Psych Review: Meds Check

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Shawn and Gus found themselves undercover at a mental institution in "Shawn Interrupted," and the shenanigans that ensued made this another memorable installment for Psych.

Molly Ringwald on Psych

The interesting thing about this episode is that it was touted as Molly Ringwald's big guest star moment with no mention of Brad Dourif, and yet Dourif made more appearances than Ringwald. I don't know how that made you feel, but it felt like this was one of those episodes where there were too many guest stars in the mix.

I love when they can get guest stars, of course, and I suppose it means something pretty significant when you can get someone so iconic to play a background role, but this week I was ever so slightly disappointed at Ringwald's under-use. Besides this gripe, the episode content itself allowed Psych to serve up another solid outing.

It didn't surprise me a bit to find that Carlton had thrown a congratulatory party for himself. In fact, it was rather genius. No better way to assert your superiority in crime solving and assure praise than to present it in the form of a harmless celebratory gathering. I felt poorly for Carlton that the victory was short-lived.

That said, Shawn and Gus undercover in a mental institution made for fun television, and by the end of the episode, it was very clear that one of them truly did belong in the mental institution: Gus.

Gus, buddy, the crazy chicks have got to go. Come on, Son!

But you had to love how Shawn was diagnosed with "narcissistic personality disorder." Are there medications for that? Perhaps a treatment? Like an effective injury to his pride? One thing's for sure: I would prefer we left the disorder untreated! Let's be honest, Shawn wouldn't be any fun without it!

It was really sweet how concerned Juliet was about him being there, though. She doesn't even try to hide her protectiveness of him anymore, which adds to the authenticity of their relationship in a genuine way. The best part is is that everyone is pretty respectful of it. I even think that Henry anticipated Juliet's anxiety, sending Gus in with him. It seemed in that moment of explanation about what was going to be required of Shawn that she was about to say something, which was quickly taken back as Henry revealed that Gus would go with him.

The integration of Shawn, Gus, Henry, Lassiter and Juliet as a team has become so seamless that they almost anticipate each other's needs. I wonder if this won't be something to pay more attention to as we move forward this season, or if its a natural product of the fact they've all been through so much together over the past two seasons?

Either way, I want to see more of it!

In two weeks, Psych returns with a much anticipated episode in which THE William Shatner guest stars! Take it from someone who already screened this episode: It's a must watch!


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


HILARIOUS, BEST, BEST, BEST season ever! Completely agree with everything Marcos Rodríguez wrote! Winning PS: Creepy Gus is just hilariously awesome.


How can you not have the "im the ice cream man except i have barbiturates" quote. Easily the funniest of the episode.


What a FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC EPISODE! Absolutely perfect. As the biggest Shawn and Juliet fan on the planet i was ecstatic with this episode. I just adore them as a couple and everything about their relationship as a couple is just AWESOME! I just thought it was so sweet how concerned she was for Shawn and i loved when Shawn said he was making her a wallet, it was just so cute, although that made Juliet even more concerned LOL!. I loved it when Juliet said that her *biggest fear* was that they wouldn't let Shawn out! It really shows just how much Shawn means to her and how much she loves him. As for the rest of the episode. It was classic Psych and was just a joy to watch. My favorite episodes are always the *team* episodes where the four main characters all work closely together, and Maggie and Tim get plenty of screen time. I mean how awesome and beautiful was Maggie Lawson in this episode? She was just amazing! For me personally the thing that makes this show great is when Juliet and Lassiter get plenty of screen time and we get a healthy dose of Shawn and Juliet. Juliet is my favorite character and Shawn and Juliet is my favorite relationship on the show (yes even more than Shawn and Gus), so this episode was just a perfect combination of all the things that i love about Psych. I think that the writers (with the exception of last weeks awful episode) are doing a fantastic job with their romance. Creepy Gus was absolutely hilarious, and i was also relieved that Shawn didn't act all that crazy. I was kinda worried because i thought that he was going to be acting stupid for the entire episode, but in fact he didn't. I was very impressed with Shawn in this episode, and it took me back to the earlier seasons where Shawn acted a little crazy but never lost focus on the case in hand, which was sadly lacking in seasons 4 and 5 where the writers really dumbed down his character. This season he seems to be maturing and getting back to the smart Shawn that i loved from seasons 1-3. So i am extremely happy about that. I am one of those fans that has absolutely no interest in the guest stars because that is not why i watch the show and also because when they bring in lot's of guest stars or *big name* guest stars it nearly always means less screen time for Juliet and Lassiter which is automatically a BIG FAT NO for me! I don't watch the show for the guest stars i watch for the show to see this amazing and wonderful cast every week. They are the best cast ever and i just love all of them so whenever they bring on the big names i am always worried (it was one of the reasons (amongst others) that i almost quit the show during the first half of season 5). Last weeks episode was a prime example of that, and hope that it doesn't happen again. So when i heard that Molly Ringwald and Brad Dourif were going to be on the same episodei was worried that the same thing was going to happen this week and i am so relieved and happy that it wasn't the case. The guest stars IMO should never be the main focus of the show. Having said that i did enjoy both Molly and Brad's performances. Molly looks fantastic BTW. I also liked Gus' latest female obsession. I have no idea who the actress that played her is but i would certainly like to see her on the show again. So for me (with the exception of last weeks baseball fiasco) this season is quite simply perfect in every way, it is the perfect balance of comedy, action, mystery, romance, with less focus on the guest stars which for me is always a win! If they keep this up season 6 of Psych will definitely end up being the best season of the series so far. I am one happy Psych-o. I just love this cast and this show so much.

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