Season 2 Episode 3

Chuck Versus the Break-Up

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 2008 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • When Chuck flashes the mugshots of various CIA/NSA agents, including Sarah Walker and John Casey, the mugshots mistakenly identifies National Security Agency (NSA) agents, including Casey, as part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), that is incorrect. The NSA is actually a branch of the US Department of Defense (DOD), which is why the gang's superior officer is General Beckman. Beckman is a US Air Force General.

    • The Fulcrum agent posing as a doctor has a name tag with "Dr. J. Rosenbaum" on it. Scott Rosenbaum is writer and executive producer of this episode.

    • When Chuck flashes on the Intersect data drive, pictures of the following persons are shown in split seconds:

      Mock, Kevin; NSA Agent
      ID 3234-2808; Status: Active

      Cruz, Sarah; NSA Agent
      ID 8842-6367; Status: Active

      Agent Code Name: Scott Hatcher (CIA)

      Agent Code Name: Sarah Walker (CIA)

      Agent Code Name: Lauren Goldenberg (CIA)

      Casey, John; NSA Agent
      ID 5498-5684; Status: Active

    • Featured Music:
      "Fake Empire" by The National (Chuck goes to Sarah's apartment)
      "Symphony No. 9, Fourth Movement (Ode To Joy)" by Ludwig van Beethoven (After Morgan cuts power to the Buy More home theater)
      "Fake Empire" by The National (Sarah watches Chuck in a hostage situation)
      "Guaglione" by Machito
      "Barracuda" by Heart (Anna fights Mitt)
      "Skinny Love" by Bon Iver (Chuck talks to Sarah about their future)

  • Quotes

    • Chuck (to Sarah): I wanna be able to call you at the end of a bad day and tell you about some funny thing Morgan did, and not find out that I can't because you're off somewhere in Paraguay, quelling a revolution with a fork.

    • Bryce: (to Chuck) You'll do the right thing. You always do. That's why I sent you the Intersect in the first place.

    • Casey: Lunch break, Orange Orange.
      Chuck: Yogurt again? Can't we have a meatball sub?
      Casey: We're not eating, idiot. We got a new mission.
      Chuck: Does it have anything to do with Bryce? Why he's in town?
      Casey: I don't know. If I know Larkin, he's probably here for a roll in the hay with Walker.

    • Fulcrum Agent: Okay, let's try this one more time. The microchip. Please. The microchip now!
      Bryce: Release the kid first.
      Chuck: Kid? Honestly, we were born in the same year.
      Fulcrum Agent: Give me the chip and I'll let him go.
      (Bryce raises his arm and puts his gun down)
      Fulcrum Agent: The chip.
      Bryce: There. Now release him.
      Fulcrum Agent: Sorry.
      Bryce: You got it?
      Sarah: (Sarah, out of the Fulcrum Agents's view, whispers) Yeah, I got it.
      Bryce: Take it...take the shot, Sarah. Sarah! Take the shot! Take it!
      (A shot from elsewhere rings)
      Casey: You want something done right, you do it yourself.

    • Chuck: So uh...staying with Sarah, huh?
      Bryce: Protecting our cover. How are things between you guys?
      Chuck: They're good. Good good good. Solid. Why, did she say something?
      Bryce: No it's just, she's a beautiful girl, pretending to be your girlfriend. I was afraid you'd let the lines get blurred and fall for her.
      (Chuck scoffs)
      Chuck: What me, fall for Sarah? Please.
      (Sarah enters)
      Sarah: Hey guys. So how do I look?
      Chuck: Good. Yeah, yeah. Real good. Red's not really my color, so... (mumbles) forgot my jacket...or salmon or whatever that is.

    • Lester: I'm too young, upwardly mobile, and handsome to die.

    • (Chuck and Casey watch Anna fight)
      Casey: (On the phone) I need a background clearance on one Anna Wu. I have a candidate for possible field work.
      Chuck: No!

    • Anna: Morgan, you can't let a bully like Mitt push you around, this isn't high school.
      Morgan: No, it's worse. This is Buy More.

    • Von Hayes: Just get me the hell out of here, Jorge, I'm living in a Lamborghini, you can't imagine how little leg room there is.

    • (After the Intersect Update and Chuck falls backwards)
      Chuck: I hate Bryce Larkin.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a rozchod (Chuck and the Break-Up)

    • Although credited, Mark Christopher Lawrence (Michael "Big Mike" Tucker) does not appear in this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: February 9, 2009 on CNBC-e
      United Kingdom: June 23, 2009 on Virgin 1
      Latin America: June 28, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Australia: July 15, 2009 on FOX8
      Czech Republic: February 1, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: May 2, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: June 3, 2011 on Sub

  • Allusions

    • The show Ellie is watching at the beginning of the episode is America's Test Kitchen.

    • When Morgan is in the cage ready to fight, Lester says to him "Sweep the leg Morgan, sweep the leg" - a reference to the cult 80's movie Karate Kid where Johnny uses an illegal kick on Daniel.