Dead Bear Walking

Lassiter shows up to work one morning with his kid sister Lauren in tow. He explains that Lauren is a film student there to do a police documentary. Lassiter plays to the camera, trying to impress his sister with his "large and in charge" demeanor. Suddenly they get the call that there's been a murder at the zoo. Lauren films as officers prepare to leave for the crime scene.

SBPD shows up at the zoo. Shawn and Gus are already there and are shocked to see how normal-looking Lassie's sister is. They soon find out that the murder victim is the zoo's polar bear trainer. Zoo officials immediately point fingers at the polar bear, saying that the bear turned on his trainer suddenly. The trainer's fiancé steps up and claims that he devoted his life to raising the polar bear, so much so that they had to hold off on getting married for 6 years. She wants the bear to pay. Shawn examines the scene more closely and determines that the polar bear did not murder the trainer.... She was framed. Much to Lassiter's dismay, everyone's attention, including Lauren's camera, is now trained on Shawn.

Later, at the autopsy report, Woody tells the team that he is still unsure as to whether or not the bear killed the trainer. Back at the zoo, the administrator, Hunting, announces that the polar bear has escaped its enclosure. Shawn immediately tries to convince Gus that they need to find the polar bear before Lassiter does, but Gus isn't having it. Shawn then postures that a group of activists could be the culprits behind this mess, so he goes to question one of them he saw hanging around the zoo. With the activist's help, Shawn finds the bear. But Shawn soon realizes that the trainer's killer actually may be the activist. So he convinces Gus to escape the activist with the bear in tow... Literally in tow on the back of the blueberry. But Shawn has another theory about who the killer may be. He finds out that the zoo has a huge insurance policy out on the bear, and in the event that it was killed they would be paid 2 million dollars.

Meanwhile, Shawn hides the bear at Henry's house, but is soon discovered by SBPD. The bear is then taken to a holding cell to be placed on "death row." Shawn and Gus visit the bear and see that she has been wearing a heart monitor collar this whole time. From this, Shawn gets an idea. From the heart monitor readings he is able to prove that the bear was indeed sleeping at the time of the trainer's murder, so the killer couldn't possibly have been her. At this point they are back at square one. Shawn heads to the trainer's house to find more clues. Lassie looks over all the evidence back at SBPD, and Lauren starts to get bored. She wants to get in on Shawn's action-filled investigation, so she leaves Lassiter. Shawn is questioning the trainer's neighbor and he tells them that he would always overhear the trainer and his fiancé fighting all the time. So they head to the fiancé’s apartment to question her. The fiancé turns out to be a dead-end suspect, so Shawn thinks back to other clues. He remembers certain aspects about the neighbor's house that lead him to believe he was in a property dispute with the trainer. As a result, everyone heads to the neighbor's house for the breakdown. Just as Shawn is about to step up in front of the camera and do his thing, Lassiter shows up with a file from small claims court pertaining to a property line dispute between the neighbor and the trainer. In the end, the murderer is found out to be the neighbor, the bear is saved, and not only does Lassie make his sister proud, he also proves that sometimes the most effective police work isn't always done out in the field.

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