Skinny Fear

Through a Glass, Darkly

For the fans, Season 4 has been a rocket trip to Chuck & Sarah’s future together;  their relationship seems to have moved that fast.  But for all that acceleration, we’ve actually seen only a little of it so far. The question is always “What’s next?” and “Should we be worried?” Faith, aka ChuckNewbie8, shows us what we know to be true so that we can peer ahead.

– joe

A Guest Post from Faith

I said I was going to take a few days to take all of Chuck vs. the Suitcase in and as it turns out, a week (or so) is just about right. For the past couple of days I’ve been rewatching all the episodes that dealt with commitment, the past and the future. I’d like to take all of you into the journey that was and the journey that will be.


Yes it all began with the pilot, but the idea of who they are and who they have become to each other didn’t really get explored until much later. Think back to Wookie:

Carina: I love taking what Sarah wants.
Chuck: Me? No, Sarah doesn’t want me.
Carina: She probably doesn’t even know it herself yet. But, I do.

Carina is a teasing, cold-vamp-agent but she’s often on point. Sarah didn’t know yet what she wanted, nor whom she wanted.

Fast forward to Crown Vic. I remember awhile back having this discussion with a lot of you. Just who did Sarah choose in Crown Vic? Bryce or Chuck? Or neither? Well the answer is neither. She was sinking very deep into “real” with Chuck but didn’t yet fully realize how deep. The very idea of a choice that had to be made, of a life that had to be decided, of a dream to be realized scared her. Some wondered aloud after Suitcase, how can we coalesce the Sarah Walker that desired a family in Crown Vic with the Sarah Walker that panicked at the very idea in Suitcase? Simple, listen to her words:

Sarah: Do you ever just want to have a normal life? Have a family? Children?
Casey: The choice we made to protect something bigger than ourselves is the right choice. Hard as that is for you to remember sometimes.
Sarah: I’ll talk to Chuck and if I can’t fix this, I’m gonna ask for a reassignment…
****
Sarah: Well it’s my job, it’s what I do. It’s the one thing I’m good at. As you can see from everything that happened with Bryce, I’m not so good at relationships.

The implication being that she may desire that life, dream about it but she’s afraid…no, she knows she’s not good at it. She has always held all the keys, always had the real power in their relationship and for the longest time it’s the fear that held her back, held them back. She may have gotten to the point where she’s learned what she wants (dreams about it), she’s yet to realize that she could have that with Chuck. She said “I’m going to ask for a reassignment.” That statement is a very important distinction that will be all the more important later on.

Still, in essence, during Crown Vic and beyond, the lines were clear. There’s the job and there’s Chuck. There’s what she knows and what she dreams about. That is until Break Up

Chuck: I’m a normal guy, who wants a normal life and as amazing as you are Sarah Walker, we both know that you will never be normal.

Contrast that ‘truth” with what Sarah says in Suitcase:

Sarah: I know it’s probably taken me longer than a normal girl but you should know you’re my home Chuck, you always have been.

The idea of home is huge. Not just because like she said she’s never had one, but rather her desire to finally make one, with Chuck.

Sarah: I’ve never had a real home and I wanted this to feel like one.

She’s always known that Chuck wants the whole package. He said it in Break Up, he said it in Truth, and everywhere in between. The problem is she has never imagined a reality in which she could have that happily ever after with Chuck. That she could have that which she secretly desired in Crown Vic, that she wasn’t aware of in Wookie and that which she was jarred into awakening in Break Up and the very idea is not only frightening it’s exhilarating. Chuck makes her wish she could be normal for him, that she could be that person to have that life with him and the very idea is so scary, it’s tantalizing.

But going back to Break Up for a moment, in Break Up suddenly the idea of being apart is no longer welcome (it wasn’t welcome in Marlin but that was short and not as eye-opening as Break Up in my opinion).

Bryce: She has feelings for you Chuck, feelings that will get her killed. The people we deal with are cold-blooded assassins they have no emotions, no feelings…anything less gets us killed.

We’re reminded at this juncture why Sarah doesn’t put down roots. Why she doesn’t often dream. But she does, she hesitated because she does.

Look at her face, examine the exact moment when it dawned on her just how real her feelings have become and how deep she has fallen. That is the moment that changed everything.

Lethal Weapon added to this commitment:

Sarah: I guess I’m not the type of girl who cheats on her cover boyfriend.
Cole: Is that all he is, a cover? I saw the way you were looking at him when his life was in danger.
Sarah: When you meet someone you care about, it’s just hard to walk away.

And there you have it. She may not believe herself capable of living that normal life, of ever being normal, but she’s committed, in love. There is no going back. And being so deeply in love propelled her to bravery, to commitment.

In Role Models she got even deeper. In this instance Role Models trumps Other Guy, Honeymooners and alike because Role Models revisited her greatest fear, explored the forward progression in their relationship and the idea of the future. If you notice in Pink Slip she asked him to run away with her, in Honeymooners they were running away and although she said “I’ve been all over the world but Burbank’s really the only place that felt like home” (there’s that word again) she was still only willing to go so far in their relationship. Running away is easy, hotel rooms, suitcases, she’s well versed in all of that. While having that one guy be with her through it all will be different, the rest is what she’s familiar with; it’s a life she’s familiar with. Moving in? Putting down roots? That’s unfamiliar and once again scary.

Sarah: I’m sorry that I freaked out when you asked me to move in with you. You know how I grew up I spent my whole life living in hotel rooms, having fake names. I’ve been trained to survive a thousand different situations in the field but no one ever taught me how to have a normal life…Well I’d like something to fall back on when our spy life is over.

Finally it’s all come together. What she dreams of, what she wants, who she wants and what she’s actively trying to attain. Having learned all that, is it unexpected that she’s yet to unpack in Suitcase? Not at all.

Sarah: I do feel comfortable here…

Notice she doesn’t say “home,” but “comfortable.”

Sarah: …It just doesn’t come naturally to me putting roots down.
Chuck: I know, you were always on the run with your dad and being a spy doesn’t make it easy for you to make a home anywhere. It’s what you’re used to.

Every step will be a struggle, a struggle within, a struggle against fear, doubt and joy. Joy at finally having that which she has always dreamed of but was incapable of believing possible.

Sarah: That’s just something I like to keep in my suitcase at all times. Whether I’m in Portugal or Russia or Burbank. This makes me feel comfortable, safe. I know this has probably taken me longer than a normal girl but you should know you’re my home Chuck, you always have been.

