When it comes to secrets, we often associate secrets with lies. It also could be understood as measures of keeping the ones we love at a distances in order to protect them from the truth. For example, Bryce felt the need to shield Chuck from the CIA, but that very secret turned the tables on Bryce since he was the one who would ultimately force the spy world on to Chuck.
Bryce’s explanation was weak, but to the point. He did it because he knew Chuck would be responsible with the program. However, Bryce’s decisions would only hurt both Chuck and Sarah in the end.
The other part of the equation which Jill Roberts being more than she seemed. The innocent woman who left Chuck for Bryce was designed to find the very Intersect that was in Chuck’s head.
While Both Jill and Bryce lied to their perspective relationships., It did do some good afterall. It lead to Chuck and Sarah meeting and become stronger afterwards.
The last time we ventured into Jill Roberts, we left off when Chuck and Jill embraced each other after they solved the last puzzle, which contained the Fulcrum List. The very listed that exposed Jill’s secret life.
It raises the stakes once Jill escaped Burbank with not only Chuck, but unbeknownst to Roberts the Intersect too. However, Sarah knew Jill’s secret, and we get the results of that from Sarah’s reaction to the two gone with the watch on the nightstand.
Chuck was aware of Jill’s earth shattering secret. Chuck flees from the hotel room into the waiting arms of his handlers snatched him, who adamantly told him not to do that again. The problem of course is the difference in expression between the two handlers. Casey was acting like an agent, but Sarah saw deja vu. A return down memory lane for herself as well. Was this how Sarah felt when she discovered Bryce went rogue?
In the comment section below, tell me if you think Sarah started reminiscing about her own experience dealing with a secret such as the one Jill had.
Deja Vu you ask? well, think about it. Sarah has been in this position herself. Chuck reaction and shock was the same kind of expression here except she also already felt Chuck had nothing to do with this.
When Sarah showed up in Burbank, she was a deflated person. She felt the sting of what Bryce did, and it made her have to clean up Larkin’s mess, but with that opened new horizons.
By the end of the Pilot, Sarah was conflicted with her newfound lease on life. As she looked through the photos from Cabo, Sarah was falling for a man she just met. Unconsciously, she began to place roots, which is very taboo in her world. Heck, Carina said it best “She probably doesn’t know it herself.”
Fast Forward to 2008, Chuck has the same issue except Jill was never believed to be a spy. It makes Jill excellent at what she did. Apparently, Chuck didn’t know Jill at all. Did Sarah know in 2005 that Bryce was going to go rogue in 2007. The question would be worth 64 million dollars if you can answer it.
Trust is a major theme here, Sarah put trust in Bryce, the same can be said about Chuck with Jill. In 2003, Chuck asked Jill to be his girlfriend, but the relationship didn’t last long. As Bryce made his move to protect Chuck from the agency.
Once Chuck returned to Burbank, we find Sarah looking more like a friend than an agent. She feels the pain Chuck was going through even suggested for Chuck not to be apart of the mission anymore. Chuck had enough because Jill betrayed him a second time. It was time to burn some bridges and mend others.
Look at the words, Chuck uses in trying to understand what happened.
Chuck: You know, for a few days, I thought things were going to be different. I could have a life. I could have a girlfriend.
I could be a regular human being.
Its the very sentiments Sarah had going into the Pilot. She thought she had a relationship with a man (Larkin) and have a career. Now she was in Burbank trying to understand why herself. In Alma Mater, She went down memory lane to learn about what happened at the school, and again Sarah showed she truly cared as a friend more than just as an agent.
After Alma Mater, Sarah’s perspective changed. Bryce Larkin was a spy after all. but as Sarah would say later in the episode.
Chuck:I should have listened to you from the beginning.
You were right: I wasn’t ready for this mission.
Sarah: No one is ready for this type of mission, Chuck.
Your girlfriend being FULCRUM isn’t something they teach you in spy school.
Chuck: I’m just too trusting. Ever since I was a kid, I really wanted to believe what everybody always told me. You know? I’m just getting used to this new job– all the spying and lying.
Sarah: 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.
As i mention above, trust is the key between the four characters. Take a look back in the pilot, the famous beach scene.
Sarah said, “I need you to do one more thing for me, Trust me Chuck.” While she used lies to protect Chuck and most specifically, she never could in her heart pull off what Jill did to Chuck.
Passion was still in Sarah’s heart, as Chuck came to Castle freaking out about his date with Jill, again Sarah behaving more like a friend, but using her experience in walking Chuck through a stressful situation.
