Pinocchio is a wooden puppet fashioned by Geppetto whose most heartfelt wish is to some day become a real boy. Sarah Walker is a highly trained and competent spy fashioned by the CIA, and it is the heartfelt wish of many Chuck fans that she will some day become a real girl. The following is a list of five times we see her making this transformation.
5. Playing with Han and Chewy action figures in an effort to bond with Morgan (Chuck vs The Masquerade)
Sarah is trying the best she can to wade into the world of nerds that now surrounds her but comes up woefully short. Assuming that Chuck and Morgan’s precious collectibles are toys and that a Wookiee is some type of ferocious bear as she waggles Chewy around in the air and growls sends daggers through Morgan’s heart, but he’s gentle with her because he realizes right away that what she’s trying to do goes against her spy nature.
4. Cooking breakfast for Chuck (Chuck vs The Suburbs)
Sarah is enjoying her time in the kitchen with no surveillance and some breathing time during the mission to cook up something delicious for herself and her undercover husband. The Pinocchio effect is softened a bit by the fact that it’s her spy training and knife skills that make her more than competent in the kitchen. But the smile on her face goes a long way to showing us Sarah’s delight in having a real person to cook for and not just another CIA trainer.
3. Massive hangover (Chuck vs The CAT Squad)
Sarah sprawled out beside Chuck in bed, still wearing her party dress from the evening before and complaining of a headache in that “I think I’m still drunk” morning after voice. Maybe not feeling too human but certainly displaying her humanity in a very painful way.
2. Waking Chuck up in Thailand (Chuck vs Phase Three)
Here we get to see two versions of the same dialogue, and what a contrast! The Sarah in Chuck’s mind is sweet, mild and reasonable as she explains why Chuck should wake up. More like a Stepford Wife than a real person. Sarah in Thailand, however, is sobbing and pleading, baring her heart to her man as she clutches his face and begs him to wake up so she can marry him. She’s lifted the lid to her soul and let us have a peek. The spy that let nothing stand in her path to Chuck is gone and the girl is revealed.
1. Trying on the perfect wedding dress (Chuck vs the First Bank of Evil)
It was a toss-up whether to put the scene in Thailand or the wedding dress scene first for the progression to Sarah-as-a-girl, but Yvonne sells this scene for me with her open-mouthed look of joy as she realizes that this particular dress and the prospect of her wedding is making her genuinely happy. And what is more human for a career spy like Sarah Walker than the realization that true happiness in the civilian world is attainable?
What are your favorite Sarah transformation moments?