Season 4 Episode 1

Extradition: British Columbia

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 07, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

Shawn and Gus spot an art thief whom Lassiter has been trying to arrest for years. So, although they are on a skiing vacation in Canada, they appeal to the local constabulary with mixed results: someone gets axed, another finds himself interrogated and Pierre Despereaux may get away scot-free, once again.moreless

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  • I guess the Monk writers are doing this script as well, they phoned it in.

    This was another disappointment. The Monk episode was well below par and this one joined it. At least this episode the supporting cast did something.

    It was an interesting premise, a romantic vacation that goes awry when Shawn's girlfriend cannot make it and it is a non refundable vacation. That part gave me a smile, especially when it took Gus a while to figure it out, even though he paid for it.

    The thief and his thefts was clever, but the rest of it seemed to be just a little off. I had just hoped for a good night of TV on USA Network but then they are owned by the same people as NBC and they have not had many original or good ideas in a long while. They occasionally give us something good, but then milk it too long, like Heroes, and how many Law and Order spinoffs do we need?moreless
  • 4th season premiere

    Psych has always tried to find a fine balance between crime drama and comedy. And most times, the needle tends to swing between the two,-- comedy mostly. The series premiere had fallen prey to this flaw. What we witnessed was 40 minutes of comedy, which included the typical Psych goofiness and a few jabs at CBS' mentalist and CZJ's laser routine in entrapment.

    Psych could have made the villain look more intimidating. The sequence where he lets Shawn get off the hook, or the ones where he lets Shawn and Gus know about his plans were arguably stupid. It makes us wonder if we should even take the bad guy seriously. All said and done, I did like the fun part of the story. Though this can't be categorized as a super episode, nevertheless it isn't worth trashing as well. Its good the writers stuck to the usual framework, rather than jumping the shark in lieu of giving us the surprise element.moreless
  • Shawn and Gus are in Canada after an art thief who always seems to be just one step ahead of Shawn.

    This was a pretty good episode. I did deduct a half a point because it started off very slow and the writers seemed to struggle in the beginning putting Shawn and Gus away from their normal routine up in Canada, but...

    I give them a lot of props for it. The episode wasn't working at first but the minute Shawn and Gus went to the Canadian authorities this episode started showing the 10 quality again that I take for granted on this show. And they didn't look back after that.

    The art thief played by Mr. Ewles was a worthy adversary who made you believe at least a little bit that Shawn might have been a little over his head. The funniest thing about the episode was Gus and Shawn riding together and Gus slowly realizing Shawn was taking him out on a date with his own money. That was hilarious.

    The cute payoff scene with Juliet was phenomenal too. Even though Shawn might be with Abigail at the moment you can see the slow push for Jules and Shawn.

    One of my favorite comedic movies was Ace Ventura Pet Detective. When they did a sequel they took it out of his element into Africa and the movie was very inferior, stole the old jokes and had nothing for Jim Carrey to play off of. In this episode that is what had first hurt it. But unlike that movie. Once they gave people for Shawn and Gus to play off of, this became just as good as any other episode in this series. And it was helped even further with a good villain to play off of too. I liked this interesting experiment for an episode, but I still can't wait for them to go back to the states and than Shawn and Gus can really do what they do best and more Corbin Bernsen always helps too. I can't wait for more.moreless
  • Shawn and Gus catch an art thief in Vancouver, B.C

    This was a very cute forth season premiere. The cast always has great chemistry and Cary Elwes is always a treat. I really enjoy his precise English. One true nitpick that I have of this episode is that for goodness sake Whistler is not open in the summer time, as there is NO snow in Canada at this time. The summers in Vancouver are warm and so as a Canadian viewer this is just irritating. Always making Canada cold, reagrdless of the season, is insulting and obviously the writers are going for stereotype and not doing research. This is sloppy and frustrating.moreless
  • As far as season premieres go, even without the staple dead body, ‘Extradition: British Columbia’ doesn’t disappoint. It delivers it’s signature blend of humor and wit while successfully addressing some of the developments in Season 3.moreless

