Psych "Lassie Jerky" Review: Bigfoot Has Lassie to Start and Gus for Dessert in Season 7's Tastiest Episode Yet

Psych S07E03: "Lassie Jerky"

"Lassie Jerky," written and directed by Psych star James Roday, packed so many punches that I'm more bruised than an overripe banana. (Destined for a pudding. A delicious pudding.) 

Briefly, the found-footage homage to The Blair Witch Project found Shawn and Gus volunteering (sort of) to help a sex-crazed coed and her fellow film student with a "finding Bigfoot" documentary. Detectives Lassiter and O'Hara became unwilling participants in the project after Gus's car (did they fix the Blueberry?!) was reportedly abandoned.

All evidence seemed to point toward the existence of Sasquatch: Gus stumbled upon three fresh corpses, Lassie was gravely injured by a bear trap and taken away by a giant furry creature, and the gang discovered what they believed to be Lassie's remains roasting over a fire in the beast's lair.

Of course, the creature was a gentle giant and very human: Big Ed Dixon (WWE's Big Show, following in the big footsteps of Psych's many WWE guest-stars), a society-shunning former Army ranger. The real enemies were a trio of Serbian contract killers who axed Ed in the back (he'll be fine, although the gang seemed more intent on declaring him dead than Woody the coroner did) and ambushed the group before Santa Barbara's Finest, and Ed, could take them out.

Because this is a review and no one is more impartial about Psych than me, let's run down the pros and cons of "Lassie Jerky," shall we?


PLUSES:

Tonight we saw that Lassie has more layers than a Rubik's cube. The hard-nosed veteran cop was tough (taking a bullet in the shootout, for starters), vulnerable ("Big Ed picked me up like a baby fawn" after snapping his ankle in a bear trap), adroit (catching Shawn's camera from the sky while almost drowning in a rushing river), romantic (saying goodbye to his jailbird babe Marlowe in his farewell video), and earnest (calling Juliet the "best partner ever"). And even though he really did look like the "love child of Matthew Perry and Tony Randall," no one could do a better impression of Blair Witch's sniveling Heather in a wool cap than the "dying" detective.

Juliet has reached the highest echelon of badassery. And after besting the Serbian mob—with both her gun and a crossbow, for the love of God—she might've notched more kills than Lassiter himself. (Unless you count squirrels.) And saving her partner by knocking down a tree to catch him in the river? Just wow. (Also, how hot is Maggie Lawson? Did you guys see her guest spot as a very naughty girl on Justified?)


Gus seemed to lose his appetite last week (lovesickness?), but it was back with a vengeance tonight. And when Gus is hungry, hilarity ensues. Here are some of the snacks he either ate or mentioned in "Lassie Jerky": Lassie, beef jerky, bread, brisket, corn pudding, crackers, dry rub, flan, Nutella (okay, that was Kate's nickname for Gus, but it's worth noting), Odwalla-palooza (which doesn't exist—yet), pone, a turkey leg (containing a tracking device, which he found in a tree), and venison (formerly known as Lassie).


What's better than ravenous Gus? Terrified Gus! From his high-pitched wailing to his funny faces, Roday used every opportunity to take advantage of Dulé Hill's signature skills tonight. Also: Gus whipped out the Super Sniffer again!

Other highlights: The quartet of Shawn, Gus, Kate, and Chavo singing the Bangles' "Eternal Flame" around the campfire; Big Ed Dixon, and Woody (any appearance, however brief, by California's creepiest coroner is always a win). Plus, Red Vines!


MINUSES:

As if! There are 0 percent minuses. "Lassie Jerky" was perfect in every way and it's definitely a frontrunner for the Golden Pineapple Award and a spot in the Psych Hall of Fame. (I just made up the trophy and organization, but c'mon son: They should totally exist, right?)


MOVIES:

In addition to the obvious homage to The Blair Witch Project, Roday—a film buff and pop-culture virtuoso—dropped at least 16 big-screen references in the "Jerky" script. Here are the ones I caught, in alphabetical order: Bridge on the River Kwai, Cannibal Holocaust, Capturing the Friedmans, Don Quixote, Glory, Harry and the Hendersons, Jungle Fever, Ladyhawke, Last Tango in Paris, Lost in La Mancha, Love & Basketball, The Notebook, Pootie Tang, Predator, The Village, and Wild Orchid.


