Season 3 Episode 11

Chuck Versus the Final Exam

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 22, 2010 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Chuck becomes an official spy with a badge and his own gun.

    • The case file for Chuck's target -Hunter Perry- says that he was born in 1984, while the actor - Kyle Bornheimer was born in 1975 and looks even somewhat older than that.

    • During the stakeout, Chuck provides sizzling shrimp and plays the song "Private Eyes" from Hall and Oates. Both Chuck and Sarah mention that these were elements from their very first stakeout together, which was in episode 1x05, "Chuck Versus the Sizzling Shrimp".

    • Featured Music:
      "Private Eyes" by Hall and Oates (Chuck prepares the stakeout)
      "Permalight" by Rogue Wave (Chuck meets Sarah at the Orange Orange)
      "In My Sleep" by Austin Hartley-Leonard feat. Kendall Jane Meade (Chuck meets Sarah for dinner)

    • At the end of the episode, various items in Chuck's apartment have been painted red -- likely Sarah's reaction to Chuck's "red test".

  • Quotes

    • Chuck: Look, you were put in an impossible position, okay? You had no choice.
      Casey: It's America, Chuck. Everyone has a choice.

    • Casey: What are you still doing here? I thought you clocked out.
      Chuck: Yeah. Yeah, I did, but I thought I'd take a second to see how you were adjusting to civilian life. Apparently, not that great.
      Casey: Baby steps.
      Chuck: More like baby kicks to the groin. We got to get you reinstated, buddy. Without a license to kill, you are a menace to society.

    • Beckman: Good morning team. Have you told him anything yet?
      Chuck: Told me what?
      Beckman: After much deliberation it has been decided that you are ready for a mission that will test everything that you have learned thus far. A final spy test, if you will.
      Chuck: Test? Yeah, no problem. I'm a wiz with a number two pencil. (In high pitched voice) Scan-tron.

    • Big Mike: Now, I like you, and I know you're physically strong, but what I need to know is are you mentally strong? Strong enough to bend like the reed and not snap like the Kit Kat. To be John Casey, not John Crazy. Klonking people, walkin' around klonking heads, you can't be klonking heads in the Buy More. This is the Buy More!

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a poslední zkouška (Chuck and the Final Exam)

    • Subway was featured prominently in this episode. For the first time on the show, a scene took place in a Subway restaurant and centered entirely around the Subway product. In May, 2009, NBC partnered with Subway, who was already an advertiser on the show, allowing this type of unique product integration. Subway's partnership with NBC enabled production of the show to continue into its third season.

    • Although credited, Joshua Gomez (Morgan Grimes), Ryan McPartlin (Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb) and Sarah Lancaster (Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski-Woodcomb) do not appear in this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: March 22, 2010 on Citytv
      United Kingdom: August 9, 2010 on Virgin 1
      New Zealand: November 3, 2010 on TVNZ 2
      Czech Republic: December 11, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Sweden: December 27, 2010 on TV6
      Finland: July 16, 2012 on Sub

  • Allusions

    • When Casey stands in the shadows to make the kill for Chuck, and then allows him to take the credit for it, it was a reference to The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, as it was exactly what John Wayne's character did for Jimmy Stewart's character.

    • Chuck's briefing for his spy mission is a video recording that self destructs after playing once.

      This is a reference to the television series Mission Impossible, where agents receive assignments through a tape recording which also self destructs after being played.

    • Spa Host: Mr. Drago? Mr. Ivan Drago?

      Anatoli's thug is named after Ivan Drago, the Russian super-boxer played by Dolph Lundgren in Rocky IV (1985).