Season 1 Episode 8

Chuck Versus the Truth

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 12, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Chuck must learn to balance a real love life with his cover love life when he meets a charming young woman by the name of Lou. At the same time, his relationship with Sarah gets interesting when the duo must explain their sexual relations to Ellie and Captain Awesome on a double date. Meanwhile, there is trouble when someone is using truth poison in order to retrieve codes for nuclear facilities.moreless

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  • And Casey, your jaw was chiseled by Michaelangelo himself. hahaha

    This was a fantastic episode. One of the more intense ones from the first season! If you think about it many important things happened in this one: Ellie's life was put in danger, Sarah spent the night with Chuck, Tang moved to Ohahu, and last but not least: Chuck broke up with Sarah! Well.."broke up."

    I love the part where he says to Sarah, "God you're so pretty!" hahaha The truth serum was awesome!

    I have mixed feeling about Lou, though. On one hand I like her simply because she was Summer in The OC, but on the other hand it's obvious that Chuck has feelings for Sarah. Not to mention it's becoming more obvious that Sarah does too. =)

    Another classic episode from this amazing series. And I do mean the U.S. version of "series"...that being show not season. hahamoreless
  • And when I say revealing, I mean everything. Sarah's pretty, Casey's jaw was sculpted by Michelangelo, and Chuck really, really loves his sister.

    Oh my lanta, this episode blew me away. I mean, I was expecting that I wouldn't like it because of OC-girl (I hate the OC, I'm sorry) and truth-serum. I thought the plot was going to be lame and only Captain Awesome could save it. But I was wrong. This episode was captivating, hilarious, and touching. We got to see how much Chuck loves his sister, and wow, I was so touched. I knew those two were so important to each other, but it was still played out well. Even in a humorous way, because Chuck is on truth-serum after all. I like Lou, which is surprising. I hated the OC and everyone related to it (Adam Brody gets a free pass because he was on Gilmore Girls first). But in this role, yeah, I like Rachel Bilson. She was funny and you could really see why Chuck likes her. The funny things said while under the influence made me giggle - I don't think Captain Awesome will ever be the same. Chuck was hilarious and so was Casey. Sarah, not so much, but we did find out the reason for that. I'm sad to see ship SarahChuck sail off, but I have a feeling that it'll come back to me. Overall, an excellent episode.moreless
  • Awesome!

    Chuck battles with his cover love life and real love life when he meets a girl named Lou (Rachel Bilson), who seems interested in the real Chuck. On the other hand, his relationship with Sarah heats up as they go on a double date with Ellie and Devon and try to explain their sex life. Meanwhile, a poison specialist (Kevin Weisman) is trying to obtain codes to nuclear facilities and is using a "truth" poison to help get his answers. After all are exposed to the truth, Chuck soon discovers a lot about his partners. Two many cure girls. Chuck's attraction to a cute brunette names Lou complicates his relationship with Sarah. Okay, I love Chuck and Sara - boviously and I don't really like Lou but I like the storyline to be honest. I love the scene with Chuck in his room and then Sarah comes in - laugh out loud moment. I love Awesome and Ellie - I love every scene they are in and especially this episodes one because of the way Ellie is acting. I also love the way the poison makes them tell the truth - so good!moreless
  • One of the best episodes so far in the series.

    I've only just started watching Chuck but this episode had me laughing harder than the rest. Although toward the end it loses the majority of the excellent humour. The first half and in particular the middle section is a great example of good comedic acting, writing, directing and timing. The basic episode revolves around a posioner who uses truth serum to get answers for nuclear launch codes. And later in the episode this naturally posions Ellie, Chuck, Casey and Sarah. Results are reasonably humourous for all. The best part of the show has to be Sarah and Chuck planning to sleep together in order to maintain cover. Starting with Chuck lighting some candles and putting on music before the big night things spiral into one perfect joke after the next for a good 5-10minutes.

    Hoping they can maintain the quality shown in this middle section. Well done Chuck.moreless
  • "Truth serum" followed by death has got Chuck and everyone around him in a huge mess. Can Chuck somehow save the day? In his own way, of course. Plus: a new love interest for Chuck, much to Sarah's dismay.moreless

    This episode was amazing, revealing a lot about each character involved. Ellie's true feelings came about as she was the first to be infected with the serum, and the hilarity just continued as Chuck, Sarah, and Casey all were dosed with the serum, to no one's fault but Chuck's of course. This was the first episode to leave me feeling a little less than happy, but very eager to see the continuation of the Sarah/Chuck/Lou situation. I was angered that Sarah had said "no" to Chuck's "will this go anywhere with us" question while under the truth serum, but her phone call to Casey at the end turned it all around, explaining her actions while also breaking my heart for her. I probably should have known that Sarah and Casey's past included "how to protect oneself from truth serum side effects" training. By the way, the song at the end by The Eels is amazing, and i listen to it constantly and think of Chuck and Sarah's heartbreaking moment each time. Fabulous episode with lots of humor and action. Probably my favorite of the first season.moreless
Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Sarah Lancaster

Sarah Lancaster

Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Major John Casey

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson

Lou Palone

Guest Star

Chris Dotson

Chris Dotson


Guest Star

Monika Ramnath

Monika Ramnath


Guest Star

Ryan McPartlin

Ryan McPartlin

Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb

Recurring Role

Vik Sahay

Vik Sahay

Lester Patel

Recurring Role

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Ellie's full name is revealed to be Eleanor Fay Bartowski.

    • Featured Music:
      "Toxic" by Britney Spears
      "Fresh Feeling" by The Eels
      "Ain't I Been Good to You" by The Isley Brothers

    • In the scene where Sarah comes in Chuck's room to spend the night, behind her on the shelf is visible among others what looks like a box of famous MMORPG World Of Warcraft and two boxes of WOW expansion "The Burning Crusade."

