This was a light-hearted, but full of laughs episode of the USA Network original series. The premise was enjoyable and the show progressed quickly and somewhat surprisingly as opposed to some recent episodes where things seemed to drag on for all eternity. Corbin Bernsen should have gotten more screen time, but that is a minor complaint.
Another reason for why this episode succeeded was that the 80's pop culture references by Shawn were kept to a minimum. That is something the show rarely does, but when they keep the humor simple, such as in this ep (except for the stupid contest where they tried to ruin Carlton's interview) the show works best.