The first episode of season three is a very powerful one, and I will spend some time trying to explain the actions of Chuck and Sarah. I am not naive to think people won’t disagree with me, and that is fine, but as I mentioned in Colonel, the actions displayed in this episode warrant my reasoning in why it would have been a mistake to sleep together.
There is a time frame of six months we are dealing with, and a lot has happened since Chuck decided to download the Intersect 2.0 and we saw the impact it caused. The night of his decision impacted lives most specifically Sarah’s live in her mind. There is a lot to go through, so let’s get on with Pink Slip.
In order to understand this episode better, I had to split the episode into two episodes in one. The first would be the night Chuck downloaded the Intersect, and the second would be the famous Prague incident.
The build up really took place at the end of Colonel when Orion took out the original Intersect. It ruined the plans of both Chuck and Sarah. The idea of living in each other’s world has become more and more of pipe dream.
The fact that Sarah’s dream was to live as a regular girl, but still work as a spy. Same thing for Chuck, he wanted to be a spy, but not lose out on what mattered most to him, His friends and family were his lifeline, and Chuck was Sarah’s calm center.
Sarah realized what she wanted, and leaving Chuck was something she didn’t want to do anymore, but reality struck when Bryce was in trouble. Both Chuck and Sarah went to help him and the results were not good for Sarah.
Two major things happened the night Chuck downloaded the 2.0. First, Sarah’s first real love was killed. Whether we believe she actually loved Bryce can be something we can debate, but her reaction in Nemesis proved she did have some feelings for Bryce at one time. When she saw Bryce dead on the floor, Sarah was already shaken
Bryce returned for the third time, but this time Sarah was in love with Chuck, but anyone would tell you the effect a first love has on someone. Throw in Chuck taking out 5 ring operatives with no previous training makes a woman really fall into shock by the events taking place even if she was a superspy. Casey also was freaked out by what he witnessed. “Oh Chuck Me.”
Then Chuck did this,
After he defeated all the Ring’s men, Sarah was now in shock because of seeing Bryce dead, and Chuck became this machine before her.
Later that night, we see the continuation of what happened. It’s hard to fathom Sarah would be calm and collected after witnessing what she just did.
Chuck was told by Casey, they would send him to Prague, the CIA would train him to become the super spy the Intersect 2.0 was designed to do.
When Sarah heard this it was impulsive time for Sarah, she was fearful of losing Chuck to the spy world and that was something she wasn’t prepared to witness. She said as much.
Sarah was freaked out. She was not thinking straight when she told Chuck to run away with her. Her body language and panic expression was the direct cause of the events she was experiencing. A real shock to the system if you will.
She tried to warn Chuck what happened to people entering the spy world. She was not prepared or wanted to witness Chuck disappear.
Look at the expression again,
Chuck thought that would be a good thing, but Sarah not thinking rationally thought otherwise.
She asked for them to run together, she wanted to be a normal person again with Chuck, but its a hasty move because of the events she just witnessed. When Chuck agreed to run with her, Sarah was calm again.
While, we know where Sarah’s head was at this point, we fast forward to Six month later, and see the effects of Chuck’s decision affected him during his training.
While training, he was poised, but something was wrong with Chuck. He was receiving orders from Beckman, but Chuck would second guess everything. When Yuri pointed the gun at him, he was able to flash and took them out. He was able to take Yuri’s gun away from him.
However, Chuck wasn’t able to use the gun despite Beckman screaming in his ear to pull the trigger. He would go against the order and take them out using Kung Fu. Bartowski snatched the briefcase and made his escape, Beckman would instruct Chuck a helicopter was coming, but to far out.
She told Chuck to zip line down from the roof, and instruction would occur on what to do next, but Chuck’s emotions would get the better of him preventing him from flashing on the skill set. Beckman became frustrated and canceled the termination.
She proceeded to ask Chuck why he didn’t shoot Yuri, Chuck claimed while he understood it was a simulation, he thought safety first, and he still wasn’t comfortable with killing people.
Beckman would told Chuck it wasn’t working and fired him. Chuck was upset because of what he said no too, and when Chuck was become hostile, Beckman had him tranqed.
Chuck went back to Burbank a dejected man. The inability to stay focus was holding him back. It drew concern from Ellie. She would ask Chuck where Sarah was. Chuck would claim he lost her. The girl of his dreams gone.
Ellie told Chuck why not try to call her maybe she missed him too, but it wasn’t the case. While working on an assignment, Chuck called her. She would take the phone from her mark and walk over to the pool, and dropped the phone into the water.
