Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 2007 on NBC
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Chuck Bartowski is an average computer geek until files upon files of government secrets are downloaded into his brain. He is soon scouted by the CIA and NSA to act in place of their computer.

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  • think Jake 2.0 but without the super powers and better action sequences-- and it doesn't take itself half as seriously

    think Jake 2.0 but without the super powers and better action sequences. The scenes with CIA agent Bryce Larkin are pretty tight. The other stuff is also movie quality. And then there are some decently comical moments mixed in to keep you grounded into yet another slacker turned somebody story (see also "Reaper"). As cliche as that is getting-- this one works for me and I am looking forward to seeing more of this series once it comes out (found a preair torrent to give the review this early).moreless
  • It has always been my habit of judging a show by what the Pilot showed us. Although I do admit that some shows, I'd give them a second chance with their second episode but with Chuck, this was not the case.moreless

    After the credit was all over and commercials were already pouring on my TV, I was still there sitting on my couch stunned. My jaw suddenly unhinged and dropped to floor. When I regained consciousness I grabbed the remote and started yelling, "What!? It's over? I want more! That was awesome!" This was the best Pilot I have ever seen since House, it introduced the characters but also gave you something to look forward to for the next episode. I remember thinking, "Casey's going to betray Chuck, or not? Hmmm.." It was funny. The action was pretty good and let's all face it, the first time Yvonne Strahovski walked into Buy More we fell inlove.moreless
  • "don't freak out"

    Chuck receives an email from Bryce, an old roommate and friend who is a rogue government agent. The email contains government secrets which are downloaded into his brain. The CIA and the NSA both want to get the data back, so they send their agents Sarah Walker and John Casey to retrieve the data.

    I have heard about Chuck from all my friends telling me it is amazing, and well it is. This episode really set the tone fro Chuck, which is amazing. Chuck and Morgan are so funny. And I think Chuck is really cute. This show is really exciting and funny. All in all, a great start for Chuck can't wait to watch the rest.moreless
  • Chuck is the funniest TV series ever!

    Not only has it got a great plot, a fantastic cast, eye candy for us lads and superb scripting, Chuck has to be one of the funniest things I've ever watched. I can relate to all the old school references, film quotes, character names, and props and I can certainly relate to that geeky side too!

    If you like fun packed action, comedy, adventure, cute CSA agents and old films like Star Wars and Back to the future (the episodes have far too many references to note) then this is for you!

    I love it and I'm addicted to it! A must see for everyone!moreless
  • A great start

    Chuck Bartowski is an average computer geek until files upon files of government secrets are downloaded into his brain. He is soon scouted by the CIA and NSA to act in place of their computer. Chuck's Pilot episode is fast paced and exciting, the writers did a great job setting the tone to the series. It showed plenty of potential. I thought that the premise at first sounded weird and far fetched but when you realize this show isn't about realism it easy to forget. I noticed a lot of use of music in the episode which in my opinion can lead to a bad thing but in the Pilot the songs fit perfectly, I have always liked the songs played on this show.moreless
Joshua Gomez

Joshua Gomez

Morgan Grimes

Sarah Lancaster

Sarah Lancaster

Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Sarah Walker

Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Major John Casey

Mel Fair

Mel Fair

News Anchor

Guest Star

Diana Gitelman

Diana Gitelman

Young Woman #2

Guest Star

Kristine Blackport

Kristine Blackport

Young Woman #4

Guest Star

C.S. Lee

C.S. Lee

Harry Tang

Recurring Role

Scott Krinsky

Scott Krinsky

Jefferson Barnes

Recurring Role

Julia Ling

Julia Ling

Anna Melinda Wu

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (19)

    • This is the sole episode without "Chuck Versus ..." in the title.

    • This episode and every following episode has someone telling another person "Don't freak out", in this episode Sarah says it to Chuck.

    • An ad at the Buy More says: When you buy more, you save more. And when you save more, you can buy more. And when you buy more, you save more. It all starts when you BUY MORE.

