T.V. Series Review: Psych Season 5

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Psych Season 5 Summary

Season 5, Episode 1: Romeo and Juliet and Juliet

A powerful businessman’s daughter (Jennifer Liu) is kidnapped, and matters are made more complicated because the businessman (Bruce Locke) is a Triad leader. Although the case is best suited for Shawn and Gus, Henry – who is now in charge of the police consultants – refuses to hire them. As he investigates the kidnapping, Shawn attempts to help Juliet, who has not been the same since her near-death experience. Meanwhile, Shawn and Gus are aided by their recently-fired assistant (Jerry Shea).

Season 5, Episode 2: Feet Don’t Kill Me Now

During a murder investigation, Gus decides to team up with Lassiter over a spat with Shawn, and for the fact that they happen to share a common interest: tap-dancing. Since she has been getting very poor treatment from her partner after her return, Juliet teams with Shawn, but working a case together is not exactly a match made in heaven.

Season 5, Episode 3: Not Even Close… Encounters

A prominent lawyer (Charles Martin Smith) claims that one of his co-workers (Adam Reid) was abducted by aliens, and Shawn and Gus waste no time jumping on the case, turning to an old friend (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) for help since he happens to believe in aliens. Unfortunately, their credibility takes a major blow, and despite wanting it to be an alien abduction, Shawn winds up being the sane one in the investigation.

Season 5, Episode 4: Chivalry Is Not Dead… But Someone Is

A wealthy widow’s young boyfriend falls to his death, which turned out to be the result of poisoning. Lassiter quickly thinks that the widow (Jean Smart) is responsible, but Shawn and Gus believe that the victim was trained to be a con artist by the man (John Michael Higgins) they think is the actual murderer. Shawn takes a different approach than usual to figure it out, but the case takes a turn for him. Meanwhile, Gus attempts to charm an older woman (Lee Garlington).

Season 5, Episode 5: Shawn and Gus in Drag (Racing)

A member of a street-racing gang is found dead in a stolen Lamborghini Murciélago. Since it happens to coincide with a case that Lassiter has been working for months with no success, Henry hires Shawn and Gus to pick up the slack. They are able to infiltrate the street-racing syndicate with surprising success, thanks to Shawn impressing ringleader Tommy (Adam Rodriguez).

Season 5, Episode 6: Viagra Falls

An investigation into the death of a former police chief reveals that he may have been involved in criminal activity after his retirement, but as they work the case, Shawn and Gus clash with two of his former colleagues (Carl Weathers and William Devane) who have been brought in as consultants to solve his murder and potentially clear his name.

Season 5, Episode 7: Ferry Tale

As they are on a ferry en route to the Channel Islands for an environmental cleanup, Shawn and Gus must help a prison guard (Chi McBride) round up four inmates (including Kevin Alejandro) who escaped his custody, which leads to a stand-off with the police, and Shawn discovers that the escape attempt was not simply to avoid prison time, but for a deeper purpose.

Season 5. Episode 8: Shawn 2.0

Shawn isn’t sure what to think when talented criminal profiler Declan Rand (Nestor Carbonell) comes to Santa Barbara to help track down a serial killer (Meredith Monroe) who is targeting people on a liver transplant list. This turns into a positive when Shawn is shaken out of his complacency, but Declan isn’t just a professional rival, but a personal one. Meanwhile, Shawn must find a date to a wedding, and gets to meet one of his childhood heroes (Curt Smith).

Season 5, Episode 9: One, Maybe Two, Ways Out

Shawn crosses into unfamiliar territory when a spy (Franka Potente) – with a connection to both Shawn and Juliet – asks for his assistance when she is framed for a crime she didn’t commit. The case takes surprising turns when Shawn locates one of the spy’s associates (Jon Gries) and is targeted by the U.S. government (including C. Thomas Howell). Along the way, Shawn must ask Declan (Nestor Carbonell) for help, and learns that he and Juliet have gotten serious. However, during the course of the investigation, Juliet overhears Shawn admit his feelings for her, which results in them having an emotional moment that will change everything.

Season 5, Episode 10: Extradition II: The Actual Extradition Part

Shawn and Gus return to Vancouver on a trip funded by imprisoned art thief Pierre Despereaux (Cary Elwes), who is about to be extradited by Lassiter. Despereaux escapes from jail to commit one last job but is framed for the death of a Crown attorney, so Shawn wastes no time in finding out the truth. When Shawn sees that Juliet has shown up in Canada, he decides to stop running from his feelings for her.

Season 5, Episode 11: In Plain Fright

While on a haunted house ride at a local theme park, Shawn witnesses a murder. The park’s vice-president (Rob LaBelle) thinks that it was the ghost of a kid who fell to his death 15 years ago, but then another death occurs, and Shawn & Gus learn that there are those (including Eve (Nora Dunn)) with a 15-year-old cross to bear. Meanwhile, Shawn runs into Ken (Jerry Shea) and gets him fired from a second job, and Juliet pressures Shawn to tell Gus about their new relationship.

Season 5, Episode 12: Dual Spires

In a tribute of the David Lynch television series Twin Peaks, Shawn and Gus receive an email for a cinnamon festival in the small and isolated town of Dual Spires, arriving only to find a dead female drowning victim, who according to Juliet, was not only originally from Santa Barbara but had apparently drowned seven years ago. Indeed, this town is not all that it seems. Twin Peaks actors Dana Ashbrook, Catherine E. Coulson, Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, Robyn Lively, Lenny Von Dohlen, Ray Wise, and the voice of Julee Cruise are all featured.

Season 5, Episode 13: We’d Like to Thank the Academy

Thinking that Shawn and Gus’ investigative tactics need work, Henry and Vick send them to the police academy for a three-week crash course in police procedures, with an instructor (Ralph Macchio) who may not be suited for actual police work. Shawn can’t help but get involved in a robbery case which also involves money laundering, and Vick learns that it is best to leave well enough alone.

Season 5, Episode 14: The Polarizing Express

Shawn makes a mistake which leads to evidence getting thrown out against a crime lord, getting himself suspended indefinitely and his father fired from the SBPD. Through a series of dreams guided by Tony Cox – which reveal what life would’ve been like for his friends if he hadn’t returned to Santa Barbara – Shawn finds a new way to put the crime lord in jail and redeem himself.

Season 5, Episode 15: Dead Bear Walking

A polar bear’s trainer is found dead, and the bear is thought to be the culprit by everyone except Shawn. The problem is, he now has to keep the bear hidden, but Gus would rather see the ursus maritimus dead which complicates things. In the midst of the case, Lassiter becomes the subject of a documentary, filmed by his kid sister (April Bowlby), who finds Shawn and Gus (who has a crush on her) more interesting.

Season 5, Episode 16: Yang 3 in 2D

A woman named Allison Cowley (Mena Suvari) claims to have escaped from Yin (Peter Weller). After Shawn sees something connecting him to Yang(Ally Sheedy), Shawn decides to use her in the investigation, which involves her leaving the psych ward. Since she was one of Yin’s victims, Juliet struggles through the case, but she, like everyone else, is hell-bent on putting an end to Yin. Meanwhile, Shawn’s mother (Cybill Shepherd) returns to Santa Barbara, and the team gets a surprising message from Mary Lightly (Jimmi Simpson).

Psych Season 5 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A fun and detailed oriented crime show.

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