Season 2 Episode 5

Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 27, 2008 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.