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Psych: And Down the Stretch Comes Murder

Shawn and Gus are terrified when they learn that their childhood bully, Jimmy Nickels, is coming to see them. Once he actually shows up, their fears are erased. It turns out that the once-threatening Jimmy is a now a jockey. He has recently been losing his races and wants to hire the guys to help him figure out why that is. They reluctantly accept and go to the race track to talk to the horses. However, the case gets a little more intense when another jockey dies during a race.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x5
Production Number: #2_2005
Airdate: Friday August 10th, 2007

Guest Stars
Ben GirouxBen Giroux
As Jimmy
Ben GirouxBen Giroux
As Jimmy

Co-Guest Stars
Liam JamesLiam James
As Young Shawn
Carlos McCullers, IICarlos McCullers, II
As Young Gus
Carlos McCullers, IICarlos McCullers, II
As Young Gus
Alberto GhisiAlberto Ghisi
As Young Jimmy
Alberto GhisiAlberto Ghisi
As Young Jimmy
Mike MatildaMike Matilda
As Juan Carlos
Mike MatildaMike Matilda
As Juan Carlos
Jessica OlafsonJessica Olafson
As Tall Blonde Woman
Jessica OlafsonJessica Olafson
As Tall Blonde Woman
Leonard TenisciLeonard Tenisci
As Principal Hodges
Leonard TenisciLeonard Tenisci
As Principal Hodges
Wanda WilkinsonWanda Wilkinson
As Miss Lepky
Wanda WilkinsonWanda Wilkinson
As Miss Lepky
Main Cast
James RodayJames Roday
As Shawn Spencer
Dulé HillDulé Hill
As Burton 'Gus' Guster
Timothy OmundsonTimothy Omundson
As Carlton Lassiter
Timothy OmundsonTimothy Omundson
As Carlton Lassiter
Maggie LawsonMaggie Lawson
As Juliet O'Hara
Maggie LawsonMaggie Lawson
As Juliet O'Hara
Kirsten NelsonKirsten Nelson
As Chief Karen Vick
Corbin BernsenCorbin Bernsen
As Henry Spencer
Episode Notes
Psych-Out: Juliet, Karen, Lassiter, Shawn, and Gus hit us with an operatic rendition of "Hit Me with Your Best Shot."

The racing course where the episode was taped is Hastings.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
A Flock of SeagullsI Ran 

Episode Quotes
Gus: Jimmy Nickels called us? From where? Prison?
Shawn: I don't think so. It didn't sound like it. What does prison sound like? Is there singing?

Gus: (to Shawn about Jimmy) Some people are just born evil—the kid from The Omen, the children of the corn. Chad Michael Murray.

Gus: Why is Jimmy Nickels coming here, Shawn? How big is he now?
Shawn: I don't know!
Gus: Why couldn't you be a real psychic?

(Gus grabs a bat, frightened by Jimmy knocking at the door)
Shawn: Great, you can terrify him with your Wally Joyner mini-bat.
Gus: Open the door!
(Shawn opens the door nervously to reveal a short man)
Jimmy: What up, boys?
Shawn: (whispering to Gus) That's a good call with the mini-bat.

Shawn: Way not to be scared, flincher.
Gus: I didn't flinch. You know I have a caffeine tic.

Shawn: (whinnies to the horse to communicate with it) He doesn't like the oats or the alfalfa pellets. They're too chewy for pellets. Pellets should be crunchy. They should have a natural crunch to them. (whinnies again) Also, the donkey in stable 11 is a pathological liar.

Gus: (to Shawn about the horse) I'll tell you what he's thinking. He's thinking, "I hate Jimmy. He pulled my shorts down in front of Jenny Scarlatos in the cafeteria." Hmm?
Shawn: You channeling the horse or a little boy with a tight fade who used to wear his O.P.s without a drawstring?
Gus: The horse, Shawn. I didn't have a tight fade in the third grade.

Phil: Hey, Henry tell you for twenty years I been handicapping horses?
Shawn: That seems so very cruel.

Shawn: So, a jockey who was alive at the beginning of the race is dead by the end. Not to sound insensitive, but I say we do have a case.
Gus: That sounds insensitive.
Shawn: Yeah, I know.

Young Shawn: Is that what my hair looks like in the future?
Shawn: It sure is.
Young Shawn: But I thought I'd be bald by twenty. This changes everything.

Shawn: What about your Teen Wolf theory?
Gus: Hey, that's just a fact. If any of us were in high school and some dude became a wolf, we wouldn't be cool with him just because he could dunk a basketball. I certainly wouldn't be selling "I Heart Wolf" t-shirts. I could tell you that.
Shawn: Oh, save it for your podcast.

