gallery Chuck vs The Third Dimension

This is the episode that immediately followed the Super Bowl in 2009 where Monsters vs. Aliens in 3-D was heavily advertised during the game. I guess holding to an industry norm, every show has to venture into 3-D territory sooner or later. Chuck was no exception.

As the show starts, we see Chuck apparently having a dream. We also get to see a very scantily clad Sarah Walker crawling across Chuck’s bed.

Sarah crawling her way up the bed
Sarah crawling her way up the bed

He starts dreaming out loud and questioning if this is a dream or not. He makes mention that it is clearly his subconscious at work and on behalf of his consciousness self he would like to apologize because he is more respectful to women even in his dreams. Always the polite, proper, and decent Chuck, even while he is dreaming.

I see this as being another one of those key moments for Chuck’s character. After all, we know how deeply cares for Sarah. She’s in his room, dream or not, barely wearing anything, crawling up his bed yet, he feels it important to point out that he’s more respectful toward women, or Sarah in this case.

As the scene plays out, Sarah asks what he’s afraid of. Chuck responds, in this dream, something he has yet to do in real life, that he watched Sarah kill the Fulcrum agent in cold blood. Sarah tells Chuck that he isn’t having a dream, it’s a nightmare. The first 3-D effect kicks in and we see Sarah apparently stabbing Chuck. He wakes up screaming; alone and unharmed. “That’s not the way that dream was supposed to go,” Chuck says. Its apparent Chuck is a nervous, stressed out mess from witnessing Sarah kill the Fulcrum agent and then lie to him about it. He is having trouble dealing with it.

Shortly after arriving to work at the Buy More, Chuck finds the store fairly crowded with Tyler Martin fans. Tyler Martin is a punk rocker that has come to Burbank to put on a concert. One of the fans, looking obviously suspicious wearing a hat, dark glasses, and a green trench-coat, is seen getting out of line

Nothing suspicious about this guy.
Nothing suspicious about this guy.

and planting an IG – 88 grenade on a shelf in the store. Chuck and Casey find the grenade and the countdown clock begins. A nice 3-D game of opening and closing doors and playing football with the grenade begins.

Interception!
Interception!
Morgan clothesline by Butterman
Morgan clotheslined by Butterman

As time is running out they are joined by Sarah. The team manages to get the grenade in a lock box, in a refrigerator, and in a storage closet just before it goes off. Down on their hands and knees just barely beating the countdown and escaping injury or death, Sarah says, “Good morning Chuck.” Very cool, nonchalant, it is all in a day’s work sort of way.

Good morning Chuck
Good morning Chuck

Mind you as I’m typing this I do not have the 3-D glasses and I’m watching it in conventional 2-D. There was a lot of stuff being poked and aimed at the camera and in 2-D it doesn’t really take away too much from the story. I will say that the opening title sequence did look pretty cool with the 3-D graphics and only viewing in 2-D. Throughout the rest of the episode the 3-D gags will continue; some fairly impressive, others not so much so.

I thought it funny that Sarah had to seduce Martin in order to try to protect him.

Sarah being cute with Martin
Sarah being cute with Martin
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This will be easy

You could see Chuck’s disgust with this as Chuck and Casey are hiding near the cage in the back of the Buy More, where Martin has caught up with Sarah. As Sarah tells Martin that she can be anything he wants,

I can be anything you want.
I can be anything you want.

Chuck lets out a, “Ughk,” and gives away their position. This allows Casey to call Chuck an idiot.

Idiot.
Idiot.

Martin is tranqed and taken to Casey’s place. Chuck now finds himself assigned the task of babysitting the punk singer while Sarah and Casey try to figure out why someone is trying to kill him.

As Chuck protests being left on “tongue duty,” Casey tells Chuck to make sure Marin doesn’t choke on his own tongue, Sarah sarcastically asks Chuck, “You don’t have plans do you?” Her tone and expression read, “I know you don’t have anything better to do.”

After leaving Chuck, Sarah makes mention to Casey that there is something wrong with Chuck as he had been acting strange since the holidays. More specifically and what she hasn’t figured out yet, since she killed the Fulcrum agent; she doesn’t know that Chuck saw the whole thing and he knows that she lied about. She just hasn’t put two and two together.

As Sarah and Casey continue to look for the guy that wants to kill Martin, we see in true Chuck fashion Chuck starting to screw up the simple task of watching the rock star. He and Martin head out into a night of partying. Chuck doesn’t really hesitate to go. This may just be the thing he needs for the stress and strain he has been facing since the holiday incident.

While in the bar, Chuck and Martin start tipping a few drinks back. Chuck is clearly enjoying himself at this point. It isn’t long before trouble finds them in the form of two very attractive women. Chuck flashes on one of their necklaces and knows they are up to no good. Martin being the “rum soaked narcissist” that he is, he is determined to go back to the room with them.