She told him about how Jill would use an intimate setting as a ploy to garner the upper hand, but behind her eyes and her actions made Sarah attempt to kiss Chuck, and under a different situation she would of went for it, but the last time they shared a kiss all hell broke loose with the return of Sarah’s ex.
You never get that feeling with Bryce and Sarah or Jill and Chuck. Sarah didn’t kiss Bryce, but she didn’t resist neither did Chuck when Jill embraced him. Charah were beginning to mend fences between themselves,which brought out those feelings they displayed during the mission preparation.
However, before the two could really have a future together Chuck needed to close the chapter on the last secret from Stanford. It wouldn’t be easy nor what Chuck wanted to know. Let’s examine how Jill manipulated Team Bartowski in gaining access to Castle. All apart of the plan to find Larkin and the Intersect.
At this point, Sarah isn’t interested in Bryce anymore, but Sarah has personal stake in this on a different level. Jill out spied Sarah in a sense that Lour nor Hannah will in Season Three. Her jealousy of Jill developed into a hatred both on a professional and personal level, which made Sarah become blind to the threat.
it is important to remember these scenes to better illustrate my point.
Sarah didn’t trust Mary Bartowski, but in proving she believed in Chuck, she had to swallow some pride, but what seemed like Mary was in on it. It took a meeting with Ellie for Sarah to understand Mary’s position.
It took for Mary to teach her distance made it easier to be without the one you love for a mission. Something Sarah struggled with during the entire series.
It shows the significance of what Chuck meant for Sarah, the inability to be away from the one she loved. Once again Sarah warned Chuck about not trusting Jill. When they went after Leader, but Chuck still not grasping Jill being Fulcrum pleaded for Sarah not to shoot Jill.
Sarah’s warning from Fat Lady was written all over her face. Has the presence of Jill become a nemesis for Sarah. It only gets better from here.
However, Jill playing the innocent card was working on Chuck, but like with Mary. Sarah wasn’t buying Jill’s act. As each question went by Sarah’s expression went from mad to threatening. It was not the time for Jill to play coy,
The killer in Sarah was boiling being in the room with Jill, and watching Chuck show concern for Jill’s safety made Sarah grow tired of being nice. Sarah was trying to protect Chuck’s blind side (More one that in a second). After they found where leader was, Chuck and Sarah have a spat about trust, which the word keeps popping up when it comes to these four. The one other time Chuck asked Sarah to protect his blind side was in this scene
However, Chuck didn’t listen to Sarah’s warning, and for the third time in this arc allowed Jill to manipulate him, but not without some secrets being revealed. Jill would tell Chuck how she didn’t love Bryce, and they never slept together.
She told him how Fulcrum told her to break it off with Chuck. Her first mission was to get close to Larkin. Chuck would ask Jill if they could be together after this was all over, but she lied about that. She was able to get Chuck to release her from the chair. A huge mistake.
Notice the trend secrets kept by the likes of Jill or Bryce cause deception and manipulation. It drove Chuck and Sarah into a better relationship with each other as a result. Over time secrets and lies became rules in their relationship. A lesson learned from their dealings with Bryce and Jill.
After Jill was able to manipulate her way free, Sarah showed her astonishment in how Chuck didn’t listen to her, but when Chuck safety became threatened. Sarah the protector cooled her anger.
Chuck will do the same here,
What is Ironic would be Jill did the same thing as Bryce did in Nemesis, when Bryce asked Sarah to come with him. Jill would asked Chuck to run with her. Its very interesting how the two stories mirror each other. The only exception Jill was on the other side of the law.
However, we would have to wait until the end of season two to break her personal kryptonite, which would be Bryce. Jill attempting to kill Sarah was the end game for Chuck.
Its no secret anymore the Jill Chapter in his life story had come to an end. Chuck wasn’t willing to let Jill shoot Chuck much like Sarah wasn’t going to leave Chuck to die with the Fulcrum agent in the Break Up. It’s the biggest not so secret of all.
The final chapter of Jill Roberts will come later in the rewatch, and it will mark the conclusion of the feature. Again, there will be some spoilers because Bryce’s return will be the last episode of season two.
The next chapter will talk about breaking the ex stronghold. How the actions of Jill and Bryce lead to Chuck and Sarah coming together for one magical scene in Barstow.
until then Chuckaholics. Remember Chuckaholics is your site so play, and engage but most of all, it’s hard to say goodbye because we didn’t