Psych "100 Clues" Review: Episode 100 Cuts the (Colonel) Mustard

Psych S07E05: "100 Clues"

"100 Clues," Psych's tribute to the film Clue, was even better than the real thing.

Be honest: As much as we all might adore the 1985 cult classic, there's a reason it was a critical and box office bomb. Although Psych's 100th episode was just as silly, in many respects, as the film, "100 Clues" (written by diehard Clue fan Todd Harthan), was definitely enjoyable. The dialogue was wittier, the storyline was tighter (by virtue of running for only half of the source material's duration), and Dulé Hill owned his zebra leggings and platinum platform boots. What?

Please don't whack me with a candlestick for my obvious bias as a Psych devotee. I'm curious to hear the opinions of any newcomers who may've tuned in for the first time because of USA's massive promotion for the series' 100th episode and the choose-your-own-ending stunt. Were the bromancers' catchphrases and in-jokes just as hilarious to Psych virgins as they were to those of us who appreciated Shawn's generous servings of Gus-isms? ("Gus, don't be the second time ever I saw your face" and "This is my partner, Domo Arigato" were both stellar.)

The episode began with a flashback to 2007, when Shawn and Gus were just starting to work with the SBPD and Chief Vick. (Or "Chief Dick," as Shawn believed at the time.)  Helping out with the department's cold cases, Shawn pointed out some inconsistencies in hair band frontman Billy Lipps' (Steve Valentine) biography, Rock Bottom—even though he and Gus, who jumped at the chance to resurrect their amazing '80s concert gear and guyliner, were diehard fans of the rock star.   

No one was more surprised when superfan Henry Spencer joined them backstage with two beers and a sleeveless Billy Lipps 1978 tour T-shirt. Sadly, Detective Lassiter, sporting an atrocious suit and a haircut not even Marlowe could love, arrested Lipps for the murder of his girlfriend/groupie, Melinda.


Cut to the present day, when Shawn received a mysterious, singing messenger invitation to the famed Villa Rosa mansion. (I was ashamed to realize it shared a name with Real Housewives star Lisa Vanderpump's Beverly Hills crib.)

When Juliet was called to a case, Shawn invited Gus to join him at the villa. During a house tour from butler Clizby (pronounced Clithzby), they were frequently interrupted by a woman's scream—the doorbell (as in in Murder by Death, a 1976 country-house whodunit spoof).

Shawn and Gus didn't mind—it gave them more time to gorge themselves on licorice pastels and perform the chocolate dance when they learned about the mansion owner's secret chocolate room. (Unfortunately, the chocolatier collected toupees, which terrify Gus more than hunger pains.)


The guests arrived, "one by one by one by one by one," and eventually it became clear that they all played a role in sending Billy Lipps—their anonymous host—to prison: His biographer and Harvard snob Martin Kahn (Christopher Lloyd, whose character was a nice nod to late actress Madeline Kahn, Clue's Mrs. White), longtime manager Highway Harry (Martin Mull, owning it as the unintelligible, slurring drunk), and stuttering groupie Lesley (Lesley Ann Warren)—a former nurse who inaccurately pronounced Harry dead when he faceplanted on his dinner plate.

(Hysteria ensued when his body disappeared, but Harry had actually awoken and found the chocolate room.)

Inarguably dead—stabbed by an ice pick and chilling in the freezer—was Billy's former bandmate Rip, whose disappearance brought Juliet and Lassiter to the house party.

Lipps himself almost became the next victim, but Shawn managed to save him before a chandelier fell on the newly converted Jew's Union Jack yarmulke. (The cause of death would've been the chocolate dance, as Gus and Shawn strained the chandelier's loosened fixtures during their spastic celebration.)

At last, the final guest arrived: Curt Smith! It turned out that Billy was producing his new album: Curt Smith: Duets With Curt Smith. (The Tears for Fears pop star has played himself once before on the show and performed at Psych's 2010 Comic-Con panel. And Shawn dressed up as his partner, Roland Orzabal, in Season 2's "American Duos," featuring Clue star Tim Curry. Got it?) 

Curt Smith was close to death himself; in addition to being shot in the diaphragm, he was also mauled by Billy's pet panther. And just as he was about to identify the ice-pick-wielding gunman, he passed out.

Shawn tried to pin the murder on each guest in turn, including Lesley. But the former groupie shocked everyone, including Clizby, when she revealed that the butler—not anyone in Lipps' entourage—was her baby daddy.

And also the killer. The butler did it! At least, that's the ending fans chose for the East Coast broadcast. Lipps and his band had been stealing the whistler's melodies, and he retaliated by smothering Melinda. When Rip figured it out after "intensive psychotherapy," Clizby killed him, then targeted Billy, too, by sabotaging the chandelier. (The chocolate dance wasn't entirely to blame!) Poor Curt Smith was just collateral damage.

