Season 2 Episode 9

Chuck Versus the Sensei

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 01, 2008 on NBC
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The team is assigned to survey the Global Launch Agency, when intel shows that someone might penetrate their security. During the surveillance someone intrudes the lab who turns out to be Casey's former sensei Ty Bennett. Meanwhile, Captain Awesome's perfect parents decide to pay Devon and Ellie a surprise visit to help them plan the wedding, and Emmett Milbarge introduces an "Employee of the Month" contest to the Buy More, but the employees start their own contest instead.moreless

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  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    Chuck is still reeling from the discovery that his ex-girlfriend Jill was a Fulcrum agent and goes on a mission to take his mind off of his shock. Casey gets a shock of his own when he finds out that his sensei Ty Bennett, who taught him everything he knows, is now one of the most wanted rogue agents. While on the search for Bennett, it becomes clear that Casey may be too emotionally involved to continue with the mission. Meanwhile, Devon's parents Honey and Woody make a surprise visit to help Ellie and Devon plan their wedding. At the Buy More, Emmett reinstates the employee of the month contest, but Morgan, Jeff and Lester have other plans. I love the starting scene with the whole of Caseys fighting, and then it goes to Emmett telling Casey what to do with Casey, I loved it. I love the scene with Chuck and Morgan talking about everything really, mostly about Jill though. I love the castle scenes, especially when Chuck wants to break and then casey uses his awesome sarcasm. i love the new mission, I love the way Chuck is watching over Casey and Sarah, and then Chuck locks Casey inside the place, I love the way it's the man from the backflash. I love the way Ellie comes in and wakes Chuckup and Chuck freaks out. i love the way the Aweomes comes to town, and are making plans for Devon and Ellie's wedding - I love anything to do with Devon, he is delicious. I love the way Casey isn't happy that he knows the man and has a go at Chuck, I love it when they clash heads type thing. I love the scene in the Buy More, where Emmett comes up with 'employee of the month' - awesome storyline! I love the Chuck and Sarah scene talking about Casey. I love the way Morgan is in the staff room making a plan about playing Emmett at his own game - genious, I love how awesome everything is. I love the mission Casey and Sarah needing Chuck, and he puts the phone down, hilarious. I love the way Bennett comes to the Buy More and Chuck freaks out. I love the way Chuck comes to Morgans recuse without him even realizing it. I love the way casey is pulled offf the case, I also love the way Casey reacts to Chuck and then the conversation with Casey and Sarah talking about chuck. I love the way Chuck feels like it is his fault - so cute. I love the scene where Emmett is having a go at Morgan, Lester and Jeff, and then Emmett makes a new rule up - I love it. I love the way Jeff flips out on a customer hilarous. I love the phone conversation between Casey and Chuck and then he users Chuck, great. I love the whole episode. I love the way chuck is trying to get out, and the dinner scene between the Awesomes. I love teh way Sarah comes to help Casey and then Chuck comes with the Nerd Herd car and of course gets taken. I love the fighting scene between Casey and Bennett, I love the way Chuck helps Casey win by making him mad.moreless
  • OK

    The team is assigned to survey the Global Launch Agency, when intel shows that someone might penetrate their security. During the surveillance someone intrudes the lab who turns out to be Casey's former sensei Ty Bennett.

    Meanwhile, Captain Awesome's perfect parents decide to pay Devon and Ellie a surprise visit to help them plan the wedding, and Emmett Milbarge introduces an "Employee of the Month" contest to the Buy More, but the employees start their own contest instead. this was another decent episode of the show but still not as funny as season 1 of the show. 8.5 out of 10.moreless
  • Brilliant.

    After last weeks episode Chuck is a little down over Jill and wants some time away from the next mission, this involves Casey's old sensei Ty Bennett who's turned rouge and is recruiting his former students to help steal government secrets. Casey has to deal with his emotions and Chuck to stop Bennett.

    Back at the Buy More Emmett introduces 'Employee of the Month ' competition but Morgan, Jeff and Lester decide to start there own 'Worse Employee of the Month ' competition with funny results.

    The Awesome's are in town and are planning Devon and Ellie's wedding which Eliie is less than pleased about.

    Another great episode.moreless
  • Casey comes face to face with his sensei

    This episode is largely about moving on after a betrayal, Casey discovers that his sensei has turned to the dark side and has convinced several of his past trainees to go rogue. Chuck's not sure he wants another case and gets banished back to the Buy More, while Casey reveals that he has these things called "feelings" that can get in the way of his tough-guy act. Sarah mostly navigates their childlike emotions and tastes wedding food. Casey takes down his former sensei using nothing but his bare hands with Chuck words of wisdom. The Awesome's came to visit to start making plans for the wedding which Elle go into over drive.moreless
  • Chuck remains one of the wittiest shows around right now.

