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Psych: Talk Derby to Me

The surveillance tape from the latest robbery in a string of break-ins leads Shawn to believe that women are the culprits. He further narrows the suspects down to a local roller derby team and suggests that in order to pinpoint the people responsible, Juliet needs to go undercover as a member of their team. Though it's technically her investigation, Shawn can't help getting involved in the case. And with Gus busy studying for an important pharmaceutical rep exam, Shawn uses the opportunity to try getting closer to Juliet.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x7
Production Number: #3_3007
Airdate: Friday September 05th, 2008

Special Guest Stars
Mickie JamesMickie James
As Westwood

Guest Stars

Co-Guest Stars
Liam JamesLiam James
As Young Shawn
Michael JonssonMichael Jonsson
As Stuart Coburn
Carlos McCullers, IICarlos McCullers, II
As Young Gus
Brenna OBrenna O'Brien
As Heather
John Payne (1)John Payne (1)
As Announcer
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 Al B. Sure!'s "Nite and Day."

The Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus: Shawn and Gus try to evade a dark figure who's chasing them at the roller skating rink.

The three main skaters, Westwood, Wilde, and Fox, were named after three Los Angeles DJs, Denise Westwood, Rita Wilde, and Cynthia Fox. Their first names, however, were switched around for the episode.

Sydney Bennett (Fox) plays for the real-life roller derby team the Los Angeles Derby Dolls.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
BlondieOne Way or AnotherJuliet skates a final time with the derby team
A Flock of SeagullsSpace Age Love SongShawn and Juliet couples skate
We the KingsCheck Yes JulietJuliet skates for the first time with the team

Episode Quotes
(Lassiter approaches Shawn, who's pretending to be a mannequin)
Lassiter: Spencer, what the hell are you doing up there?
Shawn: Right now I'm putting my hand in my pocket, sans thumb, pointing at an imaginary seagull.

Gus: You know I have to study for my exam.
Shawn: Right, the Rx ... something.
Gus: Rx Rep Rx—Pharmaceutical Rep Re-Certification Exam.
Shawn: That is the second worst name for a test ever, right after the Proctological Practicum.

Karen: (to Stuart) That's our psychic, Shawn Spencer.
Shawn: Psychic and treasurer of the American Wicker Council. I'm up for reelection. I'm running on a rattan platform.
Stuart: (shaking hands with Shawn) Stuart.
Shawn: This is my favorite booster, Detective Carlton Lass—
Lassiter: Would you just play the tape?

Shawn: We call that detective work. It's a rare and beautiful thing ... like clubbed thumbs.

Henry: I used to do some security work for the roller derby back in the day. Now those broads, they knew how to get the job done. This is—I don't know. This is like a fashion show. These broads—they can't—they don't hit—
Shawn: And that's why we brought you down here, Pop. To hear you say "broads" repeatedly.

Gus: What are we doing, Shawn?
Shawn: Well, for starters, we're both growing mustaches very, very slowly, but we're also investigating.

Westwood: Where'd you learn to skate like that?
Juliet: Oh, you know, college roller skate team ... and Xanadu.

(Shawn stares at the skaters)
Gus: Dude, you are leering.
Shawn: And if by leering you mean staring oddly in a creepy way, yes, but it's for an investigation, Gus. They're all scraped up from burglarizing. Burglarization? Burglarism.

Fox: (to Juliet about Shawn) We see gawkers like him all the time around here. Really easy to spot. There's always one thing off about them. Clothes, hair, teeth.
Shawn: You just named my three best features. Fourth on the list, posture. Fifth, elocution.

Shawn: (introducing Gus) This is my vice president, Longbranch Pennywhistle.

Karen: Did you break somebody's nose?
Juliet: (smiling) Yes, I did. Thank you. Oh, but it was a clean hit. It was actually more of a dislocation, you know? It just popped right back in. Yeah, she curled into my wingspan, so I was totally justified. We're friends now. She has a cat.

Karen: Oh, um, this is a typo, right? Eight hundred dollars for skates?
Juliet: Would it help if I told you the other pairs weren't cute at all?

Shawn: (to Chief Vick) O'Hara said it was a non-start. I threw a tantrum. I was crying, kicking and stamping my little feet. (looks down) I mean, they're not abnormally small.

