This week marked an end of an era in television history. After 8 wonderful years PSYCH closed its Psychic Private Detective doors and said goodbye leaving us viewers sad but satisfied. Last week, I did a PSYCH season finale in review, and I couldn’t help wondering how after eight years of laughs, movie quotes, amazing guest stars, snoopy dancing, fist bumps, the pineapple, the Blueberry, and the popular phrase “Suck It” would such an amazing show find a way to wrap everything up in a way that make would fans happy. Well, let me tell you, not since the series finale of Burn Notice have I seen a more perfect ending.
So how did PSYCH, PSYCH us out in the end? “Wait for it” because this is hardest recap I have ever written, and I am thankful for the box of tissues I have beside me.
Who would have thought that after eight years Shawn would make the first mature move probably of his life where he decides to leave Santa Barbara to join the love of his life, Juliette, in San Francisco. The one glitch in that plan is he has to say goodbye to his best friend since childhood, Gus.
How does Shawn do so? By deciding to work one final case together. But, in the end, he finds it too heartbreaking saying goodbye in person. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as we cried then laughed watching the personalized videos for Gus, Lassie, and Woody. I would have liked to have seen Henry’s although it was nice they connected on a personal level throughout the episode. I loved that Lassie, who was always skeptical about Shawn’s psychic talent, broke the DVD right before Shawn’s admission.
The episode guest starred Billy Zane and Deon Richmond (Real BUD from The Cosby Show). But, did anyone see it coming as Shawn said his DVD goodbye to the iconic but never seen Detective Dobson who when the camera pans away turns out to be surprise guest star VAL KILMER?! Thus, saving the best for last!
As we got down to the final moments of the episode we watched as Gus, who started a new job in the beginning of the episode, realized it was pretty much a carbon copy of the job he just quit. He decided, after twelve attempts, to join Shawn in San Francisco. As he barges in on a crime scene, you realize the true meaning of best friends forever.
It was also a nice shout when an excited Shawn says they can open shop in San Francisco, but Vick says they already have a consultant and he was in the kitchen “alphabetizing the cereal” meaning of course none other than Monk. Would have loved to actually see Tony Shaloub.
The most satisfying moment came as they left the crime scene and Shawn finally proposed to a long awaiting Juliette only to have a thief run by and steal the ring before he can put it on her finger leading to a high speed pursuit in a stolen drivers-ed car with the San Francisco in the background. It was the perfect ending.
Lets not forget those who stayed behind in Santa Barbara…Lassie who, after breaking the DVD, calls home to talk to speak to his infant daughter Lily.
Henry whom subbing for an old friend, might find himself with a new position as a professor in criminology. Or, he might open his own PSYCH office since we saw him in the office with a tape measure.
The best, and I love that goofy grin of his, is Betsy Brannigan hand picking McNab as her new junior police detective despite having the lowest scores exam scores by telling Lassiter she will mold him into a carbon copy of the new chief.
The only complaint I have is they played the short theme song in the beginning instead of the full version, which would have been more fitting for the last time.
As a true fan, I would like to say thank you PSYCH for eight wonderful seasons. You have brought many a laugh to my family in some our worst moments. Lets hope for a movie. Fingers crossed.
Still my favorite theme song!