Season 1 Episode 9

Chuck Versus the Imported Hard Salami

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Not all of Sarah's feelings for Chuck may have been a cover, as she finds out, when Chuck begins to date Lou, a sandwich maker. When things couldn't get even more complicated, Lou turns out to be part of a smuggling ring.

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  • Very good episode.

    Chuck has gotten better and better each and every episode, week in and week out. This episode was no exception, it continued to pull the level of quality of the show higher.

    The story was very good, with the smuggling ring, and then finding out the Lou was connected to it.

    Although it was a little bit expected that a new character is almost always part of a mission, it was still done well.

    Its nice to see new chracters being put into the show each week and some of them are actually quite interesting,.

    The episode has to get a ten out of ten from me, because in my honest opinion it was just great.moreless
  • Chuck dates Lou, Sarah looks jealous...

    This is possibly my favourite Chuck episode. Mainly because I'm a fan of the Chuck/Sarah relationship and what happens during the episode is just like...YES!! basically...

    However, although I'm a big Chuck/Sarah fan, I also liked the Chuck/Lou relationship's weird. I think it's because Lou's right for Chuck now. The story of this episode was exciting, and it was well written. There were a couple of one-liners, and I like Casey's little bit, when he told Sarah he was't interested. LOL.

    So, overall a very enjoyable episode which couldn't really be faulted in my eyes. Chuck is the best!! =] =]moreless
  • Lou is doing illegal things. Only not the kind of things Chuck thought she did. And holy moley, someone is back!

    This episode had all the right makings for a good episode, and it actually managed to get it right. I thought Lou was going to be a criminal and get caught, because that is what usually happens. I'm pleasantly surprised that the only illegal thing was the Salami. I liked Lou, and I'm sad to see her go. But holy moley, that was one heck of an end of the world kiss. I know it was a reaction to them expecting to die, but geezy! Me likey! I'm such a fangirl. Morgan and Anna kind of make a nice couple. It would have been interesting, but you never know what could happen next, you know. And on that topic: holy cow! Bryce is back ladies and gentlemen, he is back! I already expected a comeback at some point, but I was not really ready for it. I am really curious to see where this is going, and how badly it's going to ruin the ChuckSarah thing. I like Bryce though, so I'm happy about it. Overall, a good episode. I didn't even miss Awesome and Ellie that much.moreless
  • Awesome.

    Chuck starts dating Lou, a sandwich-maker, and things seem to be going really well, which incites some jealousy on behalf of Sarah, who discovers that her feelings for Chuck are more than just a cover. Things get complicated when Lou is discovered to be part of a smuggling group; although she believed it was smuggling only deli meats, such as imported hard salamis, when they also smuggled weapons. Chuck and Sarah have to defuse a bomb, fail and, expecting to die in the detonation, the pair share a passionate kiss as the timer runs out. They share an awkward moment when the "bomb" turns out to be something else entirely. Chuck leaves Lou and tries to start a genuine relationship with Sarah; however, Sarah finds out that her former lover Bryce Larkin is still alive. Meanwhile, Morgan starts developing a new relationship with Anna, another employee at Buy More. Lou is everything Chuck has been looking for: pretty, sweet, bright - andreally into him. Or is she? Chuck beaks up with Lou and Sarah - Lester makes a move on Sarah - extremely funny. I love the Buy More people. I love the way Chuck talks to himself in the mirror. I also love Chuck and Sarahs kiss.moreless
  • I loved this epi!!

    What can I say?? Rachel Bilson was just fantastic as Lou and Chuck and her just seemed like the perfect couple. I almost wished he would forget all about Sarah and just focus on Lou, but off course that couldn't happen... The scene with Chuck and Lou's ex-boyfriend was just hilarious, and it was really interesting to see how much Sarah actually was affected with Chuck seeing another girl... :)

    I loved the kiss, it was just fantastic that kissing Chuck is what Sarah could think of doing just before being killed... They are so cute together. You could tell that it really made Chuck wonder about Sarah, that she wasn't telling the truth about them even though she was supposed to be affected by the truth-serum.

