Rewatch Week Sixteen: Episode Three Season Two: Bryce Finds Out

Chuck vs The Break Up

The  third episode of season two would mark the conclusion of the second arc of the series. The final changes to the characters takes place in this episode and  marks the realization that Sarah has moved on from Bryce.

Chuck vs The Break Up was also when  Bryce finds out that Sarah and Chuck have more than “cover feelings,” thus causing him to act like a “big brother” and warn Chuck about rule number one.

An overall great episode, and a favorite of mine.  Here we go into the Break Up

For the original write-up,  the second arc of Chuck article, click below for your viewing needs.

Chuck vs The Break Up, The First Seductive Marlin Break Up

There are really three scenes worth taking extra time on and we will save them for the end because they will take a long time to discuss. I want to begin with song of the episode.

There are two great songs in this episode and I will elect both of them for this episode song.

First, the Matt Bomer and Yvonne Strahovski’s dance scene was epic. A hot dance scene that could rival John Travolta and Uma Thurman.

The second song comes at the end of the episode.  Bon Iver’s Skinny Love was the perfect selection for the scene. A power scene with a song that would tell the viewer what Sarah was thinking. This is one of the things I love about the music of Chuck – the choice of music complementing the scene.

We will get into the break up scene later, but for now we will just show it here for the song of the episode purposes.

Main Story

Bryce is back!  The last time he came back, Chuck and Sarah shared an intimate moment. His return came after this scene.

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The difference between the scene above and this episode was Sarah and Chuck’s handling of the return. Chuck and Sarah were moving closer and closer on becoming a real item. The only thing holding them back was themselves and the fear of the agency ruining things.

However, there is a big thing we need to focus on. They kissed twice in Chuck vs The Seduction and Sarah admitted Chuck’s charms were working. They went on a second date and almost kissed there.  It is safe to say the relationship was blossoming into a real one; whatever that means.

I have been thinking lately when it comes to relationships do we just “hey your my girlfriend or boyfriend,” or does it just flow naturally.  Sarah and Chuck shared intimate moments that would constitute a real relationship despite calling it a cover.

When Sarah showed tears after Chuck broke up their fake relationship, Sarah was hurt by it and even showed it by showing real tears; but each time they moved forward, Bryce returned.

Chuck was visiting Sarah’s hotel room, while doing the “Montgomery,” a white jacket and rose, and holding a bottle of wine.  When Sarah answered the door she did not seem thrilled with Bryce being in her hotel room. Sarah even said, Bryce was waiting outside her door.

I don't know why he is here

Chuck seeing Bryce again

Bryce is happy to see his friends

Sarah knows Bryce being back was going to cause an issue. They went through it a year ago. The difference was Sarah. The first time around Sarah never got the closure she needed. How could she, Walker believed Bryce was dead.

However, when given the chance to leave with Bryce, Sarah chose to stay in Burbank.  But Chuck kept poking the issue because he couldn’t grasp that Sarah chose him.

A tough Decision Ms Walker

Torn SarahHowever, Sarah in this episode was all about Chuck. The next morning during their debriefing, Sarah didn’t show signs that Bryce still had power over her.

In fact, before she knew she was going to be working with Bryce instead of Chuck, she was smiling about doing a dinner party with Chuck – perhaps possibly dancing like a real date despite it being a mission.

Chuck all smilesIs bryce on the mindSarah excited about being on a fake date

However, Beckman pumps on the brakes on their giddiness by telling Chuck, he would be on the sidelines for this one. This mission was for a real spy. The idea of not being a part of the mission is a damper on Chuck’s parade. Beckman said “For a real spy.” It sparked the jealousy out of Chuck.

The “real spy” comment fueled Chuck’s insecurities when it came to Bryce and Sarah. Bryce didn’t come to Burbank to splash on Charah’s parade. He doesn’t know the two are becoming serious. They can deny it, but they’re actions spoke otherwise.

Chuck reaction  clearly wreacks of jealousy working with a real spy

 

 

Sarah smiles when seeing Bryce
Just because she is smiling Chuck doesn’t mean she is still interested in him. 

Chuck wondering about  Sarah's smile

Sarah’s smile does not suggest anything. Chuck’s insecurity fueled by Beckman’s remark caused it. Don’t blame Sarah or Bryce for that matter.

Bryce’s antics were also driving Chuck’s jealousy, especially when he flashed a ring in front of Sarah, even though it was all for the cover. This scene is a classic example of Chuck’s struggle of separating his real life with that of a spy mission. It will plague him through the series.

As for Casey, well the picture says it all.

Casey doesn't want to work with Bryce
We have to go through this again.

One more thing about the ring scene, I understand why Chuck got jealous. Sarah smiling and all, but let’s be fair she was only being polite. There is nothing behind it just pleasantry. She also can see Bryce’s presence made Chuck jealous.

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Again, I take no issue with Sarah smiling. I also understand Chuck’s perspective. She is surely taking no issue with the cover because it was just a cover. The reason I don’t take issue with the smiling was because of the next scene.

While Bryce was flirting with her, Sarah, in a very nice and polite way, asks Bryce to keep the Andersons a cover this time around. Bryce would ask why, and Agent Walker covered for Sarah the girlfriend. She used Fulcrum getting close as the reason. She didn’t want to set off Bryce, who was still smitten over Walker.

In other words, Sarah was telling Bryce it was over between them.  The first indication things between the two were done. It’s why I stand by my theory about nemesis. Nemesis was a clear closure issue. Walker never had that opportunity for closure because he was “dead.”

Meanwhile, Ellie was coming over to the Orange, Orange to ask Sarah if she wanted to be her bridesmaid and saw this

Bryce and Sarah holding hands

A total misread by Ellie, and she reported it to Chuck. A move unbeknownst to Ellie added more fuel to the fire. Bryce and Sarah were not holding hands as partners. It was a simple understanding gesture between the two.

