Good Eats

Season 4 Episode 7

A Chuck for Chuck

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 27, 2001 on Food Network
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Episode Summary

A Chuck for Chuck
From ordinary chuck to sublime, melt in your mouth flavor: how to make the perfect pot roast without the pot. Recipes featured in this episode: Pot Roast.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (9)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Chuck: That one's 29 cents.
        Alton Brown: That's soup bones. What we need is chuck.
        Chuck: Aw, that's nice of you to say.
        Alton Brown: The meat, I mean, is chuck.
        Chuck: Is?
        Alton Brown: Chuck.
        Chuck: Yeah?
        Alton Brown: I'm trying to tell you the name of the meat.
        Chuck: So what's stopping you?
        Alton Brown: Chuck.
        Chuck: No, I'm the one that needs to know.
        Alton Brown: The best thing for pot roast is chuck.
        Chuck: But I don't even know how to cook it!
        Alton Brown: See, chuck.
        Chuck: Yeah! What is it?
        Alton Brown: (leaves)
        Chuck: Mr. Brown. Where are you going?

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • Alton Brown: "Add a third of a cup..."
        Chuck: "71.6 milliliters!"
        Alton Brown: (eyes him) "...make it 80, Rain Man!"
        Rain Man is a 1988 film starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Hoffman's character Raymond Babbitt is an autistic savant extremely skilled at certain numerical tasks such as counting. Rain Man has entered the vernacular to describe individuals who are extremely skilled in narrow ways but perhaps socially maladroit.

      • Alton Brown: "What we need is chuck."
        Chuck: "Aw, that's nice of you to say..."
        This scene (see the Quotes section for all of it) parodies a famous Abbott & Costello routine, Who's On First? in which Coach Abbott tries to explain a baseball roster to a puzzled Costello. The task is made hilariously difficult by the unusual names of the players.

      • Chuck: (arm around Alton's shoulders) "This looks like the beginning of a beautiful...Good Eats!"
        This line recalls the final scene in 1942's Casablanca, a film that has contributed dozens of pop culture quotes. As the plane departs, Rick Blaine and Inspector Louie Renault reach an understanding that Blaine immortalizes with the line, "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

      • Branson, MO; Tony Orlando; Tie A Yellow Ribbon; Chuck's mom may have seen the Dawn:
        Branson, Missouri is a popular southern musical resort (for those with pop/country musical tastes). The episode contains a number of allusions to Tony Orlando and Dawn, a group that perform there. Tie A Yellow Ribbon is probably the group's biggest hit.

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