Like the ending of the movie, the ending of "100 Clues" was incidental. The real delight of this Psych milestone was watching the veteran actors hamming it up alongside the appreciated series regulars. It didn't compare to "Dual Spires," James Roday's love letter to Twin Peaks, but the David Lynch classic offered much richer source material and iconic characters. (And really, how can you top Sheryl Lee—fully clothed and not shrouded in plastic this time—reenacting the discovery of Laura Palmer's body?)



QUOTES

– "I stepped in scat, man!" "Scatman Crothers?" "No, panther scat!" "Gus, don't be the second time ever I saw your face." "I know my scat, Shawn."

– "This is my partner, Domo Arigato."

– "Licorice pastels, twelve o'clock!"

– "He didn't call you a gay Snoopy. He said you were their No. 1 groupie."

– "We split the food of the dead fifty-fifty, that's always been the deal."

– "Did he just do a mash-up of Yiddish and Spanish?" "Sure did, it's like a matzo-dilla." "Sounds delicious."

– "He's been lurking here all night long, Lionel Ritchie style."

– "You might want to lower that paint gun, Alice Cooper." (Lassie to Lipps)

– Carlton Lassiter, shut up. (Lassie's reply to "Martin Kahn, Harvard.")

– "I'm not sure if you're familiar with the 1984 Chuck Norris classic Missing in Action, but my partner and I are about to grill each and every one of you like Col. Braddock did the Viet Kong." (Lassie to the suspects, which included Gus and Shawn)

– "Deep down I think he is resentful and bitter that his wife was stolen from him by that beautiful bastard face dancer Derek Hough. His words—though I too would've chosen the word Derek." (Shawn, referring to Lipps' ex's hook-up with the Dancing With the Stars pro.)

– "Is your name Curt Smith?" (Curt Smith, when Shawn interrupted his duet with Curt Smith)

– "He's not dead!" (Everyone, every time someone said Curt Smith had died)

– "It's burning London broil." (Gus, with help from his Super Sniffer)

Did "100 Clues" live up to your expectations? What ending did you see? Which suspect did you vote for?

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I liked the episode. Jim Roday was on fire this episode and everybody followed his lead with the perfect mix of Gus, Jules, and Lassiter; makes perfect sense for the 100th episode. Wonder how many times Roday had to smack Maggie Lawson's bum? Bet it was always first take. When you have that many guest stars and the pace has to hold for the entire hour and it does, I think that means it worked pretty well. Could've used one more something - an Eileen Brennan appearance, just to see she's doing fine, would have been a great surprise or a "Lenny" showing. Very glad that Clizby was the culprit. The world needs more Garret Morris. Been a long time since he just wanted to get him a shot gun and kill all the whitey he saw. Remember when SNL was good....I'll stop.

GOOD NIGHT AND HAVE A PLEASANT TO-MOR-ROW!
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I admit to being a semi new comer to the show. I've seen a few episodes a couple of years ago and found it pretty good just never had the time to watch it. I am a huge Clue fan so I mostly watched it for that. There were some nice references to the old movie and was cool to see Mustard, Plum and Scarlett back together again. I liked the shows off beat humor and may watch it again. I can't agree with the reviewer though in claiming this to be better than a classic in Clue. Her argument about it being a critical dive doesn’t really madder to me. A lot of comedies are torn apart by reviewers it doesn't mean they aren't great comedies....
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Also, where's the snack breakdown?

