Season 3 Episode 5

Disco Didn't Die. It Was Murdered!

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



  • Trivia

    • Pineapple Spotting: A pineapple is sitting on the windowsill in the kitchen of the Ford's house behind Melanie while she is chopping a cucumber.

    • Gus' Alias: Methuselah Honeysuckle (given by Henry)
      Henry's Alias: Old Scratch Johnson

    • Psych-Out: Gag reel from the D.A.'s office scene.

    • Goof: When Gus leaves the driveway in pursuit of the Ford SUV, the front right wheel cover comes loose and rolls away. However, the cover returns in following scenes.

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Finland – December 28, 2009 on MTV3
      Slovakia – September 12, 2010 on Markiza
      Czech Republic – May 22, 2011 on Prima COOL

    • Featured Music

      "I Believe in Miracles" by The Jackson Sisters
      "Car Wash" by Rose Royce

    • Anupam Nigam's credit moves from the end credits to opening crew credits, sequenced after the consulting producer.

    • For this episode only, the theme song is extended from the beginning to the end of the first chorus.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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