Sarah made it clear to Bryce this was strictly a mission, but the way Ellie describe the scene made it seem otherwise.  it put Chuck further in to his jealous maze.

The episode moved to the first scene I will spend some time on. It’s one of my personal favorites of the series. Bryce will learn why Sarah said the Andersons were strictly a cover now.

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Here is the poll question  I would like to ask. Based on Sarah’s reaction, Did Sarah put the dress on for Chuck?

The part of the scene I want to talk about is this screen cap.

As I wrote earlier, Bryce had no inkling Chuck and Sarah were serious. He came under the pretenses that they were strictly a cover relationship.

Bryce: It’s just she’s a beautiful girl pretending to be your girlfriend. I was afraid you’d let the lines get blurred and fall for her

Bryce is a bit of a hypocrite here. Didn’t the super-spy himself fall for Sarah as well. Call me crazy, but the Andersons were also a cover. The difference was Chuck was an asset and Bryce was a spy already. However, what it did was set up Chuck to make the comment he made to keep Bryce off the scent. However, Sarah ruined it by taking what Chuck said personally.

Supposed to be a cover

Bryce wants Sarah
Isn’t it supposed to be a cover, Bryce

It also hurt the mission in a sense. The turmoil from Chuck’s comment spilled over into the mission.  Sarah visibly annoyed with Bryce, and without care taking control of the dance.

Agressive Sarah Not this time Byrce

It’s like Sarah was ready to put an end to this high school  tussle between the two men. Chuck’s totally became a bumbling fool.

First he spills wine on the baddie, and then drops a bottle when watching Sarah and Bryce kiss on the dance floor. Hey Chuck, it’s a mission man…They were selling their cover.

A bit rusty
Chuck doesn’t understand Sarah is pissed off.
Chuck doesn;t see this as strictly a dance
All Chuck saw was the kiss

Before we continue on with Bryce Sarah and Chuck situation, the baddie of the episode was very funny. He actually is a descent single serving baddie.  Stephen Valentine played Von Hayes, a computer genius, who had Intel on the Intersect project.

Were you dropped from a very very high height
Hayes: Were you dropped as a child from very great height? I- I actually, I couldn’t confirm or deny that.

 

The team’s mission was to secure the chip Hayes created before Fulcrum got a hold of it. There was compromising information on the chip. The team believed it was in his vault, but Chuck flashed on his key chain, and he would let Casey know. Casey sent word back to Bryce and Sarah, and while Bryce and Sarah went after Von, Casey would tell them the Fulcrum agent had Chuck.

When Sarah heard this, she instantly went to save Chuck, but Bryce stopped her. He said, we need to get that chip. Sarah didn’t listen and went after Chuck.

She will kill him if we don't help him
Sarah doesn’t want to leave Chuck behind. She showed her loyalty towards Chuck

 

Sarah wants to help Chuck
Sarah wouldn’t be able to live with herself knowing if Chuck was killed over a mission. A W.W.C.D moment

Casey would say the line of the episode, “Bartowski and the CIA, how could things NOT go wrong.”

Bryce went after Von Hayes, who fled the scene in a Lamborghini. Sarah was able to catch up with Chuck and the Fulcrum agent. A series of gun fire rang out. It forced Fulcrum to flee the scene not without leaving a goodbye present. The agent slid a grenade in Charah’s direction. However, Sarah wasn’t able to get far enough from the blast leaving her motionless on the ground.

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Let’s talk about this scene for a minute. This would mark the second time in the episode Sarah showed loyalty towards Chuck. Sarah going off mission to save Chuck was a big sign that Sarah was Chuck’s girlfriend now. Move over Andersons, Sarah is a Carmichael now.

Sarah takes a lot of grief for not communicating with Chuck, but the hospital scene was a form of communication Chuck heard this time. When Chuck arrived at the hospital, he brought Sarah her favorite flowers, but when he turned to see the flower arraignments, he went into classic “woe was me Chuck.”

Chuck:  Bryce Larkin, huh? I guess, no matter what it is, I’ll always come in second to that guy.

Sarah: Not always.

Nice touch Chuck
Chuck: I, uh, brought you some gardenia. Sarah: They’re my favorite. How did you know? Chuck: Well, I’m not an entirely incompetent spy, you know? Sarah: Thank you.

Happy to see Chuck

It’s very important to note, Sarah is glowing when Chuck walked through the door. She has a smile that could light a Christmas Tree, and while she is lying in a hospital bed, she finds it in her to boast Chuck’s confidence.

Meanwhile, outside the room Bryce was looking in. Ellie and Devon saw him, and Sister Bartowski was ready to take action, but Devon stepped in. Now here is a continuity error I would like to point on for a minute.

If Devon has been in the picture for three years, and knew everything about what happen with Chuck and Bryce, how does he not know what Bryce looks like? Morgan saw him in the Buymore and Morgan thought he was Bryce.

Devon would take care of the cut on Bryce’s face, and further tell Bryce about how Sarah was in love with Chuck. It gained the attention on Charah’s relationship. It made Bryce visit Chuck.

Chuck and Bryce scene I will spend some time on because It’s a key scene behind the break up. While it may seem like Bryce was acting like a jealous ex boyfriend, he wasn’t. He was voicing his concern over it. He just watched Sarah go off mission, and ended up in the hospital. Bryce does care for Charah, and he is looking out for the both of them.

Roan said the same thing an episode before. spies don’t fall in love because it could get them killed. It could compromise judgment and cost them the mission, which it did. Bryce took it upon himself to explain the truth to Chuck.

Bryce: Sarah has feelings for you, Chuck.
Feelings that will get her killed.
People we deal with are cold-blooded assassins.
They have no emotions, no feelings.
The only chance we have against FULCRUM is to think and act like they do.
Anything less gets us killed.

