'Psych' Season 5, Episode 9 (Season Finale) Recap
by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 8th 2010 11:15PM
['Psych' - 'One, Maybe Two, Ways Out']
For the most part, this has been an uneven summer season of 'Psych.' There was even discussions here about whether 'Psych' was getting a bit long in the tooth. Fortunately, tonight's season finale was a shot in the arm for the series, an action-oriented episode that thrust Shawn and Gus into a complicated case of cat and mouse from the get-go. For more on the episode, and Shawn's desire to open an ice cream shoppe, read on.
There were 'Chuck' elements to this episode, especially since Shawn and Gus fell right into the Chuck Bartowski mode. They're detectives, not spies, so there were things that flummoxed them. And Nadia was a kick-ass spy.
She was played by Franka Potente ('The Bourne Identity'), and when she first approached Shawn and Gus, she was asking them for a favor. "I need to be erased." Since she'd worked with Juliet's brother, the guys were inclined to help her ... until she threatened their lives.
Shawn agreed to help her. Nadia was a tough cookie, very Jason Bourne, even though she made it clear that this was real, not a movie. Of course, the inside joke was that Franka was in the 'Bourne' films. When Nadia tried to seduce Shawn, it was ridiculous. Nadia was playing Shawn.
But Shawn didn't know that. He got her to fess up, but the fact that Nadia pretended to want him was fake, and that was key. But Shawn not wanting Nadia was real, however. Shawn is still hung up on Juliet, and thanks to an open mic, Juliet knows it now.
The way Nadia was captured was a little too neat and clean, but it set up the finish. Nadia's phone revealed the true culprit -- Fong. The tell-tale two watches was a little obvious -- who wears two watches? -- but it worked.
The interaction between Gus, Shawn and Strabinsky was excellent. First Gus figured out that Strabinsky was in in a hideout in the Los Padres National Forrest. But after Strabinsky faked his death -- to erase himself -- Shawn found Strabinsky a second time by tracking his energy output. That was kind of like the UFO episode with Freddie Prinze, Jr., but why quibble. That was a really good episode.
So, the emotional heft of the show came down to Juliet's plans to go to Italy with Declan Rand (Nestor Carbonell). Much to Shawn's displeasure, Declan has become important to Juliet. And why shouldn't she be attracted to him? He leaves her grapefruit on the nightstand and says it's from the grapefruit fairy!
Still, after hearing Gus and Shawn's conversation, Juliet hadn't changed her mind about going away with Declan. Shawn didn't know that she'd heard his confession, but he did give her advice about capturing moments on the trip. Juliet's response was a soul-searing kiss that left both her and Shawn stunned. "Wild Horses" played on the soundtrack. What does the kiss mean and will Juliet still be going off to Amalfi with Declan? Hmm ... I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Other points of interest
-- Jon Gries from 'Lost' played Strabinsky; C. Thomas Howell from 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,' who looks really thin as an adult, was the CIA agent Driggs.
"I don't have time to give you Spy 101 lessons." Nadia to Shawn
"This is our chance to Bourne it up." -- Shawn to Gus
"I can find that spy in eight hours." -- Driggs
"Okay, find that spy." -- Shawn
"My spirit has to remain unchained, like my melodies." -- Shawn
"Yes, the old crashing in the guest room routine." -- Shawn
"I will snuff you out without touching you." -- Strabinsky to Shawn.
'Psych' airs Wednesdays at 10PM ET on USA Network.