Season 2 Episode 13

Lights, Camera ... Homicidio

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 25, 2008 on USA
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Shawn and Gus search for a killer on the set of a Spanish telenovela.

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  • Soap operas for the win but Juliet's storyline sunk

    Here's what was good: The murder story in this episode was pretty strong. The characters had fun, we got to see some wonderful over the top acting and some very silly lines.

    Now here's where it went slightly wrong. Overall it's enjoyable, but the episode suffers from the fact that the writers are trying to stuff too many stories into one episode. There's a million red-hairings and too many characters being introduced. At one point one of the characters allegedly attempts suicide but we don't find out about it until the characters are literally outside his hospital door.

    And here's where it went really wrong: There was absolutely no need for Juliet's storyline. It didn't relate at all to the plot and was never finished. The idea that a cop would sue someone for giving them a cupcake is ridiculous and the fact that Karen would take that seriously doesn't go well with her character. Her screaming "what do you mean you bought her a cupcake?" just highlights the ridiculousness of it all. If anything, Karen's character would have been more likely to chew the new cop out for wasting departmental time. Their subplot was clearly supposed to be serious, but Karen's rapid mood swings and the fact that both her and Juliet were smiling after she blatantly said they weren't friends just made the whole story really confusing. This episode would have been a lot stronger without that bizarre subplot.moreless
  • Lights, Camera...Homicidio

    The Good:

    -Gus is obsessed with the telenovela, and is for once more enamored by a case than Shawn.

    -Juliet freaks out another lady cop with her attempts at friendship.

    -"She's lovely, in a young Keith Hernandez way..."

    -"It's me, Papa." Shawn's response to his dad's love for the soap opera, and his apparent blur of Shawn and Chad - Shawn's character on the show.

    -"High school Spanish comes back to haunt him..."

    -"Me gusta queso."

    The Bad:

    -"Lights, Camera...Homicidio" is more exciting than some of the previous episodes, but still feels a little slow at times. It would be fun if Juliet had been included in the soap; this would develop her and Shawn's chemistry, and would make sense since it is revealed in an earlier episode that she speaks Spanish fluently.moreless
  • I recently re watched this episode, and I'd forgotten how truly amazing it is.

    Further extending Gus's ridiculous knowledge of everything that's ever been relevant to a Psych case, his love of Spanish soap operas rears its head in this episode. It centers on an on screen murder having real life consequences when a prop knife is switched with a real one, and as ridiculous a plot as that sounds, psych makes it work beautifully.

    I just cannot get over how amazing this episode is, from the opening theme to Shawn's first scene on the show every part of the episode is times and executed to the utmost extent. Its just the absolute best.moreless
  • As the World Churns

    Wow! I'm truly saddened by season 2 so far, I mean it's like the writers struck this show between seasons. First the story was a bit dull, the whole soap box 'who dunnit' bit has been played to the sheer end. The lines were lame and all the actors looked as if they were tired or something. About the only plus I can pull out of this one was a fresh bunch of faces and Gus still keeps me involved...that man is pure clown! I hope this picks up soon because Fridays are my Monk/Psych 1-2 punch, don't take that away from me.

    7.3 what you all give it?moreless
  • Close to perfect!!!!!

    This episode was absolutely wonderful, nearly perfect. It was so funny, I could not stop laughing. Even now, nearly a week later, just thinking of certain scenes is enough to make me burst out laughing.

    The case was good. I was intrigued about who had planted the knife on set. Shawn and Gus didn't take investigating as seriously as they should have, as always. It was great.

    One of my favorite parts of the episode was when Henry showed up at the studio and confused Shawn with his character Chad. Shawn said "Look into your boy's eyes. It's me Papa." It was hilarious!!

    Another great part (or parts) were all of Shawn's acting scenes. He was funny as Chad. Every time he spoke Spanish, I broke into a riot of giggles. Gus' knowledge of the telenovela was almost scary. His fascination (concerning the fact that Jorge might or might not be the father of the baby) was hysterical. I thought it was great that Henry, Gus, Juliet and even Buzz were into the soap opera. It's funny how they all had a "good" excuse for getting into the telenovela. A really great scene was near the end, right before the killer was revealed, when Shawn and Corrine were on the set together. I loved that scene! What a great episode. I love this show so much. Season two has impressed me and has made me so happy. Watching an episode of Psych is just FUN. It's great TV.moreless
Saul Rubinek

Saul Rubinek


Guest Star

Sandy Robson

Sandy Robson


Guest Star

Matt Cedeño

Matt Cedeño

Jorge Gama-Lobo

Guest Star

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Sage Brocklebank

Sage Brocklebank


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Watching Shawn struggle on live TV without cue cards.)
      Henry: Ah, high school Spanish comes back to haunt him.