    This was another top notch Chuck episode. There were so many funny scenes, I couldn't help laughing out loud. The Employee of the Month plot at the Buy More was absolutely hilarious and the main plot with Casey's Sensei was the perfect vehicle for Casey's sarcastic put downs. The whole episode was uproarious from beginning to end. Even the Awesome parents were a great addition to the show - poor Ellie!

    What will happen next? I can't wait.moreless
Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Ryan McPartlin

Ryan McPartlin

Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Michael "Big Mike" Tucker

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Vik Sahay

Vik Sahay

Lester Patel

Bruce Boxleitner

Bruce Boxleitner

Dr. "Woody" Woodcomb

Guest Star

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Ty Bennett

Guest Star

Morgan Fairchild

Morgan Fairchild

Dr. "Honey" Woodcomb

Guest Star

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Recurring Role

Tony Hale (I)

Tony Hale (I)

Emmett Milbarge

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • On the DVD, the word "sensei" in this episode title is mispelled "sensai".

    • Featured Music:
      "New Song" by Datarock (Pursuit of the intruder)
      "Shake Your Blood" by Probot (Casey fights Bennett)
      "Don't Worry" by Love As Laughter (Chuck and Ellie talk)

    • At the beginning of the episode, when Ellie wakes Chuck up, she says the Awesomes took a redeye from Connecticut to surprise them. Airlines only operate redeyes, or overnight flights, flying west to east (i.e. from California to Connecticut) not the other way around. This is because of the time difference, gaining hours as you move into a western timezone. A flight from Boston to L.A. will take about six hours, but will arrive three hours after it left. In order for the Awesomes' flight to have arrived early (say 6AM) in the morning, it would have had to take off even earlier on the East Coast (say 3AM).

    • When Morgan goes into the Buy More break room to talk to his buddies about the Employee Of The Month program, Jeff Barnes is playing a classic Mattel Electronics Pocket Electronic Football game. This hand held game which used a 9 volt battery was originally released in 1977 and re-released in 2000.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Morgan: There is a solution.
      Lester: What? What?
      Morgan: We have our own contest. A side-bet. We'll see who gets the lowest score on their comment cards.
      Lester: So we beat Emmett on his own game.
      Jeff: Pure genius.
      Lester: From now on, the customers can go service themselves.
      Morgan: In the retail sense, Jeff. Don't get any ideas.

    • Jeff: Wait. Why do we not care again?
      Morgan: Because Employee of the Month is a scam. And working hard is for suckers. Think about it. So you're working, sales go up, share holders get richer, holders get rich - and we get what exactly?
      Lester: He said something about a prize.
      Morgan: Your face on a wall next to Moses Finkelstein? No, thank you. No. You know what? Keep your stupid stooge prize.
      Jeff: So - we get nothing?
      Morgan: Emmett's gonna get all the credit. He may even get a promotion. And then guess what? One day he's gonna be the boss.
      Lester: Then what? Emmett turns the Buy More into a nightmare of pain and suffering.

    • Casey: I wonder if it's safe for Chuck to go on this mission. Too many unforeseeable variables. In situations like this he has proven himself a liability.
      General Beckman: I think, you're right, Casey. Chuck, you're sitting this one out.
      Chuck: (protesting) Wait a minute. You might need me to flash on something.
      Casey: This country 's gotten by for 200 years without an Intersect. I'm sure we'll be just fine. (to Chuck) What, did I hurt your feelings?

    • Casey: Shut up!
      Sarah: Yeah, shut up, Chuck, you're making him mad.
      Chuck: Underneath that extremely terrifying exterior lies a man who deeply, deeply feels. You, you care. You care about us. You care about me. Admit it! You feel all warm and mushy about me! Go ahead, say it. You love me, John Casey.
      Casey: I'm gonna kill you.
      Chuck: Www...wait, wait, wait, wait! Hold on! No, not me! Him.

    • Sarah: Chuck, does the Global Launch Agency mean anything to you?
      Chuck: GLA? Sure, they've sent probes to every planet except Pluto. Although Pluto's not officially a planet anymore, which really bums me out.
      Casey: It's true. Space camp is where all the cool kids go.

    • Chuck: Yeah, well the thing is, Casey doesn't really have a calm center. It's more of an angry center.

    • Emmett: The employee with the highest level of customer service is...Skip Johnson. (Laughs)
      Skip: This is not my fault, I tried to be a jerk.

