Season 4 Episode 3

High Noon-ish

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 21, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

Lassiter reluctantly asks Shawn and Gus for help when his surrogate father, sheriff of Sonora, thinks a ghost is wreaking havoc in his town. And even though this Wild West re-creation town is bigger on show than facts, it turns out a real crime is being planned and the murder of the Sheriff's business rival is only the beginning.moreless

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  • Some plot holes, but amusing!

    Gus is trapped in a mine. What does he use to get out?

    A) Pickaxe

    B) Shovel

    C) Bare hands

    D) Dynamite

    E) Spoon

    That's right! Twenty years from now, he will be free by spooning! I don't know if they did that on purpose, but it was a sidetrack to my train of thought. I really liked "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" satire, though it would be a lot more fun if they got the real music. I finally caught an episode of "The Mentalist" and thought they took themselves too seriously. This episode is a typical "Psych" episode with all the elements that make it fun. I hope it lasts longer than "The Mentalist" does.moreless
  • Good episode.

    This was a good episode of Psych, even though it was eerily similar to the Friday the 13th themed episode last season. The concept of Shawn and Gus being scared of the dark and fearing for their lives is nothing new and unheard of by this program, I will admit that, but the plot was taken right from that Season 3 installment and just transplanted into the wild west instead of a summer camp.

    Psych is smart for basically eliminating the scenes taking place at the police station and just focusing on Shawn and Gus' misadventures. This is what people want to see, not paperwork or lame cliched cop jokes, so that is a plus so far this year.moreless
  • Lassiter asks Shawn and Gus to investigate problems at a western town sheriffed by his surrogate father.

    This was a step up from the previous episode, but the caper once again wasn't very good. It was kind of an excuse to do a western episode, but they really didn't formulate the crime and the situation that well for me at least.

    It definitely had a descent pace. James Brolin had a descent amount of gravitas as the sheriff. I think the show writers will ignore the dynamic between Lassiter and Shawn at their own peril and they did a much better job of keeping them interacting as compared to the last two episodes this season. They still need to get more Jules in there though.

    This not only was a western episode, but it was very Scooby Doobyish too. But, I didn't think they did it very well. Or not as well as they have done in previous seasons. I just don't think this episode was as funny as it needed to be, especially to make up for the fact that the investigation part wasn't really that intriguing for me. I think there was a descent storyline here but it wasn't made as clear as it needed to be. I just wasn't sure if it was more about ghosts or killings or what they were going for. They needed to pick one and just stick to it. But I think the show is slowly starting to get it's pace, back, but I haven't seen a 10 worthy episode since last season, so I have my fingers crossed for the next one. Here's hoping.moreless
  • Lassiter needs Shawn and Gus to help a friend of his outside of Santa Barbara. They writers phoned this one in.

    This series and others on this network are quite profitable, but I guess they are cutting costs and having cheaper writers do the scripts. This is another one that does not live up to their worst of last year. This is not a good sign. Very little good comedy, very little of the supporting cast, another poor example of cost cutting gone amok.

    Please give us a good one for a change, however it looks like next week is a recycle of a previous plot. I guess original ideas are hard to come by, but then they are owned by NBC and they do not have more than 2 shows that I even bother to watch anymore.

    Cable TV is kicking broadcast TVs butt, and this is better than most but that is a sad commentary on the state of TV.moreless
  • The good thing about Psych is that it has a flexible range of operation. So if anyone could actually do a Western theme and pull it off, it would be these guys.moreless

    The good thing about Psych is that it has a flexible range of operation. So if anyone could actually do a Western theme and pull it off, it would be these guys. High Noon-ish finds Shawn and Gus investigating vandalism in Old Sonora, a tourist trap Western town for Lassiter who has a sentimental attachment to the town and its 'Sherif' (James Brolin).

    This episode manages to do a lot of things sucessfully. It gives Roday fans, the chance to see him cowboy up, thrown in an Eastwood accent, ride a horse and generally be his funny, awesome self.

    It also sheds light on Lassiter's childhood allowing fans of this snarky, stiff cop to get a glimpse of what makes him that way. Juliet though continues to be underutilized, and I do hope that she has stronger storylines in the up coming episodes.

    The thing that this episode will probably be remembered for is the great technique and lighting used. Sepia tones and mellow lighting used in the episode accentuate the look and feel of High Noon-ish.

