Season 1 Episode 2

Chuck Versus the Helicopter

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 2007 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • The movie Morgan is watching at the Buy More is Them! (1954).

    • Featured Music:
      "Challengers" by The New Pornographers
      "Don't Make Me A Target" by Spoon
      "Gone Daddy Gone" by Gnarls Barkley
      "Lust for Life" by Iggy Pop

    • It is discovered that Captain Awesome's real name is Devon.

    • It seems highly unlikely that a NSA explosive would have an audible alert to notify individuals of its presence and the imminent explosion.

    • A few minutes into the episode the camera lingers on a Nerd Herd banner with a URL. The website exists:

  • Quotes

    • Big Mike: Chuck. John.
      Chuck, Casey: Big Mike.
      Big Mike: How's customer service training?
      Chuck: Super.
      Casey: Fine.
      Big Mike: Glad to hear it. The better my employees, the less I have to work.
      Chuck: Very inspiring words, sir.
      Casey: Regular call to arms.

    • Chuck: You see, everything changed when I got an e-mail from my old college buddy, Bryce Larkin. You see, Bryce had been working for the CIA when he stole a whole bunch of government secrets. Big, important secrets. Really scary, nasty, you-get-killed-for-having-them secrets. Next thing I know, these super secrets are downloaded into my brain. Which means every moment of my life is in danger.

    • Chuck: So, uh, this is the handheld scanner...very expensive piece of equipment.
      Casey: So is the stealth fighter, but somehow I managed to fly that.

    • Beckman: Our most valuable secrets have been sent to an idiot.
      Graham: At least they weren't sent to his friend.

    • Chuck: (to Sarah, who's interrogating him) If you're planning on hurting me, even to prove a point, I think you should know I have a very low threshold for pain.

    • Sarah: When the images start, just say what they are.
      Chuck: That's it?
      Casey: I'm sure you'll find a way to screw it up!

    • Sarah: I'm sorry I yelled at you.
      Chuck: It was our first fight. You know it's a big step if our relationship were remotely real.

    • Chuck: Look, I'm not accusing you of anything... today. Yesterday yes, I may have laid it on a little thick with the accusing. But I'm really sorry about that. Instead of not trusting you I should have been thanking you for saving my life and protecting the country and for making really tasty gourmet wieners.

    • Ellie: Well, you've moved onto bigger and better girls. I don't really mean bigger like literally bigger... I just really like Sarah. And I hope you guys work things out before the next dinner party, of course.
      Chuck: I dunno, sis, I really think I blew it.
      Ellie: Look, Chuck, just try apologizing. It goes a long way.

    • Chuck: Sarah! Are you okay?
      (Sarah's mouth is covered with duct tape)
      Chuck: Stupid question.
      (rips duct tape off)
      Sarah: Chuck, you have to get out of here.
      Chuck: No, I'm here to save you!

    • Chuck: Casey, he's got Sarah; we've gotta save her!
      Casey: Brilliant deduction, Nancy Drew.

    • (to Chuck)
      Sarah: I never asked you to believe me, I asked you to trust me.

    • (after Sarah goes to talk to Chuck in the bathroom)
      Captain Awesome: Make up sex... nice.

    • Ellie: Chuck! No matter how stressed out you are it is never okay to murder a woman's soufflé!

    • Ellie: (about Sarah) Wow, Chuck, wow! I mean, I knew you had it in you... but wow, she's really great.
      Chuck: She's... yeah, she's unpredictable.

    • Chuck: So, if this whole examination thing works out… then I guess we're through, huh?
      Sarah: Uhh yeah, mhmm.
      (long pause)
      Chuck: Okay. Goodnight.
      Sarah: Goodnight.
      Chuck: Oh and just so you know, tonight was probably the best only second date I've been on in years. (Sarah smiles at him) Drive safe.

    • Chuck: So here we are on our date at the Buy-More. Is this all part of the plan or a chance for me to clock in some overtime?

