We're moving Forums to the Community pages. Click here for more information and updates.


Season 3 Episode 6

Chuck Versus the Nacho Sampler

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 01, 2010 on NBC
out of 10
User Rating
539 votes

By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

Chuck must balance training Hannah at the Buy More with developing his own asset Manoosh Depak, but Sarah and Casey aren't sure he's ready and keep intervening. Devon is forced to lie when Ellie starts asking questions about Chuck. Meanwhile, Morgan, Jeff and Lester try to hit on Hannah.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
  • Sad ending.

    Well this episode I could say was a setting stone in Chuck trying to become a spy. Hannah continues to work at a BuyMore, and asks around about Chuck's "situation" with Sarah. All the while, people at the BuyMore start hitting on her, when it's pretty obvious she was after Chuck. Chuck gets his own asset: Manoosh. Sarah is to Chuck. As Chuck is to Manoosh. Chuck becomes emotionally attached to Manoosh, just like Sarah got attached to Chuck. Chuck's job was to bring Manoosh in since he was making some kind of weaponry. Manoosh says that Chuck was his only friend, when he was undercover the whole time, he still has to turn him in by the end, regardless. Which was the sad part. Awesome continues to lie about Chuck to Ellie. I see that their relationship hasn't been working, and I don't see if it will ever work, if Awesome continues to know Chuck's secret. A good episode.moreless
  • Chuck gets a taste of how Sarah feels.

    *Spoilers ahead*

    Season 3 is really going so well.

    This has to be one of the funniest episodes yet. Chuck trying to get close to an asset is one of the funnier parts of the episode and we get to see Sarah work her 'magic' again(the asset is one lucky guy, lol). This asset turns out to be the developer of another intersect 2.0(a nice surprise element there) only he doesn't know he's working for the Ring. So Chuck gets personally connected to this guy, and feels the need to protect him from the Ring. That said, he now knows how Sarah feels all the time in same situations, probably this might open up a heart to heart talk with Sarah. In the end Chuck learns to decide for what is best, though not easily...

    Casey's excitement over the weap-con is hilarious! Buy More scenes are interesting as well. I like that what started to be Morgan's order for JeffSter to spy on Hannah(the ever lovely Kristin Kreuk) gets diverted towards Chuck. Ellie and Awesome are back and make for a nice side story...and no agent Superman..

    And well, the flashback ending is great! Vicky Vale..vick-Vicky Vale...moreless
  • Chuck meets a new Intersect, and learns how to handle this new asset, before he sells his Intersect-granting-sunglasses to the highest bidder. In his new role as a handler, Chuck gains insight into Sarah's handling of him, advancing as a new spy.moreless

    This episode was very funny, and introspective, with glimpses back at how Sarah first met Chuck, to begin her role as his handler, and Chuck assuming a handler role, with an inventor of a new, powerful Intersect lodged into sunglasses, who tries to sell it as a "weapon". This new role for Chuck, that advances his superspydom, is something he takes seriously and was a superbly conveyed main storyline, but the laughs come from all of the Buymorian advances on Hannah, the newest, hottest Nerd Herder, and Casey's obsession with weapons, seen at a weapon convention in Dubai during a trackdown of the dangerous Intersect inventing asset. Loved Sarah's super-hot advances on the new asset, Chuck's reactions to them, Morgan's advances on Hannah with help from newly-spying Jeff & Lester, and Morgan as a newly-spying target of Chuck, with an equally-curious Ellie at the unexplained disappearences of Chuck. A great mix of funny and serious moments, while Chuck learns how difficult handling and cutting loose an asset can be, along with betrayal and shooting someone.moreless
  • Chuck gets his first opportunity to be a handler and gets to see things from Sarah and Casey's standpoint. Chuck comes face to face with all the decisions he must make as a spy. Lying to his friends, lying to his family, and betraying his mark.moreless

    A solid follow-up to Chuck's first mission. Chuck must pick up his first mark as a handler. The only problem is he comes on a little to strong and sort of gives the wrong impression. Later he gets it right with Sarah's help, but begins to realize he is going to have to make hard choices to do this spy job he decided he really wants. Sarah definitely has reservations about what is happening to Chuck as well.

    Meanwhile he is trying to help bring Hannah along through the shark infested waters known as the Burbank Buy More. Jeff and Lester are making their moves, but in the end they are working for Morgan who wants a shot at Hannah himself. During his "talk" with Hannah, she let's slip about Paris and now Morgan is on Chuck's case.

    Also Ellie is getting suspicious as Awesome is acting very weird every time Chuck's name or anything having to do with him is brought up. In the end Ellie and Morgan seem to be getting together on this.

    In between all of this an actual mission takes place with Chuck having his first situation as a handler. Unfortunately he's forced to do the right thing for the government which makes him a bad guy. This may make him realize at least a little of what Sarah and Casey goes through.

    I especially enjoyed the glee in which Casey was so excited about going to WeaponsCon in Dubai. He was like a kid in a candy store. Very cool.

    An episode with a lot of fun and some illuminating decisions on Chuck's part. It will be interesting to see him develop over this next year. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Season 3 of Chuck has our favorite goofy hero getting deeper into his spy training, and in this episode, he's acting more and more like one. Is it a good or bad thing? I think the writers are intentionally making us decide whether we like it or not.moreless

    Chuck's first mission was the last episode, and on his second mission, he has to develop an asset and learn what he's doing for the Ring. I definitely liked this episode, up there with the first and second episode of this season. It's gotten a little bit darker, but it still has it's Chuck moments. I hope the writers keep the Chuck moments in, and not make it more similar to other spy shows! So it's getting easier for Chuck to lie to his family and his friends but Capt. Awesome is having a hard time adjusting to Chuck's secret. When Ellie finds Chuck's claim ticket to Paris, he bumbles about trying to not say anything. When Devon confronts Chuck, Ellie interrupts them but Chuck easily lies to Ellie about his Paris trip as an astonished Devon listens on. I think that moment really sticks out among other little moments throughout the episode, at how much Chuck is changing because of his training, and in the end, Chuck making the choices to handle his asset like a cold, heartless spy. Sarah notices Chuck's changes too, and I wonder if she likes or dislikes the changes? I definitely wonder because we see their first meeting from her point of view.

