Sarah Walker Bartowski

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Sarah as she appears in Season 5

Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Portrayed by: Yvonne Strahovski
Status: Alive
Occupation: CIA Agent (seasons 1-4),
Wienerlicious counter (cover, season 1),
Orange Orange counter (cover, seasons 2-3),
Head of Burbank Buy More and Carmichael Industries (season 5)
Aliases: Sarah Bartowski (season 5)
Sarah Carmichael (working alias, season 5)
Elana Truffaut (working alias, French Diplomat)
Jennifer Burton (juvenile alias, high school)
Katie O'Connell (juvenile alias, Wisconsin)
Rebecca Franco (juvenile alias, Cleveland)
Mrs. Anderson (working alias, 2005)
Mrs. Charles (working alias, season 3)
Giant Blonde She-male (nickname, season 4)
Mrs. B (Morgan, seasons 4-5)
Relatives: Chuck Bartowski (husband)
Jack Burton (father)
Emma (mother),
Molly (adoptive sister)
Eleanor Woodcomb (sister in law)
Devon Woodcomb (brother in law)
Clara Woodcomb (niece),
Stephen Bartowski (father in law, deceased)
Mary Bartowski (mother in law)
Relationships: Chuck Bartowski (husband),
Bryce Larkin (ex-boyfriend),
Daniel Shaw
Residence: Echo Park, Burbank, CA
Appearances: All


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Without you I'm nobody, I'm nothing but a spy. Come back to me, Chuck....
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Sarah Walker Bartowski, known throughout the series as Sarah Walker, was probably born May 1982, although at least one false passport, seen in Chuck Versus the Helicopter, had her birthday listed as 30 November 1979. She is a CIA operative initially sent to Burbank to assess Chuck Bartowski, the recipient of the last contact sent by her former partner apparently gone rogue, Bryce Larkin. She is a main character in NBC television series Chuck.

She is portrayed by Yvonne Strahovski.

Seasons One and Two[edit | edit source]

Sarah is one of Chuck's government handlers, along with Colonel John Casey of the NSA. The three of them form the CIA-NSA joint black-ops team Operation Bartowski.[1] She is assigned the task of protecting Chuck after he unintentionally uploads the Intersect. From the first interaction with Chuck, she found herself liking him, and told him so.

As part of her cover, Sarah poses as Chuck's girlfriend. One of the complications and a focus for the development of her character through the series is that although initially she insists the relationship is only her cover, she grew steadily closer to Chuck, eventually falling in love with him. While Sarah was at first reluctant to either recognize or acknowledge her feelings for Chuck, every other main character readily picked up on her attraction to him.

Sarah's DEA associate, Carina was one of the first to recognize that Sarah's feelings for Chuck are more than merely professional.[2] In "Chuck Versus the DeLorean", Sarah's father realizes she is genuinely attracted to Chuck, and agent Roan Montgomery[3] in "Chuck Versus the Seduction" also recognizes that she has feelings for him, pointing out to Chuck that "the lady doth protest too much." Ellie, Casey, MI6 agent Cole Barker, Devon Woodcomb, and her own ex-boyfriend, Bryce Larkin all commented at one time or another on her obvious attraction to Chuck.[4]

Chuck and Sarah's first kiss.

The development of Chuck and Sarah's relationship in the series was hindered by Sarah's insistence that their connection was nothing more than her cover and by Chuck's tandem interest in actually finding a real relationship, as demonstrated in the episodes "Chuck Versus the Truth" and "Chuck Versus the Ex". She did, however, display a willingness to go to great lengths for him, she was even prepared to draw her gun on another CIA agent attempting to take him into government custody in "Chuck Versus the Marlin".[5] and encourages him to go on the run in "Chuck Versus the Colonel".

In "Chuck Versus the Truth", when Chuck and Sarah are infected by a potentially fatal truth serum, Chuck asks Sarah whether she sees any future with him. Sarah said no, but it is later revealed that Sarah was only able to deny her feelings because her CIA training included being able to withstand the effects of pentathol, and she admitted that she might have compromised herself without such training. In "Chuck Versus the Imported Hard Salami", however, when she believes they are about to be killed by a bomb, Sarah desperately kisses Chuck to his surprise and delight.

