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Psych: Rob-a-Bye Baby

Interim Chief Vick contacts Shawn and Gus about a very special case she has for them—she wants them to find her a nanny. Though reluctant to take the job, Shawn and Gus find Vick to be quite forceful when her anger is fueled by weeks of sleep deprivation. She explains that since they'll be working privately for her, they are not to take on any other cases. However, when Shawn discovers a string of burglaries taking place in a nice neighborhood, all in the middle of the day, he can't help but get involved.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x8
Production Number: #2_2008
Airdate: Friday September 07th, 2007



  • Currently 8.4/10
8.4/10 (11 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Eric KeenleysideEric Keenleyside
As Steve Hitchcock

Co-Guest Stars
Liam JamesLiam James
As Young Shawn
Recurring
Sage BrocklebankSage Brocklebank
As Buzz McNab
Recurring
Jane StantonJane Stanton
As Slob
Recurring
Patricia IsaacPatricia Isaac
As Perfect Nanny
Recurring
Gerry SouthGerry South
As Anthony Ogletree
Recurring
Nicole OliverNicole Oliver
As Abby Daniels
Kennedy MontanoKennedy Montano
As Little Girl
Darien ProvostDarien Provost
As Little Boy
D. Harlan CutshallD. Harlan Cutshall
As Gary Mills
Jeremy RadickJeremy Radick
As Carl Kozlowski
Danika CzubakDanika Czubak
As Ditzy Nanny
Olivia ChengOlivia Cheng
As Bad Nanny
Elizabeth WeinsteinElizabeth Weinstein
As Receptionist
Christine AntonChristine Anton
As Margaret
Nicholas HoltNicholas Holt
As Twin Boy #1
Ryley HoltRyley Holt
As Twin Boy #2
Vanessa MarleyVanessa Marley
As Cloth Overall Nanny
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
Episode Notes
Psych-Out: Shawn and Gus sing "Caribbean Queen" by Billy Ocean as they tread water.

Pineapple Watch: First, Shawn has a pineapple logo on his blue polo shirt. Second, he notes the disgusting taste of a pineapple-flavored jellybean and a popcorn-flavored jellybean eaten together. Finally, Shawn brings Karen a pineapple as a baby gift.

One of Corbin Bernsen's (Henry) childhood nannies is a nanny on the show Nanny 911, hence the later reference his character makes to the show.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Nena99 Red Balloons 


Episode Quotes
(Shawn and Gus try to guess the special case Chief Vick has for them)
Gus: I know what it is. Last night on the news, I saw something about a blimp.
Shawn: Blimp rides.
Gus: (sing-song, doing a dance) Blimp rides!
Shawn: Shotgun!
Gus: You can't call shotgun on a blimp.
Shawn: You can call shotgun anywhere except a crowded movie theater.

Karen: Look, I'm trusting you both to be professional and to keep this matter completely confidential.
Gus: You got it.
Shawn: If you knew how many secrets I was keeping from you already, you'd totally trust me.

Gus: Nannies are essential parts of today's working nuclear families.
Shawn: They're baby-sitters who drive.

Ada: Are you with an agency?
Shawn: No, I don't model.

(Gus sits next to a nanny at the park)
Nanny: Which one's yours?
Gus: Oh, no kids. Just me. So, what are your thoughts on discipline? Do you spank?

Shawn: Buzz!
McNab: Listen, I got a call about two creepy dudes hanging out in the playground.
Gus: Really? I haven't seen anything, but I'll keep my eyes open.
Shawn: Yeah, we've just been here hanging out in the bushes.

Shawn: So this is where Mr. Teatime got steeped.
Gus: That doesn't even make sense.
Shawn: Got brewed? Got tea bagged!

(Shawn quickly judges the nannies Gus has picked out)
Shawn: Psycho there has been scribbling in her diary from the moment I walked in.
Gus: So? Maybe she's just creative.
Shawn: It's the same sentence over and over again. Now I don't know what that sentence is, but there is no configuration of words that makes that behavior acceptable.

Shawn: (points to a house) That one.
Henry: Yeah, well, that's a stupid house to rob.
Shawn: Does anyone live up to your standards? Maybe we can get a hold of the burglar's number. You can call, tell him how disappointed you are.

Juliet: So, getting any psychic vibrations on your two suspects yet, Levon?
Shawn: I think I got thrown off picturing your placenta.

Shawn: (about the suspect) Was he roly-poly, like a puffer fish?
Lassiter: Spencer, what the hell?
Store Guy: Yeah. Yeah, he was.
Shawn: Now I'm seeing red. Was he red-faced, like a Koi fish?
Store Guy: Exactly.
Shawn: And did he spit a lot, like a Komodo dragon?
Store Guy: Just like a Komodo!
Lassiter: Great, I'll take this description down to our sketch artist at the aquarium.

Juliet: Your vision! Kind of sounds like that red-faced guy from the Red Balloon Nanny Agency—Steve.
Shawn: I was thinking the Kool-Aid guy, but yours probably makes more sense.

Shawn: I'm seeing angles and pivots and divots. Well, no divots, but it sure is fun to say those back to back. Pivots and divots and pivots and divots and pivots and divots and—
Gus: (hits him) Shawn.



Cultural References
Shawn: (to Gus, about Chief Vick) She said "big" and "top secret." That's two of our favorite '80s movies.

Big is a comedy starring Tom Hanks about a boy who makes a wish one night on a fortune telling machine. His wish to be big comes true when he wakes up the next morning in an adult body.

Top Secret! is a comedy starring Val Kilmer as Nick Rivers, a rock star who falls in love with a young woman who is involved with the French Resistance.

Shawn: (calling out to a couple of kids at the park) Perry! Luke! I'll be sitting right here!

