After watching Psych's spectacular "Deez Nups,"
I'm not sure what hurts more: my stomach, because I laughed so hard, or my
heart, because James Roday RIPPED IT OUT OF MY CHEST.
Yes, the show's star, who co-wrote and directed this episode, deserves both the credit and the blame for what went down.
And most of it was epic.
Like all great wedding comedies, "Deez Nups"—which managed to feature most of the regular and guest cast members—was ribald and romantic, careening toward a fairy-tale ending. For a brief, wondrous moment, it seemed that Lassie and his new bride Marlowe wouldn't be the only ones making an eternal pledge.
As Shawn strolled toward his girl after a heartfelt talk with his dad at the bar, I studied him intently: Was he packing a secret engagement ring? Because surely this Romeo was about to propose to his Juliet!
Curse the fates! Or did that delicious cake and Wang Chung somehow
conspire to produce the blond detective's sudden moment of clarity?
If your heart didn't seize when Jules tossed her prosecco in
Shawn's face, then you—sir or madam—are colder than a corpse on Woody's table.
But let's take a moment to focus on the good times.
Lassie doesn't believe in long engagements. (At least not this time around.) He interrupted Chief Vick's briefing—about a mobster's accountant who fled with their cash and records—to hand-deliver his Save the Date cards… just days ahead of his and Marlowe's nuptials.
"What can I say?" he shrugged as he followed up with the actual invitations. "I've got one speed and it is full throttle."
His partner and chief were especially lucky: Lassie invited/ordered them to attend Marlowe's bachelorette party, thrown by her former cellmate Big Wendy.
Lassie shot down the prospect of a bachelor party, but did reveal that he'd invited his BFF, Stumpy (the Stumpinator!), to be his best man.
So naturally, Stumpy joined Gus, Shawn, Woody, and Henry when they kidnapped Lassie for a ride on the Phat Cat party bus.
Huge props for Lassie's Hangover reference—a meta shout-out to last season's brilliant "Last Night Gus" and both episodes' tributes to the franchise films.
Meanwhile, at the Agua Verde casino, Big Wendy—the self-titled "chief of making bitches do shots"—was ordering Santa Barbara's Finest to let loose with the ex-cons. Enter the cop-costumed male stripper—a.k.a. Officer Buzz McNab, who told everyone he had a part-time security job. At least he dressed the part?
When the boys arrived at the casino, it didn't take long for their celebration to collide with the case: Lassie spotted Herb Pollack, the missing mob accountant, and quickly apprehended him. Naturally it resulted in a quick detour for the party bus, with Herb handcuffed to the support beam/stripper pole.
At Herb's condo to pick up his files, Shawn pocketed a receipt for an upcoming Michael Damian concert ("because it has a picture of Michael Damian on it"). Herb made an even more disturbing discovery: There were mobsters in his condo. A shootout ensued, and although "that cop from Santa Barbara who looks like Mr. Bean" managed to steer his group to safety, the mob had the upper hand: They'd kidnapped Marlowe.
Everyone double-crossed each other during the eventual hostage exchange: Both Herb and Marlowe had escaped their captors. Thanks to Shawn's "spectacular vision" (or excellent deduction), the team found Marlowe in the trash chute. His "psychic powers" (or that pretty-faced receipt) led him to find Herb at the Michael Damian concert.
Aww Moment No. 1: Lassie revealed that the only reason he invited the douchey
Stumpinator was that he was too embarrassed to admit he didn't have a real BFF. Plus,
the glance exchanged by Shawn and Gus when Lassie said "bromances are
overrated" was priceless—and another meta nod to the backbone of the show.
Aww Moment No. 2: Before kissing his bride, Carlton raised her palm in a tribute to their only "contact" during his prison visits.
Aww Moment No. 3: Shawn finding Juliet adorably alone with
her cake: "Right now, I am enjoying this cake. I love cake. You know I
love cake. I deserve this, dammit."
You do, Juliet, you do! And you deserve to know the truth
about Shawn's "psychic" abilities. But why did you choose that instant—one
of the most romantic scenes in seven seasons of Psych—to take the blinders off?
My guess? Roday hates us. Either that, or he brilliantly recognized the powerful effect it would have.
"I'm good at what I do," Shawn desperately insisted. "And what I do is good. Isn't it?"
So, so good. That's why it hurts so bad.
– "If I was a mobster, I think my mobster name would be Frankie Friction." "That sounds like a porn name." "No, Chubby Pumpalo sounds like a porn name." (Shawn and Gus)
– "Somewhere disappointing Jesus." (Gus, when Lassie asked where Stumpy was)
– "He was the only other member of the anti-glee club who bothered to come to meetings." (Lassie about Stumpy)
– "Marlowe Viccellio, you have given me something to believe in even stronger than the NRA's Code of Ethics." (Lassie's wedding vow)
– "You're like the old guy in Up." "Except your mother's still alive." (Shawn and Henry)
– Did you cry, or did you Lassie up like a man during all the dramz?
– What was your favorite scene?
– Where will Shawn and Juliet go from here? (They share a home, remember.)
– How about Big Wendy and the other guest stars?!