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Psych S08E10: "The Break-Up"


When Shawn sat down in front of the camera, Real World-confessional style, your first reaction might've been to roll your eyes and expect some kind of game. Perhaps you wondered if it might be another cinéma vérité gimmick or some non-diegetic storytelling to fit everything the show wanted to say into an overstuffed series finale. After all, visions of the compact, rushed, and disappointing endings that befell shows like Pushing Daisies still make your heart ache, and Psych never did anything to deserve that kind of treatment. Why? Why would you do this to us, show?

But once you'd finished watching "The Break-Up," you likely realized that its opening scene was something different. Shawn staring into the camera was actually refreshing, specifically because it wasn't a storytelling gimmick. Psych has always been a series that's given itself over to the event episode, the musical, the aping of any given cinematic genre, the pop-culture-will-eat-itself parodies, to the point that you may've expected it to go big and bold in order to find its exit. But "The Break-Up" started off with Shawn talking into a camera, in the most the dressed-down way possible. Even the Psych office behind him was barebones. And that's how he not only began the break-up with Gus, but with all of us, too.


It was no accident that he looked right at us. Only a handful of TV shows revel in fan engagement the way Psych has. Psych-Os are a dedicated bunch, and even if the show's overall viewership has flagged in recent seasons, their commitment has not; the show's appreciation for that commitment has always been palpable, from its panels at various cons to its college tours to its social media presence (the Twitter account for the writers' room, Dulé Hill's Tumblr, etc). While the things Shawn says to Gus are show-specific (I don't think anyone watching Psych feels like they'd be better off if Shawn hadn't walked into Gus's office eight years ago), the idea of being abandoned isn't, and we could feel their remorse for having to leave as well as their anticipation for a bright future.

Going into Season 8, series creator Steve Franks knew the writing was on the wall. The ten-episode run felt less like just another season in the current cable landscape and more like Chuck and its mini consolation season that NBC ordered so the rabid fans wouldn't throw poo into its eyes for cutting them off so hastily. Psych got back to basics in Season 8, to the heart of what the show was about when it first started: Shawn and his arrested development. The pilot was full of people telling Shawn he had to grow up, that he was an irresponsible flake. After a number of false starts and baby steps for Shawn to move forward throughout the series, this season took a hard look at how far he's come—and then started to foster an environment that was conducive to Shawn him taking greater strides (or untenable for his continuing adolescence).


Season 8 made sure, firstly, that Santa Barbara no longer needed the cofounders of Psych. Shawn and Gus's social network was systematically dismantled. Lassie, though more of a tertiary support, saw his family and career abate his infrequent neediness. Henry moved, both from Shawn's childhood home and just basically forward with a life that'd basically stagnated. The SBPD even brought in Brannigan (Mira Sorvino), who was everything Shawn was but with an added enthusiasm for police work and no supernatural pretense. Jules was the last piece and, with her removed to San Francisco, all that was left for Shawn and Gus to do was to look at their inside feelings.

And I still contend that, antithetical as "A Nightmare on State Street" was to the overall look and feel of the show, it was still a decent representation of the headspace of someone as tightly wound as Gus while dealing with a complete breakdown of his sense of security—including the loss of the best friend who'd completely derailed his life. So suck it.


"The Break-Up," however, was a return to form not just for the season, but for the series. The episode itself was about everything that made us fall in love with Shawn in the first place. Instead of showcasing the more cartoonish version we've grown accustomed to, the episode presented a character who'd actually progressed beyond the guy who used to pick up waitresses and dial the SBPD tip line whilst macking. The pop culture references were limited, and the case was sound (unlike last week's, which was, admittedly, weak sauce). "The Break-Up" definitely focused on what was important.

But then it was also an episode turned on its head, because Brannigan was always one step ahead of Team Psych. That wasn't necessarily new territory for Psych (think back to the fake psychic in "Psy vs. Psy," or Nestor Carbonell's profiler in his Season 5 arc) but it marked the first time that someone offered any kind of permanent threat to their way of life. Bianca and Declan were transient, but Brannigan was a head detective. The writing was on the wall, and despite a fun caper featuring none other than the oft-mentioned Billy Zane (who was just as suave as Shawn had always off-handedly said he was), there wasn't much left to say other than goodbye.


