Season 2 Episode 7

Chuck Versus the Fat Lady

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 17, 2008 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The team needs to acquire a FULCRUM agent list by solving several riddles left behind by Guy Lafleur.
Meanwhile, Emmett tries to find out why Chuck is absent so often and goes after his colleagues to get the information.

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  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    Chuck and Jill are enjoying the honeymoon stage of their rekindled relationship. However, Chuck's spy life intervenes when Casey and Sarah inform Chuck that he is needed for an immediate mission to recover a list of CIA Fulcrum agents that Guy LaFleur had apparently hidden in his hotel room before being murdered. Jealousy erupts when Jill finally meets Sarah and learns that Chuck and his handler must pose as a couple, especially when she learns that Sarah is posing as a seductively-dressed escort for the mission. Chuck does his best to reassure Jill that his relationship with Sarah is purely business but only finds himself in more trouble when Jill finds Chuck and Sarah in their hotel room in their underwear after trying to wash off a suspected bioweapon. The team recovers a music box in LaFleur's room, which leads them to the opera, where they recover an encrypted flash drive with the Fulcrum list. Chuck and Jill leave for a romantic getaway, during which Jill is kidnapped by Fulcrum and held hostage in exchange for the Fulcrum list. Chuck agrees to the exchange, but first makes a copy of the list with Morgan's Canadian copying device (designed to copy video games, but apparently able to copy anything). Chuck and Jill embark on another romantic getaway, during which Sarah and Casey discover from the recovered list that Jill is Fulcrum herself. Meanwhile, corporate efficiency expert Emmett is out to get Chuck and interrogates Morgan to get some dirt on his best friend. Morgan blackmails Emmett with footage of Emmett's drunken stupor. I love the starting scene with Chuck and Jill on the roof of Buy More and they are being watched. I love the way Sarah and Casey are talking about Chuck. I then love the scene between Sarah and Chuck - I just want them to get it on already, I actually feel sorry for Sarah. I love the whole Buy More scenes. The way Emmett wants to know more about Chuck so goes to Chuck's best friend, Morgan. I love all the scenes in Buy More they are always fun and awesome to watch. I love the scene where Jill is asking questions to Chuck about Sarah and he tells her there is nothing to worry about but then they walk in on Sarah in getting dressed, and then when chuck phones Jill and hears all the wrong things and it sounds like they are having sex and then even better the scene where after the solve the code and it sprays powder on Chuck and Sarah and they have to have a shower - I love that scene but then Jill knocks at the door and see's them both in the underwear - awesome storyline. I love the scenes between Morgan and Emmett and the whole Buymoria and Chuck talk hilarious. I love the scene with Jill and Chuck talking 'nerd code'like what Casey says. I love the way Morgan is with Chuck asking about the lying, so cute their relationship.I love the action scenes. I love the scene between Sarah and Jill about them both caring about Chuck. I love it when Emmett is hungover hilarious, and then Morgan takes control! I love the ending.moreless
  • Well, I can honestly say I didn't see the twist coming at the end.

    Well, I can honestly say I didn't see the twist coming at the end. I saw it coming about a minute before the reveal when they were scanning through all the Fulcrum agents. I knew that they had be bringing Chuck's ex-girlfriend back for something big, and big, it certainly is. While this was a superb episode, with several great sequences, I do have some issues with it.

    Such as the scene at the Opera House where they find the box with the musical puzzle in it. So they find this box with who knows what in it and they rush it on stage, in front of everyone who is there rehearsing, and just open it? Seriously?! They knew some one was after the same thing. No one thought to discretely leave with the box and open it else where? But then we wouldn't have had the contrived intensity where it might be a bomb. I usually do a pretty good job of suspending belief in moments like these,(Chuck isn't the only show guilty of these kind of moments) but this was just too much.

    Okay, onto the positive stuff

    I swear, Tony Hale (Emmett Milbarge) gets better with every episode. I didn't like his character at first, but he is growing on me. Also I like how the Buy More sub plots are getting to where they are actually significant to the main character. The sequences at the end when John and Sarah are running to get to Chuck was very cool and a little intense.

    Anyway, I can't wait till next week's episode, I can't wait to get the whole story of Jill. Viva Buymordia!moreless
  • Chuck and the team tries to find a list of fulcrum agents in Lafleur's hotel room. They succeed in doing so, but the team has to face startling revelation at the end and makes a desperate attempt to save chuck.moreless

    A very entertaining and enjoyable episode. Although the end was somewhat predictable, it gives good reason to keep us watching. The puzzle sequences were good to watch. But they should have been explained more in the episode through chuck. That would have given a clear indication of chuck's contribution to the team and his abilities. The shower scene and the fruit punch idea was hilarious. The happening at the buy more is as always funny and interesting to watch. In this episode captain awesome and Ellie was not featured and anna is missing for two episodes. This show is getting interesting but the storyline has to be good in future like this episode, to continue this hsow in the long run.moreless
  • A great twisty turny episode

    I find Chuck to be absolutely adorable and this episode was no exception. I disliked Jill from the start and was not the least bit surprised that she turned out to be a Fulcrum agent. Roll on next week's episode to see what happens next there.

    Of course the Buy More scenes were as hilarious as ever - Morgan's character goes from strength to strength. I even quite like the new Assistant Manager once it was revealed what happens whenb he has just a tiny amount of alcohol.

    All in all a funny yet intense episode of Chuck leading to more surprises next week I bet.moreless
  • Chuck and Jill's relationship escalates while details from Fulcrum are brought into the light.

