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Chuck Versus the Coup d'Etat
Season 04, Episode 04
Air Date October 11, 2010
Writer Kristin Newman
Director Robert Duncan McNeill
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"Your woman is a hot mystery, we both know that."
― Morgan

Chuck Versus the Coup d'Etat is the fourth episode of the fourth season of Chuck which was originally aired on October 11th, 2010.


Chuck and Sarah have a communication breakdown. Morgan points out they are cute, but "crap communicators" so to work on becoming better communicators, they join Devon and Ellie for a getaway to Costa Gravas when Devon is reunited Premier Alejandro Goya (Armand Assante) who finds himself in a dangerous situation once again.

Back at home, Morgan embarks on a dangerous romance with Casey's daughter, Alex, that may put him at odds with Casey.

Full Story[]

The episode picks up immediately after Chuck Versus the Cubic Z as Big Mike's engagement ring for Bolonia Grimes slides through the vent and on to the floor in Castle. Chuck kneels and picks up the ring, giving the appearance that he might be proposing to Sarah, leaving them both in an awkward state of shock. Sarah realizes that Chuck isn't actually proposing, which he confirms, then each walk quickly away from the other. Chuck confides in Morgan that he wants to know what Sarah's answer would have been if it were an actual proposal, Morgan counters with a shot of Chuck's confused expression, and wants to know what his would be.

Morgan points out Chuck and Sarah's communication problems, they are "crap communicators." He gives Chuck the book; Dr. Fred's 101 Conversations Before I Do. After discussing the miscommunication with the ring, Chuck realizes that Morgan may be right, and he and Sarah are crap communicators. He begins the book's suggested conversations with Sarah, noting that one suggestion is that, if one of the couple isn't comfortable discussing something, he or she should talk about it when the other is asleep, Sarah scoffs at the idea.

Meanwhile, Devon has been giving more attention to the unborn baby than Ellie. This worries Ellie, as she is only four-months pregnant, and her "hot husband" has already purchased a Toyota Sienna minivan and is worrying about saving for the baby's college education. They agree to take a "babymoon," a vacation where they can focus on themselves before the baby comes.

Commandant Juan Pablo Turrini, the most trusted advisor to the Costa Gravan Premier, Alejandro Goya, arrives in Burbank unannounced. General Beckman orders the team to stake out the Costa Gravan Embassy - excepting Colonel Casey, who is recovering from a gunshot wound received in Chuck Versus the Cubic Z. Beckman soon learns Turrini is heading not to the embassy, but to Echo Park. He arrives at Ellie and Devon's apartment, informing Devon that he is "needed" again.

Chuck and Sarah arrive in time for Turrini to display a disk in which Goya invites the Woodcombs to his palace in Costa Gravas to thank Devon for saving his life in Chuck Versus the Angel of Death. Ellie in particular finds the idea of Costa Gravas' beaches and jungles very enticing. When Devon hesitates about the safety of such a trip and asks for assurance, Chuck volunteers, saying he and Sarah can join them on the trip if it would make Devon feel safer, "Sarah could be there - relaxing, a bikini."

They are transported in Goya's private jet, and settle into the palace, where he and his wife, Hortencia, have thrown a banquet in Devon's honor. They unveil a nine-foot-tall statue of Devon.


Awesome Statue

Meanwhile, to his frustration, Chuck flashes, revealing that there is a Soviet-era weapons system behind a red door. Sarah calls Casey for directions, which he provides, having spent two weeks in the palace walls during an assassination attempt. Chuck and Sarah move to pick the lock on the door, but they are interrupted by Devon and Ellie in an intimate moment, much to Chuck's discomfort. Meanwhile, Hortencia leads a coup d'état on the government established by her husband, shooting the head off the Devon statue in the process.

With dissident Costa Gravan soldiers advancing on them, Chuck flashes, and he and Sarah defend Ellie and Devon from the rebels; Premier Goya escorts the group through a weapons control room, and they escape on his private jet. No longer trusting his own embassy, Goya decides to seek refuge in Casey's apartment.

Chuck later flashes on a picture of the control panel Sarah had snapped and realizes that it controls nuclear weapons. Beckman is staggered by this revelation and asks the Premier about it. He admits the Costa Gravan jungles hides various nuclear silos aimed at various cities (mostly American). Two keys are needed to access the missiles; one Goya has with him while the other is with Hortencia.

Turrini betrays Goya and attempts to capture him, but Casey is prepared, having theorized this possibility earlier in his career after seeing how obsessed Turrini was with Goya's wife. While a standoff ensues between Casey, Turrini, and his soldiers, Goya saves Casey's life by knocking him unconscious and agreeing to go back to Costa Gravas, as long as no harm comes to Casey. Turrini agrees.

