"Psych" fans who have waited almost a year for Season 7 will be duly rewarded Wednesday night with the first of three funny, creative episodes I've had the chance to watch.
For those of you who aren't already fans, "Psych" (9 p.m. CT Feb. 27, USA; 3.5 stars out of 4) follows the hilarious exploits of fake psychic Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his pal, Burton "Gus" Guster (Dule Hill), who do investigative work for the Santa Barbara Police Department. Det. Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson), whom they call Lassie, can't stand the pair. Shawn's girlfriend, Det. Juliet O'Hara (Maggie Lawson), often finds herself trying to get them out of trouble with Lassie and her boss, Karen Vick (Kirsten Nelson).
In "Santabarbaratown 2, Lethal Weapon 5," we finally learn the fate of Shawn's former cop father, Henry (Corbin Bernsen), who was shot at the end of last season. The episode features some "Psych" favorites:
- Coroner Woody (Kurt Fuller) keeps popping up with body bags.
- Nutty old-guy-chaser Chelsea (Arden Myrin) is back trolling the hospital for dates.
- Shawn hasn't stopped coming up with pseudonyms for himself and Gus. "Satchel Gizmo" and "Soupcan Flynn" sneak into a rifle range wearing the worst disguises.
- Shawn crashes Gus' beloved blue Echo, which he calls "The Blueberry," so Gus gets a loaner he names "The Cranberry." Yes, it's red.
Those are just a few examples of the first episode's gags--and it's not even the best of the three I've seen. I would rank it "good," while the March 6 episode "Juliet Takes a Luvvah" would be "better" and the March 13 episode, "Lassie Jerky," would be "best." That episode, guest starring the WWE's Big Show, spoofs such "found-footage" movies as "Paranormal Activity" and "The Blair Witch Project" and is probably one of the best of the series.
It's hilarious and does what "Psych" does best by lovingly sending up a pop culture touchstone and using the expert comedy chops of all of its cast members in whip-smart ways. Look for the show to pay homage to the film "Clue" later in the season. Featuring actors Christopher Lloyd, Lesley Ann Warren and Martin Mull from the 1985 film, it is the show's 100th episode.
It's a wonder that that far along in its run, "Psych" still finds new and wonderful ways to amuse and delight fans.
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