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Psych: Weekend Warriors

Shawn and Gus sit in on a rehearsal for the annual Civil War reenactment, currently being led by Lassiter. A missed cue by Sally Reynolds, playing the nurse, causes Lassiter to stop the rehearsal. Despite Lassiter's cessation, the man Sally was supposed to have shot remains in character lying on the ground. Unfortunately, this man, Nelson Poe, appears convincingly dead because he has actually been killed. The general consensus is that his death was simply an accident, but Shawn suspects murder. He puts his photographic skills to use and recreates the entire battlefield, pinpointing the only suspect who could have killed Poe.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x6
Production Number: #1_1007
Airdate: Friday August 11th, 2006

Alternate Airdates:

AU (one) Sep 03, 2008
NL (Comedy Central) Jul 03, 2009

Guest Stars
Kirsten NelsonKirsten Nelson
As Interim Chief Vick
Peter Michael GoetzPeter Michael Goetz
As Griffin Mahoney
Claire CoffeeClaire Coffee
As Sally Newcomb
John Ross BowieJohn Ross Bowie
As George Cheslow

Co-Guest Stars
Liam JamesLiam James
As Young Shawn
Isaah BrownIsaah Brown
As Young Gus
Gabe KhouthGabe Khouth
As Luke Bauer
Suzanne BastienSuzanne Bastien
As Receptionist
Patricia DrakePatricia Drake
As Elaine
Brad KellyBrad Kelly
As Confederate Soldier
Kaja GjesdalKaja Gjesdal
As Erlene Cheslow
Colby WilsonColby Wilson
As Mort Lindstrom
Jeb BeachJeb Beach
As Soldier
Yves CamersonYves Camerson
As Nelson Poe
Alex GreenAlex Green
As Quantrill
Jason CalderJason Calder
As Confederate Soldier
Todd ScottTodd Scott
As Confederate Soldier
Lauro ChartrandLauro Chartrand
As Confederate Soldier
Main Cast
James RodayJames Roday
As Shawn Spencer
Dulé HillDulé Hill
As Burton 'Gus' Guster
Timothy OmundsonTimothy Omundson
As Carlton Lassiter
Maggie LawsonMaggie Lawson
As Juliet O'Hara
Corbin BernsenCorbin Bernsen
As Henry Spencer
Episode Notes
Psych-Out: Shawn and Gus "pass the dutchie on the left hand side." Shawn, perhaps under the impression that the Germans fought in the American Civil War, mistakenly calls them "deutschies."

This is the first time Shawn uses his nickname for Juliet, Jules.

When Gus mentions The History Channel, Shawn reminds him that ESPN is channel 206. On DirecTV, ESPN really is channel 206. The History Channel is channel 269.

When Lassiter is checking out the crime scene, Shawn is able to read his list of suspects. Coincidentally, the names on the suspect list are actually the names of various crew members.

Jack Hardy (first assistant director)
Paul Etherington (first assistant director)
George Cheslow
Roger Russell (second assistant director)
Dan Miller (third assistant director)
Troy Rudolph (trainee assistant director)
Michael McMurray (cinematographer)
Marco Ciccone (camera operator)

George Cheslow is, of course, a character in this episode and not a crew member.

Episode Quotes
(Lassiter is in costume, complete fake facial hair)
Gus: Is that Lassiter?
Shawn: Yes, it is.
Gus: What died on his face?

Lassiter: (to the reenactment guys) I know I promised last week that I wasn't gonna give many more notes, but, guys, come on. That last charge, it was, how do I say this? It was a soul-sucking embarrassment that made me ashamed to wear the uniform.

Lassiter: It involved my great-great-grandfather, Colonel Muscomb T. Lassiter.
Gus: Muscomb?
Shawn: What the hell is a Muscomb?
Gus: It was a very common name of the era.
(Shawn looks at Gus)
Gus: History Channel!
Shawn: ESPN, Gus. Channel 206. I'm begging you.

Shawn: Hey, Jules! Wanna join?
Juliet: Oh, can I?
Shawn: I don't know. Do you have your own hoop skirt?
Juliet: I rent one.

Shawn: (seeing Nelson lying on the ground) OK, either that guy is a phenomenal actor...or he's dead.

