The sixth episode of season three gave us a new look into the pilot. As we will learn what it meant to be a asset. Chuck will get to play the role of a handler. Sarah feels Chuck isn’t ready for this kind of mission.
The team learns The Ring were in the market for their own Intersect, and wired a man named Manoosh a large amount of money to design an Intersect. The agency catches wind of the transfer and Team Bartowski have their new mission. Chuck must get close to Manoosh in order find out why the money was sent.
Let’s get a taste of the Nacho Sampler.
The episode opened with a flashback to the pilot as we watch Sarah Walker walk towards the Nerd Herd Desk.
However for Mr. Grimes, he would lose the girl to his best friend. Her smiles were for Chuck. Morgan would tell everyone to get back to work. Chuck would warn Hannah about the vultures in the store including Jeffster. She wouldn’t need Chuck’s warning to tell the asylum that was the Buymore.
While Hannah began asking questions about Buymore procedure. Casey came by and told Chuck it was “Yogurt time.” Down in Castle, they were going over the new mission with Chuck.
Casey and Sarah would tell Chuck the mission would require Chuck to use a cover to get close to Manoosh and find out why the ring sent him the money. Casey was willing to teach him, but Sarah was rather reserved for the assignment. She felt Chuck was being pushed too quickly.
In order to make the connection, the agency sent a virus to Manoosh’s computer. It damaged the computer enough for Manoosh to make a trip to the Buymore.
First, Chuck needed to get some pointers in how to make an asset feel comfortable. Sarah told Chuck to make the asset believe he was in complete control.
Chuck’s problem in this scene was the classic rookie mistake. He did one “mish.” He is cocky, and said the mission would be a piece of cake.
If we are to compare the teachings of the team with what Sarah did. By definition, Sarah did her job well than, but she threw a wrench into her training, shortly.
Manoosh entered the store, and it was game time for Bartowski. Chuck entered the store, and searched the store for his mark. When Chuck found Manoosh, he was talking with Hannah.
Chuck interrupted Manoosh’s flow with the hottie. Hannah was taken back by Chuck’s attitude towards a simple sale. What went on was very comical. Instead of taking the advise of his team. Chuck was looking for date basically.
Chuck failed at his first attempt. Casey said, He stood corrected. Chuck wasn’t ready for an asset much to the delight of Sarah for being proven right.
Meanwhile, the vultures were circling Hannah again. Chuck saved her and reminded her about what he told them earlier. They were dangerous. She asked about the Bartowski Tutorial, but Chuck said he had to do an install first.
When Chuck returned to Castle, they told Chuck he came on too strong. Chuck and Casey were going over an asset’s file, but it turned out it was Chuck’s file. Casey told him about how Sarah was given the assignment.
They were told Chuck was a loner, an underachiever and haven’t had a date in a year. Chuck said, it wasn’t over a year. Chuck remembered how it was the luckiest day of his life when Sarah left her card so they could go out.
Sarah: They thought you and I could connect.
Chuck: I remember you left me your card so I could Call you so we could go out. Felt like I was having the luckiest day of my life.
god, I was pathetic.
Sarah: No, you were sweet and innocent. I liked you.
It made it much harder.
The thing that stands out for me in this scene would be Sarah’s expression as she thinks about that day they met. She is smiling, which means she is loving the memory. It’s the Chuck she wants to remember. In other words, the love she has for Chuck is still there.
The reason it was hard for her to burn Chuck was the very reason. Love was on her mind then. She just didn’t know how much. Love makes you do crazy things. As I mentioned in other articles, she was told to go home, but chose on her own to stay. She assumed the role as his handler on her own because she fell in love.
There is the connection already. Sarah’s feelings got in the way of her doing her job already, which means she failed her first handler job in the eyes of the agency. It didn’t matter to Sarah because she found love.
Chuck was already at the bar reading a book. Manoosh sat beside him, and ordered the nacho sampler. The bartender told Manoosh they were out of the nacho sampler. Casey informed Chuck they stole the dip from the kitchen. It left Chuck with the only sampler. The proverbial ice breaker.
Manoosh recognized Chuck from the store, and complimented him on his reading selection. Chuck began wiggling himself into becoming connected with Manoosh. As they started to talk about common issues facing the nerd. The problem for Bartowski was his timing. The Ring would call Manoosh about their business deal.
Chuck noticed he had a Ring phone, and informed the team in the van. They were able to trace the call, and they were five minutes out. It was time to send in a closer.
The song of the episode aired at this time. Calvin Harris’s Merrymaking time at my place. It was sexy Sarah time.
Sarah appearance made both men do a double take. Manoosh was hyperventilating as Sarah approached. When she came closer Manoosh was gasping for air. It was very funny to me.
As they were driving away, Casey would say another one bits the dust, which drew a dirty look from Bartowski. A sense of feeling bad for Manoosh as well. Chuck’s wondering if this was supposed to happen to him.
