Chuck

Season 2 Episode 5

Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer

5
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 27, 2008 on NBC
8.5
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Efficiency expert Emmett Milbarge pays the Buy More a visit to inspect the branch, while a global terrorist looks for Jeff. Chuck needs to socialize with Jeff to find out about his connection to the terrorist. Finally, it all comes down to video games and the prevention of World War III.moreless

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  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    9.5
    Life in espionage takes its toll on Chuck and everyone is taking notice. Chuck tries to explain his unusual behavior to Ellie and to the quirky Buy More efficiency expert Emmett Milbarge, but a new assignment only complicates things. After a global terrorist comes searching for Jeff, Chuck is forced to socialize with Jeff in order to find out what role the oddball plays in the mission. Sarah, Casey, and Chuck are all shocked when they discover that the fate of the world and the prevention of World War III rest in Jeff's hands and his ability to play the video game Missile Command, of which Jeff is the reigning World Champion. The designer of Missile Command is found to have also forayed into the command of actual missiles, and he had hid the launch codes to actual missiles within the video game. Chuck convinces Jeff to play an exhibition of Missile Command at the Buy More; however, when Jeff collapses under the pressure, Chuck is forced to play in his stead. Casey is ordered by General Beckman to launch an ICBM to destroy the satellite carrying the terrorist-controlled missiles, while Sarah drives to the TV station from which the terrorists are controlling the missiles. Chuck flashes and learns that Rush's song "Tom Sawyer" is the key to beating Missile Command. After finishing the game and recovering the launch codes, he phones Sarah with the information and the terrorist missiles are stopped. Chuck receives his degree from Stanford after Sarah and Casey use his field experience to supply the remaining needed credits. I love the whole storyline in this episode, it's awesome. I love the fact that it's got Jeff in a lot, due to the fact that he was the best at a game. I love all the Buy More scenes, especially the ones when it's with the whole saving the world from being destroyed. I also love the new character Emmett, what a legend already. He is hilarious, the way he is with the whole Buy More work. I love the interviews with Emmett and then it all comes down to Chuckwho Emmett wants fired. I love the scenes with Chuck and Emmett too. I love the scenes with Chuck and Jeff, and the way Morgan and Lester are worried about both of them. I also love the scenes in the castle. I love the way Ellie feels about Chuck, and the way she talks to Sarah about him. I love the way Sarah gets Chuck his Standford deploma. I love the scene between Sarah and Chuck at the end of the episode. I love the scenes where Casey and Sarah pretend to be from the Nerd Herd. I love the way Emmett becomes the second in charge job, I love him already.moreless
  • "CHUCK VERSUS TOM SAWYER"

    9.5
    I just witnesed the funniest episode of chuck the season. The second season is yet to show its great comedy as its first season but now it has. Jeff is highly prominant in this episode we learn more about thie wierd chap and you know what its fantastic. this episode concentrates on just being plain funny there was no character development apart from we learnt about Jeff. Tony Hale's (Arrested Development) new character Emmett Milbarge was a blast, he is a new and refreshing character to the show. the whole episode was hilarously funny seroesly this was great. 9.5 out of 10.moreless
  • Jeff, an arcade game and a pair of drinking pants save the world.

    9.5
    All eyes are on Jeff this week after a terrorist inquires at the buy more for him, Chuck must get to know Jeff better and find out why this terrorist is after him.



    We find that Jeff was once 'King of Missile Command ' and it seems a code has been put into the final screen of Missile Command that will stop World War 3.



    I have to admit I really really enjoyed this episode, Jeffery is one of my favourite characters after Chuck, Sarah, Ellie & Casey, he's such an idiot it's funny, his montage DVD of Anna was priceless and putting on his drinking pants which resembled a pair of M.C Hammer pants brilliant, but the best part for me was when Chuck took him back to his house to sleep off his drunken state stops Sarah and Ellie then says to Chuck ' ah lady's, you have the brunette and I'll have the blonde @ ( words to those effect ).moreless
  • Rip off of "King of Kong"

    6.5
    I really liked this episode.... until about a week later when I watched the 2007 documentary "King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" and realized they'd just written an episode based on this documentary! King of Kong features a loser guy who had held the Donkey Kong high score championship since 1982. He was the first person who had achieved a "kill screen". The film shows him as scared to compete publicly again for fear of losing his only claim to fame. There's even a minor Mr. Awesome character (who seems anything but Awesome). It also featured 80's music during the movie (though no RUSH).



    Wish they had credited this documentary if they were going to rip it off.moreless
  • I reckon this episode of chuck was very upsetting

    9.5
    I feel that this episode of Chuck (chuck vs Tom Sawyer) was quite upsetting with Jeff being famous/a nerd at the game Missile Command. Then he retired from it and started working at the Buy More where he started being a really bad alcoholic and aslo started being a really bad sleeze and not many people liked him. Now when Chuck needs to get him to play Missile Command again to get the codes he says he will do it but when he gets up there he freaks out and is scared that if he plays the game and doesn't beat his old high score people will not like him anymore, so he faints. So Chuck plays the game and he wins the game (missile command) he gets passed the kill screen and he gets the codes. And Jeff says he is happy about it but really he is upset that he didn't get to it instead of Chuck and also Jeff doesn't have that many friends so it was great to see Chuck be friendly with him and it sucks for Jeff that Chuck is better than him at the game. But it was great to see Jeff playing it at the end of this episode and is having fun cause it's sad for Jeff. Also Jeff is very funny too...moreless
Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

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

Mitchell Fink

Mitchell Fink

Airman

Guest Star

Clyde Kusatsu

Clyde Kusatsu

Mr. Morimoto

Guest Star

Faran Tahir

Faran Tahir

Farrokh Bulsara

Guest Star

Bonita Friedericy

Bonita Friedericy

General Diane Beckman

Recurring Role

Tony Hale (I)

Tony Hale (I)

Emmett Milbarge

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Missile Command was actually created by Dave Theurer and does not feature a kill screen. After level 256, it instead returns to level 1.

