Season 2 Episode 3

Chuck Versus the Break-Up

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 2008 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Bryce Larkin returns to town with news about FULCRUM. They have hired a wealthy software magnate named Von Hayes to decrypt information on a stolen chip containing a refresh to the Intersect with highly classified information. Bryce and Sarah have to pose as a married couple at Von Hayes' dining party to steal back the chip, while Chuck has to pose as a waiter.
Meanwhile, Morgan has an encounter with the Mighty Jocks at the Buy More.moreless

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  • Knew title was trouble. Wasn't worried about Bryce, Sarah made clear both during and before this episode that she loves Chuck even if she hasn't put it that bluntly. He did cause trouble though. But he wasn't the one who really caused the trouble.moreless

    I hate to admit it but because of her feelings for Chuck, how much she cares about him, she made some calls that she maybe wouldn't have other wise made. When she was with Bryce she did what she had to do. She took the risks, she knew he could die but she did what she had to. She still did what she had to with Chuck, but this time it wasn't for the greater good or the mission. Now I'm not picking sides on this one, I think Sarah of course did the right thing in both saving Chuck and not taking a risk that might have killed him but both times it almost cost them the mission. Now again not taking sides, I think she made the right call both times but if you look at it from a certain way it did almost cost them the mission. Casey was pretty silent about it all, in fact Bryce was the one who was pointing things out to Chuck left and right but Casey didn't say much of anything. But that look at the end spoke volumes. Sarah's feelings for Chuck almost cost them the mission twice and landed her in the hospital, I get why Bryce and Casey would not be so happy with that but Sarah...they aren't together now and Sarah is making these calls, taking these risks? So what's standing in their way, really?

    Chuck, great guy that he is did the right thing as usual and I almost hate him for it. He broke up with Sarah. He's a normal guy who wants a normal life and he might get that some day and he might not but either way Sarah will never be normal, she can never give him the future or life that he wants. She'll always be a spy, she'll always be a mystery, she can never just be. I was in tears those last scenes, though I knew the Chuck/Sarah thing wouldn't be that easy it was just so hard to watch. They were so close, Sarah was finally admitting feelings for Chuck to herself and to Chuck and of course that's when Chuck finally gets that Sarah can't give him the normal life he so wants. He deserves that but I wonder what Sarah had to say before Chuck beat her to the punch. But she might not have been planning on punching.

    I don't blame Chuck for wanting a normal life, he deserves it. But did it ever occur to him to maybe ask Sarah if she wants one too? Could save them a lot of future heart ache and drama. It's not totally out of the realm of possibilities is it?

    So good episode, very sad. Very, very sad and....oh wait, one more thing. That whole not overly worried about Bryce thing I maybe should take that back. Nothing he did really interfered with Chuck/Sarah though he certainly tried for awhile there. But he did give Chuck another little gift, something for a real spy. A shiny new upgrade for the intersect. Zapped it into his brain just like before, though this time he cleverly tricked him into it with a pair of sunglasses. I'd love to say I hate Bryce Larkin but damn that was clever.

    Sidenote, when Chuck flashed earlier in the episode we saw that there was info about Casey and Sarah in the new upgrade. What that info is who knows but give I'm thinking Chuck will possibly flash on some stuff about Sarah. Personal stuff, non-Bryce related personal stuff. But that's another episode. ;)moreless
  • Bryce comes back! Putting a wrench!

