Psych Season 7 Finale Review: A Fish Called Trout

Psych S07E12: "No Trout About It"

Well, Psych-Os, that does it for another stellar season. And Psych couldn't have picked a better way to sign off than with a guest performance by '80s icon Anthony Michael Hall.

"No Trout About It" was an excellent homage to 1988's D.O.A., in which Dennis Quaid stars as an English professor trying to catch his would-be murderer before a deadly poison kills him in 24 hours.

Like D.O.A., "Trout" was told through a series flashbacks, opening with the Blueberry in hot pursuit of a daredevil motorcyclist... through the middle of a crowded race course. Unfortunately for race participant Henry, a few hundred of his fellow runners, and Detectives Lassiter and O'Hara, the chase ended with a collision and a cloud of "cake mix," with the motorcyclist ending up dead after crashing into a tree.


As a result, an unwelcome guest crashed the police department's party: Hall's Harry Trout, an abrasive, humorless consultant sent in by the head honchos to discipline/punish the SBPD Scooby gang (think Albert on Twin Peaks). And Trout's resume spanned more than just "real" police work: He may or may not've been an Emmy-winning consultant on a show called Badge and Honor.

When did the adorable geek from Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, and The Breakfast Club become such a first-class prick? 

Among Trout's most terrible transgressions: He tossed the group's fresh donuts in the trash, munched on a plate of sandwiches without sharing, and "snacked" on a Balance Bar. (At least it was s'mores, my favorite flavor.)

When Lassie tried to shake Trout's hand, Trout only offered an elbow—much like Gus toward their poisoned client, whom he refused to believe wasn't contagious.

Gus was also extremely uncomfortable with Trout's use of silence as an interrogation tactic, and couldn't help filling the dead air (a side effect of his recent radio gig?) with inane comments: "So is Trout a family name? I had waffles for breakfast this morning. Wanna hear my shoulder click?"

Trout immediately fired everyone, then gave them a chance to defend themselves. In a nice shout-out to Psych's series run, Shawn boasted accordingly: "Over the last seven years we've solved something in the neighborhood of 100 homicides."

Maybe because it was the finale, we were treated to two Gus-troductions in this episode, with the first one directed at Trout: "This is my partner, Burton Trout," to which Gus added, "No relation."

At Trout's command, Shawn delved into their sorry tale, beginning with a "disgusting smelly man" named Leo Quinn, who'd hired the Psych team to solve his own murder. They took Leo to the hospital, where a doctor confirmed that he was dying from a toxic pest control poison and had less than 48 hours left to live.

At Trout's prodding, Shawn asserted that he then called the SPBD—not to report the poisoning, but to play smoochie face with Juliet. A departmental squabble ensued, with the consultant learning that Lassie is now married to a felon he once arrested ("She's a rehabilitated felon; the system works!") and that "Magic Mike" McNab is a part-time stripper (which was news to the chief because she was so hammered at the bachelorette party he was hired to entertain).

"You guys are practically writing my next episode of Badge," Trout noted.

Resuming their story, the boys explained that they'd offered to pick up Leo's wife, Rita Quinn, at the airport. "Obviously I was skeptical of the superhot Latina married to the Travelocity Gnome," Shawn admitted about the beauty, whom he deduced only married Leo to obtain U.S. citizenship. He let Gus reveal that she was about to be a widowed American.

"This is my partner, Bad News Marvin Barnes," said Shawn, to which his sidekick naturally replied, "I have bad news."

But Rita soon received even worse news, in the form of a fatal head-bashing. As Lassie quipped at the scene:

"Looks like we've got 50 Shades of Grey… matter."

The bodies continued to fall (i.e. "two bodies and one circling the drain"—Shawn definitely undersold the "100 homicides" they'd solved), leading Trout to ask, "How close are we to the part where you turn [the case] into a bad episode of CHiPs?"—provoking a heated debate:

"First of all, there are no bad episodes of CHiPs," countered Shawn.

"What about the one where Ponch is plagued with bad luck after he pulls over a van full of black cats?"

"Character enrichment, Gus."

(For what it's worth, Shawn's argument here was as thin as his stance on Duran Duran's "Rio." It might not be "pure poetry" as "Durany" Leo claimed, but there's no way "Rio" and "Hungry Like the Wolf" should be lumped in with "View to a Kill" or God forbid "The Reflex.")  