    • Chuck's Stanford diploma bears two inaccuracies: under his name it states "who has satisfactory pursued" rather than "who has satisfactorily pursued," and it lists his degree as a BS in Electrical Engineering, whereas an authentic diploma would list a BS in Engineering with the concentration "Electrical Engineering" appearing in smaller print below.

    • The Air Force officer welcomes Casey over the computer link to "Strategic Air Command"(SAC). However, SAC was disbanded in 1992 after the end of the Cold War, with its assets being distributed to other Air Force departments and commands. Casey should have been talking to US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM).

    • Casey says that the Air Force is going to use an ICBM to shoot down the orbiting satellite. ICBMs are not designed for this task, but for attacking stationary ground targets. Specialized anti-satellite missiles are necessary, such as the Cold-War era ASM-135 or modifications to modern missiles such as the SM-3.

    • Chuck's fake passport is a rather faithful copy of a non electronic French passport. Chuck's false name was "François Espoir". The word "espoir" is French for "hope" but is not a common last name in France. However, François is a common first name. The character font used on the passport is correct, but some labels have been erased on certain fields. It is notable that the year of his date of birth has not been written down, although it should have been. On his place of birth, it says "Paris, France". On a real passport, the name of the country, "France", would not be mentioned unless he was born in another country than France. His supposed residence address is "127 La Croisette, 6401 Cannes". Cannes is indeed a town in the south coast of France, but its zip code is 06400, and the street name should have been "127 Boulevard de la Croisette". We learn too that his height is 1.68 meters, that is 5ft 6in. And his eye color is brown.

    • Missile Command has only six digits for displaying scores; the arcade machine would not have been able to display 2 million.

    • Featured Music: "All Out Of Love" by Air Supply (Jeff's montage of Anna) "On Sale Now" by Daniel May "Council Estate" by Tricky (Sarah in a Nerd Herd disguise) "Tom Sawyer" by Rush (Mr. Morimoto plays "Missile Command") "At The Checkout Counter" by Billy Martin "The Touch" by Stan Bush (The gang prepares for the game) "Tom Sawyer" by Rush (Chuck plays "Missile Command") "Sleepdriving" by Grand Archives (Chuck and Sarah share a moment) "Tom Sawyer" by Rush (Jeff plays "Missile Command") Rush's Tom Sawyer was voted the #1 song to play arcade games to by Nintendo Power Magazine in 1999 and has been featured in other shows such as Futurama for similar reasons (episode "Anthology of Interest 2").

    • Jeff's address is revealed to be:
      1629 Handley Avenue
      North Hollywood, CA 91601

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Casey: What is it about bad guys and vans?

    • Chuck: You made an Anna music video?
      Jeff: She's my muse...I'm gonna go slip into my drinking pants.

    • Emmett: Tell me about your role here at the Buy More.
      Jeff: I satisfy a quota. My dad is part Indian. The cool kind...not like Lester.

    • Jeffrey: You want to see something I've never shared with anyone?
      Chuck: (panicked) Please, don't be a porno. Please, please, don't be a porno.

    • (After Chuck realized how to beat Missile Command)
      Chuck: (to Morgan) Morgan... hey ah, buddy do we carry any Rush CDs in the store?
      Morgan: No need. I got them all on my Zune!
      Chuck: You have a Zune?
      Morgan: You kidding me? No... no, I'll grab my iPod.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Chuck a Tom Sawyer (Chuck and the Tom Sawyer)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: February 23, 2009 on CNBC-e
      United Kingdom: July 7, 2009 on Virgin 1
      Latin America: July 12, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Australia: July 30, 2009 on FOX8
      Czech Republic: February 3, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: May 16, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: June 17, 2011 on Sub

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • At the beginning, the video game Chuck describes (the one he played with Morgan, about carjacking) is one of the Grand Theft Auto series.

    • Casey: Bogeys bugging out and going home.

      Casey parodies Goose's famous line from another 80's icon, the 1986 movie Top Gun: He's bugging out and going home.

    • WWCD -- What Would Chuck Do?
      This phrase by Morgan and the rest of the Nerd Herd using Chuck as a role model parodies the Christian phrase WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?), popularized by Charles Sheldon's 1896 moralistic novel In His Steps.

    • At the very end of the episode, Jeff puts a quarter in the "Missile Command" machine and says "Hey bud, lets party!" This was a line of dialogue from the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, spoken by Sean Penn's character Jeff Spicoli. In addition, the game "Missile Command" was also featured in the same film.

    • This episode's villain, played by Pakistani-American actor Faran Tahir (better known as Raza, the middle eastern abductor of Tony Stark in 2008's Iron Man) is named Farrokh Bulsara. Farrokh Bulsara is the birth name of original Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury.

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