Season 1 Episode 12

Chuck Versus the Undercover Lover

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 24, 2008 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The episode begins with a flashback to the year 2004, where John Casey is involved with a female Russian named Ilsa, who claims she is a photo journalist. Later, in present day, Ilsa returns with a fiancé, named Victor Federov. Things get complicated when it is revealed that Ilsa is a French spy.moreless

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  • Awesome.

    Chuck discovers that many Russian arms dealers are secretly meeting in Los Angeles. One particular Russian woman, Ilsa Trinchina, (Ivana Milicevic), catches his attention, and he flashes on her as being Casey's ex-girlfriend. Chuck grows very intrigued and begins to pester Casey about their history. After learning this woman is set to marry one of the Russian arms dealers, Chuck insists that Casey fights for his woman. Meanwhile, Devon and Ellie reach a tough point in their relationship. Much of this episode contains references and parallels to Casablanca. Chuck Bartowski, love coach? Tough-gut Casey take the geeks advice and figths for the love og a mysterious Russian. I love this episode finding out a bit of John Casey - I love this man one of the best characters ever and seconf best on this show, he is alwso very hot. I also love the way he growls. I love Awesome and Ellie!moreless
  • Casey's nickname is Sugarbear. His ex-girlfriend shows up. Who wouldn't be curious?

    Any episode that has both Casey backstory and Captain Awesome and Ellie fun sure has my vote. I have missed Captain Awesome, and I need me some backstory for Casey. The episode starts with undercover John Casey in love. She dies, he's heartbroken. Of course, since this is "Chuck" she is not really dead. There was some sort of sobstory about memory-loss but I ignored that. Point being, Sugarbear's girlfriend is not dead and her fiancé is a dangerous Russian. I sense a plot. Chuck, in the mean time, finds as much time as possible to make fun of Casey and find out as much as he can about Casey's lovelife. Go Chuck! Go give Casey relationship advice. It's fun! Oh wait, she's a spy too! Saw that coming, but it was still very awesome. And Ellie and Awesome's relationship issues are well-written, especially with Morgan as their shrink. And now Awesome is joining the Nerd Herd. For strip poker! That scares me and amuses me at the same time. Everyone is consoling everyone, and with various degrees of hilarity as a result. Morgan and Ellie do end up in a bed together. Casey is hilariously drunk, which results in him fighting Russian guys while tied to Chuck, and then making a dive into a pool. Stunt fun!

    Ellie and Awesome are back together and happy, Casey is a lovesick sap after all (sort of), and Chuck and Casey are now buddies. Again, sort of. Overall, this episode was awesome!moreless
  • Great

    The episode begins with a flashback to the year 2004, where John Casey is involved with a female Russian named Ilsa, who claims she is a photo journalist. Later, in present day, Ilsa returns with a fiancé, named Victor Federov. Things get complicated when it is revealed that Ilsa is a French spy. This episode was the second to last episoded of seaon one and guess what I bloody loved it man I'm going to miss this hilerous show I have never laughed so hard at a series in my life. bring on Chuck season 2. Oh and Casey is so cool.moreless
  • We see Casey's flashback

    We flashback to Casey's past. The year is 2004, and Casey is in a hotel room with his love, Ilsa something. Ilsa leaves the hotel and is caught in an explosion. We only see her camera left. Now, flash to the present day, where Chuck flashes on a list of names, one of them being Ilsa. Casey finds out and immediatley reignites their love. But Ilsa is undercover and marrying a mob boss. The mob catches Chuck and Casey, but Sarah and Ilsa stop the mob. Ilsa leaves forever the next day. Shame they didn't follow up from last episodes cliffhanger.moreless
  • Maybe best episode of season?

    This episode was great, particulary because of the way it was written. After watching the movie Casablanca a couple years ago, I have started to release how many tv shows use it as an allusion at some point in time.

    The best part was how the allusions of Casablanca were dropped in throughout the episode, it was just like the movie! all put into a 20 min episode.

    The storyline was good and the episode has to be given 10 out of 10 for me, mainly because it was much better than other episodes this season, the first few episodes werent all that great and I was lucky to keep watching, but it has been worth it, as these late season episodes have been good.moreless
Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Major John Casey

Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Sarah Lancaster

Sarah Lancaster

Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski

Ivana Milicevic

Ivana Milicevic

Ilsa Trinchina

Guest Star

Igor Korosec

Igor Korosec

Russian Creep

Guest Star

Vahe Bejan

Vahe Bejan

Fat Drunk Russian

Guest Star

Ryan McPartlin

Ryan McPartlin

Devon "Captain Awesome" Christian Woodcomb

Recurring Role

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Recurring Role

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In the beginning of the episode, when Ilsa is trying on the necklace, subtitles say "I love it", while the Russian phrase that she says "Ya obozhayu eto" really means - "I adore it".
      The phrase that Casey says, "Ya rada, chto tebe nravitsya" ("I am glad you like it") is actually a phrase for a woman to say, while a man would say "Ya rad, chto tebe nravitsya."

