Season 2 Episode 4

Chuck Versus the Cougars

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 2008 on NBC
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Chuck goes undercover at Sarah's 10-year High School reunion, where they meet the girl that tortured Sarah back in the old days.

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  • Curious Chuck

    I laugh a lot to Chuck while he's trying to get information more about Sarah's past. And Sarah's efforts to prevent that was hysterical. Nicole Richie was awesome for her hateable character. Maybe that's just for me because I really don't like her. And I must say, Casey as a DJ was hilarious!
  • At last we have a teaser of Sarah's younger days.

    At last we have a teaser of Sarah's ( or Jenny, Jennie ) younger days when she went to high school and how she was drafted into the C.I.A, but as with all good spy's she's still a mystery and when Chuck finds out Sarah' been invited to a High School Reunion he jumps at the chance to attend. Sarah's not happy at this but when Chuck flashes on one of Sarah's high school friends husband they must go and protect the asset.

    Another great episode, finding a little more about Sarah's background and though Chuck has said he cannot have a relationship with Sarah he's doing his hardest not to hide it.

    Also loving the little skits at the buy more, I know some people don't like them and there a waste of time but it breaks up the Chuck, Sarah, Casey missions.moreless
  • Really funny episode...

    Chuck goes undercover at Sarah's 10-year High School reunion, where they meet the girl that tortured Sarah back in the old days. I'm going back and reviewing the episodes of Chuck I forgot to review the first time so here we go. I really like this episode it was one of the better episodes of Chuck season 2 ok first half. Casey dancing was the highlight of the episode by a mile it was really funny, there was a little too much of Chuck and Sarah as usual which slows everthing down, its good sometimes but I feel that the show does do the romantic stuff a bit too much in season 2.moreless
  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    Chuck learns more about Sarah's past when they run into her old high school nemesis Heather Chandler. Sarah's teenage insecurities come to surface and she tries to avoid Heather at all costs. Chuck, on the other hand, does everything he can to hear more about Sarah's hidden life. When Heather's nerdy husband Mark turns out to be a key player in a new mission, the agents must attend Sarah's high school reunion to prevent the sale of potentially dangerous super-bomber plans - all the action ends with the ultimate cat fight. Meanwhile, Big Mike leaves town for a day and Buy More's new assistant manager Lester decides to implement a new sales policy. I love Sarah's storyline when she was younger. I love the Sarah and Chuck scene where Chuck is just talking and talking and talking. Chuck is so awesome, he is so cool. I love the way Chuck is spying on Sarah and when he finds out her 'real' name. I love the way Chuck joins in on the converstaion when he isn't supposed to - I loved it. And the dinner with Sarah's old 'friends'. I love the Buy More scenes. I love the way Sarah doesn't want Chuck to know who she really is. I love the way the man Mark thinks Chuck is kicking everyones arse even though it's Casey. I love all the scenes with the Cougars Reunion, awesome. The ending is so cute.moreless
  • Jennifer and Chuck.

    Not even a dodgy wig and braces can keep Yvonne from looking foxy. Okay, maybe that yearbook picture, but she was very cute in those flashback scenes. I'm seriously enjoying digging deeper into these characters' pasts, especially Sarah's, since I want to know as much about her as Chuck does

    . We get a lot of information on her here – her father was imprisoned, she was a major geek, and she was recruited by the CIA after her father was sent to prison. It also turns out Jenny isn't her real name; it looks like it'll be quite a while before we actually get to know anything concrete about our vixen.

    Miss Ricci gives a surprisingly good performance. It may not be a stretch in terms of character traits, but her catty comments and girl on girl action towards the end was more than enough to keep me satiated. It's also refreshing to have a fight where every blow causes physical damage, both femme fatales were in bits towards the end.

