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Chuck Versus the American Hero
Season 3, Episode 12
312Chuck VersusAmerican Hero
Air Date March 29, 2010
Writer Matt Miller, Max Denby & Phil Klemmer
Director Jeremiah Chechik
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"I don't want there to be any secrets or lies between us ever again, so, please, just let me have this one, and I promise I will never lie to you."
― Chuck

Chuck Versus the American Hero is the twelfth episode of the third season of Chuck, which aired on March 29, 2010.


When Chuck is able to choose any CIA agents for his new assignment, he chooses Sarah, who appears to be no longer interested in Chuck. Casey, Morgan, and Captain Awesome help Chuck win her back in order to get what they want, too.

Meanwhile, Jeff and Lester are stalking Shaw who is contacted by the Ring Director.

Full Story[]

Chuck arrives in Washington, D.C. to meet with General Beckman, but is lost in the Directorate of National Intelligence building. After he attempts to ask one agent, he is ignored. That man then goes into the DNI morgue, and recovers a chip secreted in the corpse of Hunter Perry. Meanwhile, Chuck makes it to Beckman's office and is informed that he is going on his new assignment in Rome. Beckman, however, grants him a week's leave before shipping out after Chuck admits he doesn't feel he's ready. The General reveals that Chuck is not going to Rome alone but will be allowed to assemble a team of agents of his choice. Chuck returns to Burbank, to meet the one person he wants most to recruit - Sarah.

Morgan and Devon, who want Chuck out of Burbank, so Ellie feels comfortable leaving, too, agree to help Chuck win Sarah back. They are soon joined by Casey, who sees Chuck's freedom in choosing his team as a chance to regain his government position. The three resolve to get Chuck and Sarah back together, but his first attempt fails when Sarah responds icily to his proposition. After seeing him "kill" Hunter Perry, Sarah feels that he is not the same man she fell in love with. Constrained by Casey's position as the unsanctioned killer, he cannot tell her he didn't pull the trigger, and asks for just one secret.

Morgan, Casey, and Devon, running backup in Jeff's spy gear-equipped van, kidnap Chuck in order to force a confrontation, and stakeout Sarah and Shaw on a date. While Morgan draws Shaw out of the restaurant by calling him in the guise of a Ring agent, Chuck moves in and lays out how he feels to Sarah. Shaw finds Morgan and the two are assaulted by actual Ring agents. Shaw attempts to get back to the restaurant but is intercepted by enemy agents seeking to bring him in to the Director. Devon, thinking to block Shaw's access to Sarah while she is with Chuck, and is unaware of the situation, tackles Shaw and they smash through the restaurant window, which actually rescued Shaw but disrupted Chuck's talk with Sarah.

The next morning, Ellie angrily confronts Chuck about seeking the help of Devon, Casey, and Morgan about Sarah and not her, and orders him not to give up on Sarah. Back at Castle, Shaw announces his intent to use himself as bait to target the Ring and its senior leadership. He swallows a tracking device to use as a target for an air strike and contacts the Director and agrees to come in, over Sarah's objections. Chuck arrives as Shaw gives her a goodbye kiss. Sarah explains Shaw's intent to sacrifice himself, and that he can't be allowed to go alone. Chuck locks down Castle to trap her there, promising that Shaw won't be alone, then leaves to back up Shaw. Sarah uses the connection between Castle and the Buy More to send a Morse code message to Casey, who soon arrives to free her from lock-down.

Shaw arrives at the rendezvous, where the Director's men forcibly extract the tracking device, commenting that it's easier with corpses, and take him to the compound where the Director is waiting. Chuck arrives and finds the tracker and tipped off by Jeff and Lester who were still stalking Shaw after feeling left out of Chuck's efforts to get Sarah back, follows the Ring agents to their compound.

In the Ring bunker, the Director reveals to Shaw that before his death, Hunter Perry was smuggling stolen surveillance footage of Shaw's wife's death and plays it for him. Shaw reacts violently when the video shows that Sarah was the one to kill his wife, and attacks the Director, who is revealed to be no more than a holographic projection. Shaw is then knocked unconscious.

Meanwhile, Chuck arrives as a B-2 begins its bombing run on the building. He is still carrying the tracking device, so the air strike is now homing in on him. He fights his way through several Ring agents and rescues Shaw. Sarah pulls up in her car outside just in time to watch a bomb strike the building. Chuck then emerges unharmed with Shaw slung across his shoulders.

Back at Castle, Beckman congratulates Sarah, who admits that everything was to Chuck's credit. Chuck once again lays everything out to her and tells her that he loves her and wants to be with her, and then asks her to meet at the train station so they can run away together. He kisses her and ends with, "I love you, Sarah Walker. I always have." As Chuck leaves, there are tears in Sarah's eyes.

Casey goes to Sarah's apartment to find her packing. Sarah still thinks that Shaw is unconscious in the hospital, so her packing is clearly in preparation to go meet Chuck at the station. Casey then admits he was the one who killed Perry when Chuck was unable to pull the trigger. He told her Chuck wasn't like them, he wasn't a killer. Sarah thanks him gratefully, relieved. He then wishes her a good life and departs. Sarah seems happy for the first time in a while.

Before Sarah can leave to meet Chuck, however, Shaw arrives, having escaped from the hospital, and tells her they have a new mission. Sarah is unable to contact Chuck about where she is going. While Chuck waits for her at Union Station, he is recalled by Beckman to Castle, not knowing that Sarah had decided to run away with him. Beckman shows Chuck the video implicating Sarah in Evelyn Shaw's death; not even Beckman knew about it. Chuck is shocked to realize that Shaw now knows the truth, and that Sarah is with him and in danger.

The episode ends as Shaw drives Sarah to an undisclosed location, telling her it's to "settle an old score".

Guest Stars[]


Lester [to Jeff]: Please don't make me afraid to be alone with you.


Chuck: I get it. I went too far.
Ellie: You didn't go far enough, Chuck! Sarah is special, I know it, you know it. If you love her, if she's the one, then you don't stop, you don't quit, you never go too far!


Chuck [to Lester and Jeff]: That is incredible, you guys are like the most amazing stalkers I have ever seen. I will tell my grandchildren about you.


Chuck [to Sarah]: I'm just going to be blunt and honest; I love you. One more time because it feels really nice to say it; I love you. I feel like I've been bottling this up forever; I love you....I love you, Sarah Walker, I always have.


  • The Mr Jibb pop machine/elevator is an allusion to Spies Like Us, where the gentlemen who have a Pepsi at the soda fountain get a wild ride down into the secret location.
  • Morgan makes reference to a Pat Benatar song when he tells Casey, "Love is a Battlefield."


  • Billy Martin – “At the Checkout Counter”
  • The Temper Trap – “Down River”
  • Kettering by The Antlers
  • Bye Bye Bye by Plants and Animals
  • If You Leave by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
  • A Question and An Answer by Tim Jones

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