The second episode of season three showed Sarah really not comfortable working with Chuck again. She doesn’t want to talk about or with him. The only saving grace for her would be the return of Carina Miller.
However, Carina would not make things any easier because she noticed right away Sarah had broken the cardinal rule of spying. Spies don’t fall in love.
Meanwhile, Chuck was wallowing in the break up between the two. Morgan was trying to get Chuck to resume life, but Bartowski was not into doing much. Morgan told him they were a couple of sexy bachelors who should be out exploring the females of Burbank, and forget about Sarah for a little while.
The problem of course would be the club choice Chuck and Morgan made. Let’s talk about the three words.
Chuck and Morgan would arrive at a club, and they run into not only Sarah, but Carina as well. This scene was a big one for Charah and where the relationship was.
Sarah was visibly showing how much she was still in love with Chuck. Her lack of desire in talking about him, and when Carina noticed how she felt about him, she would take it hard. Prague was still fresh in her heart despite being in love with him still
You can’t fault her for not enjoying the presence of Chuck. It’s almost like she wasn’t given time to heal. She thought an evening out with her friend would cool things a bit, but how could it when Chuck was at the club.
It’s not Chuck’s fault either. He didn’t know Sarah would be at the club, but there was serious damage between the two. Mostly on Sarah’s end because Chuck was trying to fix things with her, but Sarah was not a willing partner yet.
Sarah would ask if Chuck was spying on her, but he told her no. He was out with an old friend as well, but if things couldn’t be more screwed up. Vinnie Jones would make a guest appearance as Carina’s fiancée, Karl Stromberg.
When Karl walked away, Chuck flashed on his scar, and informed Carina about Karl’s past. Carina already knew and welcomed the two to they’re next mission.
Carina: What, you think I’m an idiot? It’s the cardinal rule: Spies don’t fall in love.
It helps you see the struggle Sarah was going through. Carina was everything Sarah used to be before coming to Burbank Carina, a heartless spy, who would push the envelope as far as she could to burn a mark, but for Sarah the idea of life outside of being a spy was what drove her and ultimately heart her the most. She wasn’t going to give up spying, but she wanted a family as well. Chuck offered that opportunity spending the last three years with him.
They had bumps in the road, but Prague left Sarah spiraling, and it wasn’t just Prague that caused Sarah to spiral. It was a host of issues that came about. When someone like Sarah learned to manipulate and use by any means tactics, when does one’s feelings become real.
It’s when working with the person becomes unbearable after a major incident like Prague. When seeing the man she loved felt good but the event of six months still controlling her emotions. Its how love works sometimes. There is no smooth sailing when dealing with love. Especially for two people who never experienced the emotion before.
The way they felt for Jill and Bryce never measured up to the feelings inside for each other. Carina only called them out on it.
During the briefing Chuck showed signs of difficulty in performing the cover assigned to them. While Sarah was on board, Chuck didn’t seem like he want to continue with the charade without speaking with Sarah first, but Sarah wasn’t going to make it easy for him. He was going to have to work hard this time around.
Beckman would tell the time the whole mission was in Chuck’s hands. He was to get into Karl’s vault and steal the weapon. The engagement party was a way to distract Karl, so Sarah and Chuck could do their thing.
After getting ready for the mission, Carina found Sarah’s charm bracelet. The one Chuck gave her for Christmas, Carina jabbed at Sarah saying it would be something a sucker in love would wear, but Sarah being coy said it wasn’t her thing, but Carina knew she was lying.
Carina seeing how what happened with Chuck was bothering her a lot offered her a chance to come with Carina to St Tropez. Sarah said,she would consider it.
On the mission, Chuck and Sarah were acting like a cute couple in front of the future Mr. and Mrs. Stromberg.
When Karl and Carina went to talk to other guests, Chuck saw this as an opportunity to explain himself to Sarah. However, Sarah was not interested in talking. She was cold and kept telling Chuck about being on a mission.
It drew the eyes of Carina, who can see there are major issues between the two, and it made Carina tell Chuck about Sarah’s feelings towards him.
