Chuck vs The Other Guy marks the end of a long journey for Chuck and Sarah. There dreams of finally being together will take place in this episode. One simple question from Chuck Bartowski would make the difference. Do You Love me, Sarah?
In Chuck vs The American Hero, we had the first of two magical moments. “I love you.” came out of the mouth of Chuck. He didn’t say it to to Elliem Orion or Morgan. not on a tape recorder. Chuck said it to her. He said it to Sarah.
Now it was her turn. Did Sarah love Chuck or had she fallen for the other guy. Let the conclusion of this season long arc reach its conclusion. By no means will she say the words I love you too, but one simple three letter word was music to the ears of said, Charles Irving Bartowksi
The other guy will resolve years of build up.
In American Hero, we were treated to a Charah moment that will survive over time. A magical moment in the heat of the fire. Two love struck people bound for each other. It only took a leap of faith to get the job done. A realization that feelings were no longer going to stay bottled up anymore.
It was three words that have never been spoken before face to face. Signals missed by both parties, and denials worse than a kid stealing cookies out of the jar. Half Truths like this one
or this one opportunities like this one,
Let me show you the difference in reaction from Sarah listening and watching a video compared to actually hearing the words face to face.
Chuck’s words hit the spot, but with everything that happened the day before still on Sarah’s mind. She still didn’t pull back from the kiss. A big step forward. His eyes were sincere and filled with love as he said it.
As Chuck went to meet up with her at the train station. Shaw recovered from his injuries, and knew who really shot Eve finally. It changed him. He was dead set on getting revenge against Sarah for doing it.
He picked up Sarah at her hotel room and they drove somewhere in the middle of no where. Shaw and Sarah were set to break into a warehouse believed to be the Director’s hideout. Shaw tells Sarah if the intel was right, the director would be in this building.
Sarah looked at the lock box and connected a device and broke in. Sarah went in with Shaw giving her the evil eye as he followed soon after.
Meanwhile at the Buymore, Chuck went to the store searching for the colonel. Morgan stopped him and voiced his desire in joining Team Bartowski. With Sarah’s life potentially in danger, Chuck said he had more pressing situations that needed his attention.
He asked Morgan if he saw Casey, and Morgan said through his peripheral vision he could see one John Casey exiting the bathroom. Morgan reminded Chuck on how peripheral vision was an excellent spy skill to have. Chuck needed to curb Morgan’s enthusiasm, so he patronized Morgan by saying he was an official member of the team.
Chuck told Casey about what happened on Sarah’s red test. Casey was startled by the development. He told Chuck he shouldn’t be telling him anything, but Chuck didn’t know what to do. Beckman told him to sit tight, but he told Casey he couldn’t do nothing because of how he felt about her. Casey told Chuck to call Col. Sanders and ask for everything.
Sarah was sweeping the building, and went down a flight of stairs. She thought Shaw was behind her but he was no where to be seen. Sarah was nervous now, and triggered her distress signal on her watch.
As Sarah was watching the surveillance from her first kill. Shaw was lurking. He came closer and closer until Sarah saw him coming. He put his weapon away, and said take it easy. She asked him why were they playing this. It was the worse day of her life. He said mine too.
Outside the building, Chuck and a small army approach the same door Shaw and Sarah had gone through. He told them it was important for them to reacquire Agent Walker. He ordered nothing was to happen to her. They entered the building.
Shaw would tell Sarah the woman on the monitor was Evelyn Shaw. Sarah face broke into horror as she couldn’t believe it. “I killed your wife.” Shaw kept repeating it wasn’t her fault.
He said, they both thought Shaw went rogue and he would, but before Chuck said the words. Shaw said it for him “kill Sarah.” Shaw walked into the room with Sarah by his side.
Shaw went to bat for Chuck. He said, Chuck was acting like a true spy, and looked out for his partner. He said he would of done the same thing minus the stealth bombers. Chuck went to check up on Sarah.
Shaw would ask the general who put the order in for Eve’s killing. Beckman said Langston Graham took that with him to his grave. Beckman would recommend they disband the team. Surely, they couldn’t function as team with this kind history.
Shaw was quick to say he could because they both wanted the same thing. Beckman asked are you sure. Shaw said, yes and looked at Sarah. Shaw asked, can we still work together? Sarah said, they could. Chuck wasn’t happy with the team being back together.
Morgan was pumped about being apart of Chuck’s team. He went into Big Mike’s office to quit. He said he found a real job. Big Mike asked if it was anything bad, Morgan said, no. Big Mike said then he had to go.
Jeffster and Casey were watching from the sales floor., and discussed the tears Morgan was displaying. Lester said he must be dying from something, but Jeff knew the tears were because he was happy. It meant Morgan was leaving.
