'Chuck': The truth and its antidote

Chuck_lAfter several episodes dedicated to both small fibs and even bigger lies, the truth (somewhat) came out last night on Chuck. Thanks to a show that revolved around that pesky truth serum that has crippled many a superhero, we learned that Ellie and Awesome’s relationship isn’t completely awesome, Sarah really does have a thing for Chuck, and that being a spy really kind of sucks.

Case in point: Chuck’s love life. Our main guy developed a small crush last night on none other than The O.C.‘s Rachel Bilson — a.k.a. sandwich chef Lou — and couldn’t even seal the deal, thanks to his cover, a faux relationship with Weinerlicious’ Sarah. Not only that, but even if he wasn’t fake-dating Sarah, any potential love interest would need to undergo an intense screening process to scrutinize her intentions (turns out Chuck’s charming demeanor and boyish good looks aren’t enough to score a real paramour).

And as if that weren’t enough, turns out Chuck’s inability to share his new career path with his family is proving to be quite detrimental. After Ellie treated a man poisoned by nuclear code-enthusiast outside a sushi restaurant, the bad guy — played by Alias‘s Kevin Weisman — gave Chuck’s sister the same treatment while posing as a cop. The effects of the poison soon became obvious — with Ellie spewing honesty regarding Chuck’s hair and Devon’s affinity for the awesome — and landed the doctor in a hospital bed with only hours left to live. After some quick thinking, Chuck lured the bad guy to the hospital and was able to procure the antidote for the unconscious Ellie, but not after confessing his secret at her bedside. And though his sister was in a comatose state at the time, I can’t help but wonder if she heard what Chuck had said. It’s about time that at least one member of Chuck’s Bartkowski or Buy More family learns the truth. Let’s face it, wouldn’t Ellie be safer if she knew to look out for strange law officials with sketchy intentions?

I have to say, after weeks of watching their stern, by-the-bookdemeanors, it was nice to see some lightheartedness brought to Sarahand Casey’s characters after they inhaled the truth serum. To defendhimself against the CIA and NSA, the bad guy exposed Sarah, Casey, andChuck to the poison, and it wasn’t long until the trio began to showthe love. Seems the odd-couple professionals are actually starting toenjoy each other’s company, and officially consider themselvespartners, rival agencies and all. And Chuck certainly unloaded his fairshare of confessions, pointing out Sarah’s attractiveness and ramblingother musings (my favorite: "If I had a blog, this would be a reallybig day for me").

But we all knew the truth serum couldn’t have worked thatwell on one particular CIA spy. As soon as Sarah told Chuck that therewas no chance that their fake relationship would ever blossom intoreality, it was obvious Sarah had managed to somehow overcome thepoison’s side effects. After all, I’d be hard pressed to think thatSarah hadn’t even considered hooking up with Chuck, what with her planto pretend seduce Chuck at the beginning of the episode. And sureenough, as we learned in the show’s final moments, Sarah had beentrained to withstand the poison, rendering her assertion (surprise,surprise), false. But why is Sarah attempting to reject her feelingsfor Chuck? Has she yet to recover from Bryce’s death? Or is it simplytoo dangerous to maintain a relationship while, you know, shooting badguys and cooking corndogs? Either way, Chuck was in no mood to sitaround and find out — our hero’s brush with death led him to cross anumber off his to-do list by dumping his fake girlfriend in order tomove on to the real deal. But something tells me that the love trianglewon’t last too long — I’d put my money on Lou being yet another hotgirl-turned-assassin/bad girl/cold-blooded killer. I mean, as we’velearned, it’s impossible for a girl to fall for Chuck and not have somesort of ulterior spy motive.

And, before we close, can I just have a Hallelujah for Harry Tang’sdeparture? I thought for sure we would be seeing the obnoxious newassistant manager flex his muscles in the job for far longer than wehad. Upon walking in on Casey, Sarah, and Chuck’s plasma meeting withGeneral Beckman, Casey convinced Tang that he was part of theoperation, and needed to permanently relocate to Oahu. My only questionis, can Morgan be next? Please?

What about you, PopWatchers? Are you glad Harry Tang is gone? Didyou enjoy seeing two stars for the price of one in last night’sepisode? Does Ellie know — or at least have some sort of suspicion —about Chuck’s pastime? Did it explain a lot that Jeff’s mother claimedthat "truth was powder"? And, finally, do you find it awkward that bothChuck and Ellie frequently walk in on each other being affectionatewith their significant others — and continue to stay to watch theintimate moments?