Lassiter: Let me in on this.
Shawn: Sure, Chief. Lassie seems like a smart choice. We know he's a demon on wheels, and, of course, he's so very good with women.
Karen: Under the circumstances, I might consider you, Carlton, but you're never more obvious than when you're undercover. Perhaps you've forgotten the prosthetic nose debacle of 2005?

Shawn: Don't be jealous.
Gus: I'm not jealous.
Shawn: Don't be vexed. You're still number one on my MySpace page.

Shawn: That is the code of the roller girl.
Gus: I never thought I would hear you say that.
Shawn: Even more than sinkhole sissy feet flapjack go-go boots?

Shawn: You cannot sit here alone in the dark in a parked car. You'll get picked up for mopery.
Gus: Mopery?
Shawn: With intent to creep. Trust me, it'll kick a big hole in your future.

(Shawn sees a mannequin dressed exactly like Gus)
Shawn: Dude, I can't believe this. You lifted your look right off this mannequin.
Gus: On the contrary, Shawn. Clearly someone is stealing my look.
Shawn: Right. I did see Tommy Hilfiger creeping from bush to bush sketching you.

Shawn: My name is Shawn Spencer. This is my partner... (pauses, thinking) I can't believe I'm blanking. I've done this a million times.
Gus: Nice work.

Shawn: (on the phone) Jules, I'm getting some strong messages.
Juliet: OK, what are they?
Shawn: The first one's from Keanu Reeves. He's living in a house I built on a lake two years in the past. How will I meet him?

(Gus uncovers a dead body in the back of a truck)
Shawn: Oh, thank God.
Gus: Thank God? It's a dead person.
Shawn: Yeah, but it's not Juliet.
Gus: It's still a human being, Shawn. It's Westwood. What's the matter with you?
Shawn: You're saying you'd rather it be someone that we know and care about? Fine, next time I see Jules, I'll just tell her you wish she was dead.

Karen: (to Shawn and Juliet) You two work together well.
Shawn: I certainly think so. We're available for more cases, by the way. Embezzlement, extortion, espionage ... pretty much anything that starts with E. Elephant theft.

Cultural References
Shawn: What is this green slime on your book? Did you just come from the Kids' Choice Awards?

The Kids' Choice Awards is an annual awards show presented by the television network Nickelodeon. This network is well-known for incorporating green slime into its shows. During the awards show, at least one celebrity is "slimed" before the end of the night.

Shawn: It's a tight group, Chief. It's a clique. It's a sisterhood of the Ya-Ya variety, and it's gonna take a lot more than a smile and a pack of Pall Malls to get 'em to talk.

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a novel (later turned into a movie) about a group of friends, known collectively as the Ya-Yas.

Westwood: Where'd you learn to skate like that?
Juliet: Oh, you know, college roller skate team ... and Xanadu.

Xanadu is an '80s musical film starring Michael Beck as Sonny, an artist who falls in love with Kira (Olivia Newton-John), a muse who inspires him to open a nightclub. In the film, there are many scenes involving choreographed roller skating.

Shawn: They stole a DVD of Spanglish. Clearly, they weren't after the merchandise.

Spanglish is a 2004 movie starring Adam Sandler as a successful chef John Clasky. John and his family have recently hired a housekeeper, Flor, who has just immigrated to LA from Mexico with her daughter.

Shawn: Sweet Fantasy Island, that is a body.

Fantasy Island was an '80s television series about a resort island where visitors could literally live out their fantasies. Fantasy Island, as it was known, was maintained by Mr. Roarke and Tattoo. When Tattoo would spot the plane of incoming guests, he'd say the now-famous line, "De plane! De plane!"

Shawn: (on the phone) Jules, I'm getting some strong messages.
Juliet: OK, what are they?
Shawn: The first one's from Keanu Reeves. He's living in a house I built on a lake two years in the past. How will I meet him?

Shawn is referring to the 2006 movie The Lake House. The movie stars Keanu Reeves as Alex Wyler and Sandra Bullock as Kate Forster. Alex moves into a house on the lake and exchanges love letters with the former owner of the house, Kate. The two discover that they are actually living in different years, Alex in 2004 and Kate in 2006, and try to arrange a meeting.

Episode References
Karen: (to Juliet) You tend to dive in a little too deeply when you go undercover.

Juliet previously went undercover as a sorority girl in the episode "Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast."

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CreatorSteve Franks (1)
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