Season 2 Episode 15

Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 08, 2008 on USA
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Shawn and Gus investigate the murder of a fashion designer.

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  • Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion

    The Good:

    -"I can't believe you just made that assumption. You should be ashamed of yourself and your family."

    -"Nondescript? I've never heard a woman described like that unless she was a robbery suspect."

    -"I'd rather shower with a bear."

    -Gus gets carried away with the model lifestyle. For the first time, he acts more ridiculous than Shawn.

    -"Do I come down to your office and bother you while you're working?" "All the time."

    -"You treat a woman like a person, then a princess, then a Greek goddess, then a person again."moreless
  • Worst episode ever!

    Don't get me wrong, I love Psych with a burning passion. But this excuse for an episode was just awful! I was deeply disappointed. First of all, the cast was like, the total opposite of what they usually are. Shawn, a self centered airhead, was kind and considerate of others. Gus, who is kind and considerate, was a self centered airhead! Karen and Jewels were all school girlish and flirty, and Henry... Don't even get me started on Henry! Lassie was the only one who didn't change even a smidgen. Although I did happen to like that they used the actress who plays Rose on Two and a Half Men to play Emily. That was kinda nice. But other than that, the murder was no fun at all to try and solve, considering both murderers died, and one of them looked like a freakin' vampire! Overall, I was disappointed in the writers. I know they can do better than this.moreless
  • I LOVED this episode!

    This episode of Psych was great. It was great to see Shawn and Gus basically flip roles. Gus became the immature one and Shawn became the one who was mistreated and "left in the dust". I loved seeing this because it never happens on the show. I liked all the models. They were absolutely ridiculous and exxagerated but funny nonetheless. I liked seeing Shawn and Gus "mingling" with the models. Henry dating was hilarious!! The woman (Susan?) was over-the-top but I think that's what Henry needed. She stared at him like she wanted to make him her love slave. It was too funny! I also liked seeing Juliet and Lassiter influenced by the models. I LOVED the guys' reaction to Jules when she did her "makeover". I liked the unusual crime. Both of the idiots killed each other. I couldn't figure this one out at all, completely had no clue. I like to be surprised sometimes and this case definitely had me fooled. It was great!! I loved this episode!! Psych is just wonderful and I can't wait for season two to hit DVD. I'm sure I'll play it out the way I did with the first season.moreless
  • Now our favorite fake psychic is a fake model too! A foot AND ankle model, although!

    While celebrating Gus's birthday in a special place celebrating the new clothes collection of its owners and the place is full of models (one of them is Gus's idol), Shawn and Gus witness the murder of the owner. While Shawn is happy to see a case, gus says that he doesn't work inhis birthday, forcing them to go out until midnight to then work on the case with Lassiter.

    It was weird to see chief Vick at Henry's and I felt sorry for Shawn about that, I believe he has a really good reason for that reaction... Oh, those boots were awful!

    Nice to see Shawn and Gus entering modeling lifestyle, but the funniest was the way Gus transformed himself into a totally model! He forget Shawn and left him behind and then I really, really felt sorry for him!

    Thank God everything went okay, even that the couple just killed each other and almost killed the other lady. Weird case, funny way to find it out.

    Poor Shawn, that's too much for him in one episode... But at least he is kinda okay with Henry now.

    I liked yhis episode very much, it was funny, interesting and we saw Shawn's developmente as a man, now that he accepts that his father doesn't want do die alone.moreless
  • Shawn and Gus go undercover as models investigating a murder.

    I didn't know what this episode was going to be like after last weeks episode which I felt was rather disappointing. After watching this episode I am left really confused.

    One one hand, I felt the story was really strong and I was glad to see some of the characters move in a different direction. Gus seemed to have a more prominent role which I thought was a really smart move and seeing another side of Henry(Shawns dad) was very ineresting.

    But as much as I loved the innovations, there were a couple of things that just didn't sit well with me. Like the past couple of episodes, it seemed that Shawn was rarely using his "psychic" talent. The tone of the episode really bothered me as well. It seemed a lot more serious with much more emphasis on the dramatic side of things rather than comedy. Don't get me wrong. There were amusing moments through the episode and I glad there was more character development but I'm just not sure whether they got the mix right.

    Overall, a huge improvement over last weeks episode but still a little way to go to recover the magic of the episodes before the break.

Melanie Lynskey

Melanie Lynskey

Emily Bloom

Guest Star

Amanda Detmer

Amanda Detmer


Guest Star

Amanda Pays

Amanda Pays


Guest Star

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Gus' Alias: Tan
      Shawn's Alias: Black

    • Nitpick: Earlier in the episode, Lassiter tells Shawn and Gus that "one of the models couldn't confirm the spelling of his own name". Although Lassiter is clearly referring to a male model, Shawn later tells Gus that Belinda is the one that couldn't spell her own name.

    • Nitpick: When Gus is riding in the limo with the other models after abandoning Shawn to his father, he calls Shawn "Shawn" over the phone, rather than calling him by his cover name "Black". This conflicts with Gus' desire to maintain his cover in front of Belinda, who is sitting beside him and can hear him breaking cover.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Shawn: How's it going, crime fighters?
      Juliet: Well, they're not very forthcoming … or bright.
      Lassiter: One of them could not confirm the correct spelling of his own name.

    • Gus: Don't just get up there and start winging it. That's not how we operate.
      Shawn: Dude … where have you been for the last two years?

    • (Shawn is standing on the stage trying to explain the case)
      Lassiter: Wait, wait, wait it doesn't make any sense. Greg was already dead.
      Shawn: Do I come down to your office and bother you while you are working?
      Lassiter: All the time.
      Shawn: That's fair.

    • Shawn: What do we know about Emily Bloom?
      Gus: Well, I think she wrote Are You There God? It's Me Margaret and Freckle Juice.
      Shawn: I think that was Judy Blume.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Shawn: Me and my bro here aren't worthy of leering into a little camera lens or Blue Steel-ing it up occasionally?

      Referencing Zoolander (2001), a comedy movie starring Ben Stiller. "Blue Steel" is the name of a patented male model pose invented by Derek Zoolander (Stiller).

    • Gus: I wonder if it's like the loft in Head Over Heels.

      Gus is referring to the 2001 movie Head Over Heels.