March 31: Chuck, Season 1, Episode 2
Simon Tang (96403028), Gorge Lin (95403004), Chris Chen (96404001), Sandy Huang (96403037)

l Background of the show:
"When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical
government secrets into his brain, CIA and NSA assign two agents to protect
him and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down."

Season 1, Episode 2: Chuck Versus the Helicopter

"The Government wants to verify the secrets are inside Chuck's head. So they
send a doctor who programmed the Intersect system to examine Chuck. When the
doctor's car explodes. There's evidence one of the agencies was involved,
leaving Chuck unsure whom to trust." Written by Jesse Sanchez

Chuck is a geek who work in a place called "Buy More"which is a kind of TESCO
hyper-market. He accidentally downloaded the classified file of US government
by receiving the E-mail from a friend and then he decoded the file through
the eyes and put it inside of his mind. Because of that, the NSA and CIA both
came to him. The CIA agent were trying to steal Chuck's Mac but totally broke
it by some reason. Therefore Chuck became the only one who knows all the
government's secret. After that, Sarah(CIA agent) and Casey (NSA agent) spy
on Chuck and sneak close to him. Slowly, Chuck figured out that he could
connect the information in his mind by seeing some relevant picture or image.
By this GIFT he help NSA and CIA solve some crisis. Finally NSA and CIA are
working TOGETHER to help Chuck to "take out the information in his mind." Soon
they failed cause of the dead of a doctor who can help…

The scene we are going to show everyone as below.
(1)The first date of Chuck and Sarah, Chuck didn't know Sarah was from CIA and
just trying to make her a good impression.

(2)The doctor was examining Chuck's mind by showing him lots of picture.

(3)After doctor's death, Chuck did not know who he can trust and they are having a dinner together with his sister, friend and sis's boyfriend.

l Character introduction:
Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski
Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker
Joshua Gomez as Morgan Grimes
Sarah Lancaster as Ellie Bartowski
Adam Baldwin as John Casey
Ryan McPartlin as Devon 'Captain Awesome' Woodcomb

l Vocabulary words
(1) flatter:
to say nice things about sb, often in a way that is not sincere, because you
want them to do sth for you want to please them

(2) intersect:
to devide an area by crossing it

(3) hippopotamus:
a large heavy African animal with thick dark skin and short legs, that lives in
rivers and lakes

(4) Cardinal:
a priest of the highest rank in the Roman Catholic Church

(5) assassin:
a person who murders sb important or famous, for money or for political reasons

(6) orchestrate:
to organize a complicated plan or event very carefully or secretly

(7) plot:
a secret plan made by a group of people to do sth wrong or illegal

(8) surface-to-air:
(especially of MISSIELS) fired from the ground or from ships and aimed at

(9) capitol:
a building in each US state where politicians meet to work on new laws

(10) Vatican:
the center of government of the Roman Catholic Church

(11) DNC:
direct numerical control

(12) phenomenal:
very great or impressive

(13) floss:
to clean between your teeth with DENTAL FLOSS

(14) cannibal:
a human who eats human flesh

l Key phrases or idioms
(1) screw up:
to do sth badly or spoil sth

(2) choose A over B:
to prefer A instead of B

(3) slip one's mind:
if sth slips your mind, you forget it or forget to do it

(4) pull a stunt:
to do sth in order to attract people's attention

(5) a skeleton in the closet:
something shocking, embarrassing, etc. that has happened to you or your family
in the past that you want to keep secret

l Cultural items or concepts
(1) Pot roast
Pot roast is a braised beef dish, a common dish in American family. Pot roast is typically made by browning a roast-sized piece of beef (often taken from the tougher chuck cut), then slow-cooking in liquid in a covered dish.
Boneless chuck roast and 7-bone pot roast are popular joints of this technique; unsuitable for roasting due to the toughness of the fibers, they become tender and flavorsome after slow braising. As with all braises, the slow cooking tenderizes the tough meat, while the liquid exchanges its flavor with that of the beef. The pot roast should be tender, succulent meat and a rich liquid that lends itself to gravy.
Pot roast in North America (also known as "Yankee pot roast") is often served with carrots and/or potatoes as well as other vegetables such as onions simmered in the cooking liquid.

