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Season 3 Episode 5

Disco Didn't Die. It Was Murdered!

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 15, 2008 on USA
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Episode Summary

Eugene Franks—arrested by Henry in 1978 for plotting to bomb the SBPD—is released after his conviction is quashed by the D.A. When Shawn is instructed to solve the case, his father insists on helping him; however, the case is not as clear cut as he once thought.moreless

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  • Disco Didn't Die. It was Murdered!

    The Good:

    -"In some states, that's called child abuse." "I think all of them."

    -Shawn indicates that his dad often gets mistaken for Phil Collins.

    -"What the Hell are you wearing?"

    -Shawn gets to re-open his dad's biggest case.

    -Lassiter and Juliet's plan to give McNab a boring case backfires.

    The Bad:

    -"Disco Didn't Die. It was Murdered!" is another episode lacking excitement.

  • The only poor episode so far. Shawn isn't funny and Gus has no lines.

    Though Psych is usually impossibly funny, the writing was all wrong on this one. It was slow, awkwardly paced, and upsettingly lacking in jokes. I knew something was up when there wasn't a laugh by the time the credits were over. Shawn isn't witty like he always is, Gus hardly speaks AT ALL (and mentions so in the outtakes), and Lassie and Jules are simply out of character - almost trying to play a bad comedy team without a straight man.

    Someone needs to knock the pen out of Saladin K Patterson's hand, and make him stick to his real job.moreless
  • A 70's themed-kick a$$ episode LOL

    Another well done episode. I have to say, the only thing I disliked about this episode were the roles of Lassiter and Juliet. They were really annoying. I didn't like the way they took advantage of Buzz and that whole storyline was pretty much pointless. I guess we can say that we got to see how they're friendship and partnership is developing, but really, it was so annoying. I loved the way the episode started, like some old 80's -or rather, 70's- cop show. The music throughout the episode was cool and added to the 70's theme. I liked how Shawn invited the reporter into the station and then posed while Chief Vick was talking to him. The faces and poses he made were really funny, especially after he realized the case was an old case of Henry's. The look of dismay on his face when he saw that the reporter had taken an unfavorable picture of him was soooo funny. There were a lot of little moments that I enjoyed in this episode....Shawn's and Gus' laughter over the name "Pooky", Shawn's attempted slide across the hood of the car, Shawn's excitement over the box, Gus running away when Shawn activated the bomb. I especially enjoyed the scene where Gus is driving the old car and the car slides into place at the club. He gets out walking funny, saying that his side went to sleep. LOL The way he walked was so funny, and totally in tune with the 70's theme. The guys "costumes" were great, by the way. Another part that I liked, a part I thought was cool, was the car chase. I like to see Gus get in on the action and he was the one behind the wheel. It was a cool chase. I felt really bad for Henry when he realized he'd made a mistake on the case, that Eugene had had partners. Henry is such a perfectionist; it has to hurt that something he was so proud of is now flawed. It was great seeing Shawn, Gus and Henry work as a team. I loved when they did this in the "Old and the Restless" episode. Favorite quotes:

    "I'm getting some serious jibes and it is fly..." Shawn

    "I can dig it." Gus "It's a big birthday cake." Shawn

    "Make a wish." Gus "In some states, that's called child abuse." Shawn

    "If that had been on purpose, that would have been totally cool." Shawn, after Gus slides car into a parking space. LMAO

    "I always wanted to try threes-ees. Who wants the handlebars? Gus, it feels like you." Shawn LOL "So what do we do now?" Gus

    "I don't know. I've never caught anyone before." Shawn I am happy with this episode and I am thrilled that the show has recovered from the slow season start.moreless
  • not as good as some but better than others.

    this episode was a pretty good episode but not as great as many of the other season 3 episodes. this one started out slow but picked up once they bought the car. ditto with the humor on this one. it got better as the episode went on. but i do have to say, i like that it had a theme to it. i think the theme episodes work well for this show and they should keep coming up with more (like the pirate treasure episode). this episode would be one i would watch again but only every once in a while.moreless
  • good episode...

