Chuck Versus Santa Claus

Season 2, Ep 11, Aired 12/15/08
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  • Episode Description
  • It's Christmas Eve and the Buy More team works on the decorations for the annual sale while watching a live car chase on TV. When Devon and Ellie come for a visit, the car chase ends at the store with the perpetrator taking everyone at the store hostage.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Yvonne Strahovski

    Sarah Walker

  • Joshua Gomez

    Morgan Grimes

  • Ryan McPartlin

    Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb

  • Mark Christopher Lawrence

    Michael "Big Mike" Tucker

  • Scott Krinsky

    Jefferson Barnes

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • Emotional and funny

    By w4u, Sep 05, 2012

  • Santa Claus is coming to town, well the Buy More to be exact.

    By D-LinkUK, Dec 22, 2008

  • Santa's Coming to town

    By Quachett, Jul 07, 2011

  • This episode isn't all sad and somber. In fact, the stuff with Awesome and the Buy More crew (in elf uniforms!) staging a coup that instantly fails until Morgan pops up with a fake snowblower is pretty hysterical.

    By dark-phantom81, Jan 10, 2009

  • Someone naughty is coming to town...

    By BrushYourTeeth, Dec 18, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Morgan: Oh, thank God you're here, Chuck, thank God. Anna won't speak to me, you know, after I balked at the whole moving in together thing.
      Chuck: She thinks you're immature. Afraid to grow up and be an adult.
      Morgan: Exactly. Yeah, exactly, and that's ridiculous! (in an elf costume) Do I not look like an adult to you?

    • Awesome: Oh, don't worry about getting me a gift, babe. You already did. Ellie: I did? Awesome: Yeah! Yeah. I took it upon myself, since you never know what to get me. Ellie: That's great! What'd I get you? Awesome: Weekend skydiving trip with the boys in Crested Butte. Ten thousand foot freefall. Awesome! Ellie: Great. So, uh, my present to my fiancĂ© is a ticket to death.

    • Ned: Chuck, you've been a good friend to me, so I'm gonna return the favor, I'm gonna let your girlfriend go. Chuck: No. Ellie: Chuck. Jeff: Ouch! Lester: Yikes, you get cold Christmases at the Bartowski's. Buy More Employee: Oh no, he didn't.

    • General Beckman: (looking at the tape on Casey's fingers) Are you okay, Major? Casey: Oh, er, just paper cuts. I'm on gift wrap station, General. General Beckman: It's an electronics store, Major, not Basra. Get it under control.

    • Sarah: (on the phone to Chuck) Hi, Chuck. Where are you? Chuck: DVDs. I'm in the Romantic Comedy section. Although for irony's sake, I suppose I should probably be in Hostage Thrillers.

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic - Chuck a Santa Claus (Chuck and Santa Claus)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: April 6, 2009 on CNBC-e
      United Kingdom: August 18, 2009 on Virgin 1
      Latin America: August 23, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Australia: September 10, 2009 on FOX8
      Czech Republic: February 15, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: June 6, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: July 29, 2011 on Sub

    Trivia (3)

    • When Sarah shoots Mauser on the Christmas Tree lot, she is holding her pistol in her right hand. The shot then quickly cuts away to Chuck to show his reaction and then quickly back to Sarah who is now holding the pistol with both hands (one would presume to show the charm bracelet). The shot then cuts quickly once again and Sarah is once again holding the pistol in her right hand. Also note that the image is mirrored left-to-right; the pistol's ejector, located on the left, is viewed on the right side of the pistol.

    • When the hostage negotiator walks into the Buy More he drops his bullet-proof vest on the ground before the gate closes. The camera then shows him walking into the store (with the gate already closed), the vest is back in his hand, and he drops it again.

    • Featured Music: "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms (Opening scene) "Carol Of The Bells" (Devon works on a plan) "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Bing Crosby (People use their cellphones) "Silent Night" by The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge (Sarah tells Chuck to run to the castle and engages the agent) "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms (The hostage situation is resolved) "Ode To Joy" by Ludwig van Beethoven (Mike and Al hug) "Christmas And Me Are Through" by Your Vegas (Closing scenes)

    Allusions (4)

    • The hostage taker/gunman is named Ned Rhyerson, which is the name of the insurance agent in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day.

    • Big Mike: Love the smell of day before Christmas in the morning.
      Big Mike parodies the line from the movie Apocalypse Now - "I love the smell of napalm in the morning".

    • The character Lt. Mauser (played by Michael Rooker) may be an allusion to the character of the same name in Police Academy: Their First Assignment.

    • In this episode, Reginald VelJohnson plays Sgt. Al Powell, a Twinkie-loving cop of the LAPD. He played the same character (Twinkies included) in the 1988 movie Die Hard and again in 1990's Die Hard 2. VelJohnson has made a career of playing police officers, including in the films Ghostbusters and Turner and Hooch, and as Carl Winslow in the ABC sitcom Family Matters. An additional allusion to the original Die Hard film is the use of the Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" which is also used as leit-motif for Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his band of thieves in the film. As already mentioned in the song-listing for this episode, "Ode to Joy" is played when Sgt. Powell and Big Mike hug at the end of the hostage situation. "Ode to Joy" is also played when the shutters of Buy More are closed, same as when the shutters of the Nakatomi Tower in Die Hard are closed. There are more allusions to Die Hard, e.g. when Sgt. Powell says to his brother, "How 'r you holding up there, partner?" is a replay of a line he said to Bruce Willis. "Capiche" was also used in Die Hard. Also note that the previous week's episode was about the sale of the "Nakamichi" tower...

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