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Psych: Murder?...Anyone?...Anyone?...Bueller?

It took thirteen years, but Gus has finally finished planning he and Shawn's high school reunion. While Gus tries to keep everything in order, Shawn catches up with an old friend, Abigail. Their chat is interrupted when Shawn supposedly sees a person fall to his or her death outside a nearby window. Though there's no body on the ground below, Shawn is insistent about what he saw. He must quickly solve the crime that no one else believes happened before the murderer has a chance to escape.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x2
Production Number: #3_3002
Airdate: Friday July 25th, 2008


Alternate Airdates:

NL (Comedy Central) Sep 18, 2009

  • Currently 8.4/10
8.4/10 (25 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Cybill ShepherdCybill Shepherd
As Madeleine Spencer
Recurring

Guest Stars
Rachael Leigh CookRachael Leigh Cook
As Abigail Lytar
Recurring
Janet VarneyJanet Varney
As Mindy
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Ben AyresBen Ayres
As Howie Tolkin
Serinda SwanSerinda Swan
As Eileen Mazwell
Christopher Baker (2)Christopher Baker (2)
As Peter Colter
Diego BedoyaDiego Bedoya
As Eldon
Julian PaulJulian Paul
As Dennis
Brian LattaBrian Latta
As Trent
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 reveals way too much information during his heartfelt speech about Gus.

Pineapple Watch: There's a pineapple on the counter behind Henry when he first calls Madeleine. There are also some pineapples on various tables throughout the reunion, specifically the check-in table. Lassiter is also seen eating a piece of pineapple when Shawn first tells him who he thinks the murder victim is.

The Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus: Shawn and Gus attend their pre-school reunion.

Dule Hill (Gus) and Rachael Lee Cook (Abigail) previously worked together in the 1999 romantic comedy She's All That.

This is only the second episode of the entire series so far that doesn't start with a flashback. The other episode was season one's "Spellingg Bee."



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Cary BrothersIf You Were HereShawn talks to Abigail on the roof
Dexys Midnight RunnersCome On EileenShawn tells Gus who he thinks the killers are
The LongpigsOn and OnShawn and Abigail kiss
Pat BenatarLove Is a BattlefieldHenry and Madeleine arrive at the reunion


Episode Quotes
Gus: What I need from you is your support and your cooperation, not your sarcasm and mockery.
Shawn: OK, fine. Let me know when I can mock, 'cause I'm ready to mock.

Shawn: (putting on his picture name tag) There, you happy now?
Gus: Shawn, that isn't you, is it?
Shawn: No, it isn't.
Gus: It's Judd Nelson, isn't it?
Shawn: Yes, it is, and it's sweet, sweet nice.

Abigail: Oh, wait, I get it. You guys are dating. You're together. Everything makes sense.
Gus: We are not dating.
Shawn: You kidding me? He was voted most likely to succeed. Think he's gonna date me?

Gus: Hello, Mindy. You look … nice.
Mindy: Oh, give it up, button-up. I already have a date to this thing.
Shawn: Mindy, it's official. You've won Bitchiest Banana.

Lassiter: Where's the body?
Shawn: There's not one.
Lassiter: Listen up. Let me impart to you a little police wisdom we like to throw around down at the station: no body, no crime.
Shawn: What, do you guys put that on a t-shirt?

Lassiter: Who did it and why?
Shawn: I don't know, but … (pokes Lassiter in the chest) I don't know.

Gus: Seriously, you didn't go to any of the games?
Shawn: The games were on Fridays. That would mean missing Step by Step.

Juliet: Just show me where these suspects are that I need to vet.
Shawn: I don't know if you need to "vet" anything. The animals are fine.

Henry: I went to this school, too, so it was my school long before it was yours.
Shawn: OK, fine. You win Oldest Student Here award. Now will you please leave? I'm sure the nondescript blazer rental place is about to close.

Gus: Wasn't Howie the victim at one point?
Shawn: Gus, that is so forty minutes ago. I bet you're still telling your friends to chillax.

Gus: I mean, what have I done in my life that anyone would say was great?
Shawn: Dude, the perfect cocoa roundness of your head alone makes you great.

Shawn: Gus, don't be an incorrigible Eskimo Pie with a caramel ribbon.

Shawn: Good talk, Dad. I gotta run. Actually, there is one more thing. Do you think I could borrow your underpants? J—just for like ten minutes. (Henry throws his hands up and turns away) Oh, come on! We're already in the car! These are—these are iconic film references I'm making tonight!

