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  • The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz and director McG (We Are Marshall) bring us Chuck, a series laced with humor about young twenty-something spies. Zachary Levi (Less Than Perfect) plays Chuck Bartowski, a nerdy computer tech who has a database of government secrets downloaded into his brain. Chuck soon finds himself recruited by John Casey (Adam Baldwin), a veteran NSA Agent who now works with the CIA, for espionage work with his new partner (and first date in 10 years) Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) - leading Chuck to live a split life of computer geek and secret CIA missions.moreless

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  • S 5 : Ep 13

    Chuck Versus the Goodbye

    Aired 1/27/12

  • S 5 : Ep 12

    Chuck Versus Sarah

    Aired 1/27/12

  • S 5 : Ep 11

    Chuck Versus The Bullet Train

    Aired 1/20/12

  • S 5 : Ep 10

    Chuck Versus Bo

    Aired 1/13/12

  • S 5 : Ep 9

    Chuck Versus the Kept Man

    Aired 1/6/12

  • Cast & Crew
  • Zachary Levi

    Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

  • Yvonne Strahovski

    Sarah Walker

  • Scott Krinsky

    Jefferson Barnes

  • Joshua Gomez

    Morgan Grimes

  • Vik Sahay

    Lester Patel

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  • Quotes (826)

    • Chuck: Bryce is dead?
      Casey: Yeah. And he's gonna have a lot of company unless you start talking. So pretty please, can we disarm the bomb now?

    • Sarah: You said there was a bomb. Is there time to stop it? Chuck: What? What?! Are you crazy?! Casey: No, we're the good guys. We get paid to keep bombs from exploding.

    • National Intelligence Director: This computer did everything. After 9/11 the NSA and the CIA were told to play nice. Share their intel, this is how we did it. Langston Graham: Every scrap of data we had went into this computer. It mined for patterns, chatter, saw things we didn't." National Intelligence Director: The data was encrypted into thousands of images. Who ever received Larkin's email got all of our secrets. Find those secrets, Casey.

    • Graham: Nice guys aren't sent government secrets.

    • (After he shoots Bryce dead) Casey: Don't move.

    • Morgan: What is it? Chuck: Zork. You remember Zork, the old text-based video game? Well, Bryce and I programmed our own version of it back at Stanford using a TRS-80. Morgan: Wow, you guys were really cool. Chuck: Yeah, if I could only I could remember what was in my hero's satchel... (Morgan looks at him quizzically) The weapons I would use to kill the Terrible Troll. Morgan: Right! You know what, you're still really cool.

    • Chuck: Uh, you know, Sis, the thing is, Morgan and I don't really feel like we're fitting my birthday party...'cause we don't know anybody, 'cause they're all your friends, and they all happen to be doctors. Morgan: Doctors who don't really get our jokes! Chuck: Well, your jokes.

    • Chuck: (after the super secret computer was downloaded into his head) Did you spike the punch? Morgan: Something goes wrong, you blame me. After all these years, where's the trust? (Pause) Yes, I did.

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    Notes (272)

    • Like most series, the sets for the pilot are not the same as they are for the rest of the series. In this case the apartment that Chuck, Ellie and later Awesome live in is different as well as the layout of the Buy More.

    • This episode won the 2008 Eddie Award for "Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television". Plus, it was nominated for the 2008 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Main Title Design" and for the Casting Society of America's 2008 Artios Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Casting-Television Pilot-Comedy".

    • Original International Air Dates: Latin America: November 7, 2007 on Warner Channel Denmark: February 8, 2008 on TV3+ Turkey: February 19, 2008 on CNBC-e Sweden: March 22, 2008 on TV3 United Kingdom: April 7, 2008 on Virgin1 Poland: April 9, 2008 on TVN7 Portugal: April 30, 2008 on RTP2 Sri Lanka: May 5, 2008 on AXN New Zealand: June 18, 2008 on TV2 Norway: August 18, 2008 on Viasat4 Greece: September 21, 2008 on Star Czech Republic: April 1, 2009 on Prima COOL Australia: April 1, 2009 on Fox8 Germany: August 22, 2009 on ProSieben Slovakia: March 7, 2010 on Markiza Finland: June 8, 2010 on Sub

    • The pilot re-aired on Sci-Fi on Sunday, September 30, 2007.

