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Psych: Cloudy...Chance of Murder

by Brett Love, posted Feb 10th 2007 7:11AM
Keegan Connor Tracy(S01E12) Rich is off on his annual pilgrimage to North Carolina to tour the shops of various NASCAR teams. It's either that, or he's performing with his improv group. I forget. Either way, he's handed off Psych duties to me for the week. He'll return with a review of "Ready Set... Muuurder" next week.

Right off the top, I have to say this was a fantastic episode. Possibly my favorite of the series so far. The courtroom venue worked great, and really set the stage for some fun bits. As Gus said, "Man, this is fun."

Donnelly Rhodes (Battlestar Galactica) was perfectly cast as Judge Leland. His 'psychic mumbo jumbo' scene with Shawn was particularly good. The asparagus on his bench at the end of the episode was a nice touch. There has been so much serious courtroom drama on television, that it's nice to see a comedic take on things from time to time

The case, and the mystery of it, was well done. I suspected Priscilla (Keegan Connor Tracy, Beggars and Choosers) early on. There was just something not right about her. And all the time spent with the green screen machine, despite providing another great Gus moment, sure felt like a big, red flag waving, clue. I was still pleasantly surprised by the shadow in the video tape reveal. The courtroom antics were outlandish, but this is an outlandish show, I'm along for that ride.

I'm going to guess that I had a different reaction to meeting Sandra Panitch (Jolie Jenkins) than most viewers. If your eyes went big and you yelled at your TV, "It's Diana, from Shasta McNasty!" then you are my kind of TV nut. If you thought of something else, well, I get that too. It's tough to find a Shasta fan out there. I thought she was good here, though she didn't really get a lot to do.

Sandra's case was much more about Adam (Michael Weston), from our perspective anyway. I liked how that story played out. They make a lot of noise about Shawn's observation skills, but his social skills are just as important. He's a smooth cat that can adapt to any situation and seems almost immune to being flustered. Unless Henry is involved, then all bets are off. The way he helped Adam regain his confidence, while also saving Sandra, was a nice story. It speaks to the fact that when you get right down to it, Shawn is just a nice guy. I liked how they illustrated the transformation with the awkward fist shaking that became the fist bump in the end. My favorite part of their work together though, was the big dramatic finish with Priscilla on the stand. When Adam tagged himself in with a pat on Shawn's back, he was a changed man. Good stuff.

While there was a lot to like here, my favorite part of the episode was the interaction between Shawn and Gus. James Roday and Dulé Hill work so well together. It's the little things, like Shawn pausing to walk his fingers across the desk for a fist bump after Gus came through with the 6th grade, accelerated law, goodness. Gus picking up on the kidney stones, and the way Shawn was impressed by it, was also very good. "Dude, nice." I don't think they could have done any better than getting those two actors for these roles.

Something I haven't figured out yet is just what they are doing with the Shawn/Lassiter relationship. Things kind of went topsy-turvy starting with "From the Earth to Starbucks." They have definitely turned some sort of corner, and I'm eager to see where they are headed. From the beginning of the show, I fully expected that what we saw of the two was what we were going to get for some time. The constant butting of heads, and Lassiter's refusal to give Shawn his due credit.

With Shawn going so far out of his way to help Lassiter, and now Lassiter returning the favor, it really isn't what one would normally expect. The addition of the memo, and Lassiter's "Don't screw this one up." line put a nice twist on the case. And getting Shawn's bike out of impound was a nice gesture.

Similar to that relationship, Psych has become much more than what I thought it would be when it premiered. They've now found their groove and the show is a legitimate contender for inclusion on top 5 lists and whatnot. It's too bad that it's tucked away Friday nights at 10PM on basic cable. Given the exposure of a better time slot and a shot on one of the big networks, I think it could be a legit network hit.

Finally, two thumbs up for Maggie Lawson's rendition of "Cool It Now." Those spots are silly, but I hang around every week waiting for them. That's all I have for you. Rich will be back next week. Enjoy your weekend.

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Pam

Awesome review. You summed it up perfectly. I also loved the finger walk across the table. It was hilarious. It's just little moments like that, something so small, that make me laugh out loud. Shawn and Gus are two lovable down-to-earth kind of guys that are normal, people you'd just love to hang with. LOVE this show.

March 01 2007 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

*SPOILER*


I also saw the green screen bit as a flag. But I was surprised that the solution involved a shadow. Instead, I thought they'd find that the perp had dressed all in green, with skin paint, etc. Wouldn't that have been cooler?

February 15 2007 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JPL

Bit o' tv trivia: Andy Berman, the writer of this and a few other Psych episodes, used to appear as a recurring character on The Wonder Years and was the voice of Dib on Nickelodeon's Invader Zim.
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February 10 2007 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

Here's hoping Adam Hornstock makes a return appearance some day on this show. Not to be a regular - that would disrupt the dynamic of the cast we already have. But I think an occasional guest spot would be welcome.

February 10 2007 at 5:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
innamorata

I still associate Michael Weston as the creep who poured gasoline on David in Six Feet Under a few years back so I couldn't really feel sorry or root for his Psych's character. Price to pay for doing a good job in HBO's dead series (pardon the pun).

I liked seeing Keegan Connor Tracy (liked her in Jake 2.0 and other things as well) but precisely because I knew her I knew she was the murderer (like last week I know the Stargate SG1 gal was the accomplice). But then I don't watch Psych for the mystery angle.

Also nice to see Rhodes as the judge. The asparagus on his bench was a sweet gag.

It was weird to see Lassiter so nice with Shawn, not that I mind but I don't get how the guy who couldn't let go of the astronomer case would be so nice to Shawn in a case he closed with damning evidence against the presumed murderer. It doesn't compute. *shrugs*

The best moments were Shawn and his dad. They just crack me up.

I didn't like the psych out this week but that may be because I don't know the song so I was bored.

All in all this is my least favorite episode since the show's return but I'll be there next week, no doubt about that.

February 10 2007 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BillS

I didn't have a Shasta McNasty freak out moment, but I did have a Keegan Connor Tracy Jake 2.0 one. She's amazingly cute, especially with glasses on.

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February 10 2007 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stephanie

The Shawn - Henry moments on this show are priceless...

February 10 2007 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chris

another great episode. i am starting to look forward to this show more than "lost".

February 10 2007 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
theConundrumm

couldn't have said it better myself... the show has outdone itself consistently since it's return from an oh so painful break, which in hindsight, looks like it was worth the suffering

February 10 2007 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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