Chuck vs The Break Up
The third episode of season two would mark the conclusion of the second arc of the series. The final changes to the characters takes place in this episode and marks the realization that Sarah has moved on from Bryce.
Chuck vs The Break Up was also when Bryce finds out that Sarah and Chuck have more than “cover feelings,” thus causing him to act like a “big brother” and warn Chuck about rule number one.
An overall great episode, and a favorite of mine. Here we go into the Break Up
For the original write-up, the second arc of Chuck article, click below for your viewing needs.
There are really three scenes worth taking extra time on and we will save them for the end because they will take a long time to discuss. I want to begin with song of the episode.
There are two great songs in this episode and I will elect both of them for this episode song.
First, the Matt Bomer and Yvonne Strahovski’s dance scene was epic. A hot dance scene that could rival John Travolta and Uma Thurman.
The second song comes at the end of the episode. Bon Iver’s Skinny Love was the perfect selection for the scene. A power scene with a song that would tell the viewer what Sarah was thinking. This is one of the things I love about the music of Chuck – the choice of music complementing the scene.
We will get into the break up scene later, but for now we will just show it here for the song of the episode purposes.
Bryce is back! The last time he came back, Chuck and Sarah shared an intimate moment. His return came after this scene.
The difference between the scene above and this episode was Sarah and Chuck’s handling of the return. Chuck and Sarah were moving closer and closer on becoming a real item. The only thing holding them back was themselves and the fear of the agency ruining things.
However, there is a big thing we need to focus on. They kissed twice in Chuck vs The Seduction and Sarah admitted Chuck’s charms were working. They went on a second date and almost kissed there. It is safe to say the relationship was blossoming into a real one; whatever that means.
I have been thinking lately when it comes to relationships do we just “hey your my girlfriend or boyfriend,” or does it just flow naturally. Sarah and Chuck shared intimate moments that would constitute a real relationship despite calling it a cover.
When Sarah showed tears after Chuck broke up their fake relationship, Sarah was hurt by it and even showed it by showing real tears; but each time they moved forward, Bryce returned.
Chuck was visiting Sarah’s hotel room, while doing the “Montgomery,” a white jacket and rose, and holding a bottle of wine. When Sarah answered the door she did not seem thrilled with Bryce being in her hotel room. Sarah even said, Bryce was waiting outside her door.
Sarah knows Bryce being back was going to cause an issue. They went through it a year ago. The difference was Sarah. The first time around Sarah never got the closure she needed. How could she, Walker believed Bryce was dead.
However, when given the chance to leave with Bryce, Sarah chose to stay in Burbank. But Chuck kept poking the issue because he couldn’t grasp that Sarah chose him.
In fact, before she knew she was going to be working with Bryce instead of Chuck, she was smiling about doing a dinner party with Chuck – perhaps possibly dancing like a real date despite it being a mission.
However, Beckman pumps on the brakes on their giddiness by telling Chuck, he would be on the sidelines for this one. This mission was for a real spy. The idea of not being a part of the mission is a damper on Chuck’s parade. Beckman said “For a real spy.” It sparked the jealousy out of Chuck.
The “real spy” comment fueled Chuck’s insecurities when it came to Bryce and Sarah. Bryce didn’t come to Burbank to splash on Charah’s parade. He doesn’t know the two are becoming serious. They can deny it, but they’re actions spoke otherwise.
Sarah’s smile does not suggest anything. Chuck’s insecurity fueled by Beckman’s remark caused it. Don’t blame Sarah or Bryce for that matter.
Bryce’s antics were also driving Chuck’s jealousy, especially when he flashed a ring in front of Sarah, even though it was all for the cover. This scene is a classic example of Chuck’s struggle of separating his real life with that of a spy mission. It will plague him through the series.
As for Casey, well the picture says it all.
One more thing about the ring scene, I understand why Chuck got jealous. Sarah smiling and all, but let’s be fair she was only being polite. There is nothing behind it just pleasantry. She also can see Bryce’s presence made Chuck jealous.
Again, I take no issue with Sarah smiling. I also understand Chuck’s perspective. She is surely taking no issue with the cover because it was just a cover. The reason I don’t take issue with the smiling was because of the next scene.
