Chuck Vs The Sandworm
We have reached episode sixth of our rewatch, and Chuck vs The Sandworm is one episode that doesn’t really offer much to the story
However, this episode does have some interesting scenes. I usually like to talk about the whole episode, but this episode I want to take time on three scenes.
Quite often during a season of a show, we get episodes that did little for the viewer, and we may like the episode because of the mix of guest stars and regular characters, but in Chuck vs the Sandworm, we get an episode that does little for the main story, and further makes some viewers turn sour on Morgan. The overall story contribution would be the fake and later real photo that became a fixture photograph of the series.
The episode centered around two things, the first would be the escape of Laszlo and Chuck’s relationship with Morgan. Laszlo was a CIA weapons and technology developer. He finally cracked and escaped from the bunker he was held captive. He would find his way into Burbank and soon cross paths with our nerd hero.
Chuck finds Laszlo at an Arcade, and flashed on him. He followed protocol and told Sarah about his find. Chuck found Sarah waiting in his room. For Sarah, Chuck’s bedroom seemed to make her feel safe. From the beginning, she always looked for ways to be in there, and she jumped at the chance to be in the room alone.
Once Chuck did come home, he was quick to ask her why she was in his room, and she said because she wanted to give him a photo of them.
Chuck very astute figured out it was fake, but Sarah reassures him that “they are a real couple… just a different kind of couple”. He will learn from Laszlo that there would be bugs planted around Chuck’s apartment, which Chuck found including the one in back of the picture frame she gave him.
Laszlo resurfaces and confronts Chuck outside of the Buymore, He has dinner with Chuck and later watches a few James Bond movies, meanwhile Sarah and Casey learn the truth of who the escapee was. A dangerous weapons creator off his meds and looking to do damage. Potentially, blowing something up.
Laszlo also told Chuck about how his handlers were not to be trusted and the very people Chuck though were honest people, turned out to be everything Laszlo said. Chuck finds all the bugs and surveillance cameras throughout the apartment.
Laszlo escapes again this time from Casey and Sarah and also taking Chuck with him. Soon after Chuck was released from Laszlo and the next morning we get one of those special moments from Sarah and Chuck.
Sarah arrives at Chuck’s apartment and for the second time in two weeks touches Chuck, this time fixes his tie. It is not the touch that I am interested in, its Sarah’s reaction to seeing her gift in the trash can. Sarah knew she was caught, yet seeing the gift there struck her with concern, and after listening to Chuck vent about screwing up the Laszlo situation. She switched from being just a handler to friend. More on this later.
Chuck figures out Laszlo’s plan about blowing up the pier and made the save. Sarah was impressed and concerned about Chuck because of the risk and not to mention the fear of losing Chuck was already begun to grow on her, but the fact remain Chuck was a hero. She knew and so did Casey, but the rest of the world didn’t know.The rest of the world knew Chuck as having no motivation on moving on from Stanford and Jill.
Ellie in the beginning seemed to always lecture Chuck. From disapproval of his hermit ways and lack of trying to move up in the world. The issue here is Chuck was doing something bigger than the Buymore, but he couldn’t say anything He may be a nerd, but he is a hero.
When Chuck gets back to the Halloween party he made up with Morgan, and confronted by Ellie if he got the promotion, which Chuck began to say he didn’t, but like Morgan and Chuck, Sarah made the save for Chuck this time. and finally we get our first real photo.
I usually don’t care for the subplot. I am too wrapped up in Team Bartowski, but the subplot was interesting in this one. Chuck and Morgan’s friendship is on display. Morgan and his ever clingy self comes off rather brash in this episode. He nearly costs Chuck his promotion, but being his friend Morgan tried to save Chuck at the Buymore. It was noble, but it didn’t get the job done.
The other scene that was worth talking about was Devon teaching Morgan how to become a tucker. Morgan trying to become mature was comical because the Buymorons thought he was in a costume when he showed up at the Buymore in a suit.
As I mentioned at the top, there are three scenes I would like to discuss.
The first one would be when Sarah gave Chuck the fake photo.
Fake Photo Scene
Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski are great in this scene. The chemistry shined here.
Chuck finding Sarah in his bedroom was one that I find to be puzzling. Chuck and Sarah have been cover dating for a month or so. and would it be an issue to give the photo in front of Devon and Ellie?
What harm could come from Ellie and Devon knowing they went to “Comic Con” They have been lying about where they been for a decent amount of time. I chalk it up to a woman interested in being in her cover boyfriend’s room.
We have had five episodes, and don’t recall Sarah ever being in his room yet. This was her first time she would be in the bedroom, and from her appearance felt safe in there.
When Chuck asked for Sarah to stay for a while because he didn’t want to disappoint Devon and Ellie, and it would also cover their tracks on the reason for the visit.
I focused on Sarah in this scene. She looked like a woman caught off guard by Chuck’s request, and her expressions were of classic Yvonne. She has a look like a woman’s first time in bed.
“well, how long do you want me to stay.” As Chuck said “42:15” I couldn’t help be see her expression of seriously, you can go that long? You timed yourself.
Then we get to the key part of the scene. When she gave him the photo. It didn’t take Chuck long to figure out it was a fake., and he said we look like a real couple. Sarah’s response was of a half truth at this point.
This was Sarah’s first gift to him, and he will learn later that it was a fake. In two weeks, we will be discussing this scene again as it pertains to a gift he receives in Chuck vs The Truth.
The second scene I would like to talk about was second bedroom scene of the episode.
Sarah Seeing her gift in the Trash.
This scene has always been one of my favorite from Sarah. Chuck was flipping out about screwing up about the Lazlo incident, he would say no wonder they bugged his room.
There will be two things that happened in this scene that marks the early signs of normal Sarah. She really does want to be close to Chuck not only as a handler but she sees herself as his friend, and sometimes she flirts with him without knowing it.
It would be the first time in the series Sarah fixed his tie. Something she felt comfortable doing. I like it because it showed that Sarah was becoming interested in Chuck more and more.
What I also love about this scene is this.
She showed displeasure in seeing the photo in the trash. It hurt her a little bit. It may be a fake, but it still was a gift.
She didn’t look at the picture in the trash once and forgot about it. She looked two more times. A sign that Sarah understood the message behind it, and she realized she needed to fix this.
The second look at the trash can is one that I appreciated. It showed she has a pulse. While it may have been a play for planting a bug in his room, it still was a gift she gave him, and he tossed it like a piece of trash. Something that bothered her.
The final scene really started after Chuck defused the car bomb. Sarah saw Chuck for what he was a hero, and when Ellie was about to rip it to Chuck for skipping out on the interview.
Sarah saved him, and we have a special Sarah and Chuck Moment.
We always marvel in Chuck doing the right thing, but here Sarah did the right thing, and she made it a mission of hers to fix what was broken. It showed that Sarah got it, and she really doesn’t want her relationship with Chuck to be fake.
The Last Stand Alone Episode Until Later in the Season
I am not a big fan of stand alone episodes like this one, and for the fifth time in the early part of season one, we get another stand alone episode. The only episode of the first five episodes that contributed to the overall story was Chuck vs Wookie in which we learned about the relationship of Bryce and Sarah.
The next episode will begin the series long journey on the relationship between Chuck and Bryce because the next episode is Alma Mater.