Did Chuck Really Accept Sarah Into His World Part IV
We have come to the next chapter of Yvonne’s mastery of Sarah Walker. Her ability to bring her character alive comes full throttle in Chuck vs the Nemesis.
The reason being is Bryce Larkin has return from the dead much to dismay of Chuck Bartowski and the fragile state that was Sarah Walker.
Larkin’s return will test the relationship of Chuck and Sarah, and it’s a test that will help shape the foundation of the relationship. It is a mere framing of the foundation. It’s not the concrete.
Larkin is alive, and Sarah has a lot going on in her mind. How can this be? How can Larkin be in the room in front of her? For the first time in her life Sarah doesn’t understand what is going on.
Meanwhile, Chuck has his own issues. Sarah did this to him.
When Sarah returned to the Buymore to find Chuck, Sarah was a walking ghost, and nobody seems to notice. Chuck would not wait and asked her did she get his calls.
When she does find the words to use. She just told him. “Chuck, Bryce is alive.”
When they arrived at the facility where Bryce was being held. Both Chuck and Sarah are lost in this revelation. Nobody more than Sarah. She began to fall for Chuck, and now in the room in front of her was Bryce her former boyfriend. How can one live with this without cracking. A spy could because thats what they are trained to do.
Sarah has begun to change, and with that comes emotions that she has let come to the surface. Especially when it comes to Bryce. He was her first real relationship, and she never had that closure. She never thought she would see him again, and moved on. Bryce being back changes the game for her.
I am sure in Sarah’s mind she never envisioned herself pointing her gun at Bryce. She never needed to think this day would come. Her job was to protect Chuck, but she also still was struggling with seeing Bryce in the flesh.
Especially, when she was in tears watching his casket be lowered into the ground. Chuck also has a hard time with this. He immediately questions why he sent the intersect to him.
So many questions than answers that this point.
When Sarah entered Agent Mode, she becomes in attack mode. There is no sugarcoating she went from seeing a ghost to angry. There was still a lot to figure out and Chuck’s questions weren’t making it any easier.
Chuck: I think i can handle it from here. So, are you and casey gonna go after Bryce?
Sarah: No. Bryce is probably halfway around the world by now. It’s someone else’s job to find him.
Chuck: Sarah, this is Bryce Larkin we’re talking about here– your old flame, my old nemesis. We have to do something.
Sarah: We each have our own assignment.
Chuck: Right. And i’m yours, so what What does this mean For us? Nothing.
Sarah: You’re protected.
Chuck: No. For us. Our fake relationship– i mean, you and Bryce were You’re really not making this easy.
Not until Ellie walked in on them, did Sarah say she was coming to Thanksgiving. In my arc article, The Truth about The Imported Ex Nemesis discussed the details about the return of Bryce and how it impacted character change.
While at Thanksgiving, Sarah knew something was wrong with Chuck, and her watching him while she was eating was like she was expecting Chuck to spill the beans.
Sarah knew something happened in the courtyard because Chuck was not the same person when he returned, but Chuck couldn’t keep his secret, and told her that Bryce Larking was in his Bedroom. I will reserve my feelings on this issue when the time comes.
When Sarah heads for the bedroom. How does one confront and ex Boyfriend presume dead. All the questions Sarah wanted to ask on her mind. Questions about his actions before he was shot by Casey.
Sarah does the best thing she could think of. She walked in gingerly. Prepared for anything.
When Sarah walked into the bedroom, it would mark the first one on one conversation with Bryce since his return. The power he has over her is easily portrayed. She isn’t a girlfriend or agent. She is succumbing like prey for a predator. He wins in the end much to the chagrin of Chuck
In the courtyard, Sarah knew Chuck saw because of Casey interfering with the conversation. Here is where it gets good. Sarah is caught in the middle between two men. Two men she is quite fond of.
Chuck upset still with seeing Bryce and Sarah kissing, she asked “you saw Bryce kiss me, didn’t you.” She didn’t say she kissed him, but she never pulled away. It’s typical of Sarah to not take responsibility for her actions. She should of remembered whose room they were in.
It crossed the line in my opinion. and it gets a even better response from Chuck. Everything that happened at Stanford between Bryce and Jill in Chuck’s mind was reoccuring with Sarah. Bryce was taking his girl again.
The situation would only get worse once the three are in the same room. Revelation will take place, and old feelings begin to arise.
They can see someone was in Casey’s apartment, and it would be Bryce.
Again Bryce makes Sarah pull her gun on him. and they will learn about Bryce’s intentions when sending the Intersect and how Fulcrum kept him alive all for the computer in Chuck’s head.