As early as "Chuck Versus the Marlin" Sarah is shown to have a deep understanding of and sympathy for Chuck when she realizes he could not process the possibility of being sent underground into permanent custody if presented Casey's blunt way, when she tries to gently introduce the possibility, he immediately insists that she “Say it. Say what you're not saying,” indicating he was beginning to learn who she is and how she thought, too. In "Chuck Versus the First Date" when it seemed Chuck was about to end his time as a CIA asset, she was very complimentary of his performance and encouraging as to his potential, “You can do anything, I've seen you in action...anything you wanted you could have.” In "Chuck Versus the Seduction" when Roan Montgomery scoffed at Chuck's ability to romance a woman, she leapt to his defense, saying he had a lot to offer, that he was “passionate and sweet and caring...I promise you, Chuck Bartowski, on his own, can seduce this woman.” She told Chuck not to take Roan too seriously, and when he replied he doubted he'd be charming anyone, she said, “Why not, it worked on me.”

Sarah is injured in "Chuck Versus the Break-Up".

During the first half of Season Two, Chuck and Sarah steadily begin moving towards establishing a real relationship, starting when Sarah agrees to go on a first "real" date with Chuck in "Chuck Versus the First Date" in anticipation of the Second Intersect going online and his expectation of a chance at a real life – neither realizing that General Beckman and Langston Graham ordered Casey to terminate him as soon as the new Intersect was operational.[6] When, however, The Cipher was found to contain a Fulcrum bug which destroyed the Intersect, Casey was spared the distasteful task of killing Chuck.

Chuck's pursuit of Sarah was derailed by Bryce Larkin's return,[3] at which time, Sarah's feelings were shown to have clearly shifted toward Chuck. When Sarah is admitted to hospital in "Chuck Versus the Break-Up", Bryce is spotted by Ellie and Devon lingering outside Sarah's room. He had been described to them as Sarah's ex by Chuck. When Devon takes him in to examine his injury, he explains that Sarah has feelings for Chuck, and this leads Bryce to advise Chuck that a personal relationship between the two of them could endanger their lives.[7] Chuck then spoke to Sarah about how they could never have a real relationship – a talk that obviously broke both hearts.

The following episodes show that Chuck and Sarah's feelings for each other continue to grow despite the 'breakup' as Chuck finds out more about Sarah's past. Seen most strongly by the emotional support Chuck provides Sarah when a mission in "Chuck Versus the Cougars" which forces her to revisit part of her childhood,[8] and later when Sarah's father returns in "Chuck Versus the DeLorean".[9] Although neither Chuck nor Sarah at this point openly admit to being in love, Chuck's actions suggest as much in "Chuck Versus Santa Claus", when he gives Sarah his mother's charm bracelet, a gift Sarah says is something he should save for a "real girlfriend", to which Chuck responds "I know."[10] In "Chuck Versus the Lethal Weapon", Chuck tells Sarah that he is crazy about her, and tells her that when he gets the Intersect out of his head he's "...going to live the life that I want with the girl that I love."

Sarah's feelings for Chuck lead to her temporary replacement as Chuck's handler in "Chuck Versus the Broken Heart", as Beckman was concerned those feelings jeopardize the mission. The replacement agent, Alexandra Forrest, fails to effectively protect Chuck, however, and he refuses to work with her further because of her ruthless operating procedure and lack of emotion. Sarah's feelings in contrast, give her an insight that warns her that Chuck had been abducted when she sees he left his phone in his room. Beckman reluctantly acknowledges Sarah and Chuck's feelings for each other are actually a benefit to their working relationship rather than a detriment, and allows Sarah to resume her role as his handler. During this time Sarah made an unauthorized search of the CIA database at Langley for Chuck to locate his father when his own efforts fail. She was with Chuck when they tracked him down to a trailer near of Barstow, CA.

Chuck and Sarah kiss in "Chuck Versus the Colonel".

Sarah's willingness to provide support for Chuck during "Chuck Versus the Dream Job" when he meets his father again showcase her feelings for him, but neither Chuck nor Sarah acted on this at that time.

In "Chuck Versus the Colonel", General Beckman orders Sarah to lure Chuck to Castle so he can be taken into custody. Sarah objects, and although she tries to go through with her orders, in the end, her feelings for Chuck lead her to warn him that he is about to be taken into custody, and that they have to run.[11] While on the run, Chuck and Sarah spent the night in a motel, and were forced to shared a bed. In the morning, no longer able to suppress their feelings for each other, they began to kiss passionately. When Chuck searched his wallet for a condom, however, all he found was an "IOU" from Morgan, and then Casey's arrival ended the interlude.

