We have reached a significant stretch of episodes in the series of Chuck. A ton of information will be revealed and no bigger than those dealing with the original Intersect engineering team. We know Orion was the creator of the Intersect, but who helped him make his dream become a reality.
Who was Orion, well that secret will be exposed later this episode, but before we continue we have three outstanding guest stars in this episode, and two would be on the mount rushmore of guest stars the series provided.
Chevy Chase and Scott Bakula both make their Chuck debuts and both will play very important roles from here on out. Another returning guest start would be Arnold Vosloo as he reprises he role as Vincent. Arnold will be apart of the final season two story as well.
What can we say about Chevy and Scott, both veterans of tv and movies. Both are respected in the industry, and I don’t need to go through the various projects these two men have done because there simply too many. What I will do is dive into Dream Job because the opening scene takes me back to a comparison article I once wrote, Marlin vs Dream Job talked about the difference from Sarah in Marlin from the Sarah we saw in Dream Job.
The opening scene in Dream Job holds a lot of weight with me because both situations called for significant family time. Both would’ve been acceptable moments for a cover girlfriend to take part in, but Dream Job’s Sarah has come to terms with her feelings. Will she act on them, no, but she will soon.
Sarah shows a state of complexity when it comes to emotions she has yet to understand. A moment when she believed was never going to happen for her in a lifetime. Yet, standing outside the window she was looking into her future. While Casey represents her current life, the spy life is the proverbial blockage on Sarah finding her self actualization. Notice the expression after Casey says ” We can only keep him here for so long.” Sarah knows what Casey says was true, but it’s still hard to take. Sarah wants a family and a life different from the one she has known.However, in this episode we find Sarah sitting beside Chuck. I don’t want to belittle Ellie and Devon’s engagement, but reuniting with a lost parent is significantly bigger than an engagement. Sarah recognizes the moment to be a big deal and follows through.
The reality is Sarah has mature since Marlin, and the teachings set forth by Chuck makes this moment a significant one. It makes it a special moment between the two. Walker isn’t judgmental or says a word. The only things she says was the occasional words of encouragement or seeking if Chuck was alright, but Chuck isn’t fine despite his modest answer of being fine, and who would be?
Chuck was nervous and anxious at the same time. He wanted his father played by Scott Bakula to return home for Ellie’s wedding. At first, Stephen resists the idea. He modestly claims Ellie didn’t want to see him or that he couldn’t, but a fire with in Chuck made him speak truth to his father. Sarah never saw this side of Chuck before. A bit shocking if you can tell. Chuck stood strong, and said ” I-I don’t want to hear what you can’t do.I’ve seen what you can’t do.” Chuck stood tall, fighting for Ellie. He’s fighting to put his family back together. A strong statement of what kind of character Charles Irving Bartowski was about.
Naturally, you would think Stephen would be upset, but no he says, “No, it didn’t. You’re mad. I left, and-and you’re mad.” The Bartowski men were giving Sarah an education on how families talk things through and the result could be surprising.
Stephen wasn’t upset or mad at his son for being brash, but rather proud he came all this way for Ellie. The surprising part was Stephen deciding to gather some things to bring with him. From the outset, Stephen looks like a drifter. A man on the road by the locks of the trailer, but he also seemed distant and his hair out of place indicates on the run for the most part. Chuck made a point to finish his depiction of his father by telling Sarah how he was a bit crazy the last time he saw him.
It didn’t take long for Stephen to bring to life that account by claiming “They were tracking his every move.”
After the opening credits, Ellie and Awesome were discussing color clashes for their wedding. Chuck and his father come walking in, and Ellie says hello to Chuck, and continued on her discussion until she paused realizing who was with Chuck, which was none other than their father. This episode has now become a big one for the Bartowski siblings. Chuck and Ellie’s father went missing for ten years, and now he was standing in their living room. Chuck fulfilled his promise about having their father at Ellie’s wedding, but there was a small problem. Pancakes, he promised to make pancakes.
Ellie reminded Papa B about that, and stormed off with an “Oh boy” in return. Chuck went after Ellie and we have our first analysis of this episode. Chuck and Ellie were talking about their father, and the voice of reason spoken by Chuck would convince Ellie to try to patch things up with Stephen.
When one watches the next scene, something happens that can be missed if one doesn’t pay attention. There may be something more to the reason why Stephen has not been around. He constantly reminding his children about his inventions and constant mention of a guy he went to school with seems like he was a bit crazy or bitter about his lack of success, but there was more to it.
