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Season 3 Episode 5

Chuck Versus First Class

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 25, 2010 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

In order to prove himself to Daniel Shaw, Chuck goes on his first solo mission undercover to Paris, but complications arise when he runs into a Ring operative on the plane. Meanwhile at the Buy More, Morgan has problems with staff playing pranks on him.

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  • Nunchucks.

    An overall good episode. I liked the Morgan/John Casey stuff haha that was hilarious. Chuck with the sword was funny. I already don't like the stupid girl from the plane... No no I take that back. I can't stand her. Besides we all know that there's nobody out there better for Chuck than Sarah!! xD

    As a side note, I would have given this episode a little higher score but the scene at the end with that new girl was very inappropriate. Nevertheless, Chuck pulled through on his first solo mission! :O All thanks to Sarah.

    That new agent trying to run things is also starting to tick me off... Can I get an amen?moreless
  • Chuck Versus First Class...need we say more?!

    Episode of the SEASON! (Thus far...) Loved every minute of this episode, almost went insane everytime a commercial came on. The solo mission was definitely a treat for those of us Chuck-fanatics wanting to see what the new intersect upgrade could do without the constant watch of Casey and Sarah. Then to throw not one, but two wrenches into the whole Chuck and Sarah dynamic was intense and should prove to be juicy. Kristen Kreuk has definitely grown on me and they used her very well throughout this episode, also loving that they are bringing her back for at least one more.

    Casey and Morgan finally starting to mesh was a definite bonus and not being distracted by the the whole Bartowski family for one hour was also nice. Line of the night: "What about muscles guy? I give him pprofessional wrestler!" Classic!moreless
  • Something didn't sit right with this episode.

    I've loved how the third season has maintained the awesomeness of the second, with hilarious gags, espionage mystery and family drama combined in the perfect cocktail. But for some reason, 'First Class' didn't gel quite the same.

    Maybe it was the uninspired spy-plot, with Chuck assigned on his first solo mission to take down a friggin' wrestler. Although agent Shaw did grow on me in this episode, pushing Chuck to be the spy we know he can be, while showing his soft side with his late wife's story. But as Chuck said, he didn't even get to use his nun-chucks! And could this be the first episode Sarah didn't get in a fight?

    Maybe it was the lazy Buy More-plot, as Morgan recruits Casey to stop his team sabotaging him as the new assistant manager. I did love that Casey used NSA equipment to brainwash Lester into helping Morgan, with the 'red eye' reminiscent of the Cylon eye. But Lester's smarminess and Jeff's idiocy can get wearing at times.

    The one bright spot was Kristin Kreuk. I was unsure, given my bad history with her as the whiny, disbelieving Lana on Smallville, whether she could pull off the smart and sophisticated Hannah, but she does with aplomb. She's a little too beautiful to believe as an IT expert, but at least Chuck has a new romantic interest to make him act on his feelings for Sarah.

    I am looking forward to both Chuck and Sarah having competing romantic interests for the rest of the season, and as long as the writers don't have some hokey twist where they reveal Hannah as a Ring operative (I hope they exhausted that option with Jill as a Fulcrum agent), I'm looking forward to seeing Chuck dial down the spy-show for a while and let Sarah handle the kick-assery.moreless
  • Chuck's on his first solo-mission, in a plane heading to France. Meets a perhaps special someone while Shaw questions Sarah back at Castle and Morgan goes to Casey for help with the Buy More fellows.moreless

    A MUST SEE EPISODE! Extremely funny, and challenges Chuck to prove to everyone he's ready to be a real spy. We learn more about Agent Shaw and his clever mind. Hannah, a girl chuck meets on his mission, seems to be developing feelings for Chuck. What's gonna happen now with Chuck and Sarah? One of the show's best episode. Sarah is a pilot right from Castle and Casey's bored enough to help Morgan put his team in order. Is chuck's life going to change from this point on? More solo-missions? Chuck has come back a lot more stronger in season 3 and this isn't an episode you wanna miss.moreless
  • Chuck solo's in his first mission on a plane to Paris. We learn some pretty important information about Daniel Shaw. There is insurgent activity among the Buy More crew and Morgan brings Casey in to put down the uprising.moreless

    What a wonderful episode. Just when you expect a little bit of a letdown after some really excellent episodes and you might have thought the direction the show is going in was questionable here comes a truly inspired storyline.

