Season 2 Episode 12

Chuck Versus the Third Dimension

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 2009 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Chuck has to protect rock star Tyler Martin, while Morgan wins two backstage passes to Martin's concert, so he needs to decide who will become his "plus one". This is a special 3D episode.

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  • I don't understand why this got a lower rating..I loved it!

    I guess I'm just a fan of Charlie from Lost haha. That guy is too classic. I unfortunately don't have 3D glasses so I was forced to watch the entire episode with too much green. But that's ok. I thought it was a good episode overall and a classic ending.. We all know Chuck secretly almost needs the missions now.. it reminds me of the movie Confessions of a Dangerous Mind...only obviously less serious haha.

    Cool when Chuck gets serious and actually does a good job...that was a smart move with the phone. Nice!

    These last few words are only to get up to my 100 word minimum as I have nothing left to say about the episode.moreless
  • Chuck's Day Off

    Not my favorite episode. The 3-D affects were unnecessary and simply gave me a headache. The script as a whole was actually okay and believable. Everyone needs a day off now and then, even spies. Chuck's simply request turns out to be Chuck learning his purpose and that he's okay with it. Helping a rock star help others, Chuck learns that he's actually okay with being a spy and saving the world. A rockstar having tattoos that he doesn't understand was actually pretty clever and the twist that they mean something to others was kinda interesting. However, I wonder if he realizes the pain he's going to indure getting them removed??moreless
  • Chuck set the table with the Super Bowl, but served botulism when the guests arrived

    I have been following it since its inception. While in winter hiatus, I was surprised to learn both that a) the show had been generally struggling to find an audience, and b) found its audience as recently as December as bloggers et al started playing up its praises.

    So NBC uses the promotional vehicle of the Super Bowl to put Chuck into overdrive, since it seems worth their airtime investment now. So they slap on some 3-D hype to take it up a notch further. But there's something about Super Bowls that turn everything good into rubbish. To quote The Simpson's Comic Book guy: "Worst episode EVER."

    The big problems were in the script. It was about as contrived as I have ever seen this show. And where there are often redeeming clever moments, almost none could be found in this episode.

    Start with special guest star Dominic Monaghan exhuming his Charlie Hume rockstar persona (which was never that convincing to begin with) from "Lost". Add robotic interplay and dialog between the characters. Add forced mayhem on a hotel elevator, complete with a pretty routine stunt where the director could not be bothered to hide the black nylon knee straps securing the stunt man to the glass elevator. Even the supposed international incident of a rock star being blown up (by unconvincing bad guys, no less) lacked much of the usual mystique and intrigue behind a typical Chuck mission.

    The show mostly came off as a bad self-parody. And even bad TV series really don't start this hard down the self-parody road until at least season 3.

    Trying to think of anything redeeming, the writers did not drag out the usual "missed important personal conversation" routine (between Chuck and Sarah re: a certain shooting), though they came close. But when they did put an end to it at the conclusion of the show, it came off as a murky, less-than-meaningful, unresolving cop-out. The "revelation" seemed to change little between either character.

    And the sophomoric stunts back at the Buy More were at some of their gross-out worst. The audience to show capable of being this clever deserves more than to be bludgeoned with eating contests and consuming urinal cakes.

    This episode needed more of the rational influence of Chuck's sister, Ellie, and less self-indulgence as a second-rate nod to Tom Green. John (Adam Baldwin) was about the only character to escape from this show with some dignity in tact still.

    Hopefully the producers of Chuck have not pulled an on-air Budd Dwyer in their first big chance at the spotlight. And hopefully with the Super Bowl dementia cleared away, it can get back to its old, good habits.moreless
  • A message I sent to NBC.

    I'm totally disappointed, as usual, in NBC. This 3D idea was a total crap, very distracting, very stupid. We know that NBC has become very desperate lately, but to ruin a perfectly good show like this, come on.

    We don't have those stupid 3D glasses, you also changed the colors so the ones we had from previous shows don't work on this one. Plus, for someone who wears glasses, it doesn't really work. At least, rebroadcast this episode in 2D at a later date.

    And, to top it all, your online show is not available for us because we're on another planet called Canada. You know, where we're so retarded here we can't get your shows. It's a wonder I'm able to communicate with you, you might need a translator to read this message.....

    It's our fault for watching American TV, or even American shows. Maybe we should stick to our 3rd. world Canadian TV.