Shawn: Oh, come on. Let me in on this.
Lassiter: No.
Shawn: I was there, inexplicably drawn to the scene. I was meant to solve this case. It's sort of like a miracle.
Lassiter: You have been out there every weekend we've rehearsed, and don't think I didn't see you trying to throw M&Ms in the injured soldiers' mouths.
Shawn: OK, first of all, those were Skittles, and they have a rainbow of flavors.

Lassiter: One of my soldiers was killed on my watch, and I, not you, am gonna clean it up. We clear?
Shawn: I wouldn't have gone with something as traditional as "we clear." You could've gone foreign, right? Comprende? Capisce? You could've had a little fun with it. You dig my gist, sweet pants?

Gus: You told them what?
Shawn: Gus, she was hot, and she was dressed as a nurse. You know how I feel about that. Now, come on. What was I supposed to do, not impress her? Plus, the tiny figurine made a very convincing argument.

Gus: I don't know how you're gonna prove murder with two lousy bullet holes.
Shawn: Oh, relax. I did some checking on Nelson Poe. Nobody liked him. Ever! And second of all...
Gus: What?
Shawn: Dude, I don't have a second of all!

(Shawn and Gus laugh)
Lassiter: Find something amusing?
Shawn: Mildly amusing. More odd. Delightful, in a queer sort of way.
Lassiter: For your edification, the reenactment of the ba—
Shawn: Edification?
Lassiter: Yeah, edification.
Shawn: Is that legal? Like, in public, public edifications legal?
Lassiter: It means "for your information."
Shawn: Well, why didn't you just say that?

Lassiter: What are you guys doing here anyway?
Gus: I'm a bit of a civil war buff.
Shawn: I'm reading the dirt, the trees, the hot dog stand. No real information there, but they do great sauerkraut.

Lassiter: If I am wrong, we will hold a press conference. You two will be cordially invited to say "I told you so."
Shawn: Seems fair. Hey, uh, can I wear your face-wig?

(after Shawn brilliantly recreates the entire battlefield)
Gus: What is this?
Shawn: The battlefield.
Gus: Based on what?
Shawn: The briefing board at the police station.
Gus: You did this from memory?
Shawn: Yes...
Gus: You said you saw it for two minutes.
Shawn: Right. Two whole minutes.
Gus: You got problems.

George: I'm sorry, Shawn, but the reason you have to be here, too, is...
Shawn: Uh, George, Gus has phobias and being alone in a dentist chair is one. He could snap at any moment. This is actually for your own protection. Last time, he bit off an index finger. Thankfully, I was there. We were able to save everything but the nail.

Shawn: George, I heard you got married, but wow, huh?
George: Yeah, I know what you're thinking. "What's wrong with this picture?" But, you know, where is it written that the ugly guy never gets the girl?
(momentary silence)
Shawn: Everywhere, man.

Shawn: Guys, I had a dream last night. I was sipping ice wine with a baby tree monkey. Then I fell, and I landed in a wooded area.

Karen: Mr. Spencer, if you can't name names, I'm afraid he's right this time.
Shawn: Fine. I'll get you a name. (to Lassiter) And I'm gonna get you a woman.

Receptionist: Mr. Guster, I know you said you didn't want to be interrupted, but there's a Lieutenant Crunch here to see you.
Gus: Crunch?
Shawn: (entering the office in a civil war uniform) Actually, I have been promoted. It's Captain Crunch.

(Shawn is trying to convince Gus to join the reenactment with him)
Gus: What would I be? Because I tell you, there is no way, no way, that I would ever, never ever—
Shawn: May I please tell you what I was thinking?
Gus: What?
Shawn: I was thinking Glory. I was thinking Denzel!
Gus: Did you just say Denzel? As in Denzel Washington?
Shawn: No, the other Denzel. Of course! And we'll put you on a horse, and we'll give you your own sword. And you will have a chest full of medals. You can be anything you want. You can be a pilot!
Gus: The Air Force wasn't formed until World War I.
Shawn: That's fair, so you can't be a pilot.

Shawn: I'm thinking of insuring my legs, sort of like Mary Hart. What do you think, three, five million a haunch? Keep in mind my calves are like carved marble.

(Shawn sits and plays a video game)
Gus: Shawn, we're supposed to be roughing it.
Shawn: Gus, for your edification, they don't have TiVo out here.

(Gus is wearing his war uniform, complete with feathered hat)
Gus: Are you sure there's not any other uniform?
Sally: Yeah, but I'm checking with the Ventura Association. Personally, I think you look dashing. I always loved the marching band.