I would believe that Sarah was through with Chuck, but it was hard to fathom with the expression she made before and after dropping her cellphone into the water. Again, Yvonne’s mastery of the character proved what she was doing didn’t measure to her feelings.
Something happened bad happened between them for Sarah to react this way. More on that later.
Once Chuck felt Sarah was gone, Chuck went in complete meltdown mode. He stopped shaving and was only eating cheese balls. It became concerning to both Devon and Ellie. The concern forced Ellie to get Morgan involved but nothing was working.
Chuck would only leave the apartment when the cheese balls ran out. It forced him to return to the Buymore. When he did, the store was not the same under the reign of Milbarge. Security and everyone acted in unison. Jeff’s hair was neatly combed and his approach to asking if Chuck needed help was the kind of change Emmett instilled into the Buymore.
When Chuck made his way to the snack, Milbarge saw him from the cameras, and assumed Bartowski was a street peasant, but when Chuck removed the sunglasses. Milbarge was overly ecstatic that Chuck failed.
It was quite comical when Emmett told everyone Chuck was here. They all asked Chuck if he would take over the Buymore from Emmett with desperation in their eyes.
Emmett went on a tirade causing Chuck to flash, but Bartowski showed restraint at the cost of looking like he went off the deep end.
When Lester asked him about coming back, Chuck turned them down. Lester would say why would you care about our troubles when you still have blonde. They would tell Chuck, she was still in town.
It made Chuck go over to the Orange Orange, but when he got there Casey would knock him over. the colonel wanted to know why Chuck was there. Chuck would tell him he was looking for a light jacket he left in Castle.
While down in Castle, Chuck would ask what was going on in the business. Did he talk to any of the old gang. Casey said no, but that was a lie because Sarah was calling. Chuck made a plea to join them, but Casey said no because he didn’t work according to his training reports. Sarah still didn’t want to talk Chuck.
Chuck would look over Casey’s shoulder and see where the mission was being held. He would look at the file on the table, and tell Casey he was leaving. Casey would ask Chuck what happen between him and Walker. Chuck told him something he had to fix.
Chuck would go home and start to shave and get dressed. He was going to show the team he still can be a great spy. The problem was Sarah didn’t want to see him. Her reaction to him showing up at the hotel was an indication as much.
As Chuck approached Walker, she saw her mark enter the room. She asked Chuck to kiss her. Chuck was hesitant at first, but when she insisted. They kissed, but as the mark came closer, she slapped Chuck sending Bartowski to the ground.
Chuck was pleading his case in the kitchen area, but Sarah told them to get Chuck out of there. Chuck was still trying to help, but Casey told him it was a simple courier exchange with Javier Cruz. When Chuck heard the name, he flashed and saw Javier really was an international assassin.
After throwing Chuck out of the hotel, Chuck tried to get back inside after his flash. A man walked up to Chuck, which received a roundhouse kick for his troubles. Chuck went back inside dressed as a mariachi singer. While in the lobby, an event planner saw him and told him he was on. He went up on stage causing Casey to get concerned about the mission, but Sarah said give him a moment.
While up on stage Chuck flashed on the music, and started playing the guitar. While everyone was distracted Chuck would inform Casey of an assassin, but didn’t know where. Suddenly, out of the corner of the door, Javier looked into the room.
Sarah asked her mark to dancer with her. While on the dance floor. The mark would ask why he was here. The presence of Bartowski spooked the mark, but Sarah assured him it was over with Chuck. While Chuck was looking around, he saw a red light on Sarah, and leaped from the stage.
Chuck’s actions caused anger out of both Casey and Sarah. They told him it was over. It sent Chuck back to depression mode. Devon would talk to Chuck about the loser cover Chuck was performing, but Chuck assured him this was no cover.
Later Morgan would show up, and while they were discussing Chuck’s failures as a spy. Morgan told him how it was amateur hour compared to what Morgan dealt with in Hawaii.
He would show Chuck where he was staying. The home theater room of the Buymore was his home. What I am interested in this scene would Sarah.
The reason Sarah was angry was because of what happen three weeks after Sarah asked Chuck to run with her the night of Chuck downloading 2.0, and for this particular episode. We have two great songs from this episode. these two songs are two of my favorite of the entire series.
The first was Sam Sparro’s Black and Gold, the second song would be Frightened Rabbit’s Backwards Walk.
As I mentioned above, when Chuck arrived at the train station. He already had regret showing. As the decision to run has changed, and Sarah was excited to see Chuck.
After watching this scene, it is easy to take one side over the other. Chuck said, I can’t to her about running. three screencaps made a statement to me.
What I saw was a change in Chuck already, he doesn’t show happiness in seeing Sarah. The second one would be after Sarah kissed him, she knew something was wrong because there was no return kiss from Chuck.
