We reached the end of season two. Bryce Larkin returns for the final time. Chevy Chase cemented himself as one of the series Mount Rushmore of bad guys, and two weddings in one episode marked as the best way to finish off the season.
If you asked yourself what made Chuck special, Chuck vs The Ring would be the best example of why so many Chuckaholics still love the series, and a great finale that was the final piece in setting up the direction where season 3 was going to be focused on. so, without further delay, let’s talk about season 2 finale.
The episode opened with Chuck and Casey entering the Buymore heading for Emmett’s office. Chuck told Emmett he quit the Buymore. It is a very funny scene, because Milbarge assumed Chuck was coming on to him. Casey would quit as well. As Chuck walked out of his office. Emmett screams “What are you going to do with the rest of your life.” Chuck said anything he wanted.
Not a good start to Emmett’s reign as king of Buymoria. In two episodes, Morgan, Chuck and Casey all bailed on the store.
Down in Castle, Beckman was finishing things up with operation Bartowski, when she asked Chuck what were his future plans. Chuck would say he was looking forward to getting a buzz on and dancing with his date at his sister’s wedding. The comment drew a look from Beckman, Casey and Sarah.
The question was not meant about personal plans, but vocational. He said he didn’t have anything lined up at the moment. Beckman would ask Chuck, how would he feel working on the new Intersect Project. She would tell Chuck, the company was building its own Intersect, but Chuck turned her down claiming he was not a hero.
What I want to talk about would be Sarah in this scene. She was going through a tough time. She was leaving, which meant she was losing Chuck. When Beckman offered Chuck a job with the CIA, she felt relief briefly, but once again felt some pain when Chuck said no.
What it really means was Sarah had a chance in working with Chuck. She could be with him in that capacity with no problem. It was a solution to the overwhelming conflict that was going on in Sarah’s mind.
Fellow Chuckaholic, Gary liked to point out how Sarah was cold and mean to Chuck in this episode, but here is where I differ and since we are up to the episode I will talk more about Sarah and Chuck for most of this article.
Sarah hearing the words “How would you like to work on the new Intersect Project.” put a brief smile on her face because nothing would change. She loved working with Chuck and being with him was possible. She alluded to it in Seduction that she couldn’t be with him because it was unprofessional.
Sarah was always going to be a spy, and she loved it because it was an outlet for her from her dad’s chosen profession. So, when faced with the reality again, it would’ve been an easy choice. Sarah quits being a spy, and stayed in Burbank with Chuck. Great, but what would she had been able to do?
For Chuck, he wanted to stay in Burbank because of his friends and family lived there. When Chuck and Sarah were on the lam, what did Chuck do, he called his sister. Something a fugitive wouldn’t normally do, but what would Chuck do now since he quit the Buymore?
So when asked to join the CIA, Chuck quivered away out of listening to the words he was used to hearing. “I am not a spy.” However, what he didn’t see was Sarah’s reaction to hearing all of this.
Sarah felt a little disappointed by Chuck’s decision, and even more so when Beckman told her she would be working with Bryce again. She was not interested in Larkin anymore, and her expression said as much.
Her mind was on Chuck and how she can stay with him if working with him as an analyst. Larkin being back only complicated it for her because she would have to tell Chuck she was leaving with Bryce in the morning. Its deja Vu all over again.
So when she showed up at the Church, She already was conflicted on how to tell Chuck what she knew. She didn’t want to ruin Ellie’s day by just coming out with it, but Chuck was excited and happy about his life being back, and he missed how something was eating at Sarah. She couldn’t even look at him when she entered the bridal suite.
You feel for Chuck here because he doesn’t know what was coming, and I really don’t know when it would be appropriate for Sarah to tell Chuck, but she had no choice in the matter.
When she fixed his bow tie, she had already began to regret what she was going to tell him, and when Chuck asked her about going on a vacation, she had to tell him now.
What makes the scene so special for me would be these screen caps.
She was ready to smile in anticipation of what Chuck was going to ask her. However, as much as she wanted to go with him. She wouldn’t be able too, and she told him about leaving the morning.
The second screen cap that touched me was this one.
If you don’t see how much it was hurting her to have to say she was leaving, you don’t understand her position in this. Her eyes tell you she was in pain, and then we get Chuck’s reaction.
If you know anything by now, Sarah has never wanted or have desire to purposely hurt Chuck. This was a woman who was by his side when he found his father, and worked on getting his degree. She was there for him through the Jill fiasco.
The idea she was callous here are the people who missed this screen cap then.