Lately, the reviewer has been listing all of the stuff they eat... usually towards the bottom in the Quotes section.
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Burton Guster: "You some bitch."
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I might have enjoyed the episode more had I not watched it so late at night, but it still remains that the episode wasn't quite as great as expected? There were a couple of moments where the humor was just lost on me, or felt forced. It had it's good moments, like Gus finding the wig room instead of the chocolate room (Gus' ever-growing appetite as the series progresses is one of the the msot riveting storylines they've done, I believe), and the Curt Smith joke made me laugh, but it fell short of expectations - probably my own fault, I was expecing something to top 'Last Night Gus' in terms of how hard it made me laugh.
Also maybe I missed it, but I'd have loved to have heard someone, maybe Lassiter, say 'Communism was just a red herring', but alas...there probably wasn't an opportunity to use it that wouldn't have felt gratuitous.
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I thought it was absolutely hilarious. I laughed often and loudly and really enjoyed the camp. I've never actually seen Clue, though.
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Not even close to the original thing. Fine ep, but not even within an order of magnitude. This was good, Clue was genius. The writing, the pacing, the acting, the directing. There's just no comparison. Also the particular catchphrases and in-jokes cited felt particularly weak to me. And well, it was fine, but 100th episode level? After the twin peaks ep? The concept could have been good enough or on par, but the execution didn't rise to even their second best. Casting and writing didn't rise to that level, nor the directing. I not only don't see it, I don't see how anyone else could see it either. I think drugs may have been involved.
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The Twin Peaks episode is the only one I've switched off half-way through because I thought it was so boring. It even got me to quit watching the show for a while.
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I can only guess you didn't watch Twin Peaks, in which case it wasn't for you. It was definitely not going to resonate with everyone, just as every time a series does a found footage episode a la Blair Witch, I hate it.
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Except Psych's found footage bigfoot episode was possibly the funniest of the series and one of the 10 funniest episode of TV ever. Tim Omundson even pulled off the scene which is usually cringe-worthy when referenced.
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I found it watchable, but that's as far as I'll go. Most found footage stuff I just shut off.
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I've seen Twin Peaks. Twice actually. I rewatched it a few years later.
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Oh. The only other thing I don't like about Dual Spires. After seeing Don S Davis was in Twin Peaks, I was disappointed that there was no apparent tribute to him considering he'd been in the pilot for Psych and passed away a few years ago. Unless there is some tribute and I missed it. In which case, I'd be appreciative if someone pointed it out.
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The body's discovery and the theme song were the slowest part of the Dual Spires episode. I'd never seen Twin Peaks, so I just figured it was a reference I didn't get -- which it was. I didn't really care for it, because it was too un-Psych-like. After watching Twin Peaks, I get the reference, but still don't like that scene or the slow intro. But the rest of the episode was pretty good. The Twin Peaks references were more subtle and then tone and pacing was more in-line with Psych that the beginning of the episode.

Side note: There was only one outside the intro that stood out as an obvious reference. It was kind of amusing because of the way it was delivered but there was obviously more to it that you had to see Twin Peaks to get. It involved the priest's hair. I watched Twin Peaks just to figure that joke out. In hindsight, it was hilarious.
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Hm, maybe I need to rewatch it then. I switched it off pretty early.
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I can't explain it then. That episode may have been the ultimate culmination of art in western civilization.
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Juliette's reactions to Shawn's sexist butt slaps were hilarious
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jules is so hot. she took those slaps like a champ
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The fact that Rhoday is her husband probably made it a little easier and/or familiar :-)
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you mean Roday...and they arent married, they've just been dating a long time.
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Ah sorry, you're right on both accounts. A friend of mine said they finally got married a few months ago but I guess he was wrong.
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This was the first time ever I've actually noticed the pineapple without outright looking for it.
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Ugh, licorice pastels, my sworn enemy.

This was a cute episode, I am not sure it was better than the movie though, but it was fun and solid all around. The inclusion of the "Clue run" style was a clever little nod as was the singing telegram girl and the group frustrated yell, although so was the "great scott" from BTTF. I was surprised how different each character was written from the actor's original role, that was the best part was that they weren't just making these actors ape what they had done before.

As for the endings, both were fine but thin, not enough clues to get Shawn to guess either. The West Coast ending with Martin Kahn being the killer because he was in love with Melinda who prefered the band over him had a little more fun in the moment because Lloyd really put it all into the moment. I'm glad there isn't a tight continuity in Psych or I don't know how they would have dealt with that ending thing.

Having Henry be a superfan was probably my favorite moment, and while I'm glad they didn't shoehorn in Chief Vick to that moment she should have been somewhere for the 100th.

I'll forever be sad that we'll not get to see the chocolate room.
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They are selling a t-shirt for this episode reminiscent of the Clue gameboard floor layout with the chocolate room's location revealed to have been hidden behind a closet. If it wasn't 25 dollars I would so get it.
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That sounds kind of great, hopefully they'll have 'em at Comic-Con for a reduced price or a giveway, thanks for the info. Behind a closet, of course! ;-)
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Aw man, I gotta give props to Garrett Morris, great work playing not too silly but not too straight, very different from how he plays his character on 2 Broke Girls.

Oh, but I also have to give this episode a knock, what was the deal with the blood in Rip's abandoned car? That didn't fit right at all and got dropped.
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I enjoyed this episode immensely, I loved that the 100th episode was a Clue tribute if it wasn't for me being so tired last night I would have popped in my Clue DVD and enjoyed that back to back Clue-iness. The jokes, Gus crying in the toupee room, the chocolate dance, spazzing out at seeing Curt, Lipps translating for Highway Harry.

But despite my joy of it all I was left puzzling over two things. How in the world did Gus's super sniffer NOT point him into the right direction of its location? And also how was Rip's blood splatter in the car if the ice picking had taken place indoors and he was dragged into the freezer from there? My mind kept going back to the red herring line from the original Clue but still it bugs me.

