Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 07, 2006 on USA
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Episode Summary

When Shawn Spencer is arrested for calling in an accurate tip to the police because only the perpetrator would know the details, his only way out is pretending to be a psychic. It turns out Santa Barbara PD isn't done with him. They ask him to consult on a kidnapping case, and a business is born.moreless

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  • Great stuff. A good way to kick off the show.

    This was a great way to start of the show. The show definitely had potential based on this episode alone. The jokes were there, and the best part was that all the jokes weren't in the previews.

    It was the top rated show on cable for a reason. USA plugged it to death, but it still managed to impress. I had high hopes and was not disappointed.

    I was a bit sad that Anne Dudek's character was not well recieved. I thought she had good chemistry with Shawn and Lassiter.

    Corbin Bernsen plays an excellent over bearing father. He was an interesting character. I absolutely loved the scene with him and Shawn in the restaraunt. Shaun showed him up and he was angry.

    James Roday plays an excellent slacker. I love that he's had so many jobs. It really did perfect him for a job as a fake Psychic.

    Dule Hill is awesome as the quirky sidekick. Shawn uses him. He was also so great when he saw the bodies and ran out screaming at a high pitch screech.

    Omundson is awesome. He plays a good antagonist. I realy hope they keep him against Shawn and not switching to be a Shawn supporter. I mean he doesn't have to be so completely against him, but I dont' want him to be his friend.

    This was a great episode for a great Show. I hope it stays that way.moreless
  • Pilot

    It is certainly refreshing to see a cop dramedy, but "Psych" doesn't seem to marry drama and comedy well in this first episode. Some of the line delivery is shaky - lurking somewhere between fast banter and thoughtful conversation. Shawn is featured heavily, but there are plenty of side characters that could provide room for expansion. What is most likeable is the fact that Shawn's observational skills are astounding, but believable.

    The Good:

    -"I'm never gonna grow up, Ma'am." What a great way to set up the main character!

    -The rivalry between Shawn and his father does not border on over-dramatic or too easy. There is definite tension between them, but the ability to work things through presents itself in a realistic manner.

    -"Oh, you been [to jail]?" "Once. In Monopoly."

    The Bad:

    -The rhythm is off; when Shawn communicates with other characters, they don't seem to play off of each other well. As the show continues, this will ideally work itself out.

    -The drama and comedy do not mix properly here. It is unclear whether this show means to have comedic leanings with moments of drama, or dramatic leanings with funny moments.moreless
  • Great

    This is a great show about a fake psychic detective.

    Psych pilot happens to be one of my favourite episodes (and not just because O'Hara wasn't in it :P). Hooked me in immediately, especially with the humour. It's just so witty and entertaining, and real laugh out loud material. Not to mention the main character is so charismatic and charming. All the characters are all likeable, but Shawn is one of the best damn characters ever created on a TV show.

    For those who have yet to join this fandom - WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GET INTO IT ALREADY! Spread the Psych love, people!moreless
  • This show is a laugh riot.

    This show is so refreshing and fun. I am absolutely enchanted with this show. I think it's marvelously witty and convivial. The characters of Shawn and Gus play off eachother swimmingly. The humor is spot on and the characters are well written and complex. Shawn's wild antics make Gus completely barmy and it's so much fun to watch the two of them when they argue like an old married couple. Shawns psychic 'episodes' are extremely humorous as well. I think the show is going to be a huge success and I hope many people tune in. The writers did an excellent job at hooking us into this new entertaining show. I enjoyed!!moreless
Don S. Davis

Don S. Davis

Mr. McCallum

Guest Star

Pascale Hutton

Pascale Hutton

Katarina McCallum

Guest Star

P. Lynn Johnson

P. Lynn Johnson

Mrs. McCallum

Guest Star

Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten Nelson

Karen Vick

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: When the Chief asks Lucinda to tell Shawn to leave, she opens and closes the door to the Chief's office, but in the next shot, when Lassiter comes out, the door is open.

    • Goof: During Gus' introduction, when Shawn walks into Gus' office, the door is open and closed between shots.

