Season 2 Episode 9

Chuck Versus the Sensei

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 01, 2008 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a sensei (Chuck and the Sensei)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: March 23, 2009 on CNBC-e
      United Kingdom: August 4, 2009 on Virgin 1
      Latin America: August 10, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Australia: August 27, 2009 on FOX8
      Czech Republic: February 10, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: May 30, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: July 16, 2011 on Sub

    • Morgan Fairchild (Dr. "Honey" Woodcomb) is credited as Special Guest Star.

    • Although credited, Julia Ling (Anna Wu) and Mark Christopher Lawrence (Big Mike) do not appear in this episode.

  • Allusions

    • 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."