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Chuck Versus the Ring: Part 2
Season 03, Episode 19
Air Date May 24, 2010
Writer Chris Fedak & Josh Schwartz
Director Robert Duncan McNeill
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"Sorry, I just had to reboot."

Chuck Versus the Ring: Part 2 is the Season Three finale of Chuck, which aired on May 24th, 2010.


The Ring has taken Chuck and the rest of Team Bartowski. Shaw has promised to kill them, as he did Stephen, but Ellie, Devon, and Morgan are in pursuit, intent on rescue.

Meanwhile, Big Mike gets some serious news about the fate of the Buy More.

Full Story[]

In a flashback to 1991, a young Ellie tells their father that Chuck broke their mother's favorite necklace. Stephen tells them that there's nothing in this world that they can't fix together. Stephen tells Ellie she has to look out for her little brother, no matter what.

In the present, Chuck is utterly devastated by his father's murder, and Ellie has lost track of the truck carrying Chuck, Sarah, and Casey, and tells Devon. When the finally truck stops, it is seen by Devon and Morgan in Casey's Crown Vic. Shaw then throws the team the keys to their cuffs, so he could claim they were killed trying to escape. Meanwhile, Morgan realizes that they are in Casey's car, opening the glove compartment, he finds a gun and two buttons. Devon pushes the yellow one, which sets up a targeting system on the windshield. Morgan pushes the red one, which fires a missile hidden behind one of the headlights, hitting the truck, and knocking Shaw unconscious. They then rescue Chuck, Casey, and Sarah and escape. Chuck tries flashing but it only hurts him; Casey is impressed that Devon and Morgan used his missile. They rendezvous with Ellie to discuss what to do. Chuck suggests going into hiding but Ellie refuses to do so, and wants to call the police. Casey shoots down the idea, since a call might be traced. Chuck gets in the car with her and she drives off with him so they can talk, leaving Devon in Sarah's care.

As brother and sister talk, Ellie is concerned that her brother has been keeping secrets from her. Chuck apologizes for everything, and tells her that their father was a hero, the one secret he wanted her to know most. He promises that they will take down the Ring and Shaw for what they have done. Ellie then tells Chuck that once he's done with the Ring, he is going to quit the spy business because she made a promise to protect him, and she can't do it if he keeps putting himself in danger. Chuck reluctantly agrees.

Chuck sends his family out of the city, advising that they not draw any attention to themselves. He then joins the rest of his team in Casey's apartment, who set up a perimeter alarm. Chuck hacks into the cell holding General Beckman, and she explains that Shaw has taken her place as the speaker of the Joint Security summit for a secret convention of spies. The Ring intends to take over the CIA and NSA. As the feed breaks up, Beckman warns that the Five Elders will be there. Chuck flashes; though the experience disorients him, he learns that the Elders are the leaders of the Ring. The team all agree that this mission would take the world's greatest spies to pull off.


Chuck and Sarah undercover

At the summit, Chuck and Sarah go disguised as Russians, while Casey and Morgan go in as a technician team to hack the summit's database. Chuck then pretends to bump into Shaw and slips a phone in his pocket. Morgan finds the room number for Chuck, and Casey finds his daughter's phone number on Morgan and gets angry; and plans to move Morgan into the afterlife.

Meanwhile, as Chuck and Sarah take off their disguises, they run into Justin Sullivan, who passes on a message from Shaw that his Russian accent needs a bit of work. Chuck realizes Justin is the man who manipulated his sister and promises the next few minutes will hurt. He tries flashing but it only causes him pain. Sarah then beats down Justin and his cohort. Chuck then confesses to Sarah about the Intersect flashes getting more debilitating. Sarah insists that they abandon their mission, Shaw is not worth risking Chuck's life. Chuck says that if he can get the Governor back, he'll be fine, and asks that she go help Morgan and Casey or the plan will fail.

Back at the Buy More, Big Mike receives a call from Moses Finkelstein, the founder of Buy More, and learns that the Burbank branch will be closed down soon because of their low sales. He goes to Lester and Jeff to find out where his assistant manager and Chuck are. Lester suggests that they tell their loyal customers about the shutdown so that the big shopping spree would prove that they can still sell. A whole line of customers have arrived. Jeffster! then asks Big Mike if they can play their music video on the store TVs. Big Mike agrees to, but only for later in the day, so as not to scare anybody.

As Shaw gives his speech, the phone in his pocket goes off loudly with the ring tone, Mexican Hat Dance, he answers it. Chuck tells him that he's in Room 752, his office, and he knows about the Elders. Shaw then taps his Ring phone, giving the Elders the signal to leave, while he proceeds to meet Chuck. Chuck quietly explains his "dastardly plot", which was to ID the Ring Elders, and thanks Shaw for doing that for him. They have been captured along with Justin by Casey and Morgan. Shaw mocks Chuck's plan, his team are fugitives and therefore don't have any authority to arrest him. Chuck challenges him about the death of his father. Shaw smugly admits to Chuck that he did murder his father and acknowledges that he is a member of the Ring and will still walk out a hero. Chuck then reveals that he broadcast his entire confession to the auditorium full of spies. He then demands the return of the Governor. Shaw challenges him to try to take it. Chuck tries flashing again but it doesn't work, and Shaw is able to grab him and throws him back against the window. Sarah arrives just in time to save Chuck, but Shaw gets away by jumping out the window.

