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Chuck Versus the Couch Lock
Season 4, Episode 5
Air Date October 18, 2010
Writer Michael Schultz
Director Henry Alonso Myers
Previous Chuck Versus the Coup d'Etat
Next Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror
"Uh-oh? You don't say uh-oh!"

Chuck Versus the Couch Lock is the fifth episode of the fourth season of Chuck, which aired on the 18th of October, 2010.


Chuck's latest mission has a link to Casey's past and possibly to Chuck's mom. When Colonel Casey's former team returns looking for him, Chuck must decide what he's willing to sacrifice in order to find his mom.

Elsewhere, Morgan works up the courage to tell Casey he is dating his daughter, Alex.

Full Story[]

In 1999, in the Zargos Mountains of Iran, Packard (Eric Roberts), a special weapons expert, T.I. (Dave Bautista), a hand-to-hand combat expert, MacKintosh (Joel Moore), an electronics expert, and Casey, a tactical expert, plant charges to seal a vault full of gold used to fund terrorists. The team goes rogue and tries to steal the gold, figuring that it be better if they retire young, but Casey, determined to fulfill his orders, incapacitates them. He seals the vault, which can only be opened with his handprint identification and drags his team back to base for a court martial. The men promptly escape from a maximum security stockade and become mercenaries - at some point become involved with Volkoff Industries.

In 2010, Team Bartowski go through files received from Premier Alejandro Goya of Costa Gravas that detail all his dealings with Volkoff Industries. Chuck searches for a prisoner code named "Frost" (Mary Bartowski), leading him to a picture of Casey's old unit. He flashes on the picture, and Casey reveals what happened in 1999. Casey comments that the only reason the team would come together again would be at his funeral. This sparks an idea and Chuck arranges a fake death and funeral to trap the fugitives. Beckman congratulates him for thinking like a real spy, that most spies took far longer to put teammates at risk. He then realizes that is exactly what he's done and isn't sure if it's a good thing.

Casey is administered a dose of modified tetrodotoxin that slows his breathing and heart rate; although he appears dead, he is alive and conscious, although paralyzed. Due to Casey's vast exposure to drugs such as tranquilizers and truth serums throughout his career, Chuck gives Casey an additional hypodermic needle to use if the drug wears off.

Chuck and Sarah, along with planted CIA agents, wait for Casey's former team to arrive and the church, in a scene which is a direct homage to the classic movie Charade. Morgan prepares the eulogy, and MacKintosh is the first to arrive at Casey's funeral. Uncertain if Casey is dead, he tests the body by piercing his hand with an American flag pin. As Morgan Grimes delivers the eulogy, T.I. arrives and puts out a cigar on Casey's hand.


Funeral Interrupted

Packard then arrives and appears to be crying. He turns around, laughing and aims a gun at the agents, and he is soon joined by MacKintosh and T.I. He asks if they really thought they hadn't suspected a trap. After detonating an explosive to distract the agents, Packard blows charges under the floor, and the team escapes through a tunnel with Casey's body.

They remove Casey's tracker and prepare to remove his hand with a surgical saw, but a pizza delivery distracts them. Casey starts to crawl to safety, dropping his wallet and the hypodermic needle. When his old team returns, he fights them off and escapes through a window, but is injected with the additional needle in the process. Casey calls the Nerd Herd on his cell phone and gives them his location before losing consciousness in a dumpster. Jeff Barnes and Lester Patel, who picked up the call, "know that Dumpster" and rush to rescue Casey. When Morgan calls, they inform him they have the Colonel and are told to drop him at Morgan's apartment.

Meanwhile, Chuck and Sarah track Casey's phone to the Dumpster. They enter the building where Casey was being held, but Chuck triggers a laser sensor that will detonate some C4 if he moves. Sarah crawls under the lasers and begins disarming the explosive, ignoring Chuck's pleas to save herself. Packard then disarms it remotely; he and Mackintosh kidnap Chuck and Sarah as bait for Casey. At his apartment, Morgan encounters T.I., who informs him that they will kill Chuck and Sarah if Casey doesn't arrive at the vault in Iran. With advice from Devon, Morgan is able to free Casey from his "couch lock," by telling him his dating his daughter and making him angry.

