Episode Title: “Chuck vs. Santa Claus”
Airdate: December 15, 2008
THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR—Christmas Eve does not go as planned when an amateur criminal on the run from the police crashes into the Buy More and takes Chuck (Zachary Levi), Ellie (Sarah Lancaster), Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) and the rest of the Buy More gang hostage. In order to protect Chuck’s cover and the safety of the other hostages, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) secretly go in to the store to remove Chuck, but the mission quickly falls apart when Chuck refuses to leave his friends and family behind. Tony Hale guest stars and Joshua Gomez, Scott Krinsky, Vik Sahay, Julia Ling and Mark Christopher Lawrence also star.
This is the Christmas episode and of course it’s not going to be a time of good cheer for our friends. It’s Christmas Eve and a gunman is holding the Buy More employees - plus Sarah, Ellie and Awesome - hostage. Casey is injured and reluctantly allows himself to be one of the first hostages traded by Ned, the gunman, who just wants to go home to his family. Awesome draws on his football background to come up with a play to take out Ned, but Chuck knows how dangerous a scared man with a gun can be and begs Awesome not to be awesome.
As the negotiations continue, however, Chuck suddenly realizes that all is not what it seems. Someone here is Fulcrum, and they’ve figured out that something - or someone - in the Buy More is under government protection. Now Chuck has to decide whether to risk the lives of his friends and loved ones to keep the Intersect secure, or give Fulcrum what they want.
Meanwhile, Morgan needs to make a bold statement to win back Anna’s affections and Chuck gives Sarah a very special gift which makes her see just how much he cares about her.