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Chief Vick calls Shawn and Gus to the forest to aid in the search for billionaire Warren Clayton's downed plane. They arrive at the wreckage before the police and find Clayton inside, barely alive. As Gus tries to call for help, Shawn notices a "Wiswall" insignia inside the plane. He also sees that the altimeter reads 118 and spots metal clip with a picture of St. Dwynwen on it. As Clayton starts to fade, he says something about wanting to make amends and be a good father. He manages to cough out the word "Waterloo," then in his last breath asks them to find out who killed him.

Shawn feels obligated to carry out Clayton's last wishes. So, using the Waterloo reference with his widow Alice, who says that's the name of the 18th hole at the club where he wanted his ashes scattered, Shawn gets himself hired onto the case. Alice invites them to dinner, where Shawn meets the housekeeper Rosa, and Clayton's son Garvin. Shawn sees a daughter in some of the family photos, but Alice says Nyna is no longer with them. Shawn is able to "divine" that Alice was having an affair with her tennis coach and, seeing a matching St. Dwynwen charm, the patron saint of lovers, around Rosa's neck, he gathers Rosa and Clayton were also having an affair. Not only that, but Garvin was recently cut off from his father's money. Shawn realizes that everyone in the Clayton household had a motive and Alice promptly fires them. They then head to Clayton's club to find more answers. There they learn that Clayton ran a successful hedge fund and they meet Chad Wiswall, a golfing buddy who lost his plane to Clayton in a bet. But Wiswall says he was in Europe when the plane crashed. All he knows is that Clayton said he was going to use the plane to travel with family and bought a private hangar at the airport for them all to use. Shawn knows this means everyone in the family had access to the hanger and the plane.

Shawn and Gus head to the hangar where they learn that Clayton made an unscheduled four-hour stop in Bakersfield the day he died. They track his movements to an environmental non-profit called The Great Green Hope, where the director, Mrs. Thomas, tells them their company had been at odds with Clayton since she and her husband founded it, and that Clayton had come looking for an endorsement on a business move. Mrs. Thomas refused, the argument became heated and Clayton left. Shawn and Gus tell the cops about their new suspect, who it turns out has a pilot's license and could have tampered with the plane's altimeter. Also, the Great Green Hope is the sole beneficiary in Clayton's most recent will. Alice is relieved that the suspect is no longer a member of her family, until Mrs. Thomas arrives for the will reading and she turns out to be Clayton's daughter, Nyna.

Nyna tells Shawn she lost contact with the family years ago when she denounced their way of life and started a new one with her husband Charles. Her dad had come to make amends but she told him she didn't want his dirty money. She doesn't know who killed her father, but she did overhear Clayton on the phone with a golf buddy talking about a problem with his investments. Shawn and Gus go back to the club and talk to Wiswall, who tells them Clayton's hedge fund was just a Ponzi scheme. All of the money is gone. Wiswall is not sure who else knows the truth about the money, but he did keep all Clayton's falsified documents as proof for the SEC. Later, Lassiter and Juliet meet Shawn and Gus at Wiswall's hotel room to get the documents, but when they get there, they find Wiswall murdered and the documents gone. And Shawn now realizes who took them.

At Clayton's funeral, Shawn announces that the culprit is Charles, Nyna's husband. Shawn tells the crowd that after Nyna turned down Clayton's money, Charles asked him to keep the organization in his will. But Clayton refused and was going to change the will back as soon as he got home. Charles, who along with his wife has extensive knowledge of aircraft, tampered with the plane. He thought he was in the clear when Clayton died before he could change his will, but then he learned about the Ponzi scheme. Knowing that Wiswall was about to blow the whistle and freeze Clayton's assets, Charles killed him, too. The police arrest Charles, fulfilling Clayton's dying wish to Shawn.

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