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Season 1 Episode 8

Shawn vs. The Red Phantom

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 25, 2006 on USA
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Episode Summary

Gus is ecstatic when it turns out the only real clue in his and Shawn's missing-person case is TriCon, the comic book and science fiction convention currently running in Santa Barbara. As bodies start turning up, they must balance their newly-scammed and increasingly onerous duties as George Takei's assistants with finding the killer and saving the teenager. Meanwhile, Detective Lassiter is involuntarily enlisted to help Chief Vick with a time-sensitive incident of her own.moreless

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  • Shawn vs. The Red Phantom

    The Good:

    -Lassiter and the Chief get some one-on-one time when the Chief goes into labor. At one point beforehand, the Chief is on the phone with her husband; she tells him, "I love you" and for one confused moment, Lassiter thinks the Chief is talking to him.

    -"Make it? I live here."

    -The storyline is really solid. Incorporating a critic that reviews movies based on comic books is a good plot point.

    -The drawings based on Shawn and Gus - nicknamed "Magic Head"

    The Bad:

    -Shawn's flirtation with Talia seems forced. Unlike in previous episodes, he does not seem genuinely interested in her, so their almost-date is not necessary.moreless
  • Shawn and Gus go to a Comic Book convention to solve a crime. Good plot idea, badly written.

    I love this show, and I'm so excited to see where it's going. But I'm so disappointed with this episode. They've gone overboard with how much Shawn disrespects Gus. I think they'll lose viewers. They may lose me.

    We all expect Shawn to be out of line a bit. But he's getting further and further into the realm of "that friend no one actually continues to put up with". Doing so makes Gus look stupid, which his character isn't, and turns off viewers.

    It wasn't necessary for Shawn to trash Gus's valuable comic book. It wasn't necessary for him to bring Gus in as the Magic Head. What purpose did either of those two things serve except to make a fool of Gus or to be abusive to him? It wasn't funny at all, it just served to tick off the viewers and alienate them from Shawn. There's a difference between a side-kick and an abuse sponge.

    If the writers can't come up with something better than Star Of The Show having to be mean to everyone else to be funny, I'll be buying the "Complete Series Of Psych" in video stores by next summer.

    Sorry, but this one was a miss.moreless
  • this was a good ep i thought

    in this ep of the show psych shawn and gus are asked to due a case for the other dective its a missing persons case it turns out its more then that a kid who is a huge bloger at night was paid alot of money to say good things about a movie.and when they start to investage they realize that the people that were the behide the bashing of another superhero movie that is bad are being kidnapped and the guy behide it was the creater of one of guss favorite heroes it was a really good ep i thought .moreless
  • Gus and Shawn investigate a missing 18 year old which leads them to TriCon. TriCon is a big science fiction and comic book convention and Gus is very excited about going.moreless

    This episode is great especially when Shawn goes up to the stage and tells the crowd that he is a real psychic. He also calls Gus his assistant called Magic Head which is really funny! Its kinda mean when Shawn tears up one of Gus' prized comics although he had to do it to solve the case.

    The part with the Chief and Lassiter is pretty funny. The scenes with them in the car when her water breaks is good. I also thought the bit and the end where Gus, Juliette, Lassiter and Shawn are at the hospital, looking at all the babies. The others try to convince the chief not to come into work until around January. The very end with the posters of Psych-Man and Magic Head is really funny!moreless
  • Once again Gus is in his element when he and Shawn must investigate the disappearance of an 18 year old at the TriCon Comic and Science Fiction Convention. The Chief's water breaks and Lassiter must be their in the hospital when she has her baby.moreless

    Don't you just love Shawn's dad's twisted sense of right and wrong as the feet held in stone cop. Everything to him is about absolute reality. The stories they tell of Shawn's upbringing are hilarious. No wonder Shawn is the crazed person he is as an adult. What a strange childhood.

    Shawn and Gus are really in their element at the TriCon as Psych-Man and MagicHead. The whole bit with George Takei was precious with the blueberries from the Carolina's and the fake assistants. The fact that there is actually a plot against the three people was truly funny. For once the girl that Shawn is scamming on is not the villain but one of the victims. Who else thought it was the comic book writer who's character was ruined by the movie studio right after meeting him? I'm amazed that Gus did not take Shawn's head off for tearing the cover of his first edition comic book up. I have lived and worked with true comic book collectors. I was in a fantasy football league with a whole group of them for seven years. If you ever did anything like that you would be dead.

    It was funny and appropriate that Lassiter was with the Chief when her water broke in his car and that he was there when she had her baby in the hospital. Talk about the least appropriate person. I'm glad she missed his small talk in the car about them hiring her to be the new Chief. It was a little embarrassing for him. Of course nothing new. Timothy Omundson is brilliant in that role.

    I think there is an evil child in there blocking my psychic powers. See you next time...moreless
George Takei

George Takei


Guest Star

Bre Blair

Bre Blair


Guest Star

Cascy Beddow

Cascy Beddow


Guest Star

Kirsten Nelson

Kirsten Nelson

Karen Vick

Recurring Role

Liam James

Liam James

Young Shawn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • After the Chief has her baby and says she's returning to work tomorrow, Shawn says she should take some time off and come back in January. After this episode, Psych went on hiatus, with the next episode airing in January.

