Psych "Cirque du Soul" Review: Send in the Clowns

Psych S07E06: "Cirque du Soul"

Psych's "Cirque du Soul" was basically a three-ring circus, and it featured a trio of romances: Lassie and Marlowe (up top for the return of Kristy Swanson!), Gus and Rachael, and Gus and Shawn.

The crime of the hour—robberies linked to the death of a trapeze artist—was so ancillary to the storylines that it's hardly worth recounting here.

And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Most Psych-Os tune in not for the whodunit, but for the hilarious situations our crimefighters find themselves in while attempting to solve the mystery.

But I can't help feeling that "Cirque" did a disservice to Lassie and Marlowe's epic love story. "This Episode Sucks," the vampire-themed installment in which the original Buffy star stole Lassie's heart, let us see the tough detective at his most vulnerable—and I fell harder for him than ever before.

So this week, from the moment Lassie welcomed the ex-con into his arms outside the prison gates—and it was a lovely moment—I expected great things. Unfortunately, their story was as frothy as the bubble bath a horrified Juliet found her partner sharing with his "honey bear." (A definite highlight, though something that poor Jules can never unsee.)

A quickie engagement—to circumvent a vindictive probation officer—replaced the badass proposal I was prepared to relish. Not a single Clint Eastwood reference from his diehard fans? The stoic antihero spoke this couple's language of love! 

Speaking of the language of love, It was Gus and Rachael's lovey-dovey appropriation of the BFFs' signature catchphrases that first riled Shawn this week: "Time out! She's doing our 'C'mon sons'?" protested the pretend psychic. (His outrage was legit: "C'mon son" should never be said in a baby voice.)

Through a series of unfortunate events—most of them involving Rachael's son Maximus—Shawn successfully sabotaged Gus's relationship: Rachael broke up with him.  

Now it was Guster's time to call a time out—by breaking up with Shawn.

The strain on their bromance, which is the soul of Psych, was "Cirque's" strongest story, and deftly handled by writer Saladin K. Patterson. In fact, the strength of this season has been the writers' emphasis on finally assigning equal weight to Gus's romantic relationship. He's officially graduated from "sidekick" to "full-fledged partner in crime."

Neither couple was apart for long: Henry reminded Gus that he'd always been the one constant in his son's life, while Shawn called Rachael and persuaded her to give his buddy another chance.

He also called Gus. A lot.

"Gus, this is my tenth message," he said to BFF's voicemail. "It's more than Mikey left for Nikki in Swingers!"

As usual, Gus rescued Shawn—disguised as an Icelandic exterminator with an accent stranger than Balki's—resulting in "some grown-ass men settling their differences."

"I know you're terrified and afraid of change, and that you hate Tito Jackson's birthday," Gus reassured his pal (referencing the date his mom moved out), "but I promise I will always be here." It was a perfect moment that managed to be both heartwarming and hysterical.

Then Shawn delivered another aw-worthy line to Maximus, who was waiting with his mom to reunite with Gus at the station: "You realize that is the coolest dude in the whole wide world?"

You know that's right.



QUOTES

– "My psychic powers generally don't kick in until someone's been missing for 48 hours. Unless that person is Eddie Murphy, from the movie 48 Hours, but sadly I fear he's lost forever." (Shawn to his client)

– "I'm still here, Shawn. And I'm not a leprechaun." (Rachael after Shawn mimicked her when he thought she'd hung up)

– "Quick: Say something to give your mom proof of life." (Gus on another call to Rachael)

– "Sorry, O'Hara, I'm too frustrated to care about what lowlife broke into what sign factory or how the ACLU's going to take all the fun out of catching him." (Lassie)

– "Orenthal James Simpson. My folks were big fans of Hertz rental car." (Shawn, explaining his circus alias.)

– "He better be talking to you." Gus to Shawn, when one of the circus performers said, "OJ, come with me if you want to leave."

– "OMG, WTF, JTT!" "Jonathan Taylor Thomas is not an acronym, Shawn." (Juliet, correcting Shawn after his horrified response to discovering Lassie at his home)

– "I'm tired of your mouth writing checks that my ass has to cash." "Gus, I'm going to need you to lower the volume or at the very least change that metaphor."

– "She went all Halle Berry and Boomerang on a brother." (Gus, on Rachael not returning his calls)

– "Of course I do, that's Tito Jackson's birthday!" (Gus, when Henry asked about the significance of Oct. 15, also the day Shawn's mom moved out)

– "I know, I know. TMI: Tell more information!" (Woody, oversharing about his sex life)

– "I am begging you to share less." (Juliet interrupting Ursula's raving about Lassie's sexual prowess, before realizing she'd be a perfect match for Woody)



QUESTIONS

– Were you disappointed in Lassie and Marlowe's rushed romance, or did you like seeing the severe detective besotted and soppy?

