Season 2 Episode 16

Shawn (and Gus) of the Dead

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 15, 2008 on USA
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Shawn investigates the disappearance of a mummy from the National History Museum.

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  • Shawn (and Gus) of the Dead

    The Good:

    -"Photo by Bruton Gaster."

    -"I can make obscure 80s references that nobody understands."

    -"You want me to come with you to Awkward class...?"

    The Bad:

    -Though the ending leaves the audience with something to look forward to in season 3, there is little evolution in season 2.
  • "White socks, black shoes. What's the rule on that? Don't you have to be wearing jeans?" Shawn Spencer manages to sneak in advice in an awesome mummy mystery finale.

    Shawn trying to avoid the security cameras had me laughing hysterically. I loved when he walked directly behind the woman, and I also loved Steve Frank's guest appearance just to make a face at James Roday. That was better than Bill Lawrences' guest spot on the eighth season finale of Scrubs where his line is dropped a little. But back to the point, I liked Steve's tiny guest spot that would go unnoticed by those who do not know him by appearance. But this scene happened twenty minutes into the episode, so I will go back to the beginning. It was great to see Shawn working on a psychic job that was not related to the SBPD just to prove that he does make an income when between PD cases. Shawn's investigative push-ups were both funny and also as surprising as Shawn's "What? You had your chance!" to Juliet when he started to flirt with Sophie. Plus who wouldn't want to spend the night a museum? This show can make the mere presense of a silver truck startling, and thankfully for our viewing pleasure, it can make Dule Hill sniff an unexpecting girl's hair.

    It's a great season finale, which was a great indicator of the awesome next season.moreless
  • This has got to be the funniest episode yet. Finally, a season finale that made me anticipate the next season.

    I'm a huge fan of Psych, but was a bit disappointed in it when the second season began. It was not as funny as usual, but as the season progress it became hilarious. This season finale was probably one of the best episode yet. Gus's U-Turn was just like how my dad drives. It's been awhile since I have watched this episode but I remember laughing the whole time along with my sister and nieces. This is exactly why I watch Psych. All the characters were great and I'm waiting for the next season to begin along side Monk.moreless
  • This was an hilarious episode...great for a season finale!

    I was very disappointed to hear that the second season of Psych was coming to an end so suddenly, but the episode they ended with was a great one! A mummy is stolen/goes missing from a museum and the detectives are called in to get to the bottom of it. Only Lassiter is not too excited about his case--he had bigger fish to fry--so Shawn is called in. Gus seems to have some sort of fear of Mummy's that make it a little harder for him to work on the case, but they manage somehow. And to twist things up the interim Chief gives her notice...but will she really leave? This episode was hilarious (like always) and leaves you wishing that the summer would get here sooner. Not just for the nice weather but for the third season of Psych. Great episode, well worth the time!!moreless
  • The season finale and Shawn and Gus go mummy searching

    So yeah, this was the second season finale. Shawn and Gus go on the search for a mummy that disappeared from a museum- one that Shawn thinks walked out. This episode was one of those look- this- way- and- not- that- way episodes. By that I mean they focus on Shawn's and Gus' adventure while the true case was with Lassy and Jules. This episode was great with the jokes. The "11 Point Turn" joke was one of my favorites- falling behind the "Banana" joke in the second episode. The jokes continued with Shawn giving Lassy a new nickname every time he saw him, and then at the end everyone solved the case before Shawn could finish the revalation, completely disregarding the rest of his statement and clue. Lastly, the cool "mummy on the camera" scene was really spooky, it sorta reminded me of the alien in Signs when they see it coming from the hedges. Overall this was an awesome episode, probably the second or third favorite.moreless
David Lovgren

David Lovgren

William Wyles IV

Guest Star

Tiffany Burns

Tiffany Burns


Guest Star

Ali Liebert

Ali Liebert


Guest Star

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Sage Brocklebank

Sage Brocklebank

Officer Buzz McNab

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Sophie: Everyone certainly loves you down here.
      Shawn: And I love you … metaphorically. (Shawn turns toward Juliet) What? You had your shot.

    • Shawn: (reading a plaque) Queen Nefertitty?
      Juliet: Queen Nefertiti.
      Shawn: I've heard it both ways.

    • Lassiter: Come on, the mummy walked out? You are just trying to impress that silly little assistant curator.
      Shawn: Was she pretty? I hadn't noticed.
      Lassiter: Really? Brown eyes, languid smile, mile-long slender neck of a Balanchine dancer.
      Juliet: I had three different hairstyles last week and you didn't comment on one.

    • Gus: The Lexin glass case that houses it is worth more.
      Shawn: Lexin glass?
      Gus: Yeah. It's bullet proof.
      Shawn: Well, it would have to be in case the guns decide to fire themselves. Lexin glass.
      Gus: What? That's common knowledge, Shawn. People know that.
      Shawn: Who? People in Charlton Heston's house?
      Gus: Yes. And? Your mama.

    • Shawn: I'm going to have to concur with detective Carlito Lasiteros on this one, that mummy was not stolen Ms. Bridgewell. I'm afraid it walked out all on its own.

