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'Chuck' - 'Chuck Versus the Tic Tac' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 16th 2010 12:35AM
(S03E10) The mission tonight was all about decisions. Decisions, decisions. Turned out there were choices made in the past, present and future that had a major effect on Chuck, Sarah and Casey, especially the latter. For more on that, and Robert Patrick's bad breath, read on after the jump.

Previous episodes revealed that Casey had an alias. When you realized why Lt. Alexander Coburn took the Tic Tac from James Keller, Robert Patrick's character, how the military had just dashed his dreams, it all made sense. Casey wanted to be more than one of the few, the proud, the Marines. Keller was the devil and Casey succumbed.

Chuck never believed that Casey was bad, even after getting Casey's gun barrel pressed to his chest. And Sarah believed in him, too. The two were willing to risk their careers for Casey. Beckman, on the other hand, was as cold as ice. Apparently you're only as valuable as your last mission. Even after everything was over, she still drummed Casey out of government service. Goodbye, Colonel. Hello, Mr. Casey.

By the way, what was the upshot of the pill, the Laudanol? After taking it, Chuck was Super Chuck. Maybe more like the Incredible Hulk, only not green. He couldn't be stopped and he was really happy being violent and hard, until Sarah brought him back to himself. But if that was the only sample of the drug, isn't it gone now? That would make the mission a bust, wouldn't it?

The way Chuck went after the attack team at Kathleen's was too much like Casey going after Keller. The choking and lifting off the ground bit? We'd just seen it. Speaking of repeats, wasn't the 'Charlie's Angel' infiltration of the security location -- the flipping and gymnastics -- pretty much what Chuck does every time he flashes? They need to give him some different bells and whistles when he flashes.

So it all came down to choice. Casey chose to accept being drummed out of the CIA, and chose not to pursue Kathleen, even though she had had his child. He wasn't able to change the decision he had made years before, meaning that he wasn't going to acknowledge his own daughter, Alex. At least not this week, but it would be unrealistic if they don't return to this story line. Casey now has a back story, and a future story.

Meanwhile, Sarah chose to explore a future with Shaw in D.C. at the same time Casey was advising Chuck to make a move on Sarah. A real move. A declaration of love.

But the real choices and declaration of loves were reserved for Ellie and Devon. Ellie confided to Chuck that being with Devon was the best choice she ever made, so she was ready to give up her dream for him. Like the 'Gift of the Magi,' when she gave up what she wanted -- the USC fellowship -- for Devon, he'd already decided to stay in L.A. and not do Doctors Without Borders so Ellie could have what she wanted.

Other points of interest

-- The 'Mork and Mindy' marathon?

-- The original 'Planet of the Apes' wasn't Morgan's fave because the upper lips didn't move on the apes. Of course, that's how Chuck knew Morgan was doing Casey's bidding.

-- Morgan and Devon's face off was like the Three Stooges, only with two of them. "You go first. No, you go first."

-- I liked Stanley Fitzroy, "It means son of the king." He was sort of a nerdy spy-proofer, someone Chuck could befriend.

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Excellent episode! Loved it! Loved 'the reunion'!

March 16 2010 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is it just me or does it seem that everyone on the show was engaged at some point?

March 16 2010 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"They need to give him some different bells and whistles when he flashes."

Well there were 13 levels we didn't get to see. I'm sure they worked the Intersect out with those. But point taken.

They really should take more advantage of the possibly hundreds of languages stored in Chuck's head. That'd be an easy (and very helpful) skill to showcase without all the theatrics of him going all super ninja.

March 16 2010 at 10:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave H

People forget that Robert Patrick was the Head of the Unit. Maybe this was a nod to that as well

March 16 2010 at 10:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"The way Chuck went after the attack team at Kathleen's was too much like Casey going after Keller. The choking and lifting off the ground bit? We'd just seen it."

Uhh, that was precisely and exactly the point? How did you not get that? Casey is the emotionless one that always follows orders with no question, perfectly happy to be punching, choking or shooting someone in service to his job. And when Chuck took the pill he became exactly like him.

That was the entire point of the mirroring. It was intentional *and* it actually had a purpose toward character development for two of our main players.

And the bonsai scene is evidence that Casey isn't *truly* emotionless nor an automaton. And he's encouraging Chuck to not live like Casey makes everyone think he does.

Seriously, how did you miss all that? It's not like Chuck is a subtle show.

March 16 2010 at 8:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to malren's comment

Well said. I thought this was a great episode.

March 16 2010 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, the point was that Chuck was mirroring Casey and that only Sarah could bring him out of it. It's more delving into the storyline that Chuck's turning into a spy but at the cost of his humanity. Not only is Sarah Chuck's only human anchor but she's also questioning his decision to pursue this route at the cost of his inner self. It's the consequence of Chuck deciding to pursue the spy life as opposed to running away with Sarah.

March 16 2010 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Stanley should become a reoccuring character! He has the nerdy potential to be a friend of Chuck.This season needs a funnyguy!

March 16 2010 at 7:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

X-Files Reunion :)



P.S. Great Episode.

March 16 2010 at 2:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ditroia's comment

Knowle Rohrer and John Doggett....fighting again, though on different sides than they were on The X-Files.

One of my all-time fav shows merges with one of my current fav shows! Love it!

March 16 2010 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't think that Casey actually had Chuck take the drug but instead Chuck just thought he took the drug so he would flash.

March 16 2010 at 1:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to mickbw's comment

More Casey!! It was interesting to see Casey in the past paralleled to Chuck in the present. Casey is usually just the grunting guy that gets things done, but the episode really humanized him, and showed another aspect of Chuck's life at the same time. When did the writers get this good at this kind of writing?

Review of the episode on my blog:

March 16 2010 at 1:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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