Season 2 Episode 7

If You're So Smart, Then Why Are You Dead?

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 24, 2007 on USA
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Shawn and Gus take on academia as lecturers at a school for the gifted where two students suspect a teacher of murder – they just don't know who's been murdered or the murderer's identity. At the precinct, Juliet lobbies hard for lead position on the next case, and Lassiter hands her a "gimme". The same case Gus and Shawn are working.


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  • If You're So Smart, Then Why Are You Dead?

    The Good:

    -"What is this piece called?" "I call him Dwight."

    -"Why would you want to be Richard Grieco?"

    -Shawn gets mocked for his crows' feet.

    -"Thirty! What kind of moisturizer do you use?"

    The Bad:

    -How do Gus and Shawn book their appointments? Over the phone, they could probably tell they were about to work with kids.
  • Awesome, awesome, awesome. Really funny.

    I have said it before, I think that every epiosde of Psych is funny, even ones that have serious endings have a very comical feeling to them. I not only liked the Shawn and Gus part of it but I really liked the Juliet and Lassiter part. In this epiosde Shawn and Gus are hired by two super smart teenagers who think one of their teachers killed someone, and will kill again. Meanwhile, it is Lassiter's and Juliet's one year anniversary (One year as partners) and she demands to be the lead detective on a case. She gets the same one as Shawn and Gus. Lassiter tries to teach her how to be mean, and tough when she it talking to someone, but Juliet can't really do it. All in all it is a very good episode, full of lots of laughs, and all of that good stuff. It is a must see episode, I think.moreless
  • teacher time ... spoilers

    Seeing Juliet as the lead detective on a case because she'd been there for a year and was off probabtion didn't seem to be as funny as when Lassiter does it. There didn't seem to be as much of the Shawn and Gus interacting with the cops moments. I thought it was funny at the beginning when Shawn was playing Henry at chess and called the knight "Dwight". I bet Henry thought he was going to win because Shawn didn't know what the pieces were called ... yeah right. A funny and great episode but I just didn't get that 10 out of 10 vibe.moreless
  • It's the one year anniversary of Lassiter and O'Hara's great detective partnership, and she gets to be the lead on a case that Shawn and Gus were hired on as well. They go to a school for gifted kids where a murder may take place.moreless

    I was one of the few who didn't particularly care for the previous episode, and I was relieved to find that Psych redeemed itself with this episode. And then there's fact that I was suprised by Shane Meier's appearance. It was nice to see him on TV again. I liked the wit shown in the episode, and the cleverness by the main characters- all classic Psych. My favorite part of the episode- Shawn and Henry playing chess. I hope all the remaining episodes are up to this standard, b/c Psych is one of the few consistent shows on TV that delivers quality each week.moreless
  • Anniversary!

    This episode is one of the better ones I've seen this season. Gus and Shaun go "undercover" as psychic teachers at a gifted school. One of my favorite lines in this episode is when Gus and Shaun see Lassiter and O'Hara in the school's office and Shaun says "We heard something happened to you (Lassie). Jules didn't you get our flowers?" and Lassiter replies "that was the police dog Lassie". Classic.

    Anyway the main storyline is Shaun and Gus investigate the school after two (somewhat cocky) students claim that a teacher will kill again; unfortunately that same teacher turns up dead a few days later. The other minor storyline is it's O'Hara and Lassiter's first anniversary since O'Hara transfered to SBPD. cute!moreless
Shane Meier

Shane Meier

Kirk Godel

Guest Star

Jeffrey Tedmori

Jeffrey Tedmori


Guest Star

Calum Worthy

Calum Worthy


Guest Star

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Sage Brocklebank

Sage Brocklebank

Officer McNab

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Injoke:
      Henry: I can't believe he passed himself off as a teenager for this thing.
      Shawn: I don't know dad, you slap a wig on you, you're a spitting image of yourself when I was a kid.

    • Nitpick: When one of Shawn's students tries to prove Shawn isn't a psychic at all he writes 6.0221415×10^23 atoms/mol at the black board and asks what that is based on his thoughts. However, different shots of the blackboard show 6.0021415x10^23 atoms/mol and 6.0221415x10^23 atoms/mol.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Juliet: Seriously, are you guys working my case?
      Shawn: Case? What case? No, no, no, they've been after me for a while now to teach a class.
      Lassiter: (to Juliet) What do we say?
      Juliet: Hmm? Oh right.
      (Juliet clears her throat and points her finger)
      Juliet: Stay out of our way and don't get involved, Spencer.

