Chuck vs The Helicopter
We have reached week two of our Chuck rewatch, and we come to an episode over time I dislike more and more. The overall theme of this episode would be the word “Team.” You will learn during the course of this rewatch, one or two scenes dose not save an episode for me.
The episode showcased How three people from three different worlds become one. It is difficult to watch because I am not particularly fond of watching Team Bartowski at odds. Even more so Casey and Sarah trying to pin Chuck against the other was also hard to take.
After saving a shoplifter from a brutal beating at the hands of Casey, Chuck turned his head and noticed Sarah was working at the Wienerlicious. Chuck ran over to find out why.
Knowing Sarah is a CIA agent, Chuck wonders what the reason she was working at a hotdog shop. She informed him it was for cover. Oh, and she was also posing as his girlfriend.
Furthermore, she said there was a plan and asked Chuck on another date. Chuck said, fine and he headed back for the Buymore. When he left, Sarah called Langston to let him know that Chuck was on board. She also told Graham to send the doctor.
Back at the apartment, Chuck was looking at clothing to wear for the second date with the help of Ellie and Morgan. Ellie was excited for Chuck that he was going on a second date with Sarah, but Chuck didn’t sound overly enthusiastic about it. Morgan let slip that he saw Sarah, and she was super hot. It upset Ellie that Morgan met her and she didn’t
Ellie’s disdain for Morgan will be the theme of the early part of season one. It accounts for him being the anchor around Chuck’s neck and his sexual attraction to her. Ellie said, “Dinner tomorrow night,” She wanted to meet this girl.
Sarah arrived in a porsche, Chuck’s line “Wow, Wienerlicious must pay well.” He asked where they were headed, but Sarah doesn’t tell him.
Sarah takes him to the Buymore in which Doctor Zarnow was going to perform a series of test. Chuck asked if there was going to be needles or probing of some kind because he was uncomfortable with that. Sarah in agent mode, made it clear it was the only way to get the secrets out of his head.
Casey and Sarah told Chuck what the test would consist of. He said, “Great, and I am totally freaked out.” The doctor arrived and began the test. Sarah and Casey are listening as Chuck runs of series of secrets he saw from the images.
After the test was conducted, Zornow was impressed. He said they never envisioned all the intersect images going into one mind. Patient X was incredible. Later, Sarah dropped off Chuck back at the apartment.
They talk for a few minutes. Chuck seemly enjoying being with Sarah asked if the doctor was able to help him, if Sarah would be done with him, and in agent mode said. “Yes” It makes the idea that she was in love seem rash in the pilot
Chuck also remember that Ellie invited Sarah over for dinner. “She wanted to meet you.” As he proclaimed in the scene it was a big step if their relationship was remotely real. He further would say that it was his best second date ever. As he walked away, Sarah couldn’t help but watch her asset walk away. Sarah certainly gave mix signals.
Meanwhile, Dr. Zornow was driving back to his hotel, when his car exploded on route. The car exploded behind a cliff leaving it open for a chance the good Dr. was up to no good.
After hearing the news of Zornow’s death Beckman advised Casey to keep an eye on the asset, and most specifically Agent Walker. This scene needs to be discussed a little bit.
To illustrate my point about the pilot, Sarah was still fixated on Bryce. It would of been cold of her character to just drop her boyfriend and move on so quickly. No human being which includes a super spy like Sarah Walker can erase the feelings she had for Bryce. She was clearly still feeling the affects
A little spoiler alert here,
The expressions Sarah uses in this episode are quite similar to ones she made later in the series. Chuck vs The Crown Vic are the same. She still had feelings for Bryce.
Chuck’s good guy attitude shows up here. Ellie showed him the article. While Chuck was still holding a grudge, he doesn’t let atomicity towards Bryce cloud his judgment. The fact he also knew the truth made it all that more interesting.
Let’s dig for a second a little deeper with the newspaper article. It would be understood that Sarah saw the article. Thus, when she showed up at the crime scene. She is already in agent mode. She is at the scene with the man who killed her boyfriend, John Casey. Its fire in those eyes that wants to rip Casey’s head off for what he did to Bryce. It didn’t help matters when Sarah found a NSA incinerator underneath the car.
Here is the part of story I don’t like. Casey doesn’t trust Sarah nor does she in him. Since the two have been paired. It didn’t come up on how Sarah felt working with Casey. She made mention in the pilot about him being a killer, but does that constitute enough as her feelings on the issue, but we are talking about Sarah here, who doesn’t express herself. The thing is either does Casey. He channels his lady feelings like Sarah. This would be a interesting conversation to have?
So, I pose a question for this week’s rewatch, If you were Sarah, would you be able to work with John Casey, who killed your boyfriend only two weeks ago?
We have a dead doctor who knows Patient X has the intersect. It looked like a CIA job according to Casey, and well Sarah knows Casey’s history of killing. It still doesn’t reveal enough on Sarah having to work with this man that killed her ex boyfriend. The writers screwed up here on building on this issue. If it was me, how can I be partners with someone who only recently just shot my ex. It sends chills up my spine writing this.
