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Chuck Versus Sarah
Season 05, Episode 12
Air Date January 27, 2012
Writer Rafe Judkins, Lauren LeFranc
Director Jay Chandrasekhar
Previous Chuck Versus the Bullet Train
Next Chuck Versus the Goodbye
"I didn't say anything because I didn't want to believe it, but deep down I knew it was true. My wife never came home."

Chuck Versus Sarah is the twelfth episode and first part of the finale on the fifth season of Chuck. The episode aired along with series finale episode Chuck Versus the Goodbye on January 27, 2012, as a 2-hour special.


Sarah must keep a secret from Chuck in order to accomplish a mission.

Meanwhile, Ellie and Devon are presented with a new opportunity which will change their lives.

Full Story[]

After her capture by Quinn at the end of the previous week’s episode of "Chuck," Sarah's memories from the past five years are suppressed, taking her back to her original super-spy state of mind. Quinn has convinced her that he is her handler, that Chuck is a rogue spy who has killed Bryce, and that her mission is to retrieve the clean version of the Intersect before Chuck steals it, and then she is to kill Chuck.

Chuck Versus Sarah

Although she is initially suspicious of Quinn, Sarah eventually is convinced, and so accepts the mission. She returns to Chuck pretending to have killed Quinn and escaped, though in fact, she is working for Quinn and has an earwig that allows Quinn to give her clues that help her reintegrate into the Bartowski household. Chuck has immediate suspicions that Sarah is not quite herself and has a late-night conversation with Ellie about them, suggesting to Ellie that he needs to destroy the Intersect, blaming it for ruining their lives.

Sarah eavesdrops on this conversation and questions Quinn about why Chuck wants to destroy rather than steal the Intersect. She also learns about some of the little things that are making Chuck suspicious. Quinn instructs her to proceed with the mission, retrieving the intersect and then killing Chuck.

The next morning, Chuck holds a briefing for Team Bartowski in Castle, and outlines a plan to infiltrate DARPA and destroy the last remaining copy of the Intersect. As the team is leaving, Chuck discovers the Intersect glasses, which Sarah has stolen from him, hidden in Sarah’s bag. He leaves them where they are and they proceed with the mission, infiltrating DARPA using knockout gas on the technicians.

Sarah single-handedly takes out the team that guards the secure area and then goes back to let her team in. They find the Intersect room, which has at its hub, an old Macintosh computer. Sarah uploads the Intersect to the glasses and then takes Morgan (Joshua Gomez) hostage, saying that she knows what the team has done, based on the misinformation from Quinn.

Chuck pleads with her to reconsider and to remember that their relationship is real, but Sarah locks them into the Intersect room, places a bomb on the door and walks away. Before detonating the bomb, she questions Quinn about why they don’t just leave Team Bartowski to be arrested by the authorities, but Quinn uses an override and detonates the bomb. Sarah is furious with Quinn for using his override but gives Quinn the Intersect glasses anyway. Chuck, however, has switched the glasses for a fake pair that contain no data - it turns out that his emotional plea to Sarah also served to cover the switch, once he had realized that Quinn had turned Sarah.

Sarah vows to fix her mistake and kidnaps Ellie, instructing Chuck to bring her the real glasses if he wants to see Ellie survive the day. Chuck informs General Beckman of Sarah’s plight, and with her assistance, sets up a trap to capture Sarah. However, Ellie takes matters into her own hands and deliberately crashes the car she and Sarah are in, knocking Sarah unconscious.

Chuck then takes Sarah back to their dream house and tries to remind her that their relationship was real, telling her about its key moments. Hoping that he has managed to get through to Sarah, Chuck then offers her the choice of taking the glasses or staying with him. At that moment, Sarah realizes that Chuck’s feelings for her are real, but she still believes the story that Quinn has planted, and picks up the glasses, saying “Sorry, I did my job too well.”

Chuck, realizing that he has not managed to convince Sarah, tries to take the glasses and they struggle, although Chuck is unwilling to fight with Sarah. This infuriates her, and she pulls a gun on him. She is prepared to shoot him, when she sees “Sarah + Chuck” inscribed onto a door frame, and freezes. She remembers that she carved it.

Quinn then enters and admits that the story he gave Sarah was a fabrication. He then tries to kill Sarah, but Chuck throws himself between the bullet and his wife. He tells her that he’ll be okay since he’s wearing a vest, but she should run, just as Beckman’s team arrives. When he is found, Chuck tells everybody that Sarah has gone.

Casey goes to find Sarah at her apartment and tells her that even though they both started off as cold-blooded agents, Chuck’s influence has changed them over the years, and that he considers her a friend. He then leaves her with a DVD containing her full mission logs on Operation Bartowski, and she watches how the relationship between her and Chuck has unfolded over the years. Realizing that everything Chuck had told her was true, she goes to find him, and tells him that even though she believes everything he told her, she doesn’t feel any of it. She says that she came to say good-bye, that Quinn has taken away her life, so she needs to find him.

