Season 5 Episode 13

Chuck Versus the Goodbye

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 27, 2012 on NBC
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Chuck enlists his family, friends and some unexpected allies as he races to stop Nicholas Quinn from destroying everything Chuck has built over the past five years.

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  • Mercy killing

    Chuck stopped being objectively 'consistently good' a long time ago.

    Frankly if the show was cancelled after just the first season -it would have probably secured a place as a cult classic but instead it was allowed to limp on.

    The show runners and writers behaved like amateurs -from perpetuating the 'Ross and Rachel' solely because Friends lost viewership when they stopped it, to pathetically convoluted and aborted plots.

    Remember how Fulcrum, The Ring and Volkov were all just chess pieces for Decker's boss? remember how Deckers boss turned out be Shaw? a dude who wouldn't have even been in the CIA when Fulcrum founded.

    Then we got the ***ed character of Quinn and his ridiculously forced position as the final 'big bad'.

    The cherry on top was killing off the Sarah of the past 5 years -all of her personal growth and character development; all gone for some cheap melodrama?

    I don't think people actually get that as far as Sarah is concerned none of it ever happened -she never met that likeable season 1 nerd/geek in the pilot, she never learned to trust Casey, she never settled things with her father and CAT squad friends.

    That happy ending was just pathetically shoehorned in -it took her 5 years to mellow out, yet she goes from star CIA assassin to 'potentially wanting a "normal" life' in like what? one episode. WTF?moreless
  • Prism Express

    The PC model that Chuck must diffuse in the final episode, and the manner in which he describes diffusing it, serve as a metaphor for circumventing Sarah's defenses in the final episode. More on this controlling metaphor and many other elements of the finale arc imply that Chuck and Sarah are going to be fine. The biggest problem with the episode was the steep climb Sarah had to make in the last few minutes. There were so many loose ends to tie up for so many characters that even the extra time devoted to the Castle Couple made Sarah's ultimate decision to trust Chuck a tad rushed.

    G. Walter Bushmoreless
  • Wow, Hard to watch ending, but a brilliant show

    Chuck, what a show, I don't think I've seen better on Netflix, only one with similar class, but very different show is the Danish 'The Bridge' (10). I watched Chuck earlier this year {2014} and sorry I didn't discover it years ago. Although many of the comedic references are quite contemporary overall it has the quality to last and last. I could watch almost any episode again tomorrow. Believe me that is very unusual for me.

    Yvonne was excellent ( This lady can really act not just the action scenes her tender moments are breath taking ). Zachary is superb . why this guy doesn't get more top roles I don't know.

    The writing is top notch and I would strongly recommend to anyone with a heart, a mind and/or a soul. At its core this is a love story, don't worry not too soppy, and as far as I am concerned you can add Chuck and Sarah to the list of greats, Elizabeth and Darcy, Cathy and Heathcliff, Juliet and Romeo etc, etc.

    For a comedy the dramatic moments were excellent, I watched all 5 series in 2 weeks. At the end of the final episode I was so 'disturbed and distressed' that I watched them all again. The heart felt connection is that strong. I think the Netflix format really suits a program like Chuck where you can experience it in 'real time'.

    The music choices with the episodes are also top notch, I think 'rivers and roads' for the final scenes are perfect. It made me think that life is about the journey not the destination. If my experience is typical this show should come with a warning that once it's in your head it's very hard to shift. I found myself going for long walks replaying and analysing scenes in my head. No show before or since has quite had the same effect for so long.

    I think my favourite music / scene is Nina Simone's Feeling good at end of S3/14.. Perfect. There are so many classic moments lines ( I'd recommend reading quotes section on this website for a refresher.. ( Chuckfix ).

    I would love more Chuck but the problem is clearly that the lead characters need to settle down, have a family, it's their time and this isn't the 'Chuck' we all know and love. Sarah can't take this punishment forever and stay so stunning that's just not real.

    I think a movie maybe set 5 to 10 years in the future 2 small kids. Ordinary life then maybe an old enemy returns, ( Hopefully not Shaw .. Yawn/Yawn ) and the family is threatened, , the kids are in danger and the Family goes ' on the Lam ' This would allow them to travel to different places, meet old friends, Casey, Grimes, Beckman, Ellie. Mary, Sarah's Dad etc. Plenty of scope for action scenes. I think we all yearn to see that it worked out the way we wanted ( needed ).

    More like chuck please.

  • Terrible ending

    The show is one of the best I have watched ever.... The ending was terrible and disappointing. Left us guessing. Making me wish I never started watching it in the first place.... Except there will be a season 6.
  • It leaves you wanting more, but that's exactly what it should do

    I was an avid viewer of the show "Chuck" during it's first 3 seasons, but because of changes in my life, I fell out of touch with the 4th and 5th seasons. It was only after watching Yvonne Strahovski in "Dexter" did I decide to watch the entire series on Netflix from the beginning to the end. I remembered after the first episode why this was one of the few shows I made a point to watch; it was fun, sexy and hilarious. The acting was tremendous, and all of the characters show a depth of character I've never seen in a television show before or after the show's run on NBC. When I came to the last episode, I hesitated to watch it, because I had grown to love the show, and not having another episode to watch beyond it seemed to be bothersome.

    I have loved the Chuck and Sarah dynamic throughout the series, from handler/asset to spy partners and eventually to husband and wife. The relationship between Chuck and Sarah was only made to look and feel so real because the chemistry between Zachary Levi and Strahovski was incredible. This is what fans have grown to love as the series has had it's bumps in the road of this fictitious relationship. This is what made the final episode so hard to swallow for so many, but not for me.

