While we continue our discussion of Sarah Walker, I find it interesting how Sarah Walker can be a puzzle wrapped in a riddle. As fans, we really don’t understand the nature of the character because the writers and creators only revealed enough to help understand her, but when questions still remain and most specifically who is the real Sarah Walker.
We know the story was always going to be catered for Chuck Bartowski, but the truth is most people clammer to the Sarah Walker side of things. The question of why comes to mind. Does it occur because there is still so many questions surrounding Walker or the lovable nature of Yvonne Strahovski. The opinion will always be subjective.
However, we can’t dispute the heart of Sarah Walker. Her heart was present even before she step foot into the Buymore. Sarah’s makeup was to protect and serve, but will act against orders if need be. For example, the coldness she can deliver is the same person who possess a smile, Yvonne Strahovski has a killer smile and it’s not even debatable at times. Yvonne has a smile that can hypnotize most men.The smile often can leave us scratching our heads when she was forced to conduct dastardly deeds, but this is also a woman can deliver a killer glance, when we last left off with our discussion about jealousy and how other women made Sarah act like a regular woman with real feelings. The problem was the other women didn’t know how dangerous Walker can be.
Sarah learned how to cope with three other women who pursued Chuck. Normally, a agent isn’t supposed to get mixed up in the asset’s personal life, but the truth is Sarah was lost in her cover. Lost in a cover that required her to spend a lot of time with the asset which in turn causes real feelings to develop. Especially, when the asset is vastly different from everyone else. We often speak of Chuck’s tendency to get lost in his covers, but from the start Sarah was long gone.
It really commences in Tango, Sarah’s notion of being compromised begins with one simple request.
Give Me A Kiss
Look, I am not naive to believe Sarah’s way of conducting missions brings her to great lengths and latitudes. We know Sarah used her sexuality to produce results, but we also can’t ignore Sarah’s eagerness here.
It was a pure test. a pure desire to push the envelope. the scope of Sarah’s mission was to get Chuck to perform and protect him. We know they were cover dating which means liberties to pursue with a leash. The leash allows Sarah to give Chuck enough rope to get a sense of freedom only to pull back with words like cover and let’s be professional, but Sarah was the one who started it all by asking for a kiss.
Chuck was caught off guard. Sarah didn’t ask for affection before, but Sarah sells her own curiosity by selling the idea of being on three dates. It’s significant because Sarah was counting. Sarah also shows eagerness as I mentioned before. She was into this. She leans in close and puckers up. Chuck hesitation caught Sarah off guard, and like a pro Sarah improvises by using her assignment as a cover for her inner desire.
The first of many body contacts that show flirtation. It symbolizes comfort and pursuing all at the same time. Sarah can be a cover girlfriend and be a handler. There was no dangers in what Sarah was doing. It’s the best of both worlds. In other words, Sarah is in full control of Chuck Bartowski.
Sarah was used to taking orders from men in her life. Sarah took orders from Jack, Bryce and Graham. Sarah even had to take orders from Casey because he out ranked her. The case is not the same with Chuck. Sarah was going to enjoy this. However, Sarah’s desire for intimacy wasn’t the key moment in this scene. The more important evidence in Sarah’s desire for kissing Chuck comes at the end. When Chuck suggests he would be forced to kiss her, Sarah rebutted by asking forced?
The idea Sarah was forcing him to kiss her was brought on from the beginning of the episode, but Sarah would finish with “would it be so bad.” Sarah’s response and body language mesh.
There is no doubt in Sarah’s eyes and expression Sarah is thinking about kissing Chuck. Sarah’s mind is clearly thinking about being intimate. Chuck takes the answer as strictly being a cover answer, but Sarah wasn’t behaving like Agent Walker. She was being a woman with developing feelings and developing desires. Yvonne shifts her head in a position to allow the viewer to see her inner thoughts. She is contemplating what the kiss would feel like. The seed was planted.
Taking Liberties with Touching
There is another moment in Tango I missed and it’s something we should discuss. While saving Chuck, we see Sarah’s concerned feelings for Bartowski. Chuck’s life was in danger and we get the first touch of concern. If you watch the scene, Sarah rubs her hands through Chuck’s hair which was unique because she was checking for injuries, but it’s still an early touch of Chuck. Sizzling Shrimp provides another chance for Sarah to touch Bartowski. Walker becomes more and more comfortable in her role as being a girlfriend.
If we simply just say the gesture was innocent, we can often miss the clues within the scene that allows us to know it means more. Casey is standing with them. Yet, Casey doesn’t mind the touch. Sarah kept her actions at the bare minimum with Casey’s presences.