– On a scale of 1 to 10 pineapples, how do you rate "Cirque du Soul"?

– What wisecrack made you laugh the hardest?

– Rachael and Maximus: Annoying?

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Loved the whole episode. I would've preferred a bad-ass proposal, but given the complete heffer that Ursula was acting like, his proposal had to be rushed, so I'm okay with what happened. Man, the way Ursula described Lassiter as a lover was hysterical, and Juliet's reaction to it was on point lol!!!

I for one like Rachel and Maximus a lot. The c'mon sons between Rachel and Gus had me rolling!!! Loved it!! Yes its Gus and Shawn's catch phrase, but only one of probably a thousand they have. So no big deal to me. Keep Rachel coming! Oh, and I've haven't really noticed cause I haven't seen her on tv much, but she is HOT!

As usual, a ton of funny moments, but my favorite had to be the look on Shawn's face when he wallked into his house, and saw Lassiter and Marlowe moved in. Man I love this show!

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who was the actress who played ursula???
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Rachel wasn't trying to steal Shawn and Gus' lines. It happens naturally in all types of relationships. How many times have we heard something cute or funny or thought-provoking and repeated it as our own? As a mom, I fully understood Rachel's trepidation her son could have been hurt. That's why I do not hate the Rachel's character.
My favorites from the episode were Gus trying to dap with those arms, Lassiter's happiness, and Woody's TMI- Tell More Information. My goodness TMI!!! I laughed even as I typed that.
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Gus is half the show same as Shawn is. What else to say,but another awsome episode.
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Juliet's expressions while the ex carried on about Lassiter's sexual prowess.
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It just seems that the actors and the writers are sort of tired of the show this season. I liked Psych so much because there seemed to be a joke a second and it reminds me of why M*A*S*H is my favorite show, but this season there are long stretches without a joke, and when we get one, it's one of their 4-5 catch phrases.

Something just doesn't feel the same.
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I agree something does feel different. Though I still 100% love the show.
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A solid 9 pineapples for this one...anything with Gus' facial expression does it for me, and his reaction in the car just before Maximus left the car was my favourite, i had to rewind and watch again. I was so into Shawn saying his line, i almost missed Gus' multiple tsss's.

The fist bump with Gus' extended arms was damn funny too!

I'm not sure yet about Rachael & Maximus, but this episode made it better, i'm glad Maximus had some lines and wasn't just standing next to his mum...and c'mon son, shawn and maximus? 5 bucks for drinking pickle juice? haha!

And man, Shawn's icelandic accent was pretty darn well done (mainly because it was so close to an english-dutch accent)...not easy to do!
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We all know the real romance du jur of this episode was Woody and Ursula, that was perfection, with Mike & Molly's Katy Mixon playing a vastly different type of character - a scary one at that.

This was a fun episode but the mystery was so light that it felt lost to trying to do one too many things with this episode. There was nothing specifically wrong with any of it, but it just lost focus in the middle. Still, I give it 7 and a half pineapples, and liked every moment for the fun of the moment. At least Maximus didn't cry upon seeing a body flop to the ground.

Was I disappointed? No, it's really odd to watch Lassie have a personal life, so less is more there, they struck the right balance. His reaction at Gus' relationship breakup was priceless.

The arms on Gus actually made me laugh the most.

I like Rachael, Maximus ain't too horrible either. THAT is a relationship that feels a touch rushed, but I suppose that's the intention.
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It was just missing a scene with both Katy Mixon and Kurt Fuller.
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I have to assume that is coming next week at the wedding.
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I'll be honest, I thought Marlassie (did I coin that? Did I create a portmanteau sniglet for a TV couple? Or would you prefer "Carlowe?") was the most interesting part of the episode. The circus bit wasn't doing it for me, but the underlying bromance subtext was nice.
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Think they may have steered clear of the who-dun-it because not to be technical but all of the circus geeks involved in the robberies could have been charged with felony murder (person died during commission of a felony, doesn't matter if he was part of the crew) - death penalty offense. They didn't need to go there.

Another great episode. The scene between Katy Mixon and Juliet about Lassie was hysterical. Katy Mixon and Kurt Fuller - the possibilities. This episode could have completely gotten bogged down in sitcom cliches but instead barreled through with a fast pace and never got mired in sappy sentiment. The sentiment was there but when it bubbled through it was just enough. These people know what they're doing and this show remains the best hour long comedy on TV. "Glee" can sssssssssuck it :)
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Maggie Lawson's pregnant right? Thought so from about 3 episodes back (the lost in the woods one) but can't find a thing on the net about it.
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I hadn't heard that. I thought the pee was going to turn into that kind of moment, but it didn't.
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It was a fantastic episode. 9/10 for sure. If only for Shawn's attempt at an Icelandic accent. Overall the chemistry throughout the whole cast. Even Woody. And though "Come on, son" should be a Shawn and Gus thing. I actually like Rachel's inclusion to the cast. Almost as good as Sarah Shahi.

