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Psych Review: Growing Pains

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If there's one thing we can agree on after this week's Psych, it's that "Juliet Wears the Pantsuit." And quite well, I might add.

Coming off of a pair of pretty emotional episodes, this installment - while packed with plenty of Shules - took a more lighthearted tone. Well, as lighthearted as you can get when Shawn is homeless and Juliet is potentially living with a murderer.

Bonding With Woody

I have to admit, it was pretty rough watching Shawn resist his necessary eviction. Juliet really does need space right now. Space to realize how much she loves Shawn and can't be without him and needs him to move back in.

Let's hope she comes to these conclusions sooner rather than later, for everyone's sake.

I agree with Shawn, though. She was really quick to replace him. One wonders if this wasn't her way of trying to quickly establish a new normal that would allow her to be distracted by living with someone new. That little moment at the end of the episode when Shawn left her alone in the house, she really seemed like she would be lonely there.

When people are lonely and alone, they often get time to think and reflect. This is where Juliet will get the opportunity to start really thinking about her relationship with Shawn and if she's really willing to let what they have go. I'll bet a "cool G" that she's not.

If there's one person who has not only stated, but firmly demonstrated, his commitment to never letting go, it's Shawn. I had a flashback to "Romeo + Juliet + Juliet" and that final scene where Juliet says "You didn't give up" and Shawn responds, "And I'll never give up." It was almost comforting to me. He's going to play this out til the day he dies if that's what it takes. But, again, I don't think he'll have to wait that long. Reconciliation is on the horizon.

That said, I think there are others out there who are a lot more pessimistic. Take Carlton Lassiter. Dude bet $300 they would break up and $1,000 that Shawn would "play for the other team" in the aftermath. What a jerk! I guess this just goes to show you that married Lassiter does not mean the complete disappearance of single Lassiter, retaining the same lack of faith in Shawn that he's harbored from Day 1.

We must talk about Lanie. Or was it Wendy? Or was it Laura? You never really can tell with identity thieves. But we'll go ahead and stick with Lanie and go from there. Man, what a story that poor girl had. On the run from a crazy husband, stealing new looks as she goes! I almost felt bad for her until I realized that she jacked Juliet's ENTIRE closet, save that rather novel t-shirt, but we'll save that for later.

Women have rules, and when you start messing with our clothes it's like signing your death warrant.

The only reason I am willing to forgive her is because the theft resulted in Juliet wearing that rather "Fashion!"-able tee that Shawn bought her. I think it's adorable that he tried to buy her a shirt. And to be honest, it actually fit her rather well. Yeah, it's not really something we're used to seeing her in, but it's pretty unique and should become a shirt that's sold through the NBC store. It's the best inside joke ever.

There's one thing that I would have really liked to see more of it was Shawn and Woody. The fact Woody was living in an AirStream almost didn't surprise me. But I could barely handle that he kept having to move around and invited cougars back to it. It's barely big enough for a single person. I can't imagine how they both live in it, let alone invite guests to it. Shawn was really desperate to be anywhere but with Woody, but I think he'll be even more grateful to move back in with Juliet after their temporary breakup as a result of his experience.

Props to Britt Hilger for putting together this girl-powered episode. It's few and far between that the female writers take the helm on Psych, so it was a welcome change to get to see Juliet continue her ascendance to most BA female detective ever, especially in the midst of her temporary breakup with Shawn.

Other highlights from the episode:

  • Henry appearing in the creepy bar.
  • Henry using his "I've been shot" line once more to justify his increasingly degenerate behavior.
  • Shawn revealing he died 10% inside after seeing his mom and dad in the sack.
  • Handyman Shawn trying to unsuccessfully repair Juliet's window. Too cute.
  • Juliet knocking the crap out of that guy. That fight was almost as good as the one in Yang 3. Almost.
  • Gus being Blue Ivy Carter.

Next week's episode looks like a real riot. Shawn Spencer running for public office? The city of Santa Barbara won't know what hit it. If there's one thing they can count on though: he's tough on crime!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 2.2 / 5.0 (197 Votes)

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I thought this was a great episode. Shawn is reigned in a little bit from total crazy detective as he doesn't want to completely drive Jules away.
One thing, Woody is no spring chicken. Are they still cougars if the guy inviting them is their age or older? I agree with another poster: a little Woody goes a long way. More is not better.

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Very good episode - such a talented cast.

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I just want to make sure that Chandel Charles realizes this is just a TV show. She (he? nah, has to be a she) is so deeply involved in the psychology of Juliet's behavior, that I'm hoping she is not losing sleep over a what is realy nothing more than a pleasant little diversion.

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A good episode. I do hate seeing Shawn being so needy but if you look at it he really does nothing on his own. He needs somebody to be with him at all points in time. I thought the case was good and wasn't too predictable. I think this has been a good season with the last several episodes being really good.

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Degenerate behavior?! That's really harsh. Henry is not a degenerate. I couldn't believe how calm Juliet was this whole episode with Shawn's immature stalkerish behavior. He was driving me insane! Talk about denial! I think they should be broken up for a while. If they get back together too soon it's like saying what Shawn did was ok. Juliet deserves a bit more respect than that.

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You gotta love that Woody. I enjoyed the episode. Poor Shawn can't catch a break. The tee shirt that Juliet was forced to wear, the glass window that was the wrong size. I like to think that Juliet will realize how good Shawn is at detective work and that most importantly how much he loves her.

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Way to much Woody these days.

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I liked the episode