    A case is overturned, and it happened to be Shawn's father's biggest case of his career. Shawn is given the case to find new evidence, but his father insists on helping. In the end, it turned out that the one that was sent to jail was set up and the real culprits were placed in jail. I liked the character interactions between Shawn and his father. They both had great character development in this episode. I also liked the side story of the detectives trying to get the best case... that was funny. Overall, great character story and another funny episode.moreless
Jordan Baker

Jordan Baker

Melanie Ford

Guest Star

Ted Lange

Ted Lange


Guest Star

Richard Keats

Richard Keats

Eugene Franks

Guest Star

Sage Brocklebank

Sage Brocklebank

Officer McNab

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Gus: You know I'm afraid that being wrongfully convicted is the tragic way my story ends.

    • Shawn: I don't understand, you guys had to hand write everything? What if you needed multiple copies?
      Henry: Well, we had one computer, but it took up the entire second floor. Generally, we used the mimeo machine.
      Shawn: How long did that take? Like a week?

    • Gus: Enough! I'm sick of you two fighting all the time. Look, Mr. Spencer, Shawn needs you on the case because, frankly, you're old, and we were barely even alive during the seventies. Shawn, your dad needs you on the case because, even though you can be extremely annoying, you actually have a brilliant idea every now and then. But you're both too damn stubborn to admit that you need each other. Now, can we go, please? Thank you.
      (Gus gets into the car.)
      Henry: Is he always such a know-it-all?
      Shawn: You don't know the half of it. Very preachy.

    • Shawn: The box? What do you think the box is? A giant room, like in Raiders?
      Gus: I think it's a box.
      Shawn: Or secret catacombs underneath the building, like in National Treasure?
      Gus: Shame on you for knowing that.

    • Shawn: (to Henry) All right, I need you to hear, okay? If you insist on staying involved in this case, there are going to be rules. I was hired by the police department, therefore it is my ass on the line and those rules will be made by me. You are no longer a cop. And unless you plan on going back to the academy, and climbing the high wall, and doing the obstacle course where you shoot the bad guys but not the old lady with the sack, or the blind guy with the cane, or the cute little squirrel with the busy tail and the big fat nut... it started off well.
      Gus: It really fell apart at the end. You should have had a name for the wall or something.

    • Shawn: Oh, come on, Lassie. If Derek hadn't caved, I would have just deactivated it myself. It's very easy, you just clip the red wire and the green wire at the same time.
      Juliet: Uh, Shawn, there is no green wire.
      Shawn: Really? Huh! Well, in that case we all would have died.

    • McNab: What happened to you guys?
      Lassiter: The diamond smuggling case that Detective O'Hara wanted to take didn't go quite as planned.
      Juliet: That I wanted to take? You're the one who insisted on it, Mr. Head Detective.
      Lassiter: Basically, we conducted a stakeout to catch the smugglers red-handed. But when we opened the cargo container to seize the evidence, we discovered we had the wrong one.
      Juliet: This one belonged to exotic animal smugglers, and it was filled with wild marmosets.
      Lassiter: I hate marmosets.
      Juliet: Apparently, they don't like being shot at.
      Lassiter: No, apparently not.
      Juliet: All I can remember after that are hundreds of those tiny razor sharp claws and teeth.
      Lassiter: Lower primate my ass. I recognize a military formation when I see one.

    • Chief Vick: (to the reporter) I'm sorry, you are?
      Shawn: Ah, sorry Chief. I got roped into doing a silly interview with The Independent. They have been calling and begging for weeks and I finally relented.
      Reporter: But, you called me.
      Shawn: And you called me back, which means we're both right. The important thing is that you got your cover story.
      Reporter: Actually, it's page 64.
      Shawn: Really depends on how you fold it, doesn't it?

