When two people from different worlds meet, most of the time they clash when important situation arise. It can’t be explained. People are different for a reason, but does that mean we ignore the clues that are in front of us? How many times do we watch a series and say, how did I miss that? Well my friends, I have missed something, and it is a biggie. After watching the Pilot of Chuck, I have often wondered did Chuck ever really love Sarah? Or was Chuck so deep into his self doubt that he was incapable of loving her. Since there is so much information being discussed, this article will be broken down into a series of articles. There can’t be a series without a beginning. Thus, we will begin this article with the beginning of season one. Did Chuck fall in love with the spy or did he fall in love with the spy’s life. Over the course of this article, I will dive deep into my theory on it. I have learned while Chuck did love Sarah. his inability to accept her in his world never grew him closer to her. Let me explain. When Chuck first met Sarah, he never had intentions of calling Sarah. In fact, Sarah had to return to the store and ask him out. Remember the conversion between Chuck and Morgan.
Morgan: Why wouldn’t you call this girl.
Chuck: Oh, I don’t know Did you see her? [The Nerd Speaking]
Morgan: Yes, oh man Yes. That’s why I am going to repeat the question, Why wouldn’t you call this girl.
Chuck: Because I live on planet Earth Morgan.
Relationship founded on lies
This should tell you right away where his head was. He may have been attracted to her, but all she was a customer. He thought he wouldn’t see her again. Chuck didn’t know Sarah’s intention,but finding out who she was, Chuck became interested because her life was better than being a nerd herder at a Buymore. She had sense of adventure all the time. What he didn’t know was her desire to enter his world. The slow paced, playing house was worth the time she spent in Burbank. As I said, two very different worlds clashing at the same time. By the end of the Pilot, Chuck was in a state of confusion and puzzlement. She had begun to feel something for Chuck. Its why she stood around and watched him at the beach. A woman that was about to relinquish her heart to Chuck.
Back at her hotel, Sarah was glancing at pictures of Bryce. She had a, an expression of struggling with the loss of Bryce and her new found love of Chuck. It can be difficult for one to replace a love that quickly, but she succumeb to Chuck’s charms and lifestlye. It attracted her, and the very reason she was staying around. Unlike Chuck, She chose to stay in Burbank to be with Chuck. He didn’t get to choose her. They wouldn’t of met otherwise. Sarah walked in the store with preconceived intentions. Its the difference between the two. It was not like Lou coming into the store seeking help in fixing her cell phone. Once Chuck figured out Sarah was only in town because of the Intersect. How could he believe she would fall in love with a regular guy. In reality a lot of guys would have the same sentiments. In fact, most men crumble in the presence of someone like Yvonne because we all talk a good game, but how do you speak to an angel. After the ballerina and baggage handler, Sarah was hooked. She found a way to stay in town without setting off alarms. She told Chuck we are cover dating. She could protect him and learn to love him. The problem is they started the relationship that way. all of it was based on lies. The beginning does not go without problems.
Casey did get into Chuck’s head about what he really knew about Sarah. Bryce would be able to do the same thing. Trust is a very strong word and as Sarah said, she asked Chuck to trust her not believe her. It means she wasn’t going to be completely honest with him. It showed in Chuck’s reaction to Sarah’s relationship with Bryce, Again she lied, it was important for her to do so. Everything became harder once Chuck found out the truth. It also would put a wall around the word trust for Chuck. Chuck once said, A relationship that is founded on lies would ultimately perish. I am paraphrasing, but you get the drift.Do the math now, Sarah and Chuck meet at the Buymore, and with that comes to separate worlds. Spy meets Nerd. Boy meets girl. Its very cliche but it worked. Sarah was sincere in what she was saying. she was not telling him anything else. “you go back to your regular life, we will protect you…There is one more thing you can do for me “Trust Me.” Anyone ever notice Chuck’s expression after hearing this? There is doubt in those eyes, Sarah was the first one to engage body contact with a shoulder bump. She was trying to comfort him. A sign that she wanted to connect with him, but the moment wasn’t right for him. What happen to Chuck was life changing. She can’t expect him to warm up to her just like that. Right from the start Chuck doubt’s Sarah intentions. It is the very reason he allowed Casey to get into his head. Its why he became distant when he discovered she lied to him about Bryce. However, it doesn’t mean Sarah doesn’t continue to try to get close to Chuck.
