season 1 ep guide

Shawn and Gus crash a crime scene of an apparent suicide.  One of several in the last few months. This one was an overdose of pills, or so it seems.  While in the apartment, though, Shawn notices a few things that might point more toward murder.  When no one believes his psychic vision of foul play, he insists he’s not leaving until he talks to the witness - the victim’s cat. 

Even Gus has a hard time believing murder until another body is found.  Shawn, Gus and the cat arrive at the second crime scene to find a woman who apparently killed herself by shutting herself in her garage with the car running.  Even though a suicide note is written in black eyeliner on the windshield, Shawn still doesn’t believe it, and he and the cat point out more inconsistencies with the suicide theory.  Lassiter and Juliet are starting to believe. 

Shawn and Gus are even more convinced after they discover the latest victim just got her big acting break in a local play.  No way she would kill herself after that. 

Meanwhile, Officer McNab’s wedding is getting closer and he’s starting to get nervous about the wedding night.  He goes to Lassiter for advice, which needless to say, does not go well.  Just then, Shawn, Gus and the cat arrive to tell Interim Chief Vick that the cat doesn’t think these are suicides.  She tells them she can’t reopen the cases based on a cat’s intuition.  

Since Shawn and Gus can’t find any pattern in the killings, they decide to go back to the beginning - the crime scene of the very first victim, David Hiltonbock.  

They go to his apartment, where his brother Wes still lives.  From Wes they learn that David was a talented musician who was going places.  There were no signs of depression.  While there, Shawn also “liberates”an old phone bill from the apartment.  It turns out that there are several calls to a stress line, including one made the day he died.  Gus says that’s not really proof of anything.  If he were depressed, it would make sense he’d called a stress line.  Shawn thinks this could be the link between the victims they’ve been looking for. 

They find out from Juliet that all the victims called the stress line many times in the days before they died.  Juliet says that just proves they were all troubled people, who in the end took their lives but Shawn thinks it’s even more proof that something weird is going on.  Someone at the stress line must be killing the callers and making it look like suicide. 

At the stress line, they meet a volunteer named Rory, who wears eyeliner and is working there as community service on an assault charge.  At the same time, Lassiter and Juliet are running backgrounds on all the volunteers there.  One in particular catches Lassiter’s eye.  Turns out, he was the one who arrested Rory in the first place. 

The police arrive and arrest Rory for the murders.  But as he’s defending himself, Shawn notices a guy from the phone company outside.  This triggers memories of several encounters with a phone technician in the past week.  So as Gus is thinking Lassiter has bogarted their big reveal, Shawn is now rethinking their suspect. 

When they head outside to catch the phone guy, they find he’s gone, but in his haste, he’s left his receiver behind.  With it, he could listen to the incoming calls into the line.  Plus, all the dates of the murders coincide with when he was working on the phones.  It all fits.  They check the last number on the receiver to find his next victim.  It’s McNab!  

They call the police and race over to McNab’s to stop the killer, who turns out to be Wes Hiltonbock.  Wes didn’t kill his brother, but he did watch him throw himself off the roof.  He was angry that he was weak, and became angry at everyone else who was weak, everyone who called the stress line in need of help.  The tense stand off between Wes and the cops ends with some timely heroics by the cat, which Shawn generously gifts to McNab as a wedding present.

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