Back at Castle, Sarah playing a cover made Manoosh think they slept together, but it was all a ploy to get Manoosh to sing, but before Sarah would get the nerd to spill. Manoosh wanted another go for the road. Casey ended that dream with a tranq.
We come up to a key scene in this episode. Chuck was falling back into pre Chuck 2.0. He was showing concern for the asset. As Casey was loading up for the next tranq. Chuck stepped in and called Manoosh. He said, he had Manoosh’s briefcase and would be by the Buymore in a half hour to return it.
Sarah and Chuck are talking as equals here because they are on the same level. Chuck was coming to her for advice. Something she liked. Remember Sarah was his teacher first. When Chuck had a question. Sarah would teach because he confided in her about the spy world.
Chuck would look through the briefcase to find anything. He didn’t flash on anything. They found something that appeared to be a weapon. Chuck became worried if they gave the briefcase without the weapon what the Ring would do to him. Casey was realistic. Manoosh wasn’t innocent. He was building a weapon.
He would then turn to Sarah for advice on how to handle this. She said, forget about it. It makes being a spy easier. However, this was a lie because Sarah doesn’t forget about it. More on that later.
As Chuck returned to the Buymore with the briefcase, Devon told Chuck he was freaking out about lying to Ellie. He told Chuck how Ellie found his Paris mission airline ticket. Devon saw Ellie come into the store. Ellie would ask Chuck about the ticket, and Chuck 2.0 returned much to the dismay of Sarah.
I talked about this scene in this article Sarah Walker vs Agent Walker Part 4: Chapter two, It was just a walk through. Here is where I will explain the significance of this scene to the overall story.
While Sarah understands lying, she does it herself. As Casey said, she taught him well. The issue is how callous Chuck was and not caring for what he did. Chuck always felt bad about lying to his sister.
Watch this scene,
Chuck hated lying to his sister, and Sarah always understood it was hard for Chuck. However, Sarah watched Chuck blatantly lie to his sister. It’s why Sarah had this expression on her face. It’s not the same Chuck that was in her hotel room freaking out about lying to Ellie. He followed through with “Ellie and I aren’t kids anymore, all right? There are some things she’s better off not knowing.”
It’s why Sarah is shocked by Chuck’s actions. As I wrote in Sarah Walker vs Agent Walker. It’s the first red flag Sarah saw in changes to Chuck’s personality.
Manoosh showed up to the Buymore, and Chuck brought him the briefcase. Manoosh said he would look up Bartowski when he returned from a trip he was taking. He also said he would ask Bartowski to work with him. As Manoosh said this, Chuck told him to stay here. He was going to get him some yogurt for the trip.
Chuck would ask Casey to give him the weapon before the Ring hurt Manoosh. Casey said, “Cry me a river…He’s building weapon.
He’s no innocent. He’s served his purpose. That’s what an asset is.
Conduit to information, nothing more.
Outside, Manoosh was surrounded by Ring agents. Chuck watching from the monitor watched with concern in his eyes. As the agents moved in. Manoosh went into his briefcase, and pulled out a pair of sunglasses, and put them on.
Chuck realized watching Manoosh take out the agents, who the real weapon was. It was Manoosh. He was able to build his father’s creation. It’s why the Ring forward all that money to him. They were in the market for a intersect of their own. It only heightens the need to stop Manoosh from selling the intersect to the faction.
The team soon would discover that Manoosh purchased a flight to India. Casey would tell them he was going to Weapons Comm. Casey became super excited by the idea of being able to write the convention off this year.
The team arrived in India, and went searching for Manoosh. This scene is worth talking about on a Orion level. When Orion ran, he wanted no part in creating the Intersect for the purpose of what Manoosh wanted to do. Orion wanted the program to be used to help people.
The government/Fulcrum and The Ring wanted to use the program as weapon. When watching showcasing the Intersect for the world to see, the secret wasn’t a secret anymore. Manoosh went up on stage, and put on a demonstration on the Intersect.
The team had no other choice. It was time to bring Manoosh down. He was dangerous to the public, and also a target from the rest of the world. The same place for Manoosh was under lock and key with Lazlo.
It also reinforces why Bryce sent the Intersect to Chuck. He knew Chuck would be able to handle the program responsibly. Chuck would use the Intersect the way Orion originally designed the program.
The team would confront Manoosh in the back. Casey was going to tranq him, but Chuck had confidence in talking down his asset. It wasn’t that easy. Manoosh was shocked by seeing Chuck in India.
Chuck told Manoosh he was there to protect him. Furthermore, he couldn’t allow Manoosh to sell to bad people. When Chuck said this, Sarah came out from hiding, and it set Manoosh off. Manoosh threw it back into Chuck’s face. He said he didn’t need friend as long as he had the glasses.
Manoosh decided to take off, but was rudely interrupted by The ring agents from the bar.
Soon Team Bartowski would join the party, and the Ring agents would capture them. The Ring would lock Team Bartowski in a storage cage.