Annnyway, because Gus didn't want the Blueberry "to smell like dead dude," the guys returned Leo to the hospital. The next time they saw him, he was "hot out of the oven" at the mortuary—"12 ounces of disgusting cindered gingered dead dude."

About that "cake mix" that coated Lassie and Juliet when they collided with the Blueberry: Yep, it was dead dude. But it wasn't Leo; it turned out that he was simply pretending to suffer from compound 1080 poisoning (or, if you believe Shawn, Blink-182/P90X poisoning) in order to knock off his accomplices in a jewel heist.

But even with the case closed, the story didn't end happily for our favorite crimesolvers: Trout suspended Vick, announced himself as the new interim chief of police, demoted Lassie ("your butt-kissing is chapping my ass"), fired McNab ("grab your bowtie and your thong and hit the bricks"), and terminated the Psych consultants.

Ruh-roh!

How will the show return to its status quo? That's a question only next season can answer. But even though it's hard to bid farewell, at least we don't have to wait another year to satisfy our Psych appetite: The long-awaited, two-hour (standalone) musical extravaganza premieres in December! I was on the set during filming and can guarantee a ripping good time! (That's a hint to the musical-within-the-musical's title, btw.)  

But even the promise of singing detectives doesn't really lessen the pain of Psych's parting. "Trout" concluded a standout seventh season on a note higher than the "it" in "Suck iiit!" Only two episodes disappointed me: the premiere and "Dead Air," which I unfortunately wasn't able to review when it aired two weeks ago. The other 10 episodes, however, were virtual taste sensations. Over the course of the season, the entire cast shared the spotlight, and each character matured in a different way. Shawn, Gus, and Lassie put on their big-boy pants (while Woody took his off), Juliet became Santa Barbara's biggest badass, and Shuliet finally enjoyed true love thanks to a little honesty.  

Truth time: What did you think of "No Trout About It" and Season 7 as a whole? Which episode was your favorite? (I honestly can't decide between "Lassie Jerky," "Juliet Wears the Pantsuit" and "Office Space"—I'm still laughing about Shawn and Gus's crime scene "cleanup.")


CASE NOTES

– "No Trout About It" was co-written by sporadic Psych guest-star Carlos Jacott, who played Terrance in 2006's "9 Lives" and Geoff in 2011's "The Tao of Gus." This was the third episode he's penned this season. 

– Who knew such a jerky persona would suit Hall so well? (Tim Burton, that's who; Burton was responsible for casting Hall as the thug in Edward Scissorhands.)

– Hall is currently playing a version of Trout on Awkward., which I highly recommend you watch to help ease the pain of Psych's departure. 

– Other Breakfast Clubbers who've guested on Psych include Ally Sheedy, as another infamous Psych villain; Molly Ringwald; Judd Nelson; and janitor John Kapelos. Emilio Estevez, it's your turn.

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Wait don't tell me that next season will be the last Psych season EVER!!!!! I don't want to believe that nor will I. But this season was AWESOME!!! Hope one day Gus will find someone who is not crazy, a murderer, or will leave him. #Psych-O forlife.
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I'm going to go against the grain here. I didn't particularly care for the episode. I've never liked flashback episodes because I think it makes for better action to watch the stories unfold rather than have to have them told for you by the characters after the fact.

I didn't care for this season all that much. I thought it focused too much on Shawn & Juliet's relationship and not enough on Shawn & Gus.

I've believed since the very beginning of the series that it would have been much funnier if they had made Shawn a promiscuous guy rather than looking to be in a serious relationship. I don't think he is mature or responsible enough to be in a long-term relationship with anyone and I don't think the relationship with Juliet is believable.

Can you imagine how funny the show would have been with Shawn as bisexual? I think it would have made it even funnier.
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Evey show doesn't need to have gay people in it.

It is absurd that you think it would be more funny if Shawn was bisexual.

Why?
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I think it would have been funnier if Shawn was bisexual because it's pretty clear that Lassiter is an uptight, conservative guy, and it would have created a lot of comedy seeing him constantly getting upstaged by someone like that. It would have really gotten under his skin even more.
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yeah, def. the best season yet. so sad next season is it's last. cant wait until December!
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Great season and 7yrs in that's amazing...can't wait to see how they wrap it up. I see him as a real detective or a cop. See you all in December.
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I don't usually watch this show,but after hearing that Anthony Michael Hall was going to be a part of the cast,I watched it . I loved it from beginning to end. I hope you plan to keep him on the show for a while. I love the gray in Anthony's hair.
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I couldn't breath I was laughing so hard when AMH sang "Suck it" He is always a joy to watch, and this was no exception. This episode was hilarious from start to finish, from Henry trying to show off for that girl to Shawn's declaration of war.
My favorite line:
Shawn:"You know the only thing more tired that my saying 'I've heard it both ways'?" Gus:"Me saying 'No you haven't'?"

