Season 2 Episode 22

Chuck Versus the Ring

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 2009 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • The film Tron (1982) is referenced throughout the series (Chuck's poster in his room etc.) As a nod to the film, the actor who actually played Tron in the movie, Bruce Boxleitner, makes a guest appearance in this episode as Devon's father, Woody.

    • In the beginning of this episode, General Beckman tells Sarah and Bryce that they are supposed to leave for Zurich (Switzerland) the next morning.
      She ends her speech by saying "Auf Wiedersehen" which is "goodbye" in German, one of the four national languages of Switzerland.

    • Towards the end of the episode, Chuck drops into an all white room which contains the Intersect computer and re-downloads an updated version of the Intersect back into his head then destroys it. This scene mirrors the scene in the pilot episode that introduces Bryce Larkin.

    • Bryce lies bleeding in the all white room; but when he is moved, there is no blood seen anywhere in this room.

    • Casey's personal number is 323-555-0173.

    • Chuck's address is listed as:
      1838 Franklin St.
      Los Angeles, CA 90026

    • Featured Music:
      "Now We Can See" by The Thermals (Opening scenes)
      "Looking At The Sun" by Gramercy Arms (Chuck makes rounds at the chapel)
      "Mr. Roboto" by Styx (Jeffster! plays)
      "Christmas TV" by Slow Club (At the beach wedding)
      "Friday I'm In Love" by The Cure (At the reception)
      "3 Rounds And A Sound" by Blind Pilot (Chuck and Sarah's slow dance)

  • Quotes

    • Ted Roark: I believe we've met before.
      Chuck: Ted Roark.
      Ted Roark: No, I'm Ted Roark. You're the CIA agent who's in deep trouble.

    • Ted Roark: (aiming a shotgun at Chuck during Ellie's wedding) Hmm, a real shotgun wedding. Just think: that terrible pun is the last thing you'll ever hear.

    • (Sarah fixes Chuck's bowtie, her hands lingering on his chest)
      Sarah: You look like a real spy.
      Chuck: You look like a real bridesmaid. (They pause) Sarah, I--
      Sarah: Wait, uh, there is something that I have to tell you.
      Chuck: I can't wait. I can't wait, I can't wait any longer, okay? Everyone keeps asking me what I'm gonna do with my future, and the truth is I don't have a clue. All I do know is I want you to be in it.
      Sarah: Please, I really have to tell you--
      Chuck: No. No guns, no lies. Just us. Just like I've always wanted. I've recently come into a little bit of money, so any place you want to go, any place at all, as long as it's sunny with little umbrella drinks...what I'm getting at here is: Sarah Walker, will you do me the honor...of taking a vacation with me?
      Sarah: Chuck, I'm leaving in the morning. The details are classified, but I'm working on the new Intersect project. With Bryce.
      Chuck: Bryce?
      Sarah: I'm-- I'm so sorry; I wanted to wait until after the ceremony to tell you.
      (Chuck pauses, stunned, devastated, and fighting to control his growing anger)
      Chuck: Thank you for coming to the wedding. Good for the cover. (He storms away)

    • (Devon grabs Morgan by the collar)
      Devon: Morgan, you are ruining my wedding!
      Morgan: Listen to me: if you hit me, know that it only teaches me to hit!

    • (Chuck pulls Casey into a hug)
      Chuck: See? Guys can hug.
      Casey: Not if they don't have their man-parts.
      Chuck: It's a good point. (He withdraws)

    • Chuck: What exactly is this?
      Casey: It's your pay packet, numb-nuts.
      (Chuck opens the envelope)
      Chuck: Hiyo! Whoa!
      Casey: Yeah, you know, if you were a true patriot, you wouldn't even cash it.

    • Sarah: Chuck, did you just flash?
      (Rogue agent Miles looks over Chuck)
      Miles: He uploaded it.
      Casey: Oh...Chuck me.

    • Beckman: We'd like you to be an analyst. Your country is calling you, Mr. Bartowski.
      Chuck: Well, then I think my country might have the wrong number, 'cuz I'm just Chuck Bartowski, not a hero.

    • Woody: (to Devon, about Jeffster!) Why are you letting Sam Kinison and an Indian lesbian wreck your wedding?

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a kruh (Chuck and the Ring)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: June 22, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Latin America: October 25, 2009 on Warner Channel
      United Kingdom: November 3, 2009 on Virgin 1
      Sweden: November 30, 2009 on TV6
      Czech Republic: March 8, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: October 14, 2011 on Sub
      Slovakia: August 23, 2012 on Markiza

    • Although Julia Ling (Anna Melinda Wu) appears in the episode, she has no spoken lines.

  • Allusions

    • When Chuck's Intersect 2.0 goes online. There are a few words in the mix of pictures. Some of them are actually Japanese words in Chinese characters, which is also know as Kanji:
      1. Karate (a Japanese martial art)
      2. Kyūdō (Japanese art of archery, "Way of Archery")
      3. Gong Fu (which is a popular name for Chinese martial arts)

    • While Jeffster is playing, Jeff says to the cellist: "...Watch me for the changes." This is a reference to Back to the Future when Marty McFly tells the band to "watch me for the changes" as he plays at the enchantment under the sea dance.

    • After being updated with the new Intersect and beating the "spies" with martial arts moves, Chuck says, "guys, I know Kung Fu." This is likely a reference to the first movie in the sci-fi trilogy The Matrix directed by the Wachowski brothers. In this movie, Neo (Keanu Reeves) is plugged into a machine that can "download" skills into someone's brain. After a time of "downloading", Neo says to Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), "I know Kung Fu."