The first part of this mini three part series in the latest study of Sarah Walker was about Chuck’s influence on her development, The focus now will be on how Chuck’s family became Sarah’s family. The fact is without a strong support staff Chuck wouldn’t of turned out so well, and once Sarah learned about Chuck and Ellie’s Mother’s Day. She became hooked because her past was quite similar of the Bartowski siblings. Alone and wondering where your parents was a common ground all three of them have faced in their lives.
After hearing the reason behind celebrating Mother’s Day, Sarah learned that the Bartowskis have been on their own since a very young age, and it is quite similar to the upbringing of herself. The only exception is Chuck and Ellie had each other to get through the difficult times. Whereas, Sarah only had her grandmother. A person she didn’t want to be with because of the closeness she had with her father, but the problem was Jack Burton was always trying to con someone. He would spend a portion of her life in prison. Lucky for her the CIA came to the rescue.
When the opportunity to hear Mary Bartowski’s explanation on leaving. Sarah couldn’t help but listen. Sometimes education comes in different forms. For Sarah, learning about family by observing Chuck’s was very important in her development, which is why when Mary Bartowski explains to Ellie where she has been. It is not only important for Ellie, but Sarah as well. Its a wake up call for her on everything she thought was family. Hence, why she didn’t want to invite her father to the wedding.
Her make up here in Chuck vs The First Fight is important to look at. This is the family she has adopted as her own, and what we see in Sarah is one of distance. It is a very personal conversation between a mother and daughter, and as the details come out the more Sarah begins to wonder about herself. Would she do something like that to her own family? The life of a spy has many burdens on a human, and more specifically for someone like Sarah, who only knows how to be a spy.
How about when she meets Father Bartowski, how does one handle that? Again a education on the past of Chuck and Ellie.
The difference between Mary and Stephen is night and day, we have a soft spoken man, who generally wants ease back into his family’s life. Mary on the other hand is quite opposite. She expects her children to automatically trust her despite the bad history. However, no matter the case Chuck still trusts his mother. Despite the evidence that she was working with Volkoff.
When Sarah first meets Stephen. Sarah was quiet because this was very new to her. However, her feelings for Chuck has reached the top of her heart, and being very girlfriend like is by his side. Especially after the harsh words exchanged between the two men.
Steve Bartowski: Not a good idea. Tell her that I’m happy for her
Chuck Bartowski: Are you- are you joking? You have to do this. She’s your daughter! Don’t you want to be there?
Steve Bartowski: Charles, I can’t…
Chuck Bartowski: I-I don’t want to hear what you *can’t* do! I’ve *seen* what you can’t do!
It is a learning experience in a sense because Sarah has dealt with long absences from her father, but never had the gall to yell at her father like Chuck just did, and she felt compelled to check to see if he was ok. This was a special moment for her because it showed how family talk things out. She would keep this with her, but it was something that Stephen said later that struck her more. Its scenes like these that showcase her transition into a girlfriend. An agent would wait outside, if the agent didn’t have anything personal at stake, which she does.
In regards to Stephen,
Look at the words, Mr. Bartowski said.
Steve Bartowski: It’s never over, all right? There’s always another one and another. And… the reason a spy has to have one of those is because every mission they go on could be their last. For every spy, there’s someone who cares about them. Someone who has to open that box, read that message, and mourn their loss. This is a bad business. And I don’t want my family any part of it!
The words hit home for Sarah, not because she was in a relationship with Chuck, but it brought everything in perspective. Why Chuck’s parents went away and what could happen. Orion’s words “there will always be another mission.” The truth hits thought of Team Bartowski in Season 5, one final mission, unfortunately things don’t work always the way you planned.
For a superagent like Sarah Walker, who never had a family of her own, sometimes moments like the one in Chuck vs the Living Dead becomes important for her. She understands the concept now, but the road was long and a lot of lessons need to be learn. What it did was help Sarah realize Chuck is her family. She surrendered her spy will to Chuck, who she felt was best deserving of it.
A Family of Lies
The reality is the Bartowskis, which includes Sarah has nothing but lies between them. Chuck met Sarah on a lie. Mary and Stephen lied about what they did professionally. Chuck lied to Ellie many times since Sarah rolled into town, which brings me to my next point in how Chuck’s family was claimed by both Agent Walker and Sarah Walker. In the beginning, Sarah was in full fledge Agent mode. Game night at the Bartowskis in Chuck vs the Wookie was something of an early sign Sarah was settling into her new assignment.
She was having fun, but still maintained cover. A question of the most dangerous time in her life. Chuck instantly knew Sarah’s answer was going to be a lie, but a cover is a cover. However, what is not a cover is the reaction Sarah gave when Chuck found out about Bryce’s relationship with her. Sarah did not owe Chuck an explanation about Bryce. She just learned how much the whole family could not stand Bryce.
How productive would it be for her to reveal that she use to be with the very guy who got him kicked out of Stanford and stole his girlfriend. How is Sarah supposed to response? Easy by lying.
However, What is a very important episode of Chuck. Chuck vs the Truth offered a compelling story for Chuck and Sarah. It showed their make up at the time. First, Chuck and Sarah going over the game plan for their double date, and Agent Walker is making sure they are on the same page. Again, it was all a lie. A relationship was forming but on trying to lie for cover.
Everything is going to plan until Devon and Ellie share how they met. It warmed Sarah. Sarah appreciated it, and it was something she wanted in return from Chuck, but it was a cover right?
