Oh, no. Sara asked Neal to explain about Alex in the beginning of "Under the Radar". I forget the exact wording, but it went like this.
Sara: You don't have to explain to me, Neal. I had a life too. But if we're going to be together, then don't lie to me.
Neal: I would never...
Sara: Yes you would. So...Alex.
This is before Neal and Alex kiss. I don't know if this is just to keep Neal on his toes, or what, but I find the whole attitude of hers distasteful in the extreme. She's horrible to Neal -- and I don't want to know why. I don't want excuses. Neal deserves someone who will love him for who he is, and not someone who refuses to give him equal footing in the relationship. End of story.
My take on that scene is that He didn't have to explain about the relationship or why he made it appear less than what it actually was but if they will decide to get into a relationship, then she would want an honest answer. And so she asked again what exactly is the status of his relationship with Alex. She wasn't asking for an explanation. Just an answer if they are through or not.
Being sassy and not taking Neal's crap does not mean she has to be a b*tch...and yet she is. All the time, with no exceptions.
I never really cared for "Moonlighting", but I was quite young when it was on. At any rate, I wouldn't mind if Neal and Sara had a romance that wasn't smooth. I like heated romance. The problem I have with Sara is not that she's just adversarial with Neal...she is just kind of mean.
I don't like her going through his desk (who does that???), I don't like her going through his things, I don't like that she isn't truthful about relationships with him, I don't like that she pretends to be better than him as a person because "she follows the law" or has some invisible line she won't cross (that keeps shifting when it suits her). I didn't like how unprofessional she was towards Neal in "Unfinished Business".
And there is nothing that we've seen of her that gives me any reason to give her the benefit of the doubt. She's kind of nasty to Mozzie. One of the most unforgivable Sara moments was when she was in the archives with Mozzie, and she's all, "I know why you're here," and Mozzie says "it should be obvious" or something, and then she mockingly says that yeah, the romantic tension between them is hard to ignore, etc. The way she said it was horribly condescending, like she couldn't ever imagine someone of her caliber liking someone like Mozzie.
And how about, her not-so-sincere "Look, I don't know why, but I like you". Yeah, you sound like it. Ewww. I don't like her attitude.
All these people agreeing with me.
There are so many inconsistencies with Sara's character. She changes personality to suit the needs of the episode. And it bugs me, because before she was on the air, I was a huge defender for the character. I really was. I kept reassuring people that the writers knew what they were doing, that she would be great...and I was so, so disappointed with what we ended up with.
I guess meanness is subjective. Some find her brass or mean, others don't. I guess some just don't want to or fail to see the good in her too. Her being not pushy about certain things like:
1. when she realized that they haven't really had a real date. And then she was quick to say it was okay though and then proceeded to ask Neal again about his current case even if Neal was already clearly thinking about what she just said.
2. when their date was interrupted by Peter who was going undercover. She took it in stride and even said, "Any man can cook me dinner but only you can draw a black widow in your closet." She even said best date ever.
3. that incident surreal mentioned above when she was asking about the truth on Alex. Neal gave her a one sentence answer. She then answered, "See that wasn't so difficult was it?" And then all is well.
4. after she saw Alex and Neal kissing. In the FBI office when he approached her and Alex, she gracefully left the two of them alone even if she was the one who got hurt in the earlier incident. And twice that night, she didn't grill Neal about the kiss and even told him when he said that he wasn't lying when he said he and Alex were over. In the office she just said she was a big girl and that they should just accept that she is who she is and he is who he is; and then later in the Burke house she said yes, he may have meant what he said that time he said it. Her kissing him after that and telling him he still owes her lunch is her way of saying things are okay.
5. of course the break up scene. She was hurting but remained calm and even told him to please take care of himself.
This is the side of Sara that haters seem not to consider. Neal had fallen short too but many times she was quick to shrug these off. She never asked for long explanations nor lingered to rub the issue in. Just straight answers and then everything is okay again. She never came across as a drama queen when it comes to the relationship. If she doesn't get an answer, then okay. She will just do what she thinks she needs to do. She never really guilt-tripped Neal on various occasions where she could have if she were really just a self-absorbed brazen bitch.
The writers can never please everyone. Again, like what I keep saying in my posts, I trust the writers that there is a reason for every character and why there are the way they are for the very reason that I don't believe that they can write really great characters and supposedly suck at one all the time. I am just watching to find out where each character goes.
Edited by nina65, 11 February 2012 - 07:40 AM.