Season 3 Episode 18

Chuck Versus the Subway

Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 24, 2010 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Featured Music:
      "The High Road" by Broken Bells (Chuck and Sarah at the market)
      "One More Try" by Timmy T (Devon drinks)
      "England Swings" by Roger Miller (Casey and Justin at the diner)
      "Neighbor" by Band Of Horses (Chuck gets the governor)
      "One October Song" by Nico Stai (Stephen goes down)
      "Congratulations" by MGMT (Alex enters the Buy More)
      "Don't Give Up On Us Now" by Menew (Chuck is taken)

    • When Ellie points out to Chuck and Stephen the door Justin would disappear through after their rendezvous there is a white sign with blue writing on the wall of the building, but when Chuck and Stephen actually go through the door, the sign is no longer there.

    • Some of the money in Casey's locker has "FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY" written on it and the serial number "G3 00005967 T" - The same serial number was written on Niki Sanders' stolen money in Heroes.

  • Quotes

    • Morgan: She's having an affair. She's cheating on you bro.
      Awesome: What? That's impossible.
      Morgan: Casey intercepted an illicit call and he played it for me.
      Awesome: (Laughing) Ellie would never...
      Morgan: Devon.
      Awesome: (Serious) Wow.
      Morgan: I'm sorry.
      Awesome: You just called me Devon.
      Morgan: Yeah, well this is no time for frivolity.

    • Stephen: Son, your brain is working fine so far, right? Who wouldn't be paranoid in your shoes? Your cover's blown, your secret base discovered, your dead partner and girlfriend's ex-lover was a double agent.
      Chuck: Way to talk me down, Dad.

    • Jeff: It's like my dream come true. Ellie is exactly like Chuck, but with lady parts.

    • Ellie: Chuck, our Chuck, punched a CIA agent in the face today and they are holding him right now!
      Awesome: You mean you haven't been cheating on me?
      Ellie: What? Devon, what are you talking about? No. Listen to me. I think he's going to need a lawyer.
      Awesome: No, no. Chuck has been with the CIA for years! I am so glad you finally know. What a relief it is to talk. (Ellie stares at him incredulously) You don't know. Oh, no. I just told you.

    • Awesome: The whole generalissimo thing- I was undercover on a mission. That's it, that's all I know, babe. Oh, and you can blame the CIA for my bachelor party. Stripper- she was an agent. Told you I didn't cheat. Faithful.
      Ellie: I can't believe that my brother and Sarah are spies. How is my dad involved in all of this?
      Awesome: I, uh, have pockets of missing knowledge. I didn't want to know because I didn't want to have to lie to you, babe.
      Ellie: Devon, an actual, legitimate answer exists as to why my father has been missing my entire life and you didn't think to ask that question?
      Awesome: Correct.
      Ellie: You need to find me somebody who knows a lot more than you do. Right now.
      (Scene cuts to Morgan)

    • Ellie: All I know is that Justin told me that John Casey is a double agent and he's here trying to gather information about my dad. But if Chuck is an agent too then maybe Casey lied to him and turned him somehow?
      Morgan: Our Eagle Scout, Chuck? Turned? To the dark side? No. Not gonna happen. And any suggestions that Colonel Jonathan Casey's character's in question, well I would stake my entire, albeit okay, thin, reputation on the fact that he is Uncle Sam's most faithful servant.

    • Ellie: I need to hear you say it. I need to know that there's a reason that you left us.
      Stephen: It's a long story. I want to tell everything but I've got to take care of this first, okay? (He hugs her) This is the last time I'm going to walk away from you. I promise. I love you, baby.

    • Justin: Shaw, Bartowski's infiltrated the base.
      Shaw: Of course he did. (To Sarah) Why won't your boyfriend ever think with an organ besides his heart?
      Justin: Uh-hmm, no Sir. Not this one. Bartowski and his father found the other base. The Ring base. They triggered the silent alarm.
      Shaw: Damn it!

    • Casey: Don't know when it happened but our boy became a man. Bartowski's a spy. Picked the good one, Walker...finally.

    • Morgan: Who do you work for? It's okay, you can tell me, I'm on the inside.
      Alex: The pie shack in Silverlake.
      Morgan: Yeah. Come on. Lady, please, I have a very high level of clearance, okay. Listen, I can't let you walk back there and have access to John Casey's locker without knowing what's going on. I'm sorry, my hands are tied.
      Alex: I don't know what's going on. All I know is that this customer, John, kidnaps me and then he tells me that he's my father and now there's men chasing us and I'm sorry I know that I don't really know you, I'm just a little confused right now.
      Morgan: No, no, it's okay, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to make you upset. Look, Miss, I promise you this, if John Casey says he's your father then it's the truth. I trust that man with my life. You have nothing to be afraid of, not if he's your father. And in fact, this store is as safe as anywhere...provided you stay away from those two. (Nods towards Jeff and Lester)

    • Chuck: Why did you come back this time? You came back because you wanted to protect Ellie and me. Because you knew no matter how far you ran, you could never live with yourself if something happened to somebody that you loved.
      Stephen Bartowski: If we do this...we gotta be smart. Not think emotional! We can do this. We're Bartowskis.

    • Ellie: Morgan Grimes, the boy that took my pillow as his date to Junior Prom knows more about my family being spies than I do.

    • Stephen Bartowski: If you stay, everyone you love will be in danger. You have to choose who you want to protect: you or her.
      Chuck: Dad, please don't leave...
      Stephen Bartowski: Right now, Charles! You have to run to protect her!
      Chuck: I'm sorry, Sarah. I'm sorry, but if I have to choose, I will always choose to protect you.

    • Chuck: General, what the hell is going on?
      General Beckman: I don't know how else to explain it, Chuck, but all our are on the line.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a podzemní dráha (Chuck and the Subway)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 24, 2010 on Citytv
      United Kingdom: September 27, 2010 on Channel One
      Australia: December 9, 2010 on FOX8
      Czech Republic: January 2, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Sweden: February 14, 2011 on TV6
      Finland: September 3, 2012 on Sub

  • Allusions

    • General Beckman: Bartowski escaped this facility. He is a wanted man. I need you to find him. As much as it pains me to admit, you are our only are our only hope.
      This scene very closely resembles the iconic plea for help that Princess Leia makes to Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). This reference is more in regards to how it is broadcast than the actual line as the delivery of the message is full of interference and static. A more direct allusion was made in "Chuck Versus the Sizzling Shrimp" where Morgan says to Chuck, "Help me, Chuck Bartowski. You're my only hope!".

    • Scott Bakula makes the same illegal U-turn while driving a jeep in this episode and the 1991 film Necessary Roughness. In both cases, he is convinced not to run away and to face his problems head on.

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