Chivalry Is Not Dead But Someone Is

Shawn and Gus show up at a crime scene at a swanky mansion where a young bachelor, Lance, just fell to his death. Lassie doesn't believe it was murder, but Shawn thinks otherwise. He notices that Lance's ankles and arms were not broken, causing him to believe that he didn't try to brace his fall and was therefore dead before his body touched ground.

They all head to Lance's bachelor pad to further investigate. Shawn spies a book called "Killing with Class" written by Clive Prescott, with a personal note from Clive. It turns out Lance was one Clive's most promising students in his "art of gentlemanly seduction" class.

An older woman, Gillian, whose husband recently committed suicide, was dating Lance at the time of his death. Lassiter and Juliet question Gillian. Lassiter thinks Gillian killed both her husband and Lance, and his theory is further validated when they spot Gillian dining with Clive Prescott.

Henry discovers that Prescott's most recent liaison was an extremely wealthy woman who went on vacation with Prescott in South America and mysteriously never returned with him. Shawn and Gus find Gillian and Prescott at the bank and interrupt a financial transaction the two appear to be making. Shawn charms Gillian and arranges a double date - Gillian being Shawn's date and Gillian's friend Jean being Gus's date.

At the date, Prescott crashes the party. Shortly after, the date then relocates to the Psych Office, where it is crashed again, this time by Lassiter and Juliet, who insist that Gillian is the killer. Shawn and Gus vehemently disagree, saying Prescott is the killer. Suddenly, Shawn thinks he is poisoned, and says that he thinks it was Prescott who has been behind this whole thing. At the hospital, Shawn finds out he was indeed poisoned, but barely. In fact, it turns out he's going to be just fine. Later, Shawn and Jules question Prescott, but right in the middle Lassiter tells Prescott he is free to go, as they have no solid evidence against him and can no longer detain him. Shawn and Gus disrupt Prescott's next seminar, calling him a murderer. Prescott makes excuses, but in the end, he sincerely declares his love for Gillian. Privately, he tells Shawn and Gus that Gillian's friend Jean is practically penniless and Gillian is her only caretaker. That's when Shawn puts it all together. Lance's friend Gabe was dating Jean. He broke up with her when he realized she had no money and poisoned Lance in order to get to Gillian. They go to find Gabe but instead find him dead in the sauna. Shawn then comes up with another theory. All the victims were lovers of Gillian's, leading Shawn to believe Jean killed them out of jealousy. Just as Prescott is going to drink a poisoned cup of tea, Shawn and Gus interrupt and save him. Shawn makes the claim that Jean is the murdering lesbian who was in love with Gillian. In the end, Jean admits to the murders, and Prescott leaves for his honeymoon with Gillian. As a kind gesture for his efforts, Prescott leaves Shawn in charge of his class.

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