A pivotal episode delivers Chuck-Sarah goodness and Shaw staring down The Ring
Tonight, we're going to talk about Passover. We're not going to talk about it for very long, because it's 10:30 and I'm only returning from my Seder and I may or may not have had four cups of wine and I may or may not be feeling a bit sleepy already. I'm gonna ramble a bit and let y'all fill in the blanks with "Chuck vs. the American Hero" observations...
But the essence (an essence) of the Passover Seder lies in performativity, in role-playing. Central to the mitzvah of the Seder is recounting the story of the Jews' Exodus from Egypt, but we aren't supposed to tell the story as a detached third-person narrative. No. You're supposed to recount the story of the Exodus as if every one of us were slaves in the Land of Egypt and that, with an outstretched hand, God led us each individually out of Egypt. For Jews, it's about continuity through the generations, about the Seder recitations that tie us to our grandparents and to our ancestors all the way back to Moses. Their story is our story. We behave as they behaved. We play the roles they played.
Yes, that's random. But I bring it up for a reason, a reason that goes beyond the Seder I just attended.
I'd like to direct you to the 33rd minute of your DVRed "Chuck." Ellie, having just bailed Awesome, Morgan and Casey out of jail after a misfired plan that began as an attempt to give Chuck alone time with Sarah and ended in shattered glass and contact with The Ring, stares Chuck down. They've done a very silly thing, which might be interpreted as a very romantic thing. We expect Ellie to be mad at Chuck, but she's not.
"You didn't go far enough, Chuck. Sarah is special," Ellie tells him. "I know it, you know it. If you love her, if she's the one then you don't stop. You don't quit. You never go too far. You're a Bartowski, Chuck. Start acting like one."
Great scene for Sarah Lancaster.
Don't stop your DVR. Keep playing.
Cut to The Castle. Agent Shaw is about to do a very silly thing, which might be interpreted as a very heroic thing. He's about to sacrifice himself to expose the location of the Ring Hive and possibly to help eradicate the Ring director, probably at the expense of his own life.
"Shaw, please. You're moving too fast. You're not thinking this through," Sarah tells him.
Shaw responds, without hesitation, "We're spies, Walker, started acting like one."
[More on "Chuck vs. the American Hero" after the break...]