zoom up the ratings.

    I like everything about this except the bachelor party. The most important event is Beckman accepting that Chuck has compromised Sarah. That’s why I always look for a spot after this as the time they should get together. From this point on, they are a sanctioned couple, they just haven’t consummated it yet.

    This episode along with a couple of scenes from Colonel are what scream at the misery arc. This and Colonel essentially make 3.01-3.11 impossible, sadly they did it anyway.

    • atcDave says:

      That’s all well put Noblz!

      • I think they wrote PS in a way that both characters would never act but the idea was not bad in and of itself JS just wrote that script clearly channeling Gossip Girl which is sad that he was clearly more committed to THAT and makes me want to vomit!

      • atcDave says:

        I’m always a little careful about claiming OOC; fictional characters will do exactly what their creator makes them do. But certainly the behavior was nothing I would expect or accept after knowing these characters for two years.
        And it’s entertainment value was abysmal.

    • uplink2 says:

      You make a very good point. This episode eliminates what had been the main reason Sarah would not act on her feelings. The fact that if they found out she had them, she would be reassigned. Beckman takes that off the table here. By doing that she also throws out the real reason for a no asset/handler relationship rule. It was never about protecting the asset it was about protecting the Government and the handler being able to terminate the asset if so ordered. Hell in a couple of weeks she commits treason to protect him from being placed underground for his “protection”. Combine those being off the table with Colonel and there is nothing of any significance keeping them apart. So in order to extend the WTWT one more season they had to manufacture a huge contrivance and we get Chuck’s horrific treatment and betrayal of Sarah in PS.

      • atcDave says:

        No doubt from Broken Heart to Colonel we see all the legitimate barriers melt away. Past this point its a little insulting!

      • noblz says:

        I’ll save this in depth for the right time, but it’s not too far in the future till Beckman essentially orders Sarah to fix her relationship with Chuck.

  5. mr2686 says:

    I’m in the minority about this episode. It’s never been a favorite, and unlike most of you, it’s not because of the Bachelor Party (which I could take or leave, but it’s not that bad to me). Besides the lead in being a stretch (I believe Dave mentioned this), Tricia Helfer as Agent Forest is so darn unlikeable. I haven’t disliked a female character this much since Jill in Ex. Thankfully, this is a testament to her great acting, because I have since watched her in several different shows (she’ll be on next week’s Suits by the way) and she has been wonderful in everything. That however, doesn’t make this episode any easier to watch for me. It has moved up a few notches over the years, mainly because the laughing gas scene is so great, but it will always be in my bottom third and just an average episode at best.

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