Psych True Grits

A local news report is shown profiling a Santa Barbara man, Thane, who was just released from prison after his lawyer from The Innocence Project discovered he was wrongfully convicted of robbing a restaurant he worked at. Thane is very outspoken about this injustice and as a result, is very weary of police and the legal system as a whole. Instead of going to the SBPD, Thane asks Shawn and Gus to help get his restitution settlement. In order to obtain it, the real culprit of the crime that Thane was wrongfully committed of, needs to be found, tried and convicted, or Thane gets no restitution money. Shawn and Gus agree to help, as Thane convinces them that this case should be part of their civic duty to humanity. Shawn and Gus are instantly spellbound by Thane's emphatic "justice shall be served" attitude, and agree to help.

Back at the SBPD, Shawn relays this exciting news to Juliet, but she isn't thrilled, as Juliet was the arresting officer that helped put Thane in prison. Juliet is mortified that she played a hand in putting an innocent man in jail, so she reopens the case file and takes it upon herself to investigate.

The original testimony that landed Thane in prison was from an eyewitness, the restaurant owner, Mercer, whose restaurant Thane was accused of robbing.

Shawn goes to question Mercer who claims that he was getting pressure from the D.A. to name Thane as the robber, and since all evidence pointed to Thane, it made sense to comply.

As Mercer describes the details of the robbery, Shawn is immediately reminded of another robbery that took place at a convenience store recently: both robbers tied their victims with zip-ties and made them recite the alphabet backwards.

They head to the convenience store and question the clerk. Shawn SV's a claim adjustment ticket on the counter. Shawn asks about it, and the clerk tells Shawn that the store is insured but the store alarm wasn't activated in the zone where the burglar escaped. Shawn then Shawnvisions something on the wall that tells him the convenience store had some renovations done a few days before the break in. The clerk confirms that is true.

Just then, Shawn gets a call from Henry about a jewelry store robbery where the culprit again used the same "zip-tie/reciting the alphabet backwards" M.O. This confirms that the person who committed the restaurant robbery is the same person who committed the convenience store and jewelry store robberies.

Shawn and Gus show up at the jewelry store and Shawn immediately notices that the jewelry store, too, had some recent renovations, and that the alarm didn't trip when the culprit fled. Someone tampered with the alarm when they were doing construction on both places.

Juliet wants to help Thane directly, but he doesn't trust her based solely on the fact that she is a cop. But that doesn't stop Juliet from trying to right this wrong. So Thane continues to work with Shawn and Gus. This creates tension between Shawn and Juliet, but Shawn keeps his eyes on the prize when Thane tells the guys that once he gets his restitution money, Psych will get $10,000 as reward.

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