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Psych: Disco Didn't Die. It Was Murdered!

Thirty years ago, Henry solved his biggest case when he stopped an anti-government radical from blowing up police headquarters. However, due to a problem with the search warrant, the criminal now has been let out of prison, and the case must be reopened. Chief Vick puts Shawn in charge and insists that Henry not be allowed to participate, but that doesn't stop him from forcing his way in. Meanwhile, Lassiter and Juliet trick McNab into taking an undesirable case, leaving them free to take on a much more interesting one.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x5
Production Number: #3_3005
Airdate: Friday August 15th, 2008

Guest Stars
Jere BurnsJere Burns
As Derek
Jordan BakerJordan Baker
As Melanie
Ted LangeTed Lange
As Pookie

Co-Guest Stars
Sage BrocklebankSage Brocklebank
As Buzz McNab
Viv LeacockViv Leacock
As Police Officer
Richard KeatsRichard Keats
As Eugene Franks
Joey BothwellJoey Bothwell
As Reporter
Blair SlaterBlair Slater
As D.A. Assistant
James KidnieJames Kidnie
As Pawn Shop Owner
Teach GrantTeach Grant
As Salvage Yard Worker
Paul BittantePaul Bittante
As Police Chief
Roger CurrieRoger Currie
As Dr. Richard Colbert
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: Henry messes up his line, while Dule jokes that the writer didn't even give him any lines.

Pineapple Watch: In Melanie and Derek's house, a pineapple sits in front of the window behind Melanie.

The Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus: While going through an old box in Henry's attic, Shawn and Gus find a groovy suit from the '70s that they mistake for a space suit.

The intro for this episode used the full version of the theme song that's usually reserved for the end credits.

In the opening flashback, Henry and the other cops bust Eugene in a room marked 1906. The fraternity that the writer, Saladin K. Patterson, is a member of was founded in that year.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Jackson SistersMiraclesShawn, Gus, and Henry go to the dance club
Rose RoyceCar WashGus' car breaks down at the end

Episode Quotes
Shawn: The important thing is that you ... got your cover story.
Reporter: Actually, it's page sixty-four.
Shawn: Really depends on how you fold it, doesn't it?

Karen: It goes without saying, Mr. Spencer, that your father is in no way to participate in this investigation. He's no longer on the force, and his meddling could compromise the case in court. Do I make myself clear?
Shawn: Yes, you do, Chief. What isn't clear is why people always say, "It goes without saying," yet still feel compelled to say the thing that was supposed to go without saying. Doesn't that bother you?
Karen: No, and frankly, I could care less.
Gus: Now that's the one that bothers me. Why do people say, "I could care less," when they really mean, "I couldn't care less"?
Karen: Well, why don't you tell me how to properly say this: if you share any official information about this case with your father or let him anywhere near any new evidence, then the two of you will have to find another police department to work for, and I will personally see to it that each of you is charged with obstruction of justice.
Gus: You split an infinitive.
Shawn: Good catch, Gus.
Karen: You two realize I carry a gun, right?
Gus: That was perfectly elocuted.

Henry: I could do this the simple way. I could grab it from you, clean up any evidence of a struggle before you and your little friend here knew what hit ya.
Shawn: In some states, that's called child abuse.
Gus: I think all of them.

Henry: I'm a tax-paying, voting citizen. Therefore, I have a right to speak to any elected official―such as the D.A.―I please.
Shawn: You don't have to be a tax-paying, voting citizen, though, do you?

D.A. Assistant: May I help you?
Shawn: Yes, my name is Shawn Spencer. I am the head psychic for the Santa Barbara Police Department, and that is my partner―
Henry: Yeah, yeah, that's his partner Methuselah Honeysuckle, which makes me Old-Scratch Johnson.

Shawn: (to Henry) You are are no longer a cop, and unless you plan on going back to the academy and climbing the high wall and doing the obstacle course where you shoot the bad guys but not the old lady with the sack or the blind guy with the cane or the cute little squirrel with the bushy tail and the big fat nut― (to Gus) That started off well.
Gus: It really fell apart at the end. You should have had a name for the wall or something.

Shawn: We'll have to take my motorcycle. I've always wanted to try threesies. Who wants the handlebars? Gus? Feels like you.
Gus: No.
Henry: Yeah, that shouldn't draw any attention.

Shawn: Catch. (tosses Gus a hammer) Better hope they don't reopen the handyman killer case. Your fingerprints are all over the murder weapon.
Gus: (dropping the hammer) That's not funny, Shawn!
Shawn: Dude, I'm kidding. It's not really evidence. It was just lying here.
Gus: Well, stop it. You know I'm afraid that being wrongfully convicted is the tragic way my story ends.

Pawn Shop Owner: Now, I'll have to go look through the box.
Shawn: Box? What do you think the box is? A giant room like in Raiders?
Gus: I think it's a box.
Shawn: Secret catacombs underneath a building like in National Treasure?
Gus: Shame on you for knowing that.

Shawn: What do you think is inside the box?
Gus: Will you calm down?
Shawn: I can't, man! There's stuff in there! All kinds of stuff. Old stuff, shiny stuff, secret stuff. How come you're not as excited as I am?
Gus: Because I'm not a raccoon.
Shawn: You look like a raccoon.

