Devon Christian Woodcomb

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Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Portrayed by: Ryan McPartlin
Status: Alive
Occupation: Cardiologist at Westside Medical
Aliases: Captain Awesome (nickname),
Awesome (nickname), Six Pack (Ellie, season 5)
Relatives: Eleanor Bartowski (wife),
Clara Woodcomb (daughter),
Woody and Honey Woodcomb (father and mother),
Chuck Bartowski (brother in law),
Sarah Walker (sister in law)
Stephen Bartowski (father in law, deceased)
Mary Bartowski (mother in law)
Relationships: Morgan Grimes (friend and fellow secret keeper)
Residence: Echo Park, Burbank, CA
Appearances: All
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You seem like someone who can offer sage wisdom in confusing times, and this is one of those times I am really confused, bro.
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Devon Christian "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb, M.D., is the husband of Ellie Bartowski and the brother-in-law of Chuck Bartowski in the action-comedy series Chuck.

His nickname comes from his love of extreme sports, his apparent ability to do anything superbly, and his frequent usage of the word "awesome" in conversation. He is portrayed by Ryan McPartlin.

Series[edit | edit source]

Devon Woodcomb is a major recurring character in the series. He primarily appears in plots involving Chuck's home life, although he has been involved with the main plot occasionally. Devon was directly involved in the events of the series during a hostage crisis at the Buy More, in the episode "Chuck Versus Santa Claus." He formulates a plan with Big Mike, Morgan, Jeff and Lester to take down Ned Rhyerson, though Chuck manages to dissuade him from it until he learns Ned is part of a Fulcrum plot.

Devon has also been a source of sage advice to many characters, including Morgan and Chuck. A conversation with Awesome convinces Bryce Larkin that Sarah is no longer in love with him, and that her feelings for Chuck are genuine.[1] Although he is well aware of Morgan's crush on Ellie,[2] Devon is not at all threatened by him, and when Morgan offeres her comfort after a fight with Devon, he never believes it possible that anything might develop further.[3] In fact, Devon seems to consider Morgan as a friend. He offers him advice on the finer points of being an adult when Chuck dressed him down for his immaturity, and he turns to Morgan for advice on how to woo Ellie. Devon also loans Morgan money for an apartment, though later was angered when Morgan uses the money to buy a used Delorean instead. He allows Morgan to stay on the couch for a few days so he could escape Big Mike's noisy relationship with his mother.[4]

Devon sees Chuck as a surrogate brother and the man of Ellie's family in the absence of their father, and felt it was important he have his permission before proposing marriage to Ellie. On several occasions, he has advised Chuck on his (cover) relationship with Sarah and remarks on how slow they were taking things, that he had not realized how old fashioned Chuck was.

He personally singled out several "candidates" for Chuck to get to know at the birthday party he and Ellie threw for him, and when Ellie followed up on how Chuck was doing, he noted "not awesome."[5]

When Sarah was injured in an explosion and Bryce visited her, Devon took it upon himself to run interference and deflect Bryce, telling him Sarah had moved on.[1] Devon did not know Bryce before his apparent death, since even though he confronted him face to face Devon didn't recognize him.

Awesome - is.

He taught Chuck to tango when preparing for his first mission, though inadvertently taught him the "women's part" of the dance.[6]

Devon is very much in love with Ellie, though  they were shown to disagree or argue in a few episodes, their relationship never really falters. He wanted to buy a washer and dryer for their anniversary because he saw it as a chance for them to be able to spend more time together, which upset Ellie, who wanted to buy a new flatsceen TV, when she left him to decide what to get, he automatically chose what he wanted, rather than considering her feelings.

He proposed to Ellie in the season one finale with his great-grandmother's ring, and then was involved in helping plan the wedding. He attempted to outsource some of his responsibilities to Chuck by asking him to find a band. Jeff and Lester offered their services, and after their audition failed when Lester chickened out, Jeff convinced him to give them a second chance. Although Jeffster! was less than impressive, Devon told Ellie that he could still let them live their dream for five minutes, [7] showing himself to be a genuinely nice guy.

