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Psych Season 3 Episode 1 Ghosts

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Psych returned for its third season on Friday night on USA. It stars James Roday as Shawn Spencer, a guy with huge attention to detail and photographic memory. This skill allows him to make people believe he is a psychic. Paired with Dule Hill as his reluctant sidekick Burton "Gus" Guster.

In the first season we see Shawn as a direction-less slacker, who is interested in girls and phoning in the answers to the odd crime he sees in news reports on the TV. The cops become suspicious of him and threaten to arrest him, which forces Shawn to tell them (and demonstrate) that he is in fact a psychic. After solving a mystery for the then Interim Police Chief Karen Vick (played by Kirsten Nelson) Shawn decides to open his own psychic detective agency with his childhood friend, Gus.

Season 2 ended on a cliff hanger, Shawn opening the door during an argument with his dad to discover his estranged mother whom Shawn hasn't seen for 3 years.

Season 3 starts (after a flash back of 1995, Shawn's dad arresting him, which has been talked about in previous episodes) with Shawn hiding in his room, freaked out by the fact that his parents are downstairs acting "normal". Shawn's mum is played by Cybill Shepherd.

Gus gets called to see his new immediate boss who is not happy about him moonlighting as a detective, and asks him to choose between being a pharmaceutical rep or being a detective. Gus being Gus, he obviously chooses to drop his detective job.

Of course Shawn isn't happy about this, and shows up to try and persuade Gus to quit his job and work full time at Psych. The vice president of the pharmaceutical company then asks to see Gus, and wants to hire the duo to investigate some weird happenings at his house.

Detective Lassiter is ordered to be evaluated after pulling out his gun on his last four cases. He is being evaluated by Shawn's mother.

This episode seems to be a lot deeper than what we've previously seen, dealing with old feelings between Shawn and his mother, and a misunderstanding which explains Shawn's hostility towards his father.

In my opinion the show does need this to keep going, but they seemed to have sacrificed some humour for this. Don't get me wrong, there are some great funny moments in this episode, it's just no as funny as we're used to.

The case is just a filler as usual, but with a twist which I won't ruin for those who haven't watched it yet. Needless to say the case didn't seem to be going anywhere, which left me feeling that it was a waste of time, but Shawn pulled me back at the end when all is revealed.

I don't mind cutting them a little slack to build a basis for the rest of the season. I just hope it picks up humour wise, and I hope it doesn't become too deep to suck all of the enjoyment out of it.

Psych is definitely one of my favourite shows, and I am looking forward to seeing subsequent episodes, the acting is superb, and the stories are written to let the actors shine. It's an original twist on an classic detective genre.

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Default avatar cat
Jul 27, 2008 4:54PM EDT

I agree with everything you said about the show and the season opener and I think the show came back strong in the second episode back (the reunion one). It was a cute and funny one!!

Default avatar cat
Aug 2, 2008 7:11AM EDT

good review, and the plot twist was fun indeed.
you didn't read sidereels rules though:
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the very first rule in the list actually states clearly you lose your right to this, but how many people will steal a review.

Default avatar cat
Aug 2, 2008 8:04AM EDT

Thanks for the nice comments, I'll be reviewing episode 2 and 3 this weekend.
The content is publicly available for reading, not for stealing =D

Default avatar cat
Aug 2, 2008 9:12AM EDT

i didn't point it out to be mean, i just thought it would be handy to know. of the show's i watch this is the very first review that felt well writen(might just be the shows i watch :P). So i'am looking forward to reading your next reviews. i liked your summery of the end of Season 2, i couldn' t remember how his mother got there and didn't want to look through an episode to figure it out.

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