Season 2 Episode 5

And Down the Stretch Comes Murder

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 10, 2007 on USA
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Gus and Shawn's childhood nemesis, now a horse jockey, asks the duo for help in discovering why his horses never win. The investigation develops into a murder case after a jockey dies while racing.

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  • And Down the Stretch Comes Murder

    The Good:

    -When he was a kid, Lassiter wanted a pony.

    -"Let's acknowledge that the Chief is wearing leopard print."

    -"I think your shirt and his shirt should get together and go bowling."

    -A bully from Shawn and Gus's past returns. Gus is terrified of him, but his only weapon is a tiny baseball bat. It turns out, the bully himself is pretty tiny.

  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show psych shawn and gus had a problem with bullies only one in perticular and it was a kid that would take there money and beat them up and turns out he who is older now need there help he thinks he is being caused to lose when racing in horse races and they must investgate the case and turns out after doing some investagating they find out that the guy who annouces the race is and one of his dads friends and the camera guy are all in on it this was a good ep they were fixing the races and taken bets for lare amounts of moneymoreless
  • Another great Psych episode!

    I liked this episode a lot, though I found the bully Jimmy Nickels to be extremely annoying. Every scene with him in it was a let down to me. His use of the old nicknames, such as fart knocker, dill hole and butt munch, just irked me. I think he was meant to annoy us, but I don't think they wanted their viewers to want to "mute" him, which is exactly how I felt.

    Other than the annoying bully, I thought the episode was really good. The case had me intrigued. I couldn't figure this one out. I did figure out that Gus was the second shooter, though, early on in the episode. It was the hostility that he felt that convinced me he might have set Nickels up when they were kids.

    The flashbacks in this episode were funny, but what was even funnier to me was when Shawn made a model of the old detention classroom and Gus asked why he was in detention. Shawn said "You got caught eating a Kit Kat out of the garbage can". LMAO

    Juliet was dumped by a "little person"! I never expected her to be dumped by anyone, but we all have our share of relationship tales... The look on her face when she told Shawn and Gus about it was hilarious.

    Henry has another hobby, more knowledge, that ends up helping Shawn. Too bad he made Shawn wear the shirt. I loved when Shawn said "A little girl outside just cried when she saw this shirt".

    I'm surprised that Lassiter ever doubts Shawn anymore since Shawn's record is perfect. I guess he does it just to be contrary or perhaps he genuinely feels that he knows more than Shawn, which would make sense since he's been a cop for so many years.

    I had a lot of favorite quotes.

    Shawn: "Gus is one-sixteenth robot."

    Shawn: "The good news is I'm available for hugs."

    Gus: "It was the best day of my life. I got to wear underwear again."

    Shawn: "You are, dare I say...dastardly."

    The Psych-out at the end was great too. Even Timothy Omundson was a part of the singing, which was just too funny to me.moreless
  • Funny

    This episode was so freaking hilarious I loved it. It was especially funny when Shawn was trying to solve the mystery of who spit balled the teacher. I knew straight away that it was going to turn out to be Gus. I hate Henrys taste in shirts so I guess me and Shawn have something in common. I like the fact that Shawn seems to go way overdramatic in each episode like talking to a horse. That man is hilarious. Great episode but not enough of the regular police psychic interaction. I think the best part was at the beginning when Shawn and Gus were scared of the bully from school coming to see them and he was really small. Love it.moreless
  • Maybe the funniest this season.

    This episode starts out with Shawn and Gus taking a case for an guy who used to bully them in the 5th grade. They are only there to humor the guy, and then something changes. While they are solving the case they continue to run into Shawn's dad, who is always wearing a brightly colored Hawaiian shirt because it will bring him luck...and that makes the episode even funnier. Of course it's not a complete episode until Jules and Lassie are brought in... and when they are Shawn will solve the case and all that good stuff. The episode was funny, and I really enjoyed it.moreless
Ben Giroux

Ben Giroux

Jimmy Nickels

Guest Star

Blaine Anderson

Blaine Anderson


Guest Star

Alberto Ghisi

Alberto Ghisi

Young Jimmy

Guest Star

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Carlos McCullers II

Carlos McCullers II

Young Gus

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the flashbacks to Shawn and Gus' 5th grade class, there is a picture on the filing cabinet from the Hubble space telescope.  The 5th grade for them was in the 1980's, while the Hubble wasn't launched until 1990.

