While this episode was ostensibly about Chuck and his love life, for me it was all about Casey. Between the hardcore spy action and the nonstop snark, he completely ruled this week's outing! I have adored Adam Baldwin since I first saw him in My Bodyguard years and years ago, and I enjoyed seeing him show up on The X-Files, Firefly, and Angel. I know he has legions of genre fans for his portrayal of Jayne, but I hope to see him gain some more mainstream recognition now that he's on Chuck. So many of the moments that make me laugh big are all about Casey (remember the microwave of doom?). Plus, there's just something about Adam Baldwin's rumbling voice coupled with his exquisitely dry delivery that makes almost anything he says an instant catchphrase ("I'll be in my bunk," anyone?). Casey also exudes masculinity, and is totally hot when sporting a black-on-black spy ensemble. I'm still a total geek girl, but I love Casey too.
My favorite Casey quote tonight? "And just so we're clear, sister? Not interested." hee!
My overpowering worship of Rachel Bilson kind of got in the way while watching this episode. I mean, I know I'm supposed to be rooting for Chuck and Sarah to get together, and I'm in, really I am, but it's Summer! I looove Summer! LOL! So here's hoping they find a way to bring her back. She's awesome.
I really liked the way Chuck handled himself this week. He's obviously gaining more confidence. He didn't buckle when Sarah wanted him to go back to their fake relationship, and he practically grilled the general about Lou's ex. He seems to be figuring out exactly how much the spy stuff will invade his personal life, and what the trade-offs will have to be, which made for some truly bittersweet moments in the episode.
Sarah, on the other hand, was completely out of control! First she practically threatens Lou, then she busts in everywhere Chuck goes, acting overprotective or outright jealous. Not exactly the mysterious, lethal spy chick to whom we've become accustomed! And I think Casey may have a point about Sarah always falling for the guys with whom she works.
Once again, happily, the show avoided cliche moments. When Sarah and Chuck were in the trunk of the car, barely inches apart and arguing, any other show would have had the heat of anger turn into the heat of passion, and they would have ended up in a major lip lock. So much better to have Sarah maintain at least some semblance of professionalism until the climatic moment, letting her true feelings show only when facing what she thinks is the end of her world. And what a great kiss it was!
I liked the little B story with Morgan and Anna, it was sweet. And the scene between
Okay, how many of you saw Bryce's resurrection coming? I've seen plenty of people theorize that he was alive, but I didn't think it would happen. I mean, Casey took him out ("Didn't I kill him?")! As soon as they said it wasn't a ticking bomb, but an oxygen supply, I knew, but not one second before. Luckily I didn't notice Matthew Bomer's name in the opening credits the first time I watched the episode, so the reveal was a surprise for me. How creepy was that bullet hole in his chest?
So how awesome is next week going to be?! I can't wait! I love Matthew Bomer, and he was great in the Stanford episode. What will Chuck do? What will Sarah do? What will Casey do?