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Psych: Daredevils!

Shawn and Gus score tickets to a daredevil show featuring Dutch "The Clutch" Jenkins. When he attempts a motorcycle jump through a ring of fire, Shawn notices his fuel line has been cut. Though Dutch emerges unhurt, Shawn concludes that someone must be trying to kill him. It turns out this isn't the first "accident" that has happened recently. Unbeknown to Dutch, his son hires Shawn and Gus to figure out what's going on. Unbeknown to Shawn and Gus, they must pretend to be stunt testers in order to keep Dutch in the dark about their true intent.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x3
Production Number: #3_3003
Airdate: Friday August 01st, 2008

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Comedy Central) Sep 25, 2009

Guest Stars
Jeff FaheyJeff Fahey
As Dutch "The Clutch" Jenkins
Brian GrossBrian Gross
As Louis Jenkins

Co-Guest Stars
Liam JamesLiam James
As Young Shawn
Sage BrocklebankSage Brocklebank
As Buzz McNab
Ocean BloomOcean Bloom
As Gerdie
Bill MondyBill Mondy
As Manny Robertson
Mercedes McNabMercedes McNab
As Viki Jenkins
Joshua BallardJoshua Ballard
As Not Gus
Lenka StolarLenka Stolar
As Blair
Paul LazenbyPaul Lazenby
As Guard
Aileen LaurelAileen Laurel
As Carolyn
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: Dule Hill and Maggie Lawson have difficulties with their respective scenes.

Pineapple Watch: As Shawn and Gus walk through the carnival after Dutch's first stunt, a person passes them carrying an inflatable palm tree; a paper pineapple is hanging from the tree.

The Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus: Shawn explains what his cool daredevil suit will look like, including fire, spikes, and a rocket launcher.

Corbin Bernsen (Henry) does not make an appearance in this episode aside from the opening flashback.

Though Shawn and Gus see a man wearing a Dunkin' Donuts jacket, there currently are no locations in California (where the show takes place).

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Allman Brothers BandRamblin' ManShawn and Gus arrive at the after-party

Episode Quotes
Henry: You think your fans came out here to see you make this jump?
Young Shawn: Yeah.
Henry: They came out here to see you crack your head open, which basically makes you no different than the kid in class who can shoot milk out of his eye.
Young Shawn: (excitedly) Do you think I could be as popular as him?

Gus: I can't believe you did this, Shawn.
Shawn: Apparently, you're unaware that some churros have more nutrients than carrots. Twelve more of these, I'll have my RDA of riboflavin.

Shawn: We ignore the tiny voice in our head that tells us not to do stuff.
Gus: The tiny voice in my head says there's a reason I'm the only black person here.

Shawn: Take it from a fellow motorcycle guy.
Gus: Please, what was the last repair you did to your bike?
Shawn: Does adding a sticker count?

Guard: Can I help you?
Shawn: Yes, I'm Shawn Spencer, police psychic, amateur daredevil, denture wearer, and strawberry crepe enthusiast.
Guard: You're not on the list.
Shawn: List? Dude, they're about to start racing ocelots in half an hour. There's no way you have a velvet rope here.

Louis: Last month we shared the bill with Yippy, the hiccuping terrier.
Gus: He's still hiccuping?
Shawn: Dude, you know that, but you don't know who Dutch the Clutch is?
Gus: He's been hiccuping for nine years, Shawn. It's a canine record.

(Juliet inquires about Lassiter's last date)
Juliet: You told the dead clown story, didn't you?
Lassiter: What? That is a funny story!
Juliet: Clowns are funny. Stories about them being shot to death, not so much. Please tell me you didn't draw a diagram of the bullet holes.
Lassiter: W—there were crayons on the table. What was I supposed to do?
Juliet: You took her to a restaurant that had crayons on the table?

Dutch: Hey, what's the most dangerous thing you boys done?
Shawn: We eat at Taco John's with some frequency, so that puts us right there on the edge.

Gus: Uh, not to overstep, but I think you may still have a concussion from earlier.
Dutch: Concussion? Hell, I've had a concussion since 1982. True story! (shouting) Anybody else's beer taste like metal? (laughs)

Dutch: Ain't nobody tellin' me I can't do anything no more.
Gus: (to Shawn) I think that was the worst English I've ever heard.

