Psych: "Juliet Wears the Pantsuit" Review: Girl Power
I developed so many girl crushes during "Juliet Wears the Pantsuit" that I don't know what to do with all this love. But I'll get to Juliet O'Hara in a minute; first, props to director Jennifer Lynch, whom I've loved with an undying passion since she wrote The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer. I devoured that novel in 1990, searching for clues about her dad David Lynch's Twin Peaks. (The Season 5 Psych episode "Dual Spires" was an homage to the cult classic.)
But now I'm also seriously smitten with this episode's scribe, Brittany Hilgers; this was her first for Psych after many years as a production/writers assistant on the show. From the opening seconds, "Pantsuit" was so smart and funny and fresh that I couldn't wait to learn who crafted it. What a nice treat to see two female names! For seven seasons, Psych's primary writers have been men—which is neither surprising nor especially disappointing, considering a bromance is the essence of the series. But that didn't stop me from doing a modified Snoopy dance when I saw those credits.
Finally, Maggie Lawson. I curtsy to the queen. It takes tremendous skill to portray a character who is simultaneously feminine while kicking ass so hard she doesn't even waste her time taking names. Jules has officially joined the beautiful badassery ranks of Buffy Summers and Sydney Bristow.
No wonder she was apparently SWF'd! I might even buy a pantsuit myself.
However, the best part of the episode was that it gave us new hope for Shules' future. Even though Juliet refused to budge on evicting Shawn, she clearly softened toward her longtime love and fellow Froot Loops enthusiast.
But Detective O'Hara was still annoyed by Shawn's attempts to sabotage her interviews with potential new roommates. (Especially the invention of "Kathy the vindictive poltergeist.")
And no wonder, since he was having such a hard time finding
another place to crash. Even Gus turned him down, which prompted a brilliant
sparring match that ultimately just parsed phrases from their original arguments. Eventually, Shawn agreed to move into Woody's "palatial
beachfront property"—which of course turned out to be an Airstream trailer.
As the roommate situation intersected with the SBPD's investigation, Shawn earned Juliet's grudging respect for his deductive skill—if not for his quackery. After Juliet's first potential roommate was murdered (of course), Shawn zeroed in on the woman who dared to take his place. He was especially suspicious after she cut and bleached her hair, hijacked Juliet's wardrobe—except for the "Fashion Statement" T-shirt (with shoulder pads!) Shawn gave her—and faked her own death after he spotted her at both Chillerz (with a z) and the Owl's Nest.
The dive bar—"where desperate lonely people come to die"—was
also Henry's secret haunt, and where Woody picked up two "cougars," Thumper and Maylene, who drugged him and stole the Airstream
while he was "riding unicorns."
(Another clue led Shawn and his buddy to a Bikram yoga studio, where sympathetic crier Gus revealed he's also a "sympathetic sweater." That guy's a regular leaky faucet!)
Finally, Shawn realized that Laura (real name Laynie) had been
running for years from a murderous stalker: her ex-husband, Patrick. ("This
is no longer Single White Female—this
is Sleeping With the Enemy!")
Patrick tracked his ex to Juliet's house, where he tried to attack
the two women.
Bad move, dude. Juliet delivered a vampire slayer-style beatdown while Shawn and Gus looked on helplessly from the sidelines.
"That was old-school, Cobra Kai, 'Do you have a problem with that, Mr. Lawrence?' dojo style," marveled Shawn at her Karate Kid smackdown.
In turn, Juliet praised her (totally temporary please oh please) ex for his spot-on investigative skill, even though it "could have used a little less" psychic forehead gesturing.
Their friendly chat (at "our house—in the middle of our street") was more of a truce than a reconciliation, but Juliet plainly had forgiveness in her heart. It was an aww-some, hopeful final scene in a fantastic episode fueled by girl power.
NOTES & QUOTES
– "Jules, only psychos answer ads on Craigslist. You
might as well have posted on MurderMeThisInstant.com." (Shawn)
– "This is my partner, Blue Ivy Carter." "No pictures!" (Shawn and Gus)
– "As the Steven Weber to your Bridget Fonda, I am 60 seconds from taking a stiletto to the eyeball." "Everyone knows that's the psycho death blow!" (Shawn and Gus)
– "As enticing as this offer is, I'm not Tom Sizemore." (Shawn)
– "Okay, ladies, let's talk safe words." (Woody)
– "One of my favorite bathroom reads is Areas and ZIPs:
Codes for Code Lovers."
– "I died 10 percent inside." (Shawn on catching his parents having sex)
– "So you're just going to play house with an Indian princess while I'm stuck living on the streets like Jamie Foxx with an old cello?" (Shawn to Gus)
– "Snoafer: Business on the left, party on the right. It's like a footwear mullet." (Woody)
– "You do realize you're the last person on earth who says 'the hots' with zero irony in your voice, right?" (Gus to Shawn)
– "If my instincts are as strong as my belief that climate change is a hoax, [the blood] will be Kimberly's." (Lassie)
– "Why does Cuba keep doing so many horrible movies? The dude has an Academy Award. Boat Trip, Shawn, Boat Trip." (Gus)
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