Leaving Sarah and Chuck to wrap things up in a matter of minutes. She asks him to tell her what's up, since he's not supposed to keep secrets from her -- just everyone else. He immediately comes clean, saying he saw her shoot the Fulcrum agent, and that when he asked her about it, she lied. She says she has to protect him. He says he knows that; he gets that she was protecting him, his family, his friends, but the guy was unarmed. She explains that the agent knew who Chuck was and she had to do it to keep everyone safe. Then she tells him to take some time off: tonight, tomorrow, as much as he needs. He can't believe it. She tells him they'll still be here when he's ready to come back. Casey comes out with duffel bags and he and Sarah head out for a new mission. Chuck's all, "What? A new mission?" And, even though she tells him they have it covered and even though Casey's so excited to not have Chuck around, Chuck joins them in the car before they leave. He didn't want time off after all, I guess.
I like this episode because of Charlie, but I think this stuff at the end happened too fast. Well, I actually don't think it should have ever been a big deal at all, but since they chose to make it one, they should not have wrapped it up so quickly. I guess it was just the show's way of keeping Sarah and Chuck apart again, since they were drifting together before the break. Now, because Chuck's been distant, we're supposed to assume it's back to square whatever? They have to, at some point, actually move forward (or backward; or even sideways) in a real way, or this cycle is going to get Ross-and-Rachel repetitive. And no one wants that.
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