Chuck

Season 2 Episode 19

Chuck Versus the Dream Job

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 06, 2009 on NBC
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Chuck's life seems to be coming together, his long-absent father has returned and he is about to land his dream job at Roark Instruments. Meanwhile, Lester and Jeff convince Big Mike to send them to NextExpo, which is hosted by Roark Instruments.

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  • A very exciting, interesting episode - so much to love about it!

    10
    I loved this episode. Scott Bakula did a great job as Chuck's dad. I had been wondering all along if his dad would be a spy - why else would he be hiding away, impossible to find? But then when we meet the dad, and he plays this almost frail befuddled absent minded slightly crazy paranoid dotty old has been scientist guy, i totally bought into it so that when everything was revealed i was as surprised as chuck. I loved every minute of this one- and they did a really good job of finding a way to tie in the Buymore crowd by having them attend the tech expo at RI. Morgan's hurt reaction when he found out about Chuck getting the job at RI was pretty funny. Chuck taking on Casey was a highlight. Chuck trying to sit on the ball chair. Ellie riding the roller coaster of emotions as she is reunited with her long lost dad. yup. love this show. love it more every episode. Hoping that it gets another season!!!!moreless
  • Chuck goes on mission by himself!

    10
    Though some people told me they thought it was obvious, I had NO IDEA that Chuck's dad was Orion. I was really surprised, and pleased, by that. I'm glad that he had a reason to run out on his kids, and I'm glad that everything he did in the episode made sense. It was so well written, when Stephen said, "Aces Charles" I just thought, "That's the 'dad quote' that Ellie used in the first season!" and I was really excited to see the writers hadn't forgotten either. Caption Awesome was, well, awesome. He really seemed to have depth in this episode, which is nice to see before the wedding. Overall, it was wonderful. Chuck attacking Casey with darts was one of the best action scenes I have ever seen!moreless
  • Chuck enters a world of pain and is great.

    10
    From the off this episode was fantastic we finally meet Chucks dad. Chevy Chase appears to be a villian in the show and Chuck's dad turns out to be Orion, so much stuff happened in this episode that developed the story of the show, things are starting to build up to a final conclusion for this season and I cant wait to see how it turns out this episode is proabably one of my favourites so far mainly because the story developed with lots of twist and turns, I totally was shocked to see Chuck's dad was Orion didn't see it coming. There was also some very good scenes where Chuck is getting chased for robbing the trigger and Chuck Tranquilizers Casey.moreless
  • Another oh so excellent episode!

    10
    So - Mr Bartowski senior is Orion! He just had to be, didn't he. This was a funny and at the same time touching episode of Chuck. I felt so sorry for Ellie and her disappointment when she thought she'd only just met her dad again after 10 years and then he was gone again almost straight away. The convention scenes were brilliant - just as I imagine such things to be. Scott Bakula and Chevy Chase did a great job as Stephen and Ted respectively. Not much in the way of Buy More scenes but Lester and Jeff at the Expo were great.moreless
  • I think we all knew the "secret" but it was still fantastic!!! best episode I've seen yet! SPOILERS

    10
    yes although everyone sort of knew that Chuck's dad was Orion the writers still put enough doubt in my mind to think that he was just a crazy old man, and when we saw the blueprints for the intersect compared to some of his scribblings (of plasma tv's and remote controls) it made you confirm and doubt that this man could be orion. Chuck suiting up was cool and made him look like a really spy and has to be a high light of the series. Finally the dynamics of Orion, Ellie, and Chuck was fantastic through out and i especially loved the scene where sarah and casey came to collect Chuck whilst Fulcrum closed the door seperating the fathe rand son! i havent seen the remaining episodes of the season yet but this so far has been the best episode for me (and there are a lot of good episodes too)moreless
Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

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

Vik Sahay

Vik Sahay

Lester Patel

Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase

Ted Roark

Guest Star

Brian Kubach

Brian Kubach

Drew

Guest Star

Pablo Espinosa

Pablo Espinosa

Javier Diaz

Guest Star

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Recurring Role

Tony Hale (I)

Tony Hale (I)

Emmett Milbarge

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The episode has a smattering of indirect references to Silicon Valley execs. The whole NextExpo is a reference to Steve Job's second computer company "NeXT Computer". During the Expo, Ted Roark brags about money similar to Larry Ellison's wealth. The entire casual dress and office atmosphere is reminiscent of Google and others. The line where Ted states to Chucks father "I always had the way with the girls" is a reference to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Woz was always the computer guy who could create anything while Jobs was the master salesman. Ted's glasses, monster image and goals to taking over the world seem to be a reference to Bill Gates and Microsoft.