    • Shawn: Come on, man. This is gonna be good for you. Walk to me. Face your fears.
      Gus: You can talk all you want, but facts and logic will win out this time.
      Shawn: Facts and logic are in the corner of the guy who thinks he's gonna get his face melted off?
      Gus: I'm not hearing it, Shawn.

    • Gus: Paleo-Sleuth Shawn Spencer.
      Shawn: I know.
      Gus: I dug that thing up, too.
      Shawn: Gus, believe me, I was appalled myself at first... sickened, really. But then I noticed, look, they didn't forget you completely.
      Gus: Where?
      Shawn: There, right there. The "photo by" section.
      Gus: That says "photo by Bruton Gaster."
      Shawn: Well, I gave them the info when I was driving through a tunnel so that probably played a role.

    • Sophie: It's a 3000-year-old mummy that's missing, Officer.
      Lassiter: It's Detective and it's not like it was covered in gold. I mean he wasn't a king or a prince or even a royal food taster. Just some guy who happened to die, got himself wrapped up, and was found in a pretty, cracked box. He probably mummified himself.
      Juliet: He hasn't had his coffee yet.

    • Lassiter: Wait, you're the curator?
      Sophie: Assistent curator.
      Lassiter: I'd like to speak to someone in charge.
      Sophie: I am in charge.
      Juliet: She sounds in charge.

    • (Gus is watching Shawn over the security cameras as Shawn tries to evade him, and they use cell phones to talk)
      Gus: I saw that. Got it on two angles...Do you wanna give this up any time soon?...You're crawling...I see you Shawn. You're behind the plant...See you there, see you there...The plant is moving across the room, Shawn...Leave that poor lady alone, Shawn...You're using the carpet? Really? Wait a minute, I almost bought that for a second...You're using the wolf pelt?... This is like watching Entrapment, but instead of watching Catherine Zeta-Jones, they have some guy with pancake butt.
      Shawn: I do not have pancake butt...What do you got? You got something?
      Gus: Yep.
      Shawn: Really?
      Gus: Yep.
      Shawn: You can see me right now?
      Gus: Horrid, Shawn, horrid.
      (Shawn goes to talk to the curator)
      Gus: Great, now I gotta watch this?
      (Shawn mutes him, Gus continues to talk)
      Gus: You're muting me? For the first interesting thing that's happened? (mocking) Look at me, look at me, I love my hair. I can make up obscure 80's references that nobody understands. Laugh at me. Know something about me? I have a motorcycle, but I never seem to be riding it.
      (Shawn starts hiding again)
      Shawn: How about this? You seeing this?
      Gus: Yep.
      Shawn: How about now? See this?
      Gus: Terrible.
      Shawn: (with a barrel over his head) How about this? You seeing this?
      Gus: If you're gonna hide under a barrel, don't put the phone next to your ear.
      Shawn: You're getting all of this? You can see all of this?
      Gus: Yep. Whoa, I lost you...Oh, there you are.
      Shawn: Ha, I got you.
      Gus: For one second Shawn.
      (Shawn runs off, off screen, and Gus can't find him)
      Gus: Trying that corner again? Please...Shawn?
      (Phone starts beeping)
      Gus: Great, now you wore down my battery. Where are you?
      (Shawn appears beside him in the security room)
      Shawn: How about now?

    • Shawn: Come on dude, I honestly had no idea he was going to be pulling a corpse from the ground.
      Gus: Don't worry about it Shawn, I honestly didn't know I was going to putting my foot in your ass. Life's full of surprises.

    • Shawn: Uh-oh.
      Juliet: What's wrong?
      Shawn: There's only one name on the plaque!
      Juliet: So?
      Shawn: So...Gus is going to have an aneurysm...and not the good kind!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Featured Music

      "Outtasite (Outta Mind)" by Wilco

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Israel – April 28, 2008 on YES Stars 2
      Finland – August 17, 2009 on MTV3
      Slovakia – August 8, 2010 on Markiza
      Australia – August 12, 2010 on TV1
      Czech Republic – March 20, 2011 on Prima

    • Many of the exterior shots of the museum were filmed around Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory in Vancouver.

    • Steve Franks (creator of Psych) has a cameo in this episode. He's the man who turns in the museum after Shawn shouts, "I do not have pancake butt!"


    • Gus: This is like watching Entrapment, but instead of watching Catherine Zeta-Jones, they have some guy with pancake butt.

      Referencing Entrapment, a 1999 movie starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery.

    • Shawn: My name is Shawn Spencer. I'm working with Sophie at the museum. (points to Gus) This is my partner Patty Simcox.

      Patty Simcox is a character from a 1978 film, Grease. The character was played by Susan Buckner.

    • Shawn: Look Christine's here.

      This is a reference to the 1983 film Christine, which is based on a Stephen King novel. It was directed by John Carpenter.

    • Gus: I know how to the eyes work, Shawn. I just hope mine are still there in the morning.

      This is a reference to the 1999 film The Mummy.

    • Episode title: "Shawn (and Gus) of the Dead"

      An allusion to the 2004 zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead, which was directed by Edgar Wright, and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.