Chuck Versus the Tango

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 10/8/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Chuck needs the help of Morgan and the Nerd Herd to prove that he is ready to become the store's assistant manager. Sarah and John assign Chuck his first undercover spy mission to foil a terrorism plot.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Zachary Levi

    Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

  • Sarah Lancaster

    Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski

  • Adam Baldwin

    Major John Casey

  • Joshua Gomez

    Morgan Grimes

  • Yvonne Strahovski

    Sarah Walker

  • Fan Reviews (25)
  • Much better than episode 2.

    By vishus1990, Jun 21, 2008

  • The Chuck Tango, girly style. hehe

    By xanderodell, Jul 15, 2009

  • What a great show.

    By efc91, Apr 27, 2008

  • Well written.

    By Sarah_LOST, Feb 01, 2009

  • "Why are these people sleeping?"

    By Sarah_Is_Lost, Jan 12, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Chuck: My life took a little detour senior year when our old friend Bryce Larkin discovered stolen tests under my bed and was kind enough to alert administration. Sarah: Did you steal the tests? Chuck: I thought it was kind of implied that I'm a decent person! Sarah: Well, we all make mistakes. Chuck: And I've made plenty; that just wasn't one of them. But, hey, then Bryce sent me a whole database of government secrets that are now locked in my brain, keeping me in a constant state of fear, danger, and anxiety, sooo...I guess we're even.

    • Sarah: The idea with a cover is to keep it as simple as possible without revealing true personal detail. Any thoughts on a name? Chuck: Charles Carmichael? Simple, dignified-- Sarah: Easy to remember, and not far off from-- Chuck: Graduated with honors from Stanford, runs a hugely successful software company, semi-retired, and is considering entering America's Cup. Sarah: You done this before? Chuck: Let's just say Mr. Carmichael and I share a small kinship. Sarah: How's that? Chuck: When I first entered Stanford it's kinda where I envisioned myself now. Except for the sailing part; I don't really know where that came from.

    • Casey: Congratulations, Chuck. You just got your first mission. Tomorrow night. Hope you're ready for the real world.

    • Harry: Where's Bartowski? Morgan: On a date with his smoking-hot wiener girl.

    • Chuck: You know, if we were really dating this would be the part where I'd be forced to kiss you goodnight. Sarah: Forced? Would it be so bad? Chuck: (smiles) I'm sure I could suffer through it. Sarah: Me too.

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    Notes (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic - Chuck a tango (Chuck and the Tango)

    • Original International Air Dates: Latin America: November 21, 2007 on Warner Channel Denmark: February 22, 2008 on TV3+ Turkey: March 4, 2008 on CNBC-e Sweden: April 5, 2008 on TV3 United Kingdom: April 21, 2008 on Virgin1 Poland: April 22, 2008 on TVN7 New Zealand: July 2, 2008 on TV2 Norway: September 1, 2008 on Viasat4 Greece: October 5, 2008 on Star Czech Republic: April 15, 2009 on Prima COOL Australia: April 15, 2009 on FOX8 Germany: September 5, 2009 on ProSieben Slovakia: March 14, 2010 on Markiza Finland: June 22, 2010 on Sub

    • This episode introduced a new opening title sequence. The theme song is "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" by Cake, although the show uses an edit that features no lyrics.

    Trivia (9)

    • One of La Ciudad's body guards is Matthew Willig whose character is credited as Uri. In the season 4 episode "Chuck Versus the Gobbler" Matthew Willig plays Yuri the Gobbler, Volkoff's bodyguard.

    • La Ciudad's two bodyguards firing (full auto) at the door using micro-uzi with a rate of fire of about 1250 rounds/min. After their 10 sec firing there are surprisingly few bullet holes on the wall and the door.

    • La Ciudad's identifying scar changes from a 1" trapezoidal burn in the tango scene to a 3" slash when she reappears in the Buy More plaza.

    • Featured Music: "Don't You Evah" by Spoon (Chuck helps a kid/The Herders stay late) "Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre)" by Gotan Project (Chuck and Malena tango) "Duettino - Sull'aria (from 'The Marriage Of Figaro')" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Chuck resuces Morgan) "The General Specific" by Band of Horses (The Sun rises over the Buy More) "Slow Show" by The National (Chuck and Sarah have a heart to heart)

    • La Ciudad translates to English (from Spanish) as "The City".

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    Allusions (3)

    • Morgan: You don't understand he is a fragile little gelding, you know still trying to find his legs the real world will crush him.
      Ellie: Do you know what a gelding is?
      Morgan: (Long pause) It's the... that weird creature from The Dark Crystal. (Impersonates a character from the film) "Smells like Gelding" that... that guy.

      Morgan calls Chuck a gelding when what he in fact means is a Gelfling an elf-like creature from Jim Henson's 1982 puppet fantasy film The Dark Cystal. A gelding is a castrated domesticated animal especially a horse.

    • Chuck having to tango may be a nod to the Arnold Schwarzenegger action-comedy spy film, True Lies, where characters either dance the tango or make reference to it on several occasions.

    • Chuck: It's very Bob Rossian.
      Chuck is referring to Bob Ross, a well known painter who did a PBS show. He specialized in landscapes and had an afro.

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