After laughing along with them (Gus shrieking out of the pit with the body in it!), getting some closure on inside jokes (the car Shawn stole that his dad arrested him for was the drivers ed car from their high school!), and enjoying one last job, it was time for a commercial break and then we transitioned very quickly to the sum-uppy parts. Woody is the same, and we can assume that Henry has found a new phase of his career in bringing criminology back to the classroom, so we don't have to worry about them. Shawn sent videos to them (on DVD? Just send a Dropbox link, man!) but we barely saw anything special in them. The two important ones were to Lassiter and Gus.

Lassie's was heartwarming only because the answer that he probably always wanted when Shawn was around—for Shawn to admit he's a fake—was handed to him. But instead of getting that answer, Lassie ejected the disc and smashed it. Tears. Then McNab got to be junior detective. More tears. Then Lassie called his wife to coo at his new child. Weird but acceptable.

Clearly the most emotional clip, the one for which the episode was named, was the one for Gus. While all the others might've been passed off as personal videos for people to whom Shawn wouldn't've had time to say goodbye, the one for Gus existed only because Shawn can't "engage" and is bad at the "real stuff"—all things we know about Shawn, the basic thesis of his being. Most of Shawn's interactions would've been less complicated and troublesome if he was capable of honestly expressing himself face-to-face. But instead he's a more charismatic version of Abed from Community, a savant of pop culture who hides behind that veneer of media and quips so he doesn't have to do the grown-up things he's sworn never to do.


Even though he was speaking to Gus specifically about changing Gus's trajectory in life, about being the bad thing that brought Gus to ruin, he was breaking up with us, too. Just as Gus is Shawn's best friend, the fans are Psych's best friend. The quick turnaround that made "The Break-Up" a series finale instead of a season finale seemed just as sudden as Shawn's decision to leave Santa Barbara. So he said farewell to us. Except we don't really have the option of following Shawn and Gus to San Francisco to watch them compete with Monk for a consultant gig. Although I suppose we can watch back episodes of that Bad News Bears show Maggie Lawson was on and pretend.

It was probably a good thing that Psych didn't attempt a big, splashy finale. The dressed-down version was the perfect way to end this series, to bookend what Psych was always about: relationships between characters and a boy growing up. I'll slow clap you on the way out. Because I'm proud of you. Thanks for everything.



NOTES

– The elusive Dobson was Val Kilmer. Eight years of Lassiter saying hello to Dobson, calling for Dobson, referring to Dobson, and it's Iceman. Brilliant.

– Gus's new job was shoehorned in, but it gave us a really funny, very Gus epilogue, so I'll allow it.

– Lassie showing his paternal instincts (both with Shawn's "who's my big boy" hug and the call to his daughter) was... unsettling.


– The proposal to Juliet was apt, very pretty ("I will marry the crap out of you, Shawn Spencer"), verbose, and so, so sweet (almost saccharine). But who goes around stealing rings from people who are proposing? And it was a team (the thief got into the backseat of the car) on top of that? What was their next job going to be, finding babies with candy?

 Floriana Lima really didn't have much to say, did she? Well, other than macing Gus in the face. From looking her up, I see that she's from Ohio. And I was also born in Ohio. #icebreaker

 What the heck was Tony Shalhoub doing that he couldn't drop by for a cameo?

– The kid in the criminology class was everything that is wrong with America.

– Billy Zane can do anything he wants to and still be the coolest guy in the room. I didn't even recognize that it was Zane until the high school scene. And you don't see him trying to be all sophisticated by changing his name to William. Right, BILLY Zabka?


– I'm honestly going to miss this show. So many good times. So many amazing memories and one-liners I'll probably use on my grandchildren, and it'll be like people trying to use lines from The Honeymooners today but I won't care. And there was that one time Andy Berman talked to me on Twitter. It was so long ago that Twitter doesn't even have a record of it anymore, but I assure you it happened. I will follow you into the dark, Berman.


Whaddaya think, Psych-Os? Was "The Break-Up" a satisfying series finale?


