Devil In The Details

After Agatha, a student at a Catholic college, jumps off the roof of a building, Gus drags Shawn to the school to investigate as a favor to an old teacher, Father Westley. Lassiter and Juliet are already there speaking with Westley and headmaster Father Bard, who explain that Agatha was a model student until three weeks ago when she suddenly started acting irrationally. Lassiter thinks it's murder but Shawn is leaning towards suicide. Father Westley has an alternate theory. He believes she was possessed. Father Westley is roundly dismissed, even by Father Bard, who explains that Westley used to perform exorcisms in the past, something the Church now looks on with skepticism. But Westley is insistent and Gus agrees to take the case, over Shawn's objections.

Westley tells them more about Agatha's strange behavior. He wanted to perform an exorcism but couldn't get approval from Bard. Shawn thinks maybe Agatha was just disturbed but Westley says he's dealt with disturbed teenagers before and this was different. Back at the Psych office, Gus is doing research on Agatha and has logged onto her internet page. He charts her mental demise by the content of her status updates. Shawn scrolls through her site and discovers that Agatha had a boyfriend named Cameron, but they broke up shortly before her death. To Shawn, this proves an alternate theory to demonic possession and they go to talk to Cameron. He says Agatha broke up with him even though he wanted to work it out. He also has a solid alibi for the time of her death. Shawn and Gus discover that Agatha's best friend Lucy saw her jump, and cradled Agatha in her arms while she died. They then pose as grief counselors and head to Lucy's house, where her mother informs them Lucy has become withdrawn and is only a shell of her former self. They head up to talk to Lucy, but find her spider walking around her room, acting violently and speaking in foreign tongues - common signs of possession. Gus thinks the demon probably jumped into Lucy as Agatha died but Shawn is sure there's another explanation. Shawn leaves to get advice from Henry on how to deal with an irrational partner and Gus calls in Father Westley for help. Shawn returns to Lucy's as Westley and Gus are about to start the exorcism. If it works, the case will be closed. Shawn is still skeptical, even as Lucy starts spouting out childhood information about Shawn. Father Bard then appears and Shawn and Gus leave as they finish the exorcism, emerging later to claim it worked and Lucy is now clean.

Shawn is still unconvinced and goes to the police station for more information. Juliet tells him the usual toxicology report came back clean but they could administer a more specific test if Shawn had something particular in mind. Shawn looks through Gus' index of medications and gets an idea. Later, after a new toxicology report, he tells Gus that the cops found L-Dopa in Agatha's system. It is a Parkinson's medication that, when taken by a person without Parkinson's causes extreme emotional erratic behavior. The girls were not possessed. They were secretly being slipped the medication. Gus asks how Lucy knew about Shawn's childhood and how to speak German. Shawn counters that Lucy logged on to his internet page and that her German was a quote from the movie Run, Lola, Run. He then tells Gus that Westley has Parkinson's and has been on L-Dopa. It looks like Westley, wanting to return to his glory days as exorcist, fed the girls pills to bring on the symptoms, but things got out of hand and Agatha killed herself. Lassiter and Juliet arrest Westley and Gus visits him in jail, where Westley proclaims his innocence. He knows who the culprit is but he can't tell Gus because he heard it in confession. He then tells Gus that a certain proverb has been of great comfort to him lately.

Gus tracks Shawn down at Henry's, telling him about Westley's innocence and his reference to the proverb, which mentions the unfaithful and evil desires. Shawn then puts it all together and, with Gus, Lassiter and Juliet, goes to see Cameron and finds Lucy in his room. Shawn says Lucy wanted Cameron for herself. She drugged Agatha to make her crazy so Cameron would dump her. Unfortunately, the medication made Agatha so unstable, she jumped to her death. When she overheard Westley proclaim Agatha was possessed, Lucy realized she had the perfect thing to throw the cops off the trail. Lucy then breaks down, claiming she never meant to hurt Agatha, as the cops cuff her and lead her away.

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