Back to the episode, Both Casey and Sarah suspect the other in the murder. Thus, the one who gets put in the middle would be Mr. Bartowski. From this point on, the episode has a nice set of scenes that won’t be discussed much until the dinner scene.
Big Mike wanted Bartowski to provide customer service training to Casey. Casey in not so subtle way told Chuck not to trust Sarah. Sarah did the same about Casey.
Now its Sarah’s turn,
The battle between the agents made Chuck realize there was a problem. He asked her what is wrong with you two. Sarah informed him that the doctor was killed. She showed him the NSA Incinerator, which caused Chuck to flash. She reminded him on who worked for the NSA,
Its gamesmanship by both parties. It usually would happen when people are thrown together. Especially with the history between them. It would lead to an awesome battle between Sarah and Casey.
From this point on things heat up. Casey calls into the Buymore and calls for Nerd Herd help, which Chuck was sent to an address where Casey was waiting. Like Sarah, Casey asked Chuck what did he really know about Sarah, and reminded him that she worked with Bryce and maybe she was rogue too.
Before Casey and Chuck could leave together a cell phone goes off. It was very similar to the one that killed Zornow. soon after the bomb went of blowing up Casey’s truck. It caused Chuck to want to get home because Sarah was headed there for dinner.
Casey said, no, but Chuck took off anyway leaving Casey behind. Just as Chuck sped off, Sarah arrived at the apartment. When Chuck got to the apartment. Everyone was sitting around conversing.
When Sarah saw Chuck, she said “Chuck. where you been?”
Chuck said, “Why, surprised to see me?” by this point Chuck is in panic mode. He tried to get Ellie to agree to eat out in a public place. Ellie said “I been cooking all day.” The way Chuck was acting alarmed Sarah.
Before the meal can begin Casey also made his first appearance in the apartment. This surprised everyone included Agent Walker. Everything that happened during this scene is the essence of what made Chuck fun.
Before Casey, everyone told Sarah how much Bryce screwed up Chuck’s life. All this being said, did not help the tension inside of Sarah. All this new information about her ex. It looked frustrating for her.
The presence of Casey just made Sarah turn on the agent inside of her. Everything that is happening at this dinner party was crumbling in Chuck fashion. If you look at the table all the tension was in the front of the table between Team Bartowski.
Its funny to watch the agents and Chuck maintain cover, while worried that Sarah had poisoned the food. From here I will show pictures because words don’t give the scene justice.
After Chuck found out how Sarah killed the French Diplomats, Ellie gave him a clue on what Sarah brought to the dinner. Sarah brought desert. Chuck went running and before he could reveal his secret. He proposed in saying a toast. The whole table is looking at him in bewilderment.
What I love before Chuck pulls the table cloth, Casey and Sarah are watching each other. Casey sniffing his wine. i never noticed until recently that Chuck does the same. Its quite comical how Morgan, Ellie and Devon are complete oblivious to what is happen here.
Chuck finished his round of toasting, but as Devon was about to put his fork into the Souffle. Chuck shouts “Who likes magic.” I love it….It is interesting the trick Morgan used at the beginning of the episode came to be useful in this scene.
Casey hit the table to make the candle fall on the souffle or should I say flamba. Chuck grabbed the souffle and ran it to the bathroom. In which, he threw it into the tub and drenched it with water. The whole clan followed him into the bathroom, and we get a few minutes of Sarah beating on Chuck.
Sarah made Chuck tell her that the NSA was blaming her for Zornow. He asked her about the french diplomats, and she said that they were after her first. She told him to trust her not to believe her. A precursor of things to come noo?
What is also funny was Chuck calling out Casey name. We are so use to hearing Chuck cry for Sarah. We never notice him asking Casey to save him from his beating. Sorry Chuck, Casey took his earlier.
Sarah realized that if Casey didn’t kill him could there be a possibility of Zornow was still alive. She told Chuck she had to go. This marks the end of the best scene of the episode.
As I mentioned at the top, one or two scenes does not save an episode for me. I may like a scene, but overall this episode becomes difficult from here.
Sarah storms out of the apartment follow by Chuck, Casey quickly follows Chuck, which if this didn’t stir up suspicion from Ellie and Devon, you can sell them a bag of dirt. Outside of the apartment Sarah ordered Chuck to go back inside. If you don’t know what Agent Walker looks like please refer to this scene.
Chuck turned and asked Casey if they were wrong. Before Casey could answer, Sarah screams for Casey. The boys ran for the street only to find Zornow was alive. Zornow shot a tranq dart into Casey causing the big fella to stumble.
Chuck told Casey we have to go and find her. It was their fault for not believing her. Casey pressed a few button in the nerd herder to bring up a GPS system. He told Chuck he put tracking devices in the quiches. They found a trace, and it was off to save Sarah.
