Season 3 Episode 9

Chuck Versus the Beard

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 08, 2010 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In this episode Morgan finally learns the truth about Chuck.

    • As nice as the scene was between Morgan and Chuck, there is a goof. Chuck is playing Duck Hunt and shows off his super skills to kill all the ducks. However, it actually could not have happened. The Nintendo zapper only works on CRT TVs (ie: tube tvs) and will not work on the LCD/LED TV Chuck seems to be aiming at. Also, the dog in Duck Hunt only giggles when you miss, not when you kill them all.

    • According to Casey's text, this episode took place Feb. 22, 2009, and 9:35 PM is day time at a place within driving distance from Burbank.

    • Featured Music:
      "Bululu" by Jesus Alejandro El Nino (Ellie and Devon on vacation)
      "On Sale Now" by Daniel May (Chuck is paged)
      "Dancing With Myself" by Billy Idol (Chuck tries to flash)
      "Arroz Con Pollo" by The Latin Mambo Orchestra feat. Martin Padilla (Chuck's communicator)
      "Fortunate Son" originally by Credence Clearwater Revival (Jeffster! performs)
      "Bedside Manner" by Dawes (Closing scenes)

    • Morgan is trying to emulate Big Mike. Instead of a marlin, Morgan has a Billy Bass on the wall.

  • Quotes

    • Chuck: (with Morgan down in Castle) ... and that's how it happened. (...) Anything more you want to know before we die?
      Morgan: Uh, yeah, yeah ... just one more. So if Sarah is your handler, does that make her your beard? In other words, like - is your whole relationship a fake? Because, ah buddy, that's just awful. (...) It's awful that you have to be in a relationship with somebody you clearly love.
      Chuck: Sarah and I are over.
      Morgan: No, you're not. (smiling mildly) You're a good liar, Chuck, but you're not that good, alright? You lied to me for three years but I always knew - you loved that girl. I mean, I saw the way you looked at her. We all did. It's okay, you don't have to deny it. You tell me you don't love Sarah?
      Chuck: You know what, you're right, buddy. I do love Sarah. I kept telling me myself that I didn't. That I wouldn't, that I couldn't, but I do. - Morgan, you've no idea how badly I needed to get all this off my chest. (Ring agents entering the room)
      Ring agent: Get rid of them. Kill them, dump the bodies. (Chuck has a k'ung-fu-flash)

    • Chuck: Look, locking down the store is a very bad idea.
      Big Mike: You two wanna turn tail and run? Fine. I'm staying and fighting for my job.
      Chuck: Mike, gentlemen, assorted ladies. Taking over the Buy More is not only illegal, but it's also dangerous, trust me.
      Jeff: The only thing dangerous is if they try to fire us. They'll have to do it over our dead bodies.
      Big Mike: These corporate fat cats think they can take what ever they want. They can take our dignity. They can all the hot women, but they will not (loudly) take our jobs and (more loudly) they will never (with emphasis) take our store!
      (employees cheering applause, staging the Buy More flag)

    • Morgan: So, Sarah is your handler? Does that make her your beard? In other words, like, uh, is your whole relationship fake, cause, uh, buddy, that's... That's just awful.
      Chuck: Why? Because we never had sex?
      Morgan: No, I just feel like you know having a bea- You never had sex with that girl? That's not. No. It's... It's awful that you had to pretend to be in the relationship with somebody you clearly love.

    • Jeff: We're staging a revolution here. To take down the Man!
      Casey: I want in!
      Lester: How do we know we can trust you, son? That you're not some kind of spy for the Man?
      Casey: Because the only thing I hate more than hippie and neo-liberal fascist anarchists are the hypocrite fat cat suits they eventually grow up to become.
      Lester: Yeah, that works for me. Good point.

    • Big Mike: No, they want to interview everyone. Reevaluate the entire staff. Gonna fire everyone who's nonessential... We're in big trouble boys.

    • Shaw: We just have to put Grimes in witness protection, move him out of Burbank tonight after dark.
      Chuck: Wait--no, no--hang on a second. Morgan is not going anywhere, okay?
      Shaw: Chuck, he knows your secret.
      Chuck: Yeah, well, so do a lot of people. Awesome knows and we didn't put him on the ground.
      Casey: Yeah, because Awesome is awesome, Grimes is a moron.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a zástěrka (Chuck and the Cloak)

    • This is Zach Levi's debut as director of Chuck.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: March 8, 2010 on Citytv
      United Kingdom: July 26, 2010 on Virgin 1
      Australia: September 23, 2010 on FOX8
      Czech Republic: December 4, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Sweden: December 13, 2010 on TV6
      Finland: July 2, 2012 on Sub

  • Allusions

    • Two famous WWII photos are parodied by the episode:

      The photo Skip Johnson takes of the Buy Morons raising the Buy-Moria flag is staged to resemble Joe Rosenthal's famous photo, "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima."

      At the end of the episode, a Nerd Herder and Green Shirt share a kiss in a pose reminiscent of the anonymous sailor and nurse from "V-J Day in Times Square" by Alfred Eisenstaedt.