The speed of Lassie and Marlowe's wedding is all right for me. Sure it could have used its own episode. But I am not mad at it. It is a strange relationship and a more natural engagement would have felt off.

Overall great episode. This season is really just knocking it out of the park
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Lassie to shawn"I put your bath robe back on the hook".Shawn to Lassie"It's yours,and the hook,and the door".
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Yeah, gotta change my answer to that one, the reading on that was great, good call.
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I enjoyed everything except the toilet jokes (Lassiter asking Juliet to provide clean urine, and Shawn and Gus walking off to use the port-a-johns in the warehouse) I liked that the Lassie/Marlow (LarLow or MarSsie?) were part of the b story, we aren't as invested in her yet since she's mostly been in prison since we met her. I'm ok with getting to know Marlow through b stories.

Favorite crack came from Shawn: "Is that your audition for how to catch a predator?"
Close second:"He's been grilling me on where circus performers go when they die." "Right, as if they have souls"

I like Maximus, but I find Rachel annoying. I don't know if it was because she was an over-protective mother, or because she stole "C'mon son" from Shawn. I liked the adrenaline junkie Gus dated way back when much better, can we bring her back? That being said, I still didn't like what Shawn did to sabotage the relationship and that later when Gus confronted him about it Shawn barely apologized. But we all had to know he was going to come through in the end and make things right between her and Gus.
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C'mon, "go in the bathroom and do me a solid... wait" was pretty funny.
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yes! that was hilarious!
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I also like how Juliet is getting a little wackier this season. In the past she's often played the straight-character (in terms of humor). Now she's making faces and hand motions... having a lot more fun with it. Like her reactions to Shawn's relationship chat, or the various hand motions when describing Lassie's ignoring her advice on her ex, etc.
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Okay, before anything else happens I NEED to get this one off my chest because I keep forgetting to say it: Drusilla Moorhouse is the coolest name I've ever heard, by far, in all the cosmos, in all the alternate universes, in all the land(s?).
9/10 pineapples (beginning was a bit slow-ish but theb everything got awesome)
I might have enjoyed this episode more than the last one. It was fun, the humor was more Psych-esque, and it fees like forever since we've had a good Shawn-and-Gus-take-on-the-bad-guys (very-poorly-and-then-they-nearly-die-before-the-police's-convenient-timing-saves-the-day), and while I think that Marlow and Lassiter's Epic Love Story could have felt a bit more epic, I'm happy to wait until next week or the week after or however long it is before we see Marlow again to see some romance, because even without the lovey dovies, they were still sweet (up top for Shawn's reaction to Lassiter and Marlow's big news) (but poor Gus).
Rachel and Maxiums aren't so annoying that they're problematic, but I definitely think I'd feel better about Rachel right now if we had gone without the 'C'mon son' bit. Can Gus and Rachel get their own awesome thing? I like Rachel but ain't nobody telling Gus What Not To Be but Shawn. They got a THING, lady. They have a METHOD.
It's quite rare that Henry shows up specifically do be of service to his son, or make things better, so hey, go you, Henry Spencer.
Jules deserved better this episode, y'all. She spent the first three episodes of this season kicking the asses of everyone who wasn't a Good Guy and now she has to deal with Lassier telling her to be in a vase (HER OWN vase no less) and Woody's creepiness (which is endearing, I guess, and ultimately became a tool of good against Just A Tool) and hearing about Lassiter in bed and also seeing Lassiter in her bath (also, shout out to Shawn, sorry about your robe, buddy). Good times for Jules better be on the horizon, writers.
This felt like a very Psych episode of Psych. I quite loved it.
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This is the coolest comment I've ever read, by far, in all the cosmos, in all the alternate universes, in all the land(s?).
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*Grins widely* *It's kind of creepy* *Tones it down* *There we go*
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Right on the nose for every point! Gus needs to develop his own thing with Rachel, not just let her steal Shawn's thing. I mean, Juliet isn't Gus sans Adam's apple, so Rachel should be more than Shawn with long hair.
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'Juliet isn't Gus sans Adam's apple'.
FRAME IT.
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I have NEVER thought of Gus as a second banana. The Gus-Shawn relationship IS the show.
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Yea, they have made the point many times over that Gus isn't a sidekick. Gus solves the crime a lot of the time, and just lets Shawn take the credit because Shawn is the "psychic", but Gus does just as much sluething and shenanigans.
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While I'm glad Lassiter was having fun and got a happy ending, I WAS hoping for something more for their reunion. Perhaps an episode where the two of them are part of the A-story instead of the B-story.

Hopefully we'll get a Lassy+Buffy A-Story this season.
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