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Psych 100th Episode Review: Rock Stars

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We didn’t need "100 Clues" to tell us that Psych is a rock star of a USA Network original. But we did need this episode to give us one more reason to love this series.

In true Psych fashion, fans were treated to both a tribute to Clue AND a tribute to all the things that make an episode so memorable: murder, mystery and guest stars.

A Secret Party

I suppose the sillyness began with Shawn and Gus in those ridiculous rock star costumes. If there is one look that wasn’t mean for either of these men, it was tight pants, eyeliner and those claws Shawn had on his hands.

It has been a while since we’ve seen the pair don costumes, and now that I’ve witnessed these, I'm confident I can go several more episodes without seeing them in another one. It will take me long enough to expel the current one from my brain!

We’ve been waiting a long time for this Clue episode, originally promised us in season five. And having seen the original just a few short weeks ago for the first time, I can confidently proclaim that Psych captured and reflected its silliest and most iconic features quite well.

As far as the story goes, the mystery itself was a little hard to follow, if only because it got overshadowed by all of the interactions between characters, which we came to understand all had connections to Billy Lips by virtue of their testimony having sent him to jail. What a clever way to have them all brought together.

By the way, did anyone catch that the Melinda Lane case was their third case after opening Psych? Oh, the confusion a five-year flashback can cause! It made me laugh because Shawn and Gus look much older now than they did when the series began and the relationship between Shawn and Henry seemed so chill and sans angst I almost forgot it was supposed to be 2007!

Carlton didn’t even seem to be the least bit off-put by their ridiculous costumes either, nor did he have any snarky insults to hurl at them. While I did appreciate a callback to the comb-over, it was really hard to see them as they were five years back. I think growth is growth and there’s no reason to go back!

I have to say, that much like last week’s installment, there isn’t as much to analyze as there is to remember and re-live. From Curt Smith getting shot and half-eaten by Billy’s pet panther Emma to the trading card opening credits, here are the other highlights that made this episode one to remember:

  • Getting to vote for our favorite ending. To each coast their own!
  • East Coast, you voted the Butler. It fell a little flat for my taste, but you chose the first of two possible endings!
  • Finding out Gus graduated from Pamona College in 1998. FYI that means Gus and Shawn actually graduated in 1994, not 1995. So unless Gus got out in three years, Gus should have been class of ’99 to preserve continuity. Sorry, hardcore Psych-O’s notice this stuff!
  • Leslie’s stuttering problem.
  • The fact that Clizby and Leslie had an affair back in the day.
  • What will now be deemed Shawn and Gus’ “chocolate/party dance” exclusively created and performed for this episode.
  • The toupee room. I didn’t know Gus had a granddaddy whose legacy has amounted to a life-long trauma.
  • Shawn and Gus trying to get Clithsby to reveal who their host was.
  • Gus never finding the chocolate room.
  • Martin Kahn, a.k.a “Harvard.” No better use of the stereotypical Harvard graduate has ever been applied anywhere else.
  • Screaming doorbell. I would hate it at my house, but it definitely fit at that mansion.
  • Shawn inviting Juliet, promising to invite no one else, then promptly inviting Gus to go less than 10 seconds later.
  • Shawn running around with a saxophone in his hand as a weapon.
  • Gus wielding that peppermint striped jousting stick.
  • Shawn and Gus arguing over who ate the licorice pastels and trying to sell each other out.

Simply stated: Psych you’re a rock star. We love you. Keep doing what you do. Congratulations on 100 episodes. May you see 100 more!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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I also noticed that Shawn and Henry seemed on too good of terms for 5 years ago. But one tell that it was 5 years ago: Shawn called Lassie "Detective Lassiter". Had me wondering when the last time he actually called him by his real name was. The episode was one of the top 3 including Last Night Gus and Lassie Jerky. I also love seeing Steve Valentine. I reminds me of the funniest unscripted moment on TV when he got the cr*p scared out of him while hosting the Ghost Hunters live show because of Steve's reaction to a spider.

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What a nit to pick but the best Harvard grad stereotype is Thurston Howell the 3rd.

