After two tough episode for the Chuck universe, the story starts to take a turn for the better. Sarah is with Shaw now, and Chuck stopped flashing. Chuck had no one he could talk to anymore, and he certainly wasn’t going to talk to the team. He wanted to talk to the person that mattered most. The man with the beard.
By the end of this episode, another one of Chuck’s family will know Chuck’s secret. It will calm Chuck down once he had his little buddy back and can speak freely about what he did on the installs.
So, let’s get into the beard,
It’s been seven days and Chuck hasn’t been able to flash since this happened.
Once again, Chuck’s emotions were getting the better of him. It left the team to ask Chuck to come to Castle.
Both Chuck and Sarah look like they been through hell. Chuck spending a few days on an emotional ruin, and even though Sarah was with Shaw, She was also showing signs of being emotionally fried.
Shock and confused was Sarah’s expression. How could things become so screwed up between the two. Shaw said, he hasn’t been flashing and he was going to be benched for the time being. Shaw showed what he cared about here. The Intersect was Daniel’s concern not Chuck. They suggested that Chuck take time off.
Chuck protested by saying he gave up a lot for this, and the truth came out of Chuck’s mouth, and it sounded a lot like Chuck from S1 and S2
Chuck: I don’t need I don’t need time off, okay? Maybe I’m not flashing because I have all these emotions bottled up in me.
You ever thought about that? I mean, I just broke up with Hannah, I can’t talk to my best friend or my sister about anything in my life.
I’m not a machine.
Okay, I am a machine, but I’m also a person.
It’s Chuck 2.0 clashing with his old self. he can’t talk to his best friend or sister. Where was Sarah in that comment? Everything has caught up to Chuck and he felt alone. He was benched as a spy, and Sarah would further his ride to rock bottom by saying he could talk to them. We shall begin the discussion here,
For a few minutes the old Chuck was present. Sarah was loving it. Chuck’s eagerness to talk about his feelings was something Sarah was use too. She wanted to help him, but what drew Sarah into more of a confusion state would be Chuck turning her down when she asked about talking with them.
Chuck and Sarah have been down this road before. Sarah used the words ” you can talk to us” as suggesting to Chuck it would include Shaw in that mix, but I don’t believe it’s the case here’s why.
There was a scene in Chuck vs The Predator in which Sarah came into Chuck’s bedroom and asked if he still trusted us.
While on the surface it was a question she would ask with cameras and listening devices spread throughout the room, it would be the same thing in this episode. Shaw is standing beside her. How would it go over with her new boyfriend, her desire to help him. Do you think Shaw would be alright with that? Maybe on the surface he wouldn’t mind because it would help get the Intersect working again.
And here is the kicker, watch the scene from Predator and compare it with this scene in the beard.
The situation in Predator was different than in the Beard because of the intensity of the situations. Sarah used the word us as a way to throw General Beckman off the scent she was indeed concerned for Chuck and most importantly showing her loyalty towards Chuck. He would lie in saying he trusted her because if he did he would of showed her the Intersect Cards.
Sarah’s reaction to Chuck saying no was this.
Meanwhile Devon and Ellie went on a holiday, Devon needed to get away for a few days because the constant fear of looking over his shoulder for danger and constantly lying for Chuck had made Devon lose his awesominess. it’s the price Devon paid for finding out Chuck’s secret. It was better than the alternative. Chuck would call Devon to vent, but Devon said not interested in listening anymore.
When Chuck made his way to the Buymore, Morgan called Chuck to his office. Morgan asked Chuck why he didn’t tell him about Paris, and made Hannah quit the store. All kinds of questions that Chuck couldn’t talk about.
While Chuck was working on becoming a full time spy, he alienated a person that met a lot to Chuck, his best friend Morgan.
Grimes took it personal When Hannah told him Chuck went to Paris. Grimes also took it personal that he kept him in the dark when it came to liking Hannah and dumping her soon after, as Morgan had interest in her. Morgan needed to have an intervention on the behavior of one Charles Irving Bartowski.
After Chuck couldn’t say what was on his mind, Morgan would fire Chuck has his best friend. The agony of hearing those words drove Chuck into the abyss of what has happened over the past few weeks.
He lost control. He lost the love of his life and now his best friend was walking out on him. All of this just to become a full time spy. It makes you think about what Devon said in Angel de la Muerte “If being a spy means giving up your real life, than it just isn’t worth it.”
Chuck is going to learn what means more to him friends and family or being a spy. Let’s find out.
Chuck went to Castle to join the team on the mission, but Shaw said we love for you to come on the mission, but he wasn’t working and the risk was too much. Shaw “off days get spies killed.”
Shaw would explain about a ring operative staying at the hotel. It sound like the team would be shorthanded, and said they needed him. Shaw said, not today he was going to take Chuck place on the mission.
This episode I started to feel bad for Bartowski. He was following through on something he wanted to do. The idea of working as a spy and being with Sarah was the mission, but right now he felt like no body wanted him. Truly, a series of unfortunate of events that have left Bartowski wondering if he made the right choice.