Chuck doesn’t buy into the display of affection. Each sign Sarah gave would be because there was a something he needed to flash on. Sarah The Girlfriend is trying to breakout of her shell, but both the nerd and agent are preventing it from happening. Chuck won’t kiss her because he doesn’t do well with PDA. It doesn’t mean he won’t. Sarah continues to take advantage of each opportunity to be affectionate with Chuck, but Chuck doesn’t seem to understand what she iwas doing. He should of just let things be and let the chips fall where they may, but its not the Bartowski way Even the agent can’t resist the temptation, she gave him a few seconds to act, but he doesn’t. Another sign that he wasn’t ready to let her into his world. Chuck allowed her to walk off. You can see in Sarah’s eyes she wanted him too. Two times Sarah offered a chance for him to kiss her, and both times Chuck didn’t seize the opportunity. A reluctant dancer partner we have in the beginning.
After a chance to kiss her,he found her waiting in his room. The reason she was in the room was so she can give him a present, but i never understood why it was such a big deal keeping it from Devon and Ellie. They knew Charah were dating. A picture at comic con wouldn’t of been a big deal, unless of course Sarah the Girlfriend never was in his bedroom alone. Chuck arrived and rather than just accept Sarah being in his room. He asked her what was she doing in there. It was feasible for him to ask at this stage in their relationship. Sarah was in the room because she put his gift in his room. A picture of the two. Chuck loved it but realized that they never went to Comic Con. He said we look like a real couple. She replied, “we are a real couple just a different kind of couple.”
The viewer can see Sarah felt bad about the picture because of what it symbolized, something neither of them wanted to be fake. The more time they spend together the more they grow infatuated with each other. The result however Sarah showed more interest than Chuck did, Why? because all Chuck ever heard was its strictly a cover,however, Sarah’s actions showed the opposite . She knew the picture was a fake, and quickly made up for it by taking a real one, but that’s not where the direction each character was headed for me.
When Sarah came by to wish Chuck luck on his interview. Chuck pointed out how the photo had a bug in it. Sarah was bothered by seeing the photo in the garbage, but understood why it was there. Here are some more indications where Sarah was clearly on the road of acting like a real girlfriend.
Five episodes in, Sarah has touched Chuck each time she could whether it was a hand on the shoulder after he disarmed the bomb, shoulder bump or putting her hand in his.. She offered two times to kiss him already. Whether its part of the cover or is not important, its the eagerness in her actions that told me she was becoming smitten. a simple gesture of fixing a tie is one thing, but how about this
Each time Sarah had expressed flirtation with innocent or not, Chuck has a look of bewilderment. It is the kind of expression given when actions are not explained, but Sarah can’t explain them..more on that later. The moment that Chuck began to act on the signs Sarah was given him. She would quickly put him back into place. How does things change, when Chuck dictated the terms. When Chuck started to show he was no pushover.
A Deeper Look Into the truth
Its no secret on this site how I feel about Chuck vs The Truth, It is first and most important episode in the relationship of Charah, I believe actions speak louder than any words. When one starts to express those emotions whether by force or willingness. It also gave us a glimpse into what Chuck was feeling towards the relationship. However, the nasty word “cover” kept being mentioned in this episode. it came up enough times that Chuck cracked. First, the educational process from an unlikely source.
Sarah and Chuck are on a double date with Devon and Ellie, and what I watched was Chuck in an awkward position. He has their cover to protect, but something told me Sarah was actually enjoying herself more. Chuck was a nervous wreck. Yet, watching Sarah looking at Devon and Ellie showed me she wanted what they had. Look at the reaction in the picture above. Now notice Sarah’s expressions watching them.