    • Featured Music:
      "Highschool Hoodlums" by The Datsuns (Chuck shows up for his interview/Chuck meets Ted Roark)
      "Around The Bend" by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour (NextExpo kicks off)
      "Luisa's Bones" by Crooked Fingers (Chuck discovers Roark's secret/Chuck suits up)
      "Daddy's Gone" by Glasvegas (Chuck gets a free pass/closing scene)

    • At the end when Ellie tells Chuck that their Dad's gone, the song "Daddy's Gone" by Glasvegas is playing in a non-censored version, as the f-word is audible just after Ellie says "I guess".

    • Chuck's father tells Chuck "Aces, Charles." This was said by Chuck's sister Ellie in the pilot episode where Chuck replied, "A dad quote, I'm impressed."

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Ellie: (about their father) I'm just, so mad at him, our crazy old dad. Aren't you mad at him?
      Chuck: I was, yeah. But then I realized that you know, we can hate him for the rest of our lives, or we can choose to forgive him.
      Ellie: It's easier to hate him.
      Chuck: Well, that may be. But he's all we got left, El. This could be our last chance at being a family again.

    • Ted: (to Stephen) I've been looking for you for a long time. The years have been unkind. I could offer you a good moisturizer.

    • Lester: Good morning, Big Michael!
      Big Mike: Where the hell did you come from?
      Jeff: We have a proposition for you.
      Big Mike: I'll pass, excuse me...
      Lester: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. Two words. NextExpo.
      Jeff: That's one word.
      Lester: Stop counting.

    • (After Chuck shoots tranquilizers at Casey)
      Casey: I'm gonna kill you when I wake up.

    • Sarah: Are you okay?
      Chuck: Yeah, I think so. I mean, I'm-- I'm glad we found him for Ellie.
      Sarah: And for you?
      Chuck: Yeah. Maybe he's not as crazy as I remembered.
      (Stephen returns with an overnight bag)
      Stephen: Oookay, let's go get your sister married, hunh? Maybe we should...wait until dark, they're... (he peeks through the curtains) they're tracking my every move. (Muttering to himself) Rat bastards...

    • (Drew gives Chuck a tour of Roark Instruments)
      Chuck: Hey, what's that?
      Drew: The lobby.
      Chuck: What's that?
      Drew: Elevator.
      Chuck: What's that?
      Drew: The bathroom.
      Chuck: (Giddy) Man, this place is awesome!

    • Chuck: I'm not who you think I am.
      Vincent: It's good to see you again. Good to see both of you.
      Stephen: Don't worry, Charles. I'm not who you think I am, either.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a vysněná práce (Chuck and the Dream Job)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: June 1, 2009 on CNBC-e
      United Kingdom: October 13, 2009 on Virgin 1
      Australia: November 5, 2009 on FOX8
      Sweden: November 9, 2009 on TV6
      Czech Republic: March 2, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: September 23, 2011 on Sub
      Slovakia: August 17, 2012 on Markiza

    • Although credited, Julia Ling (Anna Melinda Wu) and Tony Hale (Emmett Milbarge) do not appear in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Casey: You're entering a world of pain, Chuck.

      This line was said by Walter Sobchek in the modern classic The Big Lebowski. Casey rephrased this line again in a later scene.
      This episode was co-written (along with Corey Nickerson) by Phil Klemmer, whose previous job was as a writer/story editor on Veronica Mars. One of the missions of the "Mars" writing staff was to try to smuggle, line-by-line, the entire script of the movie into their show (which they did on multiple occasions) until the show was canceled after its third season.

    • Stephen: Oh boy...

      Stephen's line is a reference to Sam Beckett, the character played by Scott Bakula on Quantum Leap. He would say this at the beginning of each episode.

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