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Trivia: Chuck
  • Actor Allusion: Right after Mary Bartowski gets a Big Damn Heroes moment, she tells Chuck and Sarah, "Come with me if you want to live." Mary Bartowski is, of course, played by Linda Hamilton.
  • Ascended Fanon: Morgan's Fan Nickname, The Beard, gets referenced several times, most notably in the episode title "Chuck vs. The Beard".
  • Fake American: Yvonne Strahovski is Australian, and briefly uses her real accent while Sarah is masquerading as an Aussie.
    • Strahovski is actually Polish-Australian; English is her second language. Of course, Sarah spoke Polish in at least one episode.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • No Export for You: Want the show on Blu Ray? You'll have to import the releases from America.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • Rather, "Screwed By The Writers Guild of America" in season 1 - Chuck, whilst not being a major hit, was a surprise hit for NBC & subsequently received a full season order. Unfortunately, this came during the strike & production on the season wasn't resumed when the strike ended.
    • Seasons 3 & 4 both received 13 episode orders, before receiving a full season order later on. The problem is that this only happened whilst the intended season finale was in production, leading to the seasons having a somewhat disjointed feel
    • In the UK, Sky decided they didn't want to purchase the rights to show the fifth & final season of the show, and as Sky still own the rights to the first four seasons, the fifth season remains unaired in the country as no-one would buy the rights to just the final season of a show - but it's okay, because Sky have several new shows that they're sure you'll enjoy. Thankfully, the show wasn't in the same situation as Futurama or Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, where a DVD release was dependent on Sky showing the episodes first & the Season 5 DVD set was released later in the year.
  • Truthin Television: As in the plot of "Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer", many old arcade games do indeed have a "kill screen" where achieving a high enough level or score can generate bugged levels or cause other unusual effects. However Missile Command is actually not one of them, and merely loops back to the beginning when a certain point is reached.
    • This can be excused, however, if one takes the designer at his word when he says that only he can access the Missile Command kill screen, and that Rush's Tom Sawyer is the "pattern of the universe." The game possibly requires following a particular pattern to access it, which only he knows (and is synced to Tom Sawyer...somehow).
  • Type Casting: Adam Baldwin plays a tough, gruff, trigger-happy, borderline psycho with a good heart and a love of guns. Sound familiar?
  • What Could Have Been:
    • There was a strong desire to have Chuck Norris appear in an episode.
    • The way seasons 3 and 4 were picked up by NBC, with an initial order for 13 episodes, followed by a back 6 and back 11 (respectively) picked up when already in production, affected the way the storylines unfolded. Had the full season orders been made from the start, the first half plot would have extended over the full season instead. The back episodes of both seasons would have then formed the foundation of seasons 4 and 5, respectively.
      • Related to this, Fedak and Schwartz would have explored concepts like Chuck without the Intersect in season 4 more thoroughly (though this did get to be examined in season 5)
    • Chuck allows Jill to escape at the end of season 2, complete with a diamond engagement ring used for part of the cover, and her fate is never addressed for the rest of the series. Word of God is that she would have been brought Back for the Finale, but they ran out of time and money for it.
    • Actress Natalie Martinez was cast for the pilot in the role of Kayla Hart, the next door neighbor Chuck was interested in and who would have been a romantic rival with Sarah for Chuck's affections. The development reached the point that Martinez was even present in early promotional photos (see the link) implying that she would be a main character, however she was ultimately dropped before filming of the pilot actually began (in fact, the club Chuck takes Sarah to in the pilot on their date was to have been owned by Kayla, and Chuck took Sarah there specifically to make Kayla jealous). That she was not immediately removed from the cast list afterwards even on the official site led to much speculation and confusion by fans in the show's early history over when she would appear.
    • Apparently Devon (Captain Awesome) was supposed to be a limited character who was supposed to turn out to be an enemy operative towards the end of season one. However his popularity led to the idea being dropped and Awesome becoming a series regular. The idea was recycled into Jill and re-recycled into an arc in season 3 where The Ring thinks Devon is the resident spy in the Bartowski family.
    • At one point, the producers were considering bringing Orion Back from the Dead, but decided against as his death had become a large part of the mythos & they felt it had to stick for the impact it had on the characters.
    • If the show had continued, Jeff & Lester would have become Team Bartowski's Q.
  • You Look Familiar: The actor who played Yuri the Gobbler had also played one of La Ciudad's goons.

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