Chuck Rewatch Recap – Season 4 – Episode 4 – Chuck Versus the Coup D’Etat

Yvonne Strahovski, Sarah Walker, ChuckChuck – Season 4 – Episode 4

Chuck Versus the Coup d’Etat

This episode picks up after Chuck’s accidental proposal, where Chuck is getting relationship advice from Morgan. Bad move…

Important Moments/Plot Summary:

The head of security for General Goya is in Los Angeles. Chuck and Sarah get assigned to stake out his activity and find out why he’s there.
Armand Assante, Chuck
It turns out that the security detail isn’t in Los Angeles to go to the Embassy, but to invite Awesome and Ellie to Costa Gravas. When Ellie is concerned about the safety of Costa Gravas, she asks Sarah if it’s safe, who tells her the country is stable at the moment. Chuck invites himself and Sarah to go along if it makes Ellie feel better.

Morgan is ‘helping’ Casey when Alex shows up. She hugs Morgan hello. She thought that Casey was sick and brought him soup and movies. Alex asks Morgan about his pot roast and he thanks her for the recipe. Casey asks suspiciously if they talk often.

Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck Bartowski, Sarah WalkerWhile at a party in Costa Gravas, Chuck flashes and learns there’s a Soviet air weapons system behind the door. Sarah calls Casey for his expertise on the layout of the building.

Meanwhile, the General’s wife, Hortensia, is planning a coup. After Chuck and Sarah walk in on Ellie and Awesome getting ‘caliente’, gunfire suddenly breaks out.

After they get the general to safety, Sarah takes pictures of the Soviet weapons system.

As Chuck and Sarah continue their communication conversations, she finds out that the book he is getting his conversations ideas from is called ‘101 Conversations to Have Before I Do’ and freaks out. During her freak out, Chuck flashes and realizes the Costa Gravans have nuclear weapons. The general says he has two keys, one around his neck and the other was given to Hortensia, the same wife who has just taken over his country.

Casey tells the general he is surprised because he wrote a report a long time ago predicting the general would be taken down by someone, but not his wife, his head of security. The head of security and Casey then pull guns on each other. The general then knocks Casey out with a flowerpot. He says he will go with the security guard, but no harm can come to Casey.

Chuck and Sarah are then assigned to go back to Costa Gravas. They have to destroy the control room and find the nuclear missiles. They want the general back in control but without nuclear capabilities. After being knocked over the head by the general, Casey is pissed off and is going on the mission.

While they are dismantling the missile system, Chuck flashes and sees something related to Volkoff. The general says that the weapons system was part of Project Beacon, the same project Heather had mentioned. When Chuck asks him about Frost, he says she was always kept away. He gives Chuck all his files on Volkoff and his people, but says they are dangerous people and that he doesn’t want to find them.

Chuck tells Ellie that he’s looking for their mother. Ellie is concerned that there isn’t another side to the story and their mother just left them.

Coolest Action Sequences/Chuck Accidentally Saves the Day:

Chuck and Sarah take out the bad guys during the coup as Ellie and Awesome watch with amazed looks on their faces.

Chuck, Sarah, and Casey are crawling through the wall space, and Hortensia is about to shoot the general when Chuck bursts out of the wall. Hortensia then wants to shoot Chuck and Sarah, as well, but Chuck tells her that she’s right about her husband. He tells her that he heard the general undermining her while she was trying to make her video. The security guard is encouraging Hortensia to shoot them, but Chuck keeps talking about how things must have been for them. Hortensia says they moved into the palace and the general changed. Sarah latches on to that as what ruined things. Chuck says change is inevitable and the real question is whether the love is still there. Then, Casey also bursts out of the wall, and Chuck takes down the security guard. Then, the other guards all turn their guns on him.
Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck Bartowski, Sarah Walker
Sarah encourages Chuck to keep talking and it becomes apparent the coup was a result of marriage problems. Sarah agrees with Chuck, then, and the general asks his wife to join him again in leading the country. She just wants an official role. They make up and the day is saved.

Best Moments:

Sarah uses the sticks with cherries from their drinks to pick a lock.
Morgan talks to Alex about the book, and she just kisses him.

Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck Bartowski, Sarah WalkerChuck is sleeping, and Sarah tells him that she loves him and nothing will ever change that. She also says that if he asked her to marry him for real, then her answer would be yes.

Funniest/Most Awkward Moments:

Chuck and Sarah have a conversation about their communication skills, which include Chuck’s cuddling needs.

AwesomestatueGeneral Goya unveils a statue of Devon for his service to Costa Gravas. It’s gigantic.

Chuck and Sarah hear banging on the door, and at first they think it’s a bad guy, but then they hear talking and realize it’s Ellie and Awesome.


Communication is the theme of this episode, running through all of the plots. Chuck and Sarah are trying to communicate better within their relationship. The general and his wife are having such bad communication problems that it results in Hortensia overthrowing the government. Morgan can’t figure out how to tell Alex how he feels because he’s scared of Casey.

Character Development:

Sarah comes to realize that keeping everything exactly the same is not the way to sustain a relationship, and by the end she is on the same page as Chuck emotionally.

Objectification of Women moment:
Yvonne Strahovski, Sarah Walker, Chuck
There is a little montage of Sarah trying on different bikinis. There was n montage of Awesome or Chuck shirtless? Why is, this, Chuck? You’re usually better than this.

Notable Guests Stars:

Armand Assante is back as Premier Goya.

Best Lines:

“Devon, do you realize you haven’t addressed me in over an hour?” – Ellie

“We’re in love. You wear your teeth bleaching system in front of me. We should be able to talk, no?” – Chuck

“Personal time.” – Sarah
“Morgan is going to need at least five hours of my time every week for Halo purposes.” – Chuck
“And I need 30 minutes of complete silence before sleep.” – Sarah
“Which is going to be a challenge with my cuddling needs.” – Chuck

“A little bored, Casey?” – Sarah
“Dear god, please give me something to do.” – Casey

“Keep heading down the hall. Just follow the stink of commie.” – Casey

“Sorry, really sorry, for me, mostly.” – Chuck

“I’m sorry about all of this, but my wife and I, we’ve been fighting a lot lately.” – General Goya

“Casey, you could have told me that when you said this place was a god forsaken slime hole, you were speaking literally.” – Chuck

“What is that smell?” – Chuck
“That is the stench of tyranny.” – Casey

“FYI, lady, this guy used to watch you sleep. Trust me, I lived in these walls for two weeks.” – Casey

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3 thoughts on “Chuck Rewatch Recap – Season 4 – Episode 4 – Chuck Versus the Coup D’Etat

  1. Christopher

    Great Articles,

    You do a wonderful job in sticking with the canon of the episode, but what are your feelings regarding the episode. I saw some glimpses here any there, but what were your thoughts on the scene when Sarah and Chuck play relationship helpers to the general and his wife.


  2. Music In the Dark Post author

    I was thinking of adding a rating for the episodes and maybe I’ll try that in the next one. In this one, I thought that scene was really Chuck and Sarah working their own relationship problems out, and the general and his wife’s problems more by proxy. It’s kind of played for laughs and is how they often deal with their relationship and communication issues. It’s not one of my favorite of that type of scene, though this isn’t a favorite episode. In this ep, I actually liked that mixed communication with Morgan and Alex better.


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