Friends, this will be a shorter than normal post. It has but one purpose, to get an idea out of my head that hit me like a ton of bricks after writing my last article. It could be spoilerish, so after the jump. (Now with a new improved addendum) ( And now with extra-special transcripts!)
It all bugged me, the sloppy writing, the out of character characterizations, the uselessness of the Ring angst when they put Chuck and Sarah together and broke them up again, thus making what Chuck thought in the Ring irrelevant to the story. Then it hit me.
Sarah got on the train.
Sarah never said the three little words. It’s in the vault scene in Three Little Words. Chuck longed to hear them but didn’t. Sarah started her plea to Chuck to run with her with the statement I’m ready to be normal again. Not I love you and want to be with you forever.
Chuck didn’t know Sarah was willing to run to be with him, and only if she could be with him. He thought she was quitting, leaving forever. She’d invited him to run with her to save him, but was it because she loved him? She never said it. Even at the train station.
This explains everything. Why he never called after Prague, why he was shocked that she was still around at the Orange Orange, why he didn’t tell her he loved her at the train station. It all starts to fall into place when you understand one thing. Chuck still didn’t know Sarah loves him, and he didn’t until Carina told him. Chuck chose the spy world, much as he wanted to be with Sarah because he DID think it was an either/or. She was leaving that world, and he could either go with her, or choose the destiny he’d already embraced in the Ring when he re-intersected. And She never said she loved him.
Sarah got on the train.
Apparently I can’t seem to explain myself in less than 2,500 words. Unfortunately I’m blogging on my coffee break right now so I don’t have time for a full tilt boogie stem winder post. I’ll leave you with these thoughts that I think I can support, and will do later. Consider.
Sarah believes she’s told Chuck she loves him by asking him to run away with her. This is a mistaken impression. What Chuck heard was the spy world sucks. I don’t want to be in the spy world anymore, you shouldn’t either. I’m leaving and want you to come with me.
Chuck knows he loves Sarah, but doesn’t know Sarah loves him. On that basis he can not ask Sarah to stay for him or to be with him, because he is entering the world she is leaving. He goes to the train station, from where Sarah is leaving the spy world, to say goodbye. He has chosen to make a sacrifice because he now sees his duty. He can’t ask the same of her, so he can not tell her he loves her or ask her to stay.
Sarah sees the man she loves on the platform. The man she thinks knows she loves him too. But he’s changed. He is already in the spy world, and decides it is more important than a life with her. She has been here before. Another man, another let down. She does what she’s always done. Go back and throw herself into her work. Shut him off, bury him, never let those feelings out again.
Chuck sees Sarah get on the train and leave. He is convinced she left both him and the spy world forever. He tries one call after he gets dumped from spy school. There is no answer, as he expected.
When Lester tells Chuck Sarah is still around, still going in and out of the Orange Orange he suddenly realizes that she wasn’t running to get out of the spy world, but for him, to keep him out of the spy world. What happened between Chuck and Sarah Casey asks? Something Chuck has to fix he finally realizes.
Now replay some of those scenes. More later.
Double addendum. I now have to re-think and re-write my whole take on the first three.
The exact transcript of what Chuck said while we were watching Sarah climb through air vents and two thugs laugh at how pathetic Chuck was while waiting to kill him.
Chuck: “Sarah I don’t want to regret not telling you everything I need to tell you. I’m not a normal spy, you know that, I know that. I’m a regular guy who works at a Buy More. And the decision that I made in Prague, I know what it looks like, I know that it looks like I chose being a spy over being with you but thats not what happened. How I felt about you is real, it’s very very real. And I know that you know how I’ve felt about you for a long time. You know, but when Carina told me what you said, those three words that I’ve been waiting to hear for so long… Look, Sarah, I know that you’re probably very hurt that I didn’t run away with you in Prague [see below]… [door opens] Sarah I love you.”
The part Sarah saw in Castle after Carina gave her the thumb drive.
Chuck: “Look Sarah I know that you’re probably very hurt that I didn’t run away with you in Prague. You have to know that you were everything I ever wanted, but how could I do that, how could I be with you, knowing that what I’d turned my back on. Knowing that what I had in my head could help a lot of people. And you’re the one that[sic] taught me that being a spy is about something bigger, it’s about putting aside your own personal feelings for the greater good and that’s what I chose. I chose to be a spy for my friends and my family and you. I chose to be a spy because [door opens] Sarah, I love you