Chuck vs The Best Friendt will always rank high with Chuck fans, the relationship between Morgan and Chuck is the second important relationship of the show. The importance between the two has a large impact not only on Sarah, but Casey as well.
This episode also introduces Jeffster to the Chuck universe. A great band that has memorable moments in their own right. So, let’s dive into Chuck vs The Best Friend.
We open the episode with a flashback, Morgan getting beaten up by a girl in his high school days. Morgan calls for help, and Chuck made the save. He suggested for Morgan to stay away from girls for the next fifteen years.
We then fast forward to present time, Morgan was making Chuck, Lester and Jeff watch a video of his ex girlfriend Anna. It was funny how the only person in the room who was a real spy was Chuck, but you will learn that Jeffster not only has musical talent, but they are very good at spycraft.
Jeff: Does it shock you that 80% of my encounters with women have been completely without their knowledge?
Chuck: Honestly, I’m more surprised by the other 20%, Jeff. Look, buddy, I know you’re going through a tough time, but I don’t feel comfortable stalking another human being.
Morgan: Dude, it’s not stalking, okay? It’s caring enough about someone to learn things about them they won’t tell you themselves.
Chuck: Which is stalking.
Team Buymore left the Buymore and followed Anna, meanwhile Team Bartowski was following them. It was comical how Casey said what are these imbeciles up to now. Sarah saw it has pretty decent spy work.
Team Buymore would trail Anna to a restaurant, and they would watch from Jeff’s van. It was decent spy work.
Chuck would inform his real spy team of his flash, and we come to the issue of this episode. The issue really is between Chuck and Sarah. Last episode, we saw Chuck struggle with separating his personal life with that of a mission. For example, not being able to break his fake marriage vows to accomplish a mission.
Here in Best Friend, we have Sarah struggling separating duty with the importance of Chuck’s friendship to Morgan. I understand where Sarah was coming from in this episode, but she was wrong on how she handled it. This episode Sarah was in Agent Mode.
Chuck was taking a look at some of the equipment Castle had. like exploding tennis balls, and knockout spray, which would come useful in this episode. Sarah said the general would be on shortly to discuss the mission at hand.
When the general appeared on the screen she told them Jason Wang had Triad connections, and his a affiliation was with a local gang in Burbank out to get the ambassador, Beckman wanted Chuck to use his personal connection with Anna to get close to Wang.
Chuck was reserved in front of Beckman, but as soon as she went of screen Chuck said he had a big problem. Chuck was not with this mission at all. Chuck never wants to harm his friends and family. Especially Morgan and Ellie, these people mean the most to him. So, by trying to get close to Anna’s new boyfriend. Chuck felt like he was betraying not only his friend, but pretty much his brother.
It would send Chuck into desperate state. He tried to get Sarah on his side, but how could Sarah understand the friendship, when she never experienced the kind of friendship Morgan and Chuck had. The only one in the room that had an understanding was Casey.
Chuck: I can’t betray my best friend. How come nobody gets that?
Casey: Hmm. Semper Fidelis. Means always faithful in the Marines. In civilian life, means putting your friend’s well being above your own. I-I salute you for that, Bartowski. [Casey gives Chuck a small salute] Well done.
Chuck: Yeah, that’s, Thanks, Casey. Yeah. Semper Fi. Semper Fi! You know it’s a pretty upside down world when this guy’s the one picking up the emotional nuances around here.
While Chuck thought Casey was on his side, it was a means to an end, Casey said orders are orders. “Go befriend Anna’s new boyfriend.”
I want to spend a little time on this subject for a moment. Pretty much since Christmas, Chuck has been frustrated with the work of a spy. He had to keep his real profession from the people he loved, lie to his sister on numerous occasions and abandon his friendship with Morgan.
He had to live this cover relationship which was reaching it’s end at times for both Chuck and Sarah, but pretty much since Christmas, Chuck has been giving Sarah a hard time about orders and listening to his handler. It was because Sarah always understood Chuck’s side of things, but often Chuck was frustrated with Sarah when it came to the people that matter most to him.
He refused to go into Castle, when Ned held the store hostage. He wanted a break, when finding out Jill was Fulcrum. Thus, all of this was building over time. Now throw in the CIA was making Chuck betray his best friend was a little much for Chuck.
We can also include Sarah’s harsh tone in asking for the ring back in Suburbs, we can see why Chuck wanted a break from Sarah. In the next episode, Chuck will break up with Sarah again.