Casey would say the line of the episode, He would tell Chuck to grab the laser pen out of his inside pocket. As Chuck was grabbing it with his mouth, Casey warned him about not pushing the button, and as he said. Chuck pressed sending Casey to the side rather quickly.
Casey: You aim carefully now, Bartowski.
Don’t you make me a eunuch.
Otherwise, I’ll teach you the meaning of eye for an eye.
Team Bartowski were able to break out of the room, and went to save Manoosh. The Ring leader asked where was the glasses they asked for. Manoosh said, he wasn’t going to give it to them. When the agent threatened to kill him. Manoosh manned up. He said, you need me. He would drop the glasses on the floor and stepped on them. Team Bartowski would join the fray.
Casey said, he was willing to shoot Manoosh as well, but Chuck wasn’t alright with that idea. He threatened the agent if he didn’t let Manoosh go he would use his laser pen to pierce through the agent’s earlobe. This is the Chuck I prefer, the take charge and his emotions are in check. When Chuck pushed the button, a knife came out. It was funny because Casey used a funny line. “Typical Bartowski, bringing a knife to a gun fight.”
Chuck would flash on some ninja stars, and throw the knife at the agent’s hand and an all out brawl to place. What was cool about the scene would be the return favor from Wookie.
As Chuck flung a plate at the baddie that was about to take out Sarah. I remembered Sarah did it for Chuck in Wookie when she flung a plate across the pool.
It was decision time. Will Chuck burn Manoosh is the question. Chuck from season one and two mostly likely not, but Chuck 2.0 came into play here.
At first, Chuck let Manoosh walk, but Chuck changed his mind. He Tranq Manoosh much to the dismay of Sarah. This would mark warning flag two of the episode.
I want to try and explain my theory on this a little bit. What Chuck did was the right thing to do. Manoosh was no innocent. Casey knew it and judging by Chuck’s actions so did he. The interesting part of the equation would be Sarah.
Sarah’s expression is a perplexing one. Here is my question for this episode. Why was Sarah shocked by seeing Chuck tranqing Manoosh. could it be jealousy or concern. I would like your feedback on this.
My take is Chuck’s ability to complete the mission was at play here. Sarah said earlier it was hard for her. She liked Chuck. He seemed to like Manoosh, but at the end of the day he remember his duty and fired the dart into Manoosh’s back.
It’s a form of jealousy because he was able to complete the mission, and it’s about to get worse for Sarah. As he has to now burn him. Sarah couldn’t burn Chuck because she fell for him, but its deeper then that.
Chuck and Sarah both have hearts and the idea of building trust and then later turning their back on them seem to last on Sarah. When she asked Graham about Chuck running, he told her to kill him. Here was her expression after getting the order.
She didn’t want to do it. She said, it became harder because she liked Chuck. It means she was failing her first handler mission. She was compromised. Meanwhile, in his first assignment as a handler, Chuck was able to shoot a dart and eventually burn Manoosh.
Let’s talk about that scene now.
Chuck and Sarah were discussing what they had to do with Manoosh. At this time, Sarah told Chuck it was best for Manoosh to be under lock and key. In my view, she was testing Chuck. How far would he go to accomplish this assignment, and it was a bit of a rough sight for her because of how Chuck handled it.
Take a look,
Sarah was showing it was the part of the job she couldn’t do. She has a heart and what was happening to Manoosh didn’t seem right to her. It’s the same expression she gave here.
When Chuck was able to tell Manoosh he wasn’t his friend, Sarah’s expression showed signs of disdain for this aspect of the job, and the fact that Chuck was able to do it heightened Sarah’s concern. It also was the first time she admitted out loud her feelings on Chuck becoming a spy. “Is it?”
What really happened was both of them hated what Chuck had to do. However, Chuck was still able to burn Manoosh, and Sarah’s jealousy of Chuck 2.0 has begun. Chuck succeeded in his first handler/asset whereas Sarah didn’t. What do you guys think of that?
This Buymore store was actually funny. Morgan was smitten over Hannah, and asked Jeffster to do some stalking. It was quite funny how Morgan came up with a cover for himself to impress Hannah, but I think Jeff said it best “she was out of his league”
However, Hannah slipped a bit. She told Morgan she met Chuck in Paris. It bothered Morgan he wasn’t told about Chuck’s trip to Paris. At the end of the episode, Morgan would ask Jeffster to do some research on Chuck.
Overall Thoughts Of the Episode
The episode is a favorite of mine. I always pair it with the pilot because it dives into what the asset/handler relationship is. We find out that both Sarah and Chuck don’t like this aspect of the job.
Sarah also gets the first two red flags when it comes to Chuck 2.0 and its effects on Chuck’s personality. She also would voice her concerns about Chuck becoming a spy when she wonder if it was a good thing for Chuck to become a spy.
The next episode is a rather difficult one for most Chuck fans. It ranks last on a lot of people’s list of the 91 episodes of the series. Unfortunately, we have to discuss The Mask twice here on Chuckaholics. until then remember this is your site, so play.
and it’s hard to say goodbye because we didn’t