Psych

Season 1 Episode 14

Poker? I Barely Know Her

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 23, 2007 on USA
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Henry's friend refuses to report his son, Brandon, missing after the son steals $30,000. Shawn agrees to help locate the son, and finds out that Brandon has been involved in some underground poker. Meanwhile, O'Hara tries to surprise Lassiter on his birthday.

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  • Poker? I Barely Know Her

    9.0
    The Good:

    -"Gus, don't be a gooey chocolate chip cookie."

    -"You have a Dad crush on me."

    -Lassiter's surprise party is a great way to further his and Juliet's partnership.

    -Lassiter's mother. It's easy to see where the Detective got his personality, but she's loveable in her sassy demeanor.

    The Bad:

    -Kris Lemche. He's not very convincing as a young Poker stud, nor does his heart seem to be in his work.moreless
  • Wonderful!

    10
    This is one of my favorite episodes.I really like the twist in the story line.Especially at the end, when Shawn played at the poker game. I did not see that Burger was cheating through the dealer. It was entertaining and yet very funny at the same time.From the dad crush to the pteradactals, this was one of the best episodes.The best part to me had to be...well...ummm.. had to be, the part where shawn and gus were watching the tape of brandon stealing his fathers money. "Something's bothering me dude, I'm never wrong." "your always wrong, what are you talking about?" Yea, that had to be my favorite part.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of the show psyche shawn and gus are asked to help a friend of shawns dad and not involve the police .and in this ep lasiters partner is trying to pull off a surprise party. shawn gost to invesgate were he used to live at appartment and then soons find out that he tried to break in to get something from his storage. they find a card that has rand ls and they go to a flower shop and they find hiddden in the back a maze and they realize on the back wad directions to a hidden poker party. they then go on guses accont on poker and trick his son into going to meet some where he falls for it and tell him to come clean and they realize that he tricked them to get money from his dads safe. and they go to a casino and find him there and shawn figugres it out at the end of the tourment that the guy was cheating by the help of one of the dealers this was a good epmoreless
  • Henry shows up at the boys office and grudgingly admits that he recommended them to a friend. Mr. Peterson says his son has disappeared and wants Shawn and Gus to find him. It seems he forged a 30K check from his fathers checking account.moreless

    8.5
    If you couldn't tell from the title this episode had a lot to do with the game of poker. It seems Shawn who would be very good playing the game was caught and told not to gamble as a young boy. For once it seems he listened to his father.



    Brandon Peterson who's father owns Peterson Motors is missing. His father is a long time friend of Henry, Shawn's dad. So when he approached Henry about his problem Henry suggested he go to the police. When he balked at that Henry said why don't you speak with my son.



    Shawn and Gus take the case and discover an underground poker club that uses brute force to ensure the gamblers pay their loses. In general you get the feeling there is something fishy going on.



    After Brandon literally robs his father of about fifty thousand, Shawn and Gus insist on his father giving Brandon one more chance. Shawn, Gus, Henry, and Brandon's father catch Brandon at a casino entered in a Poker Tour Event. Shawn takes over for Brandon on Henry's recommendation. He makes it all the way until the end against J.P. Berger the bad guy. Shawn notices he is cheating and that the dealer is in cahoots. He proves it and they are arrested and Shawn wins. Ina secondary storyline which could have been fantastic but sort of got thrown away, Juliet wants to celebrate Lassiter's birthday but no one seems to know anything about him. In a really bad case of detective work she finds a book with peoples names in it. She calls everyone with stars and invites them to his house for his party. It turns out those with stars in his book are repeat offenders he has sent to jail multiple times. He's not happy!



    Shawn and Gus make a big payday on this case and of course Shawn blows the money on a stupid roulette bet. Unfortunately that is typical. Sort of sad really.



    Overall a good episode that was enjoyable except for some over the top acting by James Roday which is to be expected. Sometimes it can get to be a little too much. You see Roday almost smirking like it's an inside joke. Clever storyline and good writing hurt just a little by that over the top acting. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • This episode was very funny!!

    9.5
    Another great episode. I was laughing like an idiot. I loved the scene of Shawn as a child, playing poker with his father's police buddies. Shawn really is brilliant when you think about it. He beat the crap out of those cops in poker. LOL I also liked the next scene with Shawn and Gus playing paper basketball. :-) Shawn made his shot and Gus asked him how he did it. He said something about "It's the sweetness" and he even had a swagger. I loved the look on his face, silly and adorable. Shawn was a little obnoxious towards the poker players at the casino. He never should have "admitted" that he was a psychic. But his admission didn't hurt the case. If I had to play with a person acting as obnoxious as that, I'd probably refuse to play. LOL Shawn is too funny. I can't believe Henry finally checked out the Psych office. I liked how he asked to be invited in and Shawn questioned Gus, asking "Don't vampires need to be invited in?" The little argument with Gus was funny. Gus must really like The Lost Boys! Henry vouched for Shawn. He "referred" Shawn to his friend after his friend refused to get the cops involved. Then, at the casino, he vouched for Shawn again, admitting that Shawn would win. Juliet's surprise party for Lassiter really backfired. I feel kind of bad for her, since she went to so much trouble to plan it. I liked the case, but Shawn's "premonitions" seemed a bit forced this time. Maybe he was performing a little more since his father was there? I didn't like how Shawn and Gus took Brandon at his word when he said he'd talk to his father. They didn't even wait around to see if he went into the dealership. That's really not like them. Some great lines from the ep:

