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Chuck Versus the First Bank of Evil
Season 04, Episode 17
Air Date February 28, 2011
Writer Craig DiGregorio & Henry Alonso Myers
Director Frederick Toye
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"Time to be a spy."

Chuck Versus the First Bank of Evil is the seventeenth episode in the fourth season of Chuck, which aired on the 28th of February, 2011.


Chuck suggests Vivian (Lauren Cohan) get in touch with her inner villain for a mission, as Ellie helps Sarah to get in touch with her inner bride.

Meanwhile, Morgan's search for a new roommate takes an unexpected turn.

Full Story[]

The episode begins immediately after the events of Chuck Versus the Masquerade, where Vivian (Lauren Cohan) is investigating her father's office at the Volkoff Industries Headquarters in Moscow, Russia. Having placed her locket to unlock a secret of his office, she finds a strange bank card. Shortly after obtaining this, Mr. Riley appears and begins reading her father's will. Volkoff had given her the entire organization, claiming to have groomed her into becoming his successor. Vivian declines her father's legacy, and after having been held at gunpoint by Riley who is opposes her throwing the opportunity away, she stabs him in the hand, and knocks him out before fleeing Moscow.

Meanwhile, Chuck speaks with Morgan at the Buy More. Morgan is still on his search for a new apartment while temporarily staying at his mom's house. Chuck receives a call from Beckman for a mission, leaving Morgan at the store. Morgan then complains to Big Mike that he is uncomfortable at sleeping every night with the "cat noises" from the bedroom he shares with Bolognia.

Later at Castle, Chuck and Sarah are briefed by Beckman, assigning the two on a mission to use Vivian to infiltrate the criminal funding First Bank of Macau after having found out that Vivian's father had left a means for her at the bank with that account card she received in Moscow. Chuck expresses concerns about using Vivian, but Beckman insists it's the team's job to 'turn her into a Volkoff.'


Sarah, Vivian, and Chuck in Castle

Back at the Buy More, Morgan is on the search for a roommate on the internet, until he is interrupted by Jeff and Lester, who are more than willing to have him as their roommates in their homely van, provided he gives them a week off for a renaissance fair they want to attend. Morgan refuses their offer. He then leaves the office to handle the store, with the two still in the office. Lester changes Morgan's roommate search to a ren faire on site invitational.

Chuck, Sarah, and Vivian arrive at the First Bank of Macau, Chuck assures Vivian that everything will go smoothly. After entering, Vivian is escorted by the bank manager (François Chau) to the vault, Chuck who is disguising as her bodyguard, is held back at the lobby. Vivian runs a series of tests through lie detectors and even a DNA sample before being able to access her father's account. They give her a box after passing the test, in it reveals countless of newspaper clippings her achievements and even photos of her childhood; Vivian is shocked that her father seems to keep all of this. Chuck surreptitiously makes his way through the bank, and finds a strange room stored with high-tech equipment. He flashes on it and finds servers stolen from the Chinese army. Chuck is then cornered by two of the bank's security guards just after Vivian leaves the vault. She plays along with the situation, pretending she wants to kill Chuck as he "betrayed" her. The staff tell her to handle the situation off bank property. They escort the two back to the lobby, where Sarah posing as Vivian's head of security, arrives. Before leaving, the bank manager tells Vivian that he doubted her resemblance to her father at first but is now seeing it in her.

At the Buy More, Morgan seems to be having a series of random cosplayers from a renaissance party constantly dropping by his office, telling him that they are willing to accept Morgan as their roommates. A man cosplaying as a king, even gave him the consent to kiss his ring. They are then partying in the store with Jeff and Lester, which Morgan did not take long to guess it was them who sabotaged his roommate search.

Meanwhile, at Castle, Chuck and Sarah are told to go back to the First Bank of Macau on a follow up of Chuck's flash on the bank's server room. Chuck speaks with Vivian, and Chuck agrees that she should be allowed to speak with her father, "I can ask around and see if we can set up a meeting...." Beckman agrees with this deal.


"Having fun?"

Returning to the First Bank of Macau, Chuck and Sarah enter the lobby of the bank under the guise of robbing it, where they begin causing havoc. This helps Vivian with hacking into the bank's servers as the security guards leave her in the vault alone. Chuck, with the help of the Intersect 2.0, manages to dispatch the security guards with his Tranq Gun, while Sarah threatens with a standard firearm. They demand the bank's staff start filling their bags with money. Vivian successfully bugs the servers, but as she leaves, she is intercepted by Mr. Riley. He is aware that she is helping the CIA bring her father's organization down, and tries to talk her out of it. He shows her that her father left that deposit box for her earlier to remind her that she is worth a lot to him, and that she is perfect for the job. Before leaving, he tells her that her father was personally arrested by Chuck, and that his team are only using her to get to her father's secrets. Vivian takes Riley's calling card and seems to be in shock from everything he had told her. Vivian makes her way back to the lobby, and Sarah holds her at gunpoint to make it seem as if she was a hostage.