    My favorite Chuck moments from this episode --

    1. Re-doing the vicky vale sequences from episode one of season one.

    2. Hannah's (Kristen) expression upon meeting Lester and Jeff was a funny highlight. 3. Casey interrupting Chuck's tour of the Buy More with Hannah -- saying it's "yoghurt" time.

    4. Casey anticipating a weapons convention, like we anticipate ChuckFest or Comic-Con. :) The scene where Casey expresses his joy that he can expense his trip to the convention, and you see Sarah and Chuck give him the thumbs up sign is priceless. 5. Morgan trying to impress Hannah with his "office".

    6. Capt. Awesome trying to avoid Ellie's question.

    7. Chuck trying to take out the laser pen from Casey's shirt pocket. Casey telling Chuck not to be "shy".

    8. The sales guy at WeapCon.

    9. Jeff and Lester stalking Hannah

    10. Morgan and Ellie teaming up to find out what's going on.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

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Vik Sahay

Vik Sahay

Lester Patel

Fahim Anwar

Fahim Anwar

Manoosh Depak

Guest Star

Bob McCracken

Bob McCracken

Ring Operative

Guest Star

Leslie-Anne Huff

Leslie-Anne Huff


Guest Star

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Morgan and Hannah talk of their love for the "French New-Wave" film, Sans Respirer. The title translates to "Without Breath" or "Breathless". Breathless is the British/American title of a 1959 French New Wave film (and of its 1983 American remake). However, the French title of that film is actually À bout de souffle (literally, "Out of Breath"). The cast listed on the poster is also different from the actual movie.

    • The three buildings standing behind the WEAP-CON warehouse aren't part of the same skyline in Dubai, the first one on the left is the Burj Al Arab hotel which is located in Jumeira (in Dubai), and the other two are the Dusit Thani hotel and Emirates National Bank of Dubai, which are a part of the Sheikh Zayed Road skyline (the one shown right at the opening shot of Dubai).

    • The WEAP-CON convention warehouse is actually a Dubai municipality building as it clearly says in Arabic, they simply added the huge WEAP-CON logo on the facade. If you look closely, you can also see the municipality logo on the far left.

    • When Manoosh is at the castle (in Sarah's supposed bedroom), he calls Chuck and makes plans to meet at the Buy More but is then shot with the tranq, that makes him forget the last five minutes, so he shouldn't have remembered to show up at the Buy More as he does.

    • Featured Music:
      "Amarillion" by Datarock (Opening scenes)
      Unknown Song (Manoosh meets Chuck at the bar)
      Unknown Song (Chuck and Manoosh talk at the bar)
      "Merrymaking At My Place" by Calvin Harris (Sarah enters the bar)
      "Swan Lake" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Hannah enters Morgan's office)
      "Rock The Casbah" by The Clash (At WEAP-CON)
      "40 Day Dream" by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros (Closing scenes)

    • The Nerd Herders do tech support and installation only, and the Buy More guys with the green polo shirts are the sales crew. Yet, Nerd Herd trainee Hannah wants to close a sale with Manoosh.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Casey: Great. Two geeks in a pod.

    • Chuck: (To Sarah) That first day you came into the Buy More, when we first met, what did they tell you about me?
      Casey: What do you think? That you hadn't had a date in over a year and they don't waste the blondes on just anyone.
      Chuck: It hadn't been a year, ok? Thanks.
      Sarah: I thought you and I can connect.
      Chuck: I remember you left me your card so I could call you so we can go out. I felt I was having the luckiest day in my life. God, I was pathetic.
      Sarah: No. You were sweet and innocent. I liked you. That made it much harder.

    • Morgan: Anything you want to talk to me about?
      Chuck: No. Is there anything you wanna ask me?
      Morgan: No.
      Chuck: Okay, great. Good talk.
      Morgan: Absolutely. One of our best.

    • General Beckman: The civilian's name is Manoosh Depak. Trained as a computer engineer. Dropped out of MIT after his freshman year.
      Casey: (to Chuck) Classic geek tragedy. Sound familiar?

    • Casey: Nice job, Walker. Another geek bites the dust.

    • Chuck: (to Hannah) Let me get this straight. You went over the Nerd Herd manual in your off-time? Are you gonna be a problem employee?

    • Casey: (to Chuck) Yogurt time.
      Chuck: Oh, is it...is it yogurt time already? (to Hannah) Yogurt, most important meal of the day.

    • Jeff: (about Hannah) I'm gonna totally hit that.
      Lester: May the best stalker win.

  • NOTES (3)


    • At beginning of The WEAP-CON convention, there is a Guide that was telling people about the EM-50 "Mobile Interrogation Unit".

      This is in reference to the 1981 movie Stripes, starring Bill Murray and Harold Ramis. In the movie, main characters mission was to guard the "Urban Assault Vehicle", which is call EM-50.

    • Sarah's shirt says "Frak Off".

      This is a reference to the remake series of Battlestar Galactica (2003). In that series, "frak" is a common expletive similar to its English four-letter counterpart beginning and ending with the same letters.