The two kids' names make up the name Luke Perry, an actor most well-known for his role as Dylan McKay on the '90s television show Beverly Hills, 90210.

McNab: Hey, no hard feelings, right?
Shawn: Of course not. I mean, if you have to have a Jackie Earle Haley moment, you want it to be from Bad News Bears.
Gus: Maybe Breaking Away.
Shawn: Not Little Children.

The Bad News Bears is a film about how a coach tries to transform a terrible Little League team into better players in time to win the championship game. Haley plays Kelly Leak, a troublemaker who's known to be the best athlete in the neighborhood.

Breaking Away is a film about four friends (Dave, Cyril, Mike, and Moocher, played by Haley) who just graduated high school and are unsure what to do with their lives. Dave is obsessed with bicycling, and, determined to break away from their townie image, the four of them ultimately form a team to race in the Indiana Little 500 bike race.

Little Children is a film about two people who are each in an unsatisfying marriage. While with their children at a playground, the two meet and end up falling in love with each other. Haley plays Ronnie, a man who has just been paroled from prison for child molestation.

Shawn: Well, at least two of the victims have something in common.
Gus: What?
Shawn: Startek security company.

Startek is a play on the name of the sci-fi television series Star Trek. Also, the Startek logo closely resembles the appearance of the show's title.

Shawn: What I'm gonna need from you, Spock, is a list.
Gary: I just told you. Yes, I am second in command, but my name is Gary Mills.
Shawn: I'm at a loss. You'll have to talk to Bones and get back to me.

This is a reference to two characters on the show Star Trek. Shawn refers to Gary as Spock because he is second in command—in the series, Spock is the first officer of the USS Enterprise, second only to Captain Kirk. Bones is the nickname of Dr. McCoy who became chief medical officer.

Lassiter: Why are you here?
Shawn: Well, I was just in the neighborhood, and my ears started tingling, and then they got pointier. Oh, and my hand. My hand started doing this. (does the Vulcan salute) All on its own. Like in that show.
Juliet: Star Trek!

As Juliet guesses, Shawn is referencing the show Star Trek. Shawn's pointy ears is a reference to Spock's ears. The sign he does with his hand is known as the Vulcan salute and means "Live long and prosper." It was often used by Spock, who is half-Vulcan himself.

Henry: This was not a crime of chance, Shawn. That house was chosen for a reason.
Shawn: There can only be one.
Henry: What?
Shawn: What, I thought we were doing lines from Highlander. My bad.
Henry: Let's get out of here.
Shawn: Wait. That sensational feeling, that is the quickening.
Henry: Everyone can do Connery. Your Lambert sucks.

Highlander is a film about Connor MacLeod, played by Christopher Lambert, who survives what should have been a fatal stab wound. He's banished because of this immortality and meets Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, played by Sean Connery, a swordsman who prepares MacLeod to fight against the evil Kurgan.

"There can only be one" is the movie's tagline. "The sensation you are feeling is the quickening" is a line spoken by Ramirez to MacLeod.

Henry: Haven't you seen Nanny 911?
Shawn: No, I'm still trying to catch up on my Dog Whisperers.

These are two reality shows. Nanny 911 is about a group of nannies who help desperate families get their unruly children to behave. Each episode, one of the nannies is chosen to go and teach the family about proper discipline.

Dog Whisperer is about Cesar Millan, the so-called "dog whisperer," who teaches owners the proper techniques to get their aggressive and out-of-control dogs to be more docile.

Shawn: (to Vick) Rogue nannies robbing their boss' Aykroyds and Belushis—neighbors! Robbing their boss' neighbors!

Neighbors is a comedy starring John Belushi as Earl Keese and Dan Akyroyd as Vic. The peaceful lives of Earl and his wife are upset when a new couple, Vic and his wife, move next door.

Shawn: Come on, buddy. What do you say? Good little cameo on My Two Dads?
Gus: That show was canceled for a reason, Shawn. I'm sorry. You're gonna have to find someone else to co-parent with.
Shawn: I was gonna let you be Greg Evigan.

My Two Dads is a sitcom from the late '80s about two men who were given joint custody of their daughter when her mother died. Joey, played by Greg Evigan, was a laid-back artist, and Michael, played by Paul Reiser, was more serious and formal.

Abby: (to Shawn and Juliet) And it says here that you're Mr. and Mrs. Levon Tostig.

This is a reference to the song "Levon" by Elton John. The lyrics are as follows: "Alvin Tostig has a son today/And he shall be Levon."

Juliet: Of course, I loved what Nate Berkus did on Oprah's nursery theme week...

Nate Berkus is an interior designer and decorator. He is a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Perfect Nanny: (to Gus) And then, before every nap time, we read Good Night Moon and The Giving Tree.

These are two very popular children's books. Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, goes through the process of saying goodnight to everything in the room. The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein, is about a tree who gives a boy everything he needs as he grows up.

Shawn: (to Gus, about the receptionist) Dude, she has a headache. Start whistling something by Philip Glass.

Philip Glass is a highly-acclaimed American composer who has written many operas, film scores, symphonies, and more.

Shawn: I'd say that's pretty ridiculous, though not as ridiculous as Denise Richards playing a nuclear physicist named Christmas Jones in a Bond movie.

This is a reference to the film The World Is Not Enough starring Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. In the movie, Bond teams up with Dr. Christmas Jones to protect a murdered oil tycoon's daughter and heiress to his fortune, Elektra.



Episode References
Young Shawn: (about babies) But how are they made?
Henry: (flustered) Shawn, more important question, how many hats are in the room?

In the flashback in the pilot episode, Henry tests Shawn's observational skills by asking him to close his eyes and tell him how many hats are in the room. He repeats this request later in the episode to an adult Shawn.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorSteve Franks (1)
 
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