Season 3 Episode 12

Earth, Wind and… Wait for It

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 23, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

Partnered with an arson inspector named Morgan, Shawn and Gus attempt to bring an arsonist to justice before he or she can strike again.

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  • Shawn and Gus team up with an arson investigator to solve murders in burned buildings.

    This episode wasn't the best I've seen, but it was still pretty good. You've got to admit that the plot was great! It was amazing actually! A fireman kills of gang members who killed some of his firemen friends in fires. He then traps their bodies in buildings, and leaves them there. However, when the buildings are scheduled to be remodeled, he burns the buildings to destroy the bodies. Shawn and Gus try to solve the murders by teaming up with an arson investigator. With her help, they are led to a building that is about to be burned by the fireman. They stop him, and save the girl and the arsonist. Very good plot line!moreless
  • A fire and a murder.

    This was not a series classic, but the usual pile of laughs you get every Friday night making you realize that it can be fun staying in on the weekend.

    Some of the highlights of this installment included the fake smoke alarm consisting of a bowl with a M&M on it as well as the usual Shawn greatness. The story here seemed kind of fillerish and I could have done without the obligatory explosion at the end but this episode definitely had some high points. Psych continues its strong season and hopefully the show rides that momentum into next week's airing.moreless
  • The Psych team continues stepping up to the challange of hooking audiences by adding explosions, danger, and a whole lot of awesomeness.

    The Psych team continues to amaze the audience with their action-packed third season. Earth, Wind, and...wait for it" is no exception. Filled with explosions, tense scenes, and an alluring plotline, this episode mocks any cliche moments of the past and leads the viewer down roads and through turns they didn't expect. The character of some of the protagonists are expanded upon to reveal their more sensitive sides. I'm enjoying the raises level of danger as well. In the previous seasons, Shawn and Gus didn't really get into immediate danger. But add in an emotionally unstable arsonist to the mix and things suddenly get a lot more interesting. Kudos to the producers for channeling in more awesomeness.moreless
Richard Riehle

Richard Riehle

Army Johnson

Guest Star

Ty Olsson

Ty Olsson


Guest Star

Bruce McGill

Bruce McGill

Fire Chief Dan Trombly

Guest Star

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Gus: There aren't even any dalmatians here… all I'm saying is, it would be nice to see one in it's natural habitat.
      Shawn: Gus, they're not indigenous to fire stations.

    • Chief Vick: Who gave you access to the file room?
      Shawn: Irrelevant and immaterial.
      Lassiter: Chief, you're not gonna let him do that thing where he only uses courtroom jargon are you?
      Chief Vick: Mr. Spencer…
      Shawn: He's making a mockery of these proceedings. All I'm saying is she's making a very compelling argument.
      Morgan: You're an idiot.
      Shawn: That's less compelling, move to strike.

    • Henry: I warned you Shawn, firefighters are trouble. I did everything in my power to keep you off the pole!
      Shawn: And you succeeded dad, in every conceivable way.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Finland – February 15, 2010 on MTV3
      Germany – March 1, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic – June 18, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia – December 8, 2011 on Markiza

    • Shawn mentions a Zoltar machine in this episode. On the official Psych web page, there is a feature called "The Mighty Spenstar" where you can ask Shawn, made up as the man in the Zoltar machine, for your fortune.

    • The theme song is extended from the beginning to the end of the first chorus. This is the second time this has been used. The first time was in season 3, episode 5 – "Disco Didn't Die. It Was Murdered!"

    • Anupam Nigam, in naming his characters, gave shout outs to fellow writing team members Kell Cahoon and Saladin K. Patterson.

    • Bruce Mcgill (Fire Chief Dan) and Tim Matheson (Fireman Paul and director of this episode) previously worked together in the 1978 comedy classic Animal House as D-Day and Otter, respectively.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • When Shawn brings Gus the dog, he says, "If you don't keep her, Cruella will turn her into earmuffs." This is a reference to the movie 101 Dalmatians, where the villainess Cruella DeVille tries to make clothing from the coats of puppies.

    • Shawn: Gus, don't be like William Zabka in Back to School"

      William Zabka played the boorish college jock who was constantly putting down Keith Gordon's character in the Rodney Dangerfield 80s flick Back to School.

    • Bodie: What, are you a fairy?
      Shawn: Hardly. I've seen Little Darlings like eleven times.

      The 1980 Ronald F. Maxwell film Little Darlings (1980) is a summer-camp tale about two 15-year-old girls who compete to see which one can lose her virginity first.

    • When Shawn and the arson investigator, Morgan, are in Army Johnson's office, Morgan requests the files on the three burned buildings. Army tells them to fill out requisition form IG-88. This is possibly a reference to the Assassin/Bounty Hunter Droid IG-88 from the Star Wars universe, seen in the film The Empire Strikes Back.

    • Lassiter's examination of the skull and stance while doing so alludes to Shakespeare's Hamlet. In the play, Hamlet holds the skull of Yorick.

    • Shawn asks about a Zoltar machine. In the 1988 movie Big, Zoltar is the wishing machine Josh Baskin uses to get older.

    • (Shawn offer his hand as he introduces himself.)
      Morgan Conrad: Um, I'm not gonna do that.
      Shawn: I understand. (to Gus) Obsessive-compulsive.

      This is likely a reference to Adrian Monk, the obsessive-compulsive detective who always cleans his hand after he's forced to shake it with people. At the time of broadcast, Monk preceded Psych in the 9:00 pm timeslot on Fridays.

    • Shawn: Why don't you trim that fingernail, Ming the Merciless?

      Ming the Merciless is the main enemy of hero Flash Gordon. Mings first appearance dates back to the original 1934 comic strip and he has been present in every subsequent adaptation of the character up to and including the 2007 Sci-Fi television series. The most famous version of Ming comes from the 1980 cult classic movie in which He was portrayed by actor Max Von Sydow with the long nails referenced here.

    • Shawn: Which is kind of hard to distinguish from your "I thought this was gonna be a new episode of Law & Order, but turns out it's a repeat" face.

      Guest star Milena Govich played detective Nina Cassady on Law & Order for one season (2006 to 2007), and currently can only be seen in re-runs.

    • The title of the episode, "Earth, Wind and… Wait for It", is a possible reference to the band Earth, Wind and Fire.

      The funk band Earth, Wind and Fire had several hits in the 1970's including "September" and "Let's Groove".