We have three episode left in the first season, and after the return of Bryce, Sarah and Chuck face their first rough situation. Chuck vs The Crown Vic is one of those episodes that has everything from action to comedy with the right blend of the entire cast. Chuck has two man up moments and we are on our way.
Bryce’s Return Shakes up Sarah
Earlier in the season we watched Sarah’s jealousy of Lou’s interest in her boyfriend, the return of Bryce did a bit of a role reversal and this time Chuck is jealous, but not with Bryce but with the latest mission. The latest target was Lon Kirk, Chuck flashed on counterfeit money, which was the basis of the mission get close but not too close.
Sarah did make it to the briefing until the end because she still was struggling with the return of Bryce. She was visibly upset with having to make a decision and took out her frustration on Chuck. Both Casey and Chuck notice right away she was not herself. Casey voices his concerns over Chuck and Sarah going as a couple on the mission. However, Sarah quickly shoots it down saying its fine.
I won’t be spending much time on Morgan’s story because I find this to be the most annoying Morgan episode of the series, and he has some douses The only part will be the end and that will be discussed than.
After the briefing, Chuck voiced his concerns about why Sarah stayed behind. Sarah insisted it was because she had a job to do. Chuck finally was reaching his limit on this whole thing and began to mature. The rest of the episode was about the two moments that clearly were positive moments in the development of Chuck. He was happy that she stayed with him, but he can tell she was affected by the situation.
He arrived at the hotel room for the mission, where he continues to see the pieces of the Sarah he was witnessing and the first of two man up moments for Mr. Bartowski.
Chuck: It should be pretty fun right…
Sarah: Its work..
Sarah tries to fix Chuck’s bow tie but Chuck stops her.
This episode was about the development of Chuck in the sense that all episode long Sarah was being cold and rather stand offish and she wants to resume things on her terms. Not cool Sarah, and Chuck stops it quickly. This would follow one of my favorite lines from Zachery Levi. Charah arrived at the event and they are still clashing.
Sarah: Since when do you drink martinis
Chuck: Oh, oh I don’t, no, but Carmichael loves em.
Its funny because Sarah was being smug about Chuck getting a martini and than later after Chuck blows 100k at the tables She winks at Kirk, which caught the eye of Bartowski. Did you really just wink at him? Did you really just lose 100,000 dollars
Funny and classic Chuck, its what makes Team Bartowski so effective and dysfunctional yet focused on the mission. Sarah flirting with Von and going on his Yacht the next day, was uncomfortable for Chuck, which showed his lack of understanding of what a spy needs to do. There will be more episodes like this that mark the struggles he has with it. and we get the same jealous antics from Chuck then too.
The next man up moment for Chuck comes after Chuck flashes on crates that had counterfeit plates in them. When Casey and crew storm the boat, it was determined there was nothing in the crates causing Sarah and Casey to be benched by Beckmann and Graham.
Sarah shows up at Chuck’s apartment furious that Chuck would completely compromise the mission. Thus, causing both Casey and herself to be taken off the case. This scene was the first scene in which Chuck develops a backbone and tells Sarah how he is feeling, and like Bryce said in Chuck vs the Nemesis, she does not understand how to handle the feelings she was experiencing.
Chuck: I..I don’t know. I don’t get it. I had a flash
Sarah: Right when I went below with Kirk. It’s pretty convenient timing..I would say.
Chuck: What are you talking about?
Sarah: Just when you thought I was getting intimate with Kirk, you decided to have a flash
Chuck: What exactly are you Implying? That I faked the flash? That I am a flash faker?
Sarah: You know, I think we need to discuss the fact that you let your emotions get in the way today.
Chuck: My Emotions?
Sarah: Things have been a little off since the incident, Chuck.
Chuck: Really, and what incident are you referring to, Agent Walker, Huh? Could it be the incident when you planted a kiss on me right before a bomb was supposed to go off, ending our lives? That same kiss before your Boyfriend Bryce came back from the dead, that kiss?
Sarah: Stop saying kiss. It happened Okay? What’s done is done. Can we just not talk about it, please?
Chuck: Okay, fine. Absolutely of course. Just answer me this one little thing.
Chuck: Did you kiss me that night because you thought we were going to die, and mine were the most convenient lips around, or was it actually about me?
Sarah: What happen was a mistake. One I won’t make again.
It is a good thing they had this discussion because its the first time since the kiss they actually discussed it, and it only made matters worse. This of course until Chuck realized they placed the plates on Chen’s boat. The very boat Anna and Morgan would be on. Casey didn’t listen, but Sarah was quick to assist Chuck by going with him to the pier. Casey would join them soon after.
What I love most about the man up moments is the illustration of the difference between Buffoon Chuck and that of a mature Chuck. We get glimpses of mature Chuck throughout season one and in particular the later part of the season. Especially in the next two episodes when he started to get comfortable with his new computer.
It also shows as much as he is falling for Sarah, he won’t let her dictate every situation. Especially one that he is not at fault. He did his job correctly and yet when the roles were reversed didn’t she jump the gun on his date at the club? As much as I praise Sarah on her development at times, this episode belongs to Chuck.
He took control of the mission by redirecting the GPS and forcing Casey to give him the coordinates from his car. Reluctantly Casey does, and once again Chuck is the hero along with Sarah and Casey. A great ending for a mission.
At the Christmas Party, Sarah showed up and went looking for Chuck, where Charah have one of many special moments. they discuss how they are both bad at relationships, which Chuck claims that means he is good at nothing else, and very Sarah Walker coaches him up. “Chuck.. your good at your job too. and I don’t mean just here fixing computer..you know the one you didn’t ask for, but was supposed to have.” They smoothed out their differences and become friends.
This is one of the better episodes of season one and it is essential in Chuck’s development, but we still have a long journey ahead of us, and the road will have more bumpy roads and rough waters, but something tells me Charah will be just fine until the end.