    Just show us 2D shows, don't get too fancy, you're not good enough. If I wanted fancy, I'd go on the internet.moreless
  • Chuck in 3D...

    Well I couldn't really get into this episode; reason probably being it was in 3D and I didn't have the Specs to see but still enjoyed it. You can still watch the episode without the glasses, and, a couple of moments aside, it looks fine the colours are a bit off, but it's not blurry or fuzzy. And the episode itself is another entertaining one with a great guest performance by Dominic Monaghan as Rock Star Tyler Martin. Tyler comes into the story when he does a signing at the Buy more and it turns out some shady characters are after him for reasons unknown. Chuck is asked to keep a eye on him by Sarah and Casey, which turns into Chuck going out to party with him something Chuck isn't that resistant too, feeling like he's losing any time of his own thanks to being pulled into the spy world, and still reeling from seeing Sarah kill a man. Of course, the danger Tyler is in comes into play, turning Chuck and Tyler's excellent adventure into a very dangerous night.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

Jerome Bettis

Jerome Bettis


Guest Star

Harry Van Gorkum

Harry Van Gorkum


Guest Star

Nicholas Guilak

Nicholas Guilak

Achmed Gambir

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 (6)

    • In the scene where Achmed Gambir is attacking Chuck, the knife that came out of Achmed's sleeve has a black handle and a serrated blade. When Achmed places the knife down, it has a gold handle and smooth blade. When Achmed goes for the knife the last time, it again has a black handle and serrated blade.

    • Dominic Monaghan also played a rock star in the ABC series Lost.

    • In this episode, the singer Tyler has a tattoo in Arabic which is supposed to contain information about a terrorist plot. In reality is just a decorative medallion you can find inside a mosque that says, among other stuff related "Allah (God) in his supremacy and majesty", all of it is from the holy book for Muslims, the Qur'an.

    • At the concert Casey and Sarah communicated with Chuck using their wrist-watches and talking to Chuck on his cell-phone, but when Chuck was running away from the assassin he used his own wrist-watch-radio to speak to Sarah and not his phone.

    • Featured Music:
      "Clap Your Brains Off" by No Somos Machos Pero Somos Muchos (NSM PSM) (Dream sequence)
      "Good Days Bad Days" by Kaiser Chiefs (Morgan tells Chuck about Tyler Martin)
      "Try It Again" by The Hives (The grenade is discovered)
      "I Like Dem Girls" by Sizzle C (Chuck and Tyler go party)
      "The Final Countdown" by Europe (Morgan's special triathlon)
      "Out At The Pictures" by Hot Chip (Played at the club)
      Unknown Song (Chuck and Tyler dance with the girls)
      Unknown Song (Sarah and Casey come to the club)
      "Cazonetta Sull'aria" (Morgan watches Butterman and later gives him the ticket)
      Unknown Song (Just before the concert)
      "Tales Of A Thousand Fears" by Vienne (The concert starts)
      "Lost Coastlines" by Okkervil River (Tyler leaves)

    • The tattoo on Tyler's arm actually says "love" in Chinese, not "serenity".

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Big Mike: Where's my boy Butterman?
      Morgan: Um, he kinda took off suddenly.
      Big Mike: Hmm. Can't blame him. A man's gotta run free after being locked up for so long.
      Morgan: Yeah, Uummmm...Big Mike, you mind if I ask you what Butterman was in the can for? Are we talking robbery? Drugs? MURDER?
      Big Mike: Butterman?
      Morgan: Yeah.
      Big Mike: God no! Bank fraud - insider trading. The man's a white collar criminal. Why, he take you fools for some money?
      Morgan: (nodding) He said he was going somewhere.
      Big Mike: Zihuatanejo? (Morgan looks away) Hehe. That's Mexican for Philadelphia. HAHAHAHA.
      Morgan: I knew I should've learned Spanish.

    • (Casey and Chuck rush to the back of the store, knocking over a cardboard cutout in their way.)
      Lester: Hey that's my Tyler Martin display! He is a hero of mine, John--
      (Casey shoves Lester into the refrigerator he's showing a customer)
      Chuck: Sorry Lester, emergency!
      Lester: (muffled) 'Tsalright.
      (Chuck slams the door)

    • Casey: Look, if you're worried about Chuck, I can talk to him, scare him straight. I'd actually enjoy that.

    • Tyler: Thanks, Chuck.
      Chuck: Oh hey, it was nothing.
      Tyler: No, no. It was everything. You taught me to put people in front of myself. Felt kind of wonderful. I can strike that off the list now.