The touching of Chuck would continue. In Sandworm, She fixes Chuck’s tie for the first time. However, Chuck isn’t caught off guard by it anymore. It’s early, but as we progress Sarah’s touches become more soft and gentle. It’s one of the early clues Sarah gives us on how much Chuck was growing on her. Something happens in Sandworm that would set up the focus of this article. The build up of our next section, and it has to do with these two things.
Fake vs Real
As much as I don’t like Lou’s character, I disdain the potty mouth and home wrecking abilities. There are other issues, but they are not the focus of this discussion. If you care to know more please comment on The Truth or rewatch articles.
However, I must give the Sandwich Queen the props she deserves. Lou forced Sarah to act because Sarah lost control over Chuck personally. It has every bit to do with the phone and picture above.
Let’s face it, Chuck and Sarah’s relationship was built on manipulation and lies. One after one, but Chuck never would consider questioning Sarah’s intentions or even consider of moving on from a fake relationship. He knew the rules and as much as he disapproved, Chuck was eating out of Sarah’s hand.
The beginning of Chuck vs The Truth indicates that much. Remember this? Sarah asks Chuck what shirt was she wearing as they go over cover dating with Devon and Ellie. The question isn’t my focus, but her reaction and response to his answer. She asked what was she wearing? Thus, it requires Chuck to describe a blouse she wore. It’s simple like fixing Chuck’s hair in Sizzling Shrimp, but the response from Sarah was interesting.
Blue top, little buttons.
Oh, you like that one?
I like all of ’em.
Sarah’s response comes with an interesting expression only one smitten would give. She likes Chuck noticing the clothes she was wearing. All women like men who they are seeing to notice them fake or not. It’s a spark that makes women feel appreciated even for a superagent like Walker. After all they have been on three fake dates and game night at the Bartowskis.
Sarah was becoming more and more lost. Especially with her actions in Sandworm. After Chuck tells her about Lazlo, Sarah was in his room and we get the first admission of being in some sort of relationship.
Sarah gives Chuck a present. A a photoshopped photo of them at comic con dressed as Star Wars characters. Chuck knew it was fake because they never been to comic con together. It’s a symbolism of the nature of their relationship. Sarah tries to shed some light on their situation by saying “we are in a relationship.” It’s just a different kind of relationship.
The truth behind the photo would be exposed when Lazlo would inform Chuck about the bugs in his home. Chuck would discover the bug behind the photo, and discard the photo in the trash. Something that would catch Sarah’s attention. However, it’s as fake as the fake break up Chuck would conduct in vs The Truth.
After the nice moment between Chuck and Sarah, Chuck points out what he found in the frame, which Sarah not only sees the photo in the garbage pail, but shows emotion of seeing it in the pail. Look at her actions when seeing the photo, we need to take in account the picture was a gift. A gift much like this one, When Chuck fixes Lou’s phone, which was a real phone issue. Lou rewards Chuck with a real gift unlike Sarah’s phone and gift. Lou represents a real life and Sarah represents the fake life Chuck was living. The balance would ultimately shift in favor of Lou, but before we continue with this portion of the article. Let’s finish the gift in the basket,
Sarah’s reaction was very telling. She knew she screwed up, but it still doesn’t change the uneasy feeling of seeing her gift thrown away. It also shows a maturation process in Sarah’s education on life. The tricks in the spy game won’t work in Chuck and Sarah’s relationship. The second look at the pail indicates Sarah understood.
As a result, we saw Sarah make an effort in fixing her mistake. It’s the first moment in which we saw Sarah Walker mature, but what did Sarah Walker do that was wrong? She did her job. She planted a listening device for the purpose of making sure Chuck was safe, but Sarah’s feelings for Chuck made her apologize in her own way.However, it would all change when Sarah meets Lou. We begin this last portion by talking about how a fake sleepover and real tears ends with a real passionate kiss.
Devon was giving Chuck a hard time about not hearing any noises coming from Chuck’s bedroom, and it’s something Sarah was hearing. It made her panic. Thus, she suggested it was time to make fake love. Hence, the problem with Chuck and Sarah’s beginning. Sarah dictated the terms and Chuck had no recourse but to follow Sarah’s instructions. However, when Lou came to the store things would change. Lou’s presence and interaction would gravitate Chuck towards her. The sense of normalcy was in reach for him. The problem was Sarah. Lou’s flirting and genuine interest in Chuck was something Chuck never thought would come from Sarah. He was actually enjoying the moment until Sarah comes to the store. This scene symbolizes the idea of Fake vs Real. Lou delivered a real opportunity for Chuck to have a relationship not surrounded by spies and bombs. The problem was his fake relationship was set to interfer. The photo and phone was the connection and Sarah knew it.
