Psych: Disco Didn't Die. It Was Murdered!
(S03E05) Methuselah Honeysuckle and Old Scratch Johnson -- The names Henry Spencer gave Gus and himself while Shawn was introducing them at the DA's office.
Ready for this? We are nearly three-quarters of way through the first half of the third season of Psych. After this week's episode there are only two more left until the season takes a break. Other than the annual holiday special that will air in December the next time we will see Shawn and Gus after the first week of September will be the middle of January. So, enjoy while you can.
Well, I kept wishing for an episode where Henry and Shawn would truly work together on a case. And, I got my wish this week. Not only did they work on a case together, but it was Henry's biggest case while he was still on the police force. So, there was really pressure on both the younger and older Spencer men to solve the case. Of course, this led to some tension between the two.
The tension was inevitable since it was a battle of two strong personalities: the showy Shawn and the no-nonsense Henry. Their two different styles of detective work were easily discernible during this episode, particularly when they were together at the District Attorney's office. While Shawn was out there pushing his "psychic" mojo to work on the administrative assistant, Henry was 'Yeah, yeah, you're going to have another baby, and it's a boy.' What was interesting to see was they were both looking at the same pieces of evidence at the same time. Whether Shawn likes it or not, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Throughout the episode there was always a chance that the competition between the two would explode into an all-out argument, and it did about halfway through the show. What wasn't expected was the person who would breakup the argument. Sure, Gus is still a fraidy cat -- as seen when he ran away from the bomb site at the end of the episode -- but he is also showing more and more backbone each time. So, when he scolded both Spencer men in the way they were acting it was fun to watch. Particularly when he said that Henry was, well, old, and Shawn had a brilliant idea once in awhile. What it did was reflect the anger they had against each other to Gus.
What this case did was to bring Shawn and Henry a bit closer in their relationship. This is something that has been brewing since Shawn's mother revealed it was her that requested a divorce from her husband. Shawn actually felt bad at the way his father showed defeat at losing his biggest case. Henry, once the case was resolved, was genuinely thankful that Shawn helped to solve the mystery. Whether or not this father-son bonding will continue throughout the rest of the season has yet to be determined.
There were two differences to this episode that I found interesting. One was the cold open. For the first time, I believe, young Shawn was not a part of the flashback. Most likely, this was due to the timeframe it took place in -- around 1978. We rarely see Henry doing any police work in these flashbacks (though, he's in uniform most of the time), so it was good to see him strutting his stuff this time around. The other difference was the opening theme. I don't believe that we have ever heard the first verse to the theme song since the show began. It's very rare that shows actually have an opening theme, so to create a longer version of the opening is refreshing.
Other items of interest, including this week's pop culture references:
Señor Gotcha -- one of Shawn's photogenic poses
Gus has $400 in his wallet and sock, which is 'Just In Case' money
Pookie Wiggenton was the name of one of Henry's contacts. Pookie was portrayed by Ted Lange, who fit quite comfortably into the 70s motif.
One of the older Students Against Government soldiers was Jere Burns, who starred on the NBC sitcom Dear John
The further connection between Jules and Lassie as they try to get the good detective cases. And, by the way, is Lassiter going gray?
Two of my favorite quotes from Shawn this week: 'I'm getting some serious jive and it is fly.' and 'The jive's over. We should go before people explode.'
This week's pop culture references: Mimeograph machine, Raiders of the Lost Ark, National Treasure, Phil Collins and the Genesis song "Invisible Touch," and The French Connection's Popeye Doyle
Next week, the focus is on Chief Vick as Shawn and Gus head off-shore.
|I liked it. It was interesting to hear the first verse of the theme song.||291 (73.1%)|
|I like the shorter opening theme better||53 (13.3%)|
|I wish the show skipped the opening theme to air more show.||13 (3.3%)|
|Psych has an opening theme?||41 (10.3%)|