Psych Midseason Finale Review: All Grown Up?

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It was like the world got turned upside down on Psych this week.

Just as Shawn looked like he was growing up and taking his relationship with Juliet to the next level, Gus, Lassiter and Henry digressed in age... to the point they engaged in bro-speak. And that was only HALF of what happened on "Neil Simon's Lover's Retreat!"

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So much went down in this installment, I barely know where to start. So let's go with the obvious: Jason Priestley!

Many of you know him from the original 90210, but here we got to see him as a loveable conman/thief, Clive, paired with a gorgeous Jennifer Finnigan as his wife, Barbie. A shout-out to Bonnie and Clyde? I'd have to imagine so.

It was so fun to watch Priestley and Finnigan together as a couple. They were lovey-dovey and over-the-top, but I loved it. I don't think the casting department could have made a better match. They look exactly like Shawn and Juliet, plus they are criminals while the latter two are a psychic/cop. It's the little things, people!

As for Tony Hale, way to be the bad guy. We wanted to feel sympathy for you, and you made it so easy, until you shot someone. Then all bets were off. Props to you.

And so at this time I must laud the writing of newcomer Carlos Jacott. I don't know how many episodes you are responsible for thus far, if any, but if this is your first (as I strongly suspect it is) you are off to a flying start. You will no doubt join the incomparable ranks of Franks, Berman, Harthan, Meltreger, Patterson et. al. in no time.

Not only did you manage to write a thoroughly entertaining and quotable episode, you also unraveled several important plot lines in a way that was true to Psych without dropping it on the audience as if to say "Here you go."

With all the technical praises out of the way, we can finally discuss that shocker. Or was can we even refer to it as that?

I don't know about you, but from the moment Shawn started asking Gus to read his mind, I knew something was up. A big something.

That thought was only reinforced when Shawn began having a heart attack about the stuff from the room being stolen. Shawn barely has any possessions in the first place. He's the first person to admit that. And yet now, of all times, he chooses to start flipping out?!? Of course there was an engagement ring somewhere!

What I found particularly intriguing about all of this was how Shawn managed to keep his purchase of the ring off the radar. Clearly Shawn used Gus's credit card to pay for the trip (and with a fake Burton Guster state identification card, no less), which we've seen happen before. But how is it that Shawn was able to acquire enough cash that he could buy a ring such as that?!?!

This says two things: One, that Shawn really is thinking about a future with Juliet, in a very serious way. Two, that Shawn is, in fact, capable of managing finances in an adult manner (a.k.a that he's able to spend his own money on things he that are really important to him).

I continue to find it interesting how Shawn is always attempting to take things to the next level when Juliet isn't even on that level yet. Remember when he asked her in a drugged and drunken stupor to move in? It's like for every moment he is less mature than everyone around him, he magically pops up with these profound moments of maturity.

It's as if he's consciously not ready for the next level, but subconsciously he is. Who knows what will become of Shawn when he finally reconciles those two sides?

We could ask Gus, except he's too busy being a player in the club. And teaching Lassiter and Henry how to be players, too. Or is it Henry really doing the schooling? It's hard to tell.

While Shawn was having a maturity epiphany, Gus's off-the-hook weekend took a surprisingly hilarious turn when he inadvertently invited Lassiter and Henry on his "biddie hunting trip."

If I ever hear the word "hizzy" come out of Lassiter's mouth, or "player" come out of Henry's mouth, again, I don't know what I will do.

Any time these three men get together, it's like they can't help but be bros. I don't know the last time I heard Lassiter refer to Henry as an idiot. You don't do that with a work colleague - at least not when you're as old as they are.

It's a definite indicator of how far these characters have continued to grow in their relationships with one another. I love watching it. I think this has been the best season yet to watch the pairings switch-up and play out.

It's a shame Psych won't be back until early 2012. But in the meantime, we have a ton of material to deal with!

How will Gus react to Shawn's almost-proposal? What impact will it have on Gus's quest for a steady girlfriend of his own? Sound off below!


