Chuck, Ep. 5.13, “Chuck Versus the Goodbye” provides a surprising, emotionally satisfying finale

- Advertisement -


Chuck Review, Season 5, Episode 13, “Chuck Versus the Goodbye”
Written by Chris Fedak
Directed by Robert Duncan McNeill
Airs Fridays at 8pm (ET) on NBC

After five seasons and 90 episodes, Chuck has finally reached its closing act, and the show’s primary relationship is still up in the air. Chuck Bartowski and Sarah Walker have encountered many ups and downs over the years, and their ultimate happiness is well-deserved. It’s too bad that it’s not that simple. Sarah’s still trying to recover her memories, which include the feelings that grew for Chuck. This emotional undercurrent of her search drives the finale, even when their last mission (the third one!) gets rolling. Chuck convinces Sarah to let him tag along with her to find the evil Nicolas Quinn (Angus Macfayden), but her approach is cold and clinical. A happy ending should be inevitable for the couple, but the spy world again interferes to keep them apart.

Before discussing the end, there are plenty of other great moments to spotlight while the entire team tries to stop Quinn. With Morgan helping out from the van, Chuck and Sarah track Quinn’s attempts to buy “The Key” to unlocking the Intersect. It’s a wonderful touch to have the duo keep arriving at locations that hearken back to their early seasons. A Mexican restaurant resembles the site of their first date, and they even arrive at a German franchise of Wienerlicious, where Sarah first worked in California. Chuck’s reactions to all these coincidences are priceless, and Zachary Levi plays the comedy just right. The clever move of having Sarah rearrange the cups at the Wienerlicious is also a nice touch. The stakes for this mission are extremely high, but it still gives Chuck and Sarah an opportunity to relive their romance.

Co-creator Chris Fedak’s script provides a clear reminder of why fans have adored Chuck during the past five years. All the main characters get their moment to shine, and past baddies like the Ring and Fulcrum even get a mention. The showdown with Quinn culminates at a concert hall, which sets up one of the episode’s most inspired comic moments. One word: Jeffster. Their performance of “Take on Me” saves the day and works so well because the band hadn’t appeared much lately. Involving Jeff and Lester has felt like a stretch at times, but Scott Krinsky and Vik Sahay shine during their last time on stage. It’s a ridiculous moment but again reveals the goofball charm that’s driven the show since the beginning.

Another callback to the first season is Chuck’s bumbling attempts to help the real spies catch the bad guy. This different Sarah doesn’t respect his abilities, especially when he refuses to fire his weapon. While trying to do the right thing, Chuck ends up stalling the mission in the grandest fashion imaginable. Beyond the comedy, this scene gives Levi another great opportunity to show his emotional range. Each subsequent example slowly wears down Sarah’s defenses, which feels like a sped-up version of the opening year. Yvonne Strahovski has the tricky role of reverting back to a nearly emotionless Sarah, and she never hits a wrong note. Her character hasn’t received as much to do this season, but the past few episodes have gone a long way to fixing that issue. They remind us that Chuck is truly about Chuck AND Sarah (plus Casey, Morgan, Ellie, and the others), and her final destination is just as important.

The final 10 minutes of “Chuck Versus the Goodbye” send off each character on just the right note. Ellie and Awesome are off to Chicago with Clara, and even Linda Hamilton’s Mary Bartowski gets one last appearance. Morgan and Alex are taking the next step and moving in together, and Jeffster is poised for stardom in Germany. Even the long-running endorser Subway gets one last plug from Big Mike as they’re set to purchase the Buy More. The emotional impact of each final scene shows how lovably effective this entire group has been during the five-year run. Adam Baldwin is so good as Casey, and leaving him will be just as tough as Chuck and Sarah. Fedak and co-creator Josh Schwartz realize that the characters drive this show, and the devoted fans deserve one last exit for each one.

This brings us to the final scene on the beach, where Chuck tells Sarah the story of the entire series. Played over a tear-inducing montage, this sequence offers the perfect reminder of the great times from the past five seasons. Viewing the series as one big story told by Chuck to his lost love is a stroke of genius. It’s possible some fans won’t enjoy the slightly ambiguous ending, which fails to reveal if Sarah regains her memories. This doesn’t really matter in the end. Having Sarah utter the final lines “Chuck? Kiss me” and pulling away from their moment is just perfect. Regardless of whether Sarah remembers the past or starts over, this couple has found happiness. It’s a surprising move to leave it open-ended, but it works much better than a more obvious ending. The emotions are just right and wonderfully send Chuck and Sarah into a bright future.

Dan Heaton





10 Different Types of Financial Aid
Top 10 Richest American Idols
V-Moda Crossfade Wireless
The 5 Most Expensive Wireless Headphones: Ultimate Auditory Clarity
Business man watching business go bankrupt
25 Iconic Companies that Filed for Bankruptcy
The cast of Married...With Children
25 Little-Known Facts about Married…With Children TV Show
Ice Cube at Straight Outta L.A. at Tribeca Film Festival in 2010
10 Best Ice Cube Movies When You Want to Watch Ice Cube
Luke Evans at the Los Angeles premiere of Beauty And The Beast held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood
10 Best Luke Evans Movies (He did that?)
Football movie being filmed
The 25 Greatest Football Movies of All Time
4 Different Types of Cauliflower (Plus Health Benefits)
12 Different Types of Pecans
28 Different Types of Pineapple
20 Different Types of Limes
10 Different Types of Tow Trucks
Electric mountain bike on the trails
18 Things to Know Before Buying an Electric Bike
Side and rear view of black 2017 Audi A7
23 Things to Know Before Buying an Audi A7
Motorhome on highway going through Bryce Canyon in the USA
13 Types of RV’s (Recreational Vehicles) for All Kinds of Vacation Fun
13 Different Types of Dumbbells
15 Awesome Alternatives to Skateboards (Plus Interesting Facts)
Baseball player hitting ball
10 Types of Baseball Bats that Rip the Leather Off the Ball
16 Types of Barbells for All Types of Lifts and Workouts
Camera, lenses and other photography equipments.
45 of the Best Online Photography and Camera Stores
9 Different Types of Website Hosting
5 Different Types of Pulleys (Plus Examples in Daily Life)
Apple Wallet icon on iPhone
15 Things to Know Before Setting Up Apple Pay
Natural herbal vitamins.
10 of the Best Online Vitamin Stores
>