    • (Sarah pulls up in a Porsche)
      Sarah: Get in.
      Chuck: Wow, Wienerlicious really pays well, huh? What are we, uh-- what are we doing? Going to, uh, like a movie or some dinner?
      Sarah: Not exactly.
      Chuck: What does not exactly mean... exactly?

    • Ellie: I need to meet this girl. Tomorrow night, dinner, here.
      Morgan: Whoa, little too early to see the TRON poster don't you think? Not exactly an aphrodisiac.

    • Chuck: Hey sis, what do you think of this shirt?
      Ellie: Another date with Sarah? This is very exciting.
      Chuck: Well, see, it's not that big a deal.
      Morgan: Yes it is, I mean, she is hot.

    • Chuck: The CIA sent their top agent too. (pause) Oh yeah, I know. Believe me. She told me to trust her, but just like any woman she's got a past. And... she's posing as my girlfriend.

    • (Casey just tackled a shoplifter and is about to hit him when Chuck runs up and stops him)
      Chuck: Casey, Casey, Casey! No, no, no, no! No, no, no, no! It's just a video game, okay?! Lives are not in danger and the country is still safe!
      Morgan: Wow. The guy's been here 24 hours and taking the job way more seriously than me.
      Chuck: That's because he's crazy.
      Casey: Tell me something I don't know.

    • Chuck: Hi, my name is Charles Bartowski, but you can call me Chuck. Those are my shoes, this is my life. It's filled with spies, car chases, computer-stealing ninjas and me saving the day.

    • (Lester, Chuck's colleague, wants Chuck to go to repair a Linux-Computer)
      Chuck: Why can't you and Jeff go?
      Lester: Linux-PCs? We are Mac-guys, Chuck. We are IT-artists!

    • Chuck: Oh, I almost forgot, dinner tomorrow night with my sister and her boyfriend Captain Awesome. She really wanted to meet you so...
      Sarah: Okay, well that's a good idea.
      Chuck: Meeting the family is kind of a big step, if our relationship were remotely real.

    • Sarah: Some people want to be heroes, and other have to be asked. So, Chuck, are you ready?

    • Casey: This is how this is gonna work. I'm gonna go over there, rescue Sarah, capture Dr. Zarnow, shoot anybody who gets in my way. You, you're gonna stay here.
      Chuck: So in this plan I basically do nothing?
      Casey: Yup.
      Chuck: Let's do this.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a helikoptéra (Chuck and the Helicopter)

    • The store layout of the first regular episode of the season is more similar to "Best Buy" than the pilot episode, except for the lack of cash registers and the store-central placement of the Nerd Herd "boat". (The pilot was filmed in a Circuit City)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: November 14, 2007 on Warner Channel
      Denmark: February 15, 2008 on TV3+
      Turkey: February 26, 2008 on CNBC-e
      Sweden: March 29, 2008 on TV3
      United Kingdom: April 14, 2008 on Virgin1
      Poland: April 15, 2008 on TVN7
      New Zealand: June 25, 2008 on TV2
      Norway: August 25, 2008 on Viasat4
      Greece: September 28, 2008 on Star
      Czech Republic: April 8, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Australia: April 8, 2009 on FOX8
      Germany: August 29, 2009 on ProSieben
      Slovakia: March 7, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: June 15, 2010 on Sub

    • This episode featured three alumni of the Star Trek franchise. Tony Todd (CIA Director Graham) appeared as multiple characters, most notably Worf's brother, Kurn in several episodes of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. John Fleck (Dr. Zarnow) appeared as Silick in several episodes of Enterprise. Episode director Robert Duncan McNeil starred as Tom Paris on Voyager.

  • Allusions

    • There is an "Oldboy" poster on the wall in Chuck's house.
      Oldboy is a 2005 South Korean film directed by Park Chan-wook.

    • The chasing of the shoplifter at the start of the episode along with with the shot of the running legs, Iggy Pop soundtrack and "life" speech are a nod to the Academy Award nominated British film Trainspotting.

    • In the brain dump that Chuck does for the doctor, he mentions Oceanic Flight 815 being shot down. The survivors on Lost were passengers on this doomed flight. Lost airs on rival network ABC.