    So after what seemed like forever (to me and my Twitter buddies. I am pretty sure the six month time space continuum passed pretty much like six months for the rest of the universe), the quirky crime-fighting duo of Shawn and Gus finally made it back on our screens for the fourth season. But not from sunny Santa Barbara where the show is set at , but the snowy peaks of British Columbia, Canada. The season premiere titled ‘Extradition : British Columbia’ finds Shawn ( James Roday) and Gus ( Dule Hill) off to a ski vacation in Whistler which gets disrupted with an international art thief , Pierre Despereux played by Cary Elwes of ‘The Princess Bride’ fame showing up in town whom Shawn recognizes from Lassiter’s wall of most wanted. Pretending to be Head Detective to solicit the local police’s help, Shawn attempts to nab Despereux with Lassiter (Tim Omundson) and Juliet (Maggie Lawson) flying down to assist. What follows is an entertaining forty minutes complete with a dig at the ’The Mentalist’, the standard Canada joke or two, talking to raccoons, An ‘Entrapment’ laser spoof and some less than stellar skiing on part of the guys all of which is rounded off nicely with an adorable, aww worthy non-date between Shawn and Jules. Lassiter’s frustration at not being able to have a gun and exude his usual authority, being out of his jurisdiction is amusing as is Cary Elwes’ portrayal of the gentleman criminal as he speaks in clipped tones and wears designer loafers. As fans of the show would know, the show is actually filmed in Vancouver where it does a decent job of masquerading as being set in California. With the need to pretend obviously not there in this particular episode, panoramic shots of popular tourist destination like the Capilano Bridge and Stanley Park and the city skyline have been added gleefully for the simple fact that they can be shown.

    As far as season premieres go, even without the staple dead body, ‘Extradition: British Columbia’ doesn’t disappoint. It delivers it’s signature blend of humor and wit while successfully addressing some of the developments in Season 3 namely Shawn’s attempts at rekindling romance with high school crush Abigail (Rachael Leigh Cook) and the interesting twist it has for the Shawn and Juliet storyline. Season 4 finds the fake psychic attempting to negotiate a fledgling relationship with Abigail while reconciling with the abruptly changed dynamic of his little more than friendship with Juliet. Roday brings out some unseen nuances to the character of Shawn as he awkwardly and endearingly fumbles through conversations wiht Juliet before oh so sweetly proclaiming to refuse to be uncomfortable around her, because she means too much to him. Maggie Lawson too does well at keeping Juliet non-dramatic and composed. Episode writer and show creator Steve Franks thankfully keeps out any exaggerated heartbreak or pining from weighing in upon the lightness of the show. While I must admit, the shipper in me was less than thrilled about yanking the flirtatious element between the two characters, there is a new and heightened awareness of feelings for each other which is sure to lend to the depth of the show.

    All in all, ‘Extradition..’ sets the tone perfectly for season ahead.moreless
Peter Oldring

Peter Oldring

Cpl. Robert Mackintosh

Guest Star

Ed Lauter

Ed Lauter

Deputy Commissioner Ed Dykstra

Guest Star

Andrew McIlroy

Andrew McIlroy

Randolph Stockwell

Guest Star

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Psych-out: Gag reel from the RCMP station shoot.

    • Goof: This episode is purported to have taken place in Whistler during the summer. Yet, Whistler/Blackcomb mountains barely have snow in January, let alone in the summer.

    • Pineapple Spotting: Behind the mime there is a pineapple balloon.

    • Goof: In Cpl. Hugh MacKintosh's book, there is a typo in the the estimated price of the crown.
      The decimal point is a comma, and is misplaced: 950,000-1,000,00,000 USD. It should have been: 950,000-1,000,000.00 USD.