    • Shawn: Look around, Gus. These are my people.
      Gus: Who are your people?
      Shawn: These people. Artists. Thinkers. Dreamers. Guys...dressed as toast.

    • Shawn: She's sweet. Sweet like Mariah Carey on a bender.

    • Shawn: Besides, this is a real-life television studio, Gus. What could be better?
      Gus: Eating my breakfast. I was having a poached egg with hollandaise sauce on an English muffin.
      Shawn: Look, we'll solve it up quick, you'll be home in no time. Hello? Dame Judy Dench called, she wants her breakfast back.

    • (On camera after arresting Kelly)
      Lassiter: Hola, me llamo Inspector Carlton Lassiter. Me gusta queso. (In English: Hello, my name is Detective Carlton Lassiter. I like cheese.)
      Jules: Really? That's what you choose to say?

    • (In a Spanish accent on set)
      Contessa Gabrielle/Correen: But he wrote a suicide note.
      Shawn: No, he didn't. You should have a degree in being wrong all the time.

    • Gus: This whole thing is starting to feel like a real soap opera to me. I can't believe he would try to take his own life.
      Shawn: Unless he was wearing a wig, he didn't. Someone else did.
      Gus: What? I don't get it.
      Shawn: Really? I thought I wrapped it up so nicely for you just now. It felt really good, it was organic. (Picks up synthetic hairs on Jorge's head) Synthetic hair. Just like the one found on the knife.
      Gus: So?
      Shawn: Dude, it means the same person were there, when Jorge tried to "kill himself." He wasn't alone.
      Gus: So wait, you're saying he didn't try to kill himself?
      Shawn: I can't do this.
      Gus: You're not being clear, Shawn.
      Shawn: Come on dude. I gave it to you three different ways.

    • (to Lassiter and Jules after they find Shawn and Gus at the hospital bed of Jorge)
      Nurse: I'm gonna have to ask you two to leave. This man is very sick, and I need quiet in here.
      Lassiter: Us?
      Jules: Excuse me, I'm Detective O'Hara and this is Detective Lassiter, and we're investigating this man.
      Lassiter: I demand you remove these men from this room.
      Nurse: Honey, the only people actually authorized to be in here are Mr. Spencer and Mr. Guster. They're on Mr. Gama-lobo's friends and family list. Everyone else, out.
      Lassiter: (to Shawn) You just met him a week ago.
      Shawn: His whole family is back in Mexico. His older brother misses him very much.
      Gus: His sister.
      Shawn: Right.
      (as Lassiter and Jules leave)
      Jules: How does he make friends so fast?

    • Shawn: Was he ever in your dressing room?
      Contessa Gabrielle: I should say not.
      Shawn: That's strange. I'm seeing him in your dressing room.
      Contessa Gabrielle: Are you a psychic or some kind of witch? Okay, so maybe sometimes he came to my dressing room to run lines or something.
      Shawn: No, he's not running lines. He's holding a feather duster, dipping himself in pancake batter. And he's quite naked.
      Contessa Gabrielle: (in Spanish for witch) Brujo.

    • Jorge: You don't know her wrath. She hates me. She is like the Latina Susan Lucci. She beat me up.
      Gus: I hardly think there's a woman capable of that.
      Shawn: Bea Arthur.
      Gus: I stand corrected.

    • Gus: Hurry up. Ask him a question that proves there's more here than meets the eye.
      Shawn: I have a question. (to Kelly) Are those delicious looking sandwiches for everybody?
      Kelly: Yes, for everyone working on the stage here.
      Shawn: Thank you.
      Gus: That's it? That's your question.
      Shawn: Follow up question. (to Kelly again) Do you have salami?

    • Henry: Acting isn't a real job, come on, how much attention do you need?
      Shawn: I'm not doing this for attention!
      (Shawn pauses to stand in a photo that a family is taking on the set)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Israel – April 7, 2008 on YES Stars 2
      Finland – July 20, 2009 on MTV3
      Slovakia – August 1, 2010 on Markiza
      Australia – August 9, 2010 on TV1
      Czech Republic – February 26, 2011 on Prima

    • The theme song for this episode is performed in Spanish, and in the end credits The Friendly Indians are credited in Spanish (Los Indios Amistosos) – the only credit translated for this episode.