Television review: Psych, Season 4, Episode 1

In the first episode back from way, way too long of a break, crime consultants Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) go to Vancouver for a vacation, but end up embroiled in as much comedy and mystery as is standard for the show. The location is ironic because Psych is regularly shot in Vancouver, only this time the producers make no attempt to hide the location with planted palm trees obscuring street signs.

As Shawn and Gus are brushing up on skiing lessons, they spot someone Shawn recognizes as an international art thief — played by none other that Carry ‘as you wish' Elwes. At this point, Detectives Carlton Lassiter and Juliet O'Hara (show regulars Timothy Omundson and Maggie Lawson) are called to come and assist the lead psychic detective. However, when Juliet arrives, you can tell things have gotten weird between her and Shawn after last season's confession by Juliet of her feelings for Shawn. Now they don't know how to talk to each other. (Quote Shawn,"Juliet, you look, bea … uhh, perfectly normal."

[image-1]As the cat-and-mouse game between the psychic and the art thief kicks into high gear, it appears that Shawn has finally met his match in both the wits and hair department. Don't worry; I won't spoil the ending, but I will say that the whole episode does a good job of playing up the tension between these characters, who are well-played by two very talented actors. It's all very similar to the last episode of season 3.

Overall, this episode had laughs, and did a great job bringing Shawn and Juliet back together while explaining the absence of Abigail (Rachel Leigh Cook). This episode did a good job of bringing back the characters I have grown very attached to over the past three seasons, and I look forward to all the crazy shenanigans moving forward. This premiere wasn't as wacky as some previous episodes, however, so hopefully that means a bit more attitude (and a bit less Gus complaining) for next weeks episode.

Bonus points to the person who finds this week's pineapple. You have to wait for it, but I will tell you where to find it … later this week.

So, until the next great episode of season 4, I will go watch Princess Bride, and catch up on my '80s trivia and see you all back next week, same psychic time, same psychic channel.


My favorite psychic crime fighting duo is back and better than ever for a fourth season of USA's '80s-obsessed mystery show, Psych. This is a show that will have you catching up on your Reagan-era trivia (rest in peace John Hughes), deleting those DVR'd episodes of the Mentalist, and asking yourself one question: "Are you a fan of delicious flavor?"

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