As Sarah and Casey arrive back at Casey’s apartment Casey tells Sarah that he would be glad to talk to Chuck. Sarah tells him it’s OK and she will get him “under control”. Oddly they are about to find out that Chuck and Martin are gone. There is no control. If anything Sarah has little control over Chuck.

As Chuck and Martin are drinking, Martin starts explaining his tattoos to Chuck; not that he can remember where he got most of them or what they represent.

Sarah and Casey track Chuck and Martin down. As they are checking the club they find the mystery killer. As they chase him down they find he is armed to the teeth with more grenades. He tells Sarah and Casey he has friends set to meet Martin. Sarah and Casey can either chase this guy or go after Chuck. Of course Sarah is going to go find Chuck.

By now the women have Martin and Chuck up in the room. Chuck keeps trying to warn Martin of the danger. Martin misconstrues Chuck’s intention

Ladies
Ladies

and locks Chuck in the room with the women. In short order Chuck loses his shoes and pants. He takes off running trying to elude the killer women; yes, running through the hotel in his underwear.

Now realizing he is in danger what does Chuck do? He calls Sarah on his watch asking for help. Chuck has found his way up on the roof. He ends up jumping onto the outside of a glass enclosed elevator several floors above the ground.image

Hanging out on the outside of the elevator.
Hanging out on the outside of the elevator.

As the women track Chuck down and are about to shoot him as he hangs onto the outside of the elevator, Casey and Sarah arrive just in time and kick the crap out of the women. As Sarah seems to be doing most of the fighting Chuck gives her a, “Go Sarah!”

Go Sarah!
Go Sarah!

As Sarah and Casey stand in the elevator after the fight. Sarah’s look goes between concern, as Chuck is still hanging on the outside of the elevator, to being fairly upset with him.

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With Chuck now safely on the ground and Martin back at Casey’s, Sarah launches into the “what were you thinking” lecture. She continues with she gave him clear instructions to keep Martin at Casey’s and instead he took him to a night club.

What were you thinking?
What were you thinking?

Chuck makes mention that he couldn’t stop Martin as he does not, “Have a knockout karate chop like you guys as part of my skill set.” Be careful what you wish for, right?

While in Casey’s apartment Chuck flashes on Martin’s tattoo and realizes why they want him dead. Spy secrets hidden in the tattoos. Casey being typical Casey and condemning everyone hits a nerve with Chuck. Chuck tells Casey that Martin is actually a pretty good guy. This is another example of Chuck being able to relate to people and see their good qualities. Regardless, Casey still thinks they are idiots.

Sarah, in a disgusted look and tone, asks Chuck exactly what was he thinking. This is yet another of Yvonne’s great expressions making Sarah so real.

You could have gotten yourself hurt or killed.
What exactly were you thinking? You could have gotten yourself hurt or killed.

Chuck obviously agitated with the whole situation replies to Sarah in a sharp, stern tone.

What was I thinking?
What was I thinking?

Keep in mind Sarah killing the Fulcrum agent is still playing on Chuck’s mind. Chuck continues, “I’ll tell you what I was thinking. I was thinking like I wasn’t a spy. OK. I was trying to have a little bit of fun. I knew the second that I called you two it would all be over.” Sarah responds,

But Chuck, you are a spy.
But Chuck, you are a spy.

and you should know better than to put yourself in a dangerous situation where I can’t protect you.” Sarah emphasizes the “where I can’t protect you” line.

I can't protect you!
Where I can’t protect you!

She is clearly concerned for his safety; perhaps not so much from an asset point of view but as someone she is clearly having feelings for.

Chuck continues with asking Sarah if it is really wrong if he has a night off. He said, “I was really having a good time too until the assassins stole my pants and tried to kill me. I’ve earned it! I deserve it!” And with that Casey tranqs Chuck. Sarah then sharply barks, “Casey!”

CASEY!
CASEY!

Casey said his ears couldn’t take it;

Either that or I shoot him.
Either that or I shoot him.

Sarah is frustrated with Casey prematurely ending the conversation she was having.

Sarah frustrated
Sarah frustrated

Sometime after Chuck wakes up we find General Beckman instructing the team to use Martin as bait at his concert in order to flush out the assassin. Chuck is clearly concerned for Martin’s safety. This is true Chuck nature; worried about someone else, being concerned about what will happen. He tells Casey and Sarah that one of them will have to explain the plan to Martin. Sarah tells Chuck that he won’t listen to them. Chuck says that he will absolutely will not tell him.

At this point Sarah confronts Chuck asks,

What's the matter with you?
What’s the matter with you? This is clearly about more than taking a night off.

Chuck responds, clearly with something on his mind, “Maybe. Uhm, I, you know, I’m a little off my game right now. I’m not, not really sleeping. I really don’t want to get into it.”