Later in the episode Sarah saw what Chuck would sacrifice for family. Something an agent wouldn’t understand. As Carina once said, “This thing of ours, we are in it for ourselves.” Agent Walker agrees with that sentiment. Chuck chosen to give the antidote to his sister rather than save himself. It was quite honorable for a man to be willing to do that. Chuck did say nothing means more to him than his friends and family.
What bothers Sarah the most in her relationship with Chuck was his lack of willing to let her in on his thoughts and plans like a family, but too often Chuck feels like he has to prove himself to her. For example, In Chuck vs the Anniversary,
Its the first time she is hearing of this. It also can be traced back to when he was trying to find Orion. She wanted to be apart of his life in all shapes and forms. She may have never told him explicitly that she was his girlfriend, but actions said otherwise. Jealousy and going all out for him was something she learned from him. It was also a family trait because Ellie was the same way.
This leads me to the important part of this article, As Sarah continues on her assignment, she begins to love Chuck and his family. Ellie was becoming a sister figure, which is the very reason Sarah began to worry about the pressures of becoming a spy may do to the physi of Chuck, and finally the most difficult experience with Chuck would ultimately drive her away for a brief time.
Sarah Walker knew what the spy world would do to Chuck, New missions and new identities. she didn’t want him to be involved especially on how his make up was. He would have to channel his feelings and emotions, but he didn’t listen. He did it for himself. He chose to download Intersect 2.0. Like Uncle Ben said in Spider-Man, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Sarah didn’t want to lose the guy she fell for so long ago.
After a trip from Paris, Ellie finds the plane ticket in his luggage, and while listening to Chuck blatantly lie to Ellie, Sarah became concerned for Chuck’s well being. Sarah witnessing the change has become a burden for herself. The dream of normalcy will never become real if he does become a spy.
John Casey: He’s turning into a spy. That’s a good thing.
Sarah Walker: [Quietly to herself] Is it?
The toughest part of this article has come. It is the very reason I believe Sarah decided to go with Shaw. Prague, Chuck trying to be a spy, and Hannah all did not push Sarah to be with Shaw. Its what she saw on a camera that literally broke her heart. The toughest spy in the world could not prevent the blow. If nothing else as I mentioned at the top. Sarah adopted Chuck’s family because of the positive vibe she received from the experience.
The closeness and ability to hash things out was what drove her to staying in Burbank. She said once before, Burbank was the only place that felt like home.
Hannah Invades Sarah’s Home
While I understand people disdain for Chuck vs The Fake Name, Sarah revealing her name to Shaw was creepy, but if people look past that scene, you will find this episode was the driving force into the Sarah/Shaw union. There is no blame here because it would be easy to say Chuck caused this, but the reality is Chuck was not ready in Prague nor were they ready in Barstow, but as I mentioned Chuck’s home and family were adopted as Sarah’s dream. The Man, The Family and the Home.
While Sarah has dealt with women being interested in Chuck, they never really threatened the very place she called home. Not until Hannah came into the picture. The day for Sarah does not start well, she finds out Hannah had slept at Chuck’s apartment, which was blow number one. The second blow will ultimately change the landscape for a while.
Sarah becomes alive when she was preparing Chuck’s dinner. She is happy and despite Shaw being there. All her focus was helping Chuck. Reality struck once she heard the voices in the courtyard. She had to escape. The turn for the ugly is about to happen.
The final nail in the coffin for Sarah. The one that would send Sarah Spiraling into the arms of Shaw. Look at the camera, Chuck and his family are eating dinner with Hannah, and what makes it worse its in the very place Sarah called Home, and with the very family she called her, and most importantly with the man she is in love with. The pain is not because Chuck is with another woman. The pain is because her dreams are shattering right before her eyes. What’s an inexperience normal woman supposed to do now? She retorts back to her old self, and dates someone who clearly she does not want to be with.
Again, her home and her family are in possession of another woman. Sarah Walker will return to being Agent Walker. Her comfort zone.
Before I end this article I would like to discuss one last subject. The very scenes that I will showcase the very time frame where Sarah Walker was ready to break her Agent Walker persona, and let her feelings take over. I am a firm believer that this was the start of Sarah realizing how much she was in love.
A woman who was told that she was leaving in the morning. Her heart is starting to show, as Chuck walked away, her eyes tell the story. She does not want to go.
After the awesome scene that would ruin Ellie’s Church wedding. Another example of how great Chuck was comes to light, and would be the final acts that would bring lady doth to her knees. Chuck wanted to come up with something to help his sister. He decided to use the money he received from working with the agency, and pay for the dream wedding for Ellie.
Chuck’s selfless act was the very thing that attracted him to her. The Shaws and Bryces of the world wouldn’t do that., but Bartowski did. His desire to make his sister happy supercede even the dream of going on vacation with Sarah. It melted Sarah. How she acted during the beach wedding sealed my thought process on when and where Sarah finally succumbed to her feelings and desire.
Her focus was never on Ellie and Devon, the whole time her eyes are fixated on Chuck, watching him, falling for him. The very reason when Bryce said ” Your not coming with me are you…” She shook her head no…..Refusing Bryce was the strongest indication she was ready to be with Chuck.
in Sum, She suffered through a battle with love, withstood jealousy spells. but nothing was more important than Chuck, Chuck’s family and finally next time we will discuss the final piece of the enigma Sarah Walker. Her dream of having a home.