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Chuck Versus the Fear of Death
Season 04, Episode 08
Air Date November 15, 2010
Writer Nicholas Wootton
Director Robert Duncan McNeill
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"I haven't been on a mission in a month. I wake up with my trigger finger twitching. It's itchy. Literally. It itches."

Chuck Versus the Fear of Death is the eighth episode in the fourth season of Chuck, which aired on the 15th of November, 2010.


Afraid that after his mom used the Portable device on him, suppressing the Intersect, it is driving a wedge between him and Sarah. Chuck resolves to prove himself by going on a dangerous mission with the overeager Agent Jim Rye (guest star Rob Riggle) in attempt to regain his access to the Intersect.

Meanwhile, Morgan and Casey scramble as the “Buy Morons” attempt to uncover the true identity of Greta (guest star Summer Glau).

Full Story[]

After his mother suppressed the Intersect with a Portable device, Mary Bartowski and Alexei Volkoff were spotted by Interpol in Istanbul. General Beckman sends agent Sarah Walker after them, but she leaves Colonel Casey with Chuck in Burbank, as Chuck undergoes a month of unsuccessful tests in an attempt to re-access the Intersect. Sarah returns with no leads on Mary and Volkoff.

Agent Jim Rye is brought in to repair Chuck's access to the Intersect using various unorthodox methods. His theory is that fear of death will allow Chuck to access the Intersect in desperation.

Carmichael and Rye

After several failed attempts of scaring Chuck, Chuck and Rye are sent on a dangerous mission to Gstaad, Switzerland to acquire an unusual diamond at an auction, which is being sold by a Belgian, Adelbert de Smet (Richard Chamberlain). Various spies and killers are also planning to purchase the diamond. Chuck bids on the diamond, but he is held at gunpoint to stop him advancing his bid. As the buyer waits for his money to be wired in to complete the transaction, Chuck and Rye steal the "diamonds", which are actually fakes made of glass. Each diamond contains microdots encrypted with stolen CIA data.

While Chuck and Rye enter a cable car with the Belgian and his henchman, Sarah learns that the microdots contain information identifying Chuck as the Intersect. As she races to save Chuck, Chuck and Rye are ambushed on the cable car while hanging 200 feet from the ground. Chuck falls out of the car and, hanging by his fingers, calls on Rye to help him up. Having apparently defeated the Belgian and his men, Rye refuses, and orders Chuck to flash and pull himself up. While demanding Chuck be a "real spy" like him, Rye is shot by the Belgian, and he falls to his death. The Belgian pulls Chuck up and takes him captive.

Sarah sets out to find and rescue Chuck, defying General Beckman's orders. While she packs several guns in her bag, Casey and Morgan join her. Meanwhile, the Belgian prepares to torture Chuck for information about the Intersect. Although Chuck reveals that the Intersect is gone, the Belgian disbelieves him. He tells Chuck that when he talks, the torture can end.

Greta irritated

Meanwhile, Jeff and Lester have noticed the string of new employees, all with the name "Greta". The current Greta (Summer Glau), a CIA assassin, seemingly disappears from sight and reappears unexpectedly, drawing suspicion from the two. When they begin stalking her, Greta becomes annoyed with them, and complains to Morgan, requesting that he stop them from prying, and threatening to take care of them herself if he doesn't. Morgan goes to Casey for help, who initially refuses. But after a talk with Alex, Casey returns to the Buy More, just as Jeff and Lester lure Greta to the storage cage, and she threatens them. Casey covers with a story that Greta has been stealing, ending the duo's investigation. Greta then packs up, complaining that the operation at the Buy More is too unprofessional and expresses disappointment with Casey. Casey retorts that Team Bartowski is the finest spy team he has ever served on, before sending her on her way.


  • The Swiss chalet is called "Bösewicht Berghütte", which is German for "villain chalet".
  • Guest star Richard Chamberlain, originated the role of Jason Bourne, in the 1988 TV movie, The Bourne Identity.
  • Jeff is seen holding a toothbrush with the handle end sharpened to a point. Such makeshift stabbing instruments are used in prison, and known as shivs.
  • Chuck references the chorus of an Olivia Newton-John song when, in response to Rye's explanation of the tests he's going to run, he responds "Let's get physical."
  • This episode is possibly the only time Chuck is actually truly angry with Sarah, after she says, in effect, that without the Intersect he isn't a real spy.
  • Casey's line to Greta, "I don't know you've worked with before, or what crew you were on," is an in-joke, referencing Adam Baldwin and Summer Glau's show Firefly.


Rye: Amazing work, Agent Carmichael! You've got the stones of a bull!


Chuck: I've never been a spy without the Intersect, and I quite like being a spy. Doing great things, doing them with you. I want that back.
Sarah:You don't need the Intersect to do great things, you're great on your own.
Chuck: But am I a spy?
Sarah: Yes! Yes, but you're Chuck Bartowski, and you do that all on your own.


Casey: He's a big boy, Walker.
Sarah: Yeah, Chuck's never been on a mission without the Intersect. Tell me honestly, do you think if things go wrong, he can handle himself?
Casey: I don't know. But I know he'll try.
Sarah: Which is exactly what worries me.

Guest Stars[]

Deleted scenes[]

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

  • Rye convinces Chuck to go after the Belgiun before Sarah can make it to Gstaad.


  • “Zero Zero” by Operator Please
  • “Perfect Day” by The Constellations
  • “Towards The Sun” by Alexi Murdoch
  • “Hiding Place” by Aushua