It’s very important to understand, we are watching what it’s like for a spy in training. the balancing act of one’s personal life with that of agent. Sarah once said, “It’s hard to have a relationship in this kind of work.” Chuck was getting a harsh lesson in that reality. As the lies piled up, he started to lose everything that he valued.
At the hotel, Shaw and Sarah were checking into the hotel. Casey made a remark about being stuck in the van once again, and to also order him a margarita. They were waiting for the bell woman to leave.
As soon as the bell girl left the room, Shaw and Sarah went to work. They were talking with Casey as they were trying to locate the Ring agent in the hotel. Casey was able to track a call made from one of the room and started to trace it.
Back at the Buymore, Big Mike would learn that the store was going to be sold. It causes the store to unite for a change. Big Mike, Chuck, Jeffster and Morgan all huddle up and plan to work together.
The ring agents were going to interview the staff and get rid of those that didn’t fit the corporate mold. Jeff. Lester and Big Mike here freaking out. Morgan had a different issue, and Bartowski and Morgan have a very real conversation.
The scene in which Chuck said it was no big deal if Morgan was let go from the Buymore really was how out of touch Chuck was at this point. It was a very ignorant thing to say to Morgan especially when he knew the Buymore was the only thing Morgan cared about. Morgan let Chuck have it for it too.
Morgan said this,
Morgan: Really? See, it may not be the end of the world to you, but I don’t have a Stanford degree, Chuck.
I can’t do anything else but the Buy More.
This job is all I have.
What is significant by what Morgan said is the impact of where the two character were at this point. Chuck was working on becoming a spy, and in doing so left Morgan to fend for himself in the Buymore.
Chuck turned down the assistant manger’s position twice, and while Chuck was off doing installs. Morgan was maturing and working himself up the ranks. He is right when he said, Chuck had a degree from Stanford. Morgan only had the Buymore, and he worked himself up to assistant manger’s position.
After Morgan brought Chuck to Morgan’s reality. Chuck was called in for his interview. Del asked Chuck why wasn’t he the manager of the store. His credentials were ideal for the position, but Chuck vouched for Morgan not only as his best friend, but the right man for the job.
When the interview concluded, Del said, Chuck was Charles Carmichael. Del believed Shaw left Chuck behind to watch Castle. Neil asked what happens to the rest of the staff. Del Said, get rid of them, but keep Bartowski and Grimes.
Back at the hotel, A call went out, which Casey zero in on, the call stated the ring agent was wearing blue and white swim shorts. When Sarah was searching the crowd by the pool, She spotted who the man in the blue and white shorts were. It was Devon.
Casey made his way up to the hotel room where the call came from. He made into the room, and found the phone wired to a recording. It was a set up. Shaw figured the Ring did this to lure Shaw out of Castle, and leave his base totally unprotected with Chuck who wasn’t flashing.
Shaw and Sarah went down to let Devon know about the possible danger facing him and Ellie. Devon was not thrilled at all with the presence of Shaw and Sarah on his holiday. He thought he was safe. The agents didn’t know how severe the threat was.
When the threat turned out to be a false alarm. Shaw and Sarah would assure Devon nothing was wrong and to enjoy the rest of his vacation. As the two agents went on their way, Devon said to himself they needed to get away from all of this.
So much happening in a short time span, Jeff was next on the list of interviews, and Jeff was concerned with getting in trouble for having a narcotic in his locker, he went to Morgan to help him get rid of it before they found out.
While Morgan went to the back, one of the agents told Del about finding a shaft hidden behind the lockers in the break room. As Morgan heard them coming he hid on top of the lockers. how he got up there without making noise was tremendous .
The agent entered the break room with their high tech devices and were able to find the CIA scanner for entry. They were able to crack it and went inside. Morgan was watching all of this.
Morgan follows the men down the stairway into the halls of Castle. Morgan was like a baby seeing something for the first time. Wide eyed and in shock that something like this existed beneath the Buymore.
He gets all the way down to Castle itself. As Morgan was making his way towards Castle, Chuck returned to the Buymore and upon hearing the tape played by Lester asked where Morgan was.
At the hotel, Casey Shaw and Sarah all realized they were set up, and Shaw figured they lured them to the hotel for a reason, and they all knew Chuck was a sitting duck in Castle, and they head back to Burbank.
Chuck made his way to the back of the store, and bumped into Morgan who was excited and ready to stop the ring guys, all to the shock and bewilderment of Chuck. In Chuck’s mind he was thinking how did grimes find out about Castle.
Chuck tried to tell Morgan about how dangerous the Ring was, but Morgan wasn’t listening. Chuck caved and said you can help. but we have to get everyone out of the store first.
As Morgan went to talk to the staff, Chuck called the team and let them know about the Ring being in the Buymore. Due to reception weakness the line faded in and out. Chuck was able to speak with them, and they said they were on their way.
Morgan and Chuck then went to the front of the store, and told the rest of the staff to leave the store, but Big Mike and crew were holding a resistance against losing their jobs. A rally of sorts. They blocked the entrance of the store with everything that could move.
It was a great moment for the Buymorians as Big Mike climbed the merchandise with the Buymore flag and all.
