The first chapter we discussed how Sarah Walker became afraid of what kind of machine Chuck Bartowski was turning into with the latest version of the Intersect. 2.0 enabled Chuck to perform just as well as Casey and Sarah, and the truth was Sarah didn’t like it.
There is a reason why, and this chapter we will dig deep into the changes Sarah was struggling with, and it has nothing to do with Hannah. Sarah has been down that road before. The change that bothered her most was the man she fell in love with was fading as she feared would happen the night she witness Chuck take on five guys by himself. Let’s begin
For two years, Chuck was the kind of man Sarah saw herself settling down with. It may have not occurred right away, but over time Sarah become more and more invested with Chuck and her future beyond spying . She was learning to admire his willingness to give rather than take.
The Calm Before the Storm
She was used to a man who stood by principle and no matter what would rather help someone then for personal gain. She had two educational moments that best describes His need to protect those that matter most to him which were his friends and family.
The job taught her missions was her first priority. Do whatever it takes to accomplish the task at hand. Everything else is secondary. The job was willing to sacrifice civilian life in order to prevent a mission from going south. However, Chuck did not agree with that notion. For Sarah, she learned a valuable lesson not once but a few times. Chuck was willing to die for those he cared about.
When Sarah feared Chuck died in the car explosion. She showed the results of the experience. She held his hand in public. She wasn’t letting go because the thought of losing Chuck in any capacity was torture enough. Through these experiences Sarah fell for this man.
However, what happened after downloading 2.0 was a change not only in his skills, but his personality as well. The spy training was consuming him, and it made her fall to the background. She was watching the old Chuck disappear, and say what you want. Chuck changed.
In Prague, he broke her heart, but when Operation Awesome comes about, Sarah returned home. All was forgiven, but what happened next comes with not accepting the change in the man. Especially when she warned him about different identities. She also told him nothing was real, what they had was real.
However, everything was changing. Chuck was changing, and it was all happening too quickly. Sarah not only struggled with getting use to the Intersect 2.0, she now had also deal with his personality change, and Sarah was not prepared for that change.
Shaw took Chuck under his wing to make him what Graham made Sarah his personal enforcer, Shaw was molding Chuck into his vision. A killer. The first thing Shaw wanted him to do was shoot him as fellow commentator Sean pointed out. His reluctance was something Shaw was going to change, but more on that later.
After trying to get Chuck to use a gun, Shaw’s next step was to break the shackles Sarah and Casey put around Chuck’s ankles. Shaw wasn’t happy how they kept Chuck in the van and he wasn’t having it. He sent Chuck on his first solo mission, which put Sarah in a bind and she didn’t hold her opinion on it in very Agent Walker tone asked Chuck not to go, but Shaw said, he’s going.
Sarah would tell Chuck he needed more time, but was it really more time or her not being there with him the issue. As I said, Sarah loved working with Chuck. She acted like a person who was told to stay home. It won’t be the last time either.
After the mission, Chuck’s ego started to lift. He was successful with the help of his team, and things started to change within Chuck. Shaw continued his manipulation of Chuck and the Intersect, and Sarah stood in the background and watched as she felt more and more uncomfortable with change of the man she fell in love with.
A Sample of Lying
When Sarah first met Chuck, she assumed it was going to be a piece of cake, but it became hard because she liked him right off the bat. What was interesting was Chuck’s response. He asked “Why, was it hard?”
Sarah was thinking about the day she met Chuck, whick put a smile on her face, but it won’t last long because they were preparing him to use an asset Meanwhile, Ellie found a ticket to Paris, and when she asked him about it. We get the first scene in which Sarah became uncomfortable with Chuck 2.0
Sarah knows family and friends matter to Chuck, and hearing him lie to Ellie put Sarah into an uneasy feeling, but the uneasy feeling will begin to escalate shortly.
Sarah is not an angel, and she has her share of lies, but the lies were more like parenting lies. For example, mom will tell her child she would get them ice cream if they clean their room, but with Sarah there are truth behind her lies.
In the beginning of season two, she in different ways she wanted to be with him. She did it in a way she couldn’t get in trouble, but like most men, Chuck missed the signals. They aren’t lies when she told him these.
These two scenes are examples of Sarah admitting she wants Chuck. This version of Chuck. Look at her eagerness to find the cipher,
This isn’t a woman, who is lying in sense of trying to hurt Chuck. She doing as I describe. The plead is both a lie and truth. Look at the line then back at her expression to understand her motive.
