Psych "No Country for Two Old Men" Review: Jeffrey Tambor Makes Everything Awesome

By Drusilla Moorhouse

Mar 21, 2013

Psych S07E04: "No Country for Two Old Men"

¡Muy delicioso! Like sour cream and guacamole, Jeffrey Tambor and Corbin Bernsen made a perfect pairing in Psych's hysterical homage to The In-Laws.

If anyone can walk in the shoes of William Shatner, who plays Juliet's con-artist father, it's the Arrested Development patriarch. And Lloyd, Detective O'Hara's rambling, oblivious stepfather, has more in common with Bluth Sr. than he initially seemed to: He's a recovering gambling addict with huge debts.

Lloyd was introduced at Juliet and Shawn's housewarming party, where his accounting anecdotes were so dull that most of his fellow guests wandered away mid-conversation. But that didn't stop Shawn from encouraging the two dads from becoming early-bird-special besties.

"No Country for Two Old Men" may not be an all-time great like last week's epic "Lassie Jerky," but it was a comical romp that hit all the right notes. One of the highlights was Gus, fancying himself a family man now that he's dating a woman with a young son, injecting himself into every discussion about parenthood.

"Don't worry, buddy, it'll happen for you someday," Gus consoled Shawn as they watched young Maximus, whom Gus just met last week, play soccer in the yard. "They grow up so fast, don't they?"

(It was a nice touch having Bend It Like Beckham star Parminder Nagra reassure her boyfriend after Gus failed to block her "goal." Well played, Psych.)

Henry and Lloyd's innocent lunch date took an expected (for Henry, anyway) turn, with the two fleeing gunmen, stealing a car, flying to Mexico, and clashing with local cops and one of the region's most-wanted criminals—all because the former gambler was trying to square his debts.

With each hiccup, Lloyd cheerfully promised his Costco-outfitted travel companion, "Smooth sailing from here on in!"

Close on their heels were Shawn and Juliet (a.k.a. Julihawn, Shawniet, and Shules, if you prefer one of Shawn's "singular" suggestions) and Gus, whose paternal instincts are warring with his sudden "suffocation" from his new relationship. ("Last week I was my own man. Now whenever I turn around, there they are!"; "A man just needs his space.")

They found an ally in "the Mexican version of Lassiter," who of course turned out to be a corrupt cop whose henchman nearly killed Lloyd.

In the end, Shawn's wish came true: The two dads became unlikely pals—which bodes well for the wedding we hope is on the horizon. Más Tambor, por favor!

The icing on the flan? Henry and Lloyd's adventure allowed Shawn to practice his terrible Spanish skills.

Not since Season 2's "Lights, Camera... Homicidio" has the fake psychic had so many opportunities to rolls his Rs so badly. And like "Homicidio," the Psych theme song—performed by show creator Steve Franks and his Friendly Indians band—was translated and sung in Spanish in the opening and closing credits.

The real in-joke here is that James Roday, born James Rodriguez, is half-Mexican. And although he may not be as fluent in Spanish as his father, it was his first language as a child. ¡Arriba!


Mexican buffet from Olé Mole, cumin, curried crab, Pinkberry, sopapillas with honey (Mexican pastry heaven), lobster thermidor, Tostitos (as in " Vaya Tostitos, Mexican Lassie"), Mexican Coca-Cola ("we use real sugar"), Coke Zero


– "Gus don't be the remake of Yours, Mine and Ours. For that matter, don't be the original either."

– "I wish we were the black Von Trapps." (Gus on Rachael having more kids)

– "I don't want to be the black Von Trapps. I want to be I Am Legend, and that's the truth of the matter." (Gus, later)

– "Semantics." (Gus, a new twist on Shawn's "I've heard it both ways"

– "Chickens, son." (Gus)

– "Look at me, I seem like this great dad and whatnot. The truth is I abandoned my family. I'm a black stereotype." (Gus)

– "I smell something: battered. Fried. Sweet. SOPAPILLAS!" (Gus and Shawn after the Super Sniffer's positive ID)

– "I never say no to disco." (Henry at gunpoint)

– "Mexican Lassie. Way better than American Lassie, not unlike Coca-Cola."

– "I suppose you can also use them to carve animal flesh, especially if said animal is invading your home." (Lassie on his ninja throwing blades housewarming gift)

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  • Mate Mar 24, 2013

    Too funny. Tambor really just hit it out of the park.

  • Kazanova37 Mar 24, 2013

    I like how they sparingly do variations of the theme song, and this weeks was also an excellent edition.

  • LeahLefler Mar 23, 2013

    I usually don't post on reviews, but this episode was SO good! Tambor does make everything good, and Bernson played perfectly against him. and Gus was hilarious with the sopapillas and whining about being a dad. all those quotes are great. best Psych episode ever. haha

  • h0mrs1mpsn1 Mar 23, 2013

    It was a great send up of the Alan Arkin/Peter Falk movie, "The In-Laws", spoofing the famous "Serpentine, Shelley, serpentine" bit with Jeffrey Tambor yelling to Corbin Bernsen, "Serpico, Serpico!" "It's serpentine, you idiot!"

  • J_Pip Mar 22, 2013

    I guess I'm the only one who hasn't loved this season of Psych so far. I;m a huge fan and love the references and the shows writing and while it's still clever, it just doesn't make me laugh out loud this season this the previous seasons. Someone please help me fix my funny bone and or laugh box!

  • Savvytvfan91 Mar 22, 2013

    Does anybody know where the pineapples have been in this season?

  • withoutcanseco Mar 22, 2013

    I think the chickens should be in the food section :)

  • shocker713 Mar 22, 2013

    I'm trying to come up with witty commentary on this week's episode, but I'm a little crab-blocked.

  • fdr456 Mar 21, 2013

    One thing I really like about this show is the clever writing. The wacky characters are not bad either.

  • JT_Kirk Mar 21, 2013

    This episode was meant to air before Lassie Jerky, I think.

    I really liked this episode, it gave Henry something to do, it brought in a great guest star, it had a little mystery about it including a double-cross, and it was a lot of fun.

    It seemed like Shawn's spanish is much worse than it used to be.

    Shawn and Jules having a housewarming was cute, and nobody was too wacky about it, there were jokes but they weren't TV cliches.

    Tambor was a very interesting choice, a lot of fun and able to play it two ways, almost like he was used to playing his own twin brother. ;-) I wasn't entirely clear how long he had been married to Juliet's mother though, but that was a minor thing, not even a sticking point. I was just glad he didn't do something over-the-top silly like bet double or nothing against their lives, that would have been too much.

    The frustrating part about Psych episodes that are really good like this is that it's hard to find much to say about them, they're a ton of fun and deliver on a lot of levels, but unless you're getting into minutiae (which this article has done well) that's kinda all that needs to be said - they don't generally take place in larger story arcs, they're not award-winning dramas, they just accept that they are what they are and have fun with it which doesn't leave a lot of room for discussion and dissection.

  • JT_Kirk Mar 21, 2013

    I will add that having Henry into disco and dancing the Cabbage Patch is not only amusing stuff, but it helps bridge his character to Shawn. Shawn sees his pop as only a serious authority figure, but he's got to get those personality traits from somewhere, so it makes sense that Henry is more like Shawn that he'd care to admit, it's a little piece of depth that adds a lot to a character. Henry perhaps sees the mistakes he's made in his own life coming out in his son and tries to be change that, coming off as an angry stick-up-the-ass type in the process.

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