Bryce does care
Bryce showing he cares for the two, and doesn’t want to see them hurt.

The fact that Bryce shows an expression of concern as Chuck goes into his apartment gave me enough prove that Bryce isn’t a bad guy. He has no intentions on hurting Chuck or Sarah. It wasn’t even about himself. It was about the upcoming war with Fulcrum.

I think Bryce himself would know how dangerous the group was. They brought him back to life because they thought he had the Intersect files in his head.

Devon came by the apartment to give Chuck flowers he intercepted, which Chuck thought was from Bryce, but they were actually from Hayes. He felt bad about what happen to Sarah, and was trying to make amends. When Chuck realized that Hayes was the one who sent the flowers, he was able to negotiate for said key chain.

Chuck would find Casey at the Buymore, and informed Casey he was able to convince Von to hand over the chip. However, there were some minor stipulations with it. First, he would only make the exchange with Chuck, and wanted excused from prosecution.

Casey was fine with the demands. Chuck would then slide the big demand. Hayes want 15 million dollars in lower denominations. For the sake of the team and mission, Casey agreed. They agreed to make the exchange at a train station.

Bryce and Casey were in the crowd, while Chuck waited for Von to show up. When Von does show up., Chuck and Hayes are going over how to make the exchange. Fulcrum agents were closing in. Von saw them and ran for the hills when he saw the agents.

Casey and Bryce ran after Von, but the agents got to him first. Casey and Bryce soon would join the party and point their guns at the agents with Hayes in the cross hairs. Chuck came running up the stairs and was able to negotiate a safe play by paying the agents the money he was supposed to give Von. The agents took the money.

Where's your boss

At the hospital, a fulcrum agent came to finish off Walker, but in the midst of trying to inject something into Sarah’s bloodstream, Sarah notice the doctor’s name tag, and attacked the agent. She asked where was his boss. He told her at the train station.

 

Chuck  and Bryce were walking with Von Hayes through the train station and while Chuck was being cocky about the spy business, the Fulcrum agent was waiting for them and grabbed Chuck from behind and used him as a shield.

The human shield From the corner of Bryce’s eye, he saw Sarah peeking out from a corner. It was like old times.

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What I found to be interesting in these sets of frames was Sarah’s decision to fire her weapon at Bryce’s captor, who  was held in the same way as Chuck, but she couldn’t pull the trigger when it was Chuck being held hostage.

Does this further prove that Sarah really didn’t love Bryce? Tell me in your  feedback your thoughts. Do you think Sarah’s unwillingness to shoot, while Chuck was being held hostage, signifies  her feeling towards Bryce weren’t as strong?

Casey fired at the Fulcrum agent from behind her. As Bryce search the agent, he looked back at Sarah. Her lack of firing her weapon drew his attention. He was worried if her feelings for Chuck were going to freeze her in the future.

Bryce once again confronted Chuck about her feelings. This time he also provided a bit of reasoning behind his actions towards Chuck. He also saw that it was too late for Chuck to return to his old life. A bit of a compliment from his nemesis.

Bryce leaving

Not the same Bryce either
You’ll do the right thing. You always do. That why I sent you the Intersect in the first place.

You will do the right thing

While we focused on the significant changes to Team Bartowski. Bryce Larkin wasn’t the same either. He wasn’t the smug guy from Nemesis. He was a friend and confidant if you will. He placed sunglasses for Chuck to see them, and these glasses will end up being the trademark of Chuck for the remainder of the series. The glasses where a refresher for the Intersect. An updated version for Chuck to upload. Bryce knew it would be safe there.

After this episode, I grew respect for Bryce. His moves have purpose and he is not out to get anyone. He cares and it’s evident in his approach. It also was his words that were able to sink into Chuck thought process to do this.

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The mere fact that Chuck was sitting outside, rehearsing in his head what to say and how to say it. It wasn’t easy either. He loves her, but what Bryce said was also right. However, it doesn’t mean it hurts her any less.

Nothing is ok

When watching this see again, I started to ponder, how does Chuck find the words that can be as truthful, but in a way hurtful.  We have to understand the word choice here.

Chuck: The last few days, all I can think about is our future together, about what it’s gonna be like once I finally get the Intersect out of my head, how we’ll finally be together for real- no fake relationships no covers, no lies.
But the more I think about it, the more I realize that you and I can never have a future together.
I fooled myself into thinking that we could, but the truth is we can’t.
Because even if we had a real relationship, it would never really be real.
I’d still never know anything about you- your real name, your hometown, your first love, anything.
And I want more than that.
I want to be able to call you at the end of a bad day and tell you about some funny thing that Morgan did and not find out that I can’t because you’re off somewhere in Paraguay, quelling a revolution with a fork.
I’m a normal guy who wants a normal life.
And as amazing as you are, Sarah Walker, we both know that you will never be normal. 

The more I see this scene I notice both of their faces. The world was crash for the both of them.

Watch the realization from Sarah as Chuck was serious right off the bat. This wasn’t going to end well. Her eyes said as much.

Now see her expression change from concern to a confused expression. The expression was one of where was this coming from.

This expression came after the beginning portion of the break up speech. Her confusion would soon turn to dismay. As Chuck said, “Because even if we had a real relationship, it would never really be real.”

 

Follow by the worst words, which lead to Sarah near tears. The tough spy, who was taught to bottler her feelings. The woman that was trying to enter Chuck’s version of normalcy. The family, home and all around good guy. Said. “I’m a normal guy who wants a normal life. And as amazing as you are, Sarah Walker, we both know that you will never be normal.” 

While she came to tell him something, after the words he said, how can she even utter a word. Especially, when she came to talk about there the events of the day, maybe she would of told him how she felt. However, that was off the table now.