(2) Okey-dokey
This little phrase is a variant of okay. It is 20th century American and first appears in print in a 1932 edition of American Speech.

There are several alternative spellings - okay-doke, okey-doke, okee-doke, etc. In addition to these is the comic version that has brought the phrase back to popular attention in recent years - The Simpson's Ned Flanders' 'okely-dokely'.

All of them are just a perky reduplicated variants of okay, utilizing that favourite device of two-word phrases - rhyming. As reduplication, it is properly spelled with a hyphen, although it is often given without.

Like okay, 'okey-doke' is used to indicate that all is well ( e.g. 'everything is okay here'), but may be used when responding positively to a request. That is exemplified in this piece from Colin MacInnes' book City of Spades, 1957: "One Guinness stout, right, I thank you, okey-doke, here it is."

(3) Mangia
"Mangia" is an Italian word meaning "so, eat!" In this episode, Devon uses it to push everyone to eat.

(4) NSA -Defending our nation. Securing the future.
The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) is home to America's codemakers and codebreakers. It is a cryptologic intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign communications and foreign signals intelligence, as well as protecting U.S. government communications and information systems, which involves cryptanalysis and cryptography. The National Security Agency has provided timely information to U.S. decision makers and military leaders for more than half a century.
In Chuck, John Casey is the agent sent to protect Chuck.

(5) CIA -The work of a nation. The center of intelligence.
The Central Intelligence Agency was created in 1947 with the signing of the National Security Act by President Harry S. Truman.
CIA’ carries out its mission by:
A. Collecting information that reveals the plans, intentions and capabilities of our adversaries and provides the basis for decision and action.
B. b. Producing timely analysis that provides insight, warning and opportunity to the President and decisionmakers charged with protecting and advancing America’s interests.
C. c. Conducting covert action at the direction of the President to preempt threats or achieve US policy objectives.
To accomplish its mission, the CIA engages in research, development, and deployment of high-leverage technology for intelligence purposes. As a separate agency, CIA serves as an independent source of analysis on topics of concern and also works closely with the other organizations in the Intelligence Community to ensure that the intelligence consumer—whether Washington policymaker or battlefield commander—receives the best intelligence possible.
In Chuck, Sarah is secretly designated to protect Chuck by CIA.

l Annotated Transcript
(1) 002411~002553
Chuck: Yeah, I live with my sister and her boyfriend ,Captain Awesome.
Sarah: No. Ha,ha.
Chuck: It’s true,though.
Sarah: So wait.You call him”Captain Awesome”?
Chuck: Yeah,wait till you meet him.Everything he does is awesome.Climbing
mountains,jumping out of planes,fiossing.
Sarah: That’s funny.
Chuck: Well,I’m a funny guy.
Sarah: Clearly.Which is good,because I am not funny.
Chuck: Is that your big secret?By the way,because I’ve been sitting here
trying to figure out what’s wrong with you,
Sarah: Oh,plenty.Believe me.
Chuck: I know.I was thinking,”Either she’s a cannibal or she’s not really
that funny.” I was pulling for cannibal because I never met one before.
Sarah: Uh,not a cannibal.But I did just come out of a long relationship……so
I may come with baggage.
Chuck: Well,I could be your very own baggage handler. Uh,so the guy,the
ex,the guy.The ex is the reason you moved here from…?
Sarah: Uh,D.C.
Chuck: Right.
Sarah: Yeah,after I realized that all of my friends were his friends……and
that everything about Washington remined me of Bruce……I needed change. A big one.
Chuck: Bruce,yeah.You give me crap for being Chuck and you went out with a
Bruce.That’s nice.That’s real good.
Sarah: So what about you?What skeletons do you have in your closet? Any
secrets? Any women?
Chuck:Uh,yeah.Yeah,actually.Well,back in college,there was someone.
Actually,that’s all over with now……and her restraining orders are very
specific. So……
Sarah: I like you,Chuck.