Perhaps most telling (and amazing) are those words. The girl who has never had a home, who actively (finally) wanted one in Role Models finds herself having had one all along. She’s been rooted all along. Falling in love with Chuck made her realize that which she has always wanted, yet feared. Except now her roots will extend to more than just the emotional commitment at which the picture illustrates, but to that of the future and what the future shall bring. But just like Chuck’s maturity, “baby steps” it shall be. Enter deer in the headlights: why was she so frightened? She’s committed to putting roots down; she’s known all along that Chuck is a traditional “normal,” albeit spy-ish guy. Why the fear? Why the uncertainty? Because it’s yet another dream she’s long been afraid to believe possible.

“What’s eating you Walker?”

The future.

Faith

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100 Responses to Skinny Fear

  1. Tynianrex says:

    Wow Faith, that was an amazing article, and probably the best thing I´ve read about that chapter.

    • Faith says:

      Thank you for the kind words! 🙂

      • alladinsgenie4u says:

        Awesome post, Faith. Your description of Sarah, her motivations, dreams and aspirations makes me fall more deeply in love with her. You have described Sarah exactly as the character we have come to understand,love and respect over the better part of three years.
        (although a part of me will always hate TPTB for what they did to her in Season 3)

  2. joe says:

    Every step will be a struggle, a struggle within, a struggle against fear, doubt and joy. Joy at finally having that which she has always dreamed of but was incapable of believing possible.

    Faith, this is why I need and enjoy the female perspective so much. I don’t think I could ever write those words with confidence.

    Can this be the same Sarah Walker that walked up to the Nerd Herd desk, had Chuck explain about “Vicki Vale”, and said “…And that makes it better?”

    That’s preposterous.

    Is this the same Sarah Walker that sashayed up to Marco, smiled sweetly and flattened him with a right cross?

    Why, yes it is!

    Thanks, Faith.

    • Faith says:

      Joe, it’ll surprise no one that Sarah is my favorite character in Chuck. I think I’ve said it before but it bears repeating…no one in television is like her. She’s all at once brave, fearful, strong, weak, kick ass and vulnerable. Definitely one that keeps us coming back for more.

      • joe says:

        Oh yeah.

        But here’s a Q. Can you describe Chuck in similar terms?

        I’ll try. He’s all at once self-aware, but even more aware of his friends and family. He’s loyal and brave but self-effacing and modest. He’s trusting and learning not to be naive. He’s intelligent and intuitive, but retains his sense of humor.

        How’s that?

      • Faith says:

        The beauty of this blog is the many voices, at times gender specific, others view specific. I’ll just say that I can’t pinpoint Chuck nearly as well as you can (didn’t you once say you are Chuck? lol) but that’s the beauty of the blog again. I have you guys to open up my eyes to certain “Chuck-isms” like WTH is he looking at pictures of Jill right after “Make a wish Chuck, it’s yours” See? 😀

        But in my attempt to try to describe Chuck in similar terms (remember in essence they’re the same person): He’s all at once heroic and selfish, loving and hurtful, passive and active, giving and reserved; but above it all he’s caring. He cares so much and gives his all, every time. It’s no wonder she loves him.

      • joe says:

        [This will read poorly in the morning, but I promise you, I have not had one sip of wine tonight!]

        You know who we’re talking about, don’t you? – everyone writing on this wall tonight?

        The beauty of the show, about story-telling, really, is that it’s finally all about us. I guess that’s it’s attraction.

      • Joseph (can't be Joe) says:

        No wine sure, but how many beer? 😀

      • joe says:

        Beer? Naw. I’m nowhere near so eloquent on beer!

        Now, scotch, maybe… 😛

  3. Joseph (can't be Joe) says:

    Wow, nice recap of some of the prime Chuck and Sarah moments.

    I said before that to me there is still something missing from the relationship and that is still the case. Chuck is fine, he discovered last season that he couldn’t live without Sarah. But Sarah, although she is saying all the right words, has yet to discover that she can’t live without Chuck.

    I guess for me, in order for the relationship to be complete and return to “epic” and for there to be a future, “lioness” Sarah, willing to do literally anything in order to protect her man and her relationship, needs to make an appearance.

    I truly think something like this is required for us (the fans) but also for Sarah to show herself that she is committed to the relationship.

    • joe says:

      Let me prod you just a bit on this, Joseph.

      I think I know what you mean about Sarah, but what do you think about the scene in Tooth where she begs the Doctor to help Chuck? She “needs him to be all right.” In a way that’s different from what you have in mind, isn’t it Sarah exactly saying that she can’t live without Chuck?

      There were some – well, complaints is not the right word – worries, that Sarah was being portrayed as too passive and even girlie after Honeymooners. She’s supposed to be a strong character, both in the sense of dropping down from the undercarriage of a jeep to blow away 5 agents and in the sense of telling a petite Brunette like Lou “Don’t hurt him.” (with eyes smoldering). I fully expect her to get past more than locked doors and security agents to get to Chuck when he needs her.

      But you know, she already has, and it’s true that Chuck can take care of himself much more now too. I was much more impressed with Sarah’s admission that she can’t do it all in Tooth. THAT takes strength. You know?

      Besides. It gives Chuck a chance to show he has a pair too, which I enjoy. Never did like whiny Chuck all that much anyway.

      • Joseph (can't be Joe) says:

        Joe – Yes about Tooth, but that’s not enough to get back to “epic”

        Here’s what I said on another site I frequent (I know, Gasp!!).

        ** I think “something” like this would probably bring me all the way back.

        Chuck is abducted and Sarah will do “anything” (disobey any order, break any law, torture any lead for information, essentially lean towards the darker side of grey) in order to protect her man and her relationship. Something to “show” just how far Sarah is into the relationship. Sure she’s done this to a degree in the past, but not since the reset. Not for Chuck.

        Words are nice, and we waited a long time for them, but Sarah has always been about action.

        The perfect time for this would have been when Agent Idiot Face wanted to blow up Castle with Chuck in it. That is exactly when Sarah should have taken her gun and offered to blow his brains out to protect the man she loves (just to be clear, Chuck), problem solved. But she didn’t, now I’m looking for something similar to happen.**

        As I stated before, for me, the way last season played out took “epic” out of the Chuck and Sarah relationship. Chuck had his “Aha” moment in 3.09, Sarah hasn’t has hers, IMO, yet. After they threw the relationship, the characters, and from 3.07 to 3.13 the story, under the bus, everything didn’t get magically fixed by “DYLM – Yes, yes, yes, yes” or the episodes afterwards to date. Not for me.

