Season 1 Episode 8

Chuck Versus the Truth

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.