    Well just when things were going really great for our favorite couple. Bryce has to come on back and ruin things. And that when national security is one the line. He and Sarah are forced to play a married couple. That really makes Chuck really jealous. As you felt sorry for him. And that you really wanted Sarah and Chuck to get together for real. But not yet. Meanwhile, Casey wants to recruit Anna as a spy. Anna is funny and does have a lot of humor. Hope that she can come on back. Morgan, on the other hand, stands up to the jock bullies. At least, they are giving Morgan time to develop as a character.moreless
  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    Chuck is overcome with jealousy when his nemesis Bryce Larkin, Sarah's ex-lover and partner, makes an unexpected return. Chuck and Sarah's growing feelings for each other are tested when their latest mission requires Sarah and Bryce to pose as an extremely affectionate couple. Meanwhile, Morgan faces his own challenge at Buy More when he must deal with a gang of bullies, the Mighty Jocks. Led by Mitt, these bullies are the employees of a neighboring sporting goods store, and they love to take over Buy More's home theater room to play sports video games. I love the start of the episode, in Sarah and Bryce flashback - was cool I actualyl really enjoy Bryce as a character his part in the storyline is always interesting. Yeah I wanted Sarah and Chuck together there and then, but all in good time. i love the way Chuck feels about the whole Bryce and Sarah relationship, I love the scenes where Chuck and Bryce see Sarah in her dress and the scene in the mission where Chuck is jealous, and Lesters storyline "Drunk with power" and the storyline where Morgan and Lester are scared to leave the Buy More, and the scene with Awesome and Bryce, and the way Bryce isn't happy with Sarah due to the fact that she is making mistakes because of her feelings for Chuck. Oh and where Chuck has the money and he wants the man to come to him and it takes ages for the swap - hilarious. Awesome ending too.moreless
  • The Bryce is right!...

    When Bryce pays a visit, you just know things won't work out smoothly. The studly agent really puts a wrench in Chuck's future endeavors with Sarah. His warnings may have some truth to them, but I have a feeling he said those things more so out of jealousy than anything else. The sexual Chemistry between Sarah and Bryce is off the chart and it's apparent from the get-go, a really Alias-y flashback, that there's not just sparks, but 4th of July fireworks between them. Their dance sequence was incredibly sexy and Sarah looked absolutely stunning. I was wondering when the writers would knock us off our feet with a sexy Sarah costume.

    Sarah's feelings for Chuck compromised two missions this time around and their break-up scenes were admittedly powerful for such a hammy series. Chuck's realization that he just wants a normal life and that Sarah will never be normal really hit her like a ton of bricks, although she did her best to shield her emotions. I love these will they/won't they moments.

    As for the ending, well, it seems Bryce is working for a 3rd party, one that wants Intersect-Chuck to keep updated on all of the evil doings of the world. But why? Bryce has changed his life forever and not exactly for the better. Is Bryce a fulcrum agent? It's doubtful, so what's his end game?

    Overall, a very good episode! Action, humour, drama and Anna kicking ass! HILARIOUS. A new possible agent on our hands? Oooh, the possibilities!moreless
  • Review.

    Former New York Giants star Michael Strahan guest-stars as the intimidating bully Mitt. Chuck is overcome with jealousy when his nemesis Bryce Larkin, Sarah's ex-lover and partner, makes an unexpected return. Chuck and Sarah's growing feelings for each other are tested when their latest mission requires Sarah and Bryce to pose as an extremely affectionate couple. Meanwhile, Morgan faces his own challenge at Buy More when he must deal with a gang of bullies, the Mighty Jocks. Led by Mitt, these bullies are the employees of a neighboring sporting goods store, and they love to take over Buy More's home theater room to play sports video games. Whay does Chuck always get caught haha oh well. This episode was fantastic, although the love triangle is now getting boring. Morgan and Lester at the Buy More was so funny it was one of the best things I have seen at the Buy More in ages it was awesome.moreless
Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Ryan McPartlin

Ryan McPartlin

Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Michael "Big Mike" Tucker

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Steve Valentine

Steve Valentine

Von Hayes

Guest Star

Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan


Guest Star

Bianca Chiminello

Bianca Chiminello


Guest Star

Matthew Bomer

Matthew Bomer

Bryce Larkin

Recurring Role

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Chuck flashes the mugshots of various CIA/NSA agents, including Sarah Walker and John Casey, the mugshots mistakenly identifies National Security Agency (NSA) agents, including Casey, as part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), that is incorrect. The NSA is actually a branch of the US Department of Defense (DOD), which is why the gang's superior officer is General Beckman. Beckman is a US Air Force General.

    • The Fulcrum agent posing as a doctor has a name tag with "Dr. J. Rosenbaum" on it. Scott Rosenbaum is writer and executive producer of this episode.

