After two backlash episodes from the events of Prague, the third episode offered a chance to breathe a little bit. Chuck and Sarah are still feeling the effects of post Prague, but as they work together feelings are beginning to return . Sarah and Chuck begin to patch their working relationship. it’s a small but significant step towards recovery.
Meanwhile, Devon gets to tag along on one of Chuck’s missions and we get one of Chuck’s great guest stars as Armand Assante makes his first of two appearances on the show. He portrayed the generalissimo from Costa Gravas Let’s get into a fun third episode of Chuck from season three.
The episode opens at UCLA medical school back in 2000, a flashback from when Devon and Ellie first met. They were happy and definitely hot for each other. The scene shifts to modern time and we see Ellie and Devon moving into their new apartment.
Ellie in a hissy tone, told Devon to forget the television and help her clean up the broken plates. Devon said he needed to challenge his inner Chuck, Ellie would sarcastically said, “Chuck who? he’s dead to me.” It is really annoying how Ellie can become snippy when Chuck doesn’t do what Ellie wants. Its part of the reason I can’t stand the character.
He may have said, he was going to help, but things happen Ellie. The truth was Chuck was a mission, and as Devon suggested enough moving for one night. Ellie was on board about that.
A helicopter would come by and drop Chuck off, but it alarmed Ellie because it was quite unusual for her to hear so many helicopters in the area. It would cause Devon to ask Chuck to change the drop off location, and learn about what Chuck did on missions.
Chuck told him what he did most of the time, and Devon thought it was bad ass. It made Devon consider what he did for a moment. Devon warned Chuck not to take of the bullet proof vest because Ellie was ready to blow because he didn’t show to help with the moving.
While Chuck was fixing the television, Ellie continued her snickering by lecturing Chuck about being on time, but quickly took back what she said after he fixed the television. When they turned on the television. There was a report about Premier Alejandro Fulgencio Goya, had collapsed. Seconds later both Devon and Chuck got calls about the same subject.
It was comical how they acted with each other. Devon asked if this was about the premier, but Chuck would counter with “It’s spies stuff” Devon would be able to turn the tables on Chuck, when Devon’s phone went off, and Chuck asked him about it. Devon would say “Sorry Chuck, its doctor stuff.” Very funny stuff. As both Devon and Chuck were splitting, Ellie asked about watching the wedding video. Devon responded with “Sorry babe, duty calls.”
At Castle, Beckman was explaining to the team how important for the premier to not die, and look into the suddenly collapse. Casey was not thrilled with having to protect the former communist despot. I think the animosity towards the leader would be the fact he was given the order three times to kill him, but failed all three times.
Sarah challenged her inner Casey, and teased the Colonel on his perfect record. It made the room awkwardly entertaining as Chuck said.
Beckman would go over their assignment. They were to seize the medical records of said premier to ascertain the cause of the problem. This would mean going to West Side Medical Center. As Beckman was saying this, Devon was the doctor that handled the premier’s case.
On the television, Devon was taking questions from reports about the leader’s condition. He went as spoke in spanish to let the world know he would be ok. Casey said it was time to apprehend the good doctor, but Chuck said “He is family, he could talk to him.” Sarah would advise Chuck about Devon being a civilian.
Later, Chuck found out through Devon that the premier was poisoned, but the scene was worth mentioning because it was funny. Devon asked if the CIA needed and extra pair of hands, of there was a secret base so they could debrief him. Chuck’s expression was priceless.
Chuck would report his finding to the team and general, The general figured the assassin was still in play, and ordered them to protect the premier. She further told them there protection needed to go unprotected. Thus, the agency had no knowledge of them working this mission. The classic get caught and we won’t be their for you. Chuck suggested why not just tell the general about the hit on him. Beckman would put it in great perspective. “would you trust a country, who tried to kill you over the course of three decades about this?”
After Beckman gave them their orders, Sarah explained to Chuck the recourse for getting caught. Costa Gravas law was death by firing squad. Casey would recuse himself from the mission because of his history in trying to kill the premier.
It was quite funny what Chuck said, and it is my favorite line of the episode.
What I love about the scene is how close the team really has become. Casey would have killed Chuck in Season One for his mockery. The comradely has really taken shape between the three. First, Sarah busting Casey on his perfect record and now Chuck calling him out on his nickname in Costa Gravas. The three really have become friends in that sense.
As Chuck finished mocking Casey. Guards starting taking places in the courtyard. Casey recognized the uniforms as Costan Gravan. He was preparing to lock and load before they can get to him, but Chuck noticed they were there for them. They were there for the Woodcombs.
As they knocked on the doctor’s door, Ellie begged Devon to get the door as she had been on call for three days. It took a little bit but Devon does answer the door, and at the door was the Premier himself. He came to thank the doctor for his services, and to invite them to a dinner function at his embassy.
Team Bartowski watched from Casey’s apartment. Chuck was going in case of any issues.
