Psych Season Finale Review: Three Blocks to Grayson

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This was an episode so unexpected I had to watch it twice. It was also an episode I don’t think I’d mind watching a third time.

Psych’s season finale delivered a conclusion to the Yin/Yang trilogy that I didn’t see coming, featuring such guest stars as Cybill Shepard, Mena Suvari, Ally Sheedy and Peter Weller.

Who saw it coming that Yang was actually Yin’s daughter?! It could have been her husband, her boyfriend or her son... but I NEVER imagined that Yang would have a father who supposedly didn’t love her and used her to take Shawn down because he was good and because he could take advantage of his daughter’s unhealthy obsession.

Ally Sheedy as Mr. Yang

I expected something much more personal to be at play directly related to Shawn, and in that regard, I was a little disappointed. Then again, how interesting is it that Shawn actually seemed to be a pawn in a game he really had no control over and was collateral for a father supposedly betrayed by his daughter?

I was super interested to learn that Yang threw a wrench in Yin’s plans and betrayed him by not killing Shawn’s mother, Madeleine. It definitely had me rooting for Yang more than I had originally thought possible.

It was like she was prepping Shawn from the very beginning for that one moment where Shawn would take Yin down, only Yang ended up finishing it herself.

On another note, this episode incorporated everyone who was integral to developing this three episode arc. Shawn, Gus, Henry, Madeleine, Juliet, Lassiter, the Chief, Buzz, Yang and even Mary managed to make a posthumous appearance.

It was really interesting that they chose this defenseless blonde to start this whole thing off. I almost got the feeling that this was made for Shawn to prevent what happened to Juliet from happening to someone else, a serious incentive that had him almost fatally feeding out of the palm of Allison Cowley’s hand.

I was surprised and pleased that Madeleine hopped on a plane and came to help Henry sort through photos to determine the connection between Shawn and Yang. I really liked seeing them interact, no matter how brief, after Madeleine’s painfully long absence from the show. I really hope they can get Cybill Shepard back more regularly.

I also think it was really cute that Henry had a collection of Shawn’s hand-turkeys from practically every year of his life. It was a cute moment in what quickly became a very intense episode. Furthermore, props to James for being creative with the appearance of the Yin-Yang symbol in the middle of his bed sheets, definitely a bit of a callback to “Mr. Yin Presents” and the creative body/rock formation from that episode.

Loved that Shawn called in an audible and asked Carlton for the favor of getting Yang released... and that he actually did it. I am now convinced that Carlton and Shawn have formed a mutual respect for one another that will probably make his acceptance of Shawn and Juliet’s relationship in the coming season that much easier and that much more surprising to anyone who isn’t looking for it to happen peacefully.

Cybill Shepherd as Madeleine Spencer

He will surely have a problem with it, but I wonder if Carlton has evolved enough as a person, as he has sure seemed to over the past five seasons combined, that he won’t respond in a way that surprises - and even makes us proud.

The awesomely epic girl fight between Juliet and Allison had me so proud of Juliet. I feel like this was her moment to fight back and win. I feel like part of that was in defense of Shawn, a significant part of it her desire to protect him and the realization that Allison was going to prevent her from doing that, something Juliet would allow to happen over her dead body.

Loved Gus’ speech in the face of death. He acknowledged their ability to live out their childhood dreams together, and I felt like it was a poignant moment among many when characters weren’t afraid to say exactly what they were feeling and looking out for one another. They managed to hold Yin off long enough to be distracted by Yang, who actually killed her own father to save Shawn and Gus, effectively securing personal redemption for the victim she had allowed herself to become.

I was a little disappointed at the Peter Weller reveal as Yin. It was not what I expected, but I can at least appreciate that they got an 80’s star to make it work. He was witty and sociopathic all at the same time, which seemed to be necessary considering the circumstances.

The Yang and Juliet moment was very interesting to me. I love that Yang singled Juliet out for the purpose of negotiation and wondered if Carlton and the Chief thought anything of it in the way of the relationship between Juliet and Shawn. It was particularly interesting that Yang even knew that Shawn was dating Juliet. How could she have known, or did she pick it up because she’s as gifted as Shawn, but just never had anyone who helped her develop that skill for good as opposed to evil?

Did anyone catch that weird few minutes at the end of the episode where not only was Carlton nicer than normal to McNabb, but also had this weird moment where you wondered if he had been drugged, hypnotized or something else?

He seemed to pause on the steps on the way to the viewing room and rub the back the back of his neck, and I couldn’t help but wonder what could have happened. Was it fatigue from the stress of the last day, then significantly perpetuated by his witnessing Shawn and Juliet together in the interrogation room?

Loved the moment between Shawn and Juliet in the interrogation room where he said he would always protect her, and she vowed to protect him right back. Really need to emphasize that moment when he kissed her hand. It was romantic and sweet and I feel like there was a grown-up Shawn moment embedded in it that was truly rewarding for me, and everyone else, to experience.

So strange to think that this whole Yin/Yang conflict began three blocks from where Shawn grew up, always in the purview of a disturbed woman with a sociopathic father and a memory that hadn’t processed a chance encounter with someone who would alter the course of his life in more ways than he probably realizes even now. It was a great plot to spin on the part of the writers that someone like me could spend pages upon pages analyzing its impact on each person involved. Definitely TV to talk about!

Congratulations on a great fifth season, Psych, from beginning to end. See you next summer!


