Season 2 Episode 20

Chuck Versus the First Kill

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 13, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary

After Chuck's father is kidnapped by FULCRUM, Chuck finds himself in the need to ask his imprisoned ex-girlfriend Jill for help. Meanwhile, the Buy More team try to bring down Emmett's corporate evaluation, but he seems to be one step ahead.

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  • great great great! what fun. I love chuck

    What a great episode. It was exciting, fast paced, great music, good subplots... funny moments. The stakes are high with Chuck's dad off in Fulcrum's clutches. Chuck is willing to do just about anything. He hooks up with Jill, who is in jail and gets her help in trying to find and free his dad. She turns out to be somewhat morally rehabilitated (at least apparently so) since earlier episodes - and is very loyal (at least apparently) to chuck. One thing that emerges strongly is the the daunting reach and quest for power on the part of the CIA and Fulcrum as they both start locking down at the end, and Chuck and Sarah... My experience of every episode now is tinged with a bittersweet mixture of deep appreciation and increasing cancellation angst.moreless
  • Trust or mistrust......

    Tonight's theme was trust and that's a big part of the show as a whole. I've been continuing to watch Chuck solely on the fact I'm trusting that this show is going to turn around. I just hoping my trust isn't misplaced. We saw Chuck tonight place his trust in an unexpected person, Jill. Chuck desire to get the intersect out of his head is only matched by his desire to find his father. However, he is discovering that his trust has been misplaced in the wrong people despite Sarah's dramatic choice, I think Jill's advice to Chuck is going to ring true. Chuck should only trust himself. This situation is echoed through Morgan's mistrust in his desire to rid the BuyMore of a major pain in the butt.moreless
  • OMG!!!

    Oh my god what a ending to a episode of Chuck, the episode as a whole was ok I have seen better this season but the last ten minutes was fantastic it was very good, action packed, funny and the storyline moved forward again with that awesome ending, cant wait to see what happens next. At the Buy More I felt sorry for Big Mike but I will enjoy seeing him work on the floor instead of a manager and I want to see how Emmet uses his power of being manager. Chuck move was funny where he kept killing people by accident. The episode was another strong one. Great season why is the show in danger?moreless
  • Jill's back, helping in the hunt for Chuck's dad, Orion.

    I really enjoyed this episode - both the main story using Jill to help find Chuck's dad as well as the Buy More storyline where Morgan unwittingly falls into Emmett's trap to oust Big Mike so he can take over the Buy More. Loads of action and funny scenes here and a great twist at the end. Casey was back on top form as sarcastic as ever which was so great to see. "The Morgan" was really funny as a killer move too! The ending builds us up to the final 2 episodes of the season and I can't wait to see what happens next.moreless
  • omg, i feel relieved!

    i really was worried about this episode's title even though i kept telling myself that it might have been deliberately missleading and chuck wouldn't actually kill someone like so many people seemed to be eager to have him to. i'm incredibly relieved, i was right!

    i really liked this episode! i loved the scene when chuck told sarah that she was the only one he trusted. i loved, how he tried to save the fulcrum agent who just had wanted to kill him before, especially how he would admit that he wouldn't let him fall if he didn't tell him where his father was. i loved how things turned out between chuck and jill, how he helped her escape and gave her the ring so she could build herself a new future. most of all though i loved that sarah told him the truth in the end and finally put her feelings for him over following orders and i'm quite sure, that casey will join them, being more than a "good soldier" for once and obey his own conscience.

    the only reason i didn't reward this episode with a 10 is, that for my taste there were too many casulties at the shoot out at the fulcrum offices but apart from that, great episode!moreless
Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Major John Casey

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Michael "Big Mike" Tucker

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Jordana Brewster

Jordana Brewster

Jill Roberts

Guest Star

Ken Davitian

Ken Davitian

Bernie Ominsky

Guest Star

Lori Alan

Lori Alan

Judy Roberts

Guest Star

Tony Hale (I)

Tony Hale (I)

Emmett Milbarge

Recurring Role

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "Here" by Mackintosh Braun (Opening scenes)
      "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister (Buy More employees go crazy)
      "(Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry" by Darlene Love (At the celebration)
      "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran (Chuck and Jill run)
      "The Earth Has Lost Its Hold" by Calhoun (Jill gives the ring back)
      "Shopping for Blood" by Franz Ferdinand (Chuck and Casey infiltrate the office building)
      "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister (Chuck is rescued)
      "The Earth Has Lost Its Hold" by Calhoun (Chuck lets Jill go)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Chuck: You can't shoot us because the whole family will hear it.
      Bernie: Right. I can't. (He picks up a baseball bat) But I can beat you to death.
      Chuck: I was really hoping for a third option that did not include death.

