Season 3 Episode 1

Chuck Versus the Pink Slip

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 10, 2010 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Sarah is offering Chuck to run away with her she tells him to meet her at a Nadrazi train station. But Nadrazi is Czech for train station. So she only asks him to meet her at a train station which is rather vague given that Prague has seven main ones and several more smaller train stations.

    • Featured Music:
      "Black and Gold" by Sam Sparro (Chuck escapes; the simulation ends)
      "Wait It Out" by Imogen Heap (Flashbacks to Chuck and Sarah)
      "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Is In)" by Kenny Rogers and The First Edition (Chuck wakes up)
      "Wait It Out" by Imogen Heap (Chuck kisses Sarah)
      "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips (Played on Emmett's car radio)
      "Backwards Walk" by Frightened Rabbit (Flashback to the train station)
      "Young Adult Friction" by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart (Back at the Buy More)
      "Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor (Closing scenes)

    • When Sarah is on the dance floor, the gun's targeting laser spot can clearly be seen, yet Chuck is the only one to realize it in a room full of undercover agents.

  • Quotes

    • General Beckman: Sarah, I need you to keep Chuck's emotions in check so the Intersect can work. He listens to you, but he's also an unstable element.
      Sarah: Do you think he's dangerous?
      General Beckman: Very, but he's worth the risk. For the last two years, we protected Chuck from the world. But, now, we have to protect the world from Chuck.

    • Sarah: (trying to encourage Chuck so he can help them escape) Ever since you went to Prague I have worked with the best spies in the world, and you know what?
      Chuck: They're on their way here to save us?

    • Sarah: We could run. Together - you and me; we go now and we never look back.
      Chuck: Are you serious?
      Sarah: I have some money saved up. I'd have to get us some new identities, create an escape route. For now, go to the training facility in Prague and meet me at the Nadrazi train station in three weeks time at seven o'clock, and then I can figure the rest out later.
      Chuck: What are you saying?
      Sarah: I'm saying I want to be a real person again. With you. This is what you want, right? I mean, this is it, Chuck: will you run away with me?
      Chuck: Yeah.

    • Chuck: Sarah, did Casey tell you? They're moving me to a training facility. I'm gonna be a real spy!
      Sarah: (upset) I know, I heard. Come on. (She drags him aside)
      Chuck: What's the matter?
      Sarah: If you do this, if you go, you're going to be a spy for the rest of your life. Every city is going to be a new mission, and a new identity, and you're not going to be the same person.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a pražská spojka (Chuck and the Prague Connection)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 10, 2010 on Citytv
      United Kingdom: May 31, 2010 on Virgin 1
      Australia: July 29, 2010 on FOX8
      Sweden: October 18, 2010 on TV6
      Czech Republic: November 6, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: May 7, 2012 on Sub

    • Although credited, Mark Christopher Lawrence (Michael "Big Mike" Tucker) does not appear in this episode.

  • Allusions

    • In the closing scene where Casey begins Chuck's training, they are sparring in a boxing ring. The sequence of sparring, the bell and final freeze frame scene is a duplicate of the final scene of the movie Rocky 3 with Rocky and Apollo Creed sparring.

    • One of the first scenes includes Chuck putting on a robe and stepping into his sandals multiple times to "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Is In)". The sequence of shots combined with the music resemble that of a scene in the movie The Big Lebowski (1998).

    • During the boxing scene, Casey tells Chuck, "You have much to learn, Grasshopper."

      This is a line from the 1970s American television show Kung Fu, in which David Carradine, a Shaolin monk wandered around the American West with a walking stick and a bamboo flute having flashbacks about his early training.