Morgan returns to the Buy More during its Going out of Business Sale. Jeffster! is about to play their song, when the Buy More executives arrive to find the unauthorized sale and request to see Big Mike. Hiding, Big Mike admits to Lester and Jeff that Moses couldn't protect them anymore; the Buy More executives closed down the Burbank branch.

Chuck, only semi-conscious, is taken to Castle to rest after the Intersect access failed. He tells Sarah he promised his sister he would quit, and she would be really mad if he dies. Sarah assures him that they will find Shaw and get the Governor back.

Meanwhile, Morgan spots Shaw placing bombs in the Buy More. He tries calling Sarah, but Shaw intercepts him and tells Sarah to bring Chuck to him. He cuffs Morgan in the cage at the back of the store. He manages to call Casey, who tells him to break his thumbs to escape, and pull the fire alarm to evacuate the store. Mike, Jeff, and Lester pull it a moment before he could. Sarah arrives at the Buy More without Chuck and tells Shaw that Chuck can't come. He cuffs her to the Nerd Herd desk. Chuck arrives to save Sarah and challenges Shaw. He and Shaw flash on their respective martial arts programs and attack one another, Shaw knocks Chuck, and as he is lying on the floor, a flashback shows young Chuck in his father's study, he accidentally uploads a prototype Intersect into his brain. Stephen finds him and seeing he took the full upload but suffered no side effects.

Chuck remembers his father telling him that he was 'special.' Chuck then comes to and regains his feet, telling Shaw he had to "reboot" and is able to fight back, and gets Shaw in a choke hold. Shaw dares him to kill him, but Chuck instead relents, declaring that he had already killed him once. His opponent calls him weak for showing mercy, only for Sarah to say what makes him great as she knocks Shaw out with the metal brace she'd been cuffed to. She removes the Governor from Shaw and returns it to Chuck, "Your father wanted you to have this."

Outside the store, Big Mike fears that it is over, knowing that he will be fired for having an unauthorized sale. Jeff suggests burning the store to save their jobs. The mere thought of it is the last straw for Big Mike, who walks out on the two.

Jeffster mugshot 2

As NSA cleaners search the Buy More for Shaw's detonator, Chuck tells Sarah about his promise to Ellie to quit the spy life and asks if she can ever love a regular guy. She replies that she fell in love with a regular guy. Just then, Morgan finds the detonator. But while he's asking for Casey for recommendations to General Beckman, he accidentally drops it, just as Chuck predicted, arming the bombs. Everyone runs from the store before the explosives go off, destroying the Buy More. Jeff and Lester think that they caused this and drive away; the media also thinks that they were responsible, and a manhunt begins for the two suspects.

Twenty-four hours later, Chuck, with his friends and family, host a wake for Stephen. Alex has also been invited and Morgan tries flirting with her, but Casey warns him to stop by threatening to break the rest of his fingers and burn down the apartment. Chuck tells his sister that Beckman has agreed to release him, since he took down the Ring and got her job back.

Chuck receives a message on his phone, instructing that he go to his computer. On it, a posthumous message from Stephen, set to play in the event of his death, activates. He reveals that he was a solo spy for twenty years, doing things that the government wouldn't do, against unidentified enemies trying to destroy him. Because he is now gone, his children are no longer safe. Directed to their family's old home, Chuck discovers a secret archive beneath his father's study, containing a vast library of files on his past missions. On a table in the central hall, he finds the piece of the necklace he broke years ago. Next to it is a box labeled Mary Elizabeth Bartowski: Missing.

Elsewhere, a woman is seen typing at a computer. Her phone rings and a voice says that "they" are going to have to move her. The unknown woman is seen wearing the other half of the broken necklace that Chuck's mother wore.

Guest Stars[]


  • The "break your thumbs" technique makes its second appearance, the previous being in Chuck Versus the Suburbs.
  • One of the items in Stephen's secret base is very similar to the guidance system Ty Bennett attempted to steal in Chuck Versus the Sensei.
  • Chuck mentions his role as Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof once again. He did the same thing when preparing to take on the alias of Rafe Gruber in Chuck Versus the Fake Name.
  • The eight year old Chuck is wearing a Superman tee shirt when he accidentally downloads the proto-Intersect, an indication of just how special he really is.
  • The opening intro doesn't play in this episode.


Shaw: No gun? Very brave, Chuck. So, what's happening?
Chuck: You're under arrest.
Shaw: No. What are you doing here? What's your plan?
Chuck: I'm sorry, are you asking me to make the classic villain mistake of explaining my dastardly plot to you? You know what? I'd love to....


Chuck: [semi-conscious]: I promised her I'd leave. That I wouldn't be a spy anymore.
Sarah: What?
Chuck: Ellie. She's gonna be so mad at me if I die.


Shaw: You have to do it. You have to kill me.
Chuck: No, thanks, I've already done that once before.
Shaw: That's what makes you weak.
Sarah [clobbers Shaw]: No. That's what makes you great!


  • Band Of Horses - "On My Way Back Home"
  • Wolfmother - "Sundial"
  • Bon Jovi - "Blaze of Glory"
  • Band Of Horses - "Blue Beard"
  • Bishop Allen - "Don't Hide Away"