        It’s hard to describe, but for me, in order for “epic” to return Sarah, not Chuck, has to step up. I don’t doubt Sarah loves Chuck, But sometimes I think she does.

        Hello all, my name is Joseph, and I have a crush on Sarah Walker. Please help me. 😉

      • atcdave says:

        Joseph I’ll agree with all of this. Sarah’s tepid response to Shaw’s attempted murder of Chuck was among the more deflating moments of a disappointing season. I expected so much more from her. For the record, I was often disappointed in Chuck in S3 too; but Sarah was as poorly served as I’ve ever seen a main character on any TV show.

        I’ve enjoyed the show, I’ve even enjoyed the show a lot since Other Guy, but the magic isn’t back.

      • JC says:

        Totally agree with both of you. The show doesn’t hold anyone accountable for their actions other then Chuck. Sarah can get away with anything and her character faces zero consequences for her actions.

        I was never a huge fan of the romance but S3 killed it for me. The whole relationship is one sided and sometimes painful to watch. And by painful I don’t mean angst but like watching adults acting like teenagers.

      • Joseph (can't be Joe) says:

        How did Ellie put it? Something about wanting there to be 4 feet in the relationship.

        Chuck has both feet in while Sarah only has one. Until her second foot is in, Chuck will be seen as doing most of the heavy lifting, while Sarah will be conforming to what Chuck wants. She needs to say this is who I am damn it, and this is what I want.

        And for me she’ll have that epiphany after she lays a beating on someone in order to protect / get to Chuck.

      • joe says:

        Heh! Well put.

        I have to admit, I’ll enjoy that too. I think the only difference is that I really like Sarah’s vulnerable side also.

        Hello all, my name is Joseph, and I have a crush on Sarah Walker. Please help me.

        Sorry. Can’t help you. There’s no known cure. 😉

      • atcdave says:

        Well JC, I think you overstate the problem a little; at least in the first two seasons Sarah often went above and beyond to protect Chuck, both his well being and his dignity (long list, everything from defending his right and attractiveness as a romantic figure to General Beckman in Imported Hard Salami, to going against orders on an ill-conceived rescue in Marlin). To me that was anything but one-sided, I found it immensely appealing and romantic; I enjoyed watching the woman who didn’t know how to talk about her feelings say she loved Chuck with her every action. The disconnect didn’t really happen until Pink Slip; that was a complete destruction of the characters we saw before, and it went downhill from there.

        And yeah Joseph I agree; Sarah has found her voice and can now tell Chuck she loves him, which I think is sweet and I enjoy watching. But I really want to see her show her love like she used to, actually more than she used to since she’s supposedly aware of how she really feels now. I’d love to see her bust heads and tell Beckman where to stick it for her “personal” mission. I don’t think I will ever forget the damage done in S3, but it would help to see Sarah the lioness back. The fun thing is I think we’ll get there. I’m very pleased with S4 so far, and I think great things are ahead.

      • alladinsgenie4u says:

        Just remember – Mama B is coming soon to upset the apple cart (in whatever way). I am betting that we are going to see a full on protective Sarah once Mama B is meets Chuck. Sarah will be deeply mistrustful of her and will seek to protect Chuck from any sort of harm (physical or emotional)and if I remember correctly – Zac Levi in an interview (back when they were filming 4×06) said that Chuck(character) is the only thing Sarah cares about and she isn’t thrilled about a future mother in law who resurfaces in Chuck’s life.

      • Joseph (can't be Joe) says:

        Joe – What did she say at the end of Beard?

        “Sometimes it helps to know you’ve got something to lose”.

      • JC says:

        @Dave

        Maybe I did a little, it’s just I would like some of Chuck’s childhood taken into consideration. At the end of the episode Chuck shows that he understands her issues. It would be nice to hear Sarah say something like “I understand why me not unpacking bothered you Chuck but I’m not your mother or father. I’m not going anywhere”

        Maybe they’re working up to that but I’d just like to see it once.

      • thinkling says:

        @JC: “It would be nice to hear Sarah say something like ‘I understand why me not unpacking bothered you Chuck but I’m not your mother or father. I’m not going anywhere.'”

        In some ways, JC, I think that’s exactly what she said, when she said, “YOU SHOULD UNDERSTAND that you’re my home, Chuck. You always have been.” See, Chuck has been saying that the not-unpacking doesn’t bother him, but the stress of a bomb about to explode (too bad it bombs to help them communicate, no?) caused him to reveal that it did. Later Sarah, with this one lovely confession, shows, more than tells, that she understands his issues, that even though she’s slower than a normal girl … he is her home, and she’s not going anywhere. She has come this far, and she’s not turning back, even though the “normal” signs are a bit unreadable. The visible issue, the thing that has bothered Chuck, has been the suitcase, but her confession touches the more important, unseen issues of her heart. YOU’re my home, Chuck. A very eloquent way of saying what you want to hear.

      • JC says:

        I had the same thought about her statement at the end of the episode Thinkling but then I remembered this is Chuck. The show isn’t subtle when it comes these things. How many times have we heard ” You know how I grew up” line from Sarah. So until I hear her address Chuck’s abandonment issues directly I’m not buying it.

      • thinkling says:

        Point taken, JC. Maybe it wasn’t quite an I-understand-your-childhood-issues, but it was, I think, a conscious reassurance on her part that he is it for her. She has found her home and has no place else to go, nor wants to. As much as she can be, she’s all in. And she’ll go deeper. She just has to adjust incrementally.

        One wonders how much anyone knows about Chuck’s abandonment issues, b/c he really doesn’t talk about it. When he does its dismissively.

        However, when Sarah helped him find PapaB, I thought she showed some good insight into Chuck. “Knock. It’ll be good to see him.” And when Chuck said he was glad to find his dad for Ellie, Sarah asked, “and for you?”

        Then again in Living Dead, encouraging Chuck to talk to his father about why he downloaded the intersect. Lifting his DL so Chuck could find him. Sarah seemed to understand both men better than they understood each other. I loved her scenes with SJB.

        I’ve thought recently that it might be good for Sarah to “overhear” Ellie saying something like “everyone he’s ever loved has left him or betrayed him.” I wonder if Sarah (or Chuck for that matter) is aware of how this affects him. So Chuck probably needs to have a few epiphanies of his own. He’s suppressed his own feelings/needs to take care of everyone else.

      • JC says:

        I don’t know if they’ll address his abandonment issues. I would hope they would since this season is about his mother but they never really did with Orion so you have to wonder.

