Chuck: Chuck Versus the First Kill
by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 14th 2009 9:46AM
(S02E20) Trust. Five little letters that represent so, so much. For Chuck, trust has been key to his agreeing to be the American government's good little intersect. He's gone along with all the dangerous assignments, put his life on the line, lied to his friends and family, and every step of the way, he's trusted that Casey and Sarah and the General are working for the country's best interest, and by extension, his best interest.
After convincing the General that the only way to keep Fulcrum from getting their own intersect, the one not in Chuck's head, was to steal back Orion before he succeeds in building another unit. The fact that Orion was also Steve Bartowski -- Chuck's primary objective, i.e. "get back dad" -- was evident. However, for appearances, he let the team believe that he believed saving the interset was the most important thing.
Without a clue what to do, Chuck improvised. That meant Jordana Brewster was back as Jill, Chuck's ex and an imprisoned Fulcrum agent. Jill's help involved Uncle Bernie -- Borat's Azamat (Ken Davitian) -- who was...wait for it...a Fulcrum agent, too!
Bernie learned Chuck was connected to Orion and chased him and Jill. Maybe if he had been naked like in Borat it would have been funnier. Once Chuck dispatched the lethal Bernie with a move called "The Morgan," the action shifted to a super-secret Fulcrum recruiting office in the heart of Hollywood. Did the government really not know that Fulcrum had that operating in plain sight? The recruiting film was calculated to look like American propaganda, up to the point of referring to the persons watching as comrades.
But as I said, this was all about trust, and that included the action at Buy More. Smug Emmet won Morgan's trust by assuring him that if he used his influence to get the crew to shape up for the corporate review, Emmet would be promoted out of the Burbank "pit" and out of their lives. Morgan believed him.
At the same time, in between gun fire, Jill advised Chuck that his trust in Sarah and Casey and the General was misplaced because no matter what happened with Orion, they would use Chuck to their advantage. His personal feelings wouldn't matter to the CIA, NSA, or Fulcrum.
So when push came to shove, Morgan trusted Emmet and got Big Mike to trust him. In a scene that was a beautiful take-off of The Godfather, Part II ("You broke my heart, Fredo."), Big Mike was demoted to a green shirt and Emmet's now in charge of the Buy More.
Unbeknownst to Chuck, the General pulled the plug on the Intersect. That's right, as Casey called it, "Operation Moron" was done. Sarah objected, but she was following orders. So when Chuck was approached by Sarah and told to come back to the castle because they had captured Orion -- even though he knew his father was at the Black Rock (which was not CBS corporate headquarters on 52nd Street in Manhattan, but a Fulcrum installation in Barstow, California) -- he was ready to believe.
Sarah was telling him a CIA/NSA lie that would have locked him away at Langley for the rest of his life, but she couldn't destroy his trust or his life. Sarah showed that when it comes to Chuck, she's not the hard-hearted pro she's supposed to be. She went rogue taking Chuck with her.
Now it's the two of them on the run with Casey on their trail, Orion on the horizon, and -- oh yeah -- Jill is on the run, too, because Chuck defied orders and let her go. Hope that was an act of trust that doesn't blow up in his face.