Season 5 Episode 3

Not Even Close… Encounters

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 28, 2010 on USA
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Episode Summary

When an attorney believes he has witnessed an alien abduction, Shawn and Gus eagerly take the case the SBPD views with contempt, and against Henry's advice, because of a childhood fascination with UFOs. Besides, what better excuse to get in contact with their childhood buddy Dennis, alien expert bar none? Unfortunately, the way to the truth may use up all their credibility at the station.moreless

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  • 503

    Freddie Prinze Jr. was once a top actor in movies and now he is making TV guest appearances as a nerd. We luck out though as he was enjoyable here on Psych, but this episode overall was fairly forgettable, in fact even as of this writing I am not quite sure how it ended.

    Okay, that's not true, but outside of a few Shawn lines (don't I write that every week) tonight's Psych was pretty boring. Henry has lost all his appeal in his new role working for the man, and Carlton's antics are so played out at this point.

    I fear Psych may be on the decline, but even if it is, it's still worth watching this summer.moreless
  • The cast from She's All That has reunited...well not really, it's just Dule Hill and Freddie Prinze Jr.

    I must admit, when I first saw that Freddie Prinze is going to be in this immediate thoughts were "what the hell??" I just thought it was really random and seriously wonder what role he could play in psych. However, I must say...I really enjoyed his role in psych. In Freddie Prinze movies, he always plays the cool guy so it was really interesting and entertaining to watch him play a nerdy childhood friend of Shawn and Gus. I didn't pay much attention to Dennis during the flashback scene at the beginning but then when Shawn (or was it Gus) suggested to consult someone that knows about aliens, that's when I knew that Freddie Prinze Jr. will be playing Dennis.

    But ya, back to the episode...I really enjoyed this episode and love the character chemistry between Shawn, Gus, and Dennis. The whole "flick a ear when the other starts to think aliens did it" added a lot of humor to the episode. Unlike last week's plot, I like this week's plot for sure. Sure I could kinda guess that the newbie-lawyer who got "abducted" probably had something to do with but then I didn't know why. The whole "get people to question the lawyer's credibility (so he can't pursue the lawsuit about the international chemical spill) by making it seem like he saw aliens" was a pretty decent plot. And also, you gotta love it when Dennis comes into the room with nunchucks but then whacks himself and when his wife admits that she's also a gigantic nerd (although I could kinda see this coming as well but it was still funny.)

    The only things I didn't like about this episode was the same exact thing from last week's episode...which is Henry in a suit and tie working for SBPD again. I really want to see him in funny shirts again sitting at home and telling Shawn that he's overlooking opposed to telling to not get involved in a case. But for the time being though, I do like the chemistry between Lassie and Henry since Lassie doesn't like him personally but respects him professionally. Also gotta love the line "I am glad Shawn put peanut butter on your phone" when Lassie left Henry in the car. Another thing I didn't really like was Juliet not contributing much to the episode and Chief Vick wasn't in the episode.

    But ya, definitely enjoyed this episode. Looking forward to next week!moreless
  • Saying it's the best episode of the season thus far isn't saying much since there have only been three, however it was so good it blinded me with SCIENCE!

    I wasn't a big fan of the first episode of the season, and the second one was a little better but I broke out in laughter way more than a couple of times which is impressive since it isn't just a comedy but also a mystery where there is a serious case going on. My favorite line of the episode as seen inthe summary was when Shawn said the only thing they (He and Gus) were blinded by was science. I really like Henry back in the mix where he is working with Lassiter. The scene between them when Lassie brought up his crap list was another favorite of mine. One thing I would like to see is more of Jules. She has been rather quiet so far; understandably in the first episode but last week as well as this week I felt like she was just going along for the ride. When she was in the mix and with Shawn in last week's episode she was more irritating to me, while usually she is comical, especially around Shawn. It was a very well written episode however and proved why this is still my favorite USA Network Show, although it is followed closely by Burn Notice and Royal Pains.moreless
  • This season is finding it's footing

    I am enjoying this season more and more. I would like to see more of the original formula with Henry retired, but at least this week he wasn't SO horrible to deal with. loved the alien abduction plot line. So funny. I didn't exactly see the end coming. I realized that Toby was invovled. It was a little like that old film Gas light when he pretended no tot feel the disturbance in the beginning. To be hoest I have completely forgotten that Freddie PRinze Jr was to be on the show. His character was funny. I thought the end was cute. All in all it seems like the sahow is finding a groove with the new changes & I really liked Shawn listening to his dad a little. Can't wait for next week.moreless
Charles Martin Smith

Charles Martin Smith

Roy Kessler

Guest Star

Adam Greydon Reid

Adam Greydon Reid

Toby Shore

Guest Star

Becky O'Donohue

Becky O'Donohue


Guest Star

Kurt Fuller

Kurt Fuller

Coroner Woody Strode

Recurring Role

Carlos McCullers II

Carlos McCullers II

Young Gus

Recurring Role

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (After getting out of the truck, Shawn is still shaking on purpose.)
      Shawn: Gus, I feel like a bobble-head.
      Gus: You look like an idiot.
      Shawn: Come on, try it.
      Gus: I'm not doing that.
      Shawn: Get in on the bit.
      Gus: I don't want to!
      Shawn: It's fun!
      Gus: Fine.
      (Gus starts to shake while Shawn stops.)
      Shawn: Dude, you look ridiculous.

    • Shawn: Roy… may I call you Phil?
      Roy: I'd rather you didn't.
      Shawn: Fair enough.

    • Dennis: (explaining his double life) Look, when I first met Molly, it was clear she was only into guy's guys. So, you know, that's who I pretended to be, she ended up buying it. I guess I been pretending ever since.
      Gus: Sounds exhausting.
      Dennis: You have no idea! Every day is a new challenge. Whether it's trying to draw blanks during Jeopardy, or having to sneak in here every time I want to track some UFO activity or sew a new Renaissance Faire costume.
      (Gus pulls a Three Musketeers costume down from the rack.)
      Gus: Excellent stitch work, my liege.
      Dennis: Thanks, Gus. The worst is when I'm around Molly's friend's husbands. I have to say inane stuff like, "Beer me," or "Yeah, I'd totally hit that." What exactly am I hitting?
      Gus: Most likely an attractive lady.
      Dennis: Okay, that's horrible.
      Shawn: Is it really worth it, Den?
      Dennis: Have you seen my wife?

    • Gus: He most likely used an EMP device.
      Shawn: What is that, a pregnancy test?
      Gus: No.
      Shawn: That doesn't make any sense, Gus. Will you just let me tell the story?
      Gus: EMP, not EPT. It produces an electrical pulse.
      Shawn: Okay, you know what? There's a fine line between being knowledgeable and arrogant.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Shawn: All right people! We're going to need a Speak and Spell and seven pounds of mashed potatoes!

      Shawn makes references to two classic movies in this one statement.

      The Speak and Spell is a component of the extraterrestrial "phone" that E.T. uses to contact his home world in the classic 1982 film, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.

      The seven pounds of mashed potatoes refers to the scene in Close Encounters of the Third Kind in which Roy Neary uses them as the artistic medium to sculpt a replica of Devil's Tower with a fork at the dinner table while his family watches in shock.

    • Movie: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
      Continuing the reference started by the title, when Shawn pretends to recreate the sounds of the alien spaceship recorded on the telephone, he actually hums the five note theme from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.