Befriending Jason Wang was torture for Chuck because it was not going to go over well with Morgan if he found out, the government doesn’t care, and Chuck is starting to understand this. It was time for Chuck take matter in his own hands.
While I’d like to give Orion credit for manning up Chuck, I think this episode showed the heroic capabilities Chuck had. He demonstrated in this episode how one can mesh private feelings with professionalism, something Sarah should have been taking notes on.
Chuck went to do what he was told, and found Morgan harassing Anna. I feel for Morgan in this episode because Anna was putting him down. I never thought Anna was for Morgan. I though a future woman was the best, and without spoiling her. We will leave it a that.
Chuck started the conversation by apologizing for Chuck, and Anna snapped at Chuck. “You spent your entire life apologizing for him. Don’t you get it he will never grow up.” What Anna said eat at Chuck because she was ripping his best friend, but Casey’s stare put Chuck back on track.
Chuck was able to get Anna to agree in taking him and Sarah to the car auction. Mission accomplished much to the strain on Chuck’s heart for doing this. Its the weight of the spy life that has begun to feel like a burden.
Chuck is miserable even at the mission preparation, he was sulking about doing this. Sarah and Casey are not taking much interest in Chuck wallowing because they are use to burning friendship. Hence, why the two of them are always alone.
Chuck suggested since they were on a mission to find out about Anna’s boyfriend, there should be a side mission in showing Anna what she is missing without Morgan. It was denied.
At the auction, Sarah was wearing a beautiful blue dress. It was a perfect choice for the event.
Before we move on with the episode, it is worth mentioned how Sarah talked up Morgan. She did what Chuck asked. Sarah told Anna if Jason was the man she was comparing Morgan too, it must mean she still cared for Morgan.
It was nice to see. Chuck didn’t listen to Sarah’s request for waiting for her and found himself in the garage of the auction. He saw the Triads give Wang the business about the trailer. They smacked him around a little bit.
Chuck was looking for the right moment to plant the bug, but before he could. He knocked over a broom which set off a chain of events that would basically tell the Triads he was there.
It brought Casey out of the van because he couldn’t find Bartowski. The Triads went looking for the intruder and found Morgan. Sarah could hear over the radios that they caught an intruder. It made Sarah become concerned on the whereabouts of Chuck.
Casey and Sarah both go looking for Chuck, and found him by the trailer in the back. As much as I love Sarah, she was wrong in this scene. When you know your asset is flipping out with knowing his brother is about to get killed, It was poor judgment by both Casey and Sarah not to assist in helping Chuck’s friend.
Chuck reminded me of how he was in Chuck vs The Truth, When Ellie was dying, and TB didn’t do anything. It forced Chuck’s hand to take action.
Chuck: Fine if you’re not going to save him, I will
Chuck made a mad dash for the front of the building where the Triads had Morgan.
Before Smooth Lau could do damage. Chuck and crew arrived to make the save. Chuck destroyed Morgan, and it made Chuck sick that he had to do that.
Chuck Bartowski: I see why Anna dumped you. This guy is – is a profoundly disturbed individual. Okay? He can’t -he can’t let go of her. He’s an obsessed but totally unthreatening sicko. Grow up Morgan Grimes.
Again Sarah was not getting it, she continued being Agent Walker. Cold and harsh something that was rubbing Chuck wrong.
Sarah Walker: Well you just saved your best friend’s life.
Chuck Bartowski: At the expense of his dignity.
Sarah Walker: Well at least he’s still breathing. Come on.
While Chuck did make the save, the Triads were able to find the bug that Chuck planted. It made Lau order Morgan to be killed.
When I first watched this episode, I was thinking Chuck and Sarah needed another Heart to Heart, and usually that took place in front of the fountain, but not this time. A much need conversation between Chuck and Sarah took place in Castle.
One that will not go over well for either of them. Its the kind of conversation that both needed to hear. Both Sarah and Chuck were right in this case.
Sarah Walker: No, I get it he’s your best friend.
Chuck Bartowski: You know you say that, but I don’t think you have a clue what it means. Sarah, I don’t have parents. I don’t really talk about it because that’s the way things are now. But it wasn’t always this way. Morgan was there the first day my mom took off. He didn’t say much. Because honestly what’s a fifth grader supposed to say? But we sat there and split a cherry cheesecake and played Legend of Zelda all night long. And my dad, well that’s – that’s a whole other story. But Morgan was there for that too. Morgan is more than just my best friend. He’s my family! Before you got here, and long after you’ve gone, Morgan is my family!
