Season 1 Episode 13

Game Set… Muuurder?

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 16, 2007 on USA
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Lonely and bored, Shawn convinces Juliet to give him a shot with a case involving a missing tennis star, but first he has to spring an unwilling Gus from a corporate retreat.

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  • Game Set...Muuurder?

    The Good:

    -The young girl doesn't die, which keeps the show from straying down too dark of a pathway.

    -"Roosters don't cackle...they cockadoodle doo."

    -"In very rare cases, it made you pee fire."

    -Watching Gus struggle to keep up with a young tennis player.

    -Shawn's fierce loyalty to Gus is nice to see, since he gives his buddy such a hard time. He lies to get Gus out of a ridiculous weekend with his company, so that Gus can help Shawn with the case.

    The Bad:

    -The friendship between Lassiter and Henry seems like a funny plot twist. However, the abrupt ending of the developing friendship is disappointing. It would make sense if the two men bonded.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of psych shawn is asked to solve the case lasiters partner. and shawn and gus must solve it at first they go ask the dad questions and look around in her room. and see all the photos and then go to the tennis courts and question the person that was always playing against and she told them about a boy friend. and then after that they go down to the restraunt and question that and they realize that she was in house near there and they go there and find that she was knocked out and bleeding. then they think it was not the guy they got in custody but they later realize with the help from his dad that it was one of the guys that works in the office he coverd or tried to cover his tracks to the police would not catch on. this was a good epmoreless
  • Shawn is bored. Gus is out of town at a retreat and Shawn has no case to work on so he gets himself invited into a case involving a missing tennis pro. It seems she was suppose to go to Tokyo to play but she disappeared right before the trip.moreless

    An enjoyable episode that gives you a few more insights into Shawn's behavior and why he is the way he is. For example has anyone thought of playing Battleship without deploying your boats? Eventually you would get caught cheating as one of the precepts of the game is to track where the boats can't be as well as where they are. Also there are major control issues as well as a number of other unrelated items.

    As far as the episode goes, the tennis player is missing. There was a case of an assault before she went missing and then later they find her after she was assaulted again. The layouts of the two crimes where obviously not the work of the same person but the police where happy with the person of interest they were going to charge with attempted murder. Shawn through his deductive reasoning must solve the crime before the innocent man goes to jail. What's with the inane excuses they are giving for Gus to miss his retreat? Gus must work for a real idiot in general. Of course we get to meet him and he is sort of an idiot so I guess that explains the reason why he is buying the excuses! They really were reaching with the person who did the assault at the end. It was somewhat clever but really lame at the same time. The police forensics cameraman? Yes, this guy had a real eye for detail didn't he. Leaving the clocks moved back three hours as well as shooting the pictures at a totally different time of day. As a professional cameraman the first thing you consider is the shadows at the time you are shooting and how they effect the shot. The guy must have been a real amateur cameraman that wanted to do forensics and so just picked up a camera without really studying. The only thing that really would have given him away was the photo if he had covered his tracks which with Shawn might have been enough to catch him.

    I really enjoyed the bit where Gus was mad because he never got to say the cool lines like Shawn's line about the mystery lover or Juliet's line about attempted murder. Everything he said trying to be clever stuck out like a sore thumb.

    Also the fishing with Shawn's Dad and Lassiter was cute. It was interesting when Lassiter admitted at the end that Shawn's father was a little off and how he understood a little better why Shawn was the way he is.

    So they caught the bad guy, Gus got the big pharmaceutical account, and Shawn got to really act stranger than normal. So much for having at least a little restraint. Not up to the usual episodes but still very enjoyable especially the Gus scenes and the scenes with Shawn's Dad. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Wow, this show continues to amaze. This episode was great.