In Chuck Versus the Broken Heart, Chuck and the male Buy More employees kidnapped Devon for a bachelor party, though Chuck only participated because he thought it might be a easy way to appropriate Devon's hospital access card for a mission. Devon seemed pleased with the event, calling it "awesome," and explained to Ellie that Chuck and the boys kidnapped him into participation. He reaffirmed his love for Ellie during the bachelor party, declining to compromise his relationship with inappropriate behavior, even though Agent Alex Forrest, posing as a stripper, lured him into the home theater room where she attempted to remove the access card from him under the guise of a strip-search. When he refused, she tranquilized him. While in a state of momentary confusion before passing out, he overheard Chuck talk of the CIA. These glimpses did not seem to have a lasting impression, however. While in Chuck's bedroom, he later got a brief glance of General Beckman on Chuck's TV when he inadvertently triggered a video conference by uttering Chuck's CIA alias, Charles Carmichael. Ellie later saw some photos taken of him with Agent Forrest from the bachelor party, which bruised Ellie and Awesome's relationship.

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In "Chuck Versus the Colonel", Devon, while trying to find Chuck, learns of John Casey's extensive surveillance of Chuck from Lester and Jeff, and uses keys from his locker to enter Casey's apartment. While attempting to access his computer, he initiates a lock down, with metal bars blocking the windows and doors of the apartment. When Casey releases him, a major confrontation ensues between Devon, Casey, Sarah, and Chuck. To difuse things Chuck admits to Devon that he is a high level CIA asset and  Casey and Sarah are his handlers, telling Sarah, "He can handle it." Chuck then tells Devon, "I need you to be cool about this. I need you to cover for me with Ellie. I need you... to be awesome. Can you be awesome?"  Devon is delighted that his assessment of Chuck was right all along; "This is... awesome! I knew you weren't just a loser who worked at the Buy More!"  He agrees to provide cover with Ellie for Chuck.

Devon and Ellie married in "Chuck Versus the Ring." He allows Morgan to stall the first ceremony at the church when he was told the order came from Chuck. He realizes something is wrong when Chuck and Sarah are no where to be seen. The second ceremony took place later on the beach, arranged for and by and paid for by Chuck.

In season three, in "Chuck Versus El Angel de la Muerte", Chuck is forced to allow Devon to come with him on a mission. The doctor is the one who treats the dictator that Team Bartowski are supposed to be protecting, so they use this tie to obtain his medical records. Devon seems pleased, thinking it sounds so cool, but is put off when all Chuck asks him about is what the dictator almost died of. The dictator, after learning who saved his life, invites Devon, Ellie, Chuck, and Sarah to his embassy, where Chuck saves the dictator from an assassin. Devon mistakes Casey for the assassin, however, and gets him kidnapped.

When another attempt is made by the assassin, the dictator specifically asks for Devon to come save his life, getting Chuck and Sarah back into the dictator's estate. He manages to save the dictator's life for the third time in part, giving the dictator a blood transfusion from Casey. Afterwards, Devon confesses that he doesn't like having to lie and he want to distance himself from Chuck's secret life.

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"Chuck Versus the Angel of Death" ends with Devon treating the dictator's assassin, who comes at him with a syringe. His fate is unknown until the next episode, when it is shown that he was in fact captured by the Ring who mistook him for a CIA spy and sought to recruit him. The Ring believes Devon was the real CIA operative and tests him by ordering him to kill Daniel Shaw under threat of force. Under Chuck's guidance, Devon infiltrates Shaw's base and stages the murder to the satisfaction of Ring agent Sydney Prince. Chuck eventually manages to get the Ring off Devon's trail, much to his relief.

