Chuck

Season 3 Episode 14

Chuck Versus the Honeymooners

4
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 26, 2010 on NBC
8.5
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After Chuck and Sarah agree to quit the spy life together, they find Basque terrorist Juan Diego Arnaldo on their train. Meanwhile, Beckman orders Casey to use Morgan to find the missing couple, while Devon and Ellie are having their going-away party.

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  • IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME!

    10
    Finally, we recover Chuck... and what an episode.



    Starting with the main storyline, just awesome, as the couple that make Chuck and Sarah as a team has shown that it is lethal and very good.



    Moreover, about Morgan, who eat alone. Apart from being an ordinary human in the world of spies, acting as he knows, he is the best! What about the final dialogue with Beckman in the Castle? 10 out of 10.



    Also, huge new version of Jeffster, more melodic but excepcional.



    To sum up, we finally have Chuck back and at spectacular level. Maybe we will lose Ellie and Awesome -for sure we'll see them episodes showing their lives in Africa- but the plot that we have now with the couple Chuck and Sarah in missions and progress of Morgan as a spy ... I get the feeling that we will laugh out loud.moreless
  • It's about damn time.

    9.0
    Decided to copy everyone else's summary. I was astonished at how good this epsiode was. With the last episode seeming so final, I was surprised that they brought us an episode that continued the storyline perfectly. In this epsiode Chuck & Sarah decide to give up their spy life to be together. But what they soon realize is that it doesn't have to be all or nothing when they go on a mission that changes their state of mind. We see Morgan's first mission as an official mission. We also see Awesome & Ellie's going away party, since they're going to Africa. The mission that Chuck & Sarah were on was enjoyable and I rejoiced when they decided to continue their spy life together. Although it was a bit strange seeing them together, it worked. They reveal they're relationship to the governor. "It's about damn time" Great episode, and a good brother/sister moment at the end with Ellie & Chuck.moreless
  • Back to classic Chuck form.

    10
    To me this episode brought together the elements that made the show a hit in the first place. It was lighthearted and genuinely funny, letting the natural chemistry between Chuck and Sarah take over instead of relying on big story movement to keep their interactions interesting. There was also great tension throughout the episode that kept me questioning whether they would be going on the run or going back to castle. Honestly I think it was nice to be away from the RING for a week. They also managed to include enough meaningful moments to keep the episode memorable. I especially liked the scene with Chuck replaying Ellie's goodbye – great acting and emotion.



    As much as I enjoyed the Shaw story arc and was very impressed by the way they drew Chuck and Sarah back together, I hope this return to basics is a sign of things to come. Either way, I can't wait for next week.moreless
  • Chuck is back and it is... AWESOME!!! Chuck and Sarah capture a Basque terrorist as a last favour to the CIA before quitting their old life. As it turns out, the favour was none and with the help of Casey and Morgan they try to set things right.moreless

    9.0
    As said above, this episode was awesome and had almost everything one could possibly wish for. It had fun and laughter (Morgan and Casey, Sarah and Chuck), sadness (Ellie and Devon), hilarity (with just a tinge of sadness, Jeffster) and left me happy. Chuck is back from the dark side, though I suspect we haven't seen the last of the RING, and is once more on the funny side of the spy life. To say it with Beckman: It is about time. I especially liked Morgan saving the day with his mind and I hope the writers continue this road because he clearly is no field agent but an analyst. And a good one. Please, don't turn him into joke! Casey's character was a bit underused though, but I suppose we might see more of him next time.

    It was really good to see Chuck and Sarah as a couple, great chemistry. It felt honest and kept me smiling throughout the episode.

    Although the episode was great, I didn't give it a full 10, because of some contingency mistakes and too many Europe clichés. First of all, it takes about five hours to get from Paris to Zürich by train, though I suppose you could take an overnight train as well, which would take about, well, one night. To go from Paris to Zürich in three or four days you would have to go by Budapest. To go from LA to France would take about 13 hours, at least, so do the math.

    Second, on behalf of the Swiss people who might watch this episode: Switzerland is one of the richest and most modern countries in Europe and they drive new cars there, too. The currency is Schweizer Franken, not Euros, because Switzerland is not even a part of the European Union! So, dear writers, keep in mind that Europeans watch that show, too, and I'm sure, you wouldn't want to us to think, that you are dumn, ignorant US Americans, who think, that we live in the middle ages! Thank you.moreless
  • It's about damn time!

    10
    It's about damn time! Such was the sentiment General Beckman felt with regards to Chuck and Sarah "dating, exclusively". I wholeheartedly agree. To me this is one of the best Chuck episodes. So good I had to watch it twice. As this season opened with Chuck getting v2 of the Intersect, this episode to me is Chuck v2.5.

    Having Shaw as the other man for most of this season got almost too long, but it finally served its purpose with an inevitable conclusion. Jeffster may have found new life with a memorable performance, with Jeff doing his best Art Gunfunkel impression. With Chuck and Sarah now romantically paired up, I just hope this series doesn't suffer from the curse when the two main characters consumate their feelings. With two supporting characters seemingly being written out and and the new partnership of Casey and Morgan, this major shift should provide for some great storylines. Casey and Grimes remind me of Penn and Teller except the roles are reversed. May Chuck live on for many more years. This is one of our favorite shows.moreless
Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Ryan McPartlin

Ryan McPartlin

Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Vik Sahay

Vik Sahay

Lester Patel

Carlos Lacamara

Carlos Lacamara

Juan Diego Arnaldo

Guest Star

Lela Loren

Lela Loren

Elia

Guest Star

Ian Patrick Williams

Ian Patrick Williams

Mustache Man

Guest Star

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: Although Juan Diego Arnaldo, the Basque terrorist, is supposed to be Spanish he clearly has a Mexican accent.

    • The Polish rocker (played by Tim Loden) on the train, is Yvonne (Sarah) Strahovski's real life boyfriend.

    • When Chuck is calling General Beckman after getting off in the fictional Swiss city of Pündtün, the phone operator prompts, in German, for two Euros. Switzerland's official currency is the Swiss Franc.

    • At the 16:29 mark, the "crying baby" that the female passenger hoists up next to Morgan is clearly a doll.

    • When Chuck and Sarah are on the train to Zürich, the caption says they are going through "Lyon, France", and a very pretty little village in the mountains is shown. However, the village shown is not Lyon, which is the third biggest city in France.

    • The Swiss town Pündtün where Team Bartowski is at, does not exist, but it sounds like it could be in the eastern Swiss canton of Graubünden. Also, the fact that Arnaldo suggests they eat nut cake, supports this, as a certain type of nut cake is a specialty of the Graubünden region. However, if they took the train from Paris to Zürich, it is very unlikely that the route would lead them through the canton of Graubünden.

    • Featured Music:
      "Holiday" by Vampire Weekend (Opening scenes)
      "Four By Four" by Shout Out Louds (At the cafe)
      "Leaving On A Jet Plane" originally by John Denver (Jeffster! performs)
      "Section 9 (Light And Day/Reach For The Sun)" by The Polyphonic Spree (Chuck and Sarah make their decision)
      "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone (Closing scenes)

    • Casey and Morgan discover that Chuck and Sarah took the train from Paris to Zürich via Lyon at the Gare Montparnasse. But this station only serves the West and South West of France. To take a train to Switzerland, they should have gone to the Gare de Lyon.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Arnaldo: May I just say, I've been on the run for two years. And no matter how far you run, you can never run from yourself. And from what I heard from both of you, it's not what either of you really wants.
      Sarah: You don't wanna quit?
      Chuck: I thought that's what you wanted.
      Sarah: I don't want you to choose me over something that you want for yourself.
      Chuck: I want you. I want us. Do you think if we went back and we told Backman the honest-to-God, absolute truth, you think we really had a shot at having it all?
      Sarah: Chuck Bartowski, do you agree to not quit the spy life and be with me?
      Chuck: I do. Sarah Walker, do you agree to not quit the spy life and be with me?
      Sarah: I do.

    • Sarah: Beckman expected us back in Burbank today. And so did Ellie and Casey and Devon. We can't just run away like this.
      Chuck: Why not? (...) Sarah, for the first time since I've known you, there is nothing holding us back. And if Beckman finds out she could stop all of this. Us. I can't risk that. I won't.
      Sarah: You're right.I can't go back to how it was before. (...)
      Chuck: We should do what I should have done in Prague. We should run. (...) Sarah Walker, do you agree to quit the spy life with me?
      Sarah: I do. Chuck Bartowski, do you agree to quit the spy life with me?
      Chuck: I do.

    • Sarah: You know, Chuck, I can't fake this. Not with you.
      Chuck: What? You've been faking it the whole time?
      Sarah: No. No. No, not that. I've spotted a Basque terrorist on board. Juan Diego Hernaldo.
      Chuck: I know. I flashed on him. He has a whole list of names in his room.
      Sarah: Yeah. All of his contacts from the Euskadi Ta Sakatasuna.
      Chuck: Oh my God, you even make terrorist groups sound sexy.

    • Chuck: Man, pastries for breakfast, every morning. Europe is genius.

    • Lester: Damn it, Jeffrey, you blew the amp. Don't you know that it's not the size of the instrument that matters, but how much and how long and how often your mother catches you playing?

    • Sarah: General, Chuck and I are dating...exclusively.
      Beckman: I must caution you that allowing your private life to interfere with your professional one, can be dangerous...but off the record, it's about damn time!

    • Casey: Big job ahead of us, get some sleep.
      Morgan: Can't. You see, in my head, the only way the plane remains aloft is if I'm rooting for it. So, stands to reason if I'm sleeping, I'm not rooting. I'm doing it for the good of the passengers.
      Casey: Whatever, nutjob, but you wake me, you'll be the only one that dies.

    • Casey: Chuck's off the grid with Walker. Do the math, Grimes. (Morgan looks clueless) He's going to need a walker when Walker's through with him. (Still clueless) They're having intercourse, idiot.

    • Casey: You know it can take up to seven minutes to strangle someone to death. I've done it in under 30 seconds.

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