    • Pineapple Spotting: Shawn finds one in Gus' kitchen and asks if he should slice it up.

    • Psych-out: Shawn channels Michael Jackson as he and Gus perform a riveting duet of "Man in the Mirror".

    • Trivia: Shawn's dad once had him arrested (when he was 18) for stealing a car. As the story goes, Shawn was out with a girl, who "had a reputation" and Shawn's dad was trying to "teach [him] a lesson".

    • Trivia: Shawn has had 57 jobs since high school (58 counting Psych), including in an acupuncture clinic and driving the Weinermobile.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Gus: (as he and Shawn are approaching a house) How should we introduce ourselves? Don't say psychic! They'll shut you off. Say something vague like Alternative Tactics Division.
      Shawn: How about the Bureau of Magic and Spell-casting?

    • Shawn: (using binoculars) What is the magnification of these things?
      Gus: 2X.
      Shawn: Okay, we really need to stop at Wal-Mart on the way home.

    • (Shawn and Gus run off with Katarina's bag and back to their car)
      Shawn: Gus, you locked the car?!
      Gus: It's a bad neighborhood!

    • Shawn: Go buy the bag.
      Gus: What, you want a souvenir of your ineptitude?
      Shawn: I need to get a better look inside the bag.
      Gus: I'm not going in there. That guy wants to kill us.
      Shawn: Gus, this guy works in a thrift store, OK? He's a big furry-hearted good Samaritan.

    • Thrift Store Guy: I've gone to jail for less than you.
      Gus: Jail's no fun. I'll tell you that much.
      Thrift Store Guy: Oh, you've been.
      Gus: Once. In Monopoly.

    • Shawn: (placing money in the bag) So, we've got five stacks going across. You figure four going longways. Ten stacks in each pile based on the wear and the indentation. I don't know, depending on the denomination, this could easily be five million dollars.
      Gus: You're kidding.
      Shawn: Yeah, give or take.
      Gus: You got that from a groove on the side.
      Shawn: Oh, come on, Gus. Any small child could've figured that out.

    • Lucinda: You here to scope out the new meter maids?
      Shawn: No, I am here to see you.
      Lucinda: Not interested.
      Shawn: I know. You have someone special. He's married and/or separated.

    • Shawn: (picking up a gun) Wow, they're so much lighter when they're filled with water.

    • Gus: Shawn, we need to go.
      Shawn: Not yet.
      Gus: I'm about to throw up on a Turkish carpet.
      Shawn: No, you're not.
      Gus: It's in my esophagus!
      Shawn: Second door to the left. Turn on the fan, and flush.

    • Lassiter: (after Shawn identifies the killer "psychically") Seriously, how?
      Shawn: I wish I knew.

    • Gus: You solved one mystery, and now you're renting office space?
      Shawn: Gus, I've solved a bunch of mysteries! For instance, the mystery of who kept stealing your newspaper. Answer: me! The mystery of what we're doing this weekend. Hint: it involves dragsters.

    • Gus: What's your dental plan?
      Shawn: Don't get cavities.
      Gus: Health plan?
      Shawn: Same, but with hepatitis and shingles.

    • Lassiter: If I cut him open and leave him out here, you can not testify against me.

    • Shawn: Come with me.
      Gus: Uh, no. I'm never doing anything blindly with you again, I learned that at the Mexican border. Twice.

    • Shawn: I have a job for you.
      Gus: I already have a job.
      Shawn: They're paying you to play video games?
      Gus: How do you do that?
      Shawn: Come on, left hand space bar, right hand arrow keys. Gus, you should ask me a challenging question every once in awhile, just for kicks.

    • Police Operator: And is there anything else tonight?
      Shawn: No, that's gonna do it. Well, actually the tags on the news van have expired, but that's completely unrelated.

    • Waitress: I guess I know what you're going to be when you grow up.
      Young Shawn: Oh, I'm never going to grow up, Ma'am.

    • Shawn: Give me some money.
      Gus: Get your own money!
      Shawn: Gus, I'll give it back... seriously, this is all you carry?

