Season 2 Episode 13

Chuck Versus the Suburbs

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 16, 2009 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

It is Valentine's day and emotions are boiling at the Buy More. However, Big Mike has to face a divorce, so the Buy More team try to distract him. Meanwhile, Chuck and Sarah go undercover as a married couple in the suburbs.

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  • I'm sold Chuck is high priority on my DVR

    As a custom coder, i'm usually around a computer all day so it's safe to say that my tv is usually always on. I've watched many new series come and go for the last couple of years and have to say that Chuck has really impressed me.

    Not only do the characters all have appealing qualities but you really feel a sense of closeness to each one. Whether you're one of those, that want Chuck & Sarah to finally get together or you don't, their chemistry on screen literally keeps you glued to your seat for me.

    Now what can I say about Chuck versus the suburbs that I liked... For starters Jenny McCarthy was on it, now i'm not going to follow the traditional footsteps and say she's hot or anything like that, Nay. It's just that she's so darn likable as a person overall, it's so refreshing to see an attractive woman not having to be so serious all the time and just literally have fun with whatever their doing. I just recently caught her on the morning news show The Daily Buzz where she even makes that cast more energetic and light hearted.So for me having her on any show is always a plus, for numerous reasons. I absolutely loved the way this episode portrayed that Chuck would do anything he could to protect Sarah. It appeared that Sarah really took notice of this as well, when he pretended to have the intersect scanned at her as well. It was really a touching moment between the two as he reached out for her to sheild her from the images(even tho she could literally kick his butt anyday) it was just a touching moment to see the both of them surrender into each other in vulnerability.

    That being said it's starting to wear a bit thin now, we've seen that they have feelings for each other many many many times already. Also, it's been established multiple times that the two have doubts about being together - there's always a reason between them two. They get so close to being a real couple then by some sick twist they think "for the best" it's not a good idea.

    However, we've never really seen Chuck verbalize it. Meaning we've heard the two of them say there's no way something can happen between them (even though they want it to). We're usually greeted with both Chuck & Sarah longing for the other but Acknowledging it cannot happen, but we've never seen one of them ACCEPTING the scenerio as we finally do when Chuck explains to his sister that he understands where things finally stand between them two.

    For me this show has done no wrong, and I look forward to catching it every weekmoreless
  • Another fun twist, in another wacky situation. (Mmm, Jenny McCarthy...)

    Ah, the suburbs. Painted exactly the same on every TV show ever. Happy homemaker, Martha Stuart type stuff. "Howdy, neighbor! Would you like some pie? We should get together and play golf!" All the stereotypes and cliches are here, but what I love about this show is that they turn it on its head!

    Chuck and Sarah are undercover as a newlywed suburbanite couple, searching for a FULCRUM agent posing in the neighbor hood. I loved the twist that the entire community were fulcrum agents! (It helped to see guest stars Andy Richter and the still hot, Jenny McCarthy!)

    It was a fun idea to throw Chuck and Sarah in that kind of environment, but unfortunately, there isn't too much time to explore it (we only get the breakfast scene) Like Chuck himself, I would have liked moretime spent there.moreless
  • Mr. & Mrs. Charles Carmichael

    Another agent is found in a very disturbed state and all he can say is "salamander". His last assignment was traced to a suburban neighborhood. The CIA is able to get a house in that neighborhood for Chuck and Sarah to go undercover as a married couple. A beautiful lady across the street is coming on to Chuck at their house warming party. Casey finds a hidden mic and traces it back to her husband who is in FULCROM. Chuck's mission is to get into their house and on their computer and see if anything flashes. When Chuck finally gets to the computer, guesses the correct password and logs on, it has the same effect that the INTERSECT computer had on him. Chuck is pulled of the mission by the General, but flashes on something that lets him know that the whole neighborhood is FULCROM. When he goes back to the neighborhood to save Sarah and Casey he gets caught and the run their version the INTERSECT on him. He pretends to be part of FULCROM long enough to let Sarah know to close her eyes while Casey runs the program on all of the FULCROM agents, either killing them or driving them insane.

    On the store front, Big Mike is getting a divorce and is very depressed and taking it out on the employees. They decide to help him get a date online and it turns out well. She comes to meet him at the Buy More the next day only to tell him her son works there. She turns out to be Morgan's mother, and he is not happy.moreless
  • Pretty good but some of the brain/intersect stuff was a bit too silly for my taste

    This was solidly entertaining. The cast of this show is so strong that no matter how silly the plots get it is still enjoyable to watch. The neighbourhood barbeque and the scene with Chuck and the blond neighbour trying to seduce him were quite hilarious. But the reason I found it overly silly is the way that the computer images in the spy lab were supposedly lethal to people in the room not wearing special glasses. Without some sort of more convincing pseudoscientific explanation as to how that was supposed to be possible/plausible, my mind just could not accept it. And so that is my one complaint this time. but still fun to watch.moreless
  • Chuck

    It is Valentine's day and emotions are boiling at the Buy More. However, Big Mike has to face a divorce, so the Buy More team try to distract him.