In "Chuck Versus the Ring", Sarah is reassigned by Beckman to work on the new Intersect project with Bryce, but when questioned by Bryce at Ellie's wedding, she reveals she has chosen to stay with Chuck. At the reception, Chuck tells his father that he is in love with Sarah.


Season Three[edit | edit source]

The first half of Season Three saw Chuck and Sarah's relationship collapse. In "Chuck Versus the Pink Slip", it is revealed that six months prior, when Chuck uploaded Intersect 2.0 and was offered spy training in Prague by General Beckman, Sarah was worried that it would change him if he became a real spy. She offered to meet him at a Prague train station, and run away with him taking new identities and leaving the spy life behind. Chuck initially accepted, and he turns up at the train station but in the end refuses to go with Sarah, citing this as his one chance to become a real spy, that he has an ability to help others that is unique. After this, Chuck attempts to call her at one point, but she throws her phone in a pool when she sees it is him. Chuck eventually came to the conclusion that he had to do something if he wants Sarah, and as such, infiltrates Casey and Sarah's mission to try and talk to Sarah. She was not interested, however, and told Casey to throw him out of the restaurant. Chuck flashes just as he was kicked out and realizes that the courier who Casey and Sarah expected to find is in fact an assassin for Ring. Chuck manages to get back into the restaurant by posing as the guitar player for the mariachi band performing that night, and when he saw the assassin's laser sights flickering between Sarah's head and the marks, he threw himself off the stage and onto Sarah to protect her. Despite saving her life, Sarah was angry that he jeopardized the mission.[12]


In "Chuck Versus the Three Words", when Sarah's DEA friend, Carina Miller, returns to take a mission with Team Bartowski, Chuck attempts on numerous occasions to talk to Sarah but she is unwilling. Sarah is deeply hurt and shows it throughout the episode; she is cold to Chuck, and Carina harshly points out to him, "You idiot, the reason Sarah is cold is because she loves you. Now get your head out of your ass, and go be a spy." When Chuck is later locked in a vault which is filling with gas and he believes he might die, he attempts to talk to Sarah through the vault door and explain why he did what he did. She was not behind the door, however, but in the ventilation shaft above, turning off the valve releasing the poisonous gas to save Chuck. She then manages to take out the guards opening the vault doors, and opens the doors herself, just as Chuck finished his speech with the words, "I love you," and collapses. Later, in Castle when Chuck is recovering from the gas, Sarah held a video conference with General Beckman, where she requested a transfer due to Chuck's feelings for her. Beckman refused to transfer her, telling her to get on with her job. In the end, Carina supplies her with tape of Chuck's full speech to her, and she finally understands why he refused to run.[13]

In "Chuck Versus the Angel of Death" and "Chuck Versus Operation Awesome", Sarah warms to Chuck once more, even comforting him when he refuses to allow Devon to work on behalf of the CIA or NSA. When Chuck meets Hannah in his first solo mission on a flight to Paris, they began a brief relationship, which effectively put the romance between Chuck and Sarah on hold.[14] In "Chuck Versus the Fake Name" Chuck ends his relationship with Hannah when he realizes his feelings for Sarah are still very much present, and he cannot keep Hannah safe or tell her the truth. Meanwhile, Sarah begins a tentative relationship with Agent Shaw.

In "Chuck Versus the American Hero", when Shaw found out that Sarah unknowingly killed his wife (Evelyn Shaw) during her Red Test, their nascent relationship ended. Shaw led her to a warehouse, which he claimed is the Ring headquarters. When they entered, Sarah believes it to be a trap, Shaw reveals that she killed his wife and she, visibly upset, begged his forgiveness. Chuck, believing Shaw plans to kill Sarah at this point, turns up along with several dozen soldiers, air support and a tank to rescue Sarah.

In "Chuck Versus the Other Guy", Shaw took Sarah to Paris where he drugs her and attempts to kill her. Casey and Chuck arrive, and whilst Casey deals with the Ring director, Chuck shoots and was thought to have killed Shaw, saving Sarah's life. At the end of the episode, the pair finally consummated their relationship.