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  • This episode is the first half of the Chuck finale.
  • Sarah is the last member of Team Bartowski to be directly referenced in the title. This had happened to Casey in Chuck Versus the Colonel, Shaw in Chuck Versus the American Hero, Chuck Versus the Other Guy and Chuck Versus the Living Dead and Morgan in Chuck Versus the Best Friend, Chuck Versus the Beard and Chuck Versus the Bearded Bandit. She and Chuck remain the only ones to be referenced by name.
  • With this episode, all members of Team Bartowski have turned against the team at one point, with the exception of Chuck himself. Casey in Chuck Versus the Colonel, Shaw in Chuck Versus the Other Guy and Morgan in Chuck Versus the Frosted Tips.
  • When fighting her way to the Intersect room, Sarah performs several of the exact same fighting moves Bryce Larkin used when leaving the Intersect room at the beginning of the pilot episode.
  • This episode shows five Mission Logs made by Sarah during the first two seasons they are only given days into the mission not the actual dates. (Days 1, 21, 49, 56 & 564) Note: Sarah starts her first Mission Log for the Bartowski Project by saying "It’s September 24, 2007, Day One".
    • Day 1 occurs in Chuck Versus the Intersect (the pilot) after Sarah first meets Chuck at the Buy More. (This log was used in the beginning by Quinn to turn Sarah). The log also portrays how Sarah starts off being completely reluctant to have any relationship with Chuck other than professional. This video clip, therefore, shows not only Sarah, but how she feels about him in the beginning, creating a contrast of change and personality as the next clips are being played.
    • Day 21 occurs at the end of Chuck Versus the Wookiee after Chuck brings Sarah a pizza without olives. He comments that there is only one thing he knows to be true about her, that she doesn't like olives on her pizza. A clip of Sarah being more open, and to a certain extent, happy about how Chuck shows a genuine interest in her, she describes it as "sweet", but the underlying tone is that Chuck is more than just sweet at this point. However, Sarah does not know where to stand concerning Chuck's attempts to have a relationship with her, so all she can do is smile.
    • Day 49 occurs at the end of Chuck Versus the Truth after Chuck ends his cover relationship with her to pursue another woman, Lou Palone. One thing to take note of is how Sarah starts out by saying "Chuck broke up with me today..." and then changes it to "...well uh... fake, fake broke-up with me, technically." which illustrates how even though they were not a real couple, it was still emotional for Sarah as the relationship with Chuck provided her with a sense of belonging, which she had not felt for a long time... if ever. This can, therefore, also explain her being upset, as the one thing which was reliable and consistent in her chaotic spy life now was broken, and Sarah neither knows what to really say, or what to do about it as at that stage she is in conflict between her spy-code which states that she can't be with Chuck. On the other hand, there are Sarah's emotions which tell her that she is in love. In the end, it is Sarah's feelings which win the battle as shown when she takes a leap of faith and kisses him in Chuck Versus the Imported Hard Salami.
    • Day 56 occurs near the end of Chuck Versus the Imported Hard Salami after Sarah and Chuck kiss, but before the Human Transport Container holding Bryce is opened. It is important to understand the tone of Sarah's voice and how she articulates her thoughts in that clip, because the audience is shown how Sarah does not know how to cope with her emotions and the feelings that she has for Chuck. So, she chooses to brush the whole thing off with a shake of the head, but the reality is that what she is really trying to shake, is the obvious and strong feelings that she has towards Chuck.
    • Day 564 is April 09, at some point in season 2, but there is no information allowing to pinpoint the log to a specific episode. The date indicates it was recorded after Chuck Versus the Broken Heart (air date 3/30/09) but before Chuck Versus the Dream Job (air date 4/6/09). Moreover, looking back at the episodes, it would most likely be around the Chuck Versus the Ring, as that is when their relationship starts to really kick off. So the last video clip might have been recorded after the last episode of season 2, as it would fit perfectly with how Sarah chooses to ask Chuck to run off with her in Chuck Versus the Pink Slip. Furthermore, this would also make sense as the instant Sarah admits her feelings towards Chuck she does not hesitate, not only is Chuck the perfect match for her, but she is perfect for him. Ending the video on the note that Chuck and Sarah were meant to be together, as they are: Perfect for one another.


Chuck: We'll destroy the Intersect once and for all.
Casey: Seems a little drastic.
Chuck: Yeah, well, it is drastic, Casey, but think of all the Intersect is responsible for – my father's death, Volkoff's very existence, Morgan's brain melting, Sarah. Let's just say it's been more bad than good. When my dad found out I had it, he told me to destroy it, and I wish I had, we'd all be better off.


Chuck: The Intersect has damaged your memory or something, because the Sarah I know would never do something like this. Baby, please, it's me, it's your Chuck.



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