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AIRED ON 3/26/2014

Season 8 : Episode 10

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BEST SHOW EVER!!! Dont let it END PLS... I love this show. One of the reason why I get the channel is becuz of this show... Wish them the best.. Hope to see them again....
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I loved the show Psych from the first show to the last!!! It will be greatly missed in my home, my son's and my favorite show! I loved the finale which will make me miss the show even more. Hope to see James Roday in something very soon, as well as Dule Hill. We will miss you all!!! Thanks for the memories.
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just finished the last ep and absolutely loved it!! it took me a few minutes to realize the detective Juliet was taking about in San Francisco(the on organizing the kitchen at the crime scene A.k.A the guy ) is monk. I love it!!
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Shawn and Abigail Lytar should've gotten engaged, not him and Juliet. I am deeply saddened by the fact that this did not happen
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What the heck was Tony Shalhoub doing that he couldn't drop by for a cameo?

I know right??I fully expected Monk to walk out of the kitchen.
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just saw it and it almost made me cry .. best show on tv ever!!
it always was funny and always cheer you up ! not to mention james roday is great and that shawn and gus are the most awsome friends / parnters characters ever !! i really going to miss that show!
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Just saw this tonight, so late to comment here. Sadly, I did not catch the Monk reference until I read the review. I think I was too focused on some new, if not old, character to pop out.

One thing not clear to me was Henry's house. Did he sell it, or was he still doing so? Why was he measuring the Psyche office? That seemed vague or did I miss something?

I was never a big fan of this show, as I often thought every third or fourth episode was better than the rest and Roday was often obnoxious to me and better when he stepped back and let the rest of cast step up.

Thankfully, the show ended nicely. When Lassiter so easily figured out Shawn was trying to find a way to tell Gus about leaving, it occurred to me that he should have easily known Shawn was not a Psychic - at least by now. I like to think his breaking the DVD was acknowledgement of that. The proposal was odd, but fine. Should there not have been cops and squad cars around outside, as it was a crime scene? All else, and "Bud" was good.
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I expected them to go big (and I believe they could have pulled it off), but they made the right choice. This show was always about friendship and adventure, and they fulfilled it to the end. The characters and tone stayed true to show. Gags and guest stars, eighties references, growing up while still staying a kid at heart. Especially glorious were Shawn's vid to Gus, Shawn's vid to Lassie (I so, so, so appreciate Shawn basically thanking Lassie for being there for Jules always), the proposal that was sweet but also silly and totally including Gus because duh, and finally, the subtle but awesome Monk implied crossover. Grateful to be a fan of such a show, and to see it wrapped it up right.
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Ending was good, but now what where do we get or Psych fix now?! IS there even a show like this on tv anymore?!
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What a fantastic ending. The best one that I have ever seen. There were both tears and final fits of laughter that take forever to stop! (slow clap) :) Definitely gonna miss this show so much. Too much. Probably will take time to recover from this. xxx
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I thought the finale was fitting. I loved seeing everyone move on and tie up the little things.

Although shame on Psych for teasing us with Monk! Now I want to see a crossover!
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Crossover movie!!!
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Seriously though, I can't get enough of Monk and Spencer. The commercials with them in it are not enough to satisfy my craving for seeing them meet. (Like the commercial where Sean is telling the guy from the Dead Zone that he cheats cause his crime solving uses real psychic powers (oddly enough that guy was played by the police chief that replaced Vick) and then both agree that they are better off than Monk, who is also in the same restaurant counting how many peas he has) Also the Monk finale had a commercial air that had all the other USA show characters comment on Monk and Sean says Monk is the second best detecteive he knows....no wait, he's the third if you count the Mentalist.
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Awww, man! I miss those old Characters Welcome commercials! The glory days of USA Network!
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Most of this review is smartly on-target, but I cannot give "A Nightmare on State Street" any credit for looking into Gus' head, it simply was too jumbled and sloppy and shallow to get a bigger picture across.

The case of the week was where I really feel like the finale needed at least another half hour. I'm glad they didn't go out on a big case the way most shows would, but there was very little meat on the bones of that case, and what was there mainly got picked clean by Brannigan. A little more time to feel out the case and let it breathe, and a little more time with the regulars would have been nice.

So, did Lassie destroy the dvd to protect his friend and the mystery, or did he do it to protect the cases? I secretly hope it was the former.

