This is the second part of the series of short articles that takes a deeper look at Chuck scenes which contained important details that went by unnoticed by a most viewers. [If you are interested and missed the first part: 1 ]
This article is also my way of celebrating that today it has been a month since I published my first real article on this page and it has been a really great time so far.
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Today I’d like to talk about a scene taken from Suitcase. In this scene Sarah rejected Chuck’s request for a Spider-Man kiss. I don’t want to talk about the whole scene, just about the beginning because it included often missed important details. If you like, you can watch the part of the scene that I’m going to discuss in the video below; it’s only 23 seconds.
Let’s first talk a little about the context of this scene: Chuck and Sarah have been living together for 8 month now and Sarah hasn’t unpacked yet. The topic was brought up in front of Chuck’s family so Sarah wanted to make sure that Chuck was ok with it, to which he agreed. Chuck and Sarah were sent on a mission to Milan to steal smart bullets from Volkoff’s weapons dealer Sofia Stepanova. Sofia tricked them and Chuck ended up with a bomb in his hand equipped with a dead man’s switch. Sarah tried to diffuse the bomb and with 10 seconds left until the bomb would explode, Chuck wanted the clear the air: “Sarah, listen, I cannot die without you knowing that I accept you for who you are, okay? Your weird unpacking habit – it doesn’t matter to me. Nothing matters. I still love you.“ After Sarah diffused the bomb just in time she was angry: “You still love me?” So, they were in a fight.
They somehow figured that the smart bullets must be in Sofia’s presidential suite, which they chose to enter via the balcony. That’s the point where the scene I’d like to talk about begins.
I believe this scene is very important, but if you read some online reviews then this scene is either not mentioned at all or just the idea of the Spider-Man kiss is highlighted. Even Chris dedicated just 3 lines to this part of the scene in his episode article, also just focusing on the rejected Spiderman kiss. But the Spider-Man kiss request was actually not that important at all. It just had some significance because it made Sarah smile, showing that she was beginning to forgive Chuck.
In my opinion some major details in this scene were simply missed by most viewers also because past episodes had to be considered to get the full meaning. Those of you who have read G. Walter Bush’s ‘Unpacking Chuck 2.0’ may have figured out already what I want to talk about, because it is partly based on his observations/analysis, although he didn’t apply it for this scene:
The first impression we get is that Chuck and Sarah appear to be upright but when the camera turns 180° we realize that they were upside down:
This reminds of the season 2 and season 4 premieres: In First Date Cuck appeared to be upright, but in fact after the camera rotates 180°, we realized that he was being held off a building by Mr. Colt. The camera sequence during the opening scene indicated that the main topic of this season will be about how Chuck’s spy life will spiral out of control and that he himself would have to adjust during these events:
Season 2 premiere – The first scene of First Date
In the season 4 premiere the same camera technique used. The difference in the opening scene of Anniversary was that the focus wasn’t just on (young) Chuck alone but also on his mother. This was indicating that the main topic of this season will be the relationship with his mother, which as well would spiral out of control before it would be set aright in this season.
Season 4 premiere – The first scene of Anniversary
In Suitcase we have exactly the same situation as in Anniversary, foreshadowing that the evolution of Chuck and Sarah’s relationship will be the second main topic of this season and that this development wouldn’t be without struggle.
So much for expanding Bush’s analysis to include this scene, but we are not done yet.
There were more important details in this scene: The development of a relationship doesn’t just require pushing it to the next level but can sometimes also necessitate changing one’s own attitude toward it along the way. They were hanging upside down and Sarah was the first one to free herself from this situation, while Chuck was still hanging there. This foretold that Sarah will be the first of both of them who will completely accept all aspects of their developing relationship and her role in it. And in fact Sarah’s completed this process by the end of Coup d’Etat:
“I love you, Chuck. Nothing’s ever gonna change that. And if you ask me for real, then my answer would be yes.”
While Chuck was hanging there, he did almost all of the talking during this scene. It also seemed like he was responsible for pushing the evolution of their relationship (Cubic Z; Coup d’Etat). But this was misleading (he was still hanging there), because his approach was mostly to change Sarah’s opinion, while he couldn’t come to terms with his role in their relationship although he embraced the relationship itself. Only at the end of Phase Three when he realized what Sarah loves about him he was finally able to change this and accept himself in their relationship completely.
I was really surprising for me that Walter somehow completely ignored this scene, which would have fit very nicely into his analysis in Unpacking Chuck 2.0. Btw, if you don’t have them yet, you should consider buying his books – they are great.
If you read some online reviews of this episode, it is often mentioned that in this episode Chuck’s mission to find his mother has taken a back seat; sometimes it is even considered a stand-alone episode. What completely went unnoticed was that in this scene the writers actually introduced the second main story arc of this season.
And with this I’d like to end this article. I guess I know what you must be thinking right now: ‘1000 words for 23 seconds… Holy Cheesecake!… I hope this guy will never ever write a review for the whole series…’. Anyway, as always, feel free to comment, disagree or to complain in the comment section.