    The ending was encredible!!! What a twist that Bryce is still alive!! OMG!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

Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson

Lou Palone

Guest Star

Theodore Zouboulidis

Theodore Zouboulidis

Stavros Demitrios

Guest Star

John Kapelos

John Kapelos

Yari Demitrios

Guest Star

Vik Sahay

Vik Sahay

Lester Patel

Recurring Role

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Recurring Role

Julia Ling

Julia Ling

Anna Melinda Wu

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In this episode Chuck and Sarah shared their first on-screen kiss.

    • When Chuck throws his guitar pin tracking device toward the tray of drinks, it lands in a shot glass full of red liquid. When the tray is placed on the table, the pin is now sitting on the tray beside the glass.

    • Featured Music:
      "My Absent Will" by Meredith Bragg & The Terminals
      "Let's Get Crackin'" by DeeTown All-Stars

    • Morgan was playing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare which is a single-player and multi player first person shooter for many video game systems.
      There is a Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare poster in the background shortly after we see Morgan playing the game in the beginning of the episode.

    • While Sarah is trying to stop the timer, she takes the keypad off. She then goes to kiss Chuck. In the close ups of the timer the keypad is back on. In the long shots the keypad is off.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Sarah: I wanted to apologize for last night. I suppose I jumped the gun a little and I didn't mean to interfere with your date.
      Chuck: Yeah, not sure if it qualifies as a date when you're bugged with CIA microphones and infiltrated an arms importer but hey, I'm new at this.
      Sarah: Well it's hard to have a real relationship in this line of work.
      Chuck: Apparently it's hard to have a fake one as well.
      Sarah: Well, if it's any consolation, I never felt like our time together was work.

    • Chuck: I'm in the bathroom! Is nothing sacred to you people?
      Casey: Just the right to bear arms.

    • (Chuck and Sarah try to defuse the bomb)
      Chuck: Ok. Ok, Intersect: flash! Show me how to do this.
      Sarah: Did you flash?
      Chuck: No, nothing.
      Chuck: C'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon baby, don't fail me now, c'mon.
      Sarahh: Ok Chuck, that's enough. Run; I'm gonna try and stay and defuse it.
      Chuck: No, I'm not leaving you here.
      Sarah: Go, that is an order.
      Chuck: (Indignant) No.
      (Sarah draws her pistol and aims it at Chuck)
      Sarah: I said go!
      Chuck: Oh, I see, so you're gonna shoot me to prevent me from being blown up; that's a great plan.
      Sarah: Why are you so stubborn?
      Chuck: Actually, I can consider this a rare moment of courage. I don't know where it's coming from; I guess you just bring out the worst in me.
      Sarah: And you in me.
      (The bomb spools up as the timer ticks below five seconds)
      Chuck: It was nice knowing ya.
      (Chuck winces in fear of the impending explosion. Sarah looks up at him desperately and impulsively grabs his head, pulling her lips to his. The yank jolts Chuck's eyes open, and once he realizes what is happening, he pulls Sarah close as they share a passionate and aggressive kiss. They both stop as they realize that the bomb had failed to detonate. They share an awkward stare, then slowly draw apart from one another. Each glances over at the bomb: the timer is frozen at zero.)
      Sarah: (out of breath) Well, the good news is we're alive and the bad news is this is kind of an uncomfortable moment right now.
      Chuck: This is completely comfortable on my end...just saying.

