Season 3 Episode 8

Gus Walks into a Bank

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 12, 2008 on USA
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Gus is taken hostage at the Santa Barbara Savings and Loan Bank while making a deposit for Shawn.

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  • Name of the bank woman?

    What is the name of the woman in the bank? The woman Gus wants? :D
  • Shawn's a d-bag

    Yep. So Gus walks into a bank, gets taken hostage by an armed robber. Shawn, at first, is understandably concerned. But then he first throws a hissy fit when he discovers the SWAT negotiator is Juliet's new boyfriend. Then he decides that he, and he alone, is the only person who can fix this situation, and gets himself taken hostage. Once inside, he finds out that the robber is, in fact, being forced to do this against his will by his wife's kidnapper, Shawn spins this to his advantage, taking control inside the bank. He takes over the phone just to bitch at Juliet more about the new boyfriend, then leaves the bank on his own, again because he believes only he can fix the situation. In the meantime, he orders the robber not to communicate with the police. Then he manipulates the cops into doing what he wants, and makes Juliet go with him so he can bitch at her some more, again because he's acting like a petulant teen.

    Okay, look, I get it, he's the hero, he has near-magic powers, and he's always right and the situation always works out for him. But watching the TV show my first run-through, I'm getting angrier and more pissed-off at Shawn with each episode of the third season. The guy's acting like a selfish ass.

    And he insists, INSISTS on taking control of everything, claiming that he KNOWS what's best. Even when he leaves the bank, he forces the robber not to answer, because he can't trust people to do anything unless he's not there. And when people start applauding, he can't help but preen, soak it in, and hit on the girls. In reality, behavior like that is typical of crazy narcissists with controlling personalities - actually, behavior you often see among criminals.

    Again, it's just a show, and it turns out Shawn thinks he knows what's best because in this world, he ALWAYS knows what's best. But it's more than a little irritating. A hero is admirable when they struggle against the odds, deserving when they triumph, but when it turns out that they're always right and they never lose, and god do they rub it in your face - he's just insufferable.

    If you're ever in a hostage situation in real life, I implore you - don't listen to a person like Shawn. He will get you killed. Let him get himself killed first. Or, better for everyone, knock him the fuck out the first chance you get and let more cool-headed people take care of it. The robber is the most irrational person in the room - you don't need someone like Shawn challenging him for the title.moreless
  • When Gus walks in a bank to make a deposit, he gets caught in a bank robbery. Meanwhile, Shawn schemes to get involved in the robbery.

    This episode was hilarious! XD When Gus gets caught in a bank robbery, Shawn is on the outside with the police trying to find a way to get in too. A fight with the SWAT leader is just the ticket. Because of this fight, Shawn is forced to take pizza to the robber and hostages in the bank. To get inside, he starts a fight with the SWAT leader again; causing him to send SWAT guys to go after him. This prompts the robber to reach outside and grab Shawn and drag him in. After speaking with the robber, Shawn discovers the robber was set up to rob that bank because his wife was kidnapped. After making some deals, Shawn leaves the bank and finds the robbers wife. Thus, the case is solved. I was really shocked when Juliet admitted a relation with the SWAT leader. It was really funny how Shawn schemed to ruin their date that night; causing Juliet to visit with Shawn and spend time with him XDmoreless
  • They ruined an awesome case episode with a rushed, chopped off ending.

    I mean, the whole episode was so interesting, the bank robbery, the hostages, Shawn investigating and then they totally muddled the hostage retrieval, we didn't get to see what happened with the fake bank robber, zip. At least some hint would have been nice. But the case was interesting, at least.

    I loved how Shawn felt so guilty about Gus having been taken a hostage. And Henry rushing over to warn Shawn - but the fact that the hostage rescue was simply not shown, cut off made Henry's arrival pointless, it turned it just into a scene to show that yes, Corbin Bernsen was still on the show *sigh*

    Gary Cole was funny though!

    And Shawn and Juliet... I really like this pairing but it seems like the writers are just too heavy handed in handling their romance. It's either too "in the face" or not there at all. And it's too bad because they are such a nice couple :(moreless
  • Shawn resolves a hostage situation.

    This season finale was very well written and executed one from the cast & crew of Psych. May I say, this was the best one in the entire 3rd season.

    Plotted along the lines of a bank robbery and an accompanying hostage situation, this episode did create both a racy storyline and gut-popping comedy track. Its definitely not easy to introduce some wise-ass jokes in between a serious situation and still make it look funny. But this finale episode did manage to do that, and successfully as well. As another interesting development, the writers have also put an end to the "Shawn-Jules: Will-they-Won't-they romantic tension", that has been lingering around since the "Bounty Hunters" episode.

