Psych "Juliet Takes a Luvvah" Review: Shawn Puts On His Big-boy Pants

By Drusilla Moorhouse

Mar 07, 2013

Psych S07E02: "Juliet Takes a Luvvah"

Psych is officially back in business. After its uneven season premiere (most of you rated it an 8/10 pineapples), the comedy detective series dazzled—and stretched—in "Juliet Takes a Luvvah."

Executive producer Andy Berman, who wrote and directed this episode, deftly balanced Psych's signature frivolity with serious character development.

Yes, as James Roday told me during my most recent set visit, Shawn is finally wearing his big-boy pants.

Sure, his mom (Cybill Shepherd, reprising her role as Henry's ex-wife) might have picked those pants out for him (and his underwear too), but we can't expect Señor Pantolones de Fuego to grow up too fast.

"Luvvah" marked an important milestone for Shawn and Juliet (cohabitation!) but also for Gus, who finally landed his own serious girlfriend (ER's Parminder Nagra). Even more important, she's neither "a killer nor dating a killer."

However, Rachael, whom Gus met on an online dating site, did drop a bombshell at the end of the episode: She has a young son, a fact she failed to mention in her profile. A girlfriend (and one who considers apples a "snack," no less) is a serious enough commitment; whether Gus—and his bromance with Shawn—can also handle a child remains to be seen., coincidentally, was at the center of the SBPD's investigation into the murders of two women. Both victims used the site, so Juliet went undercover to draw out the likely subjects. Unfortunately, she didn't share the 411 with Shawn, who discovered her fake profile and crashed her first date at Papa Mia's.

Before Shawn posed as a waiter and interrupted their meal, all was going swimmingly between "Helene" and Mike, a seahorse aficionado. (Fun fact: Mike's "long-snouted," "grandpa" seahorse, Herschel, shares a moniker with writer Berman's beloved Great Dane.)

So while Shawn overfilled Mike's water glass, Juliet desperately tried to salvage the situation by assuring Mike that Shawn was her ex-boyfriend: "He's a little unbalanced and very immature," she said, and added, cuttingly, "He's about to move back home."

(The truth hurts: Shawn did initially decide to reclaim his boyhood room, before he witnessed something so awful he can never unsee it.)

Finally, Lassie ordered undercover waiter McNab to salvage the date. ("I wish I could, sir, but I'm in the weeds right now!" he protested. "Leave the spaghetti!" barked Lassiter.)

In the end, even though Juliet was doing a "bang-up job Jezebeling herself out to half of Santa Barbara," Shawn wormed his way onto the case. With a tub of popcorn in hand, he joined the team in the stake-out van while Juliet caught "Howard the Duck" with her second suitor, a Mensa member and spelling bee champ. (A nice wink to the series' second episode, "Spellingg Bee," when Shawn and Juliet first met. Aw.)

This time, it was an oblivious Gus, on his own date with Rachael, who confronted "Helene," believing she was two-timing his BFF. ("If I wasn't on a date with my soul friend now we would be having words," he warned Juliet. "Know that.")

They weren't the only ones playing Cupid: A confused attempt to save Det. O'Hara ended with Shawn and Lassie pretending to be an amorous gay couple.

"I did get a little action with Lassiter," Shawn bragged later to his parents. "Over the clothes. Middle-school stuff."

"Luvvah" really was all about Shawn's painful journey from dude with a middle-school maturity level to independent adult—and vanquishing a green-eyed monster. Already jealous of Gus's new love interest, Shawn became more riled when he discovered his own girlfriend swooning over her next dating candidate, the handsome and successful Mr. Possibilities.

To lure him in,'s tech guy encouraged Juliet to "spruce up" her "middle-of-the-road" profile. "Who lists The Mentalist as one of their favorite TV shows?" he criticized, a resounding smackdown to Psych's CBS copycat. "You need to get more spicy… We're not trying to attract a 30-year-old guy who lives with his parents."

Shawn's no good, very bad day got even more terrible and horrible when, looking for sympathy, he barged in on his parents having sex.

And in a series of still more unfortunate events, Shawn misidentified Mr. Possibilities and allowed his girlfriend to be caught unawares by Seahorse Mike—the real serial killer. But the badass babe (who also shot Henry's attempted killer last week) took him down singlehandedly.

With that, Shawn realized he was finally ready to move forward, in a scene that was simultaneously sweet, romantic, and hilarious—without being sappy.

"I like the way we fit," he told his girl. "I think it's time we moved in together. Home should be wherever you are, and the dogs we're going to get relatively soon. So wherever you and the fleet of pugs are, that's where I want to be."

(Fun fact No. 2: Real-life cohabiters Roday and Maggie Lawson are also dog lovers with a fleet of their own.)

Meanwhile, Gus deleted his online profile and bid farewell to Single Gus, just before his boo introduced her unfortunately named son, Maximus.

Both Rachael and Maximus are MIA in next week's brilliant Lassie-centric found-footage episode. In case you were troubled by Gus's lack of appetite (lovesickness?) in tonight's episode, never fear: Nourishment is his first concern in the upcoming "Lassie Jerky."


