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Gus is in charge of his and Shawn's high school reunion and he wants the night to go perfectly.  He warns Shawn not to mess things up, then instructs him to go find more folding chairs.  While Shawn heads to the cafeteria with Abigail, his high school crush, he sees, out the window behind her, someone fall to their death from the roof.  But by the time they grab Gus and head outside, there is no sign of a body.  Gus and Abigail don't believe anything happened, but Shawn claims the victim was wearing a letterman's jacket and, after they walk away, he spots part of a lapel pin in the grass.

Shawn follows Gus inside, insisting a crime has occurred.  He calls Lassiter who, as it happens, is already there as the date of one of their fellow alumni, Mindy.  He tells Shawn he can't do anything without a body, a murder weapon, a suspect or any evidence.  Shawn describes the pin fragment he saw to Gus who tells him it's part of the State Champs pin the football team got their senior year.  Shawn then remembers seeing that pin on their starting quarterback, Howie Tolkin, and claims he is the murder victim.  But just then, he walks in alive and well with his wife Eileen.

Since Shawn just blew any credibility he had with Gus and Lassiter, he calls in Juliet for reinforcement.  While waiting for her in the corridor, he notices someone has tampered with the trophy case dedicated to Howie's many football accomplishments.  He and Juliet find Howie and Eileen to let them know about the vandalism, but Howie says he isn't bothered, claiming all of that is just history.  He's moved on and is now running for the state assembly.  Shawn and Juliet don't quite believe he's let go of the past so completely, but Shawn still can't prove anything.  He needs to get onto the roof but Gus tells him the rest of the school is locked down tight.  So Shawn calls Henry to ask him to find a box of high school mementos that's stored in the attic.  Henry isn't familiar with the box, so he enlists Madeleine's help to find it.  They both bring it to the reunion, embarrassing Shawn, who takes it from them and finds what he's looking for - a key ring containing all the keys to the school.  He managed to join the custodial union when he was a student, he explains to Gus.  He and Abigail then go to the roof to investigate, where he finds footprints that match the shoes of Howie and Eileen, finally giving him the identity of the killers.

He tells Gus what he found, who wonders why, if they killed someone, are Howie and Eileen still there dancing with their classmates.  Shawn and Gus head to the library to do more investigating, where they scour the yearbook to discover that Howie and Eileen had a third wheel in high school, always hanging around worshiping them, trying to be their friend.  His name is not listed, but Gus finds a picture of him in auto shop class.  Shawn goes to the shop classroom to find any clues to the guy's identity, where he comes across Henry sitting alone in a car, reliving his high school days.  The door to that classroom was already unlocked, Henry says.  Shawn finds an empty beer can in the car and a picture of his mystery man with his name on it, Peter Coulter.

Shawn and Gus go with Juliet to the police station to do a background check on Peter, where they discover that he was involved in an alcohol related car accident in high school.  He hit a pedestrian who went into a coma and died a few months later.  Howie and Eileen were in the car with them.  Looking at pictures of the crime, Shawn sees a bruise on Howie's forehead from the steering wheel and the driver's seat shifted back as if a tall person were driving.  It was Howie who was driving the car and Peter covered for him, not realizing the victim would eventually die.  Juliet also tells them that Howie and Eileen recently took out a restraining order against Peter.  Just then, Chief Vick shows up, warning them they shouldn't be using police resources when they haven't been assigned a case.  Lassiter covers to for them, saying they were helping him bust Mindy, the worst date of his life, who has been filling prescriptions under a false name for years.


Shawn and Gus go back to where Shawn claims the body fell and they realize Howie and Eileen must have shoved the body down the window into the girls' locker room.  They go in to find Peter's body there, hidden inside the mascot costume.  But the killers arrive to finally get rid of the body for good, so Shawn and Gus have to act quickly before the evidence is destroyed.  Chased by Howie and Eileen, they grab the body and run to the gymnasium to find Lassiter and Juliet.  There, after Gus announces they have won reunion king and queen, Shawn tells everyone the truth about the accident in high school.  Peter had covered up Howie's part in it all these years to protect his idol's scholarship, but when Howie decided to run for office, Peter couldn't keep quiet anymore and repeatedly tried to contact them.  He finally tracked them down at the reunion, and, drunk, confronted them on the roof, where they pushed him off, silencing him for good.  With the case over, Shawn is able to finally, after thirteen years, share a kiss with Abigail.

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