Season 3 Episode 17

Chuck Versus the Living Dead

Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 17, 2010 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Chuck still has dreams of Shaw being alive and turns to Morgan for help to keep it a secret from Sarah, but Morgan cannot resist Sarah's interrogating techniques. Meanwhile, after being contacted by Ellie, Chuck's father Stephen shows up at the Buy More, not knowing about the Intersect 2.0 in Chuck's head.moreless

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  • So intense!!!!!

    Welcome back Orion! Chuck begins on a down note with the return of his dad and the recent bad news he received about his mental status. But things aren't what they seem.

    Ellie is on the move with Agent Shady over here and it's quite disturbing :O. While Casey is trying to help protect her she's busy setting up her Dad without even knowing it.

    Crazy to see Orion has already made steps to help Chuck treat the negative effects of the intersect! And then came the end of the episode..

    Shaw is back and he is an intersect too! :O Now we're dealing with a full-fledged nemesis! So intense!!!! That was a spectacular episode! Someone said it was the best ever but nothing will top the episode where Sarah said yes to chuck. =) Either way a 10/10.moreless
  • It takes too many words to describe here what has been a 11/10

    Chuck was renewed earlier this week, and in the absence of the grand finale, a great chapter puts us in honey and many eager to see those two hours so, and so, and so strong.

    Basically, too bad for Ellie, who begins to get my anger with her, though I can't blame her because she doesn't know nothing, and I think Daddy is now a critical piece for Chuck, at least if whatever happens in the next chapter, Chuck is not able to do what he does know his father about controlling the Intersect Chuck has now.

    Finally, can't wait to see what happens with Shaw. This history, this turns, in this episode, were just amazing. During the episode, I have already believed that he was alive during fascinating scene in his bachelor apartment, but later thought he was dead and, finally, all have seen that he is alive, so let's see how will he end

    In summary, we still have two hours of third season action that could'nt be more exciting/promising, and a keep an eye to Sarah...I don't think "she will be the chosen one", but that scene where she gave to Chuck her will...I didn't like it.moreless
  • Amazing and game changing episode. Full of drama, action, and twists and turns. You would never suspect how it ends.

    Simply one of the most dramatic episodes of Chuck ever. The amount of suspense and drama is overwhelming. I have always loved Chuck for its happy endings and clean conclusions, but all I could think about was "the plot thickens." The episode had the perfect mix of ups and downs. The fight scenes were also much better than previous ones. The return of Chuck's father adds another twist and variable to the show. It is simply amazing for a show to illicit such strong emotions from some person watching a screen. That is what makes Chuck such a great and prospective show. I cannot wait until the next week.moreless
  • Dead or Alive? (spoiler free review)

    Which is it? The episode kept us on our toes with this one. Shaw's shot in Paris, he's alive in the dream, his will surfaces and he's dead again and then the shock of them all at the end! No-one could have predicted that little chestnut.

    This episode was brilliant. Full of drama and suspense, just when you thought you knew what was going to happen BAM you're off on a completely new twist you definitely did not see coming.

    An incredible and tense episode fueled by Stephen's return but that still maintained it's Chuck-ness through Morgan's paranoia and Jeffster's domestic troubles.

    2 hour finale next week will be big. Bring it on.moreless
  • Whoa... Just WHOA! (spoilers)

    Another fantastic episode, they are still somehow getting better - it's a high bar but it keeps getting beaten each week.

    With every passing scene the plot thickens - Even for the great Jeffster.

    Chuck and Sarah are really starting to get in the rhythm of fighting as a kick ass team.

    The plot premise on which Chuck is inevitably going to die/go insane because of the intersect is cleverly tilted to a reassuring level of unlikely.

    And of course - the crowd pleaser (or at least Charah fan pleaser) more lovely moments shared between the two.

    Either way one thing is for certain - I was left yelling at the screen either YAY!'s or NOOOO's in the final five minutes where more is revealed and some loose ends are neatly tied up. Again...moreless
Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

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

Big Mike

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Trevor Torseth

Trevor Torseth

Ring Operative

Guest Star

Kaliko Kauahi

Kaliko Kauahi


Guest Star

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Stephen J. Bartowski

Special Guest Star

Scott Holroyd

Scott Holroyd

Justin Sullivan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Chuck is reading Y: The Last Man, a comic book series about Yorick, the last man surviving on the plague-struck Earth with his pet monkey Ampersand.

    • Featured Music: "Love Hurts" originally by Roy Orbison (Jeffster! performs) "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire (Big Mike reveals his past) "I Am Your Skin" by The Bravery (Closing scenes)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Casey: Reviewing pictures of people you killed? I do that myself from time to time.

    • Casey: Listen, would Ellie cheat on Devon for any reason?
      Morgan: John Casey, if I had the height or the willpower, I would slap you across the face right now, okay?

    • (Stephen throws a knife at Chuck to prove he's the Intersect and Chuck catches it)
      Stephen: I knew it! You downloaded the Intersect 2.0.
      Chuck: You threw a knife at my face!
      Stephen: Why would you do that, after I worked so hard to get the first one out?
      Chuck: Dad. Knife! Face! What if you were wrong?
      Stephen: I'm never wrong.

    • Casey: Hey, you seen Grimes?
      Lester: Lost your friend, did you? Can't find him 'cause he's changed so much? But you can't help but think about the days you guys used to drink together and hold each other for hours and hours just talking about even the silliest little things. Those days are no more.

    • (Jeff singing at the Buy More)
      Jeff: Hey Girl! What you got for me? You wanna get up on here and have a baby with me, yeah? Oh, I see how it is. Well I don't need ya. Your uterus will get my baby in it anyway.

    • (Casey, Sarah and Chuck in Castle trying to get a lead on Shaw)
      Sarah: After our couples massage, he took me to Tiffany's.
      Casey: Did he buy you anything?
      Chuck: Please, everybody knows that you go to Tiffany's to browse, not buy.
      Casey: Are those new earrings, Agent Walker?

    • (Casey, Sarah and Chuck in Castle trying to get a lead on Shaw)
      Casey: So what did you and Shaw do while you were in D.C.?
      Chuck: Casey, they were in and out of meetings all day, every day. I mean, the trip was purely spy related. All business, no pleasure.
      Casey: Well Walker, I have here a receipt for a waterfront restaurant in Le Jardin- two chefs' tasting menus, a couple of nice bottles of Pinot...doesn't sound like business to me.

    • Morgan: Wait, wait, you dreamt Shaw was alive? Chuck, you saw him die, though. You checked for a pulse right?
      Chuck: Well, he fell into a river.
      Morgan: He fell into a river! Of course Shaw's alive, haven't you ever seen a John Carpenter movie?

    • Stephen Bartowski: (after the fight, about Sarah's skills) Does she have the Intersect, too?
      Chuck: No, Dad. That's all her.

    • Chuck: (voice-over) My name is Chuck Bartowski, and if you're reading this, it means I'm already dead. I don't know what will end up killing me but I've chosen to be a spy, and there are consequences to that. It may be my emotions that end up doing me in or a slip-up, trying to protect my friends or my family who never wanted me to be a part of this. Or it could be the thing I never saw coming, but I know it's coming.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a oživlá mrtvola (Chuck and the Living Dead)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 17, 2010 on Citytv
      United Kingdom: September 20, 2010 on Channel One
      Czech Republic: January 1, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Sweden: February 7, 2011 on TV6
      Finland: August 27, 2012 on Sub


    • Lester: You're soulless in Seattle.

      Referencing the 1993 movie Sleepless in Seattle, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. They play star-crossed lovers who, due to a series of coincidences, don't actually meet until the last few minutes of the movie.