    A very recognizable trend which I've observed in the past few episodes, is that the writers are trying to focus on a non-critical character in each episode. In this perspective, the season finale definitely belonged to Lassitor. Overall, a good end to a seemingly average season. And definitely a lot to look for in the next.moreless
Gary Cole

Gary Cole

Commander Cameron Luntz

Guest Star

Alan Ruck

Alan Ruck

Phil Stubbins

Guest Star

David Bloom

David Bloom

Nathanial Gresling

Guest Star

Sage Brocklebank

Sage Brocklebank


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the scene when Shawn is telling Phil he is psychic his right hand goes from being at his temple to at his side a number of times during the scene

    • Pineapple Spottings:
      • Pineapple #1 – a real one on the bench of the bank when Shawn asks to go "potty."
      • Pineapple #2 – a cutout of a pineapple is on Shawn's zip line snack system at the end of the episode.
      • Pineapple #3 – when Shawn delivers the pizzas, he asks why there isn't a "ham and pineapple" one.

    • There was no flashback to young Shawn in this episode. This is the second episode of the series without one (the first was "Murder? …Anyone? …Anyone? …Bueller?").

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Shawn: All right, Jules, give me one good reason why you find this guy attractive.
      Juliet: Shawn…
      Shawn: You can't give me one?
      Juliet: I can think of many.
      Shawn: Is one of them that you're looking forward to giving him sponge baths in the near future?
      Juliet: I happen to find his age and his maturity appealing. He is distinguished and virile, and, most importantly, he knows who he is, and that is attractive.
      Lassiter: You two know I'm in the van, right?

    • Juliet: Why didn't you go in the bank?
      Shawn: We came here to make a deposit. That's not really a two-man job. What, we both should have grabbed a corner of the check and gingerly walked it in together?

    • Shawn: (to Carlton) Just once, can you grab life by the little Lassiters and follow your instincts?

    • Gus: I'm telling you, something's not right with this guy. And, then he makes us take our shoes off? Who does that? Why?
      Shawn: It's a way of containing people, ya know, slowing them down and what not.
      Gus: So we can't run away when he starts shooting us. He's gonna start killing us off one by one. Oh My God!
      Shawn: Would you please relax, clearly I have a handle on the situation.
      Gus: A handle? A handle? You mouthed off to him and got yourself taken hostage!
      Shawn: Of course I did. That was my plan all along, you sweet dollop of spicy goodness.

    • (The hostages glare at Shawn after he tackles Phil to the floor, saving his life.)
      Shawn: Free hugs. Who's next?

    • Karen: You're not a trained tactical officer, Spencer.
      Luntz: Are we positive he's even house trained?
      Shawn: (laughs) OK, all right, maybe you and I got off on the wrong foot. And you know what? You're correct; I have had a few close calls around the house recently, but I can help you.

    • Shawn: (to Luntz after he has just made a theatrical entrance) And… cut! Great, dripping with swagger. Let's go again, though, and maybe ease up on the cocksure smile just a bit. I liked it. I'm just not sure it's gonna play in the Midwest.

    • Shawn: You know, I'm not really a regular person, right, Phil?
      Phil: What does that mean?
      Shawn: It means I tried once and failed. I'm just too unique and interesting.

    • Lassiter: (closes truck door) You take shotgun.
      Shawn: You are so sexy right now!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Finland – January 18, 2010 on MTV3
      Germany – February 8, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic – June 4, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia – July 26, 2011 on Markiza

    • In its initial broadcast, USA did not transmit two of the cast cards in the end credits; Val Cole through Jason Poulsen were the missing credits.

    • Featured Music:

      "Genius" by The Friendly Indians
      "More Human Than Human" by White Zombie
      "Ever So Slowly" by The Friendly Indians


    • Shawn: But look at you, man. Surviving a bank hostage crisis, and still looking all Poitier on a hot day… go ahead, slap me in the face. Tell me they call you Mr. Tibbs.

      A reference to the 1967 Norman Jewison film In the Heat of the Night, starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. Poitier's most famous line from the film was, "They call me MISTER Tibbs!" The line was later used as the title of the film's 1970 sequel.

    • Shawn: He's not Colin Farrell.

      This is a reference to the 2003 Clark Johnson film S.W.A.T., starring Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson.