The focus tonight was on Chuck's personal life colliding with his spy life, and the resultant confusion and anguish. It was an exceptional episode, with all the usual hilarity, but also with some truly serious scenes. It's extremely difficult to have an effective balance between broad comedy and emotional drama in a single episode, but I think they pulled it off in this one. Chuck's relationship with Ellie is one of the things I like best about this show, and his actions this week clearly displayed the depth of his love for her. His joyful relief when she initially returned from the hospital unharmed, his panic when she was poisoned, his crushing guilt when her life was hanging in the balance, and his unwavering resolve to sacrifice his own life to save hers, were all scenes I found both touching and genuine.
I also liked Chuck's struggle this week to understand his relationship with Sarah. You could see his confusion as he tried to suppress his growing feelings for her, while still putting on a convincing show as her boyfriend. You could feel his frustration when he realized he couldn't be with Sarah or Lou. The funny parts were hilarious - Chuck's dancing, his double take at Sarah's nightgown, his petulant reference to the world's oldest profession - and the serious parts were heartbreaking - Chuck's face when Sarah says they have no future, Sarah's face when Chuck breaks up with her. It'll be interesting to see where they go from here.
Everyone on truth serum was too funny! I loved Ellie, bursting into Chuck's room and spilling her guts about everything from Chuck's hair to Sarah's boobs. hee! But the funniest scene, by far, was when, while waiting for an elevator, Chuck turns to Sarah and plaintively says, "God, you're so pretty," and then immediately turns the other way to dreamily say, "And Casey, your jaw was chiseled by Michelangelo himself." OMG, I rewound and watched that scene at least six times, and laughed out loud every time! :) Britney Spears' song Toxic playing in the background was a total bonus!
As usual, everything Casey said was pure gold, and he looked fabulous in that black polo this week. I loved how he dispatched Harry Tang. Adam Baldwin continues to rock.
Great song at the end tonight: Fresh Feeling, by Eels.
Finally, I was really happy with how the show chose to handle the final scene between Chuck and Sarah. They totally set it up to look like we were headed for the predictable, cheesy ending, where the hero goes in for the kiss that sweeps her off her feet. I was sooo glad they didn't go there. Chuck saying they had to end their sham relationship and "break up" was both surprising and satisfying. I should have known better - this show would never disappoint me that way!