Season 1 Episode 6

Chuck Versus the Sandworm

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 29, 2007 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Featured Music:
      "Dice" by Finley Quaye & William Orbit
      "It Takes Two" by Rob Base And DJ EZ Rock
      "All Right Now" by Free
      "The Weight of the World" by The Editors
      "When Johnny Comes Marching Home (instrumental)"

    • The two German words that Sarah speaks in this episode geschlossen and willkommen, both mean "closed" and "welcome", respectively.

    • Briefly at the end when Casey is listening to Chuck and Morgan discussing sandwiches, a portrait of Ronald Reagan can be seen on his coffee table. Casey has mentioned before that his favorite president was Ronald Reagan.

  • Quotes

    • Chuck: Something came up.
      Big Mike: Is that something more important than being assistant manager? Is it more important than handing over your promotion to Tang? (He becomes distraught) Please, Chuck, is it more important than Big Mike's relaxation?!?
      Chuck: Look, Big Mike, there are just some things in life that are just more important than the Buy More.
      Big Mike: You mean like fishin' and danish?

    • Morgan: So what'd (Sarah) say?
      Chuck: She said... if she were stranded on an island, she would definitely take roast beef!
      Morgan: No way!
      Chuck: It's true man!
      (Shows Casey listening, who rolls his eyes)

    • Chuck: Do you have any idea how violated I feel right now!?!
      Casey: You feel violated?!? No, no, no. My ears feel violated, 'cuz they have to listen to you and that moron Morgan yammering on for four hours about what sandwich you're gonna take if you're stranded on a desert island!
      Chuck: What are you, nuts? Nobody was talking about sandwiches for four hours, come on!
      (Casey hits the play button on his console)
      Chuck: (On tape) Think about it: this is a desert island, Morgan. Mayonnaise simply doesn't fare well in the tropics.
      Morgan: Yeah, but define sandwich, 'cuz technically you could put anything between two slices of bread. For instance, could I bring a Jessica Alba sandwich to said desert island?
      Chuck: Well, I suppose-
      (Casey stops the recording)
      Chuck: Well, I'll have, you know, I stand by my mayonnaise theory.

    • Chuck: Is that a water gun?
      Lazlo: No.
      Chuck: I'm pretty sure it is. It's dripping on my face.

    • Morgan: What happened, Chuck? You used to be cool.
      Chuck: I used to be cool? When, when was that? When we were 13? Well, I hate to go changing on you, buddy, but if you hadn't noticed we are now, chronologically speaking, adults. So, unless you want to work retail for the rest of your life and, by the way, drag me down with you in the process, I would suggest that you grow up!

    • Captain Awesome: (in costume) Yo, Chuckster, guess what I am?
      Chuck: You're naked?
      Captain Awesome: I'm Adam. You know, like Adam & Eve, Adam? Wait till you see my snake.
      Chuck: I don't wa...I don't wanna see your snake.

    • Chuck: I'm not a salesman. I'm actually part of the nerd herd.
      Angry Customer: (sarcastically) You must be so proud of yourself.
      Chuck: (earnestly) I wouldn't go so far as to say proud.

    • Sarah: (to Chuck) You know, just because you trust people doesn't make you an idiot.

    • Captain Awesome: There's one thing, being a man -- it's always speaking your mind. Whatever the cost, always be direct, open, and honest.
      Morgan: When I was twelve I hid under Ellie's bed so I could watch her undress.
      Captain Awesome: Excellent.

    • Agent Casey: You! What do I have to do to get timely intel out of you, Bartowski?
      Chuck: Look, I briefed Sarah last night, alright?
      Agent Casey: Aww, bet you did, slugger.
      Chuck: I thought we were all supposed to be part of the same team here, huh? Team Chuck?
      Agent Casey: We are, but I'm starting to feel like the guy that always gets picked last. I don't like feeling like Team Chuck's little fat kid!

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a pouštní červ (Chuck and the Sandworm)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: December 12, 2007 on Warner Channel
      Denmark: March 14, 2008 on TV3+
      Turkey: March 25, 2008 on CNBC-e
      Sweden: April 26, 2008 on TV3
      United Kingdom: May 12, 2008 on Virgin1
      Poland: May 13, 2008 on TVN7
      New Zealand: July 23, 2008 on TV2
      Norway: September 22, 2008 on Viasat4
      Greece: October 26, 2008 on Star
      Czech Republic: May 6, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Australia: May 6, 2009 on FOX8
      Germany: September 26, 2009 on ProSieben
      Slovakia: March 21, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: July 13, 2010 on Sub

    • Sarah gives Chuck a manipulated photo of the two of them together "at Comic Con", and Chuck mentions that they never went together. In reality, both Yvonne Strahovski (Sarah Walker) and Zachary Levi (Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski) attended San Diego Comic Con International in July 2007 to promote the series.

  • Allusions

    • The end scene when Chuck runs back home in slow-motion while Finlay Quaye's song "Dice" plays, is a copy of the end sequence from The O.C. episode "The Countdown", Josh Schwartz' debut series. According to him, the scene was shot that way to make an emphasis on the bromance between Chuck and Morgan, since it is a very important part of the show.

    • Harry Tang's full name is revealed to be Harold Tiberius Tang, an homage to Capt. James Tiberius Kirk of the original Star Trek series and films.

    • Jeff and Lester are dressed for Halloween as the farming husband and wife, respectively, from Grant Wood's famous painting American Gothic.

    • The costume worn by Sarah in the fake photograph she gives Chuck, and later at the Halloween party, is based on the "slave girl" bikini worn by Princess Leia in Jabba's palace. The character Chuck is portraying in the fake photo is Han Solo, the romantic interest of Leia. Both are characters from the Star Wars franchise.

    • Chuck disarms the bomb at seven seconds left on the countdown just like the bomb in the James Bond movie Goldfinger. The movie also gets mentioned several times during this episode. Additionally, the part where Chuck gets ejected from his car is from a similar scene in Goldfinger, when Bond ejects one of the henchmen.

    • Lazslo: Would you like to play a nice game of Thermonuclear War?

      When Lazslo hacks into Strategic Air Command, he references the film WarGames (1983), in which a teen-age computer whiz (played by Matthew Broderick) tells the main computer at NORAD that Soviet nuclear missiles have been fired at the United States, while under the impression that he was playing a computer game.

    • The game Morgan plays in the arcade is called Guitar Shredder, which is very similar to games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

    • Chuck wants to be a SandWorm again for Halloween and he says Dune fans have been going crazy about his costume since 8th grade, also referring to the SandWorms of Dune in the title of the episode, "Chuck Versus the Sandworm."