A Nightmare on State Street

Gus and Emmanuelles relationship is on the rocks and Gus starts to have trouble sleeping because of it.  She wont return his calls and hes totally distressed.

In the car, Shawn and Gus pass by a group of people participating in the “Zombie Fun Run.”  They arrive at a gas station and Shawn goes in to get some snacks. While Shawn is in the convenience store, Gus falls asleep in the car and has a nightmare about zombies attacking him, one of them being Curt Smith from Tears For Fears.

Gus awakes to find himself in an office belonging to a dream therapist named Dr. Simpson.  He instructs Gus to lie back down and to tell him all about the nightmares hes been having.  Gus recounts his zombie nightmare and the therapist asks him what he thinks it means.  Gus thinks it was fueled by his relationship with Emmanuelle ending.  The therapist agrees that Gusfear of abandonment is the beating heart of his anxiety, but he believes Shawn is the one causing it, not Emmanuelle.  After Shawn left Gus in the car at the gas station, the nightmare started and everyone within it died or was dead already. The therapist believes Gus needs Shawn to feel whole. Gus isnt so sure.

Gus enters the Psych office and Shawn asks him how dream therapy went.  Gus lies and says the nightmares are being fueled by Emmanuelle.  Just then, a cable installation worker named Zach pops in asking Shawn and Gus to help find out who his wife Gretchen is having an affair with. He thinks it could be someone she works with. Shawn and Gus agree to help him figure out the truth, so all three hop in Zachs van and head out.

Zach has to take care of a cable installation appointment first, and Shawn and Gus are there to tag along.  Zach drives them to a creepy-looking house and Gus is immediately freaked out by it.  Zach goes inside to do his job and Shawn leaves to take a pee.  Gus is left alone, and he slips into another nightmare.  After a mysterious man comes to the van asking for a ride, Gus frantically runs into the creepy-looking house to get away. The inside of the house resembles the house in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and Shawn and Zach are nowhere to be found. Suddenly a giant man in a mask comes in and grabs a screaming Gus.

Gus wakes to find himself in the dream therapy office again.  Dr. Simpson points out that Gus started to have the nightmare when Shawn left him alone in the van.  There could be a pattern here.  Gus, again, thinks this is a ridiculous theory.  Dr. Simpson offers another.  He tells Gus that hes having these nightmares because Gus thinks that working with Shawn is eventually going to get him killed. Dr. Simpson then reveals a recording of Gus talking in his sleep, shouting Shawns name in fear. Gus is taken aback.

Later at the SBPD, Gus is desperately trying to get a hold of Emmanuelle on the phone. Shawn tells him to stop, and they approach Lassiter asking for work on a case because Zach the cable guy cant afford to pay them for their services. Lassiter says things have become uncharacteristically quiet around the SBPD since hes become chief and Brannigan has become his head detective.  Lassiter doesnt have a case for Shawn and Gus to work on. 

With nothing else to do, Shawn and Gus agree to further assist Zach even though he cant afford to pay them upfront.  They head to Gretchens place of business, a school where shes a teacher.  Shawn and Gus think the man shes having an affair with could be the P.E. teacher, Coach Derrik Bagg.  While they wait in the dimly lit gym to talk to Coach Bagg, they spot a creepy-looking janitor mopping the floor. Bagg is ready to see them, so they head into his office and find out Bagg used to play pro ball. Shawn notices a few items in the office that lead him to believe that Bagg is a big gambler. Shawn also notices a post-it note from Gretchen telling him to meet her Monday at 4 oclock. Shawn and Gus leave Baggs office and get lost and somehow end up in the schools creepy boiler room. They hear screams and then see a lone dodgeball slowly roll into view.  Shawn bails, telling Gus to follow him, but Gus loses him.  Moments later, Gus finds himself locked in the boiler room with a group of possessed-looking school children staring at him with threatening eyes. This horrific display starts to escalate and Gus tries to save himself but he cant. 