        The way Chuck deflects and dismisses issues about his parents is just as obvious as Sarah’s anger. Chuck and Sarah are equally as broken, it’s just how they display is different.

        And I love that idea of Sarah overhearing about how everyone betrays or leaves Chuck. Think about it, both his parents, Bryce and Jill twice, even Sarah in Am Hero and Final Exam. It’d be nice to see it come to the surface and have Chuck get really angry for once.

    • Faith says:

      I tried to respond to every comment here so sorry that it seemed like I was ignoring yours lol. But really I didn’t know how I felt about this specific situation/event. In my opinion Sarah has always braved more than she was ever capable of because she loves Chuck. She disobeyed orders in S2, committed treason to help him find his dad, and against her own fears and anxieties trains him to be the spy he said he wanted to be in Fake Name.

      I will say though that I understand where you’re coming from and I add…perhaps that which you are looking for (and JC is looking for) will come if and when Sarah proposes marriage to Chuck (as opposed to the other way around). There’s your unequivocal commitment and life changing moment 🙂 One that I personally would love to see.

      • joe says:

        Oh boy!

        Okay, I’m thinking about how I’d like to see that proposal play out (eventually…). I understand that you’d like Sarah to do the asking, Faith, but I’m just old-fashioned enough to cringe a little at that.

        Know what I want to see? I want to see Sarah start to do the proposing, and Chuck interrupt her (like he has about 16 zillion times these past three seasons) to tell her something really, really important.

        Then he pulls out the ring. Of course, in my imagination the story that surrounds this episode ending scene is full of humor, adventure, mis-steps, mis-directs, Casey and Jeffster et. al. – you get the idea – but it’s the most heartwarming of all.

      • Faith says:

        LOL they have always been “a different kind of couple,” so I don’t think this will be different.

        Think of it this way Joe, thus far she has held all the keys, controlled every aspect and Chuck has had to win her over “again and again. And again.” I think there’s some truth in those that say it’s her turn 😉 I don’t think there is anything bigger than the ultimate commitment to show that.

        Having said all that, I actually in my own head keep on going back and forth on this. Do I want her to propose? Do I want him to do it? Do I want Jack Burton back for it? Do I want Chuck to ask her for her own hand having been the one person looking out for herself all this time? Agh lol.

        They could always create a scenario in which she doesn’t answer (or Chuck thinks she answers no…angst burger!) but later on makes up for it by doing her own asking (or asking and saying she was going to say yes all along). Think back to the proposal in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

      • atcdave says:

        You two are brilliant! I love the idea of a proposal collision. Both trying to pop the question. Of course Chuck will get it out first, but we should have no doubt what Sarah was up to.

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  5. OldDarth says:

    My favorite stories are always ones in which the heroes have to rise, get knocked back down, rise up again, get knocked down harder, etc until they rise once again and are finally victorious.

    The harder the struggle to attain the goal in a story is, the more involved I become in the story. I love stories where there is cost involved.

    Something attained easily is soon forgotten.

  6. atcdave says:

    Great post Faith. One of my favorite things about this show from the beginning was how convincing they made it, from the very start, that Sarah Walker super spy had fallen for Chuck. Sure it took a while, too long I would say, to sort it out. But at least for the first two seasons it was beautiful to watch. Watching their loss of faith in each other made much of S3 unbearable for me; but we’re back to where we ought to be.

    • Faith says:

      Dave, what was most encouraging for me with regards to Suitcase, and why I felt I needed more time to digest is is exactly that. We’re coming back to form sort of speak…but in a far more fleshed out form. A far more real, emotional and growing form.

      Needless to say I loved Suitcase far more than I expected to for a happily ever after sort of storytelling. Perhaps trumping one of my top 10 if not 5.

      Joe put it best, “understated” friends and family stuff.

    • OldDarth says:

      Interesting viewpoint Dave.

      Many things happened in the third season but a loss of faith was never one I saw manifested.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        I thought it was pretty explicitly stated when Sarah told Chuck he wasn’t the guy she fell for anymore. If believing Chuck had become a cold blooded killer doesn’t constitute Sarah losing faith in Chuck I’m not sure what would.

      • JC says:

        Most of S3 arc dealt with Sarah losing faith in Chuck. Everything he did was seen in the worst possible light by her.

    • Joseph (can't be Joe) says:

      I’m with Dave on this one. Lost of faith and trust in each other, not necessarily as spies but as each other “best friend”.

    • atcdave says:

      Wow, its great to get so much support on this one. Yeah loss of faith is exactly what bothered me about Pink Slip, everything from Sarah throwing her phone in the pool to calling Chuck “the lemon”. I find it unbearable and less than a zero on the entertainment meter.
      And of course it got worse from there, for twelve episodes, until it bottomed out at the start of American Hero.

      Chuck’s loss of faith isn’t quite as unsettling, it doesn’t seem to really go past thinking he blew his chance with her. So for Chuck things start looking up in Beard.

      But whichever character you want to focus on, way too much of S3 was wasted on the leads apart.

  7. herder says:

    One of the things about Suitcase that struck me is that it continues the (very) slow development of Sarah being able to articulate her own desires and needs. “…it makes me feel comfortable, safe.”

    This from a girl (also the first time she has refered to herself as a girl, shades of Suburbs and Leathal Weapon) who is able to act on what she wants but is mostly inarticulate about why. We got a teaser in the Ring “I don’t want to save the world, I want…” and the completion of that thought in Pink Slip “…I want to be a real person again, with you. Run away with me.” I would say that this is still mostly action, not an explanation of why she wants what she wants.

    In Honeymooners she tells Casey “As much as I want to be a spy I want Chuck more” this was progress in expressing what she wants. In the Tooth she says “I want him to be ok, I need him to be ok” the first time that she confesses to anybody that she needs Chuck, the self sufficient Agent Walker needs someone.

    Now in Suitcase she says of the photograph, “It’s something that I like to keep in my suitcase at all times… it makes me feel comfortable, safe.” Now not only does Agent Walker need someone, but a simple reminder of that person comforts her, makes her feel safe even when she is in agent mode. This reaches back to her supporting Chuck when Shaw was critisizing his caring for family and friends as a weakness, “sometimes it’s good to know what you stand to lose”.

    Sarah knows what she has and what she stands to lose, but it doesn’t make her weaker, it gives her comfort. There is some evolution in her view of what she wants, needs and how to articulate it.

    • herder says:

      Oops, forgot to say what a great job on the post Faith, the above was what it made me think of.

