There are two things in Chuck vs The Nemesis that make the episode one of my least favorite episodes. In fact, Nemesis ranks very low for me in the entire series. Bryce Larkin’s condescending attitude in this episode is the big issue of this episode, and the other would be Sarah and Larkin kissing in Chuck’s Bedroom.
Nemesis began at the end of Imported Hard Salami, when Sarah and Chuck engage in a passionate kiss. One that leaves an impression on both of them. Sarah was compromised and she knew it. When she gets back to her hotel room, the moment was recorded on her mission log.
Sarah: Day 56, Chuck and I were defusing a bomb today, and there was a moment where we were sure we were going to die. He closed his eyes and…I kissed him…I…kissed him
This was entered the day of the kiss, and Sarah does not find out that Bryce is in the container until the next morning. Watch when Sarah and Casey arrive at the building. There was sunlight outside, and as an added measure Sarah was not as shaken up when entering this log. Thus, the time table is conclusive enough to suggest as much. The moment was right for Sarah and Chuck, yet an unexpected circumstance has arisen from this package.This beginning Bryce was alive. Everything that transpired was wiped away.
It affects Chuck but the way Sarah reacted to seeing Bryce it hurt Sarah more. She though he was dead and throw in her feelings are for Chuck and we have a very difficult situation for the superspy.
As for Bryce, Bryce was kept alive because Fulcrum thought he had the Intersect, but we know he does not. Bryce was protecting the Intersect as we learned from Alma Mater, he protected Chuck in Stanford, what would make you think he was not doing the same for the program.
It still comes as a shock for all the members of Team Bartowski (TB) Remember Casey Shot him, Sarah was his partner and girlfriend and know the details on the Bryce and Chuck connection.
Bryce and Team Bartowski
Bryce wakes up and asked for Chuck, while Casey and Sarah are waiting outside. Sarah heads to the Buymore to find Chuck, when she does, Chuck tried to discuss the kiss from the night before, and she told Chuck Bryce was alive. Chuck arrives at the facility they are holding Bryce, and entered the room where Bryce was being held. Chuck asked a series of questions in which Bryce ignores.
However, the inexperience of Chuck in the way the spy world operates, Bryce was able to lure Chuck close, and Bryce was able to get free. This caused Sarah and Casey to enter the room. One of Bryce’s best lines came in this scene.
Bryce: Hello, Casey care to try again.
Bryce Takes Chuck hostage until they reach the elevator. Once in the elevator, Bryce releases Chuck. He realized quickly the elevator was slowing down to early and when they doors open. Tommy one of top agents of Fulcrum was waiting.
Bryce escaped, but he won’t be gone for long. Sarah and Chuck arrive at Chuck’s apartment for Thanksgiving, which like the dinner scene in the Helicopter. Comical and entertaining the rift between Anna and Ellie over Morgan and Devon saying “how about a destination Christmas.” comical stuff, but that’s not the best part. While Chuck when to get marshmallows from the herder, Bryce makes his presence felt.
I mentioned at the top that there were two things about this episode I didn’t like and here is the part of the episode I don’t like and ruins the episode for me.
Bryce Larkin: Hello, Chuck.
Chuck Bartowski: Sarah and Casey are right inside, one girlish scream from me and they go into combat mode!
Bryce Larkin: [to Chuck] I’ve got *one* friend in this world. You have a home, and a store full of them.
Bryce Larkin: You live with your sister?
The way Bryce came off here for me is rather arrogant. The big bad spy back from the dead, and he purposely was ignoring Chuck’s questions about why Bryce sent the Intersect to him. Follow by requesting Sarah to meet with him. Chuck get back to the dinner table, and instantly Sarah notices that something is up, on a side note Yvonne’s outfit for this scene was really nice looking.
Chuck tells Sarah Bryce was in his room and Sarah follows. Let’s back track for second, Chuck was kissed by Sarah the night before. He thinks things between him and Sarah are beginning to escalate because of it, but what he saw in his bedroom speaks volumes of how little Chuck knows about the history between Sarah and Bryce. However, what Sarah and Bryce do in Chuck’s room and Sarah was wrong on two counts.
1. Not stopping Bryce kissing her
2. Kissing in Chuck’s room
The two things speaks volumes of how bad the scene was for me to enjoy the episode any further. Despite the awesome Buymore scene with Bryce and Sarah working together. There will be another scene similar in season 3, and the creation of pineapple was funny. This still does not change the fact that I was turned off by Bryce kissing Sarah in the bedroom of Chuck.
We fast forward to the end.
Bryce has to leave, he was able to establish his credibility with the agency and needed to go dark again. He had to go after Fulcrum and one simple phrase from him hooked Sarah “we will always have Omaha.”
It was a code word for Sarah to leave with Bryce and in a touching moment Bryce called Sarah on an old phone and Chuck called her on a modern Phone decision time for Sarah, but as she told Bryce in the car She thought he was dead and had falling in love with someone else. If anyone was to blame for Charah meeting it was Bryce, and by the way the last song of the episode was great for the final scene.