Chuck Rewatch Recap Season 2 Episode 19
Chuck Versus the Dream Job
This episode picks up right where the previous one left off, with Chuck and Sarah in Stephen Bartowkski’s trailer, 100 miles east of Barstow, California.
Chuck has an awkward reunion with his father that quickly turns tense when Chuck tells him that Ellie is hoping that he will walk her down the aisle. When Stephen says he can’t, Chuck says he doesn’t want to hear what he can’t do: “I’ve seen what you can’t do.”
Chuck brings his father home to surprise Ellie, who is definitely surprised, though not necessarily in a good way.
While they are all talking in the living room, Stephen is going on about Roark Instruments using his ideas, saying the CEO, Ted Roark, was his roommate. Chuck then flashes on an advertisement for an upcoming convention at Roark Instruments, and it has something to do with Fulcrum.
General Beckman says that Chuck’s flash matches intelligence the CIA has. She assigns Chuck a mission to go interview for a job at Roark Instruments.
Morgan tells everyone that Chuck took a new job at Roark Instruments, which upsets his father, who says that Roark took everything from him.
The next day, Chuck is at a press conference with Sarah and Casey where the new software from Roark Instruments will be revealed. When Sarah and Casey fail to get through security, they tell Chuck he has to stall the launch, so Chuck tries reason and when that fails, he grabs it and runs.
The interviewer manages to tackle him and Ted is still able to release the new technology.
Chuck is looking through the cards Orion gave him, not knowing what we know with this being a rewatch, and unaware that he could just ask him. After a conversation with his father, Chuck realizes that Roark Instruments has an Intersect. Chuck posits that Rios, the virus, is designed to steal information from the government, corporations, everything. Unfortunately, since Chuck didn’t have a flash, but came up with the theory on his own, Casey and Sarah dismiss his theory.
Chuck decides to look into it himself, and Casey, who sees the documents Orion gave Chuck, catches him. He berates Chuck, leading Chuck to tranquilize him.
When Chuck is inside Roark Instruments, he hears an argument. It turns out his father is trying to get inside to see Ted Roark to get Chuck his job back. Chuck comes out with both of his tranquilizer guns blazing. There is a long comedic pause when he stops shooting, then everyone but his father collapses.
Chuck is trying to explain what’s going on to his father without explaining what’s going on when the door behind Stephen opens and Vincent shows up with a gun. He says it’s good to see you again to Stephen, so he clearly knows him from somewhere.
Stephen then explains why he left them. He realized what the government was going to do with his invention, and he knew he had to leave Chuck and Ellie to protect them. Chuck realizes that his father set up the schematics so Chuck would flash on them and bring Stephen to Roark Instruments. Chuck doesn’t understand why he didn’t just say who he was, but Stephen points out it’s unlikely Chuck would have trusted him. Chuck concedes his point.
They open the secured door to the room with the Intersect, which appears to be a futuristic cube floating in a sphere. Stephen is setting up the computer to take the Intersect out of Chuck’s head. Ted Roark comes in and interrupts them. He tells his men to take Stephen away, where he will get the program up and running. He also tells his men to kill Chuck.
After getting Chuck out of there, Sarah, Casey and Chuck are talking to General Beckman, who tells Chuck the CIA didn’t know about Stephen’s secret identity. They want to retrieve Orion and General Beckman says she is putting her best team on it. Chuck says they are the best team, and Casey (begrudgingly) backs him up. Sarah, however, protests that she can’t put Chuck back in the field. General Beckman is swayed by Chuck’s argument and gives him the assignment of rescuing his father.
Coolest Action Sequences/Chuck Accidentally Saves the Day:
Vincent tells Chuck and Stephen to put their hands up, and Chuck sees a computer on Stephen’s wrist, which he uses to put the building into lock down. The doors literally close on Vincent, giving Stephen an opening to punch him. He then unlocks the building and knocks Vincent out. Then he turns to Chuck and asks if he’s coming. Chuck then realizes his father is Orion.
