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Psych: There Might Be Blood

Chief Vick enlists Shawn and Gus to help investigate a recent death on an offshore oil rig. Although the Coast Guard has deemed it an accident, Vick suspects foul play based on an anonymous tip regarding the rig's lack of safety. However, the location of the oil rig puts it out of Vick's jurisdiction and into the hands of Coast Guard Commander Barbara Dunlap. Barbara is Chief Vick's older sister, and while Lassiter finds himself attracted to her, Shawn and Gus find themselves in the middle of a sibling rivalry between the two sisters.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x6
Production Number: #3_3006
Airdate: Friday August 22nd, 2008

Guest Stars
Jane LynchJane Lynch
As Barbara Dunlap
Kelly OvertonKelly Overton
As Ashley
Barry CorbinBarry Corbin
As Billy Joe

Co-Guest Stars
Liam JamesLiam James
As Young Shawn
Carlos McCullers, IICarlos McCullers, II
As Young Gus
Steve MakajSteve Makaj
As Safety Inspector Hicks
Eric FellEric Fell
As Guard
Dalias BlakeDalias Blake
As Worker #1
Jackie BlackmoreJackie Blackmore
As Worker #2
Michael AntonakosMichael Antonakos
As Worker #3
Ian Brown (1)Ian Brown (1)
As Dr. Christopher Renaud
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 takes a moment to prepare for a scene by continuously licking his lips.

Pineapple Watch: When Shawn and Gus enter Hicks' house through an open window, there's a pineapple and ham pizza sitting out in the open.

The Big Adventures of Little Shawn and Gus: Shawn helps Gus make a class video project in which he discovers oil.

Episode Quotes
Gus: I wonder what this case is about. It obviously has something to do with the ocean.
Shawn: Ah, Gus, it could be anything—crab-on-crab violence, gang war between the mermaid and the shark people, or ... maybe she wants to take us wild orca hunting.

Karen: We're acting more in an unofficial capacity, and anymore questions and I'm gonna turn this boat around and take you both back to shore! Understood?
Shawn: I'm all right with that, except that Gus' leg is touching mine.
Gus: Is not.
Shawn: He keeps looking at my ear.

Gus: After all this time, the chief never said she had a sister.
Shawn: Strange.
Lassiter: And such an alluring sister at that.
Shawn: Creepy.

Lassiter: (to Barbara) I had no idea that the chief had such an accomplished younger sister.
Karen: She's older.

Gus: All I'm saying is so much for us being in Chief Vick's good graces. We may have just burned our bridge with her.
Shawn: Gus, don't be a myopic chihuahua.

Shawn: Don't you see what's happening here, Gus? We are merely pawns in a bitter sibling feud.
Gus: I'm nobody's pawn, Shawn. I'm a queen.

Ashley: Have you two invested in offshore drilling before?
Shawn: (laughs) Yes. Lordy, yes.
Ashley: So you're familiar with the technology.
Shawn: I'd say it's pretty straightforward. Got your basic rig with thirty warheads sitting on the continental countertop, running twenty-four crews day and night every two hours.
Ashley: That made absolutely no sense.

Billy Joe: If you need me, I'll be topside.
Shawn: If you need us, we'll be bottoms up.

Gus: So what are we looking for?
Shawn: Anything that will help us figure out who the anonymous tipster was ... or a Kit Kat. I'm starving.

Barbara: What are you two doing here?
Shawn: Not eating candy. I can tell you that.
Barbara: My orders for you were to stay put and do nothing.
Shawn: Really? That wasn't reverse psychology?

Shawn: Karen. (she looks at him disapprovingly) Chief Karen. Chief Karen Vick? That just feels a little long, doesn't it?

Shawn: Believe me. I know what it feels like growing up with an older sister who gets all the attention.
Karen: I didn't know you had an older sister, Spencer.
Shawn: I don't. But I did watch a lot of reruns of The Brady Bunch.

Gus: What the heck are we looking for anyway?
Shawn: Anything Hicks may have received with the threat of violence—correspondents, angry phone messages, mash notes.
Gus: Mash notes are love letters, Shawn.
Shawn: Really? Remind me I owe someone a huge apology.

Gus: Let's start with this computer. I guess I have to break the pass code. (exhales)
(Shawn notices a fez, a fan, and a letter opener)
Shawn: Panther21.
Gus: Panther21?
Shawn: Just try it.
(Gus types it in)
Gus: That's it.
Shawn: Mm-hm.
Gus: You got all of that just from putting together things from around the room?
Shawn: No, it was written on the bottom of the computer. I saw it in the reflection of the CD case.

Gus: We gotta get back on that rig. But how?
Shawn: I have an idea.
Gus: Is it good?
Shawn: Not really.

Gus: What part of "stay put" is confusing to you?
Shawn: The "put" part. Stay put? I wasn't put in the first place, Gus. The expression is a complete disaster.