Stephen was showing Devon about how he was responsible for the touch screen technology. He purposely talks about Ted Roark. How he went to school with Roark, and made it a mission for Chuck to flash on the Roark expo flyer. It’s like each move was meant for Chuck to flash. Stephen thought the name Roark would be enough for Chuck to flash, but it was the expo card that made Chuck flash, which means does Stephen know Chuck was the intersect? Let’s find out. We also can see classifies with blue ink on it? Will we see this again in the future?
Chuck didn’t waste time to report his flash to his team. Beckman claims there was some chatter about Roark lately, and didn’t waste time in telling Chuck what his next mission would be. Chuck would become the newest employee of Roark Industries. One of the key scenes in which we can see change within Sarah comes here. As Beckman signs off, Sarah didn’t wait to question whether Chuck would be alright working for the man that stole everything from his father. Another key note to mention would be Sarah’s question of alerting Ted of the virus in RIOS.
It’s interesting to see how Sarah was coming to terms with her feelings. How she was positioning herself as a supporting girlfriend rather then just being a handler. Sarah’s concerns over Chuck’s daddy issues (Casey’s words) was brought to light in a open forum. The team was conversing and Sarah again was showing confidence in Chuck. Chuck states it was his dream coming out of Stanford to work for Roark, but he questioned would it be a dream come true if it was as a janitor, but Sarah said he was perfectly qualified to interview as himself. No covers needed. Sarah isn’t lying either. There were times when Sarah had to use gimmicks to pump up Chuck, but not here Sarah was being real with Chuck. Sarah’s support would be music to Chuck’s ears.It’s interview time. Chuck heads into Roark like a child entering a candy store. He was walking with awe in his eyes as he walked through the lobby. Chuck made his way for his interview. He steps into the office where his Interview was going to be conducted, and unlike the real world had Sarah in his eye to walk him through the process. Is it me or was Zachary Levi too tall for those chairs. The interviewer wanted to know what Chuck was doing since his college days, and while Chuck was unsure of how to answer. Sarah said for Chuck to be honest. My second moment to analysis would be here, I found it to be interesting to hear the words Chuck uses in this scene. He says, he works in a job he sees no way out of. The interesting part was how he said this before, and with Sarah listening in. Do you remember when?
In 3D, Chuck said the same thing to Tyler, but the difference was Chuck was trying to get Tyler to perform, but it also was said after Mauser. Thus, Chuck’s demeanor and body language was a lot more telling than, but still Chuck shows signs of the spy life taking it’s toll on him. A dream job was just a cover and yet Chuck found himself stuck with in the cover. Sarah’s reaction also was interesting to notice. Sarah wasn’t as bothered by Chuck’s line during the interview compared to trying to convince Tyler to perform on stage. What a difference between a woman acting as a handler compared to being moral support. The difference between Agent Walker vs Sarah Walker. Meanwhile, Lester and Jeff were trying to convince Big Mike to let them go to the RIOS convention, and their selling plan was for them to become better Buymore employees. Big Mike wanted Chuck to go, but Jeffster pointed out how Bartowski wasn’t there as usual. Big Mike caved and let them go to the weirdo convention. When Jeffster arrive at Roark Instruments to register for the expo. They were surprised to see Chuck exiting the building in a suit and what looked like Chuck was given a job at RI. Lester called Morgan to let him know Chuck was cheating on the Buymore which upset Morgan.
Meanwhile, Chuck was touring the facility when he ran into Ted himself. Chevy Chase plays Ted Roark. Chuck continued to praise Roark and his company, but Roark stopped him by saying he already had the gig. Another nice moment for Chuck and Sarah, who seemed to have plenty in this episode would have a special moment in the courtyard. A loving tone from Sarah as Chuck was talking how happy he was working at Roark, which indicate he was lost in his cover. Sarah reminded him it was just an assignment, but Chuck felt like this was a chance to prove he wasn’t a loser, and he would be doing something bigger with his life.
Sarah said, “He knows your not a loser…and you are.” There was nothing but love behind those eyes as she was encouraging him, and for the first time Sarah’s words are not a cover, but from the heart. A moment in which Sarah’s tone, words and body language mesh. A great moment for Chuck and Sarah.