Sarah Walker: …Last night we failed to learn the contents of the Triad’s container. And now we don’t know what kind of drugs or weapons are floating around the city. And while I appreciate your friendship with Morgan. Losing sight of that container endangers many people’s best friends, not just yours Chuck.
Chuck is right because Sarah hasn’t shown an interest in understanding where Chuck was coming from. She didn’t seem to mind that Chuck was spending the whole morning apologizing to Morgan out of the sake of duty.
Sarah was right as well, Sarah’s job is to protect the citizens of the country, and if a threat is imminent then friendships or not Sarah’s job is to prevent the Triads from terrorizing the community.
It was a good conversation that couldn’t wait for the fountain. Chuck heads back up to the Buymore, and while trying to talk Morgan into staying friends with him. The henchmen from the auction walked into the Buymore.
I mentioned above that the knockout spray would come in handy, well Chuck used it on Morgan. Bartowski was trying to help Morgan escape, but before he could Anna stopped him.
Morgan was placed in a television box and was being wheeled out. Chuck summoned Casey and Sarah there was a breach in the Buymore. When Anna pulled Chuck towards the television. Chuck flashed on the real plan for the triads.
He was able to figure out that the Triads were planning on killing the Ambassador, and it was going to go down after the auction.
Before they left, he wanted to get Morgan, but as he turned he noticed the tv box was gone. The henchmen grabbed him when Chuck wasn’t looking. It caused Chuck to run after them, but they were too late.
Team Bartowski would grab a herder, and make chase. When they arrived. Sarah and Casey told Chuck they were going into the auction, and for him to stay in the car, but this Chuck had his own mission, and his friend’s safety depended on it.
He would go to the back of the building and saw the baddies place a bomb in the Rolls Royce, and he would also see them put Morgan in the trunk of the car. Chuck told Casey and Sarah what he saw, and he wasn’t going to listen to them any further.
Chuck was in this alone. Casey came running out of the building and jumped on top of the herder as Chuck pulled away. Sarah went to the back and ran into Smooth Lau, and rather then talk about it. Let’s watch it.
The song that would play was Pop Levi’s Wannamama
It is an awesome sequence of action. High speed chase and nice cat fight, and then we get the moment. A classic Chuck moment.
It a top 5 moment of the series in my opinion.
Again let’s watch,
I once wrote an article titled, Death Does Not Become Her, and in that article I wrote about how Sarah can live with bunkering or with other women being involved with Chuck, but death is a whole different ballgame.
When Sarah saw the car explode, her life flashed before her eyes. How could she live without Chuck. Casey also had angsted on his face. They both were horrified with the thought of Chuck being dead, and for those few seconds we saw Real Sarah and Casey.
If they didn’t learn in the Truth, they know now. No matter what Chuck would always be their for his friends and family, and for Sarah death was far worse feeling then anything she experienced to date just look at her expressions at the thought of Chuck gone. This is some of Yvonne’s best work on the show.
Gary, this one is for you really,
Think about this for a moment, and don’t think of it from a man’s perspective. Look at it in Sarah’s shoes. For the few seconds she thought she lost Chuck, A lot was rushing through her mind.
All the miss opportunities to tell Chuck how she truly felt. The lost intimacy. The dream of normalcy all gone. How could she withstand not only losing Bryce to this job, but now Chuck. It would of sent her into a dismal depression. Its what happens when someone bottles those feelings she had yet to discuss with him.
A great reminder of what truly is important. Its why Sarah did this.
For that moment, Sarah didn’t care about covers. She wasn’t worried about the CIA finding. Sarah was standing next to the man she thought died. She wasn’t going to stop holding his hand, or leave his side at least for that moment.
It’s important for Sarah to apologize in this episode, she was wrong and a learning experience for her, and for the second time in three weeks, Sarah acknowledged she was wrong in her decision making.
The first would be in 3D, and now in Best Friend. She is maturing as a normal person.
This episode also had a debut in it. Devon would ask Chuck to help him find a band for his wedding.
Jeff and Lester overhearing this told Chuck, he found the band as in Jeff and Lester, Jeffster. They wanted to audition for him, but Chuck said no.
Jeff took a shot on a Nerd Help As Assignment to play before Ellie and Devon, but Lester chickened out, but by the end Jeff was able to get Lester to play, and to end this episode I leave you with Jeffster.