    • Chuck has a movie poster of Tron, a Disney sci-fi picture about a software engineer abducted into a computer world.

    • Chuck has a poster of the Alfred Hitchcock film North by Northwest. In the film, Cary Grant's character is a New York advertising executive whom foreign spies mistake for a government agent.

    • The posters inside the club where Chuck goes to see Foreign Born include Crimson by Alkaline Trio, Crisis by Alexisonfire and a Dashboard Confessional poster.

    • When the camera pans on Casey as Chuck and Sarah are walking to the club, Casey cocks his gun but there is no clip in it.

    • The post-it note is at a slight angle and covers up the Apple logo, however after the Intersect is downloaded into Chuck's brain and he wakes up the post-it note moves to uncover the logo and is now straight.

    • The contact list in Bryce Larkin's Blackberry shows: Zulu Seven, Chino Casino, Jill, Little Longhorn, Red Dawn, Early Mourn, The Unholy One, Florence H, Kooks Allied, Sarah Y, Benjamin K, Tango Five, Orange Corruption, Alpha Two, The Bandage, Tired Camel, Delta Charlie, Cracker Bits, Swiss Cheese, Zulu Commander, Terrence B, Deadly Forest, Robin Egg, Hairy Chicken, Beta Charlie Four, Jester Court, Victor Nine, & Buckles.

    • The courtyard outside Chuck's place looks very similar to the one used for Giles's place in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    • When Sarah is pursuing Chuck in the hotel lobby through the small pond we can clearly see that after Sarah passes the pond she is wearing flat, maybe rubber, black boots, when in fact she was wearing high heeled boots in the scene before and in the scene after.

    • The ninja who is stealing the laptop is clearly a man's figure, not a woman, as it is supposed to be Sarah.

    • Featured Music:
      "A Comet Appears" by The Shins
      "Any Way You Want It" by Journey (Chuck's cellphone ring tone)
      "Cellphone's Dead" by Beck
      "Cobrastyle" by Teddybears feat. Mad Cobra
      "For a Fistful of Dollars" by Ennio Morricone
      "Into Your Dream" by Foreign Born
      "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" by Jet
      "The Missionary" by Brothers Martin
      "See the World" by Gomez

    • When Chuck goes to buy new locks at "LargeMart" he sees Vuc Andric and has a flash where he sees Andric's passport. On the passport it says that Vuc's place of birth is Belgrad, Serbia but the passport is Croatian.
      On the passport it says he was born on 06/10/1980 but the personal number says he was born on 06/10/1932.

    • Chuck's footwear of choice are Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars, most commonly referred to simply as "Chucks".

    • In the scene where Sarah is driving the Nerd Herd car backwards to escape from John Casey there is a continuity error. After the car has been hit, the front tag hangs by only one bolt. The second time they show the tag it has both screws and is securely fastened to the bumper. The third time they show the bumper it's back to hanging by only one screw.

    • The post-it on Chuck's monitor says "I'm a professional nerd".

    • The video game Chuck and Morgan are playing is Gears of War a third person shooter for the Xbox 360.

    • Chuck and Sarah are seen having to walk to the bar, but when they leave, the Nerd Herd car is parked right in front of the bar for them.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Chuck: Bryce is dead?
      Casey: Yeah. And he's gonna have a lot of company unless you start talking. So pretty please, can we disarm the bomb now?

    • Sarah: You said there was a bomb. Is there time to stop it?
      Chuck: What? What?! Are you crazy?!
      Casey: No, we're the good guys. We get paid to keep bombs from exploding.

    • National Intelligence Director: This computer did everything. After 9/11 the NSA and the CIA were told to play nice. Share their intel, this is how we did it.
      Langston Graham: Every scrap of data we had went into this computer. It mined for patterns, chatter, saw things we didn't."
      National Intelligence Director: The data was encrypted into thousands of images. Who ever received Larkin's email got all of our secrets. Find those secrets, Casey.

    • Graham: Nice guys aren't sent government secrets.

    • (After he shoots Bryce dead)
      Casey: Don't move.

