Psych Review: From Dual Spires... with Love!

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In the words of Maudette Hornsby: Epic.

That was my reaction to Psych’s love letter to Twin Peaks, an episode titled "Dual Spires" that made for an entertaining and nostalgic look back at one of the most groundbreaking shows of the 90s.

Sherilyn Fenn as Maudette

Any show that can seamlessly integrate as many call backs and references should be given an Emmy. Not a single line of dialogue or scene went by without an underlying meaning, from The Great Northern newspaper to the Sawmill Diner, and, most memorably, the montage at the end with the “man from another place,” the iconic man in a red suit, and that haunting dance that appeared in the original series.

The best part about it was that none of the references were out of the way; they flowed well with the plot and the rhythm of the episode and dialogue.

Psych got serious points for using an anagram of Paula Merral in reference to the original dead-girl-by-the-lake, Laura Palmer.  Especially intriguing was the fact that Sheryl Lee, the original Laura Palmer, was the one to find the dead Paula Merral - very eerie, but very cool.

This episode was not one for advancing any of the individual character plots or relationships. We only saw Henry once and Carlton only a few times more. Instead, the installment was dedicated to the town of Dual Spires and its quirky residents, and rightfully so.

As far as themed episodes go, this one would definitely qualify as Psych’s best, which is saying a lot, considering the well-crafted season four finale which cited some of Alfred Hitchcock’s best and most memorable movies.  The care they took in engaging Twin Peaks and still remaining true to the show is something Psych manages to accomplish unfailingly, no matter what theme it tackles.

Ray Wise on Psych

There were many great moments in the episode. I was a big fan of Sherilynn Fenn’s role as a librarian. I definitely saw a lot of Audrey Horne in her character Maudette. I really liked the little bit of the Juliet and Shawn relationship embedded in the episode, too, it wasn’t out of the way or too obvious, just a little bit to remind us what show we were watching.

The writers also did a really good job of keeping the case at hand interesting, especially within the context of the tribute to Twin Peaks. The most memorable part of the episode, though, was perhaps the reveal of Paula Merral’s body - I found myself flashing back to watching the pilot episode of Twin Peaks. Great stuff.

If you have the opportunity to watch "Dual Spires" again, it’s definitely one to keep in the DVR. I know I’ll be re-watching it very soon!


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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


@Piecepar: I don´t really get your point. Not everything has to be seen rational, there might be space for imagination. Most of these people do know what they are talking about. Keep your frustation to yourself and don´t blame other people for it.
Psych is a very creative series. It presents hard police work and adds it with a big humorous portion of action and surreality.


I did not get a sense of deja vu, unfortunately. I did think this was a well executed episode and definitely one on my favorite's would be kind of crazy if it was Yang's hometown...definitely something to explore in a fanfic...but not the impression I got. :p


I loved this episode C: I thought it was completely hilarious, especially the part about Gus being the only black person anyone had seen. Epic to the extreme. And did anyone else get a sense of deja vu when watching it? All of the characters, but especially Maudette reminded me of Mr. Yang. Perhaps we just found her hometown?


Zaq, that was just the one time, and the thing was piddling on my hush puppies. Psych isa funny show...This was just not all that funny an episode. Though the cafe dance at the end was all right.


Piecar makes puppies cry. Sad sad person.


I actually watched the series in its entirety for the purpose of understanding what they were talking about as I watched the episode. Like I said in the review, this show was pretty much a dream episode of the crew and a little icing on the cake for people who watched it in the '90's. I admit, it probably was a little out of their normal cannon---but that, and the humor, is why we love Psych. They did something a little out of the box, but they did it REALLY well.


eh. Also known as, "big whoop." The Twin Peaks ship sailed long long long ago. What's next week? Northern Exposure? The bulk of people watching this show don't even know what the hell they were talking about....I do, but couldn't give a crap. A very very very VERY funny cry face from Dule Hill though.

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Psych Season 5 Episode 12 Quotes

My name is Shawn Spencer, and this is my partner Lodge Blackman.


Gus: They act like they've never seen a black person...
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