Partners

"Chuck Versus the Honeymooners" sees Chuck and Sarah attempting to run away from the spy life together, however, they both realize that they want to be spies and be together, and so, in "Chuck Versus the Role Models", Beckman orders them to observe Craig and Laura Turner, a married couple who also happen to be spies. The Turners bitter relationship, however, forces Chuck and Sarah to wonder if their relationship may follow a similar route.

"Chuck Versus the Tooth" highlighted Sarah's protectiveness towards Chuck, when his mental condition was thought to have degraded as a result of the Intersect pressure. When he is admitted to a CIA mental facility after having disturbing dreams relating to a possible Ring agent, she not only visited him but also visits the psychiatrist Dr. Leo Dreyfus (Christopher Lloyd) to explain how special Chuck is, and led the charge to save Chuck from attackers at the facility.


Season Four[edit | edit source]

Throughout Season Four, Sarah establishes herself more as Chuck's partner in the field rather than just his protector.

Sarah and Chuck

Sarah is, however, still very protective of Chuck, in "Chuck Versus the Fear of Death" Chuck has lost the Intersect, and although she assures him he doesn't need it to do great things, when he puts himself at risk to regain it, she tells him in distress that he isn't a spy – not right now, which both angers and hurts Chuck. This episode begins to show that Sarah has come to rely on Chuck for her own well being and that she is willing to do anything for him. When Chuck is kidnapped by The Belgian, she crosses many lines, trying to rescue him, including breaking the law and kidnapping someone.

She also spends much of the season trying to protect Chuck from his blind spot; too willingly trusting his mother, Mary Bartowski (Linda Hamilton), who is working with international arms dealer Alexei Volkoff (Timothy Dalton). In order to bring down Volkoff, as well as return Mary to Chuck, she had to establish herself as a double agent in order to begin working inside Volkoff Industries.

In "Chuck Versus the Push Mix", Chuck tries to find the perfect place to propose, but Sarah finds out his plan, and subverts Morgan into working for her to make sure Chuck is successful, orchestrating events herself so that he will be, although he is thwarted through no fault of his own. Chuck eventually quietly proposes to Sarah without outside help, and she tearfully accepts.

Mary notes Chuck and Sarah's moment

In "Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible", however, Sarah and Chuck have a disagreement about eloping or having a family wedding. She eventually explains to him her reluctance stems from the fact she has no family or friends to invite, she then realizes his family is her family. By the end of "Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible", Sarah agrees to the family wedding and letting Chuck into her past.

In "Chuck Versus the Cat Squad", Chuck invites Sarah's old team, the C.A.T. Squad to Burbank so that she has someone there for her for the wedding. This becomes a disastrous event when the squad is forced into a mission to capture their nemesis, Augusto Gaez. Sarah's conflict with team mate Zondra is reignited. At the end, the C.A.T. squad discovers a mole in their midst, while Zondra and Sarah mend their friendship. Carina and Zondra agree to be Sarah's bridesmaids.

In "Chuck Versus the Family Volkoff", Sarah hands Chuck a prenuptial agreement to sign. Chuck, under advice from Casey and Morgan, uncharacteristically signs the prenup without talking about it, which throws Sarah off. Sarah admits that it was unusual, and it gave her Chuck's point of view on the prenup. At the end of the episode, Sarah tears the document and tells Chuck to forget about it.

In "Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner", Chuck and Sarah are conned of their wedding money by their bogus wedding planner. As a con-man's daughter she is furious that she got taken. They accidentally get every branch of the US government involved to search for their con artist, and get suspended for abusing their position in the agency. Sarah engages her father for intel on the con-artist, but never mentions the wedding. He discovers their wedding plans anyway, and helps run a sting to help them to get reinstated. When he leaves, he gives her money for her wedding, Sarah did not invite him to the wedding knowing he would not show up, nor did he.

During Chuck and Sarah's rehearsal dinner in "Chuck Versus the Last Details", Vivian Volkoff uses the Norseman on Sarah, leaving her near death.

Sarah poisoned

While Ellie and Devon are able to keep her alive, she sinks into a coma and her condition deteriorates. Chuck, Casey, and Mary go rogue in order to get the antidote. Eventually Chuck turns himself over to Vivian, and begs her for Sarah's life, giving up his and Sarah's new, clean identities to Vivian and her father. Vivian agrees and provides Russian special forces team to deliver the antidote.