Gus: Wait, so we know who the killers are, we know who they killed, but we don't know have a body? Where is it?
Shawn: Well, if I was just some average guy without any superpowers, I'd say, (dumbly) "I don't know. Why are you asking me?" But as head psychic of the Santa Barbara Police Department, I say … I don't know. Why are you asking me?

Shawn: (onstage at the reunion) Burton Guster has been my best friend since we were five. And maybe, just maybe, if any of you can look yourselves in the mirror and know that you've been half as good a friend to someone else as Gus has been to me … well, you, too, can be considered great. Give it up for my best friend, Burton Guster.
(everyone claps)
Madeleine: Oh, Henry. We must have done something right.
Henry: That was all you.
Madeleine: You know that's not true.

Abigail: I guess I'll see you at the twenty-year reunion.
Shawn: Yeah, uh … though knowing Gus, it'll probably be our twenty-third, but, uh, I'll—I'll see you there.

Gus: (monologuing over a video montage) Dear Leland Bosseigh High administrative board, we accept that you're withholding our deposit of fifteen hundred dollars for damages. We also accept that you just see us as you wanna see us, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions: a snarky psychic, an uptight pharmaceutical salesman, a pretty female blonde detective, and a not-so-pretty, unusually lanky detective. But each of us is all of those things. Plus, our normal fee for solving a murder in one meaningful evening is twice that, so enclosed is a bill for three thousand dollars. Please remit payment in the form of a check made out simply to "Psych."



Cultural References
Episode Title: Murder?...Anyone?...Anyone?...Bueller?

This is a reference to the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, starring Matthew Broderick as a high school student who decides to skip school one day. Ben Stein plays Bueller's economics teacher. During his lectures, he frequently inquires, "Anyone? Anyone?" but the class is much too bored to answer.

Gus: (referring to Shawn's picture name tag) Shawn, that isn't you, is it?
Shawn: No, it isn't.
Gus: It's Judd Nelson, isn't it?
Shawn: Yes, it is, and it's sweet, sweet nice.

Judd Nelson is an actor. One of his first roles was in the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club about five very different high school students who must spend a Saturday together in detention. Judd Nelson plays John Bender, the bad boy who couldn't care less about rules.

Shawn: (referring to the couple who just walked in) Whoa, look who just rolled in: Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy. (notices his boots) From Fresh Horses.

Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy appeared in the 1986 movie Pretty in Pink. Ringwald plays Andie Walsh, a poor girl who has a crush on rich boy Blane McDonough, played by McCarthy. They also starred in the movie Fresh Horses about a city guy who falls in love with a Kentucky girl.

Abigail: Judd Nelson.
Shawn: In the flesh.
Abigail: I loved you in, um, From the Hip.

Judd Nelson stars in the 1987 movie From the Hip as a lawyer named Robin Weathers.

Gus: Do you even know what a pep captain is, Shawn?
Shawn: Yeah, he's a male cheerleader, I believe.
Gus: It's a leader among men, Shawn. A leader among men.
Shawn: Who cheers. I saw Bring It On.

Bring It On is a film starring Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku as two cheerleaders on a champion high school cheerleading squad.

Shawn: Who goes to a Ravi Shankar concert?
Lassiter: Now look, I didn't realize it was a reunion until I showed up, but we have a very deep connection.
Shawn: The same connection you have with the sitar.

Ravi Shankar is an Indian sitar player and composer.

Gus: Seriously, you didn't go to any of the games?
Shawn: The games were on Fridays. That would mean missing Step by Step.

Step by Step is a sitcom about a divorced man and a widowed woman, each with three kids, who marry each other. The show aired as part of ABC's TGIF lineup on Fridays from 1991 until 1997.

(Lassiter shows Mindy that he's carrying a gun)
Mindy: What, do you squeeze the trigger and a little pen comes out so you can write people parking tickets? Um, Barnaby Jones, why don't you hold my purse while I go dance?

Barnaby Jones is a TV show starring Buddy Ebsen as a private detective.

Shawn: Oh, my God, it's Howie and Eileen! (introducing himself) Abe Froman, Sausage King of Chicago!

This is a reference to the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In the movie, Bueller and his friends show up at a fancy restaurant and use Abe Froman's reservation to get in.

Shawn: (to Howie) Wow, that is so much stuff. When will you find time to tape Larry Lester's butt cheeks together? (only Juliet laughs) Never saw Breakfast Club? Either of you?