Does this look like a woman who purposely wanted to ruin Chuck’s day? She knew going into the bridal suite the news would make things complicated again, but while Chuck was hurting from the news, Sarah was hurting just at much. It reminded me Chuck vs The Break Up.
For Chuck, he too has a pain again, and that would be in the form of Bryce Larkin. Chuck’s mind was telling him Bryce was hurting him again, but in reality it was not personal this time. Sarah was being taken from him because of the job. There was no romantic involvement here, and Chuck used the words that usually would come out of Sarah’s mouth.
With all the progress made over the last few episodes, Sarah didn’t want to hurt Chuck here, but what would be worse would going through the whole day with the pressure of telling Chuck looming over her head. IF she could salvage anything it would be at least friendship if this was indeed the end.
The problem here of course was the expression Sarah gave when Chuck walked off. She gave the expression of not being there because of a cover. She was there to support him and his family.
At this point in the story, I feel bad for both of them. They have come so long in accepting the feelings they were developing, and here is why this episode for me is impactful as whole. This was the first episode where we see Sarah suffering because of her job taking her from where she feels she belongs.
The situation gets worse for Sarah when Roark crashes the wedding. Chuck not only has to deal with the notion that Sarah was leaving, but now Fulcrum and Roark had came to spoil his sister’s day. The pressure of balancing the spy life with his real one was clashing right now.
Roark would threaten Chuck by saying if he didn’t get the Intersect cube, he would kill the bride. It made Chuck leave, but before he could. Morgan stopped him. Chuck told Morgan to find Sarah and tell her specifically he forgot the rings. Morgan said he would stall the wedding as long as he could.
Morgan beelined for the bridal suite, but Father Woodcomb stopped him. Sarah walked out of the room, and Morgan would tell her about the rings. The reason its significant was because Chuck showed her earlier he indeed had the rings, but this was a warning about something was wrong.
Back at Castle, Chuck came running down the stairs looking for the cube but Bryce told him the cube was gone. No one was allowed to know where it was not even Beckman.
Chuck would inform Bryce about Roark taking the wedding as hostage for the cube, and we get the real reason Bryce sent Chuck the Intersect. Bryce told Chuck everything.
All this time Bryce was working with Orion. His father sent Bryce to Stanford to protect him. It makes the dynamic that more important and why Bryce was an unsung hero. Bryce wasn’t a bad guy. and like Sarah, Bryce learned to care for Chuck.
It’s why he went into Fleming’s office to stop the recruitment. Its why Bryce told Chuck in order to defeat Fulcrum he must act and think like Fulcrum. He also knew Sarah would find Chuck, but he didn’t think Sarah would fall for Chuck. It is also why Bryce sent him the Intersect because he knew Chuck would be responsible on how to use it.
When Orion created the Intersect, he made it for the purpose of helping people. When Orion discovered how the government and agencies like Fulcrum were planning on using his invention. Orion bolted, and that was the biggest thing Bryce wanted Chuck to know. Orion was a hero.
It ties the whole first two years into a nicely neat bow. Bryce would go with Chuck because Fulcrum believed Bryce was the Human Intersect. Thus, Bryce was going to hand himself over to Roark and his men.
What would pursue next would be the essence of what the series of Chuck could provide in entertainment. A nice blend of action, comedy and bit of romance.
It also would mark one of Jeffster’s best performances,
The chaos that pursued was epic. When Chuck entered the room, it was all downhill from there when it came for Ellie. As Bryce was ready to hand himself over Roark said Fulcrum wanted Bartowski dead, Sarah ran out of knives to throw, Bryce went dry in his gun. All seem lost. Suddenly, a wave of special forces including Casey came out of the sky.
They completely wrecked the reception hall. They took out all of Fulcrum, but the result of the gunfire would cause the sprinkler system to come on drenching Ellie and her guest. Ellie canceled the wedding out of humiliation.
Later at Chuck’s apartment Chuck was feeling down because of what happened at the wedding, but Orion was trying to comfort him. Orion said, he had no other choice. Sarah walked in Chuck’s room to see how Chuck was holding up.
What Chuck did next would make convince Sarah she wasn’t leaving. It was the same kind of selfless act when he helped the ballerina. Chuck gave up the money he earned being an asset, and gave it up so his sister could have her big day.
Chuck would tell his sister the reason Morgan and his friends ruined her wedding was because he asked them too. He told her he forgot the rings. Ellie became very upset with Chuck, but Chuck told her he would fix it.
The scene is breathtaking so I will save my thoughts after you watch the scene. It still makes me weep when I watch it. The scene also offered the song of the episode, and not only for the episode but for the overall series. Slow Club’s Christmas TV.
