Some “Chuck” Trivia

18 May

By now, all “Chuck” fans are rejoicing about season 5 being announced, and the awesome season 4 finale that aired on Monday night 5/16.

I loved the episode.

I loved the ending, as well – although I have read on The Internets some mixed opinions.

Get real, People. It’s a TV show. A Comedy. Pure Entertainment.

But, “Chuck” always has had a very passionate following – so, why should that change now?

The “Chuck” audience is typically smart, and somewhat geeky.Which is a good thing!

I may be slightly geeky, but I was not geek enough to know (until today) that General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy from “Chuck”) is married to Doctor Phlox (John Billingsley from “Star Trek Enterprise”).


There is a great website that has a ton of trivia on “Chuck” seasons 1 & 2.

For example, did you know that in “Chuck vs. The Wookiee“, this bit of trivia:

– When Carina hides the diamond in Morgan’s bag, the bag displays the name Tyrell Corporation. Tyrell Corporation is the company that builds the replicants in the movie Blade Runner (1982)

And, did you know that in “Chuck vs. The Sizzling Shrimp“, this bit of trivia:

– Actor James Hong played David Lo Pan in the action film Big Trouble in Little China. His name in this episode, Ben Lo Pan, is in reference to his previous role as Hong had literally “been” Lo Pan.

Did you know that in “Chuck vs. Tom Sawyer“, this trivia:

– The new Assistant Manager of Buy More is named Emmett Milbarge – a reference to the 1985 film Spies Like Us where the two main characters were Emmett Fitz-Hume and Austin Millbarge played by Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd respectively.

And, in “Chuck vs. The DeLorean“, did you know that:

– The building being “sold” is the Nakatomi Plaza, a reference to Die Hard.

In “Chuck vs. Santa Clause“, did you catch:

– The hostage taker/gunman is named Ned Rhyerson, which is the name of the insurance agent in the movie Groundhog Day.

In “Chuck vs. The Colonel“, how about:

– Ted Roark’s uses a drive-in theater as a base. In the movie Spies Like Us, starring Chevy Chase, the ‘bad guys’ use a drive-in theater as a base.

Check out the fun website, linked above. This is just a tiny sampling of movie-cultural references that these clever “Chuck” writers sneak into their scripts.

I’d love to discover a site like this which includes information on all 4 seasons – does anyone know if this exists?

Can you offer trivia that you have picked up on – in our favorite spy show “Chuck”?




2 Responses to “Some “Chuck” Trivia”

  1. Johnny D May 18, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    I was clueless to almost all of the “Chuck” trivia. I love “Groundhog Day”, so I did catch the “Ned Rhyerson” reference. And I love “Seinfeld” so I recognized James Hong as the maitre d’ in the “The Chinese Restaurant” episode.
    (“Seinfeld! Party of four!”) And by the way, Stephen Tobolowsky, who played Ned in “Groundhog Day” also was Tor Eckman, Kramer’s wacky herbalist who makes George turn purple in the “The Heart Attack” episode.

    • sallanscorner May 19, 2011 at 10:46 am #

      I knew that you’d get the “Ned” trivia! Thanks for the great comment!

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