Henry: The truth, Shawn. You're not really my son, are you? Because I gave you a watch with the inscription, "Don't lose," and what is the first thing that you do?
Shawn: I lose the watch.
Henry: You lose the watch!
Shawn: Well, here's a newsflash, Dad. My birthday wasn't yesterday, OK? It was four months ago.
Henry: Yeah, well here's a newsflash for you, kid. After you were born, it took you four months to smile at me. That's when the clock started ticking.

Henry: Shawn, what about the watch?
Shawn: (holds it up) You mean this watch?
(Henry exhales in disbelief)
Shawn: Hey, I needed a metal detector. Target was out of stock, and you won't let anyone use yours, so... (pumps fist in subdued enthusiasm) Hey, I found the bullet.
Henry: You didn't find the killer, did you? You need to find the killer.
(Henry walks away)
Shawn: Hell of an exit.
Henry: P.S., you look like an idiot.

Lassiter: Great, you found a pencil. Now we can all take the SATs.

Juliet: What the hell are you guys doing?
Gus: Sally was the target. Shawn's gonna put on that dress and wait for someone to shoot him.
Shawn: Right, but (sighs) the plan sounds a lot better when you don't say it like that.
Gus: What?
Shawn: Listen, detective. We have reason to believe that the intended target was Sally Reynolds. Now, we've stolen her dress. We're gonna catch the yellow-bellied son of a bitch red-handed. (pauses) I forced the ending. That's horrible!

Gus: (to Juliet) Now, remember. The fifth cannon boom is your cue to shoot whoever's playing Quantrill.
Shawn: Right. Wait. How do you know that?
Gus: I read the manual. Didn't you?
Shawn: I didn't even open the manual. It was like War and Peace. There were 17 chapters.

Shawn: Juliet? Please be careful.
Gus: And don't die.
Shawn: (whispers to Gus) How many times are you gonna say "die"?

(Shawn and Gus crawl out of the manhole)
Shawn: Watch your head. Ah, did you get sewage on your feather?

Shawn: Now, I ask you. Who goes out onto the battlefield without their boots?
Gus: Maybe someone has bunions.
Shawn: Bunions, Gus? Really, that's what you bring to the table? I'm trying to solve a murder here.
Gus: I deal with bunions at work every day, Shawn. They hurt people! That's a perfectly logical assumption!

Shawn: I solved the crime!
Gus: No, I did!
Shawn: I said it first.
Gus: I identified the uniform.
Shawn: I found the button near the tree. I said it first. (taps Gus' shoulder twice) Tap, tap, no take-backs.

Shawn: (to Mahoney) Oh, ye immoral man of low fiber! You should really eat more bran.

Cultural References
Gus: History Channel!
Shawn: ESPN, Gus. Channel 206. I'm begging you.

The History Channel is a cable television network that airs programming about historical events and people related to such events. ESPN, which stands for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, broadcasts nothing but sports.

Shawn: (entering the office in a civil war uniform) Actually, I have been promoted. It's Captain Crunch.

Cap'n Crunch is a popular breakfast cereal. Beware, its tiny corn-and-oat treasure chests will shred the roof of your mouth.

Shawn: (to Gus) I was thinking Glory. I was thinking Denzel!

Glory is a film about the one of the first units be made up entirely of African Americans and its fight against racial prejudice during the American Civil War. Denzel Washington plays Private Trip, one of the members of the unit. It is led by Colonel Robert G. Shaw, played by Matthew Broderick.

Shawn: I'm thinking of insuring my legs, sort of like Mary Hart.

Mary Hart is an anchor on the show Entertainment Tonight. Her manager, Jay Bernstein, had her legs insured for $1,000,000 in 1985.

Shawn: (playing a video golf game) It's not so much me as it is Mickelson. He's good.

This is a reference to a line from the film Swingers, a 1996 dramedy. Trent Walker, played by Vince Vaughn, is playing a hockey game and comments, "Y'know, it's not so much me as it is Roenick. He's good."

Shawn: Four score and seven years ago.
Gus: Shawn!
Shawn: Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for- Gus! Is that you?

Shawn's first quote comes from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, which he delivered during the American Civil War. The second quote is from John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address in 1961.

Shawn: I didn't even open the manual. It was like War and Peace. There were 17 chapters.

War and Peace is a classic novel by Leo Tolstoy. At nearly 1500 pages, it is well-known for its immensity.

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