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Season 4 Episode 12

Chuck Versus the Gobbler

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 24, 2011 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Sarah begins an undercover mission to save Mama Bartowski and take down Volkoff with the aid of Casey, Chuck, and Morgan. Ellie and Awesome argue over what to name their baby.

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  • Engaging, surprisingly intense, and a return to form.

    Well this week's Chuck definitely surprised me. Maybe it was trying to return to Chuck after two months with a lackluster episode that made me see think about the series as a whole. But Chuck is back, without a doubt, and if I only got to watch one show my whole life, Chuck is, and always be, it.

    While I do think I've outgrown the reason I watched Chuck in the first place, it's hard to remove characters you've known all these years like their your family, and it's easily become a witty, charming staple of my TV week. The whole dark-side storyline played well off of last week, and Morgan, acting the usual way he does and the return of Ellie & Awesome gave more balance to more intensity than usual, which rounded the show nicely. And then there's Timothy Dalton. No guest this show has ever had can come close to the trained professional he is, and the engaging character he portrays. Sorry, Linda.

    Nothing's without flaws, however. I could go on and on about the plot holes in the Yuri jailbreak scenes, or how everything seems rushed to conclude Chuck's original 13 episode order, but with what they're given, the writers are doing a hell of a job being fairly consistent, and I can only hope Chuck stays this way.moreless
  • good - needs more complications and more morgan!

    any one else notice that chuck's inmate number was zachary levi's date of birth? 092980.

    i really enjoyed this episode. it was pretty much back to the old form, which i've missed recently. i would have liked to see chuck in more compromising positions.

    this was a good morgan episode as well, but i wish there was more of him. i really enjoyed the slow-motion scene with the orange juice and pizza. it was so opposite how they usually use that technique. it made me happy. :) for some reason, the website thinks i haven't put enough words in this review, so i'm going to talk about beards, hair, and clothes. yay. you may want to disregard the next few sections.

    morgan has one of the best beards on television, not that there are a lot of bearded stars out there.

    at the same time, i am not the biggest fan of sarah's new hairdo. like chuck, i found it rather distracting.moreless
Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Colonel John Casey

Ryan McPartlin

Ryan McPartlin

Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb

Sarah Lancaster

Sarah Lancaster

Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski

Mekenna Melvin

Mekenna Melvin

Alex McHugh

Guest Star

Matthew Willig

Matthew Willig

Yuri the Gobbler

Guest Star

Linda Hamilton

Linda Hamilton

Mary Bartowski

Special Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • "Grunka" really does exist in the IKEA catalog as a piece of kitchenware. The name litterally means "thing" or "gadget".

    • Featured Music:
      "AM/FM Sound" by Matt & Kim (Chuck is feeling upbeat about Sarah's mission)
      "Midnight Runaround" by Pop Levi (Chuck fights Yuri in prison)
      "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" by The National (Sarah tells Chuck that her mission to take down Volkoff could take a while)
      "Silvia" by Miike Snow (Sarah and Mary talk on the plane; Alex, Chuck and Morgan visit unconscious Casey in the hospital)

    • Matthew Willig, who portrays Yuri the Gobbler in this episode, actually appeared on Chuck once. He played a henchmen named Uri of the notorious arms dealer called "La Ciudad" in Chuck Versus the Tango.

    • Chuck's prison number on his jumpsuit is 092980. Zachary Levi was born on September 29, 1980, which is 09/29/80.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Chuck: Don't freak out, stay calm, but your girlfriend is currently wearing your previously unworn, original issue, Zemeckis authenticated Back to the Future t-shirt!
      Morgan: Oh dear sweet goodness.

    • Casey: Throw me out the window.
      Sarah: What?!
      Casey: The window. Look, there's a little platform down there. It's only 40 feet. I've done 60, easy. I'll be fine, I promise.
      Sarah: Okay. But you better be fine, or else I'll really kill you.

    • Sarah: I want to come and work with you.
      Volkoff: Ms. Walker... even if you've told me the truth about your motives, why would I ever trust you?
      Sarah: Fair question. (She beats the guards) The reason you're going to trust me is because I'm not going to kill you, right here and right now.
      Volkoff: You... are such fun.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a žrout (Chuck and the Glutton)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 26, 2011 on SPACE
      Turkey: March 21, 2011 on CNBC-e
      United Kingdom: April 7, 2011 on Sky LIVING/Sky LIVING HD
      Sweden: May 16, 2011 on TV6
      Australia: May 27, 2011 on FOX8
      Czech Republic: October 8, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Finland: October 3, 2013 on Sub

    • Although credited, Bonita Friedericy (General Diane Beckman) does not appear in this episode.