Season 2 Episode 8

Chuck Versus the Gravitron

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 24, 2008 on NBC
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Episode Summary

After finding out that Chuck's ex-girlfriend Jill is FULCRUM, he is ordered to use her to infiltrate FULCRUM.
Meanwhile, Ellie is preparing the apartment for Thanksgiving and the arrival of Captain Awesome's parents.
Morgan, Jeff and Lester are assigned to guard the store over Thanksgiving.

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  • Finally!!! She's gone! u.u

    I didn't get a chance to read the other review for this episode yet so I'm not sure what everyone else thinks but I couldn't stand Jill! These past 2 or 3 episodes were so frustrating...but on the other hand it was cool to see Sarah starting to show her true feelings. =)

    I love this show!! Chuck really surprised me at the end there with the maneuver he pulled on Jill..NICE! He should have been smarter than to give her a chance. Besides, we all knew she was just giving him the old run around.

    Great episode. Classic Morgan moments as always haha. Good to see things back in swingmoreless
  • holiday episode

    Poor Chuck can't have anything normal in his life. He's lives a double-life between home/Buy More and spy missions, the girl he adores he can never have, and his one girlfriend he always loved and seemed to be the one to make his hectic life a little more comfortable, is a Fulcrum agent using him for the evil agency's schemes. Last episode, Sarah and Casey figured out Jill from the scan. This episode, Chuck finds out for himself when Jill lures him to an old hang-out and holds him at gun point. Jill still has feelings for Chuck and Chuck begs her to let him live. She does hestiantly, for her operative, Father, is out for Chuck's life as well. Casey, Sarah, and Chuck take Jill back to the hideout and avoid Father. Meanwhile, Thanksgiving is coming and Ellie is stressed by Awesome's parents coming and she wants everything to go right. She even excludes poor Morgan from dinner. Not to worry, because Big Mike has him, Lester, and Jeff overseeing security. In order to get his workers into the holiday spirit, Morgan offers to sneak out and get some food. Jill is held hostage at the hideout, hooked on a lie-detector. She answers a series of questions about Fulcrum and some personal questions from Chuck. She does love him, she always loved him. She reveals she never slept with Bryce. She was recruited by Fulcrum during college, possibly before she even met Chuck or Bryce. It was Fulcrum's idea for her to get with Bryce. Whatever relationship she had with Bryce is unclear but most likely, Bryce "broke" up with her when he found out she was Fulcrum. She hates Fulcrum and says it controls everything in her life. Chuck believes her. Unfortunately, Jill loves Chuck but not enough to save him. She betrays Chuck by leading Father into the hideout, captures Casey and Sarah, and locks them and Chuck into holding cells. Father reveals why Fulcrum wants Chuck: they want Bryce so he could reveal the Intersect. Luckily, Jill doesn't know Chuck is the Intersect. Chuck is unwilling to help but Jill and Father threaten Casey and Sarah's lives, so he's forced to. That doesn't mean Chuck isn't crafty. He sends Father and Jill to Buy More and sneakily lets Casey and Sarah free. Casey attacks Father and Father is done in by a charging Big Mike out to protect the store. Jill pleads with Chuck to run away with her but Chuck refuses and has her captured. Reason: she threatened the one girl he loves more than Jill, Sarah. And that was enough. In a double-hitter, Chuck says that Jill and him are done. Back at home, Awesome's parents can't come. Ellie feels bad about kicking Morgan out and invites him, Jeff, and Lester to dinner. Sweet. Morgan slips about Jill and Ellie asks about it to Chuck but Chuck tells her an almost-truth: him and Jill are forever done, he didn't cheat on Sarah, he needed to see Jill again to see what he had with Sarah, and he can put Bryce and Jill and college behind him. Now that everything's done, everyone can sit down to Thanksgiving dinner. It was a good episode of Chuck but there were a few problems. For one, holiday themed episodes are a little too hashed and most likely, the idea might have come from the network, not the show itself. The episode was almost entirely focused on Jill and Chuck and when Chuck, the show, focuses on romance at the front, it's a bit awkward, I guess. You know Jill couldn't last but how she got out was a bit. . .predictable, I guess. One minor note: Emett is noticeably missing from this episode. I hope they're not done with him yet. It was still a good episode and hopefully, Chuck will have slightly better luck with girlfriends in the future.moreless
  • Another great Chuck episode, funny and charming to watch.

    It was great to see Chuck still maintains its high standards of drama and comedy. It still remains one of my favourite shows right now. I was so happy to see that Chuck finally saw through Jill and now realises they have no future together as she would always betray him.

    The Buy More scenes were also as funny as ever. I even felt sorry for Geoff and Lester having nowhere to go on a family holiday. Poor nerds being locked in there just because they had nowhere else to go. I especially loved the scene towards the end when Big Mike takes out the fulcrum Leader. Just Brilliant!moreless
  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    Chuck, Sarah and Casey are shocked to discover that Chuck's girlfriend Jill is a Fulcrum agent in search of the Intersect. In the wake of his disbelief, Chuck is asked to use his relationship with Jill to get to an agent called Leader. He willingly agrees to bring down the woman who betrayed him twice. Meanwhile, Devon's parents are coming for Thanksgiving and Ellie is determined to have the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. To make sure everything goes smoothly, she tells Morgan that he cannot come to dinner this year. Without any holiday plans to fall back on, Morgan is recruited by Big Mike to stand guard at the Buy More with Lester and Jeff. I love the start scene with the flashback on the feris wheel and then later on in the episode wher eJill puts a gun to Chuck, amazing link/scene. I love

    the way Sarah and Chuck are looking for Chuck. I love the way Chuck flashes on Jill's ohone and then freaks out and leaves then Casey and Sarah grab him

