You guys, I don’t even know where to start, seriously. I actually don’t have a whole lot to say about last week’s episode, other than I was glad to hear Sarah articulate her feelings about Chuck (and glad he got to hear them), I was happy that Chuck broke up with Hannah and I didn’t miss her at all this week, and I think Alex Coburn is possibly the most perfect real name for Casey ever. It was a good episode, but mostly it was a nice set up for THIS episode, which was … it was major. Definitely.
Me and Billy had some disagreements about this episode, because he is a nerd (we’ll get back to that momentarily), but I really liked it, even though it left me with a lot of butterflies in my stomach. That’s such a weird reaction to have to a TV show but it’s the only way I can describe it. I’m just nervous on so many levels, which is probably a sign of being entirely too invested in television. But then, is that possible?
Okay, rather than try to do a blow-by-blow, let me instead go over the things giving me butterflies.
First of all, Morgan finding out. I love it. This is where Billy and I disagree. He thinks that they’re making a classic superhero mistake of having too many people know the secret, because then you lose the dual nature of the character. I told you he was a nerd. The things Billy could tell you about superheroes. And I mean, I see his point, but I really think the show was needing something to bring it back down to Everyman Becomes a Spy level. I’m not going to say there’s been too much of Chuck doing a shitty job of balancing his lives, because I think there’s actually been a perfect amount of that, and the tension has been building in a good way, and I think this was a nice breaking point.
I think what gives me butterflies about this is kind of the same thing that happened when Chuck uploaded Intersect 2.0 or Awesome found out … I love this show so much that I always get worried about the major changes, and I can never imagine how things can be as good when they’re different, but they always are, and sometimes they’re better.
And you know, something else just occurred to me. I think that, in letting Morgan in on it, Chuck gets to be more like himself. He might lose some of the duality, but I really think that role right now has been transferred to Awesome. He’s the one now who’s having a hard time keeping it together because he has to lie and he’s not good at it. I love Awesome and I’m so stressed out for him, and I can totally understand him wanting to run away. But seriously? That also gave me butterflies because I don’t want Awesome to leave! (And yeah, I would miss him more than Ellie. I said it.)
Alright, in other butterflighty news (and OMG, that would make such a good screenname for me, since I love butter AND am flighty, and I like making up words … and getting sidetracked, apparently), I did love Chuck admitting (albeit to Morgan) that he loves Sarah. I liked that and I thought it was an important moment, and also, if there is anything this season has taught me, it’s when people admit their love for someone to another person first, hellooooo Vampire Diaries! And now Chuck too. And I find that it makes the actual “I love you” so intense to watch because you, as a viewer, know it’s coming and you’re just anticipating it so hard. Now I’m sort of dying because I totally want to see that, but I also like when they tease us a little bit. So I’m fine with whatever.
But the thing is … I feel like we’re heading to a close with Shaw, and you guys, I can’t lie, I really like him. I know people say that Sarah and Shaw have no chemistry, and that might be a little true, and I know that people think Brandon Routh is boring and never changes his facial expressions, but I like him and I like the character, and I’ve enjoyed seeing a dynamic shift in the group, and I don’t want him to go. Yeah, I’m curious what’s up with him and The Ring and why they don’t kill him, but mostly, I’m like … no, stay! Don’t leave me, I like you! I definitely prefer the Shaw variety of boss over the general hanging out on the flat screen. He’s more interactive, less exposition fairy, and I feel like the show has benefitted from that, even though I wonder if that’ll be an unpopular opinion. Seriously, Shaw could stay for the duration and I’d be totally cool with that.
And of course, I have the butterflies over WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT PHONE CALL TO CASEY? I mean, I’m totally ready for a Casey-centric story because of how much I love him, and he’s definitely had more of a backseat role for the first part of this season. But I always get a little nervous when things happen surrounding Casey because I feel like he’s more unpredictable to the audience than say Chuck or Sarah, because we generally know how they’ll act and what motivates them. Casey is just much more of a mystery, which is why, for example, at the end of last season it was shocking when he went after Chuck and MORE shocking when he was just upset they didn’t ask him to join the team. There’s a lot of room for surprise with him, and especially now, three seasons in, that’s gotta be a pretty fun thing for the writers to occasionally get to work with.
All in all, this was a VERY solid episode, and that’s just on the big points. There were also a ton of little things to love about it, and I think a lot of war references that just went over my head. I mean, I got Braveheart, and I got the sailor kissing the girl on the cover of Time Magazine, and the Iwo Jima shot. And I LOOOOOOOVED the return of Jeffster doing Fortunate Son [thanks to Tam for saving me from embarassing my ass on that one ... I can't believe I got the title wrong, I have Fortunate Son on my fucking iPod, for crying out loud, but I'll just blame it on being rusty from my week off. :)] (oh my god, CREEDENCE … love), no doubt a shout out to Vietnam.
And there were at least a few really nice callbacks too, like the Buy Morea flag being raised and Jeff’s weird chloroform-type drug habit. God, he is so strange. But seriously, how amazing was it to see him just wander in on Casey getting his ass kicked (and how often does THAT happen? A true testament to the badassitude of The Ring, I suppose), chloroform a huge bad guy, and wander out? Jeff and Casey … my two favorite characters in one really strange scene. I could not have loved it any more. But seriously, I was really worried for a second there that they were going to kill Casey. Maybe I shouldn’t have been, but I really, really was. I love Casey and I would die without him. And probably Chuck would too.
Also, why couldn’t Casey pretend to be Sarah’s new husband? He was bitching about being in the van again, and you’d think it would make more sense to keep Shaw hidden … right? You guys. Don’t think too hard about these things. It’s a rabbit hole we don’t want to go down, and I’m sorry for poking my head in and looking around.
And, just because I think it demands a little more commentary, let’s go back to Chuck and Morgan and the big reveal. I feel like Morgan responded perfectly, and exactly like you’d expect him to, but not in a predictable way–in an in-character way. It was good writing. I love how excited he was, just like a little kid, and how he rehired Chuck as his best friend. I still am so amazed at how much they did with his character from season one to season two, and I sometimes still can’t believe how much I love him. And I mean, Morgan really does have the heart of a lion. He was totally determined to go in there and protect his store and his country, with or without Chuck. And he totally whacked the last guy on the head with a stick, which, let’s face it, most of the damsels on this show (Chuck included) wouldn’t have the presence of mind to do. And he just took everything in stride. Awww, I love Morgan.
And speaking of lion-hearted, how about the Buy More gang? And I have a soft spot for Shaw, too, who called and gave them exactly what they needed, which was some recognition for their efforts, commendation on caring, and in general, it was just sweet. Seriously, how do people not like Shaw?
Alright, that’s it from me (except that I loved the Duck Hunt part–NOW that’s all from me). What did you guys think? Favorite parts? Things I forgot? How did the episode leave you feeling at the end? Did you find it to be as much of a thrill ride as I did? And how about Morgan finding out? We’ve got a lot of discussing to do. Get to it in the comments.