Sep. 24, 2007
60 min.
NBC TV Network

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Chuck receives an e-mail from his former Stanford University room-mate, Bryce Larkin, who is now a CIA agent. When he opens it, he unwittingly downloads an entire server of sensitive data once only privy to the government of the United States into his brain.

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McPartlin was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Steve and Lois McPartlin. He was raised in Glen Ellyn, ...

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Devon Christian "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb, M.D., is a character on the TV series Chuck, portrayed by Ryan McPartlin. His nickname comes from his love of extreme sports and his frequent usage of the word "awesome" in conversation.

Devon is the son of Woody (Bruce Boxleitner) and Honey (Morgan Fairchild) Woodcomb and has two younger brothers. He played football for UCLA, Devon met his wife, Ellie Bartowski, on their first day of medical school. He gave her his lucky sweater because it matched her eyes. Devon graduated from medical school, specializing in cardiology, and is now a cardiovascular surgeon at Westside Medical Center with Ellie. Devon and Ellie live together in an apartment in Echo Park, CA just near Ellie's brother, Chuck and his friend Morgan's apartment together.

In "Chuck Versus the Marlin," Devon reveals that before his great-grandmother died, she gave him her wedding ring and knew Ellie was "The One" before he did. These events occurred before the beginning of the series.

Devon is a major recurring character on the series. He primarily appears in plots involving Chuck's home life, although he has been indirectly involved with the main plot. Devon was directly involved in the events of the series during a hostage crisis at the Buy More, as shown in the episode "Chuck Versus Santa Claus." He formulates a plan with Big Mike, Morgan, Jeff and Lester to take down Ned, though Chuck manages to dissuade him from it until he learns Ned is part of a Fulcrum plot.

Devon has also been a source of remarkably sage advice to many characters, including Morgan and Chuck. A conversation with Awesome convinced Bryce Larkin that Sarah is no longer in love with him, and that her feelings for Chuck are genuine. Although he's well aware of Morgan's crush on Ellie, Devon is not at all threatened by him, and when Morgan offered her comfort after a fight never believed it possible that she might sleep with him. In fact, Devon shows signs of considering Morgan as something of a friend. He offered him advice on the finer points of being a man when Chuck was upset with his immaturity, and turned to Morgan for advice on how to woo Ellie. Devon also loaned Morgan money for an apartment, (though later was angered when Morgan used the money to buy a used Delorean instead) and allowed Morgan to stay on the couch for a few days so he could escape Big Mike's relationship with his mother.

Awesome sees Chuck as a surrogate brother and the man of Ellie's family in the absence of their father, and felt it was important he have his permission before proposing marriage to her. On several occasions in the series he has advised Chuck on his (cover) relationship with Sarah and remarked on how slow they were taking things as part of their cover. He personally singled out several "candidates" for Chuck to date at the birthday party he and Ellie held for him, and when Ellie followed up on how Chuck was doing he noted "not awesome". When Sarah was injured in an explosion and Bryce visited her, Devon took it on himself to run interference and chase him off. Devon may not have known Bryce before his apparent death, as even though he confronted him face to face Devon didn't recognize him. He also taught Chuck to tango when preparing for his first mission, though inadvertently taught him the "women's part" of the dance.

Devon is very much in love with Ellie, although they have fought in a few episodes. He wanted to buy a washer and dryer for their anniversary because he saw it as a chance for them to be able to spend more time together, which upset Ellie because when she left him to decide what to get he automatically chose what he wanted, rather than considering her feelings. He proposed to Ellie in the season one finale with his great-grandmother's ring, and has since been involved in helping plan the wedding. He attempted to outsource some of his responsibilities to Chuck by asking him to find a band. Jeff and Lester offered their services, and after their audition failed when Lester chickened out, Jeff convinced him to give them a second chance. Although Jeffster! was less than impressive, Devon told Ellie that he could still let them live their dream for five minutes.

In Chuck Versus the Broken Heart, Chuck and the male Buy More employees kidnapped Devon for a bachelor party, though Chuck only participated because of its implications in a mission to steal his hospital access card. He seemed pleased with the event, calling it "awesome," and explained to Ellie that Chuck and the boys kidnapped him into participation. He reaffirmed his love for Ellie during the bachelor party, declining to compromise his relationship with inappropriate behavior. However, posing as a lady cop-themed stripper, Agent Alex Forrest lured him into the home theater room, where she attempted to remove the access card from him under the guise of a strip-search. When he refused, she tranquilized him. While in a state of momentary confusion before passing out, he overheard Chuck talk of the CIA. These glimpses did not seem to have a lasting impression, however. He later got a brief glance of General Beckman on Chuck's TV when he inadvertently triggered a video conference by uttering Chuck's CIA alias, Charles Carmichael. Ellie later viewed some photos taken of him with Agent Forrest, somewhat damaging Ellie and Awesome's relationship.

In Chuck Versus the Colonel, Devon, while trying to find Chuck, learns of John Casey's extensive surveillance of Chuck from Lester and Jeff and uses keys from his locker to enter Casey's apartment. While attempting to access his computer, he initiates a lockdown, with metal bars blocking the windows and doors of the apartment. When Casey releases him, a major confrontation ensues between Devon, Casey, Sarah, and Chuck during which Chuck admits to being a high level CIA operative with Casey and Sarah as his handlers. Devon considers it "awesome" and agrees to provide cover with Ellie for Chuck.

Devon and Ellie married in "Chuck Versus the Ring". He allowed Morgan to stall the first wedding when he told Devon the order came from Chuck. He realizes something is wrong due to the fact that Chuck and Stephen are no where to be seen. The second ceremony took place later on the beach.

In season three, Devon has expressed a greater interest in Chuck's spying. He continuously asks Chuck about it and covers for him when Ellie or Chuck's friends get flustered. He also seems to be ready to become a spy himself.

In Chuck Verus El Angel de la Murte, Chuck is forced to allow Devon come with him. The young doctor is the one who treats the dictator Chuck and co are supposed to be protecting, so they use this tie to obtain medical records. Devon seems stoked, thinking it sounds so cool, but is a little put off when all Chuck asks him about is what the dictator almost died of. After learning who saved his life, however, Devon gets Ellie, Chuck, Sarah, and himself invited to the estate, where Chuck tries to save the dictator from an assasin. However, in typical Chuck fashion, they end up messing the mission up and a parinoid Casey is made to clean up the pieces. Devon mistakes Casey for the assasin however and gets him kidnapped.

When another attempt is made by the assasin on his life, he specifically asks for Devon to come save his life and get Chuck and Sarah into the dictator's estate. He manages to save the dictator's life for the third time in part. Afterwards, Devon confesses he doesn't like having to lie like they have to as spies.

"Chuck Versus El Angel de la Muerte" ends with Awesome treating the dictator's assassin, who comes at him with a syringe. His fate is unknown until the next episode, when it is shown that he was in fact captured by the Ring who mistook him for a CIA spy and sought to recruit him. The Ring tests Devon by ordering him to kill Daniel Shaw. Under Chuck's guidance, Devon infiltrates Daniel's base and stages the murder to the satisfaction of Ring agent Sydney Prince. Chuck eventually manages to get the Ring off Devon's trail, much to his relief.

It is also possible, based on Ellie's behavior in "Chuck Versus El Angel de la Muerte," Devon may also be a father.

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02x14 - Chuck Versus the Best Friend
Season 2, Episode 14
04x24 - Chuck Versus the Cliffhanger
Season 4, Episode 24
03x15 - Chuck Versus the Role Models
Season 3, Episode 15
04x06 - Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror
Season 4, Episode 06
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