    • (Chuck and Sarah are put into the boot of the car by one of Stavros' men)
      Chuck: Why did you come in, I had the situation entirely under control.
      Sarah: Yeah, I can see that.
      Chuck: So, I assume you have a plan to get us out of this mess.
      Sarah: Right now Casey's tracking your GPS device in your watch, a SWAT team will be here any minute.
      Chuck: Yeah, about the watch...
      (Casey finds the watch in a cup of coffee.)
      Chuck: Lou was incriminating herself and I didn't want her getting into trouble.
      Sarah: Always the romantic, hunh Chuck?!?
      Chuck: Jealous?
      Sarah: It was foolish; do you really think that the CIA is interested in a deli meat smuggler?
      Chuck: Well excuse me, if I'm not Mr. Perfect Spy, we can't be all Bryce Larkin now can we?
      Sarah: Who's jealous now?
      Chuck: Me jealous of you and Bryce? Never.
      Sarah: Said everything that you wanna say?
      Chuck: More or less.
      Sarah: Good, now SHUT UP; you're sucking up all the air.

    • Sarah: You're asking me out a day after I broke up with your friend?
      Lester: All's fair in love and war, Sarah.
      Sarah: You know what you seem like to me?
      Lester: Hmm?
      Sarah: A man who... (she jumps on the counter) knows what he wants. Sure, you know, we could go through all the motions - coffee, movie, dinner - or we could just skip all of that nonsense and I could just devour you right here. (pause) This should hold us...
      Lester: It's, it's an interesting, uh, thought. Let me think about that proposition.

    • (looking at Sarah, as she walks out with tears)
      Jeff: Heart breaker.
      Lester: Dream maker.
      Jeff: Love taker.

    • (As they listen in on Chuck's date)
      Sarah: Maybe I should go in.
      Casey: Same bit with you, hunh?
      Sarah: What's that supposed to mean?
      Casey: You need me to spell it out? Fine: ya fall for guys you work with. First Bryce, now our boy Chuck.
      Sarah: Bryce was a mistake, and heh, I haven't fallen for Chuck.
      Casey: Yeah, whatever you say. And just so we're clear, sister: NOT INTERESTED.

    • Chuck: (Leaving Lou a message) I know I was a jerk the other night, which I am fully ready to blame on the alcohol or global warming or my allergy to neon... (Sees Casey approaching) So uh, call me, buh bye. (To Casey) Thanks a lot! You made me give her a buh-bye!

    • Casey: You want us to help? We could cut her power, smoke her out...
      Chuck: Oh, that's very romantic. Why not just club her over the head and drag her out by the foot?

    • Casey: We're going down to the docks tonight to intercept the package.
      Chuck: Oh. You need me to go?
      Casey: Yeah, if the crap hits the fan, we could use you, chicken neck.

    • Casey: (Hands Chuck a red rose) Aren't you forgetting something, Romeo?
      Chuck: Oh-hoh, of course. Let me guess: this is equipped with some kind of microscopic, infrared tracking device that determines... her mother's Communist affiliations?
      Casey: No, idiot. It's so you can get laid.

    • Chuck: We're on our second date and I'm already lying to her.
      Casey: Relax, it's LA, everyone lies while dating.

    • General Beckman: I don't like the idea of this breakup at all. What the hell happened?
      Casey: She got dumped.
      Sarah: We decided that it would be best for Chuck to date a civilian. It will help secure his cover in the event that someone IDs me.
      Casey: Yeah, because she got dumped.

    • Casey: (After Lou walks off on Chuck) How was the date?
      Chuck: Is it me or does our government never want me to have sex again?

    • Lou: (After Chuck flashes on her ex) Believe me, the last thing you want is that lunatic swimming around in your head.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a salám z dovozu (Chuck and the Salami from Import)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: February 27, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Denmark: April 4, 2008 on TV3+
      Turkey: April 15, 2008 on CNBC-e
      Sweden: May 18, 2008 on TV3
      United Kingdom: June 2, 2008 on Virgin 1
      Poland: June 3, 2008 on TVN7
      New Zealand: August 13, 2008 on TV2
      Greece: November 16, 2008 on Star
      Czech Republic: May 27, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Australia: May 27, 2009 on Fox8
      Germany: October 24, 2009 on ProSieben
      Slovakia: April 11, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: August 3, 2010 on Sub

    • Although credited, Sarah Lancaster (Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski) does not appear in this episode.