QUOTES:

Almost every single line in "Lassie Jerky" was quotable, so you might as well memorize the entire episode. Here are some of the highlights:

– "We're on our way to the Sassy Quatch. It's a secret BBQ place built into the side of a cave. It has the best-tasting corn pudding in all of…" (Gus, before realizing Shawn had totally set him up)


– "Shawn, John Lithgow is never writing you back. He's never even heard of [the Harry and the Hendersons] fansite." (Gus)

– "Organic juices and weird elixirs that are alive are the future, just like milk." (Shawn when Gus disparaged his dreams for Odwalla-palooza)

– "I enrolled you in something called Hermeneutics at UCSB. I think it is the study of The Munsters, so we should be fine." (Shawn on why they were eligible to win the Student Academy Award)

– "There are still bears out here, Shawn. Black bears who feel no kinship to black men." (Who else?)

– "I'll rarely order flan. If it's there on the table, sure, I'll partake, but chances are something else on the menu is gonna grab me." (Gus, speaking for most of America)

– "You're very open and sensual and European-seeming, but I'm in a committed relationship, and my lady and her illegitimate son count on me to make responsible decisions—in the clutch. (Gus about his brand-new girlfriend when Kate tried to hit on him again)

– "He'll want me first. I'm the sweetest!" (Gus worrying about being Bigfoot's prey, until Shawn reassured him: "What are you saying, he's gonna start with dessert?")


– "That's right, Los Lobos, so get that camera out of my face." (Lassie, when Chavo asked if he and Juliet were the po-po)

– "Mother Nature was not meant for us. It was meant for the animals and Jeff Probst. And you know what? Not really Probst because we all know that after wrap he goes to the Marriott." (Shawn on his refusal to participate in outdoor activities with his lady love)

– "I won't be making anymore off-color LPGA jokes during the holidays." (Lassie's dying declaration to his mom)

– "In lieu of everything we've been through with that man, Lassie does smell absolutely delicious." (Shawn, believing they'd found Bigfoot barbecuing Lassie's remains)

– "I can feel my ribs, Shawn." Gus, picking meat out of his teeth when Shawn accused, "You tasted the meat when we all thought it was Lassie?!")


What'd you think of "Lassie Jerky"?

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I was crying laughing when Lassie was rolling down the hill and fell in the river!...Lmfao
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It was awesome! I loved this episode, I love how much movie knowledge James Roday has. Did anyone see Gus stepping on Bid Ed's hand like a spider at the end when it turns out he's still alive? One of my favorite bits. Great ep.
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Hilarious episode from beginning to end. Nuff said.
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Am I the only person missing the Psych outs!!??
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I'll admit this isn't one of my favs, just filler-marathoned off-season, but I have enjoyed more than a few episodes. But not this one, I thought it was awful. The actual story wasn't total suck, it was that most of the actors are usually quite decent at acting, yet this ep was almost as painful as watching a middle school play.
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Loved it!!! Well done Roday, well done.
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I found it hard to watch this show...Kate Rogal was bit distracting. She also came to remind me of someone and eventually I realized she was, to a small degree, a tougher/cooler version of Katie Cassidy from "Arrow".

I am not a big fan of this show, but every third or fourth episode is usually pretty good and this one was right up there. The better episodes are one where Roday doesn't obnoxiously chew the scenery, steps back, and lets the other characters come forward and shine a little more. He may be a better director judging from this one. Can't get further back than behind the camera.

Omundson actually looks like a much younger Hal Holbrook. If "Lassie" has a dad, or grandfather, they should get Holbrook to play him.
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I hated it. I felt like Comic Book Guy all the way through, deadpanning WORST! EPISODE! EVER!

That was the clinical definition of a Jump The Shark episode.
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PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW!!!
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"I just shined these shoes, that and the fact that you and Guster aren't dead, I'm borderline furious!"

