Season 4 Episode 13

Chuck Versus the Push Mix

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 31, 2011 on NBC
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Sarah attempts to free Mama Bartowski while Morgan and Chuck team up against Volkoff. Casey's relationship with Alex begins to develop and Ellie deals with an anxious dad-to-be Devon.

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  • Chuck at its best! Happy ending?

    This is an episode with everything we like about the Chuck series with that special mix of action, fun and romance. We were waiting for this for a long time!

    Now, the big and difficult question: should this episode be considered as the perfect happy ending for the series?

    It has all the arcs ended: bad guy arrested, Mom freed, baby delivered, Chuck and Sarah engaged, Morgan in love, Casey fine, BuyMore geeks ousted.

    I suggest the show to be stopped now in order to avoid any later disappointment.

    Please, don't over-react and avoid rating this review negatively! IMHO, this is a real question worth considering. Other series were stopped after some seasons. I rather prefer a short and good show than a lengthy and average show. What do you think?moreless
  • Best episode so far!!

    Absolutely brilliant - i was hooked all the way through the episode.

    New twists and turns in unexpected places.

    Great balance between action, comedy and awesome chuckness.

    Sarah and Mrs Bartowski work inside of Volkoff to find the Hydra network, both expressing a grown bond between the two, which is great. I especially love the bit when Sarah comes back and rescue's Mary. Also the times when Mary tells Sarah that she is leaving as she doesnt want sarah to become her is brill.

    The funny moments undoubtabley come from Morgan in a variety of ways. One is when he keeps on the flippers and is running - which looked hilarious, another would be when he tackles the lasers, also when they used their bathroom as "hell".

    Iloved how this episode showed how clever chuck was and what a great spy he actually is. Through the use of Orion (which i loved, and was good when it turned out to be Chuck). Also with getting the code from Volkoff, which was great, and no bullets in the gun - Brilliant.

    One of my favourite moments was when Chuck opened the door and it was Beckman, i didnt expect that, and i absolutely loved it, also when she gave him a chopper - classic.

    Finally i loved the final scenes, when casey and sarah meet, along with mary entering the room to ellie, but my fav was the proposal - it was brilliant and i didnt expect it.

    If it was the end of a series i would have been happy with the end, but now it isnt, im just happy to see how the series pans out.moreless
  • Awesome....Simply awesome. This episode reminded me of why I started watching Chuck, To begin with. I had a white-knuckle grip on my couch, From the moment the episode began, To the final fadeout. It has to be the most suspenseful hour of TV ever.moreless

    *Spoiler Alert: Do Not Read If You Have Not Yet Seen The Episode!!*

    The promo did this episode absolutely no justice.

    Everything about this episode was at its absolute best: From the way the story unfolded, Courtesy of the writers, To the performances of the entire cast. There was just so much highly-charged emotion, Throughout. Despite this, However, The writers even managed to tastefully include some rather humorous moments, Not the least of which was Jeffster's performance in the hospital and Morgan's nudity.

    I am glad that the writers did not go all out for Chuck's proposal, Because that would have detracted from the overall gravity of this episode... It is truly a pleasure to see two actors say so much, Without uttering a single word.

    I do find myself breathing a sigh of relief, At the conclusion of this episode, Because, The majority of this season, So far, Has been very dark and intense. Now that the the darkest moments have passed, Perhaps we can start to see a lighter, More entertaining and less gut-wrenching show...At least, For a little while!

    All in all, If you don't watch this episode, Shame on you!moreless
  • A marvelously executed, fitting would-be finale to one of the few best shows TV has to offer.

    If there were any hints of Chuck's deterioration before, they were all washed away in this episode.

    For what was possibly a series finale, I can say I'm proud to have been a part of Chuck since its beginnings, and I would die a happy man right there. But now, my thoughts of suicide over a TV show have passed, and now for the review.

    Chuck's underlying plan, while a bit risky in the show's tastes, was brilliantly paced and shot, and while I was sad to see Alexei written off with more a whimper than a bang, it was fun while it lasted. Morgan has grown so far from just last season alone. It amazes me how he's much farther along than Chuck was at that point, dodging lasers with his yoga. Hilarious. Admittedly, I already knew almost all of what was going to happen (Alexei's capture, Ellie has the baby, etc,) but the last few seconds shocked me, as I'd been so confirmed based on the sneak preview, that I didn't see it coming. Well done, writers.