At the Gala, Chuck was freaking out with being on a mission with his family on site. However, Sarah told him to relax. She reminded him how his emotions get in the way. She told him to scan the room for any would be assassins.
Devon would catch up with Chuck, and asked him if the Premier was going to be whacked tonight, and Chuck assured him that was not the case. Devon would ask what is his mission, but Chuck quickly told him focus on keeping Ellie out of danger.
Devon would see the premier schmoozing his wife, and was going to make a move, but Chuck stopped him because he saw Sarah headed over to make the save.
Sarah would tell the premier she needed Ellie, and stole her from him. Ellie thanked her and insulted the cologne for good measure. As Sarah leaned back laugh, she glanced at Chuck with feelings in her eyes. This scene showed me she still had feelings for Chuck.
There are feelings behind those eyes, and what makes it worse for Sarah, Ellie caught her. She asked Sarah if she still had feelings for her brother. Ellie would give her relationship advice that seemed to hit home because Sarah’s feelings for Chuck had returned in a sense. It took time, but the wounds are healing.
Meanwhile, the guys are talking about the cover, and Devon asked Chuck how did he fake being in love with a woman like Sarah and not actually fall for her. As I mentioned many times in other articles.
This scene is a prime example on why Chuck and Sarah had relationship issues. They couldn’t admit to themselves they were more than friends. The friendship ship sailed after Sarah kissed him in hard salami. Furthermore, Chuck giving her a love token despite the relationship only being a cover. The two were working on building a real relationship with what they had to work with.
This season also illustrates the denial the two were living. Everyone in the world knew the two were in love except for Chuck and Sarah.
Another thing to point out would be what Sarah did once she sat down with Ellie. The first thing she did was scan the room for Chuck. While she was talking with Ellie. It is a very classic move a person would do when you deem yourself with someone. Sometimes being in a real relationship just falls into place.
Actions and countermeasures make people do things instinctively. Sarah looking for Chuck was something a girlfriend or boyfriend would do. How many times do you go to a function looking around the room for the person you’re with.
It is the very reason why Ellie picked up on quickly, remember Ellie was the first to pick up on it back in Chuck vs The Tango. She was the first to realize that Sarah was into her brother, and Sarah tried to deny it, but Ellie pointed out things only a woman would understand. The dress, her actions and stares all spoke to the contrary.
Remember what we discussed in The Truth, Ellie and Devon provided Chuck and Sarah an education on how real relationships worked. They showed them what the benefits are when the relationship is genuine. Look at what Ellie said,
Ellie: You know, you go through hot and cold patches.
When Devon and I got married, we kind of put the passion on hold, but being here in a place like this, it just brings it all back, you know? It feels like it did in the beginning.
In essence, Sarah got the counseling she needed to get over Prague. As bad as Prague was, the love and passion you have for someone no matter how bad the situation can be. Love finds a way to overcome it. As long as the love is real, Devon and Ellie once again were the perfect antidote to the problems thus far, but Sarah and Chuck were acting like teenagers.
The inexperienced woman in Sarah trying to tell the experienced married woman she didn’t understand her situation. Sound familiar? A daughter telling her mother how she never went through it before.
The other benefit from Sarah hearing this from Ellie was the advice she wasn’t going to get from a Carina. The reason is because the problems she was going through with Chuck was something a real couple has to work through. It’s a tough road, but it has to be done.
Chuck’s response to Devon was Agent Carmichael. Chuck challenging his inner Agent Walker if you will. “It’s our job to fool people like you.”
Denial is what truly holding Chuck and Sarah back. First Communication and now denial. Does it make sense?
The buzz kill that is Casey would interrupt the free counseling session by reminding the two agents they were on mission. The two agents walk towards the dance floor, Casey would spot a potential assassin because he was able to get into the embassy with a stolen passport.
Casey and Sarah spotted him, and it was one of the 2.0 best flashes. Chuck needed to get across the dance floor. instinctively thought dancing across would be ideal. He aggressively started to dance with Sarah moving closer and closer to the target.
As they came into position Chuck elbowed the target, but he turned out to be only a protestor. The Premier guards ordered Chuck and Sarah to be thrown out of the building. As the guards were getting ready to throw Charah out. Chuck saw a guard and flashed on him. He was the real assassin, but Chuck couldn’t warn them fast enough.
Chuck would tell Sarah the man he just saw was the real assassin. Sarah would inform Casey he was needed inside for the premier was completely unprotected. Casey dressed like one of the guards and came into the ballroom. He went towards the premier.
Devon saw him inching closer, but didn’t notice it was Casey, but did notice Casey pulled a gun out. Devon went charging for Casey knocking him down. The guards noticed Casey right away by saying “Angel De La Muerte?” the premier would thank Devon again for saving his life. However, Devon knew he screwed up the mission.
At Castle, Chuck and Sarah were pleading with Beckman to give them the order to storm the embassy so they can retrieve the colonel, but the general denied that order in protecting Costa Gravas’s speech about becoming democratic country.
