Season 4 Episode 13

Death Is in the Air

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 17, 2010 on USA
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Episode Summary

A lab has lost one of their infectious agents, and Shawn and Gus are tasked with finding it before it can be unleashed on the public.

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Cullen Douglas

Cullen Douglas

Dr. Tony Mallon

Guest Star

Judd Nelson

Judd Nelson

Dr. Steven Reidman

Guest Star

Dmitry Chepovetsky

Dmitry Chepovetsky


Guest Star

Sage Brocklebank

Sage Brocklebank

Buzz McNab

Recurring Role

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Shawn talks to Juliet at the end of the episode, he mentions the kids who flip the box over to get the toy from the cereal. This is a trick that Shawn was taught by his father, as shown in the flashback of the season one episode "9 Lives."

    • Nitpick
      Shawn Spencer: There's also a third kid named Mikey who'll eat anything, including the prize, but he's not really important right now.
      It is a popular misconception that Mikey from the Life cereal commercials likes everything, when the gist of the commercial is that if he likes it then it must be good, because he is actually a very picky eater.

    • Pineapples Spotting: There are 2 pineapples (and one pineapple mention) in this episode. The first one is behind Ginger when she's staggering around the store. The second one is shown in the background at the at the hotel bar.

      The pineapple mention was Shawn ordering a drink at the hotel bar.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (3)


    • Shawn: I'll have a club soda with three pineapple wedges, and if you can get the hippy hippy shake going, flip a few glasses, and introduce me to Elisabeth Shue there is an extra fiver in it for you.

      This is a reference to the 1988 Roger Donaldson film Cocktail, starring Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown and Elisabeth Shue which included bartender antics as described.

    • Shawn: All right, first of all you have to stop using the "I'm not falling for no banana in the tail pipe" voice every time you imitate a white person.

      This is a reference to the movie Beverly Hills Cop in which Eddie Murphy's character stops a police tail by putting a banana in the police car's tail pipe. Later his character runs into more policeman and one says they won't fall for a banana in the tail pipe and his character belittles the line's delivery by repeating it using this voice.

    • Gus: He also goes by Mister Dobalina
      Shawn: Mr. Bob Dobalina
      This is a reference to the song "Zilch" by the Monkees from their 1967 album Headquarter in which one of the nonsense phrases spoken is, "Mr. Bob Dobolina."

    • Shawn tried to describe a hazmat (hazardous materials) suit by likening it to "Stay Puft" - as in the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the movie Ghostbusters (1984).