Chuck saves Sarah and marries her in an emotional ceremony where even Casey was seen to tear up. Sarah's vows call Chuck 'a gift.' As a wedding present, Hartley hands over 877 million dollars in assets from Volkoff industries, allowing them to fund their own freelance spy agency, Carmichael Industries.


Season Five[edit | edit source]

Sarah's devotion to the spy life wanes, subtly at first, but more pronounced in later episodes. She becomes more comfortable using her emotions and believing in her friends rather than relying on distrust, suspicion and self-sufficiency. The start of this mind set began most notably in "Chuck Versus the Frosted Tips", when she believes that Morgan's drastic change in attitude was due more to a malfunctioning Intersect than a power trip, even when Chuck believes that Morgan was simply acting like an over-confident ass as he had once before.

She further displays a disconnect from her spy life when she tells Chuck she doesn't want to rejoin the CIA. She suggests that Carmichael Industries become a Cyber Security Company, focusing on Chuck's primary strength with computers, and minimizing the amount of gun play they would be subjected to in "Chuck Versus Bo".

Carmichael Industries Operative

When Nicholas Quinn's emergence and the reintroduction of the Intersect glasses lead to the team having a "last mission", Quinn kidnaps Chuck in the aftermath and offers to exchange him for the glasses; pinned down with limited ammunition, Sarah opts to upload the flawed Intersect in order to save herself and Casey.

Unfortunately, during the mission to rescue Chuck, Sarah is captured by Quinn, who realizes that she has the faulty Intersect and forces memory loss in order to manipulate her. He has her attempt to steal the Intersect and kill Team Bartowski. Chuck, however, had discovered and swapped out the Intersect glasses she took. When she later holds Ellie hostage, Ellie chooses to crash her car when she sees Sarah is not wearing a seat belt, and knocks her out. Chuck then takes her back to their dream home, hoping to coax her memories back. But when he lets her go, she attacks him and steals back the glasses. She then notices the initials she and Chuck carved into the wall earlier and starts to remember.

Quinn soon tracks her down, takes the glasses, and admits he lied to her then shot at her. Chuck threw himself in the way of the bullet, saving her life, and although wearing a vest, the point blank shot took him down. He urges Sarah to flee.

Sarah then went in pursuit of Quinn, learning that he was trying to reassemble The Key, a device that can modify the Intersect's original function. When she fails to stop him on a plane, she returns to Chuck to ask for his help. They track Quinn to Berlin, where by coincidence, she and Chuck re-enacted situations from the pilot. She did, however, make the mistake assuming that Chuck would kill Quinn, but when he could not, Quinn escaped, and Chuck accidentally shot down Casey's helicopter.

Locked back in Castle, Sarah is convinced to work with the team against Quinn. When they finally track him down, Sarah was forced to shoot Quinn when he went for his gun. Chuck, who wished to modify the Intersect to implant Sarah's lost memories in her brain, realizes he must upload it himself to access and defuse the bomb to save Beckman and the audience in the concert hall.

Afterward, Sarah feels unsure of herself because most of her memories are still missing. Chuck finds her on the beach and ask her to trust him, just as she asked him when they first met. Sarah asks Chuck to tell her their story, and is clearly moved by Chuck's recounting of their relationship, from their first encounter at the Buy More to their wedding, and life as husband and wife. She is seen both laughing and crying. When he finishes, Chuck tells her that Morgan believes that her memories will return if Chuck kisses her. One magic kiss. He tries to laugh the idea off, but Sarah stops him and tells him to kiss her. The series ends as Chuck and Sarah kiss on the beach, implying a new beginning for the couple.

Development[edit | edit source]

On February 12, 2007 Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski was announced[15] for what was then the role of "Sarah Kent," joining Zachary Levi (Chuck) and Adam Baldwin (Maj. John Casey). Prior to beginning of filming the character's name was changed to Sarah Walker. Strahovski was unable to come to the US for audition so the producers allowed her to make her audition via the internet.[16] The character is a reversal of typical action film gender roles, with Sarah Walker portraying the protector and fighter while Chuck is the more emotional "brain".

