Season 3 Episode 8

Chuck Versus the Fake Name

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 01, 2010 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Chuck promises to cook dinner for Ellie, Devon and Hannah, but must first complete a mission that involves him impersonating the world's most dangerous assassin. Meanwhile, Sarah tries to keep her relationship with Shaw strictly professional.

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    This episode opens with Ellie surprising Hannah in Chuck's shower, so they obviously hooked up, which is disappointing. Later, when the Buy More employees are assembled for a slow cooker demonstration. Hannah has her arms around Chuck and she's gazing at him, which is all she ever does. While Big Mike's talking, she gazes at Chuck again and whispers "I'm excited about dinner tonight." Chuck doesn't sound like he really cares, and he doesn't gaze at her with as much devotion as she gazes at him.

    Apparent moments after this, she kisses him passionately in the middle of the Buy More and whispers "Hi, I missed those lips." Chuck sort of rebuffs her, saying "What, these old things? Ha ha ha." I'm pretty sure Chuck is supposed to be genuinely into Hannah, but it's not convincing. She just seems to be pursuing him for all she's worth. I'd kind of be grateful if Chuck said something like "look, I like you, but I need some space, especially at work. Please stop following me around like a lovesick puppy."

    "I'm gonna be thinking about last night when I'm on my install" she says, before kissing Chuck again, still in the middle of the Buy More, still in front of everyone. Later, presumably after the install, they meet up again in the Buy More, and kiss. Later she makes a toast at dinner, celebrating the fact that her life is finally coming together, 24 hours after sleeping with the guy she chased all the way from France. Back at the Buy More the next day, she snatches Chuck's phone, and then invites him to meet her parents... 36 hours after sleeping with the guy she chased all the way from France. Then she ANSWERS Chuck's phone, which I consider a serious breach of etiquette. If the producers really want us to like this character, they need to stop letting Hannah get in the way and screw everything up.

    The loved-up stuff makes for unpleasant viewing. Chuck and Sarah's relationship is too advanced at this point, and even Zachary Levi can't convince the audience that he's genuinely interested in anyone else. Likewise, Sarah's relationship with Daniel Shaw is forced and unrealistic. The awkwardness continues when Shaw answers the door in nothing but a towel. Though extremely handsome, he's too similar to her, and too two-dimensional, to be a pleasure to watch in the context of his relationship with Sarah. While she's trying to tell him about her fears for Chuck, Shaw is zipping up his pants in front of her. Explaining that both she and Chuck are changing because of their roles as spies, Shaw moves in for the kill and says, inappropriately, "well if this is you, I like you - I want more." She then tells Shaw her real name, which is unlikely when she wouldn't tell Chuck. "Well, I'm gonna kiss you now" says Shaw, clumsily. They do kiss, and then again at the end of the episode. There's a lot of kissing in this episode, and none of it is between Chuck and Sarah.

    Shaw gets more interesting later in the series, but Hannah doesn't. Fortunately this is the last episode in which she appears. She departs as suddenly as she arrived, and Chuck doesn't seem too broken up about it. Hannah tells him "you're not a nice guy, Chuck." Although from her perspective she's justified in dismissing Chuck pretty rudely, she did bulldoze him into this very serious relationship, and as an audience we know Chuck IS a nice guy, so she comes across as kind of a harpy. As irritating as I find her in this role, I'm inclined to blame the writers for introducing a character, shoehorning her into an incredibly intimate relationship with the main character over an arc of 4 episodes, and failing to make her likeable.moreless
  • A better title should have been Chuck Versus the shark

    Talk about Chuck jumping the shark. I am a bit late to the party. I just started watching this series. At first I felt nostalgic for the Ross/Rachel scenario. I found it insulting to read that the producers actually weighed their decisions based on the Friends' ratings. Friends was a thousand times better. The first offense was backpedalling from season two. The second offense was retconning Sarah's history. The third offense was Brandon Routh. Common sense after season two would be Chuck kicking ass, Sarah chasing him and Orion running the operation. The best shows of the past twenty years don't exist in a time capsule. The Shield, Friends, X-Files charactersall progressed. I purposely left out spoilers. Most readers will know my references.moreless
  • Chuck and his poofy hair is a bit of a jerkface.

    Not cool, Chuck. While it's obvious that Chuck is changing because of his increased spy-ness, his motivations are a bit unclear and a bit weak. Season 2 saw Chuck fighting for his normal life without serets and lies, and by episode 8 of season 3 we see a complete turn-around, with Chuck lying at every turn to keep his cover as a covert agent. This episode highlighted just how far Chuck has come. It seems that Chuck's rash decision at the end of Season 2 to become the intersect once more was his way of choosing his destiny. Working at a company like Roark was not for him and managing the Buy More would not satisfy Chuck either. It seems though that this has caused him to lose himself and it will be interesting to see whether he will continue on this path or whether Hannah is the last heart he breaks for a while. Warning: Chuck is no longer the nerd we know and love, ever since he poofed-up his hair he has turned into the jerky/cool guy at work who always seems to have something going on and treats his friends like crap!

