After impatiently waiting for the final season of Psych to hit Netflix, I finally gave up and bought it on Black Friday. We rushed through the 10 episodes and finished them last week. I almost didn’t hit play on the finale, because I just didn’t want it to end…
From the very first episode, this was a dream-show for me. It was funny, it was a mystery, it made lots of references to 80s pop culture, and it was funny! Very few shows are able to pull off comedy in an hour long drama. But Psych does it and does it well.
The relationship between Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) has morphed over the eight years, but it’s always worked. In the early episodes Shawn antagonized Gus and tricked him into doing things. By the end they were both performing antics to the annoyance of others. Juliet (Maggie Lawson) is great as Shawn’s love interest and closest connection on the police force. She’s beautiful, strong and intelligent, and as they grow closer, their relationship gets more and more adorable. Her partner, head detective Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) is a dedicated cop, stern and not happy about Shawn’s goofy behavior. The cast is rounded out by Chief Vick (Kirsten Nelson) and Henry Spenser (Corbin Bernsen), Shawn’s dad.
Over the years, Psych has had numerous guest stars, mostly comprised of popular actors from the 80s. Ralph Macchio, Val Kilmer, Cybil Sheppard, Cary Elwes, and William Shatner, just to name a few.
Various catch-phrases have come and gone over the eight years. “You know that’s right!” “C’mon, son!” “Suck it!” “I’ve heard it both ways.” And often just a lip smack.
Some episodes are amazing, some are not as memorable but still funny, and some seem bad but are better the second time through. Here are a few of my favorites from each season:
Pilot (S1:E1) – Our first introduction to Shawn and Gus. Great at drawing viewers in.
Spellingg Bee (S1:E2) – The boys investigate a death at a spelling competition. Their first real case.
9 Lives (S1:E5) – The Nerdling’s favorite. Shawn channels a cat to solve a murder.
Weekend Warriors (S1:E6) – A murder occurs at Lassiter’s civil war reenactment.
Cloudy… With a Chance of Murder (S1:E12) – They join a legal defense team.
Scary Sherry: Bianca’s Toast (S1:E15) – Juliet is undercover at a sorority.
American Duos (S2:E1) – Shawn and Gus compete on a American Idol-type show.
65 Million Years Off (S2:E2) – Shawn claims a man was bitten by a dinosaur, and he’s right!
If You’re So Smart, Then Why Are You Dead? (S2:E7) – Murder at a school for geniuses.
Lights, Camera… Homicidio (S2:E13) – Shawn is undercover on a Spanish soap opera.
Shawn (and Gus) of the Dead (S2:E16) – A mummy is thought to be a murderer.
Disco Didn’t Die. It Was Murdered! (S3:E5) – They reopen one of Henry’s old cases, 70’s style!
Christmas Joy (S3:E9) – The boys solve murder at Christmas.
Any Given Friday Night at 10pm, 9pm Central (S3:E13) – Undercover on a football team.
Tuesday the 17th (S3:E15) – Tribute to the Friday the 13th movies.
High Noon-ish (S4:E3) – Lassiter needs Shawn’s help at an old west town.
Bollywood Homicide (S4:E6) – Murder on the set of a Indian dance show.
High Top Fade Out (S4:E7) – Gus’s R&B group gets back together.
Thrill Seekers and Hell Raisers (S4:E11) – Gus’s girlfriend likes extreme sports.
Romeo and Juliet and Juliet (S5:E1) – Shawn and Gus get mixed up with the Chinese triads.
Not Even Close… Encounters (S5:E3) – The boys investigate an alien abduction.
In Plain Fright (S5:E11) – Investigating a murder at a Halloween-themed amusement park.
Dual Spires (S5:E12) – A hilarious send-up of Twin Peaks.
We’d Like to Thank the Academy (S5:E13) – Shawn and Gus go to the police academy.
Shawn Rescues Darth Vader (S6:E1) – Shawn discovers a murder while stealing a Star Wars action figure.
Last Night Gus (S6:E2) – The men try to remember what they did the previous night.
This Episode Sucks (S6:E3) – It appears that a vampire committed murder.
Heeeeere’s Lassie (S6:E11) – Lassiter moves into a creepy building.
Lassie Jerky (S7:E3) – Murder in the woods, Blair Witch Project-style.
100 Clues (S7:E5) – Murder in a mansion, Clue-style.
Office Space (S7:E11) – Gus accidentally disrupts a crime scene.
Dead Air (S7:E12) – Gus makes a better radio show host than Shawn.
Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels and Burton Guster’s Goblet of Fire (S8:E1) – The boys in England.
Shawn and Gus Truck Things Up (S8:E7) – Shawn and Gus run a food truck to solve a murder.
The Breakup (S8:E10) – Shawn needs to tell Gus he’s moving to San Francisco in the series finale.
It’s so hard to say good-bye to Psych. It’s clever mysteries, hilarious dialogue and enjoyable cast will be sorely missed. Fortunately, through the magic of DVD, we can (and do) watch them over and over and over again!
Are you a Psych-O too? What are your favorite Psych episodes? Or moments? Or quotes? Let me know!