It didn’t go over too well with Chuck and Sarah. No man left behind.
Meanwhile, Casey was being interrogated by the Costa Gravans. He was tied to a chair with a rag in his mouth. The premier said “When are you going to learn you can’t kill me.” He was taunting Casey, behind the premier Casey can see the assassin inject poison into the cigar that he brought the premier, Casey tried to warn the foreign head of state, but he didn’t believe him. The assassin gave him the cigar, and what I find to be the funniest scene of the season thus far, Casey kicks the cigar out of the Premier’s mouth. I am even laughing now as I am writing this.
The Premier’s expression was priceless.
The kick by Casey angered the Premier, he informed Casey he would be doing the torture/interrogation himself in the morning, and as he smoked the cigar. He would fall over shortly after. The assassin and Casey exchange looks.
Meanwhile as Devon and Ellie get home, Devon’s phone goes off. He was to report to the embassy right away. As Devon was leaving the complex he ran into Chuck. He came up with an idea how he can get them into the embassy, which Chuck was on board with and showed Devon where he had his secret base.
Chuck instructed for Devon not to touch anything, and furthermore to keep it down because if Sarah was to find out Chuck brought a civilian into Castle. Before Chuck could finish, Sarah walked in and said “What the hell do you think you are doing bringing a civilian down here, do you know how far off the reservation you are going.”
Sarah was getting prepared to storm the embassy, but Chuck told her she was going to get shot instead Devon is here to help us.
Before Devon can explain his idea, Sarah already knew what Devon was going to suggest. Nurse Sarah Walker enough said.
The trio was taken to the premier’s room. the premier’s right hand recognized Chuck right away, but Devon needed the room clear so he could work on the general. Meanwhile, the assassin pays a visit to the colonel. Casey asked the assassin who he worked for and why the need for the premier being dead.
The assassin said he worked for an organization called The Ring, and his bosses wanted Costa Gravas’s status to remain the same. The assassin was prepared to kill Casey, but Casey was able to get the upper hand.
Meanwhile, Chuck explained to Devon how Sarah was going attack the two guards with machine guns with her fists. It was a funny line giving the timing of it.
Chuck and Casey would find Casey and rescue him, but they told him Awesome was here as well. When they get to the premier’s room. They try to convince Awesome to leave with them, but Devon was honoring his oath as a doctor. The team was not able to leave because Costa Gravans caught up to them.
they would force Chuck to operate on Casey, who was shot while trying to escape. The flash Chuck used was one of my favorites.
Chuck was able to remove the bullet lodged in the colonel’s leg. Devon would say he needed to get the premier to the hospital anything short of a blood transfusion and he would be dead. He asked them what the premier’s blood type was, and Casey knew from the years of trying to kill the general.
With much resistance, Chuck was able to find out Casey had the blood type needed. However, the colonel didn’t want to help him because of his communist days, but Chuck didn’t give him a chance to fight by knocking him out with anesthesia .
There is an interesting expression from Sarah when Chuck took charge. Did Sarah not like Chuck’s forceful nature? Is this where Sarah realized she didn’t want Chuck to become a spy? Tell me your opinion in the comment section below.
Sarah is not used to this kind of Chuck, the take action in order to complete a mission. He has always been one to consider all measures before just doing. Sarah saw an aggressive man. A man who just performed surgery like he had done it before. it’s like how she looked when she saw him perform kung fu flawlessly.
It may have spooked her. Again, I would like to know your opinion on that issue, Is this where Sarah began to worry about what the 2.0 could do to Chuck?
Back at Castle, Casey was able to wake up, and was rather pleased to see Chuck until he found out his blood was stolen from him and put in the premier, but was happy once he found out the premier gave him pre revolutionary cigars from Costa Gravas.
Upstairs at the Orange Orange, Devon came knocking. He told Chuck he scratched his espionage itch, and if giving up his part of life meant living a double life. It was just not worth it to Devon. Sarah came up from Castle to meet up with the boys, and Devon said goodnight by saying you too look out for each other.
We come to the song of the episode, Daniel Zott’s Living a Lie was a perfect selection for this scene because the reality is Charah was living a lie. Not only were they lying to each other about how the whole friendship thing. Chuck and Sarah wanted each other. The true crime was they were lying to themselves.
Back in Crown Vic, they shared a handshake and everything was hunky dory, but something tells me a handshake won’t help this time around. This episode brought them closer to recovery but they still have work to do.
What did we learn thus far in three episodes.
1. There is a huge communication breakdown. Feelings aren’t being discussed truthfully.
2. Chuck and Sarah are clearly in denial about what they mean to each other.
until they break these trends. The relationship is stuck in neutral. Things will get more cloudy when Daniel Shaw comes into the picture.
Chuck vs Operation Awesome is next on our journey through season 3 until then my friends Chuckaholics is your toy, so play