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Psych: Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion

It's Gus' birthday, so Shawn takes him to the launch party for Ciao clothing's new fall line. While Gus tries to make a move on his favorite model, one of the owners of Ciao is suddenly electrocuted via the stage's microphone. Shawn is certain that his death was no accident. Unfortunately, Lassiter and Juliet find the witnesses, all models, to be unhelpful, so Shawn and Gus move in to the loft where the Ciao models live. They all believe that Gus has also done work as a model, but they doubt Shawn. Shawn also has to deal with his father's possible new romance with one of Chief Vick's friends.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x15
Production Number: #2_2014
Airdate: Friday February 08th, 2008

Guest Stars
Corey SevierCorey Sevier
As Bryan Frou
Katharine IsabelleKatharine Isabelle
As Sigrid
Amanda DetmerAmanda Detmer
As Ciaobella
Melanie LynskeyMelanie Lynskey
As Emily Bloom
Jilon GhaiJilon Ghai
As Hassenfeffer
Amanda PaysAmanda Pays
As Susan

Co-Guest Stars
Liam JamesLiam James
As Young Shawn
Amber BoryckiAmber Borycki
As Berlinda
David HurwitzDavid Hurwitz
As William
Ian RozyloIan Rozylo
As Doorman
Fiona VroomFiona Vroom
As Samantha
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: Gus, sans pants, and Shawn sing "Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners while admiring themselves in the mirror.

The Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus: Shawn and Gus enter the teacher's lounge to see what goes on.

Black and Tan, the model aliases Shawn and Gus use, is the name of a drink. It is made from a mixture of pale ale and a dark beer.

Amanda Pays (Susan, Henry's love interest) is the wife of Corbin Bernsen (Henry). The two have been married for twenty years and have four sons together.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bill MedleyLonely AvenueShawn leaves Gus a voicemail after getting ditched
Pet Shop BoysOpportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)The group walks down the street in slow motion

Episode Quotes
Shawn: (to Gus) Welcome to the fall line launch party for Ciao clothing. Gorgeous models, fake celebrities. No food, though.

Doorman: Sorry for the mix-up, Tan.
Shawn: I beg your pardon? My name is Black. (indicates Gus) His name is Tan. I can't believe you just made that assumption. Should be ashamed of yourself and your family.

Gus: (preparing to hit on Berlinda) Should I pull out The Cheetah?
Shawn: The Cheetah is the worst name for a pickup move in the history of mankind. Remember the rule: treat a woman like a person, then a princess, then a Greek goddess, then a person again. Besides, I think Operation Colonel Sugar Lemons is a much better move for a place like this.

Bryan Frou: You expect us to believe that you model?
Shawn: What, that's hard to believe? Whoa, what, me and my bro here aren't worthy of leering into a little camera lens or—or "Blue Steeling" it up occasionally?
Hassenfeffer: Your bro? Of course. His features are immaculate. But you … not so much.
Shawn: What? What are you, insane? Help—help me out here, Tan.
Gus: He's a foot model.

(approaching Henry's house one night)
Gus: Whoa, I think somebody's in there.
Shawn: No, that can't be. (looks at his watch) Dude, it's 10:43. He's easily been asleep for two hours.

Henry: (referring to Susan) She's just—what would you call it, nondescript?
Shawn: "Nondescript"? I've never heard a woman described like that unless she was a robbery suspect.

Hassenfeffer: I do like that jacket.
Lassiter: Really?
Hassenfeffer: Somewhere a transient is shivering in the night.

Shawn: How's it going, crime fighters?
Juliet: (referring to the models) Well, they're not very forthcoming. Or bright.
Lassiter: One of them cannot confirm the correct spelling of his own name.

Shawn: And that's why I'm here to offer our services.
Lassiter: I'd rather shower with a bear.

Shawn: (to Lassiter and Juliet) They think we're models.
Gus: They think I'm a model.
Shawn: Me too.
Gus: A foot model.
Shawn: And ankle, Gus. Dude, that's just ridiculous anyway. Everybody look at my jaw.

Henry: (to Shawn) I haven’t been pursued by a woman in thirty-three years. It used to be the other way around, you know!

Emily: You're the one no one believes used to be a model.
Shawn: Who's saying these things?
Emily: I believe you.
Shawn: Thank you.
Emily: I think your ankles are magnificent.
Shawn: Well, I—I play a lot of ping-pong.

(Shawn calls Gus and leaves him a message)
Shawn: Straight to voice mail, huh? That's how we're doing it now? One moderately hot chick comes by and suddenly I'm invisible? You know what, Gus? That's fine. I'm taking the bunk next to the window, and don't be surprised if your pillow smells faintly of my butt.

Shawn: Did you accomplish anything last night besides selling me out for "vacant head"?
Gus: Yes, I did. I found out that Berlinda always wanted a pet dwarf bunny as a child. And she loves anything that smells and looks like lavender.
Shawn: Sweet, let's call the chief and get paid.

