Season 2 Episode 9

Bounty Hunters!

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 14, 2007 on USA
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Shawn and Gus find themselves trying to outwit a bounty hunter when Juliet asks them to find a suspect who escaped from her custody. The problem is, once they find him, Shawn believes his claims of innocence, meaning they not only have to capture him, but prove he's been set up.


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  • Bounty Hunters!

    The Good:

    -The idolization Shawn has for Byrd reignites Shawn's rivalry with his Father.

    -Shawn makes a joke about Byrd's outfit being part of a Bounty Hunter costume. Later in the episode, Shawn has the same outfit.

    -Shawn and Juliet almost kiss, but don't, leaving room for their romance to develop or fade.

    The Bad:

    -Shawn has very few visions in the episode.

    -The wrap-up that includes all of the men instead of just one or two of them feels a little too convenient.moreless
  • With John Badham taking over directing duties, I had high hopes for the season finale, but the entire episode simply felt off. Props to Kevin Sorbo, and mad props to the final 2 minutes of the episode, but as a whole this ep was disappointing.moreless

    For the second time this season ("American Duos" was the first), Psych brought in a "name" from outside the show's core team, and it ended up detracting from what makes Psych such a great show in the first place. John Badham clearly wanted to add an element of action to the show, but for the most part those sequences felt forced, and at times the entire plot seemed like nothing more than an excuse to bust out various slow-motion stunts. Someone also tinkered with the chemistry of the show in this episode, and not for the better -- for instance, adding a serious, emotional side to Jules backfired in a big way when her speech in the restaurant fell flat, and the few Shawn-Henry scenes (usually one of the show's comedic cornerstones) were equally dull. At least the Shawn-and-Gus dynamic stayed intact, though, and the last few minutes of the show could take the series in an exciting (and long overdue) new direction. But I wish Psych would just stick to doing what Psych does best -- witty repartee, awesomely obscure non-sequiturs, and flat-out fun characters. Trying to add elements that weren't missing in the first place ("stars" in American Duos; "action" in the finale) can only get the series into trouble, and I think we saw that tonight.moreless
  • SHULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Shules, Shules, Shules. This is one of the BEST Shules episodes EVER! The way Shawn helps her because he sees how much she's hurting from letting the criminal go!!! Plus, he loves her!!! Duh!!! And then the hand holding when they are in the sweet!!! And the best part was the Close Talking scene!!! We were so close to a kiss!!! Maggie and James have great chemistry (duh!) and it definitely shows on screen. Shules, Shules, Shules, Shules, Shules, I can't get enough of Shules!!! Can you tell? But seriously this has to be my #1 Shules episode!!! =)moreless
  • They took a chance and tried something new.

    In this episode Shawn and Gus become bounty hunters, competting against their childhood hero to bring a suspected killer. This was a good episode, the only weird thing was that Chief Vick was not in the episode. I have noticed that all of the charcaters are always in an episode, and I think that is cool. Since it was a finale we all expected great things out of it, and I think that we got those great things. Although it was not exactly an edge-of-your-seat episode, it was still a great way to end the summer season of Psych. This episode has some minor character development, and pushes the Jules/Shawn thingy even farther. Of course throwing them together too soon would not be good for the we must wait. It was a great episode, even without the chief.moreless
  • enjoyed it

    I really enjoyed this episode as it was original. I like that the writers decided to go with a different approach and it actually worked. I think the writers deserve for this episode to be 10 just because they had the courage to try something new whether it passed the test or not ... it did though. Shawn and Gus as bounty hunters ... the first time I read the synopsis for this episode I thought yeah right as if but they kept getting to the places before Byrd so they may actually have a future in that kind of business should they decide to quit the cop thing. A great episode with Hercules no less.moreless
Kevin Sorbo

Kevin Sorbo

Byrd Tatums

Guest Star

W. Earl Brown

W. Earl Brown


Guest Star

Aura Benwick

Aura Benwick

Mrs. Cole

Guest Star

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Carlos McCullers II

Carlos McCullers II

Young Gus

Recurring Role

Sage Brocklebank

Sage Brocklebank

Officer McNab

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Shawn leans in very close, inches from Juliet's lips)
      Juliet: Shawn, what are you doing?
      Shawn: Nothing.
      Juliet: Really? 'Cause if you're doing what it looks like you're doing, it's going to be one of those things we just talked about.
      Shawn: What's that?
      Juliet: A mistake.
      Shawn: I agree, but that's clearly not what we're doing.
      Juliet: Okay, really? What do you say we're doing?
      Shawn: I call it … very close talking.

    • Shawn: Dude, I'm pretty sure this is the boat from Dead Calm.
      Gus: Great, now we have to worry about Billy Zane too.

    • Lassiter: Just so we're clear—just so there's no confusion—let me explain this one more time in terms I know you'll understand. Cops are here (holds right hand above Shawn's eye level), bounty hunters are here (holds left hand below Shawn's chin), psychics are here (lowers right hand just above the left).
      Gus: We beat bounty hunters.
      Lassiter: By a knuckle.
      Shawn: Where are orthodontists on this scale?
      Lassiter: I'm asking for your help. Don't make me ask twice.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Gus: …like the couple from Open Water.

      Gus is referring to the 2003 Chris Kentis film Open Water, based on the true story of a couple stranded in the middle of the ocean in shark-infested water after their excursion boat left them behind.