    • Featured Music:
      "Mexican Hat Dance" (Chuck's cellphone ring tone)
      "Love On The Rocks" by Neil Diamond
      "Ultimate" by Gogol Bordello

    • Sarah does not say "Don't touch me again, pig." in Russian to her assailant (as the subtitles say). Her statement isn't very clear because of a very heavy non-Russian accent, but it sounds more like: "Touch me again, and I'll break-off not only your finger." (Datronsya do menya otkruchu ne tolko paletz.)

    • The dance the Russian arms dealers are performing at the hotel is called Kalinka and is a national Russian dance.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (Casey spins Chuck around, who kicks a guy in the head)
      Chuck: How do you like me now, sucker?

    • Chuck: One, one more thing. There was one more name, another name I flashed on actually. But I left her name off the list.
      Casey: What the hell are you talking about, Bartowski?
      Chuck: Does the name Ilsa Trinchina mean anything to you, Sugar Bear?
      Casey: (Casey grabs Chuck and hoists him up against the wall by his neck) You say that name ever again, and I will end you! Nod if you understand.
      (Casey slams Chuck's head into the wall, forcibly nodding it)
      Chuck: Casey, you're hurting the Intersect!
      (Casey drops Chuck)

    • Ilsa: We had nothing on him, the only way to get it out of him...
      John Casey: By screwing it out of him? How um.. French.

    • Chuck: I'm glad Casey had someone at least once in his life. I was beginning to think downstairs, he was built like a Ken doll.

    • Sarah: Ellie, are you sure you're okay?
      Ellie: It is just that...I have both feet in and Devon has only one foot in, so then it's just me taking care of three feet and I wanted it to be us, y'know, taking care of four feet. Do you understand what I'm saying?
      Sarah: Completely.
      Ellie: Of course you do. Of course you do.

    • Ellie: Thank you.
      Morgan: You're welcome.
      Ellie: For last night.
      Morgan: You know nothing happened.
      Ellie: Mostly thanks for that.

    • Casey: I think I see a scenario where we both get out of here with acceptable losses.
      Chuck: What exactly is your version of acceptable?
      Casey: Breaks and punctures, possible loss of a limb, no major organ damage.

    • Chuck: Okay, you know what? If you wanna go through life all emotionally constipated and alone then suit yourself. I'll let you go back to protecting the greater good, you freaking robot.
      Casey: I met her in a flower market in Rome. Ilsa was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen.
      Chuck: I knew it. (shouting) It's alive!

    • Morgan: Look, Ellie, I would pretty much do anything for you. You're kind of like a sister to me. A sister I want to have sex with so bad.
      Ellie: Oh, god, Morgan!

    • Chuck: Casey, I don't want to die as a man-stewardess!

    • Casey: (Climbs out of the pool) Hope I'm not too late to object to this union?

    • Casey: Where did you learn to tie people up, a Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon?

    • Chuck: (to Casey) I hate to break it to you, but nice girls don't go around marrying guys like you either. G-man assassin, international spy, I mean, pardon me for saying it, Casey, but at least on paper, you're kind of an unsavory dude.

    • Chuck: Well Casey, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
      (Casey shoves Chuck into the bushes and locks his door behind him)
      Chuck: Or... maybe not.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a tajná milenka (Chuck and the Undercover Lover)

    • Stunt Coordinator Merritt Yohnka won the 2008 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Stunt Coordination" for this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 21, 2008 on Citytv
      Latin America: March 25, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Denmark: April 25, 2008 on TV3+
      Turkey: May 13, 2008 on CNBC-e
      Sweden: June 15, 2008 on TV3
      United Kingdom: June 23, 2008 on Virgin 1
      Poland: June 24, 2008 on TVN7
      New Zealand: September 3, 2008 on TV2
      Greece: December 7, 2008 on Star
      Czech Republic: June 17, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Australia: June 17, 2009 on FOX8
      Germany: November 14, 2009 on ProSieben
      Slovakia: April 18, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: August 24, 2010 on Sub


    • Casey: Where did you learn how to tie people up? From a Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon?
      This is an obvious reference to the show that aired in 1959, where the cartoon features a comedic duo consisting of the flying squirrel Rocky and his friend, Bullwinkle the moose.

    • This episode includes many references to the 1942 movie Casablanca including:

      1) The name of Casey's ex-girlfriend is Ilsa, the same name as Rick's ex-girlfriend in Casablanca.
      2) Casey's ex-girlfriend gets on a plane seemingly never to see him again, the same as in Casablanca with Rick and Ilsa.
      3) Chuck says "Don't worry buddy, you'll always have me". In Casablanca the line was "We'll always have Paris".
      4) Chuck says to Casey: "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship". The same famous line used in Casablanca by Rick to Captain "Louie" Renault.
      5) When Ilsa meets Casey in the Buy More, the movie playing on the TV is Casablanca.

    • Chuck: (To Casey) Kemosabe, come on, man, look! You don't want to spend the rest of your life hating yourself for what you didn't have the guts to say tonight.

      "Kemosabe" was the name Tonto used to call the Lone Ranger in the 1949 movie The Lone Ranger.

    • Chuck: It's alive!

      That famous line was spoken by Dr. Henry Frankenstein when the monster he created came to life in the 1931 movie Frankenstein and its spawns.

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