      • Faith says:

        Thanks Herder. And of this, we’re of like mind.
        There is some evolution in her view of what she wants, needs and how to articulate it.

        I have one more to add to your fantastic set of quotes there:
        “You were never good at this, saying your feelings part”
        “Well, I don’t like to talk much”
        (Nemesis)
        The evolution of Sarah Walker is a sight to see, and one I hope we continue to delve into as the season progresses…and if I may be so bold, it feels like we’re going to get to see it. If the build-up I imagined in both suitcase and anniversary was any indication.

    • joe says:

      First off, Herder, Wow! If I ever start to think that I know Chuck dialogue well, I will remind myself that readers like you and Faith know it better. Great stuff.

      “…I want to be a real person again, with you. Run away with me.”

      It won’t be for a while, but when I watch S3 again I’ll keep this line in mind. I didn’t appreciate it before, but it’s one that resonates throughout the season.

    • thinkling says:

      Agreed Herder, good thoughts. Just wanted to add that the “why” is confessed in Tooth shortly after the “I need him to be OK.” The why is quite simply b/c, “I love him.”

      Some people love someone, b/c they need that person. That’s not healthy. In fact it’s co-dependent, making need the driving element of the relationship. This type of need isn’t ever really satisfied.

      Sarah has it in the right order. She loves Chuck, therefore, she needs him. Love is the key force and foundation of the relationship. And her need, which grows out of her love for him, is thoroughly satisfied in that love. The love that makes her feel comfortable, safe, secure … all the things that “home” should give us.

  8. joe says:

    Because this is the most active thread ATM, I’d like to remind people about ChuckTV’s Audio Interview with Yvonne Strahovski.

    10 am eastern, Monday 4-October.

  9. Nick_CHARAH says:

    I think you got it spot on in that Sarah has always dreamed of a real life. She’s always had this deep desire to be a conventional woman, and to have a real life, whether that be marriage and/or children. But what has always scared her and caused her to act awkwardly like at the end of suitcase, is when those dreams and aspirations suddenly become reality for her. It’s all well and good to dream and aspire for a more conventional life, but its a totally different matter, when suddenly its within her grasps, and its that which scares her.

    As with Role Models when she was offered a piece of reality by Chuck she got freightened, but eventually came around. The very same thing is happening now. She’s being offered a carrot by Chuck, but she’s scared to expose herself to vulnerability and accept what she’s being offered.

    And I think a lot of these fears stem from her anxieties about the men in her life, which is built around all the leading males in her life before Chuck hurting her in the end. Her father, Bryce, she trusted both of them, and both times she was hurt. Hurt so badly, that now she is very cautious with how much she allows Chuck to see the real “Sarah”, because she always has this irrational fear that he’ll hurt her.

    But in the end, what always allows her to get over her fears, and take that quintessential step, is that Chuck always proves to her, that he’s not just ‘any guy’. He’s not the kind of guy that’s going to hurt her or abandon her. He truly cares about her and loves her not because of what she can offer him (which was a part of her father and Bryce’s relationship with Sarah) but because he loves her for her.

    This idea was very much present in the early season three saga. After building up such a bond with Chuck over the first two years of their relationship it totally broke her to have Chuck betray her and abandon her. She had always thought Chuck would never hurt her, he would always be there for her. But then he abandons her in Prague and we have Sarah closing off from the world again, and reverting back to a pre-Chuck mindset where she’s the ultimate professional and refuses to share any of her emotions with the world. Which then leads us to the path to American Hero, where Chuck must redeem himself in Sarah’s eyes, and reaffirm her faith in him which he lost in Prague. And that journey was a long and heartbreaking one, but one which came through stronger for it. Chuck and Sarah’s relationship would not as strong as it is now, if not for the phase of self-discovery that they went through in the early part of season 3. And that is the sole reason which I am able to watch those hard to swallow episodes in season three, and appreicate them, as being a time for reflection and growth for both Chuck AND Sarah.

    Okay, I’ve gotten off the point a bit, but back to he crux of this post, well done Newbs, great job!

    Nick

    • atcdave says:

      Some good comments Nick, but its funny I think a lot of us view S3 in exactly opposite terms. I think the relationship feels weak and unstable in some ways because we’ve seen them walk away from each other AFTER all the S2 stuff where we thought they had bonded so tightly. Even up to Sarah risking career and prison time for her Chuck.

      So although it feels like we’re in a good place now, and I truly am enjoying where we’re at; the memory of them giving up and walking away from each other hasn’t been erased yet. I’m on record as saying I want to see them married pretty quickly; and we were discussing above the idea of some grand heroic gesture on Sarah’s part to save Chuck, and the relationship. Both those streams of thought are about restoring what was lost in S3. Even if Chuck and Sarah are in a more intimate place than they were in S2, I’m not quite convinced they’ve got the same level of trust back.

      • luckygirl says:

        For me I never saw true emotional trust in S1&2. They loved each other sure, bone deep even, and there was absolute trust in regards to each others physical well-being. Emotionally though, emotionally the trust has been spotty. You can’t have implicit trust if you’re not on the same page or even in the same book at times, if you don’t know and understand the worst things about a person. I think we are only beginning to see real and true trust develop between the two.

      • atcdave says:

        Of course you’re right Lucky Girl that the trust was always a little strange. But it did seem they built to something pretty special by “Colonel”. Then “Pink Slip” knocked the legs out from under them. Maybe a better way of putting it is something special was built in the first two seasons, then destroyed in the third. S1 & S2 seemed like progress, with the occasional back and forth. S3 destroyed two seasons of work. The end of S3 started something new; but it can’t quite replace what was lost.

      • luckygirl says:

        I totally understand where you’re coming from S1&2 were special but I’m finding S4 more so because its starting to feel like adult love. Talking, sharing, problem overcoming love. They feel more real to me now than they ever have.

      • atcdave says:

        Well you know I’m very happy with S4 too. I’ll always be a little sad for how they got us here, but I’m happy we’ve arrived. (or to paraphrase last season’s popular metaphor; worst journey/detour ever, but we have arrived at a nice place).

      • Faith says:

        Lucky girl, I’m going to ditto that.

        There’s a maturity on both Chuck and Sarah’s part that is really lovely to see.

      • Nick_CHARAH says:

        “I think the relationship feels weak and unstable in some ways because we’ve seen them walk away from each other”

        I’m very apprenhensive with how you worded that statement. Walk Away makes it sound as though them distancing themselves from each other was totally unjustified and wtihout proper cause, which as we all know is not the case.