The gag of Gus going back over and over was cute but took one too many trips to the well. I did love the quiet little joke that Chief Vick had Mr. Monk in the other room already, that was a clever USA Network treat.

Having Bud from The Cosby Show be Gus' boss was great too, everything else got touched on in your review, you just missed that one.

Anyway, I liked the series finale but I'm not sure I loved it. It satisfied but it didn't fully satiate, if that makes sense.
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Sigh. We're just going to have to agree to disagree about "Nightmare" I think.

Lassie wrecking the DVD struck me as more about keeping the source of Shawn's gift ambiguous. Lassiter has always known on some level but, just like Shawn says in the pilot, no one will really know unless he tells them. He was just saving Shawn from that indignity. That was Lassie's last act of friendship. He doesn't need Shawn to do that.

So, more to your question, yes, I think the former but the latter would give him more of a reason to break the disc rather than just eject it and never watch the rest.
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Agree to disagree? I won't agree to that! ;-)

Interesting take on Lassie and the DVD, not really the angle I expected. Lassie has tried to deny Shawn's gift since day one, and I wouldn't have thought acknowledging it would be an indignity since it was already presumed.
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I'm afraid it's going to have to be a cage match, then. Hope you brought your broken-off bottles and pockets full of glass shards!

@Lassiter: It's the completion of Lassiter's arc from being his nemesis (the single voice at SBPD always willing to impede Shawn at every turn) to admitting true compassion for Shawn. Even maybe a peer? Maybe that's a little far.

What I saw was a guy who didn't need that answer anymore. How they became friends was insignificant. Lassie needing or even wanting to know the truth behind Shawn's methods was within the capacity of the antagonist and Lassiter, officially, is no longer that person. The DVD break was ceremonial to me with the added detail (like you said) of keeping the integrity of past cases safe.
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No one with half-a-brain believes psychics are real. No police officer with a grain of intuition would fall for their cold-reading techniques. They are con-artists who prey on desperate or vulnerable people.

I used to work out with a lady at the gym who claimed to be a psychic so I asked her who she believed I would marry. She replied I would marry a young blonde woman 10 years younger than me.

Little did she know at the time I am a Gold Star Gay Man which is a gay man who has never had sexual contact with a female. LOL
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All I need is my trusty folding chair!

Nicely put on Lassie.
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I wish the show did a satire episode of Jersey Shore when it was on. That would have been hilarious.
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I think Tony Shalhoub (A.K.A. Monk) was supposed to be the guy chief already had who was alphabetizing the kitchen.
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Nick's point was that the character got that nod while the actor didn't do a cameo but should have.
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That was a good ending or beginning.
This seasons had some flaws for me, there was 2 or 3 episodes I didn't really liked But i concluded well the show anyway.
And without Juliet that wasn't clearly the same, the dynamic wasn't the same.
During all season we felt that in was the end, We were well prepared.
I think they did a good job here, Lassie is now the chief, Shaw's dad has his new life and our duo is together with Juliet and chief Vick of course.
Shawn is almost a grown up and he will get married soon at last as soon as he gets his ring back :D! We are not left with some unfinished business.
I think they made the good decision to end it now, like I said without Juliet that wouldn't be the same thing and it's better this way that if USA cancelled the show baldly because of a lack of viewers.
I have just one little regret, they could have done a different opening credit for the last episode. That was a thing I liked with Psychic when for specials episodes they did specials openings
I'll miss the show anyway. It was, no it is a good show.
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Was 8 years of roller coaster finishing with a dream psych out moment. The ending was right ( may be a bit too warm with gus there) but was what i was whishing for since the announcement of final season. Really glad it did not end with an episode like last week, loved the different references to the horror movies though one of the worst episode for me.
Psych is dead Long live Psych
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on a side note... i know this is quite impossible... how awesome would it have been if they showed the rival psychic in san francisco and it turned out to be patrick jane...
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No, they clearly meant imply it was Monk. Sorry.
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How was it imply? I missed the reference.
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Essentially, Monk was another USA tv Show (USA actually aired commercials that had Sean meeting Monk) and like Sean, Monk was very observant and highly intelligent. However, his wife's murder caused his mild OCD to become full blown and he also developed hundred of other phobias so a good deal of the show was spent trying to get Monk to concentrate on the case, and not "alphabetize the pantry" or line up all the spoons, or make sure all the buttons on the guy he was talking to were buttoned. (people with extreme OCD have to organize their world)
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Ah ok yes. Thanks for that.
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Also, he lived in San Francisco. And I'm pretty sure the chief said they already had a "consultant" not a "psychic consultant."
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Alphabetizing the pantry.
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OK it doesn't mean something tout me but I don't watch Monk then...
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8 seasons of pure pineapple fun.. although the show has had its ups and downs seeing a the series finale go down the way it did gave a warm closure feeling... it was an awesome ride... thank you shawn and gus..
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Before reading the review... LOVED IT!!! I'm going to miss Shawn and Gus but man, way to go!
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BOOYAH! Such a great finale. I'm so glad they ended the way they did, considering the high number of "slightly too crazy" episodes they've had the last two years in particular.

