Chuck: Season 2, Episode 5

Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer (27 Oct. 2008)

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Chuck flashes on a person at the Buy More, he's a nuclear terrorist looking for Jeff. Chuck hangs out with Jeff to discover why he's being targeted. The team will need Jeff's help prevent a nuclear attack.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stu Brewster


Awesome and Ellie worry that Chuck is slipping away from a career again and urge him to complete his Priceton exams. Chuck is as startled as by his flash concerning nuclear terrorist Farrokh Bulsara when he asks for a gaming champion looking exactly like deadbeat Jeff. The team works out Jeff actually holds the world record for a game devised by Morimoto, who hid in it the secret to control a satellite capable of starting World war III. The only way to stop that is reaching the end screen. Written by KGF Vissers

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In an early scene, you see Jeff flanked by 2 babes being interviewed by a TV reporter. This almost exactly matches a dream sequence in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) when character named Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) is doing the same thing. In the closing scene, you hear Jeff use the phrase, "Hey, bud...let's party" which is the same line Spicoli uses in Fast Times. See more »


Missile Command was released in July 1980 and "Tom Sawyer" by Rush wasn't recorded until October-November 1980, so it would be impossible for the game to follow the same pattern as the song as was intended, "the mathematical pattern underlying the game is the same." See more »


Chuck Bartowski: Morgan! Hey, ah, buddy, do we carry any Rush CDs in the store?
Morgan Grimes: No need. I got them all in my Zune.
Chuck Bartowski: You have a Zune?
Morgan Grimes: Are you kidding me? No, no. I'll grab my iPod.
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References The Transformers: The Movie (1986) See more »


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Tradecraft 101: Keep your false passports in a Converse shoe box
28 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode started off a bit slow, taking a bit of time get all the pieces in place for some great moves later on.

We open with our favorite Buy More drunkard Jeff being interviewed for winning a Missile Command contest. We don't know if this is just a dream or really happening, as Jeff (sporting a rockin' mullet) is flanked by two bikini clad babes; it seems to be an homage to the Spicoli surf contest dream sequence from Fast Times.

We flash back to present day Jeff trying to choose from many options in a vending machine. Morgan helps him with his choice, and Big Mike exhorts them to track down Chuck, who is late.

Cut to Chuck waking up late, still dressed as some Frenchman named "Francois" from his mission the previous night. He stuffs his false passport in a Converse shoe box. Is that in a CIA manual? Ultimately this all sets up an episode whose A plot deals with a satellite armed with nuclear missiles that some terrorists are trying to control and launch, thus starting WWIII. The B plot deals with an efficiency expert who has been brought in to the Buy More.

In addition, Ellie and Awesome continue to get more impatient about Chuck's reversion to pre-intersect behavior.

Mix all those ingredients together, and you get an episode that starts slow but builds to be truly enjoyable. Rush fans will love how it features the song in the episode's title, "Tom Sawyer." I snorted a soft drink when they began playing a song near and dear to my heart, "The Touch" by Stan Bush, one of a number of songs featured in the animated "Transformers the Movie."

After an episode with very little Sarah, we get treated to a very understated scene at the end between her and Chuck. A quiet moment to cap off a wild ride.

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