Season 4 Episode 11

Chuck Versus the Balcony

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 17, 2011 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Agent Rosenbaum, the agent in the teaser of this episode is a sly reference to the former Chuck writer Scott Rosenbaum, who has now become the new show runner of ABC's show V.

    • Featured Music:
      "Brimful of Asha" by Cornershop (Norman Cook Remix) (Lester's arranged bride arrives at the Buy More, and later dumps him)
      "Is This Love" (JEFFSTER! covers the Whitesnake song)
      "When I Go" by Slow Club (Chuck finally proposes)
      "The Bottom of the Ocean" by Nico Stai (Sarah tells Chuck she's going undercover to take down Volkoff)

  • Quotes

    • Jasina: (After Lester's performance) Lester, that was-
      Lester: I know, baby. I know.
      Jasina: The most uncomfortable 5 minutes of my life.
      Lester: Wa-Wait! Wait! Wait! Wait! Wait! I wanna get married!
      Jasina: Try the internet!

    • Morgan: Let me ask you something: What is the only thing better than a sunset?
      Chuck: Things going right for a change?

    • (Chuck and Sarah are having a romantic dinner in an Italian restaurant)
      Sarah: Chuck, you can talk to me. Is this about your mom?
      Chuck: No. Um, I've realized something. You know, a-after all the stuff with my mom and Volkoff, and...I-I realized that, you know, I-I...haven't really been thinking about us, you and me. I've been so wrapped up in all the things that I couldn't control that I forgot to focus on the things that...I could.

    • Chuck: I don't need a balcony and I don't need a sunset. We have each other and that's all that matters.

    • (Chuck and Sarah are standing on a balcony in moonlight)
      Sarah: (to Chuck) I didn't fall in love with James Bond. I fell in love with you.

    • Chuck: I was gonna propose to her, Casey.
      Casey: You know, I proposed once. (He lights a cigar) To Kathleen. We had plans to go to Niagara Falls. I was about to ship out. But we were young, and I was stupid, and things got screwed up, so I ended up proposing in a Buffalo bus station. Not exactly the most romantic spot in the world. But I'll always have that day. I'll always have that look on her face. You know, the truth is, there's no such thing as a perfect moment or perfect spot. So...forget about the balcony, Bartowski. All you need is the girl.

    • (Morgan is talking to Sarah on the radio)
      Morgan: And listen, I know you weren't, uh, asking. And maybe it's a little silly, but, have my permission to marry him. He's all yours. So... (Sarah smiles)
      Morgan: All right, take care of him.
      Sarah: Thank you, Morgan.

    • Morgan: Holy hell, Sarah, you just scared me to death. I thought you could have been somebody deadly.
      Sarah: I am somebody deadly.

    • (Sarah and Morgan are in his office)
      Sarah: Okay. I am taking control of this operation now. Morgan, you will now be working for me.
      Morgan: Okay. Kind of like a, uh... like a double agent.
      Sarah: Exactly. We're going to make this proposal happen. For Chuck's sake.
      Morgan: Yeah.
      Sarah: And for mine.

    • Morgan: Okay. Don't you want to be surprised?
      Sarah: I'm a spy. I hate surprises.

    • Morgan: Chuck, bubelah, come on! Casey is your manservant. Let him "manserve" you.

    • (Lester is complaining about his parents who have arranged a marriage for him)
      Lester: And I keep telling them...I live in the United States of America now. I'm not in Canada anymore.
      Big Mike: Y-You mean India, right?
      Lester: What? No. No, I'm from Saskatchewan. The Hinjews of Saskatchewan. Some believe that we're...a cult of sorts.

    • (Casey shows up late to a debriefing)
      Casey: Sorry. General. Some moron was clogging up Ventura Boulevard with a horse and carriage.

    • Chuck: We can't have it in an Italian restaurant!
      Morgan: Are you, wait, are you kidding me? What is she on, like a no-carb thing?
      Chuck: No. We can't have it in any restaurant, okay? That's exactly how her parents' nightmare proposal went!

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a balkon (Chuck and the Balcony)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 19, 2011 on SPACE
      Turkey: March 14, 2011 on CNBC-e
      United Kingdom: March 31, 2011 on Sky LIVING/Sky LIVING HD
      Sweden: May 9, 2011 on TV6
      Australia: May 20, 2011 on FOX8
      Czech Republic: October 2, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Finland: September 26, 2013 on Sub

    • Although credited, Ryan McPartlin (Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb) and Sarah Lancaster (Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski-Woodcomb) do not appear in this episode.

  • Allusions

    • The dialog about the "peppery pinot with a stable on the label and a stork on cork," and a "Burgundy from Bordeaux with a coil on the foil and a fork on the cork," is a nod to a classic scene from the 1956 movie The Court Jester. Danny Kaye's character tries to remember, first, that "The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice with the palace has the brew that is true." Then, later, "The pellet with the poison's in the chalice with the palace. The flagon with the dragon has the brew that is true."