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Psych: Poker? I Barely Know Her

A friend of Henry's needs Shawn and Gus' help. His son, Brandon, has been in some trouble lately, and now he is missing. Bill doesn't want to involve the police, and Henry accidentally suggests Shawn's help. After some investigation, Shawn and Gus discover that the likely cause of Brandon's troubles is his involvement in poker. Luckily, Gus is quite the online poker player. He and Shawn devise a plan to lure Brandon into a meeting and find out exactly what kind of trouble he's in.

While Shawn and Gus investigate the goings-on with Brandon, Juliet explores Lassiter's personal life. She wants to plan a surprise birthday party for him, but no one seems to know anything about his interests. She is advised to cease the party-planning efforts, but her determination cannot be curbed.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x14
Production Number: #1_1015
Airdate: Friday February 23rd, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

AU (one) Oct 29, 2008
NL (Comedy Central) Aug 28, 2009

Guest Stars
Kirsten NelsonKirsten Nelson
As Interim Chief Vick
Dan LauriaDan Lauria
As Mr. Peterson
Kris LemcheKris Lemche
As Brandon Peterson
Debra MooneyDebra Mooney
As Mrs. Lassiter
Chris William MartinChris William Martin
As J.P. Berger

Co-Guest Stars
Liam JamesLiam James
As Young Shawn
Viv LeacockViv Leacock
As Officer #1
Ian CarterIan Carter
As Chet
Robin RichardsonRobin Richardson
As Player #1
Rob Daly (2)Rob Daly (2)
As Ronnie
Byron LucasByron Lucas
As Organizer
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: Lassiter and Juliet perform "Leaving on a Jet Plane" but not without some background noise from Shawn and Gus.

There is some truth behind Gus' self-proclaimed poker skills. Dule Hill, who plays Gus, appeared on Celebrity Poker Showdown in both the second season and the seventh season. He won both times.

Episode Quotes
(after losing a bet to Shawn)
Gus: OK, double or nothing. Trivia question this time. History—
Shawn: Grover Cleveland.
Gus: Damn! How do you do that?
Shawn: It's the sweetness.

Henry: So, this is how you spend your days.
Shawn: Oh, my God. Dad, what are you doing here?
Henry: Nice. Is that the way you greet all the people that come through your door?
Shawn: That's exactly how I greet everyone. Maybe that's why business is down.
Gus: Hmm.

Henry: Are you gonna invite me in?
Gus: Oh, yeah. Please-
Shawn: Whoa! This could be a trick. What's the rule with vampires? Don't they have to be invited in?
Gus: What are you talking about, Shawn?
Shawn: Gus, you've seen Lost Boys fourteen times. What's the rule?
Gus: You're on your own.

Henry: (surveying the office) Is this all there is?
Shawn: Actually, this is the, uh, satellite office. Main headquarters is in an underground ice cave Gus and I sculpted last winter.
Henry: What about your license?
Shawn: My pilot's license? It's out back in the Cessna. Or perhaps you’re referring to my license to kill. Revoked. Problems at the Kazakhstan border. I could give you the details, but then I'd have to kill you, which I can't do because my license to kill has been revoked.

Shawn: Gus, Henry vouched for me.
Henry: I did not vouch for you.
Shawn: You were bragging on me. You have a Dad-crush on me.
Henry: Shawn, I was not bragging on you. I merely restated stats about your track record that are in the newspaper.
Shawn: Let's hug it out.
Henry: Put your arms down.
Shawn: Gimme a hug.

Henry: If I had known that Peterson was going to insist on hiring you, I would have blasted your character outright, and I would have mentioned your unnatural fear of pointy things.
Shawn: Uh! Distaste for pointy things.
Henry: Please, just do me this one favor. Would you listen to the man's story? Tell him you can't help, send him to the cops, and whatever you do, don't do it with all that rolling your eyes around and all that (waves hands) floppy crap.
Shawn: Jesus. First of all, I don't flop around all the time, OK? My game is predicated on finesse.

Gus: Well, Mr. Peterson, this sounds like a case for the police. Let me get you a number.
Shawn: Gus, don't be a gooey chocolate chip cookie.
Gus: What?

Juliet: I just thought it would be nice to surprise him.
Karen: Oh, Detective Lassiter does not like surprises.
Juliet: Of course he likes surprises. Everybody likes surprises.
Karen: Detective Lassiter has a very particular comfort zone. And you don't even wanna know what we now call the "Secret Santa Debacle of 2005."

Gus: Here, let me reach. My reach is better.
Shawn: Excuse me?
Gus: What?
Shawn: When exactly did we have a reaching contest?
Gus: My reach has always been better.
Shawn: But my arms are slenderer. Slendererer?
Gus: What?
Shawn: Slendererer...
Gus: Skinnier?
Shawn: Yes.

Shawn: If you're a guy with an apartment, what's the one thing you definitely don't have?
Gus: I don't know, a horse?
Shawn: A horse! That's true! (buzzes negatively) Answer we were looking for was yard or garden. I would have accepted both yard and garden.

Shawn: Chips... Ponch! Jon! Striker! Cracker! Poker! Poker? I hardly know her!

Henry: What the hell do poker chips smell like, Shawn?
Shawn: They smell like butterflies.

