Season 3 Episode 4

Chuck Versus Operation Awesome

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 18, 2010 on NBC
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Episode Summary

After Captain Awesome is kidnapped, he is questioned by Ring-operative Sydney Prince, who equips him with a communication device of the Ring and releases him in order to recruit him, as she mistakes him for the spy in the family. General Beckman wants to use Devon to get to Sydney Prince, so the team needs to coach Devon in this new situation. Meanwhile, Big Mike promotes Morgan to Assistant Manager.moreless

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  • 8.7? (Minor Spoilers)

    I cry foul!!!!

    Personally, I think, this should be higher.

    I loved the both plots equally, the tension from the unexpectedness of the main plot and the complete insanity of the sub make for a great episode.

    I found myself wanting to yell at Devon for wanting in on the Spy life last week.

    We all know what happened to Chuck in season one and we'd hate to see history repeat itself with Devon and this episode proves my point.

    Acting like one hell of a reality check, this episode starts by hanging Devon of the side a building tied to an office chair.

    It work well for starting up the episode, telling us that Devon is alive and well, while making sure that we understand that this no walk in the park. He is in danger and things are , no! WIll, be getting precarious for AWESOME.

    Angie Harmon's portrayal of Sydney Prince also work very well with the setting of the episode. Slightly cold and calculated, meanwhile commanding and firm on Devon and you don't think her a fool for mistaking Devon for the spy in the Family. I guess the Shaw is the last thing I need to address, at this point I've only seen this episode with him in it. I've heard a lot of people say they don't like him and I can't really say much about that because his screen time in this episode was limited, but we'll see!moreless
  • Good introduction for Brandon Routh's character, but overall a fairly average episode.

    Now I want to start by saying I did not hate this episode, my belief is that it just was not at the same level as the last 3 episodes. Still a good episode regardless and there were some very good humorous parts in it. Ellie's conversation with Devon about why he was not returning her calls was hilarious.

    It was very good to see Chuck's character start to step up more often. And you can still see that it is still the same Chuck, who is willing to put himself in harms way for the people he cares about just like in earlier seasons. Hopefully his failure to flash when he actually needs it has soothed some of the fans who have been believing that the new intersect would completely overrun Chuck.

    I will end this with again saying that it was a good episode and if there were more episodes of this caliber later in the season I would be happy, but it was not up there with some of the better episodes.moreless
  • Team Chuck good, Superman bad.

    After taking a few slightly-off hours to reestablish the show in its new direction, it's finally full steam ahead for Chuck. Finally, we get to watch Chuck being Chuck (or a newer, badass-ier version thereof), on a less-than-perfect mission, and to see his familiar chemistry with Sarah and everyone else play out without the nuances of them being overtly forced into our faces. It's classic Chuck, and it's good.

    In this week's mission, Chuck stands up and grows a pair - however briefly - to protect his new Bro from the Ring, who have confused him for an agent following his full-out tackle of Casey last week. The mission requires him to shoot Agent Shaw, a young CIA operative who specializes in the Ring, and will be taking over Project Bartowski for the time being. ("time being" being 7.5 episodes, but who's counting?) His risky approach to Chuck's Intersect 2.0 training doesn't mesh too well with Sarah, which should be interesting going forward.

    While most of this was solid, standard fare, there were a couple of stand-out aspects to CV Operation Awesome. The first was seeing the Captain out of his element, which is always good for a laugh. And he can't tell a good lie? Who knew?!? The second was the rise of Fight Club at the Buy More, so inherently hysterical I'm amazed it took this long to happen.

    On the downside, a glaring disappointment exists in the painfully wooden acting of Brandon Routh. Delivering every line of every scene with the same introspective, matter-of-fact whimper, he's not the confident, commanding presence the script clearly called for, nor the type of guy who could plausibly compete with Chuck for Sarah's affections as have superspies of seasons past. Somewhere, a director needed to yell "more Superman, less Clark Kent," but didn't, and knowing Routh will be around in this sorry state for seven more missions, I weep.moreless
  • When Awesome is taken by the Ring, Chuck goes crazy worrying about him. Sydney Price a member of the Ring has him and ended up mistaking Awesome for Chuck. A new character is introduced to the group as well and in the end Chuck must save Awesome.moreless

    This episode was really hyped by the tremendous episode last week and the coming attractions for this week. Overall I think it disappoints, but I do believe it shows us some positive stuff for the coming season.

    Chuck feels responsible for Awesome and in the end he feels it's specifically him that must save him. A new member working with the team is introduced, Daniel Shaw played by Brandon Routh. It seems by the end of the episode even Brandon may be hiding personal things about himself.

    Angie Harmon plays Sydney Price. Other than a fight with Sarah near the end we really don't see that much of her. A little menacing of Awesome, some shots from a car, and then the final scenes with Chuck. Too bad, she's an entertaining actress. I really expected more of a part.

    The Buy More took center stage and had its own Fight Club goin' on for at least a while. The car battery on the metal fence was very funny. Also the whole concept was clever in general. I especially liked Morgan putting down the uprising at the end. He really is getting to be a mature young man.

    Very nice final scene with the whole "family" getting together. Poor Casey, Ellie is never going to trust him and he doesn't even know why!

