One, Maybe Two, Ways Out

One Maybe Two Ways Out

Shawn and Gus find themselves in the midst of a Bourne Identity-like hunt and chase after a U.S Government Spy named Nadia seeks their help in finding an agent who's been off the grid for quite some time. The agent she's looking for is Strabinsky - the only person in the world who has successfully erased his identity. Nadia needs to be erased too, as the government is chasing after her, trying to capture her for something she claims she didn't do. Shawn is quick to trust her because she mentions Ewan O'Hara's name, and because she's a sexy government spy.

Nadia then shows Shawn and Gus a clue that Strabinsky left in her rucksack - a small card with Braille writing on it. Gus gathers that the raised dots may be referring to constellation patterns in the sky. They at first think Strabinsky's location is under the Phoenix constellation, but in the end, they conclude that he is located in the Fenix Valley in the Los Padres National Forest. Shawn and Gus contact Declan and ask him to fly them in his chopper to find Strabinsky. Declan agrees, and at that time we learn Declan and Juliet have been dating semi-seriously. Shawn tries to hide his jealousy.

They arrive and meet Strabinsky, an eccentric fellow who has been living by himself in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Strabinsky is none too pleased to see them, but tells Nadia that he will erase her. After he erases her, Nadia tells Strabinsky to open a file pertaining to a recent mission in Bolivia. Strabinsky tells her he can't. She gets agitated, pulls her gun, and orders him to open the file. But Strabinsky tells her that she would need access to a Level 3 security computer within a government agency to open the file. Nadia then makes a run for it, leaving Shawn, Gus, and Strabinsky frightened that they just helped a bad guy - especially after they learn that 2 diplomats were killed during the mission and that government money certificates were stolen.

The SBPD and a CIA agent named Driggs and his Assistant Fong are now on the case to find Nadia. Shawn psychically leads the team to the government office, where he believes Nadia was headed. There, they see a computer has been blown up, and they find a small jump drive Nadia was trying to use to download something onto. Since it is half-melted from the blast, Shawn and Gus have to find Strabinsky again, who has since re-erased himself. Strabinsky is able to upload half of a satellite photograph taken during the Bolivia mission of Nadia running with the certificates in her hand. But the image is only partial, so the picture isn't totally clear. They find Nadia, and arrest her, but Nadia had slipped her phone into Shawn's pocket during a meeting they had where Shawn was wearing a police wire. The phone sends him a message - it's the other half of the missing satellite photograph. The photo shows that Nadia was being held at gunpoint by none other than Drigg's assistant, Fong. Turns out, Nadia had managed to escape Fong with the certificates he was trying to steal during the operation. Fong is then arrested and Nadia is acquitted.

But there is one more matter to attend to... Declan and Juliet. Unbeknownst to Shawn, Juliet overheard Shawn while he was wired, confessing that he still has feelings for her. Just as she is about to leave on a romantic trip to the Amalfi Coast with Declan, Juliet impulsively kisses Shawn... After they break, there is confusion over whether she will go with Declan... or stay with Shawn...

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