Psych

Season 1 Episode 15

Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast

5
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 02, 2007 on USA
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Juliet asks Shawn and Gus for assistance on her undercover assignment. They're only too glad to help, since it involves sorority sisters. Unfortunately, what's supposed to be an easy case turns out to have ties to their past and may endanger Juliet. Meanwhile, Lassiter locks horns with the oldest rookie the department has ever trained.

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  • Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast

    10
    The Good:

    -Bianca actually dies, which is unexpected in a show with so many comedic elements.

    -Lassiter meets his match in a rookie named Goochburg. She is so hilariously crazy that Lassiter struggles to keep up with her antics.

    -Juliet gets a little too far into character when she goes undercover as a sorority sister.

    -Lassiter wants to be part of the group - Shawn, Gus, Juliet. Shawn is nice enough to offer Lassiter a fortune cookie when the three friends are eating lunch.moreless
  • It just doesn't get any better than this!

    10
    This is, by far, my favorite episode of this show. There were so many parts throughout the show that I just laughed out loud. When Shawn and Gus went screaming from the sorority house, I laughed so hard I cried. No joke. Then there was their interaction in the haunted mental facility at the end. All of Gus's rules that Shawn had to meet before Gus would enter the haunted house were also hilarious. This episode was just pure comic genius through and through. Even the second time around, it was just as funny as the first. Watch it and love it!moreless
  • A sorority pledge is killed, exactly how Shawn and Gus witnessed a suicide 20 years ago.

    9.7
    I liked this episode a lot. I really liked all the flashbacks. I loved the opening scene. When the guy jumped onto Shawn's dad's car, and first started talking, I thought he was saying something like my wife is going into labor. I never expected he was going to say a woman is trying to jump out of her window at the insane asylum. The one thing I didn't get was in the opening scene, when Shawn opens his eyes, he sees the woman falling, but when his dad explains what really happened that night at dinner, he said an off-duty officer pulled her back. If the off-duty officer pulled her back, then she couldn't have been falling, like how Shawn saw her. One other kind of loose end was in the opening scene, it's Halloween night, and when the camera spans out to the sign about Wispy Sunny Pines, and we see it age over the years, it says "exactly 20 years later", but no where in the rest of the episode do they say anything about it being Halloween. If it was "exactly 20 years later" wouldn't the time frame of the episode be around Halloween? I really enjoyed Maggie Lawson (Jules) portrayal of a sorority girl, and you could see when watching her she enjoyed doing that part. The only other loose end in the episode I feel was never really tied up was the rings. Doreen and Alice had those rings with all the Celtic knots on them (which were really nice by the way), and the show made a big deal about them. When Shawn first meets Alice, the rings are one of the first things he notices about her. And when he's in her house, the only "clue" he finds is pictures of Alice and Doreen in a photo album, where the rings are highlighted. I just though it was weird that they would go to so much trouble making the rings a big thing, and then just completely forget about them. Other then those three loose ends, I loved this episode.moreless
  • A fabulous, funny and scary episode!

    10
    This episode is definitely one of my favorites. I have to watch it again and again just to see Shawn and Gus screaming at the car. LOL



    Note: The episode was directed by John Landis. He's a really good director (for the most part) and he does have a taste for "spooky" stuff. No wonder Shawn and Gus had to deal with "Scary Sherry". It was so cool!



    I liked when Shawn and Gus had dinner with Henry. Henry usually ends up helping them with a case. I like to see when Shawn attempts to "bond" with his father. And it is so funny that Shawn and Gus started the urban legend of Scary Sherry (which has spooked them since childhood). They are responsible for their own silly fear of the abandoned hospital. Juliet really got caught up in her "sorority sister" persona. It was funny to see her twirling her hair and talking like a spoiled little female. (No offense to anyone who was in a sorority). It was even funnier to me that Shawn, of all people, had to give her a reality check.



    I liked how all of the sorority sisters thought that Gus played Bud on The Cosby Show. I'd never thought about it before, but Gus does look like Bud. It was cute when Gus said, suavely "What you wanna ask me, girls?" and said he puts his pants on one leg at a time. LOL



    Another great scene was when Gus was "crying" over his missing cat, and then said that she came back. It was so funny when Shawn snuck around the house and then couldn't silence his cell phone.



