Chuck Versus the Fake Name
Season 03, Episode 08
Air Date March 1, 2010
Writer Allison Adler
Director Jeremiah Chechik
Previous "Chuck Versus the Mask"
Next "Chuck Versus the Beard"
"Because I like cupcakes, that's why. Who doesn't like a good cupcake?"
― Chuck while on the phone

Chuck Versus the Fake Name is the eighth episode of the third season of Chuck, which aired on March 1, 2010.

Synopsis Edit

Chuck promises to cook dinner for Hannah, Ellie and Captain Awesome, but must first assume the identity of the world's most dangerous assassin for his latest mission.

Meanwhile, Sarah strives to maintain a strictly professional relationship with Shaw.

Full Plot Edit

Main Story Edit

The episode opens with Ellie in Chuck's apartment hoping to talk to him about how closed off he's been lately. She voices her concerns through the bathroom door while the shower runs only for a very embarassed and toweled Hannah to come out a few seconds later. Chuck arrives from an errand and awkwardly introduces them before making plans with Ellie for dinner later that night to smooth things over.

Meanwhile Sarah and Shaw are having brunch and talking about their relationship. Shaw is interested but Sarah doesn't want to get involved with another coworker. A valet pulls a car up and the teams rather harsh target show up to get his car. They trank and cuff him before putting him in the car.

Later in Castle Sarah explains that the man they caught, Rafe Gruber, is not only a very impressive sniper and infiltrator but also incredibly elusive. Shaw is planning on having Chuck impersonate him for his training. A very happy-go-lucky Chuck then arrives and gleefully presents a box of donuts. Casey explains how the "stallion got lucky" and Sarah's smile vanishes.

After briefly studying his mannerisms, Chuck and Casey rendezvous with the contacts at a bar, two mobsters named Matty and Scotty, while Sarah and Shaw monitor from the van, and he successfully passes himself off as the assassin. However one of the goons recognizes Casey as an agent and mentions the name "Alex Coburn", which causes Chuck to flash.

Chuck managed to remain in-character and, at Casey's subtle prompting, proceeds to torture him for information and extracts one of Casey's teeth in the process. The contacts are appeased, and Chuck's cover is further strengthened by a "raid" led by Shaw and Sarah. Chuck flashes on martial arts and "defeats" the federal agents, allowing himself and his two new "accomplices" to escape. They agree to meet again later when the situation calms down.

Later back at Castle, Chuck apologizes to Casey for pulling his tooth, but Casey instead remarks that he was impressed and proud of how he handled the situation. Rafe is taken into custody by Federal agents, and Chuck returns home for dinner with Ellie, Devon and Hannah, which Sarah and Shaw had prepared while he was debriefing.

The next morning at the Buy More, Hannah mistakenly answers a call from the mobsters for Chuck, who say they will be at the store shortly. Chuck hastily gets back into character and meets them at the loading dock, where they smash his watch and gave him a gold one as a gift to replace it, then take him to an apartment high-rise where he can gain access to his target. As they arrive, Chuck looks across to another apartment complex; a shot of over half a mile; through the sniper scope, Chuck is stunned to learn that the Ring is hiring them to target Shaw. They have also been listening to Shaw, and found out that Sarah is with him.

Chuck inadvertently reveals his feelings for Sarah to Matty and Scotty, and takes advantage of their sympathies as an opportunity to "confront" his rival face-to-face, and warn Shaw that he is the Ring's target. Chuck punches Shaw and the two get into a fight to play up to the mobsters.

Meanwhile, Gruber escapes custody and tracks Chuck's whereabouts. He kills both goons, who remained behind to "cover" him from their apartment, then makes his way across to deal with the team. He quickly disables Chuck, Sarah and Shaw. Realizing that Chuck and Shaw both have feelings for her, takes Sarah as hostage. Before he can kill her, Casey, who has also tracked Chuck's location, kills him with the sniper rifle. This reveals that Casey is one of four (surviving) best sharpshooters in the world, as Gruber used to be one of the five who could have made that shot.

Chuck and Family Edit

Ellie confronts Devon about Chuck's secret relationship with Hannah, although Devon ineffectively feigns innocence in keeping secrets from her. Ellie decides to confront Chuck, but when she arrives at his and Morgan's apartment instead runs into Hannah. Chuck invites them all to a dinner at the apartment that night so they can get to know each other. While Chuck is busy masquerading as Gruber, Sarah and Shaw fix dinner for him, and narrowly flee the apartment as Chuck, his family, and Hannah return home. There, Hannah admits she finally feels like she's found somewhere she belongs, and invites Chuck to meet her family the next evening. However Chuck is profoundly disturbed by how much he has changed and how easy it's become for him to lie to the people he cares about, and Ellie recognizes that however much he likes Hannah he still is in love with Sarah. To protect Hannah from his job, he admits to her that there are things he can never tell her, and the two break up.

Sarah & Shaw Edit

Following the events of the previous episode, Shaw continues his pursuit of Sarah. Sarah initially rebuffs his advances, and tells him that she wants to break her habit of being involved with people she works with. She, like Chuck, is disturbed with how much he has changed and how easily he has learned to lie. She visits Shaw at his apartment and admits that watching Chuck make the transition into becoming a full-fledged spy has led her to question who she really is. Sarah then tells Shaw that her real first name is Sam. They kiss, but are interrupted by Chuck, who overheard them while carrying out his role as Gruber (see above). After the real Gruber is killed, Shaw is forced to remain in Castle now that they know the Ring has learned Shaw is still alive, and he and Sarah begin a relationship.

Guest Stars Edit


Ellie: [Thinking Chuck's taking a shower] Chuck, listen. Uh, I get it. I'm not the one that you share everything with any more. I just - I just miss being that person. Everybody knew about this new girl you're dating before I did... I just wanted to let you know I'm a really good secret keeper. And if you don't want Sarah to know about the new girl.

Hannah: [Hannnah exits the bathroom wrapped in a towel] I won't tell Sarah if you don't. Uh, I'm Hannah.


  • Guest stars Tony Sirico and Louis Lombardi were both in The Sopranos, and Brandon Routh and Kristin Kreuk played Clark Kent and Lana Lang, albeit in very different productions of the Superman mythos.
  • Chuck plans to make Chicken Pepperoni, which is a reference to the meal the governor wanted in the Goldie Hawn / Chevy Chase movie, "Seems Like Old Times".
  • At the end of the episode, Sarah brings Shaw takeout from the Bamboo Dragon, the same chinese restaurant featured in "Chuck Versus the Sizzling Shrimp".

Music Edit

  • Daniel Zott – “Living A Lie”
  • The Generationals – “Faces In The Dark”
  • The Traditionist – “A Sleep Be Told”
  • Ennio Morricone – “Investigation of A Citizen Above Suspicion”

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