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Shawn mistaking the compound name doesn't seem like it would be that funny, but I laughed each time.
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I thought it was good. It was funny, though I wouldn't call it the funniest of the season. However, the crime scheme, although a bit cliche, was brilliant. I was convinced that Trout would admit at the end that Shawn was right about him liking basketball (and one other thing I can't remember). Superb end to a great season.
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AMH is great in whatever he is in. Would love to see him in another vehicle of his own, be he a good guy, jerk or whatever! just a great actor!
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definitely think this was one of the funniest episodes of the season.
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The Dead Zone met Psych, it doesn't get any better than this!
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"Who knew such a jerky persona would suit Hall so well?"

GASP. You just outed yourself as having not watched the first season of Community! Or you did and just thought AMH didn't suit Mike the bully.

Anyway, this was a really fun episode. I liked everything about it, including the ending. I like Chief Vick, but replacing her (for a while, anyway) with a douchey Hall is a change I can support.

Worst episode of the season? Maybe "Deez Nups," which hurts because I love the episode's title and the ending was very significant.

Choosing a favorite is a lot harder for me, just because there were about 5 or 6... or 7... or maybe 9? episodes that I really loved. I guess it could be any one of "Juliet Wears the Pantsuit," "Juliet Takes a Luvvah," or "Office Space."
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This was definitely one of best seasons of Psych.
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Missed the reviews Ms. Moorhouse. How could you not like 'Dead Air'? I thought that was Dule' Hill's best episode. The scenes with him and Garcelle Beauvais were hilarious.

This show won't get any love come Awards time but damn, what a fantastic season. This show is one of the best comedies currently airing and both Mr. Roday and Mr. Hill put in some of their very best work this year. Someone needs to get a nomination so this great show can get a table at an awards show - they deserve it this year.

Best line of the evening from Burton 'Trout' - 'Sean, you know the Devil is white.'

'til next year! - why again is next season the last???
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I think Halls guest appearance in the episode is more noteable for the fact the he was the star of USA's Dead Zone, where he too was a Psychic of sorts, one that people also questioned. It actually makes his presence here rather quirky as a result.

But yeah, his 80's work stands on it's own.
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Same here...
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Hey Dru, why are you so mopey about the season ending? There's another season on the way after the musical episode. Are you not going to be reviewing them anymore?

DOA was a remake.

I liked this episode, but it felt more like a midseason finale than a true season finale. Anthony Michael Hall played his post-Edward Scissorhands douchebag character, but at least here he wasn't humorless and he had quirks. Plus, he broke through Shawn's rather lazy act quite quickly.

The reality is that Chief Vick has let way too much slide lately simply to get the case solved, and while I can't actually see any force giving their chief a 6-month suspension, it wasn't surprising that she got some suspension for these transgressions.

Hey, what's wrong with View to a Kill? That's a good song.

1080 poisoning, was that a reference to having things go around in circles 3 times, 3x360=1080, the characters having twist after twist after twist in this case? Compound 1080 is a real poison, but that'd be a good reason to use that one.

As for the mystery, I called it very early on, not exactly sure what but perhaps just the casting of Joey Slotnick, a funny guy but guest casting with him usually feels like he'll be used in a twist.

Lame that USA didn't include much in the way of promo shots, and also that your screencaps take place on a 1999 Kodak 2.1mp digital camera.

Season 7 worked alright, a little bumpy but mostly a lot of fun, moved characters along in their lives. I'd say Shawn was actually the weakest part of season 7, he just didn't get as much to do in most episodes.

Hall actually was built into a jerk in Johnny Be Good (first movie I ever saw on the Fox lot, they gave away free screening tickets to teenagers like me who hung out at the mall down the street) but as that was the death of the classic AMH, it was Burton who turned that career shift into success with Edward Scissorhands.

EMILIO!
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"Lame [...] that your screencaps take place on a 1999 Kodak 2.1mp digital camera."

Hee hee, I had the same thought. I've also wondered about the source of the really high-quality grabs they sometimes put up out here, with their huge dimensions and odd aspect ratios. I can maybe attribute the latter to cropping (although: why?) but the sizes are unlike anything I see with a typical Scene capture. Dunno, maybe they're 1080 sources (?).
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I think the chiefs suspension will be resolved in the musical episode in December.