So, the plan was to have Chuck flash on the agents assigned to extract Bryce, and if he didn’t flash then the agents would be CIA. It was a tough day for Walker
Something happened in the store that questions Bryce’s love for Sarah, and it really started at the beginning of Nemesis. If your Bryce and you have a girlfriend, who thinks your dead. wouldn’t you have asked to see Sarah rather then Chuck, but as the episode unfolded.
In the bedroom, Bryce said “because your still in love with me.” He has not mentioned his love for her, and in the store when talking to Chuck. He said “I have only one friend in this store.” We know he was referring to Chuck
All Sarah can do is watch as these two men converse.
Sarah and Bryce have history, and he said to Chuck he only had one friend. Wouldn’t Sarah be considered a friend?
When Sarah and Bryce leave the Buymore, they have their one on one chat, and this time Bryce makes it about them. The ideal situation for Bryce.
When watching this scene, Sarah’s shock and awe seemed to be wearing off. She is smiling and conversing with Bryce. However, When Bryce asked her about the status of their relationship. Sarah acted like Agent Sarah.
Sarah: Yeah, we’re clear.
Bryce: No. Us.
Sarah: I thought you were dead, bryce.
Bryce” Come back with me.
Sarah: I have my assignment.
Bryce: You were never good at this The saying your feelings part.
Sarah: Well, i don’t like to talk much.
While we know Sarah didn’t speak about her feelings with Chuck, it can be assumed that it would be Sarah’s character flaw. Apparently, she didn’t like talking about her feelings even with Bryce.
It is amazing how all three characters are the same. From what we learn about Bryce, we can see the hero in Chuck and framing Chuck to take the fall for cheating is very noble in protecting his friend.
Fast forward to after the fight scenes. Here is where Sarah’s emotions take shape. while working with Bryce, she has that connection again. The fire that once burned for Bryce while trying to complete a mission. Something she will do with Chuck in season 3.
but while things seem to be coming together between Sarah and Bryce. Sarah quickly was reminded of what kind of person Bryce can be when he shot Chuck in order to be able to take down Tommy.
After dealing with this latest act from Bryce and Chuck, Sarah realized she has feelings for both men. A decision had to be made because Bryce used a code phrase only Sarah would be able to understand. “We will always have Omaha.” As you can see Sarah is torn, and Yvonne demonstrates it perfectly.
All the training in the world can’t deliver emotions like Yvonne can. I am in awe in how natural everything looks. Sarah is torn. She is going to need to make a decision we all know this, and while she may still have feelings for Bryce. Her heart belongs to Chuck.
She told him so in the car, its why when faced with the choice between Chuck and Bryce, and might I add a great job done by the creative team with the metaphor.
Agents don’t have to make decisions. They follow orders, the orders make decisions for them. When Sarah was faced with a real life problem. Orders can’t save her. Her agent persona can’t save her. Two men, who want her for themselves, and the only one who can make the decision for her is herself, and Yvonne helped show the heartache Sarah was going through.
If you have any questions about Sarah’s feeling towards Chuck must see this episode in order to better understand. This is a very convincing response to that question. It is why this arc was used to establish Sarah’s feelings for Chuck. She could of left with Bryce. The agency would of allowed it, since Bryce was going deep, and the only one he would trust was Sarah.
The metaphor was very well done,
Before Sarah can reach the old flame, the new boyfriend called her on the cellphone, which represents the new flame.
When Sarah walked in the Buymore, it was like she was walking away from her past. She was looking to start a new, and when she found Chuck. She realized rather quickly that it would be an easy transition.
She was telling the truth when she said, she needed a big change. Chuck provided that change. When she was fighting with Bryce, she was reminded of the good times the two had, but was quickly reminded why she wanted a change to begin with. Bryce was willing to shoot Chuck in order to end the siege on the Buymore.
However, as I mentioned above, Sarah succumbed to the power of Bryce. All he had to say was Omaha, and she felt right back into the trance that is Larkin. Her bags were packed and ready to go, but her stare out the window was a sign even if she went. She was going to return to Burbank.
Her heart was with Chuck and the kind of normalcy he represented. Agent Walker wasn’t standing by that window because she wasn’t given orders. Sarah was going to have to make this decision, and she would choose Chuck.
The next episode Crown Vic ends the first arc of the series. She would need to overcome the torment of letting your first love go. It’s hard but Bryce represented her old life. Something she didn’t want apart of anymore.
Yvonne illustrated that point flawlessly. The minute the package open to reveal Bryce, Sarah was going to go through a major character change, and that change was done smoothly.
The next chapter in Master of expressions will be about Crown Vic an episode that really showcased Yvonne’s ability to flow nicely with facial features and emotions. Please stay tune.