    The show followed these two through all of their trials and tribulations, seeing them eventually fall in love with each other and look beyond their dangerous careers as spies. But they are spies as we all know, and that is a life of great danger and unknown consequences. This is why the show needed to end the way it did.

    Sarah and Chuck knew the dangers of the spy life, that's why they wanted to be done with it, but with one cruel twist, the life they had built together over 5 years was torn apart in 5 minutes. Will they ever be the same? Will Sarah remember how she felt about Chuck? Will they ever be truly back to where they were when they wanted a life together that didn't include spying? These are the questions that fans of the show may never know the answers to (save for a possible movie, which has been loosely rumored), but isn't that the ultimate goal of the writers? We grew to know Chuck and Sarah in the confines of their spy life, while everyone around them in the show was left in the dark about what was really going on (save for those that eventually found out). Isn't it only fitting that as Chuck and Sarah embark on rebuilding their lives together, without the spy life, that we, the fans, are left in the dark about the outcome?

    I loved the final episode and love the final scene between Chuck and Sarah. Everything in their life to that point came full circle, only this time it was Chuck asking for Sarah's trust. What better way for a story to end than one that suggests happier times still to come? I for one am happy with the end, even though it leaves me wanting more of the great acting from Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, Sarah Lancaster, Vik Sahay and Scott Krinsky. There might be other great shows on television, but none will ever hold a place in my TV heart like Chuck does.

    Now I just hope the rumors of a possible movie are true, to get 1 more chance to see everyone together again...moreless
Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Ryan McPartlin

Ryan McPartlin

Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb

Sarah Lancaster

Sarah Lancaster

Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Colonel John Casey

Mark Pellegrino

Mark Pellegrino


Guest Star

Vladimir Kulich

Vladimir Kulich

Renny Deutch

Guest Star

Angus MacFadyen

Angus MacFadyen

Nicholas Quinn

Recurring Role

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Recurring Role

Mekenna Melvin

Mekenna Melvin

Alex McHugh

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Once again Chuck becomes the intersect.

    • When Sarah disarms Quinn in the Wienerlicious using a skewer it is very similar to how she disarmed Casey in the Wienerlicious in the second episode: "Chuck versus the Helicopter"

    • Featured Music:
      "The Head and the Hear"t by Rivers and Roads (end of the episode)
      "Goshen" by Beirut
      "Symphony No. 9 in E Minor "From the New World" IV. Allegro con fuoco" by Antonín DvoÅ™ák
      "Take On Me" by A-ha!
      "Cruel and Beautiful World" by Grouplove

    • This episode ends with just the typed word "Chuck" backed with a black screen. This is the same as the opening credits screen of the pilot episode of Chuck.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Chuck: (at the beach) I was hoping you'd be here.
      Sarah: This place is important, isn't it?
      Chuck: Yeah, yeah, very much. This is actually where you told me I was going to be okay. That I could trust you. And that's exactly what I'm doing now. I'm asking you to trust me. Sarah, I don't-I don't want anything from you. I-I just need you to know that wherever you go, I'll always be there to help you. Someone you can call. Whenever. Trust me, Sarah. I'm here for you always.
      Sarah: Chuck. Tell me our story.

    • Chuck: You know, Morgan has this crazy idea.
      Sarah: What is it?
      Chuck: He thinks that, with one kiss, you'll remember everything.
      Sarah: One magical kiss?
      Chuck: Yeah. Sorry. I know it's...
      Sarah: Chuck?
      Chuck: Yeah?
      Sarah: Kiss me.

    • Casey: You're gonna get weepy and emotional. I'll just skip that part. I'll see you when I see you, Bartowski, huh?
      Chuck: Goodbye, Casey.
      Casey: (hugs him) There's one thing Russians do well, it's give good hugs.

    • Sarah: I'm leaving.
      Chuck: No, no, you're not.
      Sarah: Why?
      Chuck: Because of my mother.
      Sarah: What?
      Chuck: She's a spy.
      Sarah: So?
      Chuck: And she's standing right behind you with a gun.

    • Chuck: Guys, this is crazy, okay? I tried to get (Sarah) to remember me and it didn't work. I can't get her to fall in love with me again.
      Ellie: Chuck, it's clear that we can't force Sarah to remember, but emotions, feelings, those are powerful things. And if you can find Sarah, maybe you can spark some of these memories.
      Chuck: Really?
      Ellie: She fell in love with you before, Chuck. You can do it again. She'll remember.

    • General Beckman: Good work team. On behalf of the United States government and the great people we serve, thank you.
      Casey: Just happy to be doing good works, ma'am.
      General Beckman: I understand this is the end.
      Chuck: Yes, it is, General. I think we...
      Sarah: It's me. I, um...I need to go find myself.
      Casey: We all do.
      General Beckman: If you ever want to save the world again, you know where I am.

    • Casey: You just don't understand, do you? I got soft. I lost my edge.
      Morgan: Your team was your edge, you giant jackass! What is wrong with you, man? You want to find Quinn? You know who to call, but don't you dare try to blame this on us because you're afraid. That's right, you're afraid that, with us, that's when you're the best, and that's the truth, man.

    • Morgan: (to Sarah) There was a time I was Chuck's number one go-to best friend. And then you came along, and things changed. I just...if I was to hand the title off to anyone, I was always really happy it was you. I just wanted you to know that.

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