Thanks to Gus's uncharacteristic lack of appetite, "Luvvah" didn't feature the usual offering of tasty treats. Here's the foodstuff rundown: a corn dog (possibly) suffering from freezer burn, pie, fusilli, spaghetti, KFC, flourless chocolate cake, a patty melt, cinnamon rolls, ketchup, garlic sticks, popcorn, and green apple Jolly Ranchers. (The apple hardly counts, does it?)


– "This is my partner, Immaculate Conception."

– "When you show up at the restaurant, guess who's waving at you from the bar? The New Delhi version of Colonel Sanders with a wig." (Shawn warning Gus about Catfishing)

– "She's like an Indian princess who bakes pies, so suck iiiiit." (Gus about Rachael)

– "I wish I could, sir, but I'm in the weeds right now." (McNab to Lassie, taking his cover as a waiter too seriously)

– "Oh, we're gonna play dirty ball? We're gonna play nasty ball? Well, good luck finding more garlic sticks." (Shawn to Juliet and her date)

– "Dessert's going to be on me. I'm going to hit my side work, marry some ketchups. We have a flourless chocolate cake like every other restaurant on the planet but ours really is amazing." (Shawn, making up to Juliet and her date)

– "Lassie, I need a flourless chocolate cake on the fly!" (Shawn in the Papa Mia's kitchen)

– "You just don't know how to take a Swedish practical joke." (Shawn while Juliet tried to assemble Ikea furniture)

– "The British don't get their own heavens." (Shawn, when Gus said that Rachael had "a voice like an angel from the British heavens")

– "This is my lunch, which was packed for me by my mother. It is clearly labeled Goose, so now it cannot be stolen." (Shawn)

– "Please, stop making sounds with your mouth." (Shawn to his dad after seeing his parents in flagrante)

– "I walked into my divorced parents having sex and then my dad sat me down and told me my body was a wonderland." (Shawn, later)

– "McNab, I need one paddy wagon, one patty melt, some yellow crime scene tape, and two cinnamon rolls delivered to the following address." (Shawn after locating Mr. Perfect)

– "Gus, do not be the Tom Selleck to her Paulina Porizkova" (Shawn, accusing Rachael of murder, in the third '80s movie reference of the night, "Her Alibi")


1. Did you spot the pineapple?

2. What was your favorite quote of the episode?

3. What do you think of Gus's new girlfriend?

4. Juliet and Shawn: Cuter than a fleet of pugs?

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  • CiaraGlynn Mar 08, 2013

    1. *throws self to ground* NOOOOO.
    2. "Did you order desert?" "Did you order desert?!"
    3. I liked her, and I see a lot of potential for verbal sparring with Shawn if she sticks aorund for a whole Only problem is I'm nervous about how Gus will handle the kid thing...honestly I'd say Shawn is more prepared for kids than Gus is, and Shawn shouldn't be allowed near kids. So hopefully they don't just make Gus miraculously wonderful with 16-and-under year olds. I'd like the character to stick around for a while, however.
    4. *melts*

  • smorbie Mar 08, 2013

    I like the sing along with the opening and closing of the show, but I got so tickled when I saw the shot with Shawn wearing Satchel Sam's half beard that I laughed through the song and was still laughing when the first scene started.

  • mcepin3 Mar 08, 2013

    wow,we gonna get another one of those photo recaps?

    And season premiere was awsome and so was this episode. How many of you dare to admit,that on season premiere,you were too busy looking for pineapples and thus missed on watching and enjoying episode itself?

  • lostcause78 Mar 08, 2013

    Maybe they just need to get back into the rhythm again after such a long break, but something is definitely "off" in the first 2 episodes, or so it seems to me at least.

    I can't put my finger on it, the comedy chemistry is just a tad out of sync - for lack of a better explanation.
    Not to say I'm not entertained, it's hard not to be with this group of hilarious people. However I am not getting the Psych-vibe quite yet.

  • bkto Mar 08, 2013

    no touching above the knee and absolutely none of the *finger thing and slap the top of your hand*

  • bkto Mar 08, 2013

    this show is so good, i am so happy its back, finally

    best quote wasn't words, but any time he made his sex hand signal, and everybody was so confused by it

  • Savvytvfan91 Mar 08, 2013

    I loved it!!!!
    1. No I didnt, where was it?
    2. "Please stop making sounds with your mouth." And not a quote but Shawns hand gesture for doing it!!!
    3. I like her, i hope that she is not evil and that when they eventually break up, that it is not Shawns fault.
    4. Yes very much so.

    Camt wait till next week with guest star Big Show.

  • marlonjones Mar 08, 2013

    Another 10/10 (not sure why people aren't loving last weeks episode)...i hope this will go on for at least another 10 seasons! (and that Shawn & Gus will never grow up, just like Richard Castle! Ha!)

  • KevinG87 Mar 08, 2013

    thought it was a good episode, but I noticed they did away with the flashback stuff that always fit into the episode.. maybe they got tired of having to recast Young Shawn (and Young Gus? I don't remember if he was recast when Shawn was) all the time because they always got too old lol

  • FringeFanatic Mar 07, 2013

    Juliet: "Shawn, I have another date tomorrow."
    Shawn: "Are you insane?! Have you completely lost your mind?!"
    Juliet: "What, are you kidding? You went on a television dating show and made it to the finale."
    Shawn: "Because I am a man! And I do what needs to get done!"

    Haha! Innocuously sexist and absolutely hilarious!

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