Strahovski herself is highly active and performs her own fight scenes. She says this one of her favorite parts of the role, especially the fight scene in "Chuck Versus the First Date" against Michael Clark Duncan's towering Mr. Colt.[17] She also speaks fluent Polish, which she worked into the role several times including in the Season One episode Chuck Versus the Wookiee

Very little of Sarah's background was revealed in Season One other than her relationship with Bryce Larkin and her middle name. Attention is paid to her past in the first half of Season Two, however. In June 2008, Nicole Richie was announced as appearing in a role of a former classmate of Sarah's from high school,[18] and in September, Gary Cole was revealed to be playing Sarah's father, Jack Burton in "Chuck Versus the DeLorean".[19] Season 5 introduced Sarah's mother, Emma and gave information on Sarah's life before the show events. Only five episodes, "Chuck Versus the Cougars", "Chuck Versus the DeLorean", "Chuck Versus the Balcony", "Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner" and "Chuck Versus the Baby" provided any significant information on the character's past, and most of her development has focused on the character's relationship with Chuck, and her growth as a person not just as a spy.

Sarah as she appears in "Chuck Versus the Gobbler".

Jonathan Cake appeared as an MI-6 agent, Cole Barker as part of a three-episode story arc, in which the agent and Sarah explored an attraction. This was followed by an appearance by actress Tricia Helfer, who played Alexandra Forrest, a CIA agent assigned by General Beckman to take over as Chuck's CIA handler. Agent Forrest was assigned because of Beckman's concerns over the developing relationship between Sarah and Chuck.[20]

By Season Four, Sarah acknowledges a real relationship with Chuck. Dubbed "Giant blonde she-male" throughout Thailand on her search for a kidnapped Chuck, Morgan sees it as proof that she truly loves Chuck, Intersect or no. At the end of "Chuck Versus the Balcony", Sarah volunteers for a mission to bring down Volkoff Industries, to help Chuck get his mother back after nearly two decades of undercover work. In "Chuck Versus the Gobbler", Sarah has become a double agent under a setup by General Beckman working for Alexei Volkoff.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Although a highly-trained and competent CIA agent, Sarah is capable of being warm, kind, and compassionate, although she can return to her former ruthless self when required.[10] She lacks Chuck's open and trusting nature, but displays a great deal of intuitiveness about others' character: Sarah quickly recognized that Chuck was just a regular guy and not a threat, and chose to protect him from the NSA team led by John Casey.[21] She is also shown to be much more empathetic and sympathetic to Chuck's plight than Casey, and is highly protective of her asset, well beyond the requirements of her mission. Casey only seems concerned with physical threats to Chuck's safety, Sarah is more concerned for him as an individual. She typically objects to any orders by Graham and Beckman to put him in dangerous situations and openly warned both Lou[22] and Jill[23]—with whom Chuck had brief relationships—not to hurt him. In "Chuck Versus the Broken Heart", John Casey tells Chuck's replacement handler Alex Forrest, that Sarah was the best agent he has ever worked with.

Sarah kills the Fulcrum agent in "Chuck Versus Santa Claus".

Sarah is quick to acknowledge and reinforce Chuck's own abilities beyond the Intersect, and has told him on several occasions that he is a hero and an excellent spy.[6][24] During a hostage situation at the Buy More, Sarah promises Chuck that she would never let anyone hurt him, and proves determined and willing to go to any extreme to protect him. This is demonstrated when she chooses to execute an unarmed enemy agent who had learned Chuck was the Intersect and thereby threatened Chuck as well as his friends and family.[10] Although she denied any romantic interest in Chuck several times, even justifying some of her actions as a result of acting impulsively, she seems to be unable to fool other characters, notably Ellie, Carina, Roan Montgomery, Bryce and Casey. On many occasions she openly acknowledges a desire to remain friendly with Chuck on a personal level, until the end of the second season, when she and Chuck share several intimate moments. She objects to lying or concealing information from Chuck and using him without his knowledge.