While Bryce was flirting with her, Sarah, in a very nice and polite way, asks Bryce to keep the Andersons a cover this time around. Bryce would ask why, and Agent Walker covered for Sarah the girlfriend. She used Fulcrum getting close as the reason. She didn’t want to set off Bryce, who was still smitten over Walker.
In other words, Sarah was telling Bryce it was over between them. The first indication things between the two were done. It’s why I stand by my theory about nemesis. Nemesis was a clear closure issue. Walker never had that opportunity for closure because he was “dead.”
Meanwhile, Ellie was coming over to the Orange, Orange to ask Sarah if she wanted to be her bridesmaid and saw this
A total misread by Ellie, and she reported it to Chuck. A move unbeknownst to Ellie added more fuel to the fire. Bryce and Sarah were not holding hands as partners. It was a simple understanding gesture between the two.
Sarah made it clear to Bryce this was strictly a mission, but the way Ellie describe the scene made it seem otherwise. it put Chuck further in to his jealous maze.
The episode moved to the first scene I will spend some time on. It’s one of my personal favorites of the series. Bryce will learn why Sarah said the Andersons were strictly a cover now.
Here is the poll question I would like to ask. Based on Sarah’s reaction, Did Sarah put the dress on for Chuck?
The part of the scene I want to talk about is this screen cap.
As I wrote earlier, Bryce had no inkling Chuck and Sarah were serious. He came under the pretenses that they were strictly a cover relationship.
Bryce: It’s just she’s a beautiful girl pretending to be your girlfriend. I was afraid you’d let the lines get blurred and fall for her
Bryce is a bit of a hypocrite here. Didn’t the super-spy himself fall for Sarah as well. Call me crazy, but the Andersons were also a cover. The difference was Chuck was an asset and Bryce was a spy already. However, what it did was set up Chuck to make the comment he made to keep Bryce off the scent. However, Sarah ruined it by taking what Chuck said personally.
It also hurt the mission in a sense. The turmoil from Chuck’s comment spilled over into the mission. Sarah visibly annoyed with Bryce, and without care taking control of the dance.
It’s like Sarah was ready to put an end to this high school tussle between the two men. Chuck’s totally became a bumbling fool.
First he spills wine on the baddie, and then drops a bottle when watching Sarah and Bryce kiss on the dance floor. Hey Chuck, it’s a mission man…They were selling their cover.
Before we continue on with Bryce Sarah and Chuck situation, the baddie of the episode was very funny. He actually is a descent single serving baddie. Stephen Valentine played Von Hayes, a computer genius, who had Intel on the Intersect project.
The team’s mission was to secure the chip Hayes created before Fulcrum got a hold of it. There was compromising information on the chip. The team believed it was in his vault, but Chuck flashed on his key chain, and he would let Casey know. Casey sent word back to Bryce and Sarah, and while Bryce and Sarah went after Von, Casey would tell them the Fulcrum agent had Chuck.
When Sarah heard this, she instantly went to save Chuck, but Bryce stopped her. He said, we need to get that chip. Sarah didn’t listen and went after Chuck.
Casey would say the line of the episode, “Bartowski and the CIA, how could things NOT go wrong.”
Bryce went after Von Hayes, who fled the scene in a Lamborghini. Sarah was able to catch up with Chuck and the Fulcrum agent. A series of gun fire rang out. It forced Fulcrum to flee the scene not without leaving a goodbye present. The agent slid a grenade in Charah’s direction. However, Sarah wasn’t able to get far enough from the blast leaving her motionless on the ground.
Let’s talk about this scene for a minute. This would mark the second time in the episode Sarah showed loyalty towards Chuck. Sarah going off mission to save Chuck was a big sign that Sarah was Chuck’s girlfriend now. Move over Andersons, Sarah is a Carmichael now.
Sarah takes a lot of grief for not communicating with Chuck, but the hospital scene was a form of communication Chuck heard this time. When Chuck arrived at the hospital, he brought Sarah her favorite flowers, but when he turned to see the flower arraignments, he went into classic “woe was me Chuck.”
Chuck: Bryce Larkin, huh? I guess, no matter what it is, I’ll always come in second to that guy.
