Chuck vs The Colonel
We have only two episodes remaining in Season Two. The finishing touches on a great season. We completed the episode articles and we are on the verge of finishing rewatch. There are a few episodes that fans say are great episodes, and there are some people would prefer to be at the bottom of a gutter.
There are episodes where we say are underrated and others that are iconic. Episodes that people stop what they are doing to watch. This rewatch article covers Colonel and this season two episode would fall into an iconic episode relm.
Roark, Vincent, and Papa B all return to the story after a brief break from the story that is the Intersect and who created the program sitting in Chuck’s brain.
Colonel will also be a revelation for one of Chuck’s personal friends and family. I will talk about that when we reach that portion of the episode. However, we shall begin where First Kill left off.
We saw Sarah and Chuck on the lam, Sarah risking jail time after a few choice words from Chuck would alter Agent Walker’s hold on herself, and help Chuck find his father. If these were the last minutes with Chuck than she rather help Stephen Bartowski find his way home.
Chuck and Sarah make it to Barstow, they find themselves standing in a parking lot of a drive in. The coordinates lead them to the very spot they were standing on. Chuck thought they would have to go back to the drawing board, but Sarah explained what it means to be AWOL. If they returned to Burbank, Sarah would be sent to prison and Chuck to a padded cell. There was no going back at least for the time being. Chuck’s education in how the spy world works is put to the test. What Chuck and Sarah were doing was what Jill talked about, there is no compromising or personal interest. Sarah and Chuck were now wanted in the minds of Beckman and her higher ups. The lines can never be subjective when it comes to the agency.
Chuck takes a look at the cigarettes and beer cans, but failed to notice a device in one of the cigarette pack. Orion was watching from his dungeon. Stephen didn’t notice Roark was standing behind him.
Orion threatens Roark by saying if anything was to happen to them, but the daring Roark says “What are you going to do? You going to kill me? You going to beat me to a pulp? I’m sure you can come up with something more creative.” It’s interesting the next two scenes really show the way the two functions operate, and to continue with the theme of last episode how two organizations on two sides of a fence really operate the same way.
Roark’s personal gain was to get his Intersect working by the next day or Roark couldn’t keep the hounds of Chuck and Sarah. While the same can be said for Charah, Beckman says the Intersect was no longer a concern to her. She orders Chuck and Sarah to be brought back either dead or alive.
Orion tried to tell Roark about the need of running more tests on the Intersect before he could sign it off to him, but Roark wasn’t listening. The question is also for Beckman, if Casey voiced his opinion on the issue would the general listen? Well, he did before remember here? The one thing I didn’t like about the opening scene would be Beckman’s sweetening the pot by promoting Casey to Colonel. It’s like Beckman was hiring a gun and her payment was a promotion. It shows you how Beckman thinks. The general manipulated John for her personal gain.
The measure Beckman used to get the now Colonel Casey would make Casey become a hunter. He is looking through Chuck’s things. He was looking for an clues for when and where Chuck and Sarah could’ve gone, but we always can leave it to Chuck to be a foolish running partner.
Note to Chuck, when you are on the lam don’t call your sister. It just leads to trouble for you and Sarah. Ellie and Awesome come into Chuck’s room to see what all the ruckus was. Casey would ask them about where Chuck was since he was missing from work. He was bit concern. Ellie said, “He left a voicemail not 5 minutes ago. Our wedding is this weekend and he decided to go out of town.” This was great news for Casey and makes me wonder if Sarah was around when he made the call. I don’t believe Sarah would’ve let Bartowski call his sister.
Casey would return to his home, and traced the call. The luxury of being Colonel meant he has a lot more authority. He was able to trace the call.
Chuck and Sarah would enter a hotel room. It wasn’t the ideal choice for them, but everything needed to be paid for by cash since credit cards could be traced. Their relationship really begins to blossom here. A night with the one you love what’s not to be in awe about. Intimate thoughts possible running through their minds. Two young adults desiring each other. While most were thrilled with this moment. I am one of the minority thinking this would’ve of been a mistake, but first some more from the night before.
Sarah felt dirty and wanted to take a shower, but told Chuck as long as they were on the run. Sarah needed to keep her eye on him. Meanwhile, Vincent was outside. He asked Roark if he wanted them killed, but Roark said he may need them for leverage. After the test were complete, he could do any despicable thing to them even eat them if he must. If there was any question of comfortability we can see now with Sarah when it comes to sharing a room with Chuck. We know she has feelings for him, but this would not be the first time Sarah felt comfortable enough to walk around in her unmentionables. The moment she walked out of the bathroom we can see Sarah was enjoying the moment even if it’s for the night. Sarah was prepared to sleep almost half naked with Chuck. She slides into bed. Chuck being a gentleman offers to sleep on the floor, but nope Chuck you stay in bed with her. The love is in her eyes and didn’t want this moment to be ruined by self doubt. She uses the excuse of sleeping on a dirty floor as a reason but we all know she wanted to spoon. This would be the third time they shared a bed and the previous times did not end well.