(Shawn, Gus, and Henry disguise themselves in '70s clothes)
Gus: I feel ridiculous.
Henry: Speak for yourself. I've got this shirt at home. His mother used to love it.
Gus: Yeah, like thirty years ago.
Henry: Are you kidding? I wore it to lunch last week.

(Gus slides the car sideways into a parallel parking spot)
Shawn: (getting out of the car) If that had been on purpose, that would have been totally cool.
Gus: I need to get that power steering fixed, not to mention the seat is jammed all the way to the front and makes my entire left side fall asleep.

(Lassiter and Juliet tell McNab about their diamond smuggling case)
Lassiter: Basically, we conducted a stakeout to catch the smugglers red-handed, but when we opened the cargo container to seize the evidence, we discovered we had the wrong one.
Juliet: This one belonged to exotic animal smugglers. And it was filled ... with wild marmosets.
Lassiter: I hate marmosets.
Juliet: Apparently they don't like being shot at.
Lassiter: No, apparently not.
Juliet: All I can remember after that are―are hundreds of those tiny razor-sharp claws and teeth.
Lassiter: Lower primate my ass. I recognize a military formation when I see one.
McNab: You'll be happy to know that case you gave me took a fun turn.
Lassiter: (angrily) That's great.
McNab: It turns out that plastics factory was a front for real-life sea pirates!

(Shawn and Gus trick Henry into coming with them)
Henry: So what kind of wood are we gonna use for these bookshelves, Gus?
Gus: Uh ... cypress?
Shawn: Cypress? Really?
Gus: It's a good wood. It's what Noah's Ark was made of.

(Gus grabs Henry's laser level to use as a weapon)
Shawn: Whoo, they better hope they're not uneven in there.
Gus: I'm gonna blind them with the laser, Shawn.

Gus: I'm sick of you two fighting all the time. Listen, Mr. Spencer, Shawn needs you on the case because, frankly, you're old, and we were barely even alive during the seventies. And, Shawn, your dad needs you on the case because even though you can be extremely annoying, you actually have a brilliant idea every now and then. But you're both too damn stubborn to admit that you need each other. Now can we go, please? Thank you. (gets in the car)
Henry: Is he always such a know-it-all?
Shawn: (scoffs) You don't know the half of it. Very preachy.

McNab: Apparently he died from a lab accident involving poisonous hydrochloric acid fumes.
Lassiter: When will people ever learn that alcohol and hydrochloric acid don't mix?
Gus: Technically, they do. See, the hydrogen atoms in the acid form a loose bond with the chlorine, and―
Lassiter: What the hell are you wearing?

Shawn: Ooh, I am gettin' it, and it is a bad mother―
Gus: Shut your mouth!
Shawn: I'm havin' a vision.
Gus: I can dig it.
Shawn: Ooh, it's a... (tries to interpret what Henry is pantomiming) It's a big birthday cake!
Gus: Ooh, make a wish! What?

Lassiter: Spencer, I'd appreciate in the future if you just played with your own life.
Shawn: Oh, come on, Lassie. If Derek hadn't caved, I would have just deactivated it myself. It's very easy. You just clip the red wire and the green wire at the same time.
Juliet: Uh, Shawn. There is no green wire.
Shawn: Really? Huh. Well, in that case, we all would have died.

Cultural References
Shawn: (to the reporter) Good luck. We're all counting on you.

This is a reference to the '80s comedy Airplane! about disaster aboard a plane. Leslie Nielsen's character, Dr. Rumack, says this line repeatedly in the film.

Shawn: (to Karen on the phone) Uh, that wasn't my dad. That was Phil Collins.

Phil Collins, who does kind of look like Henry, is a musician and an actor. Shawn mentions the song "Invisible Touch," which is a track from an album of the same name by Collins' band Genesis. Collins lived in Switzerland with his third wife and continues to live there even though they're divorced.

Pawn Shop Owner: Now, I'll have to go look through the box.
Shawn: Box? What do you think the box is? A giant room like in Raiders?
Gus: I think it's a box.
Shawn: Secret catacombs underneath a building like in National Treasure?
Gus: Shame on you for knowing that.

Raiders of the Lost Ark is an '80s movie starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, an archaeologist who tries to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. National Treasure stars Nicolas Cage as Ben Gates, a treasure hunter who must collect clues to find the hidden treasure.

Shawn: (to Henry) You stand down, Popeye Doyle.

Gene Hackman plays police detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in the 1971 crime film The French Connection.

Pookie: They were together in a militant organization with Eugene called S.A.G.—Soldiers Against Government. They were into all kind of radical stuff.
Shawn: Why would Eugene go all those years and not rat them out?
Pookie: Word on the street was that S.A.G. was ruthless. Nobody dared cross them, not even one of their own!

This is a jab at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), a labor union for film and television actors. At the time of this episode, SAG was going through contract negotiations.

Shawn: (having a psychic vision) Lies! Lies! Lies! ... Yeah.

This is a reference to the lyrics of the song "Lies" by the Thompson Twins.

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