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Psych: Who Ya Gonna Call?

Gus informs Shawn about the recent death of a doctor, which Shawn naturally sees as an opportunity to solve another case. Unfortunately, Lassiter is quite insistent that he does not want them at his crime scene. Shawn's consequential plans to take the rest of the day off are ruined when a histrionic man, Robert Dunn, comes to the Psych office for help. He believes that he's being haunted by a homicidal ghost and is certain that one night in his house will be enough to convince Shawn that something is out to get him.

Lassiter has his hands full enough without having to worry about Shawn. He's quite busy with relationships—that means trying to patch things with his "separated" wife and tolerating interactions with partner Juliet.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x7
Production Number: #1_1005
Airdate: Friday August 18th, 2006


Alternate Airdates:

AU (one) Sep 10, 2008
NL (Comedy Central) Jul 10, 2009

  • Currently 7.2/10
7.2/10 (6 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Frank WhaleyFrank Whaley
As Robert/Regina/Martin

Co-Guest Stars
Liam JamesLiam James
As Young Shawn
Recurring
Sage BrocklebankSage Brocklebank
As Buzz McNab
Recurring
Nico McEownNico McEown
As Young Bully
John DadeyJohn Dadey
As Dr. Blinn
Claire RileyClaire Riley
As Dr. Drake
Aaron GrainAaron Grain
As Leslie
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: It seems that Shawn cannot contain his love for the "delicious" Gus and his "kissable" forehead. Will he succumb to its temptation?



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Johann Strauss IIThe Blue DanubeLassiter shoots the figurines
Wham!Wake Me Up Before You Go-GoGus wakes up in the car after Shawn drugged him


Episode Quotes
Gus: (about the new model secretary) Does she answer the phone?
Shawn: Yes, but only her cell phone. She's expecting a call from Milan.
Gus: Does she file?
Shawn: Mostly her nails.
Gus: Coffee?
Shawn: Yes, she wants some.

Shawn: OK, why have I been drawn here? Was there a murder? Do I need the little booties for the crime scene?

Lassiter: (seeing Shawn inside the crime scene) I thought I told you no.
Shawn: But your eyes said yes.

Gus: (explaining the ghost who used to haunt him) When I asked her her name, Shawn, she said—
Shawn: (in a high-pitched voice) My name is Wilting Flower. I died without knowing love. Will you be my friend?
Gus: How did you know that? I never told it to anyone before!
Shawn: I was Wilting Flower! Gus! I can't believe that you fell for that!

Lassiter: Do you not knock?
Juliet: There's no door.
Lassiter: And?

Gus: I got a cold spot. Right here. Feel it?
Shawn: Yes, yes, I do! Robert, we have definitely got something here! (to Gus) You're standing under a vent.

Robert: This pulls out into a bed, but that's all I got.
Shawn: Ah, no worries. What's a little spooning between old pals, huh, Gus?

Gus: You got the floor.
Shawn: Ah, we'll make it work. You don't mind if I nude up for the sleepover, right?
Gus: Seriously, Shawn. Only one of us is sleeping at a time. The other one is on watch.
Shawn: Oh, no, we'll both sleep. I'll put on some socks, make you feel more comfortable.

Gus: Should we tell Robert?
Shawn: How psychic would that be? No, we'll spend the night. It's fine. Catch up with the ex tomorrow, talk to her, see what's going on. Meanwhile, I'm going to do some sit-ups. Come hold my feet. (falls to the ground) I'm going to do a thousand!

Shawn: Good morning, detectives! Collecting donations for the policeman's ball?
Lassiter: We don't have balls.
Shawn: I honestly have no response to that.
Lassiter: Need I remind you, Mr. Spencer, what happens when you interfere with a police investigation?
Shawn: Uh... The case gets solved?

(Shawn and Gus are in the car; Gus is driving)
Gus: I have to get back to work.
Shawn: Gus, the plot is thickening!
Gus: Shawn, I've already missed two days this week.
Shawn: Oh, fine, fine, fine. I respect your wishes.
Gus: Thank you.
Shawn: Jerk chicken?
Gus: You know that's right.
(Scene fades out and returns; Shawn is now driving, and Gus is waking up)
Shawn: There he is.
Gus: What time is it?
Shawn: Daytime.
Gus: What happened?
Shawn: I might have dropped six allergy pills in your Frosty while you were peeing.

Shawn: (reading Gus' text message) "We're talking to hep."
(Gus texts back)
Shawn: "Her."

Shawn: (observing a picture on the wall) Very nice. Exquisite...brush strokes.
Amy: It's a print.
Shawn: I'm referring, of course, to the original.

Amy: I'm sorry, what's the name of your gallery again?
Shawn: That's been a bit of a problem, actually. We wanted to call it (French accent) Le Petit Louvre. (drops the accent) But, apparently, the art snobs in France think they have a monopoly on all things Louvre. We also tried (French accent) Louvre 2, Louvre Junior, (drops the accent) Night Gallery. Nothing cleared.