Chuck asked her why she was risking her career and Sarah provides an honest answer. “Because, after everything that you’ve done for this country, you deserve to find your father, to get the Intersect out of your head and to have a chance at a normal life.” It’s the truth because she believes it now. She understands the need for Chuck to get out even if it means she loses him in the end.
Chuck tries to thank her, but she said there was no need to thank her. It’s her job to protect him, but if they were on the lam then it wasn’t her job anymore. The most logical thing that would happen to them would be jail time for Walker and Chuck in some deep dark hole. It wouldn’t be feasible if Sarah split at some point, but when love is apart of the equation Sarah wasn’t doing this solely for protection.
She was doing this because she loved him, and Chuck questioned once it wasn’t her job anymore, but Sarah would say one battle at time. It’s not a no or a typical Sarah rejection. It was a honest let’s save your dad first. There is nothing wrong with this logic. After all, they were in Fulcrum’s nest. Fellow reader Gary is going to kill me on this one, but I stand by my belief of the events that happened in the next morning. With the events that have lead up to this moment and the proverbial heat of passion, sometimes that passion overtakes our thought process. We are human, but sometimes lose themselves for a special moment.
Let’s go over the facts, Chuck and Sarah just dealt with a departing Jill. It wasn’t that long ago. The rules and definition of who they were to each other was not defined, and with each hiccup came high school like antics. Every special moment ruined by a returning ex or their own personal hiccups. This would mean Chuck and Sarah were not ready for what almost happened. The night before they still couldn’t defined their relationship. Yet, an ounce of intimacy like holding hands lead to one thing after another.
Chuck and Sarah weren’t going to be just having sex, they would be in the act of making love, which comes with special feelings and to be fair added pressure.
If there is anything more intimate then the words themselves is love making. There is nothing more personal then it. It also has sense of responsibility because the two are sharing their bodies with one another. They were further compromising their already sticky situation.
A passionate kiss became a hot subject. They couldn’t talk about it. There were words between the two soon after about it. Sarah referred the kiss as the Incident. What was Walker going to deem this moment as? What would’ve happened here? Would Sarah flip out? Would Chuck have self doubt in his skills in bed like most men do. The questions in their minds would lose the moment they shared. The addition of sex into their undefined relationship would make matters worse especially with the potential of being split apart as a result of them being on the lam. I feel sometimes a moment of passion clouds our train of thought, and the more I think about it. The more I saw potential relationship issues even before they become official.
It’s what happens with teenagers when they are in the heat of passion for sex. They want to do it, but neither have the protection. They still follow through with that passion and what happens 9 months later? a baby comes out. These are the moments in which sex and passion can become a problem later. This is why I stand pat with believing Barstow would of been a mistake.
Casey forced Chuck back into the room. Casey was preparing to take Sarah into custody, but Sarah was nowhere in sight. They heard the shower was running and naturally Casey went looking. John still couldn’t find Sarah in the bathroom, but it wouldn’t be long as Sarah wallops Casey in the back of the head. It sent Casey to the ground.
Sarah drags Casey to the radiator and cuffs him to it. Chuck and Sarah flee, but while Chuck jumped into their car. Chuck flashed on the car near them. Chuck learned Fulcrum was on the premises. Sarah didn’t care, but Chuck said they couldn’t leave Casey behind. Sarah agreed to go in only if Chuck stayed in the car. Sarah goes back into the hotel room using the bathroom window, but when she entered the room, Casey was gone. John would end up in the car with Chuck. He ordered Chuck to drive, but Chuck said for Casey to help Sarah. John resisted and threatened to kill Chuck, but Chuck said they were too confined in the car for Casey to get any leverage with the radiator. It was a very funny exchange between the two. This would leave Sarah unprotected inside. The Fulcrum agents would swarm in and capture her. Chuck asked Casey to go in and help her, but they were too late as Fulcrum had Sarah. Casey wasn’t willing to help, and who can blame him. He was a recipient of a blow from her, but Chuck wasn’t willing to let Fulcrum have their way with Walker. He pulls the car in reverse and rams into the agents.