    • Shawn: Gödel. That's almost pronounced like "girdle" because of the omelet on the "o".
      Juliet: I'm pretty sure that's an umlaut.

    • Shawn: SXY. Apparently our perp is so sexy, he felt the need to die-cast it onto steel and wear it on his lapel.
      Gus: That's not an S, that's the integral sign in calculus for the area of the curve XY.

    • Shawn: I can sense you're lying! The spirits tell me your little pants are on fire.

    • Shawn: (talking to student with a drink) Hold it there, Doogie, two questions: Where can I get a juice box, and does it come in Grape-ilicious?

    • (Shawn coughing heavily after opening an old file cabinet)
      Gus: What are you doing?
      Shawn: Getting the plague apparently.

    • Juliet: Hi, SBPD. Can I please get the class schedule for these students? Thank you.
      Lassiter: Lesson #3: Don't say "please", don't say "thank you". And definitely don't say "hi". Spirit Squad auditions were over ten years ago. You're an authority figure; act like it.
      Juliet: Ever heard, "You catch more flies with honey?"
      Lassiter: Lesson #4: Don't quote cornpone country bumpkin sayings to your commanding officer.
      Juliet: How many lessons are there?
      Lassiter: 638.

    • Shawn: A chance to go undercover in high school, à la 21 Jump Street. Obviously I'm Johnny Depp. Sadly, you can only pass for Holly Robinson.
      Gus: Why can't I be Richard Grieco?
      Shawn: Why would you want to be Richard Grieco?

    • Gus: Look at this class. You're all a bunch of dudes!
      Student: Umm, we're girls.
      Shawn: That's awkward.

    • Juliet: Guess what today is?
      Lassiter: It's not one of those touchy-feely holidays invented by card companies to goad me into buying a present for somebody I couldn't care less about is it?

    • Shawn: Clearly, we have to get inside. What's our cover gonna be? Wait, I've got it. (pointing to Gus) You're the preppy jerk who's dating the girl I'm in love with. I'm the lonely cafeteria guy who mows lawns and has a heart of gold.
      Gus: Let it go, Shawn. You can't pass for a teenager.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The scenes at "Meitner School" were filmed at David Thompson Secondary School in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Israel – February 25, 2008 on YES Stars 2
      Germany – December 2, 2008 on RTL
      Finland – June 1, 2009 on MTV3
      Slovakia – July 11, 2010 on Markiza
      Australia – July 30, 2010 on TV1
      Czech Republic – January 15, 2011 on Prima

    • Although credited, Kirsten Nelson (Karen Vick) does not appear in this episode.


    • Young Shawn: Okay, I'm going to take your pointy sad-faced guy for my horsey guy.
      Henry: (pointing to the knight) Stop! What is this piece called?
      Young Shawn: I call him Dwight.
      Henry: (pointing to the bishop) What is this one called?
      Young Shawn: B.A. Baracus.

      B.A. Baracus is a reference to the character Sergeant Bosco Albert "B.A." (Bad Attitude) Baracus in the 1980's television show The A-Team, played by Mr. T. The show ran from 1983 to 1987.

      Dwight is a reference to the actor Dwight Schultz who played Capt. H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock in The A-Team.

    • Kirk: I'll write the answer on the board.
      Shawn: And I'll tell you the question. Have at it, young Trebek. (to Gus) Trebek, I said.
      Gus: This is Jeopardy!

      Referencing Jeopardy! (1964–), a syndicated game show hosted by Alex Trebek (1984–).

    • Shockley: The voice said something like, "I'm not going to be pushed into a corner again."
      Shawn: Are you sure it wasn't Dirty Dancing?

      This is a reference to a line from the film Dirty Dancing; "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

    • Shawn: Does it smell like teen spirit in here?

      This is a reference to the Nirvana song, Smells Like Teen Spirit. The song was written by Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.

    • Spencer: I am glad you're all on time for Phsysics 2: The Wrath of Kahn.

      A reference to the second Star Trek motion picture, Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn.

    • Shawn: Hold it, Doogie.

      Shawn is referring to the 1989 show Doogie Howser, M.D..