And Is Well Tailored
People who are reflexively insecure (can you say “Chuck?”) tend to wonder why they are so awkward when it comes to relationships. People who have been badly distorted and confused about their own independence (can you say “Sarah?”) or stubborn in pursuit of other goals (“Casey?”) have nearly the same perception. They can feel unlucky or let down. At times it seems none of them feel comfortable in their own skin. It’s only a matter of how well they tolerate it in the short run.
And tell me. Who is immune to that?
Guest poster Jem (aka Faith and ChuckNewbie8) notices that they should try on something else.
I believe it was ATCDave who first made me realize that Chuck is about relationships and there isn’t a more significant aspect in those relationships than love. Through love Chuck, Sarah, and yes even Casey have changed, evolved, improved. What can you say “love suits” them, I guess.
Since the quote was directed at Sarah, I’ll begin with her. Has she ever looked more radiant than in Honeymooners? This picture in particular?
But it’s more than skin deep, it’s more than the emotions, it’s an evolution into that real girl Chuck once joked about. One who can imagine a future with someone, one who can do more and be more than just the job and what the job dictates, one who is genuinely happy. We know she was never good at “this” (this being verbalizing her emotions), and we know that she has her beat-Chuck’s-love-with-a-stick moments (“Why would we do that?” included) but what we didn’t know is that being with Chuck, falling for Chuck has really set her free. It’s never going to be easy for her to verbalize her feelings, but there’s an openness to her that wasn’t there before, a “kind of a release” that just fits, suits ;-). If there ever was a moment that captured this perfectly it was the beginning of Tooth when they were watching Spies Like Us and she’s awkward in the normalcy and humor, but you can just feel the comfort in having that someone in her life like Chuck. The freedom. And when Chuck lost all hope, it’s Sarah that did her best to infuse hope to Chuck. Reminiscent of DeLorean, when once Chuck had to convince her that her Father’s actions aren’t her own, Sarah tries to give comfort to Chuck by doing the same. Sarah has never been a talker, she’s not built that way, she’s been more of one to act, but in this moment of weakness…on the midst of their greatest downfall she gives the man she loves the only comfort she can bring and that is hope. “We’ll figure something out.” I love who Sarah has become. “Love suits” her.
As for Chuck, well Casey said it best, “I don’t know when it happened but our boy became a man.” Chuck was always “special,” his father even remarked as such. He was always a hero, always a great guy. One that would help out a despondent ballerina rather than flirt with a very attractive and interested woman. One that would risk it all for his family, his friends, his loved ones. That hasn’t changed. But loving Sarah, and being secure in that love has changed him, for the better. Matured him, made him self-actualize. Remember all those, “I’m just Chuck Bartowski, not a hero,” “I doubt I’m going to be charming anyone,” and my personal favorite: “I’m a normal guy, who wants a normal life and as amazing as you are Sarah Walker, you will never be normal”? They all painted a picture of a guy insecure about himself, about his dreams, his role in life and most of all his “special”-ness. This is the same guy that couldn’t figure out a font for his 5 year plan, couldn’t think beyond the pain of the past, and the Buy More present. You fast forward to Living Dead and not only is he verbalizing a belief in his own worth, “the CIA believes in me, they think I’m special,” he’s also acting more mature, more confident and with more conviction. Who didn’t take pause at his, “I don’t need a watch to beat you Shaw. Come on aren’t you a little curious? I know I am. Don’t you want to know how your intersect stacks up to mine?” The same guy who cowered behind table settings at his sister’s wedding reception hall complaining about the silverware (understandable as it may be) is now stepping up to the plate. And he’s doing it while retaining his humanity. Meeting Sarah, having fallen in love with her, made all this possible. Ellie was the first to notice it, “everything seems to be moving along with Chuck and you (Sarah) had everything to do with that.” “I just know what a great guy Charles Bartowski is and sometimes I don’t think he knows it” is all the more apt now than when Ellie said it first in Tango. Because now he knows, and now he’s acting to keep it, keep her, have it all. And it’s because of love.
Casey isn’t going soft but he’s becoming more human. I tried to pinpoint the exact moment in time it all changed for Casey and apart from hesitating to shoot Chuck’s picture in First Date, he hasn’t really softened towards Chuck all that much, if at all. But where love has affected Casey is tied to the past. We know he made a choice between love and duty, one that he has never questioned but being around Chuck and being an honorary member of Chuck’s family, he’s been made to question that choice and work his way towards mending the hurts of the past. He’s learned that the choice isn’t always one or the other, it’s more complicated that that. He’s actively sought his daughter, he has committed treason (Casey, all American G-man, committed treason!) for his former fiancée, and he’s exhibiting Sugar Bear tendencies in more than just the bedroom. This Casey can hug even with his man-parts. Though it remains debatable whether love suits him 😉
Why does this all matter? Why does love matter? Because sometimes “it helps to know what you’re fighting for” and in a lot of ways this is exactly why we (ourselves) fight for a renewal. Love. So it’s a sight to behold seeing our beloved characters change for the better because love suits them.
– Jem (aka Faith)