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Episode 02: Chuck Versus The Helicopter

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Episode 02: Chuck Versus the Helicopter


  • Trope Flash: Always Save the Girl: Chuck's attitude when Sarah's captured.

  • Captain Obvious:Chuck: Casey, he's got Sarah. We've got to save her. Casey: Brilliant deduction, Nancy Drew.

  • Chekhov's Skill: Subverted. Chuck tries to repeat Morgan's failed attempt to pull a tablecloth out from under a stack of stuff and manages to pull it off perfectly.

  • Crash Course Landing: Chuck is forced to have to land the helicopter he's on after the pilot gets knocked out. He succeeds, albeit with Sarah's help via cellphone.

  • Enter Stage Window: Morgan does this to get into Chuck's house, much to Ellie's annoyance.Ellie: How did you get in here? Morgan: Chuck's window, or as I like to call it, the 'Morgan Door'.

  • Falling into the Cockpit: The climax of the episode has Chuck being forced to pilot a Helicopter, with Sarah and Casey giving guidance via a cellphone. Interestingly, when Casey first tries to guide him through using technical terms, Chuck is completely lost. Then Sarah steps in and tells him to pretend it's a video game and he succeeds.

  • Felony Misdemeanor: The show starts with Casey chasing down and nearly beating up... a shoplifter.

  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Chuck flying the helicopter is half-knowledge of an Apache chopper game and half Sarah convincing him that that's the best way to think about it.

  • Improbable Piloting Skills: Chuck manages to fly the chopper with nothing more than coaching from Sarah and remembering an Apache helicopter video game.

  • Pocket Protector: When Zarnow shoots Chuck with his dart gun, Chuck's saved by the dart just happening to hit his picket protector.

  • Shout-Out: When Chuck is looking at Intersect images for Dr. Zarnow, one of the images is an airplane that Chuck identifies as Oceanic Flight 815, which is the plane that crashed on the island in Lost.

  • Casey sarcastically calls Chuck Nancy Drew after a Captain Obvious moment.

  • Tracking Device: Casey puts them in his quiche.

  • What the Hell, Hero?: Chuck gets this from both Sarah and Casey for putting himself and the Intersect in danger.

  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: This is Beckman's implication once the new Intersect is up.

The televisions in the Buy More store will always display images or footage that will relate to what is occurring within the episode. For example, in season one, episode two, "Chuck Versus the Helicopter", the televisions display footage of helicopters.

In 1980, cameraman Robert Van Der Kar was killed while filming an episode of Magnum P.I. when the low-flying helicopter he was riding in crashed into the Pacific Ocean off of Hawaii. The pilot, Robert Sanders, was injured and his license was suspended for 90 days by the National Transportation Safety Board. That same year, legendary Indian action star Jayan was killed on a movie set while attempting to transfer from a speeding motorcycle to the skids of a low-flying helicopter that crashed on top of him. He was 41.

In this episode of The Spear, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joe Roland joins to share a story from 2004. A decorated helicopter pilot with thousands of hours flying the UH-60 Black Hawk, he was part of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade when the unit deployed to Afghanistan in 2004.

It transpires that Susan never actually made it to Maui and visited Chloe and Little Susie in Phoenix instead as she could not overcome her fear of flying. Mark helps her overcome this fear in the following episode, "Fear of Flying) supporting her during a helicopter flight rotation where they are called upon to treat victims of a serious motor accident. 041b061a72


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