You will forget all about me
A very Agent Walker response. 

Sarah struggling holding back her tearsIt is clear from the tears, this was a real break up feel for her. She didn’t know where it came from, but Chuck knew and he allow Bryce to manipulate him into breaking it off with Sarah.

The funny thing is if you look behind Sarah. Chuck was just as shaken by doing what he did.

One final scene to talk about.

She knows this wasn't Chuck's doing
Sarah notices this was hard on Chuck too

Sarah doesn't want to break upChuck didn't want to do itAs Chuck was beginning to hate himself, Sarah can tell from her end Chuck didn’t believe in the words he used.  Someone I believe they will get through this. We will just have to wait and see.

Buymore Story

Michael Strahan made his one and thank God only appearance. He portrayed Mitt, who was a bully.  He threaten to beat up Morgan and Lester because they stopped him and his mates from playing Madden Football and to tone the noise level down.

Lester and Morgan end up staying the night in the Buymore to avoid facing Mitt. It was funny how Lester kept falling to the ground when Morgan looked back at him for assistance.

Overall Thoughts of The Break Up

A great episode and revealed a lot in the romance department. This ended the second arc of the series. All three members of Team Bartowski made changes.

Chuck was on the road to become a man.

Casey learned Bartowski was more than just an asset. He couldn’t kill Bartowski

Sarah learned she was in love with Chuck. Her feelings were deep enough to “break up” with Bryce professionally. She had a new partner agent Charles Carmichael, and personally. Bryce would be the next person on the ever grown list of people who know Sarah’s secret. Updated scorecard, Ellie, Carina, Casey, Roan and now Bryce all know Sarah has feelings for Chuck, but we have a long time before she does something about it.

The next episode up on our rewatch would be Chuck vs The Cougars. The guest star of this episode really surprised me. Nicole Richie performance as Heather Chandler was a good one and one of my favorites of the series.

Cougars also marks as the first Sarah- centric episode. Yes, we get to learn a little about Sarah’s past. Remember Chuckaholics is your  toy so play…..It’s hard to say goodbye because we didn’t

 

 

 

15 comments

  1. Chris,
    “Sarah’s smile does not suggest anything. Chuck’s insecurity fueled by Beckman’s remark caused it. Don’t blame Sarah or Bryce for that matter.”

    Seems to me Chuck is always put in a no-win situation with you. You’re always complaining that he doesn’t see what Sarah’s expressions are really saying ( even when he doesn’t actually see them..), and when he does see her expressions, he misreads them. Fair enough, but Bryce is a major distorter of reality for Chuck…if Sarah is smiling and holding out her hand for Bryce to put a ring on ( rather than taking it from him and putting it on herself ), how is Chuck SUPPOSED to take that. I thought it was a little too flirtatious with Chuck right there. But I think the writers, as usual, push to extremes to try to make their point ….I feel it’s unnecessary. Chuck is going to misread almost everything when Sarah and Bryce are concerned anyway. And let’s face it, Bryce’s advice to Chuck has to be pretty confusing when Chuck can see Bryce is still clearly in love with Sarah. Perhaps the difference being Bryce can most likely shut off those emotions when the time comes, but still….how hollow is telling Chuck that his feelings for Sarah are going to get her killed. Kudos to Chuck for putting Sarah first by “breaking up” with her ….he manned up there. Unfortunately it was under false pretenses, fortunately he told her he was planning a life together with her. So, in spite of her never telling Chuck VERBALLY that she was interested, he knew it…he did read her expressions. And, I agree…they read each other’s expressions at the end. It made for a nice transition into Cougars…

    Second point I’d like to make is Beckman’s remark about “…a REAL spy….”…probably a little fuel to the fire for later on. Chuck’s choices for his future are really starting to get whittled down.

    As far as Sarah loving Bryce…well, she did…sort of. A lot would have changed her from when she could shoot at a guy holding Bryce and someone holding Chuck …. plus Bryce had signed up for being a spy…he knew what the risks were. Chuck didn’t really “sign up ” for this life, and Sarah was still his handler…she had to protect him. That being said, I think the pretty obvious answer is that Sarah never loved Bryce like she loved Chuck…. Chuck made her feel totally different.

    As for the poll question, Sarah didn’t put on the red dress for Chuck, I don’t think…that would have been the dress no matter what, since she had to attract the attention of everyone in the room. ( and did she ever !!!) But when she walked out and asked the 2 men, ” How do I look ?”….directed right at Chuck…she really didn’t care what Bryce thought at that point. It was a funny line, full of meaning….. not in what Chuck said, but how he said it. He was obviously trying to play it cool, be complimentary but not overtly….but he was obviously just as struck by Sarah in that dress as probably every guy who watched it !!! If Sarah didn’t quite get it ( a misread ), she wasn’t paying attention !! To me, that was one of the memorable moments of season 2….

    • Gary,

      I don’t have ill will towards Chuck and his misreads. I am not trying to make Chuck look like a bad guy. A believe me for Sarah to understand what Chuck was going through. She needed to experience it herself. Jill Roberts is coming and when that happens Sarah will get a taste of her “own medicine”

      I agree with you when Sarah came out of the bathroom, and she was looking at the men. She wasn’t focused on Bryce but more on Chuck. The dress really isn’t the issue. It’s the feelings that struck Chuck at that point, and I think of the song by Eric Clapton “You look wonderful tonight.” and Chuck went off because he remembered Bryce was in the room.

      I also understand your take on Bryce being the larger then life figure for Chuck, and the wedding ring scene was a bit much for Chuck, but if this was bad. What Chuck did with Jill on the stage with Sarah watching was worse.

      Chuck kissing Jill, and rubbing it in Sarah’s face was a bit much for me. We will joist about that then I suppose

      The funny thing also about the scene was how Sarah and Chuck reaction to each other wasn’t missed by Bryce.

