Chuck Versus the Sensei
Season 02, Episode 09
Air Date December 1, 2008
Writer Anne Cofell
Director Jonas Pate
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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 Edit

Casey becomes too emotionally involved with a mission, when he finds out that his sensei Ty Bennett (Carl Lumbly) is now a rogue agent.

Meanwhile, Awesome's parents Honey (Morgan Fairchild) and Woody (Bruce Boxleitner) make a surprise visit to plan the wedding. Elsewhere, Emmett holds an employee of the month contest, but the staff have other plans.

Full Story Edit

Chuck is still reeling from the discovery that his ex-girlfriend Jill is a Fulcrum agent and goes on a mission to take his mind of off it. Casey gets a shock of his own when he finds out that his sensei Ty Bennett (Carl Lumbly), who he says taught him everything he knows, is now a wanted rogue agents.

Ty Bennett

Ty Bennett

While Sarah and Casey stake out Bennett, he shows up at Buy More, having determined that Casey works there from the pen he was stabbed with. Chuck manages to convince him that Casey is out, before tailing him. Unfortunately, he is 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 him 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 locks him in Castle. That is not enough to stop Casey, who tricks Chuck into flashing on the location of Bennett's dojo, before handcuffing him to a railing in Orange Orange, placing the key and his cell phone on a nearby table, just out of reach, to keep him from interfering. After several fruitless attempts to get them, Chuck manages get the phone to call Sarah. She tells him to stay put, but Chuck uses the restaurant's freezer line to flash freeze his cuffs, and breaks them; he thanks seven years of watching MacGyver. When the two of them catch up to Casey, they are all captured by Bennett's henchmen. Just as Bennett was 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's wrong, and gets Casey angry, seeing that his anger is his greatest strength. Finally understanding, Casey uses his rage to beat Bennett. Then, a squad of FBI storm the dojo; Beckman apparently guessed Casey's move. Later, Casey shows a sincere moment of gratitude to Chuck, before hiding it.

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. 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.

Continuity Edit

  • Chuck continues to deal with the discovery that Jill is Fulcrum, and with their subsequent breakup.


  • 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.
  • The title is a reference to Casey’s old sensei being the villain.


Chuck: Those seven years of McGyver finally paid off!


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


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 Edit

Music Edit

  • 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”


In the Season 2 DVD, the episode is mistakenly titled "Chuck vs the Sensai".
Chuck vs the Sensai

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