    • Morgan: What is it?
      Chuck: Zork. You remember Zork, the old text-based video game? Well, Bryce and I programmed our own version of it back at Stanford using a TRS-80.
      Morgan: Wow, you guys were really cool.
      Chuck: Yeah, if I could only I could remember what was in my hero's satchel... (Morgan looks at him quizzically) The weapons I would use to kill the Terrible Troll.
      Morgan: Right! You know what, you're still really cool.

    • Chuck: Uh, you know, Sis, the thing is, Morgan and I don't really feel like we're fitting my birthday party...'cause we don't know anybody, 'cause they're all your friends, and they all happen to be doctors.
      Morgan: Doctors who don't really get our jokes!
      Chuck: Well, your jokes.

    • Chuck: (after the super secret computer was downloaded into his head) Did you spike the punch?
      Morgan: Something goes wrong, you blame me. After all these years, where's the trust? (Pause) Yes, I did.

    • Sarah: Wow, I didn't think people still named their kids Chuck. Or Morgan, for that matter.
      Chuck: My parents were sadists, and carnival freaks found him in a dumpster.
      Morgan: But they raised me as one of their own!

    • Sarah: Come any closer, I shoot!
      John: You shoot him, I shoot you, I leave both your bodies here and go out for a late night snack. I'm thinking, maybe pancakes.

    • Sarah: I need you to do one more thing for me.
      Chuck: Yeah?
      Sarah: Trust me, Chuck.

    • Chuck: There's nowhere I can run, is there?
      Sarah: Not from us. (Pause) Talk to me, Chuck.
      Chuck: Yesterday I was making eleven dollars an hour fixing computers. Now I have one in my brain and I can't figure out why Bryce did this; why he chose me. What are you going to do with me? What happens now?
      Sarah: For now, you go back to your own life. We'll protect you and you'll work with us.
      Chuck: And my sister, my friends, are they in danger?
      Sarah: Tell them nothing to keep them safe.

    • (answering his phone)
      Chuck: Hi, Morgan.
      Morgan: Hey, how's it going?
      Chuck: A little busy right now, buddy.
      Morgan: In a good way? Details!
      Chuck: Why are you calling?
      Morgan: I dunno. Just lying on your bed... Ellie's with the Captain, my computer's got a case of the Demovas...

    • Sarah: Listen to me Chuck, those men will hurt you. They're from the NSA and they're after you.
      Chuck: Why me? I'm nobody! I'm the supervisor of a Nerd Herd at a Buy-More. Maybe one day I'll be assistant store manager and I don't even know if I want that job. But you know what? That's not your problem.

    • Sarah: Tell me when to turn.
      Chuck: Left in 5 seconds.
      Sarah: Your left or my left?
      Chuck: What?
      Sarah: Too late!

    • (while Sarah's driving)
      Chuck: Oh my God, I'm gonna die.

    • Chuck: Do you like music?
      Sarah: I guess.
      Chuck: You guess? What's your favorite band?
      Sarah: Uhh...
      Chuck: Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh.
      Sarah: God, I'm not funny, I don't listen to music... this must be your worst date ever, right? (pause) I was waiting for you to say no.
      Chuck: Sorry, I kinda zoned out there for a second. No, no no no! God no. I've had much worse dates... experiences overall, with women. In eleventh grade...
      Sarah: Eleventh grade? Oh. You have to go back that far? Come on!
      Chuck: I don't date that much.

    • Sarah: I did just come out of a long relationship so I may come with baggage.
      Chuck: Well I can be your very own baggage handler.

    • Chuck: So yeah, I live with my sister and her boyfriend, Captain Awesome.
      Sarah: No!
      Chuck: It's true though!
      Sarah: So wait, you call him Captain Awesome?
      Chuck: Yeah, wait till you meet him. Everything he does is awesome. Climbing mountains, jumping out of planes, flossing...
      Sarah: That's funny.
      Chuck: I'm a funny guy!
      Sarah: Clearly. Which is good, 'cause I'm not funny.
      Chuck: Is that your big secret, by the way? 'Cause I've been sitting here trying to figure out what's wrong with you...
      Sarah: Oh plenty, believe me.
      Chuck: And I was thinking either she's either a cannibal or she's really not that funny... and I was pulling for cannibal because I've never met one before.
      Sarah: Uhh... not a cannibal.