I am hoping that eventually we'll be able to see all of the multiple endings for this episode on the Psych site I want to see it all.
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Gus in the wig room was the funniest thing i have seen in a long time.
The unintelligible racist jokes by Harry was also very funny
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Gus stuck in the wig room was my favorite part of the episode.
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The only issue I had with this was that it should have been two hours. There was enough funny that they could have done it. Also, we didn't get to see Maggie Lawson in her dress. Because I wanted to see that.

But no matter, it was a fantastic episode. The jokes were spot on. And everything played well. And I understand why they didn't invite Tim Curry, because it would have been weird if Shawn was doing TIm Curry in front of Tim Curry. However, there should have been a cameo at the end.

Overall, Psych this season has been fantastic. I love this show and in doesn't seem like it has been 100 episodes.
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Tim Curry has also already starred in an episode of Psych, the American Duos episode, where he played the sassy judge of the show. One of my all time favorite moments is when he wears Henry's robe.
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Yes that was a great episode. And that is another reason why he likely wasn't in the episode. But still, just a little cameo at the end would have been great.
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Actually they'd originally planned to shoot this episode last season, revolving around Tim Curry's character (Nigel St Nigel). But they couldn't get him. They tried to get him again this season and they couldn't make the schedule work (apparently he's busy). So thy rewrote it without him.
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If they could have just had his voice in there it would have been great. Say Nigel left a message on the answering machine or something, that would have sealed the deal for me as I spazzed like a huge geek.
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This was a great episode! So happy that Psych made it to 100 episodes. But NO WAY IN HELL was this better than the original Clue movie. It was a great tribute episode. Jokes were great and Shawn and Gus were fantastic as always. Those two never cease to crack me up. Loved seeing some of the characters from the original movie they were all fantastic (RIP Madeline Kahn).
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Can anyone explain "Gus, don't be the second time ever I saw your face" please?

I've seen every episode but dont really get this. Thanks!
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I had been bummed that the ending was so rushed until I read this and realized that's the way it should be. Thanks for the change in perspective. Loved that it could have been Shawn and Gus "tried to kill" Lipps. The doorbell was epic, as was the panther, the toupee room, and pretty much the whole episode.
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The secret chocolate room WAS the secret toupe room right? That was the impression I got. Loved this episode, so many spot on references to past Psych episodes and to Clue. They really tied it all together well. Poor Kurt Smith! :( And that panther sound effect cracked me up every time. (Slow Clap)
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No,I think there was secret toupe room and secret chocolate room. Manager said he found it,right? And Gus went to him and said "tell me,where it is or I will kill you"
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Oh,it 100% knocked it out of the park. Black jokes,one by one by one,etc. jokes,start of episode,Curt Smith at end with panther was the best of the bunch with Curt Smith scenes,doorbell...whole episode. Great 100th. Great season.

Did you see Rick,dead guy in freezer, move,when Shawn was near him? Not when he hit him,but when he was telling how he got into freezer.

I knew it was gonna be butler,just because people will be able to say..."The butler did it!"
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The butler only did it for you guys on the East Coast...Martin Kahn (Christopher Lloyd's character) was the culprit on the West Coast!
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I could so totally go for a matzoh-dilla right now. Anything to make matzoh taste better.
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When Christopher Lloyd's character said "Great Scott!"
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Best show on earth and best 100th
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Man I love Psych with a passion and happy they made it to 100 epis. Here's to another 100! And my favourite scene here was gus screaming when he got shot. Dule Hill is fantastic!
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Fun romp and tribute, yes. Better than the original? Not in a million years. No Tim Curry, no Madeline Kahn (we miss you!), no Eileen Brennan, no Michael McKean. The best moment(s) of the episode were Shawn doing math, and Gus saying "You sumbitch!"
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Has Eileen Brennan even done anything since Clue and FM?

Yeah, that's right, I've seen FM. Wannafightaboutit?
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Never seen FM, but she was hilarious as the acting coach Zandra, on Will & Grace. She's also done a fair number of guest roles on various shows.
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I loved Shawn's Tim Curry impression at the very end, when he was about to say who the real killer was. My only complaint about this episode was that we never got to see the chocolate room. Though the toupee room made for a hilarious consolation prize.
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Shawn has done the Tim Curry "No" a few times before, and it was priceless that they brought it back for this ep.
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As luck would have it, I was drinking a glass of chocolate milk when that scene came on.. I nearly died laughing in a pool of coco moo.
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I look forward to seeing all the other endings when they inevitably post them on youtube. Christopher Lloyd's should be spectacular.
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I don't know if they will post them all online or not, but I do suspect all 5 endings will be available when they do the season DVD release.
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I thought at the end Shawn and Gus were going to say they're off to find the chocolate room not go home to their wives.
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Pineapple spotting, doorbell.
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