Sarah: Okay, look, the sooner we get the Cipher back, the sooner you can have the Intersect removed, and the sooner you can be free to live whatever life you choose with whomever you choose
People will argue than why she would claim him just as an asset. For obvious reasons, she was on the job and working with an agent she didn’t know. If she admitted to Roan he was right, and it got back to Beckman. It was too much of a risk however Roan saw through the facade.
I can counter with this, while Sarah was trying to keep the government out of their personal business and doing fine until she decided to voice her opinion in Chuck vs The Predator, Chuck lies were more crippling from her perspective. Trust is not a one way street. She told him to trust her, and he did, but where Chuck was wrong and it affected Sarah was not telling her about his brain condition.
Gary, I understand his reasoning for not telling her, but one of the vows in marriage is In sickness and health. If she was willing to blow her career to protect him. She would of been there for him. Look at her concern in the Tooth,
One of the things that drives a couple apart is not letting the other in. Let her decide No matter how bad the situation is. If she would of said, I can’t deal with this and walked out. Chuck would know she wasn’t wife material. Except she was at the Doctor’s house trying to see him.
Sarah: Doctor, I know that there has to be something more to his condition. He can’t just be deteriorating in this way.
Dreyfus: Why? Because you care about him?
Sarah: No. You don’t understand. He’s not like other people.
He is Incredibly special.
Dreyfus: Especially to you, I gather.
Sarah: He needs to be okay. I- I need him to be okay.
I’d like to go to the hospital tonight and talk to him, try and figure this out, and then help him somehow, you know? Please.
I love him.
Dreyfus: Ever tell him that?
Sarah: Please, Doctor, I’m begging you
When Sarah found out about his real condition, she fought for him. She was by his side. Chuck’s girlfriend and protector at the doctor’s house in the middle of the night. Proclaiming her love for him. It waters my eyes while writing this.
However, Chuck’s lie was not the issue, it’s how she found out. Trust works two ways.
This was the first lie, than he did it again later after she told him she loved him. After what she said, he should of told her the truth.
Sarah: It shouldn’t have taken me this long to say it, but I’ve never felt this way.
Before you, the only future that I could think about was my next mission.
And now all I can think about is a future with you.
I love you, Chuck.
If that’s bad, it gets worse.
All a woman wants is to feel included. She wasn’t asking for the world. If we are going to say lying about her relationship with Bryce was terrible, which I don’t. Sarah finding out through a third party was not the ideal way for her to learn about his brain condition. What makes it worse, Shaw the man who tried to kill her told her the truth. The move Chuck made destroys relationships.
While she is watching Chuck struggle, she forces him to tell her like a wife would. She cares Sarah has always cared about Chuck’s well being.
I know because the Board of Directors ended a friendship with someone because she found out her friend’s dad died through a third party. As I said, It’s a noble gesture by Chuck, but you need to trust Sarah will be there to help him.
Wasn’t she also there for him to find his dad, and the night he was going to be extracted. why wouldn’t she be there for him with his condition.
Most of her lies were to cover for missions, and it hurt her to lie to Chuck. It’s not like she woke up in the morning and said, how do I screw Chuck today.It’s why when she found out Carina told Chuck the truth about Bryce she felt worse than actually lying. She had to do it a few times to get him to perform on missions, but personally Sarah was very truthful by other means.
So while watching Chuck lie to his sister, she was taken back by it as if he was lying to her. Sarah would also get worried about how Chuck burned Manoosh. Sarah couldn’t burn Chuck because she fell for him.
It’s why she said, it became harder not because she couldn’t do it, but because she didn’t want too. She realized Chuck wasn’t a threat and didn’t deserved to be burnt. She also fell for him. Remember Chuck was her first handler/asset assignment, and here is the difference really.
First, Sarah did what she did best, which was seduce Manoosh, but she didn’t sleep with him. She made him believe they did. After Sarah returns to the darkroom. Sarah taught Chuck the best thing about burning an asset was to forget about it.
Chuck and Sarah both have a heart, and hurting people especially people like Manoosh often leads to remorse in what they do, but Chuck saw the dangers in letting Manoosh go just like Casey did.
However, as we discussed before what Sarah says doesn’t translate into how she truly feels about something. She showed concern and angst when watching Chuck burn his asset. It goes back to the beginning.
Chuck burned Manoosh despite feeling terrible about doing it, but he knew he had too. However, Sarah doesn’t look like she is happy with what she was seeing from Chuck. While it was hard for Sarah to burn Chuck. Chuck was able to burn his first assignment.
