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Psych S08E01: "Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels and Burton Guster's Goblet of Fire"


Psych stepped out if its '80s comfort zone in the Season 8 premiere, "Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels and Burton Guster's Goblet of Fire," an homage to Guy Ritchie's 1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels caper comedy.

The result, as the Brits would say, was bloody brilliant. 

Psych creator Steve Franks wrote (with Kell Cahoon) and directed by the episode, which featured the return of international art thief Pierre Despereaux (Cary Elwes of 1987's The Princess Bride) and Vinnie Jones, the former footballer whose acting career was launched in the original Lock, Stock film. 

Franks successfully appropriated all the hallmarks of Ritchie's heist films, from Jones himself and other colorful Cockney criminals to fast-cut filming and a circular plot loaded with surprise twists. 

The tastiest treat for Psych-Os, however, was in the second half of the episode title: "Burton Guster's Goblet of Fire."

Considering Gus's (Dulé Hill) various obsessions with astronomy (and an especial fondness for Pluto), spelling bees (but don't you dare mention "aggiornamento"), and comic books (which not even George Takei and his blueberry crisis could tarnish), it's no wonder that he also geeks out over Harry Potter! 


Gus spent the entire episode in a Gryffindor uniform, always hoping he would be attending PotterCon, the Harry Potter festival in London.

As he and Shawn (James Roday) recalled in vastly different, embellished flashbacks, Shawn had been summoned across the pond by Interpol ("yes, that Interpol, the one on the DVD warning screen") for a consulting job. 

Franks couldn't afford a location shoot in London (they blew the production budget on Psych: The Musical), but he compensated by gleefully peppering the dialogue with Britishisms, references to the local cuisine (I get the feeling that Psych's writers had been waiting years to use "spotted dick" in a sentence), often-terrible Cockney accents, and conservative English names. To add even more authenticity (or not), the set was generously dressed with miniature Union Jacks.  

But Gus and Shawn almost didn't make it past Santa Barbara's airport security, thanks to Gus's Potter arsenal. 

The kerfuffle began with the security agent grilling the wand-wielding Gus, who huffed, "That is a Phoenix feather sir, not a weapon. If you're familiar with the most popular franchise in the history of film, maybe you wouldn't experience such confusion here." 

But when Shawn tried to apologize for his friend, who was anxious about the very tight window between "our arrival at Heathrow and the Rupert Grint meet-and-greet at Leicester Square," ("I'm a Grint Grunt loud and proud"), the agent barked, "He's not bringing a giant sharp wooden stick as a carry-on!" 

Cut to the confiscated objects, including a broomstick and various potions.

"That 'stick' is a Nimbus 2000," protested Gus, "a gift Harry Potter received from Minerva McGonagall. Which you would know if you ever successfully opened a book." 

When Gus made a dive for the potions, it was clear the Grint Grunt wasn't going to make the meet-and-greet.

The duo finally arrived at Interpol, where they were greeted by an eager assistant named Winston (Theo Devaney) who revealed that Shawn was hired not for an investigation but rather for his uncanny resemblance to an American getaway driver they'd apprehended before a planned heist. 

And then Winston introduced them to his boss, deputy director Royston Cornwallis Staley—known to the Psych team as Pierre Despereaux!

"Shawn, Buster," he greeted the gobsmacked guys—as usual misstating Gus's name.

While Gus rolled his eyes, Shawn's man-crush was reignited when the Interpol bigwig explained that "Pierre Despereaux" was the undercover alias he used to infiltrate the criminal underworld. 

At this point, Shawn and Gus recollected Despereax's exploits with a Ritchie-style video montage, complete with newspaper coverage—one of which featured a moving picture of the thief, just like the wizarding world's Daily Prophet

And then Shawn had the chance to go undercover himself, dressing up in a Smokey and the Bandit costume complete with red racing jacket, cowboy hat and driving gloves. 

For once, Shawn didn't have to pretend to be a psychic to solve a case. Instead, Interpol depended on his play-acting skills to convince crime boss Ronny Ives (Jones) he was worthy of joining their Keyser Söze-style gang. 


