Shaw Gets The Yips

After a police department baseball game, the whole gang goes to a bar to celebrate McNab's birthday. But, as the waiters bring out the cake, Shawn spots a hooded man by the register with a bulge in his jacket. He runs to warn Lassiter who pulls out his weapons just as the hooded man starts to fire. After a barrage of bullets, the man manages to escape. The cops think it was an attempted robbery but Shawn says the man came there specifically to kill one of them. He believes he will try again, but if they can figure out which one of them was the target, it will give them a clue to the man’s identity. The crime scene unit finds a piece of the man’s hooded sweatshirt and a motel key in the alley behind the bar. It looks like his pocket ripped as he was fleeing the scene. Lassiter and Juliet head to the motel while Shawn and Gus go back to the bar. While there, Shawn remembers the shooter was wearing an expensive watch, which proves he wasn’t a junkie thief. Shawn also realizes that he was deliberately standing in the blind spot of the security cameras. The shooter is much smarter than they give him credit for, which means that the key was planted to lure the cops to the motel. Not only that, but after Shawn recreates the shooting he realizes the target is Lassiter. Shawn calls to warn Lassiter, who is on his way back from finding nothing at the motel. As he leans down to pick up the phone from the floorboard of his car, a shot comes through his windshield, narrowly missing him.

Since Lassiter is now part of the investigation, Vick takes him off the case. So Juliet, Shawn and Gus take his old case files to the Psych office to scour them for a suspect who hates Lassiter enough to want him dead. Juliet is at first distracted by Shawn’s new elliptical trainer that looks like it has never been used. She offers to teach him some motivational tricks, but he declines, then names a suspect. Ivan Petrovich, a drug lord Lassiter put away, was just released. Juliet says Petrovich targeted school kids with his drugs, which led high school quarterback Bobby Salamatchia to overdose. They head to the police station to tell Chief Vick about their prime suspect, who it turns out, failed to check in with his parole officer two days ago. Lassiter remembers how smug Petrovich was at his trial because Lassiter was only able to get him on a lesser weapons charge. He also remembers that McNab was there when he busted Petrovich, who swore to get back at them both. McNab is also a target. Juliet rushes to McNab's house to warn him, but his mailbox explodes, injuring him. Vick notices in Petrovich's file that Shawn and Gus are also listed as having worked on the case. Juliet calls Gus, who is fine, but is unable to get a hold of Shawn. Gus hurries over to the Psych office to check on him and finds him on the elliptical machine, pedaling furiously, looking at a note that reads, “If your heart rate drops below 150, you die.” Juliet rushes in to help but quickly realizes it's a false alarm when she sees the note. She says she wrote it to motivate Shawn to exercise more. There is no bomb. What's more, if Petrovich knew they were listed in the file, they would already be dead. Shawn and Gus are in the clear.

Lassiter insists on being part of the team that brings in Petrovich. They head to an old front the drug lord once used, and find a secret room in the basement. The lights down there are old and flicker like a strobe, but they see a shadowy image of Petrovich who appears to reach for a gun. Lassiter shoots first, and when the lights finally come on, they see Petrovich dead with two gunshot wounds to his chest.

Now that Petrovich is gone for good, Lassiter says he is going to personally tell the families of those he affected. Shawn watches the news footage of the shooting and notices a scar on Petrovich's hand. Since the shooter in the bar had no scar, Petrovich was not the shooter. Juliet rushes in and tells them that Petrovich died of a massive drug overdose hours before they arrived. Shawn flashes back to the basement and realizes that rats made it look like the dead Petrovich had moved. He asks if there were any signs of restraint on the body, and Juliet confirms there were. Petrovich was forced to overdose, murdered by someone else affected by his crimes - the very people who Lassiter is on his way to visit. They rush out and find him being held at gunpoint by Mr. Salamatchia at Bobby’s grave. Salamatchia was angry Petrovich only served a few years time on a gun charge and was already out of jail. He vowed revenge on him and the system that let him down. Shawn is able to distract Salamatchia, which gives Lassiter an opportunity to get the upper hand and disarm the man who had tried to kill them.

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