Psych: Shawn vs. The Red Phantom
I was actually glad to see Lassiter in a different situation this time, as his distaste for Shawn sometimes gets to me. It's sort of like Columbo -- he solves all these cases, near every time, and still there's that one guy who never trusts him nor likes him. When will they ever learn?
The opening scenes with Shawn and his dad sometimes bug me, though this time not so much. Usually Shawn's father will completely trash Shawn's childhood fun and without much purpose. At least this time he had at least a hint of a good message to give, though maybe it was better left said once Shawn got older. Still, you've got to love those scenes, and Shawn's dad is someone you just love to hate.
Shawn and Gus's relationship keeps getting better. Just when I think Gus might be so completely dull, it's exactly that dull part of him that makes his relationship with Shawn work in this show. First a spelling bee, now a comic convention -- of course he loves this stuff! That's our Magichead, for you.
One aspect that sometimes gets to me on this show is Shawn's antics when he's "seeing" something. The flailing arms, the crazy pointing and yelling. It all seems overkill, and sometimes I cringe watching him perform. This episode seemed a little better in that respect, and I hope whatever they did this time around carries over into next season.
Takei's cameo was brilliant. You've gotta love someone who's not afraid of making fun of themself. Gus's "Chekov" comment and Takei's reaction was simply classic.
It'll be interesting to see what involvement the Chief will now have on assignments now that she's no longer pregnant. I still think she knows he's not psychic at all and is maybe doing a favor for his father. Hmm ... Imagine if we find out later that Shawn's father is actually the father of that child? Could that be?
If this show hadn't been picked up for further episodes, I might be writing the series finale right now. Luckily we'll be treated to more episodes, but we'll have to wait until January, just as Shawn told Chief Vick. No doubt they happily shot that scene once the show was renewed.
Quote of the episode:
Juliet: "His name is Malone Breyfogle."
Shawn: "Malone Breyfogle!? I'll tell you this much -- the kid's been lifted up by his underwear more than once."