Psych "Office Space" Review: "Bring Your White Best Friend to Work Day"

Psych S07E11: "Office Space"

First off, what a Gus-tacular episode!  Second: Gus still works as a pharmaceutical rep? Third, this: 

"You're an A Hole! I Quit!! Drop Dead … Fondly, Burton Guster ☺"

Gus's resignation letter to Dorian Creech, his bullying boss, made me laugh so hard that I might have to start wearing Depends (like Woody insisted that 24's Jack Bauer must have) while watching Psych.

Whatever the writers throw at Dulé Hill—and they've tossed him a veritable smorgasbord of tasty treats over the past few seasons—he delivers, with gusto (see what I did there?). The former West Wing star is a surprising comic genius, and owns his role as "the only black lead on a major cable network." Psych has always celebrated Gus and Shawn's "Ebony and Ivory" relationship, and the gags that acknowledge their racial differences—like Gus expecting to be thrown in the slammer because he's black—only enrich their banter.

"Office Space" started off in Squee-D: Shawn woke up in bed with Juliet! This time, he wasn't dreaming—about the hookup, anyway.

He was awakened by Gus, who appeared at Juliet's door looking, as Shawn sleepily observed, like "Bruce Willis in Blind Date."

But his plight was much worse than that of Kim Basinger's dinner companion: Gus had had second thoughts about quitting his job and returned to the office to try to retrieve his kiss-off note—only to find it clutched in Creech's lifeless hand. Instead of calling his other employer—the Santa Barbara Police Department—Gus panicked.

He pried the note loose, ate it, choked, knocked over a potted tree, and… sorry, I'm laughing too hard to continue. Just know that by the time Gus finally left the crime scene, it not only resembled a massacre but was covered in Gus's fingerprints and DNA.

Shawn naturally agreed to help his buddy "make this kosher" ("meats and cheeses, they're not gonna touch").

His first reaction upon arriving on-site was priceless: "I think you undersold this!"

It turns out that both Shawn and Gus are much better at reading (or sniffing, or eating) a crime scene than they are at cleaning one up. Shawn only made things worse—literally drenching the area with his DNA by sneezing with a bloody nose.

When Shawn suggested they come clean, Gus refused.

"You're talking like a real white guy right now. Brothers don't get the benefit of the doubt. I will not rot in a cell!"

So the bros sought help from Henry, who dragged them back to the office… where they found the po-po waiting for them (and a mysteriously scrubbed crime scene). Gus's overwrought, histrionic response—"Oh no, oh no, oh no"—is destined for the Psych Hall of Fame.  

Detective Lassiter quickly butted heads with the zealous head of security, Leslie Valerie Sally (Dave Koechner, who plays Todd Packer on—wait for iiiitThe Office). 

"Well, Sally, this is sort of an Adult Swim-type situation, so why don't you and your blazer run along and solve the mystery of, oh, I don't know, who stole Jensen's lunch," sneered Lassie. ("Shawn, I stole Jensen's lunch," whispered Gus.)

Even more incriminating evidence surfaced against the crime-solving duo, including part of Gus's resignation note and Shawn's coffee mug covered in fingerprints.  

"Damn you, Cagney. And Lacey," muttered Shawn, blaming the fictional detectives for influencing him to make coffee.

Of course, Jules' prints were on the mug too, and she became an unwilling accomplice. Her excuses prompted Lassie to ask, "O'Hara, you can tell me—are you carrying Spencer's unborn demon seed?" (Or, as it was more affectionately dubbed by Shawn, "Starfish Spencer, named after the graceful and stylish sea creature.")

At least Juliet wasn't tied up (and forgotten) like Woody the blabbermouth.

Like fellow guest-star Koechner, Geico pitchman Mike McGlone deserves a golden pineapple for his portrayal of bizarre corporate executive Mitch Murray. Not only did Murray reward his staff with scratch 'n' sniff stickers, but he promoted Gus to branch VP.

Unfortunately, Shawn discovered that Murray was also cooking the books and had murdered Creech—and then Sally, when the security guard suspected his guilt. Fortunately for Gus and Shawn, he also confessed to his crimes in a strange show of bravado.

Writers Andy Berman and Todd Harthan ended this yummy TV ice cream sundae of comedy with a cherry on top: They found a nifty way to distance Juliet from Shawn's psychic sham. From now on, the detective is enforcing a strict don't ask, don't tell policy.

Even better, she's not keeping her distance from her ex. She may not be returning the key to "ye old homestead" quite yet, but overnight privileges are an awesome first step!



NOTES & QUOTES


– Can there ever be too much Burton Guster?

– Did you wish there was more Office Space—like the red Swingline stapler—in "Office Space"?

– Which movie would you love Psych to pay tribute to next?

– "I'm still black, remember?" (Gus, when Henry demanded they come clean)

– "You go around smelling like a vacation, it's gonna come back to bite us." (Shawn on Gus's incriminating cocoa butter lotion)

– "The truth is going to land you… in front of a firing squad full of men who look like Patrick Wilson." (Shawn, when Gus got his Hurricane Carter on)

– "Shawn, we don't have time now for Baldwin." (Gus, halting his partner's Glengarry Glenn Ross performance)

– "I think Jack Bauer also wore adult diapers. How else can you explain him not going to the cansky for, what, eight years?" (Shawn, justifying Woody's temporary lack of toilet privileges)

