Shawn 2.0

Shawn, after a night in of drinking and listening to the chick-lit book series 'Internity' on audiotape, stops into a coffee shop with Gus before they are to be at a crime scene. Shawn, worse for wear, tells the barista that he will be getting his free since he will guess the trivia question again as always. However, he is beaten to the punch by Declan Rand, a handsome and charming man. Shawn wonders who he is as he leaves, but soon finds him across the street at their crime scene. Declan, it turns out, is a criminal profiler, brought onto the case by Chief Vick.

Shawn looks around the scene and sees an aerosol can. He then flashes back to crime scene photos of earlier cases we have not seen, and recalls similar cans at all of them. But before he can tell anyone about the link in the cases, Declan beats him to the punch.

Back at the police station, Declan delivers a profile of the killer to the police. He tells them the murders seem to be humane and are probably the work of a woman in her mid-thirties. Shawn then pulls Henry aside to protest Declan's hiring but Henry says competition will be good for Shawn. Shawn then tells Declan he doesn't believe he can get a psychological take on someone they don't know. Then Declan nails Shawn's personality spot on.

The coroner tells them all the victims suffered from different liver diseases. Then Shawn, remembering something from the doctors on 'Internity' concludes the victims were murdered for their placement on a liver donor list. They get the list from the hospital, proving Shawn's theory right. But the next person on the list who stands the most to gain is a woman in her mid-thirties, just as Declan said. Declan is also right and gets all the praise.

They track down Catherine and find out she's been out of town. The next two down on the list of suspects are also a bust. A witness to the first crime scene completes a sketch of the person who exchanged the aerosol can and it's Catherine. Shawn isn't convinced, and after he hears Declan quote 'Internity,' he realizes he's a fraud and now suspects him of the murders. Shawn and Gus confront Declan, who admits he's a fake but he didn't kill anyone. They believe him. The police say Catherine is now on the lam but they discover her dead in an office building with Declan over her body. They arrest him, but Shawn knows he's innocent. He figures out the truth, goes back to Catherine's apartment where he is not shocked to find Catherine's twin sister Maddy, the real killer.

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