Psych

Season 3 Episode 2

Murder?…Anyone?…Anyone?…Bueller?

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 25, 2008 on USA
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Shawn and Gus attend their high school reunion. Shawn sees a body fly past a window, but on further inspection the body has vanished. When Gus assumes the worst, and Lassiter refuses to help, Shawn seeks assistance from Juliet.

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  • Murder?...Anyone?...Anyone?...Bueller?

    9.5
    The Good:

    -"Oh wait, I get it - you guys are dating."

    -Shawn does a weird, 80's dance to woo Abigail.

    -The episode is chock-full of 80's movie references, which Shawn uses to help solve the case.

    -Shawn makes a heartfelt speech on behalf of his best friend, Gus.

    -A love triangle surfaces that is worthy of John Hughes himself - Shawn, Abigail, Juliet.

    The Bad:

    -Shawn doesn't ask Abigail out, which seems a little silly considering how torn he is about what happened in high school.moreless
  • Shawn and Gus solve a murder mystery at their high school reunion!

    9.1
    I'm glad they got back to the humor. There was a lot that I liked about this episode. BUT it just doesn't feel the same, for some reason. I think the show is not as lighthearted as it once was. I love The Breakfast Club; it's a classic, in my opinion. I liked most of the movie references, although I wasn't impressed with Shawn's dancing. I thought that the scene between Shawn and Henry in the car in the auto shop was very touching, although I would have liked to see Shawn apologize to Henry for how he treated him in the last episode. I also thought the kiss between Shawn and Abigail was romantic. It was just strange to see Henry being self conscious and so unsure of himself. I was really intrigued by the case. It was great seeing how Shawn was going to prove an actual crime had been committed. "No body, no crime". I liked the scene in the girls' locker room, from the moment Shawn and Gus got in, till the moment they found the dead body and Gus wanted to scream. I thought it was cute when Shawn criticized Juliet's "prom" dress. The scene with him and the geeks was cute, also. I also thought it was great when Lassiter tried to cover for Gus, Shawn and Juliet when Vick found them. I have to say, now more than ever, I am convinced that Shawn is in love with Jules. It seemed as if he was ready to start a relationship with Abigail, but one look at Jules, and he looked so serious, it was almost sad.



    Favorite quotes:

    "On a date? With a person?" Gus to Lassiter, when Lassiter tells him he's on a date.



    "Mindy, it's official. You've won bit*hiest banana" Shawn



    "I'm having fun. It's the best date I've been on in a long time" Lassiter



    "Seriously, Jules? That has to be on a poster somewhere" Shawn



    "Three arrests in one night? Not bad." Lassiter



    "The games were on Friday. That would mean missing Step By Step" Shawn



    "Are you kidding? He was voted 'most likely to succeed'. He'd date me?" Shawnmoreless
  • AWESOME!!!!!!! Rachel Leigh Cook, nearly naked!!!

    9.1
    Well you can see her face and arms and that is enough for a 9.00, oh and to anyone with a funny bone born of the 80s it was genuinely up there with the teen comedy genius of the episodes namesake pun. That's about it really, great fun, in jokes, lots of briliant sight gags and a witty script...psych rules and if it doent recieve higher marks it will go the way of all great comedy shows that are misunderstood or to cultist/elite which sometimes is wonderfully the case with all the nods to popular culture of past decades. oh but there was this aweful bit when...no not really just had to write over 100 words ho ho.moreless
  • ok episode...

    7.0
    Gus and Shawn go to a family reunion where Shawn believes he saw a body fall from the sky and believes there is a murder. In the end, it turned out that a man that took the blame for a DUI was killed because he wanted to let the truth out. Overall, I didn't like the story in this episode. It was obvious who the killer was. I thought the high school reunion could have been better and really could have developed the characters so much more than it did. The part I did like in this episode was Shawn's mom and dad. They have a great back-story and great character dynamics. Overall, ok episode with a bad story, but some great character development.moreless
  • best season 3 episode yet!

    10
    (there are some mild spoilers) this was my favorite of the 3rd season episodes. i loved all the jokes from The Breakfast Club. the part when Shawn said to Howie "when are you gonna find time to tape Larry Lesters buns together" and he didn't know what Shawn was talking about, was classic. some of the best humor was definitely from this installment. Another nice thing about this one was Shawn having to second guess himself on a choice he made about a girl he had liked back in high school. It was so cute at the end when he kisses the girl and realizes the kiss was just closure for the two of them b/c he sees Juliet and knows that she is the one he really likes. a must see episode!moreless
Janet Varney

Janet Varney

Mindy Howland

Guest Star

Benjamin Ayres

Benjamin Ayres

Howie Tolkin

Guest Star

Serinda Swan

Serinda Swan

Eileen Mazwell

Guest Star

Rachael Leigh Cook

Rachael Leigh Cook

Abigail Lytar

Recurring Role

Cybill Shepherd

Cybill Shepherd

Madeleine

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • This episode's fascination with 80s movies like The Breakfast Club seems a bit odd, given that Shawn and Gus supposedly graduated in 1995. This means they would have been in second grade when The Breakfast Club came out in February 1985, and just finishing third grade when Ferris Bueller's Day Off opened in June 1986.

    • Trivia: Shawn and Gus have been best friends since they were 5.

    • Pineapple Spotting: In the opening scene there is a pineapple on the table behind Burton, and there are pineapples on the greeting table. There is also a pineapple on Henry's kitchen counter when he calls Madeleine.

    • On the incident report that Juliet reads to Shawn and Gus in the station, the victim is named Michael McMurray. Michael McMurray is the Director of Photography.

