Psych: The Ghost In You (season premiere)
(S03E01) Ahhh! The Boys of Summer are back! No, not The Beach Boys, or the song by Don Henley, or the lineup for the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers. I'm talking about Shawn Spencer and Burton "Gus" Guster. For the last two summers this fake psychic and his over-excited friend have joined us on the crime comedy Psych. Now, they are back to tackle a third season that, according to stars James Roday and Dule Hill, should be a good one.
We have already provided an early look for the season premiere, so this review is more to flesh out the events of the episode. Plus, it is also a chance to continue last year's tradition of pointing out all of the pop references spouted by the characters. And, starting this season, to let you know where the pineapple is located in each episode. Please get your mind out of the gutter!
It wasn't surprising that it was actually Shawn's mom who left Henry Spencer, rather than the other way around. Henry can be a hard-ass but, as he displayed throughout last season, there is another side to him. It was good that he finally had it out with Shawn concerning his attitude towards him. We can only hope that this one-on-one, combined with Madeline's revelation, that their relationship turns a corner.
James Roday stretched his dramatic muscles a bit with this episode. He was doing that here and there towards the end of last season as further layers of his character were peeled away, but it all came to a head this week. It was a nice change of pace from the carefree Shawn Spencer that we normally see. Particularly near the end where Shawn really lashed out and actually seemed near tears. I'm not sure how many more times I'd like to see this side of Shawn because I think it could distract from the comedic side of the series. But, a few more dramatic turns certainly wouldn't hurt.
As for tonight's mystery...who knew it was going to be Shawn haunting the house? Then again, as he explained how he made the lights flicker and how he grabbed someone from the supermarket to walk around in a wedding dress, it sorta made sense that this would be something he did. For those who were disappointed in this reveal there was the actual mystery involving the affair between Gus' boss and his secretary.
Before we go, time for the pop references. They all appeared during the first few minutes of the episode. These included an unopened package of Shrinky Dinks, Furby, and a mint condition copy of Dynamite magazine featuring the cast of Square Pegs. Also, mention of Jello cake, which is something I have never had a chance to partake in. As for the pineapple? I have no idea where it was this episode. If anyone else knows please let me know.
Next week on Psych: While I'm out covering Comic-Con, Shawn and Gus go to their high school reunion.
|Good. Nice to see James Roday in a more dramatic role.||220 (67.5%)|
|Fair. Missed an actual mystery.||77 (23.6%)|
|Not good. Didn't feel like an episode of 'Psych' at all||29 (8.9%)|