Chuck and Sarah enter the apartment, and head for their seats. The whole house was pleased to see the two except of course Morgan, who knew Chuck’s secret about Roark. A nice moment for the Bartowskis, dad at the head of the table. Future son and daughter in laws sitting with his children. What’s not to smile about. Well, smiles would end when Morgan spills the beans about Chuck’s new job. Morgan would tell everyone on how Chuck took a job at Roark. Papa B would ask Devon if he had his Bachelor Party, which was still fresh in the minds of the bride and groom. A touchy subject for sure. Chuck couldn’t believe Morgan knew about Roark, and what was good times became bad when Stephen heard the news of his son working for the man who stole everything from him. Stephen would go off on Chuck, and it made Chuck working at Roark that much more difficult. Chuck’s fear of disappointing his father came to be. Chuck would arrive at RI, and who does he run into none other then Casey and Sarah dressed as nerds attending the expo. They said, they would try to hack into the server so they can find the source code. They instruct Chuck to go to work, but remind him this was not his real job. Chuck went his way and his handlers the other. Both with missions to achieve. Stephen was preparing to watch his son’s first day. All these moving parts to the story getting in position. It’s exciting television is it not? Oh, by the way Jeffster was in the conference room.
Chuck was sweeping the conference room and spotted Roark, who was greeting some men. Chuck looked at one of the men and flashed. It turned out he was a fulcrum agent. Chuck alerted his team about the flash, and it became that more important for them to stop the launch of RIOS. Sarah and Casey continued to find the security code to get into the server room, but failed both attempts. This would cause a system shut down for the moment. Security would also be alerted. Casey would instruct Chuck to stop the launch. Chuck would hesitant because he knew he would be fired, but again needed to be reminded he wasn’t a real Roark employee. Meanwhile, Ellie asked her father why he would be watching his nemesis’s launch, which begs the question on how open Stephen was here. If Chuck was around would he be watching or was he watching for a purpose? Stephen looks like he has a more driving interest in this conference by the way he is watching the screen. Does he look like he is hoping for something to happen?Roark hits the stage for the launch, and begins the expo with rather interesting comments like losing money doing this thing. We can see Roark isn’t a nice man right off the bat. A huge ego problem. The crowd is coming alive as the launch draws near. Sarah’s latest attempt to break into the room fails, and Casey orders Chuck to stop the launch. Chuck runs onto the stage and stops Roark from pressing the button. He tries to worn Roark about the virus and he finishes with you have to believe me. Right here, you see Roark listening and the brilliance of Roark here comes into play.
Chuck: The CIA believes that your software has been infected with a virus, that when released, will cause worldwide computer damage.
Roark: Do you have any idea how crazy you sound?
Chuck: Yeah, I do. I do. But please, you have to believe me.
Roark comes off as smug technological genius. A man with boatloads of money, and isn’t bashful about being egotistical. When Roark dismisses Chuck’s warning, it just seems like he is being spiteful. However, Chuck still had a job to do and he grabs the launcher out of Roark’s hand.
The whole world watching Chuck run around the conference, his father cheering, his sister jeering. Chuck runs down the aisle where Jeffster were sitting and they try to help Bartowski, but as Chuck turns up he gets closelined by his interviewer. The launcher was returned to Roark.
Roark didn’t wait any longer and pressed the button. RIOS was launched. Chuck without a job. Chuck’s world once again is full barbed. What makes this scene fun to watch is Stephen. He continues to act like a dad in one aspect and spy at the same time. Stephen proves you can be both.
Devon comes walking in after a eighteen hour gig at the hospital. He saw Ellie was frantic about Chuck and looking for a number to the county jail, but Devon tried to calm her down. Ellie explains to Devon how Chuck attacked his new boss. Ellie would put the blame on Stephen because of Chuck’s need to impress his father.
Stephen would state Chuck was better then Roark instruments and to trust him. The words trust me set Ellie off. You kind of feel for Ellie here, she has been through a lot between Devon’s party, her father’s return, and Chuck’s apparent arrest. It’s a lot for one person to take. Ellie points all those issues out and storms off.
Devon wanted to chase after, but Stephen stopped him. Ellie did need some air. Stephen offers Devon a drink, which Awesome denies saying how a drink started the rift between him and Ellie. Stephen said, she just didn’t want Devon to become him. Papa B would also give some advice. “Don’t walk out on your children when you promise to make pancakes.” He says for Devon not to worry about being him because the concept is unlikely.
Most Chuckaholics know what Stephen is referring to, but for the new fan it’s going to get even better from here. The rest of the episode really takes off. Chuck walks into the Buymore and was thinking to himself what he could do to help the team. He returns home to look at the cards Orion left him, and started studying them again. He was looking for what Orion was trying to tell him. Chuck’s father would interrupt Chuck’s mojo, but Bartowski would try to sell he was busy, but Stephen asked for a minute. A very key moment would occur and something that continues to show how great Scott Bakula was in this role.
