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Psych Review: An Innocent Project

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Shawn and Gus took on an interesting project this week on Psych, becoming rebels with a cause when they teamed up with a man wrongly convicted of a crime he didn't commit.

Yes, it required some "True Grits" on the part of our boys to defend their client, considering the such strong evidence piled up against him.

Anthony Anderson on Psych

In a twist I didn't even see coming, this episode pitted Shawn against the officer who put Thane Woodson away, one Juliet O'Hara. It was pretty entertaining to watch these two struggle with their professional opinions at odds, while still being the loving couple we all know they are.

And who knew Shawn and Juliet Tivo-ed "The Voice?"

Even more entertaining was watching Carlton egg on what he perceived to be their inevitable breakup. If there's one thing Carlton is good at, it's being a pessimist. Though I don't think we'd love him quite the same if he weren't.

Then there was Anthony Anderson as Thane. His comedic timing seamlessly meshed with the cast, from his angry declarations to the press that he would find the man really responsible for the robbery which got him incarcerated, to his uncanny ability to make his way to a crime scene he wasn't invited to - and even his textbook memorization of the California Penal Code. He's a character I would love to see back soon!

Let's not forget Stony Jackson's guest appearance. We always laud the ability of Psych to pull in iconic individuals, and this guy has been the subject of many punchlines on this show in the past. I was so pleased I finally got to see him on the show.

Highlights from the episode:

  • learning that Henry hires day-workers.
  • Henry's advice to Shawn that "Love lasts, Money Doesn't."
  • Henry immediately withdrawing that insight when he realized Shawn lost the chance at $10,000.
  • Shawn imitating Thane and failing.
  • Shawn and Gus tearing up at Thane's story.
  • Shawn's attentiveness to Juliet when he'd head she'd been in an accident.
  • Shawn and Gus making loose references to Ghost when Carlton snidely remarked that he, too, hadn't been seriously injured in the accident.

Can you believe it's season finale time already next Wednesday?!?

Let's not even think about that sad fact right now. Instead, consider the following: Would you have taken on Thane Woodson's case? And how badly do you want to win this Psych iPad accessory?!?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.6 / 5.0 (45 Votes)

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I kept saying, "I KNOW THAT GUY!" but couldn't place the actor who played Thane, and IMDB was no help as they haven't filled in the info on this episode yet. Then they made a few Law & Order jokes and I knew who it was immediately. Well done, Mr. Anderson. You created a completely different character so much so that I could not link him to your L&O character, and I'm usually pretty good at that.

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ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC EPISODE!!! My second favorite of the season and one of my favorites of the entire series! The back and forth between Shawn and Juliet was just simply a joy to watch. It really highlighted the wonderful chemistry that James and Maggie have and for me the Shawn and Juliet relationship is the funniest and most entertaining on the show (when they give it a chance to shine). I love the banter between Shawn/Gus and Shawn/Lassie and Shawn/Henry but Shawn and his detective girlfriend Juliet is for me easily the cutest, funniest and most entertaining. It's just a shame that they waited so many episodes to revisit their romance/work dynamic. How cute were these two? I mean the way Shawn showed his concern for Juliet spoke volumes. It was like them saying, yeah we might be at odds with this case but at end of the day all that matters is us. It was so sweet. I hope they continue this dynamic between them next season because it makes the best show on TV even better.

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ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC EPISODE!!! My second favorite of the season and one of my favorites of the entire series! The back and forth between Shawn and Juliet was just simply a joy to watch. It really highlighted the wonderful chemistry that James and Maggie have and for me the Shawn and Juliet relationship is the funniest and most entertaining on the show (when they give it a chance to shine). I love the banter between Shawn/Gus and Shawn/Lassie and Shawn/Henry but Shawn and his detective girlfriend Juliet is for me easily the cutest, funniest and most entertaining. It's just a shame that they waited so many episodes to revisit their romance/work dynamic. How cute were these two? I mean the way Shawn showed his concern for Juliet spoke volumes. It was like them saying, yeah we might be at odds with this case but end of the day all that matters is us. It was so sweet. I hope they continue this dynamic between them next season because it makes the best show on TV even better.

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ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC EPISODE!!! My second favorite of the season and one of my favorites of the entire series! The back and forth between Shawn and Juliet was just simply a joy to watch. It really highlighted the wonderful chemistry that James and Maggie have and for me the Shawn and Juliet relationship is the funniest and most entertaining on the show (when they give it a chance to shine). I love the banter between Shawn/Gus and Shawn/Lassie and Shawn/Henry but Shawn and his detective girlfriend Juliet is for me easily the cutest, funniest and most entertaining. It's just a shame that they waited so many episodes to revisit their romance/work dynamic. How cute were these two? I mean the way Shawn showed his concern for Juliet spoke volumes. It was like them saying, yeah we might be at odds with this case but end of the day all that matters is us. It was so sweet. I hope they continue this dynamic between them next season because it makes the best show on TV even better. I LOVE SHAWN AND JULIET!!

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AH! my favorite episode of this season since Last Night Gus!! :D it just felt like an episode from earlier seasons and i really missed that! shawn's reaction to juliet's accident made me die. SO cute. :)
i really don't want to watch next week's though... i'm so afraid!! hahaha. whaaat a great show!

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Finale? What? Nooooooo! Why did you have to write that, until now I've been so good at blocking it out! ;) The seasons are always way too short... Completely agree with everything you said, this episode was amazing! Especially the way they handled the "conflict" between Shawn and Jules - and I just loved the scene after the accident, they are the cutest couple EVER :) The story itself was great too, I really didn't see any of the twists coming... That's rare, and proves again how awesome those writers and actors are!

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Shawn was so adorable when he was super concerned about Jules. I thought that was a good way to bring them back together and kind of say 'Yeah, we were fighting, but in the end we love each other, and that's above everything else.' Speaking of loving each other, I would still like to hear Shawn & Jules SAY that directly to each other, rather than just Shawn blurting it out. I hope with Juliet being targeted in the next episode, they realize that what they do is dangerous, so they should make sure that they tell each other that they love each other because you never know what could happen. Anyway, loved the episode. Thought the Carl/Thane look-alike thing was funny because when I was on imdb trying to check if it was indeed Anthony Anderson, I saw someone else listed on the episode and was like "wait, he is this character. Hm, I thought I remembered them advertising Anthony Anderson in the episode.' And then in the warehouse, it took me a few minutes to realize that it was Carl, not Thane, with a gun pointed at him. One of my favorite lines:
Lassie: When things go south with Spencer, Marlowe and I met someone that would be perfect.
Jules: That would mean that the person is in prison.......and a woman.
Lassie: Which one of those is a problem?

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Also they did some foreseeing again with Shawn secret ability he keeping from Juliet

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Anyone notice the subtle reference to Anthony Anderson's Law and Order when Gus said the time and Shawn replied with a, "boom,boom" like the transitions on Law and Order? It was a cute detail.