    • Sarah: I was wondering if you'd show me around... that is, if you're free?
      Morgan: He's free. He's got nothing but time on his hands. He's very available.
      Chuck: Apparently, my schedule's wide open.

    • Chuck: Hi. Uhh, phone trouble again?
      Sarah: Yeah, I'm not sure I'm able to receive calls... because I never got one from you.

    • Chuck: Vicki Vale, Vick-uh Vicki Vale (Vickity Vale).
      (Notices Sarah is watching him)
      Sarah: I hope I'm not interrupting.
      Chuck: No. Not at all. Uh, that's from Batman.
      Sarah: 'Cause that makes it better.

    • John: Don't puke on the C-4.

    • (with his head on the desk desperate)
      Chuck: I'm losing my mind, I'm losing my mind, I'm losing my mind.

    • Sarah: I may have to aim my gun at you, just don't freak out.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Like most series, the sets for the pilot are not the same as they are for the rest of the series. In this case the apartment that Chuck, Ellie and later Awesome live in is different as well as the layout of the Buy More.

    • This episode won the 2008 Eddie Award for "Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television". Plus, it was nominated for the 2008 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Main Title Design" and for the Casting Society of America's 2008 Artios Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Casting-Television Pilot-Comedy".

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: November 7, 2007 on Warner Channel
      Denmark: February 8, 2008 on TV3+
      Turkey: February 19, 2008 on CNBC-e
      Sweden: March 22, 2008 on TV3
      United Kingdom: April 7, 2008 on Virgin1
      Poland: April 9, 2008 on TVN7
      Portugal: April 30, 2008 on RTP2
      Sri Lanka: May 5, 2008 on AXN
      New Zealand: June 18, 2008 on TV2
      Norway: August 18, 2008 on Viasat4
      Greece: September 21, 2008 on Star
      Czech Republic: April 1, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Australia: April 1, 2009 on Fox8
      Germany: August 22, 2009 on ProSieben
      Slovakia: March 7, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: June 8, 2010 on Sub

    • The pilot re-aired on Sci-Fi on Sunday, September 30, 2007.

    • NBC had ordered 13 episodes of Chuck including the pilot.

    • On viewers were able to see inside Chuck's "brain" which hosted hotspots that revealed top-secret government information and bonus video. This was launched at the same time of the pilot.

    • The show was given series order on May 10, 2007.


    • Matthew Bomer, who plays Bryce Larkin, was Brett Ratner's favorite choice to play Superman. When the director was changed to Bryan Singer he chose Brandon Routh to play Superman in Superman Returns. Brandon Routh plays Daniel Shaw in later seasons. Both actors vie with Chuck for Sarah's affections. Later Kristin Kreuk, who played Lana Lang on Smallville, plays Hannah and vies with Sarah for Chuck's affections.

    • Chuck: Do me a favor and stay off the five, okay, because the cops are in a phased deployment.
      Morgan: Okay. Thanks for the tip, Ponch!

      "Ponch" was the nickname of Frank Poncharello, the highway patrolman famously played by Erik Estrada on seventies police action-drama CHiPs.

    • Zork is a reference to a real computer game which was one of the first interactive fiction computer games.

    • In the scene where agent Bryce is trying to evade capture before his death, he uses free running or "parkour" to escape. This is new trend of extreme sports started in France and is seen most notably in the film, District B13.

    • As Chuck is walking in the Costco like store when he turns the corner you can see a pallet of astro diapers. Most likely an allusion to the astronaut who drove a long time to go to a romantic rivals house in astronaut diapers.

    • The Nerd Herd at the Buy More (the store at which Chuck is employed), is an obvious allusion to the real life Geek Squad at Best Buy.