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Pretty much agree with everyone else. This episode was firing on all cylinders comedically! My favorite part was easily watching Gus and then Shawn and Gus trying to clean up the crime scene!!! LMFAO!!!
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Fantastic episode! Also, there was a red Swingline stapler on the VP desk after Gustor takes over. It is visible in the lower left of the screen.
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This and the next episode look to be some good old-fashioned Spencer-Gustor shenanigans, which is my favorite Psych. It's done a lot of strange new things this year, and done them well, but I've missed episodes like this. The duo of James Roday and Dule Hill is damn near theraputic.
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I laughed so hard at the comment Gus made about "Bring your white friend to work day" lol
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I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes. I'm so gonna rewatch this ep a few times
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So much AWESOMENESS in this episode I don't even know where to begin. I literally laughed from beginning to end. Every line from Gus was PURE GOLD. So much comedy going on and it came from everyone on the show, Shawn trying to help, and making things ten times worse, Henry and Jules being unintentional accomplices, Lassiter and zingers, and Woody who found out that Shawn and Gus were involved but promised to keep his mouth shut, only he couldn't and had to be tied up. Oh and Mike McGlone and Dave Koechner were great guest stars. Hilarious episode, I would definitely put this in the Top 10 episodes ever. This show continues to knock it out of the park week after week.
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You can never get too much of Burton Guster!
When he ate his note out of the dead bosses hand, his look of pride and accomplishment almost sent me to the looney bin for hysterical laughter.
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I loved how he was eating takeout as Shawn was putting the garbage in the dumpster...can't get enough!
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Great episode. I really liked this line:

Hey Guster, one more thing...you're gonna have to lose that...almond cocoa butter lotion you're sportin'. Frankly, it's an embarrassment. You smell like a jerk.
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Of course the guy named Murray did it....
I'm so impressed with this season of Psych! A show this many years in usually goes through the motions or is running out of material by this point, but not this show. They are absolutely KILLING IT every week! This week in particular was an instant classic!
You know that's right....!
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I too have to say this was the funniest episode of the season. From their attempts to cover up the crime to their attempts to prove their innocence, Gus and Shawn showed why Psych is still going strong and why it deserves more than 13 episodes next season.
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The episode order for season 8 is still 8 episodes. Yes they ordered 5 more scripts but have yet to announce whether they will get added to next season. I am guessing it will depend on whether Maggie Lawson's new pilot goes to series. SVP of research at USA Network confirmed to me on twitter just a few days ago that next season still only has 8 episodes. Whatever happens i am pretty certain it will be the shows last.
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I was shocked at how short Mike McGlone is...those Geico commercials made him look so tall.
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This is the first episode in the season I can truly say I couldn't stop laughing to catch a breath. Fantastic! I loved all the Office Space gags too. I enjoyed seeing the guys getting back to their goofy selves, the chemistry in this episode was flawless!
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This really was an unusually good episode. Shawn was funny without ever being overly annoying, Gus was super and even the usually dour Jules played things for laughs. (Writers: More funny Jules, please.) The overall energy was better in this one than in just about any other episode I can remember. It had the vibe of one of Hollywood's old -- and much loved by me -- screwball comedies. I had that thought at least half a dozen times while watching it.
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I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe when Gus and then Gus and Shawn were trying to clean up the crime scene. That was indescribably funny.
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I agree, I like it when Shawn and Gus are goofy and trying to get out a jam. While I like past episodes this season they weren't fun and hilarious as this was (much like the classic episodes)
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Awsome episode. Last episodes had alot to handle with Shawn and Jules and they were handled perfectly. And this episode was awsome on so many levels and for so many reasons. Jokes are top notch as always,writing is awsome...I love this show!
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Not the mention the acting, and the sheer perfection of the chemistry between Roday and Hill.
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Finally, after a bunch of semi-serious episodes, we go back to the pure comedy that is classic Psych. My favorite part is Lassie coming in to arrest Shawn and Gus, sees Shawn standing on a chair, then, with a pained expression, says to Jules, "he solved it, didn't he?" I burst out laughing at that.

I love Woody. Kurt Fuller has amazing comedic chops. It's amazing how versatile he is, considering the other role I know him from is a power-hungry angel, the polar opposite of his goofy coroner.
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I love him! His I've got your back; you are my brothers and in the same breath, but you should know I can't be trusted; I'm calling somebody right now. He's just perfect. The whole show was just perfect.

And I kind of like the name Starfish Spencer.
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This perhaps might have jumped all other and headed to the top of the list for episodes I tell people to check out when I tell them how good Psych is. Dule Hill had me nearly falling out of my chair laughing with some of the stuff he said and just his facial expressions. I know Psych is eventually going to end. Bu every single member of this cast should have an excellent career. They are all extremely talented.

But this episode was hilarious. Best line of the night was "I'm still black, remember". But I am not sure I can level it at just one line. The whole freaking episode from start to finish was hilariously perfect.
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The beginning really reminded me of that line about the best friend is the one in jail with you. Clearly Shawn took that literally. Aside from all the Gusism's I loved that Gus did a double take when Shawn said I also don't have a white best friend.
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I think Shawn's comments about why people make coffee was the funniest small thing in this episode, it was a good point and outside the normal tone.

I didn't think about the movie "Office Space" while watching, because it didn't connect to that at all, but now that you say it, yes I would have.

This was a funny episode, and a decent mystery with a good red herring character in Security guy Sally. The show reminding us both that Gus still has a regular job AND that he's black, I was kinda hoping Gus would take more center stage in this story, but it remained more traditional Psych instead. The crazy VP guy giving out stickers as rewards was hilariously weird while owning his evil bad guy-ness, AND he gave a Columbo-esque confession.

Juliette seemed to be on the losing side of things here, having to lie to cover up for Shawn's huge mistakes.
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I knew Gus still had his job because he has to pay all of Shawn's bills. In an episode a few years ago Gus told Shawn he claims him (Shawn) on his taxes.
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Best part was "Bring your white best friend to work day", so funny!!!
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This was absolutely the funniest thing I have ever seen. Way too many lol moments to pick out just one or two. Scratch n sniff stickers for everyone associated with this show!
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