Season 3 Episode 11

Lassie Did a Bad Bad Thing

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 16, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

A desperate Lassiter turns to Shawn and Gus for help when he's implicated in a murder at the police station.

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  • When Lassie becomes a prime suspect for murder, he enlists the help of Shawn and Gus.

    This was a very good episode! When Lassie brings in a high profile gang member, he is highly praised. However, when the gang member is shot, Lassie becomes the prime suspect. He is held on suspension and gets his badge removed. He enlists the help of Shawn and Gus to help clear his name. When Shawn leaves the office to get peanuts, he runs into Jules's new partner. He tells Shawn about how Jules talks about him all the time and he wonders if they're together. This distracts Shawn, and allows the guy to knock him out and kidnap him to Lassie's house. He sends a text to Lassie commanding him to come to his house to see Shawn. When Lassie arrives, he finds a secret pistol hidden in a bowl of peanuts and kills the murderer.moreless
  • Carlton becomes a suspect in a murder.

    Psych is known mostly for its twisted, outrageous sense of humor, but this episode showed that they can tell a great dramatic when they want to. Although the predictable cop ambushing cop ending could be seen from a mile away it was still a fun ride along the way.

    I noticed that Gus is slowly becoming more like Shawn as the season progresses. He used to be the typical straight man, the counterpart to Shawn's wacky antics, but now he's just as goofy as his Psych partner with the jackal switch and the pudding.

    A really great episode though with some truly laugh out loud moments.moreless
  • Lassie is suspected in a murder investigation and suspended from work. He teams up with Shawn and Gus to solve the case.

    This episode was back to standard. After arresting a high profile suspect, Lassie gets the arrest taken from him. And then after the suspect gets murdered in a room with only Lassie (who's holding a smoking gun) the chief has no choice but to suspend him from duty.

    I liked him working with Shawn and Gus but in a non-official Policeman kind of way. And the way Shawn's dad got fed up with Lassie... pretty funny stuff.

    I love how everyone's seemingly in love with Jules. She's kind of awesome. And Lassie hiding multiple guns in his apartment? It was amusing.

    I can't help but laugh at Shawn despite knowing that if I'd ever met him, he'd irritate me to no end. This show is great.moreless
  • is the show becoming watchable again?

    This was a pretty good episode, especially compared to the last one which I turned off after fifteen painful minutes. It had an interesting mystery and the supporting characters (especially Gus, Henry, Lassiter) were not made to appear ridiculous thoughtless and spineless as they unfortunately have in other recent episodes. I find shows to be funnier and more entertaining when the characters are at least somewhat strong and intelligent - then when fun is made of them it doesn't seem like kicking someone when they are down. But they made the Lassiter, Gus and Henry characters so hollow and weak for a while that when Shawn made fun of them he just seemed mean-spirited (not at all funny). When the writers are 'on' though, as they were in this ep, Lassiter's character is so great, and the actor is really funny. I am so glad that they actually let him have a good role this time, and hope that they keep it up!moreless
  • Loved It!

    This was a classic episode. I loved how Shawn got into danger and Lassie having a nervous breakdown. I also loved how they had some Jules thrown in there. This had alot of classic things in it. Shawn acting silly, Gus doing the work, Jules helping out, and a great ending. Thumbs up! It was great for Shawn to be in danger. With all the things he does, I am suprised it does not happen more often. I also liked Henry and Gus worrying about Shawn. Lassie and Shawn working together at the end was great. Then Lassie catching the bullet, loved it!moreless
Kwesi Ameyaw

Kwesi Ameyaw

Detective Ocampo

Guest Star

Jim Thorburn

Jim Thorburn

Agent Whieldon

Guest Star

P.J. Prinsloo

P.J. Prinsloo

Agent Rupp

Guest Star

Sage Brocklebank

Sage Brocklebank

Officer McNab

Recurring Role

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Kenny Loggins, the famous singer/songwriter, is actually a resident of Santa Barbara, California. He is a local favorite who has lived there for many years.

    • Pineapple Spotting: There are two in this episode – Lassiter is carrying a pineapple in his groceries when Vick asks him for his badge, and there is a pineapple figurine on Henry's desk when Shawn and Gus deliver Lassiter to Henry.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Shawn: Let's go.
      Gus: Where are we heading?
      Shawn: Police station.
      Gus: You've just told your dad you wouldn't go there.
      Shawn: How long have you known me?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Finland – February 8, 2010 on MTV3
      Germany – February 22, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic – June 12, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia – December 7, 2011 on Markiza

    • Mario Casoria's character was "Troy" in the episode's initial broadcast due to USA badly transcribing the original credits for their version that accommodated promos.


    • Shawn: (talking about Lassiter) He's seriously depressed. He's going all Bukowski on us. I don't think we can leave him alone.

      Charles Bukowski was a prolific writer who specialized in writing tales of the downtrodden and poor, influenced by his upbringing in East Los Angeles. He was sometimes called "The Poet Laureate of Skid Row."

    • Juliet: Lassiter is my partner. How would you feel if something happened to Gus?
      Shawn: Depends entirely on what happened to him. I mean, if he wakes up one day and he's Howard Jones, I'm like, "Dude, things can only get better." He wins the US Open, I'm openly weeping in the front row of the parents' box, between his mom and his dad. He leaves the cake out in the rain…

      The first is a reference to 80's pop star Howard Jones and the hit from his 1985 Dream into Action LP.

      There are several US Opens, most notably golf and tennis. Shawn is clearly referring to the US Tennis Open where the family boxes are frequent camera shots in the event coverage by the networks.

      The third outcome is a reference to the Donna Summer pop song, "MacArthur Park", from her 1989 Live and More LP, which lyrics are notoriously symbolic and inscrutable. The most famous lines in the song are the chorus:

      MacArthur's Park is melting in the dark
      All the sweet green icing flowing down
      Someone left the cake out in the rain
      I don't think that I can take it 'cause it took so long to bake it
      And I'll never have that recipe again

    • When Shawn finds out that Lassiter's psych evaluation was done by his own mother, he finally takes Lassiter's situation seriously, and says, "Sweet baby Jane." This is the title of a U2 song about being there for someone when you're needed. It also invokes a commonly used alternative to swearing, "Sweet baby Jesus."

    • Chief Vick: …unless you have something tangible, I don't think I can stop this train.
      Shawn: Chief, I think you can. I think you can, I think you can.

      This is a reference to the classic children's book, The Little Engine that Could, first published in 1930. The Little Engine's signature line in the book is, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can." referring to whether she can make it over a hill loaded with toys and food for children.

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