Psych Season 8: Why 10 Episodes is Enough

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Ever since USA announced Psych would return for a shortened eighth season, there was an immediate call for the usual number of 16 episodes.

Late in 2013, the network ordered additional scripts, which brought the total to 10 installment for what is, many fans believe, the show’s final season.

The series wrapped production in August, with it props and costumes sold a few weeks later, leading many to believe the end is near for Shawn, Gus and company and many to react with understandable sadness.

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But I recently had the chance to review Psych Season 7 and the conclusion I’ve come to - though rather painfully and after at least a few tears shed - is that while our hearts aren’t ready to let the antics of Shawn and Gus go, the story itself is ready to come to a close.

When we think back to all the things that went down last year, the most significant in terms of plot actually began in Psych Season 7 Episode 10. When the mayor turned over, the power structure that kept our favorite team together significantly changed.

By the time Trout rocked our worlds in Psych Season 7, Episode 14 when he placed Karen on leave, the foundation further eroded, leaving Shawn, Gus, Juliet and Lassiter in fundamentally different positions.

With Karen out of the picture, our fearless foursome is exposed and out of their element. Shawn’s secret is no longer safe and now subject to even sharper scrutiny. Over time, Karen clearly paved the way for Shawn to get away with more than he ever should have.

Thanks to new personnel at every turn, the stakes are higher and the situation more tenuous. This is assuming he even has a chance to continue to get hired by the department, which I strongly doubt as Trout openly fired them.

Lassie is no longer Head Detective, which means any power he may have had over protecting Shawn - or even himself - is minimal, and, in fact, his possible demotion nearly makes them equals, a badge the only thing that separates them in any capacity.

The only thing that can truly keep the fab four together lies in the power structure they’ve forged among themselves up to this point. While we won’t know what it looks like until the show returns on January 8, there’s a good chance it will allow the focus of the upcoming installments to turn inward on Shawn, Gus, Juliet and Lassiter.

This crime-fighting unit came a long way in Season 7. Lassie and Marlowe tied the knot in Psych Season 7 Episode 8, the same episode in which Juliet uncovered Shawn’s secret. Both leading men had to, and will continue to, learn how to navigate their new respective spaces.

Putting this growth in perspective, Lassiter and Marlowe only spent a little bit of time together outside her incarceration before tying the knot. This was the same man who fought his divorce for the first three seasons of the show. He’s come quite a long way.

Shawn is finally becoming the man he is meant to be, and there are very few barriers between him and Juliet finding a happy ending, even less so now that she’s on the inner circle when it comes to knowing Shawn’s secret.

Not to mention the lengths he went to in order to ensure he and Juliet got back together. While I still lament the fact I didn’t get to see the reconciliation, the fact it happened is enough.

Without spoiling anything, it is unclear what Juliet and Lassiter’s roles will be in the upcoming season. The same thing goes for the Chief. They will need to replace the Head Detective, who knows how long that will go empty for, though we all know there’s a possibility that Mira Sorvino will fill it towards the end of the season.

Lassiter may end up a regular detective or something less. We also don’t know whether or not Karen will continue to have a strong presence in the lives of her top investigators. With all roads open, they could lead anywhere.

At the very least this leaves the option open for all of them to go their separate ways outside of the precinct. With the Psych Agency on its way out due to lack of cases, it may force Gus to return to Central Coast full time or seek new employment altogether.

Similarly, this means Shawn may have to actually find himself full time work elsewhere or, in a real shocker, actually become a cop. That option, however, seems to be the outlier. It may also force him to consider a reevaluation of his relationship to other things and people in his life, perhaps even leading to a proposal at some point. The field seems fairly open on what comes next for our favorite psychic.

This is why 10 episodes is enough.

It's enough to let us see how things have changed and what direction they will take our favorite crime fighting team in. It is also enough to give us a few things we haven't had a chance to see, fun things we didn't know we wanted to see our characters do, and the moments we've always longed for.

I know it’s hard to fathom just how different things will be this season, but the reality is that it will be in a very fundamental way.  We need to at least be able to accept that fact and roll with it.

The good news is we’ll have each other to lean on as it goes, and, if you’re still in that camp of folks ready to call out for Season 9, you aren’t in denial or delusional as some people might want to call you. You’re the heart of this true fandom, too. Let’s keep it friendly and look after each other NO MATTER WHAT - that’s what we Psych-O’s are know for, after all.

Let’s enjoy Psych Season 8. We’ve waited for it way too long and it’s full of epic possibilities. I am at peace with that, and, in time, I hope you’ll be able to say you are, too.

Remember: you can watch Psych online now in order to catch up prior to the January 8 premiere.

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


I am a 68 yr old female who would like to see psych to continue. I watched all of the seasons really enjoyed them all. Please consider doing more!!!! I want to see Spencer & Jewls marriage & have kids. Gus needs to find a women to settle down with as well but continue with what Spence & Gus do best!!! Love the show. Thanks.


Damm psych I love you all best SHOW EVER love the drama in season 8.


I'm so SAD but at least Shawn And Jewls are going to get married we have all been waiting for that.


Aggree to disagree Jewls and Shawn do get mar tired like they said in the thing they wrote up at the top and if you go to google images you see that Shown does propose to Jewls. So SUCK IT!


Live on Psych, You Guys ROCK!!!!!


Live on Psych, you ROCK!!!!!!!


I am sorry, but when you look at all the other garbage out there on a TV except for the Gems like Modern Family, Psych is just one of a kind and the cast/character chemistry/ guest star and plot potential is astounding. This show could go on for years. I have never watched NCIS or any of the other crime dramas that are so pat and fake that it is just ridiculous. Yeah, Psych may be far fetched, but the acting and creative talent of just Roday and Hill alone could carry this show for years. USA is really stupid to give it up. There is nothing else I want to watch on USA!! What a waste to let it go. It breaks my heart. So many thanks to the cast of Psych for making my life a little happier each week. You should fight to stay on the air!! Love you!!


Thought the episode last night was hilarious and I haven't laughed that hard in many seasons. I have to wonder whther we are done especially as when Monk went off USA reminded us weekly that it was the final season and there was no mention of it last night.


yeahhhhhh but i'm pretty sure there's the VERY likely chance that in standard tv fashion the cliffhanger/fallout from last seasons finale will be resolved by the end of the Premiere and everyone will be happily back in their normal roles I don't know why you seem to think this is going to be a season-long "epic journey to reclaiming their jobs" in a procedural detective comedy.
Everything will be back to normal within 2 episodes max and the only notable thing they need to do then is end the show with Shawn and Juliet about to marry and going on with their usual lives.

@ dan

That's actually not true, I have screened several episode an can assure you that you're incorrect!


I know the series has to end, but I hope it doesn't end with them going separate ways. That would just be too sad. Despite the fact that the show isn't real, I think many people (including myself) want to think of them continuing their lives, doing their old thing, the story carrying on. I want to picture the Psych detective agency carrying on, even if the show doesn't.

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