That was my favorite quote of the episode ;)
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I agree completely! I was cracking up!
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By the way,anyone else thought,that,when they were around camp fire,they will start singing We Are The Champions by Queens? Think it was in Mighty Ducks movie,not 100% on this,but I had feeling,they will "bust out" that song for some reason,just based on how many movies they made fun off in this episode.
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I definitely don't remember Maggie Lawson on Justified.

This was a cute episode, but I didn't feel particularly tight with it, it started with an unusually strained premise and rolled that into a Scooby Doo episode (the one where at the end, instead of unmasking a tied up monster, they distract the bad guys with their clever "cower in fear" tactic while Daphne and Velma brutally murder the villains). But it wasn't a mystery and Shawn didn't do any solving, it was just antics and then murder and then more antics and then a shootout.

The Big Show is an ok actor, I generally like him in other stuff and I liked him here, they got the right guy to dress like Bigfoot and then not be Bigfoot after all.
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Maggie was in two episodes (IIRC) of Justified as the cute nurse whose awful boyfriend was killing people for their organs (again, IIRC). A very drugged Raylan (in a bathtub) shot *through* the boyfriend's body to drop Maggie at the bathroom's doorway.

I still remember her referring to a "Dr. Blowjob" while talking to Raylan in the hospital. Pretty funny.

Hers was a brief but fairly memorable part, maybe because *everyone* is better and more memorable on Justified than they are on their regular shows. I think it's just what the power of extraordinarily good dialogue can do for any actor.
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Oh yeah, I forgot about that one, Thick As Mud, season 3, I had to look it up because season 3 was very forgettable to me.
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That episode was "And Down the Stretch Comes Murder" good. Funny from the teaser to the closing scene. How can a show this genuinely funny never get nominated for an award? Such a mystery. That final scene with the co-ed eying Henry up and down like a piece of meat and Woody trying to put his arm around Chief Vick had me laughing so hard I was crying. Brilliant hour.
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I thought the last episode was pretty good. But today's episode.. it was unbelievably funny and awesome in so many ways.
It has just set new standards, and everyone out there who is currently not watching Psych, now is the a good moment to start doing it!

I mean the episode had it all, Lassie whining, moony, sarcastic, Jules being a baaaaaaaaaaadass, and being even baader (no, seriously, she was so super cool in this episode), Gus being a frightend little chicken wing (ha-!) who is also more than considering cannibalism as a way to fill his tummy and Shawn .... being Shawn.
And that's super awesome. And that's what makes Psych awesome. And that's why Psych is awesome.

And now, let's just say awesome again, because of this overwhelming awesomness in this episode: Awesome.
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I enjoyed the episode. I thought it was great how every camera shot in the woods was "done" by one of the cameras the campers had with them. Prior to the final scene at the precinct, the episode was set in the woods, using the cameras that Kate, Chavo, Shawn and Gus all had in their hands, or mounted. Also, Lassie was using one of the cameras. No shot was taken from any other angle than the ones provided by camera or phone in the woods.
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Hahahaha!, Maggie Lawson's face when The Big Foot (see what I did there?) first walked into the cabin was priceless. It was so over the top and cartoony -- I loved it.

Gus eating a turkey leg he found in a tree and the thought-to-be-Lassiter-meat was disgusting. You must be out yo damn mind.
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When people ask me why I watch Psych. This will be one of the episodes that I show them to convince them of the greatness that is this show.

There was so much perfection in this episode. Even the guest characters were perfect. Kate and Chavo. I want to see more of them. I want to see Kate and Chavo Webisodes. Ok more Kate than Chavo, but still, they were fantastic. And they kept up with Shawn and Gus with their quips. And pulled out the Bengals. It was great.

The Big Show, whom is a wrestler, I guess, was great. He has been on a few shows and he actually is pretty talented and perhaps is deserving of his own show at some point.

Lassie was great. The best line was when they put on the cap. And, when he asked Jules permission to wing Shawn. And his nonchalance of killing the serbian.