Mrs. Lassiter: Booker doesn't celebrate his birthdays.
Juliet: (laughs) Booker?
Mrs. Lassiter: Dammit! Ooh, you're good, trickypants!

Shawn: (seeing Gus' online poker account) Time out.
Gus: What?
Shawn: You're BigKitty75?
Gus: Yeah, as in "the kitty." You know, "the pot."
Shawn: The kitty?
Gus: Yes. 75.
Shawn: 74 other big kitties came before you?

Brandon: I screwed up on my own, I am going to face him on my own.
Shawn: That's very Cameron Frye of you.
Brandon: That's Cameron who?
Shawn: Wow, are we that much older than you?

Henry: Well, well, don't you look like hell.
Shawn: I know I look like hell, Dad. Everyone who gets up at this hour looks like hell, with the possible exception of Matt Lauer and Diane Lane.

Ronnie: Well, you know what? I'm not playing with a psychic. It's against the rules.
Shawn: Against the rule- No, guys, guys, I checked the rule book. I looked in the index under "P." It mentioned polygamy, pancakes, and pterodactyls. Who knew pterodactyls started with a "P"?

Shawn: Wait. W-wait, wait, wait. The chips demand we stop the game.
Berger: What the hell is going on here?
Shawn: (puts a chip up to each ear) Shh! I can't hear them if you're talking, Berger. What? Really? Are you guys sure about this? Chips say you're a cheater, cheater, pumpkin-eater.

Berger: If you were psychic, I wouldn't be cleaning your clock right now.
Shawn: Cleaning my clock? What does that mean, Berger? What, you'd take time out of your day to clean another man's timepiece, and if so, that would be a bad thing? No, I would be gracious. I would say, "J.P., dude, thanks for spritzing my watch."

Karen: You keep a little black book of people you've arrested?
Lassiter: Of course I do.
Shawn: Why?
Lassiter: To drive by and check on them.

Cultural References
Shawn: Gus, you've seen Lost Boys fourteen times. What's the rule?

The Lost Boys is an '80s film about two brothers who, after moving to a new town, must fight the vampires that live there.

Shawn: I could give you the details, but then I'd have to kill you, which I can't do because my license to kill has been revoked.

In the James Bond film Licence to Kill (spelled License to Kill in the United States), M says the following line when Bond is handing in his resignation: "Your licence to kill is revoked." The alternate title for this film was also Licence Revoked.

Gus: The buzzer upstairs says his is 227.
Shawn: 227? Marla Gibbs.
Gus: Regina King.
Shawn: Jackee.
Gus: Hal Williams.
Shawn: Hal Williams?
Gus: Hal Williams as Lester Jenkins.

227 is a television sitcom based on the people living in the apartment building numbered 227. Besides Williams playing Lester Jenkins, Gibbs played Mary Louise Jenkins, King played Brenda Jenkins, and Jackee played Sandra Clark.

Shawn: Chips... Ponch! Jon! Striker! Cracker! Poker!

CHiPs is a '70s television show focusing on the California Highway Patrol. Erik Estrada played the character nicknamed Ponch and Larry Wilcox played Jon Baker.

Gus: Felicia Fancybottom? What am I, a James Bond villain?

James Bond is a fictional British agent, a character popularized by film. He faces many villains, sometimes women whose names are double-entendres, such as Pussy Galore.

Brandon: I screwed up on my own, I am going to face him on my own.
Shawn: That's very Cameron Frye of you.

Cameron Frye is a character from the '80s film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Ferris convinces Cameron to take his father's car out, and they end up destroying it. Cameron decides to face his father and take the blame for the damage.

Also, Brandon's last name is Peterson. Sloane Peterson is another character in the film.

Shawn: Everyone who gets up at this hour looks like hell, with the possible exception of Matt Lauer and Diane Lane.

Matt Lauer is the host of the early morning talk show The Today Show. Diane Lane is an acclaimed actress, well-known for her striking beauty.

Shawn: (about Brandon) He wears his ridiculous good luck charm into battle the way that Superman wears his cape or Rocky Balboa wears his belt.

Superman is a popular superhero created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. His costume consists of an "S" emblem on his chest, blue tights, and a red cape.

Rocky Balboa is a fictional character in the series of Rocky films. Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone, is a boxer and the Heavyweight Champion of the World.

Shawn: T.P... toilet paper, no... Teri Polo-

Teri Polo is an actress who is perhaps best known for her role as Pam Byrnes, the love interest of Ben Stiller's character, in the films Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers.

Shawn: T.P... tepee... tepee with a chimmy... chimmy... chimichanga... chimichanga... Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan...

Chaka Khan is a singer/songwriter who was popular in the '70s and '80s. She gained success after going solo and releasing the song "I'm Every Woman." She is also well-known for her re-recording of Prince's song "I Feel for You."

Shawn: Chips say you're a cheater, cheater, pumpkin-eater.

Though the phrase "cheater, cheater, pumpkin-eater" did not originate from the show, it is a commonly-used substitute for the childhood nursery rhyme Peter, Peter, Pumpkin-Eater.

Shawn: What did Wesley say in Passenger 57? He said, "Always bet on black."

The '90s film Passenger 57 stars Wesley Snipes as John Cutter, a former police officer. On his flight to Los Angeles to start a new job, a criminal on board breaks free and holds the passengers hostage. In a phone conversation with the terrorist, Snipes utters the notable line, "Always bet on black."

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