Amy: He said his name was, get this, Martin Brody.
Shawn: Martin Brody? Roy Scheider's character from Jaws?
Amy: Yes, how'd you know?
Shawn: I've seen Jaws.

Gus: Don't touch that. It's blood!
Shawn: It's not blood.
Gus: Enjoy your hepatitis.

Shawn: Now, all we need to figure out is how to bring out the woman, so that we can talk to her.
Gus: OK. (looks around) OK, OK, OK. (spots the nail polish, perfume, etc.) Triggers.
Shawn: We shoot him. Then what?

Robert: Is this where she lives, the angry female spirit that you sensed?
Shawn: Oh, yes. I feel her very strongly here, Robert. Do you? Do you feel...pretty?

Shawn: (about Regina) Unless you're gonna ask her out, I think we're done here. How do we get Robert back?
Gus: I have no idea.
Shawn: Well, you're her very special friend.

Shawn: Gus, no, no, she found another doctor. She's seeing him, today.
Gus: When?
(Shawn checks his watch)
Shawn: (dramatically) Right now.
Gus: Right now, Shawn?
Shawn: Like in ten minutes.

Shawn: (about their new employee) We have to fire him.
Gus: Fire him? On what grounds?
Shawn: What grounds? On the grounds that he's a dude!

Shawn: (in hushed tones) Listen to me. No woman is gonna look at us twice if we're sharing our office with that ridiculous adonis. He's better looking than both of us put together!
Gus: Yeah...

Shawn: Gus... You know I can't fire people. They look too sad.



Episode Goofs
When Gus warns Shawn not to touch the paint, mistaking it for blood, he tells him to "enjoy your hepatitis." Gus' mouth does not move during this line, implying that it was recorded after the shot had already been filmed.



Cultural References
Episode Title: Who Ya Gonna Call?

The title is a reference to a tag line used for the 1984 movie Ghostbusters, a movie about a group who finds and captures ghosts.

Gus: All I remember is he always made you wait, and he had a picture of Pete Rose on his wall.

Pete Rose is a professional baseball player. He spent the majority of his years playing for the Cincinnati Reds.

Shawn: The old Indian burial ground? You bought that? I got that from Poltergeist! Or Poltergeist II.

Poltergeist is an '80s film about a family who moves into a house that was built on top of a cemetery. The family begins to notice subtle things, such as their things getting moved around. However, the ghosts begin to get violent, ultimately capturing the family's daughter. In the second film, we find out that there was an ancient cult's burial ground beneath the cemetery over which their house in the first film was built.

Shawn: Gremlins? No, it wasn't Gremlins.

Gremlins is an '80s horror film about small destructive creatures. A man comes upon a small animal called a mogwai. The man is warned that it requires special care, particularly that it cannot be near bright light, it cannot get water on it, and it cannot be fed after midnight. Unfortunately, the mogwai gets wet and spawns multiple new mogwais that are much uglier and much more aggressive than the he is.

Shawn: We also tried (French accent) Louvre 2, Louvre Junior, (drops the accent) Night Gallery. Nothing cleared.

Night Gallery is the name of a '70s television show. Hosted by Rod Serling, the series featured Serling in an art gallery. He would introduce the supernatural stories that were to follow by showing various paintings that illustrated them.

Shawn: Martin Brody? Roy Scheider's character from Jaws?

Jaws is an '70s horror movie that tells the story of a great white shark terrorizing beach-goers. A team of men go out on a boat to try and kill the menacing shark. One of these men is Martin Brody, played by Roy Scheider.

Shawn: The multiple personality disease. You know, that what's-her-name had, the Flying Nun, in the other thing, the TV movie.
Gus: Smokey and the Bandit?

Shawn: Hooper was a stunt man.
Gus: Oh.
Shawn: I don't think Sally Field was even in Hooper! Who are you thinking of?
Gus: You know, uh...
Shawn: Terry Bradshaw.
Gus: Yes... Is it Norma Rae?
Shawn: No. That would have made that movie a lot cooler.

Shawn and Gus are talking about various Sally Field projects. The first mention, the Flying Nun, is a reference to the TV show The Flying Nun. Field played Sister Bertrille, a nun who could, obviously, fly.

Smokey and the Bandit is a film starring Field as a hitchhiker named Carrie who gets picked up by Bandit. However, when a search goes out for her, they become involved in a chase across the country.

Hooper is a film about a stunt man named Sonney Hooper. Field plays his girlfriend, Gwen Doyle. Terry Bradshaw, a football player, plays an out-of-towner that Hooper gets into a fight with.

Norma Rae stars Field as Norma Rae, a woman who becomes inspired to help unionize the factory where she works.

The film that Gus and Shawn are unable to find the title for is Sybil. Field plays the role of Sybil Dorsett, a woman who, because of tragic childhood events, develops thirteen different personalities.



Episode References
After the car accident, Shawn quickly calls upon Gus' "super-smeller." Gus has used his keen sense of smell for deductive purposes in two earlier episodes, "Spellingg Bee" and "Woman Seeking Dead Husband: Smokers Okay, No Pets."



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