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Chuck Versus the First Fight
Season 04, Episode 07
Air Date November 1, 2010
Writer Rafe Judkins & Lauren LeFranc
Director Allan Kroeker
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"Our family had a lot of secrets."
― Stephen Bartowski

Chuck Versus the First Fight is the seventh episode in the fourth season of Chuck, which aired on November 1, 2010.


After their first real fight, Chuck avoids confronting Sarah by going on a rogue mission that leads him to his mom’s apparent MI-6 handler,Tuttle (Timothy Dalton). Dasha (Ana Gasteyer), one of Volkoff's operatives is sent to find Chuck's mom, code named Frost.

Meanwhile, Ellie is off on her own mission to unearth the Bartowski family’s long-buried past.

Full Story[]

Despite feeling betrayed by Sarah for participating in the abduction of his mother, Chuck turns his attention to searching for clues from his father's files about his mother's true mission. When Chuck vents to Morgan about his and Sarah's fight, Morgan admits that he is experiencing the same thing with Casey. Morgan confronts Casey about lying to him concerning Project Isis.

Chuck talks to Ellie about the matter, and she reveals that she sometimes found secret messages from their father in the classified ads in the newspaper. She also unintentionally gives Chuck the idea to ask his mother, who is locked in Castle. Determined to prove his mother's innocence, Chuck finesses his way through an agent-infested Castle and secretly meets with Mary.

Mary tells him that Casey's findings on Project Isis were true, and that she did leave the CIA during her mission to take Volkoff Industries down from the inside. Claiming she did it to protect her identity, she tells Chuck that she joined MI6 to complete her mission. She explains that Gregory Tuttle, her handler at MI6, can confirm her story, and tells Chuck to meet him at local bar. Chuck brings Morgan Grimes with him to act as his back-up. While Morgan goes to restroom to fix his earpiece, Tuttle finds Chuck, but they are both drugged and captured by Volkoff operative, Dasha. Morgan returns from the restroom only to find Chuck's phone and earpiece on the table and Chuck gone.

Morgan tells Sarah and Casey about Chuck's rogue mission and the three of them interrogate Mary Bartowski. In exchange for being given a visit with Ellie, Mary agrees to tell them about Chuck and Tuttle. Sarah takes Mary to Ellie's apartment where the two of them talk, eventually touching on the old 1968 Ford Mustang that Ellie's father drove. Afterward, Ellie searches the classifieds again and finds an ad for her father's car. She and Devon decide to go pick it up.

Chuck and Tuttle wake up onboard a private jet where Dasha tries to interrogate them. Eventually, a fight breaks out between Chuck and Volkoff's henchmen. Despite Tuttle's apparent bumbling, the two are able to escape by parachuting out of the airplane. Chuck, knocked out during landing, wakes up to find Tuttle has hitched them a ride back to Los Angeles in a truck loaded with sheep.

407First Fight

They arrive at a bank where Tuttle retrieves a package that he claims will prove Mary Bartowski's innocence. Just as Sarah arrives with Chuck's mother, so do Dasha and Volkoff's henchmen. Confronting each other for the first time since the incident that spurred their fight, Chuck and Sarah argue while in action against Volkoff henchmen. They resolve their own issues while fighting off Volkoff's men. Dasha fires a shot at Chuck and Tuttle jumps in the way to take the bullet. Bleeding, Tuttle gives Chuck a triangular-shaped disk that requires a specific, obsolete computer to use it, one of which is in London. Chuck's father also had the same computer in the secret basement that contains all of his research.

Sarah, Chuck, and Mary head to the old Bartowski home to retrieve the files off the disk. However, when Casey and Morgan arrive at the bank, they find Tuttle has disappeared leaving behind only a smear of blood. Chuck inserts the disk into his father's computer, but the disk turns out to be empty.


As he moves to confront Mary, Chuck is forced by his mother to view a video on a portable device which she took from a box in the basement, and it utterly suppresses the Intersect. Tuttle enters the basement and reveals that he is really Alexei Volkoff, the mastermind behind Volkoff Industries. Mary ties Chuck and Sarah up and Volkoff plants bombs around the basement, while explaining to Chuck that his father wasted his life and research on a woman who truly was a rogue.

As Volkoff and Mary leave the basement, Mary slips Sarah a razor and whispers to her to protect Chuck. After Volkoff and Mary leave, Sarah cuts herself and Chuck loose and they escape the Bartowski home before the bomb detonates. Chuck watches, devastated, he cannot use the Intersect and all of his father's research has been destroyed.

Meanwhile, Ellie and Devon pick up Stephen Bartowski's old Mustang. They read a letter from Stephen (Scott Bakula) in which he says he trusts Ellie will know what to do. As they drive away, it is revealed that one of Stephen's laptops is under the seat in it.

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  • The code phrase Chuck gives to Tuttle/Volkoff is Latin for right or wrong.
  • While still pretending to be Tuttle, Volkoff mentions breaking his thumbs as a way of escaping bondage. This technique had already been mentioned on two occasions, first in Chuck Versus the Suburbs and again in Chuck Versus the Ring: Part 2 by Casey.
  • The plane used for the exterior shot of Volkoff's jet is the same one used for the CIA jet in Chuck Versus the Anniversary, a Dassault Falcon 2000LX, registration N2000A.
  • The song playing during the destruction of Stephen Bartowski's Secret Base and the subsequent scene of Ellie reading her father's letter, "One October Song" by Nico Stai, is the same one used when Stephen was shot by Shaw in Chuck Versus the Subway.
  • Tuttle is a reference to the popular comedy series, M*A*S*H in which Hawkeye Pierce describes his childhood invisible friend as Tuttle, then uses the name for a phantom officer he claims is assigned to the unit.


Morgan: You know, contrary to popular belief, we think that there is a heart of gold underneath this cold exterior.
Sarah: Morgan, please don't touch my chest.
Morgan: Oh, gosh, yeah. I meant that completely non-sexual.


Sarah: Fighting with you is exhausting. I hate it.
Chuck: Me too. I've been thinking about you all day.
Sarah: I was just trying to protect you from getting hurt.
Chuck: I don't need you to protect me, I need you to believe in me!
Sarah: I do believe in you!
Chuck: I mean really believe in me. Even when you think I'm wrong.

Deleted scenes[]

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

  • Casey congratulating Morgan after he convinces Mary to reveal Chuck's location, followed by Morgan forgiving Casey for the events in the previous episode.


  • "Snake" by Frightened Rabbit
  • "We Don't Eat" by James Vincent McMorrow
  • "Ghosts 'N Stuff" by DeadMau5
  • "Kiss With A Fist" by Florence and The Machine
  • "One October Song" by Nico Stai

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