    One thing I love about this show, which would normally irk me on other TV shows, is how sweet and syrupy Chuck and Sarah's relationship is being handled; it's bound to result in a few cavities. They're both such likeable characters, with so many directions to take them, and their forbidden relationship is reminiscent of Syd and Vaughn's relationship on Alias, albeit fluffier and with more laughs.moreless
Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Ryan McPartlin

Ryan McPartlin

Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Michael "Big Mike" Tucker

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Sonora Chase

Sonora Chase


Guest Star

Jesse Heiman

Jesse Heiman


Guest Star

Ben Savage

Ben Savage

Mark Ratner

Guest Star

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • A few of Sarah's aliases are revealed by CIA Director Graham: Jennifer Burton (San Diego), Katie O'Connell (Wisconsin), Rebecca Franko (Cleveland). However, the name on her birth certificate, which is her real name, is never revealed.

    • Featured Music:
      "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba (Opening scene)
      "Open Late Weekends" by Daniel May
      "Shop Till You Drop" by Billy Martin
      Variatio 1. a 1 Clav. from "The Goldberg Variations" by J. S. Bach (At the dinner with the Cougars)
      "Beautiful Disaster" by 311 (Sarah works out)
      "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" by The Backstreet Boys (Sarah & Chuck go to Sarah's high school reunion)
      "MMMBop" by Hanson (Sarah's high school reunion)
      Unknown Song (The Buy More party)
      "I Don't Want To Wait" by Paula Cole (Mark opens up to Chuck)
      "Smack My B*tch Up" by The Prodigy (Sarah fights Heather)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Chuck: Okay, here's what we know thus far. Jenny Burton went to James Buchanan High School in San Diego California, class of 1998. Is it safe to assume that Jenny's a diminutive of Jennifer.
      Sarah: Back off Chuck, you have as much information as is pertinent to this assignment.
      Chuck: So Jenny with an 'i'.

    • Sarah: Hey, I told you to stay put.
      Chuck: I know, it's just, you know, the tummy is a rumbling.

    • Chuck: Glad I'm not the one who has to tell Ratner about his wife's involvement in all this.
      Casey: Heh. That's why love is for suckers.
      Chuck: Hey, you seen Sarah anywhere?
      Casey: Heh. Sucker.

    • Mark Ratner: See, I'm just a guy who likes math, you know, and somehow I got a beautiful girl like that to fall in love with me. I have to pinch myself sometimes. It's like I'm dreaming.
      (Chuck's eyes meet Sarah's from a distance. A smile washes over her face)
      Mark: Aw, forget it, Agent Carmichael. I mean, how can I expect a cool guy like you to understand?
      Chuck: You know what, Mark? Sometimes the nerd gets the girl.

    • Chuck: Hey buddy, what's going on?
      Morgan: Lester's new sales policy, we are giving away merchandise.
      Chuck: That's going to end badly.
      Morgan: I know. I know, Chuck. That's part of the fun.

    • Chuck: (to Sarah) Remember, the only difference between high school and high school reunion is that you don't get suspended for being drunk.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a pumy (Chuck and the Cougars)

    • Although credited, Julia Ling (Anna Melinda Wu) does not appear in this episode. Ryan McPartlin (Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb) and Sarah Lancaster (Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski) appear but have no spoken lines.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: February 16, 2009 on CNBC-e
      United Kingdom: June 30, 2009 on Virgin 1
      Latin America: July 5, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Australia: July 23, 2009 on Fox8
      Czech Republic: February 2, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: May 16, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: June 10, 2011 on Sub


    • Chuck: Of all the semi-tart, Asian-influenced frozen yogurt shops in all the towns in all the world, you walked into hers?

      Chuck parodies the famous line from the 1942 movie Casablanca: Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.

    • This episode flashbacks to Sarah's high school experiences. Several allusions are made to various high school-related movies:
      Heather Chandler is also the name of the main "Heather" in Heathers, who was similarly part of a vicious, popular clique.
      Mark Ratner is also the name of a character from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
      Sarah wins a crown at the reunion covered in blood, a possible homage to the prom queen scene in Carrie.
      The reunion was filled with hit men trying to kill one another, much like in Grosse Point Blank.