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Chuck: Chuck Versus the Broken Heart

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 31st 2009 8:33AM
chuck team PC(S02E18) It's time for Chuck to assert some authority. It's time to go over General Beckman's head and turn to the Commander in Chief.

"Dear Mr. President: You probably don't know me, but let me start by saying I love America and I've been happy to be of service to the NSA. However, recently, I've had some questions about my place. My rights, actually. Sir, you're a lawyer. Do I have any rights at all, like privacy? Like the ability to keep my family out of my work? Not that I'm complaining, but..."

Yes, I think Chuck is in a tough spot. Things have become too close for comfort, mixing up Chuck's spy biz with his family life.




Last night, Ellie and Devon were collateral damage and by the end of the episode, Chuck had reached a new level of frustration with his double life. What are the assets to being an asset?

You knew it was a bad sign when General Beckman invaded Chuck's home (via PC) and proceeded to expose just how much the Intersect has been under the government's microscope. Holy Patriot Act, Batman! Is this legal? Chuck has no privacy whatsoever. He has been virtually drafted against his will and seems to have no say in his life anymore.

The General unilaterally decided to issue a 49B. Chuck had no idea that a 49B meant Agent Alex Forrest (a name that purposely evoked Glenn Close's name in Fatal Attraction) was sent to evaluate Sarah's performance, but quickly was named Chuck's new handler. Sarah was dismissed and ordered back to Langley.

It was cold, which suited guest star Tricia Helfer, who has specialized in playing uber-bitch lately. Make that gorgeous, hot and lethal uber-bitch. I was a little surprised that she and Sarah never actually got into a physical battle because they seemed to be heading in that direction. Still, while Forrest was a by the book type, completely unconcerned about hurting Chuck (or anyone in his life), she was pretty lax in keeping track of the asset when Chuck was kidnapped to the Dubai bank vault. She was also too much a one-note character for me.

The mission was to plant a bug in bad guy Amad (pseudonym Harry Lime, Orson Welles' character in The Third Man). That meant getting security access by stealing Devon's key card. Using Awesome's bachelor party – which Jeff, Lester and Morgan horned in on and convinced Chuck to stage at the Buy More (the Buy More?!) – as a cover, Forrest turned party girl (working the pole) to get Devon in a vulnerable position. Despite Chuck's best efforts to protect his future brother-in-law, Devon was manipulated by Forrest and even shot with a tranquilizer gun.

Chuck proved his loyalty to Devon, not to mention his bravery, by pretending to be Awesome when the bad guys stormed the courtyard. The nitrous oxide face off in the vault turned out to be sort of dumb, but at least it gave Sarah the chance to save the day. And with Chuck and Casey's intervention, she was reassigned to Chuck. Goodbye, Agent Alex.

If all that action wasn't enough, the most important development was Chuck confiding in Sarah about his MIA father. When she believed she was heading back to D.C., Sarah did an unauthorized CIA search for Stephen J. Bartowski.

The last scene of the episode was Chuck staring in wonder at the man who answered the door of an old trailer, and speaking one word, "Dad."

Between what that will mean and Ellie's broken heart about Awesome's supposed indiscretion, there's a lot to be resolved for the Bartowski clan in the weeks ahead.
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Preach

When i read "Stephen J. Bartowski" i thought "Man, wouldn't that be great, if his dad would be Stephen J. Cannell?" ;)

April 02 2009 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jake

Rashad Ahmad? Too many years of watching NBA Inside Stuff wouldn't let that one slip by...

March 31 2009 at 11:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hiram

Was I the only one who caught the Caprica reference in Chuck's Flash about Tricia Helfer? Very clever NBC...

March 31 2009 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rick

Good episode...a bit disappointed that Sarah didn't kick a little Forrest ass, though! Also, before Chuck's dad opened the door it looked as if Chuck was about to kiss Sarah. Guess I wish that would've happened, and then let Dad open the door afterwards. Hopefully, before the end of the season, they do share some passion. I still don't understand why some "crap" shows have been renewed, and CHUCK hasn't been yet. What's up NBC!?!

March 31 2009 at 9:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Luke in DC

Was I the only one who noticed that Sarah said "Dad" at the same time?????

March 31 2009 at 7:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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CParis

Sarah's father appeared last season and Chuck met him, not his pop.

March 31 2009 at 7:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GL

Totally nitpicking your review but Jeffster and Morgan didn't convince Chuck of anything, he used them and their idiotic suggestion for his own purposes.

March 31 2009 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

I loved the "doctor. doctor!" nod to Spies Like Us. What's so easy to forget about this show is that it is, at its core, a spy farce. The spy stuff is never to be taken seriously, as it's all largely a telegraphic paean to the history of the genre.

March 31 2009 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mr. Beast

Fun episode. I know the show requires some suspension of belief / reality, but as soon as Helfer showed up as a stripper, it was clear she couldn't stay on as Chuck's handler. Jeffster would never forget her and it would be really weird to have her constantly around Chuck. Not a biggie, but for some reason it bugged me that she would back herself into the stripper corner.

March 31 2009 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scott

the "doctor, Doctor." bit never gets old... hilarious!! It looked like either Sarah recognized Chucks dad or he's disfigured or something... maybe from a helicopter explosion?

March 31 2009 at 12:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

I was really wishing the last line with Chuck's dad would have been "Oh Boy"

I'm really interested into seeing Capt. Awesome figure out this whole spy thing, cause well, he's awesome.

March 31 2009 at 11:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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