I agree about Shawn's role being somewhat less than other seasons, but the characters seemed to be more fleshed out this season because of it
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I think season 7 was The season of Burton Guster
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Dule Hille in episode 13 of this season, Nip And Suck it. He had me falling out of my chair laughing. It was masterful.
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Without a doubt the funnest show on TV. It is just fun. The cast has one of the best chemistries that perhaps there has ever been. This episode was a great way to end what is perhaps the strongest season that they have had. Minus the two that you pointed out, though I didn't mind Dead Air.

I really can't wait to season what they come up with next season. Which I am still hesitant to say will be their last. If it is going to be. They are going to swing for the fences in every episode and personally I can't wait.

Without a doubt this might be my all time favorite show on TV.
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office space, definitely!
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FYI, 1988's "D.O.A." was itself a remake of the original 1950 film of the same name, considered to be a classic of the noir genre. (Maybe the link embedded in my original copy of this post caused it get nuked. If so, sorry. Read about it at Wikipedia if interested.)

I talked to young guy (probably in his mid-20s) not long ago who never knew that the "Mission: Impossible" movies were based on the long-running, Emmy-winning, beloved-worldwide TV show. As far as he knew, the franchise started with Tom Cruise. Ugh.
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Yikes, apologies for my bad proofreading in that.
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This was a fun episode, for sure, but nothing else from this past season was as good as the "Office Space" episode.

My only complaint about this one was finding it utterly impossible to believe that a *consultant* to the SBPD would have the power to single-handedly fire a uniformed officer, the head of detectives *and* the chief herself. And then he makes /himself/ the interim chief? (Man, being able to promote yourself must be one sweet job perk.) Come on, suspension of disbelief is one thing but this was just lazy and/or bad writing. I suppose you could argue that someone else within the department actually implemented his recommendations, but 5-10 seconds of dialogue could've cleared that up. The way it was presented to us, that whole business really took me out of the moment with its ridiculousness.
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I took it as he was empowered by the police commission, and that they are ultimately the ones who decided he should replace Vick, not that he chose it himself.
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Maybe so. Well, whatever. It's probably silly of me to be annoyed by a possible plot hole in a show that's not meant to be taken seriously anyway.
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This is the best show on TV and I'm in denial that season 8 will be the final year. The cast is the best there is.....I'd like to see a little more of Marlowe next season. Last nights episode was terrific. I won all the DVD's and watch them all the time. Blink 182 was the best line in the show!! Only thing missing last night was more screen time with Henry.
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I disagree that Shawn matured throughout this season. If anything, he regressed to the type of behavior he exhibited more commonly in S1&2 and because he did, it had the unfortunate side-effect of making Juliet appear foolish. But I realize I'm in the minority.

Overall, the finale was good, but not among their great episodes.
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You know what? I agree with you. Moving in with Juliet was a big step forward, but his douchey narcissism took him two steps back.
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The problem with airing the season finale before the Musical is I assume the Musical takes place before the end of the season finale, which means nothing will be resolved in The Musical.
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I've heard "stand alone" mentioned so it's probably removed from whatever storyline is going on. Kind of like the holiday specials: writers tend to make holiday specials exist as an island so they can air them "whenever" in the future without the viewers having to worry about what was going on in the story-arch 3 years ago.

So the characters just interacting like they normally do, without the storyline baggage of that season (A getting angry at B, C being temporarily unemployed, etc.).

So if it's what I'm thinking, it's probably just going to have the characters interacting in a generic manner investigating a crime from someone walking into Shawn's office. So if they air it in the future we're not trying to remember some "Mr Trout" guy that was ultimately in like 5 episodes out of 120

Then again, maybe I'm wrong.
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I really enjoyed this episode, I thought Anthony Michael Hall was great. If Psych is truly ending next year then this will shake things up and bring something new to next season.

