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Chuck Versus the Sensei
Season 02, Episode 09
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Air Date December 1, 2008
Writer Anne Cofell
Director Jonas Pate
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"Use the Force! Use the Force, Chuck!"
―Chuck

Chuck Versus the Sensei is the ninth episode in season two, which aired on December 1, 2008. It is the twenty-second episode overall.

Synopsis[]

Casey becomes emotionally involved with a mission, when he finds out that his respected sensei Ty Bennett (Carl Lumbly) has gone rogue.

Meanwhile, Awesome's parents Honey (Morgan Fairchild) and Woody (Bruce Boxleitner) visit to plan Ellie and Devon's the wedding.

Emmett holds an employee of the month contest, but the staff have other plans.

Full Story[]

Chuck is still reeling from the discovery that his ex-girlfriend Jill is a Fulcrum agent. Casey joins him in shock when the next mission they go on reveals that his former sensei, Ty Bennett (Carl Lumbly), who he says taught him everything he knows, is revealed to be a rogue agent recruiting others for Fulcrum.

Ty Bennett

While Sarah and Casey stake out Bennett, he shows up at Buy More, having deduced a link from the pen he was stabbed with. Chuck manages to convince him that Casey is out, and then tails him. He is almost immediately captured and placed in Bennett's car trunk over his objections that he's too tall for such accommodation. Sarah and Casey managed to intercept and rescue Chuck but Bennett gets away. It then becomes clear that Casey may be too emotionally involved to continue with the mission, and General Beckman confines him in Castle. That is not enough to stop Casey, who forces Chuck into flashing on the location of Bennett's dojo, before handcuffing him to the counter in Orange Orange, placing the key and his cell phone on a nearby table, just out of reach. After several fruitless attempts to get them, Chuck finally manages get the phone to call Sarah. She tells him to stay put, but Chuck uses the restaurant's Freon supply line to flash freeze his cuffs, and break them; for which he thanks seven years of watching MacGyver.

When they catch up to Casey, they are all captured by Bennett's henchmen. Just as Bennett is about to shoot Casey, he challenges his old sensei to honorable combat, which he accepts. Unfortunately, even while trying to maintain his calm center, Casey is no match for Bennett. Chuck then realizes what is wrong, and gets Casey angry, seeing that his anger is his strength, and supressing it in favor of Bennett's 'calm center' is counter productive. Finally understanding, Casey uses his rage to beat Bennett. Then, a squad of FBI storm the dojo. Later, Casey shows a sincere moment of gratitude to Chuck, briefly.

Meanwhile, Devon’s parents Honey (Morgan Fairchild) and Woody (Bruce Boxleitner) make a visit to 'help' Ellie and Awesome plan their wedding. They proceed to drive Ellie crazy, making all the decisions on colors, cake's entrees, but when Woody - with his heart in the right place - suggests he walk Ellie down the aisle, she loses it. To make her happy, Chuck says he will find their father.

At the Buy More, Emmett reinstates the Employee of the Month program, which will be based on customer comment cards. The winner gets his or her photograph framed beside a picture of Moses Finkelstein, founder and CEO of Buy More. Morgan seems skeptical and gathers the employees in the break room, conveying his opinion that hard work would and higher sales would only benefit Emmett. The employees make a side bet to see who can score the lowest on their comment cards. Emmett later confronts them with their customer service marks, revealing that their combined high score is one. He threatens that the employee with the lowest score will close the store every Saturday night for a month, motivating the employees to show better customer service.

The next day, Emmett announces the new Employee of the Month: Skip Johnson, who apologizes to the employees for not being rude enough. Along with his name on a plaque, Skip wins a bonus one time only gift: a 65-inch flat-screen television, which Emmett only included to punish the troublemakers.


Trivia[]

  • Casey at one points says "You're damaging my calm, Chuck!" an echo of his character, Jayne, and his comment about River, "She is startin' to damage my calm," in the Firefly film, Serenity.


Quotes[]

Chuck: Those seven years of McGyver finally paid off!

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Sarah: Nice work, sensei.
Chuck: Yeah, well, the thing is, Casey doesn't have a calm center. It's more an angry center.

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Casey: Beckman was out of line pulling me off this mission.
Sarah: I agree with her. You're too emotionally involved.
Casey: This from the agent that can't keep her chocolate out of Bartowski's peanut butter.

Guest Stars[]


Music[]

  • Datarock – “New Song”
  • Love As Laughter – “Don’t Worry”
  • Probot – “Shake Your Blood”
  • The Accidental – “Time And Space”
  • Your Vegas – “It Makes My Heart Break”


DVD[]

In the Season 2 DVD, the episode title is misspelled, titled "Chuck Versus the Sensai".
Screen from the DVD menu.

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