Little information about Sarah's real life was revealed in the course of the series, and as a result she is shown to be highly secretive, with a past built around false identities. She jealously guards her personal life and even threatened Chuck when he attempted to learn more about her.[8] As a nod to continuity, when Sarah does talk to Chuck about her past and family, she continues to use the name "Burton", as it has not been revealed, even to Chuck, if even Jenny Burton is her real name.[9][10] In the episode "Chuck Versus the Cougars", her father is taken away by the ATF. He returns in "Chuck Versus the DeLorean", when he is visiting Sarah in Burbank. He is a con man and a pickpocket who isn't aware of his daughter's job. He guesses that she is "some kind of cop" which Chuck confirms. Sarah's mother is not mentioned until "Chuck Versus the Balcony", when Sarah tells Chuck her mother's family owned a restaurant from which her mother and her family escaped from her dad's "nightmare proposal" with only minor burns. Emma is finally introduced in "Chuck Versus the Baby" when it is revealed Sarah deliberately cut herself off from her mother to keep her, and the child Sarah gave into her care, safe.

Sarah on many occasions has shown to become very frustrated when the people close to her keep secrets, especially Chuck. Ironic, seeing how closely she guards her own mysterious past. Whenever it seems Chuck is keeping things from her, Sarah goes to great lengths to find out why and what Chuck is hiding. When Chuck and Morgan were secretly searching for her dream house, Sarah realized they were keeping a secret quite quickly, and when direct questioning didn't work, she seduced the answers out of Chuck. Whenever it is revealed that Chuck has been keeping things from her, Sarah is shown to be either angry or very hurt, especially after she found out from Shaw that Chuck had kept from her how the Intersect 2.0 was effecting his brain.

Sarah has often been shown to mask her emotions and she seldom lets anyone in close enough to see how she genuinely feels. Bryce Larkin,[7] Casey,[22] Carina,[2] Roan Montgomery,[3] and even her father[9] have all had dialog pointing out that she is indeed in love with Chuck, although Sarah herself wouldn't admit it until Season 3. Her father even commented on how he "made a $10 million bet" that Chuck loved her. Chuck is one of the few people she has allowed to get close to her, and in the few times she has been in a vulnerable state, Chuck has been the one there to offer comfort and support, in "Chuck Versus the Zoom" he points out, “Husband. It's my official title now, I have a ring to prove it. You tell me things that you don't tell other people.” She never completely shut herself off from her emotions, and through her time with Chuck, learns to trust them again.

She is skilled in a variety of espionage techniques, and is adept at taking on different roles and covers. Sarah's cover previously had her working at the Wienerlicious[25]—a restaurant across the street from the Buy More—and later at a frozen yogurt shop called the Orange Orange.[26] She has also portrayed a ditsy party-goer,[2] the efficient personal assistant to "Mr. Lichtenstein",[9] a hotel staff member,[27] a call girl,[23] a waitress, a scientist,[28][29] and a member of the Nerd Herd.[30] Sarah has also used her appearance both as a distraction and an angle on missions as well, at times flirting with or seducing the team's targets when needed.[2][24][31] Sarah speaks several languages, including Polish (Strahovski herself was born to Polish parents),[2] Russian[27] and German,[9][32] and can easily turn on an Australian accent, (Strahovski is Australian-born.)[28] She has also displayed domestic skills, and is a skilled cook.[33] In "Chuck Versus the Angel of Death" she reveals she spent a year on Secret Service detail.

Sarah demonstrates her cooking skills in "Chuck Versus the Suburbs"

Sarah is highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat, including against multiple enemies and even managed to hold the substantially larger Mr Colt at bay.[6] She is also a very good shot with extensive firearms training. Most notable is her expertise in the use of throwing knives, the extent of which caused Stephen Bartowski to assume she had an Intersect as well, and is one of the skills witnessed by Graham that led him to recruit her into the CIA.[8] She typically wears several throwing knives in a sheath strapped to her leg when her wardrobe allows,[8][21] and has also used specially-designed hair pins for the same purpose. Sarah has also shown that she is a skilled pilot as she talks Chuck through the procedure of landing a helicopter and takes control of a 747 plane.[21] Sarah's favored side arm throughout the series is the Smith & Wesson Model 5906.

Several episodes have implied that Sarah envies the "normal" life Chuck desires to return to. There are indications that she is concerned that Chuck's experiences in espionage work might not only threaten him physically, but might also disillusion him and destroy his kind, trusting nature. Mostly she fears that his involvement in the spy world will change him into someone she could no longer recognize, akin to her own experience.

