An impassioned chef from the South, who seeks restitution after his robbery conviction is overturned by The Innocence Project, hires Shawn and Gus to help him find the actual culprit for whom he spent time in jail for.
A local news report is shown profiling a Santa Barbara man, Thane, who was just released from prison after his lawyer from The Innocence Project discovered he was wrongfully convicted of robbing a restaurant he worked at. Thane is very outspoken about this injustice and as a result, is very weary of police and the legal system as a whole. Instead of going to the SBPD, Thane asks Shawn and Gus to help get his restitution settlement. In order to obtain it, the real culprit of the crime that Thane was wrongfully committed of, needs to be found, tried and convicted, or Thane gets no restitution money. Shawn and Gus agree to help, as Thane convinces them that this case should be part of their civic duty to humanity. Shawn and Gus are instantly spellbound by Thane's emphatic "justice shall be served" attitude, and agree to help.
Back at the SBPD, Shawn relays this exciting news to Juliet, but she isn't thrilled, as Juliet was the arresting officer that helped put Thane in prison. Juliet is mortified that she played a hand in putting an innocent man in jail, so she reopens the case file and takes it upon herself to investigate.
The original testimony that landed Thane in prison was from an eyewitness, the restaurant owner, Mercer, whose restaurant Thane was accused of robbing.
Shawn goes to question Mercer who claims that he was getting pressure from the D.A. to name Thane as the robber, and since all evidence pointed to Thane, it made sense to comply.
As Mercer describes the details of the robbery, Shawn is immediately reminded of another robbery that took place at a convenience store recently: both robbers tied their victims with zip-ties and made them recite the alphabet backwards.
They head to the convenience store and question the clerk. Shawn SV's a claim adjustment ticket on the counter. Shawn asks about it, and the clerk tells Shawn that the store is insured but the store alarm wasn't activated in the zone where the burglar escaped. Shawn then Shawnvisions something on the wall that tells him the convenience store had some renovations done a few days before the break in. The clerk confirms that is true.
Just then, Shawn gets a call from Henry about a jewelry store robbery where the culprit again used the same "zip-tie/reciting the alphabet backwards" M.O. This confirms that the person who committed the restaurant robbery is the same person who committed the convenience store and jewelry store robberies.
Shawn and Gus show up at the jewelry store and Shawn immediately notices that the jewelry store, too, had some recent renovations, and that the alarm didn't trip when the culprit fled. Someone tampered with the alarm when they were doing construction on both places.
Juliet wants to help Thane directly, but he doesn't trust her based solely on the fact that she is a cop. But that doesn't stop Juliet from trying to right this wrong. So Thane continues to work with Shawn and Gus. This creates tension between Shawn and Juliet, but Shawn keeps his eyes on the prize when Thane tells the guys that once he gets his restitution money, Psych will get $10,000 as reward.