All Casey could muster was a “Grimes.” Jeffster said, don’t worry Casey. There was room in there crew for one more. He could be their new Crew Buddy. However, Casey just walked off.
At Chuck’s apartment, Chuck went into his room and signed on to speak with Beckman, and here lies the issue for Chuck. The people he trusted in teaching and training him never believe Chuck was a real spy. The second he didn’t work Beckman canned him and
He insisted that Shaw was an emotional wreck. no one could control their feelings that well. Beckman told Chuck what he was seeing in Shaw was a true professional. Something Chuck was not.
She further would tell Chuck she was moving forward with her original plan which was Sarah and Shaw running the Ring task force in Washington, and he asked about himself. Beckman said, he wasn’t ready. He would stay in Burbank until she knew what to do with him. The tone and harsh words from Beckman would send Chuck in a tailspin.
At the Buymore, Morgan was cleaning out his locker. Casey came into the breakroom. He asked what Morgan was doing.
Casey: Where you going, sport? New job?
Morgan: It’s kind of secret.
Casey: You’re going to work for Chuck. I’m not a moron.
Morgan: All right. Isn’t it awesome? Can you believe it? Me, a spy.
And listen, when-when General Beckman lets you come back, me and you will be spies together.
Casey: Beckman doesn’t forget a small thing like treason.
And, uh I’m really learning to enjoy my new life here.
Morgan: Are you kidding me? John, your old life was so exciting.
The adventures, the missions, the weaponry, the women
Casey: Please stop. Right. Got it. Learn to lock it down.
Well, I’ll tell you what. I’m glad you’re okay here, you know? Won’t be the same without you.
Morgan: But, uh enjoy my old life. You, too.
Morgan returns home, and was super excited to tell Chuck about quitting the Buymore, but he was cut short by what he saw. He saw Chuck playing Guitar Hero, while drinking Black Label Johnnie Walker. Morgan was concerned once he saw his best friend mixing gaming with liquor.
Chuck was going for another drink, but Morgan grabbed the bottle. He said he wasn’t going to let Chuck do this, He wasn’t going to let him go over the edge. Chuck said he was already at that point. Morgan said he wasn’t going to let him drink himself stupid. Chuck flashed and said, “Yes, you are.”
After tying Morgan up, Chuck started quoted lines from Pretty in Pink. Morgan was getting upset because Chuck was misquoting the lines, and as Morgan said put the bottle away Sarah walked into the apartment asking what was happening.
Morgan told Sarah how Chuck found out she was leaving with Shaw, and drank himself to oblivion and what was also concerning was he ate a whole carton of mint ice cream. Sarah said, she could see that.
Sarah cuts Morgan loose, and asked him if she can have a moment alone with Chuck. She gave him a look and sat beside him. What happened next was magical.
Some may say a simple Yes isn’t enough to clean up the mess this season has stirred, but as a hopeless romantic that I am. Sometimes forgiving someone is easy especially when you love someone. Chuck loved Sarah, and she loved him. Yes was enough for Chuck, and the moment didn’t require anything more than that. Why ruin a special moment with rehashing the past.
Chuck said it best in the Ring, “Sometimes you just have to follow your heart, our heads complicate things.” The best part of the Yes, was her jumping to kiss him. It’s like she desired to kiss him since the stakeout again.
It’s why I stress communication. It’s the very reason I stand by my theory regarding Barstow. They weren’t ready because they never discussed their feelings for each other.
American Hero was where Chuck spoke his feelings to her face to face.
Now, Sarah did give a very brief reason behind her feelings for him. She still has ways to go to truly understand her love, but she does love him, and as she will mention next season. She was learning every day how to love. Remember this is a woman that never experience the real passion and love she has for Chuck.
She didn’t have the same feelings for Bryce because if she did than she wouldn’t had fallen for Chuck so quickly in the pilot. It’s the very feelings she had for Chuck that made her want to kiss him during the stakeout despite being with Shaw at the time.
The word Yes is significant because it’s letting Chuck know her feelings. The kiss afterwards was enough said. He didn’t kiss her. She kissed him. A great moment for the both of them. There is still work to be done. We crossed the goalline and tied the game. Now we have overtime to win the game with momentum on their side.
After Sarah and Chuck share their special moment. Sarah said he was needed for a mission. Shaw found the director’s headquarters and the mish required three people. Chuck was their third.
Morgan came running out of the bedroom after hearing this and introduced himself as apart of Chuck’s team. All Sarah could do is stand there and smile.
On the mission, Shaw went over the plan and what Charah needed to do. Chuck was whispering does he know, but Sarah ssshed him. Shaw assured Chuck he trusted him despite the warehouse.
