When Chuck first sees Casey's Crown Vic, Chuck states that the car is "Shiny". Casey assures him that his car is "Shiny". This is a reference to the series Firefly (2002) (also staring Adam Baldwin). In that show, "Shiny" simply means good or taken care of.
For the first 11 episodes of this season, the show was nominated for the 2008 People's Choice Award for "Favorite New TV Comedy" and for the 2007 Satellite Award for "Best Television Series-Comedy or Musical". Also, Zachary Levi (Charles "Chuck" Bartowski) was nominated for "Best Actor in a Series-Comedy or Musical".