    - I loved it. I love the way Chuck is about the whole Jill thing, and then Chuck wants to get Jill back. I love the way Ellie is about the Awesomes are coming to town, and she is freaking out and then univites Morgan because she wants everything to be perfect, I thought it was hilarious the way Morgan is about the whole Thanksgiving turkey and meal. Then Big Mike wants Lester, Jeff and Morgan to watch Buy More on Thanksgiving ,love the whole scenes with them on Thanskgiving and starts running back to Buy More. Then Morgan leaves Buy More and Big Mike gets a phone callus/Fair scenes. I love the questioning Jill and then Chuck uses it on her. I love the way Morgan, Lester and Jeff are in Ellie's and Awesomes house having Thanksgiving dinner. I love the way Jill

    tricks Chuck, and then Chuck gets out and then they are all at the Buy More and because Jill is about to shoot Sarah so he tricks her and then locks her up and breaks up with her, awesome storyline.moreless
  • Good episode of Chuck

    After finding out that Chuck's ex-girlfriend Jill is FULCRUM, he is ordered to use her to infiltrate FULCRUM.

    Meanwhile, Ellie is preparing the apartment for Thanksgiving and the arrival of Captain Awesome's parents.

    Morgan, Jeff and Lester are assigned to guard the store over Thanksgiving.

    I found this episode of Chuck to be ok but I have seen a lot better. The scene where big mike goes fishing but then runs off to the Buy More was the funniest. And when he tackles the Fulcrum agent. I also like the the parts in the Buy More with Morgan and Lester at the door and the final scene where everyone was having thanks given dinner.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • At the carnival, when the Gravitron starts up, Chuck and Leader are pinned to the wall but Leader's gun falls out of his hand and tumbles out of sight. His gun should have been pinned to the wall too.

    • Featured Music:
      "Hot Mess" by Sam Sparro (Chuck and Jill make out in bed)
      "Knock Knock" by The Accidental (Chuck and Jill go out)
      "Can You Tell" by Ra Ra Riot (Thanksgiving dinner, closing scenes)

    • When Big Mike hits Leader you can clearly see his gun come flying out of his hands, but when they cut and show you the scene from the back as he lands in the pile of boxes, his gun is back in his hand.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Chuck: (to Jill) Look, you're taking the Matrix, OK? All wheel drive, touch screen navi, iPod capability and a full tank of gas. It's the perfect get away car.

    • (Morgan is trapped in the Buy More Door)
      Morgan: Jeff, open the door, buddy.
      Lester: Open the door.
      Jeff: Got it.
      (The outer door opens)
      Morgan: Okay. Nice, Jeff. Now can you open the door that is currently chopping me in half?

    • Chuck: Can I ask a follow-up question?
      Casey: You're about to leave through that window.
      Chuck: I rescind my follow-up question.

    • Casey: That's the Castle manual. I told you that's top secret.
      Chuck: Yeah, I know. So am I.

    • (Leader chases Chuck into the Gravitron)
      Leader: You need to come with me.
      Chuck: Um, you told Jill to shoot me. Why would I ever go anywhere with you?
      Leader: I'd rather not leave your body here on the ride. What if some kid saw it?
      Chuck: Wow, that's, uh...that's strangely considerate of you.

    • Chuck: I think you should know that my completely rational fear of carnivals has spread to ex-girlfriends.

    • Chuck: (To Jill) You already broke my heart. Is it necessary for you to shoot it as well?

    • Casey: What was that for? The kissy noise? Have some self-respect, Bartowski. You're a man.

    • Big Mike: Did I just hear you don't have Thanksgiving plans? That's terrible, damn terrible. I'm amazed to find so many staff members without proper plans for Thanksgiving. Like those two poor creatures. (Points to Jeff and Lester)
      Morgan: Sir, are you inviting us to dinner?
      Big Mike: No...God, no.

    • Chuck: You know, for a few days, I thought things were gonna be different. I could have a life, I could have a girlfriend. I could be a regular human being. I thought Jill was...
      Sarah: Different?
      Chuck: No. Normal. How could this happen?
      Beckman: Jill must have been recruited when she was at Stanford. Fulcrum uses leadership seminars to look for possible agents.
      Chuck: Excuse me. Uh, I'm sorry, General, but who in my life isn't a spy? My sister? My best friend? Should I just start asking people that when I first meet them? "Hi, I'd like the extra value meal and while we're on the topic, do you covertly work for a government espionage faction?"

    • Casey: (To Chuck) You idiot! You sad-sack bleeding heart idiot!

    • Chuck: You should know I wanted to help you. I was going to let you get away.
      Jill: Chuck, no.
      Chuck: But when you were about to kill Sarah, you made the decision for me. You're under arrest, Jill, and I'm breaking up with you.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a centrifuga (Chuck and the Centrifugal Machine)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: March 16, 2009 on CNBC-e
      United Kingdom: July 28, 2009 on Virgin 1
      Australia: August 20, 2009 on FOX8
      Czech Republic: February 9, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: May 30, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: July 8, 2011 on Sub

    • Although credited, Julia Ling (Anna Melinda Wu) does not appear in this episode.


    • The title could be an homage to the character Galvatron from the original Transformers franchise. This could be a credible intention, considering the song The Touch, which was played a few episodes back in "Chuck versus Tom Sawyer", is also from Transformers fame.

    • The scene between Morgan and Lester where they put their hands on the glass of the Buy More is a reference to the similar scene of Kirk and Spock in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.