The Tao of Gus

Shawn and Gus are at the SBPD waiting to pick up their check when they spot an attractive, ethereal woman named Nicole, telling the police that she witnessed a murder in an ally on a busy street at the height of lunch hour. Given the circumstances, Lassiter and Juliet are unsure whether or not she is telling the truth. Her story sounds unbelievable even to Shawn, but Gus is really attracted to Nicole and wants to further investigate.

Shawn, Gus, and Nicole head to the place where the murder supposedly went down. Suddenly, a car swerves, almost hitting Nicole. Shawn thinks it was on purpose and that the person behind the wheel was trying to harm Nicole because of what she witnessed. From this, Shawn decides that Nicole is telling the truth, and that the killer wants her dead.

Shawn and Gus have no choice but to take Nicole somewhere safe. Nicole suggests they go hide out on the farm where she's from. They leave Nicole's car parked out in front of Juliet's house and take the Blueberry to the farm instead. Later that day, Juliet's house gets shot at, thus causing Juliet to believe the woman's story about witnessing the murder.

When they arrive at Nicole's farm, Shawn and Gus quickly learn that this isn't any regular farm – it's a farm that houses an entire community of free-loving, hippie-type people. Shawn and Gus are immediately greeted with hugs. They explain to Shawn and Gus that they are a loving, openhearted, welcoming community that celebrates a nonviolent lifestyle and shared values� all under the leadership of a man named Eli.

Eli comes out and greets Nicole with loving, open arms. She tells Eli that she witnessed a murder in the city. Gus and Shawn are introduced to Eli as the men who saved Nicole. Gus wants to stay at the farm because he wants to "take care of Nicole." And with that, Gus and Shawn are welcomed to the farm to stay until the case is solved and they know Nicole is safe. Shawn is uneasy with this situation, while Gus on the other hand, is excited. He has immediately connected with the commune's message of peace and free love. When they reach the mess hall, they see an enormous picture of their leader Eli prominently hanging on the wall – thus leading Shawn to believe that this hippie commune may actually be a cult, led by Eli.

Just then, Juliet calls Shawn and confirms her belief that someone is trying to kill Nicole. Juliet tells Shawn to stay where they are and to keep the girl safe while the SBPD investigate further.

The next morning, Shawn and Gus awake on the farm. Shawn finds Gus's obsession with Nicole a bit odd and confronts Gus about his recent tendencies to hit on every woman they have come in contact with as of late. Gus confesses, like Shawn, he too wants to find someone special.

Nicole pops her head in and tells Shawn and Gus that it's "morning ritual time" down at the "Peace Ash," a large tree that the commune gathers under.

Back in Santa Barbara, Juliet and Lassiter head to the street where Nicole witnessed the murder, but they see no clues. While on the phone with Juliet, Shawn gets the idea to look at the red light camera photos from the intersection where Nicole witnessed the murder to get potential leads.

Henry accesses the traffic camera pictures while on the phone with Shawn who is also looking at the pictures on Eli's computer via remote access. From the pictures, Henry recognizes a man, Dan Cooper, an Internal Affairs agent who has pissed off a lot of cops in his time. Nicole walks in on Shawn looking at a picture of Cooper and says right away that he was the man she saw killed.

Later, Shawn tells Gus the news about Cooper while they are at the commune's fruit stand. But Gus is more interested in selling apples and being a part of the commune than figuring out the case. Just then, a band of angry locals stops by and pokes fun at the fruit-selling members of the commune. Geoff, a commune member, tries to diffuse the situation with love, but the locals keep harassing them, Nicole in particular. After Geoff sees them harass Nicole, he punches one of the locals out in Nicole's defense. Then Gus gets into the fight and a brawl ensues.

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