Season 4 Episode 8

Chuck Versus the Fear of Death

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 15, 2010 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity:

      Throughout the scene where Chuck is dangling from the Gondola, his hands constantly jump from both grabbing the floor, to one hand on the door.

    • Continuity:

      When Agent Rye is in the Bartowski bedroom and eyes Sarah, she quickly closes her robe. Then the camera view changes to face her directly and she closes her robe again.

    • The mountain gondola says "Bösewicht Berghütte" which is German/Swiss for "Villain mountain lodge"

    • Featured Music:
      "Zero Zero" by Operator Please (Chuck undergoes 31 days of testing to get the Intersect back)
      "Perfect Day" by The Constellations (Jeff and Lester spy on Greta)
      "Towards The Sun" by Alexi Murdoch (Casey talks to Alex about Team Bartowski breaking up)
      "Hiding Place" by Aushua (Sarah in her empty bedroom, worried about Chuck)

    • The gondola going to the chalet where the auction is held is inscribed in German saying Bösewicht Berghütte. Translated this means Villain Mountain Lodge.

  • Quotes

    • Sarah: Chuck, we're talking about real danger now.
      Chuck: I'm sorry, and I can only handle fake danger?
      Sarah: Look, I... I know the Intersect is important, but so far none of Agent Rye's therapies have worked, and the microdot contains highly sensitive information that the wrong people will kill for.
      Chuck: Well, I can take care of these wrong people without you holding my hand.
      Sarah: Why does it make sense to risk your life?
      Chuck: Because it's what I do... I'm a spy.
      Sarah: No, Chuck, you're not. Not right now.

    • General Beckman: And a mission just hit our radar, Agent Rye. I think it fits your bill.
      Rye: Is it dangerous?
      General Beckman: Incredibly.
      Rye: Chance of violence?
      General Beckman: It's guaranteed.
      Rye: Great!

    • Sarah: Chuck is going alone with Agent Rye?
      Chuck: Sarah, the only way I'll be able to flash is if there's no safety net.
      Sarah: Yes, Chuck, but then there's no safety net!

    • Greta: The only question is you wanna die with your wig on or off?
      Lester: Are you talking about my hair?

    • Rye: Ask yourself a question: Are you a spy or are you a guy with a spy girlfriend?
      Chuck: I'm a spy.

    • Greta: This is absolutely the last straw. They put a webcam in my locker. They bugged my price gun. The psychotic one follows me with a video camera narrating the Tracking and Hunting of the Greta Marmot. What does that even mean?
      Morgan: Which one do you think is the psychotic one?

    • Lester: Is it strange that all the new employees have been named Greta?
      Chuck: Strange? What's strange about it? Doesn't seem strange to me... At all.
      Jeff: Who cares, as long as they're spicy.

    • Greta: Colonel Casey, I've admired your work for years, but this outpost and its personnel are unprofessional. And I'm disappointed in you.
      Casey: Listen, Agent Greta. I don't know who you've worked with before or what crew you were on, but this is the best damn spy team in the world. We are strong. So do us a favor, don't let the door hit you in the ass.

    • Rye: But you know the rock is Sarah. Tell yourself you don't need her. And give into the fear.
      Chuck: See I do need her. I love her. And I'd rather have Sarah than the Intersect, so help me up!

    • Sarah: Any luck with the...
      Chuck: Tests? You'd have heard. And by that, I mean you'd have heard my giant sigh of relief, even in Moscow.

    • Morgan: No pressure Chuck, but you gotta figure this out soon. Casey is going nuts! He went over to Alex's the other day to help her move some furniture and ended up staring at her fish tank for an hour. He was muttering something about an itchy trigger finger.

    • (Sarah strolls into the Buy More)
      Jeff: My life would be a never ending Cialis commercial if I had her.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a největší strach (Chuck and the Biggest Fear)

    • Although credited, Mark Christopher Lawrence (Michael "Big Mike" Tucker), Ryan McPartlin (Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb) and Sarah Lancaster (Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski-Woodcomb) do not appear in this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: December 2, 2010 on LIVING/LIVING HD
      Turkey: December 13, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Sweden: April 18, 2011 on TV6
      Australia: April 29, 2011 on FOX8
      Czech Republic: September 24, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Finland: September 5, 2013 on Sub

  • Allusions

    • Chuck and agent Rye mentioned loving Star Trek. Executive producer and director of this episode Robert Duncan McNeill was a star of Star Trek Voyager.

    • When Col. Casey is talking to Greta in Castle he says "I don't know who you've worked with before, or what crew you were on..." Those lines are an allusion to the canceled show "Firefly" which Summer Glau and Adam Baldwin played crew members on a spaceship. The writers of this episode in fact admitted to being Firefly fans and hoped to drop an allusion or two into the script.