The backroom assemblage included The Wonder Years' Olivia d'Abo, playing the impossible-to-pronounce (for Shawn anyway) Deirdre, who infiltrated the royal family's security system. Shortly after Shawn's arrival, the gang was down a member—on account of Ives shooting to death a "traitor amongst us."

Without their explosives expert, Ives wanted to call off the job—but Shawn persuaded him to recruit someone else instead. 

"They call him The Wizard," he said, after spotting Gus pacing in the alley outside. 

"You know, Shawn, I really would like to help you," Gus balked, consulting his PotterCon brochure, "but I have the opening hat ceremony, then the Horcrux scavenger hunt, then the Quidditch tournament. My afternoon is booked solid." 

Once inside, however, Gus embraced his new role, saying, "I prefer to be called The Wiz," and lifting his credentials straight from Ron Weasley's resume.

"As far as my exploits go, let's just say when I was 13 I broke into the Ministry. I fought off mobs, and once, I even got splinched."

After Shawn aced his driving test (by running down all the traffic cones and cardboard pedestrians: "You pay me to drive; something gets in my way, it's not my problem"), Gus showed off his explosive skills by throwing down some Floo Powder while casting the Patronus spell—which looked to've failed until a nearby trashcan exploded (presumably Staley's work). 

Back at Interpol, Shawn and Gus (but mostly Gus) began to question Staley/Despereaux's credentials when Winston revealed that he barely knew his boss, who was hired by Wim Stuveysant after a huge staff turnover. 

Naturally, Lassie (Timothy Omundson), who'd been demoted to mail duty back at the SBPD, was only too happy to do a background check on Staley. (While Gus was only too happy to raid the staff refrigerator.)  

Lassie confirmed that Interpol had no record of an agent named Staley—or Wim Stuveysant, either.

Believing that Despereaux was setting them up again, the guys enlisted Winston to help them, and they snuck back to the warehouse. Shawn took the wheel of their van, with Ronnie Ives directing him to pick up the new member of their team. Why? Because once again, there's "a traitor amongst us"—and it was 'Arry, whom Ives tossed out of the speeding vehicle. 

He protested his innocence, but in a beautiful Ritchie send-off, Ives yelled, "Tell it to the road, 'Arry!"

The new team member of course was Despereaux, who—after the crime was solved and the thugs were taken down in another Ritchie-esque fight sequence—finally convinced Shawn and "Busby" that he really was Royston Cornwallis Staley.

That is, until, the very last scene, where Gus and Shawn toasted their success with room-temperature beer at a pub called the Bloody Bucket (because of course). 

Just outside, Gus spotted Staley's boss, Wim Stuyvesant, in reality "a homeless dude with real urine stains on his pants." 

"C'mon son," he told his Desper-loyal partner, "we were set up!"

But Shawn, as devoted to Despereaux as Wesley was to Buttercup, chose to believe they weren't. And why not just embrace the fantasy—like we viewers did?

"Shawn, we went to one pub and a warehouse," Gus said about their tour of London—which sadly didn't include PotterCon. "We might as well have been in British Columbia." 

So the Psych production team never left jolly ol' Vancouver—but I reckon everyone who watched "Lock, Stock" had smashing time anyway.


OVERHEARD IN LONDON TOWN:

– "Gus, don't be The Howling 2: Your Sister Is a Werewolf."

– "That is a Phoenix feather sir, not a weapon. If you're familiar with the most popular franchise in the history of film, maybe you wouldn't experience such confusion here." (Gus to the airport security agent)

– "Have you heard about Pluto? That's mess…" (Gus, interrupted while trying his pickup line on an Interpol secretary) 

– "I may not be the best judge because you people all look alike to me." (Gus about Shawn's doppelganger)

– "Which Corgi is the happiest?" (Shawn to Deirdre after learning she infiltrating royal security)

– "I promised my local Potterheads that I'd be returning with a picture of myself and Rupert Grint, possibly Pottering." (Defined by Gus as jumping off "something high with a broom and snap a picture in midair so you appear to be flying.")

