Chuck

Season 2 Episode 11

Chuck Versus Santa Claus

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 15, 2008 on NBC
8.8
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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.moreless

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  • Emotional and funny

    9.5
    First of all, I like most of the Christmas episodes. And this is one of them. There are several moments that makes me laught. Morgan in an elf costumes saying "Do I not look like an adult to you?" :D This is definitely one of my favorites Morgan moments. And also when the perpetrator asks the boss, the attitude of Anna, Jeff, Lester was hilarious. :) Hmm Lester calls sex lines while the other are talking their loved ones. Typical ;) This episode was emotional and funny as always...moreless
  • Santa Claus is coming to town, well the Buy More to be exact.

    9.5
    Ahhh Christmas Eve and in the Buy More store not even a mouse ….. Okay okay let's move on, as the store and it's employee's are getting ready for the mad dash rush of last minute shoppers a high speed chase is being screened on all the TV's, Lester, Morgan, Jeff & Anna are taking bets as to what will happen to the robber, as the TV footage plays out they can hear the police sirens getting closer until ' Crash ' though the front of the store comes the robber & takes the gang plus Ellie and Devon hostage, naturally Casey & Sarah try a rescue mission with out success however there is a twist as the police detective in charge and the robber are Fulcrum agents.



    Great episode with a good feel however seeing Chuck watch as his 'pretend' girlfriend Sarah shoot a man in cold blood was a shock, but she was only protecting him.moreless
  • Santa's Coming to town

    7.0
    I am in two minds about this episode. I loved the drama the inclusion of all characters and the overall flow of the episode. The Fulcrum agents were very good in this one. It was a well thoughout plan that worked so well. thier infiltration of Buy More was a stroke of genius and the acting was just great.



    My problem with the episode however is the overall plot was not quite prudent when considering the entire series premise. Chuck is supposed to be based in burbank with all those characters around him and this plot for me ended up suggesting that this is not a good idea. This is the second time that Fulcrum has Identified chuck as the Intersect albeit both times the information never gets to Fulcrum in large (although I wonder how they silenced Lizzie from season 1 Finale). The fact that Ned is still alive and Lizzie as well and given Frank's finding out chuck was the Intersect, this was too much information for the government to keep ignoring and letting chuck remain in Burbank. Also this was the first time that Chuck has now actively put his family's life in danger, even he himself should have realised the need to leave. I am not saying He should have left or CIA should have forcibly removed him, I am just saying the plot came close to making the show's premise look idiotic. The Idea was good but the only reason why Fulcrum is not starting to actually investigate this more and more is only because the writers are ignoring the logical prograssionmoreless
  • 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.moreless

    10
    The episode was very well paced and had a lot of twists considering the fact that the episode was largely self-contained to the Buy More and the store's immediate surroundings. By filling up the store with everyone before the car came crashing in, however, it managed to put enough distance between the characters so that we were able to zoom in on single people or small groups to see how they were personally handling the crisis. There were some moments that played out like one would figure (like Sarah and Casey being the two hostages freed), but they still managed to make me laugh, thanks mostly to the writing and the acting.As for the ending…I'm slightly disappointed. On one hand it had some excellent drama, considering the fact that what Sarah did she did it ultimately – above all else – because she honestly loves and cares for Chuck. Chuck is potentially changed forever, however, as he watches Sarah shoot a man pointblank range to keep him quiet. It's hard to believe or even understand Chuck's emotions at seeing Sarah's actions, as it's not like she's never killed anyone or shot people over and over throughout the show's run. Why is this death any different? I don't understand it and the show will have to explain it better when the show returns.moreless
  • Someone naughty is coming to town...

    10
    This episode was well rounded and used every "main" character to their strongest points. They nailed every character this episode and managed to have two new ones in there and still everything fit wonderfully.

    My favorite character still has to be Casey, especially when he tries defending himself infront of the general with bandaid wrapped fingers. Big Mike and his cousin was funny to see, especially when Big Mike called him when they were all allowed to call loved ones.

    Morgan and Anna hit the rocks again with the help of Lester after his "heroics", Captain Awesome set up an "awesome plan" that didn't work out so well until Morgan showed up outta the "snow".

    Ned and the lieutenant both being Fulcrum agents came as quiet a surprise and led to some very interesting developments.

    Chuck and Sarah started to fall for each other again with Chuck giving over a precious charm braclet. The only problem I have with this episode is Chuck's reaction to Sarah killing the Fulcrum agent. He heard what the guy said, wouldn't he not want to be hunted for the rest of his life as he always says? Otherwise amazing episode and can't wait for it's return in February!moreless
Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Ryan McPartlin

Ryan McPartlin

Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Michael "Big Mike" Tucker

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Vik Sahay

Vik Sahay

Lester Patel

Michael Rooker

Michael Rooker

Frank Mauser

Guest Star

Jed Rees

Jed Rees

Nathan Edward "Ned" Rhyerson

Guest Star

Reginald VelJohnson

Reginald VelJohnson

Al Powell

Guest Star

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Recurring Role

Tony Hale (I)

Tony Hale (I)

Emmett Milbarge

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • 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)

  • 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 fiancé 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.

    • General Beckman: The suspect's name is Nathan Rhyerson. He is a civilian. No record, not even a speeding ticket in the past 10 years.
      Casey: Oh, Nathan picked himself the wrong place to be naughty instead of nice.

    • Ned: I don't want to hurt anyone Chuck. So as long as no-one gets brave, no-one gets shot. Okay?
      Chuck: Okay. I think we're safe. Yeah. This store has a very strict no bravery policy.

    • Sarah: Christmas at the Burton household meant the annual Salvation Army con-job.
      Chuck: OK. You're a little different from the rest of us.

    • Morgan: Let me ask you something. What do you do when you see your girlfriend do something so horrific, it's permanently burned into your brain?
      Chuck: I don't know buddy. But I know exactly what you mean.

    • Ned: I, uh... I feel terrible about shooting your friend's toe off.
      Chuck: No, no, no, no, that's okay. Sometimes, I feel like shooting him myself.

    • Casey: You know, I survived three wars without so much as losing a fingernail before I met you, Bartowski.

    • Lester: How much do you think a toe is worth to Casey?
      Jeff: Why?
      Lester: Maybe there's a finder's fee.

    • Ellie: You're gonna be okay, John. A lot of people get by with nine toes.
      Jeff: I'm getting by fine with eight.

    • Chuck: It's okay everyone. It was a mistake. An accidental shooting, but Casey is gonna be just fine.
      Casey: You idiot. You owe me a toe, Bartowski!

    • Big Mike: Love the smell of day before Christmas in the morning.
      Emmett: There's just nothing quite like the sweet scent of desperate last-minute shoppers in the air.
      Big Mike: You jack our prices up 10%?
      Emmett: 15. You snooze, you lose.
      Big Mike: We're going to rob them blind.
      Emmett: Merry Christmas!
      Big Mike: Merry Christmas!

  • 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

  • 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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