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Psych: Shawn vs. the Red Phantom

Juliet goes to Shawn for some help finding a missing teenager, Malone Breyfogle. Because the police aren't able to take the case until he's been missing for forty-eight hours, Shawn and Gus volunteer to investigate. An examination of Malone's room indicates that he's involved in something shady. Furthermore, they suspect that he can be found at TriCon, a comic book and science-fiction convention. This is good news for Gus, who is a comic book enthusiast himself.

Lassiter and Chief Vick are out of the office and driving their way to a seminar together. The initial awkwardness between them pales in comparison to the surprise disruption they receive in the middle of their trip.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: #1_1008
Airdate: Friday August 25th, 2006


Alternate Airdates:

AU (one) Sep 17, 2008
NL (Comedy Central) Jul 17, 2009

  • Currently 7.7/10
7.7/10 (6 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
George Takei
As Himself

Guest Stars
Kirsten Nelson
As Interim Chief Vick
Recurring
Bre Blair
As Talia

Co-Guest Stars
Liam James
As Young Shawn
Recurring
Calum Worthy
As Malone
Recurring
Wanda Cannon
As Leslie Breyfogle
David Nykl
As Events Coordinator
Brian Markinson
As Hiltz Kooler
Cascy Beddow
As Rob (as Casey Beddow)
Robert Clarke (1)
As Administrator
Klodyne Rodney
As Doctor Verma
Main Cast
James Roday
As Shawn Spencer
Dulé Hill
As Burton 'Gus' Guster
Timothy Omundson
As Carlton Lassiter
Maggie Lawson
As Juliet O'Hara
Corbin Bernsen
As Henry Spencer
Episode Notes
Psych-Out: Shawn, Gus, and Juliet (on background vocals) hit us with some classic Boyz II Men, singing "I'll Make Love to You."

Gus: We can't get in there. The tickets were sold out a month ago.
Shawn: Did you already try to get tickets?

This isn't the first time Gus tried to get tickets for an event that Shawn deemed lame. He also tried to get tickets for the spelling bee in the episode "Spellingg Bee."



Episode Quotes
Juliet: I don't ask questions I don't wanna know the answer to.
Shawn: Ooh, then never ask a boyfriend if he thinks your sister's hot.
Juliet: I don't have a sister.
Shawn: How about a boyfriend?

(Juliet is on the phone with Shawn, who is in the chief's office)
Juliet: OK, you have five seconds to get your butt out of... Actually, you know what? Stay right there.
Shawn: Ooh, indecisive. I like that.

Juliet: (handing Shawn her notebook) Take a look at that. Tell me what you think.
Shawn: Flower doodle in the upper right-hand corner is excellent. This horse at the bottom doesn't look anything like My Little Pony.
Juliet: The writing, not the— That's a dog. I draw when I get anxious.
Shawn: I think you made a wise decision not going into animation, Juliet.

Shawn: Juliet, I'm quite sure we can work out some kind of...services exchange. You see, I like to do a little sketching myself, and sometimes, I need a model. (Juliet grabs her notebook and leaves) Was that inappropriate? Felt OK.

Shawn: (to Gus) I pulled you out of a Starbucks, where you were pretending to finish your route that you actually finished yesterday so we could do a tiny favor for Juliet that will grant us much larger favors in the future, preferably ones that I can't mention in the presence of nuns or men of cloth.

Gus: I can't believe you're letting that woman make us pancakes.
Shawn: She offered, Gus. Tell me you're not excited about pancakes.
Gus: She's worried sick!
Shawn: Cooking helps her cope.
Gus: How do you know that?
Shawn: How do you know it doesn't?

Mrs. Breyfogle: (yelling from the kitchen) Do you boys want your syrup warmed up?
Shawn: (yelling back to her) I don't need it, Mrs. Breyfogle, but Gus does, so, I guess yes!
Gus: You're the one who won't eat cold syrup!
Shawn: Yeah, but I'm working you into the conversation. Now she knows your name!

(Shawn steps onto Malone's bed to investigate the light)
Shawn: Oh, yes. Yes, I'm definitely feeling something here. Oh, it's good. It's nice!
Mrs. Breyfogle: What? What is it?
Shawn: This mattress. It feels like one of those mattresses where you can bounce a bowling ball but the glass of wine doesn't spill. Gus, go find a glass of wine and a bowling ball.

