Get psyched for the return of Psych!
If you’re not familiar with the show, you should be. In a send-up of traditional cop shows, James Roday plays Shawn, a guy whose dad really, really wanted him to be a cop. Nearly every episode begins with a flashback of Shawn’s dad trying to hone the necessary skills for police work in his son. It worked: Shawn has a photographic memory. But he also has a problem with authority, so instead of going to the police academy, he ends up pretending to be psychic to explain why so many of his hunches are good, working as a private investigator and assisting the police with some of their cases.
Is this a stretch? Maybe. After five seasons, you’d think Shawn might have built up enough of a reputation that he could quit faking psychic episodes and just work honestly as a P.I. with great observational skills. But this way is a lot more fun. Shawn as a character is incredibly entertaining to watch—whether it is the constant stream of aliases he comes up with for his partner Gus, the myriad pop culture references, his random love of pineapple or the various ways he comes up with to present his “psychic flashes.”
For the last season or two, though, Shawn has actually grown a lot as a person. He’s still snarky and immature, but his endless womanizing turned into a serious love for one of the cops he works with, Juliet O’Hara. And after the requisite amount of will-they-won’t-they, in the most recent episode, the two shared their first kiss.
The catch? Juliet already has a boyfriend. A really rich boyfriend (played by Nestor Carbonell—i.e. Richard Alpert from “Lost”) who is suspiciously similar to Shawn in a lot of ways and who’s planning to take her on vacation in his helicopter.
Now, you can bet that the rest of the season will involve a certain amount of cat and mouse between the two. But this isn’t “Bones.” The show is about a lot more than just that one relationship, and this is one case where the will-they-won’t-they couple could actually get together without completely ruining the show.
In the meantime, in and among the inevitable relationship drama, Wednesday’s episode promises a whole mess of guest stars, notably Cary Elwes reprising an earlier role and almost the entire cast of Twin Peaks (a show that aired briefly in the 90s, which was apparently similar to Psych in a lot of ways). Elwes’ character, Pierre Despereaux, is an art thief/insurance fraud perpetrator who bills himself as the perfect criminal, and the last time we saw him he was saying that he’d always dreamed of escaping from prison.
Tune into the USA network Wednesday at 9 p.m. for Shawn vs. the man who was the Dread Pirate Roberts. This could get interesting.
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