Shawn and Gus did it, in the billiard room, with the jerk chicken nachos!
Actually, the Psych partners are the only houseguests who AREN'T suspected of murder in tonight's episode, "100 Clues." The highly anticipated homage to the 1985 cult classic film Clue also marks the detective comedy's 100th episode—and I was on set for the corresponding celebration (pineapple cake = yum).
Joining the cast and crew for a toast to Psych were Clue actors Christopher Lloyd, Lesley Ann Warren, and Martin Mull, along with Garrett Morris, Tears for Fears' Curt Smith, and Steve Valentine, all of whom guest-star in the milestone episode.
"It's a beast of an homage—even bigger than we thought it was going to be when we took it on," James Roday said between scenes. "But I've been astounded at how well [it's] going."
"We're nailing Clue, but it still feels like a show. It's pretty special. The sets are ridiculous, and it's so crazy when you get to watch these reunions that happen on our shows. Christopher Lloyd and Leslie Ann Warren haven't seen each other since Clue wrapped in 1985."
Back to the Future's Lloyd was especially surprised to see his old co-stars.
"I barely knew that it was a takeoff on Clue," he admitted, telling Warren and Mull: "When I got here, I'm looking at a call sheet and discovered that you both were cast members. I was blown away—I just couldn't believe it."
"You know, it helps to read the script," cracked Mull.
Although the alums aren't reprising their Clue roles, "some of the energy feels very akin to what it was like on Clue," Warren said. "A lot of the mob scenes, running here, running there, running here, running there… I think they've captured the essence of whatever it was we did."
Clue has taken on its own life, like Rocky Horror Picture Show," she added. "I'll go into a restaurant and some 20-year-old server will come up to me and recite all these lines."
"It was not a hit movie at the time," grumbled funnyman Mull. "No, it has to take 40 years and be a cult [classic]."
Just like the original movie, "100 Clues" has three possible endings featuring three different killers. Psych fans will determine the outcome of the episode, voting for the suspects on USAnetwork.com or Twitter via special hashtags. And since USA is conducting separate votes for the East Coast and West Coast airings, viewers might see a different outcome.
"We never knew, during the course of shooting, who the killer was," Mull revealed about the original film, which was shot in sequence. "We didn't know if we were guilty or not!"
"Working with these actors has been unbelievably great," raved Dulé Hill, who's now reached the 100-episode mark twice (his first TV series, The West Wing, filmed 154 episodes). "It's just been a good time. You couldn't ask for a better way to reach 100 episodes."
Even creator Steve Franks was giddy about the special guests. Producer Kelly Kulchak dished, "The greatest thing about Steve is he walks onto his own set, and he's a fan! [He said], 'Oh my God. I can't believe we're going to get to meet Christopher Lloyd.'"
Maggie Lawson was similarly impressed.
"It's special to get such a dope cast," she said. "It's wild though… we all herd around in a pack."
"Everybody's in every scene," agreed Tim Omundson, who also loves the "meta" aspect of the opening flashback. "We're riffing on our own show."
Curt Smith, who returns as musician Curt Smith in the episode, told me with a laugh, "It's a big stretch for me." And, spoiler alert: He's not one of the murder victims. "Otherwise they wouldn't be able to bring me back [after this]. Officially now I'm a recurring character."
Of the overall experience, "It was an honor," the 1980s MTV staple said, quipping: "An honor to come all the way up here to be shot and mauled by a panther." (That's him sprawled—but not dead—on the couch below. And no, he's not dead.)
"We loved the idea of doing a drawing room mystery with three separate endings, [but] it was a massive undertaking," Franks said. "Thank God we didn't do it last year, because I don't think we would have had the running start that we would have needed just to make all of the things happen."
As for Psych's long run, Hill marveled: "I'm in awe of the whole journey. I thought that you couldn't really top the West Wing experience, [but] this has been just as fulfilling, in a whole different way…I didn't really realize that the show would have this kind of life, and have this kind of a fan base. It's thrilling."
The show will even feature special opening credits for the occasion that honor the original board game:
"100 Clues" airs tonight at 10pm on USA. To choose your ending, visit Psych's official website or vote on Twitter using hashtags for each culprit (#PsychButlerDDit, #PsychGroupieDDit, #PsychManagerDDit, #PsychAuthorDDit and #PsychHostDDit).