As Chuck and Sarah were lowering themselves down the elevator shaft. Shaw positioned the camera facing him. When Sarah and Chuck reached their position. Chuck asked if they really could trust Shaw. Sarah assured Chuck about Shaw’s intentions were to stop the Director. As Shaw was working on opening the elevator door, two ring agents came to stop Shaw. He kicked their weapons out of their hands, a couple of elbow punches and a really nice roundhouse Shaw handled himself nicely.
in the middle of the scuffle, Shaw got off a few shots that flew down by Chuck and Sarah. Chuck said, see he knows. Sarah asked Shaw if he was alright. Shaw assured them everything was fine just a little ring company. Shaw was able to open the hatch, and Charah dropped into the elevator.
The doors of the elevator were ready to open, and enter the director. Mark Sheppard was really funny in this scene. He points out that Sarah was a real spy, but her partner wasn’t. He even went as far as question Chuck’s use of a tranq gun.
He said, there was no chance Charah would get the cipher. They all said cipher. The Director said don’t play dumb, they knew they were building an Intersect for a year. At this point, Chuck found his backbone and demanded the Director to call his assistant to bring the cipher to the elevator. Sarah pointed her gun at the director and he called.
What would transpire was pretty funny. the assistant comes to the elevator with the cipher and the Director uses a code word Barcelona. After he said it, the assistant looked around the elevator. Sarah grabbed her and told Chuck the word was a code.
Chuck was complaining about what they were going to do with her. Soon another person would join the fray. It was cause Charah to eventually be out numbered. When the elevator doors opened two more agents holding guns forced Chuck and Sarah to drop their weapons. As the two were trapped, shots were fired as Shaw shot the two agents in the hallway.
He shot the agents in the elevator, and walked in. Meanwhile, the Director said, why not kill Sarah here she was the one who shot his wife., but Shaw said go. He would take care of this, Sarah plea went all for not. Chuck and Sarah existed the elevator. The doors shut and they heard another shot. Chuck looked at Sarah and said “You’re right, maybe now isn’t the right time to tell him about us.”
At Castle, The team and Beckman were going over the particulars of the cipher. Shaw said the it looks like the components were fabricated in Paris. Beckman ordered Shaw and Sarah to retrieve the. Chuck asked about him and the general reiterated he wasn’t ready.
Chuck would turn to Sarah and said, they were never going to get their chance. She relaxed him and said one more mission. Once she got back, it was him and her, and kissed him.
Chuck returned to the apartment, and Morgan asked Chuck how are things. Chuck said, everything was fine. Shaw and Sarah were on their way to Paris. After Morgan heard this, he spoke reality to Chuck. He said, he was going to get the girl and did he mention to Beckman about him.
Morgan was in a tough spot now. He quit his job with the idea Chuck would put in a good word for him, but with trying to win Sarah back and wondering if Shaw had turned how could Chuck say a good word in for his buddy. Morgan’s attitude was not just here.
As Morgan picked up two glasses and some liquor, Chuck assured him Shaw wasn’t a bad dude. He pulled out his laptop and show the video from the mission. However, Morgan quickly realized the video was a fake. The fight was staged.
He explained the fists were pulled and the roundhouse didn’t even land. Chuck was adamant about Shaw shooting people, but Morgan asked if he saw viscera or blood. Chuck didn’t respond.
Chuck and Morgan went to Castle to let the general know about the discovery. However, the general was more upset with Chuck bringing Morgan to Castle. A bad reaction in my view. She was more concern with Morgan being in Castle than sending the agency’s top agent to her potential death. Great job GB….
GB suspends Bartowski for his decision to bring Morgan to Castle. Chuck still was going to find Sarah with or without the help of the CIA. It was down to Morgan and Chuck according to Bartowski, but Morgan reminded him of another.
While flying to Paris, Chuck was flipping out due to being stuck up in a plane while the possibilities of Sarah being dead crept his mind. Casey did his best to calm Chuck by saying before the Intersect he was smart. He told Chuck to look at the intel and find Sarah.
Sarah and Shaw were walking the streets of Paris. As they are walking, she begins to recognize the scenery and immediately pulls her gun out.
Shaw said, “Sarah, you killed my wife…Did you think I would really be ok with that.” Sarah thought he was fine with it. in a cold tone said, he said a lot of things to get her there, and even said how the gun must of felt heavy. As ring agents surrounded her, they shot a dart into her shoulder which demobilized her. It would make her drop the gun.
Sarah was in trouble here. She knew it to because her startled and lifeless body showed all signs of defeat. She was in a no win situation all because she believed in Shaw despite Chuck’s warnings.