    So Chuck returns next week, with another 11 episodes, (and a possible 5th season?) Which I will enjoy every second of.moreless
  • Slightly uneven, but with some really great Crowning Moments of Awesome.

    Ok, I'll start with the bad bits so I can wax eloquent about the really, really good bits afterwards: Jeffster. Please spare me. While Jeff and Lester can be great fun at times, I found the whole scene distasteful, unfunny and malapropos (as in: it stuck out like a sore thumb and didn't fit into the flow of the show).

    The birth - not THAT bad, just your average unrealistic TV birth. ;) Although I guess Chuck isn't the sort of show I watch for realistic injuries and believable birthscenes anyway. The great bits:

    Chuck out-agenting (yes, I made up this word) Sarah and Mommy Dearest. Brilliant - he had a plan and he followed through; just like Brian Boitano'd do. :D

    It was great to see him coming into his own, planning, executing a complex plan and doing an excellent acting job without any visible signs of nervousness; the Chuck of old would have stuttered and sweated bullets.

    I really loved it when he opened the door, doing the "coolly understated" thing with his "Will this suffice?" - two thumbs up, Chuck!

    The Proposal - which was just perfect, a wonderfully impulsive and unchoreographed move that was Just Right, and I LOVED that they zoomed out and muted the sound, giving us a glimpse of this very private moment but not doing any invasive closeups. Minor bits of absolute loveliness/coolness/funniness:

    Casey and Alex, admitting and affirming their growing bond as father and daugher - short and sweeeet. Captain Awesome totally losing his cool in the heat of the moment, and the übercool response team summoned by his desperate text. All in all a very good episode, despite a few scenes that I felt fitted badly with the overall smooth flow of the story.

    It's interesting to see how Chuck has grown throughout the series, both as a character and as the actor behind it; Chuck Bartowski, in the body of Zachary Levi, has gone from overgrown puppyish boy to a mature young man, and it's been a good, steady progression, a believable, growing maturity.

    Well done, people - I'd say you made a REALLY good casting choice back when. :Dmoreless
Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Colonel John Casey

Ryan McPartlin

Ryan McPartlin

Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb

Sarah Lancaster

Sarah Lancaster

Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Ellie gives birth to her baby and they named her Clara.

    • Goof: After Morgan and Chuck apprehend the correct engineer, Roni Eimacher, the strap that they use to tie his hands together mysteriously moves from one side in the first shot to the other in the second shot and then back in the third shot within a couple of seconds.

    • Goof: When Morgan gets shut inside the room with the lasers the end of the gun he's holding gets cut off by one of them, yet when we see him again, a few seconds later, he throws on the floor a complete "un-cut" gun.

    • The engineer who designed Hydra is named Roni Eimacher. "Eimacher" means "egg-maker" in german, which refers to the fact that Hydra has the shape of an eyeball.

    • Featured Music:
      "Rad Anthem" by Rad Omen (Mary and Sarah break into Volkoff's office, again when Morgan uses his yoga prowess to get through the lasers)
      "Got a Nerve" by Grand Vanity (Ellie tells Devon that her water broke)
      Jeffster! covers "Push It" by Salt-n-Pepa (Baby Clara is born)
      "Young Blood" by The Naked and Famous (The final montage and proposal)

    • After Lester is denied entry into Ellie's maternity room, the nurse pages Doctor Adler over the intercom. This is a reference to Allison Adler, the former Chuck writer who is currently writing for ABC's No Ordinary Family.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Sarah: (Sarah takes off her jacket) Uh...Morgan...Here. I'm glad you're okay. (Hands Morgan, who is standing in his underwear her jacket)
      Morgan: Thank you. Thanks. And thank you for this. Although I don't think it's going to... fit over these shoulders. My lats have been, uh...(while trying to be manly Morgan realizes the jacket is a perfect fit) It's, you know... It's just-just kind of, barely.