      • LOL…the whole thing about “red not being my color “……but he couldn’t take his eyes off her…or the dress…and then having to add, ” or salmon..” just shows he was paying complete attention to every detail of what she was wearing. It was a classic line…

        I agree about Jill…as that story will come up and we get some classic bone-headed Chuck. I don’t know if we should make everything a contest, though, Chris. Your modus operandi seems to be that every time one of them does something, the other one has to do something as payback. Like they say, two wrongs don’t make a right……

        One last thing about the conversation Chuck has at the end with Sarah. I note you don’t mention (this time) how cruel that statement is (, ” …you’ll never be normal.” ) As I watch this again and try to put it in context, I think what Chuck is trying to do is assuage any guilt Sarah might feel. Sarah has never told Chuck that she wants a normal life …she has mentioned it to Casey and maybe Carina, but not Chuck. So, to let Sarah down easy, he’s trying to tell her that what he “wants” is a boring old life…what Sarah would consider “normal”…and that it would be too mundane for her, because she’s not normal and boring. Chuck thinks she has the greatest life in the world …. travel, excitement…she makes a difference in the world. He doesn’t realize the real negative aspects of that life yet …he kinda enjoys it, and probably doesn’t believe yet that he could be a “real spy”.

  2. “The fact that Bryce shows an expression of concern as Chuck goes into his apartment gave me enough prove that Bryce isn’t a bad guy.”

    Just to throw the cat amongst the pigeons.

    I really think a part of Bryce (not all of him) was telling Chuck to back off Sarah out of jealousy. Remember, Bryce and Sarah are all supposed to be about the mission. The mission was compromised because Sarah went to save Chuck (Chuck is Sarah’s primary mission), she showed compassion and an un-recognisable form of loyalty to Chuck we all know as love. This was new to Bryce, it probably hit him badly and that is why he could not stay away from the hospital. To Bryce, everything was show, so he filled the room with flowers.

    I also suspect that during the dance, Bryce picked up on Sarah’s mood and he knew it was aimed at him (as I also suspect that Sarah knew Bryce was poisoning the well for Chuck to go-off on one when he saw the red dress). Again, this is a form of caring for another human being that Bryce did not understand.

    Bryce wanted to take the lead, Sarah said no. She found faults with his dancing which was her way of saying – you have upset Chuck, you have upset me. I can think of better expletives; but Bryce is now aware that an emotional bond, stronger than any mission or team building exercise is apparent between Chuck and Sarah. Why? How? When? I really do think Bryce is shocked by the entire thing – like he has just taken a very cold shower.

    “After this episode, I grew respect for Bryce. His moves have purpose and he is not out to get anyone. He cares and it’s evident in his approach.”

    Bryce only cares about the mission. The human element is expendable – thus he was quite happy to ignore Chuck’s safety. Bryce was a top show person. A fake marriage was good enough for him to role play a full on experience with Sarah; fill a room with flowers but a personal visit isn’t necessary; big entrance into the Castle announcing that the hero is here regardless of how the other team members would feel or react.

    Bryce enjoys the cover and that is why he looked so out of place hiding behind that baseball cap in the hospital; but he did understand and appreciate the talk with Awesome – which sadly led to Bryce chasing down Chuck. Bryce was the big hero. He needs to assert balance in his favour – the mission is everything, your personal needs are nothing. So yes, Bryce was jealous that Sarah had become Chuck’s girlfriend.

    I can get the bit that Awesome did not recognise Bryce. Maybe he wasn’t that interested in knowing who Bryce was – he is only a brother in law to be …

    Bryce was the Spy, but these were precisely the things that Sarah was questioning. Sarah was measuring her old life against her new life. Her old boyfriend versus the new boyfriend.

    For Sarah, this was her best dress yet. The Salmon moment but I think Sarah felt like she was hit by the fish. As Christopher has said, Sarah dressed for Chuck. She didn’t even look at Bryce. However, the reality that Chuck was just the waiter this time probably had not hit Sarah in the same way as it hit Chuck. For Sarah, she was doing the best she could be ignoring the mission parameters and making herself look good for Chuck. Sarah is blameless here but a little naive in her expectation that Chuck would be bubbling with enthusiasm. Chuck is also blameless here, both of them reacted quite naturally.

    The look on Bryce was more closely aligned with someone who screwed up. A soft hint of guilt as he realised he spoiled Sarah’s moment.

    Don’t get me wrong. I don’t dis-like Bryce. I just think Sarah saw him and saw that she wanted to move on. She was a ship that had lost its moorings, and regardless of whether Chuck and Sarah ‘break-up’ it does not solve the issue. It merely kicks the can down the road.

    “What I found to be interesting in these sets of frames was Sarah’s decision to fire her weapon at Bryce’s captor, who was held in the same way as Chuck, but she couldn’t pull the trigger when it was Chuck being held hostage.”

    This proves that Sarah now understands that Bryce is a trained spy. He is replaceable, he is not unique, nor is he special when you compare him to Chuck. I think we find Sarah beginning to see a division between Spy life and Real Life and that is why Chuck’s words give her an extra kick when they talk at the fountain.

    Yes, Sarah sees that Chuck is trying to make the best of a bad situation. Again, both of them are blameless in how they reacted or acted towards one another; but there is hope. Both of them feeling poorly about the conversation at the fountain was good, but better still was the fact that both of them knew that Chuck didn’t want to say those things.

    As Christopher said, “As Chuck was beginning to hate himself, Sarah can tell from her end Chuck didn’t believe in the words he used”.

    We now have clear evidence of the Sarah/Chuck love bond that will become more than just a question of physical or metaphysical attraction. They were becoming soul mates.