    Shawn to Henry: "You have a dad crush on me"

    Shawn to Gus: "Gus don't be a gooey chocolate chip cookie"moreless
Kris Lemche

Kris Lemche

Brandon Peterson

Guest Star

Dan Lauria

Dan Lauria

Mr. Peterson

Guest Star

Debra Mooney

Debra Mooney

Mrs. Lassiter

Guest Star

Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten Nelson

Karen Vick

Recurring Role

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Henry: So, this is how you spend your days.
      Shawn: Oh my God. Dad, what are you doing here?
      Henry: Nice. Is that the way you treat all the people who come through you door?
      Shawn: That's exactly how I greet everyone. Maybe that's why business is down.

    • Shawn: That's very Cameron Frye of you
      Brandon: Cameron who?
      Shawn: Wow, are we that much older than you?

    • Shawn: Look, here's some brutal truth. We're the reasons you're not in jail, or worse. Your Dad's done. It took someone cashing in a very old favor to get us involved at all, and you're not going to be able to play your way out of this hole, baby boy. So pack it in, pull the plug, shut it down, leave the dead meat in the freezer and put on your Sunday best cause it's Arbor Day Baby!

    • (Gus is shooting paper balls into a trashcan)
      Gus: I got ten bucks that says you can't make a shot. (Shoots a paper ball into the trashcan)
      Shawn: Gus, I can't take your money.
      Gus: That's right, cause you can't make the shot.
      Shawn: I could easily make the shot, which is why I can't take your money, there's no sport in it!
      Gus: I see you're all mouth.
      Shawn: I'm all mouth? Alright. (Makes a paper ball) Sail straight, my precious. (Kisses the paper ball and shoots it into the trashcan)

    • Shawn: But my arms are slenderer… slenderer?
      Gus: What?
      Shawn: Slenderer…
      Gus: Skinnier?
      Shawn: Yes!

    • Gus: Well Mr. Peterson this sounds like a case for the police. Let me get you a number.
      Shawn: Gus, don't be a gooey chocolate chip cookie.
      Gus: What?
      Shawn: That's precisely what we do here, find people.

    • Mrs. Lassiter: Booker doesn't celebrate his birthdays.
      Juliet: (laughs) Booker?
      Mrs. Lassiter: Dammit! You're good, Trickypants!

    • Shawn: Where? I don't know. (to Gus) Where do you go to hook up with guys you meet online?
      Gus: That's not funny.
      (Shawn laughs)

    • Henry: Well, well...don't you look like Hell.
      Shawn: I know I look like Hell, Dad. Everyone who gets up at this hour looks like Hell, with the possible exception of Matt Lauer and Diane Lane.

    • Henry: No Shawn, he doesn't want his son in trouble and I might have mentioned to Peterson accidentally that ... uh ... you might be able to help.
      Shawn: Ooh, time out! Flag on the play! Did you vouch for me?

    • Henry: Shawn, shouldn't you be writing some of this down?
      Shawn: Why would I do that? Is there going to be a quiz?
      Henry: Would you shut up and pay attention!

    • Henry: What about your licence?
      Shawn: My pilot's license? Out back in the Cessna. Or perhaps you're referring to my licence to kill. Revoked. Problems at the Kazakhstan border. I could give you the details but then I'd have to kill you which I can't do because my licence to kill has been revoked.

    • Shawn: You have a Dad crush on me. Let's hug it out. Come on, give me a hug.

    • Shawn: Wait! Wait, wait wait. The chips demand we stop the game.
      Burger: What the hell is going on here?
      Shawn: (Shawn puts a chip up against each ear) Shh... I can't hear them if you're talking, Burger. What? Really? Are you guys sure about this? Chips say you're a cheater, cheater, pumpkin-eater.

    • (Shawn is using Gus' profile to pretend to be a woman)
      Gus: Felicia Fancybottom?! What am I, a James Bond villain?

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates

      Germany – 26 February 2008 on RTL
      Czech Republic – 27 August 2008 on Prima
      Finland – 06 April 2009 on MTV3

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Shawn: Chips. Ponch. Jon.

      Ponch and Jon are the names of two characters from the television series CHiPs.

    • Gus: The buzzer upstairs says his is 227.
      Shawn: 227. Marla Gibbs.
      Gus: Regina King.
      Shawn: Jackee.
      Gus: Hal Williams as Lester Jenkins.

      227 is the name of a sitcom from the late 1980s, staring Marla Gibbs, Regina King, Jackee and Hal Williams.

    • Shawn: Gus, you've seen Lost Boys 14 times.

      Lost Boys is a movie released in 1987 about vampires living in California.

    • Brandon: I screwed up on my own, I'm going to face him on my own
      Shawn: That's very Cameron Frye of you.

      Cameron Frye is a character in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In the movie, Cameron forces Ferris to leave, and takes the blame for the destruction of car on his own.

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