Season 2 Episode 3

Psy vs. Psy

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 27, 2007 on USA
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The FBI employs their own psychic in a search for a counterfeiter, causing the department to work together in an effort to prove that Shawn is the better psychic.

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  • Psy vs. Psy

    The Good:

    -Shawn's not the only one with competition. While he tries to outdo Lindsay Leikin, Lassiter competes with Special Agent Lars Ewing of the FBI.

    -When Shawn has "visions," he spends almost no time in physical theatrics. Where he once would flail about and often shout to let everyone in the vicinity know he was having a vision, he now points to his head and calmly states what he has "seen."

    -Mildred. She is Lars Ewing's stenographer, and she comes in very useful when Shawn cracks the case.

    -"If I had learned how to laugh as a child, I would right now."

    -"Lassiter, ease up; we're lucky if our psychic doesn't lick the body."

    -Shawn tries to bake a pineapple upside-down cake in an Easy Bake Oven. Twice.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show psych shawn and gus are helping with the case with the fbi in find a counter fitter and turns out the fbi has there own psych and they are going aginst each other and at first they dont really need shawn but shawn and gus give them information and turns out at the end they find the psych was fake and that she had killed the counter fitter becasue she want the moneyh all to herself and shawn and gus figured it out this was a good ep i thought and very interesting and that is why i gave it a 8moreless
  • "Are you a fan of delicious flavor?"

    I really liked this episode. It's definitely one of my favorites, I would say in my top five. After Lindsay gave such a detailed description of the counterfeiter, I knew that she was in on his schemes. Even though I'd basically figured out the case, I still thoroughly enjoyed the episode. It was fun seeing Lassy and Lars competing and Shawn and Lindsay competing.

    I felt a little bad for Shawn and Lassiter in this episode. Lindsay was showing up Shawn and Lars did his best to show up Lassiter, though he just came off as creepy. He'd all but stalked Juliet. Lassiter really wanted to impress Lars and Lassiter actually seemed to be pulling for Shawn in this one.

    I liked when Shawn and Lindsay worked together. It was great. Everyone was competing at first by the end, they were one team. I particularly liked seeing Shawn, Gus, Lassiter, and Juliet working together.

    Gus once again proves that he's a very valuable asset, helping Shawn with his knowledge of money and coins. I liked when Gus teased Shawn about Lindsay being better than him.

    I wish Henry would have had a larger part in this episode, but his part was great. He helped Shawn once again. I wonder if Shawn would be as successful without his father to push him...

    Juliet was so funny with her crush on Lars. He more than lusted after her; he was just weird. It was funny when, near the end of the episode, when the chief walked Juliet away from Lars, like a parent leading their child away from a stranger. LOL

    And how silly is it that Shawn bought an Easy Bake oven on Ebay and actually used it? I'm going to have to see this one a few more times. It was great, in my opinion.

    Great lines: Shawn: "We have a department that deals exclusively in treasures?"

    Shawn: "This must be what Jay Leno feels like when he goes into his garage, which makes you Kevin Eubanks."

    Shawn, after realizing he and Gus were not wanted at the meeting, "I certainly don't want to be told twice." Gus: "I think you were told three times." LOLmoreless
  • Defiantly one of the better episodes!

    I just loved this episode. I really liked the fact that Shawn had to go head to head with another psychic. I was really curious to find out how he was going to handle this, and in my opinion he did pretty good. I also found it really fun to watch Jules and the agent together, how he was flirting with her and how she tried to resist from thinking about him in a not so work related way. Tried being the keyword here. The only reason why I didn't give this episode a 10, is because I knew ( or at least I thought I knew) from the beginning that the other psychic was behind it all.moreless
  • A female psychic

    I found this episode hilarious. Shawn Spencer has some competition. I thought he handled it very well ... not. But I suppose in the end he was able to prove that the female psychic was nothing more than a fake and an acomplice as well as a murderer. Watching a show about a person who pretends to be psychic ... where have I heard that one before. Once again Shawn is able to do his thing and keep us all entertained but this time he had to face the idea that he was going to be exposed as a fake psychic. Lou Diamond Philips was great in this episode playing the FBI treasury agent. I watched him last week in an episode of Numb3rs so it was weird cos I'd never really seen him act before.moreless
Lou Diamond Phillips

Lou Diamond Phillips

Special Agent Lars Ewing

Guest Star

Bianca Kajlich

Bianca Kajlich

Lindsay Leikin

Guest Star

Pamela Perry

Pamela Perry


Guest Star

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: Investigations of counterfeiting fall under the jurisdiction of the Secret Service, which is a branch of Homeland Security as of 2003, not the Treasury Department. Even before 2003 an agent would most likely have identified himself as Secret Service, not Treasury.

    • Pineapple Spotting: Shawn is making a pineapple upside-down cake—that is not upside-down— in an Easy-Bake Oven when the other psychic visits the psych office.

    • Goof: When Agent Ewing says that his listening device is attached to "a Mildred," Lassiter says that "Mildred" is probably an anagram. In actuality, he believed it was an acronym ("M.I.L.D.R.E.D."), not an anagram.

