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Psych: 65 Million Years Off

Lassiter's current hot streak has left Shawn feeling neglected by the police department. With Lassiter single-handedly solving case after case, there has been little need to bring in outside help from Shawn and Gus. However, when an unknown man washes up on shore with unusual scarring, Lassiter is stumped. Luckily, Shawn has a theory of what caused the injury—a dinosaur. Confident in his theory, Shawn and Gus set out to connect a dinosaur to the man's death.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x2
Production Number: #2_2003
Airdate: Friday July 20th, 2007

Guest Stars
Tim HenryTim Henry
As Farmer Walker

Co-Guest Stars
Liam JamesLiam James
As Young Shawn
Carlos McCullers, IICarlos McCullers, II
As Young Gus
Sage BrocklebankSage Brocklebank
As Buzz McNab
Barry W. LevyBarry W. Levy
As Doug Devette
David PurvisDavid Purvis
As Franzen
Robert ThurstonRobert Thurston
As Coroner
Colin FooColin Foo
As Fruit Stand Vendor
Randy McPheeRandy McPhee
As Suspect
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
Kirsten NelsonKirsten Nelson
As Chief Karen Vick
Corbin BernsenCorbin Bernsen
As Henry Spencer


Juliet is paid a visit by Shawn, who is disappointed by how he hasn't received any calls from Chief Vick. It turns out Detective Lassiter has been a case-solving machine of late, solving nine cases in a row, so the department simply hasn't needed Shawn's help. When a new case comes up, Shawn and Gus tag along with the intent to convince the chief they could handle it. A dead body was found along the beach, and the body has several teeth marks across the abdomen. The large gap between each tooth makes it a little difficult to figure out. Lassiter comes up with a few possibilities, while Shawn determines the culprit was a dinosaur. Not surprisingly, Shawn isn't given the case. He's frankly laughed at. Even Gus can't believe Shawn's theory...

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Episode Notes
Psych-Out: Kirsten Nelson (Interim Chief Vick) can't keep a straight face while Shawn talks to her from inside the head of a Tyrannosaurus rex.

Writer Steve Franks originally planned for this episode to be the season premiere.

Shawn makes a reference to the film Holes. Dulé Hill played the role of Sam in this movie. Sam had a relationship with the schoolteacher, who was famous for her spiced peaches.

Episode Quotes
Juliet: Detective Lassiter is literally on fire.
Shawn: What kind of fire are we talking about? Michael Jackson in the Pepsi commercial fire or misusing the word "literally" fire?

Lassiter: (to Shawn) Come on. We'll show you how real cops do it. (he leaves)
Juliet: No comeback? Shawn, that's slightly embarrassing. (she leaves)
Shawn: (half-heartedly) Where'd you get that suit...suit? The toilet store?

Gus: So what's this new case we got?
Shawn: Uh, slight error in grammar there, buddy.
Gus: Which part?
Shawn: "Got."

Gus: I came all the way down from the office, Shawn.
Shawn: Gus, don't be a giant snapping turtle.

Shawn: You're mad.
Gus: (sarcastically) No, I'm not mad. I'm happy. I'm thrilled. I love looking like an idiot.
Shawn: Well, that explains your shoes.

Shawn: I can play Six Degrees of Dinosaur with you right now. (pauses) You've never been in a movie with Kevin Bacon or Dilaposaurus, have you?
Gus: How about you play Six Degrees of Kiss My Ass?
Shawn: First of all, that sounds like a totally disturbing game.

Shawn: (walking into Henry's kitchen) OK, this is creepy. Why is Gus here?
Henry: What do you think, Shawn?
Shawn: He's a hostage.
Doug: (walks in) Perhaps I can shed some light on that.
Shawn: Two hostages.

Gus: You took my T. rex? My mom gave it to you?
Shawn: Gladly. She also gave me some pictures you can pay me to not show your next girlfriend.
Gus: What pictures?
Shawn: The ones that document your Terence Trent D'Arby phase.

Karen: (to Shawn about the victim) His name was Christopher Franzen. He is a paleontologist.
(Shawn turns and looks at Gus)
Gus: A dinosaur hunter.

Ethan: We got the, uh, trilobites in a shoe box, but the shelf is kinda high.
Shawn: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.You've got Pinhead, Chatterbox, Surgeon, and Stitch up there on a shelf?
Gus: Shawn, those are Cenobites.
Shawn: Oh. Well, what are trilobites?
Gus: Fish fossils.
Shawn: Oh, Gus. For my sake, at least pretend like you don't know this stuff off the top of your head.

Ethan: (angrily, about Franzen) Look, do not ever take a class from him.
Shawn: He's dead.
Ethan: Oh, yeah. Then totally.

Shawn: You think I'm afraid of a little competition?
Gus: I know you're afraid of competition. Why else would you have purposefully broken the Battlezone at Pizza Royale?
Shawn: Dude, you beat me once. And only because you first used the eyepiece and then revealed you had pinkeye.

(Gus accidentally shines his flashlight in Shawn's eyes)
Shawn: Gus, that thing's brighter than the sun. I think you just gave me glaucoma.
Gus: You can't give someone glaucoma.

Gus: I'm investigating and you're analyzing his doodles?
Shawn: Doodles are the window to the soul, Gus. Or maybe that's the epiglottis. Where's the uvula?

Gus: Lassiter's here!
Shawn: He's, like, five minutes behind us everywhere we go. Don't sleep in the nude tonight.