Morgan and Chuck were bickering on attacking the ring, and saving Castle. Morgan was all gunho about doing so. He said he was tired of being a loser, and was going to save the store and country by taking these baddies out. and as they made it to the doorway of the break room. The two get caught by the Ring.
The ring took the two down to Castle and tie them up in the dojo room. Del kept asking Chuck where were Shaw’s files. Del was using Chuck’s code name, which was confusing Morgan because Chuck’s name was not Charles Carmichael. Del went as far as put a blade to Morgan’s face because the second biggest revelation of the series to date. Chuck said,
As Chuck was talking about his secret, Shaw and Sarah made their way into the Orange, and Casey went through The Buymore. The ring agents saw they did, and told Del about Agent Walker and Casey have arrived. Del and the rest of the team went to go take care of the agents.
In the meantime, Morgan asked Chuck how this all happened, and he was rehired as Morgan’s best friend. Chuck told him everything. Morgan wasn’t upset and it was awesome his best friend was a spy.
After Chuck finished tell him how he became a spy, Morgan than was able to get Chuck to admit what was obvious to the world around him. He said, “You love that girl…We all knew by the way you looked at her”
A very important step to get the series back to where it use to be. Chuck finally saying he did love Sarah was big because it was the first time since Ellie’s reception Chuck said he loved Sarah. It’s a step that I was satisfied with at the time. Let me explain why.
It”s late in a football game. The team is down by 7 and has to go the full length of the field to score a touchdown. Most will tell you when you start the drive, you need a drive starter. Chuck admitting he loved Sarah was that drive starter.
A quick screen pass for 10 yards, and we are off. Even though we still have 70 yards to go. the next thing we need to talk about is the Orange Orange scene.
Shaw and Sarah couldn’t get into Castle nor could Casey. Shaw first course of action was to call for Castle’s destruction. Sarah was not for that. She wouldn’t be able to live with herself in Chuck died and she did nothing.
While some may not like Sarah approach here, I understood it for what it was. Sarah spared Chuck five minutes to get out of Castle. Some would say pull her gun out and force Shaw to not order the strike, but Sarah did what Chuck usually did and talked Shaw out of it.
The moist in her eyes told me she wasn’t going to let Chuck die without fighting for him. to piggy pack off what Gary said in his most recent comment. This was a mirror situation when it came to the museum. While Chuck went to get the agent to save her with the amount of time they had to make the save Sarah did the best she could. Shaw was prepared to take down Castle regardless if Chuck was down there or not.
This would be one scene I question the writing and Shaw in particular. If he knew his new girlfriend had issues with killing her ex boyfriend wouldn’t he remember how he felt when Eve was shot?
It almost seems like everything was by the book unless it had something to do for Shaw’s personal mission. The writing for this threw me through a loop because of Shaw losing Eve doesn’t that weight on the decision. It just proves where Shaw’s values are when it comes to life. He is a bonefide killer.
When Casey returned to the Orange, Shaw had no choice but to give the order for the strike. However, what they didn’t know was Chuck flashed and was taking out the agents down below.
Sarah skin became pale when she watched Shaw put the phone to his ear. A very uncomfortable feeling came across Sarah.
Right before Shaw could give the order, the doors to Castle opened. Morgan was the first one out follow by Chuck.
Shaw said they had to move Morgan out of Burbank at night, but Chuck was adamant about not letting that happen. He said Morgan has twenty two reasons why Morgan can be trusted. Shaw would give in and allow Morgan to stay.
Chuck was happy and joking something we haven’t seen in a while. Remember in Operation Awesome when I said cherish this moment.
Well the smile she had in Operation Awesome returned here in this episode. As she was watching Chuck and Morgan walk up the stairs she was smiling for the first time in a month the old Chuck was leaving Castle.
Before Chuck and Morgan could play duck hunter, Devon came up to Chuck about the hotel and the Ring used them as bait. Chuck assured him they were doing everything they can to keep Ellie and him safe. When Devon returned to his apartment, he told Ellie they should get away. He suggested Doctors without Borders in Africa.
Ellie said she couldn’t do it because of Chuck, but Devon said it wasn’t about Chuck. It was about take time away from this place and most specifically get away from the spy game.
So now Morgan knows about Chuck’s secret. Someone other than Devon knows, which Chuck could discuss his trepidation with. As I mentioned, it was a screen pass for ten yards, a simple drive starter, but we know it’s needed. we still have 70 yards to go.
Since the Buymore was apart of the main story, there won’t be a separate Buymore story in this episode. My overall thoughts on the Beard was how Chuck hit rock bottom, and was able to get a small piece of his life back in order.
Morgan knowing about Chuck secret will only help from here. It also is significant to hear Morgan say he was done being a loser. Morgan Grimes’s journey to adulthood has made him a very valuable character.
The next episode we will get a 40 yard pass down the middle. However, there won’t be anything easy from there because as always the defense tightens once you get close to the final hurdle.
The next episode on my list is Chuck vs Tic Tac, The third Casey Centric episode of the series. A lot happens in this episode and we will save some for then. until next time remember Chuckaholics is your toy, so play
and remember it’s hard to say goodbye because we didn’t