Watching the scenes of this episode, I realize Sarah didn’t like burning people. It was the heart inside of her that hated this part of the job. Sarah’s expressions as Chuck told Manoosh he wasn’t his friend, and that he was a spy. Hit home for Sarah. She felt like Chuck lost apart of himself here, and already began to worry if the spy world was the right move for Chuck and most specifically herself because she didn’t like this Chuck she was watching on the monitor.
Chuck from S1 or S2 wouldn’t of burnt Manoosh. In fact, he let Jill escape because he didn’t want to be like the agency, but this new version of Chuck was able too, and Sarah didn’t like it.
This episode really got the ball rolling in Sarah’s jealousy of this version of Chuck because it wasn’t her Chuck she fell for. However, she took a step back because she didn’t want to ruin his happiness for the benefit of herself.
Sarah; I don’t want you to give up something you want for yourself.
She may not like or want Chuck to become a spy, but a great woman supports her boyfriend/husband’s decisions. If they fail she can be their to pick him up. A woman will only step in when the changes are changing the core within. Manoosh was the second red flag. The first flag was Chuck lying to Ellie.
Unmasking The Fake Name
While I want to save some of the following for the episode articles, Sarah really was a pawn in this portion of the story. She was manipulated and coerced to do Shaw’s bidding. I am firmly on board with that theory, and it was all predetermined.
Let’s take a look at Shaw’s mastery of getting Sarah to do his bidding while getting the Intersect in his possession. one screen cap gives the theory water. The scene I am talking about comes at the end of The Mask.
Sarah fell under Shaw’s spell here, but as you can see Sarah still had resistance as she felt guilty about allowing another man touch her. Shaw now can continue to work on his ultimate mission getting his hands on the Intersect. He had Chuck’s woman under his thumb.
Shaw’s expression in the last screen shot doesn’t show a man with feelings. He has a evil intention look. As if he was able to break through Charah.
The reason I claim it to be a spell was because earlier in the episode Sarah didn’t like Shaw’s advances. In fact, she felt relief seeing Chuck had to work with her.
I see these advances by Shaw as a sign of sexual harassment. Boss taking advantage of his coworker. Sarah displayed an uncomfortable feeling when Shaw kissed her neck. Agent Walker knew the drill, but Sarah the girlfriend doesn’t
While Sarah was being harassed by Shaw, Chuck was seduced himself by Hannah, and while this article isn’t about her because she isn’t a factor. Sarah didn’t like Chuck pointing out Shaw bringing her coffee every day. Sarah countered with Hannah’s come on, and the bickering little school girls were back on.
The wedge was created. Shaw saw it as opportunity and did so by bringing Casey coffee to throw Sarah off the sent. He apologizes for hitting on her, but with her cooped up in gas for a long period of time made Sarah willing to say anything. She leaned on Shaw’s chest in the museum in a weaken state from the exposure. She didn’t do it because she wanted too. Shaw only capitalized on this. A wolf in sheep’s clothing for sure.
I have seen a woman lean like that on fire fighter, does that mean the woman is into the fire fighter, no. When they were saying there pleasantries at the end of mask about being happy with the other person, but it was Sarah’s expression watching Chuck walk off that proved her lying again, but not to Chuck. She was lying to herself to make herself feel better about everything of late.
Chuck was alright with Sarah dating Shaw because Chuck had Hannah waiting upstairs, but when things with Hannah goes south. Here is Chuck wondering back to Sarah, but the time Chuck realizes he was with the wrong woman. Sarah was under the complete control of Shaw. A master at work here. I compare Shaw mastery to President Logan in 24.
We think Shaw was a lap dog. A government special gift. A gift to all women, but he really was working the team. Notice how he didn’t mingle with Casey too much? He picked the weakest links Sarah and Chuck its what predators do.
With Sarah backing Shaw, he could train Chuck to become the weapon he wanted. First test was an alias, he has one as Charles Carmichael, but this was different. He had to be the mark. Mannerisms and all. He had to be Rafe Gruber.
However, Sarah makes it a point to let Shaw know this isn’t happening. She was going to stop mixing her professional and personal lives together. She still has Chuck in her heart and still wanted to be with Chuck.
Unfortunately the rest of the episode will send Sarah spiraling. What she experienced was far worse then Prague, women and the numerous “fake” break ups. it was a combination of Chuck 2.0 and Hannah invading her home.
The team discussed using Chuck as the alias as the Intersect was working. Everyone was fine with it, but as I mentioned before Sarah’s verbal communication didn’t match with her expressions and body language.
Professionally Sarah had come to terms with him wanting to be a spy despite not agreeing with it, but she wasn’t going to get in the way anymore. The morning isn’t going to get any better for Walker. She found out Hannah had sex in her bed, which was the spark in her spiraling, but it didn’t affect her as much because she didn’t see it.
