Season 4 Episode 2

He Dead

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 14, 2009 on USA
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A billionaire hedge fund manager asks Shawn and Gus to find his murderer – a last request Shawn can't resist. So he and Gus step into a world of privilege that's rivaled only by the depths of betrayal it contains.

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  • A rich guy dies and Shawn and Gus get the royal treatment at least some of the time anyway.

    You, know at times I feel people bash this show way too much and will under rate it when it really was a good episode. And I'll over rate it to compensate, but unfortunately even though I am a big fan, I must say if it weren't for Abigail being in this episode, I would have sworn I've seen this episode before.

    Other than the Abigail/Mr. Spencer dynamic there was nothing new as far as storytelling was concerned. I mean the sicking the dogs on them bit was funny but the Simpsons did it already. I liked Abigail talking with Shawn's father, but I kind of felt that they really blew a golden opportunity by having Shawn's dad admit what he really feels about his son in this total dud of an episode. I wish he sprang the L word in a time when it would have meant a lot more.

    I think the worst part about this episode was that I was totally bored and Lassiter and Jules had very little to do in this one. And I was bored, did I mention it already. Well, it's true. I still love the interplay and chemistry between Shawn and Gus, but when a caper is as boring and derivative as this one even that wasn't going to help out here. Here's hoping for a better one next time.moreless
  • Shawn and Gus are called in to help in the search for a hedge fund managers plane crash. Of course they find the plane first and the mans dying breath is to redeem his name and do the right thing so Gus feels its his duty to solve the murder.moreless

    A little better than the premiere episode of the season. I like the patter between Gus and Shawn and I think that is back to normal. We don't see much of the SBPD which I think is missed and the short parts with Shawn's dad and Abagail feel forced.

    I liked the usual interactions of Shawn and Gus with Mr. Clayton's family and there are a few twists involved before we find out who dun it. Christine Baranski was very good as Mrs. Clayton. Nice line about the Botox. There may have been a few too many twists with this episode which sort of threw it off. You had the Clayton's, Alice and Garvin, and then there was Rosa. Then you had the estranged daughter Nyna and her husband Charles. Then you also had Chad Wiswall. Then they threw the Ponzi scam in at the end for good measure. Maybe just one too many suspects or not enough time on the actual crime. I did enjoy the final verdict at the funeral but it seemed a little thrown together and there wasn't much substantiating proof. Really Nyna's statement that he had been missing was a big cog in corroborating Shawn's theory as a lot of the evidence was circumstantial. He was a pilot, he had motive in that he didn't want the Ponzi scam info out, he heard them argue, etc...

    I think they are creating tension between Shawn and his father that I thought was gone. I think Shawn's dad has come over to the understanding of what Shawn does and why. I like Rachael Leigh Cook and it would be fun to see some more substantial scenes with her going forward. I would also like to see more Lassie, Julie, and the Captain.

    Not a bad episode, but nothing spectacular. Still better than the premiere. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Better than the premiere.

    This episode was better than the season premiere, but is still not as good as the show was last year. While funny, the story here did not pick up until the closing 10 minutes or so, with a good, unexpected twist as to who actually committed the murder.

    What I do not like is this fake "daddy issue" the show has orchestrated between Shawn and his father. They were fine last year, and he didn't even care that much about Shawn's annoying behavior, but now he seems to not be able to show any positive emotion toward him and vice versa. There was no need for this at all.moreless
  • This wasn’t the best episode and If I had to be harsh, it barely made it to being a good one. ‘He Dead’ finds Shawn and Gus entering the world of the rich and their clichés trying to solve thr murder of a hedge fund manager.moreless

    I was at a class trip all day yesterday and came back at at around half past midnight. Unfortunately my faithful torrent client failed to run the auto download I’d set up on the RSS feed which I’d set on both my laptop and desktop so that there wouldn’t be such a break-down. But since, technology screwed me over anyway I had to wait an extra half an hour for the download to get done to finally watch this week’s episode of Psych.

    My verdict: I could have probably waited till morning. This wasn’t the best episode and If I had to be harsh, it barely made it to being a good one. ‘He Dead’ finds Shawn ( James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) entering the world of the rich and their clichés. Christine Baranski guest stars as a billionaire hedge fund manager’s widow who dies in a mysterious plane crash but only after he extracts a promise from Shawn to find out who killed him. Hilarity unfolds as usual as Shawn stumbles upon the signature skeletons in the double door walk in closets of the rich- affairs, scandals, estranged children, white collar crime… the works in efforts to find the murderer.

    While the crime plot was interesting and fun there were too many issues I had with the episode to make me a fan, the first of them being the criminal under utilization of Lassie (Tim Omundosn) and Jules (Maggie Lawson). They had like three lines…combined which while I understood were the compulsions of the script is something that bugged me. Thank God for the totally kickass, ATV/bike (I don’t know what you call them) scene, or I would have been very unhappy.