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I liked this episode but it could have been so much better. Their episode that paid homage to Twin Peaks (Dual Spires) was much more clever and fun. At times it felt like there was just too much going on. They should have had Chief Vick in there, or even Ken! Would have been funny if Shawn introduced himself and Gus to each of the guests with Shawn giving Gus one of the many, never-ending false names he would use. I liked the essence of the Clue film and the intro was good as well, but James Roday is no Tim Curry. He ran around piecing the crime together much like what happened in the film, but it just fell flat on the show.

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Anyone notice that each pair running around had the mirror weapons from the original clue game and the simpsons clue game? For instance, Sean had the saxaphone from simpsons and Billy had the (paintball) gun from the original game? Clizby had the torch (candlestick) from the original game and Gus had a version of the plutonium rod (big candycane lance) from Simpsons? "Harvard" had the chain (rope) from the original... etc.

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Maybe everyone else was watching a different episode, but I didn't think this was such a great episode at all. Too much outright silliness and not enough of the usual witty comments. Hopefully next week, they'll be back to normal..
It seemed like they're were trying to cram too much into the hour, and it imploded on itself...

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.... They could've written her in on the end! But I have a feeling maybe they didn't have the budget for supportive actors considering all the guest stars they had in it! Speaking off... once again... GREAT job on casting guest stars this season! I'm still amazed Psych was able to get Christopher Lloyd not in any episode but their 100th! So I can accept no Chief Vick if that means Chris Lloyd. (I sound like Paris from Gilmore Girls now so I'm going to stop). Anyway, I'm glad Psych Hub & itunes have the West Coast version of the voting because I agree The Butler's version from east coast didn't connect really & was too cliche for Psych. Plus when you have someone has legendary as Chris Lloyd you use him as much as you can get! So I can't wait for DVD so I can see all the alternate endings!

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If you can get passed the odd "flashback" that makes no timeline sense whatsoever & over Shawn's dirty mouth the rest of the episode is one of the best episodes of Psych EVER! It's almost like we didn't even need to see that beginning part because as it goes along the episode explains everything. I did however get a kick out of Shawn with eyeliner and Henry in a costume! So I'm sticking with it! Psych managed to merge best of both worlds for this episode! Dedicating everything 100% to the feel of the Clue Movie but still making it Psych ;) My favorite scenes were of the singing telegraph lady, Shawn ass-slapping Jules, Shawn with Gus in the Secret Toupe Room & Curt Smith throwing Shawn for a loop! The gun-shots this season are getting to be a bit overused. I'm a fan of whump but I'd rather they come up with something new. Oh also I can't get over the absence of Chief Vick in this! It's Psych's milestone, Chief was there since the Pilot but not in this episode? C'mon Son! They could've written her in on the end! But I have a feeling maybe they didn't have the budget for supportive actors considering all the guest stars they had in it! Speaking off... once again... GREAT job on casting guest stars this season! I'm still amazed Psych was able to get Christopher Lloyd not in any episode but their 100th! So I can accept no Chief Vick if that means Chris Lloyd. (I sound like Paris from Gilmore Girls now so I'm going to stop). Anyway, I'm glad Psych Hub & itunes have the West Coast version of the voting because I agree The Butler's version from east coast didn't connect really & was too cliche for Psych. Plus when you have someone has legendary as Chris Lloyd you use him as much as you can get! So I can't wait for DVD so I can see all the alternate endings!

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The pineapple was way too easy to spot. This ep was just OK for me. "Last Night Gus" was far better. I kept waiting for Billy [Steve Valentine] to pull out a Nutri-Grain Bar. LOL

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Excellent. Funny from start to finish. I voted for the butler. I always wanted to say the butler did it. I loved them running from room to room.I wish they had found the chocolate room. Congrats.

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Anyone catch Christopher Lloyd's "great Scott!

Psych Season 7 Episode 5 Quotes

Lassiter: As of 2100 hours we are on a phase 4 lockdown!
Billy: Phase 4? What happened to the other three phases you cheap bastard?!

Lassiter: You know what happens in prison when you cry Harvard? A bunch of inmates go to the library and check out a bunch of books you've probably read before and beat you until you forget you ever went to...care to guess?
Martin: Harvard...
Lassiter: You really are smart.