Gus: How does some eighteen-year-old kid still living at home make that kind of money?
Shawn: Lemonade stand? That is, if instead of lemons, he's using heroin.

Lassiter: I thought it was really smart when they named a, um...you know, woman.
Karen: All right, honey.
Lassiter: Excuse me, what?
Karen: I love you.
Lassiter: Hmm?
Karen: OK. (turns head to reveal an earphone) I'll just see you when we get back, OK? (to Lassiter) I'm sorry, detective, were you saying something?

Gus: We can't just walk into the con.
Shawn: I'm sorry. "The con"?
Gus: Yeah.
Shawn: You're calling a place filled with overweight teenagers battling mild cases of scoliosis and advanced bed-wetting "the con"?

Shawn: (to the administrator) It's how I ended up with a stutter and a wooden pinkie toe. Now, for the love of Scotty—
Gus: Still Sulu.
Shawn: (stuttering) Would you p— Would you p...please! (whines) Let me get in there and save all of our asses!

Shawn: Dude, some guy in a wolf costume with a light saber just said hi to you.
Gus: I don't know that guy.
Shawn: He looked right at you.
Gus: He was mistaken.
Shawn: He said, "Hi, Gus." And then, another dude with a cape and a codpiece gave you a half-nod.
Gus: I don't know any of these people, Shawn. OK?
Shawn: Uh-huh.

Shawn: Can't you just look at porn on the net like every other guy and his brother?
Gus: Everybody reads his blog.
Shawn: No, not everybody.

Gus: And yes, I knew the guy in the codpiece. His name was Dave. And he's a very nice guy. (struts away)
Shawn: Snap.

Shawn: (to Gus) Is this the movie you dragged me to where the hero had big nipples on the outside of his costume?
Hiltz: Damn those nipples.
Shawn: They were like big angry marshmallows.

Fan: You're a psychic, like Professor X?
Gus: (annoyed) Professor X is a telepath, not a psychic.
Shawn: Uh, but I do have telepathic tendencies.
Gus: No, you don't. You have psychic visions. They're different.
Shawn: No, really. I can do both.
Gus: No, you can't!

(Shawn and Gus walk into Rob and Don's hotel room)
Shawn: This place is trashed.
Gus: Maybe Johnny Depp stopped by. (laughs)
Shawn: I'm sorry, did that joke just arrive in a time machine from 1992?
Gus: He used to trash hotel rooms.
Shawn: Used to. The man has kids now. He lives in France.
Gus: You got a better version?
Shawn: Of course I do. How about that lame-o who's dating Kate Moss?
Gus: He's British, and nobody knows who he is.
Shawn: OK, fine, too inside. Stephen Dorff. Always solid.

Juliet: Hey, any progress?
Shawn: I picked up Malone's astral trail. That's what it's called. It leads to a hotel across from the convention center, room 428, oak door, can't miss it.
Juliet: That's more specific than usual.
Shawn: Look, sometimes the spirits are in a giving mood. Now, you won't find Malone, but I sense some seriously dark juju magumbo went down in there.

(after Karen's water breaks in the car)
Lassiter: Oh, can you move my briefcase?
Karen: Briefcase?
Lassiter: Well, it might be in the line of the—
Karen: You understand how uncomfortable this is?
Lassiter: It's leather. I didn't Scotchgard it!

Shawn: "Judgment Day"? It sounds bad. That's like, the day that you're judged.

(Shawn is eating a bowl of cheese puffs)
Gus: What the hell are you doing?
Shawn: Running makes me hungry. You know that.
Gus: You don't know where those have been. They could have bird flu on them or something.
Shawn: Bird flu, wow.

Shawn: (to Lassiter) So, after I collared the villain, saved the girl, Jules grabbed the others, and everyone hoisted me on their shoulders, carried me to the car, chanting my name. It was awesome. Oh, but your story about cutting the cord was good, too. Lot of drama, suspense, twist ending that I don't think any of us saw coming.

Juliet: At which point did you faint?
Lassiter: OK, I did not faint. I was merely resting my eyes momentarily and fell slightly backwards.

Juliet: Which one is hers?
Gus: I don't know. Lassiter, you cut the cord.
Lassiter: Well, they all look alike. Is there one that poops a lot? I know. Let's ask our psychic.
Shawn: You know what, guys? This is weird. I'm not getting anything. I think one of these babies might be evil, blocking my abilities to communicate. Damien.