Agent Walker kicks in as she realizes the gravity of the situation. With a stern look and a demanding voice she tells Chuck that lives are on the line and if Martin won’t help he will never be free and if Chuck doesn’t help, Casey chimes in that the world becomes a more dangerous place. There is nothing like a little pressure to help Chuck make a decision.

Sarah, now softened somewhat says, “I don’t know what happened to you but this our job; not only to protect Tyler, but the country and anybody else who needs protecting. We do whatever it takes no matter what. Did you forget that?” She is clearly questioning his beliefs. However, she pointed out that she protects who needs protecting whatever it takes no matter what. This could be a clue for Chuck but given the immediate situation it goes over his head.

Chuck, now very stern as he faces down the women he has strong feelings for; the same woman he has come to depend on; the same woman that he witnessed kill someone in cold blood; and the same women that had blatantly lied to his face about the incident. Chuck finishes with,

That I didn't forget.
That I definitely didn’t forget.

Sarah’s expression immediately after Chuck responded to her gives us a clue that she is somewhat taken back and perhaps shocked. He just stood up to her and replied in a non-Chuck, cold and harsh tone. She realizes that something major is amiss. This issue is going to tear them apart if it isn’t resolved some way or another and very soon.

Chuck relents and goes to convince Martin to perform the concert. We get to see sensitive and caring Chuck speaking.

Chuck talking to Martin
Chuck talking to Martin

Sarah and Casey watch on a monitor. Chuck’s talk with Martin is having an effect on Sarah. She is seeing the sweet and caring Chuck she has been falling for.S212swwc1

Chuck tells Martin that if he helps he can help the entire world and he, “can go back to living your life again. One night of bravery for an entire life of normalcy. I can’t even tell you what I would give for that.” Sarah is obviously moved as she watches and listens. You can almost hear how bad she feels inside just by the look on her face.

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Martin then asks Chuck how he knows if he can trust them, referring to Casey and Sarah. Chuck tells him, “Because I do. I stake my life on it every day. They’re the best.” More heart wrenching looks from Sarah.

Now at the concert Casey and Sarah work the crowd looking for the assassin while Chuck keeps an eye on Martin in the dressing room. The assassin has outfitted several crowd members in the same green trench coat and ball cap we have seen him in in order to keep Casey and Sarah busy. The assassin finds his way to the dressing room and there is only Chuck to help Martin. As the assassin bangs at the dressing room door trying to get in, Chuck calls Sarah and tells her. She tells Chuck is on her way. This appears to be one of those fear for your life moments; a moment that you may not make it out of. Chuck tells Sarah, “Sarah you were right. I didn’t need the night off. It’s something else. I should have told you….. I should have told you…..”

I should have told you.....
I should have told you…..

The assassin breaks the door in knocking Chuck down. Yet again something has interrupted the conversation.

Chuck!? Chuck!?
Chuck!? Chuck!?

Sarah, not being able to contact Chuck, is now concerned and worried and quickly starts toward the dressing room. Chuck manages to talk the assassin down only to have Martin spring from the closet and ruin the plan. Chuck and Martin are now running for their lives. Chuck regains contact with Sarah. She is clearly relieved to hear from him.

Martin and Chuck make the stage and appear trapped.

Chuck! Jump!
Chuck! Jump!
Chuck goes crowd surfing.
Chuck goes crowd surfing.

A little crowd surfing saves the day. Casey and Sarah take the assassin out and the crowd drops Chuck.

In the closing scene back at the apartment courtyard, as Martin departs, Sarah tells Chuck that he did a great job. He thanks her. Sarah,

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“Look, if there’s something bothering you then please tell me,” she says with the look of hurt and concern. If she had of asked me for my bank account info with that look I would have spilled the beans and gave her the cash in my pocket too.

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She continues, “I know that part of you your job is to have all these secrets in your head but you’re not supposed to keep them from me.” Chuck, in a meek and timid fashion, “I know, I know.” I’m now thinking that he is going to cave and this will be drug out longer.

To my surprise he man’s up and states rather straightforwardly, “I saw you shoot that Fulcrum agent on Christmas Eve; after they took over the Buy More.

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And when I asked you about it…..” Before Chuck finishes Sarah says, as she looks down as if ashamed,

I lied.
And I lied.

“Yeah,” Chuck sighs. Sarah, “Chuck I have to protect you.” “I know that. I, I, know that you do. You were protecting me, you were protecting all of us. He threatened my family, my friends, and you were just doing your job, I get that but; Sarah the guy was unarmed and and just…..” Sarah, “I did what I had to do. He knew who you were. Your whole family was in danger. And I’m sorry.”