A fight would commence between the two agencies with Casey and Sarah handling the Fulcrum agents rather easily. Sarah and Casey would eventually turn their weapons on each other. Sarah had no more ammo, which would mean the end of the line for Walker and Bartowski. At this point, we can begin to question was this really about hunting two fugitives or was there more behind Casey’s willingness to bring in Walker and Bartowski.
Orion was watching as everything went down. He asked for his guards to take their smokes outside. This gave him an opening to inform the team about Roark’s viewing party at 12:00 midnight. Orion gains access to the sign and places the time of the event.
Meanwhile, Chuck apologized to Sarah for getting her arrested, but Sarah said, “No worries, you thought you can trust someone who cared about you.” The reaction we saw from Casey when Sarah said those words indicates this is more then just going AWOL. After being considered a careless monster, how else was Casey supposed to answer? “I don’t care.” precisely. Chuck saw his dad’s message and told Casey to go back, but the colonel was not interested in helping Chuck anymore.
After Casey’s weird actions from the morning, Devon came to the Buymore to do some recon. A simple intel operation and when he ran into Jeffster. They told him about the weird log John had on Chuck. Bathroom breaks, times and durations were all in this book Jeffster found in Casey’s locker. They gave the book to Devon. I find it weird for Jeffster to have keys to everyone’s lockers, but hey it’s Jeffster we are talking about. Devon was caught off guard a bit by the information they gave him. Jeffster even showed Devon the keys in Casey’s locker.
Down in castle, Sarah and Chuck were in a holding cell. They hear Beckman’s praises and even more Casey’s promotion which Chuck and Sarah thought that was the reason for Casey’s betrayal, but Casey would turn the tables and say they betrayed him. They went AWOL. Beckman promised to save Chuck’s dad if he was there even though once again Chuck was telling them how his father contacted him. The information would eventually lead to some detection underground, but of course Beckman was more interested in her own interests. Stephen Bartowski was just a commodity to her.
Sarah once again asked Casey please look out for Stephen. Casey assured Chuck if his father was there. He would keep him safe. I always felt Casey wasn’t mad because they fled. They have gone off mission before.
John Casey has helped while off mission as well, but the glaring thing about this problem. There was something bothering John, and he was not going to just come out with it. Devon would arrive at Casey’s apartment and let himself in. Devon walked over to the computer, and saw Chuck’s room on the monitor. It would caused Devon to say “Freakburger.” Let’s take a moment to talk about Milbarge and Morgan. Emmett’s postering with Morgan was becoming a bit freaky. In First Kill, Emmett assumed the role as store manager after Morgan betrayed Big Mike.
We know Emmett set up Morgan, but that doesn’t mean Morgan was spared from putting ill advised faith in Milbarge. In this episode, Emmett makes Morgan become his assistant manager. Thus, Emmett was making Morgan do his bidding or Big Mike would continued in taking abuse from the new boss.
Milbarge’s role here really was useful because it forced Morgan to decipher what was important. It was not just important to Morgan himself, but what was important for those around him. Morgan has taken a stand before when Buymoria was in trouble. He stood up to Harry Tang, but this was different. Milbarge was making Morgan grow up and fight for something.
One of the things I didn’t like from Morgan end of things was Ana. I never liked the relationship. There was nothing wrong with Julia Ling’s performance, but I didn’t like her way of dealing with Morgan and his relationship with the Buymore.
Back to the episode, Devon didn’t know Casey had an security system, which he set off. As a result, Jail bars would come down on the exits and windows which would trap Devon. Casey saw on a monitor and stated how much he hated this family. Casey heads over to his apartment to confront Devon. Meanwhile, Jeffster would put an M80 into the electrical box outside the store with a message of whose the boss behind the action.
While studying characters none verbal communications. There is no hidden messages Sarah’s moment with Chuck in a hotel changed her. She had an intimate moment, and they defined their relationship here. It would be better for a relationship that defines themselves to proceed with intimacy.
After Chuck asked if the CIA couldn’t honor their request of a two bed and two bath cell for the two if them. Sarah asked him about 2 beds? It’s official at this point. Sarah doesn’t want two beds. She wants one with Chuck. The kiss and moment was right compared to another one of their undefined chats the night before. In essences, Sarah Walker broke out of her shell.
If you have read my previous articles, I believe action speaks volumes over words because words can be broken at any moment. Hence, Sarah’s actions during the final moments of Suburbs.