– "The only thing I will admit is that bubble and squeak is neither bubbly nor squeaky. (Shawn on the traditional British dish)

– "I came here to drink my weight in Butterbeer, and that's what I'm gonna do." (Gus)

– "While you're at it, could you look up Rupert Grint's address?" (Gus when Winston was ascertaining the location of the heist)

– "I'm starting to smell like Hagrid's dog." "Fang." "You know Fang but you don't know who Dumbledore is?" "I know dogs." (Gus and Shawn) 

– "At best, I'm pleasingly eccentric. At worst I'm incorrigible and sophomoric." (Shawn)

– "How do you say 'suck it' in English?" "You just did, Shawn."


What'd you think of Psych's Season 8 premiere? 


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AIRED ON 3/26/2014

Season 8 : Episode 10

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My husband and I loved the season 8 premiere! I'm so happy Psych is back. I was so disappointed when I thought Despereaux really worked for Interpol. I prefer him as a sneaky criminal. I felt so much better in the end when Shawn and Gus realized that he tricked them again.
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When was Shawn transformed from intelligent and observing detective that is acting goofy just so he would mask his skills to a guy that is just going from one trouble to another and has more luck than brain?
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A very cute episode that unfortunately lost its step by the last third, but I still smiled.

Gus' geeking out on Potter felt a tad over the top even for Psych, but since they weren't getting paid for the trip, I'll alow it.

How DID that trash can get blowed up? They left that one dangling.
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Anybody else catch the Blues Brothers reference? Probably my favorite 4 seconds of the whole episode.
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No, explain please, I missed it.
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I don't remember in the episode, unfortunately, and I fear I deleted it. Great little line to pick out though.

Also, Orange Whip is awesome.
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Shawn did the same line, but with "spotted dick."
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What a wonderful episode. It boggles my mind that USA is going to end this funny show when they are still so obviously entertaining. I loved that Cary Elwes graced us with Despereoux once again. But points off, Drucilla, for not knowing that Buttercup was in love with Westley, not Wesley. Two things I know, Psych and the Princess Bride.
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I loved this episode, but I found it odd that they were in London and yet there were no references to Rachael (Gus' former flame) who lives in London.
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Elizabeth II, monarch, Qilf. QILF!!! Greatest cutaway ever!
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I loved that lol
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I don't know how I feel about believing that Despereaux was the alias for most of the episode. Damn he is sneaky.
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I prefer to believe that Despereaux is such a brilliant criminal that he was even able to infiltrate Interpol :D Who knows what he did with the real Staley...
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The was more British gangster films referenced than Lock, Stock - we also had Sexy Beast and The Italian Job
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Hey, anyone else catch the QUILF refence on the poster of the queen? LOL!
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LOVE LOVE LOVE
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Psych is back!
Drusilla Moorhouse reviewing Psych is back!
USA Network might be taking both of these things from us when season 8 is done!

- Signed, That One Girl At Parties Who Doesn't Know How To Act At Parties.

PS: Let's enjoy this while it lasts, I guess. *starts sobbing and runs out of the room, ruining the mood for EVERYONE. What. A. Buzzkill.*
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Seriously, who keeps inviting Debbie Downer to our parties?
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Loved it! It was fun and Elwes is always a welcome guest star.
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So, is Psych to now just be about a couple of goofy guys getting into goofy situations?

It's been a long time (a season or two) since Sean has actually done anything meaningful with his "psychiness". I miss it.

What did we get, this ep? Just 2 flashes? On the access card and a of the floor plan. Sad.
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This is not a review. This is a recap. We watched the episode; we don't need you to tell us what happened.
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Episode was awsome,but this "review" is just play by play...really?!!?!?
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Personally, I'm a huge fan of Guy Ritchie's gangster movies while I couldn't care less about Harry Potter, so it was the first half of the title that was the tastiest treat for this Psych-O.

"Shawn, we went to one pub and a warehouse, we might as well have been in British Columbia." Hehe.