    Meanwhile, Chuck and Sarah go undercover as a married couple in the suburbs. This another good episode maybe not as good as the last three which where chuck on top form but still funny at times this is what I would call a typical chuck episode sticking to the easy formula of hes in the intersect lets capture him then develop the sarah chuck relationship. thats is why it gets this rating.moreless
Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Michael "Big Mike" Tucker

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Vik Sahay

Vik Sahay

Lester Patel

Sarah Lancaster

Sarah Lancaster

Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski

Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy


Guest Star

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson


Guest Star

Patricia Rae

Patricia Rae


Guest Star

Tony Hale (I)

Tony Hale (I)

Emmett Milbarge

Recurring Role

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Morgan's mom says that he is 26 years old.

    • The phone number on the grocery list given to Chuck by Sarah is the information number (805) 555-1212 which has a California area code.

    • Featured Music:
      "Once In A Lifetime" by Talking Heads (Chuck arrives at the new house in the suburbs)
      "Fever" by Peggy Lee (Sylvia hits on Chuck)
      "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash (Chuck goes to work)
      "Fever" by Peggy Lee (Chuck gets handcuffed)
      "Freeze And Explode" by Cassettes Won't Listen (Closing scenes)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Chuck: Are you enjoying this whole Martha Stewart thing? (laughs) I can't believe it. Please tell me you're not going soft on me.
      Sarah: Just shut up and eat your breakfast.
      Chuck: You better be careful, Sarah. One day, you might actually turn into a real girl.

    • Lester: Hey! How was the big date?
      Big Mike: Gentlemen. It was a night of exquisite passion. I did things with that woman I didn't even know existed, which are likely illegal.
      Lester: Yes! So you took our advice?
      Big Mike: I lied my ass off.

    • (Morgan, Lester, Jeff and Big Mike are looking at an internet dating site)
      Morgan: Gee whiz, Mike. We're trying to help you find love here. Dirty, nasty, filthy love.

    • Morgan: (to Lester and Jeff) Gentlemen, I think that I speak for all of us when I say that the only reason that I took this job at the Buy More was to do as little work as humanly possible. The big man, he made that dream a reality.
      Lester: That man's an inspiration to slackers everywhere.

    • Morgan: (to Chuck) Do you think the two of us will wind up with smart, beautiful, sexually adventuresome girls on Valentine's Day?
      Big Mike: The answer is no. Two jackasses like you, landing two hot pieces like Anna and Blondie? It's a cruel trick of nature.

    • Casey: I'm afraid you two are gonna have to drop your dating cover for this particular assignment.
      Sarah: No problem.
      Chuck: What is it, Thai street racing gang, Ukrainian prostitution ring?
      Casey: No, for this mission you and Agent Walker are gonna be married. You two kids are going to the suburbs. Good luck as a normal couple.

    • Chuck: Casey, I'm handcuffed.
      Casey: Relax. Handcuffs are a cinch.
      Chuck: Really?
      Casey: Yeah. There's a bone in your thumb. Tiny bone. Really easy to break. What you're gonna want to do is you're gonna want to apply torsional pressure to it until it snaps.
      Chuck: I'm not gonna break my bone!
      Casey: Well, in that case, you are screwed.

    • Morgan: Listen to me, everybody is taller and thinner online.
      Lester: It's called the "Internet Hotness Conversion Factor".

    • Emmett: Where do you meet people you don't have to pay for sex?

    • Sylvia: Mr. Carmichael, I didn't expect you to come so quickly.
      Chuck: Charles Carmichael always comes quickly.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a líbánky na předměstí (Chuck and the Honeymoon in the Suburbs)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: April 20, 2009 on CNBC-e
      United Kingdom: September 1, 2009 on Virgin 1
      Latin America: September 13, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Australia: September 24, 2009 on FOX8
      Sweden: October 5, 2009 on TV6
      Czech Republic: February 17, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: August 19, 2011 on Sub
      Slovakia: August 8, 2012 on Markiza


    • When Chuck is playing with his iPhone on his Valentine's Day date with Sarah he is playing the Missile Command game Application made by Atari. This is the same game Chuck had to play in "Chuck Vs. Tom Sawyer" to get the codes for the satellite.

    • When Casey came to rescue Sarah and Chuck in the torture room, Casey mentioned the "cable guy" reference from the Cable Guy movie.

    • Morgan: A robot sent from the future.
      Lester: Cybernetic organism.
      Jeff: Skin-job.

      Morgan and Lester are referring to Terminators from the Terminator franchise, whilst Jeff is referring to the Cylons from Battlestar Galactica or replicants from Blade Runner.

    • The scene when Chuck is hooked up to the Fulcrum machine to install the "Dark Intersect" is an allusion to the Ludovico Technique from the movie A Clockwork Orange.