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  • Green Gummi Bear

    I kinda like Tang and Morgan (and I could not believe they got by the censors with the Loves me some Lady Tang or whatever was said). And Tang’s work on Dexter can only go so far, I wouldn’t be suprised if he was back.

  • Luke

    God I love this show and this was the best episode yet. Some of the funniest lines yet, solid action and Yvonne Strahovski in a nightie.
    Seriously though, I’m invested in this romantic coupling between Chuck and Sarah in a way I haven’t been with any other show since the early year or two of Friends. I really hope that this show gets to fully play out one season.
    Hopefully the strike doesn’t end the series of everybody, writers and actors included. My favorite show in years.

  • Anonymous

    I thought last night’s episodes was one of the best of the season. The scene with Chuck and Sarah where she said they had no chance together was so heart breaking. I don’t see how anyone can say they have no chemistry after that episode. And it seemed to have a lot of what fans wanted: Chuck telling Ellie he was a spy (all be it when she was unconscious), development in Chuck and Sarah’s relationship, Less Morgan, the end of Harry Tang, and Captain Awesome once again shirtless. Seems like they are listening.

  • Freckles

    I loved it! Best episode of the season. The scene with Sarah saying that was no chance of anything between her and Chuck was just pitch perfect. I was kind of irritated when I thought Chuck was going to kiss Sarah as part of a new “live life to the fullest” outlook, but then he dumped her. I did not see that coming and I loved it! I’m so glad there are writers willing to break from the tired plot cliches.
    I’m a little sad to see Harry go, but I would gladly sign any paperwork that transferred Morgan to Harry’s new pineapple factory.

  • Lise

    “Casey, your jaw could have been chisled by Michaelangelo.” .. and Casey looked pleased to hear it! So many funny moments last night. I keep forgetting how much I enjoy this show from week to week.

  • carrie

    I enjoyed the ep, but was anyone really all that shocked that Sarah was lying about having feelings of the warm, sqishy variety for Chuck? You know that Chuck and Sarah can’t get together too soon, it could potentially ruin everything. Wasn’t really impressed with Capt. Awesome’s “Hey, I have feelings” acting, but I was glad to see Ellie have a somewhat larger role.

  • ronaldo

    This continues to be the best new show on TV. Not sure it needed Big Mike’s revelation of why Tang got the Asst. Mgr. position. But overall great blend of comedy/drama/mystery/action. As far as the previews, my guess is Bryce is laying in that chamber under suspended animation.

  • Valerie

    Great ep, and I couldn’t be happier that Harry Tang is gone !

  • DocZeus

    I actually really like Harry Tang and Morgan. I might be in the extreme minority.

  • Rhianna

    Why is EW ignoring this awesome show?! Every week I await my new EW and every week, I’m bomarded with commentary on lesser deserving fare (ugh…If I hear one more rave about Pushing Daisies…)!!! Chuck is tops! Write more and write often about this awesome show. Also – I should add – Chuck = The new Jim Halpert

  • Court

    I guess I’m alone in thinking that Sarah and Casey would make a much better couple than Sarah and Chuck. I just don’t see their chemistry at all.

  • BLM

    I loved this episode too! Chuck is just so cute–how could any girl say “no” to him? It was nice to see Summer Roberts back on my TV screen too. Tang should stay in Hawaii forever. Morgan wasn’t that annoying last night, so I’ll let him stay awhile.

  • Anonymous

    Did anyone else catch the shout out to the military by Casey after they had been poisoned? I thought that was a nice touch on veterans day. Also, I definitely thought that was Bryce in the chamber for next weeks episode by isn’t it a little early to bring him back? Seems like a season 1 cliff hanger finale. I also thought they would bring him back after Sarah and Chuck got together to throw a monkey wrench into their relationship.

  • Louise

    More Casey! He’s my favorite character on the show.

  • Schrobblehead

    Uh… I agree Chuck and Sarah do have chemistry. I too was duped by the dumping, and I would have cringed if he had tried to kiss her after being rejected. Besides, he asked her about his chances because he wanted to go after Sweet Lou. I with those who liked Tang. Somehow annoying and obnoxious people like him make the world stay in balance. Kind of like Dwight on the Office.

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