        “AFTER all the S2 stuff where we thought they had bonded so tightly”

        That bond which you speak of was based upon an absolute trust between the two of them, specifically Sarah’s belief that Chuck was different to all the other men in her life who had abandoned her. She had always thought Chuck to be the exception to the rule. So when Chuck ‘walked away’ from her in Prague, this totally shook her to her core. Suddenly Chuck had walked away, left her. Betrayed her. And this pain and hurt, caused her to retreat back into her shell, unwilling to let anyone back in where Chuck had managed to reach.

        Therefore, my point being that Chuck’s actions in Prague broke that bond which they’d built up in the first two seasons. And it took him a long time in season three to regain that trust.

        Hence I believe Sarah’s actions showed strength on her part not weakness. If sehe had forgiven Chuck immediately and acted as if nothing had happened; THAT would have showed weakness. By making Chuck earn back the trust he’d lost, it made their bond even more great than it had been in season 2.

        I hope that made sense…

        Nick

    • Faith says:

      Good to see you Nick…crossing the cyberspace for one little written piece 😉

      There are a lot of things that were well intentioned with S3. I think we’ve rehashed most of it several times. Among those is the growth together that was (supposed to be).

      The Chuck that told Beckman he didn’t want to be a spy and told Sarah he didn’t know what he wanted to do is not the Chuck we saw in American Hero and beyond. But this is again a revisiting of a contemptuous time in Chuck-verse so I’ll stop there lol.

      Let’s just say that S4 is where they are and I like where they’re going.

  10. amyabn says:

    Great article Faith. You know Sarah is my favorite character too. I like how you detailed the responses we’ve seen and pieced them together to illustrate Sarah’s journey. I like the more open Sarah and that line, telling Chuck he’s her home, well, it gets me every time.
    My hope for the rest of the season is that we get more of a balance. I thought the scene right before the epic catwalk fight was telling. Chuck shuts the door with an “I love you” and Sarah ready to kick the door down to get to Chuck. If we could close the loop with Sarah doing something big to defend/save Chuck and then get another scene of them duking it out together (ala Honeymoon), we would cement it. Here’s to hoping!

    • herder says:

      I’d kind of like the next time that Chuck and Sarah do the pairs fighting thing it could be seen by Ellie and Awesome. That way they could have the look of awe that Morgan had in Honeymooners or the reaction that Chuck did in Nemisis “wow, they really are great together”. Maybe this happens in Coupe D’Etat.

    • thinkling says:

      I’m with both of you. Can’t wait for the return of the Lioness and a C/S team fight. I do kind of like, though, that we’ve seen Chuck [sort of] come into his own as a spy. It strengthens the partnership and reminds us that Chuck is no longer the asset.

      He was a spy … a “master spy” … all on his own (well, except for Sven, his mute assistant and the aid of public transportation). So, as much as I can’t wait for the C/S fight team to return, it is good to know that they can each handle their own quota of bad guys, if necessary.

      One thing that tickled me was Casey telling Chuck that he wouldn’t be there to save Chuck’s behind. And I thought OK, but who saved whose behind in Russia? Very funny.

      I’m kind of expecting something like this [C/S dynamic duo fight scene] in Costa Gravas. It’s long overdue, and CG is the perfect opportunity.

    • atcdave says:

      I love that idea. I’d love to see Chuck and Sarah in action together where Ellie can see what they’re capable of. That would be serious fun.

    • patty says:

      Chuck shuts the door with an “I love you” and Sarah ready to kick the door down to get to Chuck.

      Yes. Chuck shutting the door was good on the spy level since Sarah had the chips and he was covering her escape. It was good on the “Chuck” level since Sarah appeared to be safe at that point.

      Sarah’s response was “I don’t give a crap about all that” and she tries to knock down the door to get to Chuck.

      • patty says:

        Sorry not sure how to italicize the quote.

      • joe says:

        You can just surround the words-to-be-italicized with <em> and </em>, Patty.

        I think it also works with <i> and </i>, too, but I almost never use that one.

        The other tags that WP allows in comments are:
        <u> and </u> to underline things
        <strike> and </strike>, to do strike through
        <strong> and </strong> to make things bold
        and
        <a href=”your URL here in quotes”> and </a> to create a hyperlink (and that one goes to the main page!)

    • Faith says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Amy. I think I’ve said this before but it bears repeating…what I love about Chuck (the show) is that it’s not stagnant…it grows, evolves and if this article was any indication even Sarah (read: not lead) has gone through her own set of growing.

      I have to say I miss the times when Sarah would “rescue” Chuck. But I also have to say I’m really enjoying Chuck rescuing Sarah. That scene where she thinks he’s dead in Anniversary? Fantastic. Brought tears to my eyes (yes I am a sucker, don’t judge me lol).

  11. thinkling says:

    Faith, great post. Sarah is my favorite character, as well. Thanks for reminding me why.

    You know there’s a line from suitcase that I keep forgetting to mention, but it has become one of my favorites as well. After Sarah puts on the dress and gets her coat on, before the bad guys get there, she looks at Chuck and says, “Let’s go home.” This may be the first time since she joined the CIA that she’s had that thought. And I get the feeling that it was a warm and wonderful epiphany for her …the epiphany that led to the unpacking.

    • joe says:

      I can’t believe I’ve forgotten to mention that line, Thinkling! You’re absolutely right – it’s a wonderful moment.

      • thinkling says:

        Yeah, one of the little things Chuck does so well. It’s all these moments and special touches that makes me care and pull for the characters like no other show. It seems so much more real. Then Yvonne and Zach sell it perfectly. They could sell umbrellas in the desert.

    • PeterOinNJ says:

      Add to that the exchange Chuck & Sarah had at the end of the mission:
      Chuck: Feels good to be back at work.
      Sarah: Feels good to be home.

      Great article Faith. It brought to light an old axiom – home is where the heart is. Clearly, Chuck has Sarah’s heart.

    • Faith says:

      In light of what I wrote (in 3000 words or less lol) up there, this will seem hypocritical:

      I actually think all the extended references to “home” was forced. It felt to me like she was trying so hard to convince Chuck that she feels at home when she’s not yet ready to fully embrace that.

      “Feels good to be back at work.”
      “Feels good to be home.”

      Felt especially forced (maybe I’m reading into it). But not that long ago she’s forcibly putting a dress into the closet to appease Chuck…when she doesn’t feel it yet, and Chuck knows well she doesn’t yet.