Sarah took a few steps and turned to Shaw. Why did you bring me here. This was where I shot her. You lead me here. After darting her and revealing the Director was still alive. Shaw drags her over to a small Cafe, and reveals why he turned and joined the Ring.
Shaw: They need to know what they did to me.
They need to feel the pain that I felt.
And that is why I have to kill you.
I didn’t like Shaw explanation here. If he knew what red tests were why the need to kill Sarah. The Director himself said she did what she was told. Shaw ordered Chuck to perform his red test. When comforting Sarah, he said “It was choice we all had to make…he did it to serve his country.” Wasn’t Sarah doing the same thing?
I would like to know your opinion on this, in the comment section. Tell me if Shaw over reacted to this. I feel he was in the right to turn on the CIA, I would of done the same thing if I found out the agency was lying to me all these years, but Sarah was the messenger.
Shaw would give his new boss the schematics and research data of the new Intersect for their scientist to finish. The Director asked if Shaw wanted his help in killing Sarah, but he declined.
After the Ring left, Chuck made his presence felt much to the delight of Sarah. He stood behind Shaw with a real gun pointed at his head. Shaw asked him how did he find him. Chuck said he put two and two together.
Gun shots would sound like music to Sarah’s ears as Shaw figured Chuck brought Casey with him. All smart moves according to Shaw. Chuck than would ask Shaw to stand up. No so smart Chuck also according to Shaw. As Shaw stood up, he would take a swing at Chuck, and the two would brawl for real this time. All Sarah could do was just sit there.
Shaw would win the scuffle, and possessed Sarah in his clutches. He warned Chuck about following, he told him none of this was his fault and he didn’t want to hurt him, but if he followed he would kill Chuck.
As Shaw dragged Sarah’s lifeless body, Chuck looked around and found the gun. Shaw placed Sarah over the ledge, and looked down at the river. He promised her the speed of the current would make her death painless. How thoughtful Shaw. However, Chuck would ruin his parade. He would point his gun at Shaw and told him not to do it.
He tried to talk him down, but Shaw wasn’t listening. He told Chuck about the warning, and pointed his gun at Chuck with Sarah watching.
As Shaw was ready to fire his weapon, Chuck unloaded his in the chest into one Daniel Shaw. Shaw fell over the ledge and grabbed Sarah’s arm trying to pull her down with him, but Chuck reached her in time.
This would mark the only time we will ever see Bartowski use a real gun. It’s fitting he did it for her. As they say, you will do anything to save a love one even go against one’s own principles.
We should also note by Chuck using a real gun here. Shaw accomplished what he set out for Chuck. In Operation Awesome, he told Chuck “I don’t like guns, but it pays to know how to use one.” Chuck used a real gun to save Sarah.
Casey had the Director and the Intersect data. He would than call GB, who reinstated Casey to his former rank and position with the agency. A crown victoria and one request she wasn’t going to like.
As Morgan asked Big Mike for his job back, Mike was eager and able to give Morgan his position back. A far cry from S1 when Mike thought Morgan as the anchor around Bartowski’s neck.
When Morgan left Mike’s office, he received a call from GB welcoming him to the team. Morgan was so excited, he told her he would quit his job, but she told him not do it. The Buymore was going to be his cover.
Back in Paris, we get another magical Chuck and Sarah moment. As Sarah woke up from her slumber, Chuck sat beside her. She asked what happened.
Originally this episode was slated to be the season finale, but NBC rewarded Chuck with 6 more episodes, but It would of been cool to wait 6 months for the continuation.
Sarah remembered the bridge and Shaw trying to kill her, but Chuck told her it was over. Chuck told her about shooting Shaw and that he had no choice, but he was still her Chuck. She kissed him for saving her.
The kiss didn’t last long because the general called. She wanted them back. There was a new mission for them, but Sarah closed the laptop. She would tell Chuck….Shut up and Kiss me.
Overall Thoughts of the Episode
The episode will always be a classic for many Chuck fans. Despite some reservations about a simple Yes would be the cure for all the hardship of the season. It still had that magical moment we were all waiting for.
Chuck and Sarah are together for real, but to this author they were together the whole time. Everyone knew it already only the two love birds didn’t. They didn’t know it until they spoke about it.
Morgan joined the team and that ain’t bad….Casey is rehired and Shaw turned on the agency joining the Ring. Great episode indeed.
Next episode is a very special one as well. Chuck and Sarah take a brief trip to consummate their relationship. The long awaited intimacy both were seeking. Chuck vs The Honeymooners is a favorite not only of mine, but the Chuck universe as well.
A nice refresher if you will.