Season 2 Episode 12

Chuck Versus the Third Dimension

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 2009 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a třetí dimenze (Chuck and the Third Dimension)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: April 13, 2009 on CNBC-e
      United Kingdom: August 25, 2009 on Virgin 1
      Latin America: August 30, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Australia: September 17, 2009 on Fox8
      Czech Republic: February 16, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: August, 5, 2011 on Sub
      Slovakia: August 7, 2012 on Markiza

    • The background for the theme song in this episode was altered to have more of a 3D effect.

    • Although credited, Julia Ling (Anna Melinda Wu) does not appear in this episode.

    • As per Chuck and NBC, this is the first fully 3D television episode.

  • Allusions

    • 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.