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Chuck Versus the Curse
Season 05, Episode 06
Air Date December 16, 2011
Writer Alex Katsnelson
Director Michael Schultz
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"Look, I know we've been chased before, but I got a bad feeling about this."
― Chuck

Chuck Versus the Curse is the sixth episode in the final season of Chuck, which aired on December 16th, 2011.


Chuck is framed for "the crime of the century" by a group of rogue CIA agents, the face for whom is Clyde Decker.

One of Decker's team operatives is the cold and calculating Robin Cunnings (Rebecca Romijn), who is "known for her barbaric interrogation techniques".

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Chuck gets the feeling that the persecution of Team Bartowski is personal. Meanwhile, Morgan brings Casey back to Castle through Castle's ducts. Casey is unhappy, but understanding, that Verbanski had to leave the country after killing Decker. Morgan figures out that the reason Casey is so upset is because he has actual feeling for Verbanski. The team realize they need Beckman's help to find out which CIA agents are against Chuck, when Beckman appears on the Castle screen and tells them they are all under arrest. After she hangs up, Casey rewinds the video of her call to see that she is tapping her finger in Morse code, warning them to run, because a CIA team will be there in five minutes. Chuck and Sarah decide to go to the Twin Pines Cabin, while Casey decides to go find Beckman. But Casey needs to wipe his computer before they go on the run, so Morgan volunteers to do that, since he is not a fugitive and is not being hunted.

Morgan dons a robber outfit and sneaks back into his apartment which he still shares with Casey only to find Alex pointing a gun at him. Alex was waiting there because she got a call from the authorities and expected Casey to come back home. The rogue CIA agents show up at Morgan's front door, barge in, and search the place; the search team is being led by Agent Robin Cunnings. Alex and Morgan lie about not knowing about Casey's whereabouts, and the search team did not find Casey, so the team leaves and waits outside.

Sarah drives with Chuck to the cabin and he decides not to call Ellie in case the call is tracked. He is also worried that he and Sarah will turn out to be like his parents, who were constantly on the run. Once at the cabin, and Chuck is still worrying that he put his family in danger, then had to leave them in order to protect them, just like his parents did - he terms this the 'Bartowski curse'. Sarah tells him he's being ridiculous. When they get access to the CIA mainframe to figure out who Decker was working for, they hit a dead end.

Devon and Ellie dress up for a date night, while Devon's parents babysit Clara. They have a dinner reservation at the Le Mire, under the name Chuck Bartowski since he loves to collect Open Table points, which triggers a location pinpoint for Robin's team to get the Bartowski's. Ellie and Devon decide to spice up the evening by playing at being spies, like Chuck and Sarah. They come up with code names for themselves ('Hot Momma' and 'Six Pack'), secret signals (a tug on the ear), and an emergency safe word: 'Martini'. Devon goes to the bar to get his surprise for Ellie, which is a bottle of 2000 Sangiovese wine - the same as they had at their wedding. A government agent tells Devon that Project Eagle is in effect and will take him and Ellie to a secret location; Ellie gets the same message, written on a napkin. Devon and Ellie get into a limo as it takes them to the secret location.

When Chuck and Sarah see a target confirmation on Chuck, they think that the CIA knows that they are in the cabin, but Chuck wants to get his PANTS ('P.A.N.T.S.' "Private Artifacts Never To Share") before he and Sarah disappear. Morgan agrees to get Chuck's PANTS and shows Alex his PANTS box. Chuck and Sarah don't see anyone outside the cabin, and finally figure out that the operatives confused them with Devon and Ellie. 

In order to get Chuck's PANTS, Morgan gets his grappling gear ready, but Alex has a better idea; she calls the police, saying her "ex-boyfriend is stalking her outside her apartment", describing the agent Robin left behind to keep watch. She explains that when Morgan hears the police sirens, he should go to Chuck's apartment. Morgan sneaks into Chuck's apartment, gets Chuck's PANTS, and goes back to his own apartment.


At a bar, Beckman explains that she's sent out a team to get Chuck's sister and brother-in-law, to make sure they're safe. At that moment, Devon and Ellie are each assuming that the other is responsible for the ride. However, when Devon states his surprise was the same bottle of wine that they had at their wedding, and Ellie explains that hers is that she's not wearing panties, they both begin to freak out. Realizing that neither of them booked the limo, and that 'Project Eagle' might be a real spy mission, they look for a way to escape, unaware that the limo was sent by Beckman to keep them safe. Devon and Ellie jump out of the limo and run and hide from the driver.

