It's been a rough day in Psych nation.
With the announcement that this will be Psych's final season, Psych Season 8 Episode 5 was a welcome distraction to keep things fun and light before the beloved show takes a two-week break for the Olympics.
A role-reversal reminiscent of "Meat is Murder...but Murder is Also Murder" from Season 2, this episode found Gus taking the lead, but not to impress his Uncle or other family member.
This time the motivation was purely personal, as Gus over-identified with the victim, who was very much a dead-ringer for Gus - from his apartment to his leisure activities.
At the same time, Shawn is starting to realize that Psych is waning and he's in desperate need of a stream of income, as he's leaching off of everyone around him. It is about time he was bringing home the bacon, especially if he ever intends to become more serious with Juliet.
Tonight's episode demonstrated that Shawn may actually be taking the observation into consideration, as he diligently sought employment everywhere they went. Though I will say that bartender was a favorite. Say hello to job 58... at least temporarily. As quickly as he got it, he lost it! Better luck next time, bud!
Gus' identity complex, plus Shawn's employment-seeking binge, combined to create a hilarious cocktail of shenanigans, a beautiful detective and a destroyed company car.
I have to admit, though, that if I was Gus, I would be darn near tired of paying for damage repairs for that thing! That also brings the problem of how he and Shawn will get around now that the Blueberry will be no more. Ideas?
Also, what may Gus pursue next? It's obvious Psych won't pay both he and Shawn's bills. And six months worth of pay won't hold out for long. One interesting ride is ahead!
Shout out to Lassiter, who is back to Detecting in homicide; Henry, for flipping Shawn out of his beauty sleep; and Woody for staying creepy as always. This was also the first episode without Maggie Lawson/Juliet aside from the Psych Season 8 premiere, which they expertly played as a trip home.
As always, solid episode to tide us over for the next two weeks. No massive cliffhanger, but a little bit to think about as we move forward. This is a perfect combo.
So, how will you be spending the Olympic hiatus?
C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.