I LOVED the tone of this one -- it so totally felt like classic Psych.

Deon Richmond and Billy Zane guest starring, and Val Kilmer cameo-ing, were top-notch decisions. Ha, and yes! A Monk reference!

The end made me tear up pretty bad. I don't know if I was expecting Gus to come along, but it worked. And yes, I also love that he struck out with another beautiful girl. Awww, Lassie turning the video off when Shawn was gonna confess... adorable.
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I was dreading this episode. Partly because the show was over and partly because so many shows seem incapable of writing a good series finale.

That being said, I was pleasantly surprised. Billy Zane was a perfect Psych villain. Henry getting to be the hero was a nice touch. The idea that perhaps Lassiter has known along what Shawn really is was touching. For a while, McNabb looked like he would get a more significant role on the show and I was a bit annoyed when he instead basically disappeared, so seeing him become a detective made me smile.

In the end, the show actually wrapped up all the plot points that needed wrapping up. And that's something very few shows do successfully.

The proposal / ring theft was just so ... PSYCH.
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I laughed and cryied and laughed some more. I will so miss this show.
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i thought Desperaux was the one stealing the ring.
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well i was hoping...even though i know it wasnt. that would have been funny
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Floriana Lima is FINE. was hoping gus would finally get some since he always talks like he's a player, but really isnt. oh well, such is gus.

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for some reason i always just thought Dobson was McNaab. i never really paid attention to their names, so I was just like "what? val kilmer?" ha

did they use val kilmer a lot in references, or just billy zane? again, as you can tell, i dont pay too much attention to names.

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i also though tit was funny that jewels already had Monk helping them. hah. i never really saw the show but was familiar with it, so I knew who they meant.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

That is all I got right now.
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yeah the scene with the confession t lassie & the proposal were so good. the rest of the ep was pretty decent too.

sad it's over, but it had a good run. 42 minutes back in my week....need it since our 1st kid is coming in a month
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That Monk reference had me smiling so big and then he goes all out and proposes, haven't smiled this much during an episode in a while! Thank you Psych for all these years, can't have asked for more out of yah!
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I was worried about how they'd end it because the cancellation came after it was filmed, right? must've had some inside knowledge and had time to throw together a proper finale, and while it did feel a little rushed, it served it's purpose to give us as much closure as possible. I think my favorite part was when Shawn was about to confess and Lassiter just took the DVD out and cracked it in half.
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Steve Franks and James Roday have said in recent interviews that they knew it was the last season before they started filming it early last year. USA Network just wouldn't let them say anything.
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It ended with me crying from laughter so, perfect ending to one of my favourite shows of all time. Sad but very satisfying!

Thanks for all the laughs and tears through these 8 seasons guys, it's been wonderful having you come in to my livingroom making the day so much more fun!
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Probably one of the funniest proposals i have seen! Loosing Psych and How I met Your mother in 1 week is just to much!
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HIMYM still has one week left.
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Its over on monday, psych was finished on wednesday. Thus, technically within 7 days both are over.
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Actually not technically, a week is any period of seven days, not just those from monday to sunday. I wish we had more than 4 days to prepare for the end of HIMYM
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I am in my twenties, Psych has always been there for me in good times and bad times. I will miss you Psych. *cires*
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I also want to add the finale didn't feel like a finale at all. When they drove off into the sunset after those theives, it felt familar. It felt like this show will always be there...
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i actually thought Desperaux was the one who stole the ring. even though i know it wasnt. that would have been funny
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That would ave made my night!
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thats how i felt too
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You shut it about Zabka! He is a poet, and he demands your respect!
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The only loose ends that weren't tied up were:

1) What's going on with Shawn's mom? (Cybill Shepard) We haven't seen or heard from her in over a year.