    Coming to this season’s endeavor at exploring Shawn’s love life and complication with the presence of his high school sweetheart Abigail (Rachael Leigh Cook), this episode did not impress me and none of it had anything to do with the fact that I root for Shawn and Jules. In the past, efforts at addressing some of the issues in Shawn’s life, which he does have plenty of has usually been very well executed considering the small ratio of time it’s awarded in proportion to the mystery solving part of the show. But this time, there was a lot left to be desired. While I do have my own biases about the whole Shawn and Abigail situation (duh!). Objectively, I didn’t think much of her presence on the show in this episode. The earlier chemistry from ‘Murder, Anyone, Anyone…Bueller’ and ‘An Evening with Mr.Yang’ was simply missing between the two characters due to no fault to the actors who played them. Where are the clever lines and the comebacks people? Relationship Shawn is kind of boring and suddenly I think I see the wisdom in the decision of the powers that be to keep Shawn and Jules apart. If this is the way they should behave in a relationship, I wouldn’t want them getting together too.

    Regarding what Abigail did about meeting Henry behind Shawn’s back, I cannot say I approve. One for the obvious reason that it was clearly not her place. But then she’s dating Shawn and since Shawn would so do something like that and we would clearly enjoy it a lot, It would be hypocritical of me to judge her. But my lament is that it killed what could have been perhaps a very funny and entertaining introductory meeting between the three characters. Instead we see this bland coffee meeting between two characters without any of the context. Similarly the dinner scene too turned out to be this highly uncomfortable thing but not in a good way. The context once again was missing.I think while Abigail trying to work things is sweet and all, is kind of a logical anomaly to the whole Psych storyline in itself. Frankly she's too ignorant of the dynamic there yet to jump in and begin resolving things. It is understandable that it is difficult to squeeze in a personal storyline in a procedural, but this whole thing just felt forced and flat even though it was an interesting premise that held potential. I am glad that this wasn’t selected for the season premiere. I would have been disappointed.moreless
  • Another fine installment...

    It's just another feel good episode. A good mystery with a fine comedy track and characters playing themselves. I get the feeling that the SBPD police characters are getting sidelined. Usually, we do get a lot of scenes inside the police station; and the general feeling is that Lassy and Jules are running the investigation and Shawn and Gus provide the part that provides closure. It used to be more of the two solving crimes hand in hand. Right now, it looks like Shawn running stuff and the SBPD doesn't even exists. They just show up to introduce the case and wave their guns and handcuffs toward the end. Lassy, Jules, and Chief Vick are getting less screen time. And I feel sort of sad for them. And the funny thing is that we don't even miss them and the story still continues to be funny.

    This installment gave Abigail a bit of screen time. She is gorgeous lady, and I would love to see more of her and Shawn. Of course there is this URST between Shawn and Jules. Fun episode. Period.moreless
Christine Baranski

Christine Baranski

Alice Clayton

Guest Star

Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell

Warren Clayton

Guest Star

Carmen Moore

Carmen Moore


Guest Star

Rachael Leigh Cook

Rachael Leigh Cook

Abigail Lytar

Recurring Role

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Sage Brocklebank

Sage Brocklebank

Buzz McNab

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Shawn: (sees Gus texting at the dinner table) Man, stop trying to look cool.
      Gus: I have peeps, Shawn.
      Shawn: You have two peeps. And one of them is made out of marshmallow.

    • Gus: I hope you have a plan to how we are going to find this crashed plane, and I hope that plan doesn't end up with us being eaten by a bear.
      Shawn: Don't worry Gus, we have a secret weapon.
      Gus: A larger bear-eating bear?

    • Abigail: (to Henry) You're not bald, you're just taller than your hair.

    • (Shawn and Gus enter the Santa Barbara Country Club.)
      Gus: This is how I should be living by now, Shawn. Where did I go wrong?
      Shawn: I don't know about you, Gus, but I was born into the wrong family. If I belonged to a club like this I'd have to cancel my membership on account of them letting in the likes of me. And if you voted for me, well, I am afraid you don't belong in my club either.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic – "Poslední přání" (Last Wish)

    • Original International Air Dates:

      Germany – April 12, 2011 on RTL

      Czech Republic – July 9, 2011 on Prima COOL

      Finland – July 9, 2012 on MTV3

    • In its initial broadcast, USA saw fit to use their retyped end credits from "Extradition: British Columbia," rather than going to the trouble of retyping the correct credits for this episode or just broadcasting the original credits as the production house intended.


    • Shawn: If I belonged to a club like this I'd have to cancel my membership on account of them letting in the likes of me.

      This is paraphrasing a quotation popularized (but not originated) by Groucho Marx, when he resigned from the Friars Club, stating "Please accept my resignation. I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member."

    • (While attending Charles Clayton's funeral.)
      Shawn: Dust in the wind. All we are is dust in…

      Referring to the 1977 song "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas. This song is also sung by Will Ferrell's character in the 2003 movie Old School.

    • Shawn: Only because we are "Karma Chameleons".
      Gus: We come and go.

      Referring to the 1983 hit song "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club.