As Ted is taking Stephen away, Sarah and Casey appear behind Chuck, guns ready.
The scene between Chuck and Ellie right after Chuck brings their father home is a really great scene of sibling bonding. The part when Ellie says, “Let’s go,” and then Chuck puts his hand on hers is a really nice moment.
Chuck questions whether interviewing at Roark Instruments for the CIA really counts, but Sarah says he is going in for an interview as Charles Bartowski, pointing out to him that he is perfectly qualified to go in as himself.
Awesome and Stephen have a conversation after Ellie leaves the room, and Stephen tells Awesome that he is a straight arrow and that Ellie is just worried that he will turn into Stephen, which Stephen tells him is unlikely to happen.
Stephen comes in to talk to Chuck and tells him that if he did what he did at Roark because of what Stephen said to him, then he’s sorry and that if Chuck really wants to work at Roark, he should do that and not let Stephen get in the way of that.
Chuck just finishes saying his father isn’t as crazy as he remembers when his father peers out the window, concerned about “them” tracking his movements.
When Chuck goes in for his job interview, the chairs are medicine balls.
Casey dressed as a nerd while undercover at Roark Instruments. That is all.
When Chuck fails to convince Ted Roark that his new technology has a virus that could be disastrous, he grabs the remote switch and makes a run for it. After Chuck starts running, Stephen is yelling, “Go Charles! That’s my boy!” while Ellie is yelling, “No, Chuck! Stop!” at the same time.
When Casey tries to stop Chuck from looking for an Intersect in Roark Instruments, Chuck shoots him with a tranquilizer. Both of their facial expressions are hilarious.
Notable Guest Stars:
Scott Bakula, of Quantum Leap, plays Chuck and Ellie’s father, Stephen Bartowski.
Chevy Chase plays Ted Roark, founder of Roark Instruments.
Arnold Vosloo is back as Vincent.
Chuck asks his dad to walk Ellie down the aisle and says that he’s seen what his father can’t do. The way his father and him both suddenly stop make it clear that the wound is still fresh for them both.
When Chuck walks in with their father, Ellie is initially upset. “Pancakes,” she says. “You said you were going to make pancakes.”
Ellie is upset at Stephen because she thinks that he put Chuck up to taking the remote and running with it at the convention.
As Ted and his goons are taking Stephen away, Chuck tries to run for him, but Sarah and Casey hold him back to protect him. That scene is a tearjerker.
Ellie comes home and is looking for her father. Awesome says he seems to have left. She’s really sad, and it’s sad as the audience because we know what really happened, while Ellie is left disappointed and with a negative view of who her father is as a person.
“I can’t even remember if I take cream!” – Chuck
“Maybe we should wait until dark. They’re tracking my every move. Rat bastards.” – Stephen
“I’m just so mad at him, our crazy old dad. Aren’t you mad at him?” – Ellie
“I was, yeah, but then, I realized that, you know, we could hate him for the rest of our lives or we can choose to forgive him.” – Chuck
“It’s easier to hate him.” – Ellie
“You don’t even have the common courtesy to threaten me with an actual firearm.” – Casey
“I’m gonna kill you when I wake up.” – Casey
“I can explain all this to you later. For now all I can tell you is I’m not who you think I am.” – Chuck
“Don’t worry, Charles. I’m not who you think I am, either.” – Stephen
“Oh my god, you’re Orion.” – Chuck
“I can’t believe this. My father invented the Intersect.” – Chuck
“That’s not true. I didn’t invent all of it, just the really cool stuff.” – Stephen
“I can understand how this might complicate a few things.” – Stephen
“Might complicate a few things? Dad, I saw you die. I saw you explode in a helicopter.” – Chuck
“I see how I could’ve given you that impression. I’ve had to die quite a few times, one of the perils of being Orion.” – Stephen
“Now punch in the code or we’ll be a little bit dead.” – Chuck
“Aces, Charles.” – Stephen
“Wait, are you saying you’re going to over write my brain?” – Chuck
“Remember when I told you not to trust your handlers? Maybe I was wrong.” – Stephen