    I like that Lassiter learned a lesson after being partnered with the crazy woman. She was just annoying. I liked when she jumped behind the counter at the store. It was funny in the hospital when she asked Lassiter "Did we get him?"



    I liked the scene where Juliet fought Alice. I was happy to see the guys run to her rescue but I'm extremely glad that we got to see her take care of herself. Poor Gus was stuck out in the hall. "Work the laces!" LOL That was great.



    The ending scene was fantastic, Juliet, Gus and Shawn sitting downe eating together. I loved it. I loved that Shawn threw a fortune cookie to Lassiter, letting him know that he was a friend too, not just a co-worker. It was a great finish to the first season. Just wonderful.moreless
  • A college girl commits suicide in the same way as a supposed patient did twenty years before from the same room in a closed sanitarium. The police suspect foul play and put Juliet undercover. She gets the guys involved to back her up.moreless

    9.0
    Pretty entertaining episode. I think one of the biggest things we learn from this episode is perception is reality. The patient never committed suicide, but Shawn and Gus managed to start a long standing story that was still around twenty years later. Of course we find out they never saw her jump and just assumed she did because by the time they looked again she was gone. Very interesting how people perceive things differently.



    Juliet is pretending to be an older graduated sorority sister to infiltrate the sorority to see what happened with the latest girl. Of course it turns out it was an accident and at worst an involuntary manslaughter. Not that that matters to her "best friend" Alice.



    Alice has built a vendetta and is bound and determined to make the sorority girls pay. She murders one of the girls by dropping a toaster in her bath water while she's still in the tub. Actually sort of funny.



    I saw that some people thought this episode was scary. Actually it was pretty funny in general. There were no real scares and as a Halloween story was a little tame.



    I do have to admit that they did everything they could to make you not think it was Alice until the very end. Unfortunately they never give you any other suspects. Not even a wisp of a suspect actually. So it had to be Alice.



    The secondary story was a little annoying. Mercedes Ruehl was exceptionally good as the annoying Detective Gooch. It was very funny that the Captain thought Lassiter would work well with her because they were so much alike. That was maybe the funniest thing that happened in this episode actually.



    Overall not bad, Shawn doesn't get too strange and he and Gus do a really good job in solving the case in the end. So ends season one of Psych. Thanks for reading...moreless
Mercedes Ruehl

Mercedes Ruehl

Detective Gooch

Guest Star

Shannon Woodward

Shannon Woodward

Alice

Guest Star

Chelan Simmons

Chelan Simmons

Bianca

Guest Star

Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten Nelson

Karen Vick

Recurring Role

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Isaah Brown

Isaah Brown

Young Gus

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Pineapple Spotting: Shawn offers to split a pineapple with Alice Bundy.

    • Nitpick: During the scene towards the end of the episode when Shawn takes the axe from Juliet, you can see that the head of the axe has loosened half-way so if the axe had been swung a few more times with, it might have flown off.

    • Nitpick: If Juliet is in "deep cover", as she explains to Shaun, what is she doing catching up on notes in the police station at her own desk? A person in deep cover can under no circumstances have any ties to their regular life (which also would include Shaun) and least of all their police work, except through a handler.

    • Psych-Out: Dule Hill has some trouble with his line regarding the spread of the urban legend.

    • Nitpick: In Henry's flashback of him grabbing Scary Sherry and pulling her out of the window, one of the windows is pulled inside. However, in the beginning of the episode, after Shawn and Gus think she has jumped, both windows are wide open.

    • Nitpick: In the end of the episode, Gus is forgotten by Shawn, Lassiter and O'Hara inside Wispy Sunny Pines, although, according to the scenes of them entering the building, they had to pass through him in order to get out.

    • Nitpick: When about to enter Wispy Sunny Pines, O'Hara puts the phone in her bag and the bag on her shoulder, but after the camera shot shifts the bag is on her elbow.

