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Chuck Versus the Wookiee
Season 1, Episode 4
Wookie 181
Air Date October 15, 2007
Writer Allison Adler
Director Allan Kroeker
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"Can't you just tell me one true thing? Just one...?"
―Chuck

Chuck Versus the Wookiee is the fourth episode of Season One of Chuck. It first aired on October 15, 2007.

Synopsis[]

Chuck is getting used to Sarah being in his life when another beautiful woman, Carina Miller, shows up and asks for Team Bartowski's assistance to retrieve a diamond. Chuck must also deal with Morgan's obsession with the new arrival, as well as her habit of "improvising" on missions.

Full Story[]

After an evening with Chuck, his family, and Morgan, for pizza and games, Sarah returns to her apartment where she is assaulted by a masked intruder. Following a short and inconclusive fight, her opponent unmasks herself to reveal it is her old friend, DEA agent, code-name "Carina" (played by Mini Anden) and has come to request Sarah's help in recovering a diamond for the DEA.

Morgan mega-competitive

Morgan staking his claim

The following morning Chuck sees and flashes on Carina on his way out of his apartment while she's loitering in the courtyard. He joins Casey and Sarah in a briefing with their superiors, and they are ordered to assist Carina with the recovery of the diamond from Peyman Alahi, who they believe intends to use it to finance drug smuggling operations. Sarah introduces Carina to her team, nameing Chuck an analyst, and Casey and Carina are already acquainted. Carina is immediately curious about Chuck but Sarah deflects her interest. Before they can leave, Morgan sees, and is smitten by Carina.

Carina laying things on the line for Chuck

Carina's tactical debriefing

Later, Carina approaches Chuck at the Buy More to question him further, but he evades her when Sarah arrives. Sarah confronts Carina, and while Chuck watches with Jeff and Lester, Morgan pesters Chuck hook him up with Carina. Chuck asks Sarah to fix Morgan up while prompting her to refuse, but Sarah agrees, thinking it a good idea. The four spend the evening at Chuck's house, where Chuck lets slip that he knows about Carina's past missions. He receives a late-night tech-support request while working on-call for the Nerd Herd and arrives at the cited location to discover that Carina faked the call to get him alone. She reveals that only someone with a level 6 security clearance could have seen her file, and when Chuck attempts to deflect her questioning, Carina tries to seduce him, revealing that Sarah and Bryce were together before he went rogue, just to stir up problems between him and Sarah. The following day, Chuck and Sarah are going over their mission and Chuck appears distracted. Sarah questions him, Chuck says nothing. Only when Sarah tells Chuck to be leery of Carina, as she is a "wild card" not to be trusted, that Chuck begins to relax and tell Sarah how happy he is to hear that. Sarah prompts Chuck for more, and learns that Carina has told Chuck that Sarah and Bryce were romantically involved. Finding it to have been true of course upsets Chuck, and he let's Sarah know that she is not as good a liar as she told him she was.

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Sarah and Senor Wookiee

Later that day, Chuck, Sarah, and Carina infiltrate Alahi's compound for reconnaissance, mapping out the security systems which includes SVB-54 Security Cameras. They sneak into the vault where the diamond is kept, and Alahi confronts them there. Sarah and Carina take advantage of his womanizing tendencies to learn about the security around the diamond. While Sarah distracts him, Carina and Chuck take a closer look, and Chuck flashes on a high-voltage security system. With Chuck's speculative thought on the matter, Carina improvises and uses a fire extinguisher to safely remove the diamond, and escapes to the beach. Carina plays on Chuck's trusting nature to make off with the diamond and leave them on the beach, though Chuck and Sarah are rescued by Casey.

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Carina mines Chuck

Casey is sent to recover the diamond from Carina, but she plants it on Morgan, who came to her hotel to see her. She is cornered by Casey, but apparently seduces him and cuffs him to the bed. Sarah arrives to find him in his underwear, handcuffed and gagged. She snaps a picture. While playing video games with Morgan, Chuck stumbles across the diamond when he goes to grab a game out of Morgan's bag. He flashes on the gem and realizes it's not a drug diamond, but is being used to fund terrorists. He calls Sarah with the revelation, but she and Casey have been captured by Alahi, who demands its return. Carina breaks in to the apartment and tries to steal it back, but Chuck plays on her conscience to help him rescue Sarah. Carina and Chuck confront Alahi to arrange the exchange in the lobby, while Casey escapes confinement upstairs. A fight breaks out, and while Sarah and Carina take on Alahi and his men, Chuck flees with the diamond and locks himself in the mail room. He quickly addresses a package and, when one of Alahi's henchmen breaks in, threatens to drop it in the mail slot, saying he doesn't know where it will end up. Casey arrives and disables the goon, and Chuck accidentally drops the diamond.