    • Chuck: (to Achmed) You take one more step, I send this e-mail, then everyone knows. Proving that the cell is mightier than the sword. Or very large knife as it might be in this case.

    • Tyler: I've got one thing to say... Hello Cleveland.
      Chuck: It's Burbank.
      Tyler: Well. I'm dyslexic.

    • Chuck: Are you okay?
      Tyler: No. No, I am not okay. I don't know where I am, how I got here and someone's tried to kill me. On the plus side, your friend's tranqs are out of this world.

    • (Casey shoots Tyler with a tranquilizer dart)
      Chuck: Casey, what is wrong with you? You can't do that. You're going to give the guy brain damage or liver problems.
      Casey: Too late on both counts.

    • Morgan: May I present to you the urinal cake. Okay. Here's the deal. The winner will be the first one of you...
      (Jeff takes a bite out of the urinal cake)
      Butterman: Oh, come on!
      Morgan: (to Jeff) Dude, seriously, are you kidding me? What is wrong with you? You were just supposed to touch it.
      Jeff: I still win, right?

    • Tyler: Chuck, we got a problem. These girls want to take us upstairs and do despicable things to us.
      Chuck: Tyler, Tyler that's not such a great idea.
      Tyler: All the best nights of my life have begun with that very sentence.

    • Tyler: This is the most impressive rest room I've seen in my life. That ceiling looks like the night sky.
      Chuck: That's because it is the night sky.

    • Chuck: Would it be so crazy if I did have plans? Plans that involve something other than fixing a computer or playing hot potato with a thermite grenade?
      Casey: Yes.

    • Chuck: What about Tyler here?
      Casey: Check his mouth every 20 minutes. Make sure he doesn't choke on his own tongue.
      Chuck: Hang on a second. You're going to go and you want me to stay here and be on tongue watch duty?

    • General Beckman: Agent Walker. Mr Bartowski. I'm sure you're wondering why someone would want Tyler Martin dead.
      Chuck: Not really. I mean, have you heard his music? It's over-produced. The lyrics are completely banal. I mean Facebook even has a group called "I want to kill Tyler Martin". Not that I'm a member.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Tyler: ...Nelson Mandela, God rest his soul...

      An allusion to US President George W. Bush referring (possible rhetorically) in September 2007 to Nelson Mandela being dead. The full quote is: "I heard somebody say, 'Now where's Mandela?' Well, Mandela is dead. Because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas."

    • Repeated references are made to the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption, including the song "Cazonetta Sull'aria", an operetta which is played twice when the guys are discussing Butterman's institutionalization by the prison, and his subsequent freedom. In the film, Andy Dufresne is a prisoner who plays this song to remind fellow prisoners of a time when they were free. Butterman says that the money he got from the ticket is his way to Zihuatanejo - the city in Mexico where Andy planned to go if he ever got his freedom. Jeff also says "get busy living or get busy dying", a famous line from the movie.

    • When Tyler Martin explains the meaning of his tattoo he says it means "serenity", which is the name of the ship in Firefly, the show where Adam Baldwin starred as Jayne Cobb.

    • Emmett: ...and most importantly: NO TOUCHING!!!

      The phrase "NO TOUCHING!" was part of a recurring gag in Tony Hale's previous television project, Fox's Arrested Development, which ran from 2003-06. In Arrested Development, the patriarch of an affluent Southern California family is imprisoned for various white-collared crimes, and whenever his family comes to visit him in jail, physical contact with the prisoners is prohibited, leading to the guards yelling "NO TOUCHING!" at any point of incidental contact.

    • The contest to go backstage to a Tyler Martin concert depends upon finding a Golden Ticket stashed in one of the CDs for sale. A Golden Ticket stashed in a chocolate bar is the prize to a tour in both the book and movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    • Tyler Martin jumps up onto the counter and shouts, "Hello Cleveland", which is a reference to the mockumentary This is Spinal Tap, where the band becomes lost back stage at their Chicago gig while a band member repeatedly (and mistakenly) yells "Hello Cleveland" in anticipation of finding the stage.

    • The "To be continued..." that appears on the screen at the end of the episode is in the same style as the end titles of the Back to the Future series.

    • When Chuck flashes on the grenade, the model is given as IG-88. IG-88 is the name of one of the bounty-hunting droids sent after Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back.