Holy crap...that was great.
Those were the first words, delivered by Buzz McNab, I ever wrote about Psych for TV Fanatic, and they rang true as much for Season 5 Episode 10 as they did for Psych Season 8 Episode 10. also known as "The Breakup."
I honestly don't believe that Psych could have executed a series finale any better suited to the show than the one they delivered tonight. For someone who isn't a diehard, it was light on sentiment, heavy on the comedy.
For those of us who see Psych as a member of the family, the episode was heavy on sentiment and perhaps light on comedy in a sense that we were looking more heavily for the moments of closure than anything.
And that's what made the finale so perfect. From interspersing their last case with what we discover is Shawn's goodbye video, to all the epic reveals, no one could have asked for more.
I mean... can you BELIEVE they got VAL KILMER to FINALLY be on the show as its most iconic but never seen character, Dobson?!? Mind.Blown.
Then there's Bily Zane and Deon Richmond (real BUD!) who appeared in guest roles! They really kept their guest star streak going till the very end, saving perhaps the most spectacular for last!
There's so much about this installment to digest. Gus got a new job, which, as he so aptly observed, was pretty much a carbon copy of his previous position. If you had told me that Gus was going to bail on it, I might have been skeptical. Then again, these two are inseparable.
The moment he barged into that San Francisco crime scene, I knew that their partnership was far from over.
And as many tears as I shed over the montage of individuals watching their personalized videos from Shawn, my eyes cleared when Gus declared he was coming to San Fran to be an adventurer with Shawn and continue what they started eight years ago.
Did anyone else catch that the "guy" that San Francisco PD has consulting could be Monk?! This "guy" was alphabetizing the cereal in the kitchen. What a great way for the writers and the show to honor their predecessor in their series finale! So classy.
It begs the question of what exactly Shawn and Gus will find themselves doing in San Francisco? Something tells me, though, that the Chief will find a way to bring them in somehow.
Besides the professional front, we know one thing Shawn will be doing: marrying Juliet!
There is no question that this is the most satisfying possible move in this relationship. One thing that really stuck with me was how true the whole proposal was to Shawn and Juliet and even to the show more broadly. It was sweet, funny, and, of course, the catalyst for their next adventure!.
What are the chances a theft like that would occur in the midst of a proposal?! I honestly don't think I would have had it any other way.
As many great things were happening for Shawn, Gus and Juliet, just as many wonderful things were happening for those in Santa Barbara left behind.
Henry stumbled into a possible career as a criminology professor. I knew the minute he demanded that student close his eyes and asked him "How Many Hats?" and a barrage of other questions. My mind saw the lecture room filled with students eager to learn the methods Henry could teach, growing the next generation of great investigators.
Betsy Brannigan hand-picked McNab, despite the worst detective exam scores Chief Lassiter had ever seen. I could not have been prouder or more excited for him, he is now the Brannigan's junior detective! And she promised to turn him into Lassiter! So epic.
My favorite thing about the moment with Lassiter in this sequence was that Shawn was about to admit - wholeheartedly and without coercion - that he wasn't psychic, but Carlton ejected the DVD and broke it! There's just something so symbolic and perfect about that. There really are no words to describe that moment accurately. That bit where he "talked" to Lilly on the phone---I can't....I just can't!
If you're still reeling, you can always take a minute to checkout and add your own message to my heartfelt farewell to this awesome show!
Thank you, Psych, for eight great seasons!
So I guess there's only one thing left to do: Grade it!
C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.