Season 3 Episode 5

Chuck Versus First Class

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 25, 2010 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Throughout the episode Shaw is wearing an Annapolis shirt implying he went to the Naval Academy. Later in season 3 episode 15, when Chuck shows up to rescue Sarah from Shaw, he states that he had read Shaw's file and even every paper he wrote from West Point.

    • 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)
      "Dream Come True" by Alan Ett (Chuck on the plane)

      Unknown Song (Chuck fences with Hugo)
      "Wake Up" by Mackintosh Braun (Chuck confesses)
      "L'Amoureuse" by Carla Bruni (Chuck meets Hannah and closing scenes)

  • Quotes

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • 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).

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