Shawn: All right, what do we know about Emily Bloom?
Gus: Well, she wrote Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. and Freckle Juice.
Shawn: I think that was Judy Blume.
Gus: Oh. Then I got nothin’.

Shawn: (answering the phone) Dad?
Henry: Should I take her to Crab Shack Willy's or The Third Wharf?
Shawn: Those can't possibly be real places.

Shawn: I know this may be hard for some of you to believe, but I'm not really Black. And I'm not a model. My partner Gus and I are detectives.
Berlinda: (to Gus) You're not a model?
Gus: I'm only a detective part time. And my full name is Tangus.

Gus: Don't just get up there and start wingin' it. That's not how we operate.
Shawn: Dude, where have you been for the last two years?

Shawn: Ciaobella Masterson was murdered … by her husband, Gregor Uwe-Steeb.
Lassiter: Wait, wait, wait, wait. That doesn't make any sense. Gregor was already dead.
Shawn: Do I come down to your office and bother you while you're working?
Lassiter: All the time.
Shawn: That's fair.

Cultural References
Character Names: Hassenfeffer

Creator Steve Franks states that this name comes from a line in the Elvis Presley song "G.I. Blues": "We get hasenpfeffer and black pumpernickel for chow."

Young Shawn: We chose the Knight Rider shirt instead. Mom loves KITT.

Knight Rider is an '80s television show that stars David Hasselhoff as crime fighter Michael Knight. KITT, which stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand, is Michael's car; it was built with artificial intelligence.

Shawn: Whoa, what, me and my bro here aren't worthy of leering into a little camera lens or—or "Blue Steeling" it up occasionally?

"Blue Steel" is the trademark pose of model Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) in the comedy movie Zoolander.

Shawn: Perhaps you recognize this (opens his hands) from the insurance commercials.

This is a reference to Allstate insurance company. Its slogan is "You're in good hands," and it accompanies a logo of two open hands.

Gus: Not until midnight, Shawn. I am Cinderella, and this is my ball. And I'm not lifting a finger until my carriage turns into a big-ass pumpkin.

Cinderella is a character in the eponymous fairytale. In the story, Cinderella's Fairy Godmother helps her go to the ball by turning her clothing into a gown, a pumpkin into a carriage, and various animals into people. However, Cinderella can only enjoy this gift until midnight, when everything will turn back to normal.

Gus: I wonder if it looks like the loft in Head Over Heels.

Head Over Heels is a romantic comedy about an everyday woman who moves into a loft shared by four supermodels. It stars Monica Potter and Freddie Prinze Jr.

Gus: That marriage always seemed weird to me, like when Liza Minnelli married David Gest.

Liza Minnelli is a singer and an actress. She is notorious for her many marriages (and their subsequent divorces). Her fourth and final marriage and divorce was to David Gest, a concert promoter.

Shawn: (trying to avoid a pillow fight with the modelst) Tommy Johns, both elbows.

Tommy John was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He sustained damages to the elbow-joint in his pitching arm and underwent surgery that is now known as Tommy John surgery. Once fully recovered, he continued to pitch for over ten more years.

Sigrid: (about Gregor and Ciaobella) He said that comparing me to her was like comparing Cleopatra to Miss Cleo!

Cleopatra was a ruler of Egypt, often depicted in literature as a beautiful seductress. Miss Cleo is a supposed psychic, whose television infomercials were very common in the '90s.

Shawn: All right, what do we know about Emily Bloom?
Gus: Well, she wrote Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. and Freckle Juice.
Shawn: I think that was Judy Blume.

Judy Blume is an author whose books are aimed at children and young adults. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. tells the story of a young girl named Margaret, who explores religion while dealing with the issues of adolescence. Freckle Juice is about Andrew Marcus, a young boy who desperately wants freckles.

Shawn: (to Henry, who is wearing a turtleneck) Why are you dressed like Perry Como?

Perry Como is a singer and performer whose music was most reminiscent of Bing Crosby. When he later appeared on television, he often wore cardigan sweaters.

Shawn: (to Henry, who is wearing a turtleneck) I got it. You've been invited to a very special screening of Bullitt.

Bullitt is a movie starring Steve McQueen as Frank Bullitt, a cop who is hired to watch a witness in a key case against the Mafia. Bullitt is often seen wearing a turtleneck sweater underneath an open jacket.

Shawn: (to Henry about Susan) And unless you plan on taking her to Wayne Manor, lose the turtleneck.

Wayne Manor, located outside of Gotham City, is the residence of Bruce Wayne, the alter ego of the superhero Batman. Wayne's clothing of choice? The turtleneck.

Episode References
Gus: (to Susan) So, heard about Pluto? That's messed up.

This is the same icebreaker Gus used in the episode "From Earth to Starbucks" when he was flirting with Jessica.

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