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Season 1 Episode 5

9 Lives

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 04, 2006 on USA
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Episode Summary

Shawn claims a psychic connection with a cat so he can continue his investigation into a what he believes is a murder, but that the police have labeled a suicide, and the link he finds to a hotline may involve one of SBPD's own officers.

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  • 9 Lives

    The Good:

    -Lassiter takes three creams and four sugars in his coffee. He is spared no shame when Shawn discovers this nugget of information.

    -"That was a lucky guess" 'Don't you get tired of saying that?"

    -For the first time, one of SBPD's own is nearly a victim!

    -Shawn praises Lassiter to make the killer lose his nerve.

    -The chemistry between Shawn and Detective Lassiter is more palpable than it has been so far.

    The Bad:

    -McNab being caught defenseless seems unrealistic, as he is a cop.moreless
  • Extremely original. A great episode. :)

    Another extremely good episode of Psych. I just loved this episode. This episode was soooo hilarious. My favorite, favorite part of this episode was when Shawn went into the suspect's bathroom and came out telling Gus, "Good news. Shower for two." The look on Gus' face was absolutely hysterical. I'm laughing out loud right now just thinking about it. I thought the "handshake-dance" thing that Shawn did with Buzz was cute. I loved when Shawn was moving around the chief's office like a dancer. I loved when Shawn put the cat in the car and then it peed, and he said "Did you make good pee-pee?" LOL I loved when Gus called the helpline and started to doubt himself. I thought that part was sweet. It was great that Shawn pretended to communicate with the cat. It was so, so funny when the cat got to ride shotgun. Poor Gus was squished in the backseat.

    I felt bad for Buzz, when he approached Lassiter for advice. Buzz is a really great character. I liked seeing him be saved in the end, by Shawn of all people. That entire scene was funny.

    Psych is just such an impressive show. I am so happy when I watch this show.moreless
  • this ep was really good.

    in this ep shawn drags his assitant into scen that the cop thinks it was suicide but shawn thinks it was murder. and shawn finds a cat that he pretends to have a phyicic connection with and more bodys start to pop up all over town. and the cops think there just more suisides . so he and guss go vist the stress hotline and starts pretend him and gus have a office in there even though it was only in a cleaning space. it was a really good ep can tehy figure it out before more people start to die .moreless
  • Shawn drags Gus into a suicide scene and then realizes it's a murder. Using the victims cat he manages to get involved with multiple homicides by speaking psychically with the cat. In the end he and Gus solve the crime and find the serial killer.moreless

    The best episode of the season so far. Shawn's use of the cat was great in being a buffer between him and the police. Sometimes he gets a little carried away but this time it was more deduction and less fooling around that helped him solve this case.

    Shawn and Gus together are actually pretty good investigators. Shawn is a little out there and Gus keeps him grounded.

    The crime board scene was funny where Gus asks Shawn what he is doing and Shawn replies "I have seen it on Numb3rs and it seems to work for them." Then he takes the brother of the first suicide victim and moves him to the top. Of course remembering what his father taught him about the cereal box and the toy. Also humorous was the fact that the cat got to ride shotgun and Gus was in the back seat.

    You really had to like Rory and it was a trip that he was using his help line experience for angst for his poetry. Did anyone else other than Shawn think maybe he was in the wrong field of community service? You sort of get the feeling that Shawn did realize the first murder was the key and then his observations led him to the phone technician. Poor David who is so friendly with people seems like he may be in the wrong business. We see Wes holding him at gun point. In the end the cat is a hero jumping on Wes who was played by Scott Michael Campbell and Lassiter arrests him.

    You know, I don't think we got to see the press conference Lassiter promised? Oh well, maybe next time.moreless
  • Great acting, great plot, great everything!

    This episode is actually the first I ever watched of this series. Now I'm hooked. This has a great plot with the string of "suicides." Shawn knows, however, that this isn't suicide when he sees marinating meat in the victim's refrigerator. He then, using his "psychic" powers, takes the victim's cat and stays on the case by using him as a witness. When he turns everything upside down, like his father says in the beginning, he solves it. It has an unexpected murderer, and a surprise target. I love the parts with Rory, and when Shawn explains why the cat is riding shotgun and Gus is in the back seat of his own car, I couldn't help but laugh. The only bad part of this episode was that they didn't keep the cat. Overall, a great episode that is a must-watch. I'm glad it's the first I ever saw, and it's still in my top 2 favorite episodes. (My first is Lights, Camera... Homicidio in Season 2) I'll end this review with a part of Gus's conversation with Rory, who works at the depression hotline.

