Season 2 Episode 15

Chuck Versus the Beefcake

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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