However, the trace led them to the Buymore. Morgan was the one they were tracking. Chuck and Casey return to the nerd herder. Casey was ready to pack it up, but Chuck said no way. He used his IT smarts by suggesting locating any activity on a helipad near water using the GPS system. Casey was impressed by this.
They were able to trace them to a boathouse. Casey told Chuck to stay in the car ← The first time we hear stay in the car Chuck.
When Casey went to find Sarah, Chuck saw Zornow walk out of a building. The hero in him couldn’t resist to go help Sarah. Chuck went into the build where the Dr. was.
Chuck found her tied up, much to the dismay of Sarah. She claimed he was too valuable. He shouldn’t be here. Chuck takes the tape of her mouth, and Sarah lectures him some more.
What was funny was the line Sarah and Chuck share here. “I have this well in hand.” Chuck countered with “Yea, it looks that way.” As they finished the lines, the Dr. returned to the warehouse.
The doctor said they were going to bring her to a facility and really torture her compared to this child’s play. Zornow took out this large needle causing Chuck to say oh crap. The doctor heard him and flung the needle at the door. This is what bothers me about Chuck sometimes instead of running to go get Casey.
He just stood there and let the doctor shoot a dart into him. Follow by calling for Sarah. What was she really going to do tied up. Before that happened Chuck was able to flash on Zornow. Chuck said he knew the secrets of the doctor, and that he was selling government secrets for years.
The doctor realized that Chuck was Patient X , and said it was an honor to meet Chuck, but the hell with honor. He thought about the huge dollar figure he could get by selling the human intersect.
He dragged Chuck’s body towards the helicopter. meanwhile, Casey was able to locate Sarah. Sarah was able to free herself as Casey came into the room.
On the helicopter, Chuck was able to wake up as the chopper lifted off. Casey and Sarah made chase. Casey was ready to open fire on the chopper, but Sarah told him they had Chuck.
Chuck was able to land the helicopter, but was greeted with a very angry Sarah, who laid it into Chuck about not trusting her.
I am not going to spend too much time on the funeral other than say that both Sarah and Chuck show the kind of hearts they have. Despite what Bryce did to them. They look passed the bitterness and respect the memory. For Sarah, he was her partner and as for Bartowski, a former friend.
At the end of the episode, we have an important conversation between Sarah and Chuck. She said, “Some heroes want to be heroes, others have to be asked, well Chuck are you ready.”
Nothing really worth talking about when it came to the Buymore. The significant thing was Morgan teaching Casey the ropes of the Buymore.
Overall thoughts of the Episode
As I mentioned at the top, this episode has become a least favorite of mine. If I have to rank this episode it would be on the bottom half of 91 episodes.
Team was the clear message of this week’s episode. When Team Bartowski were at each other’s throats, the team was dysfunctional, but when the team worked together like on the helipad they showed the chemistry they ultimately will achieve.
Preview of Next Week’s Episode
Next week will be week three towards 91, Chuck vs the Tango is a classic episode. There are a lot of firsts in this episode, and we will save them for next week until then see you next week.
JD’S buck three ninety eight worth on Chuck versus the Helicopter
I like most everyone else did not rate this episode highly. Although I do consider it to be a very important episode in the initial development of the series. This episode continued laying the foundation and answering some questions while creating other questions. Helicopter gave us crucial character development.
We know from Chuck versus the Intersect that Chuck did not ask or want this. An opportunity presented itself for him to go back to normal. That opportunity was the possibility that Dr. Zarnow could remove the Intersect from Chuck. We learned how important the Intersect is in that people were willing to kill, kidnap, and torture for it. It could also fetch a high price if sold. Chuck is still deeply concerned for his family and friends.
We see Sarah as someone you really do not want to have mad at you. Anyone that could impale you from halfway across the room with a corndog stick is someone to be cautious with. Although creater Joshua Schwartz says they did not like the direction she was going, too dark, I think this was necessary to show Sarah was a tough, tenacious, and hardened spy that could take care of herself, and Chuck if needed from his protection standpoint. She had to have the throw down with Casey to earn his respect.
Likewise with Casey we need to see he wasn’t afraid to challenge Sarah. We also see Casey sees Chuck as a thinker when they are trying to figure out where Zarnow has taken Sarah. In trying to talk Chuck down in the helicopter we see Casey to the point and giving direction. This would be like Chuck trying to tell Casey how to play Xbox; it didn’t work.
The mistrust that was created was also necessary in order to start drawing everyone into a tighter circle. When Zarnow grabs Sarah she calls out for Casey. Both Casey and Chuck realize that their mistrust of Sarah caused her to be abducted. They now have to act together to correct their mistake.
The other subplots with Morgan, Elle, Awesome, were also informative as to how they would interact and their importance to Chuck. I too enjoyed the Flambé; “No way to treat a woman’s soufflé.”