I can't believe this season has ended already, it felt like we were waiting forever and then it came. I thought this was a very strong season too. One complaint though is the Shawn/Jules arc throughout the season, they wrapped it to quickly and got back to normal like nothing happened. Musical comes in November so at least it's not a 12 month wait this time.
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I thought they got back on track really quickly too. I mean one episode she was telling him "I'm starting to forgive you" and the next episode opened with Shawn moved back in. I'm glad they are back together, but I expected a little more drama about it.
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Same here, they had a year (and a renewal) to stretch out their breakup and eventual reconciliation. Really, Psych is down to the Bromance of Shawn & Gus, as long as that's still alive I could watch this show forever.
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I liked this episode, but I didn't like how USA promoted it. Last season ended on a very surprising note with Henry getting shot, but this finales final moments WERE ACTUALLY SHOWN IN THE PROMO! I thought Shawn and Gus would be fired mid-episode and eventually redeem themselves, but they waited til the very end to have Trout split up the characters. All this episode did was make me ask time and again "so is Trout going to fire them now? How bout NOW?" Bad call, USA. And I also deduct points for the lack of Woody the Coroner this episode.

That being said, Psych had some amazing episodes this season (My favorite being Office Space) but I am a little disappointed that the two storylines that kept me interested were resolved so poorly, the first being Juliet and Shawn's breakup and the second being Gus's first real girlfriend. The breakup of Shawn and Juliet actually put some real drama into the series, and I loved the scene where Shawn was about to admit his secret to the Chief in an attempt to get her back, but instead of SLOWLY having the two of them get back together, we have 3 episodes with Juliet saying she wants to take things slowly, then BOOM! They're in bed together, and BOOM! They're officially a couple again without even an official reconciliation scene. Seriously a waste of potential in my eyes. And with Jules not rolling her eyes or sighing every time Shawn has a "vision" anymore this episode, it's like the breakup arc never even happened! As for Gus, I kind of liked the idea of Gus FINALLY getting a romantic interest that wasn't a either psycho or the target of a psycho, but to put her on a bus right when we were beginning to get used to her and Gus handwaving the entire relationship this episode just made the whole storyline seem cheap.

Overall, it was a good season and a great way to give Shawn and Gus some much-needed maturity, but it could have been so much better if they just stuck to the story arc and not push reset the episode before the season finale.
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Thought this season was "special" but the idea of a two hour musical is about the stupidest thing I can think of. I don't plan to watch.
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So what's the count up to? Have the had everyone from the Brat Pack guest star yet?

IE: those 80s teen stars from films like Breakfast Club and the like.
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Just about, I think the only one still missing is Emilio.
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The S4 commercials were worth a chuckle.

Especially when Gus learns that he'll become the President's aide. Like his character in West Wing.
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"Oh HELL no!"
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idk i think they could of done more with the shawn and jules angle, i just wasn't a fan of how they got back together by shawn just saying me and jules are back together especially from the great moments those two of had like after shawn catches yang and she makes a move but he's on a date, or when she overhears gus and shawn's conversation from the van when shawn admits his feelings, or when she kisses shawn during his moments speech before she's supposed to leave with declan, or when shawn admits he loves her during the lie detector test so i just wish they could of atleast had something. Also it should be interesting how the writers go with this 6 month suspension with vick since it is 6 months until the actual musical do they do real time has passed and santa barbara is worse off without psych or do they pick it up where they left off like this season, considering the musical will open the year and it was supposed to initially close this year it's probably safe to assume vick will be on suspension but i am interested to see yang again in the opener, all in all good season but after the long wait it went by too fast.
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Did anyone else catch during the chase when Lassie hit the orange barriers, that one actually flew and knocked over a runner? It's in the corner of the shot and I had to replay is to make sure and then I laughed hysterically.
Favorite line: "The Devil is white Shawn"
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Heh, a comma can make quite a difference:

"The Devil is white Shawn" vs. "The Devil is white, Shawn."

;-)
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hahahaha good catch. Now let me hit this edit button to.... oh wait
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I couldn't parse that sentence about the Duran Duran songs because those listed are all roughly the same mediocre quality. I can't tell which ones you're claiming are better. Come Undone, on the other hand is art.
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Loved it. Great episode as usual. Many great one-liners and Hall was good in his role as Trout. My favorite line was probably Shawn calling compound 1080 "Blink 182"!!! LOL!!!! Man, I'm gonna miss this show.
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It isn't going anywhere. It was renewed for an 8th season of Eight episodes, with the possibility of Five more.
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"Try the Anthony Michael Hall, it's surprisingly good." - Steve Martin

Gosh, who knew that the youngest cast member in SNL history would grow up to be such an accomplished douchenozzle?

And am I the only one who remembers, over 7 years ago, when Roday, Hall, and Tony Shaloub shared the first-ever USA crossover promo?
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Monk, The Dead Zone, and Psych, those were great promos.
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