    • NBC had ordered 13 episodes of Chuck including the pilot.

    • On viewers were able to see inside Chuck's "brain" which hosted hotspots that revealed top-secret government information and bonus video. This was launched at the same time of the pilot.

    • The show was given series order on May 10, 2007.

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic - Chuck a helikopt√©ra (Chuck and the Helicopter)

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    Trivia (345)

    • This is the sole episode without "Chuck Versus ..." in the title.

    • This episode and every following episode has someone telling another person "Don't freak out", in this episode Sarah says it to Chuck.

    • An ad at the Buy More says: When you buy more, you save more. And when you save more, you can buy more. And when you buy more, you save more. It all starts when you BUY MORE.

    • Chuck has a movie poster of Tron, a Disney sci-fi picture about a software engineer abducted into a computer world.

    • Chuck has a poster of the Alfred Hitchcock film North by Northwest. In the film, Cary Grant's character is a New York advertising executive whom foreign spies mistake for a government agent.

    • The posters inside the club where Chuck goes to see Foreign Born include Crimson by Alkaline Trio, Crisis by Alexisonfire and a Dashboard Confessional poster.

    • When the camera pans on Casey as Chuck and Sarah are walking to the club, Casey cocks his gun but there is no clip in it.

    • The post-it note is at a slight angle and covers up the Apple logo, however after the Intersect is downloaded into Chuck's brain and he wakes up the post-it note moves to uncover the logo and is now straight.

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    Allusions (206)

    • Matthew Bomer, who plays Bryce Larkin, was Brett Ratner's favorite choice to play Superman. When the director was changed to Bryan Singer he chose Brandon Routh to play Superman in Superman Returns. Brandon Routh plays Daniel Shaw in later seasons. Both actors vie with Chuck for Sarah's affections. Later Kristin Kreuk, who played Lana Lang on Smallville, plays Hannah and vies with Sarah for Chuck's affections.

    • Chuck: Do me a favor and stay off the five, okay, because the cops are in a phased deployment. Morgan: Okay. Thanks for the tip, Ponch! "Ponch" was the nickname of Frank Poncharello, the highway patrolman famously played by Erik Estrada on seventies police action-drama CHiPs.

    • Zork is a reference to a real computer game which was one of the first interactive fiction computer games.

    • In the scene where agent Bryce is trying to evade capture before his death, he uses free running or "parkour" to escape. This is new trend of extreme sports started in France and is seen most notably in the film, District B13.

    • As Chuck is walking in the Costco like store when he turns the corner you can see a pallet of astro diapers. Most likely an allusion to the astronaut who drove a long time to go to a romantic rivals house in astronaut diapers.

    • The Nerd Herd at the Buy More (the store at which Chuck is employed), is an obvious allusion to the real life Geek Squad at Best Buy.

    • There is an "Oldboy" poster on the wall in Chuck's house.
      Oldboy is a 2005 South Korean film directed by Park Chan-wook.

    • The chasing of the shoplifter at the start of the episode along with with the shot of the running legs, Iggy Pop soundtrack and "life" speech are a nod to the Academy Award nominated British film Trainspotting.

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  • Fan Reviews (393)
  • Caution! SPOILER!

    By mori1bund, Jan 29, 2016

  • Not Covrnced

    By jeffrey40, Jun 16, 2015

  • funny,romantic,thrilling,action, everything is there in this

    By jwalakpradeep35, Sep 04, 2014

  • Funny & entertaining even if you prefer serialized shows

    By natesjokes, Dec 31, 2014

  • One of the best comedies ever!

    By OneFunCaptain, Dec 15, 2014