Development[edit | edit source]

When originally cast, Devon was only planned to have appeared for a handful of episodes before being revealed as an enemy spy at the end of Season 1. Because of the popularity of the character, however, this plan was dropped and Ryan McPartlin was added to the credits as a regular member of the cast from Season 2.[8] Awesome has appeared as a recurring role throughout the first and second seasons, but Ryan McPartlin indicated that Devon would be featuring more prominently towards the end of Season 2, and that he would be growing suspicious of Chuck's actions and begin "asking questions."[9]

Awesome's first name was first revealed to be Devon in Chuck vs the Helicopter. His middle name "Christian" was revealed in Chuck Versus the Ring.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Devon Woodcomb is shown as very laid-back, and has only rarely been shown angry, and then only when something threatened Ellie's happiness or safety. Chuck's father describes him as a "straight arrow";[10] his and Ellie's mistaken belief that while drunk he may have gone too far with an exotic dancer at his bachelor party horrifies and shames him.[10] This is all resolved once he learns of the CIA connection.

His nickname comes from his perceived perfection in everything he does, and he's first identified with the name "Captain Awesome" by Chuck in the pilot episode. In Chuck's words, "Everything he does is awesome. Rock climbing, hang-gliding...flossing." All the other characters frequently use the nickname except for Ellie, although she did refer to his parents as the "Very Awesomes."[11] He also frequently uses the word "awesome," to the point where under the effects of truth serum, Ellie angrily tells him that if everything is 'awesome,' then awesome by definition becomes mediocre. Devon is very fit and active. In addition to extreme sports he's also an avid biker and frequently works out.

Devon is shown as very relaxed about his masculinity and proud of his appearance. He taught Chuck to tango while wearing nothing more than his underwear and a bathrobe (which he eventually discards) and having Chuck put his hands on his butt. He dresses up for Halloween as Adam while wearing only flesh-colored briefs with a fake fig leaf. This comfort level also extends towards sex in general, as he frequently makes suggestive remarks about Chuck and Sarah's[12] as well as and his and Ellie's physical relationships.

Devon maintains a close relationship with his UCLA frat brothers, and dislikes Stanford's football team.[13]

Ellie and Awesome

Devon is intelligent and observant. Although he's unaware that Chuck and Sarah's relationship is just a cover, he accurately recognizes that Sarah's feelings for Chuck are genuine.[1] He may have observed more than is good for him when going under, due to a tranq and later a glimpse of General Beckman on Chuck's computer monitor in "Chuck Versus the Broken Heart." He later learns of Chuck's secret life in "Chuck Versus the Colonel" and is both delighted and highly impressed with his brother-in-law upon realization that Chuck was not "just a loser who worked at the Buy More". His willingness to support Chuck's covert life is shown in "Chuck Versus the Ring" where he agrees to let Morgan stall the wedding upon learning Chuck asked for it.

After learning of Chuck's spy work, he initially expressed interest in becoming involved in it himself, assuming it to be a glamorous, adventurous line of work. After the incident at the Costa Gravas embassy, however, he decides he has had enough, being unwilling to jeopardize the life he has with Ellie. This point was further driven home, when he found himself in genuine danger when he is kidnapped and threatened by Ring agent, Sydney Price. After this, Devon is insistent that Chuck keep his spy work away from him and Ellie, even convincing Ellie to join him in volunteering with Doctors Without Borders in Africa to get away from it - which proved futile, as another Ring agent, Justin Sullivan, managed to endanger Devon's life there, by making Devon ill in order to cause him and Ellie to return to Burbank.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Devon was originally intended to be an embedded spy working against Team Bartowski, but proved so popular with the fans that this plan was abandoned. It was referenced in the various observations on how much more like a spy Devon seems than Chuck.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Chuck Versus the Breakup"
  2. Captain Awesome's Blog, February 14, 2009: Captain Awesome's Tips for Being Awesome
  3. "Chuck Versus the Undercover Lover"
  4. "Chuck Versus the Beefcake"
  5. "Chuck Versus the Intersect"
  6. "Chuck Versus the Tango"
  7. "Chuck Versus the Best Friend"
  8. Video Captain Awesome's Audition
  9. Development Update, March 20, 2009: Sci-Fi Wire
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Chuck Versus the Dream Job".
  11. "Chuck Versus the Gravitron"
  12. "Chuck Versus the Lethal Weapon"
  13. "Chuck Versus the Alma Mater"


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