Season 7 Episode 10

Santa Barbarian Candidate

Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 01, 2013 on USA
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  • Episode Summary

    A surfing accident creates a mayoral vacancy and Shawn decides political office may be his road to legitimacy.

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    • more like West Wingian Candidate

      amusing, no Manchurian Candidate jokes that I noticed, despite the title.

      A few good nods to Dule Hill's role on West Wing. And a few contemporary political references, though I'd never insult Gus by comparing him to political strategist Karl Rove ( Shawn asks Gus to "Rove it down").

      I'm curious if anyone else thought it was a purposeful reference that the attractive liberal mayor seeking to become governor was named Gavin - was that an intentional reference to former SF Mayor now Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom.moreless
    • Shawn for Mayor!!

      Very funny episode where Shawn decides to run for mayor!
    • Santa Barbarian Candidate

      For the first few weeks of Psych's seventh season viewers have gotten a healthy dose of break-ups and make-ups, and what was once, and very oddly, the most stable relationship between Shawn and Juliet, is now the one in disarray.

      "Santa Barbarian Candidate" finally gave us a little bit of a break from their struggles to focus on the premise the series was built on: Shawn and Gus doing anything to solve a case. This week they had to find out who would had killed the city's Mayor. Seems like something you'd see on CBS on a Tuesday evening, but there was one twist: Shawn decided to run for Mayor himself to catch the culprit.

      At times the pace was a little too slow, and they chose to not really introduce many suspects, but there were a few genuine laugh-out-loud moments. When Gus is not whining about his girlfriend or his "son" the character can still be fairly clever and amusing.

      Henry was there, although I doubt any of the show's audience could even remember if he got more than a line in this week. There was also a strange lack of Lassiter throughout.

      The days of bizarre music and pop culture references appear to be gone, but the format of focusing on the banter between the two people investigating the case, instead of the boring forensics details, continues to be a formula Psych uses for success.

    Neil Grayston

    Neil Grayston

    Jason Straub

    Guest Star

    Sebastian Spence

    Sebastian Spence

    Gavin Channing

    Guest Star

    John Kapelos

    John Kapelos

    Tom Swagerty

    Guest Star

    Kurt Fuller

    Kurt Fuller

    Coroner Woody Strode

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Shawn: Jules. Come on. You cannot pretend that you don't still have feelings for me. It does not make for very good theater.
        Juliet: Well, I won't pretend, Shawn, because I do. But I also can't pretend that I can trust you. Can't you see that?
        Shawn: Jules, sweetheart, you can trust me, okay? Look, I lied. I lied about being a psychic, and that probably accounts for thousands of lies that I have told you since we've worked together, and, the worst part is, nobody believed in me more than you. You always had my back when nobody else would. I feel so horrible about that.
        Juliet: I need you to understand you are on the hook until you make it so that I don't have to lie for you anymore. It's very simple. You have to tell the chief
        Shawn: No, Jules, that's not gonna happen. That's not gonna happen, because, if I do that, then all of this goes away, all of it. And with it goes the good. A-all the lives that I have saved, the-the lives that I've improved. This is-this is what I have, Jules. This is how I do good.
        Juliet: Not for everyone.

      • (Shawn holds a press conference to announce his candidacy.)
        Gus: You looked like a complete lunatic, Shawn. After that, I'm pretty sure I'm the only person in Santa Barbara that's gonna vote for you.
        Shawn: Perfect. That means I've got the black vote.

      • Shawn: This makes total sense. Think about it. It's the same motive as the biblical tale of the very first murder, brother kills brother over multi-use retail and residential space.
        Gus: What version of the Bible are you reading?
        Shawn: The new Rick James version.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Original International Airdates:
        Finland: March 10, 2015 on MTV3

      • Crew Clarifications and Additions: Julies Ashton (Casting by), Candice Elizinga (Canadian Casting), Elizabeth House (A Camera 1st Assistant), George Majoros (B Camera 1st Assistant), Burton Franks (Technical Consultant), Janelle Reyes (Post Production Supervisor), Lauren Haroutunian (Post Production Assistant), Tim Goessling (Assistant to C. Henze/K. Kulchak), Rachael Paradis (Writer's Production Assistant)

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Gus: I can fix that
        This line is another nod to one of Dule Hill's roles. It's a line he stated many times in the movie Holes as Sam the Onion Man to Miss Kathryn Barlow (Patricia Arquette).

      • Gus: You know, Shawn, I could have made it all the way to the White House.
        Shawn: (scoffs) Yeah, maybe as an aide.
        Gus: Of Course.
        Shawn: Say, "Yes, Mr. President."
        Gus: "Yes, Mr. President."
        Shawn: Sorry, Charlie.
        Gus: Man, you don't know.
        Shawn and Gus' conversation as they walk through City Hall is both an in-joke and a reference to The West Wing. Dule Hill played Charlie Young, personal aide to President Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen), on all but 19 of the show's 155 episodes.

      • Title:
        This episode's title is a play on the 1962 John Frankenheimer film The Manchurian Candidate (based on the 1959 novel by Richard Condon) starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey as Korean War POWs brainwashed by the communists in order to take over the American government.