    I liked this episode a lot. It seemed different than the other episodes somehow, but I'm not sure if that's just me or it really was different. I don't think I've seen Shawn work this hard on a case, except maybe the Pilot episode. Anyways, I really liked this episode. Interim chief Vick was back. I like her character. She readily agreed to let Shawn work the case. I'm not sure if she completely believes he's a psychic or she just believes in him. I liked the "secret" meeting between Shawn and Juliet. She is also quite willing to turn to him for help. Their meeting was funny and even a little flirtatious. :) How about Henry and Lassiter bonding? I didn't think it was too weird since Lassiter's a cop and Henry's a retired cop. I couldn't tell if Shawn was jealous of their bonding or uncomfortable because his father could possibly let it slip that he's not actually a psychic... But I can't imagine Henry revealing Shawn's secret to anyone. After seeing the episode a few more times, I'm sure that Shawn was just jealous. Ha ha ha I liked that Henry is a hard a$$ even when dealing with Lassiter. Lassiter actually understands, somewhat, what Shawn went through with his father. I think it's great that Lassiter got some insight into Shawn's character. A really funny part of the episode was Gus "playing dead" on the floor of the crime scene. He got very uncomfortable when Shawn mentioned chopping his body to bits! The look on the landlord's face when Shawn told him that he'd seen too much was too much for me! LOL There were a lot of great parts...Shawn's Tommy Lee Jones impression, Gus skipping across the tennis court, Shawn's "vision", which led him to walk throughout the precinct. A freaking awesome episode!moreless
  • Who killed the tennis player?

    When a famous tennis player is put in the missing persons report. Shawn is in desparate need of a case because Gus is trying to get a new very important client at a camp. Shawn makes up an excuse about how gus's grandmother fell in the tub and broke her hip so that gus can get out of the camp to help Shawn find the missing tennis player. They are opn the case wiht Detective Lassiter and together Shawn and Gus go to the place where she, the tennis player, were last scence and find out that she was a bit boy crazy. Together they solve the case and also find out that it was an attempted murder now... that the attempter is someone that works for the police.moreless
Thomas Kopache

Thomas Kopache

Leonard Sirtis

Guest Star

Santo Lombardo

Santo Lombardo

Felix Alvarez

Guest Star

Chelah Horsdal

Chelah Horsdal


Guest Star

Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten Nelson

Karen Vick

Recurring Role

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Isaah Brown

Isaah Brown

Young Gus

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Psych-Out: Much to the annoyance (and probably delight) of Interim Chief Vick, Shawn acts out a hypothetical conversation between Felix and Deanna that involves both falsetto and a piñata.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Gus: (in a mysterious voice, looking into the distance) Maybe someone saw her with her mystery lover. (normal voice) How'd that sound?
      Shawn: Feels like you're pushing... you're pressing...

    • Landlord: What the hell is going on?
      Shawn: Nothing, man.
      Landlord: Nothing? (Looks at Gus, lying on the ground) Is that guy dead?
      Shawn: (Gives a frustrated sigh) Ugh, damn it. Now you've seen too much!
      Landlord: (Nervously, looking away from Gus) I didn't see anything.
      Shawn: Yeah! You did! You're in this just as deep as I am now, we're going to have to work together.
      Landlord: .. Okay.
      Shawn: I assume this building has an incinerator, yeah?
      Landlord: Yeah.
      Shawn: Okay, so we just have to chop up the body and uh, put the limbs in little plastic baggies, and the torso we're going to have to melt down with a blow torch--
      Gus: Okay, I've heard enough. (Gets up)
      Landlord: Oh, jeez! (Runs out)

    • Tennis Girl: You know what her weakness was...
      Shawn: Kittens?

    • Shawn: That's funny, it sounded like someone just said sharing stick dude get out of there!

    • Juliet: Shawn, I can't just give you a case because Gus is out of town this weekend and you're lonely.
      Shawn: Fine, maybe together we can figure out how I can be less lonely. Wait, I'm getting something... baby oil (Juliet walks away)

    • Gus: What happened here?
      Juliet: This isn't a missing person case anymore. It's attempted murder.
      Gus: Man...even she gets to say stuff like that.

    • Shawn: Look, without protection, you might as well just send the killer an invitation saying, "Hey, come on back, finish the job!" I wonder if they make invitations for that.
      Juliet: I don't see why not. You can send an e-vite for anything.
      Shawn: This is true.

    • Shawn: Gus, I feel good about this. She's gonna be here, safe and sound.
      [An ambulance and police car come into view]
      Gus: Or not.