Gus: Why is it closing down?
Barry: Well, no one comes anymore.
Shawn: Is it because of his shirt? Sorry, Dad. This is, like, a genocide of color. Somewhere a rainbow's weeping.

Shawn: (about Jimmy) I think he looks like a tangelo in that outfit. Or maybe a clementine with seeds full of hate.
Gus: I think he looks like an evil little Creamsicle.
Shawn: (laughs) You mean Dreamsicle.
Gus: No, Shawn, Creamsicle. They're exclusively orange.

Shawn: (doing a fake announcement) For the owner of a red IROC-Z in lot three—kindly return your comb to the back pocket of your acid-wash Z. Cavariccis. And turn off your headlights.

Gus: Yeah, I saw a special on the History Channel about the, the Choctaw Indians.
Shawn: Ah, yes, the Chaka Indians, longstanding rivals of the Sleestak cowboys.
Barry: It's pronounced "choe-koe."
Shawn: Gave us the Chocodile, amongst other things.

Shawn: (wearing one of Henry's shirts) A little girl outside just started crying when she saw this shirt.

Shawn: Everybody hold your horses!
(a jockey bends over to pet his horse)
Shawn: I meant metaphorically, but I like the love.

Shawn: And what are the Choco Indians known for? Besides Chocodiles.
Gus: For using blowguns to kill animals with darts dipped in poison.
Shawn: Gus shoots and scores. With an assist from Wikipedia.

Shawn: (to Gus) Dude, I broke up a highly intricate race-fixing syndicate while wearing a shirt designed by a monkey coming off a three-day sugar binge.

Gus: That's why my friends in school used to call me "The G."
Shawn: (chuckles) That's funny. I thought they called you "Big Head Burton."
Gus: Don't you ever say that name. I know it was you that started that.
Shawn: I'm sorry, Gus. I have a knack for alliteration. I'm a slave to it. Besides, how many words start with "B," really?
Gus: About a thousand. How about bold? Black? Beautiful?
Shawn: Who's gonna call you "Black Burton"?

Cultural References
Gus: Some people are just born evil—the kid from The Omen, the children of the corn. Chad Michael Murray.

The young boy, Damien, in the horror film The Omen is the Antichrist. Children of the Corn is a story by Stephen King. Two people on a road trip come across a group of children who murdered everyone in their town. Chad Michael Murray is an actor most well-known for his starring role of Lucas on the drama One Tree Hill.

Shawn: Dude, CHiPs was gonna come on in, like, twenty minutes. What was I supposed to do?

CHiPs is a television show about the California Highway Patrol. It starred Erik Estrada as Ponch and Larry Wilcox as Officer Jon Baker.

Shawn: Look, after Jimmy got kicked out of school, there were all these stories about what happened to him. He ran away from home. He got thrown in juvenile hall. Moved to a small town in Kansas where they outlawed singing and dancing.
Gus: That last one is Footloose.
Shawn: That's a coincidence.

Footloose is an '80s film starring Kevin Bacon as teenager Ren McCormick who moves from Chicago to a town where music and dancing have been banned.

Henry: Something that takes patience and follow-through, which you lack.
Shawn: Yes. That and a shirt from Mr. Furley's closet.

Ralph Furley is a character from the '70s sitcom Three's Company. Played by Don Knotts, Mr. Furley is the landlord of the apartment building where the show's three main characters live. His clothing was somewhat odd and very "seventies."

Shawn: (to Gus) Thank you, Dr. Pratt.

Dr. Gregory Pratt is a character from the TV medical drama ER. He is played by Mekhi Phifer.

Shawn: I'm getting something. A rose with, with, with a thorn. No, a rocket. Rikki Rockett. C.C. DeVille.
Gus: David Lee Roth?
Shawn: Wrong band.
Juliet: Poison!

Poison is a hard rock band that started its career in the '80s. One of the band's biggest hits was "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Rikki Rockett is the drummer and C.C. DeVille is the lead guitarist. David Lee Roth is a rock musician mostly associated with the band Van Halen.

Shawn: I see a tall, blonde woman.
Gus: Brigitte Nielsen?

Brigitte Nielsen is a Danish actress who stands over six feet tall. One of her more recent appearances was on the VH1 reality series The Surreal Life.

Shawn: What about your Teen Wolf theory?

Teen Wolf is an '80s film about high school student Scott Howard, played by Michael J. Fox. Like his father, Scott is a werewolf, which works to his advantage. With the help of this abnormality, the basketball team improves heavily and he gains popularity.

Shawn: Gus is 1/16 robot, and not the evil, take-over-the-world from I, Robot kind.

I, Robot is a futuristic film about the threat of robots to humanity. It's the year 2035, and Del Spooner, played by Will Smith, is the only person who is wary of the robots that live and work alongside humans. It is based on the book by Isaac Asimov, a collection of science fiction short stories.

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