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Psych: Christmas Joy

At the request of a little girl, Shawn and Gus get an imprisoned Santa released from jail. They congratulate themselves for saving Christmas but are disheartened to find out that the little girl conned them; Santa is actually her father, a known con artist. Shawn and Gus also overhear the two discuss a possible Christmas Eve heist. They enlist Gus' sister, Joy, to help investigate the secret plans, while she and Shawn keep secret the fling they had ten years ago. Things get especially awkward when Shawn temporarily moves in with the Gusters.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x9
Production Number: #3_3009
Airdate: Friday November 28th, 2008

Alternate Airdates:


Guest Stars
Phylicia RashadPhylicia Rashad
As Winnifred Guster
Keith DavidKeith David
As Bill Guster
Faune ChambersFaune Chambers
As Joy Guster
Don McManus (1)Don McManus (1)
As Carl Wilcox
Cassandra SawtellCassandra Sawtell
As Brittany Wilcox

Co-Guest Stars
Liam JamesLiam James
As Young Shawn
Jill MorrisonJill Morrison
As Office Manager
Noel JohansenNoel Johansen
As Theodore Meltregger
Nels LennarsonNels Lennarson
As Moncrief Johnson
Ted KozmaTed Kozma
As Frank
Sean BellSean Bell
As Martial Arts Expert
Jesse HaddockJesse Haddock
As Helper Elf
Brian CalvertBrian Calvert
As Parent
Kelly SarmientoKelly Sarmiento
As Parent #2
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: While Shawn does his Snoopy dance, Juliet and Gus join in with imitations of other Peanuts characters' dances.

Pineapple Watch: Shawn takes a pineapple out of his box of Christmas decorations.

This episode uses the same Christmas-inspired theme song and opening credits as last year's holiday episode, "Gus' Dad May Have Killed an Old Guy."

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Eartha KittSanta BabyShawn sneaks around the Guster house at night

Episode Quotes
Shawn: All that time away from home for work. Precisely why I didn't go to law school.
Gus: Yeah, that and the school part.

Brittany: All I have is $1.38. I hope it's enough.
Gus: We couldn't possibly accept that.
Shawn: He's right. What else do you have?

Gus: (to Brittany) This is a matter for the police
Shawn: Yes, and we never interfere with police matters.

Joy: We're both adults, OK?
Shawn: No, that's where you're wrong. We are not adults. You are Gus' big sister with the tassels on the handlebar of your banana-seat bike, and I am Gus' best friend who put a frog on top of your head!

Gus: (to Joy) This is where we do our thing. Where it all goes down. Where the magic happens.
Shawn: You realize you repeat yourself when you're trying to impress someone?
Gus: Yeah, right. Whatever. Please.

Shawn: Told you so. Touché.
Gus: You can't "touché" yourself.
Shawn: Sure I can. Your bad.
Gus: It's not "my bad." You can't "my bad" for someone else.
Shawn: Yeah, but you ain't mad at it, though. Know what you saying?
Gus: Will you stop it?

Gus: I'm sorry, Chief. Joy was just excited to see what we do.
Karen: (to Joy) You ever see a movie about high school?
Joy: Yes.
Karen: Then you've pretty much seen what they do.

Shawn: Apparently, my apartment is infested with fleas. It may or may not have something to do with the stray cat that I took in, but they cannot blame me for infesting the entire building.
Gus and Joy: (in unison) One adult female flea lays thousands of eggs.
Shawn: Wow. That's a little bit frightening.

Shawn: Hey, what blind kid did you steal that from?
Brittany: Why would a blind kid have a video game?
Shawn: (pauses) You have cooties on your face.
Gus: Shawn!
Shawn: She started it.
Gus: You started it.
Shawn: She gave me the stink eye.
Gus: She was playing a video game.

Gus: I've never been kicked out of Santa's Village before, Shawn.
Shawn: You get used to it.

Mr. Guster: This is between me and you and that lamp over there, all right?
Shawn: You're saying the lawn chair isn't trustworthy—?
Mr. Guster: Oh, be serious, boy!

Joy: Are you having a vision?
Shawn: Eh, it's just—it's a small—it's a sm—tiny vision.
Joy: (smiling) Ooh...
Shawn: (closes his eyes) Cold shower, baseball stats, watching my grandmother eat meatloaf...