    • Shawn: There is no way that I'm showing you what's in this folder.
      Henry: You're lucky I'm even asking you, Shawn. I could do this the simple way. I could grab it from you, clean up any evidence of a struggle before you and your little friend here knew what hit ya.
      Shawn: Some states, that's called child abuse.
      Gus: I think all of them.

    • Chief Vick: It goes without saying, Mr. Spencer, that your father is in no way to participate in this investigation. He's no longer on the force, and his meddling could compromise the case in court. Do I make myself clear?
      Shawn: Yes, you do, Chief. What isn't clear is why people always say, "it goes without saying", yet still feel compelled to say the thing that was supposed to go without saying. Doesn't that bother you?
      Chief Vick: No. And frankly I could care less.
      Gus: Now, that's the one that bothers me. Why do people say, "I could care less", when they really mean: "I couldn't care less"?
      Chief Vick: Well, why don't you tell me how to properly say this: If you share any official information about this case with your father or let him any where near any new evidence, then the two of you will have to find another police department to work for. And I will personally see to it that each of you is charged with obstruction of justice.
      Gus: You split an infinitive.
      Shawn: Good catch, Gus.
      Chief Vick: You two realize I carry a gun, right?
      Gus: That was perfectly elocuted.

    • D.A. Assistant: May I help you?
      Shawn: Yes. My name is Shawn Spencer, I am the Head Psychic for the Santa Barbara Police Department, and that is my partner (points to Gus)–
      Henry: Yeah, yeah that's his partner, Methuselah Honeysuckle, which makes me Old Scratch Johnson.

    • Shawn: Ooh, I am getting it, and it's a bad mother–
      Gus: Shut your mouth!
      Shawn: I'm havin' a vision.
      Gus: I can dig it.
      Shawn: Ooh, it's a– It's a big birthday cake!
      Gus: Ooh! Make a wish! (pause) What?

  • NOTES (4)


    • When Shawn and Gus go to the pawn shop, the outside view of the pawn shop is a famous pawn shop in Las Vegas called the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop. It has a reality show called Pawn Stars filmed on its premises.

    • The Dukes of Hazzard

      The car that Shawn, Gus, and Henry buy at the junkyard is reminiscent of "General Lee", the car on Dukes of Hazzard. Shawn tries (and fails) to slide over the hood instead of walking around it, a signature move on Dukes. Also, during the car chase, and while parking, the car slides around when going around corners or coming to a turnabout stop.

    • The French Connection
      During the scene when Shawn, Gus and Henry purchase a car, Shawn tells Henry to "Stand back, Popeye Doyle." Popeye Doyle is one of the main characters in the movie The French Connection.

    • Bullit

      The scene with Gus pursuing the SUV is done in a similar style as the famous car chase scenes from the 1968 movie Bullit. Gus' car even loses a wheel cover without it being missing in the following scenes, a nod to the fact that this continuity error occurs often in the course of the movie.

    • CSI: Miami
      When Gus, Shawn and Henry take off their aviators at the discovery of Dr. Colbert's body, it is a reference to Horatio Cane (David Caruso) from CSI: Miami, who repetitively performs the same action.

    • Gus: I think it's a box.
      Shawn: Secret catacombs underneath the building like in National Treasure?
      Gus: Shame on you for knowing that. Referencing National Treasure (2004), which was directed by Jon Turteltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The film follows a man searching for the Knights Templar Treasure via a map found on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

    • Pawn Shop Owner: This ticket is from 30 years ago when my dad ran the shop. I'll have to go look through the box.
      Shawn: Box. What do you think the box is? A giant room like in Raiders?

      Referencing Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by George Lucas. It follows adventurer/archaeologist Indiana Jones on his quest to find the Ark of the Covenant.

    • Shawn: Oh, I am getting it, and it's a bad mother--
      Gus: Shut your mouth!

      Referencing "Theme from Shaft", a 1971 song by Issac Hayes.