A few things before I get into the scene were I felt Sarah was ready to commit to Chuck. The scene offered a interesting cork to it. I love it when the reverend ask if anyone felt Devon and Ellie should not wed speak now or forever hold their piece. Bryce was the one who would ask Sarah, you’re not coming are you?
The scene spoke volumes to where Sarah was even a year ago standing out the window. Sarah was with her family. Most of all, she was with the man she was ready to leave the spy world for.
The only person she was focused on was Chuck. When the vows were being said, she was looking at Chuck the whole time. Her eyes fixated and smiling as if she was talking to herself.
As Sarah looked up, and Ellie said “I do” It was Sarah’s point to say “I do want to be with Chuck” Everything was moving nicely.
She told Bryce she wasn’t coming, and at the reception Ellie would thank Chuck for saving the day. Chuck would also say good bye to Morgan who was headed to Hawaii to study Hibachi cooking with Anna by his side.
The next scene I love from this episode took place when Chuck and Sarah were dancing, and for this particular episode. I am offering a second song that would be a favorite of mine.
There is one particular screen cap that stands out in the dance screen.
Chuck allowed the nerd to spoil the fun when he would make reference to Larkin. He said she should be out there saving the world. He put himself down again, but Sarah being Sarah said “How many times do you have to be a hero, to realize you are that guy.”
I believe Sarah never asked Chuck to become a spy, she said he was a hero, does that constitute her wanting him to be a spy. When reference to a spy, Sarah said often he wasn’t a spy. She didn’t have quarrels about saying he was hero, and there was a difference in my opinion.
Bryce would show up at the reception and run into Orion. Bryce would ask if this was a orion conversation or Stephan. Orion said, it a bit of both. He said, he finished the cube for them as part of a deal to leave his family alone. Bryce told Orion they offered Chuck a chance on his team, and he said no.
Orion would ask Bryce about the changes the agency made to his designs, but Bryce told him he wouldn’t want to know. A agent appeared to take Bryce in, and before they left. Orion flashed on the man. He was not CIA, and he was not Fulcrum either.
Orion fell back a bit, and rushed to tell Chuck and Sarah. Right before Sarah was ready to say she wanted to stay, Orion told them Bryce was taken by someone that was not CIA. Chuck asked his dad how would he know that. It would turn out that Orion had an Intersect in his head too. It makes sense since he created the program.
Sarah rushed off to get Casey so they can help Bryce. Chuck wanted to follow, but his dad stopped him. He said you’re not a spy, and Chuck admitted to his father, he loved her. After hearing this, Orion gave him his wrist computer, and told him he couldn’t follow, but told Chuck please be careful.
Chuck would catch up to Casey and Sarah, and they quickly told him this was not his fight, but Chuck reminded them he was a Bartowski and showed them the wrist computer, and off they went to save Bryce.
Bryce and the agent were walking down the hall towards the Intersect vault, and Bryce was talking about Walker, and finished by saying she was in love with another guy, bad day to be me.
The agent pulled his weapon on Bryce, and soon Bryce was surrounded by agents including the man who tried to killed Casey earlier, but Bryce grabbed the closests agent’s weapon and used it to shoot at the far men, and in midst of the action Bryce was shot in an attempt to get into the vault. He was able to lock the vault.
As the agents were trying to get the vault open, Team Bartowski arrived to dead agents. They move slowly through the halls, and Chuck using the wrist computer told them where they were. They move quickly and right before they reached the corner. One of the agents spotted them and opened fired on them causing a shootout in the hall.
Sarah sent Chuck to get some help, and as he was running to do so, he looked at the computer and he saw a way into the vault. He climbs through the vent, and crashes to the floor inside the vault. Chuck saw Bryce laying on against the wall. He was struggling to get to his feet.
Chuck told him Sarah and Casey were outside and were pinned down by agents, but Bryce couldn’t move. Chuck insisted by saying Sarah needed her, and they were going to go on adventures together. Bryce was trying to tell him, she wasn’t going to come, but the pain was too much for him to finish.
He was able to tell Chuck to destroy the new computer. It was far too powerful and should not be used, and what proceeded next would be my favorite ending to a season.
We also get a rare tie in selecting my line of the episode rather than talk about it, Let’s watch it.
This scene set up Season 3’s story, and I will save my thoughts from this scene in my preview for Season 3.
We made it everyone, Season two is now complete. Well until our rewatch reaches season two, but true Chuckaholics don’t get tired of feeding our Chuckaddiction.
Stay tune for a review of season two, which will follow a preview of season 3