Sims, the limo driver, gets a notification about the back doors being opened and stops the car. He gets out to look for Ellie and Devon, only for Robin to drive up and shoot him. Robin sees Ellie and Devon running and tricks Ellie, saying that she works with Chuck and Sarah, then she brings them into her car.

Casey and Beckman meet at an undisclosed location, where Beckman tells Casey that a group inside the CIA is conspiring to destroy Chuck. Chuck, Sarah, Casey, and Beckman meet and discuss the plan to get Devon and Ellie back. Beckman tells Chuck that they have to wait. Chuck gets a call from Ellie; when he picks up, it is actually Robin. She threatens that if he doesn't deliver the Omen virus to her within three hours, she will kill Ellie and Devon. Beckman decides to deliver a fake, and Sarah talks to Chuck, telling him that she will convince Beckman. Sarah convinces Casey and Beckman to give the real Omen virus for Chuck's sake but discover that Chuck already took off with the real Omen virus.

Devon and Ellie are getting chair massages in a comfortable room. Ellie can't find her phone. An operative walks in with some wine and Ellie's phone. When Ellie looks at her phone, it says 'No Service', yet there is one outgoing call to Chuck only minutes before. Ellie realizes that Robin stole her phone and called Chuck with it. She knocks the operative out and tells Devon that they are in a ransom situation. 

Chuck hands himself over to Robin but tells her that he hid the Omen virus and will give it to her if she releases Ellie and Devon, only to discover that they have escaped. Robin threatens Chuck with torture with a weapon she calls "the toy".

Ellie and Devon discover that Chuck is being held hostage and make a plan to cause a blackout; Ellie distracts the guard while Devon uses Ellie's hair pin to short the electrical panel and his shirt to insulate him from the short. He temporarily causes a blackout, but the backup generator restores the lights and Devon is caught. Chuck tells Devon that there's usually a backup generator and he says it's good to know that for later. When Robin threatens to damage Devon's face, Chuck tells her where he hid the Omen virus. She retrieves the virus and unleashes it immediately, telling Chuck that she is just playing her part in destroying him- she doesn't know what the rest of the plan is. 

Sarah and Casey are on their way to the hideout and Sarah tells him about Chuck's new obsession with the Bartowski curse. Meanwhile, Ellie tries to knock an operative out, but the object she uses makes a noise and the operative sees her. Sarah saves her by tranquilizing the operative. Robin is about to kill Devon, but the lights go out, and Sarah and Casey take out all of Robin's team. Sarah knocks out Robin, and while Ellie gets Devon. Sarah is still angry with Chuck for going off alone. 

Beckman and Casey threaten Robin with 'the toy', and she confesses to the conspiracy; Beckman informs Chuck's team that all charges against them have been dropped. Casey's prison records were expunged, and he was free to go home. Chuck makes up to Sarah - he ends the Bartowski curse and promises never to leave without Sarah again, if he does, Sarah reminds him that she is a trained assassin.

Morgan learns about Beckman's news, and the agents outside his apartment leave. He leaves to put Chuck's PANTS box away but gives Alex his PANTS box in case anything happens to him. Alex opens up Morgan's PANTS box and sees a picture of her and Morgan placed in front of her graduation invitation.

Ellie and Devon think that last night was incredible, even though it was supposed to be tiring and nerve-wracking. As Sarah forgives Chuck, the Omen virus is infiltrating databases all over the world. As the episode comes to a close, the scene shows a prisoner's electronic door being opened because of the Omen virus.

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  • Morgan's favorite comic (in his P.A.N.T.S. box) is a Batman tale, Detective Comics #475.
  • The episode is occasionally criticized for the sudden appearance of "the Bartowski Curse," despite that fact that it's just Chuck's way of describing everything that has happened to him and his family, and the fact that Sarah repeatedly makes strong counter-arguments against such a notion.
  • Like Chuck Versus the Angel of Death, this episode has the distinction of not having any scenes in the Buy More.
  • This episode is one of several times that a character quotes the Star Wars catch phrase; I've got a bad feeling about this.
  • Joseph Gatt [the bald agent] later voiced a character in the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic – Rise of the Hutt Cartel.


Morgan: What if - what if Castle's been compromised?
Casey: That's actually a very fine point. Good job on the breakout, that was actually... I'm proud of you, moron.
Morgan: Did you just compliment me, and insult me?


Ellie: Oh, my God, thank you.
Sarah: It's going to be okay.
Casey: Rescuing Bartowskis is our business.


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