Carina: You Idiot, the reason Sarah’s is cold is because she loves you. Now get your head out of your ass and go be a spy.
We know Chuck was not a bad guy, and he didn’t purposely want to hurt Sarah, but Sarah really wasn’t taking it well, and Chuck hounding her to talk was adding more pressure to Sarah. When a woman was new to these kind of feelings. Problems like the one she was dealing with Chuck was exasperating.
The problem with Chuck was a real life one, not one that transpired during a mission in which Beckman would give her orders to fix it. Sarah had to deal with it alone. She tried to talk about it with Carina, but that was the wrong person to talk about real non spy emotions.
She would talk about it with Chuck, but right now she was still suffering from the event. Thus, the eagerness was not there at the time being.
After Carina told him Sarah loved him, Chuck went looking for Sarah. However, Sarah was more interested in completing the mission at hand.
While Carina and Karl were smooching and cuddling, Carina pulled out the key card out of Karl’s pocket and dropped it in the hand of Sarah who was walking by them. Chuck and Sarah headed to the vault and opened the door to laser beams flying everywhere.
Chuck doubted himself, but Sarah promised him if he calmed down she would talk with him after the mission was over, but first they had to get the weapon. It calmed Chuck down enough for him to flash, and he slipped through the lasers. He grabbed the briefcase and slid it towards the door. As he stood up, he said now we can talk, but before Chuck could walk out of the vault The briefcase hit a laser closing Chuck inside. The alarm also triggered a gas that entered the vault.
Sarah climbed into the vent, and went to shut off the gas. Meanwhile, Chuck explained himself to Sarah, Unfortunately, Sarah didn’t hear any of it. The only thing she heard was Chuck saying “I love you.” while falling into the arms of Sarah.
Back at Castle, Sarah was giving Beckman a debriefing on the event that happened at Karl’s place. She would further ask about Chuck, but Sarah said he will live. After Beckman signed off, Carina asked Sarah if she wanted to come with her to St. Tropez, But Sarah said, I am still considering it.
A few minutes later Sarah contacted Beckman, she would tell the general about how she felt about training Chuck. She told the general that maybe she was part of the problem why Chuck can’t flash all the time, but Beckman said get over it.
Sarah would tell Chuck its time to train, and Sarah went into agent mode with Chuck. She told him the ropes of being a spy. She said spies don’t have emotions. He had to bury his emotions deep inside of him. She tried to get Chuck to use the bo, but Chuck said he didn’t want to hurt her, she would sweep him with the bo and told Chuck, he couldn’t hurt her.
I have read on a lot of sites how Sarah trying to leave was selfish move, but it really wasn’t. Sarah started to feel the need of a change again.
It seems when the heat gets too much for Walker she would pack up and split. Something a person used to conning would do. I also see her pain in the issue too. She hasn’t had time to heal, and being forced to work with Chuck didn’t make things easier. On the other hand, Chuck was making a valiant effort to fix things with Sarah, but she just wasn’t ready to listen. In this kind of situation only time would have healed what happened in Prague.
Carina was walking in the parking lot, when Karl drove up. It made Carina run for the Buymore, when inside she was trying to find Chuck, but found Morgan instead. He told Carina he would give the briefcase to Chuck only if she came to the party.
She said fine, and went to the back of the store, but Karl was already back there. Karl captured Carina, and took her to his car. Once inside, Karl said he started to think Carina wasn’t who she said she was. He thought Carina was a spy. She told him it wasn’t true until Karl showed her a recording from the vault. When Chuck said, he wasn’t heartless like Carina. Carina said she would kill Bartowski, but Karl told her don’t worry Smooshy, I will kill Chuck and then your next.
Karl and Carina show up at the apartment complex, and Morgan was disappoint Karl and crew were apart of Carina’s entourage, but Carina forced herself into the apartment. She told Morgan to call Chuck.
Morgan did, and told Chuck that Carina arrived at the apartment with Aqua Velvas. Morgan was getting heated and wanted to confront them, but Chuck told him stand down. Later, Team Bartowski were in Casey’s apartment trying to iron out a plan, Casey wanted to lock and load, but Chuck said the entire mall was outside.