    • Pineapple Spotting: Pineapples are on Shawn's shirt.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Shawn: You did that? And you never told me about it?
      Gus: You don't know all my secrets, Shawn. I guess I too am a man of untold mysteries.
      Shawn: Burton Guster, I am seeing you in a completely different light. You are, dare I say, dastardly.
      Gus: Hey, I didn't want Ms. Lepky getting hurt or anything, but when Jimmy got blamed, my mouth was shut.
      Shawn: Unbelievable.

    • (Gus unzips a body bag a little bit, there's nothing)
      Shawn: Really? (unzips the bag a bit more, still nothing) How short was this guy? Dude, a little more. (unzips a bit more, revealing boots) We have boots.

    • Shawn: So, a jockey who was alive at the beginning of the race is dead at the end. Not to sound insensitive, but I say we do have a case.
      Gus: That sounds insensitive.
      Shawn: Yeah, I know.

    • (Shawn is reading a horse)
      Shawn: He doesn't like the oats, or the alfalfa pellets. They're too chewy for pellets. Pellets are supposed to be crunchy, they should have a natural crunch to them. (reads again) Also, the donkey in stable 11 is a pathological liar.

    • Shawn: Jimmy Nichols called us.
      Gus: Jimmy Nichols called us? From where? Prison?
      Shawn: I don't think so. It didn't sound like it. What does prison sound like? Is there singing?

    • Gus: Okay. So let me get this straight. You took on this case because you felt bad for Jimmy getting kicked out of school for something he didn't do, and now you've convinced the police to reopen the case that led to Jimmy being arrested for murder.
      Shawn: Did I ask for nut shelling?

    • (Shawn had previously told Gus to watch for tall blonde woman - TBW)
      Gus: Shawn, look. TBW.
      Shawn: Way to stay on the abbreviation train, Gus.
      Gus: You mean the AT?

    • Juliet: Shawn, how do you know this?
      Shawn: Same way I know that as a child, Lassie wanted nothing more than a pony.
      Lassiter: Well come on, who didn't?
      Gus: Anyone who wasn't a 8 year old girl.

    • Shawn: Everybody stop! Let's acknowledge that the chief is wearing leopard print... and continue.

    • Henry: Wow! I've never been in the jockey's club before. Thanks for getting me these tickets, Shawn. Good thing we wore our lucky shirts.
      Shawn: Yeah, well, I hope some guy doesn't look at me and have a seizure.

    • Shawn: Lassie...your childhood must have been pure hell. The good news...I'm available for hugs. (Lassiter walks away) Jules, how 'bout it? (Juliet leaves) Buddy, it's been a while.
      Gus: (sarcastically) Please.

    • Barry Saunder: (referring to the shaman staff) I've been collecting these artifacts for a number of years. I'm actually 1/16th Indian myself, but not Cherokee.
      Shawn: Hey! Gus is 1/16th robot and not the evil take over the world from I, Robot kind.

    • Barry Saunder: Tracks probably closing down after this meet. 25 years I've been doing this.
      Gus: Why is it closing down?
      Barry Saunder: Well no one comes anymore.
      Shawn: Is it because of his shirt? (Points to his fathers colorful shirt)
      Sorry dad, this is like a genocide of color. Somewhere a rainbow is weeping.