Stephen still acting like a father would tell Chuck how if his dream was to work for RI, he couldn’t be happier. Chuck tried to stop his father from speaking any further, but Stephen said, “Still my minute?” In so many words, Stephen is being a father because Stephen knows what Chuck was doing, and who he really is.
The fact that he places the binder in a way for him to see what Orion was looking for could only mean one thing. Was Stephen Bartowski the man himself. Was Papa B the creator of the Intersect, and was all of this a ploy to stop Roark, who has an Intersect. What makes the whole build up from the beginning until now was Orion allowed Sarah to find him.
It’s almost like Stephen was allowing the team to work with him in stopping Fulcrum, and while Chuck would eventually get there, most fathers in their own way help their sons get where they need to be. Chuck sees the light at the end of the tunnel. His father shows him the keys to leaving the spy life because he knows Roark has an Intersect. He knows other then Orion only Roark could come up with the capabilities to recreate the Intersect.
Chuck reports his findings to his team, but they shot him down thinking he was crazy, which leads Chuck to put on his big boy pants and take matters into his own hands. A man up moment for sure. These two scenes also show why I feel Sarah and Casey held Chuck back, and most specifically Sarah sometimes comes off to be a schetky woman. There are times like in Crown Vic, she supports him and takes a leap of faith. There are other times like in this scene were she dismisses him and retorts back to the company girl. The one who says following orders was the only way. Casey also worries more about protocol and procedure when Chuck says Orion sent him schematics of the Intersect, but all Major Casey was thinking about was how Chuck didn’t tell him about Orion contacting Bartowski. It’s no wonder Chuck goes on his own to Roark Industries, and let me tell you the building they used for Roark Instruments will be used again down the road. Rather than Casey suit up and join Chuck, he elects to stop Chuck’s progress. A moment missed from John’s perspective was not seeing how this would be the first time Chuck suiting up on his own. Chuck also was packed with a weapon. A very unlike Bartowski move. Nope, Casey doesn’t help and as a result we get a classic confrontation between the boys.
Chuck pulls his weapon on Casey. He threatens him either help him or else. Casey charges Chuck with a phrase “You’re entering a world of pain.” Casey realizes Chuck was packing a Tranq gun, and felt slighted how Chuck didn’t have the courtesy to aim a real firearm at him. When Chuck refused to put the toy gun down, Casey charged, but Bartowski shot a dart into Casey. One didn’t take the big fella down nor did two darts, but a dart to the side of the neck and the big guy went nighty night. Chuck leaves Castle and enters Roark Industries. He follows the map, but had to stop his pursuit at the sound of voices. He enters an unlocked door, and waits for the voices to approach. The voice was his father and a group of Roark security thugs. Chuck shocked at the sight of his father watched as the guard punched his father in the gut. This made Chuck come shooting out the room firing darts into the guards. They all fall comically at the same time. Chuck asked his father why he was at Roark, and the truth is revealed. Vincent appears behind the sliding doors with a greeting for both men.
Chuck tells his father he’s not who he think he is. Stephen says the same thing and reveal an awesome computer on his wrist. Punches some keys and the doors close on Vincent. Stephen’s secret was no more. He’s Orion. The one who knows now is his son. Chuck says, “You’re Orion.” It’s bit of a shock to the system when you know your father was a spy too. A truth that makes ton of sense on why his father was gone for so many years. The man responsible for creating the Intersect. A invention that would put the lives of his children in danger. Factions like Fulcrum gunning for him so they can have the same weapon at their disposal.
Sarah arrives at Castle, and removes the dart in Casey’s neck. Walker would ask where was Chuck, and he would claim was in a world of hurt. The ending of this episode was riveting because of what happens. Orion and Chuck are heading towards Roark’s Intersect when Chuck asked about the helicopter and why he wasn’t up front in the first place, and Orion’s reasoning is far better and easier to understand then Mary’s approach in S4.
Orion: Would you have trusted me? After not seeing me for ten years, I just appear, bring you to RI and tell you that I can get the Intersect, which I also built, out of your head? What would you have said to that?
Orion’s plan was the best way to reenter his son’s life. He knew it would be an adjustment just him being back. Let alone the other side of Stephen being revealed. All those days working. All those days inventing the Intersect. It would be a lot to take.
They reach the room where the Intersect was. He told Chuck to flash on the security code. Chuck started to tell Orion how the Intersect doesn’t work that way. Orion says, it does. He put it in the Intersect.