First, Chuck arrived to Castle chipper, smiling and even joking with everyone. Casey knew Chuck went on a date with Hannah and she stayed over. Casey made sure that got out, and notice Sarah’s reaction to that.
Chuck has slept with other woman before, He slept with Jill in season two, but the difference was the location of said intercourse. Jill was at a hotel, whereas Hannah was far more closer to heart for Sarah. Look at her reaction to hearing Chuck slept with Hannah in the apartment.
We have to understand Sarah essentially put roots down in the apartment. She spent the last three years mingling with Chuck and his family which means by default it was home for her. She had the opportunity to sleep in bed with Chuck, but it lacked the intimacy she wanted.
Sarah voiced her concerns to Shaw about the mission, she thought the mission was too much for Chuck, but it was the complete opposite Chuck 2.0 was marveling in it.
Where is Sarah in this frame? She is in the van with Shaw, She doesn’t seem happy being in the van, but most importantly Sarah is reaching the crossroads of everything.
In her mind, she settled for Chuck’s decision in becoming a spy, but hearing Chuck mastering the mission. It would send Sarah into the cross hairs of whether she had lost Chuck. Remember this was a guy, who always came to her for help with missions. Now he doesn’t need her anymore, and with that change Sarah feels more left out then every before.
She still was not showing any signs that she was into Shaw yet.
If there was every a definition of a cover relationship this would be ideal for a illustration. They were talking, but more about the mission. Sarah and Shaw don’t look at each other. Then we get the truth behind Sarah feelings.
Shaw: You okay, Walker?
Sarah: Yeah, yeah, it’s just this alias thing.
It must be a lot for Chuck. He’s not a very good liar.
She said, it was too much for Chuck. He is not a good liar, but it’s too much for Sarah. She is opening up, but instead of speaking to the source of her feelings. It’s coming out to Shaw. It gives the impression she is confiding i Shaw, but she is speaking freely.
Shaw: Listen to him. He’s completely living the lie.
Sarah: I know, but he’s not like you and me.
We’re both used to living somebody else’s life.
Again, Sarah speaking for herself through Chuck’s training . She is weakening by the minute. All signs of spiraling.
She is speaking her feelings on the issue with another person, who is all about the mission. Carina, Casey and Shaw all are about the job.
Shaw: That’s the job.
Sarah: Yeah, but where does the job end? I can barely remember who I am anymore.
Sarah was the one, who was living a lie. She couldn’t find it in herself to confess on how she truly felt about Chuck becoming a spy. However, It’s what Sarah has always done. It continues to go south for Sarah.
He knocked out all the officers with his flash. While Chuck escaped, we saw the real person living a lie. Spiraling continuing.
for the final part of this chapter we will talking about the dinner scene.
For a few minutes Sarah was alive again, she was in her home making a meal for Chuck. It reminded me of this scene.
As I said, Sarah’s dream was to be a wife with a home. She wanted the Betty Crocker experience and she had it with Chuck. For a brief moment, Sarah let the day’s events rest for a minute as she prepared dinner.
Reality struck indeed, hearing Chuck and Hannah’s voice approaching. Sarah was forced to leave her home, and watch from the sidelines. She was forced to watch another woman eat the meal Sarah cooked. The spiraling process complete not only for Sarah, but for Chuck and Shaw.
Chuck realizes he made a huge mistake, but this time there is a lasting affect on Sarah. Gary, this was far worse then Prague. It sent Sarah into a maze that she couldn’t recover from in her mind Chuck moved on. Chuck 2.0 took everything away from her.
Sarah realized when she said she was fine here, living a lie had reached its boiling point.
She was ready to cry, she completely broke down here, I will conceive that Prague doesn’t compare to this one.
Shaw’s mindset was simple, plan c would have to come into affect. More on that in the next chapter.
Sarah’s jealousy is more of being sent to the background by Chuck. His training was move fast and steady. He was able to burn an Asset and live the lie.
Sarah couldn’t handle the change. She dealt with a boss who was harassing her, but was able to fall under his spell. Shaw’s plan was to completely break down Team Bartowski. His choice was to prey on Sarah’s emotions as she was spiraling watching Chuck 2.0 take over Chuck’s personality and actions.
Living a lie will do that. Especially, when you haven’t moved on. Being forced to leave her home will turn the story into a ugly road to recovery.
Chuck will learn fixing this mess won’t be so easy this time around. Stay tuned for Chapter three to this latest edition of Sarah Walker vs Agent Walker.