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My concern is that these tests he's tanklig about were animals exposed to AIR containing PG. As? humans, we are inhaling it directly into our lungs and it's heated. Isn't that going to have a significant difference in the effects?For the record, I am an e-cig smoker and they are amazing but there really needs to be a more modern day study on this. I'm surprised that hasn't happened by now since they're so popular.


So this was definitely my favorite episode. Hands-down.I've watched it about a million times, and I still squeal at every kiss, all the romance, and....DUH! The ring!!!! I have to say though, I love Psych and all, but Shawn should not propose without Jules knowing the truth. It's just wrong. I think they should wait...but, Hey....The aren't. Didn't James say something about a wedding for the series finale? >_> well, he also mentioned it's not who yo think it would be...or is just twisting out minds? Well, let's hope that Shawn and Jules actually do get married, but before the series. I wonder how Jules' is gonna react to the truth? But for some reason, I feel, I sense (sorry that felt needed-LOL), that Jules already knows.


I am so glad that Shawn is growing up to be the man he wants to be. Yes, he's a little less mature but I think that we all have those moments when we have the times of our lives. The minute I saw that Shawn was trying to get Gus-Gus (Sorry, that's my nickname for Gus) to read his mind, I was like, "Yeah, something is up..." and the first thought that went through my mind was "He's actually going to pop the question to her." And I was right but I wondered why Shawn about died because of the DS being stolen. That was what shocked me. Have you ever noticed that Shawn and Jules are like the awesome couple? That they have the chemistry? Well, due to their personal lives off the screen, James and Maggie are actually together. I had no clue until the other day when I was googling James. LOL! But those two are AWESOME!


No, no, no, no...FAIL! No way Shawn is ready for proposal. No matter how grown up he is becoming, concious or subconcious! He may just be going along with what he "think" Jules wants him to do. She summed things up perfectly, both when first leaving in the car and then walking along at the end. ANNNNND, there is no way Shawn would/should take the relationship to that level without Jules knowing the truth about his abilities. It would just be way too high a fall from that height in their relationship. No way Shawn proposes without asking newly-found Jules' Dad! Especially after all the bonding that was done. No way he doesn't old school it and ask for his blessing first...AND, gets him hysterically involved in a lame-brain production for over-the-top proposal scheme. No Woody? How could they have left out Woody on the guy's ("gentleman's") weekend? He has firmly been added to the group dynamic and would have been a wildly funny addition to the lame club scene. Love how Henry took the bar nap with him right away when they all went off to win the bet. Please don't let Lassie say "hizzle" again. No, Juliette would not have kept from switching automatically into detective mode the minute they found the break in. She is inherently a cop and she would have flipped the switch like a reflex. Great time with Shawn & Jules. They are so comfortable together.
Great moments, great guest stars, but overall disappointing.
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Fabulous ending. It took me totally by surprise but the beauty of it was that, looking back through the story, you could see how perfectly all the pieces fit together. Kudos to the writers! And I loved the camaraderie among the trio of love losers. They were all wonderful. Actually the least interesting character on last night's episode was Shawn. Apparently the more mature he gets, the less outrageous he is. That might not speak well for a future with Juliet. Or a wrap up of the whole show.


Great episode! In general, the first half of Season 6 was very very strong. But has there been any word on a pickup for Season 7? It seems like they're usually renewed by this point, and ratings have certainly been down. Even so, with the character development still ongoing and the storylines so strong, it'd be heartbreaking to have them stop after the Feb/Mar batch of new shows!


Wow Shawn was going to propose to Juliet. I loved the kisses. It was a very funny episode.


Absolutely PERFECT. I just couldn't begin to pick out my favorite scene, except to say the three amigos out picking up chicks makes me laugh out loud just thinking about it (although the only way to make it better would be to add Woodie). Kudos to all for a great mini season, it was worth waiting through the summer just to see these wonderful episodes. Now the coming attraction tease us with a return visit by the Shat, pls pls pls a little Star Trek, at least a little tribble somewhere. Hooray, look forward to next year.


it was just perfect!! i love shawn + juliet!
I always enjoy reading your reviews C. Charles :D

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