As you can see Sarah has begun tasting what a real relationship entails. Chuck oblivious to it because all he keeps hearing is the word “Cover” in his mind, but Sarah does something else that told me she was beginning to want intimacy from Chuck. Again watching Devon and Ellie’s display of affection, made Sarah seek it too. it may be to protect the cover, but Chuck reluctance even in protecting the cover is alarming. His expression said it all. He doesn’t like this situation. Sarah’s mix signals does not help at all.
The very reason Chuck can’t grasp the real intentions of Sarah would be the next scene. After Devon heckled them about not having sex. Sarah was worried about their cover [there is that nasty word again]. The truth is Sarah was nervous about the arrangement as well.
This scene marked the first time Sarah wanted to spend the night with Chuck, a big step if their relationship was remotely real, but its the word cover that splits the two apart. It makes the whole situation become arouse soon with the presence of Lou.
Like Sarah, Lou needed help with her phone. The difference was Lou had a legitimate phone problem. She came to the nerd herd seeking technical help. She too was charmed away by Chuck, and she became interested. The problem for Chuck, he already had blonde hair to chew on. Chuck jumped on the chance to flirt. After all he was not in a relationship right. Sarah was a cover, and she wouldn’t mind right? Wrong, its the very reason actions speak louder than words.
Chuck wanted a real normal life, and with Sarah he wasn’t going to get that at least for the time being. When Lou returned to the store, she brought him a gift for fixing the phone, and unlike the photo there was no bug in the sandwich. Lou was attracted to normal Chuck Bartowski. unfortunately for Chuck, so was Sarah. She just needed a spark to bring the real girlfriend out of her. Lou provided that spark.
Sarah has a problem now. She has to deal with a woman, who wanted Chuck too. Chuck saw a chance at being with someone real. Someone who didn’t have reasons behind meeting him. How does a handler deal with this? She greeted herself as his girlfriend, and ruined Chuck’s chances at it going any further, or so she thought.
Sarah was struggling in this scene in keeping her composure about her personal feelings in this matter. Here is a closer look at her expressions. The fact that Chuck couldn’t introduce her as his girlfriend gave a whole new out look for Sarah. The cover has been torpedoed in a sense. He never had a problem saying he had a girlfriend before Lou came to the Buymore.
This would be the first time she would show real feelings towards Chuck. Yes, its a cover, but how much of it was? Sarah already had shown interest in getting closer to Chuck long before. Her desire for touch and to kiss was already becoming apparent. Chuck’s struggle in calling her his girlfriend in front of this new woman sent alarms into Sarah’s head. From this point on Sarah’s cover would be of her own feelings on the matter.
Lucky for Sarah there was work to be done. However, things would escalate. Chuck had his sights on a normal relationship, possibly with Lou. All Sarah kept reiterating was it was a cover from day one. Chuck was tired of it. Sarah asked Chuck to meet her to discuss their “cover” sleepover, while Chuck was comfortable with the situation Chuck wanted to be elsewhere. When Sarah saw Chuck run after Lou, Sarah’s started to get worried about Lou’s presence.
What I love about the rest of this episode is a very mature Chuck, not the whiny nerd, and Sarah was forced to step up her interest in Chuck. She no longer was the only act in town, and Sarah was not going to let Chuck walk without fighting for him. However, we still don’t know what Chuck’s feelings are. Sarah has shown her intentions through action directly or indirectly.
She has shown it through physical contact., but we haven’t gotten a Baggage Handler remark form Chuck since the pilot. Why? because he found out the reason Sarah was in Burbank. Since then, all Chuck has heard was covers, lies and surrounded by spies. Something that has taken a toll on him already. It’s the difference between having feelings about someone and showing it. Sarah again showed it, while she was threatened Sarah decided putting on sexy lingerie was something a girlfriend would do to remind him on what he has already. She spoke the truth with that remark.
