T.V. Series Review: Psych Season 1

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Psych Season 1 Summary

Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot

When Shawn Spencer calls in a tip to the local police department regarding a crime, he becomes subject to questions about where he is getting his information. Realizing that he cannot convince the detective interrogating him that he is merely hyperobservant, he resorts to the lie that he is psychic. Following this proclamation, the police request Shawn’s help on a case regarding the kidnapping of the son of a local textile company owner. Shawn recruits his childhood friend, Burton “Gus” Guster to help him. Meanwhile, Detective Carlton Lassiter’s relationship with Detective Barry is exposed. Shawn and Gus discover the son’s cabin, and alert the police. They discover the boy and his friend dead, as an apparent murder-suicide. Shawn doesn’t believe this, and goes to his father, Henry Spencer for help. Shawn believes that the boy’s father is the killer, and after investigating, proves his theory

Season 1, Episode 2: Spelling Bee

Shawn meets a young woman, Juliet O’Hara, at a local restaurant, where she turns out to be a cop. At a nearby spelling bee, a contestant faints, and Shawn and Gus are brought in to investigate. They interview all of the contestants, getting no leads, until the spellmaster for the bee falls to his death. The case becomes a murder investigation. Gus believes the spellmaster’s lunch was poisoned; Shawn takes it to Henry for analysis. After making a deal with Henry, Shawn is injured in a severe car accident. Gus looks into the case while Shawn is recovering, and finds several leads. Henry confirms that the food was poisoned, and after breaking into the spellmaster’s booth, Shawn discovers that everything that had occurred was covering up one of the contestants cheating. He reveals this to police, who arrest the cheater and his father

Season 1, Episode 3: Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Piece

A five-million dollar engagement ring disappears from a hotel vault. Shawn and Gus overhear the police discussing the case, and decide to take the case on their own. They visit the hotel where the ring was held, and discover several things from the police. Shawn gathers keys to all of the wedding ceremony’s attendees, and talks with them. He becomes involved in the wedding, and helps with much of the preparations. While attempting to gather more clues, Shawn discoverers the police’s main suspect dead. He “psychically” reveals this to the police. During the wedding ceremony, Shawn realizes who the perpetrator is, and interrupts the ceremony to reveal it

Season 1, Episode 4: Woman Seeking Dead Husband: Smokers Okay, No Pets

Two men are paroled after serving four years in prison for robbery. The widow of a third robber is at risk of being attacked by the two men so they can find the money they stole; she hires Shawn and Gus to find the stolen money so she won’t have to worry about the two men. While Shawn and Gus begin their investigation, detectives Lassiter and O’Hara tail the paroled criminals in hope that they will lead them to the money. Shawn and Gus travel to a cemetery run by the woman’s cousin, where they discover that her husband is alive and well. Shawn tries to put the robbers back in jail, but realizes his client is actually the criminal, and rushes back to have her arrested and find the money

Season 1, Episode 5: 9 Lives

Shawn and Gus visit the scene of a suspected suicide, one of several in a short span of time. He finds signs point to murder, and uses the victim’s cat to help keep the case open. Another suicide is reported shortly afterwards, strengthening Shawn’s theory. Finding no clues, Shawn and Gus revisit the beginning of the string of “suicides”, and talk with the brother of the original victim. They discover that every victim called the same stress line before they died. They open up a fake business in the same building as the stress line, in order to gather more information. Shawn realizes that a repairman has been working on phone lines outside the stress line for several weeks. He discovers Officer McNab recently called the line, and breaks into McNab’s apartment just before the killer can strike again

Season 1, Episode 6: Weekend Warriors

Detective Lassiter is leading a Civil War reenactment when he discovers one of the actors dead. Although evidence points to an accident, he and Shawn and Gus believe it was murder. While Shawn and Gus visit their prime suspect, a dentist and former friend, Lassiter interrupts and arrests the man. They realize that the man could not have been the killer, and join the regiment in order to find out more. They visit a Civil War memorabilia collector, who tells them about his involvement in the reenactment. While in a practice run, Shawn realizes who the real killer was, and reveals it shortly after the actual reenactment

Season 1, Episode 7: Who Ya Gonna Call?

Shawn and Gus are investigating the death of a psychiatrist when they are removed by Detective Lassiter. Before they can close the Psych office for the day, a man arrives and tells them that a ghost is trying to kill him. They decide to quickly help the man; however, they stay the night at his house, and are nearly killed in a fire while they sleep. Meanwhile, the police are looking for the psychiatrist’s last patient. Shawn and Gus visit the man’s old girlfriend, but discover nothing. While returning, they are nearly hit by a drunk driver. They return to their client’s house, and discover a secret room filled with women’s clothing. Shawn realizes the man has multiple personalities. They race to another psychiatrist’s office, and stop the man’s violent personality from killing the doctor

Season 1, Episode 8: Shawn vs. the Red Phantom

Detective O’Hara ask Shawn and Gus to investigate a missing persons case for an 18-year-old boy. They visit the boy’s house, where they discover a large amount of money hidden in his bedroom, and evidence suggesting he went to a comic book convention. They pose as assistants for George Takei to get in, where they discover that the boy ran a popular blog, and received the money as a bribe for writing a good review for a movie being produced. Two of the executives for the production company go missing. While this is happening, Chief Vick’s water breaks, and she is taken to the hospital by Detective Lassiter. Gus realizes that the whole crime is based on a previous comic book, and Shawn “psychically” solves everything. Chief Vick gives birth to her daughter in the hospital.