      Now in saying that, when did she arrive from true acceptance with “it’s official” from that? I think it had to do with the picture. I’m repeating myself here but that picture was very telling. It’s an illustration to us and to her as well IMO that she’s had a home all along. She’s been rooted all along. And I think there was a moment in between getting back from Milan and unpacking in Burbank that it dawned on her. Of course this moment could just as well have happened after packing the second time around for Milan…hence the “home” references in Milan but I don’t know, it really feels forced to me.

      “It’s official” and assorted definitely felt genuine, real…revealing.

      • Anonymous says:

        Scratch that…I still feel that the first “home” while dressing in Milan feels forced but I’m revisiting my thoughts on the second one.

        I’m watching right now and it occurs to me that in light of Chuck’s sacrifice (“I love you Sarah” *door closed*) she could have been jarred from her fearful/panicky reverie with the idea of not having Chuck as her anchor, as her “home” as it were and this made her and the value she put on the picture she carries with her rethink her stand on unpacking. The idea of losing him made her brave enough to fully unpack. Like I said (again lol) nothing easy, everything is a struggle and will be a struggle for her.

      • luckygirl says:

        To me they felt like little assurances, a way to maybe ease his mind until she could actually take action and put his fears to rest.

      • joe says:

        Ah, I think you found it, Faith. Chuck closing the door (to keep Sarah safe while he faced danger) and the successful battle-against-evil was a turning point for her. It was a small one, because she’s already come to trust in his abilities as a spy (and as a boyfriend who won’t pay too much attention to more-than-half-naked supermodels, btw), but a turning point none-the-less.

      • thinkling says:

        I didn’t read it as forced, but who knows what was percolating in the back of Sarah’s mind.

        I do think the door incident was significant, not only that he closed the door to keep her safe, but the positions they were in just before that. She was pinned down on the safe (presumably) side of the wall, and there he was on the side of the door with the bullets. She could just barely see him through the gap on the hinge side of the door. That visual to me was very powerful … a visual separation that made her panic. Maybe it made her realize that there are far scarier than unpacking.

        The other moment was the one after the fight. All Sarah was concerned about was finding Chuck. She knows he was left in a room with bullets flying, but she doesn’t know the outcome. Only after she sees him and he gives her that adoring smile is she OK. If that doesn’t make her want to go home, nothing will. (It’s sort of funny … almost like she’s oblivious to the crowd and the potentially embarrassing moment until after she knows Chuck is OK. Then her brain engages with the rest of the room and the situation.)

      • herder says:

        The after the fight bit seemed to me to be a situation where they took the end of the Ex, and did it right. In the Ex Sarah was in the crowd, proud of the hero Chuck, and he was looking for Jill and crushe Sarah by kissing Jill. Here they did it the right way.

  12. joe says:

    Again, because this is the most active thread, I’ll post a little non-spoilery news here.

    The title of episode 4.08 is Chuck vs. The Fear of Death.

  13. Jan says:

    So much has been said…and so eloquently…but I wanted to add my kudos to Faith for a wonderful article.

    The “you’re my home” statement is just so telling. Even the “deer in the headlights” look at the end of the episode doesn’t really detract from the emotional depth of that statement. She may not be ready to deal with marriage and children, but pushed tightly against Chuck and holding his arms around her, Sarah has found comfort and safety in measures she never knew existed. Powerful stuff.

    Equally powerful is she has found the strength to accept it and embrace it.

  14. Ernie Davis says:

    I think it’s too early to really tell, but it seems to me that they are going to work on the CRM this season. No not Mo Ryan’s Central Relationship Misunderstanding, thak god that appears to be over. This time I’m using it for Central Relationship Mythology, where they directly deal with things that have been assumed or in the background previously. In this episode I think we got a few callbacks to famous relationship episodes like Seduction with both the picture and Sarah jealousy, or both Cougars and De Lorean with Sarah’s past coming back to first create some tension, then results in a new understanding between them. Tonight there are obviously going to be some Cougars call backs, but I wander if there might be some on Chuck’s part with First Class, where Chuck met Hannah. What if Panzer asks him about the girl he was busy trying to pick up while they poisoned him? I think we’re in for some angst this and at least part of next episode, but hopefully some good angst where they actually deal with and work through some issues (like they used to in at least a limited way before the season of our discontent).

    • atcdave says:

      I like the idea of past issues actually being dealt with; but I have some reservations about anything involving the “season of our discontent” as you call it. Basically, I look forward to whatever issues Heather may bring up; but I’d rather see Hugo just play the thug.

      • JC says:

        It doesn’t have to have to be full blown angst but a comment from Panzer like ” Where’s that cute brunette” could be played for laughs.

        And I have to wonder if the name reveal might be brought up. The whole Jenny Burton issue was used the last time Heather showed up so it could be interesting.

      • atcdave says:

        Yeah JC, I think name thing could be quite funny given the number of names Sarah has lived under. And a simple throw away like you mention would be fine, I just hope we don’t get something ugly like the Sham interrogation scene from Living Dead that actually made things worse than we thought they were.

      • Joseph (can't be Joe) says:

        Dave – This is actually one of my concerns as well.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      It’s where I get a little nervous too Dave. They started to deal with this a bit last season, but most people didn’t appreciate the tone of it and I think a lot of people missed some of the story. But think of it this way, you can’t ignore how they met and how they fell in love. There is a great deal of hurt and deception tied up not just in Sarah’s past, but in Chuck and Sarah’s past. Nacho Sampler was just a taste of what Chuck must have felt about how Sarah saw him, and despite having told him she fell for him right off the bat, there is a lot of history you’d think they would want to set straight lest it come back and bite them. I think that’s what Heather’s main purpose tonight will be, to make them actually confront a real issue from Sarah’s past that Chuck doesn’t know about, making the no secrets, no lies deal seem a bit like the one way trust from season one.

      • atcdave says:

        Actually I think it would be very satisfying for Sarah to realize she needs to practice full disclosure (well mostly, I would guess there’s things from her past she ought to keep quiet about, which will always make things a little tricky). But Sarah coming clean on some dark secret from her past (“Chuck, I used to be a nerd!”) could be fun.

    • thinkling says:

      I think the less mentioned about the Season of Our Discontent, the better. We have to assume that some of these issues have been discussed in the 6 month interval that passed off screen. We see evidence that the 30 ft rule was addressed as well as the much bigger issue of lying. I prefer to think that they have come to some sort of understanding about Hannah and Shaw and red tests. Sarah seems much more desirous (insistent even) of an open, honest relationship.