They enter the room and we see a similar room like Bryce was in, but it was different because there was a table in the middle of the room with the Intersect Cube on the table with two computer between it. Orion says for Chuck to sit and explains how the Intersect was computer, and he couldn’t see why he couldn’t override Chuck’s brain.
When Orion tries to get the computer to work. It shuts down. Orion said the computer didn’t work. The doors open and Roark walks in,”No..It doesn’t.” Vincent was beside him. All indications was Roark was with Fulcrum.
It’s important to understand when Roark says he had a way with the ladies and Orion had a way with machines. It means a lot for the future of the story. Only Orion could create and get Fulcrum’s machine to work. Roark was searching for Orion for this purpose. Everything Fulcrum was working for. Everything Team Bartowski was fighting against came down to this cube, Stephen’s invention holds the keys to this war between good and evil. Chuck’s freedom depends on Orion taking it out. The stage is set for a huge ending of the season season. The balance between all the variables comes into play as we come to the end of this rewatch. Fulcrum, Orion, Team Bartowski, Beckman, and even the future Woodcombs all effected by one cube.
The perils of an invention or idea coming to life make a man leave his family. The same man missing for years coming out of hiding for the purpose of helping his son who on his admission never thought would find him.
Chuck was told by Orion not to trust Sarah and Casey, but to trust them now. As Orion protecting his son, he would reveal who the CIA Agent was. He tells Roark that Chuck was his son. Roark would give Chuck a repreve Decisions are felt throughout the characters. A rivalry between scientists causes families to be destroyed and teams to come together after tough decisions are made. Orion saves his son by saying he would build Roark’s Intersect if he let his son go. Orion asks Roark to let his son leave. Vincent chimes in about both being dead anyway, but Orion pleads by saying after ten years of being without his family. The least Roark could do. Roark claims he isn’t a monster and let’s Chuck leave. Chuck back pedaling out of the room with his handlers waiting outside. Bartowski men staring at each other. Chuck makes one final attempt to save his father. Vincent says, “If your son wants to walk out of here alive, he needs to leave now.” Sarah and Casey hold Chuck back from further danger as the door close on his father. The powerful ending leads to a briefing with Beckman. It was not a happy one. Beckman was furious with Fulcrum having the Intersect Cube and Orion. Chuck reminds Beckman about Orion being his father. I find it odd that Beckman didn’t know who the identity of Orion was. If they have been searching for him for years like she proclaims wouldn’t the real name surface at some point.
Chuck informed Beckman that his team should be the ones searching for Orion. He furthered his case by saying once Fulcrum builds their new intersect. He was obsolete to them. Casey agreed with Chuck about the team being her best team. Sarah protested with the idea of Fulcrum knowing Chuck was Orion’s son. All parties make valid points, and what I love about the scene was how all of them voiced their concerns as a unit. A fair decision was reached and Beckman awarded the case to Team Bartowski.
Chuck taking action is something new from everyone in the room. It usual is the case when it becomes personal. Fulcrum having Chuck’s dad made this personal for Chuck.
Ellie returns home to seeing pancakes on the table. Ellie believes it was her father trying to make amends, but it was actually Devon making peace with her. Devon let’s Ellie know about her father leaving. It would leave Ellie distraught over her Stephen skipping out again. Chuckaholics spends so much time analyzing emotions and attention to small detail. We often miss how much this storyline affected Ellie as well. We often forget how Ellie had to become an adult at an early age, but she got through it with courage and determination. When her parents disappoint her by leaving, Ellie shows strength which was the makeup of Chuck.
Devon and Ellie’s rift about the party has ended with the couple doing what they do best. When Chuck walks into the apartment, Ellie tells Chuck about dad leaving. Again, a moment where Chuck can’t tell Ellie the truth about what happened to their father. Ellie apologized to Chuck for asking him to find their father, but Chuck said don’t give up on him. The episode closes with Orion working on the Intersect. A ending to arguably one of the best episodes of the ninety one collection. However, as I said before. Orion is smart and he showed he can play the role of a father and Orion at the same time. The mark of a great spy and even better dangerous man. He keeps his emotions in check long enough to not be detected of what his moves are.
Orion knows Roark’s Intersect dosen’t work, and the only play he had was to fix the Intersect. He purposely allowed Fulcrum to take him in so he can take out the Intersect from Chuck’s brain.
Up next on our rewatch is another returning guest star as we reach the final three episodes of Season Two. First Kill is next with Jordana Brewster making her final appearance on Chuck as Jill Roberts.
Until next time Chuckaholics, remember this site is for you to play, engage but most of all it’s hard to say goodbye because we didn’t.