There have been various hints to Sarah's similarity to Chuck when it comes to their curious nature. In "Chuck Versus the A-Team", she and Chuck realize that Casey has been going on missions without them. Sarah expresses a great deal of curiosity about the situation, as did Chuck. The two agree to tail Casey. The two got themselves into trouble themselves, however, when they believed Casey was in trouble, just before unveiling themselves to be Casey's teammate on the covert operation. Throughout the episode, both Chuck and Sarah feel neglected and pushed aside as Casey's new team from the NCS begin to take their spotlight. The two take this as a challenge. By the end of the episode, they finally managed to prove their team's superiority, ultimately leading to the NCS team being disbanded, and Casey returning to Team Bartowski.

Name[edit | edit source]

Although she has been called Sarah Walker since she was a teen, it is not her real name. It is a name that Langston Graham gave her when he recruited her into the CIA, after the arrest of her father while she was still in high school, as seen in Chuck Versus the Cougars.

Jenny Burton

Throughout the series, she has had numerous names, but she appears to have adopted the name Sarah as permanent, as even her mother uses it when introducing her to her adoptive sister in Chuck Versus the Baby. It has not been announced if the name Graham hints at on her birth certificate is actually her real name, or if it will ever be revealed.

In Chuck Versus the Wookiee, she asks Chuck, "Do you really think my name is Sarah..." during an argument, and later quietly admitted her middle name was Lisa. In the episode, she and Carina must introduce themselves to each other by their current cover names despite having worked together in the past, apparently under alternate aliases.

In Chuck Versus the Fake Name, she indicated to Shaw her name (or nickname) was originally Sam.

She has also been:
Elana Truffaut (working alias, French Diplomat),
Mrs. Anderson (working alias, pre-2007)
Eva Anderson (working alias, season 2) Mrs. Charles (working alias, season 3)
Sarah Carmichael (working alias, season 5)
Jennifer Burton (juvenile, San Diego)
Katie O'Connell (juvenile, Wisconsin)
Rebecca Franco (juvenile, Cleveland)


Appearance[edit | edit source]

Sarah Walker has long blonde hair that parts in the middle in the first four seasons. It was sometimes up in a ponytail or in pigtails -usually while working at Weinerlicious. In season 5, it was cut to shoulder length and given some curl. She has blue-grey eyes, and keeps herself slim and in shape by working out in her apartment or sometimes sparring with Casey in Castle. She is tall, almost 5'10”, and often enhances her height with high heels.


Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Chuck has observed that she likes extra pickles on her burgers and doesn't like olives on her pizza. He noted this in his Intersect research on the back of his Tron poster.
  • She is fond of rocky road ice cream.


References[edit | edit source]

  1. Chuck Cast and Crew, TV.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Chuck vs. the Wookie"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Chuck vs. the Seduction"
  4. "Chuck vs. the Ring"
  5. "Chuck vs. the Marlin"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Chuck vs. the First Date"
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Chuck vs. the Breakup
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 "Chuck Versus the Cougars"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 "Chuck vs. the Delorean"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 "Chuck vs. Santa Claus"
  11. "Chuck Versus the Colonel"
  12. "Chuck vs. the Pink Slip"
  13. "Chuck vs. the Three Words"
  14. "Chuck vs. First Class"
  15. Development Update: Monday, February 12, The Futon Critic
  16. Interview: January 23, 2008, YvonneStrahovski.net
  17. Interview: October 8, 2007, BuddyTV.com
  18. Cast Update: June 26, 2008, TV Decoder
  19. Cast Update: September 10, 2008, IGN.com
  20. Blog Entry: November 21, 2008,YvonneStrahovski.net
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 "Chuck vs. the Intersect (Pilot)"
  22. 22.0 22.1 "Chuck vs. the Imported Hard Salami"
  23. 23.0 23.1 "Chuck vs. the Fat Lady"
  24. 24.0 24.1 "Chuck vs. the Crown Vic
  25. Season One
  26. Season Two
  27. 27.0 27.1 "Chuck vs. the Undercover Lover
  28. 28.0 28.1 "Chuck vs. the Ex"
  29. "Chuck vs. the Sensei
  30. "Chuck vs. Tom Sawyer"
  31. "Chuck vs. the Third Dimension"
  32. "Chuck vs. the Sandworm"
  33. "Chuck vs. the Suburbs"

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