Shawn: Dude, look at the road when you're driving!
Gus: I'm staying down for safety!
Shawn: He was shooting directly into the air, Gus.
Gus: Bullets go up, they have to come down.
Shawn: Do you know what the trajectory would have to be for that to happen?
Gus: Don't you dare argue physics with me, not while we're in the process of almost being killed!

Shawn: (to Karen) It's a farm, with a farmer. An old farmer. Farmer...Shooty Pants. That's a nickname. I don't think that's his actual handle.

Shawn: What are you, worried about me?
Henry: Shawn, I've been worried about you since you were three years old and started eating your own toenails.

Shawn: This is the only hole filled by a bulldozer.
Gus: No self-respecting paleontologist would use a bulldozer.
Shawn: Why do you know that?
Gus: Because, Shawn, if you use a bull—
Shawn: Gus, I don't actually wanna know.
Gus: Then don't ask.

Gus: We're pretty sure we just found a cold-blooded murderer, and you wanna go to his house and ask him about it?
Shawn: We can ask nicely.

Shawn: (to the vendor) We're addicted to your citrus.
Gus: Peaches aren't citrus, Shawn. They're stone fruit.
Shawn: It's the same thing.
Gus: No, not the same thing. They have pits. Peaches, cherries, plums, and apricots.
Shawn: I can't do this with you right now.

Gus: You so much as slur one word, I'll give you an Indian burn so hot your socks will catch fire.
Shawn: Indian burn... Haven't been threatened with that this millennium.
Gus: Take a shot if your ulna feels safe.
Shawn: I don't think the ulna is in the forearm.
Gus: Trust me, it is.
Shawn: How can you Indian burn a bone?
Gus: Stop analyzing my threat.

Shawn: My name is not Lennie, Mr. Walker, but if it were, I would have been amazing.
Gus: No, you wouldn't have.
Shawn: Would have brought tears, Gus.

Shawn: (fighting with Gus over the dinosaur discovery) And whoever discovers it gets to name it. I'm naming him Zippy...or Chompy. Zippy the dinosaur! Discovered by-by psychic paleo-sleuth, Shawn Spencer!

Cultural References
Shawn: I can play Six Degrees of Dinosaur with you right now. You've never been in a movie with Kevin Bacon or Dilaposaurus, have you?

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a game in which one tries to connect an actor to Kevin Bacon using his various film roles through no more than six links. This is based on the idea of six degrees of separation, which states that everyone on earth can be linked to each other through six or less connections.

Gus: What pictures?
Shawn: The ones that document your Terence Trent D'Arby phase.

Terence Trent D'Arby (a.k.a. Sananda Maitreya) is a singer-songwriter with a very distinctive voice and look. His soulful singing was accompanied by his shoulder-length hair, often worn braided.

Gus: I don't think we can rule out the possibility of an island somewhere in the Pacific where dinosaurs do exist.
Shawn: And have an appetite for Jeff Goldblum.

This is a reference to the Steven Spielberg film Jurassic Park. In the film, scientists have cloned DNA from dinosaurs to resurrect them. The dinosaurs are kept secluded on an island. Jeff Goldblum plays Dr. Ian Malcolm, one of the men who visits the island and opposes what the scientists have done.

Shawn: (to Ethan) You've got Pinhead, Chatterbox, Surgeon, and Stitch up there on a shelf?
Gus: Shawn, those are Cenobites.

Cenobites are demons from the Hellraiser films based on the novels by Clive Barker. The four names that Shawn mentions are the names of specific Cenobites.

Gus: Who heard the second click?
Shawn: I heard the second click.

This is a reference to the film Safe Men, in which two men are mistaken for safecrackers. The lines exchanged by Gus and Shawn appear in a song from the film.

Shawn: It's like that movie, the one with, uh, Sigourney Weaver.
Gus: Aliens?
Shawn: No.
Gus: Alien.
Shawn: No.
Gus: Alien: Resurrection?
Shawn: Gus, the one with the holes and Shia LaBeouf.
Gus: They had holes in Shia LaBeouf?
Shawn: The holes are in the ground, dude, (motions to the field) like that. And Jon Voight was walking around all crazy.
Gus: Oh, Anaconda!
Shawn: Man, never mind.

Sigourney Weaver starred as Ripley in the sci-fi film Alien (the original movie) and its sequels, including Aliens (the second movie) and Alien: Resurrection (the fourth movie). She was also in the film Holes with Shia LaBeouf and Jon Voight. In the movie, LaBeouf plays a boy convicted of a crime and sent to a camp where, as punishment, all the kids must spend their days digging holes. Voight plays the role of supervisor. Voight was also in the movie Anaconda.

Shawn: (to Gus) We come up with a cover story. We're vacuum salesmen. No, traveling gypsies. No, no, no! We'll do Of Mice and Men. I'm Lennie.

Of Mice and Men is a novel by John Steinbeck that tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small. Lennie is mentally disabled and has an affinity for small, soft animals, particularly rabbits. Unfortunately, Lennie doesn't realize his own strength most of the time and accidentally kills many of the things he loves to pet.

Episode References
Gus: (to Shawn) What do you mean we don't break and enter? The 2400 Motel, the Hotel De La Cruz, the Spellmaster's box...

The 2400 Motel is from "Woman Seeking Dead Husband: Smokers Okay, No Pets." Shawn and Gus broke into one of the motel's rooms, not knowing the room wasn't empty.

Hotel De La Cruz is from "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Piece." This is the hotel where the wedding party was staying. Shawn and Gus broke into many rooms looking for evidence, as well as Lassiter's suite.

The Spellmaster's box is from "Spellingg Bee." Shawn and Gus made their way inside while the Spellmaster was absent.

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