  • QUOTES (17)

    • (while preparing to spend the night together for their cover)
      Chuck: You give me crap about lighting some candles, and you come in wearing that?
      Sarah: What, this? Thi-this is part of my cover.
      Chuck: Well, it doesn't cover a thing.
      Sarah: What if Ellie or Awesome were to walk in? This is what a girlfriend would wear to seduce her boyfriend. I'm just being professional.
      Chuck: Yeah, the world's oldest profession.

    • (Lester is filming Morgan selling a TV to Harry Tang's wife)
      Lester: Knowledge is power!
      Jeff: My mom used to say knowledge is powder.

    • (Preparing for a double date with Ellie and Awesome)
      Sarah: Okay, last night we saw a movie.
      Chuck: What was my snack of choice?
      Sarah: Sprinkled Milk Duds over your popcorn. What was I wearing?
      Chuck: Blue top, little buttons.
      Sarah: Oh, you like that one?
      Chuck: I like all of them.

    • Chuck: Dude, this is weird, you're back from lunch on time.
      Morgan: Yeah, Big Mike's been working me to the bone, dude. He's got me on some extra assignment; says it's super-secret --
      Chuck: Don't tell me, because if you tell me then it's not gonna be a secret.
      Morgan: He wants me to help Harry Tang's wife pick out a gift for their anniversary.
      Chuck: Well, that's great, I mean, he trusts you.
      Morgan: Nononono, dude, I don't have the time for this. I'm a very busy man-boy.

    • (Chuck watches Lou walking away)
      Morgan: Miiiiind cheater..... Saaaaaw you...

    • Reardon: Who's there?
      Chuck: The NSA, CIA and me! Which is a little tougher to explain...

    • Sarah: I am so sorry about all of this.
      Chuck: It's okay, it's okay. It's not ideal, but I've lived a pretty good life, you know? I mean, how many guys can say they landed a helicopter and saved the lives of innocent people?
      Casey: Courageous and honorable members of the United States military.

    • Sarah: (Breaking into hideout) I'll do it.
      Casey: No, I'll do it!
      Chuck: Who's better at it?
      Sarah: I am.
      Casey: She is. Damn truth serum!

    • Sarah: Here.
      Chuck: No. No, it's for Ellie.
      Sarah: No, I'm sorry. There's no debate. It has to be you. You're the Intersect.
      Chuck: I won't take it knowing that Ellie will die without it, that both of you have been poisoned, too.
      Casey: You're a good person, Chuck, and I respect that, but I got a job to do. So take it before I shove it down your throat!
      Chuck: Okay, okay. Fine, fine, I'll do it.
      Sarah: Thank you.
      Chuck: I'll pretend to agree to take it then run like hell to my sister's room and make her take it. Why did I just say that out loud?
      Sarah: It's the poison, it makes you tell the truth.
      Casey: You do that, I'll give chase, put a gun to your head, threaten to pull the trigger if you don't take it.
      Chuck: Would you really shoot me?
      Casey: No.
      Chuck: Yeah, don't waste a bullet. We're already dead. I'm saving my sister.

    • Chuck: You know, if I had a blog, this would be a really big day for me.

    • Sarah: Chuck is not wrong very often.
      Casey: But he is annoying all the time.

    • Casey: (While looking at a body in the morgue) Any flashes?
      Chuck: Good lord! That man is naked!
      Casey: Hmm. Looks like rigor mortis has set in, too.

    • Casey: (To villain, with gun drawn) I haven't killed anyone in a while, I'm feeling hungry.

    • Sarah: I think it's time we made love.
      Chuck: (Choking on his drink) Hot coffee!

    • Ellie: Words taste like peaches.

    • Ellie: (Bursting in on Chuck and Sarah, being induced by truth serum) When Chuck was little and anyone would ask what he wanted to be when he grew up, he'd say a big boy. How cute is that? He wanted to be a big boy!
      Chuck: Ellie, you're killing me here.
      Ellie: And I know he's a big boy, 'cause he's with a big girl. A big, big girl!
      Captain Awesome: Sorry, man. I tried to stop her.
      Chuck: Is she drunk?
      Ellie: Chuck, I have a confession. When you were ten, I told you a burglar stole your piggy bank, it was me. Having a New Kids fanny pack was really important to me.
      Ellie: (Later, to Casey) That shirt makes you look like Dennis the Menace's neighbor!

    • Chuck: (to Sarah) God, you're so pretty...and Casey, your jaw was chiseled by Michelangelo himself.
      Casey: Thank you.
      Chuck: Oh yeah.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a sérum pravdy (Chuck and the Serum of Truth)

    • The scream heard when Sarah shoots out Reardon Payne's knee is The Wilhelm Scream, a classic sound clip used in numerous films and television shows.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: February 20, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Denmark: March 28, 2008 on TV3+
      Turkey: April 8, 2008 on CNBC-e
      Sweden: May 11, 2008 on TV3
      United Kingdom: May 26, 2008 on Virgin 1
      Poland: May 27, 2008 on TVN7
      New Zealand: August 6, 2008 on TV2
      Greece: November 9, 2008 on Star
      Czech Republic: May 20, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Australia: May 20, 2009 on FOX8
      Germany: October 17, 2009 on ProSieben
      Slovakia: March 28, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: July 27, 2010 on Sub


    • When Sarah tells Chuck it's time for them to make love, after choking on his drink in surprise he mutters the phrase "hot coffee!" Hot Coffee is an (in)famous mod for Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which unlocks a mini-game where the player controls their character while having sex with one of several female NPCs.

    • The visual effect seen from different character's perspectives while under the effects of pentothol is vaguely similar to the method used in the film True Lies.