Gus: (to Carl) Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us.
Shawn: Fool us thrice ... makes an ass out of you and me.
Gus: Nope.
Shawn: We're soon parted?
Gus: That's a fool and his money.
Shawn: What a fool believes?

Shawn: (referring to Carl) Oh, dude, I think he's really crying.
Gus: Shawn, you know I can't handle it when a grown man cries. (voice wavering) I'm a sympathetic crier.

Shawn: (to Frank, the bookie) All right, get me ten on Do Not Resuscitate in the fifth race. I don't have any cash, but give me your PayPal account and I'll make a secure deposit online.

Gus: (glaring at his parents) Gee, I wonder if Santa put money in our stockings even though he knows we don't need it. (looks in his stocking) Hey! where's my Christmas money? I was looking forward to that!

Joy: I can't see who I want because you can't handle it!
Gus: You fooled around with my best friend. You'll do whatever you can just to be the center of attention, won't you?
Joy: Forehead!
Gus: Ears!

Henry: Yeah, well, fooling around with your best friend's sister certainly wasn't your most brilliant idea.
Shawn: No, that was the toaster alarm I invented in the third grade that woke you up by smacking you in the face with a waffle. I think I peaked too soon.

Shawn: (to Carl) Look, I'm not a parent ... or an uncle ... or even a godfather. I think children are sticky.

Cultural References
Shawn: I'm Mr. Shawn, and this is Scrooge Jones.

This is a reference to Ebenezer Scrooge, a character from the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Scrooge is an old miser who hates Christmas, though he's generally bitter anyway, regardless of the season.

Shawn: (to Juliet) I'm seeing hands ... fast as lightning. It's more than a little upsetting.
Gus: Kung fu fighting.
Shawn: That's right.

"Kung Fu Fighting" is a 1974 song by Carl Douglas. The chorus goes "Everybody was kung fu fighting. / Those cats were fast as lightning. / In fact, it was a little bit frightning. / But they fought with expert timing."

Visual: Shawn and Gus dancing in celebration for "saving Christmas"

Their goofy dances come from the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas, which is based on the characters from the Peanuts comic strip. Shawn is dancing like Charlie Brown's dog, Snoopy, and Gus is dancing like 5.

Shawn: Feels like a slap in the face, and not a Rhett Butler slap, an Ike Turner slap.

Rhett Butler is a character from the novel-based movie Gone with the Wind; he gets slapped by Scarlett O'Hara after they kiss. Ike Turner was singer Tina Turner's abusive husband. Their relationship is exposed in Tina Turner's biographical movie What's Love Got to Do with It.

Shawn: Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse, much less a robber.

"Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse" is a line from the poem "The Night Before Christmas."

Shawn: We're soon parted?
Gus: That's a fool and his money.
Shawn: What a fool believes?

"What a Fool Believes" is a 1979 song by The Doobie Brothers.

Shawn: They implicated someone named Moncrief Johnson.
Juliet: See, I knew I had heard that name before, but I thought it was the black quarterback that replaced Woody Harrelson in Wildcats...

Wildcats is an '80s comedy film starring Goldie Hawn as Molly, a high school track coach who takes over coaching an inner-city high school's football team. Woody Harrelson plays the team's quarterback, Krushinski.

Episode References
Visual: Shawn's portrait he pulls out of the box

Shawn had his portrait painted made in "Dis-Lodged" when he became a member of the Monarch Lodge.

Mrs. Guster: (about the psychic detective agency) It's very impressive.
Mr. Guster: As we found out last year when we were both brought up on murder charges.

This is the plot of last year's holiday episode, "Gus' Dad May Have Killed an Old Guy." When a neighborhood man ended up dead, the evidence pointed to Mr. Guster being responsible. Later evidence made it look like Mrs. Guster was actually the killer, but Shawn and Gus were able to help prove their innocence.

Gus: (to Lassiter) What's the deal with you and people's sisters anyway? First Vick's and now mine?

Lassiter met and developed a crush on Chief Vick's sister Barbara in "There Might Be Blood."

Henry: No worries, because we still have our tradition to do, right? (sets a gift on the table)
Shawn: And my winning streak is about to be extended. (puts a matching box on the table)

In "Gus' Dad May Have Killed an Old Guy," it's revealed that Shawn and Henry have a tradition of trying to guess what they got each other for Christmas.

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CreatorSteve Franks (1)
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