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Chuck Recap: Season Two, Episode Three, "Chuck Vs. The Break-Up"

Chuck Rundown: Episode Three, "Chuck Vs. The Break-Up"

In this week's episode of Chuck, both Chuck and Morgan confront bullies who challenge their (already limited) authority and make them feel "so damn small." Of course, in Chuck's case, it's not just pride that's at stake as he once again goes up against his nemesis — it's the safety of the free world. No pressure. This was my favorite episode of the season so far, so to chat, just

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As we saw last week, Bryce Larkin is back, which is never good news for Chuck. He's always been everything Chuck's not (including a real spy and Sarah's real boyfriend), and things get even more dire this time when Bryce and Sarah are assigned to pose as a married couple quite fond of PDA. Their distracting kissiness is meant to help relieve a software magnate named Bonn of a microchip that contains information that could compromise the agents' identities. Chuck, meanwhile, gets to play a lowly waiter — oh, the injustice! While Bryce and Sarah are expertly casing the joint while dancing a fiery lambada, Chuck's breaking pricey bottles of wine and describing a rogue agent as a "psycho elfin queen" — which doesn't help him much when said psycho elfin queen discovers him hiding under the table.

The good news for Chuck is that Sarah gives up the microchip mission in favor of saving his life. The bad news, as Bryce notes, is that Sarah's feelings for Chuck are too distracting to make her an effective spy. And so, one hospital visit and several crises later, Chuck tells Sarah that they'll never have a real relationship. He wants to know her actual name; she'll be "off somewhere in Paraguay quelling a revolution with a fork." They're still pretending to be together; Sarah's in Ellie's wedding party. But our foray into secret/agent romance appears to be over for now.

Meanwhile, this week's Buy More plot is capital-A Awesome. NFL player Michael Strahan guest-stars as Mitt, the leader of the Mighty Jocks sporting goods sales team that's been taking over the Buy More for Madden football and snacks. Morgan's inferiority to Mitt nicely parallels Chuck's inferiority to Bryce; he even spends the night in the Buy More to avoid a throwdown with the Mighty Jocks. He ultimately stands up for himself by giving Mitt a soda bath — though in the final cage match, it's Anna Woo who fights Mitt off with camera tripods (to a "Barracuda" soundtrack!), even prompting Casey to run a background check just in case she could come in handy for field work.

Some other thoughts:

  • Now we know that the intersect in Chuck's brain can be updated with Bryce's special sunglasses. Loved the throwback to the fainting scene from the pilot, this time with Chuck weakly yelling "I hate Bryce Larkin."
  • Speaking of Bryce and those sunglasses, the episode's riff on Bryce's stealthy entrances is hysterical.
  • Once again, Chuck proves to be a marginally competent spy, paying off some thugs with $4.5 million in government cash.
  • Also, Chuck can apparently "flash" on voices, even if he doesn't see a face.
  • Loved the scene where Captain Awesome informs Bryce that as a future cardiologist, he's well-schooled in matters of the heart.
  • Bonn gets some wonderful lines: "I'm living in a Lamborghini. You can't imagine how little legroom there is."
  • So, what did you all think? Sad to see Chuck call things off with Sarah, or satisfied that it's the right decision? Hoping the Mighty Jocks book a return engagement?

    Photos courtesy of NBC

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rachmolly rachmolly 7 years
does anyone know the name of the song that was playing when Chuck and Sarah break up at the end of the episode?
spacebear spacebear 7 years
hmmm my comment got cut off...but i can't wait for elie's and awesome's wedding. it will probably be awesome.
smileet147 smileet147 7 years
This show always manages to give me a warm fuzzy feeling whenever I watch it. It's SO great!
spacebear spacebear 7 years
I love love love this show!I saw some previews for next week's ep with nichole ritchie online and chuck finds out sarahs real name and her hometown! so when he was telling her how he'll never find out i was like "yes you will! next week!" Oh and I can't wait for Sara
Lavinie Lavinie 7 years
i really enjoyed this episode.... there was a couple of times when i actually laughed out loud.. great episode chuck!
CoralAmber CoralAmber 7 years
I love Bonn, it's nice to see him on TV again. Gah, Casey had to do everything this week (except fight off the jocks. Go Anna!!!).
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 7 years
I love the part where Anna goes inside the cage to save Morgan. When Mitt said, "I don't fight girls" and Anna replied, "Neither do I" - I cheered. That was so cool. Girls kick ass in this show. And why must Sarah and Chuck always break each other's heart over and over? Argh. Same here Renee! My heart broke when he said he'll never know her real name, or her hometown or her first love. Aww. And that he won't be able to call Sarah at the end of a bad day and tell her some funny thing that Morgan did 'cause she's on some mission faraway. Dammit, I'm getting too attached. Lol. When Captain Awesome said, "There's one thing I know best, the human heart" - My heart just fell on the floor and it made its way to Captain Awesome's hands. Hehee. I have to stop watching these shows. Chuck and Captain Awesome can have my heart any time. Boink.
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 7 years
I love the part where Anna goes inside the cage to save Morgan. When Mitt said, "I don't fight girls" and Anna replied, "Neither do I" - I cheered. That was so cool. Girls kick ass in this show. And why must Sarah and Chuck always break each other's heart over and over? Argh. Same here Renee! My heart broke when he said he'll never know her real name, or her hometown or her first love. Aww. And that he won't be able to call Sarah at the end of a bad day and tell her some funny thing that Morgan did 'cause she's on some mission faraway. Dammit, I'm getting too attached. Lol. When Captain Awesome said, "There's one thing I know best, the human heart" - My heart just fell on the floor and it made its way to Captain Awesome's hands. Hehee. I have to stop watching these shows. Chuck and Captain Awesome can have my heart any time. Boink.
sunny1intucson sunny1intucson 7 years
I still really like this show. It's humor is quite funny (Ellie's fiance as the surgeon in training and Morgan and the rest of the Buy More crew in general). I'm starting to get a little tired of the almost on again/off again nature of Chuck and Sarah's relationship, but I still like the show.
Read2me Read2me 7 years
This episode rocked! My heart was breaking for Chuck but I haven't given up on him and Sarah just yet. The best line was about the "going rate for thugs for hire"- classic Chuck!
Mesayme Mesayme 7 years
I thought it was cute but so far fetched... it's her responsibility to keep things under control as a spy. I know it's TV but it's hard not to think (that'll never happen that way) I just like Chuck...Sarah irritates me.
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
I loved this episode too! I was so sad when Chuck told Sarah how he'll never know her real name and stuff. Poor guy. Great episode!
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