Season 2 Episode 15

Chuck Versus the Beefcake

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 02, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Chuck gets jealous when Sarah has to seduce FULCRUM agent Cole Barker, codename "Beefcake". In the meantime, while Big Mike continues dating Morgan's mother and Morgan takes refuge at Chuck's place, Jeff and Lester start looking for the "Buy More Babe" as a way of finding a new employee.moreless

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  • Felt all too familiar here, but a twist at the end is promising.

    Chuck jealous over Sarah going "undercover" with another guy? Check. Morgan chilling at Chuck's place at the dismay of his sister and Awesome? Check. Jeff and Lester with another lame-brained scheme? Check. I just felt like nothing original happened in this one. We've seen it all before.

    The "Beefcake" for this episode didn't really seem like one. He's kinda old and dirty and gross, with horrible pick-up lines and every cliched spy characteristic in the book. Bryce Larkin he is not. I just don't buy that Sarah would be into him. Still the pivotal bit of business here is that Chuck and Sarah's cover as a couple is history. Or was supposed to be until now they have to live together! That surprise ending has me excited to see what happens next!moreless
  • good episode

    Chuck gets jealous when Sarah has to seduce FULCRUM agent Cole Barker, codename "Beefcake".

    In the meantime, while Big Mike continues dating Morgan's mother and Morgan takes refuge at Chuck's place, Jeff and Lester start looking for the "Buy More Babe" as a way of finding a new employee. Being a big fan of Jeff and Lester I am always happy to see them get a lot of screen time and this was what happened in this episode very funny those two characters always make me laugh. this was a good episode nothing speacil but still good. 9 out of 10moreless
  • Many hilarious moments; good plot; some fresh direction

    This episode was great to see because a) it was really, really funny (many 'laugh out loud' moments) and b) something truly new happens as Sarah actually shows some real interest in another man besides Chuck. Sarah became more human and interesting in my eyes in the moment where I realized that she actually was attracted to the MI6 guy. He was a good guest star playing the suave british spy really well. Chuck's reaction to it all was poignant but hilarious. The cast continues to be fabulous on this show. P.s. I just read on Variety that the finale is going to be a "game changer". hmmmmmmoreless
  • Chuck has a love Rival.

    Chuck is having second thoughts about him and Sarah, so after confronting her Sarah agrees they should not mix business with pleasure and get emotionally involved however Chuck get's jealous when on there latest mission Sarah has to seduce a 'Fulcrum' Agent Cole Baker, when Cole is discovered as a M.I.5 or M.I.6 agent Sarah starts to fall for him making Chuck more jealous.

    Back at the Buy More Jeff and Lester start recruiting for the 'Buy More Babe' and get themselves into some hot trouble by their interview technique's and Morgan is still shocked at Big Mike continuation of his mother that he has to stay at Chucks for a while, however this go's bad when Ellie and Devon discover he sleeps naked.

    Another great episode, loved the Jeff and Lester double team as much as I love Morgan and Chuck when they are together, also Casey is getting really funny as the series progress's.moreless
  • Chuck gets jealous over MI6 agent...

    Chuck and Sarah once again broke up due to Ellie urging him to do so. Beckman assigned them to retrieve intelligence from Cole Barker, a Fulcrum agent. Sarah went to Cole's in order to act as though she was going to sleep with him, but really to steal his belt as the intelligence hidden in his belt, as Cole tied Sarah's hands up with the belt. This sequence ended with Sarah, her hands still bound, standing in her underwear with her foot on Cole's back, while holding a gun to him. Cue Chuck to come and kick the door down. It turned out that Cole was working undercover as MI6. Cole took a real shine to Sarah as Chuck tried to out outshine him every way that he could; he even tried decrypting the chip which saw him get caught by Fulcrum and getting tortured along with Cole and Sarah. The torture scene was funny itself as Chuck couldn't take it when Cole was the one taking the whip-lashing. Elsewhere Morgan temporary stayed over at Chuck's due to his mum banging Big Mike, the guy sleeps au Natural. Lester and Jeff Interviewed swimsuit models for the vacant positions at Buy More.moreless
Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Michael "Big Mike" Tucker

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Vik Sahay

Vik Sahay

Lester Patel

Katrina Law

Katrina Law

Alexis White

Guest Star

Brooklyn Decker

Brooklyn Decker

Swimsuit Model

Guest Star

Jessica Gomes

Jessica Gomes

S.I. Model #1

Guest Star

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the scene where Lester is taping green shirts on a picture of five women, between cuts the picture changes from one with only one shirt taped on to one with all five women in green shirts and back again.