Karen: You know, when I used to work vice, my partner was an alcoholic, and one night I went over to his house, handcuffed him to a radiator, and made him dry out. And when he finally sobered up, I gave him a choice: go into department rehab program, or chew your hand off for freedom. He chose the program.
Juliet: Is that a ... real story?
Karen: Maybe it is, maybe I saw it on an old Police Woman rerun.

Gus: What is all this?
Shawn: Those are forms that must be filled out so that we can be die-hards. Just sign them.
Gus: (reading) "These release the employer from any liability in case the stunt tester is ... torn to shreds"? Stunt tester? Is that what we're doing? Are you crazy?
Shawn: Trust me, and be cool.
Gus: Wait, this one is in case we're accidentally chewed to death by a malfunctioning robot? Oh, hell no!
Shawn: Relax, we'll be fine.
Gus: (flipping through the forms) "De-boned"? "Killed and re-killed"? How does that even work?
Shawn: Gus, don't be an old sponge with hair hanging off of it. I'm all over this case.
Gus: "Mimed to death."
Shawn: That's clearly a typo. They meant maimed. What are we, gonna be killed by Marcel Marceau?
Gus: Marcel Marceau is dead.
Shawn: See, there's nothing to worry about.

Shawn: They call this a motorcycle show? There's, like, four motorcycles here. They don't even have the bike from Blue Thunder.
Gus: That was a helicopter.
Shawn: You're right. I was thinking of Blue Lagoon.
Gus: There wasn't a bike in Blue Lagoon.
Shawn: How did they get off the island, Gus?

(El Diablo races off on his motorcycle)
Shawn: Dude, he's running! International sign of guilt!

Gus: (to Louis) You're guilty of attempted patricide!
Shawn: And ... you tried to kill your own dad.

Louis: You really think I'd hire detectives if I wanted to bump off my own dad? What kind of psychic are you?
Shawn: The kind that loves bees ... and historical novels.

Louis: (about telling his father about his own daredevil career) It's a sensitive subject. He won't understand it right away. I just want him to come to grips with ... this is what I am. I didn't choose it.
Shawn: Yeah. I had a similar experience with my dad when I told him I ... wanted to take Gus here to the prom. (laughing) Come on, you and me at the prom? No? (seriously) Misfire? OK.

Shawn: (to Juliet, about Lassiter) I'm sensing it'll be easier to get a stranger to go out with him than someone he works with.
Gus: Or knows him.
Shawn: Or has ever had a conversation with him.
Gus: Or he hasn't shot.
Shawn: One more question: are we locked into the same species?

(Shawn spots a man wearing a Dunkin' Donuts jacket)
Shawn: You see that?
Gus: Yes, and now I'm in the mood for some coffee.
Shawn: What are you talking about?
Gus: Coffee, Shawn.
Shawn: What are you looking at?
Gus: The same thing you're looking at.
Shawn: It's a Dunkin' Donuts patch, Gus.
Gus: And they have excellent coffee. They have one on my extended route.
Shawn: You know what, dude? You astound me. And now I must have a blueberry crumb. It's totally triggered my donut launch sequence.

(Shawn and Gus whisper back and forth)
Gus: Let me go first. I'm more stealthy.
Shawn: In your dreams.
Gus: I'm as graceful as a gazelle, Shawn.
Shawn: You are not.
Gus: A jackal.
Shawn: Dude, a jackal is not graceful. It's like a rabid, vicious badger.

Gus: Is that his will?
Shawn: It's just as good. Life insurance policy?
Gus: That doesn't make any sense.
Shawn: Tell me about it. (looks at Gus) Dude, seriously, tell me about it. I have no idea what this means.
Gus: You never could understand legalese.
Shawn: Oh, really? Remind me who it was that set up our Psych 401(k).
Gus: Oh, you mean our 601(k)s? Because India doesn't have 401(k)s.
Shawn: It's a growth economy, Gus. We've already made, like, five hundred rupee.
Gus: That's thirteen dollars.

Gus: Do I rush you when you're doing your whole, "Ooh, I'm sensing this, I'm sensing that."
Shawn: Always, and you usually jab me in the ribs with your elbow, which is like a chocolate harpoon.

Juliet: (about Blair) She's not my friend!
Lassiter: What do you mean? You didn't send her down here to meet me?
Juliet: No! I don't invite friends to dangerous stakeouts, but I know her. She's a professional.
Lassiter: (to Blair) Please tell me you're a hit man.