    • (Chuck and Morgan infiltrated onto Volkoff's ship.)
      Morgan: You never told me you were gonna be wearing something else underneath that wetsuit.
      Chuck: Morgan, are you telling me you're not wearing any clothes under there?
      Morgan: Underwear, Chuck. I'm wearing underwear. I mean...'cause how do you even fit anything else under there? Where does it all go? It doesn't matter, doesn't matter. You know what? I'm cool like this. I look like a seal...a seal that does yoga.
      Chuck: Yeah.
      Morgan: Yoga seal.
      Chuck: Yoga seal. All right, just...
      Morgan: Yeah.
      Chuck: Just don't squeak.
      Morgan: Copy.

    • (Chuck shoots the armed guards with tranq darts, then he turns to his mother.)
      Chuck: When we get back, we need to have a serious talk about the benefits of tranq guns.

    • (Devon is looking at newborn babies in hospital.)
      Casey: Hey, Awesome. Heard Ellie's in labor. Where is she?
      (Devon looks toward her hospital room.)
      Casey: Why aren't you in there?
      (Devon is trying to explain, but can't find words.)
      Casey: Oh, Listen, don't make the same mistake I did. I missed my daughter's birth, missed her whole damn childhood. Alex's mom had to raise her all on her own. There's not a day that goes by I don't regret that. Now you get in there. Move it!
      (Devon nods affirmatively.)

    • Lester: We did what we came here to do Jeffrey. Cover song by Cover song, we are shaping the youth of America!
      (The police forcibly escorted them out of the hospital)
      Jeffrey: I'm not allowed to do that anymore!

    • Lester: (disgusted) Eew, pregnant women.
      Jeffrey: (happily) Ooh, pregnant women.

    • Chuck: Uh, General, General, can we borrow a van?
      General Beckman: Agent Bartowski, you just arrested Alexei Volkoff and obtained the Hydra Network we have spent the last 20 years searching for. Lieutenant, get this man a chopper.

    • Chuck: Technically, I guess you could say that in the end, it was Stephen J. Bartowski who took you down. Fitting. Don't you think? You know, my father... he taught me a lot of things. Like, looks can be deceiving, fight for your family, and of course, never use a gun unless you absolutely have to. Yeah, I probably should have told you, I have this... thing about bullets. I was never going to kill you, Alexei. After all, I am my father's son, aren't I?

    • Volkoff: You've been talking to Orion every day for years. Night after night, behind my back! That's why you didn't want me near you.
      Mary: I have no idea what you are talking about.
      Volkoff: Stop lying to me! You knew your husband was alive. You knew the whole damn time. I believed in you.
      Mary: You want the truth, Alexei? The truth is, my husband, alive or dead, will always be ten times the man you are. And every moment that I was with you, I was thinking of him.

    • Mary: We're as close as we're ever going to get. Tonight, whether or not we find the Hydra, you're going home.
      Sarah: What do you mean? No, I can't. I promised Chuck that I wouldn't come home without you.
      Mary: Yes. I made a lot of promises, too. I don't want you to become me. And I will not allow my son to become his father. So, tonight, it ends.

    • Devon: Listen, I got to run. I still got to find someone to make Ellie's placenta into vitamin pills.
      Chuck: I... have to unhear that. How do I unhear that? I don't know how to unhear that.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a hudba k porodu (Chuck and the Music for Childbirth)

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

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 2, 2011 on SPACE
      Turkey: March 28, 2011 on CNBC-e
      United Kingdom: April 14, 2011 on Sky LIVING/Sky LIVING HD
      Sweden: May 23, 2011 on TV6
      Australia: June 3, 2011 on FOX8
      Czech Republic: October 9, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Finland: October 10, 2013 on Sub

    • This was supposed to be the season finale before it was announced on October 19, 2010 that NBC had ordered an additional 11 episodes.


    • The Cadillac Escalade's license plate that stops on the pier next to the Contessa is 1pt21gwp - "one point 21 giga-watts power", which is an homage to the trilogy Back to the Future.

    • Twin Pines Cabin, the name of Orion's cabin,is a reference to the mall in the film Back to the Future.