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Chuck Versus the Cat Squad
Season 04, Episode 15
Air Date February 14, 2011
Writer Nicholas Wootton
Director Paul Marks
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"Sometimes the best thing you can do is just take a step back.... You don't have to fix everything."
― Ellie

Chuck Versus the Cat Squad is the fifteenth episode in the fourth season of Chuck, which aired on February 14, 2011.


Chuck surprises Sarah with her old team the CAT Squad, and they are led to Rio to settle a score with Augusto Gaez (Lou Diamond Phillips).

Back at Castle, Morgan fends off the advances of Carina, a former flame and member of the CAT Squad.

Full Story[]

The episode begins with Morgan's fantasy about the Clandestine Attack Team Squad, better known as the CAT Squad. The squad consisted of Zondra, Amy, Carina, and Sarah. He sees them as a Charlie's Angels type outfit. Chuck has obtained their details from a CIA database, in an effort to find some friends from Sarah's past, and invites them to the engagement party. The CAT Squad later arrives in a helicopter to pick up Sarah and head off to her bachelorette party.

The next morning, Chuck wakes up to find the entire CAT Squad asleep in his apartment. Carina is seen sleeping in Morgan's bed, who slept through her arrival, and was unaware of Carina's presence. This then sends Morgan's relationship with Alex into a tailspin, when Alex turns up at the door.

While having breakfast, Carina deliberately makes Morgan uncomfortable. When she leaves, Carina is injured when a car bomb goes off and a piece of shrapnel hits her leg. Chuck discovers the trail, courtesy of a flash, leading them to Augusto Gaez, an old enemy of the CAT Squad, and leader of the Gentle Hand, terrorists-for-hire group. Sarah informs Chuck, that the CAT Squad was dismantled when they suspected a traitor in the groupt feeding information to Gaez. Sarah was convinced that it was Zondra when she found a transmitter in her boot, but a lie detector test cleared Zondra of any wrong doing. Zondra, on the other hand, believes that Sarah planted it there.

While both Team Bartowski and the CAT Squad go to Rio, Morgan is forced to stay behind and take care of Carina, who suffered a leg injury, simultaneously trying to fight off Carina's advances and stay true to Alex.

Gaez captures the CAT Squad, and they realize that someone has betrayed them, and Gaez puts suspicion as all CATs present. Gaez offers them work with him. Sarah breaks free and holds a knife to Gaez's neck. But before she could get the name of the mole, Chuck, who was watching from above, accidentally crashes through the skylight, causing a distraction which allows Gaez to get away. Chuck then flashes and tranqs Gaez's goons while Casey manages to knock out Gaez. Sarah berates Chuck for ruining her chance to find out the identity of the mole; Gaez won't talk while in custody.

Back at Castle, Beckman acknowledges that there is obviously a mole within the CAT Squad. Casey is instantly suspicious of Carina, whereas Chuck suspects that Amy is putting on an act. Beckman reminds them that pointing fingers won't solve anything. She orders the CATs confined to Castle while Casey interrogates Gaez.

Sarah quickly ushers Chuck out of Castle, then she and Zondra clash, she challenges Sarah to a sparring match to settle their differences. After Zondra and Sarah talk while fighting and convince each other of their innocence, they determine that Amy is the real double agent. Meanwhile, Casey and Amy interrogate Gaez, who denies all involvement with the Gentle Hand. Amy then incapacitates Casey and attacks Zondra and Sarah with a bō staff after failing to convince the latter to join her. As Chuck arrives at the Buy More with the squad's luggage, Zondra and Sarah come to and inform him via cell phone that Gaez and Amy are coming up the elevator. With the Buy More locked down, Chuck breaks several CDs and flashes to use them as throwing stars. He manages to incapacitate Gaez, but Amy jumps on Chuck's back and wrestles him to the ground since he's not comfortable hitting women. When Amy tries to escape, Sarah, Zondra, and Carina stop her and take her into custody.

After Morgan cancels his dates with Alex, she breaks up with him. He refuses to give up with Alex, and at the engagement party, tells her that he loves her. Sarah, who has been keeping her distance from Chuck, apologizes to him and thanks him for all the work he's doing to help her reconnect. She confides in Ellie, agreeing to talk about her family issues and asks her to be her maid of honor. The episodes closes with a voice-over in an homage to Charlie of Charlie's Angels saying, "Aw, who says cats can't play nice? You never know, maybe we'll add another member to this squad," in reference to Ellie. Chuck watches from a distance and smiles as his sister and fiancée connect.

Guest Stars[]

Nerd Notes[]

  • The beginning of the episode where members of the CAT Squad are introduced is a homage and reference to television series Charlie's Angels (1976 - 1981) as is the wrap.
  • When the CAT Squad chopper flies over Echo Park, Morgan makes a reference to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
  • This is the second episode in the series to have started with Morgan's daydreaming about old television shows.
  • During the CAT Squad breakfast, Chuck refers to his first mission where he disarmed a bomb connected to a Prism Express laptop by infecting the laptop with the "IRENE DEMOVA" virus.
  • Gaez describes Sarah as "the kitty that doth protest too much" a reference to Roan's line in Chuck Versus the Cougars. This is a (mangled) quote from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
  • The Cabaret where Gaez hosts his party is called Soco na Garganta, which is Portuguese for "punch in the throat".
  • The timeline of the story is in error. This episode takes place before Valentine's Day and involves a Carnival party, but in 2011 Carnival was celebrated in the second week of March.
  • Sarah asks Ellie to be her maid of honor, but as a married woman, the correct term would be matron of honor.


Morgan: Carina?
Chuck: I need her info.
Morgan: Carina? Really? I mean, Alex is gonna be there. Alex, Carina. Carina, Alex. Two of my lovers in the same place?
Chuck: The universe may just collapse on itself. Dude, give me the info.


Chuck: I'm done helping out.
Sarah: No, Chuck, please don't ever stop helping me. There are a thousand ways that I need your help every single day, and you're perfect.
Chuck: Well, then I'll stick to those.


  • "Turn It On" by Franz Ferdinand
  • "Eu Queroo Agora" by Josephine Bauza
  • "The Parade" by Daniel Indart
  • "Pra Rua" by Rio Funk
  • "Belongings" by Clock Opera
  • "Rockers To Swallows" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • "Please Ask for Help" by Telekinesis

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