(Shawn tries to distract Ashley so Gus can crouch behind her like a table, causing her to fall backwards over him)
Shawn: Ashley, hon?
Ashley: Shawn? Don't make me shoot you.
Shawn: It's OK. I just wanna talk. I'm putting my cards on the table! Right smack dab on the table!
Ashley: Doesn't matter. It's too late.
Shawn: No, no, no, no! No, no, no, it's not too late. (in Gus' direction) Gus is a table!
Gus: Gus is a statue!
Shawn: You're a sellout!

Shawn: Well, ahoy, Commander! Welcome aboard!
Gus: Thar she blows!
Shawn: All hands on deck!
Barbara: OK, enough. The painfully cute mugging is starting to get on my nerves.
Gus: What are you, Entertainment Weekly?

Episode Goofs
In the opening scenes, the actors' lips don't exactly match up with what they're saying. It's likely that due to filming on the open water, the sound quality was poor. The dialog had to be re-recorded and dubbed in later, leading to the sync issues.

Cultural References
Episode Title: There Might Be Blood

This is a reference to the movie There Will Be Blood. The movie stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview, an oil prospector.

(in a flashback to 1987; Shawn and Gus are digging outside)
Gus: How can you be sure it's down there?
Shawn: I can feel it in my bones, Gus. All great oil wildcatters have that ability—me, Getty, Clampett, Crisco, and Wesson.

J. Paul Getty founded the Getty Oil Company. Clampett refers to Jed Clampett, a character from the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies who became rich when oil was discovered on his property. Crisco and Wesson are popular cooking oils.

Gus: Drilling continues twenty-four hours a day, and there are two crews on board at all times: one for the day shift, and one for the night shift.
Shawn: "Love brokers!" (Gus stares, confused) Night Shift. Come on, dude. You got the Fonz playing against type.

"Love brokers!" is a line from the comedy film Night Shift. Henry Winkler plays Chuck, a timid man who works the night shift at a morgue along with the annoyingly enthusiastic Bill, played by Michael Keaton. After the death of Chuck's neighbor's pimp, the two take over and turn the morgue into a brothel.

Henry Winkler is probably best known for his role as Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzerelli in the television show Happy Days. The Fonz, unlike Chuck, was a tough cool guy.

Shawn: (introducing himself and Gus) My name is Shawn Spencer. This is my partner, Chesterfield McMillan ... & Wife.

McMillan & Wife is a '70s crime show. It stars Rock Hudson as police commissioner Stewart McMillan and Susan Saint James as his wife, Sally.

Shawn: (revealing his two psychic vibes) The second: Craig T. Nelson will donate his remaining hair to the Smithsonian.

Craig T. Nelson is an actor who has appeared in many television shows and movies, including the '90s sitcom Coach.

Shawn: I know what it feels like growing up with an older sister who gets all the attention.
Karen: I didn't know you had an older sister, Spencer.
Shawn: I don't. But I did watch a lot of reruns of The Brady Bunch.

The Brady Bunch was a '70s sitcom about a widow with three daughters who marries a widower with three sons. Jan, the middle daughter, constantly feels overshadowed by her popular older sister, Marcia.

Shawn: Then, fearing that the truth would get out, Hicks... (imitates bludgeoning someone) Stop! Hammer time.

"Stop! Hammer time" is a line from rapper MC Hammer's hit song "U Can't Touch This."

Shawn: I'm seeing fault. Uh, faulty something. Faulty intelligence, faulty wiring, Fawlty Towers
Gus: Shawn.

Fawlty Towers was a '70s British sitcom. It starred John Cleese as hotel owner Basil Fawlty.

Shawn: Yeah, he made a fake map with the help of, uh, Dr. Dre. No, uh, Dr Pepper. No, Dr. No, Dr.—Dr. Rinaud!

Dr. Dre is a Grammy Award-winning rapper. Dr Pepper is a soft drink. Dr. No is a character from the James Bond movie Dr. No, the first Bond film that stars Sean Connery.

Shawn: You think the company's gonna expose their employees to stuff that's really harmful?
Gus: Did you not see Silkwood, Shawn? They're gonna make me take a shower while they scrub my skin off.

Silkwood is an '80s movie based on true events. It stars Meryl Streep as Karen Silkwood, a worker in a plutonium plant who tries to expose the plant's wrongdoings.

Barbara: OK, enough. The painfully cute mugging is starting to get on my nerves.
Gus: What are you, Entertainment Weekly?

Entertainment Weekly is a magazine that focuses on television, movies, books, and popular culture. The magazine has not been particularly kind to Psych. The show is consistently absent from featured columns, and a common insult describes the characters as "mugging," meaning they are being overly theatrical for the cameras just for attention.

Michael Slezak wrote in an article that he "can't endure 30 seconds of Roday's 'look at me being wacky!' mugging"; Ken Tucker, who is clearly an idiot, mentioned that "unlike the cute OCD antics on Monk and the painfully cuter mugging on Psych, Burn Notice is a sleek, brainy, funny series."

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