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Psych Review: Winners and Losers

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In  shocking turn of events, Shawn became "The Santa Barbarian Candidate" this week on Psych.

Not surprisingly, it led to some pretty serious shenanigans that made this hour another in a long line of winning installments.

Shawn For Mayor

I think we all knew from last week's preview that Shawn would be running for mayor. What I didn't expect, though, was for him to have already been behind the podium and making speeches within the first three minutes of the episode. Clearly I underestimated Shawn's candidate potential.

Even though Shawn seemed to be experiencing some rather epic success on the campaign trail, his love life is still at a standstill with little baby step gained every day. It was very interesting to see these two worlds collide.

Where Shawn seemed to do well at the Founder's Gala, especially after his dance with Juliet, that same dance produced even more feelings than even I anticipated and ultimately an ultimatum which could have cost Shawn - and Gus - everything. So let's talk about that for a minute.

Every week since Shules broke up I've taken a minute to analyze Juliet's psychological hangups. But, if I'm being completely honest, it's been pretty spot-on and it's definitely helped us get a better idea of where Juliet's progressively at in terms of getting back together with Shawn.

So, Shawn admitted that he'd lied to Juliet on one other occasion, apparently trading a man-date with Gus over dance classes. Yet, in a very un-Shawn like twist, it turns out he actually ended up going to take the class without her because he felt bad.

This ended up causing Juliet to end their dance in favor getting some space behind a tree. This is intriguing to me. The minute he tries to attack his lies right on, she runs. I think it's a mix of the fact she really loves Shawn, and particularly that Shawn had surprised her in a way she didn't expect, but she's so set on still placing that boundary between them over the fact he lied about being psychic that she runs every time she catches herself falling for him again.

I love that Juliet admitted she loved Shawn, but was pretty ambivalent about the fact she decided they still weren't getting back together. I know that she's upset, but the whole needing to build trust back thing is starting to feel forced, especially when it's clear that she still adores him and wants to be with him very much.

The fact Juliet gave Shawn the ultimatum about telling the Chief was probably my most strident indicator that Juliet was placing a wall between her feelings for Shawn and the reality of his deceit. But Shawn really challenged her commitment to that ultimatum when he came to the station to tell Karen the truth.

Juliet's decision to intervene really exposed her feelings for Shawn and put her in the line of fire in a way I didn't expect. The Chief came down on them both pretty hard when Juliet barged in with that lie about the illegally seized evidence. That was pretty hardcore. I didn't want Juliet to be in trouble like that, but the work that it did for her relationship with Shawn spoke volumes.

Chief Vick deserves some love here, too. She has fully committed to the idea that Shawn is a psychic and won't here Shawn tell her anything different. I always thought Kirsten Nelson played the Chief as knowing but maintaining plausible deniability and I think her actions in this episode reaffirms that interpretation.

That said, I think Shawn's campaign deserves some attention.

Aside from demonstrating himself a formidable political opponent, that image would not have been possible without the diligent work of his campaign director, Gus.

Gus really had his day this episode. Between all the Holes and The West Wing references, Dule Hill was on full display. He made a great campaign manager. If only Shawn had stuck to the script during his Sun Up Santa Barbara interview.... Well, at least Woody was on board with Shawn's platform!

Oh, well, when Gus really had to throw the election, he apparently went all out. I really wish we could have seen the foot fetish TV spot. But the one we did get to see was pretty rich. Shawn sees babies crying and city destruction, and paid for the ad himself. Very crafty, Gus.

So, it seems we have a crafty political machine on our hands, but next week it look's like Shawn and Gus may be the number one suspects in a murder investigation. One wonders how they will get themselves out of that one.

Any ideas?

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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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I love this show so much!! I read that they are only doing 1 more season. Did anyone else hear that? I feel if they want to go out on top, they will do what they did with "MONK" after 8 seasons. They made their series finale how they wanted it to end before they would be cancelled. All the main characters lives would pan out with a happy ending & closure for Adrian Monk. I would love to see Juliet & Shawn get married with Gus getting married too & living next door to each other! Their spouses will have to accept that Shawn & Gus will always be "kids at heart" in a good way!

Marissa

Good episode. I figured the campaign manager was the killer the whole time so I wasn't shocked when we found out it was him. Shawn and Juliet's dance was nice and it was sad to see her run away and then give Shawn as ultimatum. I really didn't think Shawn would tell the chief so I was shocked when he walked in and started to tell her it shows how much he really loves Juliet. I wasnt surprised web Juliet ran in and stopped him I thought she would do that and it showed how much she loves him and showed and he knew he was right about him doing good that way. I can't wait till the next episode It looks really good.

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These does not just affect shawn and gus you know it also affect Henry he can go to jail as well for knowing about this I guess one has to wonder if his serct ever does come out what does that mean for the bad guy they put away

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It was a great eposode but not super/amazing mostly because the case itself was elementary in construction. Gee, who'd ever suspect the weird guy? Also the suspect chose to try and run which even having characters saying it's a pathetic move (he could've atleast tried to attack Shawn or something) Juliet frustrates me a bit and clearly Shawn's previous selfish actions weren't helping anything. The push and pull of Shules lately has me cheering one moment then disappointed the next. The dance especially where Shawn reveals a little bit of humself to Juliet and then she rejects thim. He talks with her then she gives him an ultimatum. Shawn for once makes the right move by potentially sacrificing Psych to try and prove himself and win Juliet's trust. Luckily he didn't have to and while Juliet taking a hit from the Chief showed her feelings for Shawn, she still kept him at a distance in the end. Baby steps is an understatement but I hope they get back together soon before it gets more tiring.

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(cont.) Next weeks episode is penned by Andy Berman who is notorious in psych-verse for his emotional Shules scenes, so i am betting that next week will be the moment we have been waiting for. Just wanted to correct you on one thing about next weeks episode and that is that it is Gus that's in trouble and not both of them, Shawn has to save Gus from being arrested after tampering with a crime scene at Central Coast Pharmaceuticals (Gus' “real� job). Also from the preview it looks like Shawn and Jules will be working closely together on this one, i can definitely see her having some sort of epiphany and finally reconciling with Shawn in this episode.

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Please ignore the first comment, i thought your article was spot on. I agree that they are dragging out Juliet's trust issues a little too much now and especially now that she herself is lying to people she cares about and respects to protect the man she loves. I think she is about realize that just because Shawn lied to her about being psychic that does not mean that he can't be trusted and that trust is not so black and white, and that sometimes it is necessary to lie in order to protect people and sometimes even for a greater good. She surely expects Lassie to still trust her yet she is now lying to him on a daily basis. She needs to realize and is going to realize very shortly that this wasn't about her and that he has always been there for and will always be there for her and is willing to do anything for her. This weeks episode, if anything proved just how committed he is to Juliet and how serious he is about making this right between them and earning back her trust. Next weeks episode is penned by Andy Berman who is notorious in psych-verse for his emotional Shules scenes, so i am betting that next week will be the moment we have been waiting for. Just wanted to correct you on one thing about next weeks episode and that is that it is Gus that's in trouble and not both of them, Shawn has to save Gus from being arrested after tampering with a crime scene at Central Coast Pharmaceuticals (Gus' “real� job). Also from the preview it looks like Shawn and Jules will be working closely together on this one, i can definitely see her having some sort of epiphany and finally reconciling with Shawn in this episode.

Psych Season 7 Episode 10 Quotes

My senses don't lie---they multiply.

Shawn

You are on the hook until you make it so I don't have to lie for you anymore.

Juliet
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