    “Sarah learned she was in love with Chuck. Her feelings were deep enough to “break up” with Bryce professionally.”

    Yes but more than this. Sarah also realised that her primary mission was Chuck, the mission itself was just a sub-mission. A reason to stay with Chuck.

    I was especially proud of how useless Ellie had become as a confident and advocate for Chuck. Again, I think Ellie was so caught up in her own world she (like Sarah) needs to move on and leave Chuck alone.

    Ellie’s reaction to what she thought she saw in the Orange Orange did not help things and maybe Chuck would be less of a tinder box without her insights. Ellie’s heart is int he right place, but she has very little wisdom – I mean, what stopped her from calling in the Orange Orange and cutting in to the conversation. Surely Ellie knew Bryce as well? And the act of doing this would give her a better idea as to what was happening?

    As you know, there will be more to come …
    🙂

    • Yeah…good stuff, Sean.

      What do you think of the “You’ll never be normal…” line. Chris had given Chuck quite a rough ride about this particular breakup and especially that line in the past. I noticed he tempered those statements this time…. something new going on here ? LOL 😉

      • Thanks Mr G 🙂

        I kind of feel a bit rock and a hard place for Chuck.

        As I said previously, the writers of the show really put his back against the wall as the Guest Characters seemed to take more control of the story in Season 3.

        “I’m a normal guy who wants a normal life.
        And as amazing as you are, Sarah Walker, we both know that you will never be normal. ”

        It’s a harsh word to use. If they changed it to “typical” it may have sounded a lot warmer. However it does have its uses depending on how you see its value:

        1] Sarah is not a ‘normal person’. She is a spy, in fact, she is a trained killer with a previous character best mirrored by Carina. Although I believe Sarah has always had more heart than Carina and Sarah has always been looking for a way out. Sadly, until Sarah openly admits that she no longer wants to go on missions she can never truly be a ‘typical girl’ who wants to do ‘typical things’ associated with being a ‘typical woman’. So in that respect, Chuck is right.

        For that reason it has great impact and resonance on Sarah, and this is why we see her pause at the door. However, when she turns and sees Chuck eating himself up over what he said. She sees doubt, realising that the current ‘way of things’ will still dictate how they can relate to each other.

        Sarah is coming of age, but she still has a long way to go in terms of developing as a person who sees her own personal needs above or equal to the needs of the CIA.

        2] Sarah is a normal person but by insisting she isn’t, Chuck is merely pointing out that ‘normal’ is a 9-5 phrase to describe a typical job, typical problems associated with living (making ends meet), having an open relationship, indulging in a physical relationship etc … Even going to the cinema one night without being under surveillance, or sleeping in your own bed without Casey listening in or just eating breakfast without it being recorded on TV.

        In this way Chuck is also right. This is a fantasy life more at home with people he sees in movies, big criminals and crime families or witness protection programmes.

        In this respect Chuck is pushing Sarah further down the road. Chuck is testing Sarah, prompting her, engaging with her and (hoping) that he is leading her towards him and away from the CIA.

        For this reason Chuck should see this mission as a complete success. After all, Sarah was annoyed with Bryce, she dumped Bryce, she endangered a mission to save Chuck and she was more than happy to see him at the hospital. Sarah has proven that she cannot be bought with a boatload of flowers, Sarah has proved that she is a willing pupil who is hungry to learn and love Chuck.

        Sarah is on the road to building her vows.

        But Chuck needs to hang on, and give things time to mature. It’s like a good Whiskey, they mature over time, simply turning the fire up does not speed the process up.

        Love takes time and this is the lesson Chuck needs to learn. The thing is, I don’t think he does and this is why I say Chuck is his own nemesis.

        Finally, on this point, I don’t think this is a ‘break up speech’. It’s a reality speech, a sort of ‘state of the nation speech’ or ‘state of the union address’. Chuck is putting out feelers to see how far he can motivate Sarah – he is trying to make her dream of normality.

        ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ comes to mind.

        Better known as Bladerunner. Remember the film attempts to discover what the replicants think about. So is Chuck being a ‘bladerunner’ and running his own test on Sarah? I can see some Deckard/Rachel parodies here, especially as Chuck is trying to join the spy club.

        Can you see some Bladerunner stuff going on?

      • Bladerunner?? Interesting analogy …I’d have to think about it a bit. Been a long time since I saw that movie !!

        Perhaps not delving as deeply into the speech as you have ( and great insights BTW ), I thought he was saying something different…I thought he may have hurt her when I first watched the scene. But then I remembered that Sarah has never told Chuck she wants to live a normal life. Remember, Bryce told Chuck he has to break up with her because the spy life is dangerous. So Chuck assumes she’s always going to be a spy ….and he’s good with that ….it’s something he really finds intriguing about her. Yes, he wants to know her better, and know her past, etc. ( this gets taken care of beautifully in Cougars ), and have date nights and so on. So I don’t really think he’s trying to hurt her with the “not normal” comment…. I think he truly believes her life is so exciting she would quickly get bored with his “normal” life. And that’s not to say that a normal life is what Chuck wants, because, in reality, Chuck really does want more out of life. I thought, in the end, it wasn’t about what he wanted, but he was doing the right thing by trying to convince Sarah that the “normal” life was not all it’s cracked up to be, compared with the exciting life she’s now living.

        But, yeah… Chuck isn’t that good a liar yet…and Sarah caught it !!

      • The good liar doesn’t start until season 3 when he coached Devon in lying about where he was the night before to Ellie.

        I have soften my take on the normal line with one aspect. After noticing Sarah’s expression. i didn’t see hurt anymore. I saw where was this coming from. Confusion. Since Marlin, Chuck and Sarah were moving nicely towards a relationship, and you guys haven’t commented on that yet.