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That's also a very interesting theory. But this is a comedy...there's no way they would go that dark and honestly get away with evil Carlton? I don't think that's it...but maybe I'm programmed to have little place in my heart for eccentric head detectives :p


Merry Christmas everybody. My crazy idea is that Carlton's 'moment' on the stairs was of grief over his masters death, Mr Yin. Carlton maybe is an apprentice of Mr Yin's just like alison was? Also, when Carlton is watching Shawn and Juliet from behind the two way mirror, (coinciding with Juliet's fears of future crazies rolling in) my crazy idea grew, to thinking that the next seasons baddie would be Carlton. Now watching the man who had just killed his master and whose duty it would be to avenge.


what I meant to say is that I think there is a good chance she'll come back in some form. They made a real big point of replicating that shot from "An evening with Mr. Yang" with Allison in the squad car staring Shawn and Gus down. That was the moment I knew that the whole Yang thing wasn't over in the first place.
Unfortunately I haven't seen I don't know what you mean! :p

Avatar the way. "I wouldn't be surprised if Alison doesn't come back next season somewhow" is not what you mean, is it? You assume that she won't come back next season? SHe might...The whole thing at the end smacked a little of SAW, which I hope they don't pursue any further.


@ jackie
I really like your idea that Carlton might realize that he has no one to support him like Juliet does Shawn. That was a role that Carlton was filling, especially in that end scene in "Mr. Yin Presents" and i really agree that he seemed affected to know that everyone sees him as a robot and like he doesn't have the feelings that he does and hides so well. I think Juliet really would like to be there for Carlton, and has tried to be the best she could...
And isn't it interesting that he's joined a dating site with a profile in order to find someone...there is something missing in Carlton's life that he's trying to fill...and I think the further we get along, we might find that Gus is feeling the same way because of Shawn, and we might begin to see Gus and Carlton sort of start where they left off in "Feet Don't Kill Me Now."
I would really like to know what other people think about's a really great point!


@ addict666
I never watched One Tree Hill...but I loved Mary's comment that it was "like a poorly executed Dawson's Creek." I never watched that show either..but Mary's comment made me want to watch JUST to see if it was true :p @ LJ
I'm not sure I caught the look, but something tells me it was probably just that he was exhausted...he almost got injected with a lethal needle...I would probably not look right after something like that..maybe it was that it caught him off guard that he was in the Spencer family hug, rather than a Guster family hug...sometimes you can have a really close relationship with someone and their family but you're never really in it by blood...maybe this was a 'family is what and with whom you make it moment" and Gus was grateful and surprised to be part of it---especially since Madeleine is not really around much and Henry was being affectionate with her and her son and Shawn wanted to include Gus in it because they're like brothers...I don't really think it indicates something is up, but I did notice it and wonder to myself what was going on


I almost feel that the whole thing with Carlton at the end was mostly him thinking about the past experiences with Yin/Yang. Like Shawn said, now Juliet had him, and he would help her get through anything. Carlton always tries to show everybody how callous he is, and how nothing affects him. However, it seems like Yin really shook him up, and witnessing that moment between Jules and Shawn made him realize he has nobody to help support him. Purely speculation, but still. I don't really want Carlton to develop feelings for Juliet, it'd make the whole thing too...sloppy, almost. Partners are supposed to be emotionally attached, and I think Carlton cares for her like he would a sister.


Was anyone surprised by the look that Gus gave at the end when Shawn put his arm around him the in family hug? Gus is usually the "touchy-feely" one who likes the whole family thing. The look he gave made me feel like something was off.


I thought the Carlton scene was really weird too, I rewatched it cause I thought I had missed something. Then I just assumed that he was way more affected than he thought. I really liked this episodde, it had humor, action and drama. The One Tree Hill rant in the video was hilarious and gus's speech was too cute. I liked everything that happened in this ep


@ Dairdude---glad you liked the review and thanks for the clarification on that moment with Carlton. I definitely catch that he was trying to shake off what was no doubt a traumatizing experience from beginning to end...or is it? @Virg---I think you should clarify you're statement....did you really think it was that bad, and if so, why? @Christine---like I said in the review, I wanted to really root for Yang by the end of this thing, I really do believe that she put this thing in motion to get Shawn to take Yin on only to end up becoming her own hero...kind of a weird girl power thing going on this episode in that regard :) @Michael---I wonder if Carlton won't just create his own "don't ask, Don't tell, don't be affectionate around me" sort of policy with regard to Shawn and Juliet, eventually it's going to come out that Carlton saw something...or maybe they will just play it as if Carlton, upon seeing Shawn and Juliet, realized he must be more sleep deprived and shook up than he thought, kind of playing up the clueless Carlton angle @Piecar---Thanks for agreeing with me about that weird combination of Carlton moments...I definitely can't wait to see what they have in store for him this next season, it just seems like things aren't settled...and I wouldn't be surprised if Allison Cowley doesn't come back next season somehow...did anyone else see that that shot of her in the squad car staring down Gus and Shawn was a frame-by-frame callback to "An Evening with Mr. Yang"...that felt like a red flag that this somehow isn't over, like Yin's death was the equivalent of "passing the baton" as he put it @ Elizabeth---this Carlton having feelings for Juliet thing is new to me...I think as far as being really close emotionally as partners working in the field and looking out for one another that there are some feelings there...but as for romantic feelings, I'm less likely to feel comfortable saying that seeing Shawn and Juliet kissing was a punch in the gut. I think he really was questioning his sanity in light of everything that had happened and that they might play it next season that Carlton either just thought he lost his mind and was hallucinating, or he becomes suspicious and tries to tail them in the most comedic way possible...he doesn't understand the concept of subtle! :p but that's why we love him!

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Psych Season 5 Episode 16 Quotes

If you want redemption, then help us track down Yin and save this girl.


Looks like somebody was a bad girl and raided mommy's closet.