She was flaunting her goods. She wanted Chuck to see what she had to offer.. However, she gave mixed messages. She acted as her agent self because of seeing the candles and music. He was doing his job right? The music and candles made the agent come out of her. Not because she didn’t like it, but because she didn’t know how to handle it. Chuck’s struggle of not being able to separate the spy life with normalcy will plague him throughout the series, but in this case he was following what a intimate night would be like with him.
Sarah can play coy but her responses to some of the questions were strictly personal driven answers. There could of been a way for the two to come up with a cover to splitting up, but not for Sarah the Girlfriend. However. Chuck didn’t buy into. He has begun voicing his dismay of them “I think I understand the concept of faking it”, but who was faking it, really?
Things are not going as to plan for Sarah, Chuck is seeking more than just looks. He is looking for love. Real love he could get from someone like Lou. He has realized that he won’t get it from Sarah Walker It does not mean Sarah let’s him just walk away.
When Sarah turned over, Chuck immediately asked what are the rules of their cover. He asked “Are we free to see other people? This was a question Sarah didn’t want to hear. Chuck all but just said he was done with the fake relationship, but not to Sarah. “Well our cover is boyfriend and girlfriend…it would be tactically difficult….plus any potential interest would need to go through a rigorous spinning process to determine her motivation.” When Chuck countered with “Wouldn’t her motivation be love.” if there was an doubt in both their heads at that point it was. All Sarah can respond with “Ideally, but you are important piece of intelligence and you need to be handle with extreme care.”
You can look at what Sarah in two ways.
1, She was acting like her normal agent self. Trying to get Chuck back on track or
2. Sarah indirectly telling him he has a real girlfriend. She just can openly. Especially with Casey listening in.
Sarah also began to see a different side of Chuck. A take charge willing to sacrifice himself for his sister mode. Its the difference between Chuck and Sarah. Chuck does not let duty rule him. Its why Bryce sent him the Intersect .
Sarah has no idea how to handle this. She has love and concern in her eyes. A masterful expression that began to make me see how much pain Sarah was in. She was watching the man she was falling fall suffer with the potential lose of his sister and while losing her grip on Chuck. We have not seen this kind of Sarah, Chuck deciding enough is enough has caused Sarah to fight her own feelings within her, but will lose because Chuck will do this. Both John Casey and Sarah Walker get an early education on the lengths Chuck will go for friends and family.
Sarah was thinking selfishly here, She thinking about the safety of the country and her own feelings. The idea of Chuck sacrificing himself for someone else was new to her. Education can be very difficult even for a superspy What I found to be a very rewarding, ending. The truth was revealed. Sarah did have feelings but her role as a handler was preventing her from pursuing what she wanted. As I said, this episode showed how Chuck was willing to put others before duty It is a significant character development. Its why the agent struggles with her emotions, and the nerd handles his business. Sarah followed protocol and Chuck refused it.
Sarah was trying remain composed when asked if what Charah had was going anywhere. When she did, she said, no. However, like many Sarah Walker moments. The emotion coming from her eyes tell you that she was thinking about her response because she didn’t answer right away. It took a few seconds to get her wits together. It is something a trained spy would know how to do. it is an untrained eye like Chuck, who doesn’t see through it. It the very reason why Casey made sure she didn’t compromise herself, and that is another reason Sarah has to be on egg shells with her feelings. Casey would not of accepted it.
The First Break Up
There are three things we gained from both Chuck and Sarah.
1. Chuck was done with having a fake relationship. Especially when everything was claimed to be a cover from Sarah.
2. Sarah was not honest when asked if the fake relationship would turn real. She told Casey as much.
3. Sarah The Girlfriend has made her presence felt. She showed her feelings by watching Chuck with another woman. Lou sparked the girlfriend out of her
Chuck was lost, and now Sarah will need too fight for what is hers. It is a good thing in my opinion. A wake up call for Walker. I always liked this break up, I thought Chuck needed to experience something real. He needed to see what was out there. For Sarah, watching Devon and Ellie awakened the thought of having the same thing with Chuck, and Lou only ignited the flame inside of her, but Chuck learned from this experience, and will take it with him for a long time.