Sarah: Not always.
It’s very important to note, Sarah is glowing when Chuck walked through the door. She has a smile that could light a Christmas Tree, and while she is lying in a hospital bed, she finds it in her to boast Chuck’s confidence.
Meanwhile, outside the room Bryce was looking in. Ellie and Devon saw him, and Sister Bartowski was ready to take action, but Devon stepped in. Now here is a continuity error I would like to point on for a minute.
If Devon has been in the picture for three years, and knew everything about what happen with Chuck and Bryce, how does he not know what Bryce looks like? Morgan saw him in the Buymore and Morgan thought he was Bryce.
Devon would take care of the cut on Bryce’s face, and further tell Bryce about how Sarah was in love with Chuck. It gained the attention on Charah’s relationship. It made Bryce visit Chuck.
Chuck and Bryce scene I will spend some time on because It’s a key scene behind the break up. While it may seem like Bryce was acting like a jealous ex boyfriend, he wasn’t. He was voicing his concern over it. He just watched Sarah go off mission, and ended up in the hospital. Bryce does care for Charah, and he is looking out for the both of them.
Roan said the same thing an episode before. spies don’t fall in love because it could get them killed. It could compromise judgment and cost them the mission, which it did. Bryce took it upon himself to explain the truth to Chuck.
Bryce: Sarah has feelings for you, Chuck.
Feelings that will get her killed.
People we deal with are cold-blooded assassins.
They have no emotions, no feelings.
The only chance we have against FULCRUM is to think and act like they do.
Anything less gets us killed.
The fact that Bryce shows an expression of concern as Chuck goes into his apartment gave me enough prove that Bryce isn’t a bad guy. He has no intentions on hurting Chuck or Sarah. It wasn’t even about himself. It was about the upcoming war with Fulcrum.
I think Bryce himself would know how dangerous the group was. They brought him back to life because they thought he had the Intersect files in his head.
Devon came by the apartment to give Chuck flowers he intercepted, which Chuck thought was from Bryce, but they were actually from Hayes. He felt bad about what happen to Sarah, and was trying to make amends. When Chuck realized that Hayes was the one who sent the flowers, he was able to negotiate for said key chain.
Chuck would find Casey at the Buymore, and informed Casey he was able to convince Von to hand over the chip. However, there were some minor stipulations with it. First, he would only make the exchange with Chuck, and wanted excused from prosecution.
Casey was fine with the demands. Chuck would then slide the big demand. Hayes want 15 million dollars in lower denominations. For the sake of the team and mission, Casey agreed. They agreed to make the exchange at a train station.
Bryce and Casey were in the crowd, while Chuck waited for Von to show up. When Von does show up., Chuck and Hayes are going over how to make the exchange. Fulcrum agents were closing in. Von saw them and ran for the hills when he saw the agents.
Casey and Bryce ran after Von, but the agents got to him first. Casey and Bryce soon would join the party and point their guns at the agents with Hayes in the cross hairs. Chuck came running up the stairs and was able to negotiate a safe play by paying the agents the money he was supposed to give Von. The agents took the money.
At the hospital, a fulcrum agent came to finish off Walker, but in the midst of trying to inject something into Sarah’s bloodstream, Sarah notice the doctor’s name tag, and attacked the agent. She asked where was his boss. He told her at the train station.
Chuck and Bryce were walking with Von Hayes through the train station and while Chuck was being cocky about the spy business, the Fulcrum agent was waiting for them and grabbed Chuck from behind and used him as a shield.
What I found to be interesting in these sets of frames was Sarah’s decision to fire her weapon at Bryce’s captor, who was held in the same way as Chuck, but she couldn’t pull the trigger when it was Chuck being held hostage.
Does this further prove that Sarah really didn’t love Bryce? Tell me in your feedback your thoughts. Do you think Sarah’s unwillingness to shoot, while Chuck was being held hostage, signifies her feeling towards Bryce weren’t as strong?
Casey fired at the Fulcrum agent from behind her. As Bryce search the agent, he looked back at Sarah. Her lack of firing her weapon drew his attention. He was worried if her feelings for Chuck were going to freeze her in the future.
