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Chuck Versus Santa Claus 

A car crashes into the Buy More, everyone inside, including Ellie and Devon are taken hostage. Chuck does his best to protect everyone. The real goals are not evident, and it will lead to some very hard choices.

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Chuck's nerd herd was prepared for the Christmas shopping rush, not apparently mentally instable Nathan Edward 'Ned' Rhyerson crashing in his car trough the front glass and taking everyone hostage without clear demands. Awesome is among the hostages with Ellie, but refrains his natural heroism long enough at Chuck's urging. Casey and Sarah fail to extract unwilling Chuck separately and end up hostages, Casey even loses a toe. Police detective Mauser, the negotiator in charge, alas also makes Chuck flash. Written by KGF Vissers

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15 December 2008 (USA)  »

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In addition to featuring Al Powell, other guest characters take their names from other movies. Ned Rhyerson (Jed Rees) is named after the Stephen Tobolowsky character in Groundhog Day (1993), and Lt. Mauser (Michael Rooker) is named after the Art Metrano character from the 'Police Academy' sequels. See more »

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The arrangement order of the four pens in Chuck's shirt pocket changes back and forth several times during the episode. See more »

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Chuck Bartowski: What do you want?
Mauser: I want to know where Bryce Larkin and the Intersect are. And if I think you're lying even a little bit, your sister dies... Where is Bryce Larkin?
Chuck Bartowski: ...I don't know.
Mauser: Then I'm really sorry.
Chuck Bartowski: But I know where the Intersect is.
Mauser: Where?
Chuck Bartowski: [long pause. Points to his own head] It's right here.
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References Groundhog Day (1993) See more »

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Jingle Bell Rock
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Written by Joseph Beal and James Boothe
Performed by Bobby Helms
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Some nice easter eggs here to freshen up the usual holiday fare
27 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Strictly as an episode, "Chuck vs. Santa Claus" is a pretty great one. It's got twists, turns, Fulcrum agents, and a heady does of sappy TV holiday spirit. Everyone in Chuck's life is rounded up in one place in a hostage situation, bringing the peril ever closer (and personal) to the guy. And characteristic of the rest of the show, it's got geeky shoutouts, too; I love that the hostage-taker is named Ned Ryerson.

Which brings us to the gem in this crown: it's the "Die Hard" episode. And it doesn't take that lightly, either. It weaves the hostage scenario into the overall serialized plot, the humor therein is great, and they actually brought in Reginald VelJohnson to reprise his "Die Hard" role. That's right, he's actually Officer Al Powell! And they made him Big Mike's cousin! Great stuff 8/10


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