    • Nitpick: When Shawn and Gus meet in their office after the sorority incident, Shawn is directly in front of Gus and in most shots Gus is looking ahead while talking, but there is a shot in which Gus is talking and looking to his left, although the next shot shows that Shawn didn't move.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Gus: Okay, Shawn, listen to me. If I'm going to go back to that creepy-ass institution that I've been afraid to drive by since I was nine, there's going to be some rules and regulations.
      Shawn: Gus, this is no time for fun and–
      Gus: (interrupting) Listen, Shawn! I will not enter a room first. I will not enter a room last. I will not investigate any suspicious noises or go looking for a fuse box. And you will not, under any circumstances, leave me by myself without a weapon of some sort. Do you understand and agree to my terms?
      Shawn: –I'm not prepared to negotiate.
      Gus: Do you understand, Shawn?
      Shawn: Yes! I do, yes!

    • Goochburg: I'm afraid I'm gonna have to ask you to go screw yourself.

    • Sorority Girl #1: Ask him.
      Sorority Girl #2: You ask him.
      Gus: What... What do you want to ask me girls? Don't be nervous. I put on my pants one leg at a time just like you, hahahaha.
      Sorority Girl #1: Okay. Did you really play Bud on the Cosby Show?
      Gus: Bud?

    • Chief Vicks: I can sit here all night Betty. I've got a six month old who still has colic, I consider this a reprieve.

    • Alice: Are you a crazy person?
      Shawn: I was about to ask you the same thing, but I was going to add "who likes to make toast".

    • Lassiter: (to Goochburg) How dare you try to scale a fence in high heels.

    • Shawn: (to Alice) Wanna share a pineapple?
      Alice: I'm sorry, do I know you?
      Shawn: My name is Ichabod Fletchman, Sticky-Icky to my boys. But that's neither here, nor there.

    • Chief Vicks: Detective, I'm pretty sure I have no idea what you're talking about.
      Lassiter: The woman, the crazy woman? The half-deaf, litigating, nightmare express of a detective. Why would you put me, of all people, with her? I'm head detective.

    • Juliet: (frustrated Juliet to Shawn) Met Alice Bundy today; not a shiny happy person.

    • Juliet: Holy Shih Tzu!
      Shawn: Excuse me?
      Juliet: This nail polish is already starting to chip.

    • Shawn: What I'm going to need from you is an article of clothing preferably an undergarment.
      Juliet: Don't you usually get that from the victim?
      Shawn: I've seen it both ways. I'm going to have to take a look around to see what I feel. Starting with the bedrooms.

    • Juliet: I need a psychic to read the sorority house. Can you come by tonight?
      Shawn: Can we wear pajamas?
      Juliet: No.
      Shawn: Even better.

    • Shawn: Gus, what's the word?
      Gus: Uhh, that would be mum.

    • Shawn: I can't believe this.
      Gus: We actually started an urban legend!
      Shawn: That's dope!

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates
      Germany – 04 March 2008 on RTL
      Czech Republic – 03 September 2008 on Prima
      Finland – 13 April 2009 on MTV3

    • James Roday noted on the episode's DVD commentary that one of the extras (a child who falls off a bike) was actually injured during the filming of this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Several times throughout this episode, Gus is mistaken for "Bud" from The Cosby Show. In real life, Dulé Hill is often confused for Deon Richmond, the actor who played Bud (due to their similar appearances).

    • Shawn: It's Silence of the Lambs and we're Scott Glenn!

      Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 horror/thriller movie that popularized the character of Hannibal Lector. Scott Glenn played FBI agent Jack Crawford, who, in the movie's climax, tracks a serial killer to the wrong house, which leaves Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) in jeopardy at the real location.

    • Juliet: OK, the girls are sleeping over at the Omega Moo's.

      The Omega Moo's are the "misfit" sorority allied with the "Tri-Lambda" fraternity in Revenge of the Nerds.

    • Bianca: I was lying in bed watching One Tree Hill, my favorite show. Chad Michael Murray is so hot!

      One Tree Hill is a popular teen drama on The CW. Chad Michael Murray is one of the main characters.

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