    All in all, a good episode.moreless
Brent Sexton

Brent Sexton

County Sheriff Becker

Guest Star

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Stinky Pete Dillingham

Guest Star

John Tench

John Tench

Deputy Tripsy

Guest Star

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Psych-out: James and Dulé sing Terence Trent D'Arby's "Wishing Well" after falling into the mine shaft.

    • Stinky Pete: Well, I guess after playing a bad guy for all these years, the line between actor and role got blurred.
      Shawn: Huh. They say the same thing happened to Yul Brynner.

      The reference to Yul Brynner is largely in part to his portrayal of Chris, the lead gunfighter in The Magnificent Seven and Return of the Seven, which dovetails nicely into the western theme of this episode.

      However, the mention of Yul Brynner in this episode is most likely a nod to this episode's guest star, James Brolin. In the classic 1973 sci-fi film, Westworld, Brynner plays an android gunslinger in a futuristic theme park that Brolin visits. However, the androids gain sentience and turn on the guests. Brolin's character in that movie, John Blane, is the first human killed by Yul Brynner's character, the Gunslinger.

    • Goof: When Shawn and Gus enter the Saddlesore Saloon, Shawn mistakes a tourist for Stinky Pete. Shawn immediately pulls his SIX-shooter and proceeds to fire 14 shots in rapid succession.

    • The town of Old Sonora is the same town that was used in the Supernatural season two finale, "All Hell Breaks Loose." Jim Beaver who portrayed Stinky Pete plays the recurring character Bobby Singer on Supernatural.

    • Pineapple Spotting: When Shawn is at Henry's, eating the fat-free grilled cheese sandwiches, a small, wooden pineapple can be seen sitting by the paper towel holder to the right of the dish drainer.

    • When the sheriff was telling Shawn and Gus about how he met Lassiter, the hand that Shawn is resting his chin on changes between shots. In the two-shot with Gus, he is leaning on his left hand, but in his close-up, he is leaning on his right hand.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Shawn: Besides, I've got to go gun down that Stinky Feet fella in about 20 minutes.
      Gus: Stinky Pete.
      Shawn: You wouldn't understand, you've never killed a man.
      Lassiter: Yes, I have.
      Shawn: Yeah, but you've never pretend killed one repeatedly. Struggle with it every time.
      Gus: Two times.
      Shawn: Yep, both times.

    • (Shawn and Gus reluctantly spend the night outdoors in the wild west town of Old Sonora)
      Gus: (grabbing his cell phone) I'm out of here. I'm calling a cab.
      Sheriff Mendel: Well, those things don't work out here. We got no TVs, no radio, no refrigerators.
      Gus: Sounds like prison. Except they have all those things.

    • Shawn: Dude, What are you doing?
      Gus: It worked for Tim Robbins in Shawshank Redemption, Shawn, get busy digging or get busy dying!
      Shawn: We don't have years to dig a tunnel. Besides, it makes me Morgan Freeman,(pauses) it's weird.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic – "Dva stateční" (Two brave)

    • Original International Air Dates:

      Germany – April 19, 2011 on RTL

      Czech Republic – July 10, 2011 on Prima COOL

      Finland – July 16, 2012 on MTV3

    • Timothy Omundson (Lassie) and Jim Beaver (Stinky Pete) both appeared in the HBO series Deadwood. Omundson's character's wife later married Beaver's character.


    • Shawn: (to Gus) We saw Posse together – in theaters.

      Referencing the 1993 movie about African-American cowboys in the wild west.

    • Shawn says that there are "some serious flowers up in that attic." Flowers in the Attic is a book and movie (in 1987) about children hidden away in an attic.

    • Shawn refers to Gus as "Winston Zeddemore", who was the Ghostbuster played by Ernie Hudson in the 1984 movie Ghostbusters, about a group of paranormal investigators and eliminators in New York.

    • (While eating beans around the campfire.)
      Gus: If this turns into Blazing Saddles, I'm out of here.

      This is an allusion to the funniest scene of all time in a movie, the bean campfire scene from Mel Brooks' classic movie Blazing Saddles. In the scene, the posse hired by Hedley Lamarr is sitting around the campfire eating pork and beans, passing gas and belching extremely loud and pronounced, including leg cocking and hats waving at behinds.

    • Gus: It worked for Tim Robbins in Shawshank Redemption, Shawn!

      Referring to the 1994 movie Shawshank Redemption, where Tim Robbins' Andy Dufresne breaks out of prison by digging a tunnel for 19 years using a small rock hammer.

    • Title: High Noon-ish

      The episode title is a reference to the 1952 movie High Noon starring Gary Cooper.