Season 1, Episode 9: Forget Me Not

Henry’s former boss visits Shawn and Gus for help; he witnessed a murder, but due to Alzheimer’s disease he can’t remember who was killed, and by whom. They visit a coffeehouse where the man might have seen the murder, and Shawn discovers who it was. Meanwhile, a woman visits the police station, asking about her husband, who was the murder victim. Their client believes one of his old enemies committed the murder, but can’t prove it, as the death was made to look like a puma attack. They investigate, and find evidence that the death was covered up. Shawn and Gus talk with the woman, who reveals details to them that make them suspect that the victim was related to their possible suspect. They look into the lead, and realize that it was their suspect’s wife that was the actual murderer

Season 1, Episode 10: From the Earth to the Starbucks

Shawn talks with Detective Lassiter at a bar, and gets details on the potential homicide of an astronomer. Lassiter is depressed about the fact that he has not been able to solve a crime in a while, so Shawn decided to solve the case, but credit Lassiter with everything. Shawn gets a job at the observatory where the man worked, and surprises Gus, who visits the building frequently. Shawn breaks into the astronomy lab, looks through the log books, and discovers a missing page. He realizes that the other astronomer likely killed his co-worker. Shawn and Gus try to break into the man’s house; while there, they notice a weird flower, and decide to take it. Gus discovers that the living astronomer is about to announce something big. They find out the flower is toxic, and Shawn realizes that this was how the man was murdered, and they catch the man

Season 1, Episode 11: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me, Oops He’s Dead!

Detective Lassiter gives Shawn and Gus a case involving a man who believes he was abducted by aliens. Shawn discovers clues from the man to prove that the man was not abducted, but was drugged and likely robbed. When Shawn goes to where the man says he woke up, the police are already there with another man, in the same situation. Shortly afterwards, the police discover another man in the same place, but this time, the victim is dead. A lead takes Shawn to an Irish-themed pub, where speed-dating is held. To get more information, Shawn, Gus, and several detectives go undercover in the speed dating event. They discover several suspects, but none could have been the perpetrator. Police arrest the man running the event, who Shawn realizes is the actual criminal, as well as his wife, who is disguised as one of the speed daters

Season 1, Episode 12: Cloudy… With a Chance of Murder

While visiting the courthouse to get his impounded motorcycle, Shawn notices a woman pick up and throw away a piece of trash. While watching TV, Shawn discovers the woman is accused of murdering a weatherman. He is already convinced that she is innocent. Shawn and Gus get jobs as legal consultants for the woman’s defense in order to investigate. In a visit to the weather station, they find a number of suspects. They appear for the beginning of the trial, and find detectives Lassiter and O’Hara to be helping the district attorney in the case. The DA presents a video of the murder, which seemingly confirms that the woman is guilty. Shawn takes the video to Henry’s house, who gives him advice on the case. After repeatedly viewing the tape, Shawn notices a small detail to prove his client’s innocence. He presents this in court, and gets a full confession from the true killer

Season 1, Episode 13: Game, Set… Muuurder?

Shawn is patrolling the police station when Chief Vick asks him to try to locate a missing tennis star. Gus is out of town at an event for work. After preliminary investigation, Shawn convinces Gus’s boss to let him leave. They visit the woman’s house, and discover several clues which lead them to a local house. When they arrive, the police are already there, loading the barely alive woman into an ambulance. Police are convinced that the star’s former stalker is the kidnapper, but Shawn is convinced that she is having an affair, and her boyfriend is the perpetrator. Shawn goes to Henry for advice; while at Henry’s house, Shawn notices several issues with the crime scene photos, and goes back to the house to investigate. After going back over the evidence, he and Gus realize who the secret boyfriend is, and reveal it to the police.

Season 1, Episode 14: Poker? I Barely Know Her

Shawn and Gus are sitting in the Psych office when Henry enters, insults the office, and tells them he’s their client, informing them that the son of his friend has gone missing. Henry’s friend tells them that his son stole $30,000 from him, and disappeared. At the police station, Detective O’Hara talks to Chief Vick about throwing a birthday party for Detective Lassiter, which Vick tells her is a bad idea. Shawn and Gus visit the boy’s former apartment, where they find a card leading them to an underground poker game at a plant nursery. While playing online poker, Gus finds the boy, and discovers that he owes large amounts of money to the man who owns the underground poker operation. He steals money from his father again, and enters a poker tournament. Shawn takes his place, and wins every match until he is against the underground operation leader. Shawn realizes the man is cheating, and busts him, winning the tournament and the money. Meanwhile, Juliet throws Lassiter’s party, but accidentally invites several people who Lassiter arrested on multiple occasions

Season 1, Episode 15: Scary Sherry: Bianca’s Toast

In 1987, Shawn and Gus witness an insane woman jump from a window of a mental institution; in the present, a girl is chased through the same window. Detective O’Hara is working undercover in the girl’s sorority, and Shawn and Gus are asked to help. While at the sorority house, they are attacked by the girl’s “ghost”, which turns out to be man-made. Meanwhile, Detective Lassiter is assigned to a trigger-happy elderly rookie. Shawn discovers that the girl’s longtime best friend is likely the “phantom”. Gus discovers that her death was likely an accident. Shawn realizes that one of the sorority sisters is the target of the “phantom”, but is killed before Shawn can get to her. Several of the sorority girls admit that they accidentally killed the girl, but are being attacked by someone. Shawn visits the girl’s friend’s house, and realizes that she is the killer. She invites O’Hara to a candlelight vigil at the mental institution, where she tries to kill her. Shawn, Gus, and Lassiter arrive at the last second to help save Juliet

Psych Season 1 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A fun and detail oriented crime show.

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