Psych has FINALLY RETURNED!And "Santabarbaratown 2" taught us three very important things:
- Henry is still alive!
- Few things are more attractive than Shawn with a gun in his hand.
- Lassiter has a favorite kind of land mine.
Despite the fact we've waited almost a year for Psych to return, it picked up right where it left off in the Psych Season 6 finale. Henry was shot by Jerry Carp, one of his old partners. Luckily for Henry, Shawn wasn't far behind - and neither was the ambulance.
Though Shawn was clearly shaken a little more than sleep deprived, he attacked the case with a renewed vigor to bring Jerry Carp to justice.
The pursuit, however, proved rather intense, starting with Shawn's cathartic dismantling of Carp's house, which I found to be a clever and simultaneously meaningful way to express Shawn's distress at the situation while still keeping it completely true to the show and the character.
Combined with his repeated encounters with glass - shattered at least twice with his elbow - and his psychic prowess, Shawn's body proved a rather lethal weapon as well.
His antics also caused a little bit of friction between him and Juliet, who worried about his erratic behavior at every turn, usually in an attempt to cover for him. It proved rather handy when Shawn found himself in a post-semi-Mexican standoff bind with Carp and faux-lanthropist Julian Drake. Had Juliet not shot Drake, we could have very well had another near-fatal incident on our hands.
That said, take note that now both father and son have been shot on the show. Perhaps the shared experience will bring these two even closer together?
Shawn also did a lot the shooting himself, which we haven't seen much of in a while. Leave it to him, though, to see shooting a semi-automatic gun as the way to advance the case. Then again, he was also making enemies left and right; J.E. Vest being one of them.
Vest, hands down, wins the award for Best Use of a Weapon in this episode. That landmine idea was genius, and I think it's probably one of my favorite Shawn and Gus moments to date. I have never known two grown men more willing to put their lives on the line for a plate of jerk chicken apology nachos in my life, let alone compromise their survival by enlisting a robot to grab their snacks for them!
Other highlights from the Psych Season 7 premiere:
- Woody and the body bags. There is just something wrong with that man. God help us for loving him anyway!
- The return of Chelsea from "Neil Simon's Lovers Retreat." May we never see, or hear, from her again.
- Satchel Gizmo and Soup Can Phil. Can we get more of these epic disguises?
- The Blueberry being ripped in half. May it's recovery be quick.
- The Cranberry. Props to Gus for the dope name, but shame on him for not ensuring the rental with a friend like Shawn.
- Karen not telling Shawn not to investigate---just another reason the Chief is badass.
- The "Big fat kisses" sign-off between Shawn and Juliet on the phone. They are too cute!
- Lassiter coming to Shawn's aid, clearly on Juliet's behalf. What a great partner!
It's SO GOOD to have you back, Psych! What was your favorite part of the premiere, Psych-O's?!?
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