Karen: I'm coming into work tomorrow.
Shawn: Oh, don't be ridiculous. You need to go home with your child. Relax. Take a load off. Refresh yourself. January, I think January. Come back in January.



Cultural References
Character Names: Malone, Talia, Dent.

These three names are also the names of characters in the Batman comics. Matches Malone was a mob leader. When he died, Batman assumed his identity. Talia al Ghul was one of Batman's love interests, though she also committed crimes. Harvey Dent, once an ally of batman, became the criminal Two-Face after a horrific accident.

Character Names: Breyfogle

Norm Breyfogle is a comic artist. Among other things, he worked for six years on various Batman projects.

Young Shawn: (running around) Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than—

When Superman went from the comics to radio and television, he was described as being "faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound."

Shawn: This horse at the bottom doesn't look anything like My Little Pony.

My Little Pony is the brand name of toy plastic ponies that were released in the '80s. The product's popularity spawned two TV shows and a film.

Shawn: This mattress. It feels like one of those mattresses where you can bounce a bowling ball but the glass of wine doesn't spill. Gus, go find a glass of wine and a bowling ball.

Shawn is referring to a series of infomercials shown by the Tempur-Pedic mattress company. Their mattresses, made from memory foam, were often featured in a demo showing that a glass of wine placed on the mattress would remain standing upright even if a bowling ball were dropped right next to it.

Shawn: (to Gus) OK, I'll bite. Where is he, chocolate Columbo?

Columbo is a character from the '70s TV crime series Columbo. Columbo, played by Peter Falk, worked to solve murder mysteries.

Shawn: (about George Takei) You think you can have a convention without Commander Chekov?
Gus: Sulu, jackass.

Shawn: Now, for the love of Scotty—
Gus: Still Sulu.

George Takei played Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek franchise. Shawn first mistakenly calls him "Chekov." He is thinking of Pavel Chekov, played by Walter Koenig. He later calls him "Scotty," confusing Takei with Montgomery Scott (nicknamed Scotty), played by James Doohan.

Shawn: (to George Takei) We met you in Chicago at a screening of that movie with, uh, the whales.
Gus: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is an '80s film in which the Star Trek crew faces the threat of a mysterious alien probe. They discover that only the humpback whale can communicate with the probe. Unfortunately, because the whale is extinct, the crew must go back in time to retrieve a humpback whale and save mankind.

Shawn: This place is trashed.
Gus: Maybe Johnny Depp stopped by. (laughs)
Shawn: I'm sorry, did that joke just arrive in a time machine from 1992?
Gus: He used to trash hotel rooms.
Shawn: Used to. The man has kids now. He lives in France.

Johnny Depp is an American actor. He was arrested in the '90s for damaging a hotel suite in New York City. He has two children with French celebrity, Vanessa Paradis, and he resides in both Los Angeles and London.

Shawn: How about that lame-o who's dating Kate Moss?
Gus: He's British, and nobody knows who he is.

Kate Moss is a supermodel who has most recently been linked to dating Russell Brand, a British celebrity who has done comedy, television, radio, and heroin.

Shawn: Stephen Dorff, always solid.

Stephen Dorff is a young American actor who has worked in various television shows and movies.

Shawn: Ooh! Keith Moon.

Keith Moon was the drummer for The Who, a rock band that is still popular today. He became known for being destructive, trashing hotel rooms and even his own home.

Shawn: So, Parastone pictures paid him to praise the Red Phantom flick.

The fictional name "Parastone" comes from merging the names of two real film studios, Paramount and Touchstone.

Gus: Since when did you get so structured?
Shawn: Since you turned into Urkel (to Juliet) and you just became Jan...Brady, Tina Yothers... There's not an exact match for that.

Steve Urkel is the name of the nerdy neighbor on the TV show Family Matters. Jan Brady is the awkward middle daughter from the TV show The Brady Bunch. Tina Yothers played Jennifer Keaton on the TV show Family Ties.

Shawn: "Judgment Day"? It sounds bad. That's like, the day that you're judged.
Gus: In T2, it's the end of mankind.

"T2" refers to the sequel to the '80s film The Terminator. Commonly abbreviated "T2," its full title is Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Karen: I'm coming into work tomorrow.
Shawn: Oh, don't be ridiculous. You need to go home with your child. Relax. Take a load off. Refresh yourself. January, I think January. Come back in January.

This is a meta-reference to the show. After this episode, the show went on a five-month hiatus. It resumed on January 19th with the episode "Forget Me Not."



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