      I am glad they are dealing with past issues honestly. However, they have to be very selective about the stories they tell and the conversations they have, b/c they’re not guaranteed any more than 13 hrs. To dredge up muck from SOD (love the nickname) would detract from the good will they are trying so hard to build. They need to spend their good-will tokens wisely, and although they are out of the red, they’re not what I’d call flush just yet.

      It will be interesting to watch them live by the honesty rule and grow as a couple. Tonight may be Sarah’s turn to apply the rule.

      • joe says:

        You make me wonder about this, Thinking (as does Dave with his comment right above).

        Sarah demanded from the first that Chuck trust her, but she was always pretty free to be deceiving. Leave the deceptions to me, she once said. I always wanted to hear an unspoken promise that she wouldn’t deceive Chuck in there, but then again, she sure came close at the end of First Kill.

        I’m still thrilled that she changed her mind, and that was like 18 months ago!

        Anyway, I don’t think Chuck ever wanted to be duplicitous. He got dragged into that part of the spy world kicking and screaming, more or less. Sarah’s kept quiet when she’s seen Chuck do that (like when she saw him lie to Stephen about his role in the CIA and re-intersecting).

        She may not have liked it, but she knew that it was necessary just about the same way that Chuck did (and of course, they may both have been wrong).

        Is she ready to handle it better herself now that she’s asked Chuck to do that with the new rule?

      • thinkling says:

        Joe, I’d like to think Sarah is willing to play by the same rules. Their relationship is the same in the love they have for each other, but vastly different in other ways. Nobody has to wonder if that was a cover kiss or a real kiss. There are subtle (and not so subtle) differences and nuances about every aspect of their relationship. They’ve done a great job selling me that this is real and that it is a new day in the way they relate to each other.

        It is no longer Sarah’s job to handle Chuck or report to Beckman. There’s the two of them, and then there’s everybody else. Sarah showed this in her defense of Chuck’s right not to be a spy (even though she missed him in the field). No more running after him to convince him to do what the government wanted.

        I say all that to say I think Sarah knows the difference in what they have now, and that in their personal lives, honesty is the rule of the day.

      • joe says:

        Oh, I love that idea, Thinkling – especially about the subtle differences between their cover and real relationship.

        Well put!

      • atcdave says:

        I’ve assumed Joe that Sarah is practicing full honesty in the present tense; but probably isn’t telling Chuck all about her past yet. Some of which is fine; she would likely never disclose info about past classified missions, all of her past lovers, and maybe even tales from her childhood that might paint her father in a particularly bad light. But a difficult past like Sarah’s is just begging for the occasional painful disclosure.
        Chuck is actually harder to deal with in a way. He apparently got too comfortable with the life of deception. We know Chuck would have to rationalize along the lines of “not getting someone in trouble.” But the Orion mission felt far more like not letting someone say no; I’d call it a really lame rationalization.
        Its like we’ve seen Sarah come from this dark place, and learned to practice honesty in her primary relationship. While Chuck did the opposite. Which makes me harder on Chuck in this particular case.
        So given their respective backgrounds and current status, I would HOPE they would treat each other as the one person they always need to be completely honest with. Anything less than that will be disappointing to me (and yes, I do expect to see that on occasion).

        I would agree with Thinkling they’ve apparently had some discussions in the intervening months. I also would prefer S3 be mostly ignored. The only way I want to hear about it again is if they’re going to explain away the worst of it (as in “no Chuck, Shaw never got in my pants although he sure did try hard…”). It would actually be more difficult to explain away Chuck’s bad behavior, but to his credit he figured out he’d screwed up sooner.
        I kind of prefer they never touch it again, just because last time they tried they only made it worse (Living Dead). I suspect its a complete lifestyle disconnect where TPTB simply don’t get why some of us were so upset.

      • thinkling says:

        Dave, you hit the nail on the head. Chuck digressed in the honesty department, while Sarah progressed. It’s really interesting to see that they each have challenges in the new relationship.

        I also think you’re right about the present-tense honesty rule. And I think that Sarah will trust Chuck with the painful disclosures as they come, but I don’t think honesty means making a laundry list to share at breakfast tomorrow. Little by little it can unfold.

      • thinkling says:

        @Joe: These subtle differences and nuances have surprised and delighted me.

        About the leave the deceptions to me. That is so interesting. He said I’m just getting used to this new job – all the spying and lying. She said Don’t get used to it. What makes you special is that you’re not like every other spy. You’re a good guy and you want to help people. Leave the deception to me.

        That was in spy context, not in real relationship context. Sarah knows the difference. In becoming a spy, the lying became too easy for him, and he carried it over into his real relationships. She has called him on it. Good for her. They will help each other have a real relationship if it kills them. (No, Casey’s the one it will kill)

        It’s interesting, however, that in Suitcase we see Sarah taking the deception burden on herself again on Chuck’s behalf. We’ve come full circle and learned something in the process. Hurray … growth!

    • Faith says:

      Ernie, I completely agree. There’s this feeling of a buildup that’s been there from the very first scene of Anniversary and I personally couldn’t be happier about it.

      Others may and will disagree but I love that stuff.

  15. Joseph (can't be Joe) says:

    You know the picture was very sweet and I did like it. But you guys (and gals) have it all wrong. The best line in Suitcase was the whspered, “ARE YOU SERIOUS!!”. 😀

    • Ernie Davis says:

      The best line was Sarah’s unspoken “Hello, I’m sitting right here!” as Chuck enthused over wasshername and Sarah slowly turns to face him with that look on her face. 😉

      • atcdave says:

        That was so funny. Just like the “distracts from your face” comment; I don’t quite get how Chuck can be distracted by black and white photo of too skinny girl while sitting next to Sarah.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Yeah, sometimes they ask for a bit too much in the suspension of disbelief department. 😉

    • Faith says:

      My money goes to…

      “Is there room enough for two?” Creeeeepy lol.

  16. rac2873 says:

    Going to be interesting how Sarah’s character handles the idea of marriage and babies.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/10/04/yvonne-strahovski-on-chuck-catfights-and-guest-stars-galore/

    • joe says:

      Yvonne on Chuck & Sarah being “officially” boyfriend and girlfriend… “It’s sort of about time…”

      Thanks for the link, rac!

  17. joe says:

    30 minutes to go, by my watch.

    And The Cubic-Z Observation post is already up (Thanks, Amy!).

    Enjoy.

  18. Dagoye says:

    Wow! This is an awesome article! I really love how you tear apart Sarah, her fears…

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