Chuck vs The Alma Mater

Our journey through Season One continues, and we have reached the first episode in the story of Bryce and Chuck.  Chuck must return to Stanford, and help find the data before the bad guys do. However, Chuck and Sarah will learn that Bryce had his reasons for getting Chuck kicked out of Stanford.

We also get to see how vicious Harry Tang was going to be as the new Assistant Manager, and made it a point to break Morgan. This episode is a top ten for me, and it really is the start of the series long journey of Chuck becoming a spy.

The episode starts off with Professor Fleming giving a lecture at Stanford, and the bad guy shows up. Fleming saw him and fled with the disk, reports it to the agency. The government looks to Chuck to help because of the familiar face, but Chuck refused to help.

Chuck still held a grudge against the school who kicked him out for cheating. Something he adamantly denied.  How he found out was when meeting with Fleming, the professor claimed that a student (Bryce) informed the school that Chuck stole the midterm exam and was selling copies of the test. Chuck felt betrayed, and why not? He thought Bryce was his friend.

At Buymore, Team Bartowski are being debriefed on extracting Fleming, which they turn to Chuck for help, but he asked to be recused from the assignment because of the nightmare he went through with Stanford.

This will all change when Chuck flashes on himself.  He started to remember Bryce use to check for something in the library, and it was the intel the baddies were looking for. Unfortunately for Chuck, he could not remember where in the library it was. Thus, he dreaded saying the words of having to return to the scene of the crime. I really like this part of the episode. Bryce and Chuck were friends playing with dart guns, and the betrayal really hurt Chuck.

Chuck found the discOne of the best things about Chuck would be the action sequences and in this episode we get an awesome sequence from the time TB find the disc until the ending of the standoff of the science hall.  Casey finding out that Sarah had one bullet left was funny. TB figured out the disc was a recruitment list. Bryce was recruited in 2002, and Chuck Bartowski was going to be recruited a year later. However, as mentioned above Chuck found out why Bryce got him kicked out of Stanford. Professor Fleming was preparing for Chuck’s interview, when Bryce walks in.

Fleming: Bryce., this isn’t a good time, I am waiting for another Student.

Bryce: Chuck Bartowski? He never got your message.

Fleming: What are you talking about?

Bryce: You put Chuck on the CIA recruitment track.

Fleming: Its not up to me Bryce, They want him for the Omaha Project.

Bryce: But that’s a military operation. They’ll Turn Chuck into…

Fleming: I am required to send. All the top test results to the agency.

Sarah learns Bryce was looking out for Chuck

Bryce: I want my friend out of this. {This is a very familiar tone that correlates with another episode more on that later}

Fleming: He is a perfect candidate. Key words in his essay responses correlate to 98% of the subliminal images on the exam.  ← This is because Chuck already has an Intersect in his brain.

Bryce: You don’t get it. Chuck’s a good person. He’s got too much heart for this kind of work. He’s no operative. You can’t put him out in the field. He won’t survive.

Fleming: The agency is not gonna let go of a recruit this promising. The amount of information he can retain? They are not going to give him a choice? He’s in no matter what.

Bryce: If he cheated on the exam, copied all the answers…..than it would invalidate the results, wouldn’t it?Fleming: Yes.

Bryce: Good. Now you’re going to help me, Professor

While watching this scene you learn two things about Sarah and Bryce., Sarah constant glances at Chuck while Bryce and Fleming talk are looks of impressed and concerned its not secret She cares for him. Hence, the “Nobody must know about this.”  Sarah had already learned what Bryce knew then, and Bryce’s need to protect Chuck was revealed to both Sarah and Chuck. He framed Chuck, so Chuck can avoid being recruited.

I want to spend a little time on this line. Bryce: I want my friend out of this. Here is some research for you guys to do. Watch this episode and then go to season 3 and watch Final Exam. Sarah’s plea with Shaw is very similar to Bryce’s and everything she heard on this video came intuition in the first 12 episodes of season 3. Chuck became a jerk, but we’ll save that when we get to season 3 of this journey.

Daniel Shaw: Chuck has to kill him.

Sarah Walker: What? Chuck has to kill him? You’re giving him the Red Test tonight?

Daniel Shaw: That’s right.

Sarah Walker: Why didn’t you tell me?

Daniel Shaw: Because you would’ve said you couldn’t be a part of it.

Sarah Walker: I can’t… I can’t be a part of it. And I won’t! *You* have to meet him. I can’t make him do something like that. I’m not sure I want him to be able to do something like that. ← This line is not the same words as Bryce, but you get the drift.

  Final Opinion of This Episode.

This episode ranks high for me because of the back story and of all the Bryce episodes this one is the best one because he does not come off brash.  He showed compassion for the situation Chuck was in. He also introduced Chuck to Jill, which would be his college sweetheart. However, the writers screwed up the whole Jill story from the pilot. Research team did not do their homework.

Chuck said, Jill and him met by pumping heads picking up books and bags, but we learn Bryce Introduced them.









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  3. Christopher, I have enjoyed many of the articles on your website though I think you sometimes give the writers more credit than they deserve. I never watched Chuck when it was on tv but found it on Netflix while recuperating from surgery. One thing that I have wondered about in the episode is the tearful look Sarah has after she leaves chucks room with the disk. It is because she feels bad for chuck or that she unfairly judged Bryce

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