Season 2 Episode 19

Chuck Versus the Dream Job

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 06, 2009 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.