    Entertaining, but just not up to the hype the show generatd. May have been slightly better than I rated, but gets a little more of a drop becasue of the last episode and expectations. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Captain Awesome that look like 008 and the spy that look like...Chuck. What can go wrong? and once again Chuck save the day by doing things very "un-SPYly".

    Chuck is the man now,and he have protect and guild Captain awesome like Sarah and Casey did with him. The Ring got confuse about who is the new top man in the CIA,naturely they think it's Captain awesome. Anyone could make that mistek,come on,who would think a man like chuck is the spy when Captain Awesome is near by. The Ring lost 5 man(/woman) again to Chuck with little help from Casey and Sarah.

    This is a overall a good episode,but after the last episode,this one seem little "boring" in "spy life". First this is the first episode I find the "Buymore life" is more fun then "spylife". The "Fightclub" is the high "fun" element in this episode. And I have to say I just love when Chuck "kong fu" Jeff,He is really annoying at time,knowing chuck being chuck I can understand why he don't get mad,but I just love when chuck lost control when Jeff being really annoying again ^^

    Spy side of chuck's life is little boring,and I think mostly because I really don't like this agent Shaw(maybe we don't suppost to like him,I did like Bryce). And Brandon Routh action skill is little...always the same face and expression. I'm voteing some Ring agent put him out of his misery.

    Sarah and Chuck on/off standoff need a lift. I'm really hoping CIA or NSA got a new "Carina" type aggressive(in way of love^^) "lady" to challenge

    Sarah's place in Chuck's heart.moreless
Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Ryan McPartlin

Ryan McPartlin

Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Big Mike

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Vik Sahay

Vik Sahay

Lester Patel

Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon

Sydney Prince

Guest Star

Tom Kiesche

Tom Kiesche


Guest Star

Karen Huie

Karen Huie

Old Thai Woman

Guest Star

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Lester (and later Chuck) clips both jumper cables to the chain-link 'cage', the people who touch the fence afterwards are given a nasty shock. In reality, such a set-up would not result in any shock at all, since the electrical current would move from one battery terminal, through the part of the cage nearest the clips, and then back into the other terminal, completing the circuit. In order to give someone a shock, one terminal would need to be connected to the fence, and the other would need to be connected to the floor or ground, so that the circuit would be completed whenever some unlucky person comes in contact with the fence.

    • Featured Music:
      "Space Monkeys" by Dust Brothers (The Nerd Herders use their secret sign language)
      "Got Nuffin" by Spoon (Chuck helps Devon on the mission; Chuck needs help with the Ring)
      "Bears" by Sam Isaac (Closing scenes)

    • Morgan's business card shows his address as:
      9000 Burbank Blvd.
      Burbank, CA 91506

    • The Wilhelm Scream is heard when Jeff electrocutes the cage in the fight club.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Chuck: (Apologizing about kicking Lester) ... It was a completely knee-jerk reaction. You know what? I'm just gonna switch to decaf from now on.
      Lester: It's not a problem. In fact, I wanna thank you. You've made me feel something I've not felt in a long time.
      Morgan: Another human's foot in your body?
      Lester: The thrill of being alive.

    • Devon: (Talking about Sidney) She knows everything about me, Chuck. Ellie too.
      Sarah: Everything except who the real spy in the family is.
      Casey: That's an understandable mistake. One of them looks like a spy the other one looks... like Chuck.
      Chuck: True.

    • (Chuck hacks a Ring communicator)
      Sydney: How did you open this channel? Who is this?
      Chuck: I'm the spy who killed Agent Shaw.
      Sydney: This is not Devon Woodcomb.
      Chuck: Yeah, well you've been dealing with the wrong guy. Devon was a decoy. I'm the one who put that bullet through Agent Shaw's chest last night, I'm the spy that you're looking for, and I am in charge of this mission now.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a operace Suprák (Chuck and the Operation Awesome)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 17, 2010 on Citytv
      United Kingdom: June 21, 2010 on Virgin 1
      Australia: August 19, 2010 on FOX8
      Sweden: November 8, 2010 on TV6
      Czech Republic: November 14, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: May 28, 2012 on Sub


    • When Morgan asks Jeff why everyone is beat up, he responds with "the first rule of Fight...." before being interrupted by Lester.

      This is a reference to the book and movie Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.
      The Buy More storyline mirrors the thesis of Fight Club, in which 20something males find meaning and purpose in their lives by participating in illegal underground fight clubs.

    • Near the end of the episode, Chuck greets Sarah and Casey with a "Hidey ho" that was reminiscent of Wilson Wilson, Jr. (Earl Hindman) on Home Improvement.

    • Lester: (in a high pitched voice) Morgan...come out and play.

      This is an allusion to the 1979 film The Warriors, as it resembles the scene where the main villain (Luther) calls out the Warriors.

    • Morgan: Yeah, okay, you're rehired. But your on probation. Double-secret.
      Lester: Double-secret?

      Double-secret probation was the concoction of Dean Vernon Wormer in the classic frat comedy Animal House (1978).

    • Lester: (impersonating Steven Seagal) I'm just a cook. A lowly cook.

      Lester paraphrases a line from Under Siege (1992) by Seagal's Casey Ryback, a veteran Navy S.E.A.L. turned chef.

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