She looks hurt and sincere. She continues, “Sometimes I forget that you never asked for all of this.” Chuck, “This parts I’m not sure I’ll ever get use to.” Maybe some of what Sarah had said in Castle about protecting him whatever it takes did sink in.

As the tension seems to ease now that the motive and logic for the shooting is known and makes sense to Chuck, Sarah tells Chuck, “Well, you deserve a break. Take tonight, tomorrow, whatever you need it’s yours.” Chuck, “Seriously? Really?” Sarah, “Yeah. No missions, no cameras, no Casey, no thermal satellite surveillance, and no me.”

So I am thinking the next thing out of Chuck”s mouth will be about no Sarah. But Chuck says, “You guys use satellites?” Sarah, “Yeah. And Chuck when you’re ready again we’ll be here waiting.” Sarah seemed relieved that the root of the problem has been found and that Chuck appears to have regained his faith and trust in her for doing what she had to do to keep him and every one he cares about safe.

Casey comes out of the apartment carrying a gear bag and gives a lock and load command. He and Sarah are off on a new mission. This now peaks Chuck’s interest. Even though he has just been given a free pass he is eager to learn what the two of them are going on. Sarah tells him, “We’ll see you tomorrow. Its fine Chuck, we’ve got it.”

We've got it Chuck.
We’ve got it Chuck.

Chuck, now looking like a kid that is missing out on something,

What kind of mission?
What kind of mission?

Casey and Sarah get in the car. Casey says with anticipation and excitement,

Casey, "A mission without Bartowski. I'm going to enjoy this."
“A mission without Bartowski. I’m going to enjoy this.”

He no more than gets that out of his mouth and the back door of the car opens and in hops Chuck. Sarah looks happy and pleased that Chuck is now with them. She is smiling again and appears to be content.

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Now I haven’t really commented much on the action taking place in the Buy More as we have been going along. It is the same typical antics. The short version here is the guys, Morgan, Jeff, and Lester, sell one of Big Mikes old friends that was hired at the But More and who was recently paroled after serving a sentence for a white collar crime, a golden ticket to Tyler Martin’s concert. Several Buy More type games or events were held between the guys to see who would have rights to the ticket and go with Morgan to the concert.

Lester loses his under ware in the Molly Ringwald under ware challenge.
Lester loses his underwear in the Molly Ringwald underwear challenge.
Jeff takes a bite out of a urinal cake he was only supposed to touch.
Jeff takes a bite out of a urinal cake he was only supposed to touch.

Morgan feels sorry for Butterman, Big Mike’s friend, and gives the golden ticket to him; only to watch him sell it to Napoleon Dynamite for $800.

The reason I bring this up here is because of all of the little quirks, subliminal lines, name drops, etc. used throughout the entire series. These are things most people do not catch but after watching each episode a few times you come to appreciate the delivery.

After selling the ticket Morgan asks Butterman, “Dude how could you just sell the golden ticket like that?” Butterman, “Sorry Guys. I found out how much these things are going for online.” Jeff, “Your freedom man. Was it worth the price of freedom?” Butterman, “The price of my freedom is 800 bucks, same as my ticket to Zihuatanejo. See you never. Enjoy hell.” Jeff responds, “Get busy living or get busy dying.”

Jeff, "Get busy living or get busy dying."
Jeff, “Get busy living or get busy dying.”

Lester, “True dat.” The lines are from the movie The Shawshank Redemption.

I really enjoy how they work these little nuances in. That is just another thing that made Chuck so great.

My buck three ninety eight worth; this was another good Chuck episode, 3D or not. As with all Chuck episodes, and this one no different, there is the right combination of action, suspense, comedy, drama, and romance; not to mention the Buy More zaniness that helps build or segue into expanding story lines. Chuck is slowly learning but is still a very trusting and innocent guy. Sarah is being pulled in two different directions; the longing for normalcy and wanting a relationship Sarah and spy Sarah that knows no fear and will kick your ass at the drop of a hat. Casey and his scorched earth policy which overtime is slowly starting to evolve and become more human. There are also the relationship builders and trust issues that Chuck and Sarah have to overcome in every episode. This is what keeps drawing viewers in. It leaves us wanting more.

2 comments

  1. Hey, JD…good synopsis. I would add that the fact that Chuck didn’t REALLY want the night off was quite important. Jumping in the car at the end shows how much he really likes the spy life. That’s important in his future decisions. The fact that Sarah, too, enjoyed him being on the missions ( as evidenced by her wry little smile ) is important, but for different reasons. Chuck is slowly understanding all that is necessary to be a spy. Sure, he has trouble with parts of it, but what he did in talking to Martin shows he is a very valuable part of the team, even when he isn’t using the Intersect.

  2. Good observation. Yeah, after Chuck and Sarah talked it out and all the tension was gone he didn’t hesitate to jump right into the back seat of the car ready to help.

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