Beckman orders Chuck, Sarah, and Casey to infiltrate Costa Gravas, destroy the nuclear control room, and find the missiles so Premier Goya can be restored to office but without a nuclear threat to the United States. The team enter through tunnels under the palace to place charges about the room, in which Hortencia and her soldiers are making a video to announce their coup, which the Premier interrupts several times to her great annoyance. This erupts into a marital dispute, and Goya grabs his wife's sidearm and holds her at gunpoint. Chuck realizes that they may all die because of a domestic dispute and emerges through a hatch in order to be a mediator in their argument, and gains ground by agreeing with Hortencia about her treatment. Turrini approaches Goya to shoot him, but Chuck flashes to disarm him, and Casey captures him. Chuck and Sarah point out "Change is unavoidable...the question is, no matter what the changes are, is the love still there?" After Goya offers Hortencia the position of Secretary of State, they reconcile, and Sarah confiscates the keys to the nuclear control panel.

Team Bartowski dismantles the control room, and troops are called in to dismantle the missiles. Chuck flashes on a Russian label on the panel, revealing it to be stolen by Alexei Volkoff as part of his underground weapons pipeline in "Project Beacon." Chuck asks if Goya ever heard of an agent code named "Frost" and Goya reveals that she was kept "back home" by Volkoff, and he never met her. Goya offers them all his files on his dealings with Volkoff, but cautions them on proceeding with the search.

A few days later during a conversation with his sister, Chuck reveals to Ellie that he is searching for their mother, that there might be a reason she left them. She worries that there isn't actually another side to the story, but Chuck says that they deserve to know either way.

Meanwhile, Morgan tries tending to Casey while he is recovering from his wound, though the latter insists that he doesn't need help. Casey's daughter, Alex McHugh, arrives with soup, and it is revealed at this point that she and Morgan have seeing each other despite Casey's earlier threats. Morgan seeks advice from his de facto stepfather, Big Mike, and Mike advises him to make sure he really loves Alex before he proceeds, because Casey is one potential father in law he doesn't want to make angry. Morgan seeks advice from Dr. Fred Hornblower, a self-help author, who is at the Buy More signing copies of Dr. Fred's 101 Conversations Before I Do. Big Mike interrupts him and tells Morgan that the way to tell if he really loves Alex would be a reaction to simply kissing her. Alex later visits Morgan at the Buy More. When he tries to tell her about Dr. Fred's advice, she kisses him. He attempts to continue talking before giving in and kissing her back. Big Mike witnesses this secret romance and walks away smiling.

At home, after Chuck is asleep, Sarah asks him if he's awake, when he doesn't respond, Sarah tells Chuck that nothing will change her love for him, and that if he were to propose to her, she would accept. Chuck, his eyes closed, slowly smiles.


Alex McHugh: Dad... You're in a wheelchair. You said that you were just sick.
Casey: Oh, just shot in the leg. Fine.


Ellie: It sounds like the most amazing couple's weekend!
Chuck: We could go, too! Yeah, if it would make you feel safer. Sarah could be there, relaxing, a bikini.


Big Mike: Boy, when has anyone ever learned anything important from a book?


  • The outside shots of the Generalíssimo's plane show it is Boeing 747. The set used for the internal shots, however, reflects a much smaller plane.
  • Chuck's white suit from Chuck Versus the Wookiee reappeared, about which he had said, "This is ridiculous, I'm buying the next suit, I can see my own boxer shorts through my pants."
  • During the escape during the coup, Ellie actually asks Chuck to do his spy thing to save them, it was one of the first times Ellie really saw Chuck in action, and she later said, "You were pretty good at the spy stuff, weren't you? You just seemed so alive back there. I don't think I really realized what you were giving up for me," unaware that he had rejoined the CIA.

Deleted Scenes[]

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

  • Hortencia in the weapons control center telling Turrini, over the phone, to find the other key.
  • The Statue of Devon is a reference to Firefly when Adam Baldwin's Character Jayne Cobb got a Statue for saving a village.


  • Laura by Girls
  • Tropicana by La Tropicana Orchestra
  • Sleepwalk by Santo & Johnny
  • Rebulu by Jesús Alejandro "el Niño"
  • Without You by Lewis LaMedica
  • She Brings Me The Music by Richard Ashcroft and the United Nations Of Sound
  • Besame Mucho by Cast (Armand Assante)
  • Cafecito Cubano by Jesús Alejandro "el Niño"


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