    • Gus: You named your fake detective agency Psych? Why didn't you just call it "Hey, we're fooling you and the police department; hope we don't make a mistake and somebody dies because of it"?
      Shawn: First of all, Gus, that name is entirely too long; it would never fit on the window. And secondly the best way you convince people you're not lying to them is to tell them you are!

    • Shawn: (after getting Katarina's father arrested) So, you think this pretty much blows my chances with Katarina?

    • Shawn: This one takes the cake.
      Gus: Oh yeah? Better than the acupuncture clinic?
      Shawn: I didn't realize experience was necessary.

    • Shawn: I got the information because...I'm psychic.
      Lassiter: Get him out of here!
      Shawn: Oh boy! (Leans against the door, looks at Officer Allen) Your grandmother would be so proud.
      Allen: You spoke to her?
      Shawn: I did. She's safe, comfortable. She wants you to stop spending all your money on those charlatans.
      Allen: The palm readers?
      Shawn: The palm readers.
      Barry: Okay, just to be clear, um, you're claiming to be a psychic, Mr. Spencer.
      Shawn: (Moves his hands around until one is pointing at Lassiter and the other at Barry) How else would I know that you two are sleeping together? 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1... (Turns to Officer McNab) When's the wedding?
      McNab: May 3rd - wait, how'd you know?
      Shawn: I'm getting dance lessons for a wedding reception and you are getting good!
      McNab: Wow. That's amazing!
      Lassiter: Oh come on, who is buying this!
      (Allen, McNab, and a guy in a nearby jail cell raise their hands)

    • Lassiter: You solved all these crimes - what was it - watching the local channel 8 news reports?
      Shawn: All right, I confess, that's not true. Sometimes I watch channel 5. I prefer channel 8. The weather girl? Adorable.
      Lassiter: So you're telling us that you can read guilt off of TV interviews?
      Shawn: Can't you?
      Lassiter: Don't you try and trivialize police work.
      Shawn: I think you're doing a bang-up job of that all by yourself.

    • Shawn: The arresting officer was my father. He was trying to teach me a lesson.
      Lassiter: Did you learn it?
      Shawn: I learned I hated my father, so sure.

    • Lassiter: You have a criminal record.
      Shawn: I was 18.
      : Oh, 18? Well that makes it okay, let me just scratch this out.

    • Lassiter: See, your information was good. So good, it could only have come from the inside.
      Shawn: The inside of what?

    • Lassiter: Where were you the night of the last robbery?
      Shawn: I was robbing a stereo shop. (laughs) I wasn't. I don't know, I guess I was doing the same thing you were doing: not solving crime.
      Lassiter: You're not helping your case here.
      Shawn: My case? ...Wait, wait, wait. I'm actually a suspect?
      Lassiter: Oh, you're our lead suspect.
      Shawn: I gave you the guy!
      Lassiter: He had a partner.
      Shawn: I have to find that guy? I'm confused. When do you start chipping in?

    • Gus: You're dating a murderer!
      Shawn: Not exclusively.

    • Shawn: This is a great plan! Camden McCallum deserves to be commended.
      Gus: (sarcastically) Maybe you should date him too!
      Shawn: Maybe I will!

    • Lassiter: Officer Allen, book him!
      Shawn: Oh come on! Cuffs? For the walk back to the lobby?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Anne Dudek's character had a negative response to the test audience and was removed after the first episode.

    • The show's theme song is sung by the Friendly Indians, of which Steve Franks, creator of Psych, is a member.

    • Filming Location: The majority of Psych is filmed in White Rock, BC, Canada, which is the backdrop of Santa Barbara, CA.

    • International Airdates:
      Germany – 30 October 2007 on RTL
      Australia – 04 December 2007 on TEN
      Czech Republic – 07 May 2008 on Prima
      Finland – 05 January 2009 on MTV3
      South Africa – 18 February 2009 on SABC 3


    • Lassiter: Hey Carnac, where the hell am I supposed to be going?

      Carnac the Magnificent is a role played by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.