2) Whatever happened to Juliet's brother (John Cena). We never got any resolution to that storyline and we never heard or saw him again. They never even made any mention of him again.
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After the episode with John Cena, I really did expect a follow up episode. Too bad :(
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Didn't Jules' brother disappear after he escaped custody? I watched the episode 2 weeks ago..
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He disappeared but we don't know how he was able to get out of police custody and what happened to him. Was there a corrupt cop who let him free? Did someone in the Pentagon pull strings to get him out? Did he fight his way out?

It was a very mysterious ending to the episode. And I'm a huge John Cena fan and wanted to see him again. :(
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He did escape...but I thought they were trying to imply that he might come back
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Shawn and Gus, one of the best bromances on television is now over and I am going to miss those guys and this show. I thought this was a great ending to a terrific show. For the past 8 years we have watched the transformation of Shawn, and him deciding to close up the Psych office (and leave Gus) was sad, but I knew it was something that would eventually happen. I loved that he moved to San Francisco to be with Juliet and I loved that he made a video for everyone (Gus, Woody, his dad, and Lassie) because saying goodbye would be too much for him (especially saying goodbye to Gus). It was exactly what Shawn would do, and though he was talking to Gus through most of the video, I did feel like he was saying goodbye to me the viewer as well. I loved that Lassie stopped the DVD and broke it before Shawn admitted that he was a fake psychic (I also love the hug he gave him earlier when he admitted that he was leaving Santa Barbara to be with Juliet), I love that McNabb got promoted to Jr. Detective, his dad appears to be moving on to a new career opportunity, and Woody is still..Woody (which is totally fitting). Gus deciding to move to San Francisco was fitting (they always said they would live next door to each other) and I loved Shawn's proposal to Juliet, it was really sweet and beautiful (I also thought it was funny that before he had a chance to put the ring on her finger someone stole it). I will truly miss this show. Great ending, great show, you will truly be missed.
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Great show. I am really going to miss it. I thought it was a good finale. Not going to lie I teared up a bit when Henry stopped Billy Zane and said "He finally called me."
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I thought the ending was just perfect. I couldn't imagine Shawn's going on without Gus, and was heartbroken for most of the show. But I would have been just as upset if he had broken up with Juliet.
To have them all together was the exact right thing to do. And I loved how Shawn kept including Gus in his marriage proposal to Juliet. She always knew they were a package deal, anyway. I loved it. If I had to be dragged, kicking and screaming to a series finale, this was exactly what I would have wanted
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Great finale to a wonderful show as the lights go dim on the USA network as a whole. They can take their "Modern Family' reruns, 'Sirens', and 'Christley (??) Knows Best' and shove them straight up their collective asses -- NBC Universal is dead, not just the mother-ship but the brand as a whole over all forms of media. I won't be finding USA to watch ever again.

They had to get the oft mentioned Val Kilmer and Billy Zane some cameos and both were perfect. I've also loved Mira Sorvino's odd ball detective. I agree the perfect final heartbeats of this show (and this network) would have included a cameo by Tony Shaloub but at least they got two of the USA greats Anthony Michael Hall and the chin, Bruce Campbell, to sit in for a few (why not Jeffrey Donavan as well?) . They went to San Francisco and couldn't just get a second with Adrian Monk? Who cares ..... the group hug over the corpse and the proposal, complete with Gus assisting was perfection. Roday throwing in hints about his own relationship with the lovely Ms. Lawson was just the icing on the cake. One of the best final episode proposals - that's when my eyes started filling with tears. Maggie had to take the chance on a new show but she was the most glaring omission from the final episodes.