Bryce once again confronted Chuck about her feelings. This time he also provided a bit of reasoning behind his actions towards Chuck. He also saw that it was too late for Chuck to return to his old life. A bit of a compliment from his nemesis.
While we focused on the significant changes to Team Bartowski. Bryce Larkin wasn’t the same either. He wasn’t the smug guy from Nemesis. He was a friend and confidant if you will. He placed sunglasses for Chuck to see them, and these glasses will end up being the trademark of Chuck for the remainder of the series. The glasses where a refresher for the Intersect. An updated version for Chuck to upload. Bryce knew it would be safe there.
After this episode, I grew respect for Bryce. His moves have purpose and he is not out to get anyone. He cares and it’s evident in his approach. It also was his words that were able to sink into Chuck thought process to do this.
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The mere fact that Chuck was sitting outside, rehearsing in his head what to say and how to say it. It wasn’t easy either. He loves her, but what Bryce said was also right. However, it doesn’t mean it hurts her any less.
When watching this see again, I started to ponder, how does Chuck find the words that can be as truthful, but in a way hurtful. We have to understand the word choice here.
Chuck: The last few days, all I can think about is our future together, about what it’s gonna be like once I finally get the Intersect out of my head, how we’ll finally be together for real- no fake relationships no covers, no lies.
But the more I think about it, the more I realize that you and I can never have a future together.
I fooled myself into thinking that we could, but the truth is we can’t.
Because even if we had a real relationship, it would never really be real.⇐
I’d still never know anything about you- your real name, your hometown, your first love, anything.
And I want more than that.
I want to be able to call you at the end of a bad day and tell you about some funny thing that Morgan did and not find out that I can’t because you’re off somewhere in Paraguay, quelling a revolution with a fork.
I’m a normal guy who wants a normal life.
And as amazing as you are, Sarah Walker, we both know that you will never be normal. ⇐
The more I see this scene I notice both of their faces. The world was crash for the both of them.
Watch the realization from Sarah as Chuck was serious right off the bat. This wasn’t going to end well. Her eyes said as much.
Now see her expression change from concern to a confused expression. The expression was one of where was this coming from.
This expression came after the beginning portion of the break up speech. Her confusion would soon turn to dismay. As Chuck said, “Because even if we had a real relationship, it would never really be real.”
Follow by the worst words, which lead to Sarah near tears. The tough spy, who was taught to bottler her feelings. The woman that was trying to enter Chuck’s version of normalcy. The family, home and all around good guy. Said. “I’m a normal guy who wants a normal life. And as amazing as you are, Sarah Walker, we both know that you will never be normal.”
While she came to tell him something, after the words he said, how can she even utter a word. Especially, when she came to talk about there the events of the day, maybe she would of told him how she felt. However, that was off the table now.
The funny thing is if you look behind Sarah. Chuck was just as shaken by doing what he did.
One final scene to talk about.
Michael Strahan made his one and thank God only appearance. He portrayed Mitt, who was a bully. He threaten to beat up Morgan and Lester because they stopped him and his mates from playing Madden Football and to tone the noise level down.
Lester and Morgan end up staying the night in the Buymore to avoid facing Mitt. It was funny how Lester kept falling to the ground when Morgan looked back at him for assistance.
Overall Thoughts of The Break Up
A great episode and revealed a lot in the romance department. This ended the second arc of the series. All three members of Team Bartowski made changes.
Chuck was on the road to become a man.
Casey learned Bartowski was more than just an asset. He couldn’t kill Bartowski
Sarah learned she was in love with Chuck. Her feelings were deep enough to “break up” with Bryce professionally. She had a new partner agent Charles Carmichael, and personally. Bryce would be the next person on the ever grown list of people who know Sarah’s secret. Updated scorecard, Ellie, Carina, Casey, Roan and now Bryce all know Sarah has feelings for Chuck, but we have a long time before she does something about it.
The next episode up on our rewatch would be Chuck vs The Cougars. The guest star of this episode really surprised me. Nicole Richie performance as Heather Chandler was a good one and one of my favorites of the series.
Cougars also marks as the first Sarah- centric episode. Yes, we get to learn a little about Sarah’s past. Remember Chuckaholics is your toy so play…..It’s hard to say goodbye because we didn’t