    • Casey: Chuck's dad. Where is he?
      Jill: I don't know...exactly. But I do know someone who might know where they're holding him.
      Sarah: Who?
      Jill: My Uncle Bernie.
      Casey: That better not be a joke because I don't have a sense of humor.

    • Lester: I mean, people, do you have any idea what working with fried food would do to my complexion?
      Jeff: I can't leave the Buy More. I won't survive in the real world. I'm institutionalized.

    • Chuck: Most girls only get four Cs with the ring, but my Jill she got five: Cut, Color, Clarity, Carat and Chuck!

    • Sarah: You're 100% sure you want to go through with this?
      Chuck: More like 45, maybe...maybe 30.

    • Casey: What do you call your move, anyway?
      Chuck: What move?
      Casey: The girlie pose I saw you in. What do you call that?
      Chuck: The Morgan.
      Sarah: The Morgan?
      Chuck: He invented it in high school when girls were beating him up. You kind of duck a little bit, protect the know, your face and... (Gestures at groin)

    • Big Mike: Sweet Onion Chicken teriyaki.
      Morgan: Yep.
      Big Mike: A taste of the Orient in Burbank. The flavors melt together in perfect harmony. Just like me and your mama.

    • Jill: What happened?
      Chuck: Burghee attacked me, I did The Morgan, and he flew out the window.
      Jill: That's two kills in two days, Chuck. That Morgan move really is killer.

    • Beckman: Chuck's going into lockdown. He'll be taken to Washington and put into a secure facility once and for all.
      Casey: Operation Moron is over?

    • (Chuck tries to pull Agent Burghee back onto the window washer's scaffolding)
      Burghee: Pull me up!
      Chuck: I'm trying, I'm trying! Please...please tell me where my father is.
      Burghee: Or what, you'll drop me?!?
      Chuck: I'd never drop you; that's a horrible thing to do to somebody!
      Burghee: Really?
      Chuck: Yeah, it's a 15 story fall; it's an awful way to die!

    • Burghee: Are you wearing a wire?
      Chuck: That's preposterous!
      (Two agents draw their guns at Chuck's head)
      Burghee: Are you wearing a wire?
      Chuck: Yes, yes, I am.

    • Jeff: I can't...tell you how many times I defiled myself at work. Emmett cured me of that. Now I only violate myself at home or in the car. But never in the Nerd Herder.

    • Sarah: I'm, uh, Chuck's cousin Sarah, and this is my boyfriend, John. (She indicates Casey)
      Wally: Talk about beauty and the beast, hunh, you must be loaded!

    • Casey: Permission to drop the twerp into a deep, dark hole, General?
      Beckman: Granted.
      Casey: Hunh?

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a jáma lvová (Chuck and the Lion's Den)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: June 8, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Latin America: October 18, 2009 on Warner Channel
      United Kingdom: October 20, 2009 on Virgin 1
      Sweden: November 16, 2009 on TV6
      Czech Republic: March 3, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: September 30, 2011 on Sub
      Slovakia: August 21, 2012 on Markiza

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


    • Lester: Yes captain, my captain.

      Referencing Walt Whitman's 1865 poem "O Captain! My Captain!", a metaphor poem referring to Lincoln's assassination.

    • Casey, Chuck, and Sarah dragging Bernie's dead body out of the party while pretending he is alive is likely a reference to the 1989 film Weekend at Bernie's, as is Bernie's name.

    • The scene where Big Mike kisses Morgan and says, "I know it was you, Morgan. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!" is an allusion to the movie The Godfather where Al Pacino kisses "Fredo" and says the same thing.

    • Emmett: (Handing Big Mike a green shirt) Welcome back to gen pop, Michael.

      Gen pop is shorthand in corrections institutions for "general population," the main housing area where prisoners are kept absent special circumstances or discipline.