In that episode, we saw a jubilated Sarah Walker make breakfast for Chuck. She was excited and alive, but the moment Agent Walker took over. Sarah was back to being the company girl. To fully appreciate the difference between a Sarah Walker scene from Agent Walker comes here, You can read Agent Walker’s mind and know her actions will be disappointing for Chuck. The woman in the cell with Chuck is fully committed to Chuck with body, mind and heart. It’s a prefered way to embrace a relationship. The wondering isn’t there at least for the moment.Like most times, Chuck and Sarah were ready to kiss, but the M80 Jeffster planted exploded shutting off the entire buildings energy source. It would knock out the power in Castle which would open Chuck and Sarah’s cell, which they escape. However, they see on the monitor Awesome was in Casey’s apartment and ran to make the save. Emmett suspected Jeffster was behind losing power. Thus, he would order Morgan to fire them.
Meanwhile, Casey comes to his apartment to a waiting Devon. Casey asked Devon why he was in his apartment. Devon understanding of being caught just went into it. He said, Casey needed help because of everything Devon saw. After Devon pointed out the computer, John would pull a pistol out of his jeans. It made Devon try to plea with John about using it. Devon threatened to drop the colonel if he took another step, but we are talking about John Casey here.
However, John would be temporarily distracted by the breach of security at Castle would come on Casey’s computer. John would see Chuck and Sarah fleeing Castle. This was an opening for Devon and he threw a statute at Casey’s head.
He lounged for Casey and the two big men brawled. Devon was able to get a couple of good shots in, but Casey would get the upper hand. Thankfully for Devon, Sarah came in time to prevent Casey from hurting Devon. She knocks the crap out of Casey for the second time this episode. Is it me or does Sarah own Casey?
Chuck comes walking in right behind and with out a doubt Devon has several questions running in his head. The biggest one of them was what was going on here. The cat being out of the bag forced Chuck to reveal his secret to Devon much to the dismay of Sarah and Casey.
Chuck would ask Devon to help him be awesome and handle Ellie, which Devon said he could do, but not so much because once Ellie and him discussed picking up his parents at the airport. Devon was still registering Chuck’s information in his head. Lucky for Devon, Ellie chalked it up to pre wedding jitters. The final moments of the scene would have Chuck and Sarah leave Casey’s apartment to go find Stephen. The closing moment of the scene would have Chuck use the very words Casey used earlier. Casey threatened Chuck if he walked out the door he was a deadman. Chuck said, “I don’t care.”
We come to the next portion of the episode we should discuss and keeps in line with the theme of the last two episodes. Beckman shows the value of life to her was what was the best interest of her and the agency.
While Casey was trying to free himself, Beckman sign on and tells John about Chuck being right about Fulcrum being on the premises. In fact, Fulcrum had a hideout underground. John would mention Stephen being there, and how he promised to keep Orion save.
Beckman ordered a bombing of the site despite knowing Orion was there. Casey’s reaction tells the story. The eye opener for Casey was being a man of his word. The trust would be broken with Chuck if he didn’t follow through. Casey would speed up the process of breaking free with the information he just received from Beckman.
Chuck and Sarah return to Barstow, and Chuck asked for a gun, but Sarah suggested for Chuck to stay in the car. Chuck became irate with the idea and said he can handle himself on mission. While Bartowski was venting, he started to get out of the car. He would walk into the waiting arms of Casey.
At this point, Chuck had enough. He talked about coming this far and Casey would have to kill him. Casey would tell him about Beckman’s air strike order and how they had only twenty minutes to find him.
The news would upset Chuck. He thought he had Casey’s word. Casey would inform Chuck about making three crucial mistakes.
Not notices he was being tailed. 2. Not enough firepower and 3. Not asking him to join. Ah ha! that’s the reason for Casey’s attitude all episode. His team didn’t include him on a mission he deemed important. Casey believed Orion served his country honorably and should be able to attend his daughter’s wedding. The deal was for Chuck to stay in the car and no hugs. Orion was watching as the team reconciled. Roark would come to visit for the purpose of the Intersect. Orion would request for Roark to leave his family alone. Ted promised if the Intersect worked he would have nothing to worry about. Roark also would reveal he knew about Ellie’s wedding. It’s clear that Roark had people everywhere. As he said, he was in a major conglomerate of bad guys. Outside, a sea of cars started to approach the drive in parking lot. Roark would reveal his plan of creating an Intersect army. Something Chuck couldn’t stay in the car for. He knew he had to stop Roark. Meanwhile, Casey and Sarah made their way down to where Orion was being held.
Orion would ask for a smoke which would lead to his guards to the waiting fists and kicks of Casey and Sarah. The three would leave together. However, when they came to the car, they saw Chuck was gone. Casey said he was going to kill Chuck, but Vincent said don’t worry we will do that Agent Casey. Chuck made it to the filming room and was ready to take the cube, but Roark stopped him. Soon Vincent, Casey, Orion and Sarah would join the party as well. Roark promised Chuck and the gang their fate if the test didn’t work. Chuck asked if did, but again Roark promised death. Roark: If it does work, Same result, but, you should root for it.