First, Chuck struggles with saying Sarah was his girlfriend, which was new for Sarah. Look at her expression, Sarah is not pleased with this woman seeking the attention of Chuck. Sarah was thrown off her game. Agent Walker may have been seeking the help from the Intersect, but it would quickly become a personal matter for Sarah Walker. Another daily situation where real day to day emotions into a real life situation. The distance between being strictly an agent was slipping away and Sarah Walker was coming to the forefront at least for the time being., but we are not quite there yet.Again, Lou asks who’s Sarah, and Chuck lack of answer can be seen in Sarah’s expression If the relationship was strictly fake or a cover Sarah’s reaction wouldn’t be so blatant in it’s delivery. Yvonne was allowing Sarah Walker to have a moment in which words are not necessary to hear, but imagery was sufficient. Sarah’s dismay can be seen by non verbal communication.
Agent Walker has no presence in this scene. Furthermore, Sarah’s reaction to seeing the sandwich also sends Sarah spiraling, but not enough to act.
The sandwich was the same as the photo with the exception of no listening devices being stuffed in the sandwich. Both are gifts and both have sentimental value to them. Sarah’s reaction to seeing the photo in the trash and seeing the sandwich was a hard lesson for Sarah in how real relationships work.However, Sarah still feels like she was in the driver’s seat. The fact a mission would save Sarah would ease her mind for a moment.
Sarah’s problem with mentioning covers and fake sleepover does not provide any justice for her. Chuck was ready to move on with Lou and Sarah would see just how much in the parking lot.
When Sarah looks back up at Chuck, you can see Sarah’s expression of confusion on her face. Sarah usually smiling while in the presence of Chuck begins to feel emotions that an agent wasn’t supposed to feel. It drives Sarah further from a strictly a cover girlfriend to positioning herself as a real one.
The controlling factor also was slipping from her as Chuck seems poised to pursue the sandwich queen. What was stopping Chuck anway. Chuck and Sarah’s relationship was not real. Would we consider Chuck a cheater if he did?
The only saving grace for Sarah was work. Let’s take a minute to backtrack to Tango again.
When Chuck and Sarah conducted pre mission details, Sarah and Chuck usually share moments of intimacy in the form of teacher and student. The intimate conversations like Chuck revealing some of his backstory would have common ground with Sarah because it pertains to Bryce Larkin.
Sarah assumes the role of teacher, but there was a catch. Sarah becomes very free with some intimate touching of Chuck’s hand. Did Sarah have to touch Chuck’s hand and finish by saying don’t worry she would be by his side? It’s a lie because if there was danger Sarah would be required to stop it.
We know Sarah’s Jealousy streak, what would be her response seeing Chuck dance with La Ciudad? The same can’t be said about their briefing in Truth, The difference between the two scenes would be the word cover. Sarah uses the word several times in her briefing of the cover sleepover.
Yet, in Tango there wasn’t a need for it. Chuck was smitten over Sarah in Tango, but in Truth the scene came after Chuck was caught in the middle of the Lou and Sarah’s interaction. Sarah gets a sense Chuck was preoccupied which would further come true after watching him run across the parking lot for Lou. Chuck’s decision to interact with Lou was a game changer. Sarah watching her cover boyfriend with another woman was the very reason behind my Sarah Walker vs Agent Walker series.
I close this article with one question How was any woman going to be able to get close to Chuck if Walker was around. It seems to me it was never going to be an option for Chuck as long as Sarah was around.
We watched in a matter of moments how Sarah Walker would step up her love game, but as much as we talk about this moment being Sarah’s moment of falling, Sarah never acted on those feelings because she didn’t know she had them or even understand them. I believe feeling something and acting on them are what separates the two. Lou brought those feelings out and made Sarah act on her feelings. Sarah would also learn Chuck was not going to be wooed by exposing some skin alone. The fact Sarah came into the room reminding Chuck they were only pretending only strengthens Lou’s case over Sarah.
It took Lou to make Sarah act on her feelings. The moment when Sarah Walker realizes a cover wasn’t just a cover anymore. Where everyday emotions can crack the shield of a agent on assignment, but as we have been discussing. A agent walked into the Buymore, but Sarah Walker was distancing herself from the agent as each episode would air. Sarah Walker would take possession of her actions in a move that was strictly a move to remind Chuck of what he had already, but Sarah would sabotage her own efforts by retorting to the very reason Chuck was looking to pursue Lou. The elephant in the room which was the pretend relationship.
We will conclude Chapter Two in the next article, We shall continue from this point….