    This episode is simply another reason why Chuck has become one of the best shows on TV this season. It's blend of comedy, such as Casey nailing the high-C and claiming "I wasn't hatched", and action, the intense hostage siatuation, proved to be in the typical Chuck vein. Jordana Brewster turns in another fantastic guest performance as the Juliet to Chuck's Romeo, and the events of this episode showed why they worked so well in college. Jill's brain thinks like Chuck's, and it was a blast watching them solve the puzzle in the Opera hall. The chemistry between the two is grade A.

    The twist at the end was easy to see as the list of Fulcrum agents began to run across the screen, but what makes it interesting is what exactly happened with Chuck and Jill at the end. If she convinced him to run off, as I believe she could, the FBI and CIA could have so major problems on their hands. This is the reason we'll continue watching, or at least, one of many.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

Jordana Brewster

Jordana Brewster

Jill Roberts

Guest Star

Mark Pellegrino

Mark Pellegrino


Guest Star

Phillipe Simon

Phillipe Simon

Opera Director

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


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Jill asks Chuck when they should meet at Buy More he gives her a "geek code" so Casey won't be able to follow them. Chuck tells Jill to take the latent heat of aquatic fusion (in calories/gram) and then to subtract the atomic number of the element thulium. The latent heat of aquatic fusion (the heat required to turn ice to water) is approximately 80 calories/gram. The atomic number of thulium is 69. 80 - 69 = 11. Chuck and Jill went on their date while the sun was up so Chuck probably intended for Jill to meet him at 11 o'clock am.

    • When Chuck looks at Morgan's locker at the Buy More, there is a sticker on it from the San Diego Comic Con. Ironically, if Morgan had gone to it he may have seen the cast of Chuck there talking about their second season.

    • While Chuck is talking to Morgan at the Buy More, the Looney Tunes short "What's Opera, Doc?" is playing on all of the TV screens in the background. It stars Bugs Bunny & Elmer Fudd in a parody of opera (especially the works of Wagner) and is one of the most known shorts. This is especially fitting as part of the episode is related to opera.

    • Featured Music:
      "Libiamo Ne' Lieti Calici (La Traviata)" by Giuseppe Verdi (The team enters the opera)
      "Buildings & Mountains" by The Republic Tigers (Chuck and Jill go on a road trip)
      "Keep Yourself Warm" by Frightened Rabbit (Closing scenes)

    • The note that Casey sang to open the music box and expose the hidden opera glasses was not a high C; he actually sang an E.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Jill: So is this a normal day at the office for you?
      Sarah: Yes, except Casey doesn't usually sing.

    • Jill: You have five minutes to convince me that what I saw was not what I saw.
      Chuck: Yeah - that might be a little tough because I can't get into the specifics without you having to know top secret government - [okay] We broke into Guy's room and we found this box. But when we opened it it sprayed stuff all over Sarah and me. So, what you saw when you saw the two of us in our underpants what you really saw were two people trying to wash off what we thought was poison but it really turned out to be powdered fruit punch. See? There, simple. Do you believe me?
      Jill: What kind of fruit punch?

    • Lester: Morgan! You got to break Morgan. Chuck tells him everything.
      Jeff: His beard holds so many secrets.

    • Chuck: (after Casey sings a high note) Hey! What?
      Casey: Choir boy. What? I wasn't hatched.

    • Chuck: (Handing Casey the copy of the encoded Fulcrum list) Q36 game copier. Thankfully, Morgan is too cheap and unethical to pay for his own video game entertainment. Canada's greatest gift since Shania Twain.

    • Sarah: You are not concerned to involve a civilian in a covert government investigation?
      Casey: No, girl's pushing Guy Lafleur's view is of use to us. You sure you're not just jealous because Bartowski's found himself a new piece of asset?

    • Chuck: Wait. So not only did we not get the Fulcrum list, but Jill's never gonna speak to me again, because she caught me naked, rinsing off fruit punch with another woman?
      Casey: Common spy problem.
      Chuck: Really?

    • Chuck: What is it? What is it, flesh-eating bacteria or anthrax? Am I gonna die?
      Casey: Nope. But you can add ice and give it to little kids to sell on street corners.
      Chuck: I knew it. Drugs.
      Casey: It's powdered fruit punch, dumb ass.

    • Morgan: (to Chuck) Of course I can cover for you, man, because we're best friends, and that's what best friends do. They lie for each other, but they don't lie to each other.

    • Sarah: Jill, if it looks like a bomb and it ticks like a bomb, generally it is a bomb.

  • NOTES (4)


    • In the opera house, when Chuck and Jill solve the puzzle, the clock stops at 0007. Somewhat of a tribute to James Bond in Goldfinger, the bomb gets shut off at 007.

    • Chuck: The Culper Ring used to use stuff like that to pass along information during the Revolutionary War days.

      The Culper Ring was a spy ring organized by Benjamin Tallmadge under the orders of General George Washington in the summer of 1778. The Ring's task was to infiltrate British-controlled New York City and report troop dispositions and intentions. The Ring conducted covert operations until the end of the American Revolutionary War, though its heyday was between 1778 and 1781. A modern day Culper Ring has also been depicted in the comic book "Y The Last Man".

    • When Jill makes a reference to her old boss loving puzzles she tells Chuck he once left a clue in an "obscure bit of Vogon poetry." The Vogons are a fictional alien race in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. They are known for their awful poetry.