Can We Talk?
Sarah: Morgan? What are you doing here? Is Chuck up to something?
Morgan: I dunno. You tell me. You know him better than I would. Have you seen the alcove where they keep the bullet-proof pants?
Sarah: You know, Morgan, you and I – we never talk, really.
Morgan: Yeah, well, talking’s a bit overrated. Plus, we don’t have a lot in common. (But I’d like to get to know you better…)
You’re going to tell me exactly what’s going on and you’re going to do it right now.
It’s inescapable. After a week and hundreds of posts (and far more on other boards), we have not yet plumbed the depths of the deceptions, and the consequences are being felt by everybody.
Chuck lied to Sarah; Chuck lied to Stephen and he’s been lying to Ellie all along. Well, don’t forget that he’s not alone. Stephen shaded the truth from Chuck, and is lying outright to Ellie. Ellie’s keeping secrets now and lying to Devon; Devon’s been lying to Ellie ever since he “decapitated the bear”. If Ellie thinks for a minute that her over-protectiveness has been helping Chuck, she’s not only lying to herself, she’s been lying to him as well, because she knows better. It gets worse. Of the two honest characters, Morgan is honest because he’s a coward and Casey uses the truth like a budgeon on his partners! The CIA may have been lying to everybody, and Sarah, our beloved Sarah, is still the master deceiver, just as she’s always been. She reverts to covering for Chuck with Stephen and she went “off-grid”, essentially lying professionally to her superiors and to her partners. When she overhears Chuck lying to Stephen, she’s complicit and she couldn’t even be honest with Chuck about Shaw and DC.
Not that they all didn’t have good reason, mind you…
The truth is coming out, bit by bit, regardless. Truth tends to do that, as both Chuck and Sarah discover, so it’s time they start talking to each other.
Sarah: Where’s your dad?
Chuck: He found out I was the intersect, and now he left.
Sarah: Chuck, he must have had a good reason. He loves you.
Chuck: I know. I – I know that he loves me. He just doesn’t know me. He doesn’t know anything about me – why I became the intersect, that I can help people, and for the first time in my life, what I do actually means something.
Sarah: Did you tell him that?
In Chuck vs. The Living Dead we had a episode that some have rightly criticized as derivative (“Shaw is alive? Didn’t we see Bryce do that???”) or soap-operaish (secrets, lies and deceptions being the stock and trade of daytime soaps). I can see that. But, I have to ask, was it enjoyable? I know I enjoyed it.
Yes, we’ve seen these things before. We’ve seen our hero’s blown up, discouraged, lied to, betrayed and succeed in nearly every episode, in fact. Yet, watching Chuck wield Tonfa was, as the original Darth Vadar would say, most impressive. Well done! As for Sarah,
Stephen: Does she have an intersect too???
Chuck: No, dad. That’s all her. Hi, honey!
We’ve certainly seen contrivances used more than once. Still, I was surprised that we saw someone new intersecting, and I was really surprised that it was Shaw. (Before I leave this, I noticed that there was some confusion about exactly who intersected. Although Chuck and Sarah thought it was Shaw who had come to Shaw’s penthouse, that was Justin. And it was Justin who called “someone” at the end, claiming his team had been destroyed, and that they had to “do it now!”. That someone was identified by the computer as Shaw, and wasn’t meant to be confused with Justin, I believe.)
If I’m Not Back In 20 Minutes, You Come Save Me.
As for soap-opera, I can understand that criticism too, but I disagree, because their relationship is too stable now for soap-opera, in a way that makes me smile. Chuck and Sarah constantly fall back on Sarah’s dictum from the pilot “I didn’t ask you to believe me; I asked you to trust me.” Deception is part of her world, and now it’s part of Chuck’s. Trust is still king, but they must communicate. Even Jeff and Lester discover that above all, they must communicate. Fortunately, Chuck and Sarah are learning to do just that, yes, even “You never did know how to express your feelings” Sarah.
Chuck: What’s wrong?
Sarah pats the bed next to her.
Sarah: I’ve been thinking a lot about what happened at the cabin, and how you almost died. You know, everything that your dad said about the life that we’ve chosen – he’s right. What we do is not safe. I want you to have this.
It’s my spy-will.
Chuck: Why are you giving me this?
Sarah: This is me. It’s everything I know. It’s my life and if something were to happen to me, well, if anyone’s going to have it, I want it to be you.
Chuck: Nothing’s going to happen to you. You’re not going anywhere, and neither am I.
Chuck shouldn’t say that, because he may be writing a check that he cannot cash. It’s a promise he may not be able to keep and no one can make such a statement honestly. It is, in fact, the opposite of a truth.
But you see, when all is said and done, the opposite of a profound truth often isn’t a lie. It’s another profound truth.
I Am Your Skin – The Bravery.
And you know me now
like a mother knows a child
And you know me now
like I came from your own body
I can feel your pulse like a moth inside a jar
And even this is still too far
Even this is still too far
I wanna be your skin
I wanna feel everything you feel
I wanna be your covering
So let them come like an army against us
I know you won’t be afraid
Because I am the armor upon you now
And we are never betrayed
There is no ending between you and me