PSYCH Season 6 Premiere Advance Review “Shawn Rescues Darth Vader” Airing October 12, 2011 at 10 PM EST on USA Network

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OK PSYCH-os, the wait is finally over!  You can bust out your pineapples, start singing the theme song and put your fingers to your temple.  Your favorite fake psychic and his trusty partner are back in business after a ten-month absence in “Shawn Rescues Darth Vader”.

Typically, PSYCH opens each episode with a flashback of a scene between retired Santa Barbara Police Department detective Henry Spencer (Corbin Bernsen) and his “psychic” son, Shawn (James Roday), teaching him some odd skill that is relevant to the crime-of-the-week.  The Season 6 premiere opens in more of a James Bond fashion, with Shawn all decked out in a tux, crashing a private party being held at the residence of the British Ambassador, Richard Fanshawe (guest-star Malcolm McDowell).

Shawn is there to rescue a 1978 collector’s edition of a Darth Vader figurine for their 11-year-old client (where did he get the $500 to pay Shawn?).  While Shawn is inside the house looking for Darth Vader, his childhood best friend and psychic detective agency partner, Gus (Dule Hill) is waiting in their getaway car – his blue Toyota Echo, aka “the blueberry”.  Of course, things never go as smoothly as they think, and Shawn finds himself playing hide and seek with embassy security and accidentally discovers a woman’s dead body under the bed of the Ambassador.

Shawn, putting his fingers to his temple at the SBPD headquarters, exclaimed that he sensed a murder had been committed and convince Detectives Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson, looking ever so badass wearing his holster) and Juliet O’Hara (the gorgeous Maggie Lawson) to head to the diplomat’s residence. When the team find no corpse under the bed, Shawn flashes some more of his trademark “I sense something!” and the body of the British technical legal team, who also happens to be the Ambassador’s mistress, Annabeth, is discovered under the covers of the backyard pool.

With the help of Henry, in a very funny exchange with the SBPD Medical Examiner, Woody (played by Kurt Fuller), they discover that Annabeth’s murder had the same M.O. as the murder she had been trying to clear a British citizen of committing. Shawn offers his services to the Ambassador in exchange for some special benefits (“Can I meet Harry Potter?”) but winds up getting himself and Gus into deeper trouble.

Meanwhile, evidence has turned up indicating that Shawn may have been at the scene of the crime and so, to prove his innocence, Lassiter insists on giving Shawn a polygraph test.  If you remember the cliff-hanger at the end of Season 5, Lassie accidentally saw Shawn kiss Juliet, bringing him to question how his partner could have been keeping a secret from him for so long.  When I saw the teaser released at Comic-Con in July, I was at the edge of my seat waiting for the outcome of this particular interrogation scene, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

The Season 6 premiere is a solid return to USA Network’s well-loved comedy.  Here are a few of my favorite gems from the episode:

  • Diplomatic immunity has its limits
  • Shawn has a bucket list
  • Henry: “I’m here because my son needs my help.” Woody: “You don’t have to tell me twice. I know Gus well.” Henry: “Shawn.” Woody: “Him, too. Never pictured them as brothers though.”
  • Never call a collector’s edition of a Darth Vader figurine a “toy”
  • The British call chips “crisps”
  • Be careful where you put your Sprite Zero
  • The flashback to 1991 explains everything

PSYCH Season 6 “Shawn Rescues Darth Vader” returns to USA Network on Wednesday 12th Oct at 10/9c.

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