Significance of The V-Log Entries
Here is where I dig deeper into the story a little bit. It is important to understand while Chuck had Ellie to talk to about his feelings he had for Sarah. It was not the same for Sarah. She had no one to help her deal with her feelings. Casey and Carina were all about being a spy. Sarah has begun to want Chuck for herself, and the only way she can talk about it would be through her Mission Log. It is significant because we hear from Sarah lips, how this situation effected her. It drove her to be impulsive. Passion would do that.
Day 49. Chuck broke up with me today. Well fake, fake broke up with me, technically….
Day 56. Chuck and I were defusing a bomb today and there was a moment where we were sure we were going to die. He closed his eyes and I kissed him. I kissed him.
There are seven days between entries, and Chuck was off dating Lou. This meant if there were no missions Sarah was not with Chuck, which was the motivation behind Sarah’s desperation in trying to get Chuck to reconsider the break up, but her tactic was the very reason he did what he did. It was all for the cover.
Think about this for moment. Since she had been in Burbank, most of her time has been with Chuck. He gave her a surrogate family and friends, It almost seems like she was reliving the whole “Bruce story” Sarah on the road all the time makes it hard for her have human contact. She had invested a lot of interest on a personal level to the Bartowskis, while also falling more and more for Chuck and his life.
She wanted to kiss him and looked for excuses to be able to touch him. All of that was gone in one fine swoop. Its also her fault. The nasty word cover was being overused, but the word now has change. Its more now for Sarah. The cover has become a cover from Casey and the CIA. In the scene above, there is desperation in those eyes. When something is taken away from you, you want it that much more. Chuck was taken from Sarah cover or not. Thus, the significance of the V-log helped Sarah express herself and made her come to the Buymore looking for Chuck.
The Imported Real Girlfriend
This is one of my favorite Charah scenes. It demonstrated the difference between the two. The fact that Sarah showed those tears were designed to show Chuck how she was feeling, but since she said “For the Cover:” Chuck took it as sell job for the Buymorons. At the same time, Sarah was trying to convince herself the tears are fake. In the rest of the episode, we see a very different Sarah. Agent Walker was covering for Sarah the girlfriend. When a relationship was built on lies and covers as will be mentioned a lot in season 2, the truth of tired of living a lie becomes inevitable. Look at the clues that Sarah the Girlfriend was struggling with the concept Chuck has a real girlfriend in Lou. Also take the time to notice Chuck not looking at Sarah like he normally does. This is a new Chuck Bartowski.
The body language and emotions show the one week layoff from Chuck has impacted her already. It seemed like this is the closest she has been to him since the break up. , and he seemed to not notice Sarah was in the room with him. Especially when referencing Lou as his girlfriend in front of everyone including Walker.It won’t be the first time Chuck’s lack of awareness will strike Sarah hard. Furthermore, the jealousy of Lou and the wanting of Chuck back by her side have driven Sarah to take action when it seemed fit and she does. Lou is not a threat to national security, but she was a threat to Sarah personally. its why she confronts her.
Normally for agents that are handlers, don’t want to interfere in their asset affairs . The situation here however Sarah was starting to change. Remember I said feeling something and doing something is two totally different things. Sarah was educated on what it takes to have a real relationship, She learned it from watching Ellie and Devon. The truth is Sarah would need to take action to get her feelings across. Confronting Lou was the first step, next would be getting the attention of Chuck, but he is no longer eating out of her hand like before.
Its funny how the one who does the breaking up is not aware of their actions. The effect has clearly changed Sarah. Twice now she has been in his presence and no glance in her direction other than the ear device. It almost seem like Chuck was trying to teach her a lesson. If he was, it worked. The fact that he took her to a club on their first date. does not help matters. Sarah was in complete misery, Her emotions are so visible even Casey can tell that she was in love with Chuck. It also showed Casey didn’t mind the feelings between the two. Sarah however was waiting like a snake lurking in grass. she was waiting for the right opportunity to ruin things for both Chuck and Lou. The Scene between Casey and Sarah reminds me a lot like some other scene.