Suddenly, Gus is back in the dream therapy office asleep on the couch while Shawn and Dr. Simpson observe him.  Gus wakes up and scolds Shawn for leaving him, and Shawn is utterly confused.  Dr. Simpson tells Shawn that Gusnightmares are not all about Emmanuelle, but are all about Shawn.  Shawn tries to make sense of this but cant and calls Dr. Simpson a fraud.  But Gus realizes there is some truth to Dr. Simpsons theory and admits to Shawn that he doesnt think Shawn has his back anymore; not like he used to. Things have changed.  Dr. Simpson agrees and says that things arent always what they appear to be. This statement triggers a flashback for Shawn. He reassess the clues gleaned from the school and realizes that Gretchen wasnt cheating on her husband with Coach Bagg; she was teaching him how to read. Just then, Shawn gets a call from Betsy telling him that Coach Bagg was beaten to death and that Zach was arrested for his murder. It turns out Betsy overheard Shawn and Gus talking about their domestic case involving Zach and decided to investigate on her own.  She found a threatening letter from Zach to Coach Bagg at the crime scene, then followed him to a bowling alley and found even more threatening letters.

At the SBPD, Zach is brought in for questioning.  A worried Gretchen is there with him trying to placate the situation. Zach claims the letters he wrote were just to blow off steam; he never meant to do any actual real harm. Shawn and Gus are upset with Betsy for stealing their case.

Shawn and Gus head to the morgue and find out from Woody that Baggs body was bound and gagged moments before beaten.  Woody also notes that Baggs fingers were broken, but were like that a couple days before he was beaten.  As Woody is speaking, Gus begins to slip back into a nightmare and starts seeing things.  He imagines Baggs body coming back to life along with the others encased at the morgue.  Gus makes it out of the morgue and then finds himself in his childhood home. He sees his mom there.  He hugs her and realizes its really her that hes hugging; not a nightmarish monster in disguise. Gus tells his mom hes been having all these bad dreams because everything is changing. Gus no longer has a job and his car is destroyed.  Juliet has left Santa Barbara for a job in the bay area, and Gus thinks Shawn will one day move up there to be with her, leaving Gus all alone. Gusmom hands him some words of advice, then suddenly things start to turn creepy again.  Gus knows something is amiss and starts to worry.  He imagines that his mom is getting eaten by a giant monster.  He runs into the living room and the place has suddenly turned into a house of horrors.  Lassiter, Henry and Betsy are there trying to ward off the monsters that are trying to get into the house. The monsters are able to break through the boards they nailed to the windows, and they start attacking Lassiter and Betsy.  Henry grabs hold of Gus and they escape into a dark room, but Henry ends up getting captured.  Gus manages to get away, but he is stopped by the crowd of monsters who are all laughing at him.  Gus goes to tell Shawn that everyone is dead, but when Shawn turns around, Gus sees that Shawn is now a zombie.

Just as Zombie Shawn is about to eat Gusbrains, Gus wakes to find himself in the car back at the gas station he and Shawn stopped at before.  Shawn gets in the car and they head back to the SBPD.  Shawn believes Coach Bagg was killed because he couldnt pay off his gambling debts. They tell Lassiter this theory, but it turns out Brannigan already beat them to the punch.  They already have the suspect in custody.  The case is now closed. 

Later, Shawn and Gus pay a visit to Dr. Simpson during his book signing. Gus has been sleeping more soundly again, and he has Dr. Simpson to thank for it. 

Back at Gusplace, hes in bed resting peacefully until a nightmare starts to creep up on him again.  He calls Shawn, who then comes over with milkshakes and a movie to keep him company.  Shawn tells Gus that no matter what happens, he will always be there for him, and Gus finally finds comfort.  

PRODUCTION NOTES

·         The first zombie Gus sees in the field by the gas station is played by Psych creator and showrunner Steve Franks. Our executive producers, writers and members of the crew all played zombies in this scene as well.  

·         This episode is the last and final episode we shot for the entire series.

·         Curt Smith from Tears for Fears has played the role of ‘himself’ in a total of three Psych episodes.  

·         The very last shot we filmed on set for this episode was of Dule Hill screaming in front of a green screen.

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