(S03E03) "Deboned. Killed and re-killed. How does that work?" -- Gus, while filling out stunt forms.
Hi all. Before I begin I want to give a tip of the hat to Allison who covered last week's review of Psych while I was waiting in line over at Comic-Con. There were some moments, as I was contemplating gnawing on a a $7 hot dog, that I wished I was home watching this show.
I want to start this week's review not at the beginning, but at the reveal. Don't worry, I'm not going to let you know who the culprit was before the jump -- that would be a criminal offense. What I want to talk about was how Shawn went about it this time around. Usually, young Mr. Spencer is quite boastful during the reveals, sometimes to the point that he rubs in the fact that he solved the mystery. This time around there wasn't much boasting. In fact, Shawn took a very dramatic route when he revalued who was trying to kill Dutch the Clutch. Hey, when James Roday said there was going to be 20% more drama on the show he wasn't kidding.
Want to know why he was so dramatic, then read on. If you don't want to know yet, then wait until you watch the show to jump ahead.
When Shawn discovered that Dutch the Clutch was trying to kill himself in order to allow his family to collect on his life insurance he showed a side of himself that we don't see too often on the show. He's been sympathetic before, but he was downright compassionate when talking to Dutch. There was no boastfulness, no swagger, no 80s pop references. It was a reveal that was one of the more straightforward of the series.
I think part of that came from why Dutch was doing what he was doing. Despite all of the death-defying stunts, despite all of the injuries, Dutch was dedicated to his family. Not his craft, not the vehicles he road through fire, but his family. It touched Shawn because it put him in his reflective mode about his own family. One of the more poignant moments was when Shawn asked Dutch if he would rather get his family financial security after he died or an extra six months with him. If Shawn was in the same boat I would think he would say the six months.
I didn't take Dutch for the culprit in this week's episode. Frankly, I didn't realize who it was until Shawn met Dutch in the entryway to the auditorium. As more and more suspects were eliminated the only person I thought it could be was Dutch's wife Vicki. Then again, she was barely shown so it was hard to make a determination. By the way, was that Mercedes McNab as Vicki? For those unfamiliar with the name, think more of the character Harmony on Buffy and Angel.
After diverting over the last two weeks from Psych's standard format it was good to see Shawn and Gus working the streets to solve a mystery. What I really enjoy is all of the various locations that the Psych duo end up in week after week. It helps keep the show fresh. Though, I'm a bit worried that they'll eventually run out of location in 'Santa Barbara' and have to look elsewhere for mysteries.
I was also happy to see Shawn and Gus making a return to the precinct when either Lassie or Jules are there. We haven't seen much of that since the beginning of the season and it is always good when they all get together. Lately, the stories of the Psych detectives and the detectives of the Santa Barbara police department have been separate, which I guess helps to build the characters. Still, I miss the interaction between the quartet.
Speaking about the detectives, it's good to see Carlton on the dating path again. He still has feelings for his ex-wife -- that much is evident. But, at least he's trying. Unfortunately, he still doesn't grasp the concept of dating. I mean, telling a story about a dead clown and providing crayon drawings describing the incident isn't my idea of a date. And, after being a detective for so long, you would think he wold know the difference between a friend of Jules and a professional.
All right. Before we go it's time for the weekly pop reference tally and pineapple locator. I didn't see the pineapple this week. Although, I have a feeling it was at the tiki-style bar that was part of Dutch the Clutch's after-party. The pop references were flying this week and featured a number of esoteric items. These included That's Incredible, the Allman Brothers' 'Ramblin' Man', the television series Police Woman (referenced by the chief during a story to Juliet), mime Marcel Marrceau, the movies Blue Thunder, Blue Lagoon, and High Road to China, and, for all that his holy, Aldo Nova.
That's it for this week. Next time on Psych, Steven Weber makes an appearance as another Spencer relative.
|Very dramatic. A nice change for Shawn||253 (72.9%)|
|Neither here nor there. Nice acting, but nothing special||61 (17.6%)|
|Very forced and schmaltzy. Drama is not James Roday's suit||33 (9.5%)|