        Why can’t we say they were in a real relationship but to quote Sarah, they were a different kind of relationship. At this point in the story, there were a lot of things they still needed to work through, and this second break up seem to be more of a fake break up in its truest sense.

        Because they both didn’t want to break up. Its amazing how they call it a fake break up, but their reactions after each break up. pain and torture on the mind is showcased.

        I am just glad they were able to read each other’s emotions.

      • Hi Chris, good review btw.

        “Since Marlin, Chuck and Sarah were moving nicely towards a relationship, and you guys haven’t commented on that yet.”

        You are right 🙂
        At this point the relationship has blossomed.
        In fact, it is really blooming in to a real romance.

        “Why can’t we say they were in a real relationship but to quote Sarah, they were a different kind of relationship.”

        They are, it is a romance.
        They are building a love story.
        Romance does not need to involve constant dates, kissing and sex. They are becoming soul buddies which generally lasts longer and becomes more fulfilling – but not everyone finds it. So in a way, Sarah and Chuck are very lucky.

        “At this point in the story, there were a lot of things they still needed to work through, and this second break up seem to be more of a fake break up in its truest sense.”

        I don’t see this as a break up. More of a reality check to work where they want to go with it all. As I said, like a state of union speech.

        “Because they both didn’t want to break up. Its amazing how they call it a fake break up, but their reactions after each break up. pain and torture on the mind is showcased.”

        But remember, they are only fake breaking up. They still know that the intersect and the CIA will keep them together. Because it is a romance, (more of a classical romance than a modern day story of steamy love), it is easy to ‘break up’ because the ‘break-up’ is part of the romance; and it makes them re-investigate the romance even more.

        The break-up is a cycle of the romance (it is common in all classical love stories) and as mentioned before, Sarah says it best when she will eventually ask “do you want to break up again?” (with intense sarcasm in her voice)

        “I am just glad they were able to read each other’s emotions.”
        Agreed; and this was probably because this episode becomes a marker in the love story as a whole. A point of realisation for both of them given that Sarah has finally made a decision and said goodbye to Bryce.

        So we should be smiling really.

      • A bit of a spoiler,

        I have told Gary many times the elephant in the room was Bryce and the agency. In this episode we see Sarah break up wit her past relationship. Move over Anderson and in comes Carmichael. Sarah is also showing she has began to set roots down. However, she would still be fearful of Beckman finding out. The one thing that we should take in account was both Chuck and Sarah have set the foundation of their relationship during this arc.

        I still believe Sarah couldn’t fully understand Chuck’s perspective when dealing with an ex until Jill comes, and you both have told me you don’t understand unless you experienced it. It wasn’t payback, but the writers were trying to recycle stories for development purposes. It’s a shame because watching the ending of Tom Sawyer was a great movement forward, but we shall save that for the time when it comes

      • Me again.

        Yep, Deckard and Rachel slightly similar situation to Chuck and Sarah. Sort of …. I am sure you will pick up on it the next time you watch it.

        I like your points and yes, I agree with a lot you have said.

        “I thought he may have hurt her when I first watched the scene.”
        Agreed, but then I thought about it and her reason for turning around was because she knew he pointing out a reality.

        “I remembered that Sarah has never told Chuck she wants to live a normal life.”

        Until Chuck said what he said, I don’t think she thought about it. Chuck was seeing the bigger picture when he made that speech but Sarah was still looking at her feelings – she has still not considered the practical notion of being a typical person.

        “So Chuck assumes she’s always going to be a spy ”
        Agreed with you and Chuck because I just don’t think Sarah has thought that far ahead. As I said, she is still sorting out her feelings and coming to terms with her ‘female side’.

        “and he’s good with that”
        I suspect Chuck sees that as part of the attraction but more so in a different way. The spy world keeps Sarah untouchable, and I think Chuck likes this as well – my reasoning: I don’t think Chuck is ready or capable of a full on relationship at this moment in time. He dreams about it, talks about it, but Chuck is still too self-obsessed to consider the practical side of what real means.

        I do believe Chuck likes the ‘cover’ as well. He protests about it, but he protests too much.

        “Yes, he wants to know her better, and know her past, etc.”
        If only Chuck would let Sarah talk first 🙂

        “I don’t really think he’s trying to hurt her”
        I agree.

        “I think he truly believes her life is so exciting she would quickly get bored with his “normal” life.”

        I think he fancies her lifestyle as well as Gary said: “And that’s not to say that a normal life is what Chuck wants, because, in reality, Chuck really does want more out of life.”

        “I thought, in the end, it wasn’t about what he wanted, but he was doing the right thing by trying to convince Sarah that the “normal” life was not all it’s cracked up to be, compared with the exciting life she’s now living.”

        You could be spot on but I still think he is trying to get her to admit to her emotions. I really don’t think either of them have thought about life after a ‘real relationship’. They are still caught up in their own love story – do I or don’t I – and in a way, they like this pause.

        Chuck is not completely happy with his life at Buy More, while Sarah does not completely like her life at the CIA. Both of them can see the bits and pieces in each others lives that they like, but like two people who have just found love for the first time – the reality of life is something in the future. They are still stuck in emotional fog.

      • Sean…
        Wow….you must have taken English Lit or you’re just REALLY perceptive !! I’ll tell you right now….I’m not that perceptive to emotions … I have to read people in a very different way. I look at TV as more entertainment than anything. This is probably the first show I ever became addicted to …for some reason there seemed to be more to it than what was on the surface. Granted, I’ve always been spy genre fan…..the only books I ever read for pleasure seem to be in the Tom Clancy section ( or similar), and I tend to go for Bourne type movies over Sci-Fi. But this show had such an interesting blend. I didn’t pick up on it originally because I only caught a few episodes a season ( not the pilot), and stopped even tuning in after Pink Slip. Picked it up due to being storm stayed last January, and then recovering from surgery last February….and couldn’t stop watching. I really like how you are able to delve into the storyline as compared to other “classic” story lines….really cool stuff !!

