PSYCH: "Mr. Yin Presents..." Review

PSYCH continued its celebration of horror movie-inspired episodes with a season finale that was as great as I could've hoped for. There was a lot riding on this one, particularly because it was a continuation of last year's excellent finale, featuring Ally Sheedy as the crazy serial killer, Mr. Yang. Impressively, they topped last season's finale by introducing Mr. Yang's partner, Mr. Yin, a killer obsessed with the films of Alfred Hitchcock. And just like last season, the killer made things very personal, forcing Shawn to save the lives of the people he cared about most.

Before I get into the nuts and bolts, I just want reiterate just how awesome this episode was. PSYCH is a funny show that is never scared to get a little silly. But at the same time, I love how they can completely switch gears and offer up a legitimately suspenseful episode and still remain true to the premise of the show. During the climax, Mr. Yin forced Shawn to make a choice: he could either save Abigail or Juliet, but he didn't have time to save both. That's not a plot point we're used to seeing in a show about a fake psychic who enjoys playing dress-up and quoting '80s songs. After a so-so second half of the season, I'm thrilled that they left us wanting more with this excellent episode.

Given the series' fondness for scary movies, it was just a matter of time before we got a reference to Psycho, or PSYCH "O" as it was spray-painted on the storefront of the detective agency. There were other Hitchcock references spread throughout the episode, and in fact, Mr. Yin built an entire movie set filled with props from films like Rear Window and Marnie. In order to stop him, Shawn, Gus and the SBPD had to play his twisted game on the set, until everything culminated in Juliet getting kidnapped and almost dropped from a clock tower like in Vertigo.

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