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Heather Ratner


Seasons: 2,4
Portrayed by: Nicole Richie
Status: Incarcerated
Occupation: Volkoff agent
Relatives: Mark Ratner (husband)
Appearances: Chuck Versus the Cougars
Chuck Versus the Cubic Z

Heather Ratner née Chandler is the former captain of the San Diego Buchanan high school cheer leading squad, mean girl, tormentor, and former nemesis of Sarah Walker when she was using the alias, Jenny Burton in high school. She subsequently married their classmate, Mark Ratner.


Heather first appears with the Season Two episode: Chuck Versus the Cougars and returns in Season Four episode, Chuck Versus the Cubic Z.

When Heather recognizes Sarah at the Buy More, Sarah's cover identity is in danger, and Sarah must face her old fears when she is given the job of spying on Heather at their 10-year high school. She and Sarah engage in a martial arts fight in the locker room at their reunion in San Diego when Sarah realizes that Heather is one of the bad guys involved in her husban'ds uncharacteristic betrayal. Sarah was able to knock her unconscious by hitting a cougar statue with one of her knives, which fell and hit Heather on the head.

Heather is later revealed to have worked for Volkoff. She returns, with Hugo Panzer, in Chuck Versus the Cubic Z and, when being interrogated by Sarah and Chuck, she realizes that Chuck and Sarah were actually dating. She begins to needle Sarah on her choice, and even manages to anger Sarah more.

She needles Chuck as well, saying that spies are purely deceptive, and that Sarah's feelings for him aren't real. When Volkoff's agents turn up at the Buy More to capture Heather, she urges Sarah to give her up, it's what she would do. Sarah retorts that they're not the same. Together, they gun down Volkoff's agents before Heather surrenders. She later tells Team Bartowski that she had once worked with Frost on Operation Beacon. She is then returned to custody.


It is revealed that after encouraging her husband to go into weapons design, she orchestrated a false protection racket whereby Mark was convinced to trade secrets regarding an advanced combat aircraft for the United States Air Force to the Russian mob in exchange for her safety.

With the failure to get Mark to do his part, she ruined a $500 million deal Volkoff was working for the F-22 bombers that Mark Ratner had been working on during Chuck Versus the Cougars, which led to Volkoff assigning Hugo Panzer to assassinate her in Chuck Versus the Cubic Z.

Throughout Chuck Versus the Cougars, flashbacks of Heather, then a cheerleader, show her picking on and taunting Jenny Burton, about the fact that her dad had been arrested and was in jail. She admits she would have teased her about her (cover) dreams of being an actress; and remarks that if she had known that Sarah had joined the CIA, she would've said "dream jail bird's daughter, dream."


The character name is an homage to the cult film Heathers.