        Do you have any feeling that they are BOTH being held back by a nagging feeling that the other one couldn’t possibly be interested (longterm) in them ? I mean, Sarah hates herself for having to bury her emotions, and realizes she has to do some very unsavory things. Chuck doesn’t really like himself for getting himself stuck in the rut that has become his life since Stanford. Of course, she’s also beautiful and Chuck always thought she was above his pay scale…even though there is that kiss thing and the tears in Marlin ….
        But still, it seems that each of them focus on their own negative “traits” as reasons they can’t commit to the other. And like you said, whether it’s Chuck “breaking up” the fake relationship, or Sarah reaffirming it’s only a fake relationship, their closeness will never change due to circumstances. Neither Chuck nor Sarah can ever really leave the relationship, whatever you want to label it.

      • What is interesting about Chuck and Sarah is the educational tool they have in a relationship does come from two people they both respect and love.

        Ellie and Devon kind of go through the same thing as Chuck and Sarah, but are further along in their relationship. Like Chuck and Sarah, Devon and Ellie met through work/school same thing really minus the Intersect being the matchmaker. What I love about Chuck vs the Truth was how both Chuck and Sarah were in awe of how Ellie and Devon were together.

        They remembered everything for example Ellie’s sweater. It put a smile on Sarah’s face and I am sure if we road in her mind at that time. She wanted it from Chuck, but they were working.

        I keep thinking about what Ellie said to Sarah, Every relationship goes through hot and cold patches, but it always takes a special moment to bring you back to how things began. Chuck and Sarah really had great mentors.

      • Hi Mr G.

        Thanks for that 🙂

        “I look at TV as more entertainment than anything. This is probably the first show I ever became addicted to …for some reason there seemed to be more to it than what was on the surface.”

        I do as well. TV is a thing of fun. I used to read a lot but I do like feeling an environment when meeting anyone on my day to day.

        I find that some (not all by any means) TV characters (when the dialogue is done well coupled with great acting TV does imitate real life). Writers use what they know, real life, they may goldfish bowl it a bit and take out some of the surprises, but in essence they do mimic many real life situations).

        TV probably more so than film (they can spend more time on characterisation) as film is very linear – you start with a premise and tell a story, the fact that they only have 90 minutes or so puts everything in perspective. But saying that, there are some great films out there – I could name loads.

        “This is probably the first show I ever became addicted to”
        I must admit, my first TV series was the X-Files.

        “Granted, I’ve always been spy genre fan…..the only books I ever read for pleasure seem to be in the Tom Clancy section ( or similar), and I tend to go for Bourne type movies over Sci-Fi.”

        There are some good ones, but admittedly I only used to read the old and new classics (Swift; Beckett; Joyce; Dickens; Dostoevsky and friends – my favourite being Thomas Hardy).

        I was brought up on war films, action/thrillers and sci-fi 🙂

        “I didn’t pick up on it originally because I only caught a few episodes a season”
        Same here really but my excuse is living in England.

        You should watch some UK TV series, you will see what I mean about characterisation. They specialise in it over here – in fact. like Chuck, that characterisation generally is the story.

        It was the characterisation that made me like Chuck.

        Now back to the real business of Chuck.

        “Do you have any feeling that they are BOTH being held back by a nagging feeling that the other one couldn’t possibly be interested (longterm) in them ? ”

        I do, like you are suggesting in fact, but isn’t that something that underpins all romances.

        Fear that the other person is not what you expect, may change their mind, does not understand you etc … It is fear, leading to frustration (and if left unchecked) leading to anxiety.

        These two individuals met by chance.
        They are both underpinned by the existence of the intersect in Chuck’s brain. Naturally, Chuck thinks, this hot girl is not going to stick around as she has a really exciting life style (I just work in Buy More), as soon as the intersect is gone – she might be.

        This is why Chuck is in a hurry to solidify his relationship and make it real. Chuck has no idea how much time he has before Sarah may be forced to make a decision (do I stay with Chuck or go with the CIA).

        In Chuck’s world, a real relationship is the only way he knows how to burn a lasting impression into Sarah so she will decide to stay with him.

        What Chuck doesn’t realise is, it is his personality that is burning an impression in Sarah (sex not required as there souls are making the connection), so the longer Sarah experiences Chuck, the more she wants him – thus we know what happens at the end of season 1.

        Sarah thinks. I really like this guy. I really want to be around him and have a real relationship with no surveillance. I want to be his girlfriend but my problems is – I am a trained killer (that might scare him off), the CIA might send me far away on another mission (she says that a lot), are we suited for each other – can I see a future with Chuck. If yes, what will that future be, because I am just a spy (I don;t know much else).

        This is why time and ‘taking time’ remains a constant theme for Sarah. She wants time.

        “But still, it seems that each of them focus on their own negative “traits” as reasons they can’t commit to the other.”

        People do. We all do it.

        “Neither Chuck nor Sarah can ever really leave the relationship, whatever you want to label it.”

        So really, the fake break-up is neither here nor there.

        It is the fact that they are friends and they keep talking to each other that remains important. Labels mean nothing.

        As Sarah says, “it is a different relationship”.

        It is friendship born out of circumstances (which may be fate related), leading to two people becoming great friends and soul mates (totally fate related) lending them towards a romance of the heart that eventually becomes a relationship in the eyes of the public.

        Even Jeff said that Chuck is a different person when Sarah is around.
        Even Ellie asked how they keep their love for each other burning.

        Sex has nothing to do with it, it is a one in a million chance that two hearts will collide on destiny that makes it work, a chemistry of the soul that makes them feel each other more than see it other.

        It is great TV, something everyone dreams of ….

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