Sarah can sense just from kissing Chuck something was wrong,
Chuck: Sarah, there is an entire facility here dedicated and designed to turning me into Intersect 2.0. I mean, think about it. Think about that.Me, a real spy, you know, living a life of adventure, and doing things that really matter.
Sarah would say it was not that simple, and would also go as far as say what they had been real. Again, she would ask if he was coming, and as Chuck hesitated in answering. It seemed less likely, and Sarah knew it too.
People have to understand the significance of Chuck saying “I can’t” Never in her wildest dreams did she think Chuck would hurt her. I am also starting to believe Chuck felt like Sarah did in the Church.
When one walks into a situation knowing this could very well hurt the other party. The blow not only hurts the one receiving the bad news, but in Sarah and Chuck’s case. They both deliver a blow to the heart.
This situation in Prague is a direct result in why I felt Barstow would have been a mistake. They still find ways take that leap of faith, and explain their feelings. Sarah briefly spoke about her feelings on the issue, but it wasn’t enough to get Chuck on the train.
now that the six months from the time the download and the Prague incident happened, we understand the rift between Chuck and Sarah. Six months certainly doesn’t heal the wounds from events that transpired at least on Sarah’s end.
Chuck did the right thing, he chosen to become a spy because he knew in his heart it was the only way to be with Sarah. She was never going to give up the spy life, and the choice was made for Chuck. Sarah’s mistake throughout this experience was not telling him how she felt about him becoming a spy.
So when Chuck tried to flash before Javier came into his cell, he told himself he was dead, but Sarah’s voice calmed him. She would tell him she worked with the best spies in the world, and no one could do what Chuck could do, so don’t freak out.
It calmed Chuck enough for him to knock out Javier. Chuck would take the keys and the Ring Phone he found on Javier. He unlocked Sarah’s cell and off they go. The reach the roof, but Javier’s men found them and started shooting at them.
Sarah ran out of ammo, but Chuck gave them a way out when he flashed on zip lining, which they do.
However, it didn’t work because Javier and his men surrounded them, but before they could kill Charah, Casey made the save by arriving on the scene via helicopter and a gatling gun.
Casey took out the baddies with the gun giving Charah the chance to run for the helicopter, which they do.
Back at Castle, Beckman was pleased with the success the team made in capturing one of The Ring’s key men and the first Ring phone. She felt good about the team, and put the team back in the field.
Meanwhile, Chuck was excited about working again. However, Beckman would warn Sarah how dangerous Bartowski was. She further would instruct her about keeping Chuck’s emotions in check. The job of the agency was to protect Chuck from the world was over. The new focus was to protect the world from Chuck.
Beckman closed by saying Chuck was worth the risk.
Sarah showed up at the apartment complex and told Chuck they should talk.
Chuck: Sarah, they wanted me to be a spy, okay. They told me that I could make a difference. For years, I been I been kicking around not knowing what I wanted to do with my life-like a like a loser.that they thought really I could change the world.
Me. Chuck Bartowski. It was never about you
Sarah: Stop. I acted impulsively. And it’s a mistake I don’t usually make. And it won’t happen again.
Sarah: You’re a spy now, Chuck. You have to keep your feelings to yourself.
Its clear in Sarah’s body language the decision Chuck made in Prague was still sitting very heavy in her heart. She was heart-broken and seeing Chuck brought out the feelings she still has for him, which makes the pain hurt more.
Pink Slip marked the end of Emmett Milbarge, he was killed by Javier when the assassin was walking the grounds of the Buymore. It made it easy for Casey to get Chuck and Morgan rehired.
we also notice Anna missing from the cast, Julia Ling was dropped due to budget cuts. Thus, the remark made by Morgan she ran off with a prep chef.
Overall Thoughts of Pink Slip
As a fan base, we were treated to great premiers with the Pilot and First Date, these two episodes were filled with laughter and memorable moments. For some, Pink Slip was a drastic and dark turn for the series, but no one should have been surprised.
Series direction was laid out for the fan since Colonel, Once Orion took the Intersect out, and word of a new Intersect being designed. It was only a matter of time before Bartowski would download the latest edition.
Sarah not telling Chuck how she felt about Chuck’s decision in becoming a spy would ultimately be the theme of the season, and being hurt and angry with Chuck for not running will be the real situation that drove them apart.
Let’s be real here, what Chuck did in Prague would have been a deal breaker in real life. Let’s see if it was for Chuck and Sarah.
Next Episode is Chuck vs The Three Words, Mini Anden returns as Carina until then remember Chuckaholics was designed for you to play.