Psych: Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast (season finale)
(S01E15) Exactly twenty years later . . . give or take ten minutes.
And so, with heavy heart, we come to the conclusion of the first season of Psych. What at first seemed like a quirky little comedy-mystery hybrid (I call it mysterdy) featuring a Tom Cruise lookalike, the guy from The West Wing, and Arnie Becker, has become an amusing show full of snappy banter, decent character development and references to 227. Yes, Psych has come a long way in a very short time and I'll miss it while it's away on vacation. In the meantime, though, let's take a gander at this week's show.
Pretty strong for a final episode, although a bit different. That's because it was co-written by Shawn Spencer himself, James Roday, and directed by one Mr. John Landis (Animal House, Blues Brothers). The tone of the show was a little less humor, a little more tension. As Roday put it in his blog, it was a "thriller" episode of Psych.
Actually, James put it this way about this week's episode, 'It meant an opportunity to stretch the boundaries of our show without compromising the elements that make us what we are; an opportunity (in the first season mind you) to show that Psych's winning formula can transcend genre to an extent and hopefully keep viewers chuckling and chortling even when there are "spooky" set pieces and a little more tension than usual.' It actually worked pretty well, There were enough laugh out loud instances (Shawn and Gus running out of the sorority house screaming their heads off) and scary moments (the doctor jumping onto the hood of Henry Spencer's police cruiser at the beginning of the show) to keep it interesting.
What I enjoyed the most this week was the amount of screen time Maggie Lawson had. She has been getting more and more screen time during the second half of the season and this episode was a nice way to culminate her role on the show. She even got to be in the climatic ending, which featured a confrontation between her and the psycho friend of the murdered victim shown at the beginning of the program. Should she and Shawn get romantic next season? I don't think so. I like the sexual tension that they have going now.
Speaking about Shawn, he was quite serious this week; thus showing us another facet of his personality. If there has been one character that has grown a great deal over this entire season it's Shawn. It may not seem so on the face of the program, since there really is no continuity of plot. However, Shawn has definitely matured into an effective private investigator.
A brief mention before I go about the other main players on Psych. Lassiter: his story this week was hilarious. I felt sorry for him as he was paired up with that slightly more mature rookie detective (played by Mercedes Ruehl). It may sound weird, but I thought it was funny that she had a cardiac incident chasing that innocent butcher boy. Gus: I've said it before and I'll say it again . . . Gus has really done well for himself the second half of the season. He is really picking up on his investigative skills and finding things first before Shawn does. Plus, he looks like Bud from The Cosby Show. Henry: The senior Spencer has certainly thawed since we first saw him. He may have been a bit tipsy at dinner this week, but he definitely has more of a bond with his son then he did in earlier episodes.
That's it for now, kids. I hope to be back with you in July for a new batch of Psych episodes. Thanks for sticking around.