Really fun episode.
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Despereaux is my favorite recurring character in Psych, couldn't stop laughing at this episode. I hope Psych continues, it never fails to make me laugh, it's consistently the best show on TV.
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You know you're a nerd when you yell at the TV, "Come on Gus! You know using the Patronus spell with Floo powder is never going to work!" Great episode :)
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Hilarious!! I loved it and can't wait for the rest of the season
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'Psych' at its finest. Maybe they couldn't shoot in London because USA pissed all its comedy budget down the toilet to acquire stupid 'Modern Family' reruns which is also the real reason this is going to be 'Psych''s last season. Did anyone notice the 'funny' reality show they promo'ed during the episode. Yeah this is going to end well for this quickly degenerating network. SAVE 'PSYCH'!!!!!
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USA, at least from the previews and trailers for new shows that they are coming out with seems to have taken an odd turn. Playing House looks like something NBC would reject. Pretty much the same thing with Sirens, though that could surprisingly be good. And then you have this reality show called Chrisley Knows Best, the one you mention, which looks like something that should be on A&E or Lifetime and looks like utter crap.

I don't understand the reasoning behind any of this. They could have saved all of this money on Modern Family and these new shows and saved Happy Endings. I too don't think it is gong to end well for USA. Psych though it could continue easily, is done. Suits has maybe 2 to 3 more seasons. White Collar needs to end, same with Royal Pains and Covert Affairs. And that only leaves Graceland. So they went from one of the top cable networks bringing quality shows to this. Sad really.
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Once Psych is done, I'm done with USA Network. None of the other shows are even remotely appealing to me.
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This episode made me realize what they're losing. This show picked up steam its last few seasons and is just as strong as its ever been. 'Covert Affais' and 'Royal Pains' were two of the best but one needs to end and one already ended when Jill Flint decided to quit acting. You need to have an anchor and this network doesn't have one anymore; they paid for a syndicated one. In about a year they are going to realize how much they miss Shawn and Gus and Michael Weston and the rest of those great casts.
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Agreed. Psych can do so much more. I still want my alternate reality episode where Shawn is the detective that Henry wanted him to be.

But without Psych there is no anchor. Without an anchor they really have nothing. And I agree with you about Jill Flint, As much as I like Brooke D'Orsay and Reshma Shetty, Royal Pains has lacked ever since Jill left.

My only disagreement is that you need the first 3 seasons of Michael Weston. The last couple seasons were ehh.
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I agree, I think they did it all wrong with Tal's character. I think they could have retired Michael for the most part and put Tal in his place and do a supremely competent spinoff. However, I imagine it would be too close to what they are trying to do with Cover Affairs. But I feel the final season and the one preceding that where Michael was all moody was really a disservice to the character and the mythology that they built around him.
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I just don't like how 'Burn Notice' went out. That final season was just terrible. Even with good guest spots from Adrian Pasdar and Alona Tal the story was just crap and the ending had a 'just to satisfy' feel to it.


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Shawn:"why the long face?"
Gus:"Man, i thought i saw Rupert Grint but it was just dump old prince Harry"
:D
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Really enjoyed this one and can't wait to laugh for the rest of the season.
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I prefer the pronunciation dear-druh
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DEER-DREE.
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deardrop
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I'm so pissed, I fell asleep half way through. Looks like I'll be watching on demand tomorrow.
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More review less Cliff Notes.
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That's why I don't read her articles too much... So boring...
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I love this show!
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I am not sure if I can properly convey just how much I loved this episode. It was unbelievably funny. The little jokes and the pokes at the differences between American English and British was fantastic. Despereaux being included in the shenanigans was the over the top awesomeness that it needed.

This is just one of the greatest comedies that has ever been on tv. It deserves another season and a franchise of movies.
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It's probably just me but I laughed my ARSE off when e camera panned to show Shawn's "doppelgänger"

i was SO expecting the cliche camera trick to have him interact with himself... And we see some generic white guy with Shawn's haircut. Ultimate psych out

The cherry on the top was Gus admitting he can't tell the difference

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