    • Casey asks for surveillance from a NASA satellite. However, NASA is a civilian space agency and doesn't control or have access to any surveillance satellites. USA surveillance satellites are the responsibility of the NRO (National Reconnaissance Office).

    • Featured Music:
      "Tigers in the Fire" by Love Grenades (Cole Barker arrives at the nightclub)
      "Wake Up" by Mackintosh Braun (Sarah talks to Barker)
      "Airplanes" by Local Natives (Chuck and Sarah talk about torture)
      "The Brightest of the Head" by Starflyer 59 (Closing scenes)

    • On the Queen's Order to Cole Barker, "recognized" is spelt the American way. An order from the Queen of the United Kingdom would use the British spelling "recognised".

    • On the information Sarah sees about Cole Barker it says he was "born in to Jason Barker and Mary Fields", although it should say "born to" instead of "born in to".

  • QUOTES (18)

    • (Morgan has just served his pot roast)
      Ellie: Morgan, this is delicious!
      Morgan: I like to think of food as a seductress. Let me share a tip with you: I got Anna by serving myself a la mode.

    • Ellie: I hope Chuck hasn't broken up with her yet!
      Awesome: I wouldn't worry, babe. Chuck said he was moving out years ago. It'll probably be years before he gets around to breaking up with her.

    • Sarah: We have to go into 24 hour protective detail until further notice.
      Chuck: What exactly does that mean?
      Sarah: It means we can't break up and we have to move in together.

    • Morgan: It's just a shame that Chuck couldn't be here. Although, I'm pretty sure he's probably enjoying his own delicious little meal right about now. And of course I mean Sarah Walker.
      Devon: Yeah, if he hasn't broken up with her yet.
      Morgan: Uh, why on God's green earth would he ever, ever break up with Sarah?
      Devon: Ask Ellie. It was her idea.
      Morgan: Really?
      Ellie: What? He said that he didn't think she was the one.
      Morgan: There are a few precious things I know anything about in this world. Chuck's one of them. Believe me, Sarah's the one.
      Ellie: How do you know?
      Morgan: How do I know? It's-It's all over the kid's face. When Chuck is around Sarah, he is the Chuck that we always dreamed of. The-The Chuck that has the potential to do anything in the world.

    • Chuck: Exactly, and that's why I think we should break up.
      Sarah: Is that what you really want?
      Chuck: Yes it is.
      Casey: Great. Most annoying romance of my life is finally over.

    • Chuck: Come on, Casey, you're're always up for a good mugging.

    • Casey: General, we have a situation; I need a surveillance from a NASA satellite.
      Beckman: What's going on, Agent Casey?
      Casey: Fulcrum's captured the asset; I suspect he's being tortured.
      Beckman: Dear God, he'll never last.

    • Chuck: Sarah I saw it, I know what's on the chip.
      Sarah: What?
      (Chuck nods)
      Cole: Uh, sorry mate, it's a bit difficult to put my fingers in my ears right now.
      Sarah: It's okay, Chuck.
      Chuck: I'm on it, it's me.
      Sarah: Okay, we can't let Fulcrum ever find out, no matter what they do to you; you cannot tell them.
      Chuck: I can't...can't handle torture, Sarah, you see all those syringes over there; you know how I feel about needles.
      Cole: Don't worry about torture, I'll incite them, get them to kill us quick.
      Chuck: Interesting plan.