    We have two major stories happening which have long term effects on the main characters. First after seeming to be critical of Chuck new boss Daniel Shaw sends him on his first solo mission. Back at the Buy More, Morgan is getting constant grief from the Buy More crew. He has to find a way to get control of the store.

    One of the significant things that happens in this episode other than Chuck soloing is a new character Chuck befriends on the plane. We meet Hannah played by Kristin Kreuk. She happens to be a computer hardware whiz who just lost her job and is heading to Paris to close out her office. Does this seem too convenient to anyone else. I think we are going to see her for a while. My thoughts are she is either a love interest for Chuck or she is an Agent of some kind, but for who will have to wait and see.

    Chucks mission turns out to be pretty cool and how everyone handles their piece of it was very interesting. Sarah has got some skills we really didn't know about.

    Casey goes out of his way to help Morgan and you had to love the results of his undercover work. Morgan in the machine was a hoot. How great was that? This story should still be a lot of fun going forward as well.

    Overall an excellent story and the acting was superb. Very entertaining with some funny moments and plenty of actions and twists to the plot. I think this show really has hit its high note in this third season. Thanks for reading...moreless
Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Vik Sahay

Vik Sahay

Lester Patel

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Colonel John Casey

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Chuck was fighting Hugo Panzer in the cargohold, he grabbed a saber sword supposedly from the baggage belonging to a group of fencing team on the flight. Fencers do not use real swords. The swords they use are for competitions and have no edge and only approximate the weight and length of a real one, but not in thickness of the blade and it cannot cut because there is no edge for obvious safety reasons.

    • When the plane lands, there is an announcement, "Welcome to Paris Charles de Gaulle. Bienvenue à Paris Charles de Gaulle." Of course, in real life, the pilot would state things like time and temperature, which would be too long for a TV episode. But Charles de Gaulle Airport is not, in fact, in Paris. It's in nearby Roissy. Non-Parisians refer to it as Charles de Gaulle, Parisians tend to just call it Roissy. It is usually referred to on planes as "aéroport de Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle" or "Paris airport Roissy Charles de Gaulle," or something similar. But it's always called Roissy, because that's where it is.

    • When Chuck finds the coffin, the hand that touches the label has a ring on it, although Chuck never wears one in the other scenes.

    • When Chuck is asked by Hannah (Kristin Kreuk) to analyze the other people sitting with them in first class, the first two people are classified as "Syrian dignitaries".
      This is obviously false since the man on the left is wearing a turban, meaning that he is a Sikh, who only come from India.

    • When Chuck is told to stay on the plane, a large sized Eiffel Tower can be seen out the window, which is impossible. Planes do not have the right to fly over Paris, and the airport is too far away from Paris to see the Eiffel Tower as big as it appeared in that scene.

    • Featured Music:
      "Respect" by Otis Redding (Opening scenes)
      "Open Late Weekends" by Daniel May / MasterSource (Casey talks to Chuck)
      "Women's Wear" by Daniel May / MasterSource (Morgan shows up glued to a chair)
      Unknown Song by Frank Sinatra (Chuck on the plane)
      Unknown Song (Chuck meets Hannah)
      Unknown Song (Chuck fences with Hugo)
      "Wake Up" by Mackintosh Braun (Chuck confesses)
      "L'Amoureuse" by Carla Bruni (Closing scenes)

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (5)


    • After being kidnapped and brainwashed by Casey, Lester states, "Morgan Grimes is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life."

      This is a direct quote from the movie The Manchurian Candidate (1962).

    • While sitting at the bar on the plane, the stewardess hands Chuck a martini and states, "shaken, not stirred".

      This is the signature catch phrase for James Bond, who frequently requested his martinis to be shaken, not stirred.

    • At the very end when Chuck is talking with Morgan and Casey, Casey says "Bored now" and walks away. This was used twice in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Once by Vampire Willow and once by Dark Willow (both played by Alyson Hannigan).