    • Shawn: Juan-Carlos was poisoned.
      Lassiter: He's right.
      Shawn: Chief, I am so sick of Lassiter treating us like second class citizens. What?
      Lassiter: You're right. Espinoza had a cocktail of drugs in his system. Opiates, barbiturates, cocaine, three different kinds of weight-loss drugs, Cialis and horse tranquilizers.
      Gus: Horse tranquilizers?
      Lassiter: Apparently the guy took everything in sight. He was 4'9" and three feet of that were drugs.

    • Shawn: Look, after Jimmy got kicked out of school, there was all these stories about what happened to him. He ran away from home, he got thrown in juvenile hall...moved to a small town in Kansas where they outlawed singing and dancing.
      Gus: The last one is Footloose.
      Shawn: That's a coincidence.

    • Gus: He's not getting my lunch money. I tell you that much. (picks up a bat)
      Shawn: Great you can terrify him with your Wally Joyner mini-bat.
      Gus: Open the door. (Shawn opens the door)
      Jimmy: What up boys.
      (Shawn and Gus notice he is very short)
      Shawn: (whispering) That's a good call with the mini-bat.

    • Gus: You always gotta hit it right on the nose, don't you? Why couldn't I be Crockett?
      Shawn: Because Gus, you stood in front of the entire third grade class and said, "When I grow up, I want to be Phillip Michael Thomas."
      Gus: Well you said, "I want to be the mascot for the Milwaukee Brewers."
      Shawn: Dude he's the biggest sausage in the world.

    • Juliet: Ehh...
      Shawn: What is that?
      Juliet: Sorry, it's just little people make me... Well let's just say I had a bad experience with a Christmas elf.
      Gus: What, he didn't give you the right present?
      Juliet: No, we dated. And then he dumped me for a dancer from the Ice Storm on Ice. (Juliet walks away)
      Shawn: She is an enigma wrapped in a little blond riddle.

    • Young Shawn: What are you doing here? (Shawn day dreaming with Little Shawn)
      Shawn: This is my head, dude. I can do what I whatever I want. What'd we miss, what's going on here?
      Young Shawn: Is that what my hair looks like in the future?
      Shawn: Sure is.
      Young Shawn: I thought I'd be bald by 20. This changes everything.
      Shawn: Yeah, it does. Think big.

    • Shawn: (referring to Henry's very colorful shirt) Wow, Dad. Tell me you're wearing that shirt because someone has to spot you from space.
      Henry: Very funny, Shawn. This happens to be one of my lucky track shirts.
      Gus: I like it.
      Shawn: I'd like it too if I had to walk home in the dark.

    • Shawn: He's not going to kill us...right? I mean, people change. We haven't seen him since the 5th grade.
      Gus: I don't need to see him Shawn! Some people are just born evil. The kid from The Omen, the Children of the Corn, Chad Michael Murray.

    • Shawn: Everybody hold your horses.
      (Jockey leans down to pet horse)
      Shawn: I meant metaphorically, but I like the love.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Shawn: Gus is 1/13th robot – and not the evil, take-over-the-world from I,Robot kind.
      The film Shawn references, I, Robot, starring Will Smith, is about robots that start trying to take over the world by harming humans.

    • (Shawn opens the lockers to reveal the pictures of Crockett & Tubbs)
      Gus: You always gotta hit it right on the nose, don't you? Why couldn't I be Crockett?

      Miami Vice is a television series starring Don Johnson (James "Sonny" Crockett) and Philip Michael Thomas (Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs) as two Miami police detectives working undercover.

    • Shawn: (to Gus) What about your Teen Wolf theory?

      Teen Wolf is a 1985 movie starring Michael J. Fox.

    • Henry: ... something that takes patience and follow through, which you lack.
      Shawn: Yes, that and a shirt from Mr. Furley's closet.

      A reference to Three's Company, in which Don Knotts played a landlord (Ralph Furley) who constantly wore crazy, colourful shirts.

    • (Shawn talking to Gus)
      Shawn: Thank you Dr. Pratt.

      Dr. Pratt is a character from the medical drama ER.