It would be naive of Chuck to think Sarah wouldn’t fight for him, but it still makes him question her motive by being their. It was the first act of Impulsiveness, something that is driven from passion and desire. The desire to reclaim the man she loved, but Chuck was different now, he doesn’t want a fake relationship. All Sarah can do from this point on is back off and turn to her agent persona.
In a big move by Sarah, she went to apologize to Chuck about interfering with the date. After all she doesn’t want to completely ruin things with Chuck. Her first impulsive act will proceed to her first admission that the couple’s time together was not work to her, but a little too late right now for Sarah. It is a big confession from Sarah to this point.
So let’s see the chain of events, this is why I have claimed the Ballerina scene to be just the breaking of the ice. Walk with me again,
Chuck breaks up with Sarah for wanting something real → Sarah the girlfriend is born Sarah pleaded for Chuck to change his mind → She still used the cover as a ploy→ failed attempt
Chuck twice completely ignores Sarah during both preparation and briefing of the mission → It all effects Sarah emotionally. → It leads to Casey pointing out her feelings , and her first impulsive act→ This only made Chuck more furious with the cover. → Which leads to Sarah proclaiming their time together was not work. Result my friends the first admission of feelings. It still was not enough to get Chuck back on track.
At this point Sarah has become exasperated with the whole thing. She has tried several times to mend fences with Chuck, but his persistence in seeking his own normalcy has made Sarah become a bit testy. Its no wonder why when Chuck and Sarah are finally alone the two argue.
The fact that Chuck brought up Bryce in this verbal jousting only proved how clueless he was. Bryce had nothing to do with his actions and mistakes. He took off the watch and left it himself, Bryce didn’t do anything to force him to. It was a way for Chuck to stick the knife in deeper into Sarah. However, Sarah counters with a who is jealous now. Both are acting like middle schoolers here, but love and strong feelings make people learning to deal with these emotions act this way.
We finally come to the final part of this first chapter of studying Chuck’s love for Sarah.
The first act of passion driven from a boat load of emotions and the fear of imminent death made Sarah make the first move. Chuck didn’t make the first move. From the beginning, it has been Sarah making all the moves to bring the relationship together cover or not.
The First Act of Passion
When passion and desire have been building up for months and months, with that a chance came for the two to showcase the developing feelings, one of them retreated. It seems the inexperience in dealing with these emotions was the catalyst in those acts. Sarah fell in love in the pilot, but what constitutes the feelings better than acting on them by the time Hard Salami came about. Sarah has initiated all the body contact and flirtatious acts [fixing ties and hair to putting her hand in his, shoulder bumps and placing hand on his shoulder],
These kind of actions made Chuck believe there was something real happening between them, but in acting on those feelings Sarah was risking a lot. She had to shield these emotions from Beckman, Graham and Casey. When she did, Beckman threaten them with bunkering and termination. However, that all changed once watching Devon and Ellie interact and Lou taking an interest in Chuck.
Lou wanting the real Chuck made it easy for him to question the cover and wanting to do something about it. If he can’t be with Sarah, why should he have to stay single. Lou came into the picture at the right time. Sarah dealing with hiding her feelings from the agency now has to deal with another woman. two roadblock into her ultimately goal of being with Chuck. However, Chuck was not going to hang around forever.
Sarah gave him three opportunities to kiss her, but each time Chuck was hesitant. He pecked her in Tango, and let her walk at the end. Before Chuck performed his power move on Sarah, Sarah was anticipating a kiss, but got a break up speech instead. This brings us to this
Impulsive act 2 can’t be diminished despite Bryce’s untimely return. No matter what the relationship was growing. The first kiss was a long passionate kiss built up from months of built up emotion and fire. If Chuck had any doubt that should of been all erased, but Bryce’s return will halt the progress, and bring the nerd out of him again. The next article will continue with the impact of Bryce on Chuck’s relationship with Sarah.
The episodes that will be covered will be Nemesis through the end of season one. Until next time, leave a comment below on what you think of my theory thus far. ↓