Meanwhile, Morgan upset by what Carina was doing took his frustrations out on Carina by telling them all to leave. He further would tell her if there was a “no” in the japanese language, he would tell her it. Since there was no words, he said simply Sayonara. He then gave the briefcase back and told them to take a hike.
The plan was to make the people from the mall out of the courtyard, Casey went out and started spraying the hose on the partiers. Chuck and Sarah came from the other side. Karl and Carina came out of the apartment. Casey didn’t wait too long to pull his weapons. Sarah handed a gun to Chuck, but he refused it. She would give Chuck a tekke lamp, and told him to use it as a bo.
In midst of the action, Chuck looking into the water fountain and saw the liquid was flammable, and told them to drop their weapons. When they did, Chuck through the lamp into the substance. It caused a huge explosion. Sarah and Casey would get the upper hand.
Karl still angry from being doublecrossed by Carina didn’t care if Carina was killed and was ready to pull the trigger until Chuck spoke up.
Chuck: I get it, okay? You took a chance. You-you loved someone, maybe for the first time in your life. All you’ve ever done before is shut off your feelings.You-you bury them deep down inside because, in your profession in your line of work– it’s a liability, right? It’s It can it can certainly be a liability.: And I know I know that you think that you messed up your life because you opened up your heart, but maybe you helped her open up her heart in the process. Maybe because you loved her she’s learned how to love, too.
It made Karl stand down enough for Carina to seize the opportunity to take Karl out.
What Chuck said seemed to work because Sarah didn’t look so mad anymore. In fact, watching Carina use Karl’s love for her as an advantage point made her see why she still love Chuck.
Later, after everything settled down. Chuck was in the courtyard cleaning up after the party, and Sarah came walking out of Casey apartment, and told Chuck she was ready to talk. Chuck thought Sarah wanted to be elsewhere, but she said, “No, I am good here for now,”
Sarah said, maybe they could fix things, but for now the courtyard was his. Meanwhile, Carina and Morgan slept together. Nice one Grimes.
While the team was curious about what was in the briefcase, Chuck was prepared to open it, but Beckman stopped him. When she signed off we get the introduction of one of my favorite characters in the series. Yes, Beckman pleaded to Daniel Shaw to go to Burbank and prepare them for the war that was about to take place.
Carina asked one last time if Sarah wanted to go to St. Tropez, but Sarah said, no I am going to stay here. Carina knew she was going to say it, and gave her a going away gift.
Sarah heard the recording, and suddenly everything in Prague made her feel worse because of the realization on why Chuck wanted to be a spy.
Song of the Episode
The song of the episode is one I listen to quite often. In-Flight Safety’s Model Homes.
Here is the scene it played,
Overall Thoughts on Three Words
This episode marked the results of what happened in Prague. Carina being back in town was the anti-Sarah if you will. Sure Sarah was as vicious, but Sarah did break the cardinal rule of spying.
It also proved Sarah was still in love with Chuck. IF anyone knows anything about relationships, it hurts more when you truly love someone. When feelings are so strong, disappointment or rejection of any kind can send even the toughest of spies spiraling. The added measure of no one really to talk to doesn’t help either.
The real problem wasn’t how or why Chuck said “I can’t” It’s because Sarah never thought Chuck would hurt her. This was Chuck, the man she saw help his sister get married only six months ago. The man who helped a ballerina.
This was the man that was beside her when she had to go to her high school reunion and tell her about her father’s sins. Chuck that showed up in Prague was not the Chuck she almost slept with in Barstow. Something was different in Sarah’s mind.
Whether you agree with it or not. Sarah’s actions in this episode were a woman crushed by Chuck’s decision to train. Rejection was the best way to sum it up. If Chuck would have told her the reason he chose to be a spy in the train station maybe it would have been a less of a blow.
Let’s see how Sarah reacts knowing Chuck’s reasons. Season three continues with Chuck vs Angel de la Muerte until then Chuckaholics.
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