A Guest Post
One of the biggest eye-brow raisers of the last season was Chuck lying well and often to his friends, to his family and even to Sarah. Did I say “eye-brow raiser?” We hated it! The fact is, this is a big deal in the story. In one guise or another, Truth with a capital T has always been a major theme in Chuck, and that’s not going to change. It’s not going away, even if we start to use the word “truth” less and the word “lie” more, and this guest post from Faith (aka ChuckNewbie8 aka our favorite NBC mod) addresses this issue. Please be aware; this post is going to refer to stuff that gets just a little spoilery below the fold.
SPOILER ALERT (just a little one)
It wasn’t that long ago that these words were uttered by Sarah: “I never asked you to believe me, I asked you to trust me.” That was from Helicopter, 2 episodes into the first season and ever since then the issue of trust has grown larger than the elephant in the room.
So why trust Sarah? She has lied to Chuck several times, be it lies of omission or outright lies,
Chuck: “this thing you and me, our thing under the undercover thing, is this ever going anywhere?”
Sarah: “I’m sorry Chuck, no.”
That was from Truth. And then of course there’s Beefcake’s
Chuck: But that’s just another lie, we will never really be together.
Is it any surprise that when it came to looking for his father he left her out of his search?
Sarah: Why didn’t you tell me? Chuck, your search for Orion was a rogue operation. You know how dangerous that is??? VERY!
Chuck: …and I didn’t tell you.
Sarah: And you didn’t tell me.
Lies aren’t new for Chuck. Not anymore. After all he learned from the best, her. But somewhere in the convoluted lines of lies there’s a far more nefarious enemy, mistrust.
Sarah: “We’re still a good team right, you still trust us?”
Chuck: “I trust you” (a damnable lie! 😉 )
The irony is that the woman whose whole life has been a lie has always trusted one thing, one person and that is Chuck.
Casey: “Agent Walker, who do you trust to bring out a rogue satellite more, some burn out loser playing a video game, or an air force ICBM?
Sarah: “I trust Chuck.”
When she was mad at him for Bryce and Nemesis she still trusted him in Crown Vic and against orders from her own superior, she trusted him enough to help find his Dad in Colonel. Trust doesn’t come easy for Sarah Walker but she trusts Chuck and in her own way strives to earn his trust despite the lies.
Then came S3. For a lot of people S3 is the wildcard. A season where who they were has been forgotten and who they have become is contemptible. We’ll leave that discussion for another day but the issue of trust remained prominent. Sarah didn’t trust Chuck to retain his humanity amidst all the danger and the deception, Chuck didn’t trust Sarah to stick by him after all is said and done. Needless to say, trust remained an issue. No more so than in Living Dead.
Sarah: “So what he (doctor) say?”
Chuck: “He said that I’m fine.”
Yes, Chuck was being caring and the timing certainly didn’t help but at the end of the day Chuck didn’t trust Sarah. He continued not to trust her all the way until the truth was revealed, by Shaw.
By most accounts truth and lies will remain an issue all the way into Season 4. There are rumblings of Chuck’s search for Mama B, one where he excludes Sarah altogether:
“Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) go on a rogue globe-spanning mission to find Chuck’s mom. Meanwhile, Sarah…”
Now there is no concrete proof that the issue of trust will continue to create conflict between Chuck and Sarah in S4, but it’s a possibility that makes sense with what we have learned and heard and know. In the end the issue here isn’t whether Chuck tells the truth or not. Just like it never was about the lie he committed in Living Dead but the continued lack of trust. He didn’t trust Sarah enough to tell her his fears. He didn’t trust her to stick by him and believe his crazy theory regarding the assassination. And despite her willingness to rescue him and “come back for” him, in the end he still didn’t trust her. He trusted her enough to give her his heart, but no more. He trusts Morgan though. He once told Sarah, “before you got here and long after you’re gone, Morgan is my family.” Apparently trusts comes easy with family and not so much with those you love (that aren’t family).
So where do we go from here? Chuck is bound to act mistrustful of Sarah in the coming season. There’s no way around it. This is an issue that has remained (this post is proof) the frontmost of all issues so there really isn’t any way around it. But in the coming season Chuck’s continued question of Sarah’s faith in him needs to come to a head. If he withholds the truth from her, if he lies, if he doesn’t trust her, he needs to face the consequences. “You’re sleeping on the couch, Chuck!”