Once again, a guest post from Liz James.
How TPTB Are Conning Us, Too…
Just to reiterate, folks, my post about Hannah belonging to Sarah last week has ZERO chance of being what actually happens in Episode 8. I was just spinning a scenario…
But here is what I really think episode 8 is about: real life and the spy life and how nothing is real in the spy world. The stuff Sarah SPECIFICALLY warned us about in Pink Slip.
In episode 8, I think Chuck has a bad time separating real from fake: He’ll hate impersonating an assassin; hate finding out that Hannah is fake; and hate discovering that Morgan really thinks he stole his girl.
I think Chuck goes to Shaw and says he’s disgusted and doesn’t want to be a spy anymore. THAT’S when Shaw taunts him with the “You had your chance and you blew it” line. And that is why Chuck decks him: Because Shaw insists he remains a spy.
You know what THAT means, right? Shaw KNOWS about Prague and Sarah’s attempt to run away with Chuck. And Shaw, who Sarah told us in First Class reads the files, may use information he reveals to us about Sarah to keep her “with” him and away from Chuck.
Moreover, I now think the Sarah name reveal will NOT used by Ali Adler, the episode’s writer, as a scenario for Sarah to reassure Chuck. I think the name come out another way, probably from Shaw.
I believe what Adler really has up her sleeve is the charm bracelet. My guess: Now that Chuck is down on the spy world in episode 8 because nothing is real, Sarah shows up wearing the bracelet late in the episode. Remember what Sarah said about the charm bracelet when Chuck gave it to her in Santa Claus: the bracelet was something real, something he should give to a real girlfriend.
If Sarah shows up wearing the bracelet at a moment when Chuck is depressed about how nothing is real, Chuck WILL get the message. This would be powerful stuff, gigantic given where we currently stand. And Sarah can do it without talking and without Shaw knowing anything about it. Only Chuck (and we fevered few) will know.
Why do I think it’ll happen this way:
- Adler used the bracelet almost gratuitously in Three Words. It was nearly a throwaway. But Adler planted the bracelet and amplified on what it means–it’s worn by a woman in love, Carina told us in Three Words–so that she could use it here in episode 8. Sarah wearing the bracelet has HUGE implications now, even more than it would have at any time last year or before Three Words.
- I realized that everything TPTB are doing this season is about misdirection. That INCLUDES the spoilers they release to us.
Think about it. We’ve been speculating for months about the punch being about Chuck, Sarah, Shaw and a love triangle. I don’t think that’s it. I think they specifically tried to misdirect us. And I realized that when I finally understood what they did with the release of the Chuck-Sarah jealously scene just before the broadcast of Chuck Versus The Mask. That scene delivers key plot points, but TPTB were, er, masking it by making us think, before we saw the episode, that it was about Chuck and Sarah being jealous of each other.
I’ve already said that I think Chuck and Sarah were trying to con Shaw with the phony jealous talk. But now I realize there was more. Watch the scene again in context and remember how radiant Chuck and Sarah were in the moments after Shaw left and ostentatiously announced that he was going to the AUDIO surveillance truck. Watch Chuck almost routinely talk about Shaw having his hands all over Sarah. (He’s fastidiously folding his tie, for heaven’s sake!) Watch Sarah react just as routinely. But watch what happens when Chuck throws in the line about the coffee: They cut to Sarah, who freezes for just a second. That is when SHE realizes that Shaw is trying to con HER while she and Chuck are running this con.
Ditto the other way. When Sarah is talking about Hannah being all over Chuck since she arrived at the Buy More, Chuck is blasé. But then Sarah throws in the scent of Hannah being all over him and suddenly Chuck starts smelling himself. That’s when HE realizes that Hannah is playing HIM.
So what happened in that scene was three cons–and we missed ALL of them because we had already been given the scene as a spoiler and had decided it was about the relationship. Chuck and Sarah planned to con Shaw. Sarah told Chuck about Shaw’s actions at the museum (he couldn’t have seen them) and Chuck told Sarah about Hannah’s omnipresence (she couldn’t have seen it). They were play-acting based on information they had given each other in the moments before Shaw got back to the truck and could monitor them. (Think about the tell: Shaw announces he’s going to the truck. Why did we need to HEAR that? We knew he wasn’t going to wait out the mission at the museum coffee shop…) But then Chuck innocently told Sarah something she hadn’t realize (Shaw’s coffee gambit) and Sarah caught on to Shaw’s game. Ditto Sarah and the perfume “lather” for Chuck.
And now ditto the Sarah kiss-Shaw taunt-Chuck punch, which was released as a spoiler months ago. We’ve been convinced it is about jealously. But now I am convinced it’s about the real/fake spy world angle and TPTB’s desire to keep us off balance.
I have to admit it now. As much as I don’t like what the show runners are doing in Season 3, it’s VERY complicated and well considered–and it has huge diversions and games within games. Most interesting of all: They are using us fans, too, as they tell the tale. While we’re focused on what seems like endless trouble for Charah, they are sneaking in plot points and story reveals KNOWING that we are going to miss them. After all, they’ve made us obsess about the state of Charah and now they are using our obsession to slip stuff by us.
Chuck Versus The Fake Name isn’t going to be about Sarah’s real name. It’s going to be about what’s real and what’s fake in the spy world. And, like it or not, we’re also going to have to stop watching for clues to the relationship. Not only is the relationship fine, they’re playing us while we’re worried about the condition Chuck and Sarah’s condition is in.