We still have Sam and Dean but the loss of Shawn and Gus seems way too soon. Fitting ending to one of my favorites. Good luck to everyone involved and hopefully Steve and James can find a fitting way to bring everyone back again some day, hopefully with Carrie Elwes (who was always the best guest star.) All of the Lassie stuff was just too good and by good I mean tear jerking to mention. We always knew Shawn loved Lassie. I may miss Kurt Fuller's Woody the most - 'Woody' will always be the Fuller character I remember the most. (How lucky is Kurt Fuller who has gotten to work with the two best tv bro-mances of the past 10 years Shawn and Gus and Sam and Dean?!?!?)

Best wink of the whole episode - Gus was working with Deon Richmond 'Bud' from The Cosby Show! After he was finished bullshi!!ing this new guy from work, he patted Dulé on the back and called him 'Bud' and that was perfection. Gotta stop now,..... this is too sad. Great ending gentleman and ladies of 'Psych'. Come back soon, just find a better partner than NBC Universal next time!
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I agree. There is nothing I watch on USA now. It's a vast wasteland as far as I'm concerned.
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Have you tried Sirens? I love it!! Hilarious and it pushes the envelope.
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Nope. It's advertised juvenile humor doesn't appeal to me. My son works as a paramedic while going to law school. I have too much respect for the profession to watch it's being cheapened by jokes about bodily functions.
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CT, no thank you. I don't like tv that lowers my IQ
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Why don't you try reruns of Jersey Shore? You'll love it!
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Definitely gonna miss this show. One of the best tv bromances I've ever seen. Shawn and Gus were definitely one of a kind LOL!!! Everybody played their part well in this finale.
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i can't help but feel that this felt more like a season finale than a series finale, aside from the Lassie moment.
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One of the best series finales ever. I loved it!! (i cried too, not gone lie)
That was a perfect ending. Made me forget about this mediocre season instantly. This will always be one of my favourites ever. Shawn and Gus are the best tv duo ever! Love them!
A marathon is in my near future, i can sense it!

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Yeah, it was a fitting send-off. I'm still upset with this season and season 7. So much wasted opportunity.

I was hopeful when they ran "Reboot" because it thought it was the show-runners admitting they'd gone astray and the show needed a reboot. That ep was everything I loved about Psyche -- everything I hadn't seen in a LONG time.

But, then they went right back to their craziness.

A season or two ago, it looked like Shawn was growing up, but then they regressed him.

In the early seasons, we were let in on a secret: Shawn is brilliant, but hides it so people don't expect to much of him. He wants to still be a kid.

I could go with that.

But, little by little they started turning Shawn into a buffoon -- and I think I read that James Roday was chiefly responsible for that. Before we knew it, the guy who was hiding his brilliance became an idiot who thought he'd learned kung fu and could now jump over a 9 foot fence -- but ended up like Wile E Coyote slamming into a cliff. Cheap laughs -- and I'd come to expect better of Psych. And, his detecting skills took a way-way-way-back seat to silliness. We were often lucky to see Shawn focus in on a single clue in some episodes.

What we DESERVED was a slow and steady growth of Shawn. But, we didn't. As late as last episode, Shawn was a clueless fool. And, then in one fell swoop, he has an epiphany and BOOM, now he's ready to grow up?

I'm sorry. Too little too late.

But, I really did love the first few seasons and I thought it was a fantastic concept with a great mix of humor, action, and mystery -- with some wonderful character relationships.

BTW, virtually every other main character DID show slow and steady growth. I was especially impressed with how they smoothly transitioned Lassie from the hateful hardliner in the pilot to the softie daddy at the end -- and how little by little, they showed us how Shawn was growing on him -- which became most evident when Shawn and Gus helped him get his job back (or was it proving he wasn't guilty of murder -- I forget.

Anyway, I'm happy with this episode as our appropriate good bye.