    • [Gus finds a clue before Shawn does]
      Shawn: Nice focus, Gus!
      Gus: Thank you.
      Shawn: Maybe you're ready to take on that little girl again.

    • Gus: Wait a second! This is my 'Airwolf' windbreaker! I've been looking for this for like five years now. Why did you take this? I never even saw you wear it.
      Shawn: Of course I didn't wear it. I took it so you wouldn't. Don't put it on. Gus, nobody had an 'Airwolf' jacket except Jan-Michael Vincent!

    • (Gus gets hit with a tennis ball)
      Shawn: Cowboy up buddy!
      Gus: Shut up!

    • Shawn: Right, I'd never seen a girl lie about entering the witness protection program.
      Gus: She wasn't lying Shawn.
      Shawn: Gus, I saw her at Starbucks.
      Gus: You can't be sure of that.
      Shawn: She was wearing a name tag, she had a plaque on the wall. Employee of the Month. Her hobbies were hiding, and lying about hiding.

    • Lassiter: Scratch that, I'm gonna let you guys stick around and see what real detectives do.
      Shawn: Sweet. Just let us know when they get here.

    • Shawn: Ew. How Grody of her.
      Tennis Player: Grody?
      Shawn: Grody to the max. Grody with a spoon. Work with me here, I don't know what the kids are saying these days.

    • Henry: Shawn never really was one for roughing it. We went camping once, found him curled up in his sleeping bag because a raccoon was hunting him.
      Shawn: Stalking me, the raccoon was stalking me, Dad.

    • Shawn: You mean Lassie and I can work together?
      Lassiter: Yeah, but separate.
      Shawn: Should we synchronize our watches?
      Lassiter: You're not wearing a watch.
      Shawn: That's a good point. Chief, I'd like to put in a requisition order for a new watch. (looks at Lassiter) Lassie, can you sign for that?

    • Shawn: (coming home to find Henry and Lassiter discussing the recipe of the food they're eating) You've gotta be kidding me.
      Henry: Shawn! What are you doing here?
      Shawn: I don't know. I guess I took a wrong turn and ended up in the Twilight Zone. What the hell's going on here?

    • Gus: I need face time with my boss, I already missed the pamper pole trust exercise.
      Shawn: I'm uncomfortable with you even saying the words pamper pole.

    • Juliet: Oh, one more thing, roosters don't cackle.
      Shawn: I beg your pardon?
      Juliet: They cock-a-doodle-doo.

    • Gus: So the prophecy has been fulfilled.
      Shawn: Hmm. What? What are you talking about? What prophecy?
      Gus: I just figured it was finally my chance to say something dramatic.

    • Shawn: We find the mystery lover, we find her.
      Gus: Dude. Why don't I ever get to say things like that?

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:

      Germany – 19 February 2008 on RTL
      Czech Republic – 20 August 2008 on Prima
      Finland – 30 March 2009 on MTV3


    • Shawn: The spirits can be Bashful, sometimes Grumpy, Sleepy, Dopey, Sneezy..."
      Shawn names five of the seven dwarfs from the Disney film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Doc and Happy are missing).

    • Show: Star Trek: The Next Generation

      The missing girl's name, "Deanna Sirtis," pairs one of the shows' character's first name with the last name of the actor who portrayed her. "Deanna Troi" was played by Marina Sirtis.

    • Shawn: Yes, I worked on the Mono-Theo-Huxtable drug? It's for Pancake-reactive Function.

      A reference to The Cosby Show character Theodore "Theo" Huxtable.

    • Shawn: Hey, I can project Tommy Lee Jones from The Fugitive.

      The Fugitive is a 1993 movie based on the television series of the same name. The movie stars Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones.

    • Gus: Wait a second, this is my Airwolf windbreaker.
      Shawn: Nobody had an Airwolf jacket except, Jan-Michael Vincent.

      Airwolf is an American television series created by Donald P. Bellisario, and starring Jan-Michael Vincent as Stringfellow Hawke.

    • Shawn: I don't know. I guess I took a wrong turn and ended up in the Twilight Zone. What the hell's going on here?

      A reference to the television series The Twilight Zone.