Psych Shawn Rescues Darth Vader

An 11 year-old kid hires Shawn and Gus to retrieve his stolen Darth Vader action figure collectible from the British Ambassador's son's room at their temporary residence in Santa Barbara. Shawn successfully sneaks into the Ambassador's residence during a lavish party the Ambassador is hosting in honor of successfully exonerating Colin, a British student, of murdering his girlfriend Sarah. Shawn successfully retains the Darth Vader, but in the process he comes across the body of a dead woman. Before he is able to investigate, he is forced to escape, as his presence is discovered by guards. Shawn quickly escapes, but not before he is spotted and chased. Shawn narrowly escapes, but now he and Gus have a murder to solve.

Meanwhile, over at the SBPD, Lassiter has Juliet strapped up to a lie detector test. He knows about her relationship with Shawn and wants her to come clean. Lassiter asks her if she is dating anyone, but Juliet avoids answering and un-straps herself from the test, but Lassiter knows the truth. At that moment, Shawn and Gus come barreling through the SBPD doors. They tell Jules and Lassie that Shawn had a vision about a murdered woman under a bed in the house up the hill at a formal gathering. Lassiter is not hearing it, but Juliet maintains that they should follow up on Shawn's vision. Shawn then gives an address – an unusually specific "psychic vision". Juliet is slightly baffled by the specificity of this particular psychic prediction, but goes along with it.

Shawn, Gus, Juliet and Lassiter head to the mansion where they meet the Ambassador and his Vice Counsel Randa, who have both been in Santa Barbara for the past month lobbying for the release of Colin, the accused British student. Shawn describes the dead body he envisioned – a woman in a sparkly dress and lavish earrings – and with that, the ambassador immediately allows them entry to investigate.

However, when Shawn goes to show them where he psychically "saw" the body, the body is not there. But Shawn Shawnvisions something that tells him the body was dragged to a different part of the property – the pool area. And sure enough, there she is, floating dead in the water.

In the midst of defending Shawn to Lassiter, Juliet blurts out the truth about her relationship with Shawn, and with that, Lassiter tells her he wants a new partner. But Chief Vick isn't having it. They are to remain partners, whatever their beef is. And thus, Vick remains in the dark about Shawn and Juliet's relationship.

Back at the SBPD, the case is discussed with the team. Vick explains the dead body is Annabeth York, a low-level member of the Ambassador's staff who was pressuring the prosecutor and was a key component in getting the British student's murder charges dropped. She had, in fact, found a witness to confirm the accused student's alibi.

Henry pulls Shawn aside to warn him that his credibility as a psychic is in jeopardy because his vision was so specific, and that if the SBPD finds out he was at that party, he may get himself into some big trouble. But Shawn stays focused on solving the case and begins to question the Ambassador. Shawn predicts that the Ambassador was so upset by Annabeth's death because he was sleeping with her during the time of her death.

About Psych

PSYCH is a quick-witted comedy/drama starring James Roday as young police consultant Shawn Spencer who solves crimes with powers of observation so acute that Santa Barbara PD detectives think he's psychic.
Psych also stars Dule Hill as Shawn's best friend and reluctant sidekick, Gus, and Corbin Bernsen as his disapproving father, Henry, who ironically was the one who honed his son's "observation" skills as a child. Also featured are Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson and Kirsten Nelson.

Psych was created by Steve Franks ("Big Daddy"), who also serves as executive producer, along with Chris Henze and Kelly Kulchack, in association with Tagline Television and NBC Universal Television Studios. Co-executive producers include Saladin Patterson ("Frasier") and Josh Bycel ("American Dad"). Serving as producers are Andy Berman, Anupam Nigam and Kell Cahoon. Tim Meltreger is staff writer.

Psych continues USA's tradition of original scripted programming centering on quirky, intelligent characters. As with Monk, Psych mixes comedy with its crime and features a somewhat eccentric lead character - Shawn, a police Psychic with absolutely no psychic abilities.

Raised in Santa Barbara by a family of cops, Shawn possesses uncanny powers of observation honed by his police officer father, Henry, who drilled young Shawn to note even the smallest of details from his surroundings as a way of grooming him for his inevitable career in the family business. Unfortunately, when a rift develops between father and son, Shawn finds himself taking a series of random jobs instead of becoming the detective he was groomed to be.

However, for the fun of it, Shawn makes a habit of calling in tips to the police about cases he reads about or sees on television, and when one of his tips appears too close to the truth, the police are convinced that Shawn is an accomplice and arrest him.

Using his charm and well-tuned talent, Shawn convinces the cops that he's actually a psychic, and although highly skeptical of his explanation, they hire him to help solve tough cases. With the reluctant assistance of his best friend Gus, Shawn uses his skills of observation and charismatic personality to become the detective he was trained to be, opening his own PI agency - Psych - and solving cases for an ever-suspicious, but grudgingly impressed, police force.

Cast & Crew

Psych Shawn Spencer as played by James Roday