Shawn’s (James Roday) keen powers of observation are unparalleled, but Gus’s (Dulé Hill) nose is no slouch, either; his Super Sniffer (or is it Super Smeller? We’ve heard it both ways) has gotten the guys out of many a jam. Below, a roundup of some of Gus’s greatest sniffs.
Poisoned Takeout: In our introduction to Gus’s exceptional olfactory abilities, Gus sniffs out a subtle sulphuric scent in a carton of noodles found at a crime scene. The stench signals that the spellmaster of an American Spelling Bee may have been poisoned.
Sopapillas: Gus picked up the scent of this tasty pastry while the gang searched for Juliet’s missing stepfather, Lloyd French, who had fled south of the border with Henry in tow. Unfortunately for Shawn and Gus, the sopapilla man had sold out of his delicious fried delicacies -- but he did put them back on Lloyd and Henry’s trail, so … silver lining?
BBQ’d Lassie: Lost in the woods and worried that Lassiter had been taken by Bigfoot (yes, really), Gus uses his to nose to track down some smoked meat. Had Lassie been barbecued by his hairy captor?! Luckily, Lassiter was safe; it was all a mix up involving an ex-Army Ranger hiding from Serbian Mobsters. You know, business as usual. (The fact that Gus snuck a taste of the succulent smoked meat BEFORE confirming Lassiter was still alive is a conversation best left for another day.)
Shawn’s Bad Breath (Actually A Dead Guy): Gus thought Shawn had committed the cardinal sin of eating onions for lunch, but it turned out that he was smelling the body of a dead geologist! Classic mix up!
A Dead Man’s Laundry: On the hunt for the ill-gotten fortune buried by a deceased criminal, the guys stake out the house of a cousin who may have some answers. At first it appears that no one is home, but when Gus picks up the scent of drying laundry, he and Shawn realize that someone must be there -- and that someone turned out to be the very much NOT deceased criminal!
Lassiter’s Sister: This one didn’t break any cases, but it did lead to a love connection (well, almost). Lassie’s kid sister Lauren showed up at the precinct to shoot a documentary featuring her big bro -- and then the sparks flew. Things got particularly romantic after Gus got a nostril full of the lovely younger Lassiter. Unfortunately, the idea of dating Lassiter’s sister, no matter how pretty, eventually proved too daunting for our Fearless Guster.