Disco Didn't Die. It Was Murdered!

Season 3, Ep 5, Aired 8/15/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Eugene Franks—arrested by Henry in 1978 for plotting to bomb the SBPD—is released after his conviction is quashed by the D.A. When Shawn is instructed to solve the case, his father insists on helping him; however, the case is not as clear cut as he once thought.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jordan Baker

    Melanie Ford

  • Dule Hill

    Burton Guster

  • Timothy Omundson

    Carlton Lassiter

  • Ted Lange


  • Maggie Lawson

    Juliet O'Hara

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Disco Didn't Die. It was Murdered!

    By AJLane-TCP, Apr 16, 2012

  • The only poor episode so far. Shawn isn't funny and Gus has no lines.

    By colinsick, Mar 03, 2009

  • A 70's themed-kick a$$ episode LOL

    By SweetMissJaye, Sep 11, 2008

  • not as good as some but better than others.

    By nestosmells, Sep 15, 2008

  • good episode...

    By Fwirrel, Aug 26, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Gus: You know I'm afraid that being wrongfully convicted is the tragic way my story ends.

    • Shawn: I don't understand, you guys had to hand write everything? What if you needed multiple copies? Henry: Well, we had one computer, but it took up the entire second floor. Generally, we used the mimeo machine. Shawn: How long did that take? Like a week?

    • Gus: Enough! I'm sick of you two fighting all the time. Look, Mr. Spencer, Shawn needs you on the case because, frankly, you're old, and we were barely even alive during the seventies. Shawn, your dad needs you on the case because, even though you can be extremely annoying, you actually have a brilliant idea every now and then. But you're both too damn stubborn to admit that you need each other. Now, can we go, please? Thank you. (Gus gets into the car.) Henry: Is he always such a know-it-all? Shawn: You don't know the half of it. Very preachy.

    • Shawn: The box? What do you think the box is? A giant room, like in Raiders? Gus: I think it's a box. Shawn: Or secret catacombs underneath the building, like in National Treasure? Gus: Shame on you for knowing that.

    • Shawn: (to Henry) All right, I need you to hear, okay? If you insist on staying involved in this case, there are going to be rules. I was hired by the police department, therefore it is my ass on the line and those rules will be made by me. You are no longer a cop. And unless you plan on going back to the academy, and climbing the high wall, and doing the obstacle course where you shoot the bad guys but not the old lady with the sack, or the blind guy with the cane, or the cute little squirrel with the busy tail and the big fat nut... it started off well. Gus: It really fell apart at the end. You should have had a name for the wall or something.

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    Notes (4)

    • Original International Air Dates: Finland – December 28, 2009 on MTV3 Slovakia – September 12, 2010 on Markiza Czech Republic – May 22, 2011 on Prima COOL

    • Featured Music "I Believe in Miracles" by The Jackson Sisters "Car Wash" by Rose Royce

    • Anupam Nigam's credit moves from the end credits to opening crew credits, sequenced after the consulting producer.

    • For this episode only, the theme song is extended from the beginning to the end of the first chorus.

    Trivia (4)

    • Pineapple Spotting: A pineapple is sitting on the windowsill in the kitchen of the Ford's house behind Melanie while she is chopping a cucumber.

    • Gus' Alias: Methuselah Honeysuckle (given by Henry) Henry's Alias: Old Scratch Johnson

    • Psych-Out: Gag reel from the D.A.'s office scene.

    • Goof: When Gus leaves the driveway in pursuit of the Ford SUV, the front right wheel cover comes loose and rolls away. However, the cover returns in following scenes.

    Allusions (8)

    • When Shawn and Gus go to the pawn shop, the outside view of the pawn shop is a famous pawn shop in Las Vegas called the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop. It has a reality show called Pawn Stars filmed on its premises.

    • The Dukes of Hazzard The car that Shawn, Gus, and Henry buy at the junkyard is reminiscent of "General Lee", the car on Dukes of Hazzard. Shawn tries (and fails) to slide over the hood instead of walking around it, a signature move on Dukes. Also, during the car chase, and while parking, the car slides around when going around corners or coming to a turnabout stop.

    • The French Connection During the scene when Shawn, Gus and Henry purchase a car, Shawn tells Henry to "Stand back, Popeye Doyle." Popeye Doyle is one of the main characters in the movie The French Connection.

    • Bullit The scene with Gus pursuing the SUV is done in a similar style as the famous car chase scenes from the 1968 movie Bullit. Gus' car even loses a wheel cover without it being missing in the following scenes, a nod to the fact that this continuity error occurs often in the course of the movie.

    • CSI: Miami
      When Gus, Shawn and Henry take off their aviators at the discovery of Dr. Colbert's body, it is a reference to Horatio Cane (David Caruso) from CSI: Miami, who repetitively performs the same action.

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