    • Chuck: Ellie, Awesome, I have made a very important decision. I'm moving out.
      Ellie: Oh, yes!
      Chuck: And moving in with Morgan.
      Ellie: No!
      Morgan: Oh, yeah. Video games and nudity all day and all night...
      Sarah: (knocking on the door and entering) Oh, I'm sorry. (to Chuck) Can I talk to you for a second? It's kind of important. (They leave together)
      Morgan: Talk about your third wheel...

    • Morgan: Hey, Chuck. I was thinking that, you know, maybe Ellie seeing me naked was actually a blessing in disguise.
      Chuck: Not for her it wasn't.

    • Cole: This is gonna get ugly. What level is his pain tolerance?
      Sarah: I'd say about a one outta ten.
      Chuck: What? A one? I'd say, I'm at least at an eight.
      Sarah: Chuck, the torture hasn't started yet.
      Chuck: This is the pre-torture? Okay, okay, put me down for a one.

    • Chuck: Hey, morning. Aren't we missing a house guest?
      Awesome: (to Ellie) Honey, Honey. It'll be okay. (To Chuck) Your boy dropped trou last night.
      Chuck: Excuse me?
      Awesome: The bearded buffoon sleeps au naturel. Which I respect. Just not on my couch.
      Chuck: Appetite gone. I am so, so, sorry.

    • Casey: (about Cole) We don't have much time here, Walker. So get to his room, get his belt off. Make it a quickie.

    • Big Mike: Grimes! Or should I call you son? Who the hell are all those geeks over there at the Customer Service desk?
      Morgan: You were supposed to hire the new green-shirt today.
      Big Mike: You want to do the interview? Get a little taste of what the power of management is?
      Morgan: Hm...why can't you do it?
      Big Mike: Well, your mama asked me to stop by the house today to take care of a few things. There hasn't been a man around in a while and certain things have become...neglected.
      Jeff: Like what?
      Big Mike: Uh, the plumbing's a mess. I got to get over there and get to lay down some pipe. I got to snake the drain, make sure everything running smoothly again. You're in charge, son. Just think: all of this could be yours some day.

    • Chuck: Hey, can we... can we get a little closer on this picture of Cole, maybe push in on his... groinal area?
      Casey: What, you seeing something you like down there, Bartowski?

    • Sarah: You want to break up again? I caught some chatter through bites of cereal on the surveillance tap. Sorry. It's an occupational hazard.
      Chuck: Um...of course. Look, Sarah. It's not you, it's me.
      Casey: Probably not the best idea to give the "it's not you, it's me" speech to a trained assassin wielding a knife.

    • Chuck: Something wrong with you and Anna?
      Morgan: She's out of town, we're actually really good. No, it's my mom and Big Mike, they're like teenagers. They just keep going at it and keep going at it. The man moans like a wounded sea lion.

    • (Chuck's cellphone rings)
      Ellie: Chuck. That's Sarah. Don't you want to answer it?
      Chuck: Oh, you know, I'm gonna see her later anyway, so...
      Awesome: Yeah. Sometimes you got to play hard to get. Cold and detached is a very powerful aphrodisiac, babe.
      Ellie: So is abstinence. You want to try it?
      Awesome: Not getting involved.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a svalovec (Chuck and the Beefcake)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: May 4, 2009 on CNBC-e
      United Kingdom: September 15, 2009 on Virgin 1
      Latin America: September 20, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Australia: October 8, 2009 on FOX8
      Sweden: October 12, 2009 on TV6
      Czech Republic: February 22, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: August 26, 2011 on Sub
      Slovakia: August 10, 2012 on Markiza

    • This episode was released for download five days early on the UK iTunes Store.

    • Although credited, Julia Ling (Anna Melinda Wu) does not appear in this episode.


    • Chuck: Just curious if I'll be home in time for Charlie Rose.

      Referencing the PBS series The Charlie Rose Show, featuring journalist Charlie Rose. Rose sits at a simple oak table and chats with reporters, newsmakers and celebrities. It airs at 11:30 p.m. Eastern.

    • Jeff crossing, uncrossing and crossing his legs while interviewing women for the Buy More is a direct reference to Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.

    • Barker: Come with me if you want to live.

      This is a direct quote from The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, as well as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. This is the third episode in a row with a Terminator reference.