    • From this episode we learn that Shawn and Gus are 31 years old and Henry, Shawn's father is 53 years old, in 2008.

    • This is the first episode of the season that does not start with a scene from the past.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Abigail: (listening to Shawn and Gus argue) Oh, wait… I get it. You guys are dating. You're together. Everything makes sense.
      Gus: We are not dating!
      Shawn: You kidding me? He was voted "Most Likely to Succeed." Think he's going to date me?

    • Henry: Life is not made up of a single moment, it's made up of a gazillion moments. What defines us is the choice we make in the next moment, and the one after that. These moments, Shawn, they're happening, they're all around us all the time. You're having one right now.

    • Shawn: (after kissing Abigail) That was … really nice.
      Abigail: Pretty much perfect.
      Shawn: Yeah … (sees Juliet across the room) Pretty much … perfect.

    • Gus: Dear Leland Bosseigh High Administrative Board, We accept that you're withholding our deposit of fifteen hundred dollars for damages. We also accept that you just see us as you wanna see us, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions: a snarky psychic, an uptight pharmaceutical salesman, a pretty female blonde detective, and a not-so-pretty, unusually lanky detective. But each of us is all of those things. Plus, our normal fee for solving a murder in one meaningful evening is twice that, so enclosed is a bill for three thousand dollars. Please remit payment in the form of a check made out simply to Psych.

    • Gus: I mean, what have I done in my life that anyone would say was great?
      Shawn: Dude, the perfect cocoa roundness of your head alone makes you great.

    • Lassiter: (about his date) We met at the Santa Barbara Bowl at the Ravi Shankar concert last week, and she asked me out on a date.
      Gus: Who goes to someone else's reunion when they barely even know them?
      Shawn: Who goes to a Ravi Shankar concert?

    • Juliet: If Chief Vick knew I was running names for you guys, I'd lose my ass.
      Shawn: We definitely don't want that to happen.

    • Gus: Lassiter, what are you doing at our reunion?
      Lassiter: Well, first off, of course it had to be yours 'cause that's my luck. And secondly, I'm on a date.
      Shawn: Well, we're on a case, and you're on it with us.
      Lassiter: Not tonight I'm not.

    • Gus: Wasn't Howie the victim at one point?
      Shawn: Gus, that is so forty minutes ago. I bet you're still telling your friends to chillax.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic – "Třídní setkání po 13 letech" (Class reunion after 13 years)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Finland – September 7, 2009 on MTV3
      Slovakia – August 15, 2010 on Markiza
      Czech Republic – May 14, 2011 on Prima COOL

    • Featured Music

      "Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners
      "If You Were Here" by the Cary Brothers
      "Love Is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar
      "On and On" by The Longpigs
      "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds

    • Cybill Shepherd (Madeleine) is credited as a special guest star.

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • Shawn: Good talk, Dad. I gotta run. Actually, there is one more thing. Do you think I could borrow your underpants?

      Referencing Sixteen Candles (1984). The movie stars Molly Ringwald as Samantha Baker; Anthony Michael Hall as Farmer Ted; and Michael Schoeffling as Jake Ryan.

    • Shawn: Are we back in business, partner? (quietly) Milo and Otis.
      Gus: I get to be Otis?
      Shawn: That's a given.

      Referencing The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986). The movie follows two animals, Milo, a cat, and Otis, a dog, who grew up together on the same farm. After being separated while playing, the two animals arduously search for each other.

    • Shawn: Duckie!

      Referencing Pretty In Pink (1986). Shawn is alluding to the fact that the situation resembles the three-way love triangle in Pretty In Pink where Duckie is the loser who doesn't get the girl.

    • Shawn: (to Gus) The games were on Fridays. That would mean missing Step by Step.

      Referencing Step by Step (1991-1998), an American sitcom that originally aired on ABC for six seasons (20 September 1991 to 15 August 1997). The show moved to CBS for its seventh and final season (19 September 1997 to 26 June 1998).

    • The Breakfast Club

      There are multiple references to The Breakfast Club (1985):

      • Shawn wears a picture of Judd Nelson on his badge as his high school graduation photo.
      • Shawn re-enacts several dance steps and poses from the movie while on the rooftop with Abigail.
      • Shawn's delivery of the word "scholarship" mimics Judd Nelson's delivery
      • Shawn asks Howie, "When will you find time to tape Larry Lester's butt cheeks together?". In The Breakfast Club, Andrew Clark was in detention for beating and taping Larry Lester's buttocks together.
      • Refers to a scene in the film when Shawn replies to Gus, "Yeah, or we can meet back here and give each other makeovers to Karla DeVito's 'We Are Not Alone.' It's your choice."
      • Gus delivers a voice-over monologue at the end of the show styled after the letter the Breakfast Club members are required to write as part of their suspension. • The ending scene where Shawn is walking on the football field in a long trench coat mirrors the final scene from The Breakfast Club.

    • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

      The scene where – despite being in a hurry to get the body to Lassiter – Shawn retreats and introduces himself to the two ladies he just ran past is an homage to a scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).

    • Shawn: (to Howie and Eileen) Abe Froman: Sausage King of Chicago

      Referencing an alias used by Ferris J. Bueller (Matthew Broderick) in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).

    • Episode Title: "Murder?…Anyone?…Anyone?…Bueller?"

      The episode's title is a reference to the economics class scene in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The uncharismatic teacher (Ben Stein) attempts to have an interactive lecture; unsuccessfully prompting the students to chime in by randomly stopping mid-sentence and saying "anyone...anyone...".

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