    • When Chuck flashes on the Intersect data drive, pictures of the following persons are shown in split seconds:

      Mock, Kevin; NSA Agent
      ID 3234-2808; Status: Active

      Cruz, Sarah; NSA Agent
      ID 8842-6367; Status: Active

      Agent Code Name: Scott Hatcher (CIA)

      Agent Code Name: Sarah Walker (CIA)

      Agent Code Name: Lauren Goldenberg (CIA)

      Casey, John; NSA Agent
      ID 5498-5684; Status: Active

    • Featured Music:
      "Fake Empire" by The National (Chuck goes to Sarah's apartment)
      "Symphony No. 9, Fourth Movement (Ode To Joy)" by Ludwig van Beethoven (After Morgan cuts power to the Buy More home theater)
      "Fake Empire" by The National (Sarah watches Chuck in a hostage situation)
      "Guaglione" by Machito
      "Barracuda" by Heart (Anna fights Mitt)
      "Skinny Love" by Bon Iver (Chuck talks to Sarah about their future)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Chuck (to Sarah): I wanna be able to call you at the end of a bad day and tell you about some funny thing Morgan did, and not find out that I can't because you're off somewhere in Paraguay, quelling a revolution with a fork.

    • Bryce: (to Chuck) You'll do the right thing. You always do. That's why I sent you the Intersect in the first place.

    • Casey: Lunch break, Orange Orange.
      Chuck: Yogurt again? Can't we have a meatball sub?
      Casey: We're not eating, idiot. We got a new mission.
      Chuck: Does it have anything to do with Bryce? Why he's in town?
      Casey: I don't know. If I know Larkin, he's probably here for a roll in the hay with Walker.

    • Fulcrum Agent: Okay, let's try this one more time. The microchip. Please. The microchip now!
      Bryce: Release the kid first.
      Chuck: Kid? Honestly, we were born in the same year.
      Fulcrum Agent: Give me the chip and I'll let him go.
      (Bryce raises his arm and puts his gun down)
      Fulcrum Agent: The chip.
      Bryce: There. Now release him.
      Fulcrum Agent: Sorry.
      Bryce: You got it?
      Sarah: (Sarah, out of the Fulcrum Agents's view, whispers) Yeah, I got it.
      Bryce: Take it...take the shot, Sarah. Sarah! Take the shot! Take it!
      (A shot from elsewhere rings)
      Casey: You want something done right, you do it yourself.

    • Chuck: So uh...staying with Sarah, huh?
      Bryce: Protecting our cover. How are things between you guys?
      Chuck: They're good. Good good good. Solid. Why, did she say something?
      Bryce: No it's just, she's a beautiful girl, pretending to be your girlfriend. I was afraid you'd let the lines get blurred and fall for her.
      (Chuck scoffs)
      Chuck: What me, fall for Sarah? Please.
      (Sarah enters)
      Sarah: Hey guys. So how do I look?
      Chuck: Good. Yeah, yeah. Real good. Red's not really my color, so... (mumbles) forgot my jacket...or salmon or whatever that is.

    • Lester: I'm too young, upwardly mobile, and handsome to die.

    • (Chuck and Casey watch Anna fight)
      Casey: (On the phone) I need a background clearance on one Anna Wu. I have a candidate for possible field work.
      Chuck: No!

    • Anna: Morgan, you can't let a bully like Mitt push you around, this isn't high school.
      Morgan: No, it's worse. This is Buy More.

    • Von Hayes: Just get me the hell out of here, Jorge, I'm living in a Lamborghini, you can't imagine how little leg room there is.

    • (After the Intersect Update and Chuck falls backwards)
      Chuck: I hate Bryce Larkin.

  • NOTES (3)


    • The show Ellie is watching at the beginning of the episode is America's Test Kitchen.

    • When Morgan is in the cage ready to fight, Lester says to him "Sweep the leg Morgan, sweep the leg" - a reference to the cult 80's movie Karate Kid where Johnny uses an illegal kick on Daniel.