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He wasn't a buffoon, he was just a guy enjoying a very looong adolescence.
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i agree. i'm 34 and a finally sort of growing up. 1st kid coming in a month. i can relate.
psych was so great. wife & i watched and loved every ep.
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Congratulations on the baby!!
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Yes, that's true for the first 3 seasons. But, in the later ones, he was a downright idiot. Some of his buffonery was in life-threatening situations, so I can't put that down to just being fun-loving and not wanting to grow up.
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I'm really hurt ......and pissed ... I loved 'd'd this show!
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DOes anyone know where I can watch the live after show online?
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It's actually on http://www.usanetwork.com/videos, under full episodes. It's showing as episode 8.11 (since the series finale was 8.10). I'm watching it right now, and it's actually pretty hilarious and touching.
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probably watch it this weekend. wife was too tired to stay up & watch the after pshow. liked that i get to see kevin pereira on tv again. havent seen him since he left attack of the show on g4.
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Lassie breaking the DVD was really heartbreaking, in the best way possible.
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Psych/Monk Movie(Even just USA TV Movie) Kickstarter? I'll drop $100+ easy. Maybe the Psych cast will be up for it after their various dull-sounding shows get quickly cancelled.
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Or after they finishing filming the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie...judging by the aftershow, that's where they're all headed.
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As series finales go I thought it was pretty good. Huge Pysch-O and I'm really going to miss the show. Val Kilmer was classic, especially with all the ragging on him by Shawn. I really really thought Tony Shalhoub was going to walk around the corner in that final crime scene. I asked my wife the same question you did: "What the heck is he doing that he can't do a cameo?"

Gonna miss you Psych.
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My thoughts: Well, it's over. I never saw myself as a dedicated Psych-O, but I did enjoy the show and I am thoroughly impressed that it made it so long. (Psych was launched along with of a bunch of shows that crashed and burned their freshman season.)

It was a decent finale. Psych still has a bunch of loose end which will now never be resolved (Juliet's train boyfriend and the mysterious figure John Cena reported to) and I WISH Desperaux could've been in one more episode, cause he's awesome, but I am glad that they gave it a real ending, unlike SOME TV shows I know. (I will never forgive Las Vegas.)

I really do love the scenes where Lassiter hugs Shawn and then destroys the DVD. His relationship with Shawn has really grown since the pilot. From outright hating and dismissing him to begrudgingly respecting his tactics to more-or-less genuinely respecting him as a detective and valued asset to the team, Lassie breaking the DVD in my eyes is the ultimate show of respect toward the man who closed more cases than he has. I'm suspecting that deep down he realized that Shawn wasn't psychic, but he didn't care anymore, and decided that knowing the truth wasn't worth it because his former partner loves him, his former boss respected him, and he's personally saved Lassie's butt at least 10 times on the show, so he'll pretend that Shawn was psychic for is own peace of mind.

Gus staying single and getting maced annoyed the heck out of me, honestly. I wish Gus's season 7 girlfriend wound up coming back into his life, cause the "Gus cannot get a girlfriend" gag was getting stale since season 4. Season 7 was the season the boys were supposed to mature (Juliet finding out Shawn's secret and Shawn realizing that he loves Jules more than he loves his work was Shawn's arc, Gus getting a real steady girlfriend was supposed to be Gus's.) but after she left he seemed to reset back to normal. Hell, looking back, the ONLY character development Gus ever got was quitting his job. Shawn was the loser goofball of the two, but he had 4 major things happen to him (falling for Abby and getting with her, him and Juliet hooking up, Juliet learning his secret and Shawn attempting to fall on his sword to get her back, leaving Psych to be with her) but Gus has NOTHING to show for the 8 seasons he's been on other than he no longer works at the pharmaceutical company. Gus's life shouldn't solely revolve around Shawn, and with this finale it seems that it is.

The reference to Monk, I suspect, was for longtime fans who were around when the show started. I remember the commercials with Shawn and Monk together, now it seems it's confirmed that the two shows live within the same universe. I like the subtle nod to the show that arguably helped Psych become successful, but still, I would maybe like to see maybe the silhouette of a guy in a tweed sport coat and curly hair squatting on the floor rearranging something. Don't actually show Tony Shalub, just make it known that he's now Shawn and Gus's main competition.

Psych has had me laugh, cheer, get annoyed, and laugh again. Their time slot will be hard to fill, but hey, even though the fake psychic has ridden off to the sunset, we still have the show with the fake lawyer! #PsychOUT
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Just for clarification they closed out Juliet's train boyfriend in that episode. She got together with Shawn and never had a need to meet up with him after he started his new life since she wasn't single. Desperaux did come back in the first episode of season 8 for his send off. the guy ritchie/ (gus as the super harry potter fan) episode. the sum up of Lassister and Shawn you give is so spot on.
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I'm glad I'm not the only one still holding a MAJOR grudge toward how Las Vegas ended!
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