In the movie The Breakfast Club, we learn that Emilio Estevez' character, Andy, got detention for taping Larry Lester's butt cheeks together.

Shawn: (to Abigail) Assuming that Parker Stevenson had never been born, (holds up keys) have you ever seen a very attractive man solve a crime before?

Parker Stevenson played Frank Hardy in the TV series The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, a show about teenage detectives.

Abigail: I did see John Cusack prevent a jaywalking once.

Visual: Shawn dances on the roof

Shawn's awesome moves come from a dance montage in the movie The Breakfast Club. The music is also reminiscent of the music from the film, Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone."

Shawn: Abigail, lots of strapping brilliant-type guys never got married: Ludwig van Beethoven, Sir Isaac Newton, right? Doing his thing. Jon Lovitz, Jon Lovitz' brother.
Abigail: Jon Lovitz has a brother?

Jon Lovitz is an actor and comedian not usually associated with being strapping or brilliant. Most notably, he was on the TV shows Saturday Night Live and The Critic. He does not have a brother, though he does have four sisters.

Shawn: (sees a guy in the yearbook) Duckie.
Gus: What?
Shawn: Dude, we've been looking in the wrong John Hughes movie. This isn't Breakfast Club or Curly Sue or Mr. Mom, and it certainly isn't Flubber!

John Hughes has written many well-known films. Curly Sue is about a man and a young girl who scam rich people. Mr. Mom is about a man who was recently fired from his job and must now take care of the kids while his wife works. Flubber is about an absent-minded professor who creates a substance called Flubber.

The movie that Shawn is referring to is Pretty in Pink. In the movie, Duckie (Jon Cryer) has a crush on his best friend Andie, but she's in love with rich-boy Blane.

Shawn: Are we back in business, partner? Milo & Otis.
Gus: I get to be Otis?
Shawn: That's a given.

Milo and Otis are a cat and a dog, respectively, from the film The Adventures of Milo and Otis. The live-action film follows these two best friends through their various escapades together.

Gus: Meet you there?
Shawn: Yeah ... or we could meet back here, give each other makeovers to Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone."

This song plays during the dance montage in the movie The Breakfast Club. Also in the movie, Molly Ringwald's character, Claire, gives a makeover to weird-girl Allison (Ally Sheedy).

Shawn: Good talk, Dad. I gotta run. Actually, there is one more thing. Do you think I could borrow your underpants?

This is a reference to the 1984 movie Sixteen Candles, starring Molly Ringwald as Samantha Baker. Anthony Michael Hall plays a geek named Farmer Ted who repeatedly tries to get Sam to sleep with him so he can win a bet with his friends. In one scene, the two are in the auto shop room, and Ted tells Sam that the boy she has a crush on has been asking about her. Elated, she agrees to give Ted her underwear as proof.

(Shawn and Gus walk quickly through the halls carrying the dead body, but stop to greet some girls)
Shawn: Shawn, Shawn Spencer. Were you girls, uh, able to get some punch?

This is a reference to the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In the movie, Ferris must hurry home before his parents beat him there and realize he's out of the house. Along the way, he sees two girls in bikinis and takes the time to stop and introduce himself.

Gus: (monologuing over a video montage) Dear Leland Bosseigh High administrative board, we accept that you're withholding our deposit of fifteen hundred dollars for damages. We also accept that you just see us as you wanna see us, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions: a snarky psychic, an uptight pharmaceutical salesman, a pretty female blonde detective, and a not-so-pretty, unusually lanky detective. But each of us is all of those things. Plus, our normal fee for solving a murder in one meaningful evening is twice that, so enclosed is a bill for three thousand dollars. Please remit payment in the form of a check made out simply to "Psych."

This is a parody of the essay that Brian writes in The Breakfast Club at the end of the movie. It reads "Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong, but we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you wanna see us, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain and an athlete and a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club."

Visual: Freeze-frame at the end of Shawn wearing a long coat and holding his fist in the air

This references the final scene of The Breakfast Club. John Bender walks across the football field in a similar jacket and puts his fist in the air.



Episode References
Gus: Did I also tell you I have a side psychic detective business that I started with my buddy?
Lori: Really?
Gus: Yeah, and I may or may not have tracked down a counterfeiter, unveiled a nanny ring, saved the show American Duos. Stuff like that.

The counterfeiter case was from "Psy vs. Psy." The nanny ring was from "Rob-a-Bye Baby." The show American Duos was from the episode "American Duos."



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