They leave the bank and hide in Macau, burning all the money they had taken. Chuck notices that Vivian seems more uptight than ever. He asks her if something was wrong, but she denies any problem.

Later, Beckman thanks the team for their effort in infiltrating and bringing down the First Bank of Macau but goes back on her word and refuses to let Vivian meet with her father, as the security risks are far too high. Chuck decides to tell this news to Vivian himself, thinking he understands her the most. Vivian responds to this as if she was expecting it, Chuck says he's not giving up, that he'll find a way for her to see him, but it might take a while. She is obviously upset that Riley's prediction came true, and simply thanks Chuck for his honesty.

A heart-sick Chuck tries to contact Vivian to help. She declines the call and is seen in a car with Mr. Riley by her side. She tells him that she is ready to know about her father's secrets.

Wedding Planning[]

At Echo Park, Sarah and Ellie are discussing on what types of flowers they should have for the wedding. Sarah confesses that she is not used to the "girl stuff" and lets Ellie make the decisions. Ellie, being a good matron of honor, still contacts Sarah all the time to ensure whatever decisions she is doing is to Sarah's liking. Later, Sarah receives a text message from Ellie, who said that she had a wedding epiphany and needs to talk to Sarah about it. Her plan is to have Sarah focus on just one thing, and not the wedding overall.

After returning from Macau, when Sarah is alone inside Castle's wardrobe room. She tries on a few wedding gowns, and after a series of options that annoy her, she finally finds herself the perfect dress, and has her own epiphany. She begins to realize that she is really getting married. Casey drops in and tells her "pretty dress," but she might want one without bullet holes.

While robbing the First Bank of Macau, Sarah and Chuck have a conversation about how she is finally easing into the wedding thing. They are happy that she is finally comfortable with the wedding.

Later at Echo Park, Sarah is seen returning from the mall with Ellie, who is telling Sarah to ease up on the wedding budgets as she had already spent too much on a new wedding dress, as well as a cake. Sarah begins to crave a perfect wedding, telling her that they should be married on a private island. Chuck returns and asks what that was all about and that it was sounding pricey. Ellie tells her brother that she turned his fiancee into a bridezilla.

Casey and Morgan[]

Morgan sleeps at the store after Big Mike convinces him to find his own place to live when the former complained about hearing Big Mike and his mother having sex every night. While trying to sleep, he finds two construction workers walking by the store talking about expanding on Castle. Morgan overhears the conversation, and begins to sneak his way into Castle, where he finds the new part of Castle being constructed by the NCS, where Casey is aiding them on it. Casey catches him, and tells him to leave.

A day later, at the Buy More, Morgan confronts Casey about what he heard while at Castle. Casey then promptly tells him that he can be his new roommate, provided if he keeps the event at Castle as a secret, and that not even Chuck should ever know about it. Morgan holds by his promise after Casey assures him that if he ever breaks this secret, Casey would know where he lives.

Guest Stars[]


  • While holding up the bank, Chuck and Sarah's dialog make references to the dialog of Honey Bunny and Pumkin from the movie Pulp Fiction.
  • Whilst trying to investigate Castle's under-construction section, Morgan talks into his watch and mentions "Sector 7G" - this is where Homer works in Springfield's nuclear power plant in the TV series The Simpsons.
  • The bank robbery scene is a homage to The Matrix.
  • Throughout the entire scene where Chuck enters the bank posing as Vivian's bodyguard his fake mustache is very badly attached.
  • On the card Vivian retrieves from her father's office are the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 which frequently recurred in the television show Lost. Each corresponded with one of the final candidates to replace Jacob as protector of the Island. The numbers also formed the coefficients in an equation that predicted mankind's extinction.


Morgan: You know what? New apartment, I'm going to go no television. It'll be very liberating. [Chuck stares horrified] Kidding! I'm totally kidding 72 inches, dude, bam.
Chuck: I was honestly about to smack you right in the head.


Chuck: [while robbing the titular bank] Keep filling those bags people, let's go, let's go, let's go! [to Sarah] Having fun?
Sarah: A little.
Chuck: Kinda takes your mind of the whole wedding thing, doesn't it?
Sarah: Actually, it hasn't been so bad, you know, I took you up your advice, and I found a dress.
Chuck: Hey!
Sarah: Ellie was right, when I put it on it felt like magic... Get down on the ground before I blow your freakin' head off!
Chuck: I'm so glad you found a dress, that's awesome, and I bet you look gorgeous in it... Don't be a hero, my friend, I will break your face!
Sarah: Well it's actually very pretty, and I never thought I would say this, but I felt like a princess.


  • "El Capitan" by The Steelwells
  • "Squealing Pigs" by Admiral Fallow
  • "Black Leaf" by The Cave Singers
  • "Breeze" by Alex Silverman

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See Also: Season One EpisodesSeason Two EpisodesSeason Three EpisodesAll Episodes

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