    • Bennett: This is a special lesson. How to kill a man with honor. It will happen very quickly.
      Chuck: Eye of the Tiger, buddy.
      Casey: Shut up, Chuck.

    • Jeff: (snatching up the customer comment card and shouting) Four stars! I just kissed your ass for four lousy stars! What do you people want from me? Just spit in my face next time.
      Morgan: Hey Jeff. How's it going man? You alright?
      Jeff: I think I'm getting the hang of this customer service thing.

    • Casey: Can't believe it. Beckman was out of line pulling me off this mission.
      Sarah: I agree with her. You're too emotionally involved.
      Casey: This from the agent that can't keep her chocolate out of Bartowski's peanut butter.

    • Casey: (to Chuck) You know, if my primary objective wasn't to protect you, I'd kill you.

    • Beckman: So Bennett got away. Again. If you don't mind me asking, where was the Intersect during all of this?
      Chuck: Well, technically, I was in Bennett's trunk, so I didn't see anything that happened but it sounded very exciting.

    • Devon: Hey Lester, have you seen Chuck?
      Lester: Maybe.
      Devon: So is he around?
      Lester: Could be.
      Devon: Can you find him for me?
      Lester: Yeah, sure, I could, but wouldn't it be more fulfilling for you if you did it yourself? Yeah. Look, I'm so sorry, it's this stupid store contest. I can help you but do me a solid and do not mention it on this card. Yes? Thank you buddy.

    • Bennett: I'm looking for John Casey. Can you tell me where to find him?
      Morgan: What do I look like? An information desk?
      Bennett: Excuse me?
      Morgan: Yes, fine, you're excused. Oh, and don't forget to fill in our customer comment card on your way out.

    • Chuck: (on the phone to Casey) Code red. Code red. Redder than red. It is the reddest, it is the reddest of all hues. We are Defcon One or Five, whichever means hurry. Right now. Bennett is at the Buy More.

    • Morgan: Alright, just to be absolutely clear, our position on "Employee of the Month" is that we don't care. Are you guys with me?
      Jeff: Yep. Not caring. Not a rat's ass.
      Lester: Not a fat and/or hairy one.
      Jeff: Wait, why don't we care again?
      Morgan: Because "Employee of the Month" is a scam and working hard is for suckers.

    • Chuck: Dude, your sensei is a badass.
      Casey: Not my sensei, he's a traitor.
      Sarah: Wow, I've heard of Bennett, but I've never met anyone who actually trained with him.
      Casey: I can't talk about it. It's classified.
      General Beckman: We're opening Bennett's file for this assignment. Any personal knowledge you have could be vital to the success of this mission.
      Chuck: (scoffing) Come on, Casey. Share with us.
      Casey: In hell!

    • Sarah: Hey, did you get a good look at him?
      Casey: I didn't have to. I know him.
      Sarah: What?
      Chuck: Guys, hey, I just flashed on that dude. And it's crazy, it's actually kind of a small world funny story.
      Casey: Save it. His name is Ty Bennett. He was my sensei. He taught me everything I know.

    • Casey: You need a little break, Bartowski?
      Chuck: Yeah, that'd be nice. I mean finding out Jill was Fulcrum was a bit of a shock to the system, you know. I guess I wouldn't mind some time to sort out my feelings.
      Casey: Sure thing, Chuck. I just call all the criminals, rogues, spies, and let them know to hold on a sec 'cause Chuck Bartowski needs some time to sort out his lady feelings.

    • Morgan: Yep, John Casey scares me.
      Chuck: Well, that happens when you bottle up your feelings like that. You wake up one day and you're a seething mass of pain.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Bruce Boxleitner, who plays Devon's father, also played the role of Alan Bradley alias Tron in the 1982 movie Tron. Chuck has the movie poster prominently on his wall.

    • Casey: This from the agent that can't keep her chocolate out of Bartowski's peanut butter.
      Casey alludes to the classic advertising campaign for the Reese's chocolate peanut butter cups.

    • Emmett: If it isn't Tweedledee, Tweedledum and Tweedledumber.
      Tweedledee and Tweedledum are the rather round twins from Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. In addition, Dumb and Dumber is the 1994 film starring Jim Carey about the cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends.

    • Chuck: Those seven years of MacGyver finally paid off.
      This alludes to the 1980s ABC show MacGyver, about an action hero that doesn't use guns but can make gadgets out of just about anything.

    • Casey (Adam Baldwin) tells Chuck that "you are damaging my calm." In the movie Serenity, Adam Baldwin's character Jayne says of another character (River) that "She is startin' to damage my calm."

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