    Also: I kinda love what's happening between Sarah and Shaw, he's super-hot and just what she needs right now.moreless
  • I liked this one... Very Funny! And Casey is awesome!

    What an improvement over last week!

    Ali Adler wrote this episode, and and this that this made a difference. And i watched it twice so that i got a proper feel for it.

    Gotta say, I LOVED the conversation between the gangsters and Chuck about the Will They/ Wont They question bewteen him and Sarah. Great way to poke fun at the fans concerns, and i had a hearty chuckle!

    Chuck as an assasin was surprisingly beleivable, and what good acting!

    I gotta say, im still not feeling Shaw, but i hope this will change as the show moved foward.

    Hannah was also awesome and i will be sad to see her go, and the fact that she called Chuck out on being an excellent lier and how he was not as a nice guy as he think he is, was very well played. And dumping her just minutes before he was supposed to have dinner with her parents, what a *insert approriate word of your choice here*.

    Anywho liked the episode, loved the acting!

    OH and Casey, what a BADASS! Seriously, letting someone rip a tooth outa your mouth, sans anesthetic, well its just BADASS. You gotta love Casey!

    Bring on the next episode!moreless
  • I am a died in the wool "Chuck-a-holic" and I HATED most of it. Yes three little words can describe this episode for me…painful to watch!

    I'LL try not to waist your time with a lot of complaining other then to say that I'M A hugefan have been since the beginning, and have never missed an episode. Even so I have to say I'm about fed up with the tired ramblings, twists and turns they continually to take to try to keep Chuck and Sarah apart, instead of putting the team together and letting the magic continue, and for what?!?!?!? Supposed higher ratings. I read a Blog in which Zach Levy and the producers where chatting about where the show was going and why. In this interview they said they continued to keep them apart to keep the ratings up...something about how the ratings had dropped when Rachel and Ross on "Friends" got together and it was because people were board. Sorry I'm so SICK of pretty boy Shaw and his bad acting that I'm about to stop watching the show period! I respectfully submit that if they want to REALLY see low ratings...keep not giving us the fans what we want...Check and Sarah together! I again respectfully submit to the Levy and the Producers, don't be scared...put our lovebirds together, pay the writers and trust them to keep the plot won't be disappointed because without the dysfunctional twists they are throwing into the mix, the show is already magical!!!

    Yvonne Strahovski and Adam Baldwin, were awesome as ever and, as well as the rest of the cast. It's not the cast it's the writing...the Buy More antics are even getting cold. Come on guys give us back our favorite show and keep it going up.

    Hopefully they wake up in time to save this once highlight of our TV watching week.moreless
Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Ryan McPartlin

Ryan McPartlin

Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Big Mike

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Vik Sahay

Vik Sahay

Lester Patel

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Faces In The Dark" by The Generationals (Opening scenes)
      "Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion" by Ennio Morricone (Chuck meets the mobsters)
      "A Sleep Be Told" by The Traditionalist (Dinner preparation)
      "Living a Lie" by Daniel Zott (Closing scenes)

    • Sarah reveals her real name to be Sam. And as it is known from "Chuck Versus the Wookiee, her middle name is Lisa".

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Chuck: I feel like I'm living a lie, Ellie. I used to be able to compartmentalize this things but it's like it's all the time now, it never stops. I feel like I'm not me anymore.
      Ellie: I think I know what this is about.
      Chuck: You do?
      Ellie: Maybe things are moving too fast with Hannah and even though you really like her, it feels dishonest because the truth is that you still have feelings for Sarah. Did this sound about right?
      Chuck: See? This is... This is why I don't come talk to you, Ellie, because you are half a spy.
      Ellie: I'm sorry, Chuck. Maybe that's not it.
      Chuck: No. No, no... What I mean by that is that you are an excellent half a spy. Thanks.
      Ellie: Anytime.

    • Big Mike: Bartowski is killing it with the ladies.
      Lester: First it was that hot girl from Standford.
      Jeff: Jill.
      Lester: Yeah, then the brunette with the overpriced alley.
      Big Mike: Lou. She was a fine miniature piece of woman.
      Lester: And now Hannah. Moisturizer fee of my saliva.
      Jeff: Don't you get it? None of them matter. Chuck might be trying to replace her, but when he's with Sarah, the light in his eyes shines brightly.
      Big Mike: (starts crying) Damn onions!

    • Lester: Look at that. Chuck's the greatest lady killer Burbank has seen.
      Jeff: He's a real Chuck magnet.
      Lester: Please with the puns.

    • (Seeing Chuck and Hannah)
      Lester: What is that guy's secret with women? Or has he got some kind of deal with the devil?
      Jeff: I've narrowed it down to either mind-controlling LSD or sorcery.

  • NOTES (3)