Cultural References
Shawn: Dude, you don't remember Dutch the Clutch? He was on That's Incredible! once when we were kids, and he jumped Springfield Gorge!
Gus: That was Homer Simpson.

That's Incredible! was an '80s reality program that featured people performing interesting and sometimes dangerous stunts.

In "Bart the Daredevil," an episode of the animated TV show The Simpsons, Bart tries to impress everyone by jumping the gorge on his skateboard. A talk with Homer stops him from doing this, but Homer accidentally ends up performing the stunt himself.

Shawn: Wow, you know, the Allman Brothers generally tend to inhibit my psychic powers...

The Allman Brothers Band is a Southern rock band that started in the late '60s. Two of their best-known songs are "Jessica" and "Ramblin' Man," which was playing when Shawn made that statement.

Louis: Pop, I found us the two new die-hards you asked for.
Dutch: Damn, already?
Shawn: Actually, I'm die-hard. (referring to Gus) He's die-harder. We have two other guys in our crew, but they aren't nearly as good as us.

This is a reference to the action movie Die Hard and its sequels. Die Hard 2 is also known as Die Harder. The third and fourth films are Die Hard: With a Vengeance and Live Free or Die Hard.

Dutch: Glen Campbell rocks!

Glen Campbell is a country artist. One of his most popular songs is "Rhinestone Cowboy," written by Larry Weiss.

Juliet: Is that a ... real story?
Karen: Maybe it is, maybe I saw it on an old Police Woman rerun.

Police Woman was a '70s police drama. It starred Angie Dickinson as Sgt. Leanne "Pepper" Anderson, an undercover agent for the LAPD.

Gus: "Mimed to death."
Shawn: That's clearly a typo. They meant maimed. What are we, gonna be killed by Marcel Marceau?
Gus: Marcel Marceau is dead.
Shawn: See, there's nothing to worry about.

Marcel Marceau is perhaps one of the best known mimes. He was made popular by his many TV appearances and even won an Emmy in 1956. He died in 2007 at the age of eighty-four.

Shawn: They call this a motorcycle show? There's, like, four motorcycles here. They don't even have the bike from Blue Thunder.
Gus: That was a helicopter.
Shawn: You're right. I was thinking of Blue Lagoon.
Gus: There wasn't a bike in Blue Lagoon.
Shawn: How did they get off the island, Gus?

Blue Thunder is an '80s film starring Roy Scheider as Officer Frank Murphy, who is selected to pilot an advanced helicopter named "Blue Thunder." The movie was directed by John Badham, who also directed this episode.

The Blue Lagoon is an '80s film about two children who become stranded on an island and must grow up there alone. It stars Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. Regardless of what Shawn thinks, they do not get off the island via motorcycle.

Shawn: (looking in the motorcycle mirror) Dude, it's like High Road to China.

This is an '80s movie set in the 1920s. It stars Tom Selleck as Patrick O' Malley, a biplane pilot who is hired by an heiress, who also happens to be a pilot, to help find her father. The outfits that Shawn and Gus wear are reminiscent of the old-fashioned goggles and caps worn by the pilots in the film.

Shawn: I see colors ... on your hands, on your bike, on your hands, my daughter, my sister, My Father the Hero!

My Father the Hero is a '90s romantic comedy about a teenager (Katherine Heigl) who tries to impress a boy by telling him that her father (Gérard Depardieu) is actually her lover.

Dutch: Hell, one time I bungee jumped off a building twice as high as that tower, and even though the bungee cord snapped on the way down, I still made it to the George Thorogood concert that night!

George Thorogood is a blues-rock musician who began his career in the '70s with his band The Destroyers. One of his most popular songs is "Bad to the Bone," released in 1982.

Shawn: When Manny was adjusting Dutch's suit before the stunt, he whispered something in his ear. I, of course, read his lips. He said he didn't want him wearing that gliding suit. He wanted him to wear the black one 'cause it was far more slimming. Then he said, "Purple camel lawnmower man."

The Lawnmower Man is a sci-fi horror film loosely based on the short story by Stephen King. It's about a retarded man who is turned into a genius with the use of drugs and virtual reality. This man is played by Jeff Fahey, who plays the role of Dutch in this episode.

Shawn: We'll be as nonexistent as an Aldo Nova fan.

Aldo Nova is a Canadian musician, songwriter, and producer.

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