Morgan and Casey travel to Iran, where, since there is no longer an American presence, they will not be rescued should they fail. They break into the control box of the bunker where Chuck and Sarah are being held, and hack into the security feed. Casey goes inside the bunker, ordering Morgan to cut the power when signaled. Meanwhile, Chuck learns that Frost was not a prisoner of Volkoff, but his "right hand" making him wonder if his mother needs rescuing at all. Mackintosh reveals that Volkoff sends her to make his problems disappear. Casey enters and is disarmed but gives Morgan the signal to cut the power. Morgan has problems and Casey is forced to open the vault before being chained with Chuck and Sarah. To make sure Casey is alone, Mackintosh fires a random shot through the door, which actually hits Morgan delivering a minor flesh wound. Casey attempts to bluff, but Morgan quickly surrenders. When Packard, T.I., and Mackintosh enter the vault, Morgan grabs a power cable and electrocutes them and himself via the water on the floor. Although he goes into cardiac arrest for three seconds, Team Bartowski manages to bring him back, and they return to the United States.

Afterwards, Chuck tells Sarah that he has decided to end his search for his mother. He decides it's not worth endangering everyone who would never leave him in search of the one person who had left him. Immediately afterwards, he receives a phone call from his mother.

Concurrent story line: Morgan has waited to reveal to Casey that he is dating Casey's daughter Alex because his fear of Casey's reaction to the news; Chuck comments that he might kill him "accidentally." However, Alex visits Morgan at the Buy More and begs him to tell Casey the truth.

When Morgan delivers the eulogy at Casey's funeral, he sees it as an opportunity to tell Casey the truth. But he hesitates, and Casey is taken by his old team. Later, Alex arrives at Morgan's apartment, where he reveals that he never actually told Casey the truth. She asks to come in, but Morgan doesn't want her to see her father in a "couch lock" (see main plot). When Morgan sees T.I. approaching, he asks Alex to leave, and she breaks up with him. Taking advice from Captain Awesome (and failing to slap him, which he comments is like slapping a car), Morgan tells Casey about his relationship with Alex, raising Casey's blood pressure and waking him from his paralysis. He grabs Morgan by the throat and lifts him off the ground, threatening to kill him; although he refuses to allow the relationship to continue and stops being Morgan's "friend," they still must work together to save Sarah and Chuck.

Casey tells Alex that he told Morgan to dump her, but Morgan stood up to him. Alex reveals this to Morgan at a party he throws to prove to Casey that he would have friends at his real funeral. Morgan and Alex reconcile, and Casey changes his mind and approves of their relationship, although he cautions Morgan not to break Alex's heart, lest he break Morgan's "everything."

After revealing his search for their mother to Ellie in Chuck Versus the Coup d'Etat, Chuck feels pressured to finish the search. Later, Ellie and Devon learn that their unborn child is a girl. When they come to Chuck and Morgan's apartment with champagne to celebrate, Ellie reveals that she now approves of his search for their mother.

Guest Stars[]


  • Mackintosh's stabbing Casey with the flag pin and TI's extinguishing the cigar on Casey's wrist are homages to the funeral scene in the 1963 movie Charade, starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.
  • Mackintosh's comment about being on a beach earning 20% was an homage to the movie Die Hard.
  • After opening the vault, Chuck exclaims, "Holy, Goldfinger" a reference to the James Bond movie of the same name, as well as Robin from the television series Batman (1966-1968), when surprised he was notorious for uttering "Holy [insert random noun]".


  • After Chuck signals Morgan to start the eulogy, it's clearly visible that only Mackintosh had entered the church till then. However, once Morgan says, "please be seated", T.I. is seen sitting right behind Chuck in that scene, even though he hasn't entered the church yet.

Deleted scenes[]

The Season 4 DVD contains the following deleted scenes from this episode:

  • Jeff and Lester trying to help Casey recover from his "couch lock" using non-orthodox methods.
  • Ellie asking Devon to be more discrete about her pregnancy, right before Morgan calls Devon to ask for advice on waking Casey up.


Morgan: "Okay. Think Morgan. How do I get him angry? How do I get him mad. Oh, crap! [sighs] Okay, Casey, I know you can hear me. And I have something very important to tell you. I've been dating your daughter. Yeah, yeah. Technically we're on the rocks right now kind of. But you know, things we're getting pretty serious. Holding hands, and, uh, kissing was just out of control. But I've been a perfect gentlemen. Although, it definitely felt like pretty soon, [gulps] she'd be spending the night.
Casey: I will kill you.
Morgan: Welcome back, sir. I knew that would work.


Sarah: You're being ridiculous, even for a man who is trying to free himself from high tech explosives. Casey and I know the risks. Of course, we're going to help you, this is your mom.
Chuck: I love you, you know that? And I'd say that even if you weren't in the process of saving my life right now, which does by the way make you 20 - 25% sexier in my book...alright, 50.


Casey[To Morgan]: You break her heart; I break your everything.


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