But the winner of the episode, like last episode, (that dress on her. damn) is Maggie Lawson. She has really come into her own on the show and sadly when this is all over, she should have a fantastic career. Juliet is a badass and deserves an entire episode to herself.
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Yeh, I was surprised how charismatic the guy is. I've heard him on the radio and he was really funny. And from all appearances, appears to be a great guy in general.
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This was by far the best episode of Psych I've seen in awhile, truth be told I'm hard pressed to name one that had me laughing as much. literally everything was quotable, Gus sampling the lassie jerky before they found out it was venison had me almost in tears. his silhouette on the side of the tent as he devoured the chicken leg with the tracker... the campers comment "You found it in a TREE... that didn't strike you as odd?" the nympho camper.. "ever been shot papa bear?" just an amazing episode. this one will definitely rank in the top 5 episodes of the series easily.
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This really was the greatest episode ever. So glad to see Roday has fresh ideas for this 7th (and probably final) season!
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It's already had a renewal for an eighth season surprisingly.
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Movies: to your list I add Star Wars: A New Hope ...they mention planet Hoth

Also they changed opening theme with full verison of song. I think it's a full version of it.
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That'd be Empire Strikes Back then
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Yeah I was thinking what happened in New Hope and I said to myself...Hoth is,where Luke uses force on lightsaber and later Han saves him,so it ain't A New Hope and somehow New Hope stuck in my mind:D

Shame on me...
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Always forget to add something...camera work was perfect! With Gus's phone,there were black sides,until he turned it around and just whole use of cameras!

And I was also thinking to Woody's jokes with those body bags,when Shawn and Gus were standing near Big Ed. Damn,if I go any longer,I might as well recap whole episode,line by line:D Gonna stop now:D
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1) Thank you for not doing photo recap. Those suck imo.
2) This episode is my number 1 episode of Psych.
3) Hawk...like wtf!?!?!?! :D:D But in a crazy good way,that only Psych can pull off!
4) My best line was: "She should have stucked to hooking"
5) Guest stars were awsome!

I loved,looved,loooved this episode. This is perfection right here. Shawn at end of credits put only his and Gus's name there:D

No Lassie's were harmed during making of this moive->LOL

And this:


The following footage is all that remains of their ordeal. What you are about to see it real and may not be suitable for those who struggle to digest milk products... or blood relatives of Big Foot ->LOL,LOL,LOL
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I liked their reach as "The Big Show" walked into the room for the first time... specifically Juliette's face as she had the gun pointed.

Also, how "The Big Show" asked if they were moving him in front of the door like a piece of furniture.
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Throughout the episode I kept assuming this was some sort of dream. It wasn't because of all the wacky crazy stuff happening or the rambo-like ending, but because Shawn never seemed to give a crap when Lassie was going down the river, was taken, was shot, or when Gus looked like he was about to get shot. I know they needed the camera to keep filming but he never even seemed to show a hint of concern in his voice.

The show has always had very little drama, even in dramatic situations, but it's the first time that I didn't feel like the characters were even somewhat real which almost makes it less funny,
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The only minus I can think of was that we never got a clear shot of Kate in the promos, which led me to believe we might be seeing the return of Lauren Lassiter, so obviously I was let down there. Only Psych could spoof Blair Witch nearly 15 years later and still be relevant.
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c'mon son! it just doesn't get any better! god i love this show!
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I was giggling like a little girl with those jokes and references everywhere, I couldn't lift my eyes off the screen, I was afraid I'm gonna miss something.
This's hands down the best of Psych.
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Fantastic. Hilarious! I loved all the comments Shawn was making while O'Hara was kicking butt. Every word and sound uttered by Gus - pure gold. Totally in love with Lassie - when he caught that camera - my heart skipped a beat and I let out a little squeal. Best show on tv!
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The first episode this season was just okay and last week's episode was way off for me, to the point of wishing Shawn was in a coma for the rest of the episodes. This last episode though really seemed to be back on track. Other than the fact that I got a headache from the camera work (just like with the Blair Witch Project), this episode hit on all cylinders. I was thinking of dropping Psych from my weekly must-see schedule. It is staying. Hopefully the rest of the season can stay at this level.
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This show is the chili on my cheese fries, the frosting on my cake, the cherry on top of the ice cream, the pepperoni on my pizza. Need I go on? I find this show absolutely delicious and delectable. This episode was just peaches ("Oh, I'll eat me some peaches, now"), and the Blair Witch homages were mouthwatering. An epicurean delight. Thanks, Psych and Mr. Roday.
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