    • Gus' Alias: Magic Head

    • "TriCon" the tri-annual comic book and science fiction convention is a tribute to Comic-Con International held annually at the San Diego Convention Center. Psych regularly has a discussion panel at Comic-Con.

    • Continuity: When Juliet is first talking to Gus and Shawn at the con, there's a guy with an Afro and a red costume behind her, walking away. When the camera flips back to Gus and Shawn, the same guy is walking past them.

    • Nitpick: When Shawn takes the final note, "Judgment Day", off the womans' heel, there is a hole in the note. But when it cuts to Shawn's point of view the hole is gone.

    • Psych-Out: Shawn and Gus sing "I'll Make Love to You", by Boyz II Men.

    • Trivia: Talia, Malone and Dent, who are all integral characters to the plot of this episode, are all names in the Batman series.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Shawn: Dude… some guy in a wolf costume with a light saber just said "Hi" to you.
      Gus: (evasively) I don't know that guy.
      Shawn: He looked right at you.
      Gus: He was mistaken.
      Shawn: He said, "Hi, Gus." And then another dude with a cape and a codpiece gave you a half-nod.

    • George Takei: Why are you telling people you are my assistants?
      Shawn: Uhh, because we are your assistants(?)
      (George looks surprised)
      George Takei: Excuse me?!
      Shawn: Are you serious George? I know we said we'd work outside the loop, but this is a little ridiculous.

    • Juliet: You're not hired. I can't pay you. If it turns out there's something to it, I'll make sure you get put on the case. That's all I can do.
      Shawn: Juliet, I'm quite sure we could work out some kind of services exchange. You see I like to do some sketching myself and sometimes I need a model.
      Juliet: Huh! (gets up and walks from the room)
      Shawn: Was that inappropriate? ... (to himself) Felt ok.

    • Juliet: I don't ask questions I don't want to know the answers to.
      Shawn: Then never ask your boyfriend if he thinks your sister's hot.
      Juliet: I don't have a sister.
      Shawn: How about a boyfriend?

    • Juliet: Where are you?
      Shawn: On the phone, where are you?

    • (on natural childbirthing)
      Lassiter: Listen, I would put myself on a morphine pump if I were going to push 11 pounds of limbs and elbows out my--
      Chief Vick: I've made my decision!
      Lassiter: And I respect you for it.

    • (Shawn steps onto Malone's bed to investigate the light.)
      Shawn: Oh, yes. Yes, I'm definitely feeling something here. Oh, it's good. It's nice!
      Mrs. Breyfogle: What? What is it?
      Shawn: This mattress. It feels like one of those mattresses where you can bounce a bowling ball but the glass of wine doesn't spill. Gus, go find a glass of wine and a bowling ball.

    • Juliet: Any progress?
      Shawn: I picked up Malone's astral trail – that's what it's called – it leads to a hotel across from the convention center, room 428, oak door, can't miss it.
      Juliet: That's more specific than usual.
      Shawn: Sometimes the spirits are in a giving mood. Now you won't find Malone, but I sense some seriously dark juju-mo-gumbo went down in there.

    • Shawn: Malone Breyfogle? I can tell you this much: kid's been lifted up by his underwear more than once.

    • Juliet: (handing Shawn her notebook) Take a look at that, tell me what you think.
      Shawn: Flower doodle in the upper right-hand corner is excellent. This horse at the bottom doesn't look anything like My Little Pony.
      Juliet: The writing, not the-- That's a dog. I draw when I get anxious.
      Shawn: I think you made a wise decision not going into animation, Juliet.

    • (Juliet on the phone with Shawn, who is in the chief's office.)
      Juliet: Okay, you have five seconds to get your butt out of-- Actually, you know what? Stay right there.
      Shawn: Oh, indecisive. I like that.

    • Chief Vick: My water just broke.
      Lassiter: Are you sure?
      Chief Vick: No, Carlton, there's water spilling out of me for some other reason.
      Lassiter: Oh. No... Oh, can you move my briefcase.

    • Shawn: This place is trashed.
      Gus: Maybe Johnny Depp stopped by.
      Shawn: I'm sorry, did that joke just arrive in a time machine from 1992?

    • Henry: (said to young Shawn) Do you have any idea of how many kids brains I have to scoop up off the driveway because they think they can fly?
      Shawn: Those kids are dumb.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates

      Germany – 18 December 2007 on RTL
      Czech Republic – 16 July 2008 on Prima
      Finland – 23 February 2009 on MTV3


    • Throughout the episode there are references to everyone only remembering the main superhero's nipple-ridden costume. This is a shot at Batman and Robin with George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell.

    • Shawn: For the love of Scotty. (said while trying to convince somebody they were assistants of George Takei)

      Scotty (Montgomery Scott) is as a character from Star Trek: The Original Series. The character was played by James Doohan.

    • Shawn: Where is he, chocolate Columbo?

      Columbo is a crime television series. The series aired regularly from 1971 to 1978, and later, sporadically from 1989 to 2003.