    • Production Detail: The last scene at the bridge with Shawn and Juliet breaks what is in camera work considered the 180 degree rule. While the long shots of the bridge, show them facing one side, the conversation in the subsequent close-ups show them as if they were on the other side. While this is usually not done because it breaks continuity, it was purposely shot that way for effect.

    • In-Joke: Pierre Despereaux stays at The Gordon Mark Hotel. Gordon Mark is one of the producers of the series.

    • Goof: When they meet Pierre in the restaurant, as Shawn writes down his plans on a napkin, the waiter asks "Are you writing on our cloth napkins?". In Canada, where this episode is set (as well as in the UK and Australia), these would be referred to as "serviettes", not napkins (the term "napkin" is usually used as a term for diapers and/or sanitary pads in these countries).

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Gus: Shawn, I gotta pee.
      Shawn: I told you to go back at the hotel!
      Gus: I couldn't! I got freaked out! There were rose petals everywhere, all over the toilet! Why would they do that? It's weird!
      Shawn: It's not weird. It's wonderful!

    • Shawn: Pardon me! If everyone would like to adjourn to the roof, the psychic criminal-catching portion of the day is about to be begin.
      Lassiter: Everyone just please stay where you are… He does this all the time.

    • Shawn: But I have a point. It's this: I refuse to feel uncomfortable around you. It's silly. You mean too much to me. And… and I am perfectly capable of keeping this platonic as long as you are.
      Juliet: Oh, please! I can.
      Shawn: I can, too!
      Juliet: Great.
      (Juliet walks away.)
      Shawn: (to himself) But how?

    • Lassiter: Can you believe that? A high-ranking member of U.S. law enforcement not being allowed to carry his weapon on him!
      Juliet: Did you really think it wouldn't set off the metal detector?
      Lassiter: I've got to get my hands on a gun, O'Hara. I have enemies everywhere. Maybe I can pick up one at the hotel.
      Juliet: Oh, absolutely, right downstairs in the gift shop. They have Kleenex, mixed nuts, and 9-millimeter Lugers.

    • Shawn: You've seen the Mentalist, right?
      Cop: Yes.
      Shawn: It's like that.
      Gus: Except that guy's a fake.
      Shawn: Right, if I was a fake psychic it would be eerily similar.
      Gus: Exactly.
      Shawn: A virtual carbon copy.

  • NOTES (6)

    • The opera singer who appears at the end of the episode when Shawn and Juliet are talking is Mark Donnelly, who is best known for singing the Canadian national anthem at home games for the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks.

    • Original International Air Dates:

      Germany – April 5, 2011 on RTL

      Czech Republic – July 3, 2011 on Prima COOL

      Finland – July 2, 2012 on MTV3

    • Parts of this episode were filmed on location in Mount Seymour Park, British Columbia, Canada.

    • Featured Music:
      "Trouble" by Pink

    • Crew Transitions: James Roday and Dulé Hill have moved from co-producers to producers, Andy Berman moves from producer to supervising producer, Bill Callahan joins the writing team as a co-executive producer, and co-executive/writer Josh Bycel has left the production (for executive producer and showrunner duties at Scrubs). Julie Ashton has taken over casting director duties.

    • Andrew McIlroy makes his second appearance in Psych, this time as Mr. Stockwell. His first was as Prof. Hahn in Season 2, Episode 7 ("If You're So Smart, Then Why Are You Dead?").


    • Shawn: This whole time I'm thinking, "This guy is Thomas Crown." You're barely Remington Steele. Which makes me, what, Laura Holt? You think a guy like me wants to be Stephanie Zimbalist?

      Thomas Crown is an art thief played by Pierce Brosnan in the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair.

      Remington Steele was an art thief turned detective also played by Pierce Brosnan in the TV show Remington Steele running from 1982-1987. The show co-starred Stephanie Zimbalist as Remington's partner/lover, Laura Holt.