I mean, nobody likes a cynic.
The countdown begins and the Intersect was up and running. The air strike team had three minutes before they arrived. Chuck told his team to close their eyes.
However, Orion was telling Chuck to open his, and this would begin the preview of Prague. Chuck would listen to his father and open them. Orion built this Intersect for his son.
As I mentioned in Dream Job, Orion allowed himself to be taken by Roark. He allowed it because he knew Roark would provide the resources he needed to build a new cube. It’s really brilliant how Orion operates.
Chuck opened his eyes and the intersect was removing the one in Chuck’s head. When the program finished, Roark tried to flash, but it didn’t work. It angered Roark. He ordered for everyone to be killed, but it wouldn’t come to be as the air strike team arrived.
The air strike would provide Team Bartowski and Orion the opening to escape which they do. We come to the scene in which the early stages of Prague begin to articulate.
For those that have never seen the series in it’s completion, you are about to read a spoiler. If you haven’t seen S3 feel free to move on from this.
While driving away from the bomb site, Orion asked Chuck how he was feeling. Chuck said he felt lighter, which Orion knew would happen. He said the Intersect was out. “It’s over.” Sometimes writers and directors want to achieve a climactic moment and while this was a climactic moment on it’s surface. It’s really was the beginning of Prague. “It’s over” is a harsh reality for Chuck and Sarah because now it means The CIA/NSA won’t need Chuck anymore.
The secrets are out. Chuck’s life isn’t at risk unless those that want to seek revenge against Carmichael and the added pressure of Sarah being gone also comes into play. For those that say, Sarah can just quit the CIA and live a happy ever after don’t understand the character at all.
The CIA has taken up a large chunk of Sarah’s life. It’s not something Sarah would be able to walk away from. It’s not fair to assume so. Sarah’s relationship with the CIA is bigger then some job. It’s her surrogate family. Graham assumed the role of a father figure and the more she progressed the more Graham used her. It’s like a father using his daughter in a family business.
It’s also not fair for someone in Chuck’s shoes to ask someone to give up their lively hood. I never liked potential spouses to tell their significant others to quit being cops or soldiers because they were married now. You knew how it was going to before you signed up. I digressed.
The writers did something in this scene that would indicate the thought process of Chuck and Sarah for imagery purposes. The cliche be careful what you wish for also comes into play here. Chuck tried so hard to cut himself free from the dangers of being a spy. He forgot the harsh reality of the outcome of it. Yes, he wouldn’t be a spy, but his dreams of being with Sarah are now done. Sarah knew it and so did Chuck, but the writers emphasized it more with this moment, Watch the episode, and see the imagery in the background as Orion is saying Chuck was free. The explosions in the background symbolize Sarah and Chuck’s dreams going up in flames. The dream of being together went up in smoke.
There would be only recourse to save their relationship. Chuck would need to get the Intersect back, but being an asset wasn’t in the cards anymore or wouldn’t help matters because they made their relationship official when Sarah said 2 beds. Chuck would need to be a spy. This scene is the start of Prague.
The closing moments of the season will prepare the viewer on things to come, but we must have a rehearsal dinner. Chuck goes to Casey’s apartment to ask him to join him for the party, which he accepts. Sarah comes to the courtyard in a stunning blue dress.
Meanwhile, Morgan takes his own stance again Emmett. Morgan explains to Emmett why he couldn’t fire Jeffster. Milbarge would ask if Morgan wanted to be a loser all his life, which Morgan said no, but instead of firing Jeffster. He quit much to the dismay of Emmett.
One more thing before we put a bow on Colonel, When Chuck and Sarah were in the courtyard. Chuck said, “It finally feels real.” Sarah follows with “It is real.” The moment is right. The feeling is right, and if the two wanted to sleep together now. I would be fine with it.
There is definition in their relationship. A key and important moment in the maturation process. This puts this rewatch to bed. The Colonel opened the door to many story angles they will attempt to go if the series got picked up again.
They planted the seeds for us, and we see the direction some of the characters are headed. Casey and Sarah are softening. Morgan maturing, and Chuck has a big decision to make next rewatch follow by one of my favorite Chuck moments.
and it has to do with this song.
The next rewatch episode will be the season finale of Season Two. Chuck vs The Ring.
While Roark and Fulcrum come to a close in a epic dinner hall scene, the series gets introduced to an even tougher adversary.
Until next time, remember Chuckaholics is your site so play, engage, but most of all it’s hard to say goodbye because we didn’t.