(2) 004900~005053
Sarah: We’ve rewired the home-theater room for this test. When the image
start……just say what they are.
Chuck: That’s it?
Casey: I’m sure you’ll find a way to screw it up. The doctor’s here.
Chuck: When do I get to meet him?
Sarah: You don’t. It’s important that he doesn’t see you. You’re too
Chuck: Thanks. I’m flattered and totally freaked out.
Casey: Dr.Zarnow?
Zarnow: Agent Casey. Agent Walker.
Sarah: Thank you for meeting us at a neutral site.
Zarnow: Let’s begin. I don’t understand why I can’t see my patient.
Sarah: For your safety,we’re keeping Patient X’s identity a secret.
Zarnow: And does Patient X work here?
Casey: Patient X……who knows all the intersect secrets,works at a Buy More?
Zarnow: Ridiculous,of course. Zarnow: After the tone,the test will begin.
Chuck: Uh,dog. Uh,hippopotamus. Fat guy. Ugly building. Really beautiful
women at the beach. Cardinal One is the top Moscow spy in the White House
office of……The plot to assassinate President Carter was orchestrated by……
the Northrop-Davis voting computers has been approved by the……Oceanic
Flight 815 was shot down by surface-to-air……Work on capitol beneath Denver
International Airport reached phase four. Benedictine agents within the
Vatican report that assassin is still out there. They’d have been approved
by the DNC……Okay.That’s a picture of a turtle.
Zarnow: Your patient is phenomenal.

(3) 010345~010600
Morgan: Well,it’s about time.
Sarah: Chuck. Where have you been?
Chuck: Why? You,ah,surprised to see me?
Sarah: What? Where’s Casey?
Chuck: I don’t know.Maybe he’s having some car trouble. Everyone okay?
Morgan: Yeah, just a little hungry,dude.You’re late.
Devon: And dirty for my tastes.
Ellie: And your girlfriend has been just nothing but mean to me.
Chuck: Huh?Oh,ha. Look out for her. So I’m glad everyone’s getting along so
Sarah: Yeah,your sister is awesome.
Devon: Indeed,hmm?
Chuck: Hey,I’ve got an idea. Why don’t we actually go out,huh? For pizza or
something,someplace public.With lots and lots of people around.
Ellie: Uh,Chuck,I’ve been cooking all day.
Morgan: Yeah,cooking pot roast,dude,which is my favorite.
Devon: Mangia,mangia,let’s eat.
Morgan: Yeah.
Ellie: Sit down,okay?And be good.
Devon: This looks great,babe.

Sarah: This looks delicious,Ellie.
Ellie: Oh,it was nothing.
Devon: So,Sarah,let’s turn this up a notch. Personal style. Tell us
something about yourself.
Sarah: Well,I’m originally from D.C. I just moved here.
Ellie: Oh,Chuck had a friend who lived in D.C.
Morgan: Hey,a former friend. Fomer because, A,he was a jerk. And,B,well,he’s
dead. Heh. The girl Chuck was dating before you,he stole her.
Ellie: Ugh,I just don’t know how anyone could choose Bryce over Chuck.
Casey: Hi,I’m John Casey. I just moved in upstairs and I thought I’d bring
something over.
Ellie: Oh,come in. Chuck,you didn’t tell me you were bringing another friend.
Chuck: Hey,hi,yeah. It slipped my mind……that my friend John Casey was
coming over and we work at Buy More together. Morgan,you know John from Buy
More. I was telling him we were gonna have a get-together,and then you
know,the more the merrier.
Casey: Pull a stunt like that again,I’ll kill you before she can.
Chuck: You kidder.
Ellie: We’re gonna need another chair.
Chuck: Okey-dokey.
Casey: You know what? I’m crashing the party. Maybe I should—I’ll get it.

l Homework assignment
Before class, please try to equip yourself with the following information:
(1) Read the information we provide before come to the class (3/31).
(2) Watch the following video clips to get the ideas of who Chuck is and what situation he gets in.