    • Goof: Lindsay's case lands on its front when Shawn kicks it over; in the next shot, without anybody touching it, the bag is on its back.

    • Nitpick: Shawn claims that 700 hours is almost 20 days but it is almost 30 days.

    • Nitpick: When Shawn is outside the Psych office talking to Gus about how the other psychic is bothering him, there are two guys standing in the background leaning against the rail. In the next shot, there is only one guy, then it switches back to two guys in the very next shot.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Juliet: (talking about Agent Ewing) I mean please. Do you think I wanted to pick up my phone at 2am and hear his voice, all gravelly and masculine. Probably called from the hotel. Maybe just got out of the shower. Finished with a swim, dripping wet.
      Chief Vick: Just catch Mr. Spencer and Mr. Guster up on what Ms. Leiken was able to figure out.

    • Shawn: Dad I'm confused, these are plans for a wet bar.
      Henry: Yeah, that's right, for entertaining.
      Shawn: Right, but I don't see anywhere in the plans, the portal into 1976.

    • Shawn: Oh just one more thing. You might want to check the cash from the dealership cause it's not all counterfeit.
      Agent Ewing: That's ridiculous. If I had learned to laugh as a child I would right now.

    • Shawn: All right. Lets get to work.
      Gus: Seriously?
      Shawn: This well be good.
      Gus: It will?
      Shawn: Work is good Gus. Work is glorious. Work is the breath of life. (picks up a drill and looks at it) What is this?
      Gus: It's a drill.
      Shawn: Of course it is don't be ridiculous.

    • Shawn: Wait a minute. You're not Lassie
      Agent Ewing: Well, I don't know what a Lassie is, but I'm not it. Special Agent Lars Ewing, with the FTD.
      Shawn: You're a special florist?
      Agent Ewing: Federal Treasury Department.

    • Agent Ewing: This goes against every federal bone in my body, but who are you?
      Shawn: I'm not familiar with the Federal Bone. Does that connect to the hip bone or the knee bone?
      Agent Ewing: I can tell you what the knee bone is gonna connect with if you don't get out of my way.
      Gus: I'm gonna guess, not the funny bone?

    • Leikin: So this is what a psychic detective office looks like. You know I always imagine... does something smell like pineapple?
      Shawn: Pineapple upside-down cake, would you like some? Wait, before you answer that, are you a fan of delicious flavor?

    • Gus: Shawn, I think we're not welcome here.
      Shawn: Gus don't be a paranoid schizophrenic, we're always welcome here.
      Gus: No.
      Shawn: (looks around at everyone and sees they won't make eye contact) Oh my God, we're not welcome.

    • Shawn: You give a bad name to psychics like me who pride themselves on the purity of that gift. There are so many people out there who already doubt what we do. Now you've given them all a reason to think that we're fakes.

    • Lindsay: Well you were wrong about one thing Shawn. Ugh, I didn't sleep with you because you were my enemy, I did it because I really thought we had something.
      Shawn: Okay, first of all a little discretion would be nice, alright. I mean these are, these are my co-workers.

    • Lassiter: What color is that suit?
      Agent Ewing: Black.
      Lassiter: Really? It seems blacker than black.
      Agent Ewing: It's Washington black.

    • Chief: We will meet at the Home Depot tomorrow.
      Agent Ewing: Let's say 0700 hours.
      Shawn: 700 hours is almost 20 days shouldn't we act sooner?

    • Shawn: You sicken me. I'm sickened. I mean sure, I'm still wildly attracted to you in a physical way. Spiritually, psychically, you're dead to me.

    • Chief Vick: Mr Spencer. This is Special Agent Ewing from the treasury department in Washington.
      Shawn: Yes. We sniffed one another in the hallway.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Israel – January 28, 2008 on YES Stars 2
      Finland – May 4, 2009 on MTV3
      Slovakia – June 27, 2010 on Markiza
      Australia – July 26, 2010 on TV1
      Czech Republic – November 27, 2010 on Prima

    • Featured Music

      "True" by Spandau Ballet


    • Shawn: Waiting for Godot? Guffman? Waiting to Exhale?
      Shawn runs through his short list of "waiting" titles. Waiting for Godot, a play by Samuel Beckett about two men who wait endlessly for another man; Waiting for Guffman, the 1996 Christopher Guest film about a small town that puts on a play; and Waiting to Exhale, the 1995 Forest Whitaker film about a woman who allows herself to love.

    • Shawn: (looking at Lindsay Leiken sitting on the bench in the police station) Waiting for Godot?
      Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett originally written in French and called En Attendant Godot. The characters spend the entire play waiting for someone named Godot who never shows up or may not even exist. The play is part of the theater of the absurd/existentialism movement of the 50s and 60s.

    • Shawn: It's about Me vs. Her. Ecks vs. Sever. Joe vs. The Volcano.

      Ecks vs. Sever is a 2002 movie starring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu. Joe Versus the Volcano is a 1990 movie starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.