Season 4 Episode 3

Chuck Versus the Cubic Z

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 04, 2010 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Chuck and Sarah's rivals Hugo Panzer and Heather Chandler return bringing plenty of trouble and hints about Chuck's mom. Meanwhile, while Morgan prepares the Buy More for a huge video game release, he gets a surprise from Big Mike.

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  • now that's the chuck we all know!

    Nice work bringing back some guest stars from previous seasons.. I've always disliked when shows refuse to do that (like House). This episode was a delight. Although I'm not sure what I think of what jenny burton's friend had to say, it made for good dialogue. Besides, this was a cleverly funny episode...there were some hilarious parts in Buy More of course. With Big Mike returning I was relieved to know this series hasn't gone rogue, so to speak. haha.

    Check out this episode if you haven't yet.. And if you've been a naysayer so far this season I think you'll be pleased with this one!moreless
  • 403

    Halfway in to this episode, I was just getting so annoyed with all the relationship drama between Chuck and Sarah, I mean seriously, they're on a serious mission with a convict on the loose and yet they can't steer away from Chuck & Sarah's relationship in discussion.

    I didn't think Nicole Richie's character was going to help this episode much, but she kind of did. I enjoyed the interaction between her and Sarah and I also liked that she knew something about Chuck's mother. As this episode was ending, I started really enjoying the episode.

    From Chuck and Sarah crawling in air vents to a BuyMore rampage, you know you're watching Chuck when you see an episode like this. A good ending, felt a bit forced, but I liked how it came together even though is was quite predictable what was going to happen when the engagement ring started falling down the air vent.

    Some flaws, this episode, but enjoyable overall. Entertaining at best.moreless
  • Unexpected surprises.. (A bit of a spoiler)

    Alot of nice surprises to find in this episode ... 1st off not a big fan of Nicole Richie, and now with that said, I have to say she was actually an interesting character to watch and wouldn't mind seeing her again in another episode... Her interaction with Chuck and Sarah was actually one of the highlights of this episode..

    2nd surprise- Nice to know that Chuck isn't invulnerable once he access the intersect .. I always hated the idea that once Chuck was intersect mode he was practically invulnerable.. Well in this episode not only did he have a hard time to keep up even in intersect mode he actually lost.

    3rd Surprise: They brought back Big Mike, I really thought he was no longer going to be in the series ..

    Overall a nice surprising episodemoreless
  • Do you want a ring with that?

    Good episode!

    Chuck, Sarah, Heather Chandler and that bald dude in air vents. Nice.

    Casey! Wants more Casey! He seems to have been sidelined and this is not good. Perhaps a Casey-centric episode is commin up? Hope so.

    The spy aspect was somewhat overshadowed by the relationship plot this week, and while it is intersting it is also getting a little repetative. Missed Ellie and Awesome this week, and wasnt he AWOL last week also? Ah well more to look foward to!

    The Buy More was entertaining this week, and Big Mike zapping the bald dude was pretty funny.

    All-round good episode.

    WIth luves from New Zealand!

Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Colonel John Casey

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Vik Sahay

Vik Sahay

Lester Patel

Stacy Keibler

Stacy Keibler


Special Guest Star

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

Heather Chandler

Special Guest Star

Stone Cold Steve Austin

Stone Cold Steve Austin

Hugo Panzer

Special Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof:
      When Hugo knocks Greta out cold, she falls over backwards and we briefly see one of her bare feet. But when Hugo drags her away she has both shoes on again.

    • Morgan: managerial Bushido test, okay?

      Bushido is a traditional code of the Japanese samurai, duty, stressing honor, obedience, self-discipline, bravery, and simple living.

    • Featured Music:
      "Beat the Devil's Tattoo" by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (As Sarah, Chuck & Heather crawl through the air ducts and then again while Heather & Sarah take out the bad guys)
      "Don't Shoot (I'm a Man)" by Devo (Sarah & Chuck discover that Panzer locked them in a cell while)
      "Land of the Freak" by King Khan and The Shrines (Morgan tries to stop the crowd from rioting, then ends up losing Big Mike's engagement ring; Chuck fights Panzer; Big Mike takes charge of the riot)
      "In The Valley" by Chief (Morgan asks Big Mike to be his assistant manager)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Sarah: Well, maybe you could use the time to meet up with Alex. Figure out what your role is in her life.
      Casey: You should do the same for Bartowski. So we can get back to normal around here, huh? Whatever that means.

    • Morgan: Wow. Let's pause. Be very still. You are in a happy relationship and I'm picking up professionaly. Let's savor it.
      Chuck: Smells like victory.

    • Sarah: Chuck, unless you want Beckman to know that we're looking for your mom, we don't have the authority to interrogate Chandler.
      Chuck: Well, we don't have the authority to use the supply closet for what it is we use it for, but we do it anyways, don't we?

    • Chuck: You tell me "ready or not ready".
      Sarah: Okay.
      Chuck: We're on a trip. One of us forgets our toothbrush. Do we share?
      Sarah: I am ready to share your toothbrush.
      Chuck: Oh, oh, using the bathroom. Door open or shut?
      Sarah: Door shut! Always.
      Chuck: Preferably with the sink running or the radio on.
      Sarah: Yes.

    • Morgan: I just want you to know that I'm really sorry about the ring.
      Big Mike: Marriage isn't about a ring. It's a lifelong commitment of compassion and understanding. Especially for your spouse's idiot relations.

    • Sarah: Has it changed anything? Finding out that you had a kid? They say that your priorities change.
      Casey: My priorities are the same: God, country, duty, Corps.

    • Morgan: Where's the Chuck relationship neurosis? Where's the hand-wringing and the mishegoss?

    • Morgan: I vloged about listening skills last night. Did nobody watch?

    • Chuck: Good cop, bad cop.
      Sarah: How about tough cop, silent cop?
      Chuck: Okie dokie, which one am I?

    • Greta: (to Casey): Colonel, I know I'm supposed to be upstairs, but Doc Bollywood was staring down my shirt.

    • Heather: Jennie-Sarah, how did you end up with such a goofball?
      Chuck: Masculine goofball, thank you very much.

    • Jeffrey: Guys...the game didn't come. Shut up, and let the poetry slam you!

  • NOTES (3)