    Gus: I do enjoy many water-related activities.

    Rory: Like drowning?

    Gus: No!

    Rory continues: Drowning in the pristine, serene waters, breathing your last breaths while sinking to the bottom.

    (Gus hangs up)

    By the way, Rory isn't the murderer, and that conversation might be a bit inaccurate.moreless
Carlos Jacott

Carlos Jacott


Guest Star

Michael Adamthwaite

Michael Adamthwaite


Guest Star

Paulo Ribeiro

Paulo Ribeiro

Forensic Investigator

Guest Star

Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten Nelson

Karen Vick

Recurring Role

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Sage Brocklebank

Sage Brocklebank

Officer Buzz McNab

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (Shawn is writing on a board.)
      Gus: What does this mean?
      Shawn: I have no idea, but I see it on Numb3rs all the time and it seems to work for them.

    • (Shawn has asked Gus to call a crisis hotline.)
      Gus: I don't know what to say!
      Shawn: Here's a good opener: "Hello, my name is Gus, and I have a deep sea of jealousy for a tiny little boy cat."

    • Shawn: (shouts to McNab) McNab! Nabby! (to Gus) Buzz.
      Gus: Buzz, seriously?
      Shawn: It's his first name. Don't you ever talk to him?
      Gus: Why would I talk to anybody named Buzz?

    • Gus: To be honest, I'm burnt. I just wanna take a nap.
      Shawn: Couldn't agree with you more, buddy. I think we should lay low for a bit. No more cases.
      Gus: Oh, I'm so glad to hear you say that. I was kind of worried about telling you.
      Shawn: Don't be a silly goose. Now, we've had a good talk, I think we both felt it, and look at this. Here we are.
      Gus: What is this, Shawn?
      Shawn: OK, here's the thing. The police may have found a body...which I may have picked up on my police scanner, which...I may have brought with me.

    • Gus: What is it, you see something?
      Shawn: Red Pepper Flakes.
      Gus: What is that, a clue or something?
      Shawn: No, it's a delicious spice, and exactly what my mee krop needs!

    • Lassiter: What in the name of sweet justice are you doing at my crime scene?
      Shawn: Your crime scene? That's funny, I didn't see your name on it anywhere.
      Lassiter: (said sarcastically) Ha, ha. Get out!

    • Lassiter: That was adequate, Spencer.
      Shawn: Don't thank me. Thank the little boy cat.

    • (O'Hara and Lassiter are examining the body in the car)
      O'Hara: We're waiting for forensics to confirm, but it appears to be a suicide. Carbon monoxide poisoning. Asphyxiation.
      Shawn: (holding the cat) Ooh, I'm afraid the cat doesn't think so.

    • Gus: How do you just eat when there's a dead guy laying there?
      Shawn: What, is that rude? Am I supposed to share?

    • Shawn: There is a witness. There's a cat. I want to talk to that cat as soon as he's finished licking himself. (Shawn continues watching the cat) Wow... I'm jealous.

    • Shawn: The cat is not my new partner, Gus. Don't be ridiculous.
      Gus: Then tell me again why the cat gets to ride shotgun?
      Shawn: Because he gets carsick and you know that.

    • Shawn: (poetically) Dude, he put you on the creepy train headed for creep island where the natives drink creep nectar out of creepy coconut shells...
      Gus: Shawn, it's horrible.
      Shawn: Sorry.

    • O'Hara: The body's been here at least three days, maybe more, all signs point to an 11-44.
      Lassiter: Three 11-44s in four months, must be something in the water.

    • O'Hara: That was amazing! How did you do that?
      Lassiter: It was a lucky guess.
      Shawn: Don't you get tired of saying that?

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates

      Germany – 27 November 2007 on RTL
      Czech Republic – 04 June 2008 on Prima
      Australia – 21 June 2008 on TEN
      Finland – 02 February 2009 on MTV3


    • Shawn:...I see it onNumb3rsall the time and it seems to work for them.
      Numb3rs is a television show that's based on the coming together of police work and mathematics to solve crimes.