In perhaps the most joyous and most heartbreaking episode Psych has ever delivered, fans everywhere are likely losing sleep tonight and for many nights to come due to "Deez Nups."
First, we really have to deal with what went down on the Shules front.
I know a lot of you are wondering how Juliet could not have seen Shawn's deception coming sooner. How, after living with him and working with him for so long, could she have not known that Shawn wasn't really psychic?
What this really comes down to is more about Juliet than it is about Shawn. Juliet's father and stepfather are both pretty much liars for a living. "In for a Penny" and "No Country for Two Old Men" taught us that. When you think about it, Juliet's reaction is about how she could have fallen for a man who was essentially a carbon copy of her dad and stepdad in that he's a great con artist. She did what her mother did: fall for the wrong guy.
Except Shawn isn't the wrong guy. The initial shock of this thought is what has her throwing champagne in Shawn's face. That isn't to say that Juliet likes liars. She banned Declan from taking cases with the SBPD after he came clean, and she got over his deception pretty quickly, likely because it hadn't been going on for 7 years.
That said, I think you also have to factor in the amount of time Shawn had to tell her - and didn't. Of course she's going to question what parts of what he's said and done in the past were real and which ones were fake. She was too shocked to really think it through and just had to get out of there.
It also hit home because this wasn't Shawn coming to her first. He waited till she had to back him into a corner. He should have gone to her sooner, especially once they'd moved in together. I could see him wanting to wait until they were more solid in their boyfriend/girlfriend relationship before he sat her down for a real talk about it. She probably thought that, being where they were in their relationship, he planned on continuing to lie to her for the rest of their lives.
I honestly believe that this is where the core of the conflict between these two is coming from right now. I don't think it will be easy to get out of, but am confident that if Shawn could take the road that allowed him to tell the truth rather than explain it away then there's hope for them yet.
At the very least there is this: Shawn has never lied to Juliet about how he feels about her. That's what's most important here. The sooner he can convey that, the better things are likely to turn out - and that moment might hit sooner than we think.
Even as we carry heavy hearts, let them become a little lighter as we reflect on Carlton and Marlowe finally becoming Mr. & Mrs. Lassiter.
The epicness started with Lassiter actually taking a day off from work. Unreal. It only got better from there.
I loved all the references to The Hangover, especially the parts where they were denying charging it with being unrealistic. Look at their lives! "Last Night Gus" is proof that that kind of overnight ridiculousness is a real thing!
But what I enjoyed most was probably Lassiter's admission that Stumpy wasn't really his BFF. His speech about being embarrassed about not having anyone to be at his Bachelor party had me yelling at the screen. He had four people right there who would have been at his side on his wedding day. Lassiter, Shawn, Gus and even Henry and Woody have had to team up so many times over the years they really are besties. Carlton shrugs off the bromance, but he's right in the thick of one with all those guys.
Now I really have to talk about Marlowe's best ladies, Big Wendy, Juliet and even Chief Vick. That last one was a real doozy. I loved seeing Chief Vick not in control of her faculties, especially when Henry was trying to give her a Powerade. That will never happen again. I adore that they've all become so comfortable with one another that those are the kind of things that could happen and they seem like business as usual.
Chief Vick also had one of those moments with the music that we've all come to know as the "big confession" music. I've never heard her talk fondly about her husband ever. That was a shocker for me. But I loved every second of it, and I wished she could have continued on giving Marlowe more marriage advice.
If she had, though, that might have forced them to shortchange the time we had to see Carlowe exchange their vows. That would have been a real shame, because that whole sequence, minus the shootout, was beautiful. The hand thing. The hand thing from "This Episode Sucks" is what got me. Carlton is much more of a romantic than I give him credit for.
And, just when you thought there weren't anymore highlights to be had:
- Stipper Buzz. I understand, it's hard out there, and you have to make money for that dream house. I just wish you wouldn't have landed at this particular gig.
- The fact Buzz lost his tear away pants at Lassiter's wedding. He should never be able to live that down.
- Big Wendy and Woody and the shower. We don't know what happened. Then again, we know exactly what happened.
- Gus' random Spiderman comment.
- Gus trying desperately to get a hold of Rachel
- Herb Pollock officiating Carlowe's wedding. Priceless.
This episode had it all, heart, handcuffs, and everything else you could have asked for from a Psych wedding.
So, what do you think the future has in store for our favorite couple and our pair of newlyweds. Sound off below!
C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.