Beckman and Graham congratulate Team Bartowski and Carina on stopping Alahi. As the briefing ends a package is delivered to Graham, containing the diamond. The team and Carina say their farewells, but not before Carina tries to come on to Chuck one last time. When he asks her why, she leaves, saying that she always goes after what Sarah wants. Chuck tries to deflect the comment but Carina tells him maybe not even Sarah knows it yet, but she does.

Sarah's middle name

That evening, Chuck brings pizza to Sarah's apartment. Sarah smiles to see Chuck noticed she doesn't like olives on her pizza. Chuck says that the fact she doesn't like olives is the only thing he knows about her that is real. He asks her if she can at least tell him one real about herself, such as her real name, or where she grew up at, or even just her middle name. With each of Chuck's prompts, Sarah remains silent. Giving up, Chuck says he's going to get napkins. As he walks away, Sarah whispers, "It's Lisa. My middle name is Lisa."


Continuity[]

  • Although Chuck's back is turned and across the room when Sarah says her real middle name, it is revealed that he must have heard her, as Sarah's middle name is written on his elaborate Intersect chart first seen at the end of Chuck Versus the Lethal Weapon.
  • Before the fight in the lobby, Carina and Sarah hold a short conversation. Carina's question is in Swedish, Mini Anden's native language while Sarah, Yvonne Strahovski, responds in Polish.

Quotes[]

Carina: Now, see that man over there? Payman Alahi, his house, his party, his diamond... for now.
Chuck: Are you talking about Señor Wookiee over there?
~

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Let, let me be a fourth wheel for once.

Morgan: Chuck, you have to fix me up with Carina.
Chuck: No, actually, I don't think that's such a good idea, Morgan.
Morgan: Chuck, I know what a third wheel is. I know it's me. Give, give me a chance here, man. Let, let me be a fourth wheel for once.
~

Carina: Sure you don't want to come back to my hotel room?
Chuck: As flattered and... intimidated as I am by your proposition, why me?
Carina: I love taking what Sarah wants.
Chuck: Me? No, Sarah doesn't want me.
Carina: Yeah, she probably doesn't know it yet herself, but I do!

Trivia[]

  • The board game Chuck, Ellie, Devon, Sarah, and Morgan are playing during the opening is called 'Know Ya!'
  • In the scene where Sarah goes to the hotel to find out what happened to Casey, she uses an Apple iPhone to take pictures.
  • Sarah's middle name is revealed as Lisa.
  • On the DVD for Season One the word Wookiee is spelled incorrectly, leaving off the last E.
  • Right before the fight in the hotel lobby, Carina is speaking Swedish, while Sarah replies in Polish.
  • The sentence Carina speaks is "Om jag slänger nycklarna till dig, kommer du tappa dem då?" which is Swedish for "If I throw you the keys, will you drop them?" Sarah answered in Polish: "Tylko jak rzucisz jak twoja mamusia", which means "Only if you throw it like your mommy".
  • The diamond is identified in the files as the "Nadan-i-noor", a clear nod to the Koh-i-noor or "mountain of light", although this one in Persian is the "fool of light" (or similar). The Nadan-i-noor is described as a 57 facet diamond that was never known to have been bought or sold but only changed owners through theft, conquest, or endowment.
"It used to be titled "Chuck Versus the Speedo" because the main bad guy in this show is this dude who wears a Speedo all the time. Then when the casting guy realized he had a good amount -- and by good, I mean healthy, a healthy amount of body hair -- they thought, why not call it "Chuck vs. the Wookiee". So it's this guy who's got this diamond, and we're trying to heist the diamond and all hell breaks loose."
Zachary Levi quoted by Access Hollywood discussing this episode's title

Music[]

  • Matt & Kim – “Yea Yeah”
  • Matt Pond PA – “Wild Girl”
  • Apartment – “Fall Into Place”
  • Does It Offend You, Yeah? - "Weird Science"

Gallery[]

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