Ferry Tale

Shawn and Gus board a ferry bound for The Channel Islands. They’re volunteering for environmental cleanup, along with other nature lovers and a group of four prisoners on work detail. After Gus gets seasick, he and Shawn take a wrong turn, then run into CRAIG, the prison guard, who has been tied up and gagged. Craig tells them that the prisoners he was guarding escaped and are loose on the ferry. Shawn calls Henry and tells him the news. Craig, Gus, and Shawn find themselves in a standoff with the prisoners, who are demanding to be let go on the life raft. NORTHCUTT, one of the prisoners, then ups the stakes: If they are not able to safely escape the ferry, then they will start shooting hostages. SBPD surrounds the ferry and assesses the massive hostage situation they now have on their hands. A tense countdown ensues, and just as we think Northcutt has carried out his threat and shot two innocent hostages, tear gas is launched onto the boat. SBPD storms the ferry, apprehends the inmates and rushes the injured hostages to safety. But Shawn then swiftly points out that the injured “hostages” they took were actually inmates in disguise. So now they have two prisoners on the loose, one of which is Northcutt.

Back at SBPD, we learn that Craig has been fired and that Shawn believes there was a 3rd accomplice, in addition to the two escaped prisoners. Shawn remembers a tattoo on one of the inmates – “Tres Diablos” -- which they learn is a gang run by Northcutt’s former cellmate, Percy Dunn - but Craig tells them that Percy has actually been dead for 5 years. They then realize it wasn’t Percy they need to talk to, but rather Percy’s mother - Lorraine Dunn. She’s been in regular contact with Northcutt since his death, and they learn that Northcutt had paid Lorraine a visit earlier that day. They ask to see something in her late son’s room. Shawn searches the room and discovers that Northcutt had taken a hidden key. They investigate further and discover that Percy hid a stash of money for Northcutt to find once he broke out of prison (which was what the key was for.) Shawn then gets a clue to go visit Northcutt’s girlfriend and son.

During his visit, Shawn figures out the money was supposed to go to Northcutt’s son, and that Northcutt had been trying to find an old church. Shawn then realizes that’s where the money is hidden. At the church, the team looks for the money. The team finds Northcutt there with the money, and is thankfully able to take him, along with his accomplice, down. But in a stunning turn of events, Craig points a gun on Shawn, Gus and the two inmates. Craig, distraught from losing his job, wants the money for himself. So he steals it from the inmates and makes an escape in the Blueberry. He is stopped shortly by Shawn and Gus. They plead with Craig not to take the money, and try to appeal to him on his level. Craig points the gun at Shawn and Gus and shoots - but Shawn and Gus aren’t hit - Craig ends up shooting and injuring an approaching Northcutt and his partner, Sanders.

Back at SBPD, Shawn and Gus lie on Craig’s behalf in order to get his job back. And as a result, Craig is given a reward for returning the stolen money. Shawn and Gus fully expect to get a little monetary pat on the back for not telling on Craig to the chief, but Craig decides to keep the money for himself.

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